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ABSTRACT SHOW

(March 2021)

Pamela Wamala

Artist Statement:

A visual artist and writer focused on connecting with and uplifting others. Wamala received her BFA from University of MA, Lowell.  Pamela’s offerings have been shown and collected widely.  She works as a full-time artist in her Gates Block Studio in Lowell, MA.  Wamala hosts visitors to her studio by appointment and is currently accepting commissions.

“Voyage Suite No. 2 / Offering”

Pastel and Mixed Media

18 1/4” x 18 1/4”

(Cream mat and frosted gold metal frame)

 $575 

“Voyage Suite No. 2 / Offering” is one of a nine-piece collection that explores and celebrates the palette of mid-to late-19th century hand colored photography. Through the dialogue of abstract language, the viewer can construct their own meaning and stories about what they see and feel.

© Wamala, 2012 

 

“Voyage Suite No. 5 / Calm,”

Pastel and Mixed Media

18 1/4” x 18 1/4”

(Cream mat and frosted gold metal frame)

$575

“Voyage Suite No. 5 / Calm” is one of a nine-piece collection that explores and celebrates the palette of mid-to late-19th century hand colored photography. Through the dialogue of abstract language, the viewer can construct their own meaning and stories about what they see and feel.

© Wamala, 2012 

Donna Howard

 

Artist Statement:

Donna Howard’s art combines simple storytelling with a visual investigation of negative space. She was recently paroled from a 20-year sentence in an office cube and returned to the paintbrushes that kept her sane in college. Her award winning work can be seen daily at Gallery Z Lowell, Massachusetts, on-line at Donna-Howard.com and as part of the Lowell Community Health Center’s permanent collection. Complete CV includes over 20 solo shows as well as 70+ Juried exhibits. Donna lives and works in Woburn Massachusetts.

 “City Interrupted” 

Acrylic on Canvas

18”x24”

$250 

Year: 2020  

 

“Planted”

Acrylic on Canvas

18”x24”

$250

Year: 2020

 

Linda Crossland

 

Artist Statement:

Linda enjoys working in fluid art. Each piece is a surprise at the end. Linda is a retired Flight Attendant who has always enjoyed art and has resumed her passion creating with different mediums

“Triple Delight”

Color flow acrylic on canvas

9″x9″

(Gold Frame)

$200 

Year: 2020 

“Gateways”

Color flow acrylic on canvas

12″x24″

(Black Frame)

$200 

Year: 2020 

Heather James

 

Artist Statement:

My paintings reduce subject down to color alone. I like playing with nuances. Color is nostalgic to me and universally intelligible.

 “#107” 

Acrylic on Canvas

20”x20”

$280 

Not necessarily inspired by anything but the limited paints i had to work with at the time.

Year: 2019  

 

“#88”

Acrylic on Canvas

20”x20”

$280

Inspired by a 1969 wedding anniversary invite

Year: 2019  

Ortha Splingaerd

 

Contact:

978-995-2855

splingte@hotmail.com

Artist Statement:

From the moment I could pick up a crayon I’ve been obsessed with color. I narrowly avoided being thrown out of kindergarten in 1949 for using the “wrong” colors, but purple and green were my favorites and I thought they made beautiful hair. While it is rare for me to create two alike, my paintings all have a common element – a carefully selected palette for a bold, joyful color burst that soothes the soul.

 “Pandemic #9” 

Acrylic on Canvas – Unframed

20”x30” x 1.5d

$1200 

9th in a series of 10 using a similar design and identical color palette I’d never tried before, even after 6 decades of experimenting with color combinations. In March 2020, I completed the first painting and pledged to continue with this “new” palette/design until my community library, gym, or senior center opened up again. Painting marathon, yay!

Year: 2020  

 

“Pandemic #10”

Acrylic on Canvas – Unframed

20”x30” x 1.5d

$1200

The last in a series of 10 using a similar design and identical color palette I’d never tried before. I completed what would become the first Pandemic Painting in March 2020, and pledged to continue with this “new” palette/design until my community library, gym, or senior center opened up again. Immediately after this 10th painting was completed – freedom!

