The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

October in the Hosmer Gallery: Paintings by Anne-Marie Taylor and Anne LaPrade Seuthe

WHAT: Paintings by Anne-Marie Taylor and Anne LaPrade Seuthe
WHEN: October 2-30, 2018
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Anne LaPrade Seuthe presents a series of paintings titled Variations on a Theme.

In Variations on a Theme LaPrade-Seuthe shows a range of paintings
that depict various aspects of the landscape of Western, MA. She uses a limited palette, and simplified compositions that run the gamut from representational to abstraction.

Anne LaPrade Seuthe holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. Her public and collaborative projects include X Marks the Spot, DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY, Intrude 366 at the Zendai MoMa in Shanghai, China, Physical Geography/Psychological Landscape at the Goethe Institute in Dresden, Germany and at the Distillery Gallery in Boston, MA.

LaPrade Seuthe, See Through, Diptych, acrylic on panel,  30 inches by 24 inches (each panel) 2018

Anne-Marie Taylor

Art and life are inseparable.  For me both have become a quest.  My first memory in life is of drawing a picture.  But, like so many, I was discouraged from studying because representational art was supposed to be dead.  Instead, I got an M.A. in French and a Ph.D. in History, taught (French in the U.S. and English in France), wrote (Young Charles Sumner, UMass Press, 2001), was a caregiver — and dreamt desperately of more time to draw as my world became increasingly empty and unbalanced.

The opportunity finally to study art with Nancy Fernald came as a second chance at life.  The Boston School tradition, in which she teaches, marries classical drawing techniques with an impressionist sense of light and color.  As I worked with these two poles I found myself particularly drawn to such apparently opposite artists as Chardin and Sargent, the one for his hushed serenity, the other for his sparkling vitality, and for something more elusive that these two principles seemed to hold in common.  The reality of drawing and the spirit of light and color, the concrete presence of objects in the real world and the beauty and glow that make them transcend it, the facts of daily life and the inspiriting beauty that makes them worthwhile, the opposing needs of peace and vitality and the meaningfulness promised by their union — this has become my quest in life and art.

Anne-Marie Taylor shows at The Greenfield Gallery in downtown Greenfield and at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vermont, and with the Academic Artists Association.  She has had exhibits with the Friends of the Agawam Library juried show, and at other places, including the Burnett Gallery and Hope and Feathers Gallery in Amherst, the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, and the Lathrop Community of Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Gallery Hours: Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

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