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.
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!
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).
Antique Sentiments, 24″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel
Counting Myself Lucky, 24″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel
Cross Dot Chrysanthemum Dream, 30″ x 30″ acrylic and fabric on panel
Dot Underwater Wildflowers, 18″ x 24″ acrylic and fabric on panel
Dots (Vibrant), 18″x 18″ acrylic, fabric, and metal leaf on panel
Violet-Eared Waxbill, 24″ x 48″ acrylic, fabric, and metal leaf on panel
Life Is Good, 12″ x 16″ acrylic and fabric on panel
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.
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.
She says mixed media is very popular right now. These have some sort of twigs or straw layered atop the oil paint.
The other side of the room is her studio space. Some of these pieces are still works in progress.
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.)
Richardson plans to do a bit more work on the piece in the back.
This is one of a series of self-portraits that Allis-Richardson is currently working on.
I see the forest and architectural elements in this lively blue and black abstract.
A view of the Mass Pike from the lofty second floor. Those windows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rain, laughter, footsteps, and foghorns are examples of the fleeting inspirational moments that inform Maine-based artist Jenny Prinn’s colorful abstract paintings.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Cordner layers pigmented translucent wax to depict subtle, atmospheric landscapes, all created in her SoWa studio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.