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ARTmonday: Heather Robinson

San Francisco-based artist Heather Robinson wrote to me this fall after seeing my blog and Instagram posts about the Truro Art + Cocktails pop up event I held this summer. She was particularly drawn to Sarah Lutz’s abstract paintings, which has a similar feel to her own.

She says: [My] painting practice is fundamentally an exploration of surface through pattern, color, and texture. I have a magpie-like attraction to bright, colorful, decorated objects, but an orderly mind, a love for the grid and a strong schooling (from my architectural design studies) to mistrust the superficial. These contradictory urges come together in my paintings. I work in many layers of acrylic media, starting with a repeating fabric design at the base and adding elements both rigid and planned (geometric stencil repeats) and loose and unplanned (drips, washes, crackled layers).

Abstract Painting by Heather Robinson

Antique Sentiments, 24″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by Heather Robinson

Counting Myself Lucky, 24″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Cross Dot Chrysanthemum Dream, 30″ x 30″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Dot Underwater Wildflowers, 18″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Dots (Vibrant), 18″x 18″ acrylic, fabric, and metal leaf on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Violet-Eared Waxbill, 24″ x 48″ acrylic, fabric, and metal leaf on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Life Is Good, 12″ x 16″ acrylic and fabric on panel

Abstract Painting by San Francisco Artist Heather Robinson

Overload, 18″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel

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ARTmonday: Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock

This is a special edition of ARTmonday to promote a free silent auction benefit in Boston this weekend.As winter descends upon Standing Rock, weather appropriate supplies are needed for continued resistance against the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock, this Saturday, December 3, 6-9 p.m. at The Distillery Gallery (516 E. 2nd St., South Boston)  will support the frontline, indigenous led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. DJ Emerson (White Animal Sound), Land of Enchantment, and Creaturos will perform. Then head to Firebrand Saints (1 Broadway, Cambridge) for an after party.

Boston-based curators Olivia Ives-Flores, Oliver Mak, and Silvi Naci have selected a wide array of artwork from local and national artists for a silent auction. Artists include Matt Zaremba, Raul Gonzalez, Heather McGrath, Alex Sewell, Ana Karina DaCosta, Sarah Cronin, Autumn Ahn, Ellen Murphy, Thomas Chung, Shane Butler, Elaine Bay, Nick Zaremba, Josh Falk, Maria Molteni, Greg Burdett, Kevin Redstar, Henry Kunkel, Erin Shaw, Damion Silver, Loretta Park, Zachary Naylor, Brian Hart, Pat Falco, Scott Chasse, Andrew Jacob, Farrell Mason, Cyrille Conan, Marka27, Jesse Hernandez, Marisa Malik, Jay Lacouture, Ryan Lombardi, Kristin Texeria, TJ Kelley III, Percy Fortini-Wright, Nabeela Vega, Dana Woulfe, and more.

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Heather McGrath

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Zachary Naylor

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Leika Akiyama

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Elaine Bay

distillery-kate-gilbert

Kate Gilbert

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Rosie Ranauro

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Josh Falk

Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock

Kristen Texeira

Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock

Melanie Bernier

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Cyrille Conan

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

TJ Kelley III

Solidarity Art Benefit for Standing Rock

Dana Wolfe

Solidarity Benefit for Standing Rock

Nick Zaremba

 

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ARTmonday: Harvard Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale

The annual Harvard Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale is coming up a week from Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 224 Western Avenue, Allston, Massachusetts.

This year 70 local ceramic artists will show work, including ceramic pottery, sculpture, tile, and jewelry. Here is a sampling of pieces, both decorative and utilitarian. They make excellent holiday gifts and the artists will appreciate the support. 

ann-boyajian

Ann Boyajian

crystal-ribich

Crystal Ribich

gretchen-mamis

Gretchen Mamis

vicki-heller

Vicki Heller

hiroko-williamson

Hiroko Williamson

judy-rosenstein

Judy Rosenstein

kathi-tighe

Kathi Tighe

lansing-wagner

Lansing Wagner

marcia-halperin

Marcia Halperin

mary-kenny

Mary Kenny

mary-verhage

Mary Verhage

shelley-weinstein

Shelley Weinstein

pamela-gorgone

Pamela Gorgone

maxine-peck

Maxine Peck

rosanna-bonnet

Rosanna Bonnet

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ARTmonday: Reynolds Gallery PopUp

There’s a pop up art gallery on Newbury Street this week. Reynolds Gallery will be open at 91 Newbury Street through Thursday, November 17th from 11am to 6pm, with a closing reception on Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm.

