No creativity in my writing tonight-all about a few announcements:
The York Library Show is open now through October 28. It is 60+ pieces strong and is one of the best group shows I have ever seen. Never mind that I have 5 pieces in it!
“Mettle”, the KAA Moderns group, opening reception is on the 10th, from 5-7. York Public Library, York, Maine.
The Mettle Shows are actually a Part 1 and Part 2. Part 2 is at the Kittery Art Association, from September 19-October 13, and the opening is September 22, from 4-6.
I will have this in this show:
I don’t see this as a huge jump, but I set up my 3 upcoming shows as showing the year’s development.
My “part 3”, and final “part” for the season is at the Gatehouse Gallery in the “Witches’ Brew”. That show opens on October 1, and will include Malynda Forcier, Misty Maybe, et moi. A sneak peak at that offering:
Please, please join us for the first 2 receptions- more details will follow on the last one!
The Seacoast Moderns is a group that had been formed within the Kittery Art Association in 2010. I am the present managing member.
We have two large group shows coming up, and I am doing the social media promotion. This site now has a number of followers, so I’d rather use it, that the group’s blog.
As members send me images and their bio information, I will post and make comments where appropriate.
Karen has been with the group longer than I and I have seen a variety of mediums used by her. Here is one image that will be displayed in the upcoming shows, as well as her statement and bio.
K. Harvey Camlin
The art I create is varied in subject, medium, form and style. There was a time I wondered if I should be narrowing and refining my work to one medium, one form, one consistent style. This became less of a concern once I recognized that the body of my work shared, and referred to, my interest in capturing the surface quality of my subjects. These subjects range from those objects that can be seen to those subjects originating in my mind’s eye.
I no longer worry about narrowing my venues for expression. I enjoy building the skills and experience to work in several mediums, often combining these.
I work with the mediums that can best express my subjects. I work in forms and styles that can best convey my meaning. For me limiting my work to one specific medium, to one specific style, is equivalent to speaking with a limited vocabulary. For me this is what being an artist involves – the search for the best way to share what I see and what I want to say.
Karen studied art education at the University of Southern Maine
in Portland, and visual design (graphics) at Southeastern
Massachusetts University (now UMASS, Dartmouth). She has taken
numerous courses and workshops, with examples listed here:
greater Boston, Massachusetts area including the Harvard University
Extension School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; southern Maine
including Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, Heartwood College
of Art, Kennebunk, Maine, Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, Maine; and at
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine. Karen lives
in Wells and teaches art full-time in MSAD #35, South Berwick/Eliot,
Karen’s work has been included in juried art shows in Massachusetts,
galleries in Massachusetts and Vermont, and represented in the
catalog of an international distributor, C.R. Fine Arts, Boston.
K. Harvey Camlin, the signature Karen often uses in her artwork,
refers to those names used over time in her personal life and
Karen is a member of the Seacoast Moderns group and the Kittery
Art Association. Her work has been included in member shows of
these groups, and in exhibits of artwork by seacoast teachers at the
Kittery Art Association and in exhibits of artwork by faculty members
of Wells-Ogunquit C.S.D. and MSAD #35. Most recently, Karen’s
work has been shown in group exhibits at the Portsmouth Public
Library and Maine College of Art.
Karen’s work ranges in style from illustrative to graphic, with
abstraction being a current interest. She works in several mediums
often combining these for what they may do best to convey her
For more information about work shown here, or for prices, please
contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More to come and I will bring Karen back to show you entirety of this series later in the month.
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.
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.
Funny how the original intent of this post is actually catching up to me! And, finding me, as well. Win-win, as far as I am concerned.
For those that have read through the early posts, I was really trying to spotlight out-of-the way venues. But, I have 40 hr. gig and I am an artist, so the focus has evolved to be more me in these venues.
The Gatehouse Gallery actually contacted me in January of 2012. That initiated a fruitful relationship for both of us, professionally, as well as personally. (The most expensive piece Malynda has sold was mine). New galleries in the North Country spring up all the time and are usually out-buildings restored and repurposed. And, they need to be explored!!
Artists exist everywhere-and I keep getting knocked back by stuff I find in places where you would least expect it. Many people with huge talent and major resumes move here to get away from New York, Boston, etc… There are some powerhouses like Bess Cutler at the Kittery Art Association.
I met George and Paula, from Art Between the Eyes Gallery last month. Genuinely warm and wonderful people, as most of the north country folk in NH are (I got lost today-and my faith in humanity is always refreshed in the north-I got directions from a stranger) on my way there. Paula and George and I talked for a fair length of time at the Gatehouse Gallery last month, but I was delighted to be asked to visit their little gallery with work. And, leave the work for them to sell.
I passed on shooting Malynda Roy Forcier’s work -basically because of where it is placed. (bad light for that time of day). But, she is there, too.
I want to say, “Who needs the New York art world?” A certain few artists, I guess??
I am not anywhere close to finished here-but it is coming along.
Also, stay tuned for Kittery Art Association Seacoast Moderns updates. The group has gelled.
When I started this blog nearly two years ago, I was returning to really familiar art terms from an earlier time. I have been to so many places in my work that I guess I will continue to recapitulate in some manner that is familiar now and for the rest of my career.
I am now pushing out boundaries in the sense that I never included photography in the 1980s mixed medium pieces. But, who had access to digital at that point, and I might have but there was the price of film and printing.
Yesterday, I went to one of my old favorite toy stores, Home Depot. I bought one vinyl floor tile and Japan drier, scooped up a few samples of vinyl tiles, and snagged two pieces of free wood. Since the work has much to do with structural decay, the texture and colors of the tiles made sense. I was also looking for textured surfaces that I can paint. For 89 cents, I get 12″ x 12″ that are all ready to go.
As I continue to organize the KAA Moderns Group, I am also getting myself set for these shows.
I have never seen an opening reception at KAA so quiet. Blame it on beach weather the week-end following an almost wash-out Memorial Day. It did start to get busier as I was leaving.
Nonetheless, an outstanding, if very eclectic show. Since I am going to start heavily promoting the upcoming Seacoast Moderns show, I am highlighting some of our group’s inclusions in this open group show. Ann may join; Bill, myself, and Jodi are active members of the group, Mel has just joined. Pat Higgins and Diane Painchaud (active members, as well) are also in the show, and I am sorry I was not able to get images of their pieces. I will be at the gallery on Wednesday, and I will capture those for a future post.
Since the show closes tomorrow, I will keep this brief and simple!
This was an open “themed” show, though an adherence to the theme, on a strict level, is not “enforced”. We also had area floral designers who matched their designs to chosen pieces.
Here are my contributions.