This drawing was done at the ocean, and, since we are at the ocean, I want to take the opportunity to discuss some issues of perspective, which can only be observed, and understood at the shore.
Every one has heard of a horizon line and a vanishing point and I am sure that most of us remember doing drawings in high school of some odd looking buildings with the assistance of a perspective lines going to a point in the middle of the paper. So we go through life imagining that above, beyond, or behind everything we see is a horizon line and we could see it if there weren’t so many things blocking our view. But at the beach we can see this horizon line, now let’s consider where it is. I have drawn a standing figure and I put the horizon line level with her knees. Why did I put it there?
To understand the answer to this question you are going to have to go to the beach. Once you get there, spread out a blanket and lay down facing the water and the horizon line. Laying flat on the sand with your head six inches from the ground, hold up your finger pointing level with the horizon, and observe that the horizon is level with your eyes when you are laying down. Now sit on the blanket with your head about thirty inches from the ground, and notice that the horizon line has come up to directly even with your eyes, the horizon line is now thirty inches from the ground also. Finally stand up and observe as you do, that the horizon line stands up also, persistently following the level of you eyes. Now that you are standing, jump up and down a few times, and notice that the horizon line will jump up and down with you. That horizon line watches you like a hawk, and your slightest movement up and down is echoed by a similar movement at the horizon.
Now lets return to my drawing, it is a view, seen by a person who is sitting on the beach, eye level with the woman’s knees and looking up at her. If I had taken a photograph of her, the horizon line would be in the same place, but if I stood up with my camera and I was a little taller than her, the horizon line in my photograph would pass over her head slightly. The horizon line is always the eye level line of the viewer.
When you get home from the beach it will be late, and the moon will be out. Look at it there up in the sky; notice how it glows with that strange omnipotent silver light. But now just jump up and down a few times there in the driveway and notice that the moon jumps up and down also. Why is this? How can it have time to pay so much attention to us, to know our every movement?
Control vs. KAOS The Eccentric Digital Imagery of Bill Cooke, Saturday, May 26, 4-7pm. Pop-Up Show and Reception with Bill Cooke. Here’s a statement by the artist and its a good read!
Pattern recognition is hardwired in our brains. There are innumerable patterns in nature — from a honeycomb to the spirals of a seashell. The structure of molecules. Music is a series of audible patterns and variations on a theme. Patterns define order within our seemingly chaotic world,
I’ve been working with patterns that repeat for a couple of years now, intending to use the designs for fabric, wallpaper and other surface designs. All of these images began with a selection of small tiles that contain a single element — a curve, a straight line, a right angle — the structural elements that can be combined in different ways to create patterns that repeat.
As my process evolved, I began making patterns in which the elements repeated in unusual ways. I use a grid to maintain the structure, but within the grid it became something of a free-for-all. The basic elements repeated, but I created an unpredictability in the larger pattern. The patterns do tile perfectly, but the repeat is not apparent.
My patterns actually began to look like chaos. When I combined them with images from the natural world it got real interesting. Disorder imposed itself on the patterns to the point that the patterns themselves almost disappeared in the mist. I don’t see order and chaos as opposite ends of a spectrum, I see order and chaos as coexisting and interacting on every level.
My inspiration for these images comes from both music and art. The great jazz music of Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and many others — in particular, the amazing Sun Ra, is made visible in these images (note some titles). Sol Lewitt and Piet Mondrian are my main artistic predecessors.
FYI: Control and KAOS were the opposing spy networks in the 1960s TV show, “Get Smart.” I was part of the first generation to grow up with television. Could explain a lot of things.
Joe Wheaton, light show extraordinaire, will present his latest art video projections at the gallery’s outside event space. Wheaton has been known for 30 years in the Berkshires and beyond for his graceful metal sculpture, and more recently for his energetic, “art in motion” video projections. The community is welcome to join us for an evening of Visual Wow and Dancing to Joe’s accompanying fun beats! *Remember, this event occurs outside the gallery at our outside event space. Dress for mid-Spring outdoor evening weather!
Refreshments will be served. 21 and over, please. Admission $10
On Saturday, April 28th, from Noon ’til 5 I will be demonstrating the ancient craft of Turkish Paper Marbling here at the gallery.
I have been a paper marbler since the mid 1980’s and have given many demonstrations and workshops in the medium over the years-just not lately. Most of my time is given to running the gallery and framing studio and I am looking forward to spending some time with my first love. The event is free and open to all community members. Photos courtesy of Barbara Crocker.
