ARTmonday: Farm Project Space + Gallery July 2012

Today is part 2 of my stint as guest blogger at New England Home, and the subject is Farm Project Space + Gallery, in Wellfleet, MA. Owner/gallery director Susie Nielsen has flawless taste and intuition about what will work in a town that is better known for pretty landscapes that appeal to tourists than crisp abstracts that speak to the more permanent community, which is actually known for its artists. While Nielsen agrees the work she shows are more about ideas than creating a representation of the physical world, her choices are accessible. I love what I see. I hope you’ll click over to my blog post on NEH, and scroll down for lots more images.

Brooklyn-based artist M.P. Landis puts postage stamps directly on the back of each piece (mixed media on wood), and sticks them in the mail addressed to Farm.

Jill Vasileff  “Pink Hum,” acrylic on tree branches from “Around the Day in Eighty Worlds” at Farm this past June. It’s actually a bunch of individual pieces (Nielsen is selling them for $100 each or $3500 for all). It’s on the cover of this month’s Artscope Magazine.

Detail, Tony Orrico, Penwald: 3: circle on knees (studio impression 1), 2010, graphite on paper.
Tony Orrico uses the geometry of his own body to create intricate forms through repeated actions. The marks left behind reveal minute shifts in his position.  This detail was the centerpiece of last week’s exhibit “In Our Wake,” which featured concrete representations of dance performances. Nielsen mounted the show in conjunction with The Movement Party.

Katie Schetlich, co-director of The Movement Party and  Emma Hoette, dancer.

The exhibit was part of the larger “Fleet Moves” dance festival that took place in Wellfleet July 5th to 8th.

Jill Vasileff, No 05, from the series “A Mies is a Mies is a Mies”
This is my favorite piece. The series was inspired by Vasileff’s the play of sunlight in a Mies van der Rohe house—she grew up in one. It’s acrylic on board, but looks like encaustic. I love the  fluorescent pink drips of paint on all the edges.

M.P. Landis, WD Series, mixed media on folded paper

M.P. LandisWD Series, mixed media on folded paper

Betty Carroll Fuller, Unraveling, prisma color pencil on paper

Susan Lefevre, Warrier, oil and pencil on paper.

Left: Judith Trepp, untitled, ink on Indian paper
Right: Julia Salinger, untitled, mixed media on paper

Julia Salinger wearing a starfish fascinator of her own creation. Fresh off a fellowship in Italy, she opened her new studio space, Mermaid’s Garage in Wellfleet this week. 

Nielsen was working on a postcard for the upcoming Pablo Manga show (7/7 – 8/8) when I stopped by early last week.

Tim Donovan at the opening of SundayMondayTuesdayWednesday on Saturday evening. I blogged about one of his photos I bought a few summers ago. He’s now represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston, where he had a show last fall. The piece in the background is by Sam Trioli.

Tim DonovanUntitled: Archive UE562.
Notice the bubbled plexiglass.

Marie Lorenz, Mill Basin (purse), 2010, collograph on Rives deLin Edition Varie 1 of 5.
These prints illuminate objects Lorenz encountered while navigating waterways in New York Harbor. These items serve both as landmarks in her own journey as well as a trace of movements by unknown visitors who leave these items behind. These were part of the “In Our Wake” show.

Local artist (and Dorchester, MA native)  Peter Scarbo Frawley. Earlier this summer, someone from MoMA came in and purchased 15 of his pieces. These types of works are called “concrete poetry.”

Peter Scarbo FrawleyCorona typewriter on paper, 1970

Detail, Phyllis EwenSplit Africa, sculptural drawing

Nathalie Ferrier

Art mag Plazm,founded in Portland, OR, where Nielsen used to live.

The guest book.

The view out back.

My past posts about Farm:
Tim Donovan
Pablo Manga

ARTmonday: Tim Donovan @ Farm Project Space + Gallery

When I popped into Farm Project Space + Gallery the first time this summer, I made a quick purchase of a photo that caught my eye. The photographer is New Hampshire-based Tim Donovan of LaunchArt, and gallerist Susie Nielsen had just that one piece. It was such a split second decision she was surprised, but expertly wrapped it up. It’s another for my collection of pink hued images of girls and young women. I haven’t found a place to hang them yet, but that’s okay for now.

Photo by Tim Donovan at Farm Gallery in Welfleet

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ARTmonday: Anne Packard

Anne Packard is the quintessential Cape Cod painter. She creates beautiful, luminescent landscapes in oil. Unlike a lot of examples in the genre, her works are skillfully exquisite. The best place to view Anne’s work is in Provincetown at the Packard Gallery, a charming converted New England church. She shares the space s with her daughters, painters Cynthia Packard (read my blog post on Cynthia here) and Leslie Packard. The Packards descend from a long line of painters, which include Anne Packard’s grandfather, Max Bohm, who is a well-known Impressionist painter who went to Provincetown back in 1916.

Below is an oil painting by Anne Packard that my husband and I purchased a few years ago. It hangs over our living room fireplace. (Sorry for the inexpert photographic quality). I have also been loving browsing through her newest coffee table book, Anne Packard: Introspective (Skylark Press, $95), that her very kind publicist left on my doorstep (literally). Scroll down for a sampling of her works.

our anne packard

TurquoiseSeascapeTurquoise Seascape

stormybeachStormy Beach

TwoDoriesTwo Dories



ASummerPlaceA Summer Place

GreenDorynGreen Dory

EmptyChairEmpty Chair

pack portAnne Packard

ARTmonday: Grace Hopkins

Grace Hopkins is one of many New England artists whose abstract artwork defies expected New England standards. Hopkins  grew up in NYC and is now based in Portland, Maine, with her artist husband and sweet little girl Gigi. Grace shows her work in galleries all over the Northeast. I discovered her work in Cape Cod. Her father, artist Budd Hopkins, is a longtime friend of my in-laws. (I’ll do a post on Budd at some point too.)

Hopkins characterizes her work as abstract photo-paintings. I have included a sampling of her photos from 2005 to the present , so you can its progression. This is how she describes the evolution: ” In the past few years I have been getting closer to my subject matter and minimizing the number of objects in my pictures, essentially zeroing in on what really interests me and excluding everything else.”

2009 South Beach




2009 Europe


2008 Michigan



2008 Maine


2008 Las Vegas


2007 Belize




2006 St. Maarten


2006 Curacao


2005 California