Thursday, April 17, 2014

Two Biennial Artists Featured in Art Salon at Deerfield Arts Bank

There's a wonderful piece on the history of the Art Salon starting at the Chancellor's House at UMASS and it's newest incarnation traveling the Valley. It's next event is at the new Deerfield Arts Bank tonight starting @ 7 PM. Seating is limited so come early. There are two Amherst Biennial artists Samuel Rowlett and Tim deChristopher are just a few of the dynamic artists that will be featured in tonights Art Salon.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dedication for the Portal Sculpture in Kendrick Park this Spring!

The Amherst Public Arts Commission will be dedicating Matt Evald Johnson's welded steel sculpture the Portal at Kendrick Park sometime in June, stay tune for details. We have raised all the funds privately to make this a permanent installation for Art in the Park. The Public Arts Commission is so please that a sculpture which was installed from the first Amherst Biennial is now a permanent fixture for our community and visitors for years to come.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Walking Canvas travels to Canada - Samuel Rowlett's new adventure

Amherst Biennial, Samuel Rowlett has now taken his walking canvas from Amherst, to New York and across the border to Canada. In the lastest iteration of this performance piece. . Nice article in the New York Observer's "Gallerist NY" which features Samuel's work and gives an oversight of this traveling exhibition.

Here's an excerpt from Rowlett's discussion with the Nature Conservatory about his exploration of the Mill River, Amherst and what lead him to explore the river in this way.

When I’m hiking around with a canvas on my back, I feel the same spirit of discovery and exploration that inspired painters from the Hudson River School, like Church, Durand and Cole, who were searching for spiritual and philosophical meaning from nature. The Connecticut River has in effect been “lost” for a century due to its industrial past. We now have a chance to rediscover it.                                    

Samuel Rowlett

Friday, January 17, 2014

Driscoll's Int'l Collaborations & Exhibits

Rosalyn Driscoll will be in exhibitions this spring in Cuzco (Peru), Nancay (France) and Berlin. In June, a London-based collective of which Rosalyn is a member, Sensory Sites, is producing an installation-event, Water Water Everywhere, to coincide with an international conference of The Center for the Study of the Senses in London, a group of scientists and philosophers researching and rethinking the senses, with whom Sensory Sites is collaborating.

I’m collaborating with filmmakers Sarah Bliss (Montague) and Tereza Stehlikova (London) to create sculptures or environments that receive and transform their moving images. The work with Bliss received the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for Sculpture and Installation last year, and the work with Stehlikova was shown in London at GV Art Gallery in November.

Driscoll & Bliss Collaborative Piece

Driscoll will return to Dartington Hall in Devon, England, for another month-long residency later this year to make work for a London exhibition in the fall organized by Encounter Fine Art, a curatorial, marketing and consulting group in London.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Liz Chalfin Brings "Green" Printmaking to Havanna, Cuba

Liz Chalfin, the Founder & Director of the Zea Mays Printmaking Studio, Florence, MA has been a pioneer in establishing this non-toxic print studio in New England. She recently travelled to Havanna, Cuba to introduce artists there to this alternative-green printmaking.

Printmaking in Havana -

Liz Chalfin, from At the Beach print series

You can also see Chalfin's artwork at several venues this year:

Solid, Liquid, Vapor: an exploration in print
Mercy Gallery
Loomis Chaffee School
Windsor, CT
January 14 – February 14, 2014
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 14, 6:45 – 8:45 PM

Printmaking/Mixed Media: Liz Chalfin/Bryan Smith
Towne Art Gallery
Wheelock College
Boston, MA
January-February 2014

Liz Chalfin, printmaker
JCA Hall Gallery
Jewish Community of Amherst
Amherst, MA
February 6 – April 30, 2014

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kim Carlino Gets Noticed!

Kim Carlino's career seems to be skyrocking since she was featured in the  last year's Amherst Biennial. Besides being selected for a curated exhibit in the prestigious Bromfield Gallery, Boston; she has just caught the eye of the ArtsyShark site as their latest featured artist.University Museum of Contemporary Art will be featuring Carlino's selections of the UMASS art colection along side her new artwork which recently exploded into this riot of color contrasting with these calm, geometric elements.

Nice review in Boston Globe hot off the presses:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Portal to Art in the Park

Portal, Matt Evald Johnson Photo credit: Rene Theberge

We have reached our goal of $10,000 - PORTAL - Matt Evald Johnson's sculpture will be the premiere art installation in Kendrick Park, Amherst, Massachusetts. This sculpture is situated on a knoll at the gateway to the University of Massachusetts campus; a bridge between the town and gown.

I'd personally like to thank the Amherst Business Improvement for their challenge grant ($3500). John Musante, Town Manager for advocating for this project.  Larry Shaffer (former Town Manager) for all his support of the first Biennial & art in the park. I'd like to thank all our supporters - art lovers near and far who contributed. Special thanks to my co-curators -  Tony Maroulis, Director of the Chamber of Commerce & Susan Loring Wells, former Director of Fiber Arts for his curatorial expertise & support during the first Biennial. My gratitude to the Amherst Public Arts Commission & it's new Chair, Rene Theberge for carrying the torch to the finish line. This is a dream come true, to have public art in Kendrick Park.

There will be a celebration this Spring honoring the sculptor, Matt Evald Johnson at the Portal  in Kendrick Park. Details to follow

Terry Rooney, former Chair of the Amherst Public Arts Commission