August 12 – September 24
- Newburyport Arts Association: Flip Flop – The Ballroom Gallery
- Jonathan and Sandra Willmer –Beauty Frozen in Time – A Celebration of Our World in Photographs and Jewelry – Parlor Gallery
- Nadine Geller – Here & Now – Hendrick Gallery
- Anita Helen Cohen – Yielding and Unyielding; Contrasts in Nature Dining Room Gallery
- Rockport Arts Association Experimental Group – Unexpected 6 – Emerging Gallery & Schrage Gallery- 2nd floor
The Marblehead Arts Association welcomed two group exhibits of art by other art associations of the North Shore. A collaboration between the Newburyport Art Association and the MAA yielded Flip Flop; a reciprocal opportunity for artist members of both organizations to exhibit work in a new venue. The separate exhibitions included approximately 50 works and each association hosted an opening reception for the guest artists. During the exhibition, guest artists enjoyed a discount on membership fees at the hosting association as did their guests during the opening reception. The cross pollination that occured between the two associations was exciting.
Carin Doben, an MAA artist member, forged a connection with the Rockport Arts Association Experimental Group and RAA painter Nella Lush to present “Unexpected 6” a small group exhibit that impressed viewers with its fresh approach to traditional art forms using unusual materials and techniques. The Experimental Group (EG) of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is a community of artists devoted to sharing and developing their ideas on artistic expression. As an ongoing forum for passionate communication, it fosters liberating and meaningful experiences for both artists and viewers.
Jeff Grassie’s wall piece in wood titled “Perfect Harmony” makes a nod to the tromp l’oeil tradition and is reminiscent of cubism but presents something entirely fresh and new in artistic expression. It is the perfect example of EG’s mission. The MAA was most excited to partner with these other associations. “Its wonderful to be able to offer such creative exchanges with coastal neighbors to our north. “ says Executive Director, Patti DiCarlo Baker.
Beauty Frozen in Time – A Celebration of Our World in Photographs and Jewelry was a dual exhibit by a husband and wife team of MAA artist members, Jonathan and Sandra Willmer. Both artists’ work is informed by their extensive world travels. Sandra interprets different cultures, civilization and tribal art with her jewelry and Jonathan’s outdoor and landscape photography reflects the varied places that they have traveled. Sandra was born to a family of artists in South Africa. She has traveled the world pursuing her interests in interior design, visual arts and dance, with a specialty in Tango. In 2015 Sandra combined all her art and design talents into designing and making unique jewelry pieces. She took courses in technique and design at Eos Designs Studio in Marblehead and fine jewelry making at the North Bennet Street School in North Boston. She projects her emotional energy through her art making and jewelry craft.
Jonathan has had a life long interest and practice in photography. As a student he was a photo editor for newspapers and year books and he learned advanced dark room techniques and did portrait and wedding work. He pursued continuing education with workshops on all aspects of photography, ultimately studying fine art photography at the Emily Carr Institute of Art. In his current position as a pharmaceutical company physician, he travels the world extensively, always carrying with him one camera or another. This has given him the opportunity for many great photographic experiences of new people, cultures, and landscapes. Although he likes to get “the big picture”, he enjoys focusing on details and unusual viewpoints, using perspective, light, reflections, and form to bring people on his journey. Both Sandra and Jonathan have had many works in the Marblehead Festival of the Arts and the exhibits of the Marblehead Arts Association . Jonathan has won many awards for his photographs in Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem.
Anita Helen Cohen‘s exhibit, Yielding and Unyielding; Contrasts in Nature presented watercolor paintings that are at once rooted in observation from nature and evocative of colorful abstractions. “For me, all of Nature is art – unlikely colors combine perfectly in composition and symmetry. This exhibition reflects my interpretation of contrasts in Nature. In many of my paintings I use a muted palette and yupo, a contemporary material which is smooth and non-absorbent, to enhance transparency. This process is challenging and requires me to ‘chase’ and ‘tame’ the paint toward predictability. ‘Rock-Solid’ then becomes a softer, more accessible form. Painting with watercolors on yupo has created a transformational opportunity for me as an artist. I believe that this transformation increases the interest and beauty of my art.”
Nadine Geller showed classically inspired still life oil paintings in her exhibit, Here and Now “Light is the most important person in the picture.” – Claude Monet
“When I paint, time stands still and the natural world reveals its mysteries. Through painting, I gain a deeper understanding of life and the world around me. My goal is to create works of art that come to life, whose narratives reveals the world of harmony and beauty that I strive to share with viewers.
While creating a painting, my eye is drawn to everyday objects, colors, unique textures, and balanced arrangements. Yet, my true inspiration comes in a much more subtle but powerful form: light. In my paintings, light creates a radiant atmosphere which sets the stage for the subject matter and reveals the beauty around us.
My entire creative process revolves around the idea of painting light as the subject, or as Claude Monet called it, “the most important person in the picture”. Every time I paint, I strive to lay down my impression of light cascading over the subject matter. As a piece is further developed and rendered in greater detail, I keep adjusting values until light seems to be emanating from the objects themselves, revealing their essence.
The interplay of light and dark in a composition creates tension and balance, harmony and movement, and transforms an arrangement of unmoving objects into dynamic characters that each play a role in the story that my paintings tell. My greatest desire is for viewers to experience the moment of inspiration when the mind stands still and is able to perceive the radiance and grace of the natural world.”
Currently, Nadine’s paintings are displayed in public spaces such as the Strand Theater in Boston, as well as private collections around the globe. She has participated in many shows organized by the Wellesley Society of Artists, Newton Art Association, and the Marblehead Arts Association (MAA). She has also exhibited at the Newton Free Library as well as Il Décor Gallery in Boston, and was honored to win 1st place at the 2016 Spring New England Regional show at the MAA.