Happy New Year!
January 1, 2015
To kick off the year, we've chosen exhibitions spawned from communities of all types: family centers, local artists, colleges. Despite their obvious differences, these communities revolve around the same type of artistic collaboration, a give and take between the artist and the audience. When it comes to appreciation for the arts, its essential to gain exposure and interest from the public community at large, and what setting is more communal than the contribution to a city's image? In 2015, we'd like to take a closer look at the opportunities available for artists in the public arts arena, a venture whose momentum has already started in the New England region. Art is truly a placemaker, transforming spaces, people and frames of mind, so as the slate is wiped clean and we ring in another year, help us catch fire to this initiative in communities of all kinds. And from everyone here at Artscope, may your 2015 be filled with beauty and kindness in every measure.
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Ceramics Biennial 2014 at New Hampshire Institute of Art
in Manchester, New Hampshire now through January 12
Teapot by Maureen Mills, woodfired with sgraffito, inlay, resists and glaze.
huge celebration of ceramics is happening right now at New Hampshire Institute of Art
. In fact, it's so big they can't feature it all in one building. Ceramics Biennial 2014
is being shown in the Amherst Street Gallery at 77 Amherst Street, Manchester, while Ceramics Faculty: Celebrating the Process
, a faculty-focused exhibition, is at the nearby French Building Gallery
at 148 Concord Street. Whether local or global, the artists featured in these exhibitions represent a unique approach to working with clay and their devotion to the process itself is obvious. Though the balance between teaching and creating is often a struggle for artists, the constant growth and discovery of the NHIA
faculty demonstrates their ability to transcend this challenge. Take for example Maureen Mills
, a full-time Fine Arts faculty member who celebrates the juxtaposition of strength and softness of the medium. "My work continues to explore the contradictions of delicate surface techniques combined with the strength of brown stoneware clays and most recently the use of pristine white porcelain clay body in heavily altered forms," Mills
said. Artists in the nationally-juried Ceramics Biennial Exhibition 2014
focus on similar aspects of the medium, including juror Kathy King
, whose narrative ceramic vessels translate personal experiences in relation to social culture that deals with issues such as sexual orientation, reproduction, the body and gender. Also an active studio artist in the Boston area, King
is the Director of Education and an instructor at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
. Both ceramic exhibitions are on view now through Monday, January 12
at their respective locations. Coinciding with these works of clay is the building and firing of an anagama kiln at the NHIA Sharon Arts Center
campus in Peterborough, New Hampshire. It represents work including a range of processes both on and off the wheel, from sculptural to functional, and from the very small to the very large. Invited participants include Biennial
juror Kathy King
and Distinguished American Artists Discussing Art (DAaDA) lecturer Sergei Isupov
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THE POWER OF SMALL THINGS
At the Chandler Gallery, Amy Schuyler Clarkson Finds Poignancy in
Fruit, Flowers and Sweets
"I love that it is never easy to paint the next painting," says Amy Schuyler Clarkson, whose quietly radiant watercolors and oils betray neither hesitation nor struggle. The luscious colors in Clarkson's still lifes at the Chandler Gallery entice us to contemplate plantains, hydrangeas, jam-thumbprint cookies and stacks of cupcake liners. "I have always been attracted to small works of art," says Clarkson, who cites ancient Mughal watercolors and Japanese woodblocks as inspiration. "They draw a viewer in and invite accessibility that larger works do not."
Intimate Still Life Paintings is on display at the Chandler Gallery from January 19 through February 20, 2015. The opening reception will be held
on January 29 from 6-8 pm.
North Bennet Street School
MAKING IT IN AMERICA: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND CRAFT
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:00pm / free
North Bennet Street School, Boston
An exploration of African American crafts by Lowery Stokes Sims, Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and an expert on the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists.
Details online at
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2:00 pm
Winter Exhibitions Reception with talks by Peter Korn and Barbara Andrus to celebrate "Crafting A Collection" & "Barbara Andrus: Fieldwork" Reception
2:00 pm Peter Korn lecture followed by a book-signing for his latest book Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman
3:30 pm Barbara Andrus Gallery Talk
Peter Korn is Woodworker, author, and founder of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. If you enjoyed reading, Why We Make Things and Why it Matters join our informal discussion group with other book lovers at 1:00 pm before the lecture. Email us at [email protected] and to let us know that you will be joining the discussion group.