Year: 2020  

 

Eli/Amy Roberts

 

Artist Statement:

I am the alter ego of a realist painter.  My body of work is the flotsam and jetsam of abstract verse that encircles each of her photorealistic pieces and needs to be expressed as well.  As Eli I give voice to these textures, colors and forms in visual poems that represent the same world in which my realist counterpart travels.

 

Contact:

160 Western Avenue Loft#214

Lowell MA 01851

781-733-2242

 “My Big Bang” 

Acrylic on Cotton Canvas

(Wood stained finish in mahogany strip frame)

31”x21”

$500 

For this I was inspired by the particles of all sizes dancing in systems, galaxies, nebulas, universes to the steps of their neighborhoods’ energies.  

Year: 2021  

 

“The Final Straws”

Acrylic on Cotton Canvas

(Wood stained finish in mahogany strip frame)

25”x18”

$350

We are all feeling moments of the final straw, the one that breaks the back or our will on any given day.  Morning comes and we pick up our burdens again, better times are coming.  This texture is inspired by natural elements of grass, trees, or the stems of cut flowers in a vase, created in layers over several days at their end.  

Year: 2021  

 

Elizabeth Sheehan

 

Artist Statement:

Elizabeth Sheehan started out as a Boston based artist, who first pursued her BA. in English with a minor in psychology from Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA. After receiving her degree, she waited a year and began attending Massachusetts College of Art, where she received her B.F.A. in Painting in the year 1999. She taught art and was a preschool teacher for many years. Her work has been shown in Boston, Cambridge and Dorchester galleries as well as Open Studios in Dorchester and Somerville. She then moved to the Northshore where her work was shown at; Gasworks, SCAM (Salem Collective of Art and Musicians), Salem Arts Association, Marblehead Arts Association and Arcworks at the community Art Center in Peabody. Elizabeth now lives in Lowell, where she is a member of Gallery Z and The Brush Gallery. She has sold many of works to private collectors around The United States. She finds an interesting parallel between the visual arts and the art of letters, particular that which involves poetry. She believes that both involve the use of ordinary images, ideas, that can be juxtaposed in such a way as to somehow become extraordinary. She found herself, as a poet who used words to convey imagery, wanting to create paintings with the same dreamlike quality by combining, fusing and balancing the conceptual with the traditional. It is her hope to create an inner land of mystery, and an opening of the pregnant silence of being where creativity, understanding, wisdom, empathy and celebration may dwell.

Contact:

201 Thorndike St. Unit 2-29 Lowell, MA 01852

www.lizsart.com

 elizabethsheehan1968@outlook.com

 “She Sings in A Thousand Flaming Tongues” 

Acrylic with gold, black and pearl mica on Canvas

(Part of the Prometheus Series)

18”x24”

$175  

“Prometheus I”

Acrylic with gold, black and pearl mica on Canvas

(Part of the Prometheus Series)

24”x24”

$175

Gillian Orlinsky

 

Artist Statement:

In 2018 I left my corporate job so that I could focus on painting. I work in both representational and abstract imagery. My painting practice provides a form of meditation and a means to interpret and observe the world and my personal connection to it. I am inspired by nature and the work of other artists.

 

Contact:

https://westernavenuestudios.com/listing/gillian-orlinsky/

gillian-o@comcast.net

978-866-7088

 “Connections” 

Mixed Media on Canvas

20”x20”

$650 

An experimental piece, I was exploring color, texture, rhythms, illusionary space, and the energy of the painting as it evolved.

Year: 2017  

 

“What Lays Underneath Matters”

Mixed Media on Canvas

20”x20”

$850

An experimental piece, I was exploring color, texture, rhythms, illusionary space, and the energy of the painting as it evolved

Year: 2020

 

 

 

Rennie Keller

 

Artist Statement:

Rennie Keller is an artist, designer, and educator who specializes in both traditional and digital visual art. As an artist pursuing a career in graphic design and studio practice, she plans to collaborate with fellow artists and the community to generate meaningful experiences through art and design.

