In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer (1954-1999)
Grief and Resurrection: Scratchboard Etchings by Beth Filson
Still Lives Series: Photo Illustration by Dan Chiamis
August 4-28, 2015
Reception: Wednesday August 5, 5-7 PM
Dan Chiamis’s Still Lives Series is a set of photo illustration portraits of dolls and figurines taken at second hand stores.
Since ancient times, dolls have played a central role in magic and religious rituals, or used as representations of a deity. Dolls have also been toys for children and collected by adults, for their nostalgic value, beauty, historical importance or financial value. Dolls have traditionally been made as crude, rudimentary playthings as well as with elaborate, artful design. They have been created as folk art in cultures around the globe, and in the 20th century, art dolls began to be seen as high art. A doll is not simply an impersonal play object. Children, and by extension many adults, become attached to their dolls and share with them their deepest wishes, sorrows, and joys. A doll is given a name and an identity and a life of its own. Dolls often cannot, therefore, simply be thrown out when the age of play has passed.
Beth Filson is a writer and self-taught artist whose work is often featured in the art brut or outsider art community. Her simple etchings on scratchboard emerged when language failed her. “Grief and Resurrection” is the product of this time. Beth has been exhibited in a number of galleries throughout Georgia and her art has appeared in various magazines including The Perch, and The National Council Magazine. She is an independent consultant for MA Department of Mental Health piloting trauma-informed approaches for engaging people in extreme distress. She makes her home in Western Massachusetts.
Jane Morrison: Mykonos
Carmine Angeloni: Of earth and water
Joan Anderson: Watercolor landscapes
September 2-29, 2015
Reception: Saturday September 12, 2-4 PM
Jane Morrison’s exhibit is a collection of oil paintings of the Greek Island of Mykonos, where she lived and worked as an artist for many years. They include seascapes, and images of the characteristics that make the Greek Islands so charming and unique; windmills, chapels, dove-cotes, and the white-washed homes and alleyways. Most of all, she was captivated by the clear, brilliant light of the Aegean, and how it lights up the white of the island, and shines against the blues of sea and sky. It is this light which she seeks to capture in her art.
Joan Griswold Anderson
In the 1970s I worked as a fabric artist, creating and exhibiting large-scale pictorial batiks and eventually, sewn and stuffed bas-relief “dream works”. I then pursued a career in graphic design and illustration, added photography to the mix, and became the Graphic Designer and Creative Photographer for Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. After five years with the college, I continued my career as a freelancer in design, photography, and promotional writing.
I moved to the Philadelphia area in 1996, and after freelancing as a desktop publisher and dance instructor, became the Activities Supervisor for a retirement community on the Main Line. Meanwhile, I taught dance classes, and also created and exhibited watercolor paintings and photographic works. In 2008 I retired from the work force in order to focus on dance instruction, watercolor and photography, grand-parenting, and other delights. I am now happily re-situated in the village of Leeds.
At Hosmer Gallery I will be exhibiting watercolors based on actual and/or imagined impressions of our natural world.
Carmine L. Angeloni
I was raised in southern Connecticut, always a short Sunday drive from the shore, and, like many people, am drawn to where ocean, land and sky meet. As my own family began to settle in various locations along the east coast, I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend time photographing along these dynamic edges.I hope that this collection of landscapes and seascapes express to you my own excitement for rising early to meet the sun at the horizon, and upon chasing it back at the end of the day, to record as many of the changes in light as possible, with camera and lens.
Ever since my dad invited my eleven year-old self to look through the camera’s viewfinder, I developed a love for photographic images. Initially, this was a black and white world of lines and shapes and shades of light; silver compounds and chemical solutions to release them. Now, for me, photography has become a vast catalogue of digital images and software capable of allowing me to best present the images as I “see” them.
I am an amateur photographer living in western Massachusetts. After a four-decade Massachusetts forestry career, during which I enjoyed an occasional exhibit, workshop and photo marketing opportunity, I now spend time photographing a range of subjects throughout our valley, the new england coast and long island. Some of my images can be seen online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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