artscope magazine
Western Women.
June 18, 2015

When we say western women, we don't mean California. Instead, we're referring to the talented women artists right in our own backyards: Vermont and Western Massachusetts. This blast is packed with nature-inspired art in galleries throughout Western New England. If you don't think you'll be making these trips in the upcoming weeks, no worries—South Shore Art Center is hosting its 60th annual Arts Festival this weekend, June 19-21, right here in south Boston.

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Pioneer Women at Eastworks' MAP Gallery
in Easthampton, Massachusetts now through June 28

Earth Flower by Nancy Winship Milliken, duck feathers.

The current exhibition showing in MAP Gallery at Eastworks is technically seven years-old. Artist Terry Rooney, creator of the Amherst Biennial, has curated a new edition of Pioneer Women, which features western Massachusetts artists who blaze new frontiers in art. Pioneer Women originally started as a small works exhibition at Nash Gallery on Cottage Street in Easthampton. At that time (December 2008) it was called Little Women, small works by "big" talented women. Subsequently, Little Women was invited to show at Grubbs Gallery in Williston Northampton School, also Easthampton, where Rooney had a conversation with a retired art professor, who told her in all the years he'd been following the exhibits at the school, this was the best one he'd seen. Of that moment, Rooney said, "I realized that there was something special happening in this show. I decided to bring it to New York City and as luck would have it, Tabla Rasa Gallery in Brooklyn invited us to show there. This gallery happened to be on the street my mother grew up on." Talk about fate. Since then, Pioneer Women has toured New England, and the last incarnation was at Jasper Rand Museum & Storefront Project in Westfield, Massachusetts in summer 2011. Now, more than twenty women artists who have settled upon the fertile ground of the Pioneer Valley are exhibiting at MAP Gallery. Rosalyn Driscoll drives home the point that art is more than just a visual experience by using tactile sculptures in her work. Susan Montgomery's provocative drawings delve into the dark history of 17th century Mary Bliss Parson, the accused witch of Northampton and Springfield. Sandy Litchfield combines digital imagery and paint to create cityscapes that evoke a latter-day cubism. Several artists—especially Rachel Folsom, Elizabeth Pols and Terry Rooney—push the boundaries of painting on shaped canvases and wood contraptions. Pioneer Women is on view now through Sunday, June 28 at Eastworks' MAP Gallery. A Gallery Talk by curator Terry Rooney is taking place tonight, June 18, at 7pm.

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Fruitlands Museum


Through November: Art in Nature Sculpture Competition. 14 of New England's best sculptors have contributed 21 outdoor sculptures, sited throughout Fruitlands majestic landscape, for this bi-annual sculpture competition.

Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA
(978) 456-3924
HOURS: M, W, Th, F 10-4. Sat, Sun & Holidays 10-5. Closed Tues.

Isles Arts Initiative


As recently announced in the Globe, this summer the Isles Arts Initiative will transform the Boston Harbor Islands into a canvas primed for artistic activation and social engagement. Taking shape across two islands and featuring an accompanying gallery exhibition in downtown Boston,
IAI encourages visitors to reconnect with Boston Harbor.

Saturday July 11th marks the official opening of IAI on Georges Island with 11 site responsive installations by regional artists on view across 41.3 acres.

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Susan Powell Fine Art

"Lobster with Clams" by Vincent Giarrano, Oil 16" x 20"

Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Road, Madison presents Realistically Speaking, an exhibition of new works by 13 remarkable artists who explore unique paths in Realism, from Trompe l'oeil to Naturalism to Contemporary Impressionism. Luminosity takes center stage in the artists' rich interpretations of the changing landscape and vibrant still lifes with layers of glazes, daubs of color, and luminous color harmonies. Artists include, Del-Bourree Bach, Peter Bergeron, Dan Brown, Sandy Garvin, Vincent Giarrano, Roxann Leibenhaut, Michael Naples, James Magner, Anne McGrory, Cora Ogden, Polly Seip, Dennis Sheehan and George Van Hook.

