Serving as Executive Director of the Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) has been nothing short of a privilege and an adventure. We have made important strides as an organization that will continue to give the MAA great momentum for going forward. Thank you to all who have taken this journey with me to help advance this dynamic association.
The Marblehead Festival of Arts “Painting the Town” Exhibit and MAA Summer Members’ Exhibit
Finding paintings of Marblehead landscapes is as common as finding pennies on the ground. The Town of Marblehead and its landmarks have been painted numerous times by renowned artists and amateurs alike. Still, with scenes and images so often depicted, one might think that these paintings are all the same, or that they get old and predictable after a while. The Painting the Town exhibit currently hanging at the Marblehead Arts Association definitely disproves this theory. [Read more…]
May 7, 2016 – June 19, 2016
Regional Sculpture Exhibit – Material and Form – curated by art educator & sculptor, Michael A. Guadagno, of The Barn Workshop in Danvers. MA.
A Presentation of Sculptures executed in four different medias Bronze, Stone, Clay, Glass. This exhibit explored the aesthetic qualities of each medium and how it compliments the total presentation of the sculpture. The material’s individual qualities requires different skill sets to form it into a work of art. Each material’s interaction with nature’s elements: Light, Color, Strength, Endurance and Weight, contributes to the
totality of the sculpture and how the viewer visually and intellectually responds to it.
- Melanie Zibit
- Peter Decamp Haines
- Lindley Briggs
- Jeff Briggs
- John Volpacchio
- Claudia. Olds. Goldie
- Chris Watts
- Sean Clarke
- Michael A. Guadagno
Art Faculty of Marblehead Schools – Mixed Media
A call for works was sent to all Marblehead Schools; The Public Schools, Tower School, Cohen Hillel and the Charter School. They had a successful group show that will hopefully become an annual event here at the MAA. Lead Art Instructor and MAA artist member, Pascale Queval with fellow faculty members, Cathy Landergan,. Karen Lehman, Rachel Branham and Shirley Huller White represented Marblehead High School. Molly Hauptman and Tammy Nohelty represented the lower grades from Veterans and Bell schools. There was a diverse range of media on exhibit including quilts, paintings, assemblage and photography.
Alicia Irick Cohen – Pets and Playmates – a Collection of Pet Portraits – Acrylics on Canvas
This exhibit of the latest series of paintings by local artist Alicia Irick Cohen occupied the Parlor Gallery. Alicia is the winner of the Marblehead Festival of the Arts People’s Choice Award in painting for the past two years featuring beloved animals in her work. Her inspirations range from works of the great masters to everyday environments, and she finds ways to incorporate them in colorful and whimsical portrayals of her furry friends. “You love your pet, and so do I,” is her creed. Alicia is available to do commissions of portraits of pets by request. Please call the Marblehead Arts Association for more information at 781-631-2608.
Niki Farrell – Mon Bec Sucre’ (My Sweet Tooth) – Oil Paintings
The paintings in this exhibit were a result of Niki’s travels to France and other places. They were painted upon her return home to the United States. For Farrell, creating this work was not only a method of reminiscing but also a means of travel without actually stepping on a plane. “My painting engulfs me as I enter into the realm of adventure. While I am painting, it is like I am there, in my memory. My paintings are a self-portrait, but in landscape-form. They reflect my personal interests and where I have traveled. In my painting, not only am I depicting a sense of myself, but I am also depicting a different culture. Each landscape has its own identity relative to its place of origin.”
“To either pacify or contribute to my “appetite,” I make art. There resides a driving force inside me that yearns for something that is inexplicable. Something intangible. As the French would say, the “je ne sais quoi” (I don’t know what). I believe that my art serves as a vehicle to express the “je ne sais quoi.” My landscapes have begun to scrape the surface of that inexplicable driving force. I am lighthearted and blissful when the scenery of my personal memoir engulfs me. Qualifying whether art functions as a form of meditation or chance to express for me is not something I find important. What is important to me is that I create. Art is “mon bec sucré”, my sweet tooth.”
Susan j.Schrader – Whimsy – Paintings and Drawings
A selection of Schrader’s latest work on canvas, board and paper, this exhibit reflected her connection with the abstracted figure in a city or landscape with little implied depth. The figures were either very grounded or floating in their own little world. The representation of windows of buildings created repetitive patterns and a space where the figures can suggest a moment in time. Whimsy was a touchstone for the varied series Schrader has been working on. “Ears to the ground” series is very quiet, with the figures bent over trying to listen to the earth… “Nighttime Keeper Lady” series focuses on the female figure who is often holding a candlestick while flying through the night skies. “Tell me something” series is the connection between two lovers who are forever discovering things about each other.
“My work is about life. About release. About letting go. About giving oneself up to what life has to offer: happiness, love, friendship, wonderment, grasping/releasing. My paintings are about relationships within yourself as well as with other people and moments in life. I love to draw! I draw very organically, plunging into the moment with my pen nib and india ink on the blank canvas and see what “creatures” will come to life. Then I begin to add my color – I love bright, vibrant colors and loads of detail — dots upon dots! I am aware of both the positive and negative spaces as I am drawing and how these spaces relate to the marks and the development of textures and color.”
