Deborah Pressman’s “Lines in the Landscape” opens on March 9, 2018. The reception for this exhibit will be held several weeks later, on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Please mark your calendars and join us!
Pressman grew up in a family that loved art and visited museums regularly, which led her to study photography at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she received her BFA. She took a major detour in her late 20's – she attended medical school and subsequently practiced internal medicine for 33 years. Now retired, she has returned to her first love, and is a full time artist.
A member of a silversmith collaborative at Motherbrook Art Center in Dedham, Pressman and her fellow metalworkers met and befriended Michael and Maureen Banner, Monterey’s master silversmiths, through the Banners’ reputations and active craft show participation. About ten years ago Michael Banner began making regular visits to teach the group, helping them with design and technique. These artists also love to come to Monterey where they can work with their mentor on his home turf, take advantage of Maureen Banner’s expertise on enamelwork and, of course, enjoy the Banners’ nonpareil hospitality and good cooking. These Banner protegés have also enthusiastically supported the Monterey Community Center with both financial and moral support.
Pressman’s current paintings on display at the Knox are rendered in acrylic on wooden panels and reflect her love of the seaside, farmland and mountain landscapes.
Intersections”, which features the work of Leslie Carsewell, opens on January 19, 2018, Carsewell, who has lived in the Berkshires for over 15 years, began making collaged compositions from her drawings, which evolved into direct paintings. She describes her work as “an outgrowth of design problem solving using grids.” Her materials are limited and simple, and are used to enhance the initial compositions with color, subtle but emphatic line work, and texture. She sees a direct correlation between her work and music. “Rhythm, texture, points of emphasis and silence all play their part. Both positive and negative/empty spaces are equally important,” the artist states.
Please join us on Saturday, January 20, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for the opening reception for “Intersections”. This exhibition will be on view through March 3, 2018.