Sirens: Three female artists focus on the sea
Curated by Christina Godfrey, Sunne Savage Gallery
Twenty percent of sales will be donated to the RSM Boston Foundation.
SIRENS: Three female artists focus on the sea
May 4–July 31, 2017
Reception: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR RECEPTION!
Exhibiting artists: Gretchen Greene, Michele Lauriat and Jess Hurley Scott
Curated by Christina Godfrey, Sunne Savage Gallery
SIRENS is a group show featuring three female artists. The artists, all local, are exhibiting artwork that focuses on the sea, the life systems within it and its dynamic coast line. Each artist is exhibiting a different medium: Gretchen Greene sculpts with steel and bronze, Michele Lauriat creates mixed media paintings on paper, and Jess Hurley Scott paints on multi-layered Plexiglas. The thematic yet diverse exhibition will portray the beauty, chaos and life-force of the ocean.
Gretchen Greene “paints with heat,” and “carves with lightning”; she sculpts bronze and steel intuitively with a plasma cutter, die grinder, angle grinder and TIG welder. The metal, malleable while she is working, is cut, marked and sculpted into waves, corals, and kelp evoking memories of locations and times past. Seeking the limits of her tools and materials, Greene creates large scale wall reliefs, unique furniture and small table top sculptures. A suite of small works will be on display at the RSM Art Gallery for the SIRENS exhibit.
Michele Lauriat paints locations she experiences through work, vacation and in between. Her York Beach Series, on display in the SIRENS exhibition, is inspired by annual summer trips to the beautiful Maine coast. “The interaction of pattern, order, design, chaos, and the push of organic systems, direct [her] attention and mark making.” Lauriat captures moments of interest with onsite sketches and photography which she explores further in the studio by enlarging, abstracting and combining the scenes. The results are dynamic mixed media watercolors full of gesture, pattern and color. This is the second exhibition of Michele Lauriat’s artwork at the RSM Art Gallery. Her works are also in the firm’s collection.
Jess Hurley Scott is a contemporary seascape painter. Scott’s process begins with a wetsuit and camera; she captures waves first hand in sun and storm, warmth and winter. Her dimensional paintings consist of layers of individually painted acrylic panels and deal with light, illusion, and perception. Scott plays with the intricacies of the natural world, digital technology, and translucency in her work. The result is bold realism and a unique interpretation of seascape in “paint and pane.” Her scale ranges from near miniature scale vignettes to dramatic, sweeping seascapes. A range of sizes will be on display at the RSM Art Gallery.
Founded in 2002, the RSM Art Gallery focuses on thematic group exhibitions of local artists. Quarterly exhibitions are curated by Christina Godfrey of Sunne Savage Gallery. For each exhibition, RSM Art Gallery partners with a non-profit organization who receives 20% of sales during the exhibition.
Proceeds from the SIRENS exhibition will be donated to the RSM Boston Foundation.
Jess Hurley Scott, Back Lit 1, 2017, acrylic on multiple layers of acrylic panel, 32 x 40 x 2 inches
Gretchen Greene, Hazelnut Rush, 2015, bronze, 12 x 41 x 14 inches
Michel Lauriat, York Beach, 2017, mixed media on paper, 55 x 63 inches
The next stop on the national tour of the American Society of Marine Artists is opening next week! If you are in the Gainesville area, please stop by!
My piece, “Heading Out”, is part of the exhibition, more information here.
I am honored to be part of the American Society of Marine Artists latest juried national show. It is a traveling exhibition of a talented group of marine artists, all members of the society. The collection will travel to half a dozen museums between 2016 and 2017. I have one piece, “Heading Out”, that was included in the exhibition.
For more information and to see the entire exhibition by artist:
The exhibition travels to the following museums:
Muscarelle Museum in Williamsburg, VA,
See details, dates and more information on the Events page.
Update!, My work being exhibited at The Marine Arts Gallery in Marblehead, MA is being extended a few weeks!
The 47 year established gallery is in a new, year-old space after selling their former property to the Peabody Essex Museum for their major expansion. There is quite a range of my work being shown including some of my largest pieces, at close to 3′ x 4′, to small works and studies at 6″ x 6″.
This has been my first exhibition on the North Shore and so far it has been a fantastic experience! We had a very successful opening night on the 13th with great responses and reactions, not to mention getting to know some of the local art community. The gallery has a high caliber group of regional artists and it has so far been wonderful to work with them.
While some work has sold, there is still plenty to see (more than 20 pieces) if you are in the Salem/Marblehead area. I’m not sure exactly the closing date as it may depend on the wee babe, but will keep you posted!
26 Atlantic Avenue
Marblehead, MA 10945
See them on Instagram:
Some work on view:
As the summer rolls along, I wanted to update you that I have five pieces currently on Nantucket with the Thomas Henry Gallery for their summer exhibition. I’m new to Paul Copson’s assortment, so if you are on the island, stop by his place to see!
The Lockhart Collection and Thomas Henry Gallery
15 Centre Street, Nantucket, MA
The work on view include the follow pieces:
Paul is a wonderful man, and has quite a story about how his career came about in the art world, starting out as a lighthouse keeper. I’m so fortunate to gotten to know him and be invited to show this summer with his group of very talented artists. Three of the works including “Morning Break”, “Amplified”, and “Nantucket Sound, #3” are island based paintings if you are in the market to bring part of the island surf home.
Hope you can stop by while in town and avoiding the heat!
Last week, the South Shore Art Center informed me that my small work, “Dunes”, had been awarded an honorable mention at this year’s Arts Festival on Cohasset common. What a happy little surprise to brighten your day!
The piece is a respite from my current water-work, but in these smaller pieces I like to change things up from time to time. If you would like to come see the work, it will be in the big tent on Cohasset common for the weekend of June 17th – June 19th. There is an award ceremony for all of the prize winners at the stage on the common at 5pm on the 17th if you want to stop by and say ‘hi’ and glad a lobster roll or strawberry shortcake!
More info at: http://www.ssac.org/festival.asp
Happy Spring! Be sure to pick up your April copy of South Shore Living Magazine which highlights one of my lastest pieces, “Barrel”, in their Last Scene Here feature. South Shore Living Magazine has been SO supportive of my work in the last year, they have been so amazing to work with and a fantastic local publication. If you not in the South Shore area you can check out their blog here along with an article they ran on my work last November, “Into the Deep”.
“Barrel” is 29″ x 44″ x 2″ and is part of an ongoing new series of water pieces where I’m exploring the textures and light in water at extreme close ups and angles.
I’ll be announcing where you will be able to see this and many others from the series this Summer soon!