The East Gallery will feature the exhibition “Suspended States” by Nieves Saah and Jacqueline Shatz. In the exhibit, Saah’s most recent paintings reflect her life in Spain and travels in South America, Europe and the Middle East. Her compositions are rich with color, complex and often express stories of her own life and dreams. Saah, who was raised in the Basque region of Spain, is a painter who almost exclusively uses palette knives to scrape and layer paint onto her pieces. After graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art, Saah’s work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe and has been reviewed by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Presenting a combination of paintings and sculptures, Shatz’s vibrant ceramic pieces are part of a continuing series of reimagined symbols from the past about forces of history and nature. Transformation, anthropomorphism, and myth are implied themes throughout her work. Shatz's work has been displayed in numerous galleries in New York City and she has curated exhibitions at the Hampden Gallery at UMass in Amherst. Her work has been reviewed by numerous press, including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, and The Village Voice.
In the West Gallery, Elisabeth Jacobsen and Susan Skoorka present the exhibition “Paper Works.” Jacobsen’s series of sculptures are inspired by the ever-evolving landscape of New York City, including the Carter Burden Gallery’s home neighborhood Chelsea. In creating her sculptures, Jacobsen utilizes simple cardboard material to offset the complexity of the City’s structures. With over 30 years of experience teaching internationally and at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Jacobsen has also worked extensively as a freelance designer and illustrator. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and is in several private collections in New York City; Albany, New York; New Hampton, New Jersey; and Brentwood, Maryland.
Skoorka’s dynamic collages in this exhibit are created with textured paper, all different colors, and layered to create energetic compositions. Discussing her work, Skoorka says, “I love working with color, textures, paper and scissors, creating shapes, shifting them around and arranging them in exciting ways. My cut paper inspiration comes from Henri Matisse, Joseph Albers, Kurt Schwitters and Ivan Chermayeff.”
A native New Yorker, Skoorka attended Pratt Institute and after launched a design business, Skoorka Design. A former art director at The New York Times, Skoorka has won national and international recognition for her innovative design work and has exhibited her illustrations and paper designs throughout New York. A selection of her designs will be translated into hand knotted wool rugs after the exhibition ends.
For the On the Wall exhibit, Beth Barry presents “SEAWALL,” a series of over forty 8x10 inch painted panels that create one unified piece that portrays the meeting of two natural elements, land and water. She says, “Landscapes are fragments of time - moments of movement. The shapes and light are instances that fade as soon as they appear. This series is an exploration of experiences one has in those moments. The palette is limited to enhance the synchrony between the panels. They all fit together in the idiosyncratic way of nature.”
Barry, who has a Master's Degree in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art and Child Development from Connecticut College, has exhibited at galleries in New York, Massachusetts and Bermuda.
OPENING RECEPTION:Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6pm - 8pm
EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday, June 6, 2019 – Wednesday, July 3, 2019 (select days/times below)
TIMES: Tuesdays – Fridays, 11am – 5pm
Saturday, 11am – 6pm