Ordinary Splendor - selected watercolors by Kara K. Bigda
July 5, 2018 to August 31, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, July 5, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Second reception: Thursday, August 2, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
“Ordinary Splendor” is a collection of watercolors on clayboard by local artist, Kara K. Bigda. The exhibit contains simple yet compelling compositions in the genre of contemporary realism, capturing the austere beauty and nostalgia contained in every day. Kara's work often aims to highlight the elements of life that may often be overlooked, elevating ordinary objects, places, and moments in time, into the extraordinary and this collection is no exception.
Detailed renderings through the use of transparent washes of color make up the work included in this compilation. The clayboard surface allows pigment to be lifted with ease throughout the painting process, allowing the artist to create a visual believability of the subject matter. When complete, the painting is sealed with a protective finish eliminating the need for a glass barrier between the painting and the viewer, thus providing a more intimate experience between the two.
Kara grew up in Ware, Massachusetts and graduated from Amherst College in 1991 with a concentration in Fine Art. She has worked in both education and the insurance industry. In 2008, after ten years as an art teacher in the Quabbin Regional School District, Kara resigned from teaching in order to focus on painting. Most days you will find her working in her home studio nestled in the beautiful, serene landscape of West Brookfield and spending time with her husband Dan and their two dogs.
A Visual Celebration of the Valley: Urban and Rural, Day to Night
May 3, 2018 to June 29, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, May 3, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Second reception: Thursday, June 7, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Local pastel artist Meg Bandarra’s new exhibition is a collection of scenes from around the valley, many painted en plein air (outside), both during the day and at night. The public is invited to come celebrate “Local” with the reception on May 3rd from 5-8pm. After the reception, the exhibit can be seen Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm until June 29th. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Margaret Gammell: Works on Paper, Wood and Plastic
March 1, 2018 - April 27, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, March 1, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Second reception: Thursday, April 5, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Margaret Gammell enjoys working on a large sheets of paper with color splashed over them. Drawing on these stained and collaged backgrounds disrupts the drawn line in unexpected ways. She uses charcoal or graphite, adding ink, markers, colored pencil, or the latest item she came home from the art supply store with or discovered online.
She attends the Visual Fine Arts program at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, where her concentration is in drawing, sculpture and printmaking.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Paintings by Laure Dennery
January 4, 2018 - February 24, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, January 4, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Second reception: Thursday, February 1, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Laure began painting penguins after seeing the documentary “March of the Penguins” in 2005. For the past 12 years, she has kept coming back to these beautiful and fascinating birds that have inspired her to experiment with different artistic techniques and play with composition. In addition to penguins, Laure is often inspired by animal imagery. Animals represent a trueness to who they are, and it is that authenticity with themselves that she admires and tries to convey in her work. For more of Laure’s work, please visit www.dennerydesignart.squarespace.com.
Paintings by Janet Pozar
September 7, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, September 7, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Second reception: Thursday, October 5, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
“Changing Landscapes" features vibrant, scenic paintings by local artist, Janet Pozar. Janet has been painting, drawing, and making art for over 40 years. Working in acrylic, mostly on canvas, some pieces are mixed media and include components such as thread. Janet has captured scenes from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she grew up, plus other states where she has lived. From the historic stone ironmaster’s house of Charming Forge, Pennsylvania, to the round barns and tobacco barns of Illinois, and currently local landscapes in and around her home in Leverett. Janet’s artwork has been shown in Albany, NY, Reading, PA, Westfield, MA, and Paper City Studios and Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA.
Artist Statement: When I am engaged in art making, I am fully caught up in the medium and tools and mission. I’ve learned not to think about the product that I will end up with because the time spent engaged in the creative activity is what is most important to me. I enjoy the detached feeling I get when painting —it’s like a dance with my hand and my mind and they take turns leading!
Impressionistic paintings of landscapes and nature, utilizing intensity in color and contrasts of lights and darks. Brightness and vibrance, as well as an element of the unseen, are evident in the paintings. Below: Lily Pads on Poets Pond Race Point
Photographs from near and far are presented as images in black and white that have been produced by traditional wet‐chemistry darkroom techniques. The images that are shown range from landscapes that suggest serenity, to images with a smaller field of view that reveal textural details, to images that are relatively abstract. The abstracts invite the viewer to explore the image to see if they can see what the photographer might have seen when he captured the image; they provoke discussion.
2015 - March/April - Alex Markiewiecz - Charcoal Drawing