Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Judith deToth Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library



Biography
Judith deToth lives in Carmel, NY.  After teaching 40 years in NYC and Westchester County, she wanted to follow her passion for art. A friend encouraged her to take art lessons. She has been painting with acrylics and oil for the past seven years, and currently exploring a new modality: Alcohol Inks.

Artist Statement
I fell in love with Alcohol Inks after taking a workshop with a local artist. After joining an AI group on Facebook, I started to develop new techniques for more interesting compositions.
Alcohol inks are very vibrant and transparent. They allow the artist to explore the ways colors blend, shade, splatter, float and flow.  They continually transform themselves; that’s the exciting part of working with AI.  As an artist, every piece I paint surprises me.
Alcohol Inks are ideal for use on non-porous surfaces – yupo paper, plastic, glass, metal, ceramic, acetate -- anything that allows them to float and spread on the surface until they dry.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Robert Olsson Photography on Display at Kent Public Library

Departure Project: Saying Goodbye 

 
Hit-and-run, knocked unconsciousness, reawakening to nearby stains of blood. Broken this and that. I now carry the
vulnerability of modern travel with me; the fragility of living.

Ostensibly, this is a photo-documentary, a visual study of deeds made by those in grief. How we deal with the loss
of loved ones is what this touches on. Survivors first go to the departure sites in an attempt to understand what
happened, then return to assemble shrines bringing personal items, artifacts and materials. Some sites are simple
markers. Some places are more elaborately crafted than others. I selected those which contained remnants from the lost
individuals’ lives. 

They represent and define how the departed were remembered. They include objects which celebrated the deceased‘s
identity, articles left as associations to the departed. There is a vague connection between the eff ects left and how they
make the location sacred. Some sites show participation from multiple parties. Some show the victim’s service. Some
capture the heartbreaking despair of favorite stuff ed animals on a telephone pole where a young child was killed.

We have an expectation that our people will always be there for us, yet now they’re suddenly gone. What is the narrative of these events? How did this happen? What were they doing? What were they thinking at that last moment? How much did they suffer? We do or don’t know who they were. We don’t know who testified for their angels, leaving visible fragments of expressions. A tapestry wrestling with our inadequacy to prevent the loss of one of our own; a manifestation of our need for resolution. I am reminded of my impermanence and am lead to more unanswered
questions.

Aside from a cautionary tale, what matters? The shrines represent how much time I have left. For others, perhaps they serve as a catharsis, they recognize positive eff orts of erecting crudely fashioned arrays of grief. Friends, family, devastated by their loss, return to the place where life became death. We do know this as a place of departure. The profound wish of survivors is to have their losses immortalized. They stand here at this place unable to be with their beloved. They go to the place where they feel their loss the strongest. They sense the energy gone of persons no longer
present, not knowing what is their loss or the loss of the departed.

The selections of Departure Project is sponsored by the Friends of the Kent Public Library. Special thanks to the Kent Public Library for providing a venue for display of these images. 

©2017–2018 Robert Olssonrobertolssonphotography.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sandra Gorman Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library



Sandra Gorman
Artist statement 2018

I primarily work primarily in oils and pastels and enjoy experimenting with different mediums and surfaces.

In this exhibit you will see paintings in inks on paper. I started using this medium last summer when I studied with artist, Jeanette Rodriguez.

I love the color intensity of the inks and have been using them in an abstract way letting the colors flow and create beautiful shapes on the paper.

Over the years I have studied with wonderful artists and have gained so much from their individual techniques and masterful instruction.

Painting is a passion for me and I enjoy experimenting and taking my art in new directions.

Contact: sandragorman14@gmail.com


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Richard Harrison Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library


RICHARD HARRISON
ARTISTS STATEMENT

THE WONDER OF CATS

Cats in art. From Egyptian wall art to the old masters’ portraits of cats on laps, or
at the feet of families, these amazing animals have been prominently displayed.
To this day the wonder of cats, their sense of independence, their loyalty, their
curiosity, their empathy, their mastery of movement and their incredible beauty is
appreciated by so many of us.

Having shared my life with cats over the past forty years I have drawn and
painted studies of cats and I always find it fascinating how they position
themselves in the right settings … finding the right ray of sunshine to bathe
themselves in or posing next to the right bouquet of flowers often following this
with a deep sleep (much deeper than a cat nap!)

This exhibit includes my most recent attempts at capturing their individuality,
mystery and beauty. I have experimented working on kraft paper (butcher paper)
because I like both the texture of the paper and the brown color as a starting
background.

I use a multi-media approach … acrylic paints combined with Prismacolor pencils
and often graphite. I enjoy the fluidity of the paint which helps to create a sense
of spontaneity and the colored pencils work well for the details.

My professional background consists of being an art educator. I have taught in
Nanuet, Scotia, London/England schools and for twenty five years I was an art
teacher at the George Fischer Middle School in Carmel.

My art work can be found in many collections throughout the United States and
England.

Contact: rjamesharrison@cs.com