Artist of the Month

 March in the Matz Gallery : Susana Bamford

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 Artist’s Statement

I am primarily an oil painter who enjoys the challenge of working plein air. My impressions of various

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landscapes often include man-made structures within a natural environment. I am intrigued by the solid forms constructed by man which exist surrounded by nature’s varied shapes, colors, and light effects.Through my representational-impressionistic style, I attempt to render as accurately as possible the colors I see with their light and shadow contrasts.My thoughtful sensitive approach integrates an emotional response and a focused meditation as the painting process evolves.

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Susana Bamford

Artist’s Biography

Susana Bamford was born in Boston and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. Susana became actively interested in oil painting as a child. She studied art history in college and has participated in drawing and oil painting workshops in Andover, Cambridge, Rockport, Ipswich and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. Susana has had opportunities to study art in France, Italy and Ireland where she attended an intensive landscape workshop. Susana’s appreciation of nature’s colors and light effects inspired her to work plein air on New England landscapes. She paints in New Hampshire and in Maine, yet focuses on local scenes of the North Shore and Cape Ann.

During the past fourteen years Susana has taught art to kindergarten-aged children in an extended daycare program in Andover. She currently lives on Great Neck in Ipswich.

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February in the Matz Gallery : Erin Luman

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City Spaces

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Gloucester, Ma artist, Erin Luman, takes on a different view of the city – Looking upwards. She paints the rooftops and edges, and holds it together with telephone poles, power lines, and tiny architectural details.
Each piece is done on a custom wood board frame. The “canvas” is then covered with glue and various vintage maps which are nearly (sometimes completely) covered in acrylic paint. The architecture is traced in pencil and then pen. A wash of color comes last to finish the work.




Artist’s Statement

There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing something old in a new light. Neighborhoods and buildings I’ve walked past a million times become new when pencil hits paper. To slow everything down and find the balance between places that might be considered ugly, to find the beauty in them is what keeps me inside this series.​

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January in the Matz Gallery : Ruth Schneider and Matt Cegelis

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The Work


January’s Matz Gallery exhibition, “Winter Expressions”, features the work of husband and wife artist team, Matt Cegelis and Ruth Schneider. Matt works primarily in photography and digital art; Ruth combines her photography with painting or texture. Both enjoy the serendipitous process of merging multiple images, “discovering and creating one-of-a-kind abstractions”. Both artists are based in Rockport. Their work will be on display in the Matz Gallery through January 31, 2015.


Artists’ statements

Ruth Schneider

Ruth Schneider
My interest in photography began during college in the 70’s, when I was majoring in art and design. I was given a 35mm film camera as a gift, and began my exploration of the media. I had a darkroom for 15 years, and did freelance work for various magazines and publications. I worked mostly in black and white, utilizing the “Zone System”, which was formulated by Ansel Adams. Portraiture and landscapes were my main focus. While raising our two children, I barely used the camera except to document our family life and travels. With the advent of digital cameras, I took it up again, but again, mostly for travel and documentation. It wasn’t until two years ago, that I discovered the ability to “play around”with my images, using free software on my computer. I have since been merging my photographs with old, unfinished paintings of mine and our daughter’s. I go through my photo files and choose which images would work with either a painting or texture (which I photographed separately) or another photograph. It has been a real learning experience, and great fun to see the surprising results!

Matt Celegis

Matt Cegelis
I am a self taught photographer and digital artist, working in the abstract space. My recent exhibitions on Cape Ann include:
“A Fine Line”, juried by Al Miner, presented at the Cultural Ceneter at Rocky Neck
“Serendipity”, a juried exhibition presented at the Rocky Neck Gallery
“Pixel Revolution”, an invitational exhibition presented by the Rocky Neck Art Colony at the Cultural Center
“Here and Now”, a juried eRocky Neck Art Colony show
“Art in the Barn”, a juried annual art sale event for the benefit of Essex County Greenbelt

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November in the Matz Gallery : Paul Jung

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The Work

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Jung’s work often represents his considerable interest in architecture. Ever since studying it briefly in college, he has looked at architecture in detail and incorporated it into his artwork. His observations have allowed him to capture light and space and dimension in his paintings and drawings. It was at the age of nine that he truly understood the power of great architecture as he and his family stood before the demolition of the old, but grand Pennsylvania Station in New York City. He was taken with the detailing of this impressive masterpiece by McKim, Mead and White. and saddened by its demolition.
Paul’s current interest is in the Pop Art Movement of the 1960’s .His current works are influenced by Roy Lichenstein’s, graphic comic book style to the fragmented pop imagery of artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Robert Indiana.
The bold and striking images which came from the Pop Art Movement are one’s that he hopes his works will find resonance with viewers today.


Paul Jung

Paul Jung was born in Newark, New Jersey, raised in both New Jersey and in New York City and graduated from Salem State University in 2004. After living and working in Boston for many years, he moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts in the mid-1980’s where he currently resides and maintains a studio, the Paul Jung Design Group. For the past 27 years, he has been employed by the Gorton’s Corporation as a Graphic Artist.

Jung is the recipient of an Outstanding Artist Award from Salem State University. In addition to his participation in many Invitational and Group shows throughout the region, his work has been shown at the Winifsky Gallery and the New and Emerging Artists Series sponsored by the city of Salem, Massachusetts.

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August in the Matz Gallery: Coco Berkman

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Traveling to You: A Collaboration of Poetry and Printmaking

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Featuring poems by Gloucester Poet Laureate Rufus Collinson and Linoleum, Lithograph, and Monotype Prints by Gloucester Printmaker, Coco Berkman

Four years ago when I approached our then new Poet Laureate, Rufus Collinson, to ask her if she would be open to the idea of having a collaborative show of our work; her poems-my imagery, I had read only a few of her poems. She readily agreed, giving me license to choose whichever poems from her collection that I felt moved to use. I carried her poetry books [Turning the Stones [1997]; Traveling to You [2008] ] with me over the past four years.

Hugged up against my own sketchbooks in my bag, they traveled with me to New York City, where I studied stone lithography at the Art Students League, and where I transformed my drawing “Grocery Shopping”, inspired by her poem, “Friday Nights at the A&P” into a lithograph; to Martha’s Vineyard in the dead of winter, where I drew the composition, “Deer and Wolf”, inspired in large part by Rufus’s poem, “Adagio”; on the State Fish Pier on Parker Street, where I sat in my car and drew; on walks through Stage Fort Park, drives to Connecticut and Maine. I’ve lived with her poems.

My favorites kept changing. Poems that at first held little interest would suddenly capture my attention. They would sink in, take me away … into the natural world, into another
person’s emotional world, into another Gloucester. Most importantly, into a Poet’s mind. A mind whose priority is to search for the extraordinary layers in things, put those insights into words in an honest and eloquent way and then share them with the world. Thank you Rufus, for relentlessly doing the Poet’s work and then sending it out here. It
has touched me deeply forever.

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