This month’s ArtSalon will be at the School of Contemporary Dance and Thought Northampton, MA. Presenting artists are from the Northampton Biennial on view at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery. 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 The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and Fierst, Kane and Bloomberg and the Northampton Arts Council
Presenting artists: Eva Camacho, Zoey Hart, Tekla McInerney, Veronica Lavia, William Brayton, Kevin Pomerleau
Eva Camacho is a felt maker born and raised in Andalucía, Spain, now living in western Massachusetts. She is a fiber/textile artist working full time making felt with her hands, by using wool, water and soap. She has been selling her work in numerous art shows in the East Coast during the past 3 years. Currently, her last collection Boro can be found at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., and other collections are being sold in 20 different galleries and stores across the United States. She considers her work very sustainable because of the use of 100% natural and biodegradable materials including natural dyes, locally-sourced and sustainable raw materials, all with an emphasis on low-impact creative processes like reduced water consumption needed to make the felt. Through her work she hopes to raise awareness of the problems of climate change, as well as the solutions we can take to reduce the effects and adapt to new environmental realities. https://evacamacho.com/
Zoey Hart is a Brooklyn-based visual artist, educator and collaborator practicing in North Adams through Mass MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program. Contending with chronic autoimmunity, Hart combines drawing, alternative printmaking, sculpture and multimedia collage techniques to challenge cultural perceptions of wellness and imperfection. Bouncing between local nonprofits and artist residencies abroad, Hart has presented her visual work, mindfulness-based art workshops and collaborative projects with communities in Brooklyn, Scotland, Portugal, Iceland, Thailand, Northern Mass, and hopefully beyond.
To learn more about Hart’s current workshops in North Adams, MA and NYC, please visit http://www.zoeyAhart.wordpress.com
Tekla McInerney Florence artist and designer, Tekla McInerney is a third generation Valley native. She makes things. Her monotypes and artist’s books have been exhibited throughout the U.S. She is a member of Zea Mays Printmaking and is represented in their Flat File project. Her books can be found in the library collections of Yale University, the University of Washington, the University of Utah, and in private collections. www.teklamcinerney.com/
Veronica Lavia is a novelist, filmmaker, photographer and animator. Through the manipulations of both textual and image based signifiers, Veronica attempts to deconstruct the multilayered fabric of contemporary society. Her creative work is a quest to unearth the hidden “magic” (forgotten memories of generations’ past) from the maze of technological mirrors. Nostalgia is one of the guiding themes that allow her reader/viewer to explore dis-remembered histories. Her work as been exhibited by the Centro Pecci, (PO) Ita
ly, New York K&P Gallery in New York City, Godine Family Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, and by the BLOW UP: Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago, among others. www.veronicalavia.com/
William Brayton “Implying motion with curved lines intersecting in space, or creating illusions with tiny circles accumulating on paper has carried me down some surprising paths. The relationships that arise between simple visual devices like arcs, circles, discs and spheres coalesce into an unpredictable pattern of ideas and emotive implications. Systems that determine construction, location and connection allow chance and unplanned visual events to become primary determinants of the final form. Research and areas of interest driving these investigations include: nautical literature; wind, weather and wave data; boat fabrication techniques; navigation charts; Polynesian stick charts; Complexity Theory; Phyllotaxis; Psychedelia; interactive sculpture, luminosity and chance.”
Kevin Pomerleau is artist/printmaker located in Northampton, MA. Kevin’s most recent work reflects on his past year of life since returning to western Massachusetts and finding his place in an assortment of communities. Kevin explores this in his most recent suite of etchings, 63 Revell, which will be shown at E/AB Fair in NYC and the Northampton Biennial, Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library.