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Artist of the Month

Elaine Seidel, February 2018 Artist of the Month

 

 

Gallery Hours

Sundays, Noon – 2 p.m., October – June, or by appointment with the respective artists

MonthArtist
Fall 2017
September-OctoberJanet and Ku-chuan Hsiao
NovemberNE Artists International
DecemberJim Curran
Winter-Spring 2018
JanuaryLaurae and Elijah Richards
February-March 11Elaine Seidel
March 11-25Westford Regional Art Event
March 26-AprilVintage WW I Posters
MayBeth Smith, Gerry McGaunn, John Forcucci
JuneWestford Senior Center Art Class

 


September/October – Janet and Ku-chuan Hsiao (Oil/Acrylic and Photography)

Join us for the “Birds and Blooms” exhibition featuring husband and wife team, Ku-chuan Hsiao and Janet Clingerman-Hsiao.

Ku-chuan Hsiao is a genetic engineer with advanced degrees in microbiology, human physiology and biophysics, specializing in drug discovery.  It was quite by accident that he began his journey into bird/small animal photography.  It all started when taking random reference photos of birds for his artist wife.  Since their home abuts a wildlife refuge in the forests of New England, a large variety of birds fly through according to the season, and occasionally other small animals appear.


As time progressed, Ku-chuan developed methods for photographing the birds in-flight so that the lovely fluid detail in the design of the wings could be seen. Some close-up shots even capture the different expressions of the birds’ “faces”, appearing as if each bird has its own personality. www.birdsnapshots.com  www.facebook.com/birdsnapshots

 

Since childhood Janet Clingerman-Hsiao has sketched and painted.  At the age of 12, she took oil painting classes at the local Moose Lodge, where she fell in love with painting. Graduating with a BA in art, Janet went on to work as a graphic designer in Chicago.  Some years later, she returned to painting and gardening. Intrigued by color and light in her flower gardens, she paints large 2’ x 3’ flowers as well as small 6” x 6” flowers.

 

“I focus on the lovely flowing edges, the delicate color and the inner beauty of the flower – bringing the flower to life.”

She has been juried into Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s Annual Juried Exhibitions in NYC, and several juried online National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society (NOAPS) shows.  www.janetclingermanhsiao.com, www.facebook.com/JanetClingermanHsiao.

 

Meet the artists at their reception on Sunday, October 8th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.  FREE and Open To The Public!

 

 

 


November – NE Artists International (Variety of Mediums)

Join us for the “The World Around Us”, a special group exhibit featuring a collection of selected works from six award-winning international artists who are now working and living in the United States where the shared experience of starting life anew, combined with their passion for the arts, has created a special bond of support and friendship.

Albine Vermot Gaud

Each artist will display original paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylics, specially selected to express their gratitude for past and present at this special Thanksgiving time of year.

Art Reception will be held Saturday, November 11th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments with an international flavor will be served.

Marilene Sawaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet artists Hilda Bennett, Albine Vermot Gaud, Jacqui Hawk, Hsiu Norcott, Monique Sakellarios, and Marilene Sawaf, and find out more about their works and inspiration. The reception is free and open to all!

Jacqui Hawk

Field of Poppies


December – Jim Curran (Digital Art)

In the gallery in December, all are welcome to join us for “Troubled Sleep” – a four year survey of digital mixed media by Jim Curran. This exhibit samples works from eight series whose focus ranges from an exploration of patterns in nature to the artist’s response to events of the last year. Images are built from layered paintings, drawings, monoprints and photographs assembled in CorelDraw and printed on paper or canvas. Many of them can be seen on the artist’s website at www.jimcurran.net.

Jim studied at the Art Institute of Boston and has exhibited in galleries, online and in publications. His most recent exhibit was a solo show at the Hanover Gallery through Arts Worcester. All artist proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to the International Institute of Lowell for refugee resettlement.

Meet the artist at his reception on Sunday, December 3rd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  FREE and Open to the Public! Other gallery hours are Sundays, December 10th and 17th from noon – 2 p.m. and by appointment. The exhibit runs December 3 – through December 29th.

 

 

 

 

 


 

January – Laurae and Elijah Richards (Acrylic and Photography)

Laurae Richards is a wife and mother of seven. She started going to Haiti in 2000, and fell in love with the country and people there. She started painting from her experiences in Haiti and her art captures her love and passion for the people. The paintings evoked strong emotion in people, especially those who have been to Haiti.

Laurae started a non-profit organization in 2005 called Servants for Haiti Inc. whose desire is to help people in Haiti become self-sufficient. Servants for Haiti achieves this through a combination of business training, micro-loans and scholarship assistance that helps high school graduates continue their education either by attending college, trade school or participating in apprenticeships.

Laurae Richards has taken art lessons over her lifetime. In the later years after receiving a business degree from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, she went on to study art at Rivier College, Nashua, NH, and the Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston, MA. After her trips to Haiti, her art began to incorporate images of people into her work. These days, Laurae paints from her Haitian photographs, often looking for ones that have more color, or color she can embelish since most of the area is grey. She visits Haiti four times a year, to work and take pictures for her paintings.

Laurae Richards has won a number of first place awards and has appeared in many solo shows as well as group exhibits.  She resides in Westford, where she serves as president of Servants for Haiti.

 

 

Elijah Richards began creating art at a very young age, alongside his artist mother. He took lessons beginning at age 6 and entered into his first Westford Regional Art Event that year. Elijah has been entering his work in shows ever since, exploring many mediums such as drawing, painting, mixed media and photography. He has also been moved by his family’s trips to Haiti and has developed a unique eye for seeing things that others might not notice, each impacting his heart. Elijah Richards is currently studying at Regent University in Virginia. He is also a personal trainer and works at his local church.

