In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer
|May 2-30||Northampton High School Student Show|
|June 2-29||Paintings, Poems and Artists' Books|
by Margaret Lloyd, Michelle Cotugno and Jan Ruby
May 2-30, 2013
Artists' Reception: Friday May 10, 4-7 PM (Arts Night Out)
The Northampton High School Fine & Performing Arts and the Technology Education Departments are proud to exhibit student artwork at Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library from May 2-30, 2013.
Artwork will range from Foundations classes as well as artwork from Ceramics, Sculpture, Drawing & Painting 1 and 2, and Concentration Series works from Honors Art. Photography students will exhibit their photographs of the recent "Rally for Creativity" in the Northampton Public Schools when approximately 200 students marched from the high school during school hours to the Unitarian Society in Northampton to raise awareness and gather support for the teachers and elective programs being hit hard due to this year's budget shortfall.
June 2-29, 2013
Reception: Saturday June 8, 2-4 PM (Arts Night Out)
Artist's Statement: Jan Ruby
While studying traditional Chinese painting in Taiwan, I learned the importance of experiencing the world around me, taking it in and remembering the feelings of being in a particular place and time. Arriving at my studio, while preparing the inks I will paint with, I concentrate on envisioning the painting I am about to create. Without photographs or sketches to guide me, I have learned to rely on the images that surface in my mind. They are the memorable ones, the ones that remain with me, calling me to paint them. My work is fluid and direct. Later, as I need details, I add them through direct observation of my subjects.
My books are created as vessels in which to contain paintings, drawings, words and ideas. Their surfaces seek to express that moment in time, so precious and lasting that I am driven to hold the vision, finding ways to give it physical form. Working with metals, enamels, board, paint, precious stones and beads, I fashion structures and surfaces. The interior content evolves through time, sometimes during its construction or later once the book is in the hands and mind of its owner.
Margaret Lloyd received a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in England and chairs the Humanities Department at Springfield College. She is the author of three books, including two collections of poetry. Another collection of poems, Forged Light, will be published by Open Field Press in the fall of 2013. Her honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellowship to the Breadloaf Writer's Conference, and residencies at Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), the Millay Colony, and Yaddo. Her watercolors (and watercolor/poem pairs) have appeared in Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, Poetry Wales, and Third Wednesday. She has exhibited her paintings at Wistariahurst, the Blizard Gallery at Springfield College, and the Northampton Center for the Arts.
Artist's Statement: Margaret Lloyd
Watercolor paints and paper are portals through which I negotiate the imagined, on the one hand, and the real on the other. My painting occupies the boundary between the known and the unknown. I work wholly from the imagination, whether the completed image refers to a place in the real world or an entirely new and unknown place, an interior landscape. As I paint, I am searching for and forging the place that will emerge. I am searching for a way to inhabit the place and sometimes to find shelter in it.
I am a Welsh immigrant and have maintained close ties with Wales. I find that Welsh landscapes often emerge in my paintings, largely unbidden. Some of my watercolors are closely connected to the immigrant experience and the haunting of the Welsh past-- the past of my family, myself, and a deeper mythological past visible in the landscape, which is changing inexorably.
My other art is poetry. It was perhaps inevitable that while most of my paintings stand alone, some are connected to poems or text. In combining the written and the visual, my intent is to encourage through juxtaposition a wider range of reverberations and responses to both than is usually felt. Watercolor demands an acceptance of what happens in the moment. Just as in life I have found that yielding often solves the insoluble, so in art yielding to the materials leads me to the image. I am learning that the world does not conform to my wishes, but to another order.
Michelle Cotugno creates original ceramic book-sculptures using stamped and engraved text.
|2013||July||Susan Valentine||oil paintings|
|Amy Dane||travel photography|
|August||Hilltown Plein Air Painters||Route 66|
|September||Paul Hetzel||black & white photography|
|Rick Miller||black & white photography|
|Tristan Chambers||black & white photography|
|October||Northampton Arts Council||Biennial juried show|
|November||Lynne Feinberg||drawings, sculpture, mixed media|
|Nancy Haver||watercolors, acrylic & wood engravings|
|Olwen Dowling||oils, watercolors & etchings|
|December||Marie Welch||miniature paintings|
|Karen Leveille||watercolor paintings|
|Karen Iglehart||oil paintings|
Artists: For general information about selection and scheduling, see
Gallery Policy/Information for Artists.
For further information, phone 587-1013.