America Martin, Suzanne Siegel, Jennifer Knaus, J. Fred Woell opens Friday, July 7, 2017

Carver Hill  is pleased to show brand new work from many of our gallery artists for the First Friday Artwalk, July 6, 2017. Gallery hours for the walk are 5 – 8 pm. Show runs through July 31st 2017.

America Martin "Jumping in the Sea III" Ink on Paper 10x10 inches 2017

America Martin “Jumping in the Sea III” Ink on Paper 10×10 inches 2017

Colombian American artist America Martin will show her new oil and acrylic paintings of fisherman, and her drawings on paper will feature swimmers. America is a young, Los Angeles based artist who is widely collected internationally. Her distinctive style mixes abstract and indigenous motifs of African, South American, and European cultures. Her depictions are created with bold lines, beautiful combinations of colors, and strong compositions. Her works on canvas are typically large, with a few simple lines defining the subject. Though minimal in detail, her ability to create gesture and emotion is stunning. America’s work is often compared to the mid-century masters and she credits her Columbian roots for her aesthetic. Two art books of her work have been published, and she has been featured in nearly 100 articles, radio and talk shows.

America Martin Seagull and Lobster 2017 Oil and Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36

America Martin Seagull and Lobster 2017 Oil and Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36

Jennifer Knaus has just finished new, intriguing paintings in oil and egg tempera of flora atop Renaissance style portraits. “My imagery comes from a desire to combine two unrelated genres from art history: Portraiture and still life. I am most inspired by Northern Renaissance portraits and Dutch 17th century still-life. The beautiful chaos of my back yard at the height of summer and the local farmer’s market are my immediate resources for the flora, and my friends and family serve as models for the portraits.” Jennifer’s work was slected for the cover of Art New England in 2016.

Jennifer Knaus "Daisy Head" 10 x 8 egg tempera on panel

Jennifer Knaus “Daisy Head” 10 x 8 egg tempera on panel

Suzanne Siegel has created colorful collages of interiors, landscapes and abstracted seascapes for this current exhibition. Suzanne’s compositions are minimalistic and strong, but not necessarily straight forward. There is frequently an element of surprise, as she ventures off of the paper and onto the mat, or cuts a shape to lead your eye around the work more. She takes long walks and makes drawings and notes as she goes searching for visual ideas that communicate arrangements of the elements in around her. With a strong interest in rugged working harbors and the ever changing  tidal coast, Suzanne creates her small works to communicate a sense of the environment by using as little artistic information as possible. Suzanne is an art mentor and teaches workshops all over the Northeast. She has a BFA and an MFA in painting and visual arts.

Suzanne Siegel "Abstract VIII" Mixed Media Collage on Paper 2017

Suzanne Siegel “Abstract VIII” Mixed Media Collage on Paper 2017

Carver Hill will also feature some very important works from J. Fred Woell, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 81. Fred was a pioneer in assemblage art who inspired generations of students through positions at Boston University, Swain School of Design, Haystack and SUNY/New Paltz – many of whom acknowledge Fred as their most influential mentor. The work in this show speaks of Fred’s sometimes humorous response to a world obsessed with consumption and the problems it leaves us with, the politics of politics, power and domination, and the absurdity of some of our idols. “My work is about striving and survival. The pieces and parts I fuse into the assemblages add up to stories about what we live by and what we disregard in our wake towards achieving pleasure and fulfilling goals. Working with found objects is interesting because they have no intrinsic value, which allows more freedom in how you use them.”

J. Fred Woell 5th Business 8 x 8 assemblage with handmade mahogany frame

J. Fred Woell 5th Business 8 x 8 assemblage with handmade mahogany frame

J Fred Woell held a Master of Fine arts Degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Cranbrook Academy. Several of his works are in the permanent collections of the American Craft Museum and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. He is noted as one of the top 50 American artistic cultural contributors of his generation. Carver Hill will feature Fred’s limited remaining small assemblages and his cast silver jewelry.

