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.
Eleanor Fisher exhibited her glass shard paintings and mixed media in the Schrage gallery on the second floor.
Eleanor began painting as a self-taught artist during the Fall of 1991 after brain surgery. She developed her own style using her home in Lynn, MA as her studio and her gallery. She originated her first Glass Shard painting in April 2012. Besides being an artist member of the Marblehead Arts Association she belongs to and is active with the Swampscott and Salem Art Associations. She has exhibited at various art galleries on the North Shore, South Shore and Worcester as well as at such Boston venues as the Thomas Moser Gallery, Boston Design Center, M2L Gallery, Canvas Fine Arts Gallery and the Liberty Hotel. In 2015, she conducted a demonstration on Development of Creation at Marc Hall Gallery in Boston. Eleanor enjoys donating her time and her artwork in support of such Arts Organizations as the MAA and Montserrat College of Art. In late 2015, Eleanor was interviewed on Boston Arts TV. Most recently Eleanor was one of three women chosen and honored by Unity Magazine, Women Edition, with three of her pieces to be featured in the March 2016 issue. Several pieces of Eleanor’s work were juried in Art New York, Pier 95 for April 2016. Her work continues to be collected by private clients. For more information on Eleanor and her work; visit: http://www.eleanorfisher.net/
Eleanor describes her work as follows:
“I have developed a new and unique art form. First, I create and complete a painting then cover it with glass shards, stone and wood. Each piece is individually cut and placed, layer upon layer until completion. As such, the work cannot be copied. It is luminescent.”
Artist Program: Demonstration, Sunday, February 21, 2-4 pm. “Pushing your Unique Creative Envelope!”
The Oil paintings of Maria Sagris Herrey were featured in the Hendrick Gallery on the first floor. The theme “Living the Landscape” represents the paintings of places in which Maria has been wholly present, inspired directly from nature. Most scenes are set in New England, some on Sanibel Island, Florida, nearly all started in plein air and were completed in the studio or on site. She is captivated by beautiful elements of these locations such as the variable seasonal light that distils, intensifies, and modifies color, the abundance of flora surrounding water (with their myriad greens), or the moving water itself. Other scenes derive from her birthplace in Greece, and Switzerland. For Maria, working with still life is similar to working with nature; she sees the “life” in this subject matter; for her it is not at all “dead” as in the French descriptor “nature morte.”
“My goal is to continue discovering meaningful ways of capturing the exhilarating, changeable moods of the natural environment as well as objects and people in that environment.”
Maria Sagris Herrey works primarily in the style of the Boston School of painting, combining impressionist use of light and color with a classical realist approach to rendering a scene. She has studied with outstanding practitioners of this traditional method, and her current oil landscape paintings of east coast seashores and fields reflect this influence. Inspired by the natural beauty of the outdoors, Ms. Herrey focuses largely on “plein air” compositions, while she paints still life and portraits as well, some of which will be included in her show “Living the Landscape.” Besides oil, she also uses pastel, graphite, and watercolor for her artwork, always aiming to find new ways of expressing the special characteristics of a scene, a person, or an object. She is a juried member of several arts associations and resides in Cambridge.
Artist Talk, “Trust your Eye”, Saturday, Feb 27, 1-3pm
Oil Painting Demonstration, Saturday, March 5, 1-3pm
Artist in the Gallery, Saturday, March 12, 1-3 pm
An exhibit titled, Emerging, featuring the work of the National Art Honor Society students of Marblehead High School (NAHS) hung in the Emerging Artists gallery on the second floor. This partnership with local students is an MAA tradition that extends beyond just offering the students a venue to exhibit their work but also includes patronage made possible by donors to sponsor students attending lectures, programs and drop in classes throughout the year as well as opportunities for the students to log volunteer service hours at the MAA for credit at Marblehead High School and culminates in the annual MAA Education scholarship awarded to a Marblehead High School senior who will be pursuing a career in the arts at the MAA Annual Meeting held in June.
The National Art Honor Society, NAHS, is a prestigious group whose members are the best and most talented visual artists at Marblehead High School. They show a mastery of their mediums, share a passion for art and are dedicated to promoting art in the community through volunteering. The students in this NAHS Emerging Artist Show will exhibit work in various mediums, such as oil paint, watercolor, photography, graphite, charcoal, collage and clay. They have achieved, at this early point in their careers, an elegance and individuality of expression that many artists don’t discover until college or later.
