Meet the Artist Archive

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Meet the Artist

Shany Porras

Abstract Painter

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at 3 pm

Co-Presented with:

Lenox Library, Lenox

Bushnell Sage Library, Sheffield

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield

Ramsdell Library, Housatonic

Mason Library, Great Barrington


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Meeting ID: 811 2314 7255

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Shany Porras' abstract paintings visually translate what one experiences through music. She started studying classical music when she was young, allowing her to enjoy music into her adulthood.  As a visual artist, she "sees" music as an abstract language, and she translates music to paintings, much in the same way she would translate one language to another.  

 

Shany chooses music that is inspirational to her, selecting topics such as today's popular or politically charged music, orchestral and chamber music, or music from her home country of Venezuela.  Each painting is unique to each musical piece.  Her selection of mediums, including acrylic paint, graphite, wax crayons, ink, spray paint, found objects, etc., hinges on her interpretation of the language of music.  

 

Her art is deeply influenced by Bauhaus and the American abstract painters of the 20th century, borrowing from their techniques and applying them as needed to interpret music.

Shany Porras has a B.A. and a B.F.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas.  At Rice, Shany started as an architecture major, then transferred into the Fine Art program after her sophomore year.  She focused on painting and lithography, establishing a foundation of abstract art.  

 

Shany's paintings have been selected into juried shows such as the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art's annual juried exhibition and Fountain Street Gallery's annual call for art.  Shany currently maintains a studio in Pittsfield, MA, and actively shows across New England and New York City.  Shany is an associate member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA).  Fountain Street Gallery in Boston represents Shany Porras, and her artwork may also be seen at  www.ShanyPorrasArt.com.

Meet the Artist

Keith Emerling

Oil and Watercolor Painter

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 3 pm

Co-Presented with:

Lenox Library, Lenox

Bushnell Sage Library, Sheffield

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield

Ramsdell Library, Housatonic

Mason Library, Great Barrington


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Meeting ID: 825 5510 3471

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Join Artist, author, and culinary creative, Keith Emerling for a Meet the Artist presentation with the Guild of Berkshire Artists. Keith will be sharing his paintings, in both oil and watercolor, two of his three books, a short video of his August 2021 exhibition at Lauren Clark Fine Art, a tour of his website, and  other creative endeavors.

 

“Creating almost anything exhilarates me. My art has taken many forms including: painting, photography, writing, cooking, recipe creating, video, website creation, book design, publishing, and my newly discovered joy of beginning guitar and voice. All these expressions are unique as they revolve in a cycle that has revealed itself continuously throughout my life. When one pauses, the next cues up and plays.”

Meet the Artist

Nicole Irene

Mixed Media Artist

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 3 pm

Co-Presented with:

Lenox Library, Lenox

Bushnell Sage Library, Sheffield

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield

Ramsdell Library, Housatonic

Mason Library, Great Barrington


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Art instructor, aspiring poet, and mixed media artist, Nicole Irene, creates out of her home in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. A gem + mineral enthusiast and consciousness explorer, she believes in magic. Nicole Irene is moved by the beauty of the nocturnal sky, esoteric spirituality, astronomical phenomena, mysticism, and cosmology.

Nicole Irene specializes in abstract geometrics, fluid applications, and reinventing our rich heritage of craft through employing artistic processes and embracing methods that lie outside the art historical canon. She manipulates unlikely combinations of ideal standard and unsophisticated materials that pry apart the hierarchies of artistic value.

 

Rebelling against conservative categorization and aesthetic conventions, Nicole Irene challenges notions of status, excess, and taste with a fresh and playful sense of experimentation.

Meet the Artist

Jill Gustavis

Painter

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 3 pm

Co-Presented with:

Lenox Library, Lenox

Bushnell Sage Library, Sheffield

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield

Ramsdell Library, Housatonic

Mason Library, Great Barrington


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Jill is a lifelong and self taught artist who currently focuses on watercolors. Many of her subjects include botanicals, landscapes, and still lifes depicted in a style that ranges from realistic to expressive. She is a Pittsfield native who now resides in Hancock with her husband and 2 cats and enjoys plein air painting along with hiking and biking.