 

Meet Laurae and her son, Elijah, at their reception on Saturday, January 6th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. FREE and Open to the Public!  Gallery hours open Sundays in January, noon – 2:00 p.m. and by appointment.

 

 


February-March 11 – Elaine Seidel (Photography)

Please come Sunday, March 11th, 12pm-2pm to close the show. Music Fun and LOTS of chocolate!

“My photos are images of light and air. In them I breathe and feel peace. 

I am attracted to movement both real and implied in the landscapes I capture.

We must stop and SEE all around us; above, below, and pull it inside of us.
~Elaine

Elaine Seidel grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, the youngest daughter of 4 children. Her mother immersed her in a love of books and the natural world. Her father taught her logic and science. Together they showed her that all of life is connected.

Trained in all the various fields of art, Elaine sees images with a variety of influences, architecture, graphic design, painting, sculpture, etc. At University, she trained in Political Science and History while maintaining her computer art and poetry. Her real jobs always have had an element of art, from the design of graduating seniors’ resumes to admissions marketing materials to communications and training for IT. Now with her career established in the particulars of Higher Ed, she has returned to the world of art with adult eyes.

She has found welcome in the local art community and found early success with two book covers and several group and solo exhibits. Elaine’s work in both photography and poetry show rhythm and reflect her multitude of interests and athletic endeavors. Her visual pieces have a timeless feel and her words seem to spring from inside the readers’ mind. Elaine prizes a moment, a feeling captured with a somewhat unfinished quality over too structured an effort. The work is strong but leaves room for the viewer or reader to insert themselves.

Elaine Seidel resides in Massachusetts. Meet Elaine at her receptions on Saturday, February 10th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. FREE and Open to the Public!

 



March 11th – March 25th – Westford Regional Art Event


 

Mar 28th – April 30th – WW I Vintage Posters

Meet the collector, Professor George Seeley, at his reception and lecture on Sunday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. FREE and Open to the Public!

 

 

 

 

 

May  –  John Forcucci, Gerry McGaunn, and Beth Smith (Watercolor)

Meet the artists at their reception on Saturday, May 5th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. FREE and open to the Public!

Can’t make the reception? Join the artists for regular gallery hours on Sundays in May, noon until 2:00 p.m or by appointment. 

To John Forcucci, art is a joy as well as a meditation. The beauty of watercolor—the motion and energy of the medium—continues to fuel his artistic journey. John loves to paint the portraits of the fascinating characters that he meets along the way, whether human or otherwise. Old, weathered objects with patinas that are both revealing and mysterious are another passion. Everything has a story to tell.

Gerry McGaunn began working in watercolor almost 20 years ago when a friend from church offered to teach a class, and he has been enjoying it ever since. He is drawn to subjects that feature a juxtaposition of things made by man and things made by God- such as an abandoned piece of machinery, seemingly being overtaken by ivy; flowering weeds in front of an old mill building or a pile of shiny eggplants, reflecting colors rarely seen in Nature. Gerry enjoys exploring new subjects to paint and ways to improve his skills, especially working with color, using various methods of mingling and layering paints to achieve the effect he seeks for each work. 

Beth Smith‘s paintings are inspired by light, shadows, and shapes which transform ordinary scenes and objects into special images. She is drawn to nature and the feelings that it brings out and enjoys the play of nature against architectural elements; the shape of boats against the fluidity of water, the lines of houses, barns, and buildings against the soft edger of the sky and trees. For Beth, it’s not about what she sees but how her subject makes her feel. She finds watercolor exciting because of the different techniques that can be used to create loose to realistic paintings. Beth’s art is a process that is always changing and growing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June – Westford Cameron Senior Center Art Class (various media)

Join us in June for the Cameron Senior Art Class joint exhibition. The opening reception is Sunday, June 3rd from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and will feature an afternoon of art displays and light refreshments. Meet the artists! FREE and Open to the Public! Gallery hours take place on Sundays in June from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and by appointment. Free demonstrations will be held on the following Sundays:

June 10th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Marie Stabile will demonstrate painting with water-mixable oils.

June 17th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Helen Moriarty will demonstrate scratchboard art enhanced by concentrated watercolor.

June 24th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Closing Day for the exhibition. Demonstration to be determined.

Some of the artists include:

Helen Moriarty (Scratchboard Art)

Helen Moriarty, Cardinal

Helen Moriarty will demonstrate the technique of Scratchboard Art on Sunday, June 17th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Helen uses a board with a black ink coating over a white base. She will demonstrate how the design Is scratched into the black ink until the white base appears, then painted with concentrated watercolor. Audiences delight in the beautiful and unusual effect that this combination creates!

Helen Moriarty is a former art teacher in the Lowell Public School system, a longtime member and former president of the Chelmsford Art Society, and a member of the Brush Art Gallery and Studios. She is presently enrolled in the Cameron Senior Art Class in Westford, MA. 
 

Marie Stabile (Water-Mixable Oil Painting)

Marie Stabile, Kimball’s

Westford artist Marie Stabile will demonstrate the ease and safety of painting with water-mixable oils on Sunday, June 10th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Marie studied with Robert Douglas Hunter, and is a member of the Whistler House Museum of Art, The Brush Gallery, and the Chelmsford Art Association. She has given free art classes at the Westford Senior Center since 2007.

Marie’s work will be on exhibit at the PCA during the month of June as part of the joint Cameron Senior Art Class show.