Sunday, April 23, 2017
6:30pm, presentations begin at 7pm
$5-$10 sliding scale admission fee
At Double Edge Theatre, 948 Conway Road, Ashfield
This month’s ArtSalon will be at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield. The evening begins at 6:30pm with mingling and light refreshments, and presentations start at 7pm.
Refreshments are being provided by Ellie’s Oils.
A brief Q&A period with the artists follows the presentations.
The ArtSalon at Double Edge Theatre is part of a series of programming exploring the relationship between culture, community, and democracy, in conjunction with Double Edge’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair, June 3rd & 4th. For two days in June, the Spectacle will take over the town with large- and small-scale performances, art exhibitions, historical and cultural presentations, concerts, participatory and presentational dance, culminating in a large parade/procession down Main Street, leading to a spectacular finale at the Ashfield Lake. Citizen artists will be dancing, singing, flying, speaking, painting, and acting throughout the Center of Ashfield, from the Tavern through the Commons. A celebration of Ashfield’s unique history of acceptance, freedom and creativity, performed in the heart of the town by the people of the community. For more information about the Ashfield Town
This program is supported in part by The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and Fierst, Kane and Bloomberg.
Tracey Brockett, Wesley Fleming, Michal Kuriata, Robert Markey, Jen Morris and Christopher Serra
Tracey Physioc Brockett was born in Toronto, where she studied music at a young age. Finding her way to the Pioneer Valley to study History and English at Mount Holyoke College, she came to painting her last semester there. After continuing her painting studies at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she was in residence at The Studio Center, in Vermont, and the now defunct Cummington Community for the Arts, for both painting and poetry. She received several Massachusetts Arts Lottery grants for solo shows. As a member of The Multimedia Project, and The Nixworks Ensemble, she performed spoken word with musician Michael Nix all around New England and New York. For the past decade she has focused on painting and writing about painting in her Greenfield studio. www.physioc.com
Wesley Fleming is inspired by nature and his imagination. He began working with glass in 2001, learning via apprenticeship and under tutelage of Italian maestros in Venice. He loves sculpting – transforming brittle glass to a molten and pliable substance in fire. With his glass insects and flowers, Wesley mimics actual species in intricate detail. In other pieces he conjures beings from his dreams. Wesley’s work can be found at select galleries around the United States, abroad, and at: www.wesleyfleming.com
Michal Kuriata is currently a design director in an ensemble-based theatre DOUBLE EDGE THEATRE, where he is responsible for set design and building process of the theatre’s original pieces. His collaboration with this ensemble began in 2004. Since then he collaborated on creating two of the theatre’s indoor works and several summer spectacles. He was born in 1983 in Wroclaw, Poland where he received his education at Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts. He holds a masters degree in sculpture. He is a sculptor and a painter. In his work he explores the relations between inside and outside. His interest in theatre comes from his need to collaborate. He believes that theatre art has an outstanding potential, and by allowing oneself a process of self-discovery it can be crucial in reimagining communities. www.michalkuriata.com
Robert Markey works in several media including painting, sculpture, installation, video, and mosaics. He has done public art projects in cities around the country, his first video was aired on PBS, and he received national media coverage for his public performance work on domestic violence. He has done mosaic murals in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Israel, India and the U.S. and for the past several years he has traveled to Asia and Brazil to work with youth in vulnerable situations to make mosaic murals. www.rmarkey.blue-fox.com
Through photography and video, Jen Morris questions cultural depictions of landscape. She explores personal and public spheres of memory and dominant power structures, as well as how these spaces intersect. A current project investigates how marble connotes complicated ideas of quality, value, memorial, and sanctioned memory. Based in Western Massachusetts, she is also an Associate Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, and an Artist Teacher with the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont. www.jenmorris.net
Much of Chris Serra’s work is inspired by the inherent beauty of rundown factory buildings, broken machines and rusted mechanisms found in the industrial neighborhoods and old mill towns of Massachusetts where he has lived and worked. Drawing plays an important role in his creative process. Ideas are chosen from sketchbooks and then become rough “blueprints” for sculptures. Chris is a member of the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton and will be showing his sculptural work in June and August of this year. He studied design and illustration at Mass Art. His editorial work can be seen in many publications, both nationally and internationally. www.christoph4serra.com