Monday, November 6, 2017

NEW HOME

Midnight Dreaming
mixed media/panel
36" x 36"
2017 ©


I am excited to share that Powers Gallery of Acton, MA has found a new home for my painting Midnight Dreaming, mixed media on panel, 36" x 36".  I just delivered the work in the beginning of October so this sale is a delightful surprise.  Thank you Powers Gallery!

In the spring they sold Solstice another one of my large panels also a black and white with hints of color buried beneath (See blog post on 2/9/17) .  Both are part of a series of 12 paintings I started in January 2016.  Three more are now finished with two being delivered to the gallery on the same day as Midnight Dreaming.



The Edge of Possibility
mixed media/panel
36" x 36"
2017 ©

Leaving the Path
mixed media/panel
36" x 36"
2017 ©




Friday, August 4, 2017

NEAR & FAR


Rocks at Low Tide
oil/panel
8" x 8"

Along with the Grey Matter exhibit (please see previous post)  I am pleased to announce my landscape paintings are on view at Law and Water Gallery in Gloucester, MA, this August.  This 2 person show titled Near & Far is "an exhibit of color, shape, and texture with fiber artist K. Velis Turan and visual artist Martha Wakefield."

Please join us Saturday, August 5th from 5-7 PM for a reception at 18A Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA.

Somerville
K. Vellis Turan
mixed media fiber art


Twenty plus paintings will be exhibited from my plein air adventures capturing the coastlines from Gloucester, MA to Stonington, ME, along with many colorful works from Turan.

Turan's work uncovers the shapes, lines, and colors that define our urban landscapes. She renders steel, stone, concrete, and glass into forceful elements. She is inspired by the architecture and energy of bridges, roads and city skylines.


This show is a visual feast put together by owner Ken Riaf.  He skillfully pairs Turan's mixed media urban landscapes with my wild and rugged seascapes. So do stop in and see this show on view through August into fall.  The gallery is open Saturday & Sunday from 12 - 6 PM or by appointment.  


Saturday, July 22, 2017

GREY MATTER


Boy on a Hydrant, NYC
 Michael Seif


I am pleased to present Grey Matter: a curated exhibit, which explores the grey scale through print, paint, sculpture and photography by 9 contemporary artists opening Thursday, August 10th at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.  The Cultural Center is located at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays 12-6 PM.

This exhibit offers a place to dwell, quieting the drama of color barriers to essential messages, explored through the diversity of singular voices. Words of color are part of our everyday language. Political states are described as colors. Today’s consumers associate national brands by their branding color: red stands for Coca Cola and Target; orange for Home Depot; green equals Starbucks; brown for UPS; and blue for Facebook and Twitter. We can be oversaturated by visual color messages and creative messages often get buried in our Technicolor world.

In curating this show I am joined by eight artists who believe that a lack of color does not mean the absence of visual excitement.  Grey Matter highlights meaning through light, texture, form and imagery. The work of these local and regional artists covers a wide range of disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography.  This exhibit celebrates the differences and boldness and the expressive intentions of each artist working within a limited palette.  Featured artists include Coco Berkman, Christiane CorcelleLinda PackardJudy Robinson-CoxMichael SeifPip Shepley, Ruth Worrall, Wendy Young & Martha Wakefield.  Please join us at the artists' reception on Saturday, August 12 at 4-6 PM. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Works by these artists are divided up and paired with novel partners—encouraging a freeform yet cerebral exploration of the show’s theme. Though each artist’s work is very different, this group shares an essential connection in how they approach process and design. The exhibit illuminates not just the work, but also the reasons these artists make what they make. Each medium possesses unique qualities and by juxtaposing this diversity, Grey Matter, offers visual abundance and engages community conversations. The public is invited to join the conversation at two lively, illuminating and free events—a Photo Forum Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM & the Paint and Print Artists’ Talk, on Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM.

