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ARTmonday: Colorful Abstract Art Exhibit Featuring Ellen Levine Dodd and More

I’ve been blogging about abstract painter Ellen Levine Dodd since I met her almost three years ago on the Cape. She’s been part of my collaboration with Webster & Company #WebsterArtProject and my pop-up cocktail gallery.

Her work is in an exhibit in Danville, near San Francisco, called Color Play at The Town of Danville Art Gallery through April 15, 2017. Color Play features work by five abstract artists who work in gorgeous color, some vibrant, some more subdued: Ellen Levine Dodd, Karen Olsen-Dunn, Sharon Paster, Elise Morris, and Julia Rymer. They’re all fitting for this glorious spring day!

Follow these artists on Instagram for a peek into their studios and most current work: Ellen Levine Dodd; Karen Olsen-Dunn; Sharon PasterElise MorrisJulia Rymer. And be sure to follow my art-only IG account @StyleCarrotCurates too.

Colorful Abstract Painting By Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, Make the Most of What You Have

Colorful Abstract Painting By Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, Every Dog Has Its Day

Colorful Abstract Painting By Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, A Blue Ribbon Day

Colorful Abstract Painting By Karen Olsen Dunn

Karen Olsen-Dunn, Floating Arabesque

Colorful Abstract Painting By Karen Olsen Dunn

Karen Olsen-Dunn, Green Cloud With Grid

Colorful Abstract Painting By Karen Olsen Dunn

Karen Olsen-Dunn, Cloud Cover With Trails

Abstract Geometric Painting By Sharon Paster

Sharon Paster, Boundaries

Abstract Geometric Painting By Sharon Paster

Sharon Paster, Mari Hike

Abstract Geometric Painting By Sharon Paster

Sharon Paster, Playing Catch

Subtle Abstract Florals By Elise Morrisa

Elise Morris, Trail Lore

Subtle Abstract Florals By Elise Morrisa

Elise Morris, Night Fades 3

Subtle Abstract Florals By Elise Morrisa

Elise Morris, Verdant Pull

Abstract Painting With Geometric Forms By Julia Rymer

Julia Rymer, Cloud City

Abstract Painting With Geometric Forms By Julia Rymer

Julia Rymer, Bridge

 

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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: Studio Visit with Laura Allis-Richardson

Last week I visited Boston-based artist Laura Allis-Richardson at her studio at Fenway Studios. A new friend had recommended her work to me and she insisted I come have a look myself. I’m glad I took the time for a studio visit—Laura Allis-Richardson is charming, her space is wonderful, and her work is fantastic. If you like what you see, she’s participating in Fenway Open Studios this coming weekend, November 12th & 13th, 2016 at 30 Ipswich Street in Boston.

Studio Visit With Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

Scouting for the Webster Art Project, I was drawn to Richardson’s large abstract paintings, specifically the ones hung along the top of the room above. I also discovered that she does some mixed media pieces.

Abstract Painting By Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

Studio Visit With Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

Studio Visit With Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

She says mixed media is very popular right now. These have some sort of twigs or straw layered atop the oil paint.

Studio Visit With Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

The other side of the room is her studio space. Some of these pieces are still works in progress.

Abstract Landscape Painting By Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

Abstract Paintings By Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

These two oil paintings are currently propped up in my living room. Later this week I’ll deliver them to Webster & Company in the Boston Design Center where they’ll hang as part of the new fall/winter art installation. (If you’re interested in purchasing, let me know, or stop by the showroom. They are $750 each or $1,400 for the pair.)

Studio Visit With Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

Abstract Painting By Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

Studio Visit With Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

Abstract Landscape Painting By Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

Richardson plans to do a bit more work on the piece in the back.

Self Portrait By Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

This is one of a series of self-portraits that Allis-Richardson is currently working on.

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I see the forest and architectural elements in this lively blue and black abstract.

Studio Visit With Boston Artist Laura Allis-Richardson

A view of the Mass Pike from the lofty second floor. Those windows.

Fenway Studios In Boston Open Studios November 12 & 13

Fenway Studios In Boston Open Studios November 12 & 13

Laura Allis-Richardson is one of 21 artists who will welcome visitors at Fenway Open Studios at 30 Ipswich Street this weekend, November 12th & 13th from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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ARTmonday: New England Artists at Webster & Company

This fall I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wonderful new project: curating artwork for the Webster & Company showroom at the Boston Design Center.

I love art. I buy art like other women buy shoes. I have master’s in art history that I did for fun and I started collecting art around the same time.  Friends have asked me for help choosing artwork, and over the years I’ve often thought of art consulting for interior designers.

This summer I was at the bar at Blackfish in  Truro with my friend Dee Elms,who encouraged me. (If  you don’t know her, she  is a very talented, supremely generous Boston-based interior designer). A week later I got an email from Mr. Webster at Webster & Company, asking me if I’d be interested in helping find local Boston artists whose work he could hang in his showroom. (A little birdie suggested me.) He was looking to do a complete swap of everything he had hanging. Within a month.

