Hosmer Gallery

In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer

October 2-30   Landscapes by Elizabeth Lehman, Adell Donaghue and Anita Hunt
October 10   Midnight to Midnight Digital Slideshow #3
November 3-29   Photographs by Bill Rowley, Len Seeve and Fred Ranaudo

Landscape drawings, etchings and paintings by Adell Donaghue, Anita Hunt and Elizabeth Lehman

Anita Hunt

Elizabeth Lehman

Adell Donaghue

October 2-30, 2014
Reception Friday October 10, 5-8 PM (Arts Night Out)

Anita Hunt's visual tales of dark and light are deeply rooted in the places near and dear to her in rural western Massachusetts. She has been making prints of all kinds for more than 30 years and is currently etching on copper, using traditional methods combined with newer, less toxic materials. Anita is a Past President of the Monotype Guild of New England, a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists and the Boston Printmakers. She is a long time member and instructor at Zea Mays Printmaking, a community of artists dedicated to practicing safer, sustainable processes. She exhibits her work internationally. Recent exhibits include: Stand Out Prints 2014 at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis; 88th Annual International Competition at the Print Center, Philadelphia; Global Print 2013, Douro, Portugal; 8th British International Mini Print Exhibit, London; Delta National Small Prints Exhibition; Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial; 5th and 6th La Biennale Internationale d'Estampe Contmporaine de Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada; New Prints 2010/Autumn and 2010/ Winter, IPCNY, New York, among many others.

Exhibition statement: For the Hosmer Gallery exhibit I will show a selected group of etchings created during the last three years. My recent work acknowledges and mourns the unraveling of nature. The changing landscape reminds me to pay close attention, celebrate the moment and take nothing for granted. These prints express grief and loss, but also posses a deep appreciation for the fragile, temporal beauty that remains.

Having developed a strong sense of place and love of the natural world from her childhood in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Elizabeth Lehman prefers to paint outside directly in the landscape, usually returning to the same location in different seasons and at various times of day. Her recent work depicts views near her current home in Western Massachusetts along the Connecticut River and neighboring uplands.

Born in Ithaca, N.Y., Elizabeth has an A.B. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College. Her painting teachers include Marion Miller, Marjorie Portnow, and Richard Yarde. She is represented by the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Adell Donaghue shows recent drawings and etchings in graphite, ink, gouache and mixed media.

Artist Statement/Bio: Growing up in Connecticut in the 1960s and '70s, my cultural inheritance included regular exposure to art collections in Hartford and Manhattan. As a child, I copied the drawings of the Old Masters, including Pontormo's apostles and Rembrandt's landscapes. In elementary school, under the tutelage of Jesuit thinkers, I began reading Kafka, Camus and Hermann Hesse. The confluence of old world art and existential thought continues to inspire the visual narrative in my work. My art observes the historical practice of drawing as I comment on American culture with brush and pencil.

Graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting in 1988, I had little interest in academia or museum work, the dominant fields for employment at that time. I turned to graphic design. After five years in the high tech industry, I founded Adell Donaghue Design. For over twenty years, my teams produced award-winning projects for the commercial and non-profit sectors.

In 2010, I retired from the design world. Packing my car with art supplies and my dog Lily, I drove from my home in western Massachusetts across the United States, stopping along the way to paint bucolic landscapes and highway scenes as a way of documenting American wanderlust and cultural decline.

The combined practice of road travel, studio and plein-air work has yielded a series of paintings, drawings and prints which explore the American landscape and cityscape as places of lost promise, hope and longing.

Photographs by Len Seeve, Fred Ranaudo and Bill Rowley

Fred Ranaudo

Bill Rowley

Len Seeve

November 3-29, 2014
Reception Saturday November 8, 2-4 PM

Fred Ranaudo of Florence is a 20-year Valley resident. He divides his time between reinventing old homes, teaching yoga, playing music and finally entering the digital age of photography (albeit kicking and screaming.) This show is his first digital offering.

Artist statement: "These photographs are the products of a month long trip to China in Dec-Jan of 2012. Many of the photos were taken on the island of Xiamen located along the China coast just south of Taiwan. The balance of the pictures are from the Hakka region of Fujian province, several hours inland. Two more disparate cultures would be hard to imagine. The ultimate urban environment in Xiamen is crowded, noisy, energetic, polluted, and straining toward western affluence, while the Hakka people of Fujian are trying to retain the integrity of an ages old clan-based subsistence lifestyle even as they acknowledge the needs of its young to spread their wings. It was not my intention to document so much as be sensitive to visually interesting moments, some particularly Chinese and some more peculiarly human."

Bill Rowley lives and photographs in Florence. While he rules out nothing as a subject or approach, most of his recent work has been macro in scale and abstract in style. In this "Macrostracts" collection, Bill provides a sampler of some of the techniques and approaches he has used in recent years to obtain his distinctive images.

Len Seeve is a Psychiatrist living in Amherst, MA, where he is an active member of the Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists. He has been photographing for 40 years. His work has been shown at several locations in the Pioneer Valley area, including solo exhibits at the Springfield Museum of Art, Jones Library, Forbes Library, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the Baystate Medical Center Galleries as well as the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro. The images in this show were taken in Vietnam and Laos.

Artist statement: "The subject matter of my photographs almost always plays a secondary role. Each of my works is intended to be viewed as a study in shape, color, and texture. The subjects I choose are widely varied -- buildings and bridges often emphasize a certain stark geometric structure; natural scenery can serve as a foundation for experimentation with color and focus. Whatever the subject, my works are images first, reproductions [of reality] second."

Gallery Hours

Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

Upcoming Exhibits

2014 DecemberJoan Dix Blairmonoprints
  Annie Bissettwoodblock prints
2015JanuaryForbes LibraryTreasures of Special Collections
 FebruaryMeredith Howe Jonesphotographs
  Edward Losphotograms
  Izudin Lelicphotographs
 MarchLouis Leonehandcrafted wooden vehicles
  Diana MacKenziemixed media: abstract
  Lynne Adamsdrawings
 AprilWalter Cudnohufskywatercolors of Ashfield
 MayNorthampton High School Student Show
 JunePrevention CoalitionPhoto Voice
  Pat Begamixed media
  Akinbo Akinnuoyecollage
 JulyPhyllis Kornfeld, curatorWorks by incarcerated artists
  Leslie Tanegraphic design
  Greg Saulmonphotographs: urban birds
 AugustBeth Filsonscratchboard etchings
  Marjory Lehanpaintings & sculptures
  Dan Chiamisphotographs: dolls & figurines
 SeptemberCarmine Angeloniphotographs: landscape impressions
  Jane Morrisonoil paintings: Greece
  Joan Andersonwatercolor landscape paintings
 OctoberNorthampton Arts Council Biennial Juried Exhibition
 NovemberTracey Ellercollaborative photo portraits
  Leonore Alanizbotanical prints
  Fred LeBlancblack & white photographs
 DecemberJim Schlessingerphotographs: landscape
  Mona Shibermixed media
2016January1 in 8: The Torso Project
 FebruaryLaura Radwelldigital photo abstraction
  Caren Hydeacrylic landscape paintings
  Sandy Walsh oil paintings: nature
 MarchWilbraham Art Leaguemany artists, various media

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