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ARTmonday: Two South Shore Art Events This Weekend

South Shore art lovers, this is your weekend. There are two local arts events happening in your hood, both featuring local artists: South Shore Arts Festival in Cohasset and Art on the Green at The Pinehills in Plymouth.

Local Arts Events South Shore Arts Festival

South Shore Arts Festival at the South Shore Arts Center, Cohasset, Mass.

The South Shore Arts Festival (June 17, 18 & 19 at the South Shore Arts Center) showcases craft and fine artists from New England and beyond. In addition to over 85 juried exhibitor booths, the Arts Festival features a juried art exhibition and members’ show, live music performances, artist demonstrations, children’s art activities, and a young artist exhibition

Art on the Green at The Pinehills (Sat., June 18, 10-4) features more than 80 local craftspeople and artists, including painters, sculptors, jewelry designers,weavers, photographers, gourmet food makers, beauty product makers, and more. In addition, some of the community’s model homes host special arts exhibitions and events. There will also be a kids tent, radio station appearances, food trucks, and a steel drum band.

Here’s a preview of the artwork you’ll find at each of these local arts events.

S O U T H   S H O R E   A R T S  F E S T I V A L

Local Arts Festival Photographer Ron Pownall

The South Shore Art Center will kick off its 61st Annual Arts Festival with a preview event on Thursday, June 16 in the big art tent on Cohasset Common. Celebrity photographer Ron Pownall will exhibit over 40 one-of-a-kind photographs of the ‘70s and ‘80s rock ‘n roll music scene.

Local Arts Festival South Shore Artist Stephen Sheffield

Black & white photograph by South Shore-based photographer Stephen Sheffield will be on exhibit.

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A R T  ON  THE  G R E E N  AT  THE  P I N E H I L L S

B&W Fine Art Photography By Max Mattei

Truro, Max Mattei

Hand Crafted Wood Furniture By Pioneer Chairs

Ash Combo Chair by Pioneer Chairs

On The Cusp Pottery Bowls

Bowls by On The Cusp Pottery

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ARTmonday: Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira’s Provincetown Landscapes

Brent Refsland of Provincetown boutique/gallery Room 68 invited Brooklyn-based artist and Mass Art graduate, Kristin Texeira to Provincetown for this April.

Texeira spent ten days in Provincetown, exploring the outermost Cape, meeting, eating, and drinking with locals, spotting whales, and seeing the sights. She also created a new series of work—Provincetown landscapes and cityscapes, using oil on paper.

These new Kristin Texeira Provincetown landscapes are quite appealing—very flat but glossy and tactile. I love the whimsical titles that reference landmarks and common occurrences there.

I couldn’t resist buying a couple and of course wanted to share my photos. Here are many of Texeira’s Provincetown landscapes at Room 68.

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

the boat magician
secret back roads
three hundred lbs through the skylight
on a beach behind the dumplings

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

tree breeze
138 on a slight hill

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

crooked trees that line the road to race point
Princepessa

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

whale wish
a story about a squirrel

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

boardwalk coyote at sunset
the squealing pig three days in a row

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

by the parking lot where buoys are dressed for christmas
sade in the tapedeck – movin’ in slow motion 
tinted window

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

herring cove beach at sunrise
west
the moors at sundown

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

secret back roads
tinted window
on a beach behind the dumplings

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

an extra buck from Lenny for the jukebox
on a beach behind the dumplings
 these are the two i purchased  

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

Brooklyn Artist Kristin Texeira's Provincetown Landscape Paintings At Room 68

Photos by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

 

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ARTmonday: 8 Motel Room Murders By Airco Caravan

I love the retro air of these small oils on canvas by Dutch artist Airco Caravan. Little did I realize there are sinister stories behind these motel room paintings, which are part of her “Crime Scene” series.

Airco Caravan told Yen Magazine that the motel room paintings series began when she noticed how casually murder is reported on the news. “Horrible things like this are in my head all the time. . .,” she says. “It freaks me out that people are so happy to kill each other. I don’t understand it.”

Caravan, who is based in Amsterdam,  extensively researches the back stories using online newspaper archives. She usually worked from photographs, devising her own colour palette for her paintings of the motel rooms. As a child growing up in Europe she was fascinated by this type of comfortable room that symbolized the American dream.

She says, “After a crime has been committed the room is still there. It just looks like an ordinary motel room. But what does it do to your view when you know what happened there?”

In another of Airco Caravan’s series, “100 Murders,” she photographs footpaths in New York where people have been murdered. “Other people just walk all over it, having fun, being a tourist, whatever,” she says. “But somebody actually died there.”

