January 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
Recently I’ve been working a series of monotypes that will be included in the Synergies: New Gallery Artists Expo that opens on January 10th and runs thru February 9th, 2014. Eight of my pieces are included in this exhibit that features five new Gallery Artists in the Dillon Gallery at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. This exhibit runs in conjunction with the ‘Made in America’ Gallery Artists Juried Exhibit in the Bancroft Gallery.
The series is a recent snapshot of my interest in the natural beauty of color, texture, scale and spontaneity. Each print is unique and one-of-a-kind, which is inherent in monotype printmaking. The process begins by choosing a plexiglass plate whereby mediums are applied, built up, and then removed until the image is to my liking. My interest in working with inks, and how they can be manipulated, is fascinating and challenging both creatively and technically. I also create templates made from various materials ranging from plastic cutting boards to pieces of fabric and found materials that impart texture into the print. While working, I may have a story in mind. Sometimes it evolves as I work with the materials, similar to a musician that warms up to find a groove, thereby creating the unexpected while following the intuition of the moment.
Abstract ideas are incorporated with a touch of realism—ancient forms fused with modernism. Scale is another aspect of my work that intrigues me. In this series there are larger pieces along with smaller ones. Within the compositions there are elements that are both large and small creating altered perspectives. Once I am satisfied with the composition a sheet of Arches 88 paper is placed over the plate and is run through a hand press. The pressure from the roller transfers the image onto the paper. The monotype process allows for a looseness with unexpected results that add character and unusual details to the finished print. The final pieces give enough information to bring the viewer to the threshold of their own interpretations.
Please visit this exhibit that has it’s opening reception on January 10th from 6 to 8 pm. The South Shore Art Center operates Monday–Saturday 10–4, Sunday 12–4.
June 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
One of Boston’s hidden artistic enclaves is the The Distillery that’s filled with creative businesses, artisans and businesses. There’s a cutting edge vibe that’s refreshing and inspiring. On a recent trip I was fortunate to meet some of the artists that have their studios within this converted rum distillery building. It was a surprise to run into artist Heather Patterson who was checking out this Sound Sculpture by Derek Hoffend. Heather was one of four artists that I collaborated with for the Synergies: New Gallery Artist Expo earlier this year at the So. Shore Art Center. Heather-you make a great model… I’m just saying.
Derek’s sculpture’s have a zen-like effect in that the sounds are soothing and meditative and the vibrations reach into the core of your physical being. Definitely recommended to experience his creations in person.
Vanessa Irzyk has her studio in The Distillery and her work is vibrant and contemporary. She has developed a technique of cutting paper and sandwiching the designs behind plexiglass.
Creativity at work… Vanessa’s work space is a collage of everything that goes onto her artwork. This is where it all happens.
Here are a few of Vanessa’s finished pieces. Upbeat and fun, free and yet very intricate.
Finding inspiration locally in Boston at the Distillery where this space is charged with new ideas and artists who are ready to share their ideas and techniques. It’s definitely worth the time to venture to their Open Studios or visit the Main Gallery. The Distillery is located at 516 East Second Street in South Boston, MA 02127. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm-Monday thru Saturday.
April 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
May 29th-July 13th, 2015 Gallery Artists Showcase South Shore Art Center 119 Ripley Road Cohasset, MA 02025 opening reception: May 29, 2015 6-8pm Dillon Gallery
June 19th-21st, 2015 South Shore Arts Festival Juried and Members Exhibits Cohasset Commons Cohasset, MA 02025
June 19th-August 30th, 2015 Coastal Printmakers ‘Impromptu’ Pop-Up Exhibit in the Crossen Gallery (upstairs hallway) South Shore Art Center 119 Ripley Road Cohasset, MA 02025
June 2015 Featured in South Shore Living Magazine
July 17th-August 30th, 2015 Blue Ribbon Members Show South Shore Art Center 119 Ripley Road Cohasset, MA 02025 opening reception: July 17, 2015 6-8pm Dillon Gallery
Special Exhibit at the James
April 1 thru 30, 2015
Recent pieces of personal work that range from large mixed media paintings to smaller monotypes. Special Guest artist Patricia Berube will be including a few recent gems that are not to be missed!
Opening reception April 10, 2015 6 – 8 pm
24 West Street Norwell, MA 02061
Hours: Tues-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 10am-1pm, closed Mondays
Feast & Festivities Small Works Exhibit
Dillon Gallery: Feasts and Festivities: Small works by Gallery Artists
(works under 12″ x 12″ with food and festivities theme—sold off the wall)
Faculty Feature: Bill Flynn
Oct 24–Dec 21, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: October 24, 2014 6–8 pm
Coastal Printmakers Small Works 2014
December 5th – 30th, 2014
Coastal Printmakers presents smaller original and unique prints created by local artists in this exhibit and sale.
Three of my smaller pieces will be included in the exhibit.
Opening Reception: Dec 5, 2014 6-8pm
James Library and Center for the Arts 24 West Street Norwell, MA 02061
Blue Ribbon Member Show
July 18 – August 31, 2014
As a member of the So. Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA I currently have this Mixed Monotype in the Blue Ribbon Members Show, in the Dillon Gallery, on exhibit thru the month of August. It’s entitled ‘Rising from the Ashes’ and is an ode to the primal birth of pottery thru the ages. Please visit.
