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Grubbs Gallery 2015-16 Season

The Exhibitions This Year Feature Bold Style and Mixed Media

Waltz of the Chicken, Linda Batchelor
Waltz of the Chicken, Linda Batchelor

This year’s exhibitions in the Grubbs Gallery will focus on mixed media and bold style.

That’s particularly true with a series of artists who specialize in multi-dimensional work. The first exhibit features a husband and wife team (Agnes de Bethune and Thomas O’Flynn) who together combine painting and found-object sculptures. December’s artist, Linda Batchelor, features the unification of painting and collage, while Jessica Tam, whose exhibit is in January, uses such materials as acrylic, oil, etching ink, and spray paint on paper. I am hoping that these artists will inspire our students to push beyond using one medium in isolation and will make them want to experiment with combinations of materials in both their two-, and three-, dimensional work.

Several artists in this year’s lineup share a bold style. Artist Eric Wolf (February 2) uses  india ink on paper primarily to depict abstracted and stylized Maine landscapes. Painter Dave Gloman (October 1) will return to the gallery after a recent spell on the road. He spoke in the gallery a few years ago as he was about to set off for a painting trip in the southwest in a modified studio-on-wheels truck (which he showed to our students). This year’s exhibit will feature paintings from that trip of southwestern landscapes and will be an excellent follow-up for some of our students who remember his first exhibit and gallery talk.

"Art in America" Agnes de Bethune Oil on canvas, 2014 64" x 46"
“Art in America”
Agnes de Bethune
Oil on canvas, 2014
64″ x 46″

Both Mr. Wolf and Mr. Gloman share a striking, graphic, and non-traditional approach to landscape painting—with very differing results. I anticipate that this will influence our students, who respond well to large, straightforward, and high-contrast work (as we all do).

In April, the gallery will feature the work of our Visual Arts faculty. We generally hold a faculty exhibit every few years because of the incredible energy and excitement it causes in our Arts Department (for both students and faculty) and throughout our community in general.

After the faculty show, we will have our first ever student-curated exhibit. This will give a student, or several, a chance to conceive of, and produce, a student show based on a theme they choose. In this way, students can experience the flip side of gallery management. This is the beginning of increased student involvement in the running of the gallery, which we hope to grow into an exciting and comprehensive program in the future.

Grubbs Gallery Shows 2015-16

"The Red Queen" Thomas O'Flynn Assemblage, 2015 40.5" x 26.5"
“The Red Queen”
Thomas O’Flynn
Assemblage, 2015
40.5″ x 26.5″

September 9-29: Thomas O’Flynn and Agnes de Bethune
Reception: Saturday, September 26 —cancelled

October 1-29: Dave Gloman
Reception: Saturday, October 10 from 1:00-3:30 p.m.

November 2-January 5: Linda Batchelor
Reception:  Saturday, November 7 from 1:00-3:30 p.m.

January 6-28: Jessica Tam
Reception: Saturday, January 9 from 1:00-3:30 p.m.

February 1-March 18: Eric Wolf
Reception: Saturday, Feburary 20 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

March 21-April 29: Faculty Show
Reception: Saturday, April 23 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

May 2-12: Williston’s Student-Curated Show

May 16-June 1: Williston Scholars Exhibit

Early Morning Painting En Plein Air

Sitai Chen painting en plein air at 6:00 AM.
Sitai Chen painting en plein air at 6:00 AM.

Painting teacher Susanna White and a few students were up and out at 6:oo this morning. They could be found setting up their easels and attempting to capture the  early morning light on the pond as Ms. White shared techniques for painting landscapes directly from observation. “Trimesters are sometimes too short to include instruction in painting en plein air, so I offer to do this with any interested painting students as an optional activity” Ms. White says.

Photos by Len Seeve on exhibit through Jan. 28th

_MG_2094Photography by Len Seeve will be on exhibit in the Grubbs Gallery until Jan. 28th. Seeve photographs a wide array of subject matter. He says that although these subjects “are widely varied – buildings and bridges often emphasize a certain stark geometric structure; natural scenery can serve as a foundation for experimentation with color and focus. Whatever the subject, my works are images first, reproductions second.” Seeve travels throughout the world to capture the subtle reality of places and people through his photos. An artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, January 19th, from 2-4 pm.


Visual Arts Faculty Give Gallery Talks

photo3Update: Due to the weekend snowstorm, the Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit artists’ reception scheduled for Sunday was postponed until Wednesday, December 18, from 6-7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 11, Williston’s Visual Arts Faculty gave artists’ talks in the Grubbs Gallery in conjunction with their exhibition.

