Coastal Printmakers at the Art Complex Museum

August 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Coastal Printmakers at the Art Complex Museum.

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.

An etching entitled 'Matriarch' by Esther Maschio.

An etching entitled ‘Matriarch’ by Esther Maschio.

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.

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Monotype entitled ‘Awakening’ by Deedee Agee Sprecher.

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.

Mixed media prints by Marie Tegler and Joan Drescher.

Mixed media prints by Marie Tegler and Joan Drescher.

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.

'Untitled Vessel' by Ann Conte.

‘Untitled Vessel’ by Ann Conte.

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.

Monotype by Lee Leonard.

Monotype by Lee Leonard.

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.

Scenic monotypes.

Scenic monotypes.

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.

Monotype collage entitled '8:30 Waterfall' by Deanne Noiseux.

Monotype collage entitled ‘8:30 Waterfall’ by Deanne Noiseux.

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.

alternative exhibition space

June 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Details from two monotypes currently on display at the South Shore Art Center.

Details from two monotypes currently on display at the South Shore Art Center.

Looking for affordable art?  Visit the group printmaking exhibit entitled Under Pressure now on display upstairs in the Crossen Gallery (a hallway really..) outside the printmaking studio at the South Shore Art Center.    Artists are always seeking ways to connect with their audiences in ways that may not be a traditional route.  Two of my favorite movies are Beautiful Losers and Exit Through the Gift Shop.  Both illustrate how artists’ work are validated in unconventional ways.  Barry McGee, one of the artists featured in Beautiful Losers, currently has a more conventional exhibit venue at the ICA in Boston that inspires the viewer to appreciate art with a sense of humor and originality that supports the concept of taking a unique path to success.  The Under Pressure exhibit at the SSAC in Cohasset, MA runs until further notice.  Artwork is for sale directly through the artists without a commission fee.  No frills, just art.

Out there….

June 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Botanica

Botanica received the SSAC 2013 Farbush Color Prize.

Father’s Day Weekend is a significant time for me as there are a few events that I’m involved with and a great time of the year to be out and about.  Firstly, it’s an honor and thrill for me to receive the Farbush Color Prize in the Members Show that will be on display at the South Shore Arts Festival from June 14-16, 2013.  Another monotype entitled ‘Lunar Garden’ was selected for the Juried Exhibition.  This festival is worth the trip as there is a wide variety of art, high-quality craft vendors and activities.

Monotype entitled 'The Storm Blew the House to Houston'. is on display in the Crossen Gallery.

Monotype entitled ‘The Storm Blew the House to Houston’. is on display in the Crossen Gallery.

While attending the Arts Festival make sure you make the trek to the South Shore Arts Center building to see the current SSAC Faculty Show and intriguing photographs by Robert Avakian.   While there seek out the Crossen Gallery upstairs where two of my monotypes are on display in the ‘Under Pressure Printmaking Exhibit’.   This is little hidden treasure of an exhibit that includes a wide variety of original prints that were created by artists working under the tutelage of Esther Maschio.  You’ve heard of the ”Underground Artists’…  well we’re the ‘Upstairs Artists’.  Just run up the stairs and see what we’re all about-you won’t be disappointed as there is no better way to see original artwork than in person!

Braintree Farmers Market 2013.

Braintree Farmers Market 2013.

One of my pet projects in also opening on Fathers Day Weekend and that’s the Braintree Farmers Market.  This has been one of my most complex yet rewarding projects ever…  There are so many facets to organizing a farmers’ market and it involves a whole community to make it happen.  Join us as farmers and food artisans come together with their harvest of lush & delicious foods that are as inspiring to look at as eat and it’s good for your health too.  The market opens on Saturday,  June 15th, and operates every Saturday from 9 to 1 at the Braintree Town Hall, One JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree, MA.  Like us on facebook to get our updates.

getting ready for summer

May 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Original monotype entitled 'floral surprise' available for purchase.

Original monotype entitled ‘floral surprise’ available for purchase.

This monotype keeps sneaking by me but here it is-just in time for summer.  There’s alot going on with the elements in this piece-just like a garden approaching summer when all the blossoms are competing to reach for the sun.  The plate size is 18″ x 24″ and is printed on 22″ x 30″ Arches 88 paper-which is made in France.  The price is $375. unframed plus shipping.  Any questions please contact me at info@donnaingemanson.com.  and the rest is history…

Shadow and Light Exhibit

April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Monotype entitled Carbon Garden 22" x 30"

Monotype entitled Carbon Garden 22″ x 30″

It’s the perfect time of year to visit historic Concord, MA where three of my original monotypes will be on display in the Shadow and Light exhibit which is part of a community arts event 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.  Here’s the schedule:

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

‘Carbon Garden’ is an original monotype printed on Arches 88 paper made in France.

