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.

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Kathryn Geismar, A Delicate Balance

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Deborah Baskin, You and Me

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Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 5

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Kim Triedman, You Show Me Yours

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Kathryn Geismar, Night Forest

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Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 7

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Margaret Choppa, Chock a Block

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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: 36 Obscured Portraits of Women

If you follow the ARTmonday posts,  you’ll know that as much as I love abstract art, I am especially drawn to artwork featuring female figures. Among my many posts highlighting specific female painters or more frequently, photographers, who create quirky or elusive images of women (Cig Harvey, Viviane Sassen, Natsumi Hayashi), I’ve also curated a number of roundups, including Women Thinking, Women In the Kitchen, Figures in the Landscape, Women In Water, and Girls At Play. (For more, you can also peruse my Pinterest boards Female Figures in Art, PortraitsNudes.)

I have so many images of women turning their backs on the camera, that I thought for sure I did a post of those, but I can’t find it, so maybe not. Today’s post features 36 portraits of women whose faces are obscured in some way. The overall image might be blurry, her head could be wrapped in twigs (or a shower curtain!), perhaps her hair is in her face, or she’s wearing a blindfold. Or, the image might show what could have been a perfectly straightforward rendering, but then he or she dripped paint over the visage, or whited out all traces of personality.

Some of these obscured portraits of women are cloaked in mystery, others are silly, and still others, a tad subversive. I find them all appealing. (I left out the more disturbing of the finds this time around.)

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Smooth #1  •  Agnieszk Maria Zieba

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Petra Stridfeldt

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Andy Denzler

obscured-portrait-barbara-baldi

Barbara Baldi

obscured-portrait-parker-fitzgerald

Parker Fitzgerald

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Melodie Mousset

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“Hunger”  •  Jovana Lakovic

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unidentified

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Julia Skopnik

obscured-portrait-annija-muižule

Annija Muižule

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Human Sculptures  •  Joakim Heltne

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Jose Romussi

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Wilkosz & Way

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“Portrait with the Cat”  •  Chiara Elisa Ragghianti

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Wool and the Gang

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Yann Faucon

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“Portrait with a Spectrum 3”  •  Chad Wys

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unidentified

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“Paper Butterflies”  •  Ping Homeric

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Maia Harms

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“Sky of Tears”  •  Tabitha Vevers

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“Essäché”  •  Flora Borsi

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Grace Coddington  •  Tim  Walker

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Rafael Sliks

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Melissa Gamwell

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Mate Moro

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Javier Martin

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Face-Kinis  •  Peng Chen

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“Ubearable”  •  Alessandro Passerini

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“A Bundled Mass of Confusion”   •  Robert Flynn

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Sarah Bodri

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Urs Fischer

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Lalla Essaydi

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“Portrait of Petra Collins”  •  Neal Turner

Marianne Faithfull by David Redfern

Marianne Faithfull  by  David Redfern

ARTmonday: 12 Paintings by Boston Artists on Etsy

Since today’s the Boston Marathon I thought I’d go all Boston with a dozen picks from Etsy local. The mix includes still life paintings of sweets, pet portraits, pretty landscapes, geometric abstracts, and more. Are the artists are based in the Boston area. Enjoy the day! #BostonStrong

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Pink Donuts On a Stand  •  Jo Jo La Rue / Johanna

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Ocean Breeze  •  Shay Cajolet

night-sky-stars-moon-birch-trees

Night Sky Stars Moon Birch Trees Dream Tent  •  Paper Taxi / Laura Warecki

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Custom Pet Portrait  •   Paw Prints On Canvas / Marianna

blue-sky-blue-bells

Blue Sky Blue Bells  •   Water Media Works / Marcia

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Architectural Line Study  •   Moss and Blue / Julianne Strom

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Black Lab  •   Jennifer Burkin

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Vista  •  Claudine Metrick

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Untitled Abstract #2414  •  Tammy Ricker

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Ranunculus  •  Cassandra Akouri

