Thursday, December 3, 2015

Art at the Orchard

Katie Richardson sculpture at Art in the Orchard

There have been many accomplishments and growth by some of the Amherst Biennial artists, but one of the standouts this season has been Katie Richardson's sculpture at the Biennial Art in the Orchard in Easthampton. This mixed media piece was situated on a crest of a hill over looking a pumpkin patch and the Holyoke Range in the background.  Other Biennial artists included in this latest edition of Art in the Orchard were Matt Evald Johnson (Art in the Park, Amherst). This outdoor Biennial has just ended it's extended run.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nancy Milliken Covers Massachusetts

Nancy Winship Milliken, Chesterwood, Lenox
Nancy Winship Milliken sculptures will be on exhibit from Boston to the Berkshires this summer. . Her 3D wool & barn board constructions are installed with the Boston Sculpture Artists at Chesterwood, Lenox  this Summer. These sculptures evoke the church spires of a New England village and the wool honors the farmers of our region. She'll also be presenting new work at Pioneer Women with her earth bound flowers of bird/duck feathers at MAP exhibition space at Eastworks, opening June 6 - 28. Also her sculptures will be DeeDee,
Shuttack Gallery, Westport, MA this summer.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pulp Reality

Olivia Bernard, Spill in Pulp Culture, Morris Museum, NJ
Olivia Bernard has been using paper to make huge paper installations for years. Her latest work has taken this work to a new level, evoking a lyrical airiness. One of her recent artworks is featured in Pulp Culture at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey, this exhibition will be open to the public until December 7th.

Paperwork we featured prominently during the last biennial including several members of the Zea Mays print studio.One of the studios instructors ,Louise Kohrman, created this intricate 3D construction ...forever in my mind... using prints and pins.

Kohrman's latest work is featured in the Art Gallery at Western New England University, Springfield in a solo exhibition until December 12.

Louise Kohrman,...forever in my mind.... prints and pins

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kendrick Park Sculptors Honored

Lee Hutt whose sculpture was featured in the 2012 Amherst Biennial in Kendrick Park; was honored with a sculpture award at the Salmagundi Club, NYC recently during the Allied Artists of America celebration of it's 100 years anniversary.

Lee Hutt's webpage

Matt Evald Johnson -  Recent Sculpture at Art in Orchard

Another sculptor from the last Biennial, Matt Johnson whose Portal sculpture is now on permanent installation in Kendrick Park Amherst is having an opening at Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton, MA this weekend. There are 16 new sculptures being featured in this bucolic setting.

Artist's Reception Saturday,           Sept. 20, 1 - 4 PM.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Annie Bissett in International Print Biennial in England

Annie Bissett is a master print maker, utilizing the ancient Japanese technique moku hanga to illustrate socio-political ideas. Her writings from her father, superimposed on moneyed symbols prints were in the last Amherst Biennial. This series was selected from over 700 applications to be featured in the International Print Biennial in Newcastle, Great Britain. You saw this first at the Amherst Biennial '12 at Hope & Feathers Gallery, Amherst, MA.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dedication of the Portal in Kendrick Park

Matt Johnson sculptor of the Portal,                Photo credit Rene Theberge
Yesterday, we had a dedication ceremony for the permanent installation of the Portal sculpture by Matt Evald Johnson in Kendrick Park. This sculpture was placed on this site during the first Amherst Biennial in 2010. The artist selected a knoll in the northern section of this 3 acre park for this installation. This sculpture acts like a bridge between downtown Amherst and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This "Portal" which to me, acts like the Stargate portal drawing local residents and students to this green oasis with this enchanting sculpture. It's such a pleasure to have the dream of permanent contemporary sculpture in one of Amherst's park become a reality.

Terry Rooney  & Matt Johnson at dedication in Kendrick Park
Special thanks goes the the Business Improvement District, Amherst Public Arts Commission, Rene Theberge, Chair, John Musante, Town Manager Massachusetts Cultural Council, Amherst Cultural Council, Tony Maroulis, Susan Loring Wells, the Krasznekewicz and all the community members who contributed to make this dream come true. Hopefully this will be the first of many sculptures of Art in the Park.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Alicia Renadette Recycles Family Heirlooms, Materials & Personal History

Alicia Renadette caught my eye the first Amherst Biennial with this moving installation of a woman's torso with pieces springing out of it. She continues to mine recycled materials from family heirlooms to re-purposes materials, party favors or what ever catches her fancy in her newest installation pieces. One of which, Repeat is featured in the installation space of the new Deerfield Arts Bank and appeared in the last Amherst Biennial '12. This installation utilizing her grandmother's broken chair which was revitalized with fabric, ribbons evoking the feeling of caring and playfulness in this piece. 
Rendette, Repeat, Mixed media installtion 
Renadette,concurrently has an exhibition at Brown University featuring Ruining Wonder. Alicia describes this project in her own words. "I am currently using materials such as holiday or "special" occasion flourishes, housekeeping implements, appliance packaging, drug-store cosmetics. Polynesian cocktail adornments and foisted family heirlooms. For the installation  Ruining Wonder, at Sarah Doyle Gallery at Brown University, I created a structure reminiscent of a temple, parade float, or perhaps a lavish cake. Inspired by the forms and legends of the Wonders of the Ancient World. I built this piece as a sort of future-archeology. I am curious about what form object attachment and sentimentality take in the age of mass-production and planned-obsolescence. My work always aims to unravel inner-conflict.

In the case of Ruining Wonder, the viewer may be immediately delighted by the celebratory decorations and find themselves seduced by the shimmering lights on what appears to be a magic castle. Once drawn in, darker themes are revealed. The initial reaction is quickly tainted. Familiar materials which were charming and whimsical now appear sinister and noxious. The surfaces appear bruised, punctured and diseased rather than merely embellished. 

Alicia also had a dialogue with the collection at Historic Northampton earlier this year. Reinventing items given to her from the maternal side of her family and interacting with historical items found in the collection of this historic museum. From the archive she chose three items, a bear trap, a cradle and an embroidered mourning portrait. The heirlooms she chose to interact with the collection were baby dresses worn by her mother, sisters and various items from her grandmother and great grandmother. Renadette says she animated the artifacts in unsettling scenarios....rather than to display an illusion of sentimentality.