August 15 – September 27
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 16, 2-4 pm
Ballroom Gallery: Beverly Seamans (1928-2012), “Bringing Life to Bronze” – Sculpture & Watercolors
This Retrospective of the renowned and beloved Marblehead Sculptor’s work was presented by her son, John Seamans. A granddaughter of John P. Benson, notable marine painter and the great niece of American Impressionist painter and printmaker Frank W. Benson, Mrs. Beverly Benson Seamans was a long time member of the Marblehead Arts Association and many other local arts associations. She belonged to the Copley Society of Boston and was a Fellow of the National Sculptor Society in New York City. She had a successful career as an Artist here on the North Shore of Boston and her work has become internationally known. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and also with George Demetrios in Gloucester and Peter Abate, a founding member of the New England Sculptors’ Association. Her work is in many private collections and such public collections as Beverly Hospital, Wellesley College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She exhibited locally at the Boston Museum of Science and the Peabody Essex Museum as well as further afield at the National Sculptors Society in New York City and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. One of her most notable commissions was for the American Cathedral in Paris, France.
“She tries to give life to each animal, bird or child; capturing a moment in time, and their individual characteristics. Sculpture for her is a celebration of life”
There was a rare opportunity to learn more about Bev Seamans’ life and work at an Artist’s Talk given by her son, John Seamans. The presentation was well attended and John gave a stirring, heartfelt portrait of his mother, her life and her process.
“Bringing Life to Bronze, the Sculpture Journey of Beverly Seamans”
Thursday, August 27
Parlor Gallery: Loren Doucette, “When Spirit Calls” – Acrylic and Mixed Media
An Artist living and working in Gloucester, MA, Loren is a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony and holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Montserrat College of Art. She has shown regularly in solo and group shows on the North Shore. Loren’s work employs multiple painting and drawing mediums in concert and uses color to its full expressive potential with still life and landscapes. Her work displayed a coherent range of abstraction to representation.
“My practice demands openness to experimentation in any and all media. My paintings are in direct response to the people and places that surround me.”
Hendrick Gallery: Caroline May, “Lost Views: Vanished Landscapes of Eastern Long Island” – Oil Painting
Caroline May has a BA in French and Art from Regis College. She also studied in New York at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Art & Design. Carol has had solo shows as well as exhibited and won awards in juried shows. She has been represented by galleries in Eastern Long Island and her work is in many private collections. Her luscious, impressionistic landscapes from her visits to Long Island, New York are emblematic of her thoughts on nature. Sheila’s paintings were contrasted by accompanying small black and white photos representing the current view of many of the locations that she painted while on Long Island.
“A peaceful landscape evokes the tranquility of a simple existence in harmony with nature. And, it matches that purity of thought with its clarity of color: – sky blue – grass green – sun yellow.”
2nd Floor Left Gallery: Sheila Farren Billings, “New England Moments” – Acrylic Painting
Sheila Farren Billings is an award-winning artist and the author/illustrator of 4 published children’s books. She grew up in a family of artists and lives in Salem, MA. Her work has appeared in many shows and galleries in the North Shore area, earning numerous awards and grants. Sheila uses a variety of styles and mediums, working en plein air and from her own photographs to capture delightful local scenes. Her fine art and prints can also be found at her shop at #5 Artists Row in Salem, MA.
“This exhibit is a collection of artwork inspired by the beauty we see around us every day.”
2nd Floor Right Gallery: Martin Whitkin, “What the Vandals Left Behind” – Oil Painting on linen and canvas
Martin Whitkin is a life-long Boston area native, retired from criminal justice law, who resides in Swampscott, MA. He is a past Artist Member of Boston’s Copley Society, and current member of the MAA.
“I love the painters Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper, and the writer Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. My work appears to be an amalgam of these influences, giving umbrage to nature and time, sometimes providing voyeuristic insight and interest, and here and there offering irreverent humor. Most paintings, at least in my head, also tell a good story.”
Dining Room Gallery: “Artworks” Group Exhibit, “Metamorphosis – Evolution of an Idea”
Janet Albert, Holly Chin, Elaine Caliri Daly,
Susan Kauder, Barbara Rafferty, Polly Maxon Tritschler
The six artists of this group have been meeting bi-monthly for over four years at the MAA to inspire and encourage each other’s creative work. In this exhibit, each of the artists presented their own interpretation of a metamorphosis with 3 art creations in their individual medium and style. The mediums ranged from watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage to sculpture and their styles included abstract, surrealistic, impressionistic and realistic. This exhibit honored Roseann Spinale Marks, one of its members who is not able to create art work at this time.