Based in Richmond, Virginia, the 39-year-old Reynolds Gallery, founded by Beverly Reynolds, has exhibited national and international contemporary art. In addition to well known artists, Reynolds Gallery represents regional artists from professors and students from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In 2014 Alice Livingston, Bev’s daughter, and Julia Monroe, former assistant director, took over as co-directors of the gallery. This pop up is a partnership with Bev’s son and daughter-in-law Quentin and Sarah Reynolds of Wellesley, Massachusetts.

The show includes works by Isabel Bigelow, Nell Blaine, Nancy Blum, Sally Bowring, Richard Carlyon, Ben Durham, Tara Donovan, David Freed, Meghan Gerety, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Alison Hall, James Hyde, Ron Johnson, Wolf Kahn, Jason Keith, Ellsworth Kelly, Matt King, Sally Mann, Jiha Moon, Richard Roth, Robert Stuart, Leigh Suggs, and Donald Sultan.

Here is a sampling at what you’ll find at the Reynolds Gallery pop up art gallery on Newbury Street this week.

Art Gallery Pop Up On Newbury Street Isabel Bigelow

Isabel Bigelow, Overhead Tangle, 2015
Oil on panel • 28 x 24 inches

Art Gallery Pop Up On Newbury Street Isca Greenfield

Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Dock Girls, 2016
Mixed media oil on canvas  •  35 x 35 inches

Art Gallery Pop Up On Newbury Street Richard Roth

Richard Roth, Speed Bump 2, 2016
Acrylic on birch plywood panel  •  12 x 8 x 4 inches

Art Gallery Pop Up On Newbury Street Leigh Suggs

Leigh Suggs, Rolling Triangles, 2016
Hand-cut, acrylic on yupo  •  30 x 30 inches

Art Gallery Pop Up On Newbury Street Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson, Let the Meaning Sink, 2016
Acrylic on panel  •  24 x 24 x 3 inches

Art Gallery Pop Up On Newbury Street Robert Stuart

Robert Stuart, Rhythm & Blues, 2016
Oil, wax, and collage on canvas  •  22 1/2 x 22 inches

Art Gallery Pop Up On Newbury Street Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Nottoway, 2010-2015
Platinum print  •  20 x 24 inches  •  Edition 1 of 5

Art Gallery Pop Up On Newbury Street Wolf Kahn

Wolf Kahn, Blue Violet Everywhere, 2006
Oil on canvas  •  22 x 30 inches

All images courtesy of the artists and Reynolds Gallery.

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ARTmonday: Japanese Style Fish Prints

Over the weekend we spent a blissful weekend on Nantucket—my husband’s first time visiting the island—thanks to the generosity of the White Elephant Elephant Hotel, Hy-Line Cruises, Lola 41, and a handful of shops. I will post more about the weekend later this week, but  today I want to introduce you to Nantucket artist Peter Van Dingstee, proprietor of Pete’s Fish Tales on Old South Wharf.

Peter Van Dingstee studied the Japanese artform called gyotaku which entails creating prints on rice paper using actual fish. First practiced in the early 19th century, gyotaku allowed commercial fishermen to accurately measuring and record their catch.  (“Gyo” means to “fish” and “taku” means “stone rubbing” in Japanese.)

Van Dingstee talked to us about the process, which is not as simple as grabbing a fish, inking it up, and slapping it down on the paper. The fish gets a full body treatment so that its oils don’t wind up on the paper, which would make for some seriously smelly artwork.

Here’s a sampling of Van Dingstee’s Japanese-style fish print artwork:

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Japanese Fish Prints By Nantucket Artist Peter Van Dingstee

Pete’s Fresh Fish Prints, 17 Old South Wharf, Nantucket.

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