PCA

10 Lincoln Street
P.O. Box 411
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-6333
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Artist of the Month

2016

September/October – Donna Berger
November – Trina Teele
December – Paul Orzech

2017

January – Tracy LeBlanc
February – George Wisnowski
March – Mark Romanowski
Mar 26 through Apr 9 – Westford Regional Art Event
April 10 through 30 – Vintage WW I Posters
May – John Maestranzi
June – Gretchen Warsen

Gallery Hours: Sundays, Noon – 2 p.m., October – June.

September/October – Donna Berger (Acrylic)Berger FullSizeRender (3)

Award-winning painter and illustrator Donna Berger is featured in the gallery from September 3rd – October 30th. Donna’s work includes expressive realism portraits, life drawings, and sketches of children, people, and pets created using acrylics on canvas, and ink, crayons, and colored pencils on paper.

Donna’s interest in art started at a young age, taking classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art and later at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her passion for art continued through college, first as an art major at Bowling Green State University and then graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cameron University.

Art has always played a significant role in Donna’s career. She works as a graphic designer in Andover, MA where she also curates employee art shows and teaches drawing. After hours, she is an artist-in-residence at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts.

She explains, “Art has always been a driving force in my life. My favorite subjects are people, pets and nature, which I paint in an expressive realistic style.”

Meet the artist at her reception on Friday, September 30th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Refreshments will be served.  FREE and Open To The Public!

Gallery hours are by appointment only in September. Regular gallery hours will be held every Sunday during the month of October, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, and by appointment.

 

 

November – Trina Teele (Oil) – “Nautical Whispers”

Local artist, Trina Teele brings her work to the PCA gallery in November.  Growing up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Trina spent summers in Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Long Island, NY. The rhythm of the ocean has been a central theme in her life.  For the past 2 years Trina has felt called to paint seascapes including many boats and sailboats. Inspired by her maritime childhood and driven by an enduring love for the sea, the artist created this exhibit of over 40 paintings.

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“It has been a cathartic journey as I revisit my maritime childhood, renew my own love for the sea, and bid goodbye to my sailboat-loving father.” ~Trina Teele

 

 

 

 

From a young age, Trina has believed art and creative expression is a worthwhile pursuit for us all. She holds a BFA in painting and graphic design and now wears multiple art-related hats. She is an artist-in-residence at the newly renovated Chelmsford Center for the Arts (CCA) and welcomes you to visit her at her studio at 1 North Road in Chelmsford center. She maintains a freelance graphic design business (www.teeledesign.com) and leads beginner single-session painting classes through The Joy of Paint! at the CCA, a program she innovated and launched in 2014. She also teaches private drawing, painting, and iPad art classes at her studio. Her great interest in the essential and energizing role art and creativity play in our lives motivates her to create daily and to continue to paint.

Meet Trina Teele at her reception on Sunday, November 6th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  FREE and Open to the Public!

Gallery hours are Sundays in November, Noon – 2 p.m.

 

December -Paul Orzech (Serigraph Prints) 

While in college, from 2000-2004, Paul Orzech taught himself the serigraph printing process, and experimented with creating small runs of concert posters and art prints. Often maddening, and filled with failures, this was a period of artistic growth.

After graduating, he designed and printed concert posters for R5 Productions, in Philadelphia. Additionally, Orzech began to design artwork for bands both locally and along the east coast, creating vinyl and cd layouts, t-shirt designs, posters and more. Orzech would later start his own record label, and fulfill the role of lead graphic designer. In total, he produced over a dozen vinyl and cd releases.

Paul Orzech BrownSinatraMorrison Paul Orzech tree 1 realPresently, Orzech continues to make small-run serigraph art prints, and the occasional artwork for his friends’ musical endeavors. His pieces have become more minimalistic, utilize negative space, and are inspired by the abstract beauty of nature, societal concerns, and the need to retreat from the pressures of everyday life.

