Elemental works—rocks, leaves, and layers--inspire the new show “In the Beginning” by the Central Massachusetts Women’s Caucus for Art at the Townsend Library Meeting Hall Gallery. The show is in collaboration with poet Christian Riefsteck, whose work inspired several of the pieces in the show. Artists include Gail Bloom, Gail Hoar, C.M. Judge, Sue Norton Poplin, Marchia Green Santore, Helen Obermeyer Simmons, Sylvia Vander Sluis, Elsa Voelcker, Susan Wadsworth and Jennifer Weigel.
The Women’s Caucus for Art is a national organization with regional branches, and the Central Massachusetts group has just been reinvigorated in the last few years. Gail Bloom, the president, is connected with Reifsteck through their association with poet Dona Stein and 7 Bridges Writers Collaborative. They are intrigued by the idea of dialogue between the arts often experimented with in NY during the 1940s and 50s when Manhattan was a bee hive of creative intensity and dialogue. Bloom sees this exercise of Ekprasis, in collaboration with Christian Riefsteck, as giving us as members of the Central Mass Women’s Caucus for Art an opportunity to continue that valued tradition of collaboration and dialogue, a true luxury.
For Elsa Voelcker, her new images are wider landscapes with blur caused by panning a scene while in a moving car. Sylvia Vander Sluis’ collages create metaphors for earth, water, wind, and fire. She creates sensual, textured surfaces and patterns, which are influenced by what she sees around her – reflections on water, fish swimming around her while snorkeling, and craggy rocks along the seashore, for example. Multi-media collage is also essential in Sue J. Norton Poplin’s work; she uses these forms and paintings to portray her inner reaction to her outer world.
Deep wonders of the natural world, so beautifully expressed in Reifstock’s poetry, also inform C.M. Judge’s paintings, which are meditations on elements of the eternal. Susan Wadsworth’s work shows ancient rocks, volcanoes and the architecture of ruined churches and cathedrals. Helen Obermeyer Simmons mixed media collages are inspired by family history and the landscapes of her life. Texture, color, and imagery from locales including Arizona, West Virginia and Nova Scotia inform her work.
The exhibition is open from September 2 – 29 in the Townsend Library Meeting Hall Gallery 12 Dudley Road, Townsend, Massachusetts, (978) 597-1714. It is closed Sundays but open Monday 10-3, Tuesday and Wednesday 10-9, Thursday 2-9, Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-2. Please check event calendar for other events in the Meeting Hall.
You're in the right place! Discussions pertain to, but are not limited to - camera equipment, photography techniques, critiques, day trips, contests, and displays. All levels of photography experience welcome. At each meeting, members are encouraged to bring photos they have taken that are in keeping with the meeting topic (listed below). The number of photos (average 3-5) each person present for group critique will depend on the number of meeting participants and time available. You can bring a print/laptop/flash drive to display your photo. It's up to you! There will be TPL laptops available at each meeting.
No registration required.
October 26, 2016
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December 14, 2016
January 25, 2017
February 22, 2017
March 29, 2017
April 26, 2017
May 31, 2017
June 2017 Photography Outing (TBD)
July 2017 Photography Outing (TBD)