The Grubbs Gallery 2014-15 Season

2014 Grubbs Gallery Marlene Rye, “The Ascent”, pastel on paper, 2014
Marlene Rye, “The Ascent”, pastel on paper, 2014

A slate of painters and artists who draw inspiration from the land and the air, from architectural forms and memories of childhood, will fill the Grubbs Gallery for the 2014-15 season.

The nine shows this season will include work by Marlene Rye, Lise Lemeland, David Marshall, Karen Iglehart, Rhys Davies, and Amanda Barrow and Co.

“It is going to be a year of very impressive exhibitions because they are all so talented with such distinctive styles,” noted Natania Hume, Grubbs Gallery director and curator, in an email about the upcoming season.

Ms. Hume, who also teaches ceramics, design, and drawing at the school, said she looked for artists who not only had exemplary work, but who could teach Williston students about techniques, materials, and the creative process.

“Although the Grubbs Gallery artists are mostly painters this year, they all get inspiration from very specific subjects and will all give very interesting gallery talks,” Ms. Hume noted.

The following are the upcoming slate of shows at the Grubbs Gallery for the 2014-15 season:

September 1 – 29: Marlene Rye, “Circle Dance.”
Reception on Saturday, Sept. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Marlene Rye is an abstract painter whose innovative collaborations have included a mixed media piece with the Williston Northampton School’s dancers. Ms. Rye’s work has been shown nationally—including juried shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim—and has been featured in 17 solo shows in the past 20 years. She describes her work as “full of wonderment of nature through a child’s eye.” Ms. Rye is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her M.F.A.

October 1-30: Lise Lemeland
Reception Saturday, Oct. 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Lise Lemeland draws upon her visual experience as an aerobatic pilot to convey the beautiful and often dizzying patterns of flight. “Visually, aerobatics provides stunning new perspectives,” she notes. Ms. Lemeland received her BA from Stanford University, her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her MFA from Hunter College. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, DC, and Gallery 22E41 in NYC.

November 1 – Dec. 18: David Marshall
Reception Saturday, November 15th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

David Marshall’s landscapes, portraits, and still lifes aim to capture the fleeting nature of the moment and the subtle changes in light. Mr. Marshall has studied panting at the Massachusetts College of Art, Art Students League, and Brooklyn College, where he earned an M.F.A. He’s had both solo and group shows in galleries in New York City, Philadelphia, and throughout New England. He also helped create The Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, a venue for both local and nationally renowned painters.

January 7 – 30: Karen Iglehart
Reception Saturday, Jan. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Karen Iglehart is inspired by landscapes and all the ways forms, colors, lines, and shapes related to them. Having lived in Southwest, the South, Nova Scotia, and New England, she notes, “these various climates, atmospheres, and landscapes remain as memories and influence my current work.” Ms. Iglehart’s work has been shown in professional galleries in Boston, New Orleans, Taos, Denver, San Francisco and has been included in juried and invitational shows.

Rhys Davies, "Mwyar Duon I"
Rhys Davies, “Mwyar Duon I”

February 3-27: Rhys Davies
Reception Saturday, Feb. 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Freelance book illustrator and designer Rhys Davies uses both drawing and collage, dotted with oversized figures, to create works that range from the literal to the figurative. In his artist’s statement, he notes that he has been inspired by landscapes and the history of his native Wales. “Having lived for years in the countryside, I feel I can draw upon a ‘deep well’ of subject matter and imagery,” he notes. Mr. Davies, who lives in Amherst, has a degree in fine art, with a specialty in painting, and studied at both the Cardiff College of Art, and Wimbledon School of Art in London, from which he has a BA with honors. He has exhibited at schools such as Wimbledon SFA, Ruskin College, and Middlesex University Gallery, as well as several galleries in Denmark. He has also shown at locally at Wunderarts, Pineapple Dance Studio, and Hope and Feathers, all in Amherst.

March 3-6: Williston Arts Intensive show / Williston Arts Walk.
Reception Thursday, March 5 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Work by Arts Intensive students will be featured in displays in the Grubbs Gallery, in installations created and curated by students. This and all other Arts Walks are open to the wider community.

March 25 – May 7: Amanda Barrow and Co.
Reception Sunday, April 19 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Inspired by recent travels abroad, and by forms in both architecture and the human body, Amanda Barrow has looked for ways to portray in her art what she describes as the “indigenous spiritual ambiance of the East.” “Synthesizing these Eastern concepts with the Western visual language of my upbringing is my intention,” she notes. Ms. Borrow was raised in the Midwest and received a Fulbright research grant in 1992 to study in India. Her work is included in such collections as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Boston and New York Public Libraries, and the Museum of the Book in the Netherlands, among others. She lives and works in Massachusetts, New York, and Maine.

May 11-22: Senior Projects Showcase

May 26-28: Arts Intensive / Williston Arts Walk

Arts Walks are an opportunity for student artists to learn about exhibiting and promotion as they display their work from the most recent trimester. Arts Walks may also include musicians, dancers, and other performers and are always open to the wider community.

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