I have made my reservation for tomorrow's Hillside Salon
and am looking forward to meeting both Sally Curcio and Jeff Derose and the other featured artists as well.
I was recently contacted by Jeff, who admired my work at the Hosmer Gallery and at Gallery in the Woods, with a link to his site. His work is amazing!! and I am inspired by the light he brings into his work. Here is just a sample respectfully borrowed from his site.
Photography by Jeff Derose
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hillside - The Chancellor's House, UMass Amherst Campus
Contact: Peg Wilson,
The second in a series of monthly Hillside Salons at the campus home of Sabine and Robert Holub, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The salon’s usual format allows each artist 20 seconds per slide to show 20 views of his or her work, for a total of only about six and a half minutes per person. After these, the gathering is open to discussion. But as Holub explains, “We will already challenge this format with the October Salon, as we have invited a dancer who will be holding 20 dance positions for 20 seconds each, accompanied by a pianist.” Hillside Salons are held on the third Tuesday of each month.
Space is limited; for more information or to request a reservation, call (413) 545-4336, or e-mail Hillside@umass.edu.
The four artists to be featured at the October Hillside Salon are:
• Sally Curcio of Florence. Her recent body of work, “Bubble” uses such materials as pins, beads, shuttlecocks, false eyelashes and makeup pads to create miniature worlds in 10-inch-square glass bubbles. Though whimsical and fragile, Curcio’s bubbles also revive the cultural critique of the Dadaist tradition. She studied at Williams College and the American College in London, earning a BFA in painting at UMass Amherst.
• Ethel Poindexter of Northampton. The process of making art is important to Poindexter, who respects the uniqueness and character of images and materials she collects, mostly from construction sites. Through her work she explores questions of how we see things, what we think and experience. She earned a BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Sculpture at The University of Miami.
• Jeff Derose of Easthampton. With formal training in art history and photography plus 18 years as a biomedical researcher, multi-media artist Derose now creates short films for museums and universities. Polarity is the underlying theme that unifies the work. His video, “Drifting” is currently showing as part of the “H20 Film on Water” exhibition at Spheris Gallery in Hanover, New Hampshire.
* Christina Svane of The Blue Guitar, Easthampton. Svane, the dancer who will hold 20 positions at this month’s salon, is interested in art’s power to affect our experience of time and open areas of awareness we usually move too fast to feel. Artists have time-stopping tools, she notes. She studied contact improv and was a member of the David Gordon Dance Company. At the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam she created “IDEA,” a monthly performance that includes audience response.
Organized in cooperation with the University Gallery.