April 29 – May 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri: 12-6pm. Also open during feature shows for ticket holders.
Gallery160 – Upstairs
The Mind’s Eye brings together for the first time the artistic expressions of four Metrowest artists: Sarah Alexander, Arlene Chaplin, Beth Hoffer and Laurie Leavitt. Each has a distinct approach to her art, but the expression of that art shares a response to nature, personal experiences and a shared geographical location. Using her own unique perspective and media, each artist brings to fruition what begins as a vision in her mind’s eye. As beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, an artist’s vision is in The Mind’s Eye.
Using drawing and painting as a method of processing observations, emotions, and experiences has always felt natural to me. Sparked by obsessive curiosity, and without restraint, I purge all that perplex, and fascinate me into my work. My current series focuses on the results of excessive daily intuitive drawing sessions (unlocking an overactive imagination) . The results of this visual brainstorming have produced a whole new body of work which has a surreal feeling to it. The subjects for any given series are symbolic of what I am processing at the time.
Sarah Alexander is an instructor of art at Hopkinton Center for the Arts, the Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, and holds private and semi-private lessons at Wandering Mind Studio. Her work has been shown extensively throughout New England, and has been published by North Light Books. She is represented by Gallery Blink in Lexington, MA and is a Core Member at Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery. Sarah has an exhibit at Fountain Street Fine Art from May 11th – June 11th, 2017.
My abstract work speaks to possibilities. I have no specific end in mind when I begin. This approach gives me the freedom to be open to the unexpected and makes my journey more interesting.
I tend to paint in series, but over the past year, the ideas I had were wisps in the wind by the time I arrived at my studio. I hoped for continuity but was stuck and unstuck repeatedly. My most recent series reflects the attempts to get unstuck, creating an eclectic mix of paintings that represents the artistic process of trying and failing and succeeding. The winter snow, the garden flowers, the daily news and the work of modern and contemporary artists influenced the twists and turns of the path I was on. I looked for new color palettes, new shapes and forms, a new slant on composition.
Beth Hoffer, a Holliston resident, is inspired by the natural and architectural beauty of New England. Through her photography, Beth has come to appreciate that everything changes, be it by the season, day or minute. Her photographs represent a wide range of New England including the Maine Coast, Cape Cod, the White Mountains, and the region known as “Metrowest”. They bring to mind favorite places and pleasant memories. Her work hangs in both private and public collections. Before turning to photography full time, Beth was a career librarian putting her MLS to work in academic and public libraries.
Beauty in the patterns of nature provide endless subject matter, as they change by the hour and the time of year. Whether it is a stark winter scene warmed by the glowing red light of dusk or looking up at birches converging in the sky, I love to interpret nature in my work.
I capture images on film that catch my eye and transform them through woodcuts. This medium helps me to interpret the scene and requires a simplification of the shapes, forms and color. Woodcuts are imperfect and can vary when they are printed and the wood grain and carving marks pick up ink and show themselves on my print, creating depth and texture. Sometimes, I unintentionally chip them and the carving tool is guided off its intended path by the strength of the wood grain. The organic character of the wood becomes part of the image and still, somehow, the simple shapes convey a recognizable image.
Once the print is complete and the woodblock is carved away to its last color, I am left with an image that I can play with, by combining it with other woodblocks, repeating, reversing and layering. The resulting second set of one of a kind prints, reflect this process of play and experimentation, when plans are made but room is left for unexpected things to happen.
**All artwork for sale, please call Amazing Things for prices: 508-405-2787. A portion of proceeds go to our Galleries, but the majority goes to supporting local artists!
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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency