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slides: Artist Spotlight: Pawtucket’s Arts Marketplace

Thursday, August 29, 2013

 

This detail from a work by Pawtucket photographer Aaron Usher is just one of many fine works for sale next weekend at Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket.

The Second Annual Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket is coming in little over a week, open on Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th from 10am to 4pm at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, 172 Exchange St, downtown Pawtucket. The Fine Art and American-made Crafts Show & Sale features the work of over 50 artists from throughout the region, who will display their work in individual booths. Categories include Art and Sculpture, Jewelry, Wearables, and Accessories.

This year, Arts Marketplace Pawtucket will team up with XOS – Exchange Street Open Studios, with over 50 artists participating in their studios at 5 local mill buildings nearby to the Armory. Both events are part of the month long celebration of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, with its long history celebrating the arts and traditions in the community.  

GoLocalProv has a sneak peek at 15 artists who'll be selling at the Marketplace... don't miss them and all the action next weekend in Pawtucket. 

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Sean Harrington

Greene, RI

Sean Harrington is an award winning Sculptor and Art Teacher. “My Sculptures are inspired by nature and myth and explore the vast concept of our own relationship with time.  They are metaphors of the unknown depths of time and space.  Their ambiguous biological forms explore the conflicts between spirit and reason.  They express the fear and wonder of the unknown while embracing the myths and fantasy that seem to calm our worries and give us a sense of immortality.”     

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Rick Devin

Hope Valley, RI

“My work is drawn from within and is often mixed with memories, hopes, fears and past conversations.  ‘Creativity can only be energized by change’.  I am constantly seeking a reaction, whether it is positive or negative, because it is necessary for my existence as an artist.  I work in a variety of materials trying to present my ideas to the viewer through the visual concrete example, whether it is two or three-dimensional.

Work shown is detail of larger work. 

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Amy Meltzer

Cambridge, MA

“I hand dye silk scarves and shawls in a wide range of colors and designs, using Shibori techniques. My methods include folding and clamping shapes to the fabric, or wrapping the fabric around a pole or rope, before submerging the scarves in a dye bath. I integrate several dye methods, which result in unusual patterns and color variations in my geometric and textured designs. Each individually made piece is colorfast and washable.”

Work shown is detail of larger work. 

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Beth Johnston

Coventry, RI

“The inspiration for my paintings is from nature, people and everyday objects.  The human body is the most beautiful design in nature and I strive to capture the subtle shifts in skin tones and values as they define the form.  My still life paintings take their inspiration from old masters, but with a modern flair.  I'm drawn to how light and shadows transform the world around us, sometimes into abstract shapes and forms.”

Work shown is detail of larger work. 

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Aaron Usher

Pawtucket, RI

“I’m a lifelong Rhode Islander and I exhibit photographs culled from my travels throughout Europe, Russia and the USA.  Building details, repeating patterns and unusual juxtapositions play a strong role in my visual point of departure. Several series including 'What is Art?' and Ice Abstractions themes will be on display, in addition to several diptychs and triptychs created to highlight a visual 'tug of war' within the series.”

Work shown is detail of larger work. 

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Hilal Minda

Providence, RI

“I create collections of functional ceramics and decorative pieces made of porcelain and stoneware. When I work on the wheel, I focus on designing a form that will complement the functionality of the piece.  My work is inspired by organic lines of natural elements, and the use of contrasting combinations of bold colors, textures and patterns.  In my ceramic sculptures, I focus on large-scale works and outdoor installations with durable clay material.  Through the use of well-coordinated techniques, I strive to achieve complex compositions.  Daily reflections and personal memories also have a great impact on my work.”

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Elizabeth Howland

Marion, MA

“After 10 years of designing and weaving commissioned corporate tapestries in Toronto, I moved to the Boston area, earned a BFA in 1994 at Mass College of Art in the textile department.  I now design and create one-of-a-kind jackets from fabrics which I often hand dye. The style is “classic comfort” and can be dressed up or down with my hand dyed accessories….shawls, wraps and scarves. These luxurious accent pieces are dyed using a variety of techniques; shibori resist dying being my favorite. The arashi shibori  scarves are dyed and pleated by hand. This allows for infinite colorful and textural expressions that have a pleasingly luminous effect.”

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Deborah Goldhaft

Pawtucket, RI

“Fire & Ice Studio creates custom Architectural Art Glass and Fine Art.  Our specialty is double side etching and carving, a technique, which produces three-dimensional depth to our glass art. The interplay of light flowing through the layers of etch is breathtakingly beautiful. Visual effects of our Architectural Art Glass fluctuate with weather and seasons. We take care to find working solutions for project timelines and budgets. Our motifs are earth, elemental, and human oriented.”

Work shown is detail of larger work. 

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Eileen de Rosas

Arlington, MA

“’I use your mug every day.’ When I hear that, I feel like I’ve succeeded---I’ve made a piece of art that has slipped into someone’s daily life.  My work is thrown on the potters’ wheel and each one is hand painted with natural and whimsical images.   No two pieces are exactly alike—just like the people who use them.”

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Jess Regelson

Providence, RI

"My mosaics are constructed of a variety of materials: glass, stone, ceramic tile, broken dishes, and found objects. Some work such as my USA Maps, are meant to evoke a more innocent time in a whimsical manner by using broken souvenir dishes. Others, such as my animal series, employ vitreous glass tile to create a coherent whole out of fragments of colors."

Work shown is detail of larger work. 

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Lisa Micheels

Lynn, MA

“I combine luxurious, hand-painted, dyed fabrics with eclectic embellishments, to fashion creative, elegant, and very wearable clothing and accessories.”

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Joan Hausrath

Pawtucket, RI

 “I scour flea markets and rummages around thrift shops, and on occasion, will even shop in antique stores looking for junk.  My mission is to find just the right parts to assemble into figurative sculptures. Depending on how the items fit together, each sculpture emerges from the creative process with a unique attitude and personality.  All of my sculptures have a fun and edgy sensibility.”

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Lach Franquemont

Pawtucket, RI

Lachlan Franquemont is an artist and a neuroscientist at Brown University, where he researches how the brain directs the hand and arm to do skilled reach-to-graph motions and these investigations into neural codes are reflected in his art.  “Employing photography, digital art, and painting, I create and simultaneously seek to understand complex systems, many of which alter the viewer’s perception of depth and movement. My approach is both methodical and spontaneous. Starting at a fixed point, whether it is a wood panel and paint or a digital image, I layer and manipulate, striving for imperfection and the unexpected. Reveling in the process itself, the work imbues Abstract Expressionist sensibilities.”   

Work shown is detail of larger work. 

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Adar Design

Needham, MA

"I incorporate color, texture and fiber to create wearable art and welcoming environments.I work with new fabrics, vintage textiles, found treasures and sentimental pieces to design to create handbags, clutches, specialty bags and other beautiful pieces to wear and to enjoy.”

Work shown is detail of larger work. 

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Tracy Glover

Pawtucket, RI

“I delight in the physicality of the glassmaking process, and the challenge of working with such a malleable, fragile material. As an avid oarsman, rowing daily on Narragansett Bay at sunrise, I find inspiration everywhere - faceted, prismatic, transformed by the meeting of sunlight and tides. The furnace burns 24 hours a day with molten glass at the ready. Colored rods, varying in thickness, are cut, fused, rolled and mouthblown in a dance of heat, urgency and vision.”

 
 

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