Join us and meet the artists at our opening reception on Saturday, June 20 from 4-8 pm. The show continues through July 6. Susan Powell Fine Art is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm, Sundays and anytime by appointment. For more information, call 203-318-0616, or visit



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Scenes Remembered at West Branch Gallery
in Stowe, Vermont now through August 11

Green Composition by Julia Jensen.

Perhaps one of the most fascinating things about art, and the oil paintings and encaustics of Julia Jensen in particular, is that it requires contemplation. With secrets all its own, art invites viewers to see it, interpret it and expand on it, allowing them to write their own memories and emotions into the visceral experience. Jensen's landscape paintings are the things of memory: the way we recall a summer trip, a particular car ride, a fantastical moment. For Jensen, "paintings exist at the meeting ground between the external world and one's internal, emotional, and spiritual responses to it." In Scenes Remembered, her current solo exhibition at West Branch Gallery, light plays an important role in almost all of the works. Slices of intense sunlight cut through layers and beckon our attention while guiding us into the energetic brushstrokes of color on either side. These works are composed of light tones and soft edges, comforting and inviting us to linger for a while. A graduate of Tulane University with a BA in Art History, Jensen has been painting for twenty years. She has worked alone and in collaboration with many local and regional teachers and artists, including Bill Hunt, Ric Campman and Julia Zanes. Her work has been widely exhibited and represented, at venues including Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, McGowan Fine Art and Nantucket Looms. Scenes Remembered, a celebration of the natural landscape, is on view now through Tuesday, August 11 in the Upstairs Gallery at West Branch Gallery. Also of note: other exhibitions are also happening at West Branch! Water: Mariella Bisson, Rebecca Kinkead, Craig Mooney, Carol O'Malia is on view through Thursday, July 30 and Susan Wahlrab: Seasons shows through Monday, August 31.

Painting from Nature at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts
in Brattleboro, Vermont now through June 28

             Harlequin by Lauren Olitski, acrylic on canvas.

To say Lauren Olitski's abstract acrylic paintings are otherworldly might seem trite, but her current exhibition at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts only supports this theory. Olitski is known for the vibrant and exciting surfaces and bold colors of her works and in Painting from Nature, her masterful infusion of organic elements (garnet, pumice and molding paste) into the plastic, inorganic acrylic gels and paints gives her works a rare and visceral authenticity. There is something cosmic, something elemental about the energy she ignites across her canvases. Of the exhibition, gallery directors Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings said, "This isn't new in the art world, but it's the way she crafts her pieces, seemingly out of molten earth and chemical colors, pooling or troweling this mix atop broad fields of different hues, that leaves us amazed at the power of such visual extravagance. Geological forces have pushed their way to prominence in volcanic-like surfaces, with cratered shapes and flowing patches boiling up and cooling, arrested at last." Danny Lichtenfeld, director of Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, said, "To fully absorb the riches of Olitski's paintings, one must also step back and take in the entirety of each canvas. It is from this vantage point that the artist's deft handling of form, rhythm, and energy come into view...The end result is a shimmering, pulsing tour de force." Born in Oyster Bay, New York, Olitski obtained her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and attended the MA program at City College CCNY. She now lives and works in Marlboro, Vermont. Through her work, Olitski communicates, "I go to my studio with the audacious hope that I might make something of beauty, add to the creative vocabulary, speak to someone." Painting from Nature will be the featured exhibition at Mitchell Giddings Fine Art now through Sunday, June 28.

Fountain Street Fine Art


Traditions in Translation: Two Artists Explore Their Legacies
6/11- 7/11
Reception 6/13, 5-7pm

Gallery talk/Poetry reading 6/27, 4-6pm.

Jaeok Lee and Joel Moskowitz adapt the symbols, rituals and customs of their distant homelands; each creates a personal visual language based on a place that is geographically remote, yet emotionally inescapable.

Fountain Street Fine Art
59 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA
(508) 879.4200
Thu-Sun 11-5 and by appointment

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