Kit Patten: “Making Faces”
Please mark your calendars for the opening of Monterey resident Kit Patten’s “Making Faces” on Friday, May 4, 2018, 2018, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss Patten’s artist’s talk immediately before, at 5:30 p.m. Please note that the date is coming up right away -- the evening before the Town Meeting.
Patten has been busy. He made a decision to make a painting of a face every day during 2017, and he did not fall short! The artist set his goal largely because he finds that capturing a likeness requires amazing skill, as it requires not only representing a likeness, but, more importantly, capturing the essence of another human being. “When I succeed, there’s nothing like it,” the artist states. The list of portraitists whom he greatly admires includes iconic caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, Welsh illustrator Ralph Steadman, and Flemish Baroque master court painter Anthony van Dyck.
After living for many years in New England, Patten and his wife, Connie, studied yoga at Kripalu and fell in love with the beauty and rich culture of the rural Berkshire countryside and, in 2008, settled in Monterey. Patten graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in studio arts, and has exhibited in one-person shows in Vermont and Massachusetts, including one at the Knox Gallery, and Deb Koffman’s “Little Gallery” in Housatonic. His work adds a valuable addition to every Knox Gallery group show, and we are forever grateful for his generous enthusiasm in contributing creative, artful signs that announce our exhibits.
Known for the humor his work exudes, Patten briefly found a home as window dresser in the mid-1980s. The venue was an excellent arena for his exploration of amusing ideas that were realized as temporary spaces and vignettes.
Patten hopes that his work invites viewers to look at the world around them from a different point of view. Humor is interjected throughout his work. As he says, “I can’t help it, so I may as well call it intentional!”
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.