Saturday, August 19, 2017

MILK and HONEY


Honey Hex, Intoxicate 2017

When I first thought about this show I wanted it to celebrate the magnificent abundance that is Vermont in the summertime, a sweet land of plenty. Fortunately or not, things are never simple.
My series of Honey Hexes are similar to Pennsylvania Dutch hex paintings in that these are made to welcome good luck and good fortune.The Honey Hexes, are talismans meant to foster sweetness, harmony, abundance and fertility and vision through altered consciousness. The designs that I have painted incorporate a honeycomb format that frames the icons within. Symbols such as cornucopias, and similar mead horns, udders, beehives and symbolic flowers and of course, bees adorn this ongoing series. As it has become profoundly clear that the majority of life on the planet depends on some of the tiniest pollinators these hexes attempt to pay tribute where it is due.







In a similar vein the series of Botanical heads symbolize rebirth and regeneration and abundance.They are inspired by “green men” variations of folate heads that have adorned architecture and gravestones across cultures. My botanical heads range from Foliate style head that which is completely covered in leaves, to the Disgorging Head which spews vegetation from its mouth, as well as the Bloodsucker Head which sprouts vegetation from all orifices (Facial) such as the eyes nostrils and mouth. In addition my botanical heads  are multi faceted images that when rotated 180 degrees reveal a new “face.”  The heads represent animals, plants and male and female “gods.”



Canary warning #3

There are always signs and warnings...if you are listening. Speaking of warnings, the Warning (canary) is part of an ongoing series of guardians. The “See Wheat (sweet)” depicts cornucopia eyes with wheat... endless sweetness.This was inspired in part by Amy’s vintage blue Pyrex Bowl.  Not a sickly sweet but, a sweet like a sunny Vermont summer day. “Milk Made,” a little Vermont Dairy truth in advertising... connecting milk to where it comes from.
The Hobo Hankies, created as part of the series, Mythos Merch. These hankies incorporate some hobo symbols (jail, Safe water, Danger) and commemorate some of my favorite attractions/characters from Big Rock Candy Mountain. I love a good story and the tale of Big Rock Candy Mountain is just that, a fictional land of Milk and Honey, with its straight up tourist trap hucksterism and charm and when you have a moment look up the last verse of Big Rock Candy Mountain!



“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
“One sees clearly only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eye."  Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry these are Lessons from The Little Prince, The Rose and the Fox, which speak for themselves. To me these speak to bittersweet experience of opening oneself to friendship and love and the ways in which the senses can be fooled.


Currently on view at the the South Street Cafe in Bennington, Vermont.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

WRECK TANGLE

Consume. Resin Cast Amy Leach

Wreck Tangle; What happens when a simple form gets complicated. 

While a rectangle is a common shape, often seen as a format for photographs, paintings and drawings, what is a Wrecktangle? An imploded shape? A computer screen? A formal study of slipped angles? A documentation of wreckage, disasters on paper? Artists explore the "shape" of things through various mediums such as painting, video, embroidery, poetry, screen printing and drawing. 

India Abbot, Erika Adams, E.Bay, Kristen Blaker, TW Collins, Devon Clapp, Pat Falco, Jerry Fressola, Nick Garder, Raul Gonzalez the Third, Amy Leach, Tom Longtin, Jeff McRae, Lorraine Mears, Will O'Connor, Rhonda Ratray, Maple VanOrden and Greg Winterhalter


OPENING AUGUST 25 5:30-7:30Left Bank North Bennington, VT

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#resist


A New Revolution. Gouache on watercolor paper. 2017  

#RESIST is an exhibition of art that speaks to the current political climate in the United States and elsewhere. Themes explored range from alt facts to coal mining to sanctuary cities and more.

CURATED BY:
Susan Berstler and Greg Cook

OPENING RECEPTION:
Thursday, April 27th; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

EXHIBITION DATES:
April 27 – May 27, 2016

LOCATION:...LOCATION:
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

GALLERY HOURS:
Thursday & Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

ARTISTS:
Christina Balch
Resa Blatman
Jesse Blu
Emily Chan
Chris D'Amore
Russell DuPont
Yorgos Efthymiadis
Richard Ferrari
Samantha Fields
Dina Gjertsen
Nicolas Hyacinthe
Lee Kilpatrick
M
Elizabeth Menges
Ansis Purins
Allison and Jason Rabin
Rhonda Ratray
Rebecca Schnopp
Cory Shea
Brittany Smith
Margi Weir
Nanette Wylde, PreNeo Press

SPRING FEVER



   Leather postcard from 1907
“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

Mark Twain

Spring Fever
This is a showcase of artwork that speaks to the “pull” we all may feel at this time of year. The weather is finally warm and there are more hours to revel in sunlight, but it could still snow at any point... it feels as though anything is actually possible.This time, at the threshold of seasons, pronounces feelings of anticipation and the excitement of what is to come.The artists included in this show are celebrating this frenetic energy in many forms, from sculptures to zines, photographs and paintings. Most works are for sale.
Artists include: Amy Anselmo, E.Bay, Kristen Blaker, Renee Bouchard, T.W Collins, Trippe Cullinane,  Aimee LaPorte, Tom Longtin, Charlotte Lyons, Ray Mullineaux, Madalyn Olson, Jill Van Orden and Rhonda Ratray
Join us for refreshments and maybe dance the MAYPOLE! Opening: Monday, May 1st, 5-7pm
The Left Bank, North Bennington,

Friday, March 24, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Designing Women Portfolio

                 


When the stars align! A refined reprint of my "Pick Up Line Valentine" pictured here in a custom lightbox! My contribution to the "Designing Women Portfolio" Curated and co-ordinated by Margo Ecke. This portfolio will be on view at Southern Graphics Council Conference in Atlanta this year. One portfolio will go into the Smokey Road Press archive, and three portfolios will become part of artist book collections of The New York Public Library, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Wellesley College.

For More information: /https://www.smokeyroadpress.com/
                                   https://sgcinternational.org/

My print will also be available on my etsy shop 


Portfolio Participants:
Kate Bingaman-Burt
Talia Bromstad
Mary Bruno
Christina Casnellie 
Elizabeth Bee Coats
Taryn Cowart
Keetra Dixon
Margot Ecke
Maureen Forys
Megan Fowler
Bess Gaby
Melissa Harshman
Rebecca Henderson
Kathryn Hunter
Corey Jameson
Mariko Jesse
Lauri Johnston
Lily Smith Kirkley
Rebecca Kreisler
Missy Kulic
Nicole Lavelle
Jun Lee
Jack Michael
Katherine Miller
Maren Munoz
Yoonmi Nam
Leslie Noell*
Sara Parker
Sage Perrott
Rhonda Ratray
Lisa Beth Robinson
Jenny Schmid
May Sorum
Kseniya Thomas
Eileen Wallace