Calendar of Art Shows, Trunk Shows, and Lectures
& Nancy Highfill-Socha - Art Box
July 1st- 31st
Opening Reception - July 13th, 5-7pm
Karen Israel- “I have pursued a career as a painter for a decade. Along the way my methods, materials and focus have evolved. My real interest and challenge as a painter is how to best manipulate the core principles of painting into effective visual statements. Regardless of the subject,I am most successful when I can capture the light as it describes the forms allowing me to create a pleasing design.” Karen teaches pastel painting in many locations throughout the Northeast. “ I love working with other painters in their pursuit to better their craft. My goal is not to have them assimilate my style and technique, but to teach artists how to more closely examine the subject and apply the principles that representational painters must follow to become effective visual communicators.” Karen has shown her work in galleries and museums nationally since 2011. She holds the title of Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. Among her many awards, She’s placed three times in The Pastel Journal’s ‘Pastel 100’ competition, has won First Place with the Lyme Art Association’s Associate Exhibit and won the Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor with the American Artist’s Professional League.
Nancy Highfill-Socha- As an artist I want my work to speak to the beauty that surrounds us. As a plain air painter, capturing light and color with its elusive quality is my process. Light, movement, atmosphere, color, shapes and textures are forever changing and are a fountain of inspiration. Outdoor painting allows the study and meditation of the subtle complexities of the landscape. My oil and pastel paintings are the expression of that experience- trying to capture with art, that still point where the complexities come together at one moment in time.
Harriet Moore Ballard, Dinah Maxwell Smith
& Erica Lindberg - 3 Woman Show
Will Vogt Photography - Art Box
August 1st - 31st
Harriet Moore Ballard graduated from Chatham University with a degree in Political Science, a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and an MFA from the Instituto de Allende, an affiliate of the University of Guanajuato. The roots of her art comes from the abstract ideas of Ben Nicholson, Matisse and Braque, which she was exposed to while living in London in an earlier life. Building a house in Mexico in the 1990’s introduced her to structural discipline as well as random on-the-spot decisions which today still influences her artistic process; for example she interacts a grid pattern with a spontaneous splotch of paint or a scribble. She mixes abstract marks with recognizable forms, such as doodle that looks ‘bowl-like.’ Her subject matter comes from a hodgepodge of objects from everyday life, which she accesses at will.
Dinah Maxwell Smith has been painting since the age of 5. Earning a BFA from RISD, she has been painting and exhibiting ever since. Her work has been shown extensively in New York City and Long Island (where she has had a studio in Southampton for 40 years) as well as in Paris and Germany. She is in many corporate and private collections and has won numerous awards. Smith was recently in the show Artists Choose Artists at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY and was also a presenter at PechaKucha, (also at the Parrish), this summer. She loves to work from old black and white snapshots mostly gleaned from family albums (her own and those of friends) and the flea markets in Paris. Her preferred subjects are people, children, dogs and the beach or a combination thereof.
Erica Lindberg - Erica Lindberg Teaches painting in her Stonington, CT studio and has a Masters in Digital Imaging and Design from NYU. She enjoys pattern making, and awakening the joy of creativity in others.