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Art Map Burlington #3
ART ON VIEW
Meaghan “Mei” Greene: Chasing the Sun
Meaghan “Mei” Greene uses mixed media to create multiple layers of drawing within her work. Recently, she has been exploring combiningthe cyanotype process with screen printing and drawing. Using natural materials to create the images in the cyanotypes, she uses those same materials when burning her screens and creating drawings on top of them. She is interested in the idea of drawing with nature and pulling inspiration from the natural world around her.
Meaghan graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2018 and holds and BFA in Interdisciplinary Art. She currently lives and works in South Burlington.
(image: Together by Meaghan Greene (cyanotype and screenprint; 2019))
Grace L. Cothalis: “In a Circle, Mandalas”
Opening reception during September’s First Friday Art
Grace L. Cothalis says about her work:
Art is an essential activity, a refuge and a source of joy and sometimes frustration! Artmaking is challenging, messy. Gets my brain going in a ‘no words’ way.
Mandalas are powerful symbols found in many cultures and are focal points for meditation. They are in Tibetan Buddhism, Native American Medicine Wheels & Rose Windows in Gothic Cathedrals.
I make use of colored pencils, acrylic ink and collage. I hope that my pieces can be a shield and shelter, a path to find our true selves. They represent a map of the outer universe and our inner search for
understanding & wholeness.
(image: Full Plate by Grace L. Cothalis (16″x16″; colored pencil) Courtesy of the artist.)
Vermont artist Shelley Walker aspires to “rid humanity of ‘perfectionism’ through art”. Originally from California, Walker describes herself as a “realist with a dark sense of humor”, whose work is mainly colored pencil and marker drawings. Walker is a member of S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in the South End Arts District.
Image: Sweetheart by Shelley Walker (14″x11″; colored pencil and marker on paper; 2019).
A Retrospective: Miranda’s Realm
Opening reception during May’s First Friday Art
Miranda Syp is a self-taught artist who has been painting and exhibiting her work since 1992. Her mission is to cultivate a boundless heart through her art. She says, “I aim to lighten and beautify life with my paintings. In sharing my work, I hope to please the viewer and promote an overall sense of joy.” Syp is the mother of self-taught, 13-year-old artist Dazzy.
Image: untitled by Miranda Syp (24″x24″; acrylic on canvas; 2012)
This image appeared on the cover of the May 2019 edition of Art Map Burlington.
Puppeteer Rainbow: Kara Torres (aka Fine Forager Arts)
Opening reception during April’s First Friday Art
Kara Torres says about this work:
Someone once asked me what I would miss most if I left this life behind. For her, it was dogs. For me, it is a close tie between cats and colors. Color has been an obsession for my entire life–it is a source of joy, but can also be a form of currency. I wish to examine the ways color is connected to wealth and privilege, as well as how color is a controlling factor in my own life.
Kara Torres is a Burlington-based artist from Duxbury. They work in a variety of media including acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, marker, polymer clay and textiles. Kara holds a BA in religion from Smith College and moved to Kyoto, Japan to teach English for two years after graduation. Since moving to Burlington, Kara has shown at many venues, including SEABA, S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Speeder & Earl’s, Thirty-Odd, and Cavendish Gallery. They won first place at the Art’s Alive Festival of Fine Arts in 2018. Kara’s favorite themes to explore include gender, sexuality, and spiritual experience. You can find more of their work atwww.fineforagerarts.com and on Instagram: @fine_forager
Image: Entangled by Kara Torres (24″x12″; acrylic on canvas; 2018)
Opening reception during February’s First Friday Art.
Meaghan Greene’s work focuses on themes of nature and decay.
Greene is a multidisciplinary artist who explores her fascination of the natural world through drawing and traditional women’s handcrafts. For this show, she wanted to show smaller works that she has been making alongside more larger projects. Greene recently graduated from Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, Massachusetts) in May 2018 and received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Art.
(image: Two Black Crows by Meaghan Greene (mixed media; 2018) Courtesy of the artist.)
Grace L. Cothalis: “In a Circle, Mandalas, & Cosmic Studies”
Opening reception during November’s First Friday Art
Grace L. Cothalis says about her work:
Buddhism, Native American Medicine Wheels and the labyrinth in Chartres are just a few examples. Mandalas are focal points for meditation.
For me, they represent a map of the outer universe and our inner search for understanding & wholeness. The Cosmic Studies are an extension of art “in the round”, looking out toward the vast universe and into the depths of the mind.
Art is what I do to keep grounded, sane. It’s an essential activity like breathing. Back in kindergarten days I loved the wonderful tactile mess of artmaking. Nowadays I work using elements (color, shape, design) to express feelings, ideas, moods.
(image: Cheer by Grace L. Cothalis (19″x19″; colored pencil and collage) Courtesy of the artist.)
