Friday, February 26, 2016
6:30pm, presentations begin at 7pm
$5 suggested donation
At Snow Farm, Williamsburg
This month’s ArtSalon will be at Snow Farm in Williamsburg. The evening begins at 6:30pm with mingling and light refreshments, and presentations start at 7pm. A brief Q&A period with the artists follows the presentations.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Williamsburg Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Fafnir Adamites uses feltmaking and other traditional craft processes to create sculptural and installation work that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. Material exploration is the starting point for all of her work and plays a key role in building the conceptual backing of each piece. Fafnir holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMAss Amherst. She lives and works in Turners Falls. www.fafniradamites.com
Elizabeth Whyte Schulze’s inspiration for her recent sculptures came from a newspaper feature about the French painter Bernard Durin best known for his exquisitely rendered watercolors of exotic insects. Many of the bugs pictured in the article resembled miniature pieces of contemporary art in their unusual designs and vibrant colors. Elizabeth Whyte Schulze wanted to explore achieving something similar with her basketry. Molding handmade paper onto woven sculpture, she paints figures and marks to the skin of the basket form. She then adds elements such as brass tacks, map pins, wire and beads to emulate the rich, vibrant and light catching enchantment of the remarkable world of insects. www.elizabethwhyteschulze.com
Mark Shapiro is a frequent workshop leader, lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. His work is in many public collections and he edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes. He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine, founding member of POW! (Pots on Wheels!), and he directs the New Apprenticeship Project in Studio Ceramics. stonepoolpottery.com
Patricia Bennett received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, and an MFA from Alfred College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She has worked in the arts and craft business for the past 20 years fabricating sculpture, ornamental rails, and functional objects with both steel and glass. Professor Bennett has taught at various schools such as Alfred University, Penland School of Craft, Snow Farm the New England Craft School, and Hampshire College. Recently she had two outdoor installations at Art in The Orchard in Easthampton. Her current studio work involves combining small hand made glass figures with metal containers and other found materials.
Nathan Hanford, a native of Becket, Massachusetts, has spent the past six years dividing his time between the crisp mountain air of the Berkshire hills in New England and the urban wilds of Shoreditch, London. His work is evocative of a fusion between these environments, influenced by the rituals, sentiments and textures of the past but thoroughly modern in its messaging. He draws inspiration from “things I see; people I meet; stories from my family and past.” He currently is the Artist in Residence and a Case Manager at Soldier On, a non-profit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness, where he not only facilitates creative based education but is in the process of working hand in hand with Soldier On to create a flexible arts and culture curriculum to be used to enrich the lives of the veterans that they serve.