Part of NAHS’s mission includes the incorporation of art into every aspect of students’ lives, both in and out of school, whether that is through art club, or art-based community service.
Exhibiting at the Marblehead Arts Association will be an opportunity for them to show their work to their community alongside established artists in a professional gallery setting.
Local Marblehead artist Dick Paik presented an exhibition of pastel paintings in the Dining Room Gallery. These works portray landscape scenes from the North Shore and the New England region. In choosing scenes to “capture,” Paik focuses not so much on specific landscape features, but rather on his personal experience of a place. Such experiences are often defined by non-visual sensations: a whisper of wind, the smell of hot grass; or a distant sound that carries in a haunting way.
“We all experience places in these ways. I hope my paintings remind viewers of moments they experienced,
or places they know.”
Mr. Paik has exhibited his work at galleries in eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Maryland. For the most part self-taught, he has completed coursework in drawing and color theory at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is currently an Artist Member of the Marblehead Arts Association, Salem Arts Association, and the Pastel Society of New Hampshire. He lives in Marblehead with his wife, Barbara, and daughter Frances.
Artist Program: Artist in the Gallery, Sunday, March 6, 1-3pm
Pascale Queval, a French born artist who is the lead Art teacher and faculty advisor to the NAHS at Marblehead High School, showed an installation of her work in the first floor Parlor Gallery. Her teaching experience has broadened her expression to a wide range of media, from classic pencil drawing and oil painting to the use of unconventional natural elements and found objects. Pascale incorporates two and three dimensional media in her assemblages and recreates a visual experience similar to looking at a store window in the street or the sets on a stage.
Her exhibit titled, Of the Human Condition (De la Condition Humaine), examines some of the most common and ancient archetypes of our society and gives them a new interpretation. Her piece, The Triumph of Amnesia, is inspired by Bruegel the Elder’s painting from 1562 “The Triumph of Death”, and is her interpretation of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s, Amnesia and Dementia in our society. Pascale invites the viewer to have a fresh look and new approach to these human themes. For more information about Pascale Queval’s work; visit: http://www.pascalequeval.com/
“Fate, the idea that each person’s destiny is controlled by the power above finds its root in ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Our destinies are as a thread spun, measured, and cut by the three Fates, three goddesses who preside over the birth and life of humans. In the same way the fear of Dementia and Alzheimer’s is ever present in our everyday life. If someone can’t remember a name or any other trivial everyday life fact, the specter of Alzheimer’s is immediately brought up. Alzheimer’s is in our mental landscape, waiting off shore for a full landing.”
Pascale Queval was born and raised in Paris, France where she started building simple cardboard wind-up people in elementary school, and went on transforming her bedroom into a city with its inhabitants, history and legends by the time she was in high school. She graduated from l’ENSAD, l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris with a specialization in set design. Subsequently she moved to New York City and followed the booming New York avant-garde scene. She worked on Bob Wilson’s production of “Einstein on the Beach”, followed Meredith Monk and the Bread and Puppet Theater performances, belonged to several alternative film making coops, and shot and produced some experimental film-poems. While in NYC, she also worked as a window decorator for Macy’s, Herald Square. After nine years in the Big Apple and three children, she moved to Massachusetts where she worked on the production team of MHTV-9, the Marblehead local cable television station, creating childrens’ and art programs and being responsible for the art segment of the weekly news.
She has been teaching studio art at Marblehead High School for the past 19 years.
Artist Program: Artist in the Gallery, Sunday ,March 6, 3-5 pm
Karen Tusinski exhibited large oil paintings full of color in the Ballroom gallery on the 3rd floor. Tusinski subscribes to the natural contrast found in our world. Geometric and colorful organic form play together in each piece, combining in an energized abstraction. Her work offers pleasing tonal relationships through common motifs and patterns inspired by nature. Her keen observation of the seemingly ordinary allows the viewer a new lens to hold against everyday images. Karen holds a BFA in painting from Montserrat College of Art. Karen’s work can be found in galleries in Rockport, MA, Vermont and Boston. Her pieces have been accepted into shows all along the East Coast as well as at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. Karen has had solo exhibitions up and down the north and south shore of Boston as well as in Maine, Florida, Arizona, Vermont and Utah. She has also worked as a production designer on major Hollywood films. Karen lives and works in Gloucester, MA. To learn more about Karen and her work visit: http://www.tusinskigallery.com/
Artist Programming: Artist in the Gallery, Saturday Feb.20 & Friday March 4, 2-4 pm