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Invited Artists at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
in Brattleboro, Vermont January 8 through March 1
Bike Path by Doug Trump, 2013, oil and mixed media on polymesh.
he start to 2015 will be one to remember at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
as they exhibit two renowned artists to carry out the winter. Invited Artists
will feature the works in oil, pencil and collage of abstract painter Doug Trump
and the botanical prints of award-winning local artist, Maggie Lake
's new works invite viewers to consider their modes of creation, as well as remind us of the artist's distinctive and ever-engaging style. His use of paint and collage, employing grids, repeated strokes and fields of color create a holistic feel to each individual work, the visual insistence of the piece becoming the narrative, a story or vision complete in its own regard. "Paintings are not rooted to verbal or written language," Trump
says. "They are fixed without hindrance upon their own bearings." This explains the fluidity of Trump
's creations and their ability to transcend physical boundaries. Alongside Trump
's works are the botanical prints of Maggie Lake
. Started 25 years ago, Lake
's Vermont Botanical
series is created from specimens of plants foraged on expeditions throughout Vermont. Of her most recent foraging hikes, Lake
said, "The transformation of the plants was so dramatic, from tiny shapes of starry pale flowers and their new born leaves clasped tightly around their stems to ungainly bug-eaten golden leaves bearing red and blue fruits, oozing their seed and juices into the soil and decaying leaf matter. What a metaphor for life, for my life, as I struggle with terminal cancer, birth, death and rebirth." All proceeds from the sale of artwork in her show will go directly to the artist and her family as they deal with expenses relating to her terminal cancer. Invited Artists
will be on view at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
starting Thursday, January 8 through Sunday, March 1
. An opening celebration
is slated for January 8
Two Exhibitions at River Arts Center
in Morrisville, Vermont January 8 through March 2
Untitled by Crystal Crosby, featured in Through Our Lens.
he folks at River Arts
are ringing in the New Year with two concurrent exhibitions that explore and expose the process of creation. The Copley Common Space Gallery
will display Through Our Lens
, a collection of work created during The Big Picture Project
collaboration between River Arts
and the Lamoille Family Center
's "Families Learning Together" program. The six-week project, aimed to increase awareness and self-esteem through the creative process, began with a trip to Montreal where participants experimented in street photography using digital cameras to document their encounters. Led by professional artist and photographer Kelly Holt
, the group explored architecture, art, culture and portraiture using experiential photography. Over the past two years, River Arts
has worked in partnership with the Lamoille Family Center
to serve teens and young adults with high quality arts programs and experiences. Other collaborations with the program have included culinary arts workshops, self-portrait photography, portraiture and an artist book workshop. In addition to the Through Our Lens
exhibition on view Thursday, January 8 through Monday, March 2
, a book will be published in 2015 with a larger collection of images from the project. Proceeds from photography and book sales will benefit the "Families Learning Together" program. Also on view during the exhibition dates is a display of abstract paintings by Maria Anghelache
in Tropical Abstract/Abstractions
's oeuvre on display arose in response to the long winters in Vermont. Enveloping the viewer in an explosion of vibrant color, Anghelache
uses acrylic and pigment markers to break down natural elements and convey an emotional response through the streams of conversation that pulsate throughout the pieces. Flowers, butterflies and seagrass are pulled into her creative conversations and flow onto the canvas in a rivulet of blues, reds, yellows and greens. Both Tropical Abstract/Abstractions
and Through Our Lens
will host an opening reception
at River Arts
on Thursday, January 8
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at Bromfield in January
Left: Examined Repetition by Wendy Wolf. Right: Fuji by Lyell Castonguay.
Bromfield Gallery presents exhibitions by its two SOLO 2015 winners: "Feathery Devils" by Lyell Castonguay and "Examined Repetition" by Wendy Wolf. Castonguay's monumental woodcuts turn birds into fierce predators. Wolf's ink drawings on Yupo transform automatic writing into meditation.
The shows run Jan 2 - February 1, and the opening is Friday, Jan 2, 6-830 pm.
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