J. Fred Woell "Fly Right" 3 x 2 inches cast sterling silver assemblage pin with moonstone cabochon

J. Fred Woell “Fly Right” 3 x 2 inches cast sterling silver assemblage pin with moonstone cabochon

Show runs through July 31st 2017.

 

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NICK GERVIN ARTIST TALK – Saturday, July 1 @ 1 PM!

On Saturday, July 1st, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will host an artist talk with Portland documentary/street photographer Nick Gervin. The talk will start upstairs at 1 PM and will last about an hour with a Q & A following.  Nick will show slides and discuss his current solo show on the second level at Carver Hill which opened on June 2nd.

Nick Gervin - Time Traveler - Archival Epson Ultrachrome Print on 11x17 Hahnemuehle Photo Rag

Nick Gervin – Time Traveler – Archival Epson Ultrachrome Print on 11×17 Hahnemuehle Photo Rag

Nick uses a bright flash on a Fujifilm camera, which creates a high contrast black and white image and often solicits an expression of surprise from the subject. Nick organizes manmade light, inanimate objects, colorful people, and buildings into work that dances between photo journalism and narrative fine art. The work is sensitive, and because of his own personal struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse (he has been clean for eight years), it is also honest. He is not exploiting, judging or taking advantage of the most volatile souls in his images – he views people with compassion, and wants us to pay attention to the overlooked and ignored members of our communities. He is out in the city making images at all hours of the day and night; they range from tender moments between a couple to more challenging scenes of fireman tending to house fires, street fights, and arrests.

Nick Gervin Fore St Shadows_Archival Epson Ultrachrome Print on 11x17_Hahnemuehle_Photo Rag

Nick Gervin Fore St Shadows_Archival Epson Ultrachrome Print on 11x17_Hahnemuehle_Photo Rag

Nick’s images have been featured in many newspapers and magazines including a written review in The Huffington Post. Published in Popular Photography Magazine, Life Force Magazine, Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, Portland Phoenix, The Forecaster, and Dig Portland. His work was also featured on many covers of Dispatch magazine. His solo show runs through Monday, July 3rd. The gallery will offer a promotion on prints to those attending the artist talk. FMI contact 207-594-7745 or see Nick’s page on the gallery website www.carverhillgallery.com

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4 Photographers / 4 Styles – Gervin/Kolkin/Nickelson/Robinson opens June 2, 2017.

On First Friday, June 2, 2017 Carver Hill Gallery will open a photography show featuring 4 Maine artists working in 4 very different genres. First Friday Art Walk hours are 5 – 8 pm. Gallery hours are Mon – Sat 11 – 5, after June 16th we will be open Sundays 11 – 3, as well.

Nick Gervin will be solo featured in the upstairs gallery. Gervin is a full time documentary/street photographer from Portland. He has been working on this current series for over three years. He documents the uninhibited energy of crowds getting out of bars and concerts, police at work, and firemen drenching buildings engulfed in flames.

Nick Gervin "Portland Police Photo Bomb"

Nick Gervin “Portland Police Photo Bomb”

 

Nick uses a bright flash on a Fujifilm camera, which creates a high contrast image and often solicits an expression of surprise from the subject. His ability to organize manmade light, inanimate objects, colorful people, and the urban landscape into work that dances between photo journalism and narrative fine art is impressive. The work is sensitive, and because of his own personal struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse (he has been clean for 8 years now), it is also honest. He is not expoiting, judging or taking advantage of the most volatile souls in his images – he views people with compassion, and wants us to pay attention to the overlooked and ignored members of our communities.

Nick Gervin’s images have been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including a written review in the Huffington Post, as well as Popular Photography magazine, Life Force Magazine, Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, Portland Phoenix, The Forecaster, and Dig Portland. Many issues of Dispatch magazine featured Nick’s work on the covers. He is currently exhibiting in Grit, Grime and Grace at the
Union of Maine Visual Artist Gallery at CTN, through May 24th.