Students, teachers, and guests were on hand to hear Ms. Chambers discuss her installation using corrugated cardboard and to hear about her working process and the role of improvisation in creating the work.

Ms. Verdickt shared the source of her inspirations and the symbolism inherent in the animals (mice and rabbits) in her work.

Ms. White described the relationship between her representational and her abstract work, and how she deals with changing conditions at the locations at which she paints.

photo1Ms. Goldstein described how she develops a vision for costumes based on specific play scripts, and how she crafts her own jewelry from hundreds of tiny beads.

Mr. Hing was able to connect his history at Williston and his career trajectory, and to describe how one informed the other. He also described his years as a commercial photographer in New York, and what led him back to Williston.

Ms. Hume discussed her vases in the context of her “Slow Studio” line, and how being a designer and a maker both are philosophically connected for her. Attendees asked some excellent questions and expressed general appreciation of our talented art teachers!

Painter Marcia Wise to Exhibit at Williston’s Grubbs Gallery

Dance on Water
Dance on Water

Marcia Wise, a graduate of the L’Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux Arts in Paris, France, will open an exhibit of her work at Williston Northampton’s Grubbs Gallery on November 1.

Ms. Wise relies on emotion, intuitive inspiration, her dreams, and insights from meditation when painting and focuses on color placement and relationships.

“I am intent on creating an internal glow that will move the viewer to reflect on the potential within all of us,” she said in her artist statement. “The beauty and mystery of nature are at the core of my work.”

A reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, November 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Grubbs Gallery. Located at 40 Park Street, Easthampton, in the Reed Campus Center, the gallery is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.


First Williston Art Walk

Dali by Pinky King
Dali by Pinky King

The first ever Williston Art Walk will take place on Friday, November 15th from 5:30-6:30 in the first floor of the Reed Campus Center. Featured will be work from the first trimester’s visual arts students. Student art work from drawing, design, painting, film and photography and art history classes will be on display. Stop by to support and celebrate our outstanding student artists the breadth and depth of Williston creativity. Everyone welcome!!

Dave Gloman exhibits in the Grubbs Gallery in October

Summer: Recent Paintings by Dave Gloman will be on exhibit in the Grubbs Gallery from October 2 – 30th, with an opening reception for the artist to be held on Sunday, October 6th from 2-4 pm.

Gloman has converted a large box truck into a mobile studio from which he paints directly outdoors. The dirt paths, fields and small streams around Hatfield provide him with  inspiration as they are constantly changing.

The show will include both large paintings and smaller works. Gloman says he has been “inspired by the heroic six foot paintings by 19th century English landscape painter, John Constable, and the heroic pastoral paintings of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin.” In these new works, Gloman hopes to capture the essence of the locations in which he paints, and the feeling of being present in the moment by painting directly outdoors.

Dave Gloman is a Resident Artist at Amherst College where he teaches drawing and painting. The Grubbs Gallery is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

This Year in the Grubbs Gallery

This year (2013-14) the Grubbs Gallery will be exhibiting work by the following artists:

Deborra Stewart Pettengill, Flume, Aug. 29-Sept. 30. Opening reception 9/15, 2-4 p.m.

Dave Gloman, Summer: Recent Paintings, Oct. 2-30. Opening reception on Oct. 6, 2-4 p.m.

Marcia Wise, paintings, Nov. 1-Dec. 2. Opening reception on Nov. 10, 2-4 p.m.

Williston Visual Arts Faculty Show, Dec. 4-Jan. 6. Opening reception on Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Len Seeve, photography, Jan. 8-Jan. 28. Opening reception on Jan. 19, 2-4 p.m.

Diane Englander, paintings, Jan. 30-Feb. 26. Opening reception on Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m.

Williston Arts Intensive Student Show, Feb. 28-March 4. Opening reception on March 3.

Sisters in Cloth, Double Take: Photo & Fiber, March 6-28. Opening reception on March 23, 2-4 p.m.

Robbie Heidinger, ceramic, April 1-May 10. Opening reception April 13, 2-4 p.m.

Senior Projects Student Show, May 10- May 30. Opening reception TBD


Peter Dellert: Postcards from Japan

New work by artist and sculptor Peter Dellert will be on view in the Grubbs Gallery now through May 15th. Dellert’s work was inspired by his trip to Japan in 2011 and incorporates Japanese papers and design sensibilities. He will also have several large sculptures that contrast nicely with the delicate and sensitive wall pieces. The opening reception will be on Sunday, April 14th, from 2-4 pm.

Mr. Dellert will give a talk in Grubbs Gallery on Tuesday, May 7 from 2:40-3:40 p.m.