Color, Line and Shape in Fiber by Sandy Gregg and Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Opening Reception, Saturday, April 1, 1:00 pm, on view April 1-27, Gallery: Sandy Gregg and Valerie Maser-Flanagan first met in a class at the Fuller Museum in 2009. They use different methods to create art that is made out of fabric and is stitched. Valerie freely cuts lines and shapes out of her hand-dyed fabric, composes on a design wall and then stitches the pieces to make improvisational compositions. Sandy most often applies paint and dye to a whole piece of fabric which is treated like a painter’s canvas. Both artists work in fiber and mix dyes and paints from primary colors as a painter might. Their focus is on the principles of line and shape in their compositions.
Sandy Gregg began making bed quilts and quilts for the wall in the 1970s. She uses a wide variety of surface design and other experimental techniques with paint, dye and non-traditional materials on cloth to create collage-like paintings that are quilted.
Valerie Maser-Flanagan began as a traditional quilt maker and later became interested in creating original designs. Influenced by her studies with the renowned artist, Nancy Crow, her current work includes the use of hand dyed solid fabric instead of commercial prints and focuses on the lines created in the piecing process as integral to the overall design of the composition.
This show is part of Newton Open Studios.
(Images: L S. Gregg, R V. Maser-Flanagan)
Still Life: Exploration into the Familiar by Nadine Geller, Opening Reception, Saturday, April 1, 1:00 pm, on view April 1-27, Main Hall: Nadine Geller creates moments in time that reveal the captivating beauty and harmony of everyday objects with brushstrokes. Her greatest desire is to draw the viewer into a world of wonder and possibility through her art. She seeks to evoke the moment when your heart and mind stand still and a feeling of awe fills the space left behind. Inspired by the old masters Rembrandt and Melendez, as well as the French impressionists, her work hints at her classical training while highlighting an impressionist appreciation for the beauty of natural light, and vibrant yet subtle color. An observational painter, she masterfully crafts her work to bring out elements of beauty, balance and rhythm in the subject matter.
Ms. Geller is a member of the Marblehead Arts Association, Newton Art Association and Wellesley Society of Artists, where she has exhibited in various group shows. She won first place last year at the Marblehead Arts Association’s summer member show.
This show is part of Newton Open Studios.
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)
April displays will be on view through 4/27.
Atrium Case One: Golf course designer Donald Ross laid out four Newton golf courses still in use today. Learn more about his life and vision through biographical information and reproductions of his designs. Presented by Historic Newton.
Atrium Case Two: Learn about the Friends, a dedicated volunteer group whose members serve the library! Their book and author luncheon featuring authors Larry Tye and Joseph Finer will take place on Friday, May 12 at the Newton Marriott Hotel. Purchase tickets at newtonfreelibrary.net.
Main Hall: Students and faculty of the New Art Center's Ceramics programs display their spirit of inquiry and experimentation in a wide variety of styles and techniques. Info here.
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