Jon Kolkin is an internationally recognized artist balancing a nearly full time schedule as a professional fine art photographer with a career as a physician (recently retired), educator, global humanitarian, and international speaker.

Jon’s artistic projects tend to incorporate underlying themes related to personal growth that often serve as a springboard for conversation during exhibitions and presentations.  His art is frequently described as minimalist, painterly, meditative. “It is my hope that my art will serve as a vehicle – inviting the viewer to step back, take a deep breath, and reconnect with himself or herself.  Each series is intended to open a dialogue about issues that I feel are integral to the process of living life, eyes open.  It is my hope that people will find my art, and it’s underlying messages, useful as they seek purpose, wellbeing and fulfillment in their lives.”

Jon Kolkin "Supporting Presence"

Jon Kolkin “Supporting Presence”

 

This current series is called Feathers: A Singular Journey. It is my impression that when an individual sees and touches a bird’s feathers the physical and emotional response is unique to that sentient being.  In Feathers… A Singular Journey I have attempted to artistically convey my personal way of connecting with these graceful and delicate objects.  During this 7-year project it has been fascinating and surprising to witness the ever changing colors, hues and patterns created as beams of light play upon their surfaces.  Results are often unpredictable.  What my eye perceives while peering through the lens of a camera is sometimes dramatically altered as the image passes through glass, reflects off mirrors and is recorded by the camera.

I view my experience photographing these feathers as a metaphor for a broader theme – ie. the importance of recognizing and respecting that each of us interprets our surroundings and those we encounter in very personal ways, molded by previous experiences, circumstances, genetic make-up, and other factors.  

Jon Kolkin has served on the faculty of the Internationally known Maine Media Workshops and is a frequent guest lecturer at major universities and other venues worldwide. His work has been featured in many publications including LensWork Magazine, two time portfolio feature; B&W Magazine, portfolio award, 2013; NC Literary Review, online, 2013; Color magazine, Spotlight award, 2012. His work is in many corporate collections including Bank of America, Capital One, Ritz Carleton Hotels, 20th Century Fox, and Universal Studios.

Jim Nickelson photographs are the result of his inquiries into the ways that we as a species grapple with the unknown and our relationship to the Universe, particularly as those inquiries delve into the realms of science and cosmology. This show will feature work from two of Jim’s series : East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Codex Natura.

In my East of the Sun and West of the Moon series, I seek out landscapes that are evocative of another world, that seem to be of a different universe, time, or place than our own. Like the stories that fed my imagination in my own youth, these landscapes are portals to lands that lay east of the sun and west of the moon.

Jim Nickelson "East of the Sun, West of the Moon 9"

Jim Nickelson “East of the Sun, West of the Moon 9”

Regarding the Codex Natura series, Jim explains, “Stars created the raw materials for our solar system in their crucibles of temperature and pressure, and when those stars exploded billions of years ago, they scattered themselves across the galaxy and created the ingredients for life, and indeed everything, on our planet. Everything on Earth is thus connected at an atomic level, all deriving from the same sources within the universe.

It is this interconnection that I explore in my Codex Natura project as I photograph a wide variety of natural objects, seeking photographs that show commonalities and patterns evocative of the shared interstellar origin of everything on Earth.

Thinkers ranging from Aristotle to Galileo embraced the concept of a Book of Nature, or Codex Natura, as a metaphorical expression of the natural world, believing that a systematic and scientific study of all forms of nature, and one that rejected mysticism and religion, would yield explanations for natural processes and phenomenon.”

Jim Nickelson’s work has been exhibited in nearly 60 shows worldwide. He is on the faculty of Maine Photographic Workshops, and teaches public and private classes regularly. Selected awards include:

Wandering Curves, New York Center for Photographic Art, Grand Prize Winner
– Critical Mass Finalist 2014, 2015
– PhotoSpiva 2014
, Spiva Center for the Arts, Merit Award
– B&W Magazine Portfolio Contest 2012, Merit Award
– Color Magazine Single Image Contest 2012, Merit Award
Through the Lens exhibit, 2011, awarded First Place in Color Photography category
– Color Magazine Single Image Contest 2011, two Merit Awards
– Maine Photography Show 2009, awarded Best in Show

Liv Kristin Robinson was trained as an artist and art historian in New York City. She has been photographing the Maine landscape for more than thirty years. She is well known for her hand-colored, silver gelatin photographs of the late 1980’s and 90’s, documenting the evolving commercial and industrial waterfront of her adoptive home town of Belfast. In this show – featuring more recent digital work – Robinson continues to focus on the changing waterfront districts of Rockland and Belfast.

