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.

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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.

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