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July 29 – The Face of Love, a romantic drama set for a September 20th release date by IFC Films, stars Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams and a surprising costar -30 paintings by Tracey Sylvester Harris (no relation to Ed Harris). Director Arie Posin uses the paintings to illustrate the transformative power of love after devastating loss. When divorced, artist turned art teacher Tom Young (Ed Harris) meets and falls for a widow (Annette Bening) while teaching a class, he again picks up his brushes and begins painting amazing, large format figure paintings, created in real life by California artist Tracey Sylvester Harris.
After receiving the call that her work was chosen for the movie and recovering from the initial shock, T. S. Harris says it made perfect sense to her. “I always pictured my alter ego in the studio as a serious bad ass. Ed Harris is brilliant casting in my mind!” she replied. Tom Denolf, the co-producer whose daunting task it was to find the artwork to match the character of Tom Young (Ed Harris), scoured hundreds of LA galleries in search of work that would meet the script criteria, namely that the paintings be figurative, large, painterly, reminiscent of Eric Fischl and Gerhard Richter, but with a Southern California vibe. The artwork of T.S. Harris fit the bill. Hundreds of galleries, dozens of meetings, and three weeks later, T. S. Harris got the voice mail she still has on her machine, “You’re it! We’re looking forward to working with you!”
In her paintings, T.S. Harris presents a dazzling vision of California that merges the past with the present. In an ironic twist, two recurring themes are her love of water and her love of Hollywood. The series of paintings entitled Lost Holiday are inspired by found, black and white photos from the forties and fifties. The paintings transform long forgotten memories into vibrant light and color. Although bright, the paintings are bittersweet in their depictions of fleeting moments of summer captured almost a lifetime ago. In the Noir series, she experiments with imagery from films made in that same time period. These paintings depict women mostly as torsos, or cropped stills. Suspended in time, they have been captured smoking, waking, sleeping, and sitting in contemplation. With the context of their actions removed, the women become mysterious. Dressed in swimsuits or lingerie, they are alluring not for their bodies, but the secrets they hold. Looking closely at the paintings however, reveals her true theme- how precious and fleeting our moments in the sun are.
One of our artists Karen Woods has been included in the current New American Paintings, a book like publication that finds up and coming painters through a juried exhibition/competition.
NAP is published bimonthly . . .”We sponsor six juried competitions per year. The forty winners of each competition receive a four-page, full-color spread in New American Paintings. Five of the annual competitions focus on geographic regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Pacific Coast), and the sixth is only open to current Masters of Fine Arts candidates who are attending schools based in the United States, and current year graduates.”
Friday December 6th starting at 5PM, Quidley & Company gallery (Nantucket) will host a unique and exciting event in which artists on and associated with Nantucket contribute original works in an 8″ x 10″ format. Nearly 100 original artworks will be exhibited at the reception and available for sale, all at the fixed price of $125. The name of the artist for each work will be kept secret during the exhibition, only to be revealed at the completion of the sale.
100% of the proceeds will go to the Marla Ceely Lamb Fund as administered by Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation.
The Marla Ceely Lamb Fund, a Cancer Patient Transportation Fund for Nantucket, helps to defray the costs of transportation and lodging for patients who must travel off-island for the treatment of cancer.
On a first come, first serve basis, guests receive a numbered ticket based on order of arrival/line then select their art. Additional framing options will be available in the gallery for $25 from Frame Center of Nantucket. We ask that guests agree to purchasing just one artwork each, until everyone in attendance has had the opportunity to acquire a work and donate to this important cause.
a video from 2011 event
Opening November 8, 2013 at the Berkshire Museum is an exhibition featuring the paintings of Janet Rickus and Colin Brant. The show, Radical Traditionalism runs through Two Rickus paintings are on loan from Quidley & Company for this exhibition.
“The Berkshire Museum’s new exhibition, opening Friday, wants to remind visitors that such durable genres (landscape and still life) have plenty to offer if looked at the right way. “Radical Traditionalism” highlights the work of two regional artists who prove that engagement with the past doesn’t mean giving up on the future.