Liv Kristin Robinson "Bathtub: Rockland, Maine"

Liv Kristin Robinson “Bathtub: Rockland, Maine”

 

For nearly thirty years, I have been drawn to the unexpected beauty of marginal landscapes. Inspired by a change meeting with Berenice Abbott in 1988, I initially found my best images along the decaying, commercial waterfront of my adoptive home town of Belfast.

In 2004, while still documenting what little was left of Belfast’s industrial waterfront,  I made my first digital photographs and soon began looking further-a-field—mostly along the coast—to what still remains of Maine’s manufacturing past.

Although these works are digitally created from start to finish —they still owe much to the essentially 19th century technique of hand-painting photographs that characterizes much of my earlier work. Today, with the virtually unlimited digital tools available, it has become just as possible for me to digitally color my subjects as I once did when applying oil pigments directly to the toned, black & white, silver prints.

Robinson’s work has been featured in dozens of gallery shows and museum shows including the University of Maine, Lord Hall Gallery, Orono, ME: University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, ME,  Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME;  Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME.

Show runs through June 30th. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

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Season Opening First Friday, May 5, 2017! Work from our collective.

CARVER HILL GALLERY will open for the season on First Friday, May 5, with new work from our gallery collective and an introduction to two new painters. Eleanor Miller will present her oil paintings of plants and wildlife, partially featured in their natural environment and juxtaposed with an abstracted, almost surreal background.  Eleanor has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a career artist, and has exhibited extensively for over 30 years. Her work has been included in ten museum shows, and a documentary film.

 

Introducing: ELEANOR MILLER

Eleanor Miller "Lost Paradise" 40 x 40 oil on canvas

Eleanor Miller “Lost Paradise” 40 x 40 oil on canvas

 

Introducing: CHRISTINE LaFUENTE

Christine LaFuente will show her loosely rendered still life and seascape works in oil on linen. Her incredibly controlled and skilled use of wide brushes and a palette knife creates a beautiful surface perfectly suited for her uncomplicated and well balanced compositions with beautiful light. Christine was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and has her MFA from e Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. She has had 33 solo exhibitions and her paintings have been featured in over 20 publications. She is a widely exhibited career artist whose work is included in many important collections worldwide.

Christine LaFuente "Iris, Jars and Strawberries" 12 x 12 Oil on linen

Christine LaFuente “Iris, Jars and Strawberries” 12 x 12 Oil on linen

 

NEW WORK BY TOM MacC

Tom MacC is back with  his intuitive, abstract watercolors. Tom has been making art for over 50 years, mainly in his beautiful sun filled studio on a rural 400+ acre Maine farm that he shares with his wife, Jane. Tom studied with artist John Roy at Florida State, and later toured Europe’s museums and libraries educating himself in art history and contemporary art. He further studied etching and printmaking at The University of Stockholm before returning to the states in the 60’s. For years Tom photographed the edgy music and art scenes in some of the countries most creative cities before settling into painting nearly twenty years ago. His innate sense of color has helped him to realize some extraordinary works in acrylic and watercolor and we will show a small sampling of a much larger body of available work.

Tom MacConnell -Untitled #103 Blue - 24 x 18 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb cotton paper

Tom MacConnell -Untitled #103 Blue – 24 x 18 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb cotton paper

 

NEW WORK BY KATHRYN OLIVER

Kathryn’s professional arts background in painting, theater and dance is evident in her deeply sensitive images. These recent paintings in oil represent myth and metaphor, an area of study and contemplation that Kathryn passionately returns to over and over in her creative journey.