Joe Wheaton has worked for the past 28 years as a metal sculptor. His work refers back to early modernism though he is equally interested in antiquity and art of the moment. Beginning as a potter interested in early Asian ceramics, he also studied printmaking and has made photographs for the past 40 years. More recently he has been working with projection layering software which enables him to use his over 70,000 pictures and videos in complex projected installations, which can fill huge spaces, indoor and out. They are often combined with sound to create environments. He is currently making both sculpture and creating projection experiences as well as making two dimensional images taken from the projections.
Joe Wheaton’s work is shown through select galleries. His large scale works can be seen at Lauren Clark Fine Art and by appointment, in season, at his studio/sculpture garden in the Berkshires.
MALACHI BLACK is the author of STORM TOWARD MORNING (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a Lannan Literary Selection, a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, and a selection for the PSA’s New American Poets Series. Black’s work has several times been set to music and has been featured in exhibitions both in the US and abroad, including recent and forthcoming translations into French, Dutch, Croatian, and Lithuanian. The current Amy Clampitt Fellow in Lenox, Massachusetts, Black is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of San Diego. http://
JAYNE BENJULIAN is the author of FIVE SEXTILLION ATOMS (Saddle Road Press, 2016). She is former director of new play development at Magic Theatre and chief speechwriter at Apple. Her poetry and essays appear in numerous literary and performance journals in the US and abroad. She was an Ossabaw Island Project Fellow; teaching fellow at Emory University; lecturer in the Graduate Program in Theater at San Francisco State University; and Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Lyon, France. A Berkshire resident, she is the founder of Berkshire Writers Project and Live Poets Society, a series of spirited conversations about the arts. http://
KERRIN MCCADDEN is the author of LANDSCAPE WITH PLYWOOD SILHOUETTES, and winner of both the 2015 Vermont Book Award and the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her poems appear widely in journals. She is associate director of The Frost Place’s Conference on Poetry and Teaching, and a teacher at Montpelier High School in Montpelier, Vermont, where she lives. http://kerrinmccadden.com/
OWEN LEWIS is the author of two collections of poetry, MARRIAGE MAP (finalist 2017 Rubery Book Award), SOMETIMES FULL OF DAYLIGHT, and two chapbooks, including BEST MAN (2016 Jean Pendrick Chapbook Award, New England Poetry Club). Recent honors include first prize in the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine and finalist for Nimrod’s 2017 Pablo Neruda Award. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and teaches with the Narrative Medicine group. https://
Lauren Clark Fine Art, in partnership with Mary Childs, presents “NOCA in the Berkshires”, works from the renowned North Cambridge Glass School and Studios, Cambridge, MA. This group of dedicated artists and educators present glass art work varying in style and technique, and includes pieces by David J. Benyosef, Carrie Gustafson, Peter Houk (Director of the MIT Glass Lab), Caleb Nichols and others.
These talented and innovative artists are core members of the thriving Boston based glass community, and we are proud to bring their work to the Berkshires.
Also premiering is the opening of Lauren Clark Fine Art Sculpture Garden, a presentation of the best New England Sculptors working in exterior and interior installations. Among the sculptors in the show are Peter Dellert, Wendy Klemperer, Shelley Parriott, Robin Tost, Joe Wheaton and others.
The glass show runs from July 22 through August 20. The sculpture show is ongoing. Please join us for a Reception for the Artists, Saturday, July 22 from 5-8pm.
Lauren Clark Fine Art is pleased to present “Portraits and Figures” with Berkshire Artists, Joan Barber, Richard Britell, Kris Galli and Terry Wise.
These four artists are represented by Lauren Clark and each have produced a new body of work for the occasion. The show opens with a reception for the artists Saturday, July 8 from 5-8 and runs through August 6.
Each of these artists are well known for their distinctive styles. Joan Barber for her moody, realistic yet detached women and girls, Richard Britell for his lovely soft focus, monochromatic works and Kris Galli for her luminous portraits of everything from girls and old women to voluptuous fruit. And have you ever seen how Kris paints hair? Exquisite.
And lastly, though Joan Barber, Richard Britell and Kris Galli are well regarded for their figurative and portrait paintings, Terry Wise, known mostly for her inspired still life paintings will surprise the viewer with several sublime figures. Applying her well known and very singular painting techniques to the subject at hand, the artist blends straight forward painting with a dash of the printmakers mark.
