Sunday, April 26, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: Joe Cory

Joe Cory:
"Enlightened Witness" (15"x20") - Joe Cory

Joseph Cory is an artist and associate professor in the department of Visual Art at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He received a BA from Central College (IA), a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Chicago. He exhibits his work nationally, and is the recipient of a number of grants, awards, and workshops including: "The Whale and Star Summer Workshop in affiliation with the Anderson Ranch" in Miami with the artist Enrique Martinez Celaya (2011), and the "Project R5: A Visual Arts Workshop and Studio in South Africa" (2013). 

Check out his work at Hera! WATER ends May 9th.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: Sabrina McLaughlin

Sabrina McLaughlin:
"Of The Despair" (16"x28") - Sabrina McLaughlin

Sabrina McLaughlin is a Painting Major at Kendall College of Art and Design. Most recently her work has been displayed at the West Michigan Regional Art Competition at Lowell Art Center and Art.Downtown 2014. Sabrina was born in Canton Ohio and currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her awards include: Krylon's Clear Choice Scholarship, Beyond Mythologies Scholarship, Akron Society of Artists Scholarship, Canton Artists League Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design's Portfolio Scholarship, and Kendall College of Art and Design's Academic Scholarship.

Check out her work at Hera! WATER ends May 9th

Birdhouse Fundraiser is tomorrow!

Ben Anderson
Just a reminder that the Birdhouse fundraiser is tomorrow! Join us at The Farmer's Daughter at 716 Mooresfield Rd. 

More information about Farmer's Daughter can be found on their website here





Here are some examples of what we've received so far!

James Brown
Kristin Lamb

Friday, April 24, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: Kerry Kolenut

Kerry Kolenut:
"Swimming Pool 3" (24"x16") - Kerry Kolenut
Her Statement:
"Most individuals participate in the collection of images, sometimes represented as an album, a scrapbook, a frame, or a filled shoebox.  Images of families and friends become a personal history; it gives both a family and an individual an identity.   We get a sense of who we are and where we come from, whether or not there is someone there to tell us who or what is in the image.  We get a sense of what has come before us. 
Snapshot photographs are often connected to ideas of identity, memory, and relationships. Often how we remember and what we think we remember is fragmented.  Without a reference to a specific person or place what happens to the photograph? Does it still tell us something about our family history or ourselves? I have gathered images from family albums, enlarged them, and covered a portion of the image information with graphite. All that is left are parts of the image, based on ideas of repetition in location, color, patterns, and events in the original image. The information still exists at the base, but is now masked.  These images all leave the swimming pool water behind.  We all have memories of swimming pools and specific experiences with them.  So what happens when the specific person or location is removed from the image, does it become relatable or more isolated from our own identity and can a memory still be formed without all of the information?"

Check out her work at Hera! WATER ends May 9th


Thursday, April 23, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: Barbara Simcoe

Barbara Simcoe:
"Montserrat" (15"x20") - Barbara Simcoe

Her Statement: 
"The world is largely pre-occupied with itself on a level that excludes spirituality. In the culture's violence, its unrelenting dedication to the exterior to the exclusion of the interior and its fascination with spectacle, is there a place for contemplation. 
The figurative imagery I use in my work is exclusively of women and it is in the area of feminine archetypes that I am most interested in woman as vessel of creativity, as intercessor, as of the earth, as mother, as primal aspect of the feminine/masculine dichotomy, as the complement of masculine divinity. These are the subtexts of my work.
In designing my pieces I direct my actions to subconsciously access archetypes to create works that function as metaphor. They are not meant to be overtly narrative, though there is an undercurrent of a non-linear kind. In this regard the works are associative and referential. My artworks come out of the belief that discord and disorientation must be experienced in order to suggest the possibility of attaining wisdom. They are intended to be vehicles for contemplation of silence as the medium through which one can sense spirituality. They are quiet yet at the same time they challenge a sensory overloaded and violent culture. The intention is that they function to mediate the space between perception and meditation, a liminal space that is ephemeral and intuitively accessed."

Check out her work at Hera! WATER ends May 9th. 