In a frenzy, I scoured my files and sources for Boston artists (and some further afield in Maine and on the Cape) whose work I loved that aligned with Mr. Webster’s tastes. We met in early September, narrowed down my finds, and over the last few weeks the very gracious Mr. Webster and his meticulous visual design director Jonathan Giacoletto have hung the work. There are about 75 pieces from almost 20 artists, all either local or with ties to the area.

It’s been a thrilling experience, both working with Mr. Webster and his team and all the artists. I haven’t seen everything hung yet, but I plan to go this week. If you happen to be over there, stop by. (Obviously they’re all for sale. If you you’re interested, you can  let me know.) Here is one piece from each artist represented. If you read ARTmonday regularly you will recognize some names. More photos to come of the installations in the coming weeks.

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John Ross

John Ross, who has a degree from UCLA and is co-founder of design label PATCH NYC, composes photos inspired by Dutch still life paintings in his South End studio using only natural light.

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Tess Atkinson

Tess Atkinson, who graduated from Skidmore College and studied photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, likens her images to being lost in a trance.

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Linda Pagani

Linda Pagani, who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, photographs vast spaces to compose abstract new environments.

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Anna Kasabian

In her studio in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Anna Kasabian crafts wafer thin porcelain pieces that recall the forms and motions of flowers, sea plants, and ocean waves.

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Jenny Brillhart

Abstracting beauty from the ordinary, Jenny Brillhart, who holds an M.F.A. from New York Academy of Art and a B.A. from Smith College, lives and works in Miami and Stonington, Maine.

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Judyth Katz

Having begun her career as a fiber artist, today Judyth Katz works in paints and pastels to create abstracted landscapes en plain air and from her studio on the Outer Cape.

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MP Landis

MP Landis, who traveled the world with his Mennonite missionary parents, opened a bookstore, and painted in Provincetown, recently relocated from Brooklyn to Portland, Maine.

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Jenny Prinn

Rain, laughter, footsteps, and foghorns are examples of the fleeting inspirational moments that inform Maine-based artist Jenny Prinn’s colorful abstract paintings.

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Grace Hopkins

Grace Hopkins, who holds a B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, creates photographs with he look and feel of abstract paintings.

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Hilary Tait Norod

Neuroscience and psychology are strong influences on Boston-based painter Hilary Tait Norod, who holds a B.A. in studio art from Skidmore College.

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Steve Barylick

Former creative director and muralist Steve Barylick, who holds a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art, paints abstracts at Joy Street Artist Studios in Somerville.

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Linda Cordner

Linda Cordner layers pigmented translucent wax to depict subtle, atmospheric landscapes, all created in her SoWa studio.

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Alicia Savage

Boston-based photographer Alicia Savage, who holds a B.A. from Northeastern University, documents her life and mind in self-portraits that hide her face but uncover her journey.

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Budd Hopkins

Abstract Expressionist Budd Hopkins (1931—2011), who worked in New York and Wellfleet, combined geometrics with a gestural style. The Whitney Museum and The Guggenheim, among others, own his work.

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Sarah Lutz

Sarah Lutz, whose abstract work refers to the natural world, holds a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.F.A. from The American University, and lives and works in New York City and Truro, Mass.

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Stephen Sheffield

Using film and nontraditional techniques, South Shore-based photographer Stephen Sheffield, an alumnus of Cornell University and California College of the Arts, creates narrative images with a cinematic feel.

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Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, who grew up and studied art in New England, creates expressive compositions with colorful gestural brushwork in her Northern California studio.

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Joe Diggs

Working from his home studio overlooking a pond on Cape Cod, Joe Diggs sometimes strategically plans his compositions while other times is guided by pure emotion.

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ARTmonday: Geometric Abstract Paintings By Boston Artist John Guthrie at Room68

MassArt graduate John Guthrie, who previously studied aerospace engineering, has a fantastic show mounted at Room68 in Provincetown, a contemporary design shop cum gallery on Commercial Street. I stopped in last week and was wowed. I never made it to owner Brent Refsland’s original space in Jamaica Plain, though I feature pieces from the shop in my roundups for the Boston Globe all the time.

Refsland has a great eye and appreciation for contemporary design that doesn’t sacrifice useability. His shop could just as easily be at the ICA or MoMA (without the incessant branding), with furniture, accessories, and jewelry by designers who include Tina Fey, Black+Blum, and De La Espada, as well as  local stars Debra Folz and Nervous System. He plans to stay put in Ptown for a while, after having transformed a tired women’s clothing retail store into an airy gallery space with white walls, track lighting, and pale wood floors last year.

An exhibition of Boston-based painter John Guthrie’s geometric abstract paintings is currently hanging. (According to Guthrie’s resume, in 2009 I wrote something in the Globe that included an image of his work—I’m guessing it was a decor story about a home with one of his paintings—but I can’t find it in my archives.) Guthrie’s work is crisp and delicious. The precise geometric forms in clear colors and perfectly shaded partner tones pop off the earthy tree trunk backgrounds, a sublime blend of mathematics and the natural world.

The geometric abstract paintings on tree trunk slices are available for sale at Room68; the canvases are also available online; prints on Etsy.

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Photography by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot
Portrait of Guthrie in the gallery by Brent Refsland for Room68.

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