“ I communicate emotions through the simplicity of my quirky, little “creatures”. How they themselves interact with each other upon the surface of my canvas invites us to perhaps ponder how we feel when we are faced with a moment in our own lives that brings us connection to someone or something. The spontaneous gestures and movements of the creatures allows the viewer to see their own connections to themselves or to another.”
Michelangelo, Degas, Rodin, and Picasso. These are the names of some of the most famous painters throughout history. Their work is revered and studied time and time again by people all over the world. While these artists all come from different periods and create art using different techniques and mediums, they do have one thing in common. They are all men. The world of art is filled with the names of famous men. And even on a smaller scale, many lesser-known artists are men. This is not to say that there aren’t great women artists, because there are! Georgia O’Keefe, Mary Cassat, and Frieda Khalo are just a few. However, as in many things, women are often underrepresented.
That’s why it is so great to see the Marblehead Arts Association showcasing the art of three talented and powerful women in their solo shows this Spring. From Niki Farrell’s vibrant landscapes and Alicia Cohen’s amazingly realistic acrylic paintings, to Susan Schrader’s captivating and stylistic portraits, the women in the MAA exhibits are each unique and talented, and demonstrate art worthy of recognition.
New England Regional Exhibit: Variations II– 1st & 2nd Floor Galleries
March 19, 2016 – May 1, 2016
Opening Reception – Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 2-4 pm
Variations…. it’s what keeps outlooks fresh and interesting. For over 93 years the Marblehead Arts Association has exhibited the works of artists from throughout New England, representing a diversity of style and media. The MAA continues that tradition by inviting artists, both members and non-members, from around New England to participate in this annual regional exhibit entitled Variations II. Over 140 pieces in all media from over 70 artists were hung. Although this exhibit was judged for prizes in the Fine Art and Photography categories it was not juried; it is intended to be a welcoming and inclusive experience for all the artists. Just as Spring breathed fresh life into the landscape of the North Shore, the Marblehead Arts Association bloomed with the new work of many artists never before seen at the MAA.
Montserrat Alumni Exhibit: Momentous Passage
– Ballroom Gallery
March 19, 2016 – May 1, 2016
Opening Reception – Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 2-4 pm
Momentous Passage explores the work of three artists: Sam Donohoe, Morgan Dyer and Kevin Lucey. Recent graduates of Montserrat College of Art, all three artists are “painters” who have honed their craft in their own individual sense of the word. They share in common an interest in paint for paint’s sake rather than paint used as a means to depict visual reality. [Read more…]
February 13 – March 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 14, 2:00-4:00 pm
Eleanor Fisher – Other Voices, Other Rooms – Mixed Media
Maria Sagris Herrey – Living the Landscape – Oil Painting
National Art Honor Society of Marblehead High School – Emerging Artists 2016 – Mixed Media
Dick Paik – A Change of Mood: New England Landscapes – Pastel
Pascale Queval – De la Condition Humaine (Of the Human Condition) – Mixed Media
Karen Tusinski – From Sea to Land – Oils on Canvas
Five solo exhibits and one group show filled the galleries of the Marblehead Arts Association for six weeks during the cold and snowy winter months of February and March, 2016. There was a diversity of subject matter and mediums represented from allegorical installation and assemblage to colorful, playful expressionistic paintings to more traditional landscapes done in varying media. The artists offered programming in the galleries to go along with their exhibits during the six weeks. With the Opening Reception taking place on Valentines Day, the Marblehead Arts Association encouraged all art lovers to attend, meet the artists and adore their work. [Read more…]
January 9 – February 7, 2016
Exciting and diverse work of 13 new Artist Members were shown throughout the Marblehead Arts Association galleries for the month of January, 2016. An opening reception was held on Sunday, January 10. Most of the artists showed a group of works rather than one or two pieces. There was a broad range of media from the Fine Arts category including Oil, Pastel, Collage, Mixed Media and Sculpture.
Also represented in the Craft category were Nantucket baskets and beaded jewelry. The MAA is one of the few Arts Associations that admits Photographers as full Artist members; there was one juried in for 2015 in this group. These artists all underwent the rigorous jury process of the MAA either in the Spring or the Fall of 2015. [Read more…]
Quietly, Anthony Padula – Solo Exhibit
The MAA welcomed Anthony Padula for a successful solo exhibit in the Parlor gallery that spanned the holiday season, November 21, 2015 through January 24, 2016. He held several oil painting demos that filled the gallery with interested artists and art lovers alike. A majority of his works from the exhibit were sold including a couple of his unfinished pieces from the informal demonstrations. [Read more…]
Winter Member Exhibit
Hooper’s Treasures Pieces of Eight – Fundraiser Exhibit
November 21 – January 3, 2016
99 Pieces of Art on the wall, 99 Pieces of Art!
An Opening reception for the Winter Member Exhibit, on Sunday, November 22, the weekend before Thanksgiving, kicked off the festive holiday season at the Marblehead Arts Associastion. A wide variety of MAA members’ work was displayed and enjoyed throughout the MAA galleries. Many different mediums were well represented; paintings, prints, photographs, collage, sculpture, art glass and jewelry. There was a lot of traffic through the galleries to view and to buy up until the MAA closed for Winter Break on December 24. Sales of artwork were brisk and many a lucky recipient received a unique original piece of art as a holiday gift. [Read more…]