Friday, August 28, 2009

Are Artists Special? Artist, Wolf Kahn will be giving a talk at the Brattleboro Museum Tomorrow.

Q: Are Artists Special?

The esteemed painter Wolf Kahn will give a talk entitled "Are Artists Special?" at BMAC on Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The talk is sponsored by Marlboro College and Vermont Artisan Designs.

Following the talk, Kahn will sign copies of his limited-edition print, "Deep Purple Landscape," available for purchase exclusively through BMAC (see Vermont Vernacular below.

Admission to the talk is $8 for adults, $6 for students, seniors, and BMAC members.
Tickets will be available at the door, but advance reservations are strongly recommended; call 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

An honorary trustee of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Wolf Kahn is widely regarded as one of the most important colorists working in America today.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, Kahn emigrated to the United States by way of England in 1940. In 1945 he graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York City, after which he spent time in the Navy. Under the GI Bill he studied with the well-known teacher and abstract expressionist Hans Hoffman, eventually becoming Hofmann's studio assistant. After receiving his baccalaureate degree from the University of Chicago in just one year, Kahn joined with other former Hofmann students to establish The Hansa, a cooperative gallery where he had his first one man show. Kahn has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a member of the Nation Academy of Design, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has created his signature landscape paintings in such diverse locales as Maine, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Kenya, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Egypt. He spends his summers and autumns in Brattleboro, Vermont, on a hillside farm, which he and his wife, the painter Emily Mason, have owned since 1968.Kahn's work is distinguished by its unique blend of Realism and the formal discipline of Color Field painting. It represents the synthesis of modern abstract training with the palette of Matisse, Rothko's sweeping bands of color, and the atmospheric qualities of American Impressionism. Kahn regularly exhibits at galleries and museums across North America. His work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum, among many others.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

PaperGirl, Northampton : Show, Closing Reception, & Project Conclusion

You are invited to attend the closing artist's reception for the PaperGirl Project.

Information as follows:

Artist: various artists (me), presented by Papergirl Northampton (Eben Kling, Adam Kology and Katherine Romansky)

Show Dates: August 31, 2009 - September 11, 2009

Reception Date: September 11, 6-9pm @ Dynamite Space, Thornes Marketplace

Venues: Thornes Marketplace, The Dirty Truth, Glamourama, Sticks and Bricks & The Guild
City, ST: Northampton, MA


Papergirl Northampton in collaboration with C3, Commonwealth Center for Change, will host its closing reception in the basement of Thornes Marketplace. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature light refreshments and a live music performance.

The closing reception marks the culmination of the two-week exhibition of the collected works of Papergirl Northampton. Following the reception, on Saturday September 12th, all the artwork from Papergirl will be distributed by a team of cyclists to random individuals on the streets of Northampton.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

So much to little time!!

I will post some Good news,
new show announcements,
and some newly commissioned pieces soon!!!
Stay tuned :-)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Henna Painting.....A Little Summer time fun!

I had a non-typical day in the studio.... a little summer time fun. HENNA!!
Here are our feet....before and after.

I met up with Whitney yesterday to do henna. I met her about 4 years ago while my son and her children were at Full Circle a small private school in Bernardston MA. Whitney is a bellydancer and henna artist. I took a class with her and it was a totally awesome experience. I wish she had classes closer but she now teaches in the Amherst area. Over the years she has been a friend, photography client, and art patron. There are lots of pictures I have taken of her over the years on her website. Have a look!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Inherent Divinity Series # 5

This piece came together very intuitively.
I tried out some other compositional elements here.
Not sure where the next will take me.....kinda exciting!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Paper Girl Project Northampton Submission

I happily dropped off my Paper Girl project submission today. The work will be displayed among several venues in Northampton including Sticks & Bricks Gallery and The Commonwealth Center for Change. There will be a closing reception for the artists details are still being worked out but I will announce it when I know. The project will take place on Sept. 12th. I will be there to take photos for documentation.
I finished another in this series (Inherent Divinity) over the weekend and will photograph and post tomorrow. These first 3 I am calling artist proofs. The others will really start the series.
In the first 3 I was exploring the new process I worked out and getting into the flow of this new work. The last 2 that I have completed I feel are a bit more complex and stronger in many ways.
On another note today while in the Valley today, I went to the Naccul Center for the Arts to Jackie Boudreau-Kinney's show of expressive hill town landscapes. I would recommend a stop by if your in the Amherest area.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Canvas Project Show at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atrium Gallery

Check out the photos of the show
I am participating in
The Canvas Project
at the Atlanta airport on the
Art House flickr page…

Photos Uploaded on
August 12, 2009
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If your flying through Atlanta Airport stop by the Atrium Gallery to see this show.
One of my pieces "Malignant" is in this photo taken by the Art House Staff.
All photos used in this post are
Copy written by ArtHouse Gallery, Atlanta. GA
I thank them for the use on this blog to link to their site.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Palmistry : #4 in Inherent Divinity Series

I finished #4 in the Inherent Divinity series today.
Adding for the first time some metallic gold paint (around the hand) for added sacredness. There is something in this series besides my exploration of the divine spark in us all, It is also about the mapping of self.... I am not sure how this will all tie in other than my interest in using images from iridology, palmistry, reflexology, astrology, and acupuncture.
I am very excited about this work and hope to have a real body of at least 12 to show soon to Gallery in the Woods for an upcoming show. I will also probably pick a few of the images to submit to New American Paintings as well. That deadline is approaching.

