Colleen Fitzgerald: Stamina

COLLEEN FITZGERALD: Stamina

Present Tense Prize WinnerOpening Reception: Friday, February 2, 2018  6-8 pm

On view February 2 – March 2, 2018

ArtsWorcester, 660 Main St. Worcester, MA 01610 | Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12pm – 4pm & by appointment

GAIL GELBURD – THE ARTIST’S KOAN

Is the artist the work, is the work the artist, or is each element autonomous under its own power?

Previewing the environmentally focused Far Eastern oeuvre of artist, writer, critic, and educator Gail Gelburd an overriding riddle – in this case, koan – reveals itself with the impact of your first glimpse. You want to sit down with her and delve deeper. A studio visit is quickly arranged at her enclave in the Berkshires. First – a long look at the work.

The Ph.D. and Professor in the Art Department at Eastern Connecticut State University, is currently exhibiting both her installation series, Encased Memories and Public Art Piece, Unbound Presence at MS17 Art Project in New London – the highly innovative and progressively dynamic contemporary gallery focusing on social and environmental commentary and a myriad of global concerns.

There is a prelude to the exhibition gallery housed in the adjacent public space. The artist’s five semi-transparent 20 foot scrolls curtain the soaring atrium at MS17, boldly illustrating the dynamism and unpredictability of water with the raw power and varying ferocity of cascading waterfalls. This is an interactive experience: viewers stand beneath the panels­ – each an archival digital print on fabric embellished with encaustic (wax) medium; and in this place, feel the movement of water against nature. Standing amidst the boldness of the work, the effect is humbling…close your eyes and sense the chilling mist on your skin. Nature becomes bigger than you are, and there is a profound sense where Gelburd is going with this conversation……

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The Botanical Tyranny Parlor – Gallery Exhibition

The Bell Gallery at Ethel Walker School, 230 Bushy Hill Road, is exhibiting The Botanical Tyranny Parlor by installation artist Jane Rainwater. Nov. 14-Dec. 28th.

Gallery hours:  Dec.5-14 3:30-5:30pm; Dec 2 and Dec. 16 10:00am

The Botanical Tyranny Parlor engages the viewer with its seemingly innocent decorative delight; yet upon closer examination the work challenges and questions our attraction by revealing darker truths. Rainwater explores the hidden cost inherent in most of what we find seductively attractive The fabric design references classical nature illustration, Victorian silhouettes, wallpaper and prints as a critique of cultural history. A dark undercurrent of “cultural reckoning” informs this installation. In the tradition of botanical illustration, the silhouettes of seeming real plants and animals are in fact, carefully constructed from silhouettes of axes, scimitars, guns and grenades. Our measured gardens and cultivated civility are rooted in a history of violent conquest. While grenades may have replaced scimitars in our arsenals, the underlying theme remains. The beauty of our culture, like that all of those which preceded it, is but a mask for the ugliness of our own nature.

Botanical Tyranny Parlor at Bell

“Further On” Featuring Two Art Professors

“Further On” is an exhibition featuring works by artists who teach at the Connecticut institutions that Manchester Community College students often transfer to, including works from Department of Art and Art History faculty members Robert Greene and Afarin Rahmanifar.

“Further On” will open beginning today, November 2, 2017 in the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. The exhibition runs through Dec. 6 with a reception at on Nov. 2 (tonight) at 6:30 p.m. You can view “Further On” Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Susan Classen-Sullivan at (860) 512-2693.GetFileAttachment

Gallery Exhibition Featuring Adjunct Professor Rebecca Moran

 Silver Circle Art Center

ART OPENING this Friday from 6-9 pm

Putnam CT on 134 MAIN street

Adjunct Professor Rebecca Moran is using an old Renaissance technique to prepare the copper metal to accept oil. The Thin oil glazes blend with direct painting techniques allowing for a wider range of expression. The warm, rich luminescent copper ground shows through and will patina with age. She has 19 beautiful, abstract Oil on Copper paintings with 12 other very talented artists on exhibition. Please come celebrate the new gallery space and see the art work LIVE!

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