Nature has always been a source of artistic inspiration for me, ever since I began drawing plants, birds, and animals as a child. It continues to spark my imagination now as I paint and draw nests, trees and landscapes. Six years ago, one of the first pastels I painted was a bird’s nest, which developed into of a series and a subject that I still explore. I aspire to create each nest as a safe and a sacred space, as well as construct order out of seeming chaos in order to depict the strength of even the most delicate nest.
I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, the Pastel Painters Society of Maine, and I am in the International Association of Pastel Societies’ “Master Circle”. I am the PPSCC Recording Secretary. I was awarded First Place in the Pastel Journal’s“2012 Pastel 100” Still Life Category, as well an Honorable Mention in the Landscape Category in the “2013 Pastel 100”. My other Artist Memberships include the Cape Cod & Islands Art Educators Association, Cape Cod Art Association, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, North River Arts Society, and Connecticut Pastel Society.
my designs~ The inspiration for my designs comes from a fascination with, and detailed observation of the shapes, patterns and gestures of all living creatures and vegetation. I revel in capturing the tilt of a mermaid’s head as she turns her face to the sun or the twisting character of a grape vine tendril.
Fossils , sea glass, beach stones are as valuable a source of color and expression in the pieces as are amethyst, lapis lazuli, turquoise, ruby, sapphire and all the other traditional precious rocks and minerals. All my designs are fabricated in my studio.
I prefer to work with silver and gold. Any design can be created in 18 Kt or 14 Kt gold, sterling silver or the newest material-- Argentium sterling silver which is a new easy care, tarnish-resistant silver.
Vera Champlin’s paintings celebrate the natural world captured in atmospheric plein air views and colorful still lifes created from a mix of favorite flowers and collected treasures.
Ms. Champlin earned a BFA in Painting and Graphics from the University of New Hampshire in 1972. After a background in dance, pastry arts and retail, Ms. Champlin returned to her love of watercolor in 2000 and further study. Her most influential teachers include Mary Whyte, Frank Eber and Ann Blockley. Her paintings are featured in Deborah Forman’s Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People and Places. She teaches watercolor classes that combine traditional technique coupled with honoring each person’s unique, intuitive expression.
Artist Statement: My ideas about what is beautiful and what has meaning began with my grandmother. She celebrated life through her gardens, flower arrangements and love of color. I too, draw my inspiration from the seasons and each one’s unique display. Whether I am painting a still life or landscape, my preference is to paint from life with all of its sensory impressions and vital energy.
"One of my favorite things is to open up the kiln to see what spectacular things have occurred during the firing process. Each time I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, so anxious to open it up to see what marvelous gift is inside."
Ron has been making pottery since 1969. He began working and teaching at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. He moved to Cape Cod in the early 80's and set up a studio and gallery at his present location.
He produces a variety of forms in stoneware, porcelain and raku by hand, on the potters wheel or by hand-building. He also makes nonfunctional form oriented pots using primitive firing techniques. His functional pots are lead free, dishwasher safe, and microwave and oven proof.
Maryalice Eizenberg is an award-winning artist and Massachusetts native. Born in 1948, she was surrounded by a family of musicians who naturally were supportive of her interest in the visual arts. She has been drawing and painting all of her life and has found her passion in plein air landscapes. Her art education includes course study at the Worcester and Springfield Fine Arts Museums. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark University and has studied with accomplished plein air painters John Cosby, Donald Demers, Joseph Paquet and Charles Sovek. She credits Charles Sovek with inspiring the confidence she must have to continue painting while people stop to watch and sometimes chat.
Maryalice has been featured in Cape Cod Life and Chatham magazines and "The Creative Spirit, Art in Chatham's Old Village." She also appears in Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People and Places by Deborah Forman.
She teaches at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham and is a member of Oil Painters of America, Cape Cod Plein Air Painters and 21 in Truro. Her work is held in private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan.
Artist's Statement- Realism that excites has a foundation in abstraction of design. This is especially true in landscape paintings. A willingness to move the elements around to create an impression of the place that is rhythmic and pleasing is essential. The pattern of light that makes form, saturates color and creates mood holds it together. To capture the sense of a place at a specific moment in time is the reward given to the dedicated plein air painter.
Michael is the Curator of Exhibitions at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, since 2003. He was the Chief Art Preparator at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design for 10 years at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. He has taught art at Pope John Paul II High School in Hyannis, and presently teaches acrylic painting for adults at the Cape Cod Museum of Art; He has held workshops at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, the Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA and at the Weny Education Center at the CCMOA.
