On the Move

May 27, 2015 § 2 Comments

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Monotype with Chine Colle entitled ‘Pink Garden’.

Working in the print studio at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA is a weekly exercise that helps to keep me creating artwork on a consistent basis while connecting with other local printmakers.  As a Gallery Artist I have been invited to submit a piece for the upcoming Gallery Artist Showcase that opens May 29- June 12, 2015 in the Dillon Gallery.  The opening reception is Friday, May 29 from 6 to 8 pm.  My submission is the above monotype entitled Pink Garden.

monotype with Chine Colle

monotype with Chine Colle

Summer is closing in and the outdoor art scene is percolating.  The 60th Anniversary for the South Shore Arts Festival is slated for June 19th-21st, 2015 in Cohasset, MA.  Two of my pieces have been selected to be included in the Juried Show and one in the Members’ Show.

Monotype with Chine Colle.

Monotype with Chine Colle entitled ‘meadow’.

The Arts Festival is an event not to be missed as the South Shore of Massachusetts celebrates the local creative community.  The above monotype entitled meadow will find it’s way to the fine arts tent in the Juried Exhibit.  Please visit.

Multiple pieces at the Framers Edge in Braintree, MA.

Multiple pieces at the Framers Edge in Braintree, MA.

The Framers Edge in Braintree, MA have graciously offered to exhibit my artwork.  Stop by to view a wide range of my pieces and special thanks to Max for creating a great wall design.

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The Framers Edge is also offering a sampling of my smaller pieces that are unframed.  The Framers Edge is located at 210 Quincy Ave in Braintree, MA.  Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 10am-5pm.

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Functional to Abstract in Concord MA

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

White shino vase by Warren MacKenzie.

White shino vase with marks by Warren MacKenzie.

Visiting Concord, MA is always a treat with its quaint town square, a beautiful countryside, rich history and a bit of culture thrown in for good measure.  Being a tree-hugger, one of the first trips that I asked my parents to take me on was to Concord to walk around Walden Pond and envisioned myself following the footsteps of Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau.

On a recent trip I was thrilled to see an engaging exhibit in the Lacoste Gallery at 25 Main Street.  This little gallery features American crafts with a focus on ceramic artisans.

Warren MacKenzie American National Treasure at Lacoste Gallery.

Warren MacKenzie American National Treasure at Lacoste Gallery.

Their current exhibit has a vast array of pieces by well known potter Warren MacKenzie.  Warren considers himself a functional potter and produces about 5000 pieces per year.  He’s interested in forms, surface texture, gesture and perhaps decorative devices.  Warren’s work is collected by connoisseurs of pottery and found in the finest museums and considered to be a master by many.

Assortment of cups by Warren MacKenzie.

Assortment of cups by Warren MacKenzie.

Warren has been producing his work and teaching for over 65 years.  His pottery has been influenced by Bernard Leach of England, for whom he apprenticed, and Shoji Hamada.  His pieces reflect the Japanese sensibility of pureness and simplicity that takes years of dedication to perfect.

Large stoneware platter with iron drips.

Large stoneware platter with iron drips.

Warren’s pieces are sought after and coveted by many.  The Lacoste Gallery is the exclusive gallery for Warren’s work on the East Coast so don’t miss this special exhibit that runs through Sept 13, 2014.

Art Book Dept. at Albright Art.

Art Book Dept. at Albright Art.

While visiting Concord I always make a point to visit the Albright Art Gallery & Supplies downstairs at 32 Main Street.  Although I had recently made a pilgrimage to my favorite art supply stores in Cambridge and Boston I thought this little jewel had a better selection of new artist tools, paints, pastels, mediums and color choices.

Tiny store-massive selection.

Tiny store-massive selection.

Everything is well organized and a friendly staff to help out with all my questions.  If you’re looking to see that obscure paint color or ask about the newest water soluble oil paint medium-this is the place to go.

Candy store for artists...

