Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Two New Shows and a New Store Open at LynnArts

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa, Time Warner Gallery
Hyperconscious, Willow Community Gallery
Show dates: March 26-May 2, 2012

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa highlights the work of regional artists Judy Beals (Salem), Jane Coder (Durham NH), Jason Cruz (Salem), James Cuozzo (Lynn), Linda Germain (Haverhill), Leonel Mendez (Lynn) June Rhodes (Lynn) and Barry Ridlon (Lynn).  The show examines the idea of home and the many ways the feeling of home can be expressed; from an Andy Warhol-like painting of Goya Beans, to an abstract photo of a used drop cloth.  Best of Show James Cuozzo’s award winning entry is a complex abstracted ink drawing of West Lynn.

In the Time Warner Gallery Jenn Houle, Kim Blodgett, and Katherine Vetne present their work in Hyperconscious, a show that examines the precarious state of our social, emotional, and physical existence in our modern world. All three artists focus on process and material as languages for discussing contemporary culture and the state of our modern world. The use of paper, in particular, is essential to all three artists; it acts as a transient vehicle for acknowledging shared concepts of change and temporality. Kim relays her message by weaving an acutely self-aware statement of her flaws, fears, and dreams. Katherine’s work takes on the mania of asserting her position in society while opposing the constraints of that society. Jenn examines our shared relationship to the evolved world, addressing mortality, chance, and humanity’s miniscule blip in our sublimely vast natural world.

Hyperconscious will be on view at the Willow Community Gallery in Lynn, MA from March 26-May 16, 2012.

25 Exchange, The Store for Local Arts
Opening Saturday, March 31

LynnArts is pleased to announce the opening of a year round gift shop in our gallery.  The shop will display a changing variety of handcrafted gifts including fine jewelry, cards, pottery and paintings.  All of the work for sale in the shop comes from Massachusetts artists, many of whom are locally based.  The shop will be open M, T, W, F 10-4, and Thursdays 10-8.  Open Saturdays during scheduled gallery openings.

Artists currently exhibiting:

Jeff Bowie, the Picklepot Studio, Salem, MA – earrings and necklaces crafted from watch parts
Shelagh Costello, SC Textiles, Swampscott, MA – note cards, bags, and key rings
Candice Cruz, Shortcakes, Arlington, MA – handcrafted note cards
The Highlands Coalition, Organic Tomato Sauce, Lynn, MA
Pamela Haley, Thistle House Jewelry, Marblehead, MA – 14k jewelry
Joanna Hatzelamprou, John’s Ceramic Studio, Lynn, MA – platters, teapots
Jo Harris, JoJos Gems, Boston, MA – unique and affordable earrings
Happy Owl Glassworks, Concord, MA – jewelry and nightlights
Arlette Laan, Fiber Creations, Lowell, MA – coasters and squeeze dolls
Elise Mankes, fine arts jeweler, Salem, MA – herbal and floral jewelry
D. Smilia Marvosh, Stranded in Time, Swampscott, MA – fine jewelry
Heather Micka-Smith, Bacon House Bags, Lynn, MA – unique pocketbooks
Nadine Mitchell, All Buttoned Up, Lynn, MA – pins made from vintage buttons
Chikako Mukai, Chikako Designs, Arlington, MA – headbands, cell phone holders, glasses cases, sachets
Laurie Preble, Luxxables, Lynn, MA – unique beaded letter wall art
Barry Ridlon, artist oil paintings, Lynn, MA – tabletop oil paintings
Lindsey Ruane, Freshly Baked, Somerville, MA – confectionary jewelry

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