I love Raegan's work for its boldness; thru her aggressive mark-making and the integration of found objects (always with personal meaning) the work hits me in the gut, I can feel the raw emotion with which the work was passionately composed, often exposing a beautiful vulnerability. Pictured here is A Walk Down Nevsky Prospekt (30"x60").
Monday, May 28, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
I often feel as though I should have been born in another time and place; envious of moments in history like this, or New York in the 1940's, and especially Paris at the turn of the century - oh how I would have loved to partake in discussions of art and politics in the salon of Gertrude Stein in the company of Picasso, Matisse, Earnest Hemingway and Apollinaire (to name a few)! In my own paintings I often look to the work of those artists of times past, to the places they have traveled, and to the works that inspired them. It is an ongoing dialogue between artists, be it romantic, I feel connected despite my appointed time and place in history.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Jen works from her studio in a busy culturally diverse neighborhood of Portland. Her formal training in metalsmithing began at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She also studied metalsmithing at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. This education was followed by a four year apprenticeship with a nationally recognized Jewelry artist.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I was especially inspired by the work of Lisa Costanzo, located on the fourth floor, who apologized for not having much of her work on hand as she currently has a solo show 'Snark Hunting' at the Laconia Gallery (conveniently located across the street!) Paintings and works on paper in the exhibition take their inspiration from the works of Lewis Carroll, a wonderful source for imagery and mythic themes. "Loosely based on Carroll’s nonsense poem “The Hunting of the Snark”, and with a nod to the colorful characters from the “Alice” series, Costanzo creates her own hybrid characters as individuals with their own demands for specific portrayal. Costanzo gives her own fresh take on things by weaving elements of previous work into the story much like Carroll did, in which elements of language and symbols repeat themselves. Costanzo has created her own strange and awkward wonderland where she makes up her own peculiar story." I admire the way in which Costanzo plays with Carroll's literary world, inserting herself and her personal history into that world through self-portraiture and exploring issues of gender and identity.
Making my way down to the third floor, I found myself in the studio of Linda Cordner admiring her elegant encaustics. Linda has a strong sense of color and composition, her designs are both organic and whimsical - powerful in their simplicity. The surfaces are truly sensual, achieved by the layering of multiple coats of wax.
...and downward to the second floor, the studio of Barbara Poole, featured narrative paintings loaded with self-portraiture and historical references. This painting was not in the artist's studio (I found it on her website), it is part of her series 'Nature Abhors a Vacuum'. Barbara's paintings are genuine and witty.
Visually saturated, we moved on to quench our hunger. We found the wonderful Cafe Jaffa (48 Gloucester Street) with a large menu of affordable authentic Middle Eastern and Greek treats. The perfect ending to a fabulous day!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
The time has come! I am finally doing away with the countless layers of cumbersome carpet. Permission was granted and the destruction followed quickly thereafter. Buried beneath the first layer I found what appears to be a door. It is interesting to think about the history of this space...I am inspired to do some research on the buiding...after the floor is complete, of course!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Becky Oh! just delivered her new handbags. She brought a variety of sizes and styles in beautiful vibrant spring colors!
Becky was trained as a Sculptor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Using rich elements of design, Becky's bags are fabulous in form and function.
One small step for handbags, One giant leap for functional art! Becky's fabulous and funky one of a kind bags will also be available in the gift shop of the Currier Museum. Upon my decision to integrate functional art into the gallery I felt very strongly that Becky Oh! bags were art - I am thrilled that the museum agrees. Oh what a bag!
Sara's unique designs are accomplished thru a labor intensive junction of sterling silver and pigmented epoxy resin, providing Sara with a sophisticated color palette. Her use of line is dynamic, undulating and flowing; her compositions, bold in their simplicity and rythm, embrace the Modern.
A perfect balance of form and function!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
There is lots to do between now and the opening on Friday...
I particularly enjoyed the paintings of Ryan Murphy, for they were also genuine and strong in content - a balance of fantasy and reality; humor and sadness; mystery and certainty. Ryan's 'Trash Day' is pictured here.
After the reception we met with the students to talk about life in the artworld after graduation. I look forward to seeing what they paint as they evolve outside of an academic environment.
I recommend reading The Shape of Content by Ben Shahn. It is written with soul and intelligence, Shahn discusses the important balance of form and content. He also establishes 'how' and 'why' one becomes an artist.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Erin also makes beautiful jewelry - I absolutely love these reversible graphic pendants, each pendant has an image on one side and a complimentary pattern on the other. In addition, other pendants, bracelets, necklaces and rings are available. Prices range from $24 - $280.
Erin's jewelry is available at Three Graces and she is very excited to also have her jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts Shop in Boston as part of the 'Art in Bloom' exhibition.
The Lucky 7 is located at 16 Sheafe Street in downtown Portsmouth. The shop is now open until 9pm friday nights in conjunction with 'Portsmouth Lights on Friday Nights'.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
*all work must be less than or equal to 10"x10" in measurement and greater than or equal to 6 in quantity; submission deadline is July1st!*
This show will be in conjunction with 'The Enormous Tiny Art Show' held at Nahcotta. One town, two galleries, tons of tiny art!
We are pleased to announce a new exhibition going up next week, 'Objects with History' featuring mixed-media works by Helene Farrar and Amanda Jones.
In her series, 'The Retelling of the Past', Farrar juxtaposes collected photographs from the far past with new "spaces". Hélène Farrar has a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is an adjunct professor of art at the University of Maine at Augusta. Amanda Jones is primarily self-taught. Her work is genuine in its use of objects from the past often with significance personal to the artist.
The show opens Friday, May 8th with an opening reception to be held that evening from 5-8pm in conjunction with Art 'Round Town. All are welcome! The artists will be present and refreshments will be served.
I was both surprised and honored to receive the award for 'Best Painter'. The walk to the stage was truly terrifying and my acceptance speech was the shortest and most awkward of the night - consisting of "I am very much out of my comfort zone" followed by not one but two "Thank you's". My friends have offered comfort by saying I was "genuine".
Anyway, the evening consisted of many other awards. I would like to congratulate Jane Sydney for winning the award for 'Best Photographer'. Jane has a solid vision, I enjoyed her recent showing at Nahcotta.
In addition to the many awards that were presented, the audience was treated to many local musicians and theatrical performances. Northern a.k.a. Chris Greiner and friends gave a memorable performance.