Friday, September 30, 2011

Excerpts from The Creative Life in Leyden article

Excerpt from The Greenfield Recorder's LIFE & TIMES *9/3/2011

The Creative Life in Leyden
When thinking of small-town artists, paintings of landscapes, farm buildings and animals may come to mind, but the abstract work of three Leyden artists couldn't be further from folksy.
Maybe it's something in the water, or maybe it's the serenity of the hills, but whatever the cause, something about the little town of less than 900 residents seems to foster creativity. The following three artists, as well as several others, have made Leyden their home.

Alicia Hunsicker

Working from a home studio in Leyden, Alicia Hunsicker uses a variety of media to create her art. She works in oil paints, digital photography, Xerox transfers, and acrylic under-paintings, done on paper, board or canvas.
Her painting, "Moments of Creation," sets neurons against a multi-colored backdrop, with orbs that could be interpreted as thoughts in the making.
"My interest lies in using patterns found both in nature and the body -- brain neurons and tree roots, for example," she said. "My current themes are inner and outer, micro and macro, and materialization and dematerialization. They all evolve from the idea of the moment of creation, when a thought manifests into form."
Hunsicker says her style is based on realism, with things placed in a surreal way, in what some would call a "visionary style," but feels that her work can't be categorized.
Her "Inherent Divinity" series can be seen in the Worcester Windows Summer Exhibition presented by Worcester State University, now through Nov. 30.
"In this work, I transform the eye and hand into symbols that represent the divine," she said. "This series is more than just an exploration of the divine spark in us all; it's about the creative process and about mapping of self. (The pieces in the series) are mixed media works on paper."
Hunsicker has received several grants and awards for her work and, last summer, she was invited to a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt. There, she was one of 50 artists from around the world who were given an apartment, studio and meals to allow them to concentrate on their work.
This fall, she will feature about eight paintings from her "Moments of Creation" series in a solo show at the Gallery in the Woods, in Brattleboro, Vt. The show will start on the day of the town's monthly "First Friday Gallery Walk" Nov. 4, and run through Dec. 31.
For more from Hunsicker, visit her blog at She also welcomes tours of her home studio; if you're interested, email her at

For more on these and other artists who hail from the hills of Leyden, as well as exhibit listings and samples of their work, visit:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

All the Little Details...

This past week and for the next few weeks I will be attending to all the little details it takes to be ready for a solo show: updating artist statements, writing P.R. and sending it out, printing mailing labels and stamping the post cards, sending them out, Finishing paintings, doing final coats of varnish, mounting works on paper, cleaning edges, photographing work....etc..etc....
(take deep breath now)

All the while getting out the end of Sept/beginning of Oct. grant and fellowship deadlines, which are many! I am soooooo busy, but am glad for the distractions so I cant even think about being mostly housebound with my broken leg. I am thankful for the work and deadlines!

This is a new painting in progress that I hope to be able to finish for the show.

Creation and Destruction, 24"x 29", oil on board. 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Opening Reception & WIndows Walk for Worcester Windows Summer Exhibition

Worcester Windows is pleased to present its Summer 2011 exhibition to run August 1 - November 30, 2011. This exhibition was coordinated by Worcester State Gallery, Bethany Strothers curator.

You may find my paintings at two locations;

*Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street: featuring the work of artist Alicia Adams Hunsicker, 'Duality', 'Waterfall', and 'Divination'

*60 Franklin Street: featuring the work of artists Alicia Adams Hunsicker, 'Palmistry: Inherent Divinity #4', 'Iris: Inherent Divinity #5', 'Divinity Tree: Inherent Divinity #6', 'Hansa Eye of God: Inherent Divinity #7' and 'Illuminated Angel'.

Opening Reception Worcester Windows Community Gallery

Friday, September 16, 2011
5:30 PM-7:30 PM

60 Franklin Street, Worcester
60 Franklin Street
Worcester, MA 0160

Opening reception for newest exhibition of the Worcester Windows Community Gallery program to be held at 60 Franklin Street, overlooking historic Worcester Common. Reception to include complimentary refreshments, live entertainment and walking tours of the Community Gallery footprint.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Worcester Windows is a community gallery program which uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the City’s downtown and to provide display opportunities for local emerging and established artists. Originally intended simply as a means to provide exhibit opportunities, Worcester Windows has grown dramatically, successfully raising the awareness of Worcester as a Creative City by not only bringing artwork to the public and showcasing local talent, but in also establishing itself as a true community gallery through which many of the exhibiting artists have sold works.

Monday, September 12, 2011

B.E.A.N. vs. IRENE at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

As the recipient of the last B.E.A.N. Grant, I will be attending to hand out the postcards for my show that I had printed with the award. I am awaiting the delivery of the postcards as I write! In the meantime here is a digital copy of the postcard for preview.

This time the dinner is a family event with lots of entertainment to help artists and arts organizations who were impacted from the Irene floods.

Sunday, Sept. 18th, 6-8pm
at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
All the details of this event are available here:

Monday, September 5, 2011


Its been a while since I have blogged.....The Chain Letter show was unfortunately more eventful than planned! Here's the story:

I fell in a pothole on the sidewalk in Boston and broke both bones in my leg right above the ankle. I spent a week at Boston Medical Ctr. and two surgeries later I found myself having to stay with family for aftercare and one story living. A month after the accident I moved home (two weeks ago) but am limited to one floor. I will not be able to put weight on my foot for another 6 weeks. The recovery time is long but I am mending well and getting a little painting done in my living room as the studio is downstairs :-(.
I did miss some opportunities because of the accident but I decided to keep on track for my solo show dates at Gallery in the Woods. Thankfully I was in great shape before the accident.

The Opening Reception will be Friday, November 4th, 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
Save the Date!

Yesterday, I designed and ordered my postcard for the show and am asking people who may like a postcard sent to them to send me their mailing addresses. You can email me at if you would like to be added to my mailing list.

On another note a wonderful feature article came out in the Life & Times section of The Greenfield Recorder about 3 artists from Leyden (me included) called "The Creative Life in Leyden" by David Rainville.

Life is interesting isn't it! One day you have plans, and a way of doing things then Kaboom! Everything changes in one instant!

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