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Diane-framedstairway w/ Elaine Menzela

14 of the 16 of this group-created this-an awesome piece

14 of the 16 of this group-created this-an awesome piece

The opening reception is this Sunday, at the Kittery Art Association, 4-6. Come and see the show!!




The art/fun of curating

My youngest sister is a curator.  A well-recognized one in Native American art. For the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon.

When she walked into my apartment for her visit, the first thing she said was, “Wow, look at the art!” My work, as well as a few choice pieces that I have traded for fill my walls. I like art-a lot of art-other people’s as well as my own.

I have hung many of my own shows, and I have argued with a gallery owners. I don’t always get my way. I have also been involved with art coops and associations where I have been part of the hanging committee. Last year, I curated the art at the Stone Church, which actually involved studio visits, and the like.

I have two shows to orchestrate the hanging of coming up. I will have a team for both shows, and both shows will be 40-70 pieces strong, 15-16 artists. I am getting images for press releases and the art is very solid!

So, I am not really curating, but I am managing a group of accomplished artists at the Kittery Art Association. And, I have taken on the responsibility of making sure that not one, but two shows, are good. It’s one thing to have good work to hang, it’s another to hang a good show.

I will be showcasing throughout the next few months, much of the art for both “Mettle” shows at the York Library and the Kittery Art Association gallery. As we get closer, I will also post any related events, opening dates, etc. But, right now, I am into the fun of curating—and that is sharing art.

"Harvest Moon", 2013 (c) Anne Strout. Mixed-media, encaustic.

“Harvest Moon”, 2013 (c) Anne Strout. Mixed-media, encaustic.

Anne refuses to work in mediums that aren’t challenging. She carries her wax pieces in temp-controlling lined bags so they don’t melt.

“Mettle”, the Seacoast Moderns at the York Library, September 3-October 27.

Stay tuned for more info—and a lot more images.

Major week, plus…

work that is more Cubist in flavor

Since the opening at the Gatehouse Gallery, I have meant to get back here. But, with sale negotiations, prep for a couple of upcoming shows and just general domestic catch-up, I have been absent.

Let me first comment on the show at the Newmarket Creative Center-GOOD JOB! The show, entitled “Abstract Art Show” is not all that. There are pieces that throw in recognizable imagery with a personal interpretation, but all-in-all, the work is mostly non-objective.

I submitted three of my “Art in Small Places” watercolor/mixed media pieces, which were not the strongest pieces, by a long shot! But, when John hung them, he put them in the main gallery. (And, I made the comment to another artist who knows that I do “work” with unusual wall colors, that sub-consciously, I think that played on the selection.)

So, rather than say more, let me post the pictures that I took that day-before I went to Tamworth.

My work, NCC


My own backyard, Rochester, round 2: Artstream

After paying my short visit to Ben Franklin’s, I rounded the circle to arrive at Artstream. And, what made this visit that much better is that one of the managing directors was there and was full of information. So much information, in fact, that I determined that listening and absorbing was preferable to taking notes, though I did take some. I also shot a few pictures, but I will also refer you to the web site.  As usual, I find this to be one of the better galleries in the area for variety and quality of art.

 Marilyn Truett, who curated the show also presented some outstanding examples of her own work. Through a process of soaking photo paper and then adherring it to pressed ceiling tiles, she achieves  rather remarkable yet understated  historical imagery. Most of the work seems almost sepia-toned, adding to the aged feel. The added depth created through mounting on bas-reliefed surface adds contradictions and interest, visually.

"Out of the South", group show at Artstream

 Polly Cook’s work adds more-than-a-little social commentary in the way she depicts her images. She concentrates on subjects from less-than-desireable neighborhoods in a style similar to the Ash Can School of the early 20th century. Some of these scenes are on tiles. This removes the pretense of creating “museum” art, and gives it that everyday, and more gritty appeal-though there are a few of her pieces on canvas also included.

 Tobia Makover’s encaustic on photographs are the pieces that impressed me the most. They are surreal, unearthly and spooky. According to the brief mention on the website, she is dealing with the concepts of memory and loss-and I have rarely seen that basic premise done so simply, cleanly and well.  The application of the wax over the photographs blocks just enough of the photographs to make them feel like there are spirits or other energies present. 

Dorothy Netherland adds another dimension to dimension. Where the last three artists created depth, Netherland works on layers of glass, sandwiching several together, and the pieces are small enough to force the viewer to almost become a voyeur, and step into very close proximity to the pieces to really see everything that she has layered into them. 
The last two artists represented are sculptors. Marilee Hall and Dodge Mayor filled out the show. Since I am a painter and photographer, I can only say that I enjoyed this work.
 The show will be up through September 3, 2011.
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