Personal Interiors by Diane Nevinsmith

Personal Interiors by Diane Nevinsmith

As a practicing artist for the last 50 years, I have I have covered a lot of different mediums.  Oils, printmaking, stained glass, sumi-e, suminagashi, paper marbling, and paper-making.  For the last 20 years, I have worked mostly in watercolor.  My newest work is watercolor portraits.  It is my intention to create a portrait, not for the sake of representing a likeness, but to intrigue and interest the viewer to want to know more about the person.  What are they doing?  What are they thinking? It is my hope that the viewer will be inspired to create a story in their mind to go with the portrait; that it will resonate with their own life experience in some way.

 

The exhibition opens July 6th, and can be viewed Monday – Friday 10-6 pm, Thursday 10-8 pm and Saturday 10-4 pm until July 31st
Masks are optional in the gallery

New Works by Lynne Adams

Lynne Adams’ latest artwork explores the profound spiritual connection between nature and the human experience, particularly focusing on the landscapes of Western Massachusetts. Through her unique technique of cold wax and oil painting, she delves into the transformative power of the natural world and its ability to heal and provide sanctuary.

In her paintings, Lynne aims to capture the essence of the spiritual energy that emanates from the landscapes she encounters. The use of cold wax and oil allows her to create rich and textured surfaces, enhancing her artwork’s tactile and sensory experience. With expressive brushwork and a harmonious color palette, she invites viewers to immerse themselves in the healing presence of nature.

New Works opens on June 6th and is on view Mon-Fri 10 AM – 6 PM, Thurs 10 AM – 8 PM, Sat 10 AM – 4 PM until July 1st.

Nature’s Resilience by Olwen O’Herlihy

May 4th – May 31st

Artist Statment:
Nature’s Resilience is simply the key to our very existence.  The earth with its rich and diverse bounty and our Oceans which may save us all in the end due to Climate Change are what sustain us.  I found this out as I was Learning my trade as an artist and have extended this search to the Oceans.   It seems each day we are feeling our equilibrium askew with a continuing barrage from outside sources that affect much more than we ever imagined. I am exploring the forests both on earth and below the oceans. It’s almost unreal in its intensity and disturbance. No matter who or where you are from, something new and awful has occurred to us all. My way of responding is to find a way to try and live my life to its fullest and appreciate how beautiful it can be by doing my art.  And- at the same time stay connected and try for change!  Time will tell where it all settles. Nature and what it brings to our daily lives is the ultimate healer.  These monotype, dry points, intaglio etchings ,  and a few watercolors will center on this experience and hopefully bring a sense of stillness and quietude to the viewer. That is my hope.

Opening reception Thursday, May 11th from 5 to 7 PM

PLEASE NOTE: walk-ins are welcome for the gallery. 

A Distant Horizon by Holly Tomlinson

April 4th – April 31st

Artist Statment:
In this series, I am exploring the freedom of a sketch in oils.  With an art background in realism, it has been a challenge to keep my line work and brushstrokes loose and fluid, much like a pencil sketch.  Seeing how a few lines can create a suggested landscape has been a very exciting process. Although these paintings were created individually, when they are brought together they begin a whole new dialogue.  The perspective shifts and changes as you move from one panel to the next, the landscapes vary, yet the horizon remains a constant in each.  An ever-present and distant horizon.

CANCELED: The opening reception for a Distant Horizon will no longer take place on Thursday, April 6th. Please check back for updates.
Thanks!

PLEASE NOTE: walk-ins are welcome for the gallery. 

The Way of Gaia by Martin Bridge

The Way of Gaia by Martin Bridge

March 1st – March 31st

The Way of Gaia is a collection of paintings and prose that speaks to humanity’s relationship to the planet through the lenses of ecology, evolution, and the environment. The book calls out for a narrative that realigns the reader’s sense of self and species identity to that of being part of the biosphere, a vast network of life linked together by relationships of shared ancestry, beauty, and interdependence. The authors hope these offerings will contribute to replacing the destructive narratives of modern society with frames that encourage humanity to honor and restore life, as well as contribute to the flourishing of all life without end.

 

About Martin Bridge

Martin Clark Bridge was born into a lineage of artists and teachers. He is proudly carrying this family tradition forth as he lives, creates, and teaches in the hills of Western Massachusetts. His work spans a wide range of media from Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Theater Design, and Site Specific Installations to Performance. Martin’s work celebrates the sacredness inherent in nature, the consciousness in all things, and the power of place and seeks to challenge the cultural paradigms that dictate the way we relate to both the natural world and our brothers and sisters. Through his work, he hopes to inspire and cultivate a greater sense of mystery and possibility in our experience of the world.

Opening reception Thursday, March 2nd from 5 to 7 PM

PLEASE NOTE: walk-ins are welcome for the gallery. 

Glued Down: Collage Paintings by Jules Jones

January 18th – February 25th

 

About Jules Jones
Jules Jones is a queer disabled artist living and working in Franklin County. Jones’ “collage paintings” are maximalist mixed media works that reflect their process of repurposing old artworks into collaging material. Print media such as monotypes, screen prints, and lithographs meet scraps of newspaper, works on paper, or childhood drawings; all become affixed to a surface, to be further painted and drawn on, in a nearly endless feedback loop of layering- until a precise visual balance is achieved. Jones’s prior paintings on canvas or paper become cannibalized, cut into whimsical butterflies and flowers, or universal motifs such as body outlines and faces. Each painting becomes a multi-colored quilt, where figures dance and patterns emerge. This furious recycling of self-made materials results in mosaic-like paintings with an imaginative, otherworldly quality.
Opening reception Thursday, February 2nd from 5 to 7 PM

PLEASE NOTE: walk-ins are welcome for the gallery. 