Kathryn Oliver Nightime_Orchard 30 x 22 oil on canvas

Kathryn Oliver “Nightime Orchard” 30 x 22 oil on canvas

 

NEW WORK BY JOHN WINSHIP

After a nearly sold out show last summer, John Winship has brought new “deconstructed nostalgia” paintings to us for Spring 2017. John’s works are acrylic on canvas and have been featured in multiple publications and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  

John Winship "Beach" 21 x 32 Acrylic on canvas

John Winship “Beach” 21 x 32 Acrylic on canvas

 

NEW WORK BY MEGAN HINTON

Megan Hinton has brand new, small abstracted interpretations of the landscape in watercolor that serve as studies for her larger oils, which the gallery also has in inventory.

“I am looking at life,” says Hinton, “Then I take the drawings, photographs, source memories of the external world, and transform them into something abstract — something that shows the process of painting, the marks, drips and layering of one thing over the other. So it’s reality but transformed.

Megan Hinton "Wharf Shack" 7 x 10 watercolor gouache

Megan Hinton “Wharf Shack” 7 x 10 watercolor gouache

NEW WORK BY RON ROVNER

New works in acrylic, metal leaf, and rusted metal on panel from Ron Rovner highlight his love for classical music, the natural order , and the palette of his beloved Southwest retreat.

Ron Rovner Untitled 24 x 24 Acrylic, metal paint and rust on panel

Ron Rovner Untitled 24 x 24 Acrylic, metal paint and rust on panel

 

 

 

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Collage Workshop with Abbie Read, Feb. 7.

Looking for something creative to do?
How about a COLLAGE WORKSHOP with Abbie Read.

Abbie Read PortlandPublicLibrary 4.5 x 5

Abbie Read “Portland Public Library” 4.75″ x 5″

When: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 1pm-5 pm.
Where: Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street, Rockland Maine.
Who: For anyone interested in learning about abstract collage taught by a collage artist
How much: $50.
Join artist Abbie Read for an afternoon of collage. We’ll get started with some elementary color theory which we’ll build on to ultimately create three small abstract collages.

All materials provided. Limited to 8 participants.

Testimonial from same workshop taught on November 22, 2014: “I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop today. I think you do a good job structuring the time in a way that helps a neophyte “get into” collage. It is such a wide open medium that some structure is really helpful and your introductory remarks were right on. Thanks for a fun and relaxing and educational time. You do this really well.” D.B., Camden.

A bit about Abbie:
Her art education began early, not only under the tutelage of her mother Sally, who was a visual artist, but also under Virginia Powell who taught at Abbot Academy and which Abbie attended. At Oberlin College in the 1970’s Abbie majored in both studio art and art history, studying with Paul Arnold, Eleanor Johnson, Athena Tacha, John Pearson and more, then went on to teach painting, printmaking and drawing at Concord Academy in Concord, MA where she stayed until she and her husband moved to Ann Arbor, MI in 1989. In 1991 Abbie received her MFA from the School of Art at the University of Michigan where she was a student in the short lived Mixed Media Program under Carol Ann Carter. Following graduate school she attended Michigan State University where she studied landscape design.

Abbie Read Pere_Lachaise 4 x 4.5 collage

Recent Museum Exhibitions and Shows

2014  “Cut and Paste,” Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME (October)
“Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage”, University of New England, Westbrook, ME (July-Sept)
“Collage X 10,” Portland Public Library, Portland, ME, curated by Bruce Brown and Suzette McAvoy
“Bound Together: Book Arts Invitational”, Portland Public Library, Portland, ME
“Paper,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
2013  Portland Museum of Art Biennial: Piece Work, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Third Annual Virtual Juried Exhibit, featured artist, Maine Art Scene, Belfast, ME
“Pollination: Evolving Miracles,” Atrium Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME
“Still Life and Beyond,” River Arts, Damariscotta, ME
“Heart,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME

