Guest Blog by Emma Kindall – “Memory…Emotion…Expression” now through July 13.

To create the work currently on display at the White Gallery, I’ve done a lot of searchingwhitegallery2 brightness adjusted web and arranging, building and painting. I search for cardboard, old wood, peeling paint, and strings. I pocket paper scraps, forgotten trash, and old receipts. I throw everything into three blue suitcases next to my bed and spend evenings sorting things through, taping, and moving scraps of paper onto board until they feel right. I then combine these materials with the use of printmaking, oil paint, pen, and glue to make things to which I feel attached – a wallpaper that reminds me of my grandmother’s house, the taped together chandelier like the one above our childhood dinner table. My work is an obsession with imperfectly reconstructing the people and places tied to me. It is an obsession with maintaining a personal history, resurfacing memories, and tying these pieces together. I tie the inanimate to my historical animate; the emotions are loosely taped, strung, and held together in homemade ways. I grew up inside a loosely-held-together home alongside loosely-held-together people dealing with different levels of brokenness. They fill up large sections of my brain every day, and this is what I make things about – the idea of home, the people tied to it and the mental illnesses that hold them.

While creating these paintings I’ve been very drawn to the work of CY Twombly, Jeanwhitegallery3 brightness adjusted web Michael Basquiet, Cathy Wilkes and Robert Rauschenberg. All four have a distinct way of making art that appeals to me, a raw and intuitive manner that I respond to so strongly. They’ve captured something I can’t put words to, but that I recognize, something that floors me. I hope to capture something similar in this body of work. I do not have adequate words for emotion, but I have images and marks that are tied to feelings. It is my hope that although this body of work is very personal, the emotions expressed will resonate with someone.

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“MEXICO INPRINT” AT THE WHITE GALLERY

LA TRAGEDIA DE LUISITO_wbThis exhibition came about from a very fulfilling and enjoyable experience at La Ceiba Grafica in February 2014. We went to take a 2 week workshop in lithography and to experience the rich cultural life around Xalapa, Veracruz (Mexico), where La Ceiba Grafica is located. We found the quality of prints produced by this studio expertly executed and subjectively captivating. We have the privilege of exhibiting here the last complete portfolio of prints from a project initiated by La Ceiba Grafica entitled:

Color Grafica Joven Veracruzana
Color Prints by Young Veracruzanas

This portfolio is comprised of prints by 10 “young” (25 to 35 yrs. old) Veracruzana printmakers. This project was created, developed and realized by La Ceiba Grafica with the intention of creating a portfolio of prints which exhibit the wide range of printing techniques that could be studied there, as well as enriching the technical ability and artistic vocabulary of the participating printmakers. La Ceiba promoted the idea of integrating color into the thought process of these young printmakers to inspire new possibilities in their growing experience with the medium. La Ceiba has used the portfolio to promote its capabilities as a competitive international printmaking studio.

La Ceiba Grafica describes this project as the “product of the tension between tradition and innovation”; tradition in the sense that some of the techniques used in printmaking seem archaic in this time of seemingly incessant “new” technology, and innovation which comes from the contemporary visual language of a developing artist.

La Ceiba invited artists based on two criteria; that they had worked/studied there beforeIGUANAS CON MANCHA and by the quality of their work. The participants were as follows: Daniel Berman (DB), Nicolas Guzmán (NG), Jimena Ramos (JR), Rodolfo Sousa (RS), Uriel Marín (UM), Edgar Cano (EC) , Lucía Prudencio LP), Sr. González (SG), Sebastián Fund (SF), and Abel Zavala (AZ).

In addition to this portfolio we’ve included prints by several “Master” printmakers associated with La Ceiba Grafica — either as working members of the studio staff or professional artists who have used La Ceiba to produce their own work, including Yuku Sasai (YS), Rafael Ruiz Moreno (RRM), and Franco Aceves Humana (FAH).

Co-founders of La Ceiba Grafica, Martin Vinevar, (MV) and Per Anderson (PA) are also exhibiting works. Martin, whose expertise is Moku Hanga (Japanese wood block printing) has 23 prints in the exhibition, some of which are moku hanga, others combinations of techniques such as moku hanga and lithography, and some original works on paper. Martin recently taught a successful four day workshop in Sharon, and plans to return to teach another in the near future.   http://www.laceibagrafica.org/ing/

Debra Losada and Avery Danziger

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JOIN US FOR BLUE & GOLD AT THE WHITE MAY 23-25

BlueGold2014_small (1)The month of May is when Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s art students shine. Since late August, inventive students have been creating a multitude of artworks. Only a sliver of the past year’s creative activity is displayed at the White Gallery. The selection process is difficult, as it leaves out many worthy artworks.

The displayed works reveal a myriad of interpretations.
Playful, earnest, witty, thought provoking, polished,
brash, introspective and sardonic are just some of the ways HVRHS students approach image making.

For a small, rural high school, the exhibit showcases a surprising variety of mediums. The two-dimensional works includes acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings, pen & ink, oil pastels, graphite, charcoal, collage, mixed media, prints, block prints, and monoprints. There is a generous amount of photography on display, featuring both digital and traditional work. The 3-D pieces include clay reliefs, wire sculptures, and soapstone carvings. This year, three animations are included, created entirely with hand-drawn techniques using Adobe Flash. Also, the large-scale original art for a chapter of a graphic novel will be on display. Several printed comic book-sized copies of the artwork will accompany the work.

