May 27, 2015 § 2 Comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm,
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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.
January 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
Recently I’ve been working a series of monotypes that will be included in the Synergies: New Gallery Artists Expo that opens on January 10th and runs thru February 9th, 2014. Eight of my pieces are included in this exhibit that features five new Gallery Artists in the Dillon Gallery at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. This exhibit runs in conjunction with the ‘Made in America’ Gallery Artists Juried Exhibit in the Bancroft Gallery.
The series is a recent snapshot of my interest in the natural beauty of color, texture, scale and spontaneity. Each print is unique and one-of-a-kind, which is inherent in monotype printmaking. The process begins by choosing a plexiglass plate whereby mediums are applied, built up, and then removed until the image is to my liking. My interest in working with inks, and how they can be manipulated, is fascinating and challenging both creatively and technically. I also create templates made from various materials ranging from plastic cutting boards to pieces of fabric and found materials that impart texture into the print. While working, I may have a story in mind. Sometimes it evolves as I work with the materials, similar to a musician that warms up to find a groove, thereby creating the unexpected while following the intuition of the moment.
Abstract ideas are incorporated with a touch of realism—ancient forms fused with modernism. Scale is another aspect of my work that intrigues me. In this series there are larger pieces along with smaller ones. Within the compositions there are elements that are both large and small creating altered perspectives. Once I am satisfied with the composition a sheet of Arches 88 paper is placed over the plate and is run through a hand press. The pressure from the roller transfers the image onto the paper. The monotype process allows for a looseness with unexpected results that add character and unusual details to the finished print. The final pieces give enough information to bring the viewer to the threshold of their own interpretations.
Please visit this exhibit that has it’s opening reception on January 10th from 6 to 8 pm. The South Shore Art Center operates Monday–Saturday 10–4, Sunday 12–4.
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.
June 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
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!
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.
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.