July 5th – 28th
A live art installation by Greenfield artist Cathe Janke.
This interactive exhibit will feature paintings, prints, and a growing installation based on the heart shape, and a continuous story series of paintings. The installation will feature many of the art and craft techniques Cathe learned in India, including silk painting, lost wax casting, stone carving, along with printmaking and painting. She combines her love of color and fabric with recents experiments with drawing, everyday materials, local plants, and found objects, to provoke feelings and experiences of our interdependence with other species and each other.
Cathe says: “It is very important for me to remain aware that artistic inspiration arises unexpectedly from very different sources. I try always to cultivate this awareness and travel continues to be an important part of my artistic experience. I am excited to be able to create an interactive environment here. The rich cultural history of Amherst is preserved in its remarkably diverse community and the potential for inspiration seems unlimited. I look forward to gathering community members at the opening and closing of this show.”
Cathe will be working in the gallery on Wednesdays and Fridays, 12-3pm; more dates will be announced.
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 5th 5-8pm, during Amherst Arts Night Plus. A closing reception follows on Wednesday, July 25th, 6:30-8:30pm.
About Cathe Janke:
Cathe received her MFA in 2D from Massachusetts College of Art. She has been awarded grants and fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Elsewhere Studios in Colorado, RIACE Festival in Odisha, India, Can Serrat Int’l Art Center in Barcelona, Mustarinda in Finland, Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA, DISC in Odisha, India, and Wingate Studios in New Hampshire. Her work has been exhibited at Brandeis University, San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana, Lalit Kala Academie in Odisha, India, and A.I.R. Gallery in NYC. She is currently a member at Zea Mays Printmaking and has traveled to India numerous times for art and vipassana meditation practice. cathejanke.com
Image: detail from “See Through”, by Cathe Janke