Summer Artist Series 2017
at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
Summer Artist Series Receptions: Saturdays from 6 to 8 pm
Knotted Earth, Lichen and Stone, mixed media by Elli Crocker
May 24 – June 3 ~ Elli Crocker, Painting/Mixed Media and former Goetemann Artist Resident
Reception : Saturday, May 27, 6 to 8 pm
The genesis for this series of images was an artist residency in western Ireland in 2014. I was struck by how that the earth had been scraped away to fissured rock in the region known as the Burren – both by the elements and by human activity. It is not unlike the experience of traversing the rocky landscape of Cape Ann. It feels like one can see the bones of the planet and peer into deep layers of human history revealing a tangled skein of sea, land, creature, and story.
The knot as an image is both common and sacred – these patterns of line without beginning or end signify the interconnectedness of everything and a sense of timelessness. The knot binds and entangles, secures and ensnares. We humans are bound to the earth and all the things of it, to our own ancient stories, and the life that is yet to unfold.
We stand on layers of life accumulated over millennia, knowing that we too will become part of these strata of spirit, sand, soil, and stone. We stand on the shoulders of those who stood and crawled and crept before us, as one day we will hold the generations that will succeed us. We stand in gratitude and awe, fear and hope.
Little Head Talks, Sculpture by Kathleen Volp
June 14 – July 4 ~ Kathleen Volp, Mixed Media and Goetemann Artist Resident
Reception : Saturday. June 17, 6 to 8 pm
The Politics of Fear
The series “Politics of Fear” reflects the deep anxiety i have been feeling since the recent election. I have been disturbed by the trend of political leaders to link policy to personal identity – specifically an overtly dominant and angry maleness. The pieces fell together by chance combination of multiple plastic horses the kind young girls collect I had in my studio, with the image of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the widely circulated photo of a bare chested Putin astride a horse and his bromance with Trump. The idea that macho showmanship has replaced rational thought is at the heart of these pieces.
Originally from the Midwest, Kathleen Volp studied with renowned conceptual Siah Armajani and kinetic artist Cork Marcheschi at the Minneapolis School of Art and Design. She received her BA from SUNY Empire State in NYC before settling in the Boston area. Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently in Still Life Lives! at the Fitchburg Art Museum and a solo exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography and Bromfield Gallery, Boston MA. Volp lives and works in the Boston area.
Raku Pottery and Houses, painting by Scott Tubby
July 5 – July 25 ~ Scott Tubby, Painting, Ceramics
Reception : Saturday, July 8, 6 to 8 pm
Scott has been making art full time for 39 years. He has been a ceramic artist for most of that time, but returned to art school in the 1990’s and now works in two mediums – oil paint and clay. His art is in many private and public collections throughout the US, Europe and Japan including three porcelain vessels in The Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
“Through the discipline of art, I have learned to work in a more intuitive way. I use an idea or sketch a composition as a starting point, but then let the work unfold and influence me as I continue to work with the color, form, texture and light until I feel all the various elements come together in a harmonious way. Working in three dimensions for most of my life has had a strong influence on what I create on a two dimensional surface.”
Mixed Media Collage by Susan Guest-McPhail
July 26 – August 15 ~ Susan Guest-McPhail, Mixed Media
Reception : Saturday, July 29, 6 to 8 pm
Like so many other artists living on Cape Ann, Guest-McPhail’s work is influenced by living near water, beach and marsh. This special seaside atmosphere lives in her work and, according to Guest-McPhail, needs to be embraced, especially in these turbulent times.
“Making art is like breathing, you need to just do it,” says Guest-McPhail.
She paints with acrylics, oils, encaustics and mixed media. The papers that are used in her collages are mostly hand-printed with some found items added. “Experimenting with new ideas, such as using curly, dried grasses tied to sticks for brushes, or a night of printing in a special color makes me smile and feel energized,” says Guest-McPhail.
Most of the time she paints in a contemporary realist or totally non- objective style, but there is always a string of movement flowing through that keeps her brush, her brayer, and herself moving like the tides.
Hand Holding, wire sculpture by Brian Murphy
August 16 – September 5 ~ Brian Murphy, Wire Sculpture
Reception : Saturday, August 19, 6 to 8 pm
Drawing a Line in the Sand
A self taught artist Brian started Totally Wired Sculpture in 2002 and has gradually spent more time in the creative process, which seems to be a nice balance to his work as a child therapist primarily dealing with issues of trauma.
Brian’s work can be seen as lighthearted line drawings in the medium of steel wire. Often political and humorous themes are incorporated which can challenge or amuse the viewer leaving them uplifted. The goal of each piece is to create kinetic movement from the tension in the wire so that the figures seem to dance or sway on their own and appear enlivened. Mythological themes and tales of transformation dominate illustrating the power of art to help us change and grow.
Mixed Media by Katia Mason
September 6 – 26 ~ Katia Mason, Mixed Media
Reception : Saturday, September 9, 6 to 8 pm
Beneath the Surface
My work is influenced by the unexpected details found when observing something up close. While some may see randomness, I see a natural organization of layers and patterns. Using a building-up approach, I interpret the complexity and beauty I discover.
I am drawn to the details found when observing something up close and discovering its unexpected layers and patterns. By looking deeper and investigating beneath the surface, beauty and possibilities are discovered.In my work, I employ an explorative process of adding, deleting and building up, using a variety of media to create depth and movement. With each layer something new emerges, while other things become hidden or obstructed. Light and shadow continuously provide new perspectives.
My current work, “Beneath the Surface,” is heavily influenced by the ocean. Living on the coast, I sit in awe of what is revealed, hidden and carried by the ebb and flow of the tidal cycle. This series of work provides snapshots of the remarkable richness and complexity I observe.
Sail, intaglio solar plate print by Randolph Kelts
September 27 – October 15 ~ Randolph Kelts
Reception : October 7
Cape Ann Environs
Randolph Kelts is a painter, printmaker and architect living in both Gloucester, MA and Portland, OR. She is also a licensed architect who continues to practice with an emphasis on interior architecture, primarily space planning and kitchen design.
Kelts paints in watercolors, gouache, acrylics and ink, often combining these media with drawing. As an architect, drawing is an essential tool she uses to develop design concepts and convey her ideas to clients. Her art is influenced by years of practice of Japanese and Chinese brush painting and calligraphy, which can be seen in the expressive brushwork. Her work is about the observation of natural elements, including figurative subjects and how I can enhance and express their essence.
Monotypes are a form of painting Kelts explores with various kinds of paint, ink, paper and mark–making, sometimes combining them with intaglio solar plates. She uses photographs, adding, subtracting and repeating certain elements to arrive at a transparency that is employed to generate a solar plate. Drawing on glass plates with ink and pen, she creates original drawings to reproduce on these plates. Through the selection of the ink and paper, by the addition of chine collé or by rolling added color images are transformed into unique, original prints.
Since moving to Gloucester Kelts has returned to watercolors and drawing for creative expression. She has become an avid plein air painter, painting either in the open air or through her studio windows, appreciating the freshness and energy these sketches and paintings embody. Painting has become a “practice” that Kelts enjoys and continue to share with others.