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: David Mangels

David Mangels:
"Frozen Mosaic no.1" (12"x12") - David Mangels
Mangels lives in Massachusetts, and can be found hiking about New England or the Four Corners Region with his wife, Wendy. He is a member of the Cambridge Art AssociationConcord Art Association, and One Percent for the Planet.  In 2013, Mangels was awarded the Frances N. Roddy Prize by the Concord Art Association for my work 'Clearing Storm, Whitman County #1 and #2'.
His Statement:
"The edges of the nature are filled with beauty. A storm clearing at sunrise creates a glowing landscape that makes your heart fill with joy. The overlap between two climates can create unique ecosystems that give spark to the imagination within all of us. Extremes of desert or arctic wilderness offer moments of stark wonder that might remain unknown simply because so few people have the opportunity to see them. In the rhythm of spring, summer, fall, winter and spring again, each season has its moment of glory.
The idea of the 'decisive moment', coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, is one that permeates every genre of photography. Landscape photography is no exception. In the landscape, though, the decisive moment which makes a compelling photograph can play out over a much longer timeframe. Desert cacti open their blooms only once during a brief period each year. An iceberg calved from its parent glacier has only a short life before melting away. Impermanence is everywhere.
My work celebrates the edges of the natural world and the beauty of impermanence. Craft and vision are honed to capture moments of simple splendor through light, color, lines, texture. 
This is our home. Take a moment to feel what it has to offer."
Check out his work at Hera! Water ends May 9th

Birdhouse Donations by Friday!

Birdhouse Donations need to be in by Friday! Bring them to Hera or South County Art Supply business hours.

Hera Gallery is open from 1pm - 5pm Wednesday through Friday and 10am - 4pm on Saturday. 

South County Art Supply is open from 11am - 6pm Tuesday through Thursday, 11am - 7am Friday, and 11am - 6pm Saturday. 


Here are some examples of those already submitted!
David Dawson
Rob Cagnetta
Jack Massey
Remember to have fun with it and we can't wait to see the outcome!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: John Francis

John Francis:
"Reflections of Bruneau Dunes" (36"x36") - John Francis

John Francis graduated Magna Cum Laude with BS in Graphic design from University of Cincinnati (1974) and an MS in Communications with an interactive technology emphasis from Florida State University (1995).
John has worked professionally in the public and private sectors on a diverse range of projects including corporate identity programs, multimedia, signage, publications and books. His clients have included a wide spectrum from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to a performance artist. John has won several awards for his design work and was one of four national nominees for the Graphic Arts Guild’s Walter Hortens Distinguished Service Award in 2001.
Check out his work at Hera! WATER ends May 9th. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: Holly Lay

Holly Lay:
"Spend All Day" - Holly Lay


Holly Lay is a photographer who focus in film and polaroid forms, while shooting with the subjects of landscapes and portraiture. Through these subjects, she finds aesthetic beauty.  

Her Statement:

"At a certain age one realizes that life is short and age is inevitable. The sense of immortality begins to fade and this realization really hit me at one specific moment. I had a dream to go to my childhood home and search in a closet for something. In this closet I found a box labeled “Wendy”. Wendy, my mother, passed away when I was at the age of seven from breast cancer. I only knew her from what memories I had and old Polaroids I found of her. In this box under old get well cards I found documents from the hospital she was visiting. These documents stated that her cancer had gone undetected for years and in her early twenties it had started to form. This of course scared me; she was my age when she had developed it. I started to evaluate my life and more importantly I started photographing even more. These instant images I started taking reminded me of her, the fact that these images could out live me. I photographed places I went, friends, family, and seemingly unimportant moments in my life as well as the best moments. This series of instant images has not only become a huge part of my life but a coping mechanism and a way for me to feel connected to my mother again."

Come check out her work at Hera! WATER is open till May 9th.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WATER Exhibition Featuring Artist: David Roon

David Roon:
"Liquid Interface" - David Roon
David Roon learned the basics of ceramics through coursework at the University of Minnesota and the University of Idaho. He was heavily influenced by a series of courses taken with Minnesota artist Steven Hemmingway, who works with a similar mosaic-style approach to Raku. He has been refining his own unique vision and technique part time since 1994, opening his own private studio in 2010.  David works with a technique called ‘Raku mosaic’. All of his work is wheel-thrown, but most of his wares (such as water features and lanterns) are assembled from multiple elements. He etches stylized natural and mythological designs into his wheel-thrown greenware- the carved lines are sealed with wax, and the interstitial spaces are hand-painted with various Raku glazes. Each piece is kiln fired and plunged into a closed chamber filled with combustible materials, where the carved lines are smoked black, and the glazed sections take on metallic flashings, crackle patterns, and other organic-looking textures. The resultant surfaces evoke living stained-glass windows. 

His Statement
"In 'Liquid Interface', I want to challenge the viewer to consider the consequences of replacing 'water as a public good' with 'water as a commodity'. I'm also interested in plastic bottles, and the way they reflect our collective ideas about permanence, worth, and transience. Objectively, these objects display a beauty and environmental persistence that rivals ceramics (the main medium for these works). and yet we treat them like garbage. 
This installation is interactive. If you brought bottled water to the exhibition, and if you finish your bottle water over the course of of your visit, I encourage you to add your bottle to the collection."