Framed $1250.

the process of creativity

February 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Blue figure monotype.

Blue figure monotype.

Ghost of Blue Figure monotype with linework.

Ghost of Blue Figure monotype with line work.

This past week, while working in the print studio, I got to a point where I was focused on a piece that just wasn’t resonating for me.  My (mentor/teacher), Esther Maschio, gently told me that the only way to get to a better place was to keep working.  After rifling through one of my sketchbooks I found a figure drawing that I had done a few months ago that always appealed to me-so I started rolling ink on a plate while using my leftover palette of blues, whites, graphite grey and black.  It was like jumping off a diving board after standing still for too long.  There was nothing to lose and my experimentation ranged from painting, to scratching, to applying a trace type of drawing.  It was a very ‘in the moment’ experience.  Above are the results from two stages of the process-moody & blue.

Trish Berube, Esther Maschio and Marie Tegler.

Artists Trish Berube, Esther Maschio and Marie Tegler.

Inspiration brews during Monday lunches with my art buddies.  Working in the printmaking studio, sharing ideas and encouraging each other on is the best way to start the week.  No electronics-just good will, creativity and courage.

floating in florida

January 22, 2013 § 4 Comments

Florida mangroves

Florida mangroves created on a mini ipad.

A simple trip to Florida is my cure for the wintertime blues.  Creating art while traveling can be challenging between schlepping art materials and setting up.  With the arrival of a new year I’ve been sketching on my ipad mini and exploring it’s capabilities and finding simple ways to express my thoughts visually.  The portability and instant gratification is addicting.

Placida Florida Art Fair

Placida Florida Art Fair

Although Art Basel it is Not-on specified Saturdays spend a sunny morning at the Placida Art Fair located in a lazy fishing village on the southwest coast of Florida.   While there check out Joe’s Orchids-he’s truly a botanical artist and very generous with tips on growing orchids and bromeliads.

Joe's Orchids in Placida Florida Fishing Village.

Joe’s Orchids in the Placida Fishing Village.

After getting your fill of the Placida Fishing Village have lunch or dinner at the Fishery Restaurant.   It’s a local favorite that serves up tasty local seafood dishes with just the right amount of down home Floridian atmosphere.  Get a table by the window and watch the sun set on another fine day in Florida.

Sunset on Venice Beach, FL.

There it goes- another fine day in Florida…

All image rights are reserved by Donna Ingemanson.

holiday cheer

December 4, 2012 § 3 Comments

Recent monotype print entitled 'fruit bowl.

Recent monotype print entitled ‘fruit bowl’.

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!

creative support

November 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Monotype entitled Flora donated to IPCNY.

The Holiday Season is upon us and if you’re looking for a chance to support the art community check out my monotype entitled Flora that I have donated and has been included in the New Prints 2011/2012 Benefit Exhibition and Silent Auction at the International Print Center New York.  This piece combines the monotype and Chine-colle processes with vibrant colors and gold metallic inks.  It’s beautifully framed and ready to hang on the wall.  This is an opportunity to pick up a reasonably priced piece of original art and support a great institution that is devoted to the exhibition and understanding of fine art prints.
Opening Reception:  November 29th, 2012, 6-8 pm     On View:  November 29th-December 15th, 2012

International Print Center New York | 508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor | New York, New York 10001

autumn inspirations

October 24, 2012 § 5 Comments

Recent monotype entitled ‘house in the woods’.

Fall in New England is at it’s peak and the colors this year have been outstanding.  Years ago I loved to drive the back roads of Vermont and witness the pastoral beauty of the autumn landscapes.  Now I’m just as content to find nature changing in little micro-landscapes that pop up everywhere in between the pavement and telephone poles.  It’s encouraging to see well tended, tiny pocket gardens and or an occasional reckless vine that positions itself just perfectly along a tree trunk and make a striking statement visually.

my deck

At this point I’m not sure if my deck is starting to look like my artwork or perhaps it’s the inspiration for it.  It was so monochromatically green all summer and now each leave is rebelling in there own way.

autumn pickings

Gardens have been the inspiration for many artists and one of my personal favorites is Paul Klee.  Recently I took the MBTA to Boston College McMullen Museum to see the Paul Klee Philosophical Vision:  From Nature to Art.  It’s worth the trip to see so many of Klee’s piece’s in one exhibit.  It ranges from sketches to painting and reveals his process for creativity.

It must have been so difficult for Paul Klee to be a Jew in Germany during the early 1930s.  Recently I read In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson that focuses on the rise of Hitler as it unfolded.  The book is the true story about an American diplomat and his family living in Berlin starting in 1933 and really gives insight into what it was like during this tumultuous period in history.  Like all of Larson’s books I was unable to put it down…  There are sketches in the exhibit that Klee created during this very troublesome time in his life and the book enabled me to understand his circumstances a bit more clearly.

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