Ellen Piccolo: Sicilia and the Basque Country will open on September 15, with a reception on Saturday, September 16. The artist will talk about her work at 6PM and the reception will follow from 6:30-8PM. Please join us for the evening!
Piccolo is a representational oil painter with a focus on nautical themes and architectural details. Her paintings capture commercial fleets in France, Spain and Italy. In some images the author works with details from larger compositions that explore rigging, hulls and equipment. Others appear to be abstracted riots of shape and color, but upon closer examination are actually enlarged micro-compositions. Her latest work comprises images of gargoyles, commercial fishing fleets and the coastlines of Sicily, Italy and the Basque Country of Spain.
Born in Brooklyn, NY with initial training at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in her teens, she has evolved and honed her skills over many years in New York.
She received a Bachelor of Science from CUNY and a Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. After a career as an art educator with the NYC Department of Education, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at CUNY-Queens College, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate art education classes.
Piccolo is represented by Prince Street Gallery. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and are in both corporate and private collections
Images of Our World, a collection of photographs from every continent taken by award-winning photographers Dan Mead and Sally Eagle, will open on Friday, October 27, with a reception from 6:30 – 8 p.m. that evening. The artists will talk about their work just beforehand, at 6 p.m. Please join us for the evening!
Mead and Eagle have been travelling the world together for over forty years; during the last dozen years, they have fully integrated their passion for photography with their travels.
Mead and Eagle have lived in Great Barrington since 1980. Mead was an administrator and faculty member at Simons Rock College and later worked with private secondary schools in the area. Eagle, a former international investment trader, was hired as the first executive director of what is now the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
The artists’ perspective is that most of us circumscribe our sense of the world by the locations and communities we experience on a daily basis. Through their work, they strive to remind us all that “our world is in fact larger and exotic—and fascinating beyond belief.”
Through Images of Our World viewers are able to share the sense of wonder that travel engenders: the inspirational beauty of different landscapes and architecture, of traditional ceremonies and cultures observed, and the delight of witnessing wildlife in their natural settings.
Mead and Eagle have received numerous awards and exhibit extensively in museums and galleries throughout the Northeast. In addition, Mead’s lifelong involvement in high school education lead the pair to exhibit photographs in schools -- with the goal of integrating different exhibits into various aspects of a school’s curriculum.
No doubt these images of landscapes, cultures, and wildlife provoke a dialogue about many of the world issues. Their lush color and vivid effect allow the viewers a trip around the world with a quick tour around the Knox Gallery.