October 13, 2016 § 2 Comments
Opening Reception: Thursday October 13, 2016 from 6 to 8pm
Thayer Art Gallery at Thayer Academy-located in the lower level of Thayer’s Southworth Library 745 Washington St. Braintree, MA 02184
Thayer Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri|8am-3pm (when school is in session) During regular hours the gallery is locked-for access call security 617.371.5217
This exhibit highlights my career as an illustrator and artist in a timeline with personal selections of art and licensed products. Current pieces include digital, painting, mixed media and monotype printmaking.
Throughout my artistic career it has always been a journey of exploration and expansion. For years, as a student, designer, art director, illustrator and simply as an artist, my objectives always seemed like I was climbing to reach a goal, whether it was to perfect my skills, succeed at commercial assignments, run a solo business and, most importantly, enjoy the time allotted to me on this planet. My aspirations seemed to segue from one desire to the next while moving forward and still using strengths that I had learned in the past.
As an artist it seems like there’s always a bit of discontent and a desire to somehow make something better. There are so many masterful artists from the past and the present that it’s easy to become discouraged. In my mind I try to see the beauty in other art pieces and use it for inspiration in my own work.
Exhibiting my artwork is new for me as I have always been too busy creating art for corporate projects, editorial pieces and licensing to have time to get my work physically out into the world. This exhibit is a selection of pieces from the past 20 years that starts with the ‘Studio Wall’ which is a display of how assignments start with sketches and finished art and then translate to tangible products. Many of my newer pieces are still being licensed along with a large library of past art images.
So as I continue on my artistic path of discovery and creation right now I am taking the time to pause and reflect on the steps that have brought me to this moment.
-Donna Ingemanson October 2016
Special Thanks to Karen Koskores, Charlotte Nickerson and Image Resolutions.
August 31, 2013 § Leave a comment
If you’re looking for artwork that’s unique and unconventional visit the new exhibit by Coastal Printmakers, a group of about 45 printmakers hailing from the South Shore of Massachusetts, that has opened at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Ma. Although the group has organized 17 exhibits since it’s inception in 2008 this is the first juried show organized by the group. All of the work submitted was required to be smaller in size to fit comfortably in the atrium gallery as you enter the building. Black frames along with white mats give a continuity to the vast array of creative imagery all accomplished by one form or another in the printmaking medium.
Coastal Printmakers was initiated by the efforts of Elaine and Bob Cunniff, from Kingston, in 2008 as their passion for printmaking and a sense of artistic connection to other printmakers inspired them to form this community of like-minded artists. Many of the artists in the group have studied under the tutelage of Esther Maschio, from Scituate, who has been teaching printmaking at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA for several years. Esther’s support and encouragement has created a following of printmakers who are interested in creative exploration and personal expression through various printmaking techniques.
This figurative monotype by Deedee Agee Sprecher is both colorful and expressive and is a culmination of the many hours that Deedee puts into her work.
These two mixed media prints are a combination of monotypes with collage, oil inks, cardboard, collage paper, watercolor, glue and string. So simple-yet complex at the same time.
This large clay piece is monoprint on clay. Ann Conte is always experimenting with both pottery and printmaking and this is a fine example that marries the two mediums.
Lee Leonard’s houses are both abstract and realistic that evoke a sense of community in a village where we’d all like to live.
These two scenic monotypes depicting the shoreline of Massachusetts are by Flora Moynahan and Elaine Cunniff. An intimate viewing of these pieces reveals very expressive abstraction while accurately depicting the locations.
This very fluid and dreamy monotype collage by Deanne Noiseux is inspired by her pilgrimage to China.
Many more of these intriguing and engaging prints are on display at this Coastal Printmakers Exhibit juried by Craig Bloodgood, the museum’s curator, at The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden Street in Duxbury, MA now until November 10th, 2013. Hours for the museum are Wednesday through Sunday 1 to 4 pm. The Opening Reception for the exhibit is Sunday, September 22nd, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. There’s also an artist’s talk on October 17th from 10:30-noon. The best way to view these original and unique prints is in person.