 

Contact:

Email: kellerkaren9@gmail.com 

Phone: 978-995-8782 

Website: https://kellerkaren9.github.io/index.html 

Instagram: @renniekeller99

 “The Violent States of America” 

Acrylic on Canvas Paper

(Black frame – w/mat)

13”x21” (framed 18″x26″)

$190 

This piece was created in reaction to the Parkland shooting in 2018, depicting the chaos and violence of mass shootings happening across the U.S. This abstract work was created using stencils I designed of a shattered contiguous United States map, layered on top of each other to represent the layers of gun violence in our history.

Year: 2018  

 

“Dragon”

Acrylic on Canvas Paper

(Cream colored wood frame – no mat)

10”x13”

$110

This piece was an experiment in complementary colors and movement. I took inspiration from Japanese ink paintings and silk designs while creating the free-flowing swirls of contrasting colors.

Year: 2018

 

Carolyn Lee

 

Artist Statement:

My name is Carolyn Lee and I have a studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA and every spare table at my home. I have many interests and my passion is whatever I am working on at the moment. Family, friends, nature, and life in general are a constant inspiration and guide me from one project to another. Most of my work is saturated with color and whimsy but I also like the starkness of black and white as in this series Toilet Paper Rolls – Deconstructed. This is a true life experience series that started in April 2020 when the “toilet paper crisis” hit. I had just replenished my supply with a 24 pack before news broke people were making a mad dash to the stores to get their TP.  I was also 3 weeks into a 6 week printing class that was abruptly cancelled so my current passion was collagraph. 

 

Contact:

Email: CarolynLeeArtist@gmail.com

Website: https://carolynleeartist.wixsite.com/website

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolynleeartist/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolynLeeArtist

 

“TP Roll Deconstructed No. 15 & 16”

Collagraph Print

(White Matt, White Frame 8″x10″)

$195 

“TP Roll Deconstructed No. 12 & 13”

Collagraph Print

(White Matt, Black Frame 8″x10″)

$195 

“Paper Towel Roll Deconstructed No. 1”

Collagraph Print

10.5”x16.5”

(White Matt, Black Frame 10.5″x20.5″)

$250 

Stephen Clements

 

Artist Statement:

My works are usually created from compulsion not planning. Often colorful. Once an idea has begun I continue with abandon, but  break to study, and finesse it until it means something to me. My canvas/surface of choice is plywood because it can be abused, hit, scratched, smashed, broken. 4’ x 4’ is my favorite. Usually abstract, but if something figurative is forcing its way out I will go with it. 

Both these pieces were created from sketches where I was experimenting with connecting shapes. Then enhanced to bring out the images I saw in them.

 “Bugs” 

Acrylic on Wood Panel

40”x48”

$900

Year: 2019  

 

“Family”

Acrylic on Wood Panel

32”x48”

$900

Year: 2019  

Dave Martsolf

 

Artist Statement:

I began painting in the surreal style in the 1970’s.  After then taking a 30-year break in the corporate world to sustain my family I retired several years ago and restarted my art career.  Today my works are brighter in tone and include abstracts and portraits in addition to complex surreal pieces. Art lovers can examine more of my work at my website, http://davemartsolf.com

“The Bridge”

Oil on Canvas

28”x48”x1″d

$2,500 

The bridge in the title is not only the bridge of the nose.  It is the bridge between the urban civilized world and the environmental agrarian world that the urban world needs to sustain in order to survive.  It is meant to be an artwork that induces or provokes environmental awareness. The purplish blob hanging down by the left eye and that side of the bridge’s general darkness is meant to intone that a large portion of our environment is in danger. 

Year: 1977

William Cheever Turner

 

Artist Statement:

After retiring from a 30-year career in autobody restoration I pursued a life-long dream of becoming a fine artist.  I attribute my talent to my mother who was an accomplished artist. After several years of study, I earned a BFA and MFA in Visual Arts-Painting. Painting is my passion.

