ARTmonday: Give and Take at Cambridge Art Association

Boston area artists Kathryn Geismar and Alexandra Sheldon delve into curating with a show called Give and Take, up now at the Cambridge Art Association and online. The exhibit features artwork by Geismar and Sheldon, as well as local artists Deborah Baskin, Margaret Scoppa, and Kim Triedman.

Here is an excerpt from Geismar’s thoughts behind the exhibition:
Collage is about sticking things together. It is also about taking things apart. Paint over, tear off, nail on: this is the give and the take.
We are five artists who find a fascination in the poetic energy of things: Colors, old surfaces, blocks of wood, expired books, rusty objects, painted newsprint, discarded ephemera. Stories are suggested and found in the meeting place where objects come together and find a new community and identity. There is a huge respect for the serendipitous and the synergy of meeting the materials in the middle.
Artists are often scavengers but collage artists are even more so. Old newspapers and packaging, tossed out window frames and disparate planks of wood on a curb become our treasures. They speak to us and invite us to collaborate. What is discarded and the overlooked by many is more than a fascination; for us it is rich and evocative source material.

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Kathryn Geismar, A Delicate Balance

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Deborah Baskin, You and Me

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 5

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Kim Triedman, You Show Me Yours

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Kathryn Geismar, Night Forest

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 7

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Margaret Choppa, Chock a Block

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Deborah Baskin, An Evening Chat

Like all shows of the Covid era, there will be virtual opening reception on ZOOM; this Friday, April 9, 6:30-7:30 pm. Register here.

There’s also a fun interactive ZOOM workshop, Give and Take In Action: Making Collages from Scratch; this Saturday, April 10, 10-11am. Register here.

Give and Take
April 1 – 30, 2021
Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Association
25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Also, online.

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ARTmonday: 20 Works from the MassArt Silent Auction 2021

And again, another online only auction. I’m feeling confident that we will all fundraise for the students at Massachusetts College of Art and Design IRL next year. But in the meantime, consider participating in the MassArt Auction 2021 online at BidSquare.com from March 27 through noon, April 11. The live auction is also online at t BidSquare.com on April 10 at 8 pm.

The silent auction includes 291 pieces from alumni, students, and friends of the MassArt community. There is painting, photography, mixed media, drawings, glass, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, installations, and even the opportunity for commissions. I’ll try to do another post that concentrates on the live auction, just in case you have a big art budget this year.

There are also virtual events surrounding the auction, including “Why Art Matters in Interior Design” on April 1 at noon with the always wonderful Elizabeth Lowrey of Elkus Manfredi, who is also an auction co-chair, and Emily Santangelo of Emily Fine Art. See you there? Be sure to register.

And even if you don’t want to buy, register (it’s free) for the MassArt Silent Auction so you can see more than these 20 artworks.

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Matthew Cronin

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Mary Hughes

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Caleb Charland

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Dean Nimmer

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Elizabeth Alexander

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Hillary Babick

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Kevin Bennett Moore

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Mary Kocol

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Rick Fox

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Tara Sellios

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Judy Riola

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Savanna Nelson

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Jason Karolak

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Astrid Reischwitz

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Anne Harney

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Johnny Tang

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Alysia Macaulay

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Anne Beinecke

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Eilis O’Connell

MassArt Auction 2021 Art School Fundraiser

Julia Emiliani

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ARTmonday: Sarah Meyers Brent’s Flower Paintings at Chase Young Gallery

I first saw Sarah Meyers Brent’s flower paintings about five years ago at an open studios. I was immediately drawn to her large pieces depicting moody florals dripping down the canvas. Her bio says she is attracted to the wilt and decay of dried flowers. I recently read an Instagram post by one of my favorite Boston area floral designers who urged her followers to embrace flowers at every stage. Sarah obviously does. I love that.

I was lucky enough to work with her when we featured a dripping flower painting at the Webster & Company showroom.  Some of her work is spare, with a background peeking through, while other paintings are so textured and layered they’re truly three-dimensional. Sarah also does  cool fiber sculptures that included upcycled kids clothing; these seem to grow out of the wall.

