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.”