Artists from the Pioneer Valley Present Their Work: Juliet Bacchas, Roberley Bell, Jacin Giordano, Chris Page, Sondra Peron, and John Simpson.
Thursday May 24th, 2018, at the Mass Life Building, 9th Floor.
6:30pm, Presentations begin at 7pm, $5 – $10 Sliding scale admission fee
Juliet Bacchas was a child of the Jamaican countryside, and set her sights high and made it through four years of college. In her second year she was honored to receive a bronze medal form the Jamaican Cultural Development Commission(JCDC). In 2000, Juliet received a silver medal, again from the JCDC. She also received the William Aiken Cash Award in her final year, which helped pay tuition. At graduation she was the first recipient of the Cecil Baugh award of Excellence. She said, “It was an honor to have my medal placed around my neck personally from the Master Potter of Jamaica himself……Cecil Baugh. I will cherish this honor always”. https://julietrosepotterystudio.com/
Roberley Bell spent her childhood in Latin America and Southeast Asia, before returning to the United States to attend the University of Massachusetts and State University of New York at Alfred from where she holds an MFA. Bell is the recipient of many grants and fellowships including the Senior Scholar Fulbright to Turkey which spawned a series of projects in public spaces. She continues to receive residency awards both nationally and internationally. Bell has completed public projects in Lincoln and Cambridge, Mass, in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Kaliningrad in Russia, Salzburg in Austria, and in Istanbul, Turkey. She lives in a rural community in Upstate New York and teaches in the School of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. Roberley will shortly move to the Pioneer Valley, which she considers her second home. http://www.roberleybell.com/
Jacin Giordano works in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He received his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Giordano has exhibited in galleries, museums, and art fairs throughout the United States and internationally including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, The Bass Museum of Art, Harn Museum, The Frost Museum at FIU, Fondation Villa Datris, Frieze Fair, The Armory Fair, Zona Maco, and Art Basel. Although his work sometimes blurs the line between painting and sculpture, Jacin primarily identifies his work through the lens of painting where he is continually interested in deconstructing and reconfiguring the physical possibilities of paint. His work is the result of experimentation and a constant exploration of material, texture and process.
Chris Page is a contemporary artist working in the Amherst–Northampton area of Western Massachusetts creating paintings and photographic sequences in response to walking the land.He is having a dialog between nature and the practice of painting for over forty years. Influenced by the large-scale paintings of the New York art scene including Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, Chris has long been engaged in painting large canvases that navigate and between abstraction and landscape, trying to share his experiences of being in nature. Recently he has added photography as part of his practice. Chris has exhibited widely in museums, galleries and alternative spaces around New England and in Brooklyn, NY and Santa Fe, NM. http://chris-page-art.com/
Sondra Peron grew up in Connecticut and resides in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is currently on the faculty at Springfield Technical Community College where she teaches photography as well as conducting independent studies with advanced students, and academic advising. Peron has produced a significant body of work using vintage cameras, most notably the Brownie Hawkeye manufactured by Kodak from the late 1940s to early 1960s. Her photography has been exhibited in solo, two-person and group shows throughout New England, Maryland, Tennessee, and China. https://sondraperon.com/
John Simpson works as a professional artist since 1988. He apprenticed the renowned artists Gregory Gillespie, Robert Mallary, Shimon Okshteyn and master Kalsang Lodoe Oshoe as well as master conservator Emil Schnorr (Springfield Museums). He is teaching assistant at UMASS Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. He collaborated in special exhibits at the Springfield Museums for the last 25 years, including Kathmandu, Ancient Egypt, the GWVS Museum Art Discovery Center, In the Land of Castles and Kings, Timbuktu and painted the murals inside the Dr. Seuss Museum. John has painted the murals on 31 Elm St. in Court Square, created a moveable Tibetan Buddhist temple and Buddha Shakyamuni statue for the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival in 2000 and is working with MGM Resorts and MGM Springfield Founding member of City Mosaic, along with Evan Plotkin and Mike Cass, Founding member of Springfield Central Cultural District.