In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer
|November 3-29||Photographs by Bill Rowley, Len Seeve and Fred Ranaudo|
|December 2 - January 2||Prints by Joan Dix Blair and Annie Bissett|
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."
December 2, 2014 - January 2, 2015
Reception Saturday December 13, 2-4 PM
Joan Dix Blair
Residing as she does in Berkshire County, MA, on a former farm property, Joan Dix Blair is an observer of nature -- her observations are the springboard for her art work. From animal to pond to rock, she draws her abstractions based on the thing at hand. On view are recent prints from three separate series titled "Shale," "Surfaces," and "Reptiles." Though the drawn abstractions may seem remote from the real noticed thing, the drawings are connected in her imagination to the initial impulse to record something from the real world.
Northampton artist Annie Bissett has been making woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese method since 2005, following a nearly 20-year career as a commercial digital illustrator. Annie's prints explore a wide range of contemporary American socio-political issues and themes. This show at Hosmer Gallery is a sneak peek at the first two parts of a four-part series titled "God Is Our Witness," which deals with some of the history of the gay liberation movement in the last half of the 20th century. Part 1, Titled "The Curse," is a group of prints about exile and isolation. Part 2, "Counterspells," is still in progress and is a celebration of some of the groups and organizations that helped move LGBTQ rights forward in the U.S. from the middle of the 20th century to the present day.
|2015||January||Forbes Library||Treasures of Special Collections|
|February||Meredith Howe Jones||photographs|
|March||Louis Leone||handcrafted wooden vehicles|
|Diana MacKenzie||mixed media: abstract|
|April||Walter Cudnohufsky||watercolors of Ashfield|
|May||Northampton High School Student Show|
|June||Prevention Coalition||Photo Voice|
|Pat Bega||mixed media|
|July||Phyllis Kornfeld, curator||Works by incarcerated artists|
|Leslie Tane||graphic design|
|Greg Saulmon||photographs: urban birds|
|August||Beth Filson||scratchboard etchings|
|Marjory Lehan||paintings & sculptures|
|Dan Chiamis||photographs: dolls & figurines|
|September||Carmine Angeloni||photographs: landscape impressions|
|Jane Morrison||oil paintings: Greece|
|Joan Anderson||watercolor landscape paintings|
|October||Northampton Arts Council Biennial Juried Exhibition|
|November||Tracey Eller||collaborative photo portraits|
|Leonore Alaniz||botanical prints|
|Fred LeBlanc||black & white photographs|
|December||Jim Schlessinger||photographs: landscape|
|Mona Shiber||mixed media|
|2016||January||1 in 8: The Torso Project|
|February||Laura Radwell||digital photo abstraction|
|Caren Hyde||acrylic landscape paintings|
|Sandy Walsh||oil paintings: nature|
|March||Wilbraham Art League||many artists, various media|
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