"I strive to create pieces that are expansive yet intimate, using color and value that push the sense of presence for the viewer.

My goal is less to create a realistic depiction of a specific scene and more of a real connection to the energy of the moment.

In turn, like a visual gratitude practice, paying close observation to these moments, and studying their personalities, cultivates a genuine love of the constant flow of beauty in everyday life."

Meet the Artist

Bruce Panock

Photographer

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at 3 pm

Co-Presented with:

Lenox Library, Lenox

Bushnell Sage Library, Sheffield

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield

Ramsdell Library, Housatonic

Mason Library, Great Barrington


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"I am primarily a landscape photographer. My attention is drawn to the intimate details of the landscape. I separate these subjects from their environment and create scenes that are based on memories, dreams, feelings and emotions. Labels are unimportant to me. I see lines and patterns, shadows and light, and accentuate these lines and patterns, making them the subject of the photograph.

Over the past few years I have incorporated references to encaustic painting and ancient Chinese and Japanese brush painting and woodblock art into my work. My intention is to create with the viewer a moment of pause and reflection; a moment to digest the image and find their own story in the art.

I journal daily. I write whatever is going through my mind at the time. Some of these thoughts find their way into my work. They can be the beginnings of an image, or the resolution to a problem I have as I am developing the work. In much the same way as

my written journal, my art serves as a visual journal. It allows me to give voice to my thoughts and the issues which occupy those thoughts.

Often the message becomes clearer as I’m working on the image. It’s rare that I begin an image with the thought that I want to convey. The process is one of evolution, both of the content and the message that I want to share, as I edit the image."

Meet the Artist

Tony Conner

Watercolorist

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 3 pm

Co-Presented with:

Lenox Library, Lenox

Bushnell Sage Library, Sheffield

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield

Ramsdell Library, Housatonic

Mason Library, Great Barrington

and other area libraries.


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Tony is a Signature Member of both the New England and Vermont Watercolor Societies and an active member of several other watercolor and art societies and an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club.

 

He is profiled in “100 Artists of New England”, Schiffer Publishing, 2011, “Best of Artists’ – American Landscape”, Kennedy Publishing, 2012, and in “Three Who Nurture The Arts”, Southern Vermont Arts & Living Magazine, Summer 2013 and “Learn From What Isn’t Working”, Plein Air Magazine Aug/Sep.

 

Tony is giving a workshop on watercolor this fall with the Guild at Berkshire South Community Center.

Meet the Artist

Natalie Tyler

Sculptor

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 3 pm

Co-Presented with:

Lenox Library, Lenox

Bushnell Sage Library, Sheffield

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield

Ramsdell Library, Housatonic

Mason Library, Great Barrington

and other area libraries.


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Meeting ID: 859 9670 7071

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“Nature has always fascinated and inspired me, as I find harmony within such intricate systems. My artwork explores the fragile and forceful elements of nature. Since we are from the earth, not above it, I have always believed the answers to our questions are right here in front of us. I am currently creating large scale sculptures about the effects of Climate Change on the environment. These sculptures represented fire, air, earth and water.

Fire & Ice is an exhibition of WildFire and Thaw, two outdoor sculptures which can be seen through Oct. 31 at Chesterwood historic home and studio of Daniel Chester French. I have a background in bronze and glass casting. I sculpt the work, make molds, then cast a version in wax. Using the lost wax process, I then transform the work into glass or bronze.

Having a strong background in bronze casting has enabled me to take risks with glass casting, pushing limits to what the glass is able to do. I have been finding surprisingly great results.

Bronze makes something that in nature is decaying and ephemeral, more permanent. Glass allows me to use light and color to breathe life into the sculpture, deepening the significance of the piece. I hope my sculptures raise awareness and inspire change, so we can come together to nourish and protect our environment.”