This Weekend in the Arts
Beasts and Blooms, Elizabeth St. Hilaire-Collaged Paper Paintings, Martha Grover-Porcelain
Sept 23-Nov 27, 2016, Reception Sat Sept 23, 5-7pm
Lexicon Gallery, 15 Lexington Ave., #1, Magnolia, MA
Whimsy is the theme at LEXICON GALLERY’S next show. “Beasts and Blooms,” combines Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s collaged paper paintings of friends from the animal world with Martha Grover’s functional porcelain flowery forms. Show dates are September 23, 2016-November 27, 2016 with an opening reception Saturday, September 23, 5:00-7:00pm.
Gallery 53 Features Tricia O’Neill with “ Sign Language”
A Narrative of Americana via Old Signs Along Route 1
The Rocky Neck Art Colony is delighted to welcome photographer, Tricia O’Neill as the seventh Summer Artistin the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Summer Artist Series at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Her photography exhibition, Sign Language, documents handmade and lettered signs, destined for extinction, along Route . O’Neill’s show opens on Wednesday, September 21 and continues to October 15 with the opening reception on Saturday September 24, from 6-8 pm.
In Sign Language, O’Neill uses photography to preserve the traditions and histories of the art of sign painting. Paying homage to sign art and artists that came before her, she records those remaining manifestations of the dying craft of handmade, hand lettered signage that still line the historic national highway, US Route 1.
A fine art photographer working in the documentary tradition, O’Neill has been painting signs since her early 20s–executing murals, working with gold leaf, lettering trucks. In that time she saw a continuous change in the art of sign making. As Route 1 has diminished in importance, so too has the art of hand lettering. Because of today’s municipal ordinances, controlling size and structure, these old signs cannot be replaced as they exist today. What was once hand-lettered with brushes is now digitally printed or made of electronic parts. The remaining hand-painted signs continue to carry a deep resonance, displaying a narrative of Americana.
In this body of work O’Neill investigates what remains of this visual medium and the changing landscape of this historic road. Inspired by Berenice Abbott’s work in the 1950s documenting US Route 1 during its heyday–before being supplanted by Route 95, O’Neill is documenting today’s Route 1, now past its prime.
Tricia O’Neill has a fine arts degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts and studied both film and digital photography at the SMFA. She also studied the art of hand lettering at Butera School of Art and founded the company Signs Unique in 1986. O’Neill’s years behind the brush, painting signs and murals, informs her photography. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast, in solo shows, juried shows, group shows and is in private collections.
For more information about the show call Gallery 53 at 978-282-0917.
The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit rockyneckartcolony.org
Flatrocks Gallery is honored to present Robert J. Anderson, Cape Ann Modernist
September 22 to October 16
Opening Reception on September 24 at 6 pm.
Quietly but persistently, Bob Anderson (1934–2016) created an astounding body of work, mainly oil paintings on canvas and paper, in his Pigeon Cove home studio over a period of forty-six years. An exuberant, restless inventor, he was a deeply observant and technically gifted artist. Anderson’s roots were in the 1950s, a time of fertile experimentation in the arts. After attending the Art Institute of Chicago and winning the coveted Logan Art Institute Prize in 1957, he continued to paint and exhibit in the lively Chicago art scene until 1964, when he and his wife moved to New York City. In 1969 they came to Cape Ann to live. Anderson was influenced by the German Expressionists as well as by contemporaries such as the Chicago Imagists, but he sought tirelessly to develop his own ideas. “I guess I could be considered eclectic in that I’ve gone through so many phases in my work,” he said. Motivated always by the next discovery and the challenge of finding new ways of seeing, he used the formal elements of his discipline as a structure for experiments in expression. With meticulous attention to detail, he often produced works in series, pushing through the variations to the revelation. Anderson’s work, never static, made playful use of many materials. He created sculptures in wood and reliefs in concrete and paint, produced silkscreens on fabric, and incorporated stencils in his oil paintings. His keen sense of humor shines in his figurative paintings and ink drawings, where people with exaggerated features consort
with pigs on a busy street corner, dogs dance with women, and figures morph seamlessly into machines and vice versa. Anderson’s independent spirit was obvious from the start. Early in his career he had a one-man show at Crown Hall, Mies van der Rohe’s landmark glass building at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, which ended abruptly because the administration found his paintings too shocking. Many of Bob’s oils are suggestive of the landscape he loved here on Cape Ann. Though not
representational, they make use of the forms and colors of the cracked and broken granite, the earthy tones of the woods, the light of the sea. “You can’t get it out of you,”
he remarked. Bob Anderson’s art was his life, and this exhibition takes us through the many facets of that well-lived life. A beloved figure on Cape Ann, he will be missed by all who knew him. Anderson exhibited his paintings and sculptures at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, the Orphanos Gallery in Boston, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, the School Street Gallery in Rockport, and the West End and Acacia galleries in Gloucester. His work is in the collection of the Cape Ann Museum, as well as in private collections throughout the United States.
Flatrocks Gallery is open noon to 5 Thursday – Sunday 77 Langsford St./Rt127 Gloucester [or by appointment 978-879-4683]
Lanesville Music Festival & Dance Party
Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Gloucester, MA
The Lanesville Community Center (LCC), located at 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA, proudly presents its 7th annual Lanesville Music Festival and Dance Party. This will be a fun-filled day and night for friends, neighbors, the Cape Ann community, featuring local talent, food, artisans and community partners, with activities for kids and beverages for adults, all supported by enthusiastic Lanesville volunteers.
Festival: non-stop music from noon to 7:00PM. Admission is by donation. Evening dance party from 8:30PM to 11:00PM featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates (KBMG). Admission is $10 at the door. Rain or Shine. For full performance schedule visit: www.lanesvillecommunitycenter.org and www.facebook.com/LanesvilleCommunityCenter.