Candy store for artists…

Find inspiration with new art supplies and acquire new friends for your paintbox.  Another benefit is there’s plenty of free parking (in the shade) around the corning in the town parking lot.

Paintings by Julie Vinette.

Paintings by Julie Vinette.

Surprise…  right in the next room over the Albright has a rotating art exhibit with engaging artwork like these beautiful paintings by artist Julie Vinette.

'Tidepool' by Julie Vinette.

‘Tidepool’ by Julie Vinette.

These high gloss oil and pencil on board are abstracts inspired by realism with a hint of Bernhard Richter.  This exhibit runs through Sept 28th with an artist reception on Sunday, Sept 14th, from 3 to 5 pm.  Seek out and find this art supply store + gallery for inspiration and professional tools of the trade.

Coastal Printmaker Invitational Exhibit

June 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Monotype by Ann Conte.

It was back in 2007 that Bob and Elaine Cunniff organized the Coastal Printmakers and now our most recent Coastal Printmaker Invitational Exhibit has over 60 original prints all hanging at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA.   This is one of the exhibit spaces managed by the South Shore Art Center.

Monotypes by Ellen Harris.

Monotypes by Ellen Harris.

Within the exhibit are an array of creative and thought provoking pieces.  Several of the prints are monotypes which lend themselves to a painterly style that merges abstraction and realism.

Monotypes by Patricia Berube.

Monotypes by Patricia Berube.

While hanging the exhibit I was able to sneak in a couple of shots.  These three monotypes by Trish Berube are gorgeously organic with a looseness of texture and incredible details.

Collographs by Joan Hausrath.

Collographs by Joan Hausrath.

Joan Hausrath has included some of her collographs that have a primitive and tribal theme with a skill of printmaking that lends itself to her subject matter.  Joan is offering a Collograph and Monoprint Workshop this July at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA.  I’m a fan!

Monotypes on paper with fabric imprint by Roxane Hynek.

Monotypes on paper with fabric imprint by Roxane Hynek.

These intriguing pieces by Roxane Hynek are mesmerizing and beautiful in their simplicity.

The wall of Black & White prints.

The wall of Black & White prints.

In the downstairs hallway the Coastal Printmakers Exhibit continues with a wall filled with black and white prints by accomplished printmakers Susan Denniston, Michele Meister, Amy Geyer and more.

Larry Guilmette, Esther Maschio and Joan Drescher working on hanging the exhibit.

Larry Guilmette, Esther Maschio and Joan Drescher working on hanging the exhibit.

Thanks to all the Coastal Printmakers, the So. Shore Art Center, the So. Shore Conservatory and all our volunteers that made this exhibit possible.  This is a printmaking exhibit not to be missed with several fine art prints that are the efforts of local artists.  All of the pieces are originals and available for purchase through the So. Shore Art Center.  The best way to appreciate art is to see it in person.

This exhibit runs through September 30th, 2014 and is located at the So. Shore Conservatory at 1 Conservatory Drive in Hingham, MA  02043.

Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm,
Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Quick NYC Art Fix

November 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

Cy Twombly 'Leda and the Swan' crayon, pencil and oil on canvas 1962.

Cy Twombly ‘Leda and the Swan’ crayon, pencil and oil on canvas 1962 at the MOMA.

It was time to make a quick getaway to see a few selected exhibits in New York for inspiration and a new perspective.  With only two days to spare my art buddy, Trish Berube and I, hopped the Acela from Boston to New York on a whirlwind visit that turned out to be the perfect ‘day at the office’ for artists.  Although we stood out like colorful sherpas landing from Mars in a sea of New Yorkers perfectly dressed in their black attire we managed to pull it off without a hitch.  There were many occasions when we were ‘shsssed’ for unexpected bursts of exclamations and laughter which is to be expected while experiencing profound art pieces.

Picasso at the MOMA.

Picasso at the MOMA.

