By Capucine Bourcart
Editor’s note: This press release was provided by the Pelham Art Center.
Artisan Boutique & Collectibles
November 22, 2019-January 4,2020 at Pelham Art Center
Free Opening Reception Friday, November 22, 6:00-8:00 pm
Members Sale: December 2-December 7
Pelham Art Center presents its annual exhibition and sale of handmade art items beginning Friday, November 22nd.
Collectibles at the Pelham Art Center includes the work of 9 artists selected by Executive Director Charlotte Mouquin. All of the works in this exhibition are priced under $2,500 and created by mid-career and emerging artists. This annual exhibition is the perfect collecting opportunity to take home affordable artworks. A public opening reception will take place Friday, November 22nd from 6-8pm in conjunction with the Artisan Boutique which highlights artist makers.
Artists exhibiting in Collectibles include: Laurence Belotti, Capucine Bourcart, Alvin Clayton, Bob Clyatt, Mayuko Fujino, Maizianne, RC Hagans, Eileen Karakashian, Doug Newton and Alexis Trice.
Laurence Belotti uses photography as a vehicle to explore the way individuals relate to iconic architecture, both organic and industrial, within urban landscapes. This is an opportunity to bring home a piece of history at an affordable price point. Capucine Bourcart utilizes photography, photo-collage, painting and sewing to build multifaceted pieces that expand narrative possibilities through images. Local artist, model, and restaurateur Alvin Clayton’s works in Collectibles include his paintings of entertainer/activist Josephine Baker. Clayton’s vivid, Matisse-inspired palette transports viewers to the emotional landscape of his Caribbean upbringing. In the entrance gallery, Bob Clyatt’s installation Field Notes welcomes viewers with colorful, suspended hands that are inspired by world unity. Mayuko Fujino creates dual-layered papercut and collage art to replicate structures of dreams. Local artist Maizianne captures an emotional perception of beauty and personality in her contemporary mixed-media portraiture. RC Hagans’ work is equal parts fine/folk/street art, drawing imagery from religion, pop culture, punk rock, and conspiracy theories. Eileen Karakashian explores abstraction through layers of familiar forms, leading her viewers to discover their own their own poetic narratives in her work. Drawing inspiration from light, Doug Newton creates colorful, well-rendered oil paintings of ordinary materials like foil, plastic, and paper to tell stories of the way we perceive the world around us. Alexis Trice asks her viewers to confront their fantasy of nature through the animal subjects in her paintings, highlighting feelings of isolation and fear that are not unfamiliar to humans too.
Artisan Boutique highlights a dynamic collection of quality, affordable handmade items for sale, from Friday, November 22 through Saturday, January 4th. Skilled artisans will be showcasing: ceramics, silver works, jewelry, glass, leather, and more. Artisan Boutique will feature one-of-a-kind items by local and national artists who represent a range of traditional and modified artisan techniques.
Artists include: Zafiro Acevedo, Victoria Berman, Luiza Cardenuto, Jeanne Carreau, Dennis Darkeem, Matthew DeMeo, Elizabeth Grubaugh, Rachel Lapidus, Rebecca Lockhart, Janine Logue, Susan Nathenson, The Nerdy Duo, Maile Ogasawara, Pebbles, Melissa Panszi Riebe, Elena Rosenberg, Donna Ross, Susan Saas, Maryssa Sacerdote, Kim Satin, Maiko Shimizu, Elizabeth Vallenilla, Cecily Witcher, and Spencer Zarou.
Supporting both the local economy and artists alike, Artisan Boutique is a hip local alternative to commercial holiday shopping. A quirky illustration print, a pair of finely crafted earrings, or an artist’s 2020 calendar makes a uniquely personal gift!
Members Sale: The Pelham Art Center members will receive a 10% discount on all Artisan Boutique gallery sales during a special Members’ Holiday Sale, December 2-7.