Shastina Ann-Wallace: “The Art of Experience”
Opening reception during February’s First Friday Art
Shastina Ann-Wallace says about her work:
The main inspiration for my art comes from witnessing the beauty of nature, and feeling my body as a part of nature experiencing itself. I live in awe of the everyday natural processes occurring around me all the time. Clouds, rivers, trees, and the dance of light on a landscape throughout the day are just a few of the earthly wonders that captivate me. In this state of wonder I am filled with an urge to capture and recreate what I am seeing and feeling.
Shastina Ann-Wallace is from California, but is proud to call Vermont her home of 5 years. She lives in Jericho and is currently pursuing a BFA in Studio Arts at Johnson State College. She previously earned an AA in Fine Arts from College of Marin and an AA in Early Childhood Education from Community College of Vermont. She is grateful to be a part of the Burlington community working with children as a substitute teacher at Burlington Children’s Space and a teaching artist at Burlington City Arts’ Summer Camp Program.
(image: Underbrush Beauty by Shastina Ann-Wallace (16″x20″; acrylic on canvas; 2017))
Shastina Ann-Wallace: “Vermont, My Home”
December 2017-January 2018
Shastina Ann-Wallace says about her work:
The main inspiration for my art comes from witnessing the beauty of nature, and feeling my body as a part of nature experiencing itself. I live in awe of the everyday natural processes occurring around me all the time. Clouds, rivers, trees, and the dance of light on a landscape throughout the day are just a few of the earthly wonders that captivate me. In this state of wonder, I am filled with an urge to capture and recreate what I am seeing and feeling.
Shastina Ann-Wallace received an AA in Fine Arts from the College of Marin in 2012, an AA in Early Childhood Education, and is currently working towards a BFA in Studio Arts at Johnson State College.
(image: Warren Falls by Shastina Ann-Wallace (16″x20″; acrylic on canvas; 2014))
Mika Ingerman: “Primped and Pugnacious”
This series was created by combining impasto gouache and washes on canvas board. Each image is a digital print of the original painting, hand embellished with glitter and gold and black ink. The fish in his crystal bowl reflects the many allegorical facets of the synergistic relationships between male bio ornamentation and the aesthete’s experience. The style of this series draws on varied and rich traditions of portraiture, poster art, and golden age illustration with influences as diverse as Edith Head and Joe E Sheridan.
(image: Mr. Black by Mika Ingerman (14″x11″; print of gouache and pencil piece, hand embellished with glitter and ink; 2016))
Jennie Kristel: “The World of Water and Flowers”
Jennie Kristel, in her monoprint show, “The World of Water and Flowers”, considers “the relationship of all beings…to read into their language and to collaborate in bring[ing] much needed healing to our world.”
(image: Spring Garden II by Jennie Kristel (13″x31″; monoprint))
Louella Richer: “Still. Life.”
Artist reception during June’s First Friday Art
“Still. Life.” features two series of original acrylic collections. These pieces represent the artist’s studies of releasing stories from the body as a means to strengthen resilience and find wholeness. In the first, “Birds”, it simply invokes a moment in nature, in still life. The second series, “Dark Matters”, reflects the idea that first there is stillness in dark times, then life starts again.
The painting, Sake of the Light, is the first piece in the “Dark Matters” series displaying stories on canvas. These stories are depicted by layered paint unfolding pieces of life. This particular piece represents the moment the artist realized that she had to work through the things that challenge her in the dark times, to find and appreciate the light. Painting in this way, Richer has found that her greatest shocks or traumas do not separate her from human-kind but instead, through self-expression, establishes a connection to herself, to others, and to the world.
(image: You are with the Birds by Louella Richer (20″x16″; acrylic on canvas; 2017))
Nyx Black: “#BT(V_elvet~nocturne)”
the nocturne(s) of our lake:
created in tangible form
(image: #BT(V_elvet~nocturne)3 by Nyx Black (36″x24″; print; 2017))
Miranda Angelica Syp
Miranda Angelica Syp began painting in acrylics in Baltimore at age 17. She taught herself to paint when her neighbor at the time gave her a box of acrylics and brushes and she has been painting ever since. Twenty years later, she has left a trail of paintings in her wake. These works are from her collection over the past few years in Burlington. (image: The Hive)
“Creatures of the Crust”: Julie Gunderson
Julie Gunderson’s “Creatures of the Crust” addresses themes of mortality and the human experience. She combines representational and abstract techniques together to create an awe-inspiring presentation with an existential intensity.
“Childhood Home”: Tess Elizabeth Holbrook
Tess Elizabeth Holbrook has been creating since she could remember. She’s driven by storytelling and exploring human emotions. She finds a romance in using oil paints that allows her to bring out the stories and emotions that circle within us all. Holbrook has a BA in Cinema Arts & Science. Her curiosity for storytelling transcends many mediums and she is well versed in film, writing, drawing and painting. This collection of work captures the day dreams she used to have as a child, some idyllic, some daunting. (image: Daily Desire by Tess Elizabeth Holbrook)
nigh(t_ale)*: Nyx Black of Anonymous Muse
experiments with a personal language for sigil making