Known primarily for her sculptures of sleek bronze birds, Sharon Wandel is also a painter of some renown. In this Inaugural Show and Season Opener at the newly located Lauren Clark Fine Art, both media of the artist will be on view.
The artist is a longtime Sculptors Guild member who joins poetry and nature with the metaphorical and realistic in her bold but delicate bronze sculptures which embodies the universal symbolism of freedom-the bird.
Having shown extensively in the Berkshires since the early 1990’s, Sharon Wandel has been represented by Lauren Clark since 2011. She has participated in over 100 shows and garnered upwards of 25 awards for her sculptural work, from New York to Japan and everywhere in between.
Born in Bemidji, Minnesota, Sharon Wandel earned an MA from Columbia University, a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College. She studied art at the Art Students League and at SUNY Purchase. She lives and works in New York.
Elected to the National Academy of Design, she has always enjoyed creative adventure that inspires her work; for example, a unique opportunity to show in Japan, study the language, study the culture, and interpret the experience in her art and expression.
My sculpture is created in wax, cast in bronze, and highly finished with a wide variety of patinas. The work employs abstract figuration based on life forms and archetypal images and often incorporates bits of still life and landscape. The current series deal with the multiplicity of metaphors related to the Bird throughout history. Many pieces may be placed in or outdoors. Many pieces are unique.
National Sculpture Society- Awards: Meisner 1994, Hexter 1993, Spring 1991, Meiselman 1990
National Academy of Design-Awards: Merit 1994, Cleo
Hartwig 1990, Ellin P. Speyer 2007; Elected NA 1994
Audubon Artists-Chaim Gross Foundation Award 1993
Allied Artists, NYC – Awards: Gapen Oehler 1995, Philip Isenberg 1998
North American Sculpture Exhibition, CO – 2nd Place 1991
Pen and Brush, NYC – Meisner Award 1990, Solo Show Award 1993
Silvermine Guild of Artists, CT – Solo Show Award 1993, Featured Artist 1997
Three Rivers Arts Festival (Carnegie Institute) – Purchase Award 1990
Hakone Open Air Museum -“3rd and 4th Rodin Grand Prize
Exhibitions Excellent Maquettes,” Japan 1992, 1990
Matrix Gallery-“Women Artists ’90”, Sacramento, CA First Prize Sculpture
Rahr/West Museum/Appleton Gallery/Charles Allis Art
Museum-Wisconsin Traveling Exhibit, WWIA- Cash Prize 1991
National Arts Club, NYC – Howard C. Adams Award 1989
Ariel Gallery International Competition, NYC -Group Show Award 1989
Salmagundi Club, NYC -Awards: McReynolds 1989, Barret Coleco 1988
Sundance Gallery National Competition, Bridgehampton, NY – First Place
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT -Full Fellowship 2000
Westinghouse Corporate Collection, Pittsburgh, PA 1990
Art Students League Permanent Collection, NYC 1989
National Academy of Design, NYC 1994
Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT 1998
Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Toyamura, Japan 1999
Pfizer Corporate Collection, Armonk NY 2000
ONE PERSON SCULPTURE EXHIBITS
Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT ’93, ’97, ‘2001
Pen and Brush, NYC 1994
Chappaqua Library, NY 1994
Clark Whitney Gallery, Lenox, MA 1994
James Cox Gallery at Woodstock, NY 1994, 1996
Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, MA ’98, NYC ’99, ’02
Riverpark Atrium, Norwalk, CT 1999
Gallery Marya, Osaka, Japan 1999
Laura Barton Gallery, Westport, CT 2000
The Firehouse Gallery, Damariscotta, ME 2000
Gallery Irohane, Sakai City, Osaka Japan 2001
Two 8′ bronze figures-male & female-for Ihilani Resort, Kapolei, Hawaii 1993
Anniversary piece-two 5″ figures-male & female-Silvermine Galleries 1993; other 1999
LEASE ANZ Bank Executive Offices, Americas Tower, NYC ’95-’96
Price Waterhouse, Chairman, Americas Tower, NYC 1996
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
National Academy of Design, 1995-2007 (1998 Featured),
2004, 2005 (2006 Featured), 2007, 2008
National Sculpture Society, NYC 1996, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1989
Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza, Italy (NSS) 1994
Knickerbocker Artists, NYC 1992,1990,1989
Art of the Northeast, New Canaan, CT 1992, 1989
Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall, NY 1990
