What Lies Within
Jewett Art Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 26, 4:45-6pm
Exhibit Dates: Jan. 24-Feb. 20, 2012
Gallery Hours: Daily 12-5pm
The Jewett Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition featuring art work by Wellesley College Staff members. The exhibition display a number of works in jewelry, photography, sculpture, painting, and mediums which reflects the diversity and skill of the artists.
I have a great fascination with color. At a young age, I began to do color studies and experiment with different art mediums. I attempt to push color as far as possible and not try to render objects exactly as they may appear. I rely on my imagination and daily observations of the natural world to provide me with visions and inspiration for my paintings. I find it particularly challenging to start with a white surface with no subject matter in mind. In fact, sometimes I have no plan at all – I try not to limit myself in any way. I let the brush, the colors, my feelings and mood dictate what happens on the paper or canvas. I pay great attention to how the colors vibrate together and explore various textures by using a combination of acrylic, gouache, transparent watercolors to create depth, energy and light into my paintings. In truth, I am a colorist who loves to paint!
Lynda Davis Jeha grew up in a small rural town in Central Massachusetts and was born into a family of engineers, botanists, and chemists who also explored their creative interests as artists, woodworkers and jewelers. For many years she pursued simultaneous careers working as an environmental scientist, and as a silversmith/costume jeweler. Aside from taking several studio art classes at Massachusetts College of Art and Simmons College in Boston, Lynda is primarily a self-taught painter. She has exhibited her paintings in both solo and group exhibitions in the Boston area since 2000. She is the recipient of several awards and her paintings are owned by private collections in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Currently, Lynda is a member of the Newton Art Association and a former vice president and publicity chair of the Needham Art Association.
Basket making is one of the oldest crafts and has been practiced in every part of the world, materials varying by location. Originally used for storage, carrying, etc., in our culture today baskets are often woven with artistic expression in mind. Although I consider any basket a work of art, I am equally drawn to a basket’s usefulness. I have mainly woven with reed, which is cut from the core of rattan and is widely available. These baskets have been dyed with natural materials such as black walnut hulls, staghorn sumac or onion skins. I often accent them with things collected from beaches and woodlands. A light hand-brushing of mineral oil provides a non-toxic finish. I am increasingly drawn to using local materials such as catalpa seedpods, cattail leaves and daylily leaves to make my baskets. With their own natural colors, these baskets need no further treatment to bring out their beauty.
Beth O’Neil is a native of Massachusetts who has been involved in crafts most of her life. Always one for working with her hands, she’s been a licensed electrician for more than 25 years, the last seven at Wellesley College. It was a class at Cambridge Center for Adult Education in the early 1980’s that sparked her interest in basket making. She was introduced to the process of natural dyeing by a weaver in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She’s primarily been self-taught since then, trying many different ways of weaving and finishing her baskets until finding the method that she uses today.
I love all kinds of fiber, fabric, beads, and embellishment and have been wielding a sewing needle since I was five years old. These days the needle I’m holding is probably a beading needle or a felting needle. I enjoy using centuries-old traditions like hand-knotting on silk thread or wire-wrapping with precious or base metals to create most of my work. I like to mix it up–in my designs you’ll often find felt beads next to pearls, gemstones, or vintage Lucite components, which provide unexpected textures, colors, and shapes. I make all of my own felt beads from raw wool roving, and am working toward using only “locally grown” fiber from sheep, goats, alpacas, and llamas who live on farms in neighboring towns.
Mary Martin Holliday grew up in Wrentham, MA, where she used to glue beads and buttons to her earlobes before she was allowed to get her ears pierced. She spent over 20 years in and around Detroit, Michigan, working for French companies in the international automotive industry. She’s grateful to be back home again in New England, which fosters her creativity, and where it doesn’t matter what kind of vehicle she drives or how often she washes it. Mary holds a B.A. in French, an M.Ed. in Teaching of English as a Second Language, and is a self-taught jewelry maker.
When I take pictures, I look for the unnoticed. If a crowd of people are taking pictures of an event, I’m usually pointing my camera in the opposite direction. I look for textures, reflections, lines, and color.
Rebecca Darling grew up in Westchester County, New York in a family of avid amateur artists in both performance and visual arts. She moved to Massachusetts 11 years ago. This is her first gallery show.
Fabric has been a choice for my artist outlet ever since I was a young girl, making my own clothing. I was introduced to quilting when a co-worker inspired me to design my first quilt as a gift for a friend’s wedding. It was a simple design of squares and triangles, tied off with yarn. My first appliqué quilt was one my mother-in-law started shortly before she passed away. I finished the quilt over a ten year span; piecing and quilting by hand. My love of quilts grew as my children grew, sewing bed quilts and decorative wall hangings. I have taken a few professional quilting classes; however, most of my instruction has been self-taught through books. Recently, my passion for quilting has expanded with the start of a long-arm quilting service. During the quilting process I especially enjoy the dream, inspiration, color play, and design.
Cynthia Voorhees grew up in a small town outside of Rochester, New York. She has been creating quilts for over 30 years. This is her first gallery exhibition.
“If it doesn’t look like it is growing, if it doesn’t look like something may have just moved , or if it doesn’t look like it might run off or fly away — I did not build it.”
Richard Vabulas has taken classes the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA and has studied wood carving for 10 years under master carver Dimitrios Klitsas. Richard works in carpentry at Wellesley College.
Clay is a medium that provides endless possibilities for self-expression and creativity so when I first put
my hands in it over 20 years ago, I was hooked. Although making functional pottery is the driving forcebehind my work, I love finding ways to turn the everyday plate or bowl into a beautiful or fun piece ofinterest. Finding inspiration from my garden and the Concord River, which I can see from my studio, Ihave started to experiment with repeating floral patterns in my pieces and color combinations that I seein the landscape around me. One might also find the imprint of a shell, leaf or even discarded earring inmy pieces. “Throwing” clay on the wheel is also a meditative experience which allows my busy brain torelax and go to a different place. Clay happily accepts what one brings to it which is why it has given me so much joy all these years.
Joy Paradissis Playter is from small-town Ohio. Her mother is an artist and so is her sister. She never considered herself to have any artistic talent until she started to play with clay. In 1988 she began taking lessons at Mudville Pottery then years later joined other potters to create a studio at Artspace in Maynard where she did her work for over 10 years. Just recently, she set up a studio in her own home and has been selected to sell her work at various juried fairs in the area. This is her first gallery experience.