Paintings from Japan, Australia and Mexico by Nan Hass Feldman, Opening Reception, Thursday, June 8, 7:00 pm, on view June 2-29, Gallery: Nan Hass Feldman is blessed with an optimistic love of life, a very high energy level and a passion for painting. Her interiors and landscapes explore a love of heightened color, pattern and decoration, playful detail and clear yet intricate design. Believing that “more is more,” she delights in making her work overflow with luscious, color-laden content to project a joyful and complex enthusiasm for life, her everyday surroundings and experiences abroad.
Since 1999 Nan has led and taught painting workshops in the French Drôme Provençal and in Aix-en-Provence, as well as in Italy, Mexico and Greece. She teaches in three art museums in Massachusetts and runs the Artist Loft on the Oceania Cruise Line. Her own work reflects a love of art history and her direct response to, and interpretation of the culture, architecture, landscape, language and symbols she encounters in each new trip and teaching experience.
Narratives in Black, White and Red by Roxan Marie McKinnon, on view June 2-29, Main Hall: The prints in this show relate directly to stories - either moments of the artist’s own lived story, or external narratives that she finds especially interesting. Having spent time as a mental health worker and community organizer for many years, Roxan McKinnon values stories because it is through stories that meaning is found in experience and, ultimately, where she believes that culture is born.
Ms. McKinnon works simply, primarily with linoleum blocks. She uses color sparsely because she likes the process of working in black and white - the stark consideration of positive and negative space. The use of the color red emerged during her studies in seminary, and is related to the theme of wisdom. Although many of these prints tell different stories and are from a variety of sources, they share the wisdom theme.
Ms. McKinnon began her pubic art career utilizing the arts as healing and/or community experiences with marginalized populations. She has a BA in Literature, Creative Writing and Art from Lesley University, and a Masters of Theological Studies from Andover Newton Theological School.
Teen Gallery and Second Floor Display Cases:
A Snapshot of Newton South Arts, Opening Reception, Thursday, April 6, 4:00 pm, second floor Teen Gallery, on view through fall 2017: This collection of student work from Newton South High School is bound by the common thread of self-portraits, both through non-traditional and traditional means. Metaphoric images stand in for the self and snapshots of everyday moments represented in still lifes highlight the building blocks of small moments that comprise our lives. Also included are works that received a Silver Key in the 2017 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards.
Thanks to Eric Blomster of Abraxis Framing Co. in Newton, who provided the frames cost-free. (Image by: A. Xiao)
June displays will be on view through 6/29.
Atrium Case One: Learn about the You and Your Financial Future series and the upcoming June 6 program.
Atrium Case Two: Learn about the life and legacy of Rebecca Pomroy (1817 – 1884). At the age of 44, Boston-born Pomroy reported to Washington to begin duties as a volunteer nurse to Union soldiers, and later went on to nurse the wife and son of President Lincoln. After the Civil War, Pomroy settled in Newton and was instrumental in establishing and operating a home for orphan and destitute girls. Her legacy continues today through the work of the Rebecca Pomroy Foundation which provides financial support to Newton non-profit organizations.
Main Hall: Enjoy a display of colorful jewelry made in the ancient enamel technique of cloisonné. Building up fused layers of enamel (ground glass with metal oxides) in a small kiln produces images of variety and effect – landscapes with luminous skies,
still lifes with shades and transparencies, floral designs with brilliance and contrast. Set in silver and gold, these pieces are sometimes enhanced with handmade chains and semiprecious gems. Visit: www.tonistrassler.com.
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