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Prepster  •  A Boston Blazer / Gabi Anderson

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Picnic  •  Art25 by a2n2 / Anna Koon

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ARTmonday: 12 Artworks from Uncommon Goods

I discovered Brooklyn-based site Uncommon Goods, which launched back in 1999, when I worked for Store Adore. I perused it all the time, especially for environmentally-conscious and handcrafted gift options. For some reason it had fallen off my radar for a while. They emailed me recently. I learned that the company’s lowest paid worker makes 50 percent above minimum wage—as good a reason as any to start shopping the site again—and that they donate to a number of worthy non-profits, including organizations for women, hunger, and the environment. I was also reminded of its selection of selection of cute gifts, including a whole bunch of whole bunch of personalized gifts, like jewelry, pillows, and books. There’s also affordable artwork. I posted a dozen of my favorite artworks from Uncommon Goods below.

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 Rainbow, Sarah Nicole Phillips, $85-$150

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 Big Orange Chair, Kate Lewis $75-$130

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Slice of Genealogy (custom artwork), Jen O’Neill, $295

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Personalized Family Art, Mary and Shelly Klein, $150

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Challenging Conditions, Audrey Heller, $140-$200

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City Skyline Wooden Routing (NYC), $34

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You Simply Glow, Jessica Swift, $65-$120

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The Animal Alphabet Zoo, Kim Smith, $140

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The Happy Elephant, Zlatka Paneva, $68-$150

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Woven Seacape, Elise Wehle, $75-$135

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Dogs (Dalmatian), Denise Fiedler, $125

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Hiking With George, Renee Leone, $145-$ 230

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ARTmonday: 22 Original Artworks Under $500 from Saatchi Online

Not long ago I discovered the art site Saatchi Online. It’s amazing. I don’t know what took me so long to find it—it was launched in 2006 by the Saatchi Gallery in London. The site has many, many pieces of contemporary art across mediums and price ranges. Artists sell original artwork, as well as prints, so even if you love a pricey work, you can still acquire it in that form. The site is easily searchable and guest curators often put forth interesting collections. Here are my picks—22 original pieces under $500.

 Georg-Cevales-elefant

Georg Cevales “Elefant” $400

Adalberto-Ortiz-Page-corner-#6

Adalberto Ortiz “Page corner #6” $375

Amelia-Coward-42-vintage-map-dots

Amelia Coward “Forty two vintage map dots” $265

Emily-Fried-Audrey

Emily Fried “Audrey” $250

Bea-Mahan-Untitled

Bea Mahan “Untitled” $100

Christina-Kerns-Nostri

Christina Kerns “Nostri” $400

Anne-Harper-Whispers-are-Shadows

Anne Harper “Whispers are Shadows” $350

Juan-De-La-Rica-untitled-inertias-series

Juan De La Rica “Untitled” (Inertias series) $250

Nicole-Carman-Brighton-Beach-Huts

Nicole Carman “Brighton Beach Huts and Fido the Dog” $450

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Jim Harris “Way Out West” $400

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Liat Elbing “Holes #4” $450

Jelena-Kostic-Monika-R-SS-2012

Jelena Kostic “Monika R S/S 2012” $220

Luis-D'Akmin-Translucent-Artless-Things

Luis D’Akmin “Translucent Artless Things” (Series 01)  $350

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Tess Gumblin “Reclining Nude” $400

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Øyvind Suul “Mind map #17” $375

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Lies Heilmann “koa titl 8” $250

Sally-Schaedler-Rand-9

Sally Schaedler “Rand 9” $380

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 Nina Beslic “Shadwell II, London” $150

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Craig Anczelowitz “Untitled Buddha Forest (Mini Statue #2)” $140

Siri-Tenden-blue-boat-pink-sail

Siri Tenden “Blue boat with pink sail on deck” $250

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Paco Vila Guillen “Untitled 9” $100

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Patricia Schnall Gutierrez “Domestic Duality” $450