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Award winning Pioneer Valley realist painters Rachel Folsom and Barbara Johnson will be exhibiting paintings and drawings that reflect their exploration of wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of appreciating the beauty inherent in objects that are imperfect, unfinished, or show signs of wear.
Johnson (www.barbarajohnson.com) skillfully translates into paint the varied textures exposed in abandoned, demolished, and aging buildings, depicting scenes from our economic corridors in transition. Folsom (www.rachelfolsom.com) will be showing a series of meditative yet playful graphite drawings of found objects in various states of disintegration along with still life paintings of things from the natural world. Exploring the beauty of our flawed world helps us come to terms with the bitter sweet nature of life – so much pleasure to be had in the face of inevitable losses as our country, our environment, and we ourselves undergo change.
Johnson and Folsom practice a kind of representation that doesn’t stint on observation, resulting in images that give the viewer abundant visual information to reflect upon and a chance to contemplate the complexities of overlooked features of our evolving world. The artists offer different perspectives – Folsom gives an intimate view, while Johnson looks outward to the world beyond the studio. The two bodies of work complement each other, providing a broad view of the possibilities of wabi-sabi.
Hope and Feathers Framing is delighted to be selling Aaron Becker's amazing wordless book Journey here in the shop. Along with signed copies of the book we also have these three limited edition giclees. We also have fantastic little mini giclees. If you are local or want to get one of Aaron's pieces framed, come into the store or give us a call. If you just want an unframed print shipped to you, you can do so from Aaron's website here.
B.Z. Reily's show, "Full Circle", opening April 2nd at Hope and Feathers in Amherst, includes found-object wall sculptures and prints.
B.Z.‘s work is constructed out of weathered and worn items, antique wood, metal scraps, fabric, gloves, and pieces from the natural world.
This new work includes collagraph plates, embossed prints, and encaustics. The circle has been a reoccurring form throughout her sculptural work but she has made it central to this show and installation. Forty years ago she was a printmaking student in college so you could say she has come full circle.
B.Z. just recently retired from teaching art in the public schools after 33 years. She has shown her work in museums and galleries all over the northeast.
There will be an opening during the Amherst Art Walk on Thursday, April 3rd from 5-8pm, and an artist reception on Saturday, April 5th from 4-7pm.