Come check out his work at Hera! WATER Exhibit ends May 9th.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

WATER Exhibit Featuring Artist: William Nieberding

William Nieberding
"Le Reve" 11"x15" - William Nieberding 
William Nieberding is an assistant professor of Art Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. His photographs include traditional silver-based black and white portraits, landscapes, and figure studies as well as digital work. The image presented here is from a series exploring physical and intangible relationships to water. William also writes about art, photography, and the discourse of vision. This work takes a focus on phenomenology, and how different ways of seeing offer insight into contemporary understandings of photography. William holds a Ph.D. in Art Education from The Ohio State University, and masters in photography from Purdue University.

His statement:
"As beings of mostly water, we are continually drawn to contemplate our relationships with it. Le RĂªve is part of a larger series of photographs that indulges in this contemplation through the picturing of bodies in and bodies of water. Begun in the late 1990’s, and shot on black and white film, this series continues to draw me as an artist. Contemporary images are recorded digitally, and film negatives are now re-envisioned in ink, rather than silver.
Creating the work offers for me a most direct and embodied reflection on our relationships to water. A certain meditative tension may be found working in open spaces made private by the early hour, by time of year, or by inclement weather; made private also by the isolating action of being singled out as photographer and subject. This relationship has been the basis of my work, the idea of the artistic act as a unique exchange of gazes and reflections."

Check out his work at Hera! Water Exhibition ends May 9th.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Exhibiting WATER Artist: Haley Nannig

Haley Nannig
"Lunar Sisters" (54"x54") - Haley Nannig
Haley Nannig is primarily a painter producing work with pattern, collage, and both thick gestural paint marks completely dependent on immediacy and speed. Fascinated in the idea of spending a large or little amount of time on a layer and then completely wiping it out, leaving only windows of time and the feeling of cycles. Her work is influenced by the environment she resides in: the sea which she was raised by, the mountains she climbs, and the flat farmland she now continues her practice.
Haley attends Alfred University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art with a specialization in Painting and Printmaking and a Minor in both Art History and Education.

Check out more of her work at haleynannig.com.

WATER opens April 11th at the Hera Gallery.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WATER Opening Reception SATURDAY!

Yay! WATER's Opening Reception is THIS Saturday!
Please come and enjoy this exciting event Saturday, April 11th between 6pm - 8pm

"Of Their Despair" 16"x28" - Sabrina McLaughlin

"Lunar Sisters" 54"x54" - Haley Nannig

List of Artist:

Jonathan Beckerman New Milford, CT

Michelle Benoit West Warwick, RI
Joe Cory Helena, AL
John Deamond Burtonsville, MD
Patricia DeCamp Loudonville, NY
Geoff Delanoy Baltimore, MD
Adam Farcus Maitland, FL
John Francis Boise, ID
Julie Gautier-Downes Santa Barbara, CA
Linda Adele Goodine Indianapolis, IN
Patty Harris Brooklyn, NY
Mary Jameson Middletown, RI
Kerry Kolenut Franklin Lakes, NJ
Holly Lay Muncie, IN
David Mangels Acton, MA
Sabrina McLaughlin San Luis, AZ
Kelsey Miller Portsmouth, RI
Haley Nannig North Kingstown, RI
William Nieberding Nacogdoches, TX
Elizabeth Parker Cohoes, NY
Sarah Pfohl Mount Pleasant, MI
Ellen Pratte Portsmouth, RI
CW Roelle Foster, RI
David Roon Moscow, ID
Steven Rubin State College, PA
Dannon Schroeder Tempe, AZ
Barbara Simcoe Omaha, NE

Exhibiting WATER Artist: Dannon Schroeder

Dannon Schroeder
"Induce" (10"x6"x3") - Dannon Shroeder

Dannon Schroeder is a sculptor with a BA in Art Education, MA in sculpture, and a MFA in wooden sculpture. Schroeder focuses on ecology, biology, and sociobiology through his wooden pieces. 


Schroeder describes his work with the following:
"From the very first existence of humankind, an ongoing fragility between man and nature has been stretched and strained like a rubber band. Not completely snapping in two, the balance has been sustainable thus far. The human need to rely on nature for its abundance of resources exposes the weaknesses and strengths of our existence. The examination of human perspective towards the natural world has been a progressive tool for cognitive development since the origin of our species."

See more of his work and exhibitions at dannonschroeder.com

WATER Opens April 11th at the Hera Gallery.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Exhibiting WATER Artist: Jonathan Beckerman

Jonathan Beckerman
"H20 Pink & Blue" (20"x40"x1") - Jonathan Beckerman

Jonathan Beckerman is a Los Angeles photographer and artist that studied at Ithaca College and is now located in Connecticut. Beckerman focuses his photography and art on the beauty and effect of a better environment around the world. From all the areas where he has lived around this country, he makes it his goal to improve his carbon footprint. 

