April in the Matz Gallery: Kathleen Miller

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Born in Gloucester, MA, Kathleen Miller is a self-taught artist who currently resides in Rockport. Growing up on Cape Ann, she was greatly influenced by the artists of Rocky Neck and Bearskin Neck. Since childhood, she has had in interest in drawing, painting, and other forms of art, and has developed these interests over the years. Although primarily self-taught, she has recently studied with several local painters. She enjoys painting on location as well as in the studio. Working primarily in oils, Kathleen paints a variety of subjects, focusing mainly on landscapes, seascapes and other scenes inspired by nature. Kathleen has a way of infusing herself into her scenes, and each of her paintings reflects her personal impression of the world around her.

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In addition to being an artist, Kathleen is also a Mental Health Therapist. She utilizes many art and expressive therapy techniques in her practice, and she believes strongly in the healing properties of artistic expression both for the artist and the viewer. While drawing inspiration from the natural world, it is her intention to impart a sense of peace, hope and healing potential through all of her creative works.

Please visit The Art Nook, 58 Bearskin Neck Rockport, MA to see more work by Kathleen and other local artists. Visit Kathleen Miller on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theartnook.

March in the Matz Gallery: Marvin Waller

Marvin Waller (1928 – 1994) was an award-winning fine artist who lived on Cape Ann. As a young man in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he studied painting and drawing with Reginald Marsh and other prominent artists at the Art Student’s League in New York City. He also illustrated Captain Marvel comic books. In 1959, he moved his family to Rockport, MA because of his friendship with local artist Roger Martin. Rockport was the only place he would consider raising his children – lucky kids!

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In Rockport, he worked as a fine artist, book illustrator, and industrial designer. His works were shown at Gallery Seven in Magnolia and Boston. In the mid-1960s, he taught himself architecture as a means of supporting his family. He designed the Roundhouse on Atlantic Avenue in Rockport, extensions for Rockport High School, the Sawyer Free Library addition in Gloucester, the Ipswich Town Hall, the Liberty Tree Mall, the Wang Towers in Lowell, and an award-winning pumping station in Bangkok, Thailand. He also designed several industrial facilities through his work for the Anderson Nichols architectural and engineering firm in Boston.

Throughout his life, he was a fine artist at heart and a great inspiration to others. He knew his history and especially his art history. His standards for excellence showed in everything he did. This exhibit includes oil paintings of people and landscapes along with pen and ink drawings of amazingly few brush strokes.

February in the Matz Gallery: Patricia Reed

Down the Rabbit Hole: Works in Paper and Ceramic Clay

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“By using the versatility of paper and clay, this work attempts a sense of inner space and perception using outer objects and events. I am excited by the Rabbit Hole of versatility offered by the mediums of paper and clay. Each can be painted, sprayed, stamped and cut, torn, punched, collaged, molded, woven, appliquéd, coiled, sewn, and many other ways of manipulation. It is also the constant visual stimulation from living on Cape Ann and teaching art to kids at The Eastern Point Day School that keep the creative wheels turning. How far down the Rabbit Hole can art take me?”

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Patricia Reed was born and raised in the Army– the daughter of a professional Army officer. She has traveled and lived in foreign countries and all over the U.S. Her current art is a personal expression of the sea, wind, rocks, woods, and other natural elements unique to Cape Ann. It reflects both her imagination and the adventure of sailing along the New England coast each summer or hiking the wilds of Dogtown. Patricia taught art to children in public and private schools for over 30 years and has always been energized by their spontaneity. Recently adding ceramics to her repertoire, she creates unique sculptural forms well as utilitarian objects at Cynthia Curtis Pottery.

January in the Matz Gallery: Stephen Patrican

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“Hello! My name is Stephen Patrican and I am a long time resident of Gloucester. Art and photography has been a long time passion of mine. I just recently had an art show in Danvers, MA.”

This exhibit will be on display January 11, 2014 – February 1, 2014. If you are interested in purchasing any of the photographs displayed, you can get more information at the Library. Unframed photographs are $20 (8×10) and $30 (11×14).

December in the Matz Gallery: Kerry Mullen

Kerry Mullen is a multi-media artist living and working in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She is greatly influenced by her surroundings, particularly the rocky coast, glacial formations, granite quarries, ocean, and extraordinary light which play upon all of these from the season to season.

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Kerry’s clay work appears to have been formed from the ground itself with beautiful earth tones and a refined sensibility.

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Kerry’s work has been shown at various North Shore venues including her own Spotted Cat Gallery, Cove Gallery, Rocky Neck Art Association, Artspace, Joncien Gallery, and Local Colors. Her work is in private collections across the United States. Kerry’s unique contributions to the greater community have been through her sculpture installations shown at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, Massachusetts and the Stone Bone Feather Festival in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

November in the Matz Gallery: Laureen Adrienne Maher’s “Birdseye View”

This month the Adolph Matz Gallery features the work of Laureen Adrienne Maher. “Birdseye View” is her largest body of work and features many images of the old Birdseye building as it stands today. You will see the dilapidation and gritty character that this site brings to our unique cityscape … if only for a little while more. Birdseye View is also the title of the large centerpiece of this exhibit: three 18 x 24 canvases dressed in oils and mounted on a stucco-like background.

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This show is dedicated to her late husband, Steve DeBoer, who supported her painting efforts wholeheartedly and loved Gloucester and the cast of characters and artists that make up this City. “Everywhere I go people are talking about what is happening around the old Birdseye building. All I know is I had a great time painting it!”

Laureen was published in the Gloucester Times in March 2010 and 2011. Both articles featured her florals and popular series, called Catch of the Day, which depicts our great local rock stars including Allen Estes, Fly Amero, and Willie “Loco” Alexander. In recent years she has exhibited locally at Lone Gull, Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck, and The Bodin Historic Gallery. The latter carries Snack Bar at Good Harbor Beach which is one of her most popular reproductions.

Laureen resides in beautiful East Gloucester. She owns Beauty Bar at 12 Parker Street where she cuts and colors hair and exhibits her artwork year-round. New works are in progress for her upcoming late Spring exhibit to be held at Beauty Bar. She also participates in the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction each year.

Contact Laureen at (617) 335-6788 or email her at laureen@beautybarstyle.com.

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