Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Conference Shows: Kobalt Gallery

During the recent Sixth Annual Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, I had the pleasure of participating in five shows in four commercial galleries plus Gallery X (the library) at the Castle Hill Center for the Arts. I thought I would share some photos of those shows so you can see the high caliber of the work included in them. (click on photos to enlarge)

Right wall of Kobalt Gallery on entering.

The show at Kobalt Gallery, juried by owner Francine D'Olimpio, was titled Confluence: Water and Light and included works by 35 artists selected from those who had submitted images. This show is what we refer to as "the conference show." There was a size limitation of 24" in the largest dimension, and I think that keeping the work to this smaller scale allowed for breathing space between works that gave the show an expansive look. Also, the blues, turquoises, greens, grays and mostly soft cool colors made for a cohesive and pleasing presentation. It was a great-looking show.

My piece, Remnant of a Dream, is the striped one in the center of the wall above. I am very pleased to announce that it was given the Juror's Award! Of course, I failed to get a separate photo of it as I did of the other two works that won awards, so I'm showing you a close-up below of a photo from my file.

Remnant of a Dream, 2011, 24" x 24" x 1.75", painted cardboard and metal with tacks
and encaustic on panel - Winner of the Juror's Award

David A. Clark, Vers La Nuit, 2010, 15" x 15" x 4", encaustic, paper and object on panel.
Winner of the Director's Award.

Patricia Malarcher, Segment of the Second. I'm sorry I don't have details on this work
but it appeared to be a sewn textile that had been dipped in encaustic,
size about 12"H x 16"W (as recalled and estimated).
Winner of the Castle Hill Award.

A part of the left wall as you entered the gallery. (Note Patricia Malarcher's piece at
top.) Other works I recognize are Dora Ficher's diptych near the corner,
Binnie Birstein's yellow/pale blue piece
and Elena De La Ville's work at top beside Patricia's.

For a better look at some of the works in this show, take a look at this link from the Encaustic Blog. That will do them much more justice than my images here.

Here is Francine D'Olimpio, gallery owner, who was suffering from a cold and about to
go home to rest. Her show selection and installation were outstanding.

Two shaped pieces by Shelley Gilchrist at the foot of the gallery stairs.

Part of the upstairs back wall. Note those red dots beside two works by Debra Claffey and Alison Golder!

This piece by Deborah Kapoor was a favorite of mine. The photo on the encaustic
blog is much better and shows you the dimension of this work.
It is called  Merging Light, 2012,  18 " x 13" x 3.5", and is shibori with encaustic on kozo paper, fabric, string.

More work on the upstairs wall. I recognize those three pieces in the foreground are
by Kellie Weeks.

Here's the piece at the end by Susan Lasch Krevitt., Race Point Sunrise, 2012,
18" x 14" x 1.5", wool, stitching, encaustic, oil glaze on panel

What a pleasure to have the conference represented by this lovely show and to have so many artists get to exhibit their work in Provincetown. Seeing actual work in person makes all the difference, just as meeting a person in the flesh that you have only known through email and Facebook is a revelation. Having this opportunity to meet, talk, laugh, and bond together is what makes the conference such a wonderful experience and why we can't wait to do it all over again next year!


Wendy Rodrigue Magnus said...

Thank you for sharing, Nancy. What a wonderful collection of artists and artworks. And congratulations on the Juror's Award. Well-deserved!

CMC said...

Wonderful show, Nancy.......thanks for posting it for those of us who are visiting vicariously through blogs.