Abigail Engstrand

Exhibiting Signs of Life:  Virtual Opening Reception  Sat. Nov 7, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

I need to stop trying to transplant my giant old hydrangea, as it’s too deep, wide, and heavy

(I realize now)
             and go back to my computer to reword a proper brief statement about my work.
I need to say something with poetic brevity
                   about what I’ve been observing and contemplating:
the fragility and resilience
                          of human body and spirit.
I feel my delicate decorative clothesline,
with the fleeting sketches on paper, torn, hanging chad’s left in place,
and the temporary nature of fibers (that used to keep living mammals warm and protected),
                                   illustrates my thoughts-
being recycled, in a way elevates to the realm of an art object –
                       a comparison, a dance… sometimes ironic.
I felt

I am a painter

I observe and build relationships. My fiber pictures, I call them “felts”, are often translated from another, more 2 dimensional medium, like a watercolor painting or charcoal drawing, into a multi-dimensional picture, by using fibers that have had another life before being selected for my visual adventure.

This new medium is old; it has either been an integral part of a living, breathing being, like sheep, alpaca, silk worm or dog, or a growing plant like bamboo, milkweed or corn fiber. Sometimes my chosen bits of color or texture have already served even more cycles of purpose, as an article of clothing or a blanket for human life. I feel good about honoring Mother Earth, and all her inhabitants, by reusing resources. I also relish including sentimental fibers and fabric scraps, relevant to the subject, drawing more personal connection into the piece…

Like watercolor puddles, and children, fibers have a life of their own that they lend to a planned picture; a spontaneity which toys with levels of artistic, or parental, control. There’s a constant dance working with them; deciding where boundaries are needed and when and where to let go, look, listen and appreciate the altered perception and new definition they’ve created! No matter which medium I use, in all my pictures there is language-sometimes literally, in words, but always imbued with attempts at communication; a story told in color, shape, and scentual* bridges.

*I love to add various natural essential oils to my hands and rubbed into the fibers as I work for an added dimension.

Virtual Opening, Saturday, Nov 7, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 30 – Nov 21, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

ARTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – Online Exhibition

ARTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – Online Exhibition
Virtual Opening Reception: Sat. October 3, 4pm

Curator: Virginia Mallon

In response to the current political crises in America, a cadre of diverse and talented artists launched a year-long cross-country show into the heartland of America, united by the belief that art is and should be a catalyst for change.  Waylaid by the pandemic, the exhibit has launched virtually with planned exhibits in 2021.

Exhibiting Artists:
Donna Bassin, Beatrice Lebreton, Virginia Mallon, Susan Saunders, Marrisa Bridge, Lydia Makepeace, Jessica Nissen, Jonathan Talbot, Barbara Friedman, Dee Mallon, Yvonne Short, Jessica Waddington, Holly Gordon, Maggie Rose

Exhibition Tour Details:

ARC GALLERY & EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
Chicago, IL
September 30 – November 21, 2020

KUPFERBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT QUEENS COLLEGE
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
New York, NY
October 2020

NEW HARMONY GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
New Harmony Indiana
August 2021

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, October 3, 4pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 30-Nov 21, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic

UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic
Virtual Opening Reception, Sat. November 7, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

Juror: Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University

Exhibiting Artists: Linda Andrei, Larissa Barnat, Margaret Buchen, Patrick Carroll, Jenny Chernansky, Chris Cinque, Kate Conroy, Mary Rose Deraco, Noris Englund, Donna Fleetwood, Charles Goss, Precious Henshaw, Masha Hoffey, Allie Kushnir, Bryce Landingham, David Eugene Lemley, Rebecca Miller, Robert Mullenix, Natalie Pivoney, Sebastian Sandu, Joe Steiner, Jennifer Stofer, Rachael Warner, Christine Wuenschel

UnMasked on YouTube   

In this time of isolation and confinement – when we can often see only a portion of another’s face – this juried exhibition celebrates faces – and the people behind them. This exhibit also examines the ways in which people mask themselves or masquerade. This genre is defined as broadly as possible: self, other, representational, abstracted, likeness, current, past, psychological, emotional…

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Nov 7, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 28 – Dec 19, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri – 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

Cynthia Vaicunas

FLOAT:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm

In Cynthia’s new work gestural big brush strokes run into dense repetitive areas of bold color – challenging the flow by their placement. Her willingness to switch materials contribute to stops and starts to emphasize a point. Introduction of lozenge like shapes drop from the top to the bottom of the picture plane and interrupt the underlying primary movement. Both gently and boldly they reveal themselves. Like bombs they carry weight both visually and emotionally as they alternately float and drop redefining space and altering our perceptions. They force us to see what happens when an opposing force is introduced.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Katherine Nemanich

Line, Ink, Space:  Opening  Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm 

Working with sumi ink and brushes of many sizes, Katherine Nemanich paints with broad movements that echo the rhythmic flow and rhetoric of selected musical compositions. She then transforms these marks into three-dimensional constructions as she tears and combines her calligraphic paintings, bending and layering the durable 100% cotton paper and fastening it in places with industrial elements—grommets, bolts, and wire. Nemanich’s constructions are non-rectangular and extend outwards across the wall or floor, or suspend from the ceiling.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Susan Emmerson

Afterwards: Opening Reception Fri. May 3, 6-9 pm

Susan Emmerson’s work speaks to the cause and consequences of natural disasters, both on a personal emotional level and on a more global scientific level. Using paper, Tyvek (a plastic paper), and drawings she explores the scenes of destruction and the imagery of loss. The wall sculptures depict disheveled, broken surfaces where Tyvek painfully peels away like paint or skin, and found objects and photos that recall lost mementos of home.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm 

Nelson W. Armour

Beyond:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 31, 6-9pm

In the series “Beyond” the images are meant to imply, to suggest, or to infer. Each environment is unique and the image aims at transcending the immediate setting into another realm. The viewer is invited to enter this territory and discover a new dimension.

These images seek to evoke mood, tension, and the unknown. While much of my work is rooted in reality, this series starts from a specific location but ends somewhere else. We live in times where the issue of what is real and what is not real is thrust upon us. This work invades this terrain.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 31, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 29 – June 22, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

nitty-gritty NIU Thesis Exhibition

March 28 – April 21

Opening Reception

March 30th

6 – 9 PM

M. Brej • A. Cortes • S. Dupré • N. Elson • R. Griffith • R. Hill

L. Iacoponi • M. Kennedy Nora • K. Rodey • E. Sawka • T. Silver • A. Viola