To register, please email us at carverhillgallerymaine@yahoo.com

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“US and THEM” and “Essentia” OPEN FIRST FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, is pleased to present a wildly interesting new group show, US AND THEM, where the artists explore others and their relationship to others. The show opens First Friday, October 3, from 5 – 8 pm. Many of the artists will be present. Some of the pieces included in this exhibition will feature more literal interpretations. In others, the artist might take more artistic liberty and use the subject to launch a creative idea, or narrate a story. Artist Jennifer Knaus explains, “Although the results of my paintings may seem surreal, I am more inspired by the Surrealists techniques of tapping into the subconscious rather than by actual Surrealist painting. I have a desire to personalize idealized notions of beauty and importance; to embellish icons with humor and a little absurdity, but also within those details to suggest a narrative that is mysterious and atmospheric.”

Jennifer Knaus "Bouquet Head" Oil on Panel 8" x 10"

Jennifer Knaus “Bouquet Head” Oil on Panel 8″ x 10″

 

These paintings combine pain, frustration, fantasy, worship, and humor to create a moving rendition of the individual artist’s response to the presence and acts of others.  Some of the stories are more obvious than others, leaving us to add yet another interpretation to the mix.

Shari Weschler Rubeck shares, “My muses are life’s experiences, human psyche, curiosities of animal nature, elements of theatre, dance, backstage goings-on and fantasy mixed with a bit of humor for good measure.  My imagery is generally figurative in nature with occasional outbursts of abstract or street art explorations.” Her paintings explore and include the strength of women during the age of Tudor and how they related to modern day women and motherhood, The Ego, the future of people and connectivity in a technological world, and her recent diagnosis with MS.

Shari Weschler Rubeck "Demure Cow" Acrylic on Linen 30" x 40"

Shari Weschler Rubeck “Demure Cow” Acrylic on Linen 30″ x 40″

Ted Keller will show a dead artist series in watercolor, David Estey will show wonderful abstracted portraits in acrylic on yupo.

Ted Keller "Modigliani" Watercolor on Paper

Ted Keller “Modigliani” Watercolor on Paper

Andy Finkle will present a portrait of President Eisenhower in a rumored 1957 meeting with aliens. Finkle will also show a “surprise” interactive work. Finkle says, “I enjoy painting portraits of men, beasts, and beings and have a growing subspecialty in second-tier celebrity works. My work now can be seen in the world’s only cryptozoology museum in Portland, and it must be noted that my paintings have been displayed in the only bowling alley in Antarctica. My paintings were briefly featured on a television show that was (unjustly) cancelled.”

Featured artists include Shari Weschler Rubeck, David Estey, Ted Keller, Ken Foster, Jennifer Knaus, Katie Wilson, Steven Morrison, America Martin, Kate Fitzgerald, Andy Finkle and Gigi Gatti.

The upstairs gallery at Carver Hill presents “Essentia” (essentĭa , ae, f. sum, \I.the being or essence of a thing; transl. of the Gr. οὐσία) a complementary showing of figures and new, long awaited landscapes by Maine native Christina DeHoff, who now resides in Hawaii. A clear and recognizable theme runs through both her figurative visionary paintings and her landscape paintings.

Christina DeHoff   "Illuminata" Oil and metal leaf on panel 30" x 30"

Christina DeHoff “Illuminata” Oil and metal leaf on panel 30″ x 30″

 

Christina believes that one can feel the presence of grace and love in her depiction of heart expanding oceans, sensual rolling hills and dream filled skies. Though her landscapes are void of figures, the same sensitivity is there – the spirit of the landscape is as palpable as the spirit of the people she paints. Christina graduated from the University of Maine in 1995 with a BS in Art Education, and later owned and operated the Gallery at 357 Main in Rockland, Maine. For 10 years she showed the work of more than 50 artists, including her own, which typically proved to sell out in her solo shows.