Both Janet Rickus and Colin Brant are deeply informed by past masters but not restrained by them. Rickus paints meticulously crafted images of fruit and vegetables whose simple presentation leaves open many questions and ideas.
Rickus’s work can also be viewed at the Fitchburg Art Museum in the exhibition Still Life Lives! This show incorporates works from the Museum’s permanent collection; Marc Chagall, Henri Fantin-Latour, William Harnett, Walt Kuhn, Georgia O’Keeffe, et al, with still lifes by numerous contemporary New England artists including our very own Janet Rickus, and Scott Prior. This show is on display through January 12, 2014.
Rickus, who lives in Great Barrington, has been working in her signature styles since the early 1980s. She said she gets ideas from everyday life, from the supermarket and farmers markets. In her studio, she arranges her subjects under light from a north-facing window, and she uses photographs to help arrange the individual pumpkins, sweet potatoes, onions or lemons.
She presents the subjects with photographic detail, carefully crafted colors and lines. They are often arranged on linens, and presented about life-sized and at eye level. In such a way, they have a certain dignity. They are free of the heavy allegorical density of, for example, the great Dutch masters of the 17th century, in which an hourglass exists to signal the fleeting nature of time, or a dog appears to symbolize fidelity, and so on.
“I don’t paint objects because of their value,” she said. “I paint them because I like them.”
From such a deceptively simple start, a flood of connections and quick narratives almost automatically emerge. There is a sense of humor or whimsy in the images, which almost demands that you make up a story for them — pears that look like a football huddle, a pumpkin that seems to collapse exhausted on a pillow.
Photographer Richard Rinaldi brings people together through art. The young artist hit the streets of New York City with his large format 8” x10” view camera and no intentions of taking typical street-art images. He asked strangers if they were willing to participate in an art project with them, and most were excited to oblige. Rinaldi posed diverse varieties of strangers in intimate positions. His newest project, Touching Strangers, has received world-wide praise from art critics, artists, art-lovers, and, of course, strangers.
Living in cities, people are surrounded by others and some give little notice to passersby. Rinaldi’s project allowed strangers of different gender, age, or background to pause and take a moment to touch. His use of a large format camera slows down the picture taking process and makes it necessary for the people he photographs to spend a full, few minutes embracing.
It seems peoples’ love of art has physically brought them together on the crowded streets in a truly touching way.
The Art Everywhere project turns the streets of the UK into the world’s largest art show. Art Everywhere decorated billboards, busses, train stations, and signs around London with 57 famous works of art by artist including Bacon, Freud, and Hockney. Advertisers engage in the project by donating printed poster sites and digital screens in an effort to collaborate with Art Everywhere and celebrate art for art’s sake. Over 2,000 London buses and 1,000 taxis transport the artworks around the city. The vehicles ensure the curation of the show will transform throughout the day.
The public selected the top ten replicas, which will be donated to help pay the cost of the,
“…biggest ever crowdsourced funding for a charity in the UK.” The list of the Top Ten follows:
1. The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse
2. Ophelia by John Everett Millais
3. Head VI by Francis Bacon
4. Gassed by John Singer Sargent
5. Man’s Head (Self Portrait) by Lucian Freud
6. The Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner
7. Five Ships – Mount’s Bay by Alfred Wallis
8. Going to the Match by LS Lowry
9. Nocturne: Blue and Gold- Battersea Bridge by James Whistler
10. Cold Dark Matter by Cornelia Parker
Parker, also one of the only chosen, living artists says, “It is just lovely to be up there, along with Bacon and Freud…I’m thrilled to be in the top 10, and be the only woman.”
Artist Damien Hirst, who proudly supports the show says, “Art is for everyone, and everyone who has access to it will benefit from it. This project is amazing and gives the public a voice and an opportunity to choose what they want to see on their streets.”