I think I’ll stick to the Ritz.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Possession of a Deadly Weapon, 2012

Authorities were called to the Delaware Riverview Motel, after an employee discovered the victim. Homicide detectives arrested a woman after finding some of her personal items in the motel room where the victim was found. She has been charged with 1st degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and possession of
a deadly weapon by a person prohibited.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Motel Slaying, 2012

King County prosecutors have filed murder charges against three 19-year-old men and a 16-year-old girl in connection in the slaying of  a 47-year-old man. The sheriff’s office says witnesses saw the victim  drive up and enter a room of SeaTac Motel. Within a few minutes they  heard an argument and then a gun shot. The victim stumbled out of the room and collapsed. He died at the scene.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Lifeless Bodies of Two Children, 2012

Broke and jobless a woman killed her young sons in an Orangeburg motel, then strapped their lifeless bodies into their car seats before rolling the vehicle into a South Carolina river, authorities said. She drove to a motel with the 2-year-old and 18-month-old boys. Late that night, in a corner room tucked at the back of the rundown, one-story motel
complex, she suffocated the boys with her hands.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Suicide By Gun, 2012

Wichita Police now say the shooting at the Stratford House Motel was  a suicide. Police were called to the motel Friday night and found a 23-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her head. According to Sedgwick County 911 dispatchers, the young woman was found dead at the Stratford House Motel in the 5500 block of West Kellogg, near I-235 and Kellogg.
Police are interviewing witnesses and continuing to investigate.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Hotel Homicide, 2011

A man will face a second-degree murder charge after a stabbing at the  Motel 6 in Brandon. Police were called to the Trans-Canada Highway hotel around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, where they found the body of a 63-year-old man in one of the third-floor rooms, with injuries to his upper body. There is speculation from hotel staff and patrons that the
victim was killed by his own 26-year-old son.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Fractured Skull, 2013

A man beat a handcuffed guest to death inside an Elkton motel, Room 418. Court records list a fractured skull as one of the many injuries that he suffered during a “mutual combat fight” that, at some point, turned into an alleged deadly assault. According to court records, the man continuously beat the victim in the head with the leg of a chair that had been broken during their fight.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Overdose, 2013

Two people were found dead in an Athens motel after what a sheriff’s investigator suspects was a ‘pill party’. A man in his 20s and a woman in her 30s were found dead at the Starlight Motel after investigators responded to a call from another hotel guest. A ‘pill party’ involves mixed prescription medications passed around in a bowl. Investigators are waiting for lab results to determine the contents of the pills.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

14 Stab Wounds, 2013

The prime suspect in the brutal slaying murder of a 38-old municipal employee was arrested on Saturday. The victim, who succumbed to 14 stab wounds in different parts of the body, was a former live-in partner of the suspect. She checked-in alone at Room 45 of the Mariposa Lodge III motel. 30 minutes later, a man also checked-in. As he left, the employees
found the woman dead, lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds.

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ARTmonday: Millee Tibbs’ Folded Landscape Photos

I don’t remember where I first saw these crumpled landscape photos by Detroit-based artist Millee Tibbs, but I’ve been holding on to the images for a while. Although I’m not often a fan of straightforward landscapes, I’m drawn to abstracted landscapes. Or, in this case, folded landscapes.

Tibbs is interested in the relationship between surfaces and what lies beneath them, along with the space where its qualities contradict each other while simultaneously coexisting. This series is called Mountains + Valleys after the two primary folds in origami.

After photographing the landscapes, Tibbs prints, folds, then re-photographs them, resulting in images that are both manipulated and photographically real.

In her statement Tibbs says that images of the American West are used to interpret and confront cultural myths that are disseminated through the representation of that landscape. And that the work uses physical alteration to create relationships between formal geometries and natural spaces that question the illusionistic representation of the photographic image.

Here are eight of Millee Tibbs’ folded, abstracted landscapes.

 

Landscape Photography By Milee Tibbs

Landscape Photography By Milee Tibbs

Landscape Photography By Milee Tibbs

Landscape Photography By Milee Tibbs

Landscape Photography By Milee Tibbs

Landscape Photography By Milee Tibbs

Landscape Photography By Milee Tibbs

Landscape Photography By Milee Tibbs

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ARTmonday: 10 Pieces from Art in Giving

Hilary Tait Norod, a talented up and coming artist with whom I collaborate in the Webster Art Project told me about a charitable endeavor she is supporting called Art in Giving. The foundation, based in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, raises funds for childhood cancer research.

More than 60 artists and galleries participate in Art in Giving, donating up to 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of art to The Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation. Its mission is dedicated to pediatric cancer research and programs to help families cope with childhood cancer.

While individuals are welcome to purchase these pieces, the organization targets art buyers, real estate developers, architects and interior designers, and others who might place art in public buildings and corporate offices. In some cases pieces hang in institutions and are still for sale. Gift certificates are also available.

Here are ten artworks from Art in Giving that I particularly love.

Abstract Floral Art By Carol Baum

Carol Baum, All Penalties #4

Abstract Painting By Irwin Thompson

Irwin Thompson, Urban Legend

Abstract Landscape Encaustic By Ruth LaGue

Ruth LaGue, Tundra

Encaustic Painting With Dots By Diane Ayott

Diane Ayott, Primary Data

Geometric Abstract Art By Maud Morgan

Maud Morgan, Untitled

Adria Arch Geometric Abstract Painting

Adria Arch, Rosy Ocean

Abstract Expressionism By Eliane Markoff

Eliane Markoff, Horizon 1

Boston Artist Hilary Tait Norod Abstract Painting

Hilary Tait Norod, Industrial

Walter Feldman Abstract Color Block Painting

Walter Feldman, Steel Blue and Yellow

Pastel Abstract By Itala Langmar

Itala Langmar, Sunny Beach Scene

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