Knox Gallery June News
Nancy Johnson: Re-Psychled opens at Knox Gallery on June 9, with a reception on Saturday, June 10, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and will be on view through July 22, 2017.
In Johnson’s featured series, “RePsychled,” the artist employs found objects such as pieces of metal and wood. She welds, carves, chisels, wires, and bolts the materials to form assemblages, thereby altering damaged materials into an original creation.
The artist compares her art-making process to that of her work in the field of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, where she works with people of all ages and backgrounds to discover new and different aspects of themselves and their lives.
With no formal training in art, the artist states, “I have always loved playing with materials that caught my eye and suggests potential for becoming something else.” She cites her grandfather’s (C. Fayette Taylor) painting and sculpture as and influence, “having breathed it in throughout my childhood years.”
Johnson’s work has been shown at the Maud Morgan Gallery in Cambridge and at an arts festival in the Berkshires, and she is a frequent entrant in the Knox Gallery community exhibitions. She offers “It is in the woods of Monterey that I have my studio overlooking Lake Garfield, my sanctuary where I can retreat into a space that allows me to play again. I am thrilled to have the opportunity of my own show, back here at the Knox.”
Jim Singelis and Linda Skipper: Duet in Black and White opens at Knox Gallery on August 5, with a reception on Saturday, August 12, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Please join us for the evening!
Singelis, who works in both oil paint and charcoal, began his professional career designing scenery for theatre, film and print photography. He became so fascinated with personal computers when they were introduced in the early ‘80s that, after nearly twenty years as a set designer, he studied programming. This change allowed him to leave New York City and work out of the couple’s home in New Marlborough. In 2009 he began drawing and painting again.
The artist states that “Each painting is a layered record of thoughts and emotions, a visual history of something interior.”
Skipper’s first love was clay, but other art paths took over and led her into a career as the head scenic artist on television’s "Law & Order" for the twenty years of its production. For many years she squeezed in a part-time pottery life, “but it could never be long or intense enough, until now,” she says.
Skipper’s influences include woven and hand-worked basketry, fabric, and quilting, especially the traditional Japanese work clothes mended many times over with sashiko stitching patterns. She “strives for simple, graceful, quiet, and luminous qualities” in her porcelain vessels.
Please visit and enjoy the beautiful contrast of Singelis’ bold, dark pieces with Skipper’s delicate porcelain. Duet in Black and White will be on view through September 9, 2017.
Knox Gallery May News
Color Prints by Joan Dix Blair
“Color Prints by Joan Dix Blair” opened at Knox Gallery in late April. This accomplished artist will speak about her work on Friday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. The talk will be followed by a reception from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Please join us for the evening! Blair’s talk will be quite informative, as she will point out and describe the different printmaking mediums exhibited, including monotype, etching, drypoint, and woodcut. She will bring plates that she has printed from as examples.
Blair works entirely in printmaking, using traditional methods of etching and woodcut. As she puts it, “The plate itself is the necessary intermediary between my hand and the image.”
Although the artist, a Williamstown resident, works with abstraction, she is inspired by observation from nature, and in particular the Berkshire environment, which she considers to be a catalyst for her artwork. “The beauty of the landscape gives me a sense of place, both in my life and in my prints,” she says. Blair appreciates support from the strong printmaking history and culture of the Northampton region, where she is a member of Zea Mays Printmaking and Oxbow Galleries.
Please mark your calendars for this opening on May 5, the evening before the annual town meeting. The exhibit will be on display through June 3, 2017.
Thank you to the Massachusetts and Monterey Cultural Councils for supporting our artists’ talks.