First stop was the Museum of Modern Art for ‘old times sake’.  Trish worked there for several years and needed to visit some of her favorite paintings that she’d grown fond of during her tenure.  There are so many well known pieces of art  here like colorful, painterly masterpieces by Matisse to Dorothea Rockburn’s geometric designs on paper.

With the goal in mind to visit two museums each day we left the MOMA for the Upper East Side to visit the Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925 exhibit at the Neue Gallerie.  This is an extraordinary exhibit of several large, colorful paintings by Kandinsky that show his love of color, composition and musical inspiration.  There is a book published by the Neue Gallerie that catalogs the exhibit with high quality reproductions.   The Neue Gallerie is one of my favorite spots in New York as houses an incredible collection of Germanic arts and crafts from the turn of the twentieth century all housed within a beautifully restored building located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street and named after the famous Neue Gallerie in Vienna.

Time for a break at the Cafe Sabarsky inside the museum where there’s plenty of european style pastries and coffees.  It’s like taking a break in a traditional Viennese cafe.

Christopher Wool at the Guggenheim.

Christopher Wool at the Guggenheim.

For our second day it was on to the Guggenheim Museum to see the special exhibit by Christopher Wool .  Although I’m not as familiar with this artist’s work I’ve always enjoyed his pieces when I’ve come across them.  I was struck by how complimentary his work integrated with New York, the design of the Guggenhiem architecture and even the people of the city who dress in similar colors as his palette.

Christopher Wool 'Untitled' 1987

Christopher Wool ‘Untitled’ 1987

Most of the pieces in the exhibit were quite large with the majority of the work in black and white.  Coming from a licensing, illustration, design background I was struck by the decorative appeal his work would have for the hip, corporate culture.  The artist often uses off-the-shelf imagery and adds glitches that create interest and celebrate human error.  This piece is from the Estee Lauder Companies Inc., New York and I can just imagine it hanging at their headquarters.

Christopher Wool detail

Christopher Wool detail

A close inspection of Wool’s work reveals a dot pattern that is created by reproducing his previous pieces and using the duplicates for a starting point.  Imperfections become the inspiration for creating new imagery.

Christopher Wool 'Untitled' 2000 enamel on canvas

Christopher Wool ‘Untitled’ 2000 enamel on canvas

Yellow!  Although Wool’s art is predominantly white or black when there is a burst of color it stands out like an exclamation point.

One of the highlights at the Guggenheim was the Robert Motherwell:  Early Collages exhibit.  As you enter the exhibit space there’s a large of photo of Motherwell as a young man working in his studio dressed up in a tie and shirt.  Several of the collages feature torn kraft paper, sand mixed in paint and droplets of glue.  The materials are so childlike and basic but the results are profound.  The almost sixty pieces are masterful in the use of color, composition and textures.   The Guggenheim has published a catalog of the exhibit that is not to be missed.

Conservatory Gardens Central Park

Conservatory Gardens Central Park

The Conservatory Gardens in Central Park on Fifth Avenue between 104 and 105th Streets is the perfect spot to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.  It has beauty no matter what time of year you visit-a work of art that never stops evolving.  On this particular day it was snowing for the first time this fall.

One more art stop before leaving the Manhattan was at the Jewish Museum to see the Chagall: Love, War, and Exile exhibit.  Many paintings and works on paper are included that Chagall created from the 1930s, during the rise of fascism, up until 1948 when the artist lived in Paris and then in exile in New York.   These deeply personal pieces depict Chagall’s response to war and loss through color and symbolism.   There is a museum catalog that was published for this exhibit.

Champignon Cafe NYC

Champignon Cafe NYC

Champignon Cafe at 1389 Madison Avenue, between 96th and 97th Streets, is one of my favorite neighborhood places to relax and have a casual breakfast or lunch.  Mushroom focaccia and a cappuccino…

If you live in New York or only have a small window of time to visit-this was the perfect itinerary for artistic inspiration.  All of the exhibits were worth the effort and we enjoyed every single minute.  bye bye New York…

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