Christina DeHoff Moon Lace II

Christina DeHoff  “Moon Lace” Oil on panel 16″ x 16″

The gallery will also feature the work of glass artist David Jacobson. David employs contemporary colors with classical forms to create unique expressions in this fluid medium. David was born and raised in New York, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he first studied glassblowing. He has since studied with many notable glass artists from around the globe. David’s work ranges from functional pieces, like bowls and platters (gorgeous enough in form to be sculpture with the bonus of a purpose) to work he calls “Conversation Pieces” – glass word balloons with simple greetings or humorous observations on them.

Show runs through November 4.

 

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DANIEL ANSELMI: Monhegan Series and Other Works – A Solo Show – Opens Friday, September 5, 2014

Carver Hill Gallery is pleased to welcome Daniel Anselmi to our gallery with a solo show on First Friday, September 5, 2014. The show will feature Anselmi’s pieces from a residency on Monhegan Island, as well as a collection of larger paintings, collages and sculptures.

Daniel Anselmi at Carver Hill Gallery - photo by Jaap Helder

Daniel Anselmi at Carver Hill Gallery – photo by Jaap Helder

The Monhegan Residency Program is a five week retreat for just two artists per summer, carefully selected from many applicants eager to have creative time on this beautiful island. Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and the Wyeth family, to name a few, have been inspired by the quiet magic of this island. Daniel’s pieces from this residency are wonderful interpretations of his days spent there, and we are delighted to share them in this show. The palette he chose was inspired by the hues of grey-green fog that rolls in so frequently, the okra colored lichen, rusty metal and shipwrecks, and the blue sky and water.

Daniel Anselmi Untitled 40x30 Oil on Paper on Canvas Collage

Daniel Anselmi Untitled 40×30 Oil on Paper on Canvas Collage

There is a strong architectural aspect of Daniel’s work that make these pieces very intriguing. His palette is typically earthy, very reminiscent of modernist colors and tones, with wonderful texture and depth. He uses found objects in his 2D and 3D work, but they are so skillfully incorporated into the piece that one might not even notice. The discarded paper, which can be old blueprints, ledgers, navigation charts, etc., is painted over with oil, and then arranged as one would apply different colors with a brush. “Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in my abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.” The re-appropriated objects in his sculpture seem perfectly planned – like happy accidents, they serendipitously support each other to keep from falling over.

Daniel Anselmi Sculpture 23

Daniel Anselmi Sculpture 23

Daniel succeeds with this highly sophisticated and cohesive show. His years of attention and focus on his craft reward us with pleasant surprises that come only from many hours of trial and error. Show runs through October 1.

Daniel Anselmi Collage14 Untitled 10x8 2013

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Rose Umerlik – Before, During, and After – Opens First Friday AUGUST 1, 2014

Carver Hill Gallery opens ROSE UMERLIK: Before, During, and After – a street level solo exhibition on First Friday, August 1st,  5 – 8 PM. The artist will be present.

Rose Umerlik Transition 50" x 96" Triptych Oil on Panel

Rose Umerlik Transition 50″ x 96″ Triptych Oil on Panel

This body of work is a collection of “emotional snapshots” that speak to Rose Umerlik’s negotiation of personal identity as it has challenged her in recent years. She found that once she began to explore the disjointed nature of her external and internal identities, the fragility of the Self became more apparent. Before, During and After this transition, she struggled to find a balance between her external identity – daughter, sister, wife, friend, professional – and her internal identity, which is steeped in my artwork, solitude, and the internal Self. These pieces recount the stages of change as they unfolded; ultimately into a more harmonious relationship between the world and her Self.

“My art practice is inextricably tied to my personal history. Stories of family, relationships, and self-awareness generate forces of emotion fear, hope, loss, pain, and love that drive me through the creation of each painting.

From the beginning of each piece, I lay down shapes, lines and bodies of color. As I manipulate these elements, I intuitively recognize how the correlation of these elements mirrors my interpersonal relationships. At different times these lines and forms vary in the way they relate to one another. Sometimes they hold each other, or gesture lovingly; other times they oppose each other or interact aggressively; sometimes their relationship is uncomfortable or uncertain; other times they strive for isolation.”

