In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer
|March 3-29||Photography by Carl Nardiello and Karen Gardner|
Silkscreen Prints by Robert Abel
March 3-29, 2014
Reception Saturday March 8, 2-4 PM
I first learned some basic silkscreen printing techniques from Amherst artist Tom Morton back in 1976 in an adult education course that Tom was teaching. After a few years of practicing what I had learned, I quit silkscreening in favor of other endeavors, largely because I did not like working with the chemicals involved--glue and bleach, to name two. Years later, I returned to silkscreening because I found ways to create the images without dangerous chemicals. I use non toxic inks now, mainly acrylics, and my mats are cut from paper, by hand, of course, a separate mat for each color in the image. Aside from the course I took with Tom Morton, I am essentially self-trained.
Because I use paper mats, the number of prints in each edition is limited to a comparatively small number--typically 15, and rarely more than 30. My prints have been seen at numerous Big Brothers and Big Sisters craft fairs and in July 2010 at the Burnett Gallery in Jones Library, Amherst. A show of my work appeared in March 2013 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital; and another in July at the Eastmont Gallery in Easthampton. Through January 2014 my prints are on display at the Lathrop Community Inn in Easthampton.
Always a lifelong interest, my dedication to photography has taken a significant step forward since my retirement more than four years ago from a career designing and implementing computer software.
My focus is the natural world, which provides me with a richness of subjects with its endless variety of color, shape, texture, and light. Birds are my special interest, shore birds in particular.
My other creative endeavors include landscape painting, as well as studying and playing guitar. Among my other passions are canoeing and biking, which go hand in hand with my photographic pursuits.
I am a professional photographer known for specializing in high end Asian Art for museums, collectors, galleries, and publications based in New York City. I operated a studio in the photo district of Manhattan (Chelsea/Flatiron) and moved to the Northampton area several years ago.
A recent series of work in the northern Vermont woods was exhibited at the Paul Robeson Art Gallery at Rutgers University in Newark. My work has appeared in numerous periodicals and media as well as fine art catalogs and books.
Currently, I am exhibiting images from "The Connecticut River Series", which is my take on the natural splendor of the Connecticut River Valley. I do not consider myself a traditional landscape photographer, being less interested in dramatic events as I am in exploring ordinary moments which can be full of rich textures and inspiring visual effects.
My emphasis is on making fine prints, which I have been doing myself as a darkroom printer for my entire career. These prints are digitally produced on archival paper using pigment inks, currently know as Giclee prints, or prints that are made to archival standards.
|2014||April||Karl Knapp||lamps & oil paintings|
|Monica Vachula||oil paintings, illustration|
|Melissa Caldwell||acrylic miniature paintings|
|Marion Abrams||pysanky eggs|
|May||Northampton High School||Student Show|
|June||Wilbraham Art League||"3 Objects"|
|July||Diane Harr||gouache paintings of Italy|
|Martha Ebner||drawings, monotypes, watercolors|
|Lisa Henry||charcoal & graphite drawings|
|August||Walter Cudnohufsky||watercolor landscape paintings|
|Caren Hyde||acrylic landscape paintings|
|September||Elizabeth Lehman||oil landscape paintings|
|Anita Hunt||landscape etchings|
|Adell Donaghue||landscape drawings|
|October||Forbes Library||Treasures of Special Collections|
|November||Fred Ranaudo||photographs of China|
|Len Seeve||photographs of Vietnam and Laos|
|Bill Rowley||macro & plant photography|
|December||Joan Dix Blair||monoprints|
|Annie Bissett||woodblock prints|
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