A group exhibition of abstract art by regional artists. Participating artists are: Catherine Hall, Holly Hughes, Laurie Miles, Bruce Panock, Charles Schweigert and Bettina Van De Water. Artist reception Saturday, Oct. 5, 4-7 p.m.
Having spent school vacations in England working in her family’s Lancashire cotton mill, the dyeing of fabrics and other textile processes became ingrained in Catherine Hall’s memory. Her artwork today with silk, Japanese papers wax and dye continues to draw on these memories and influence her unique and elegant work. Laurie Miles’ “Earthworks” series came out of her experience building functional outdoor ovens made from “cob", a mixture of sand, clay and straw.The result is a series of strong minimalist compositions inspired by the earth itself. Laurie”s “Tectonic” series carries on with the natural environment, speaking to tidal marshes that were a part of her daily life in Ipswich MA, ritual movement, forces of nature…all reminders that our earth is a living creature. In the abstract paintings and sculptures of Charles Schweigert, an Oriental influence is apparent, with its subtle refinement and appreciation of understatement and sensitivity to nature. The awareness that "less is more", the responsiveness to suggestion rather than to literal depiction, and the gentle melancholy of wabi-sabi resonate in his work. Holly Hughes’ monotypes "reflect her sense that the borders between ceramics or textile design and painting are all permeable membranes”. Her delightful monotypes simultaneously exude humor for the present and respect for the past. The photographs of Bruce Panock were created during a period of serious illness. Confined to a single room for more than a year, and following lung transplant surgery, Bruce began closely observing everything around him in that limited space. He found beauty where there was previously a prison, and his images make us aware of the beauty of the ordinary that is so often overlooked. Tina Van De Water’s life as an organic farmer has strongly influenced her work. The forms, energy forces and processes of the natural world are powerful elements in her beautiful abstract paintings.
aMuse Gallery is wheel chair accessible and is located just across the tracks from Main Street’s historic Clocktower. Be sure to come by and see the distant and wonderful work of these talented regional artists!
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