Rose Umerlik "Force" Quadriptych 42" x 104" Oil on Panel

Rose Umerlik “Force” Quadriptych 42″ x 104″ Oil on Panel

“As I move through moments of personal recognition, these moments influence the formulation of the composition. I engage in an extended series of decisions and revisions; tensions undulate on the painted surface, layers of lines, pigments, and shapes are laid down, cleared, and then selectively restored. When a painting is realized conclusively, the surface is necessarily multifarious, the reworked layers reflect my ongoing struggle to accept my history, my present, and to be hopeful of the future.

This complexity of formal elements and process is present throughout my work. My aim is not only to mirror the intricacies of my personal story, but also to connect with the viewer, to echo the personal, emotional struggles that resonate with each of us, and that are present in the collective human mind and heart.” Rose Umerlik

Show ends on Tuesday, September 2. Gallery will continue to represent artist on the second floor, and carry work in inventory.

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Robin Reynolds “Gardens and Tidepools” and Dianne Schelble – New Work- Opens Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Carver Hill Gallery will host an opening reception for Robin Reynolds and Dianne Schelble from 5 – 8 PM. The artists will be present. We will also be open for the First Friday Art Walk, on July 4, from 5 – 8, though the artists will not be in attendance. Robin will show her new body of work “Gardens and Tidepools.” Dianne Schelble will show her new body of work of moody interiors, windows, and outdoor spaces.

Robin Reynolds "Jill's Garden II" Oil on Panel 30" x 30"

Robin Reynolds “Jill’s Garden II” Oil on Panel 30″ x 30″

The gallery first discovered Robin’s work in New York – in Chelsea. We came to realize that the paintings we fell in love with were actually painted in Maine, and that Robin was a friend and student of the acclaimed Stonington (summer) painter, Jon Imber.

Robin Reynolds "Rock & Tidepool" Oil on Panel 24" x 24"

Robin Reynolds “Rock & Tidepool” Oil on Panel 24″ x 24″

Robin Reynolds “Gardens and Tidepools” are created with potent palettes that seem life affirming. There is an energy in the water and the garden that isn’t always apparent in realism. Robin captures that in her exaggerated rendition of the color and shape of these subjects.  “My concern has not been about creating a beautiful painting in looking at my garden or the tide pools, but rather reacting to the color, line, texture and space between the flowers and bushes, shells and sand, and ground and sky. As Joan Mitchell once stated about her La Grand Vallee Series, ‘What excites me when I’m painting is what one color does to another in terms of space and interaction.’ It is the small details of ripening orange euonymus berries against red geraniums, pink dahlias floating amongst a sea of white alyssum or icy blue mussels nestled between slippery, golden seaweed. These images provide me the information needed to transform nature and weave a relationship between abstraction and representation.” Robin Reynolds

Robin Reynolds "Echinacea" Oil on Panel 24" x 24"

Robin Reynolds “Echinacea” Oil on Panel 24″ x 24″

DIANE SCHELBLE

Dianne Schelble’s new work interprets her immediate environment – the home – and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, sometimes through windows. She works in watercolor and gouache with broad strokes that resemble oil applied with a palette knife. Dianne has become fearless using dark and light to express the mood, which can be very challenging to balance correctly. On first glance, many of the works are abstract expressions, and frequently it takes a minute for the painting to appear, creating an entirely new experience with the work.

Dianne Schelble Corner Windows with Vase Water medium on Paper 32 x 40Dianne Schelble Corner Windows Watercolor on Paper 32 x 40

Dianne Schelble takes chances with her work, and this trial and error process has paid off. Thirteen paintings were recently purchased for a permanent installation in Washington DC and in 2012 her work was added to US State Departments Art Bank program. She continues her education with yearly workshops and is held in the highest regard by her peers.

Dianne Schelble Conversation 32 x 40 Water Medium on PaperDianne Schelble Conversation Watercolor on Paper 32 x 40

Show runs through Monday, July 28.

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