Gallery hours are Sundays in December, Noon – 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

January – Tracy LeBlanc (Photography)

Tracy LeBlanc moved to Westford at the age of four, graduating from Westford Academy in 1987. She recalls taking pictures of friends and neighbors in Nabnasset as early as 7 years old, long before digital cameras or cell phones. Her love for Westford has been recorded through the years in her photos of the town’s trails, parades, and community events. Tracy especially has a passion for nature and wildlife and likes to capture the details one might miss in the rush of every-day life. Tracy’s work was recently on display at the Westford Regional Art Event, her first public showing.Tracy LeBlanc 1 IMG_20161119_201311 (1) Tracy LeBlanc 4 IMG_20161011_090914 (1)

 

 

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Tracy’s three teenagers, Harrison, Trinity and Cameron, also enjoy photography. Her daughter received an Honorable Mention for her first Regional Art Event this year.

When Tracy is not photographing locally, she seeks the shores of York, Maine or the bird sanctuaries of Plum Island. She works as an EMT and a medical assistant, attends nursing school, and volunteers doing graphic/web design for several Westford non-profit organizations.

Gallery hours are Sundays in January, Noon – 2 p.m.  Gallery Open House is Saturday, January 14th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

February – George Wisnowski (Watercolor) -” The Artist Travels”

Join us for “The Artist Travels” – oils, watercolors, and acrylics by George Wisnowski.  George has learned that whenever he travels, he is inspired by the new geography.  His vacations present him with the freedom to paint the experiences – texture, foliage, symbols – that he sees.  George always packs his paints in his luggage, and the first thing he does is explore his next subject.  It’s challenging to find the right spot to paint – sheltered, comfortable, and out of the way, but George manages, and these paintings are a collection of these perfect spots.  Each one has a story, is a postcard of his travels.

George Wisnowski P1016113_05George Wisnowski is a successful commercial artist creating virtual environments for the gaming and training simulation industry.

Gallery hours are Sundays in February from noon – 2 p.m. and by appointment.  Art Reception is Sunday, February 5th from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  The exhibit runs February 5 – through February 26 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March  – Mark Romanowski (Oil), “Special Places”

Dr. Mark Romanowsky, founding director and current President of the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, has created a series of oil paintings featuring the special places of Lowell, as well as scenes from the surrounding area, the coast, and his travels. Mark graciously donates 100% of the proceeds from the sale of his original paintings, prints, and notecards to benefit LP&CT, an urban land trust that strives to improve quality of life for the people of Lowell.

 

Gallery hours are Sundays in March, Noon – 2 p.m. and by appointment.  Art Reception is Sunday, March 5th, Noon – 3 P.M.

 

 

March 26th through April 9 – Westford Regional Art Event

 

 

April – Vintage WW I Posters

The April art exhibit at the Parish Center for the Arts recognizes the one hundredth anniversary of the United States’ entry into WW I.

In order to develop national support for the war effort in an age without radio or television, the U.S. government turned to posters. From the iconic “I Want You” poster depicting a very stern-looking Uncle Sam pointing his finger at a potential recruit, to anti-German posters like “Stop the Mad Brute” showing a giant, club-wielding gorilla kidnapping a half-naked damsel, WWI posters soon became ubiquitous across the nation.

Posters encouraged Americans to seek employment in shipbuilding plants, support the work of important wartime government agencies, contribute to organizations such as the American Red Cross and the YMCA/YWCA, and plant “Victory Gardens.” Posters urged young children to eat “oatmeal, corn meal, hominy and rice” in order to “save the wheat for our soldiers, and families were regularly admonished to wipe their plates clean and observe Meatless Mondays and Wheatless Wednesdays.

 

Most numerous of all were posters urging participation in four separate major war bond drives.
A great many professional artists lent their talents to this effortincluding James Montgomery Flagg, Howard Chandler Christy, Harrison Fisher and Haskell Coffin, all well known from their illustrations in books, magazines and advertisements.

One hundred years later these posters provide a vivid visual insight into the culture of the early twentieth century, both historically and artistically. This exhibit will feature over 40 examples of this work.