Artist Statement: Art has been a big part of my life for over 50 years, from the first time I saw Salvador Dali’s “Persistence of Memory” I knew what my future will be as an artist. From drawing and 3d assemblages to decorative painted furniture and always acrylic painting, my life has been full of making art. I continue to be amazed, never really expecting what lies ahead, starting with the first idea and brush stroke.The challenges are always there that pushes me to create.
After graduation in 1976 from the University of Pittsburg with a degree in Early Education my creative career has taken various paths including pottery, graphic design & photography, fiber arts, and in the recent past, innkeeping, which called upon many skills. Now, I am very lucky to have the opportunity to focus on painting, working every day to improve as a watercolorist and to take on subject matter that I once categorized as "too hard".
The transparent approach to watercolor require planning and that is part of the process that I embrace. Each piece is a problem to solve- the technical and interpretive decisions that I make work in tandem. A truly good painting both surprises me and is exactly what I had in mind at the outset. So a "better good painting" is always waiting on the next blank sheet of beautiful paper! My hope is that my paintings invite you, the viewer, into the scene to look more closely. And to draw you back after the image has become familiar.
I create art and always have because I am most engaged with a piece on the go. I am likely, upon quitting for the day, to be back in the studio every half hour to look at the day's work- evaluating, celebrating, regretting perhaps, thinking about the next step. For me, this is joyous.
I am a member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Master Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Association and Signature Member of both the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the New England Watercolor Society. I have won numerous awards at the national and local level and am represented by Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA. www.galleryantonia.com or www.annhartsart.com
Steve Kennedy is a painter working in the tradition of outdoor, or "plein air" painting. ... His paintings reflect the brilliant light of the Cape with both an intensity and softness. Kennedy has been living and working on Cape Cod since 1981. His work has been exhibited extensively in the Northeast.
Robert Mesrop has been an artist and painter for over 45 years. He is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and is currently a painting and drawing instructor at the Cape Cod Art Association and the Creative Art Center in Chatham Mass, He has also conducted painting workshops in Maine and Massachusetts.
Robert's Primary medium is watercolor although he also works in oil and drawing media. Robert is fascinated by changing lights and shadows. He paints to capture these moments in time. The freshness and luminosity of watercolor make it the perfect medium.
Robert received his Bachelor of Professional Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. For 22 years he was an Art Director at J Walter Thompson and at Kenyon and Eckhardt Ad agencies in New York. He is a Master Artist member of the Cape Cod Art Association, and a member of the Creative Art Center, Chatham, the Transparent Watercolor Society and the Salmagundi Club.
Norma Ann Mutch
Ms. Mutch is a member of “VAC”, a by-invitation-only artists’ visual co-operative group of twenty Cape artists;
a juried member of The Cape Cod Art Association (CCAA); a juried member of the Harwich Guild of Artists (with Gallery participation rights); a member (including faculty staff) of the Creative Art Center, Chatham (CAC);
More recently, Ms. Mutch was awarded ”The People’s Choice” award for her painting “Follow Your Path” at the Cape Cod Art Association 2015 “Class Act” exhibit.
Year ‘round samples of her work can be viewed at the Gallery of the Harwich Guild of Artist off Main Street in the center of Harwich Port across from the Chamber of Commerce office and municipal parking lot.
Rosalie Nadeau’s paintings are influenced by both Realist and Impressionist traditions, balancing powerful color and classical form. An inspiring instructor in both pastel and oil, she generously teaches workshops letting light be the subject both on location as well as in the studio. Rosalie participates in master workshops as ongoing study. She has attended Plein Air Painters of America symposiums where she painted with several nationally renowned artists. She has studied the figure in the environment with Kim English, Margaret Dyer, and Sally Strand. Rosalie earned her BFA in painting at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1970 where she majored in figure painting.
Nadeau earned prestigious signature memberships in the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, Maryland Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She has won awards too numerous to list. She is an original exhibiting member of “21 in Truro” and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.
Rosalie Nadeau’s vibrant paintings illustrate internationally distributed art books: Claire Waite Brown’s The Pastel Artist’s Bible, Lois Griffel’s Painting the Impressionist Landscape, Hazel Harrison’s Pastel School. Hazel Harrison chose Rosalie’s painting, "Thursday’s Lilies" for the cover of her Painting Shapes and Edges. She has appeared in numerous regional and local magazine publications and in feature articles in American Artist, Cape Cod Life, and in an extensive feature article in The Pastel Journal.
