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.
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.
July 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
Members of the South Shore Art Center are invited to exhibit one of their pieces for this exhibit. One of my new monotypes will be on view. It’s from a series of pottery forms integrated with organic elements and inks that are shimmery and textural along with embossing. In the past few years I’ve become a ‘pottery junkie’ seeking out potters locally that inspire me with their forms and earthy designs. A large part of the process is letting go of a preconceived idea of the finished piece which goes through a glazing and firing that is transformative. Some of my favorite haunts are local pottery, Ann Schunior Pottery, Bob Green Pottery and, of course, Pucker Gallery. Please visit this Blue Ribbon Members’ Show and look for this original monotype inspired by ceramic forms and nature.
South Shore Arts Center 119 Ripley Road Cohasset, MA 02025
July 19-September 1, 2013
Opening Reception: July 19th, 6-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat 10-4
June 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.