Surreal, Mythic, and Subconscious
Drawings by Benjamin Sears
Paintings by Perry Carter and Lennie Kaumzha
February 2-28, 2018
Reception (Lennie Kaumzha): Saturday February 10, 2:30-4:30 PM
Perry Carter is a self-taught painter with a background in photography and interior design. She primarily works with oil paint on archival paper, creating portraits inspired by Earth’s many creatures. Hints of surrealism and whimsy weave through the paintings. Perry’s work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, websites, and CD artwork, and she is a grant recipient from The Turkeyland Cove Foundation. In addition to her painting career, she maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Lennie Kaumzha is a native of Illinois whose career has included teaching math in the Gambia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, and organizing poetry, music and art events as a worker-owner of the Common Ground restaurant in Brattleboro, Vermont. He studied art at San Jose State University in the 1970s and has lived in New England since 1978. He is currently a self-employed craftsman, fashioning electric and candle lanterns from recycled tin cans.
Mosaic-Fusion: A Retrospective Journey
These paintings have been the work of the last thirty years. I began in the 1980s experimenting with abstract color designs. I shifted to animal themes reflecting my interest in nature, merging and intertwining the abstract shapes with figurative elements, and using black outlines to create a mosaic-fusion style. I see my color tone ‘strips’ as like notes in music: tones and half-tones, with lapping and over-lapping depths. But I also weave images into them: of nature, animal, human, and mythic beings.
Benjamin Sears earned a BFA from RISD in illustration (1996) and an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1999). He is a working artist and has exhibited throughout New England and New York state. He has been teaching since 1999 and currently teaches art at Amherst Regional High School.
In my drawings and paintings, I explore psychological spaces. These spaces are inhabited with figures and forms that are both ancient and futuristic: Two ancient beings locked in an epic battle, a battered truck stealing away under the cover of night, an empty stadium with roaming spotlights. Many of the stories that develop in my work are about core human struggles: isolation, acceptance, connection, and self-worth. Each world that I invent however strange, reminds me of something fundamentally human. Ultimately I am pursuing my own inner landscape, peeling back the layers to reveal the secrets beneath the surface of things.
Two Photographers, Two Visions
Bob Solosko and Larry Rankin
March 2-30, 2018
Reception: Saturday March 10, 2:30-4:30 PM
Larry Rankin and Bob Solosko are photographers whose work reaches beyond the literal. Utilizing a variety of techniques in imaging and processing, they create archival digital prints that express their personal impressions and emotions. For this exhibit, Larry has chosen sepia-toned black and white prints to evoke a sense of the ancient Tanzanian countryside and its animals and people. Bob has used techniques that simulate watercolors and oil painting to produce impressionistic visions of nature, landscapes and street images.
Larry is a retired physician who has exhibited his photography for the past 20 years in central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and the Jadite Gallery in New York City, and for the past 4 years in Western Massachusetts and Vermont. His most recent major exhibit in MA was a solo show at Gallery A3 in Amherst in April 2017, “Woodlands and Waterscapes”. He has participated in creative photography workshops with Dan Larkin, Alison Shaw, David Muench, John Shaw, Nancy Rotenberg, Allen Rokach and Henry Hornstein, and studied fine art printing with Bob Korn and Jim Nichelson. His work is in private collections and businesses through out the Northeast, the West Coast, and in Canada. He is a member of Gallery A3 and the Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists. He has two photography publications: Through the Lens — Evoking “Thin Places” in 2009, and Waterscapes in 2016. Web site: www.larryrankinphotography.com
When as a young teenager Bob learned darkroom techniques, he realized that he could create photographic images beyond what the camera captured, images that expressed his perception of the world. The advent of digital photography and the “digital darkroom” have given him much greater capability to fully represent his sense of the world around him. Bob’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries, banks and hospitals in Western Massachusetts and are in a number of private collections. In January, he had several images exhibited at the Robert Floyd Gallery as part of a group exhibit of photographs of Art in the Orchard sculptures. His most recent solo exhibit was “Two Days in Manhattan – New York Street Photography” at the Burnett Gallery in Amherst in April. He is an Adobe Lightroom Certified Expert, and teaches photography, camera handling, and Lightroom and Photoshop. He is a member of the Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists.
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