As we look forward to 2016, I’m also looking back at what turned out to be a surprisingly-busy 2015. Totaling up all the shows where my work was either included or featured, I’m a little stunned to see I participated in 13 shows in 12 months!
Some were by invitation, like “An Abstract Language” at Artspace Maynard, “7 North Shore Artists” at Cedar Tree Gallery in Essex, and a smartly-curated small-works show at Mingo Gallery in Beverly called “HIVE.”
In other shows, my work was chosen by jurors, including the fantastic “CHROMA” at Gallery 263 in Cambridge (chosen by painter Lynda Schlosberg), “Visual Alchemy” at Fountain Street Fine Arts in Framingham (juried by Elizabeth Devlin of FLUX Boston) and “Driven to Abstraction” at the Umbrella in Concord (juried by Dana Salvo from the Clark Gallery). I also sent work down to New York City, for two juried exhibitions at Jeffrey Leder Gallery in Queens.
Then there were the shows where I put on the curating hat myself: presented in the elegant community-room at a local Episcopal church, “Edenic” was my first outing as curator and featured my work along with three other artists’ paintings and photoprint constructions. This fall I was part of a group of five local painters who put together a gorgeous landscape-based show called “ABOVE / BELOW / WITHIN” at Porter Mill Gallery in Beverly.
I also had a solo show at Mingo Gallery during the summer: “*you are here” featured a group of pieces from 2013-14 exploring place-memory, return, journey and loss. This show gave me the opportunity to meet lots of fellow artists and give a very rewarding gallery-talk to a class from a local college.
As we head into 2016, I’m already filling the calendar and looking forward to a busy year. In March, I’ll be curating another group show, this time at Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville. “Temporal Transcendent” will feature works by fellow painters George Frary III, Morgan Dyer, Ben MacAdam and Lisa Reindorf, and I’m looking forward to the visual and conceptual conversation on the gallery walls.
In May, I’ll be off to northern VT for a four-week residency at Vermont Studio Center, where I’ll be part of a group of about 50 other artists and writers who will spend the month getting to know each other, and getting down to some seriously-focused time in the studios provided by VSC. I’m super-excited to be going, and honored to have been accepted to this program.
I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those whose generosity, interest and encouragement came my way this year, and I look forward to sharing more good news and fresh work with you in 2016.
Peace and good cheer—