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.
The exhibit is part of the Marblehead Festival of Arts, and features work done by artists in Plein Air, meaning that the artists created their pieces outside. While these paintings were created over a short period of time, they are —far from plain—. The artists in the Painting the Town exhibit are showing viewers a new perspective on Marblehead. Some of the pieces depict industrial subjects, which is a far cry
The colors in this exhibit are also new and exciting.“Landing Breeze” by Rebecca Rohloff, uses bright colors to portray the Landing Restaurant and waterfront. The usage of color and style of brushstroke are reminiscent of Van Gogh, and give breath to the gallery space. Beyond this painting, there are many others in the exhibit that push the boundaries of color and bring to life new images of a town so well known to many viewers of the show.
The rest of the house is unified by similar colors and and styles, with unexpected color accentuating each room. Beaded, silver and pearl jewelry pieces in the Parlor Gallery set an aqueous atmosphere within the Summer Member Exhibition space. A number of artists contributed to this exhibition, working in various media; photography, collage, drawing, prints, painting and bas relief sculpture. While techniques and subject matter vary between each object and image, they are unified by a warm summertime climate. The pieces vary from soft atmospheric landscapes to graphic geometric patterns. Hot red and orange hues punctuate an otherwise cool, understated palette.
Gazing over Parlor Gallery hangs Welcome Home, an enigmatic collage by local artist Dick Buckley. A surrealist photograph of an eye is juxtaposed with a single black brushstroke that evokes Franz Kline’s definitive paint application. Much like the industrial work in the Painting the Town exhibit, Buckley provides a refreshing stylistic break from traditional works.
In the Hendricks Gallery, pops of color from Paula J. Engman’s pieces “Hidden” and “Here Comes the Sun,” add vibrancy to a room filled with beautiful, serene landscapes in cool tones. Every piece in this exhibit is stunning and interesting, yet it is the contrast and connectedness of the paintings in their different styles and colors that truly makes this show a combination of calm and color.
If you want to see how the rest of the show ties together, and witness the spectacular range of art and color on exhibit at the Marblehead Arts Association, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself! The show will be up until August 7th.
This post written by
Lily Dolin and Madeline Rule
Summer Members’ Exhibit
June 25 – August 7, 2016
Over 140 works were submitted by MAA member artists in diverse media including oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, drawing, collage, mixed media, photography, artisan jewelry and sculpture. This exhibit was judged for prizes by Alison Rowell, Director of Central Street Gallery in Manchester, MA for Fine Arts and Judy Robinson – Cox, Manager of Rocky Neck Art Gallery and her husband, Tom Robinson – Cox for Photography.
Judge’s Prize – Nadine Geller, Still Life with Peach
– Bill Cloutman, A Night Out
– Diane Bragdon, Where Have the Roses Gone
Judge’s Prize – Jonathan Willmer, Street Musican
– Larry Dunn, Colors of Cuba Fountain
– Leah Bokenkamp, Balken Mist