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Archive from 06/04/2021 to 09/03/2021

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Meet the Artist

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Photographer Yvette Lucas

Friday, June 4, 2021 at 5-6 pm


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Join us in celebrating photographer and printmaker Yvette Lucas in a Meet the Artist event and demonstration with the Guild of Berkshire Artists berkshireartists.org on 10/23/2020

The series of tree photographs began in Western Massachusetts in the Southern Berkshire region, a place of retreat and renewal for my family. It is a collection of images that has grown to include the parks, woods, and gardens of other parts of the country especially New Jersey where I live. During walks, hikes and explorations, I found that particular trees stood out to make their presence known. They interact with the observer in their surroundings not just in their grandness, but with the stories they tell, sparking our imaginations to see and feel their individuality if we give them the time.
 

As trees grow they are affected by the many elements they come in contact with. Just like us, their environment helps or hinders the growth and final form they take. The subsequent scars, diseases, and catastrophes that can befall each of them create a being that is different from any other tree. To the human viewer these blemishes could be considered beautiful and add to the character and “personality” of a tree as they do people. My photographs focus on the trees that tell stories, awe, or communicate with their environment in a visual and emotional way. Acknowledging the symbiotic relationship we have with them is to remember that we are part of the earth and its complicated system.

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Katherine Oakes

Friday, June 11, 2021 at 5-6 pm


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Making art has been part of my life since I was very young. Over the years I have developed primarily as a painter working in both oil and acrylic with a focus on abstract continuous line compositions. In the last year, while I am still creating abstract pieces I have also returned to an impressionistic style when working outdoors. Though I work primarily in oils and colored pencils I am always exploring new materials and have created sewn pieces on my sewing machine and most recently have begun experimenting with resin and am exploring what it’s like to work with transparency. No matter the medium I am most drawn to creating pieces that focus on nature and figures interacting with nature. I draw much of my inspiration by the surrounding beauty of the Berkshire Landscape, flora and fauna.

 

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Debbie Detwiller Smith

Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5-6 pm


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During our COVID-19 isolationism and sheltering I have been fortunate to live in the bucolic Berkshires where I have space to move and breathe easily inside and outside.  Having lived in NYC in the 1960s I attended Parsons School of Design, and moved to the Berkshires in 1972. While raising a family I have worked here in the arts, education and social services for the last 40+ years.  

 

A recent health scare along with isolation brought on by COVID-19 has inspired me to focus on the kind of painting I have always wanted to do…essentially Abstract Expressionism. The oil paints inherited from my Dad and saved from college days have been rejuvenated and brushed, smooshed and dabbed on my older and earlier attempts at painting. I enjoy working with something that is already on the canvas, so now I rescue those controlled canvases by firing away with splashes of color complements, manipulating shapes and forms to apply some structure, though keeping things fluid to spark or ignite parts in each work. This creates either tension or vibrancy, striving for the viewer to interact and enjoy the action of light and dark, positive and negative. Image recognition doesn’t matter, evoking emotion does, but for no reason. Why? Because it just is……..I try to work with immediate feelings when creating each painting. Too much order or too much thinking gets in the way. I switch gears spontaneously. Suddenly the color or shape reminds me of another painting that was missing something……. Whoosh, there goes that color on the troublesome canvas and it starts the creative juices going again. 

 

Most of my paintings have similar colors not only because I love them, but also because I work on numerous canvases simultaneously rather than puzzling over finishing the one being worked on at the moment. I am resourceful and do not waste any materials, so what is left at the end of a session goes onto another canvas awaiting some excitement in color shape or form.

 

Taking photos along the way of each stage of layers gives a view upside down, sideways. Then play with form and shape initiates balance within the whole painting.

 

With heart and soul I can lose myself in another world that evolves on the canvas.

It is gratifying to have my work lead viewers to recognize something, feel without saying a thing, and/or evoke some kind of memory, thought, or emotion to engage their senses.

 

 

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Lucy Kennedy

Friday, June 25, 2021 at 5-6 pm


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My career in market research involved lots of analytical thinking - and that comes naturally to me.  I wanted to try to develop some other parts of my brain but knew my creative gifts were limited.  I was attracted to photography because while it does require a creative way of looking at things, digital photography also has an analytical component.  I also knew I would travel a lot for the early part of my retirement and wanted to have pretty photos to remind me later of all the fun trips I’ve been lucky enough to take.

 

For all aspiring snapshotters out there I’ll share how I keep trying to ’see better’ and use Lightroom to make choices and enhance what I capture.

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Jill Kantor

Friday, July 2, 2021 at 5-6 pm


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Jill Kantor was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1952. She spent many years working in the graphic design and advertising industries in South Africa before moving to Miami, with her family, in 1987.

 

Jill continued working in the design field until 1994 when she changed course and opened The Indaba Gallery, an interior design and African art gallery. Indaba sold fine African artifacts and exhibited artwork by contemporary African artists, ceramicists, jewelry designers, and sculptors as well as executing many interior design projects in Miami and El Salvador.

 

Jill designed and manufactured home textiles as well as a line of pewter cutlery; The Claire Kantor Collection.   

She sold Indaba in 2004 to concentrate on her love of color and design in painting and printmaking.

 

Jill has studied printmaking, ceramics, stained glass, photography, and textile design.

 
 

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Linda Hertz

Friday, July 9, 2021 at 5-6 pm


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Creativity has always been a part of Linda’s life and she successfully incorporated it during her years as a teacher.  Now in her retirement, Linda is enjoying the opportunity to pursue her artistic passion as an abstract and mixed media artist.

 

Linda’s work is shown in solo and group exhibits. She also provides private art instruction in small group settings. Linda and her husband reside in South Florida and the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.

 

"When I first began creating, I was intrigued with collage and how my abstract ideas would unfold with the layers of textures, colors and shapes. As I began exploring acrylics, I discovered how mixed media provides me with endless possibilities. Often hand painted paper, yarn, metals and found objects are added to the “mix.”

 

I prefer to work a substrate in a series. As a rhythm develops, I find the freedom to move along in the variations. Soon, my imagination takes over and an artistic “story” begins to form on the canvas or board."

 

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Friday, July 16, 2021 at 5-6 pm


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Members, please propose a video from our collection to be shown during this Meet the Artist time slot. Please send the name of your proposed video selection to  infoberkshireartist@gmail.com

 

Meet the Artist

Members, Please Propose a Video

Friday, July 23, 2021 at 5-6 pm


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Caroline Kelley

Painter and Mixed Media

Friday, July 30, 2021 at 5-6 pm


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Drawing abstract lines, shapes, and exploring the spaces between them can become all engrossing. Adding color derived from the natural world or the imagination can give a drawing further depth and density. Suddenly you can arrive in a new imaginative place that mysteriously exists only within the drawing. In today’s visual world, moving from the tangible to the digital seems more real and more constant. Since we are understanding this world mainly in visual concepts and no longer just in physical objects, maybe abstract art can be an opening to this new future world. When I create a drawing or painting, it feels complete to me when it feels like a new environment of light & shadow, shapes & color–that can be entered and explored at will!

 

BIO: Artist Caroline Kelley currently lives and works in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She is happy to be a member of the NuArts studio group. She regularly studies art at Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY and is a member of the Drawing Galaxy, a group of mainly abstract artists who exhibit around the Hudson Valley. She has been active with the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT and has also studied at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA. She grew up in the Berkshires and studied art at Bard College. She has participated in art exhibitions in the Berkshires, the Hudson Valley, Southern Vermont and Hawaii. She currently works as a production designer for The Orvis Company in southern Vermont.