As a realist painter these abstract works left my imagination free to explore colors and shapes.

“Rusty Valley”

Oil on Canvas-Gallery Wrap

24”x30″

$2,000 

Year: 2018

“Untitled Abstract”

Oil on Canvas Panel

11”x8″ (14″x11″ framed)

$175

Year: 2020

 

“Universe”

Oil on Wood Panel w/frame

14”x11”

$275

Year: 2020  

Amy Aker

 

Artist Statement:

 I’m a recently retired elementary art teacher, and Western Ave Studio artist in search of my creative voice through painting, mono-printing, and other mixed media. My work is diverse and experimental and is what keeps me engaged in the world.

 

Contact:

Western Ave Studios 203

amyaker12@gmail.com

Instagram – @amyakerart 

 “Ribbon Dance” 

Acrylic on Paper

18”x22”

(Framed in Black w/2″ white mat border)

$350 

Paintng this layered artwork began with a base of paint scrapes with no particular direction. I used a masking technique to overlay color shapes, allowing all layers to show through in spots. I hope the viewer enjoys the playfulness and movement inherent in my process!

Year: 2021  

 

“That Fire Within”

Acrylic on Paper

16”x23”

(Framed in Black w/2″ white mat border)

$350

This paintng began as a paint pour! I allowed the force of energy I was feeling that day to direct my color and line choices. The finished piece very much expresses the pent-up energy I’ve been feeling at times during the pandemic!

Year: 2021

 

Blake Brasher

 

Artist Statement:

In my work I am trying to capture a feeling of permanence that is wrapped up in the balance between dynamic, shiWing elements. My pain1ngs have a sense of self containment that seems to protect them from the entropic forces of nature. They present the viewer with novel systems that encourage different ways of thinking, and they offer res1ng places for eyes grown weary from existential anxiety.

Contact:

307 Market St. Studio 303
Lowell, MA 01451 | +1 (617) 680-9742

blake@blakebrasher.org | www.blakebrasher.org

 

About These Paintings:

This is a body of work that I completed in December of 2019 while I was an ar1st in residence at the Studios at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. My fiancée and I were due to have our first child in a couple months, we had just found a house to buy together, and I was spending my evenings listening to an audiobook on natural childbirth while working late nights in the studio. It was a period of deep reflec1on for me, thinking about how much my life was going to change. I had no idea, of course, how the whole world was going to change over the course of the next year. These are all abstract pain1ngs on canvas stretched over gallery depth stretcher bars. They are not framed, and are ready to hang with a wire installed on the back

 “Equals Self Equals” 

Acrylicm, Dye and Sharpie on Canvas

48”x36”x1.5″d

$2060 

Year: 2019  

 

“Through All Beings in All Dimensions”

Acrylicm, Dye and Sharpie on Canvas

48”x36”x1.5″d

$2060

Year: 2019  

 

Meredith Fife Day

 

Artist Statement:

Meredith Fife Day is a painter, writer, teacher and lover of art. She is an advocate for equitable access to the arts and free education in the visual arts for children.

Contact:

 “Notes on a Poem” 

Acrylic on Canvas

12”x16”

$350 

Year: 20xx-2021  

 

“Adrift”

Oil & Found Objects on Canvas

9”x12”

$400

Year: 2020

 

“Walking The Dog on Bob’s Grid”

Acrylic on Canvas

12”x16”

$200

Year: 20xx-2021

Frances Killam

 

Artist Statement:

I am inspired by pattern, texture, and color. I use found objects and paint to create abstract, multi-layered monotype prints. As you look into the work, you may see the presence of scraps of neqng, kitchen tools, hand cut shapes, botanicals and various objects I steal from the recycling. I hope my prints bring you a sense of positvity, harmony, and balance

Contact:

978-502-9708

franceskillam@yahoo.com

I made these three monotypes thinking about life a;er Covid. What has changed? What stayed the same? I used old familiar objects for texture and visual cues. I was especially drawn to orange-red at first, which seemed to want balance with the bright sea green.