Coastal Printmakers Invitational Exhibit
June 6 thru Sept 30, 2014
Opening Reception Friday June 6th 6 to 8 pm Join me!
The South Shore Art Center has invited the Coastal Printmakers to exhibit their work at the South Shore Conservatory. This special exhibit features 30 printmakers with over 90 original and unique prints.
Coastal Printmakers is a group of artists on the South Shore of Massachusetts dedicated to the art and craft of fine art printmaking.
SOUTH SHORE CONSERVATORY
1 Conservatory Drive
Tel: 781 749-7565
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Foot Prints in the Garden
Coastal Printmakers presents Foot Prints in the Garden Exhibit
May 2 thru 28, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday May 2, 2014 6–8 PM
Coastal Printmakers is a group of artists on the South Shore of Massachusetts dedicated to the art and craft of fine art printmaking. This exhibit includes a diverse group of printmakers that have created 12″ x 12″ imagery inspired by nature.
Synergies: New Gallery Artist Expo
Joan Drescher, Lisa Goren, Donna Ingemanson,
Judith Montminy and Heather Patterson
January 10th thru February 9th, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: January 10, 6–8 PM
Simply Gifts Exhibit & Sale
A suite of four of my original monotypes will be available at the Simply Gifts Exhibit and Sale at the
Nov 8th thru Dec 22nd, 2013
All art pieces included in the exhibit are by Gallery Artists and are 12″ or smaller with the maximum price of $500. or less.
The series I have included is entitled ‘Persian Pottery from the Victoria & Albert Collection’ and they are framed (12″ x 9″) like little museum pieces. This monotype is one of the series of four.
The opening reception is Friday, Nov 8th, 6 – 8pm
Support local arts!
Coast Lines by the Coastal Printmakers
124 Front Street, Scituate Harbor, MA
Gallery Open: Tues-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5
18 members of Coastal Printmakers are included in this exhibit including this monotype entitled On the Rocks that was inspired by the coastline of Massachusetts where I grew up.
Nov 26th thru Dec 29th, 2013.
Coastal Printmakers Inaugural Juried Exhibit and sale of fine art prints.
August 25 thru November 10, 2013
Gallery Hours: Weds thru Sun 1-4 pm
Reception: September 22 1:30-3:30 pm
Artists Talk: October 17 10:30-noon
The Art Complex Museum | 189 Alden Street | Duxbury, MA 02331
25 members of Coastal Printmakers are included in this juried exhibit including this monotype entitled Sacred White Elephant that was inspired by a trip to Bangkok where royalty hold rare white elephants in high esteem.
Blue Ribbon Members’ Show
Members of the South Shore Art Center are invited to exhibit one of their pieces for this exhibit. One of my new monotypes will be on view. It’s from a series of pottery inspired forms integrated with organic elements and inks that are shimmery and textural with embossing. Plate size is 18″ x 20″ printed on 22″ x 30″ Arches 88 paper. Please visit.
South Shore Arts Center 119 Ripley Road Cohasset, MA 02025
July 19-September 1, 2013
Opening Reception: July 19th, 6-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat 10-4
Under Pressure Printmaking Exhibit
An exhibit of several printmakers that have studied under the tutelage of Esther Maschio. Artworks are for sale directly through the artists. Three of my one-of-a-kind monotypes are included and available for purchase. The show is currently on view in the upstairs in the Crossen Gallery at the South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA. Hours are in conjunction with the Art Center. This informal exhibit runs until further notice. Please visit
South Shore Arts Festival
Two of my monotype prints are included in the Juried Exhibit and Member’s Show at the South Shore Ats Festival. My piece entitled ‘Botanica’ has been awarded the 2013 Farbush Color Prize. This is an event not to be missed.
Friday, June 14, 2013 Noon–6 pm, Award Ceremony: 5:30pm
Saturday, June 15, 2013 10–6 pm, Festival JaZZ Reception: 5:30pm in the Art Center Galleries
Sunday, June 16, 2013 Noon–5 pm
Shadow & Light Exhibit
hosted by the Trinitarian Congregational Church at 54 Walden Street in in Concord, MA. The art exhibit is open from
May 3rd thru the 17th, 2013
Sat. & Sun. May 3 & 4 Noon-6 pm
M-W-F May 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17 Noon-5 pm
Wednesday evenings May 8th & 15th 7-9 pm
IPCNY New Prints 2011 & 2012 Benefit Exhibition and Silent Auction
One of my original, framed monotypes entitled ‘Flora’ is included in this fund raiser.
November 29th thru December 15th, 2012
Opening Reception: November 29th, 2012 6-8pm
International Print Center New York | 508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor | New York, New York 10001
Coastal Printmakers present Moonstruck
An exhibition & sale of original prints by local printmakers.
Tues-Fri 1-5 | Sat 10-1
Thursday, May 24 – Friday, July 27, 2012
New Prints 2012/Summer/Juried Exhibit
508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Opening reception on Thursday, May 31, from 6 to 8pm
July 11th-August 22, 2012
Summer Printmaking Exhibit
119 Ripley Road
Cohasset, MA 02025
Opening Reception: July 13th, 6 -8 pm
July 13th-August 26, 2012
Blue Ribbon Members Show
119 Ripley Road
Cohasset, MA 02025
Opening Reception: July 13th, 6 -8 pm