June 13, 2014 § Leave a comment
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.
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.
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.
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!
These intriguing pieces by Roxane Hynek are mesmerizing and beautiful in their simplicity.
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.
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
May 7, 2014 § 1 Comment
Spring has finally arrived on the South Shore of Massachusetts and Coastal Printmakers are celebrating with a new exhibit entitled Footprints in the Garden on view thru May 28, 2014 at the James Library and Art Center at 24 West Street Norwell, MA. All unique and original prints have a 12″ x 12″ image area (foot prints-get it?) and were created specifically for this themed show that is inspired by nature.
Each piece in the exhibit depicts the character and creativity of the artist such as the above monotype by Anita Franks who is inspired by artists such as Authur Dove and Wassily Kandinsky. Although this piece is abstract it suggests nature from the smallest life force of a single cell to the vibrancy and power of the sun.
Esther Maschio is the printmaker who is the driving force behind Coastal Printmakers. She has taught printmaking at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA for 20+ years and continues to inspire and encourage artists of all skill levels. Her studio classes are consistently popular with many of her students attending year after year.
Jane Johnston is a collagraph expert. She uses a variety of materials to construct her prints that range from fabrics to fragments of drywall tape to just about anything she can get her hands on. Her pieces are thoughtfully constructed and are a balance of mechanical genius and organic madness.
The Footprints in the Garden exhibit will continue thru May 28th and will be part of the Books in Bloom fundraiser that takes place this Friday, May 9th, at the James Library and Art Center. Three floors of spectacular floral displays interpreting books, light fare, cash bar, light music and more.
Looking for a fun Mother’s Day outing this weekend? Bring Mom to the Books in Bloom Open House this Saturday, May 10th, from 10 -1 p.m. Stop by and enjoy three floors of 25 spectacular floral displays depicting books. Details at www.jameslibrary.org. Free.
May 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. and the rest is history…
April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
February 7, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
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.
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!