 

 

The opening reception on Wednesday, April 12th at 7 pm will feature a talk and slide show by Professor George Seeley, owner of this unique collection, who for nearly fifty years has been an instructor of history and government at the Belmont Hill School and Bentley University. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the month of April.

Gallery hours are Sundays, April 16, 23 and 30, Noon – 2 p.m. or by appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

May  – John Maestranzi (Watercolor), “Travels through New England, An Artist’s Journey”

Westford artist, John Maestranzi presents his watercolors this May. John grew up in New Jersey and has lived in Westford since 1977.  After working in the insurance industry for 42 years, retirement in 2014 allowed John the opportunity to connect to his creative, artistic side.  He took his first watercolor class in the fall of 2014 at the Roudenbush Community Center with Cynthia Van Horne Ehrlich and has been painting ever since.

Light House

Although his style is still evolving and he enjoys experimenting with different techniques, John strives to capture the effect of sunlight at different times of the day in his subjects. Bright colors are also an integral part of his palette. “I enjoy capturing architectural detail in light houses and home portraits. My pictures are done from photographs of places I’ve been and scenes of everyday life. The Maine coast, particularly the Mt. Desert/ Acadia National Park area, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire are major sources of inspiration”, he explains.

View from the Bridge

This exhibit, “Travels through New England, An Artist’s Journey”, is as much about John’s progress and development as a painter as it is a pictorial journal of the places he’s been and fondly recalls. The paintings, 50 in all, were selected from over 100 and span his earliest efforts (some done as class assignments) to his most recent work. He hopes that viewers will see and appreciate the progress over the last 2+ years.

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The paintings will be exhibited during the month of May. Gallery hours are Sundays in May, Noon – 2 p.m, or by appointment.  Art Reception is Sunday, May 7th, 4:30 – 7:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June – Gretchen Warsen (Mixed Media Paintings on Paper), “Float”

Gretchen Warsen presents an exhibit of abstract, water-based mixed media and pencil on Yupo (synthetic, waterproof, and recyclable) paper. Her paintings are whimsical worlds of color and line, containing organic and architectural shapes that combine imagination and invention. “There is something about working on paper that seems full of possibilities, like when I used to make art as a child,” Gretchen explained. “My dad is an engineer, inventor, sculptor and metalsmith. Watching him work out ideas on paper and then move ahead with a project was powerful, like catching a glimpse of how his mind worked. For me, the fact that paper is so inexpensive, abundant and light, makes the combination of drawing, mark making, experimenting and problem-solving come together effortlessly–like floating down a river, or a balloon drifting upward–which is why I called this show ‘Float’“.

Floating Sunday, 20″ x 26″

Each piece is inspired by something small, or seemingly insignificant yet beautiful, that caught the artist’s eye that morning–a new leaf, the lines on a bridge, insect wings, etc. “I like to ask questions while I’m painting like, ‘What if God designed a mailbox?’ Or, ‘What if a building had moth wings?’, she mused.

Gretchen Warsen grew up in rural Maine, supported by her family full of creative people, where the weather and raw landscape made their impression on her. She graduated from Bates College with an art degree and spent part of her junior year at the Tyler School of Art in Rome. After the birth of her first daughter, she left a graphic design job to become a full-time mom, but made art more of a priority ten years later. As a painter and graphic designer, Gretchen Warsen lives in Westford with her husband, two girls (both in middle school), and several pets. Side note: Gretchen is right handed, but draws and paints with both hands, sometimes simultaneously!

 

A Fairy’s Warning, 20″ x 26″

 

 

Awards:
• Westford Regional Art Event, March 2016, “Foggy Morning”–Best in Show
• Milton Art Center, First-Annual Juried Exhibit, March 2016 “Nantucket Sails”
• Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Juried Show, July 2016, “Peony”
• Epsom Public Library, August-October 2016, Solo Show Entitled, “Ladders”

Visit with Gretchen during Gallery Hours on Sundays in June, Noon – 2 p.m., or by appointment. Art Reception is Sunday, June 4th, from Noon – 3 p.m., FREE and open to the public!