“We bring you back to when life was simple.” Join Wendy Walter, for a talk about Pickity Place, a quintessential destination August 21.
The works of 20 notable New England artists Celebrating Monadnock, a tribute to the mountain and the region. Starting August 9.
“Walk in Fields of Gold”, 17 x 16 x 2, acrylics, fabric and thread on canvas
by Donna Mohan
COLOR, SHAPE, and SERENDIPITY
The Abstract Art of Donna Mohan and Cyndie Katz
on Exhibit Now Through August 31
“Hiding in Plain Sight”, 24x24, acrylic on canvas by Cyndie KatzAMHERST – The Friends of the Amherst Town Library are pleased to present the Abstract Art of Donna Mohan and Cyndie Katz, friends from New Boston since the 1980s. In the spring of 2018 they got together to talk about their art. It didn't take long to realize how similar their processes were.
Each had used her quilting background to propel her into less traditional abstract work. Since that meeting they've taught a workshop together and spent a week in Mexico painting canvases and papers collaboratively for inclusion in new works. This is their second joint show.
Mohan says, "My work is inspired by the colors in nature - birds, flowers, landscapes - and by the poetry of Mary Oliver. Since a young age, sewing, drawing and painting have been a large part of my life. Stitciied paintings - the work I'm doing now that I can devote more time - are a perfect blend of painting, sewing and mosaic.“
Katz began painting twenty years ago on a trip to Mexico. For years she painted landscapes and portraits but says half the time she liked what was left on her palette more than the actual painting. Finally she quit painting altogether determined she would only come back to it as an abstract painter. “After a year, I got the idea to use quilt patterns as a guide, and my abstract paintings evolved from there. I keep experimenting with free form abstract painting, but I often come back to the geometric designs that I learned as a quilt maker with the New Boston quilting group in the 1980's."
Painting of Monadnock by Joan Tierney
Celebrating Monadnock Art Exhibit at JCC
Painting of Monadnock by Betty GlassJAFFREY – A group mixed media exhibit of the work of twenty notable New England artists will be held in the upstairs Civic Center’s Cunningham Gallery from August 9th to September 6. The exhibit, Celebrating Monadnock, is a tribute to the mountain and the region. Participating artists include: Susan Allen, Phil Bean, Linda Dessaint, Carolyn Edwards, Jeani and Rosti Eismont, Betty Glass, Howard Hill, Mary Iselin, Barbara Mahar, Bob Marrone, Jennifer McCalmont, Amy Pfeil, Lisa Regopoulus, Chris Reid, Ann Sawyer, Gary Shepard, Jeannie Thieme, Joan Tierney, and Susan Wadsworth. An Opening Reception will be held Saturday, August 10th, 4-6pm. There will be live music and refreshments will be served. It's Free and Open to the public.
Painting of Monadnock by Jen McCalmontsJaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday to Friday 10-5pm, (closed for lunch 12 to 1pm) and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail: email@example.com, find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com.
William Jurian Kaula (1871-1953), A Summer Day, New Ipswich, NH, oil on canvas
New England Landscape: Works From the 19th–21st Centuries Exhibit
MILFORD - New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present The New England Landscape: Works from the 19th–21st Centuries, an exhibit and sale of paintings spanning more than 200 years of artists’ interpretations of the timeless and iconic views unique to New England. From fields and forests to lakes and mountains, this region has long been an inspiration to painters, poets and artists of all kinds.
Featured artists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries include William Sonntag, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Robert Vonnoh, Aldro Hibbard, Henry Ward Ranger, Ben Foster, Eric Sloane, William Hart, William Jurian Kaula, Paul Sample, Frank Vincent Dumond and William Preston Phelps. Also included in the exhibit are contemporary New England artists Erik Koeppel, Dave Dodge and William Davis.
A prominent work in the exhibit is a Vermont landscape by Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925). Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, and brought up on a farm in Maine, Metcalf’s knowledge of the picturesque New England countryside came early. He studied with landscape masters in Boston and then in France. His interest in Impressionism led him in 1898 to become one of the founders of The Ten, a group of Boston and New York painters pioneering and promoting their work and the Impressionist style. In 1904, Metcalf sought a retreat in rural Maine. Inspired by the scenery, Metcalf went on to paint the diverse New England landscapes for which he became best known. In 1925, Metcalf was named the “poet laureate of the New England hills.” He also was influential in the Cornish Art Colony in Cornish, New Hampshire, which was founded in 1885 by the notable sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
The exhibit is on view now through until September 10. For information: call 673-8499 or visit www.facebook.com/nhantiquecoop. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PEM to Open New 40,000SF Wing, Galleries
SALEM, MA — On September 28, 2019, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will open a 40,000-square-foot wing designed by Ennead Architects, New York. The expansion and renovation—a component of the museum’s landmark $650M+ Connect Campaign—features new installations, a light-filled atrium, an entry and facilities for school and group tours, new linkages and traffic flow to existing galleries, and a 5,000-square-foot garden designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. As part of a $16M, museum-wide initiative associated with the expansion project to create entirely new experiences of virtually all of the museum’s collections by 2022, PEM is unveiling thirteen new exhibitions and collection-based art experiences by September. Each gallery offers new perspectives that are designed to create experiences of exploration, discovery, and engagement with exceptional works of art.
“The September opening of a dramatic new wing and galleries, a beautiful garden with multiple water features, and innovative, and highly-engaging installations of historical and contemporary art drawn from PEM collections marks an extremely exciting new phase in the museum’s evolution,” said Dan Monroe, PEM’s Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Executive Director and CEO. “The new art experiences we are creating extend the museum’s commitment to creativity, new ideas, and new perspectives.”
Over the course of the next three years, PEM will open even more new installations of its collections–including American and Native American Art; Photography; Chinese and Chinese Export Art; Japanese and Japanese Export Art; Korean Art; South Asian Art; Oceanic Art; a Meditation Gallery; a new installation in East India Marine Hall; and a new gallery dedicated to Yin Yu Tang, PEM’s Chinese House.
Edward Hopper, Two Comedians, 1966. Oil on canvas.
Edward Hopper’s Final Painting on Special Loan to the Currier Museum
MANCHESTER - On view at the Currier Museum of Art is Edward Hopper’s final painting, Two Comedians. Showing the artist and his wife Jo, taking a bow onstage, the painting is a moving farewell from Hopper, who specialized in observing people. This image of the theater once belonged to singer Frank Sinatra.
Hopper painted Two Comedians at the age of eighty-three when he and his wife were seriously ill. He died the following year. The painting seems to show Hopper bidding farewell to his art, and to the world.
“This autobiographic painting is a summation of Hopper’s life’s work,” stated museum curator Kurt Sundstrom. “It is a somber reflection of two people alone on a dark stage. They have a presence but it’s a presence of people who will soon disappear.”
The two figures on the stage are dressed as traditional comedians or clowns. This contrasts with the empty, haunted look in their eyes, and the personal circumstances of the artist nearing death. Edward Hopper was one of the greatest observers of American life in the middle of the 20th century. He captured the loneliness of life in modern cities in classical images such as Nighthawks, showing people isolated in a diner. The painting now on view at the Currier Museum is less well-known but provides a fascinating glimpse into the work of an iconic American artist.
Two Comedians will be on display until January 2020 at the Currier Museum of Art. It is accompanied by other works by Edward Hopper and his contemporaries, on the theme of theatre and life in the American city.
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