Winter Warmer Featured Artist: Zelina Blagden

Zelina Blagden at The White GalleryWinter Warmer featured Artist: Zelina Blagden

Born in 1969 , into a family of artists. I have lived all over the country.  Now I have come full circle and I live where I was born; Sharon, Connecticut.
My life and work seems to come back to the end. In that I mean that I am always inspired  by time and it’s contexts and  textures which often feels counter-intuitive. In my work, I often use a photograph and what it represents as my starting point. It’s not that the photograph is not precious but it’s faceted environment around a moment and the fleeting, ever changing constant that I feel drawn to preserve. My work and I wrestle with perceptions of time. I feel a strange urgency about preserving and even enabling decay but with an intention of respect and without disregard. There is a mystery or unknown behind the beginning and the many ends. I can only get close to this mystery by balancing letting go with holding on.
I treat my pieces like a totemic attempt to honor the mystery and truth of time.
My work is my urgent exercise or exorcism where preserving occurs by creating space around something. Maybe it’s space to fall apart or crumble and ultimately transform. Whether we like it or not,
all stages are important in a process of evolution. The challenge is in the humility or freedom in that we really don’t know what is coming next.
Just as winter is a poignant reminder and need for transformation .
I offer these pieces, “Snow Girl” and “Winter’s Time” in the Winter Warmer show as two totems to time.

 

Winters Time- the concept inspiring this piece is time. The slow yet calculated  sense of time that winter conjures . The line between preservation and decay . I am inspired by the story behind the layers . Layers of perception, moments captured and instantly changed and always changing .

This piece has it’s own life and the pieces that fall as it was made and as it changes are part of it, hence  the  broom and  the pan.

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Recto & Verso of “Winter’s Time”

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Dustpan and Broom

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Thank you Zelina for taking the time to write about you and your art work. One of the highlights of living in the Northwest Corner is that we get to experience seasons. This makes us very aware of the passing of time around us. It has been great to have a time influenced conceptual piece in our Winter Warmer show.

Please come see us 11-4pm Friday through Sunday during the month of February. We will be open Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm during March. We are happy to make appointments for private viewings as well.

 

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Winter Warmer Featured Artist: Nick Savides

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The setting for “Winter Walk” is along Jackson Hill Road, one of the legs of our morning walks in Sharon.

The focus of this painting is simply the beauty of snow in sunlight, through the use of contrasting colors – the warms oranges and cool blues.  This is the day after a snowfall – the sun is out, the sky is clearing, and the road has been traveled, but you can still see some of the snow clinging to the branches.  Set in first-person perspective, I’m placing the viewer on this walk; you can almost hear the sound of crunching snow underfoot.

As a painter, I express myself with paint.  As a representational artist, I’m inspired by the places I’ve lived in and traveled to, and the people I’ve known. My time in Litchfield County and the surrounding area has provided me an opportunity to explore in depth the rural theme that I had been building up to over the years.  Although my subjects are as diverse as rural, coastal, urban, and portraits, there is always the portrayal of the effects of light, with an intensity achieved through the use of details, color, and contrasting values, and the desire to make works of art that look “real”, but with painterly techniques that distinguish them from photography and digital art.   I paint images that I can relate to, and hopefully other people will as well:  for me, the work of art is not complete until it is shared with and enjoyed by others.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/120192781″>Nick Savides- Winter Walk</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user37615457″>Jordan Hutton</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

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Nick Savides’ piece is titled “Winter Walk” and is an Oil on Linen that is 18×24″. We hope you enjoyed the video above but it is best to see this work in person to get the subtleties of the texture of the paint and its’ colors.

Please come see us 11-4pm Friday through Sunday during the month of February. We will be open Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm during March. We are happy to make appointments for private viewings as well. Thank you Nick for being inspired by our local landscapes and for writing this blog; we hope people will come to the gallery to see how well you paint the area around us.

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Winter Warmer Featured Artist: Kim Radochia

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Often when I open my studio door to the public in Boston I receive something incredibly valuable in return for sharing my artwork with them. This happened recently when someone saw the artwork that is being shown at The White Gallery called Murmuration. I was studying water; it’s movement and the lines and patterns that are created from its currents. This work, which is made of hundreds of tiny painted papers set on edge on a board, was up on the wall and a woman in the studio that I was conversing with was filled with excitement telling me that I had to look up the videos online of the ‘Murmuration of the Starling’. I did so right away and was stunned by the connection of what I was creating to the patterning that these flocking birds were making in the sky. That was the beginning of my exploration of Murmurations. The movement and forms are spectacular and I was so honored to have my artwork compared to this natural phenomena. My invented Murmurations have expanded in size and the work has progressed to resemble another natural phenomena, Slot Canyons. Whether Tides, Murmurations, or Slots this artwork is about experiencing something new and feeling movement, energy, and light as you move and interact with the artwork.

 

Kim Radochia

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Kim’s Piece is Titled “Murmuration 4″. It is 27×31 inches. This is a piece that has to be seen in person for full effect. A video of it will be added to this post in the near future. Please come see us 11-4pm Friday through Sunday during the month of February. We will be open Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm during March. We are happy to make appointments for private viewings as well. Thank you Kim for taking the time to write about your work, we hope this inspires people to come see it.

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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 Basquiat, 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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