Norman Laliberte’ and Friends
- Mary Jo McConnell
- Marc Schepens
- Edward & Kate Tarlov
- Angela Hoener
MAA Photography Members Exhibit
September 30 – November 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 1, 2-4 pm
Refreshments will be served and the artists will be available to engage about their work.
Internationally renowned and widely collected artist and MAA artist member, Norman Laliberte’
exhibits his own work alongside the work of his chosen artist friends. Remembering the ground breaking, full mansion Norman Laliberte’ exhibit in 2013, the MAA art committee had the desire to bring back Norman’s vital expression and exuberance. This exhibit was conceived as a fresh introduction to Norman’s work alongside that of other artists with whom he finds an affinity both artistically and socially.
Every Fall, MAA photography members are invited to exhibit work in an exhibit that will be judged for prizes. The MAA is one of the few local arts associations to admit photographers as full artist members.There will be ballots available for visitors to cast votes for their favorite piece with a People’s Choice Award to be announced at the next opening reception.
• Norman Laliberte’: “Some things don’t fit into words… that’s why we learn to make art.”
Norman Laliberte’’s work is distinguished by unusual imagination and vitality. His zest for life and people, his many interests and generosity of spirit are depicted in the energy and brilliant color in all of his creations. He has won international recognition as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and designer. Of French Canadian descent, Norman Laliberte’ grew up and studied art in Montreal. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Art Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Design in Chicago and went on to teach at the Kansas City Art Institute and Rhode Island School of Design among others. He has completed important commissions from institutions such as the National Art Centre of Ottawa, The American Institute of Architects in Washington DC and major corporations such as Container Corporation of America, New York State Bar Association, CitiCorp and Alcan International. His banners, silk screens and posters have celebrated the 1963-64 New York Worlds Fair , the 25th anniversary of the Chicago Lyric Opera as well as the 350th anniversary of Boston , Massachusetts in 1981. The National Film Board of Canada produced a documentary on the artist and his work has appeared on the covers or in feature articles of Time, Life, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Canadian Art . He has won numerous awards for his art and exhibited extensively at museums and public institutions in the United States and Canada including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo NY and the institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Two comprehensive retrospectives at the Chicago Public Library and Montreal’s Saidye Bronfman Centre honored his artistic achievements. His banners, paintings, sculpture and murals are in the permanent collections of many prominent public and corporate institutions and private art collectors. To learn more about Norman Laliberte’ and his art visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0t0AzKOVB8
• Mary Jo McConnell: “I believe people should spend as much of their life as possible doing what they enjoy. And if they enjoy what they are doing they will do it well. They are fulfilled and pass their joy on to others. They contribute not only the beauty they create, but the joy that comes from creation. I believe in the importance of staying in a subjective mode. Surrounded by beauty and wonder the creative spirit thrives.”
A downtown Marblehead resident, Mary Jo is also called the “bird lady” for her inspired work with the Bower Birds of Indonesia. She earned a BA in Art History from Wheaton College and has gone on to study art and nature in diverse ways such as Scientific Illustration at Harvard University and Printmaking at the DeCordova Museum Lincoln MA. Mary Jo has exhibited locally, regionally and internationally in Group and Solo most recently at the Montserrat College of Art , the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and Christopher C. Brodigan Gallery, Groton, MA . She and her work have been featured twice in PBS Frontline documentaries and she has lectured at galleries and schools in the Northeast, California and Indonesia. To learn more about MJ McConnell and her art visit: http://www.mjmcconnellart.com
• Marc Schepens is a Nahant resident who is an art educator and part of the art faculty as lecturer at Boston University. He is also a practicing artist. He has exhibited his work both regionally and internationally.
Through paintings and prints, Schepens’ interest lies in the interior and exterior spaces that he experiences. Schepens references how hallways and rooms, and the slab on slab seascape off of Nahant feel, not how they look. To learn more about Marc Schepens and his art visit: http://marcschepens.com.
• Kate Tarlov, her father, Dr. Edward Tarlov and friend, Angela Heoner will be sharing one exhibit space at the MAA in a mini group show within the larger exhibit of Norman LaLiberte’ and Friends.
Kate Tarlov: “I start by recycling paint from different surfaces. The cast paint carries imprints. Together this collage process creates a window as a model for looking, highlighting incorporated found objects such as printed canvas, fur, and shoulder pads. Recycling is a central theme in how the materials in the painting are handled and how conceptually the painting functions in the engagement of looking.”
Dr. Edward Tarlov will be exhibiting a series of sculptural wall pieces and free standing work illuminated from within using electric light. The series, Stripers, reflects his interest in Striped Bass fish.
Angela Hoener: “I am trying to extend what a painting can do. The time-warp again: Painting has a long timeline. I am using its trace of time, its prejudice, obsession, accomplishment and failure, to place the sensation of a mutating human and cultural identity. To capture this mutation, I am interested in the shift of stepping into a painting, both literally and in concept. The human form is not always present in my compositions, but there are queues and props that allow the viewer to transition their own physical space inside the illusion. The sensation becomes an inside out figuration. For me my paintings are both literal and conceptual portals.”
Angela Hoener received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting & Drawing. She also studied fashion design in NYC and fresco painting in Florence, Italy. Her work has been exhibited and is in private collections in Europe and across the United States. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Heber, UT. To learn more about Angela and her art visit: http://www.angelahoener.com/