GREY MATTER: Exploring the grey scale through print, paint, sculpture and photography.
August 10 – September 10
Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
Artists’ Reception, Saturday, August 12, 4-6 PM
Photo Forum Artists’ Talk, Sunday, August 20, 4-6 PM
Paint and Print Artists’ Talk, Sunday, August 27, 4-6 PM

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

JON IMBER



Jon Imber was my mentor and friend.  Several years ago I met Jon at a workshop he was teaching  through the Concord Art Association.  He invited me to come to Stonington, Maine, that summer and join his workshop of hand-picked students.  That week introduced me to a talented group of artists and now friends.  Since his untimely passing in 2014 due to ALS we all gather each summer in Stonington for a week of painting, sharing our work and honoring Jon. He had a huge influence on all of us.  And we all miss him.


Jon giving us a demo 2013


This year his longtime student and dear friend John Arens has organized an exhibit of our paintings at the RiverSea Gallery in Dover, NH. This will be a first for us to show together.  Jon had wanted to have such an exhibit of his Stonington artists.  

The exhibit will run from April 22nd - June 10th, 2017.  The gallery is at Washington Street Mills, 1 Washington Street, Dover, NH 03820.  On Saturday, May 6th from 6-9 PM the artists will be present. Come join us - we are a lively group and each of us has a unique vision of Stonington and painting in general that Jon helped us see more clearly.  


Jon's demo painting July 2013


Monday, April 24, 2017

GOOD NEWS


I returned home last night after teaching a two day painting workshop at the Rockport Art Association. After a very inspiring weekend working with a very talented group of artists I received more good news. Awaiting me was an envelope and check from Powers Gallery in Acton, MA., alerting  me to the sale of this diptych on paper.  Two full sheets of 300 lb cold press paper.





This painting is titled Meeting You Halfway.  It is mixed media consisting of acrylic, India ink, & graphite & measures 30" x 44".  I am so honored to have this work invited to a new home.  And grateful for Powers Gallery for finding the right one.  Thank you!



Monday, March 27, 2017

COLOR

Fragments of March: Chance of Snow
mixed media/paper 22" x 30"

My studio warm ups progressed from inexpensive drawing paper to full sheets of 300 lb cold press paper.  On this heavier weight paper I played with making marks in India ink, graphite, charcoal, crayon and acrylic - all in the rich dark color of black.  The titles bear witness to this transitional month hovering in winter daring not to cross over to spring.


Fragments of March: Cloudy
mixed media/paper 22" x 30"


I worked on the floor - a welcome change from standing at the easel.  The paper gets rotated several times as I paint so there is no standard orientation.  


Fragments of March: Showers
mixed media/paper 22" x 30"

As of Saturday these four are now at Powers Gallery in Acton, MA.  


Fragments of March: Storm Warnings
mixed media/paper 22" x 30"

They compliment my large panels with this one waiting patiently on the easel.  


acrylic/panel 36" x 36"



Thursday, February 23, 2017

WARM UPS





Somedays when I first arrive at my studio I "warm up" by doing painting exercises.  Other days I immediately know what I want to do to my painting as soon I enter my space.  This past Sunday my warm ups consisted on playing with Indian Ink, water-soluble graphite and black acrylic paint on inexpensive paper.  I did this exercise before focusing on my paintings.




My goal was to play, make marks using the tools list above and start on another sheet of paper then another.  Not judging, just playing.  Then I put all these sketches aside.  

I have been watching the Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design.  A few of the episodes resonated with me by the talented, generous,  down-to-earth artists featured.  In one episode the graphic designer Paula Scher said, "If you are not in a state of play you can't make anything."  So true!





So Tuesday, back at the studio I got to a point where I was stalled with my painting so I decided to do more warm-ups in this series of scribbles with ink, graphite and paint.  But first I reviewed the pages from Sunday.  Eureka!  I discovered my sketches, the scribbles and doodles was the key thing missing from my work.  I was getting to literal with my painting.  




So I played on a few more sheets of paper loosening up and left the studio in a better place.  Sometimes warm ups work just as well at the end of your studio day.  Playing works all day.