Exhibitions

Summer Artist Series 2015

Ekua Holmes

former Goetemann Resident

Ekua Holmes : Cancer Rising, Aquarius Moon

Collage

May 21 to June 9

Reception : SAT, May 23, 6-8pm

Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.  —Heinrich Zimmer

At the ocean, the surfaces under your feet yield to every step, the air is smooth — fragrant. The sounds are light. There are no walls to separate you from anything or anyone and all the tensions of life gradually wash away in the fresh air of the sea. 

Ekua Holmes is a painter and collage artist who uses news clippings, photographs, vibrant color and skillful composition to infuse her work with energy. Her layered, abstract creations convey a sense of unity and evoke memories that are both personal and universal.

In her ongoing series of collages she revisits the joys and challenges of childhood through adult eyes. These works reexamine the foundational relationships, games and rules that we learn at an early age and apply throughout our lives.

"I work primarily in collage using a process of searching for and rescuing what has been lost, forgotten or discarded. Using these found textures, photographs, and ephemera, I reconstruct new images, which resonate with a larger message, beyond the particularities of place, to reveal relationships between the local and the universal. Although much of my work is set in an urban environment, these portraits of beloved Aunties, sacred gardens and children at play, sing with lyrics as old as mankind. My goal is that the exploration of the very personal vision enriches and completes a wide social context, while playing with the tension between the very flat medium of collage and an articulated sense of depth. 

During my childhood, I was nurtured by a loving and supportive community of men and women who played important roles in my life. In everything I create, I hear them saying, “Remember Me.”  Through my work, I honor their legacies by bringing them forward to life with torn and cut shapes of color and texture. With these scraps and remnants, assembled like a “down-home” quilt, I rebuild my world, putting in only what speaks to my personal and cultural narrative."

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Matt Cegelis and Ruth Schneider

Joseph Flack Weiler : Gloucester in Black & White

Photography

June 10 to 30

Reception : SAT June 13, 6-8pm

I first visited Cape Ann in 1950. I stayed with my Aunt Margery Flack. The memories of climbing under and over the huge seaside boulders have been etched into my mind forever. I can still vividly smell the salt water fragrance of the crab shells I collected. Later, I was inspired by my Uncle Stow Wengenroth’s monochromatic lithographs. Black and white allowed me to explore an abstract world of shapes, forms and textures. My wife Patricia and I enjoyed our 25 seasons at the Weiler Gallery on Rocky Neck.
I was free to photograph this wonderful area and we connected with many new friends.

In 1965, when I started exhibiting my photography, 35 mm film cameras dominated the world of journalism. Thirty-five millimeter film was high tech! Today I still develop my own film and make
my black & white gelatin silver prints with a 1970’s enlarger. I feel that an artist creates best with
the tools that help create correspondences between artist, subject and viewer.

I studied both journalism and fine-art photography. Some of my images are straight Documentary images and some are Equivalent images. The Equivalent image explores the unconscious of the artist, finding subject matter that reveals and helps define the unknown.

I studied at Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Photography and Syracuse University, School of Journalism. I have worked as a book designer, art critic, and photographer. My curiosity about the world took me to Europe, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Gloucester. My Faces of Afghanistan photographs were exhibited at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.  Enjoy my images of Gloucester!

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Joy Halsted

Joy Halsted : Keeping Up With The Past

Mixed Media

July 1 to 21

Reception : SAT July 11, 6-8pm

I've been a sponge for anything interesting that comes my way: childhood toys, paper dolls of movie stars, games and toy blocks, radio and TV programs, odd bits of refuse, plastic bags. I'm an inveterate dumpster diver. I've always felt the world was mine to imagine any way I wanted.

Living in Washington DC during the 1950s, '60s and '70s, I was exposed to new influences: pop art exploded on the scene. Popular culture, social and political commentary entered the language of art in a big way. The Kennedy and King assassinations, LBJ and Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate were all grist for the artist's mill.

Then, as now, my focus has been on the human condition-public and private, interior and exterior, at home or in the larger world. I'm a narrative artist, telling stories in whatever medium seems to fit best. Often it is more than one. After I start with an approach, the work takes on its own direction, evolving into something unexpected. I like being surprised. I hope my audience does too.

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Judith Monteferrante

Judith Monteferrante : Glass, Realism to Abstraction

Photography

July 22 to August 11

Reception : SAT July 25, 6-8pm

Glass: Realism to Abstraction is an ongoing project that allows me to control light plus composition to create art that is not otherwise apparent in real life. This project started with the death of my only child and my desire to avoid the holidays. A cruise in 2007 allowed me to explore the book “Light, Science and Magic” and I was enthralled with the explosion of creativity that followed.  I could conceive, construct and capture images of inanimate objects of various shapes, colors and textures either semi solid or translucent with their reflections that together represented my private vision.

Photographing glass and its reflections, creating abstractions from simplicity to pure indulgence in subject matter, while adhering to the principle that light illuminates and shadows define, led me to this metaphysical exploration of reality.

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Martha Wakefield

Martha Wakefield : Wild Beauty

Watermedia

August 12 to September 1

Reception : SAT August 15, 6-8pm

Nature is a constant teacher because it is ever changing: the tide flowing, the clouds passing over the sun, the wind shifting the branches.  The wildness of the place speaks to me.  I strive to capture the importance of this world, mysterious, ancient yet reborn constantly.

Nature challenges me to interpret its energy.  Working with the tools of a graphic language I construct a personal portrayal, instead of a literal depiction, of my emotional connection to this wild beauty.  I paint that impression that remains a memory for me. 

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Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy : Totally Wired

Wire Sculpture

September 2 to 22

Reception : September 5, 6-8pm

By training and experience Brian Murphy is a child therapist and has been for the last twenty-five years, and until recently he worked in a fairly  traditional manner with traumatized children in his Boston office. In 2001, he began to explore art therapy as a way to work with emotionally disconnected children and help them address their trauma in a creative and hands-on manner. He started out making magic wands with the children to confront night fears and use the wands as a tool to channel courage and to externalize the magic inside everyone. He moved on to robot figures and then to mobiles hoping to go from rigid constricted forms to more relaxed and kinetic sculptures. As time went on, he realized that he had a talent for wire sculpture. With the encouragement of many of the children he worked with, he began to create wire sculptures on a more consistent basis and learned how to use balance and kinetic energy to create humorous, entertaining figures.

He specializes in creating whimsical figures in motion or performance, dancers, singers, and individuals on the go. He has also completed commissions for individual and corporate events including conferences, holiday, celebrations, anniversaries and bar mitzvahs.

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Loren Doucette

Loren Doucette : Time of Transformation,
Recent Works from Cape Ann

painting and mixed media

September 23 to October 13

Reception : SAT September 26, 6-8pm

During times of great transition, my work has always been an anchor. As I tune into specific areas on Cape Ann that call to me, I engage with the landscape creating series based on each location. Painting and drawing from observation drives my work, I seek to find the tension within my composition, the bones of the landscape. Whether painting en plein air or looking through a window, I am entranced by the mood that weather and seasonal changes bring about; I find endless possibilities in the spatial relationships found on location. I am deeply affected by my surroundings both visually and spiritually; Cape Ann is fertile ground in both respects.