Category Archives: Somersworth
Just a bit more of a peak…
Bob is a mainstay with the Berwick Art Association and I don’t believe has ever missed an event. Maybe a meeting or two, but never an opportunity to show. When we were doing our pop-ups, he was the person who arranged those.
Bob thrives on the unpredictable. Mostly on the found, and the experimental. Sometimes on the spontaneous. It’s not always easy to say because his other piece in the show called “Pick a Color”, a colored pencil and felt-tip pen piece, is as controlled as they get. So, who knows, it seems HE is always unpredictable.
“Process Artists engage the primacy of organic systems, using perishable, insubstantial, and transitory materials such as dead rabbits, steam, fat, ice, cereal, sawdust, and grass. The materials are often left exposed to natural forces: gravity, time, weather, temperature, etc”, and Bob usually, though not always, fits into this description.
The Sole City show is awesome. I put up the tags today, and I am a proud curator. Please check it out.
I have had easier “hangs”. And, I am nowhere close to a novice at this. It is one thing when I have all afternoon, but another when I have a very limited timeframe. It is really different when I have owned all of the work. Yesterday, I was seeing the grouping for the first time. And, most of this work I have seen, either live or on line. But, not together. Now I needed to figure out a flow.
I discovered a “link”. The main wall has a very “winter”, limited chroma palette throughout, and that’s what I used there. I reserved the more intensely saturated work for other walls.
Rarely, does any curator discuss framing styles, and how that might change total walls. My major dilemmas actually came from frames, mat sizes, and color intensity. Not the actual art.
It became a good show, because of the work and I did have some good eyes for assistance. I was a stubborn —– for the most part, but I did take some suggestions.
I also had a 19 piece solo show there that is moving to a gallery in February, so wrapping the work well as it came down to accommodate this show was huge! One BAA member and one Sole City member so made that happen!!
The artists represented in this show are: Anne Vaughan, Bill Moore, Beth Wittenberg, Bob Farrell. Christy Bruna, Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Erika Carty, Jim Munro, Jane Lissner, Jean Coughlin, Mike Bramlett, Ruth Bleau.
The hours for viewing are on their website, but if I have enough notice, they will open ahead of time.
I hoped to post this last night after our “business” meeting, but not to water my posts down with “life”, I was done.
The BAA is a great grassroots art group to join if you live reasonably close to Berwick, Maine. There are no geographical restrictions, membership is free, and we have an incredibly democratic way of making our events happen.
We have a Steering Committee, comprised of five members, who make the final decisions as to HOW things will get done, but not the group decides WHAT we will do. That’s what these biz meetings are for. We also have two officers: a Social Media Specialist and me, the Show Coordinator.
As a loosely banded group, without a building, or some town “designated” show space, we rely on outside venues to give us that. It is my task to find venues and make all of the arrangements for hanging, press, delivery, etc.
Our next group show (and you aren’t too late to join and participate) is at Sole City Dance, in Somersworth, New Hampshire. Great walls, and great folks to work with. If you scroll through my posts, you’ll see some of my work there.
I will be hanging this show on Sunday. I hope oiu will be able to stop by during their hours throughout the rest of the month to check out our talent. Here is one of the pieces from Ruth Bleau: