Image credit “North End,” Sarah Gay-O’Neill
Artists use sketchbooks for as many different reasons as there are artists: daily practice, planning book, travelogue, dream journal. Sketching happens from life, memory, ideas, or repetition.
What distinguishes sketchbook work from other artist works is the sense of a thought being puzzled out, a problem being explored. There’s an openness to leaving the thought incomplete. Usually (but not always?) sketchbook work is done in one moment, and the next time the sketchbook is opened, a new pieces is begun.
In The Sketchbook Show, we peek into the artists’ working minds…
Friday, January. 9, 2015; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
January 7-31, 2015
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA
Wednesday-Friday, 6:00-8:00 pm
Saturday, 2:00-8:00 pm
Sunday, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Note: The gallery will be closed on Wednesday, January 28, due to the recent snowstorm.
Michael Ahern, Annie Aqua, Tony Astone, Heather Balchunas, Danielle Burch, Franklin Einspruch, Jasmine Gao, Emily Garfield, Sarah Gay-O’Neill, Peaches Goodrich, Rosemary LaHaise, Ellien Laramee-Byers, Rachel Mello, Chris O’Neill, Sarah Rushford, Patty M Simon, Skunk, Solei, Daria Theodora, James Weinberg
ABOUT THE CURATORS:
Ellie Laramee-Byers is the Coordinator for the 2015 Somerville Open Studios. Her paintings are primarily watercolor or acrylic, and she has a professional photography practice as well. Ellie recently completed a large solo show at Somerville’s Diesel Cafe.
Rachel Mello’s work in cut silhouettes can be seen outside Somerville City Hall in the Phone Art Box Project, as well as found in 13FOREST Gallery and Blue Cloud Gallery. She recently showed her newest installation work at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition in New York, and she’s working now on a larger installation of cut silhouette work. Rachel was the Coordinator for the 2013 SOS and currently serves on its board of director. She was trained as an architect and theater set designer and for ten years owned and ran a mural arts business in the Boston Metro area.
Ellie and Rachel met and became friends through volunteering for SOS, and by both having studios in the Mad Oyster Studios building. During the Spring of 2014 Ellie and Rachel made a plan to get together every Thursday morning for an hour or more of sketching. They shared tools and learned techniques from each other, and have continued their practice remotely when either is traveling.