Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Artscope Coverage of Pioneer Women

ANNE BURTON, Collograph Monotype
Artscope Magazine gave us top billing in their e-blast for PIONEER WOMEN  art exhibit in Easthampton, MA. They have been a wonderful resource of outstanding exhibits in New England.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pioneer Women at Eastworks, Easthampton MA

Sandy Litchfield, Turn Around Town, Oil on Canvas

I'm producing a new edition of Pioneer Women which has traveled from Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn to Western Massachusetts. These artists  blaze new frontiers in art and here is a taste of some of the beautiful and evocative work of these talented local artists. 

Rosalyn Driscoll drives home the point that art is more than just a visual experience by using tactile sculptures in her work. Susan Montgomery delves into the dark history of 17th century Mary Bliss Parson, the accused witch of Northampton and Springfield, with provocative drawings. Sandy Litchfield combines digital imagery and paint to create cityscapes that evoke a latter-day cubism. Several artists—especially, Rachel Folsom, Elizabeth Pols and Terry Rooney—push the boundaries of painting on shaped canvases and wood contraptions. Pols re purposes antique writing desks into contemporary assemblages. Lourdes Morales evokes spiritual spaces with intersecting classical figures. Karen Dolmanisth will transform the installation space using natural materials and quote from Persian poet Rumi, evoking different kinds of love: “The lover’s cause is separate from all causes.”

This travelling exhibition premiered in Brooklyn, New York to rave reviews:
“Her (Karen Dolmanisth) work, along with that of several other innovative artists, is the thrilling new exhibit at the pioneering Tabla Rasa Gallery…” and
“A Riveting Exhibit of Astonishing Works.”—Brooklyn Daily Eagle

MAP Gallery at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA
June 6 – June 28
Artists’ Reception: Sat., June 13 @ 5 – 8 PM
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat 1 – 4 PM

Lourdes Morales
           PIONEER WOMEN

MAP Gallery at Eastworks
116 Pleasant St.
Easthampton, MA

Gallery Talk- June 18, 7 PM

June 6 - June 28
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat. 1 - 4 PM


Lisa Griffith, Gown on Gown, paper & mixed media

Friday, March 6, 2015

Blue Liberty

The Statue of Liberty has the Blues. This beautiful statue, a gift from  the people of France, is the only historic figure of a woman that is known worldwide. She represents what's good about America, This art exhibition is an exploration on what this statue means to America, and how the values she stands for have been challenged. Artist, Terry Rooney explores her muse in many settings, in a multi-media exhibit in Westfield this Spring.

Liberty once was celebrated with a poem  by Emma Lazarus, "Give me your tired, your poor." But those idealistic goals of our forefathers, were trampled on by a succession conservative presidents who made it difficult for immigrants to come to America.

Liberty has  shown her torches light during 9/11 but began vanishing during the Bush presidential years, as our rights to privacy disappeared and survelliance on ordinary citizens is gathered. Vanishing Liberty, earsed charcoal drawings of the statue brings home this point.  The Statue of Liberty and the snake is a metaphor of our times, when evil creeps into our country, our society suffers as a whole. 
Ferguson, Collograph & colored pencil

LIBERTY BLUES,  opens this week at Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State University, 577 Western Ave., Westfield  March 5 - April 18. This exhibit is a retrospective with over 30 years of artwork of this heroic statue which shined in the harbor of her hometown, New York City. 

Recent addition to this exhibition is a Liberty holding a brush, to honor the French people recovering from their recent terror attack. Also another recent addition is  collograph and drawing entitled, "Ferguson." 

Artist Reception, Thursday, March 19, 5:30-7:30 PM, (Snow Date March 26)