Location: Snow Farm
Date: Thursday June 12th
Sponsors: Snow Farm
Williamsburg artist, Carolyn Webb is a sculptor and printmaker whose recent work has focused on tree based imagery as metaphor for fractal systems present throughout the physical world. Two 24 foot high digital prints installed at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center in 2012 were a large and public manifestation of this current interest. Ms. Webb’s sculpture and prints have been exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the US and abroad and are held in corporate, academic and private collections. Awards include an A.R.T. Grant, a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship in Sculpture, and an Artist Residency Grant from the Vermont Studio Center.
Carolyn Clayton received her BFA in 2009 from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus in sculpture, installation and site-specific work. The sculptural systems that she creates are often activated by her own participation in labor-driven tasks, as a means to produce objects that are partially informed by chance. By making this part of her creative process public and inviting participation, Clayton examines how people attribute value to time, labor and our material surroundings. Clayton has shown in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York. She will begin her graduate studies this fall at the University of Michigan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, in pursuit of her MFA.
Nan Fleming discovered metal as an art form while at UMASS in 1992, when on a whim she took a welding class with Dorrance Hill. Always a hoarder of the discarded and used, she was drawn to the shapes and patinas of the broken farm equipment and rusted gears rather than the shiny sheets of new metal available in the foundry. Manipulating a shape with heat was pure magic for her. She combines these worn metal elements with other materials such as wood, paper, clay and small found objects to create both functional, figurative and purely sculptural pieces. Usually a single shape will suggest a gesture or the beginning of an idea. More recently she has been using wire in her work, interested in the depth and shadow created with its layering and weaving.
Jamie Young began painting at age four and never stopped. She started exhibiting in her teens and has had many solo exhibits locally and nationally. Jamie is a self taught painter with two years at UMASS studying drawing. The Pioneer Valley has inspired her landscapes for fifty years and now her style is pushing into the abstract realm. Today Jamie’s work is devoted to translating global warming’s effects on the Pioneer Valley. The Vineage Series is an intimate look at beautiful decay.