Her work appears in corporate collections: F. Schumacher in New York, Hale and Dorr, Liberty Mutual International, and Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. The Cahoon Museum and the Cape Cod Museum of Art selected her paintings for their permanent collections. Currently Nadeau exhibits on the Cape at Trees Place Gallery of Orleans and at Left Bank Gallery of Wellfleet, and off Cape at Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson, NJ. Nadeau’s paintings are collected privately nationwide and abroad.
“I strive to create a tactile PRESENCE letting Light BE the subject. . . to bring the intense brilliance and presence I see to share through my paintings. . . ”
In 1997 I took a course in oil painting and was immediately taken by the medium. I loved the way the paint made my drawings come to life. I found that my work has an emotional impact and presents a sensuous awareness of form and the way that light lies on surfaces. In 2006 I became extremely sensitive to all forms of solvents used in oil painting and needed to change my technique. After some experimentation, I found my way back to oil painting using a palette knife rather than brushes in order to avoid solvents. In the process, I also began to paint outdoors. My work became more sculptural with the use of the palette knife, and my color ideas developed more strongly with the plein air experience.
In 2008, my husband and I moved from upstate New York to Cape Cod. Once here, I became enchanted with the stark landscape of the dunes in Truro and Provincetown. I was fascinated by the way the wind shapes the sand and I created a series of paintings of that subject attempting to express the forms as well as the sense of serene solitude one gets when waling in the dunes. I have since begun a series called "Beach Dogs". Early in the morning, people bring their dogs to the beach to let them run. The combination of dogs, water and sand is very painterly and expressive. Though not human, dogs are very gestural and emotional. Because of the wonderful and vibrant artist community here on the Cape, I have now returned to the human figure with renewed vigor and a whole new, more atmospheric and emotional approach.
I have been working with glass for over 40 years. I started in an Adult Education class and the rest is self-taught. About ten years ago I began working with kiln formed glass. I began making cabochons for sale to jewelers. As I looked at the finished products being made, I realized that I could be making jewelry myself. I work with PMC ( Precious Metal Clay ), glass, and chain maille. PMC is a process that allows you to form pieces in clay, fire them in a kiln, and the finished piece is 99.99% silver.
I am a member of the Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen, and the International Guild of Glass Artists - New England Chapter.
Odin Kaeselau Smith is a native Cape Cod artist known for her ability to capture the landscape in a unique manner. Her artistic process is greatly inspired by her love for the beauty of the land, sea and sky, and the endless sources of subject matter that surround her. Her paintings are frequently inspired by the beautiful Cape Cod images that have imprinted themselves on her senses since she was a very small child. She enjoys portraying subjects in a manner that fills them with light, energy, emotion and life. Her choice of subject matter often shifts as she moves through life. As her view of the world expands, she chooses subjects that reflect her desire for peace, love for the beauty of nature, exploration of color and texture, and even her sense of humor. Odin comes from an artistically talented family.
She has a strong connection to her family’s roots which stem from the heart of the Provincetown art colony, in the days of Charles Hawthorne. The influence can be seen in her work, especially her great attraction to painting moving water. She is the granddaughter of the late Charles Anton Kaeselau, a Provincetown artist, who holds an important place in the Cape’s art history, and her paternal grandmother, Marguerite Benjamin Kaeselau was also an accomplished artist and illustrator. Odin's grandparents have always been an inspiration and influence in her life. Her 5 sons also show artistic promise in many ways. Odin Smith is an acrylic, pastel and watercolor artist who believes that each painting or illustration is a discovery and education in itself, and is always open to new artistic ideas.
Marian Strangfeld graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Studio Art, and from Cambridge College with a M.Ed in Art Education. She studied painting in the MFA program at UMass Amherst, as well as in various workshops and classes at other art institutions.
Her interest in art and education led to a career as high school Studio Art teacher and K-12 Art Director in Hopkinton MA. Under her leadership, Hopkinton High School was named a School of Excellence in the Arts, and represented Massachusetts in the Kennedy Center Creative Schools of Distinction competition. While teaching in Hopkinton, she also served on the Educators Advisory Board for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
In her own work, Marian explores the atmosphere and mood of the landscape. Her style is influenced by traditions of Asian Art, evident in her abstracted compositions and calligraphic brushwork. Her paintings have been recognized in exhibits at the Danforth Museum, Newton Open Studios, and the Beacon Hill Art Walk, earning numerous Juror awards, and other honors.
Marian's work is exhibited locally at the Chatham Creative Arts Center, where she is a member of the faculty, teaching both Painting 101and Sumi-e ink painting. Her paintings can also seen at the Ray Wiggs Gallery in Provincetown MA.
