The Emerald Pool
Revisiting a Once-Iconic White Mountain Landmark
Edwards Art Gallery, The Holderness School
Sept. 17 – mid-October
Nor Roots Nor Stars
Christopher Volpe & Margery Thomas Mueller
In partnership with the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, available paintings from the LOOMINGS series are being exhibited alongside work by Alton artist Margery Thomas Mueller, recipient of this year’s St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artist and Nellie Taft awards.
From the press release:
In Thomas-Mueller’s large-scale works in ink and graphite on Yupo paper, tangled tree branches seem to both shelter and snag pale remnants of nomadic humanity. In Volpe’s canvases combining oil paint and liquid tar, stormy abstractions stand in for seascapes and ghostly tall ships flicker on bleak horizons. For both artists, a major theme ishumanity uprooted and “lost at sea.”
Gallerist Patricia Carega says, “The title, Nor Roots Nor Stars, refers to both Margery’s huddled, rootless figures and Christopher’s port-less ships, in each case representatives of humanity seeking a solid resting place in a space in flux. As artists, Margery and Christopher have an exceptional ability to enrich natural imagery with metaphor as well as to convey messages badly needed in troubled times.”
Please contact Patricia Ladd Carega to schedule a viewing.
July 1, 2019 – October 28, 2019
Summer Landscape Show
In Wildness: Paintings of the White Mountains
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Highland Center this summer will exhibit In Wildness: Paintings of the White Mountains, a varied series of landscapes executed in a contemporary mode. The title refers to Thoreau’s belief that “in wildness” is the spiritual (and let’s add to that, the physical) preservation of humankind. A portion of sales will benefit the work of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
July 1, 2019 – September 28, 2019
Opening reception July 6, 2019 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Environmental Impact 2
Several works in tar will be included in a traveling museum exhibition called Environmental Impact 2. Here is the exhibition’s current itinerary:
August 24 - December 1, 2019 The James Museum St. Petersburg, Florida January 13 - May 11, 2020 The North Carolina Arboretum Asheville, North Carolina June 7 - September 6, 2020 Dennos Museum Center Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City, Michigan October 9 - December 31, 2021 Museum of The Rockies Montana State University Bozeman, MT March 1 to June 15, 2021 Alexandria Museum of Art Alexandria, Louisiana (Additional Venues May Be Added. List subject to change.)
EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss
I am working on curating EXTRACTION New England: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, a group exhibition seeking work by New England artists addressing the implications of the unsustainable commercial over-exploitation of the planet’s natural resources. Included will be multimedia paintings, sculpture, video, audio, and site-specific installations.
Artists working in any medium are invited to submit proposals. Accepted art will expose and interrogate the negative social and environmental consequences of the suicidal, unsustainable consumption of the planet’s natural resources by extractive industry, from the damage done to people, especially indigenous and disenfranchised communities, to ravaged landscapes and poisoned water to climate change and its many troubling implications.
EXTRACTION New England joins a cross-border conversation that will take place in multiple locations throughout the U.S. and abroad during the summer and fall of 2021. EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss is a constellation of simultaneous and overlapping exhibits, installations, performances, site-specific works, land art, street art, and cross-media interventions investigating extractive industry in all of its forms, from mining and drilling to the reckless exploitation of water, soil, trees, marine life, and other natural resources. Due to the far-reaching scope of our ambition, the project has adopted through necessity an unconventional approach—de-centralized, non-hierarchical, and self-organizing.
EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss is a special project of the Codex Foundation (codexfoundation.org).
Monthly Open Studio
Lowell, MA, first Saturday of each month, noon – 4 p.m.
View past and current work on the first Saturday of every month at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. Dozens of artists participate each month. Studio #521 from noon-5. If you’re making the trip, it’s a good idea to contact me first to make sure I’ll be open.