Cloisters Field Trip SmallIt takes a community of generous people for the exhibit to happen. The HVRHS Art Department owes a decade of successful exhibits to the White Gallery’s Tino Galluzzo. Another crucial benefactor is John Borden, our other decade long supporter. Thanks also to The Sharon Women’s Club, Town Hill Farm, Peter Beck’s Village Store and Frames on Wheels of Great Barrington. Unsung heroes include Scott Bricher and Ed Martinez who serve as jurors, a very difficult job.    On with the show!

Linda McMillan & Warren Prindle, Art Faculty
Housatonic Valley Regional High School

SPECIAL GALLERY HOURS FOR THIS SHOW

Friday 11 – 4 m  Opening Reception 4 – 7 pm       Saturday & Sunday,  11 – 4 pm

 

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Commentary on Blue and Gold By Warren Prindle

A year passes swiftly between each Blue & Gold @ The White exhibition. The show features only a small portion of all the works created by Housatonic Valley Regional High School students, and in that sense, represents a snapshot of what happens in the art rooms during the past year.

The primary focus rightly belongs to the students, for their impressive works. However, in the year leading up to the opening reception, much behind-the-scenes-work occurs.   Credit and recognition needs to be given to those who toil to make The Blue & Gold @ The White a reality. These include:

Tino Galluzzo, who steadfastly promotes the show, while receiving no financial remuneration. In fact, this show requires a substantial monetary commitment by Tino and The White Gallery. The White curates the entire show as well as provides the ‘White Gallery Award”.

The Gallery Arts Guild has opened their doors and will feature allow more of the students work to be shown. Thanks go to John Brett for his sponsorship of one of the Blue & Gold awards.

John Borden, Sotheby’s International Realty. John Borden has been a generous contributor for The Blue & Gold since day one. He sponsors some of the marketing as well as awards.  On longstanding loyalty alone, John deserves special thanks.

Frames on Wheels. This premier framing gallery goes to great efforts to mat and present the work. They labor within the deadline of the show with grace and cheerfulness.

Ed Martinez and Scott Bricher. These two supremely talented artists who have donated their time and expertise to serve as this years judges of awards. Both Ed and Scott have impressive accomplishments in fine art and illustration, and are well suited to the daunting task of judging the show.

Deano’s Pizza contributes the great pizza and treats that make the opening reception a tasty one.

Peter Beck’s Village Store contributes greatly to the awards for the

show.

Thornhill Florist adds to the receptions’ festive air by contributing their artful creations.

Gina DiGiacomo, Hillary Henrici and Erica Kavanagh, student artists who created the imagery for this year’s postcards and posters.

• The Sharon Womens Club has emerged as a loyal supporter of the arts in the Northwest Corner. At the Blue & Gold opening reception they will conduct a drawing for the Grand Prize of a hand-painted children’s chair.  The Womens Club raffle benefits their Arts Award Fund.

This year’s reception features a special musical treat: Not Quite Jenson. This multi-talented group, featuring singer Ana Horowitz, has emerged as a local favorite. Known as True Jenson in previous incarnations, this group has won ‘Judges Top Pick’ and ‘People’s Choice’ Awards at the two past Battle of the Bands contests. Their sounds range from jazz, blues, rock and reggae.

The Blue & Gold @ The White represents a year in the making. Please spend Friday night with us.

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On Painting and Process By: Jane Filer

Jane Filer

Jane Filer “Echo Valley” 25″x25″ Acrylic on Canvas

My paintings are about my reaction to living on the Earth and interacting with animals and nature.  There is often something surreal and other dimensional.  I feel that there are various ways of perceiving reality.  In a way we create our own existence.  We give meaning to color and react to stimulation on many levels. 

Painting and drawing have always been a part of my own personal expression.  It is a subtle mode of transferring sentiment.  It’s language is rich with dialects.  The use of story to carry and capture human interest has been a favorite formality of mine. 

My first approach to the canvas is to “free fall” into abstract realms where anything is possible.  This is a place where I don’t know anything by name yet feel in other ways a connection.  Something occurs in the paint and charcoal that will trigger my curiosity.  My favorite subjects will have mysterious characteristics.  Something familiar and something mysterious side by side create shifts in perception.  Shifts in perception create shifts in meaning.  The experiencing of these shifts is exciting. 

And so I paint and think and experience playful realities. These depictions feel much more real to me because they are feeling and seeing at the same time.   Through out the making of a painting I work with staying in certain streams of consciousness.  The conscious emotion is important to maintain through out the work. It will dictate color and the handling of the paint.  There are times of flow and there are the times I find myself lost.  Being lost could be a good thing in that it guides me into unfamiliar territory and hence discovering something new.  My job is to stay open and sensitive to new developments as they arise.  This is important in giving the work a life of it’s own.

To see Jane’s pieces in person please visit us  in person at:

344 Main Street

Lakeville, CT, 06039

or online at:

thewhitegalleryart.com

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