Beckerman best describes his exhibiting pieces with:
"Element h2o, a transparent fluid responsible for supporting the medium of life is commonly known as water. The result of heating and cooling, water in its essence is a true artist of shaping physical realms by carving landscapes, painting skies, and building bodies. Delicate and ferocious, h2o has the power to support and take life all while becoming the object of reflection.
This photographic image series of moments illustrates the transformation of water over space and time. Waters malleable form allows for many abstractions, as it seems to take the liberty to convey attitudes and emotions through nonrepresentational means.
Forcing a mass of spinning air and liquid through a cylindrical column created wormhole like dynamic vortexes. The cyclonic system pulls things into its center as if to become a microcosm of the harmonic interdependent rhythms of the universe.
These abstract expressions of artificially lite spinning liquid serve as a reminder of the impermanence and beauty of nature. The camera allows us to pause these fleeting moments in order to gaze into the eye of this infinite flow.
For just a moment, just a single breath of meditation we breathe in the waters essence as if to appreciate the wisdom of a flower as it blooms in spring. "


More of his work can be found on his website at beckermanexhibits.com.

WATER opens April 11th at the Hera Gallery

Monday, April 6, 2015

Birdhouses Drop off!



We have TWO additional drop off points for birdhouses now!
South County Art Supply will be accepting birdhouses until April 24th during business hours. She also may have a few prefabricated birdhouses for those who need them.
Welcome House of South County will also be accepting birdhouses until April 23rd. Please use their 22 North Road office which is to the side of the main house.
Thank you to both for volunteering to help us collect!

Exhibiting WATER Artist: Kelsey Miller

Kelsey Miller
"Sunset Playgrounds" - Kelsey Miller (72"x36")

Kelsey Miller is a print-maker with a BA in Studio Art from Wellesey College and is going to UCONN for her Masters in Fine Arts. She's exhibited in multiple shows around the northeast as well as exhibited in Tennessee, Missouri, California, and other states around the country. 

Here's how she describes her work:
"For me, the ocean is at once a reminder of home and a symbol of voyage and adventure. The first ten years of my life were spent living on the Caribbean Island of Antigua where I grew to recognize the sea as an orientation point, like a city’s grand monument or a familiar mountain range. Many years later, I returned to a life surrounded by water when, for four years, I worked as chef on a sailboat traveling between the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe. Although my creative focus during that time was predominantly the culinary arts, I kept a regular journal of my travels.
On a seventeen day sail from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, I drew the sea every day, its ever-changing surface an opportunity for meditation and contemplation. These sketches have fostered my recent work in print as I leave behind a transient life at sea and return to the rhythms of life on land. The resulting works are a translation of surface, space, and movement, formed from both visual and haptic memories of my travels and background.
The medium of printmaking provides the ability to translate the vastness of space felt—either on a vessel at sea or in the experience of swimming—when surrounded by water. Using multiples of a single image to create a larger installation transforms the work from being viewed as a two-dimensional print to an immersive experience of space. At times, I veer away from the traditional approach of creating a precise edition and instead use a matrix for repetition that is not always identical. In these cases, precision and chance work together, the printmaking process becomes self-reflexive, and each layer that is printed determines what will follow. The passage of time from conception to completion of a project, the physical experience of printing, and the evolution of ideas throughout the printmaking process becomes a journey in itself."

Feel free to check out more of her work at kelseynmiller.com

WATER Opens April 11th at the Hera Gallery. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

WATER Opening

WATER Opening - April 11th 
Opening Reception: 6pm - 8pm
"Boys Swimming" 14"x9.1" - Elizabeth Parker



List of Artists:


Jonathan Beckerman New Milford, CT
Michelle Benoit West Warwick, RI

Joe Cory Helena, AL
John Deamond Burtonsville, MD
Patricia DeCamp Loudonville, NY
Geoff Delanoy Baltimore, MD
Adam Farcus Maitland, FL
John Francis Boise, ID
Julie Gautier-Downes Santa Barbara, CA
Linda Adele Goodine Indianapolis, IN
Patty Harris Brooklyn, NY
Mary Jameson Middletown, RI
Kerry Kolenut Franklin Lakes, NJ
Holly Lay Muncie, IN
David Mangels Acton, MA
Sabrina McLaughlin San Luis, AZ
Kelsey Miller Portsmouth, RI
Haley Nannig North Kingstown, RI
William Nieberding Nacogdoches, TX
Elizabeth Parker Cohoes, NY
Sarah Pfohl Mount Pleasant, MI
Ellen Pratte Portsmouth, RI
CW Roelle Foster, RI
David Roon Moscow, ID
Steven Rubin State College, PA
Dannon Schroeder Tempe, AZ
Barbara Simcoe Omaha, NE