Rebecca Leveille’s new works examine the concept of the “narrative envelope” as it relates to both communal myths and to personal experience. Her small works and large painted environments (paintings in the round) delve into the the subjectivity of both escapism and determinations of objective reality. Employing a vast array of the visual tools of narrative, figuration, and abstraction, she asks the viewer to at once surrender to and be critical of her provocations.
R. Michelson Galleries is pleased to present Linda Post: The Willing Suspension of Disbelief. This exhibition of large-scale oil paintings, saturated with dense color, reflects on narratives which delve into memories and dreams. Linda’s work examines the nature of womanhood, the space within relationships and the conjunction of dreaming and waking states. By exploring imaginative land and seascapes, she creates a sense of uncertainty and mystery. Please join us for the Opening reception on Friday, May 10th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out). See more images of the show here.
Literary works by Newly-Literate Grandmothers from Suncheon, South Korea
April 15-May 6, 2019
Reception: Friday April 26, 2019, 6-8pm
Speaking at the event will be Ms. Okhyeon Na, Director of the Suncheon Picture Book Library
These twenty grandmothers from Suncheon, Korea, did not learn to read and write as children because they were women, they were poor, and they were born in Korea in the early twentieth century. Through a program at the Suncheon Picture Book Library, they had the opportunity to learn much later in their lives and it has given them the ability to express their own life stories through writing and drawing. These Korean grandmothers, who went through life’s trials and tribulations, and survived the historical turmoil in South Korea, tell us their own stories in heart-warming and humorous ways. These are deeply personal stories that they can now write in their own words and pictures. These stories and pictures were compiled and published in a picture book which debuted at the Bologna Children’s Book Festival.
Deborah Rubin has been pushing the boundaries of photo-realism since the mid 1970’s with a focus on nature. Her large-scale flower works made her one of the most sought-after floral painters in the country. “Cityscapes” is a bold new exhibition of urban landscapes. With their angular lines and flat planes, this series offers a sharp contrast to the organic curves of her well-known trees and flowers.
Please join R. Michelson galleries for the Opening Reception of Cityscapes on Friday, April 12th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).
Occasionally during the roller coaster that was 2018, Mo Willems pulled out his pen and markers as a way to absorb, reflect, and share his thoughts on the events of the day. Try Being Nice collects many of these drawings along with a few signs created for various protests Mo attended throughout the year.
Vitek Kruta’s creations are part sculpture, and part painting. Inspired by the European masters he encountered while apprenticing in the former Czechoslovakia, his work combines the qualities of the vast architectural church murals he would work on with an American landscape tradition. He refers to these pieces as INSCAPES. Says Kruta: “Inscapes are the ‘Inner’ works I live in and explore. Some of the qualities they represent are peace, solitude, contemplation, meditation, relaxation, and healing. The door is wide open, inviting the viewer to explore that world with me.”
Please join R. Michelson galleries for the Opening Reception of Inner Vision, Outside World on Friday, February 8th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).
Help us celebrate poet and teacher Paul Mariani with an evening of poetry, art, and music. Friends and colleagues will be reading poems, both their own and of Mr. Mariani’s. Stephen Schoenberg will be playing music, and there will be an exhibit of wood engravings by artist Barry Moser, with whom Mariani collaborated on several books.
The author of seven poetry collections and numerous books of prose including biographies of William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, and Hart Crane, Paul Mariani taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston College where he currently holds a Chair in poetry.
Kathleen Hession is a landscape painter and lives in Western Massachusetts. Emphasizing mood and shadow, her work is influenced by the American Tonalist painters. Her paintings are about the quiet time of the day, before dawn and the last minutes before dusk and creates paintings of intimate vistas that are familiar yet mysterious.
Please join us for the Opening Reception on September 14th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).