 “Beyond Covid 2” 

Monotype, Acrylic on Paper

11”x14” (Framed- 16″x20″)

(Wooden Frame, Dull Gold)

$175 

Year: 2021 

 

“Beyond Covid 3”

Monotype, Acrylic on Paper

11”x14” (Framed- 16″x20″)

(Wooden Frame, Dull Gold)

$175

Year: 2021

Shana Paleologos

 

Artist Statement:

An exploration of the subconscious and conscious. Reflecting on experience with empathy and/or disgust through an act of love.

 

Contact:

(978)-888-1337

“Flesh and Blood”

(This is #1 of 4 paintings in this series)

Acrylic on paper

11”x16”

$265 (Unframed), $365 (Framed)

This piece was born out of a guNural reac*on, from the anger, sadness and hope, to the racially mo*vated violence I and many have been a witness to in the past year, seen on the news or from a first hand experience. We are all “flesh and blood” and should all be treated equal and with kindness.

Year: 2019  

“Impulsive”

Acrylic on Paper

14”x17”

$360 (Unframed), $460 (Framed)

This piece was created in aNempt to describe the impulsive state of mind.

Year: 2019

 

Bethany Peck

 

Artist Statement:

Bethany Peck is a contempory landscape painter with a BFA from Monserrat College of Art in Beverly MassachuseNs. Her award-winning work can be found in many private and corperate collections. Her primary media are oils and watercolors. She uses a variety of different substrates, most notable: copper plates, linen, birch panels, amber-sand panels , coNon canvas, and a variety of papers. Painting intuitively, Bethany is inspired by nature to convey dream like emotion in her work.

 

 “Silver Splash” 

Mixed Media

5”x5”

$60

“Cadium Buds”

Mixed Media

5”x5”

$60 

“Looking Out”

Oil on Brass

10”x30”

$600 

Hilary Hanson Bruel

 

Artist Statement:

I am a (re)emerging artist from the Boston area who works with encaustic paint. My multi-layer paintings are studies in color, composition, and texture that highlight the unique properties of the medium, and which are informed by my background in both fine arts and graphic design. Working abstractly allows me to focus on the process of painting, while the resulting piece can evoke a different emotional response from each viewer.

 

Contact:

www.hansonbruel.com

 “Glimmer” 

Encaustic/Mixed media on cradled wood panel

8”x10”

$175 

This piece was created in early March of 2020,
right at the beginning of the pandemic.
As I said in my Instagram post at the time:
“Things are getting weird here in the Boston area…” The title references the glimmers of hope I was searching for.

Year: 2020 

“Autumn Leaves”

Encaustic/Mixed media on cradled wood panel

8”x10”

$175

The vertical stripes and slanted marks in this piece reminded me of falling leaves, but the title also marks the passage of time from autumn to winter.

Year: 2020

“Enchanted Forest” 

Encaustic/Mixed media on cradled wood panel

8”x10”

$175 

The focus of this work is the white paper which, combined
with tones of brown and green, evokes trees in a snow covered forest.

Year: 2020 

“Half-Remembered”

Encaustic/Mixed media on cradled wood panel

8”x10”

$175

 

The distressed images in this work felt like faded memories which have been embellished or obscured over time.

Year: 2021

Dan Rocha

 “Miriah” 

$1,450  

 

“Indra”

Metal Leaf Painted Sculpture

$275

“Burno”

Natural Shaped Bronze Finished Sculpture

$275

“Sky Vault” 

Radial Mirrored Model w/Human Figure

$275 

“Zag”

Graduated Mirrored Model w/Tree

$275 

“Percento”

Mirrored Model

$275 

Steve Kinney

 

 “Abstract 1” 

Acrylic on Foam

24”x24”

$500  

“Abstract 2”

Acrylic on Foam

24”x24”

$500  

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