James Cox Gallery at Woodstock, NY 1992-97
NY Society of Women Artists: Cork Galler at Lincoln Center
1991; Broome Street Gallery, NYC 1995,92,91; Warner
Communications, NYC 1989; Lever House, NYC 1998, 94, 93;
Kohn Pederson Fox Architectural Firm, NYC 1996; Carriage
Barn New Canaan, CT 1998; Noho Gallery 2000
Cavalier Gallery, Nantucket, MA 2000-01
Williamsville Sculpture Garden Invitational, Berkshires, MA 1995,2002
Cavalier Collection, Stamford, CT 1995
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 1996
Chapel Street Art Gallery, New Haven, CT 1996-97
UConn Invitational, Farmington, CT 1996
Sculptors Guild at Lever House & in Soho, NYC 1998,1997
Stockholm, Sweden 2008
Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, NY 1997
Sculpture Now, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, MA 2001
Sundance Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 1997, 1998
CW Nelson Landscape & Design, Sandisfield, MA 1998
Dora House (RBS), London, England 1997-1998
Sakai City Museum, Osaka, Japan 1998, 2001-02
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, CT 1998
Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY 1998
Silvermine Galleries, CT 1997-99 (Selections from the
National Academy of Design) 2001, 2006
Cortland Jessup Gallery, NYC 1998; Provincetown ,MA 1999-2002
Harper Collins, NYC 1998
Gallery Brocken, Tokyo, Japan 1999
The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD 2000
The Butler Institute of Contemporary Art,
Youngstown, Ohio 2002
HBO, NYC 1999
Kimberly Greer Gallery, Northport, NY 1999-2001
Eastland Gallery, Portland, ME 2001
Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME 1999
The Firehouse Gallery, Damariscotta, ME 1999-02
Laura Barton Gallery, Westport, CT 1999-03
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ (SG) 1999
Toyamura International Biennale, Hokkaido, Japan 1999
Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA 1999-2003
Westchester Council/Katonah Museum, White Plains, NY 2004
Chesterwood Museum, Lenox, MA 2002 (SG),2001
Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, MA 2002-03
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME 2001-08
The Munson Gallery, Chatham, MA 2002-08
Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA 2002
Craven Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA 2002-08
Elan Fine Arts, Rockland, ME 2003-05; Rockport, ME 2006-07
Clarke Galleries, Stowe, VT 2003-07; Palm Beach, FL ’04 (In Inventory)
Norman Rockwell Museum (Sculpture Now), Stockbridge, MA 2004
Gallery Yellow, Cross River, NY 2006-07
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT 2006
Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT 2007
Karin Sanders Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY 2007
Sculpture Barn, New Fairfield, CT 2007-08
Landing Gallery, Woodbury, NY and Rockland, ME 2008
The Wit Gallery, Lenox, MA 2008
Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, NY 2008
Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT
NY Society of Women Artists, Past President
Sculptors Guild, Past Executive Board, Dr. Admissions
Allied Artists of America, Juror of Selection & Awards
Lamia Ink, NYC, past Advisory Board
National Academy of Design, NA -Curatorial Committees
Special Interest: Foreign Exchange
DESIGNER JEWELRY at:
National Academy Museum Shop,NYC 2002-2008
Elizabeth Day Lawrence, Greenwich, CT 2002-06
Jane Cottingham Jewelry & Antiques, Newtown, CT 2003-04
The Giving Tree Gallery, East Sandwich, MA 2003-04
Takashimaya, NYC 2003
Shaw Jewelry, Northeast Harbor, ME 2004
Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA 2004
Elan Fine Arts, Rockland, ME 2005
Gallery Yellow, Cross River, NY 2006-07
Her work is included in the collections of the Westinghouse Corporation, the Pfizer Corporation, the Art Students League, the National Academy of Design, the Housatonic Museum, and the Toyamura Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Her work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally — Japan, Italy, England, and Sweden. She is the recipient of many awards including the Hartwig and the Speyer Awards from the National Academy; the Meisner, Hexter, Spring and Meiselman Awards from the National Sculpture Society; a Chaim Gross Foundation Award from Audabon Artists; Allied Artist Awards; North American Sculpture Exhibition Prize; and full Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.