On another note....
I visited the studio of artist Christine Lamb yesterday and was really inspired by her conceptual work with the idea of technology, humans, and robots. I can't wait to show a picture of her and one of her paintings when she is ready to unveil some of her images.

I also visited the Eric Carl Museum this past week. There was a really wonderful documentary playing about Eric and his creative process that we all enjoyed but the museum is a little on the dry side..... I was glad I had gotten a free pass from the local library. It did have an outstanding picture book gift shop however....that seemed to have everything you can imagine on picture books and Eric.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ginny Rockwood Studio Guest

This past Friday the artist Ginny Rockwood visited my studio.
I enjoyed sharing with her my work and talking with her about what she has been up to as well.
Her last 2 shows were at the Brattleboro Museum of Art and the Savanna College of Art and Design. She has recently put up a website that features her paper portraits.
One (to the right) is me about 8 years ago with my baby boy... Benjamin. Wow! such a long time ago. I look/feel so different it's hard to believe that is me.... and Ben too has changed so much. How time flies.......
Ginny's artist statement states "Even as a child, I’ve felt an “itch” within that signified a need to create. I continue to scratch today.
Portraiture is one way I work at saving the memories and events in my life. Currently I’m exploring the integration of computer technology with the use of specialty papers through utilizing the colors, patterns, textures, and translucence of the papers to cut, glue, and form the layers of each personality. The process evokes reflection and gratitude to those who have affected and helped shape my life. Traveling around the world has provided me with an abundance of opportunities, and I’ve interacted with and experienced the energies of many locations. Digital photography has become my medium of choice to record my responses to each new landscape, seascape, structure, and being and their impact on me. It’s the process of creating that feeds me. Regardless of the outcome, the satisfaction comes with the anticipation, the thinking, the preparation, and the making. It keeps me human."

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

TransCultural Exchange Gala, Show, & Auction

I am including this info on my blog because .....
1. T.C.E. is a great organization that helps artists.
2. It is an opportunity that artists may find interesting.
3. I am planning on doing it.

TransCultural Exchange is celebrating its 20th anniversary October 24, 2009 with a gala cocktail party, dance and auction at the French Library Alliance Francaise, located in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood.
We are looking for artists to donate small-scale art work in the form of a postcard (4” x 6”) to offer for sale to our guests throughout the evening. All works submitted will be exhibited at the Alliance Francaise’s gallery that evening; and any artist who donates a work is eligible for a reduced priced ticket ($25) to the gala, which includes 2 free drink tickets. (Tickets can be purchased at the door.)
All the artists’ names also will be listed at the gallery and on our website’s sponsorship page, where we are also happy to include your website as well. Please note: All artworks will be offered for $35. Works should only be signed on the back, along with your contact information and, if available, website.

Our goal is to offer everyone a chance to afford a fabulous work of art that is as playful in its format as it is mysterious in its creation. Thus the identity of the creator will only revealed after purchased, which is why no work can be exhibited that is signed on the front. All unsold works will be kept by TransCultural Exchange to offer for re-sale at its next event.

Proceeds from the sales of the art works will be set aside for scholarships to the 2011 Conference on International Opportunities in the Art: The Interconnected World.

For publicity purposes all works must be received (not postmarked) by September 20, 2009. Please send your work (only one work per artist) to

TransCultural Exchange
516 East Second Street #30
Boston, MA 02127
Attn: Mary Sherman

TransCultural Exchange is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a greater understanding of world cultures through the creation of large-scale, global art projects, artist exchanges and educational programming.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Inherent Divinity Image Proof 3

The photo is a little off in color but its close enough.
Here is the last piece for the PaperGirl Project that I will be participating in this September. However, I have perfected my process for this work and will do a series of similar Final images for an anticipated show at Gallery in the Woods. I still need to get a chunk of work done before I am comfortable confirming a date but it should all work out for the best whatever month I end up with.

Inherent Divinity series Image 2 Proof

This is proof image 2 in the Inherent Divinity Series.
Working on #3 today. I am using lots of materials and processes to achieve my images ranging from tea stains, acrylic transfers, digital photography, painting.....and more.
Its been fun to work small and fast. In some ways this work is reminiscent of my days at UMass in the Printmaking Dept.
Maybe I can pull of a show in the fall after all?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Inherent Divinity Proof 1 : Eye Chart

I have had this idea percolating for a while now.
This is a mini mixed media proof for my Inherent Divinity group of works. I have a larger work in progress as well. This will be one of the pieces that go to the Paper Girl project. It has led me to other ideas. I love it when that happens!
Alicia Hunsicker's art is undeniably beautiful. She is an expert at extracting the highly-detailed textures and fibers of the human body, bringing them from darkness, into the light, with a technical precision that rivals any modern-day master.
David Aquino, Brattleboro Reformer