April 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
For the past five years I’ve been the ring leader for the Braintree Farmers Market. This is an ad that I have just completed to be included in the upcoming summer editions of both edible Boston and edible South Shore Magazines. It’s a combination of my photography taken at the market and hand-lettering. The market opens on June 15th and operates every Saturday from 9 to 1 thru October 26th with a Special Indoor Thanksgiving Market on November 23rd, 2013. Everyone is invited.
December 4, 2012 § 3 Comments
The holidays are here and, even though stress levels are high, I find myself looking forward to the local creative community putting out their wares with open studios and craft sales. There are so many talented folks out there and I splurge with the sentiment that I’m helping the local economy and artisans and always discover some new creative find that I will cherish.
This week there are some of my favorite events which I am eagerly anticipating. Starting on Friday, Dec. 7th, at 7 p.m. Local Pottery hosts it’s Annual Open Studio with a wide assortment of beautifully crafted work with a focus on pottery. This is a sale not to be missed and if you can’t make the opening the shop is open thru December 24th. Lisa Howard is the owner and curator with a keen eye for quality pieces. Check out Lisa’s own creations and you will be in awe!
On Saturday, Dec. 8th, Ann Schunior will be opening her doors for a Studio Sale of her hand-crafted pottery. Visit an authentic ‘pottery barn’ where Ann throws her pots and has them on display where she works. Ann puts lots of care into researching traditional methods and motifs in ceramics and incorporates these inspirations into her work
Also on Saturday is the hallowed RISD Holiday Art Sale which brings together a large culmination of RISD alumni and students selling their wares under one roof at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence from 10am to 5 pm. Admission is $7. Another favorite stop off after visiting the RISD Sale is the Foundry Artists Holiday Show in Pawtucket, RI. If there’s time to squeak it in I always enjoy Olga’s Cup and Saucer for a little nosh. Be aware that they do close at 2 pm on Saturdays.
If that’s not enough the SOWA Holiday Market will be operating full tilt in Boston on Dec. 7th and 8th. This craft market started a few years ago and has gained a cult following. Be prepared to wait in line to get in. It looks like they’ve worked on getting a new location so hopefully it will add more space to this very popular event.
Cambridge, Ma also has a few great spots including the Harvard Square Holiday Fair that runs every weekend and the Holly Fair that will be on tap on Dec. 15th & 16th, 2012. Enjoy the season and support your local artists and artisans!
June 5, 2012 § 2 Comments
On June 16th the Braintree Farmers Market hosted by Sustainable Braintree will be opening for the very first time for the 2012 season located at the Braintree Town Hall, One JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree, MA. The market operates every Saturday from 9 to 1 thru the end of October with an indoor Thanksgiving Market on November 17th. This will be the fourth season for the market and I’ve been coddling it along since it’s inception. The market has grown considerably since 2009 and it has become a treasured community event that offers something for everyone. All of the products are locally grown and made right nearby and all the farmers and vendors work hard to deliver the highest quality and greatest assortment of goods. If you’re in the neighborhood or looking for adventure-please stop by-it’s worth the trip!
This year I created the Everything Under the Sun design which will be featured on posters and decals as a means for the market to raise funds for its operational costs. Stop by the Market Managers tent and I’ll sign a limited print-run poster printed by my long time friends at Image Resolutions. They print all the signage for the market and they do a cluckin’ awesome job!
The South Shore Arts Festival 2012 starts on Friday, June 15th and runs until Sunday, June 17th on the historic Cohasset Commons, Cohasset, MA. My original monotype, 5 Women, will be on display in the Members section of the exhibit. This piece was inspired by pre-Colombian art and the the juxtaposition of color and paint texture. Each figure has its own personality and illustrates a wide variety body types that translate to the present.
This monotype has been included in this exhibit thanks to my devoted artist friend Trish Berube who’s been schlepping my art all around the South Shore while I recover from a shoulder injury. Trish will have several pieces at this event as her work is truly outstanding!
This venue also has plenty of local crafters where you’re bound to find something you like. Two of my favorite jewelry makers participate in this event-Look for Jewelry by Sage and Freebird Designs-enjoy.
September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
This a new piece that I created over the summer for boys.
This is a logo that I whipped up this past week for the Truro Conservation Trust which is a non-profit organization in Truro, MA. It’s one of my favorite locations in the whole wide world as there’s plenty of open space due to the efforts of this group and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Most folks vacation here in the summer months but it’s breathtaking any time of the year.