Malaika Ross: Summer to Fall

October 6th – November 3rd

 

About Malaika Ross

Malaika Ross is a graduate of Hampshire College. She completed her B.A. in soil microbiology and her Div III thesis was titled “The Impact of Solar Arrays on Soil Microbial Activity”.  She studied Painting and Drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco Art Institute and the Marchutz School of Fine Arts. She completed intensive coursework in sustainable faming, ecological restoration and Hawaiian ethnobotany at the University of Hawai’i, Hilo.

She grew up on the very small island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and spent the vast majority of her childhood playing outdoors with soil, walking among tall grasses, feeding goats and learning about the healing qualities of plants from all the women in her family.⁠

Her grandmother was a small-scale farmer with an extensive kitchen garden packed full with every plant her grandmother would need as an ingredient in her cooking or herbal tinctures. Malaika learned from her that honoring the land was an essential part of life.

Art, soil and forest are what connect Malaika to her life force/purpose every single day. She is on a creative journey where she is taking her love of soil, forest and ecosystems and integrating it into her art, which is woven into her identity as a black woman on this planet.

From the Artist:

I’m a Caribbean American artist living in Western Massachusetts. I integrate the shapes and patterns developed in my microbial drawings of soil microbes into contemporary botanical paintings of native and introduced flora. The act of observing and documenting nature through painting and drawing as a black woman, is a form of liberation, environmental stewardship and anti-oppression work.

Some of my work places a black figure prominently in a natural setting, even as an element of nature, to remind the viewer that nature belongs to everyone and our BIPOC ancestors and communities continue to be connected to and defend the land in a way that protects natural resources for everyone.

Opening reception Thursday, October 6th from 5 to 8 PM

PLEASE NOTE: walk-ins are welcome for the gallery. 

11th Annual Small Works Show

December 1, 2022 – January 12, 2022

Come celebrate the 11th Annual Small Works Show at the Opening Reception & Pie Party Thursday, December 1st from 5-8 pm.
Featuring works by local artists — all 6×6″, 5×7″ and 8×10″ and all in fabulous frames! From paintings to photographs, illustrations to assemblages, and more, the show features works in various mediums—all cash-and-carry for easy holiday shopping.

There will be pie, sangria, and hot chocolate! All are welcome and please invite your friends and family.

Information for Artists

 

Keep an eye on our facebook page and instagram for show photos and featured small work photos.

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John Krifka: Mostly Flowers

November 5th – November 23rd

 

The exhibition opens November 5th, and can be viewed Monday – Friday 10-6 pm, Thursday 10-8 pm, and Saturday 10-4 pm until November 23rd

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 10th from 5 to 7 PM

About John Krifka
John Krifka has been painting for over 40 years. He had lived and painted in NYC for 25 years, before moving permanently to the Pioneer Valley in the early 2000s. His work is either graphically colorful or intimately serene, large or small, depending upon neighboring observation or studio confines. Most subjects have centered around still life, cityscapes, or landscapes.

PLEASE NOTE: walk-ins are welcome for the gallery. 

11th Annual Small Works Show – Info for Artists

December 1, 2022 – January 12, 2023

This year we’re doing it again: we providing a 6×6″, 5×7″ and 8×10″ birch panel to create your masterpiece on!  This is the BIGGEST Small Works has ever gone! 6×6 and 5×7″ entries are $32 a piece and 8×10″ entries are $45. The entry fee includes one panel, a frame, and glass. A variety of custom frames will be available for you to choose from when you drop off your entry (All panels and frames are first-come, first-serve).

Submission requirements:

  • Limit 3 entries per person.
  • Frame and/or glass not required (but please stay within 6×6, 5×7 or 8×10 panel size).
  • Work must be for sale. There is a $375 price cap for all small works. Gallery commission is 30% of sale price.
  • 3D/assemblage work is allowed – it must be attached to the panel and able to hang on the wall (and stay within the three panel sizes).
  • Plastic and clip frames will not be accepted.
  • Wet pieces are not accepted – please make sure painted pieces are dry.
  • A limited quantity of shadowbox frames will be available (first come, first serve) but there will be a $5 fee for fitting.
  • Please make sure work on paper is cropped to 6×6″, 5×7″ or 8×10″ – we are happy to crop for you for a $5 fee. No exceptions!
  • Panels & submission forms are available at the shop.

The show will be hung salon-style and is cash-and-carry which means that as art sells, it leaves the gallery and new work is hung in its place. While this allows us to accept many pieces, the show is still curated based on uniqueness and presentation. Due to limited wall space, even if work is accepted it may not make it into the first hanging of the show.

Panels Available: October 1st – until they run out!
Submissions Accepted & Frames Available: October 10 – November 23
Finalists Notified: by November 30
Unsold works pick-up dates: January 17th- 28th

Exhibit Dates: December 1, 2022- January 12, 2023
Holiday Pie Party: Thursday, December 1st, 5-8pm

Can’t get to the shop during business hours? Enter online! Just pick Small Entry or Large Entry

 

Dates & Deadlines

Panels Available:
October 1st – until we run out.
6×6″, 5×7″ and 8×10″ panels available

Submissions Drop Off
& Frames Available:
October 10st – November 23rd

Finalists Notified:
On or before November 30th

Exhibit Dates:
December 1 – January 12, 2023

Opening & Pie Party:
December 1, 5-8 pm

Unsold Work Pick-Up Dates:
January 17 – 28

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