Leonard Baskin: Drawings

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On exhibit: July 23-September 30, 2015

An exhibit featuring Leonard Baskin drawings.

Baskin was an expert draftsman. His drawings are full of manic energy with broad strokes and splashes of dark ink, and at the same time meticulously layered with perfectly placed crosshatching and minute detail. He claimed no natural drawing talent having painstakingly honed his skill through thousands of hours of “deliberate, slug-tempoed, knuckle-aching, face wrinkling effort.” Long assiduous hours with a live model helped him cultivate an innate sense for the human form.

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Mark Meunier: Marilyn and Other Muses

Marilyn-and-other-musesOn exhibit: May 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 6-8pm

Marilyn and Other Muses shows Meunier’s incredible versatility. From meticulous Western Massachusetts landscapes to his impeccably rendered figures, his work is a balanced mix of the familiar and the unexpected. Meunier has been refining and perfecting his unique painting talent for more than 35 years. He has won numerous awards and earned national recognition along the way. His paintings have been featured on public television and in many magazines, including American Artist, American Art Collector, Cape Cod, and Yankee. Meunier enjoys his studio and home in rural Conway, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife, dog, and three cats. In addition to his painting, he finds time for making his own frames, woodworking, maple sugaring, golfing, playing the bottleneck guitar, and dodging persistent calls from his art dealer.

Randall Deihl & Nan Hill: Sideshow

Little-Green-Men-18x24On exhibit: April 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 2015

Sideshow is a two-person exhibition featuring Randall Deihl and Nan Hill depicting views of carnival sideshows and ruminations on being a “freak”.

In the United States, there is a long tradition of sideshows going back to the 1800s, often being the feature of traveling carnivals and roadshow circuses. In this exhibition, Deihl’s paintings give us a glance back in time at the nostalgia of sideshow memorabilia, posters and banners advertising shows such as The Headless Woman, The Human Spider and The Giantess. Hill’s charming and surreal paintings work as a meditation on what it is to be “different” and not to fit the conventional norms. See the exhibit online.

Lewis Bryden: Through Nature’s Frame

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On exhibit: March 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 6 – 8 pm

Painting outdoors has provided some of the happiest moments of my life as an artist. Not only am I surrounded then by my subject, but I can actually feel its presence-the sun on my arms, the breeze at my back, the temperature of the air. These are the qualities that I try to make one feel in my paintings.

Sometimes we look at nature and we are fascinated to see how things move and change. However, there are other times when we look, and we wish that things could stay just as they are forever. Those are the moments that I know I have to make a painting.

Lately I’ve noticed that some natural scenes are in fact pointed out and enhanced by nature itself. So it is that trees or branches or rocks sometimes seem to be selecting a scene for me, as if they were frames. Sometimes even, the thing framed in the distance will at another time become the vantage point from which I can look back at where I was before, that now is the object in the distance. Our orthogonal world is to be echoed in the realm of nature. Thus: Through Nature’s Frame.

25th Annual Illustration Exhibit

Jerry PinkneyNovember 9, 2014 – January 15, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, Nov 9 from 4 to 6pm

This year’s Illustration Exhibit will be featuring award winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney. Over 50 original watercolors and drawings by Mr. Pinkney will be on display in a special exhibit in our mezzanine gallery.

Also on display will be the Caldecott Corner, an exhibit featuring work from over 20 Caldecott Medal and Honor recipients. And the Cartoon Corner, featuring work by William Steig, Jules Feiffer, N.M Bodecker,
and many more!

Mo Willems: Drawings from Paris

Mo WillemsSeptember 1 – 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, from 6 to 8pm

Mo Willems’ doodles imported from Paris, France!

Max D. Standley: In Memoriam

Max D. StandleyJune 7- August 31, 2014

Join us for a celebration of Max’s life and art.
Opening reception: Friday June 13th 6-8pm
in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out