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Holiday Small Works Exhibit

Holiday Small Works Exhibit will open Small Kilim with Birdswill open November 17 and run through February 3, 2013. Join us for an open house Friday, November 3 from 5–8 PM. This is the night of the Home for the Holidays 2012 in downtown South Berwick, Maine, a festive event.

The Holiday Small Works Exhibit features regional artist in an array of mediums including tapestry of Janet Austin, E. Greenwich, RI; watercolor of Cori Caputo, Nottingham, NH; digital collage by Donna Catanzaro, Windham, NH; mixed media of Judith Heller-Cassell, Rochester, NH; pottery by Brenda Hess-McAskill, Eliot, ME; mixed media collage of Ethel Hills, Hampton, NH; mixed media of Suzanne Pretty, Farmington, NH; acrylics of Susan Schwake, Rochester, NH; mixed media of Gail Smuda, Concord, NH; photography of Ann Siegel, South Berwick, ME; fiber collages of Wen Redmond, Rochester, NH plus many regional artist.

Janet Austin's woven tapestry Small Kilim with Bird is one of her many pieces exploring the techniques of the kilim. She has work currently in the American Tapestry Biennial 9 at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. The second venue is the Fort Wayne Museum of Art at Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She states "My tapestries grow out of my drawings and paintings; they have to sit around for years before they ripen into material for my tapestry designs. I make color copies, I cut out pieces that interest me, then enlarge them, and play with them some more until finally I have a tapestry cartoon."

Fiberworks 54

Wen Redmond exhibits extensively, teaches workshops and has been involved with multiple books and video projects. She talks about her work and process " I am a mixed media fiber artist. I am a process person. My process is fed by my love of being outdoors. I’m passionate about coming up with ideas and working out the kinks. This leads to more discoveries, an evolution. I make the art and then the art makes me.

Part of that process is photography. I can see the most exquisite scenes or combinations of patterns and want to share that beauty. My art represents these moments. They are what lie beneath. I bring them back to share, to remind, to remember. These moments become my source, my well. I hope to bring that energy into my art."

Donna Catanzaro has work in the exhibit Party Head Quarters: Art in the age of Political Absurdity, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY.

Our Lady of the Frigidaire

She explains "I am a collector, but instead of objects, I collect images: photos of people and objects from old books, instructional manuals, cookbooks, magazines, and photos that I take myself of steamrollers, Virgin Mary statuettes and skies. I see the world as potential parts of a collage – possible interesting backdrops or funky main characters. I also collect data: information, historical facts, news and current events. I’m a news junkie, and while some of the news makes me enraged, some news makes me see the absurdity of it all.

With all these images I create amusing yet sobering, dream-like digital collages with my favorite tool, Adobe Photoshop. I research topics and then juxtapose my own photographs, artwork and text with vintage graphics to create new realities and make comments on popular culture. I examine such issues as feminism, gender, women’s issues, politics, war, the environment and more. My goal is to entice the viewer into the piece through amusement, and then, subtly, challenge them with an underlying complex or sober comment. If I can educate or affect just one viewer to question our culture, then I feel I have accomplished my goal."

Blackbirds, DetailGail Smuda has a show at the University Gallery at Umass Lowell February 26 - March 22 entitled Gail Smuda: A Retrospective of Hand Made Artist's Books.

Gail states " My work is mixed media with three areas of concentration, books, mixed media and fiber and frequently a combination of these medias.

For me the artist's books provide a means to convey ideas and imagery on a scale for me that is both intimate and personal.

When people see my work I'd like them to be able to discover the layers of meaning. Layering materials, images and ideas I'd like to think that people are able to gain access a little at a time and always as upon returning to the work, find something new to discover."


Small Kilim with Bird (upper right)
by Janet Austin, woven tapestry of wool
Fiberworks 54, (middle right)
by Wen Redmond, digital fiber works collage
Our Lady of the Frigidaire, (lower left)
by Donna Catanzaro, digital colla
4 & 20 Blackbirds, detail, (lower left)
by Gail Smuda, mixed media