Books, Ideas and Transformations
Bob LaClair: Fractal Art
Sachio Cook: Animation Art
Judith Abraham: Madwimmin Books Diorama
Marguerite Belkin: Out of Print: Book and Paper Sculptures
October 3-29, 2016
Arts Night Out Reception with Judith Abraham and Friends of Bob LaClair: Friday October 14, 5-8 PM
Closing Reception with Sachio Cook: Wednesday October 26, 4-6 PM
Reception and Origami Demo with Marguerite Belkin: Saturday October 29, 12:30-3 PM
Artist Bob Laclair made his home in Western Massachusetts, working predominantly in the medium of contemporary digital design, specializing in fractal art. His work also included video, jazz photography and graphic design. His art blends the disciplines of physics and abstract art, creating a unique and original visual style. His work has been commissioned in such diverse places as China, Japan and the USA, and he has also exhibited in various juried shows and galleries, including local venues.
Another avenue that Bob pursued is multimedia collaborations with dance, other artists, jazz and improvisational musicians. Some of his past projects include fractal animations, projections and improvisations.
His final project was called “365 Fractal Compositions” creating a new fractal image each day for a year. The project was not completed, as Bob died unexpectedly August 5, 2016 peacefully in his home. He was 67.
Sachio Cook is an animation artist from Yamagata, Japan and Queens, NY who is currently based in Northampton. She earned her BFA in Traditional Animation from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and has since been working in the animation industry. Notable credits as an animator include Disney XD’s Motorcity and Adult Swim’s Superjail! and China IL, and as a director include Tkay Maidza’s Switch Lanes music video which won Best Music Video at the South Australian Music Awards in 2015. Currently, she is focused on the creation of independent animated films. She is inspired by the rural landscape of Pioneer Valley which is reminiscent of the environment of her hometown in Yamagata.
For this exhibit, she will show a series of works on paper that are the cross section of figurative and abstract looping animations that will be played on an adjacent screen. The purpose of the work is to show a dissection of animation as multiple drawings strung together, and invite the viewer to investigate the relationship between each individual drawing and the motion created by the drawings when played on screen.
MadWimmin Books diorama is modeled after the women’s bookstore in the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. There were women’s bookstores all over the U.S. during the 80’s and 90’s.
In Northampton we had more than one. The women’s bookstores of that time were the visible tip of the iceberg in a thriving women’s community.
Judith Abraham is a local sculptor and mixed media artist.
My story as a late blooming artist begins in 2004 in Texas with an origami butterfly class. I decided origami was just too beautiful to stand on a shelf, that it should be worn and enjoyed, and before I knew it, I was designing unique jewelry using origami elements. Amazingly, within two years my work was being sold locally at five different venues, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. There followed teaching origami jewelry classes, giving origami demonstrations, and coverage in the local press.
My origami experience led me to a passion for paper, and a penchant for relief and assemblage. Several studio classes later, I was off and running with a piece in Fuller Craft Museum’s national touring show “The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories”, closely followed by work in a succession of national and regional group shows.
Presently, I am exploring the use of discarded books as a sculpture medium. Last year, my husband and I relocated to Western Massachusetts to be closer to family. I am inspired by the beautiful scenery and phenomenal support the region provides to artists.
Cottage Street Art School
Works by Faculty and Students
November 3-29, 2016
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2:00-4:30 PM
About the Cottage Street Art School
The Cottage Street Art School is a co-operative artist-run and -directed art school celebrating its second anniversary. CSAS was created by five practicing fine artists in Easthampton’s One Cottage Street Building. At present, offerings include: Traditional Oil Painting; Figure Drawing (with an emphasis on anatomy); Landscape Painting; Monotype Printing; Stained Glass; Calligraphy and the art of Illuminated Letters. Our teachers favor traditional methods, and are trained in and instruct with an emphasis on historical techniques. Barbara Johnson, Lynne Adams, Heather McLean, Amanda Barrow and Mary Teichman all are established professionals, and long-time educators. We have created a web site (www.cottagestreetartschool.com), and are now getting our message to the Valley’s arts community.
About the exhibit:
This exhibit is a collection of work by the faculty and students of the recently established Cottage Street Art School, in Easthampton, MA. The artwork presented includes acrylic and oil paintings, figure drawings, monotypes, calligraphy, illuminated letters (with traditional gold leaf and egg tempera paint) and stained glass. Our school has a focus on historic methods, employing techniques in oil and tempera painting, calligraphic writing and stained glass work that are centuries old. One of the school’s missions is to preserve these disciplines and demonstrate their relevance to contemporary life and art. The faculty of CSAS is composed of established artists who have been teaching, exhibiting and working professionally for decades.
We are proud to exhibit the work of our students; many of whom are creating art work for the first time in their lives. All of our teachers are delighted to guide inexperienced as well as more seasoned students alike through the process of creation—from the spontaneity of creating a monotype to the many stages of an oil painting. Discovering one’s creative abilities is rewarding and life changing. For more information about our school and up-coming classes–visit our web-site at www.cottagestreetartschool.com or contact any of our instructors.
Five faculty and over 25 students are participating in the exhibition. Students artists include Eva Schocken, Phyllis Muldoon, Barbara Fell-Johnson, Andrea Darby, Joyce Branhut, Elly Donkin, Leann Leake, Sylvia Keochakian, Edith Allison, Linda Repansky, Vicki Sterling, Dorry Taub Gardner, Cynthia Parsons, Pat Rogers, Carolyn Hicks, Shawn Gunderson, Pam Bartlet, Beth Scott, Mary Langeuin, and Tam Brudzinski.
Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.