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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October in the Matz Gallery: Cape Ann Art Collective

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This month the Adolph Matz Gallery features the work of the Cape Ann Art Collective:

Jean Byrd, an artist from Rockport who works in oils and exhibited extensively in the area. She graduated from college with a minor in art and has continued to make her art studies a life long process. Her work can be viewed at http://www.jeanbyrd.com.

Jayn Gardner, silversmith and jewelry designer started smithing while still in high school and has a BFA from University of New Mexico and also studied lapidary arts at the college of Santa Fe. For information about her unique designs in gold and silver call 508-284-8663.

William Grillo has been drawing for most of his life and has inherited a talent and obsession for all things architectural. His home portraits evoke a particular sense of place. A painter in oils as a young man, in 2002 he began to work in watercolors and is a member of the Rockport Art Association. He can be contacted at williamgrillo@mindspring.com or calling 978-879-6595.

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Kate Somers is a watercolor artist and lifelong resident of Cape Ann. As a plein air painter she has captured the changing light from season to season in the pink and orange light of sunset and the lavender light on a glassy sea. She has received numerous awards including the 2011 Peoples Choice Award seARTS Bass Rocks Show. Contact her at kate@somersbyart.com or http://www.somersbyart.com.

Christopher H. Wood is an abstract artist whose work is “organic, bold, gritty, sensual…” His painting style “and its looseness makes watercolor and latex optimal mediums.” He is also an arborist, a potter, and a wooden archery bow maker. Contact him at artbychw@gmail.com

Jane Tocco and Cathy Lake are also featured in the exhibit case with their fine silver and quartz jewelry.

The Cape Ann Art Collective is an informal group that meets bi-monthly. Both full and part time artists and craft people are welcome to join. You may contact them at gardner2468@hotmail.com or cathy@lakesinmagnolia.com.