Sarah Meyers Brent is represented by Kate Kostopoulos at Chase Young Gallery in the SoWa Arts District in Boston. Her solo show “Curious Cultivations” runs through October 31, 2020. You can see it in real life or online. You can also tune into her Zoom talk this Thursday evening.

Zoom Live Artist Talk with Sarah Meyers Brent
Thursday October 8th – 6:00pm – 6:30pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79775104719?pwd=RDVDbzFlRjFQdUhra09xWlFaNWF5QT09

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Art Gallery

Dripping Plant VI
Acrylic on Canvas • 50 x 40 inches

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Art GalleryFalling Flowers
Acrylic on Canvas • 48.5 x 66 inches

Flower Sculptures Boston Art Gallery

Birdsong Sculpture
Found Objects & Mixed Media • 48h x 30w x 30d inches

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Art Gallery

Floral Dance II
Acrylic on Paper • 11 x 15 inches

Lush Flower Paintings Boston Artist

Put a Bird On It
Acrylic & Graphite on Paper • 11 x 14 inches

Abstract Flower Paintings Boston Artist

Stay At Home Rainbow
Acrylic on Board • 10 x 8 inches

Textural Flower Paintings Boston Artist

Flower Vase
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Board • 11.25 x 9 inches

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Art Gallery

Floral Explosion
Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas • 30 x 40 inches

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Artist

Ice Cream Scoop
Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas • 48.5 x 66 inches

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ARTmonday: Inside World by Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe

Ann Arbor-based painter Mia Risberg got in touch with me earlier this summer about a project she did with  Los Angeles-based photographer  Jessica Chappe. The artists met through this project, organized by Shoebox PR, a support network for artists in Los Angeles. The work was completed between April 16,2020 and May 31,2020.

During the pandemic, they met remotely to collaborate on a series of responses to each other’s work. The creations reflect their life experiences while in lockdown. Risberg and Chappe created a series called “Inside World” consisting of 12 photographs and 12 paintings, each a reflection, reaction, interpretation, iteration of the other.

Mia Risberg shares a bit about her experience: I found the quick turnaround (24 hours) helpful because it encouraged spontaneity and an intuitive approach to painting. At first my paintings seemed to be responses to colors or patterns in Jessica’s photographs. Quickly though, they evolved . .  . Although the figures appear introspective and isolated they also seem to merge with the natural world.

If you know me/follow me, you can see this is very in line with my taste in art. I like to call this genre, of which I have many in my personal collection, obscured females. You can see hundreds of images in line with these on my Female Figures in Art Pinterest board.

Here are four pairs of art from “Inside World” by  Jessica Chape (photos) and Mia Risberg (paintings).

Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe Mia Risberg and Jessica Chappe

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ARTmonday: Emerging Female Artists at Collective 131

Last week the founder/director of Collective 131, Cassandra Fiorenza, emailed me to tell me about this online art gallery, which exclusively features emerging female artists. I was excited to see that an artist I’ve worked with in the past, Patricia Spergel, is represented here.

Fiorenza launched Collective 131 in 2018. In addition to its online platform, exhibits at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, the Affordable Art Fair, and Superfine! Art Fair.  The site offers artwork for sale, and also pulls together exhibitions.

The current online exhibition, “Personal Space” features art created during the last few months during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pieces have been hung in a virtual exhibition space that you can move through with your mouse/keyboard, so definitely check it out.

I pulled 10 paintings and works on paper from the new arrivals section of Collective 131, all of which are all for sale. You can click through for pricing, which is reasonable. I’ve purchased several pieces of art from various other initiatives during this time, which I’ll post on my Instagram account @StyleCarrotCurates when they arrive.

Cortney Herron Portrait Selfie Painting

Cortney Herron

Mary Younkin Still Life Books Painting

Mary Younkin

Elizabeth Tillemans Landscape Painting

Elizabeth Tillemans

Emi Avori Bohemian Plant Painting

Emi Avora

Cassandra Brown Abstract Painting

Cassandra Brown

Cathleen Clarke Painting

Cathleen Clarke

Noa Charuvi Abstract Still Life Painting

Noa Charuvi

Nicole Renee Ryan Abstract Landscape Painting

Nicole Renee Ryan

Patricia Spergel Abstract Painting

Patricia Spergel

Sam Ticknor Affordable Art

Sam Ticknor

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