Twiggs Gallery 254 King Street, Boscawen, NH September 9-October 28, 2023 Opening Reception: September 9 from 1-3 pm
Cut It Out! showcases the transformative power of cutting as a creative process. Artists explore how the act of cutting flat materials to generate space and/or recombining cut-out materials can give birth to new narratives, juxtapositions, and compositions.
Announcing this fabulous show at The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 266 Pine St., Burlington. It is put on jointly with BAG (Book Arts Guild of Vermont) It is always a great show as it is an opportunity to see what doesn't get shown a lot - things that live on shelves and in boxes. Books are difficult to show and people don't alway know what to do with them. I am glad to be part of the tradition and show my seemingly awkward work! Thank you, Pamela Polston, for the great review in the Seven Days of the show.
We are please to present "passionately new new," a pop-up exhibition that showcases artists that have previously (2022) taken workshops at new new art studio. To share the work of these artists, that chose to be in this show, is sharing the passion and excitement that they bring to the studio when participating in a workshop. They are showing work that was done in one of our workshops or that was inspired by taking a workshop at new new art studio. Both printmaking and bookmaking work will be on view.
"Family" Scavenger Gallery June 2 - August 29 Receptions; June 2 from 5:30 - 7:30 & July 7 from 5:30 - 7:30
Two shapes feature in my work: a loop and a quarter-oval. Both are used to represent humans in an energetic way. A loop also references the mechanics of a sewing machine, which is what I use to compile my collages, and, when a loop is a line, I like how it differentiates an interior and an exterior. A quarter oval shape I see as a part of a whole, which is always searching for connection. Family and its dynamics guide my work; our ancestry, which seems precious, is continually altered by the introduction of new people into a family (marriage, adoption, divorce, children out of wedlock, etc.) By collaging, I connect forms (or don’t), and the layers of shapes that ensue speak to the complexity of these familial relationships. In addition, I explore a tension that I experience when memories become burdened by personal ephemera. The sentimental action of saving letters and photographs raises such questions; do memories need a photo or a letter to anchor them and remain valid? Is there a point in saving what nobody seems to want? Through repurposing old artworks in combination with found objects (which include old book parts, family letters, surgical masks, used clothing, photographs, and residues from making art), I see transforming the artifacts - rather than preserving them - as a nod to my grief and acceptance that memories change and get lost over time. I seek to have memories become unencumbered - a notion I get more familiar with as I do the work and repurpose more family letters and photographs. The titles of my work are usually found within the work. Old book pages and cut up letters provide a multitude of textual options
Paula Higa is a choreographer and dancer from Brazil and currently teaches at the University of Vermont. I have been lucky to work with Paula and participate in the creation of the stage design for this elegant performance that is on view May 5 and 6th. Click here for Tickets
On Exhibit April 7 through May 26 Two Rivers Printmaking Studio is pleased to present Emergence, a group exhibition of TRPS members and friends. Friday's reception is free and open to the public. Exhibiting their work are: Carol McNamee, Susan Smereka, Carol MacDonald, Mary Mead, Liz D'Amico, Victoria Salvah Herzberg, Kate Emlen, and Janet Cathey. The work is widely varied, yet all evoke a feeling of potential, a glimmer of light, a seed for change, perhaps a search for a new beginning. http://www.tworiversprintmaking.org/events-news
We are excited to be showing art work at new new art studio! "Local Press" is new works of area printmakers that met at Burlington City Arts Print Studio when it was on Main Street. Gregg Blasdel, who was the Artist in Residence at the time, concieved the idea for this show a few years ago. These artists all have our own presses now , COVID came and what a sweet way to see each other again!
Thank you Pamela and the Seven Days for doing this article about me, teaching and new new art studio! It is a gift to be part of this community and I cherish the connections I make through teaching and showing my work! I love the start of the article: "If you were a small snippet of paper, your humble life would not be wasted in Susan Smereka's studio. She would find a use for you. Most likely, you'd be a piece of a hand-pulled monoprint that she had cut up and organized, more or less, in a tray according to color. If you were very lucky, you'd be assembled into an abstract collage or maybe an artist book, and the artist might consecrate you with stitches." Click here for the whole article
Multiple Avenues Artists Explore Printmaking A Faculty Exhibition Sept 9—Oct 31, 2022 Please join us for an Artists' Reception: Friday, Oct 7, 5 - 7 pm Two Rivers Printmaking Studio is pleased to present Multiple Avenues, Artists Explore Printmaking, a Faculty Exhibition. The exhibition runs through October 31. Friday's reception is free and open to the public. Exhibiting their work are: Michael Smoot, Susan Smereka, Jes Raymond, Lynn Newcomb, Mary Mead, Patty Hudak, Rachel Gross, and Janet Cathey. Though the work is widely varied, a common thread exists among these artists and teachers; each is constantly learning and exploring themselves, collaborating, drawing inspiration from mentors and others, and seeking balance. "I have always enjoyed teaching – which amounts to a form of sharing knowledge and encouragement. I love the collaborative nature of printmaking, the give and take, the surprises!!" - Mary Mead E-Mail: TWORIVERSPRINTMAKINGSTUDIO@GMAIL.COM tworiversprintmaking.org