Last Saturday was a good time at the Tusinski Gallery for the opening of The Roving Home’s (re)Cycled show – just in time for Earth Day. I even spotted a GMG contributor, Father Matthew Green! To check out the show in person, stop by the Tusinski Gallery at 2 Main Street in Rockport, open Thursday through Monday 11 – 5. For more information feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to be on our mailing list to find out when & where The Roving Home’s events will be held, sign up through this link. Thanks to those of you who stopped in and I hope to see the rest of you who are interested in vintage interiors and design before the pop-up shop & show ends on May 13th!
A light made from a reclaimed beam and old cable.
Don’t miss the upcoming show at the Tusinski Gallery in Rockport, opening this Saturday, December 3rd. Called white out, it features the work of five local artists in colors perfectly suited to winter in New England. Call 978-546-2244 for more information.
And for those of you keeping track of such things, this same group of artists was featured in September’s Art Now event, which highlighted the contemporary art scene in Rockport. To see the latest Art Now Rockport newsletter, click on the image below and if you want to stay in touch on what’s going on with the visual arts in Rockport, feel free to subscribe to Art Now Rockport through the link.
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Catch, at the Tusinski Gallery until May 22nd.
Catch, a show at the Tusinski Gallery on Main Street in Rockport, opens today, Earth Day, and runs through May 22nd.
Catch features the work of artist Nina Samoiloff, as she collects and collates the pieces she finds on the beaches of Rockport (documented on her blog, also called Catch) before creating sculptures and photographs of her finds. But the artist’s beach finds aren’t the usual gallery suspects, the carefully edited and crafted work involving natural driftwood, shells, or even beach glass. Catch features items of a different sort, all of them man-made — the artist even uses cut lumber, washed up on the beach, instead of naturally-occurring driftwood in her pieces. The show is a sobering and impressive collaboration between man and nature, truly an expression of the time we live in, for better or for worse. A time in which we make permanent stuff to use for a very temporary moment — like water bottles, for instance — before throwing this same stuff away, much of which ends up in the eternal ocean before rolling back onto the shore — and back into our lives.
My sculpture and my obsessive morning ritual of picking up of plastic on the beach (which I document and post on my blog Catch) are symbiotic, without the one the other would not exist. Both are discarded products of a consumer society, and both are a challenge to me as to how to present these items artfully to the viewer. The beach lumber sculptures are a combination of my industrial design education and my desire to recycle. Each piece of lumber speaks to me, it’s shape, texture, color or the nails protruding from it have the potential to become part of a bigger finished sculpture.
- Nina Samoiloff
Driftwood Tree and Painting at the Tusinski Gallery
Yes! I would love a sculpture made from driftwood for Christmas, thank you! In our house, we place a high premium on driftwood. A huge piece hangs over our fireplace like a great big mounted fish (yes, we realize this is strange), so you can imagine my delight at finding trees made from driftwood in a few shop windows in Rockport this season. These driftwood trees look great as sculptural pieces of course, but you could also be adventurous and treat your driftwood tree like a conventional Christmas tree. Add homemade ornaments and admire. And just think – no pine needles to sweep up! Look for artisan-made driftwood trees at Rockport’s Tusinski Gallery on Main Street and Lula’s Pantry in Dock Square.