Pottery has been an interest of mine since middle school. I remember the first time I worked with clay in 6th grade at Mattacheese Middle School with my Art Teacher Mr. Knowland. The feeling of working with the clay had such a soothing texture and I was mesmerized by it. Then, at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School I took pottery classes with Heather Funk and Jamin Eldridge and my interest turned into an obsession. Many days after school I was spending countless hours working in the art wing. From then on I knew art was going to be in my future. I transferred from Cape Cod Community College to The Art Institute of Boston and found my home away from home at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Graduating in 2013 with my BFA in Art Education and a concentration in ceramics.
Pottery is not only a medium of art for me but it is a way of communicating my thoughts into reality. The experience of crafting each ware from the drafting stage to completion then, for a customer to enjoy makes me happy beyond words. I make pottery that is not only functional, but it allows one to experience a well thought out design. These tranquil moments should be appreciated. Sometimes it is the simple things in life that give us a break from the monotonous everyday life process.
All of my pottery is made of USA English porcelain, fired to cone 11 in a gas kiln. All porcelain wares are microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe. All glazes are hand mixed and lead free. Each piece is unique and one of a kind. No two pieces are completely identical. Custom orders are encouraged and take 3-4 weeks to complete. Customized pieces can be great for business advertising, awards, wedding gifts, baby shower and other special occasion gifts.
All of my work is handmade on Cape Cod at Diane Heart Pottery 1145 rt. 6A Brewster, MA (pieces for sale in the gallery)
Carol comes from an artistic family; her mother and aunts were painters, and one was both a painter and sculpter. As a child, she became fascinated with the process of working with clay, glazing the pieces, and firing them in her mother’s hobby kiln. She rediscovered clay at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the California College of Arts and Crafts, where she graduated with a BFA in Ceramics and Fine Arts. Travel to Japan gave Carol the opportunity to visit the home and studio of Tatsuzó Shimaoka in Mashiko, the Village of Tamba, and the Shigaraki area where she became greatly influenced by Japanese Art and Pottery. While living in the Midwest, she visited the studios of Warren Mackenzie and Randy Johnston, and in Connecticut, Todd Piker’s Cornwall Bridge Pottery. In 1987 Carol moved to Cape Cod and began her career as an Art Teacher. She earned her teaching certification from Macalester College in Minnesota, and she has taught at both the Elementary School and High School levels. Nature is a great source of inspiration, and living on the Cape has provided many opportunities to explore and observe the beauty of nature. She loves working with clay, but also enjoys drawing, painting, photography, fiber arts, and printmaking. She is currently a member of the Cape Cod Potter’s Association, and she has enhanced her love for teaching the visual arts by taking numerous classes and workshops through Cape Cod Potters and at Castle Hill in Truro. She has been fortunate to learn the techniques of Harry Holl, Eve Carey, and other distinguished artists and potters throughout the years. Carol has also done illustrations for her husband Peter, contributing color and black and white drawings for his books “Billy’s Bird Day”, and “Coyotes in the Neighborhood”. She also created whale illustrations for a Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary curriculum guide. While teaching at Chatham High School, her art students illustrated the self published Frost Fish Creek Field Guide which was a collaborative bio-diversity study with Jean Avery’s chemistry and Gina Kelly’s biology students. Massachusetts Audubon, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and local professionals provided the resources, and support was given by the Chatham Cultural Council, The Community Foundation of Cape Cod, Under Chatham Blue, and the Friends of Pleasant Bay.
Karen North Wells
Karen North Wells, an award-winning artist based in Cape Cod, paints in all three media:watercolor ,oil and acrylic. She considers herself an impressionistic painter, neither painting absolute realism, nor abstraction but somewhere in the middle.
Karen regularly paints florals, boats, still lifes, landscapes and seascapes, but bringing buildings and water views to life for special commissions are Karen's specialties.
"My goal now in life is to be a healer through my painting. I can't paint sad pictures," says Karen. "[My work has] to reveal the happiness that I feel. I want people to smile when they look at my paintings."
In addition to her commissioned original paintings, Karen has an extensive line of dozens of limited-edition prints and cards, making her work affordable to all. She also teaches painting workshops for The Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable, MA, the Council on Aging in Orleans, MA and The Creative Arts Centers in Chatham, MA and at her Underground Art Gallery.
Karen loves to paint on location. She hopes to do paintings of landmarks in each Cape Cod town
Thank you Chatham Cultural Council for a grant to help fund our kiln!
“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”
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