Tonight’s The Night!!

Okay people, there is art on the walls! The opening is tonight! Come see how all our hard work has turned into an actual gallery exhibition!

We’ve been installing since Monday and its all finally come together.

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Its been a really amazing process, working individually as well as together with some great artists/people. There is some really outstanding work here and many of us are selling originals as well as prints!

So tonight’s the night, 5-7pm at Gallery 51 on Main Street. See you there 🙂

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Artist Interview: Aria Hatfield and what keeps her creating

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What direction is your work currently heading in? / Where do you want it to go?

My art is currently exploring how to create and portray those who are close to me with realistic stippling, abstract design work and symbolism. I want to continue on creating designs and learning what they can mean for my subjects and audience. I will probably make more of my friends and family members and/or work with the same friends and family members to create different focuses. People have multiple interests and sides so there are still plenty of pieces I can make. I may even try to do commissions.

 What other artists or things (music, performances, family, friends, etc…) influence your work?

There are the noticeable influences as well as the more hidden influences in my artwork. My friends and family have impacted me which can be seen in my subjects while music, films and shows have been the unseen inspirational motivators. I love to listen to music or show while creating. I feel more productive when I am doing more than one thing. Shows or movies heavy on witty and/funny dialogue keep me awake and focused. From cartoon shows like Justice League to darker shows like Supernatural, Misfits and Breaking Bad to funny sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother, my range of shows is varied as long as they are heavy on dialogue and interesting. Then there is music with its lyrics and meaningful words that inspire me to create. For a lot of my works recently, I listen to a lot of Ed Sheeran, Gabrielle Aplin, Ellie Goulding and more. For all these secondary influences that are ever changing, I still get an art piece that is still influenced by the person that it’s based off of.

Is there a technique or medium that you haven’t tried but want to?

I was talking to a lady that works at Miller’s Art Supply store in Pittsfield, MA and she suggested this technique of dot-making that I’d really like to try which. This technique makes physical indents of the dots into the paper and allows the art piece to be hidden unless the viewer really looks at the paper. The idea of this hidden message and design work would add another unique element to my creations.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on moving back in with my parents temporarily and working part time to pay off my college bills while establishing myself as an artist back in my hometown. Back home, I work at an Art Museum as a gallery attendant so I will stay in touch with the visual art form and other artists there. I will keep in touch with the connections I’ve made here in North Adams and the Berkshires and probably try to get my own exhibit in one of the Berkshire Galleries since I really like this area and the people involved in it.

Do you plan on being a fulltime artist or do you plan on having a separate career along side of your artistic practices?

My plan at first is to have a side job and establish myself as an artist. I don’t think I will be known quickly so I want to work my way up little by little. Ideally, I would love to run a small business centered on my art or crafts made by others. Maybe even collaborating with another artist or artists to create a small business would be great. If not then I will still aim for being an artist as my career with side jobs to help me support it.

See more about Aria here as well as ariahatfield.weebly.com. And be sure to check out her work in Elemental Connections: MCLA’s Senior Art Show!

Opening reception Thursday April 24th from 5pm to 7pm. Elemental Connections runs through May 25th  at MCLA Gallery 51, open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51.

Artist Interview: Marli LaGrone on evolving inspirations and endeavors

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What direction is your work currently heading in? / Where do you want it to go?
My work is moving in many different directions and I’m honestly not entirely sure what they all are. I am interested in capturing fleeting moments and emotions that are often too obscure to articulate so I seek to express them in visual forms. Thus far I’ve been using printmaking, collage, and painting to represent this topic as a whole, however I am finding each medium is gravitating towards different sub-genres within the general topic.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Make everything you do the best thing you’ve ever done.” I received this advice from Nate Padavick, founder of They Draw and Cook, http://www.theydrawandcook.com/, who came into one of my classes sophomore year as a guest speaker. This was the best advice I’ve ever received because it taught me to look at everything as a potential masterpiece. For art classes, guidelines for assignments became platforms of inspiration rather than boundaries, and for individual experiments I was more inspired to see them through to their fullest completion, as they each really did become the best thing I’ve ever done. Ultimately, this advice taught me to work hard at every piece, to persevere through discouragement, and to allow the artwork to become as great as its original conception.

What do you dislike about your work? Can you improve on it?
I dislike that my work isn’t extremely cohesive when viewed all together. However I think the more work I make the more it will all come together.

Is there a technique or medium that you haven’t tried but want to?
I’ve never had the chance to try oil painting and I wonder if or how that would change my painting style. Also I’ve always wanted to learn to weld! I have no idea what I would make but I really want to try it.

What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation I’m planning to spend the summer in Bar Harbor, Maine before moving to London, England. Both destinations include good friends, fun, art, and adventure. I’m looking forward to the effects on my life and my creative practice.

See more about Marli here. And be sure to check out her work in Elemental Connections: MCLA’s Senior Art Show!

Opening reception Thursday April 24th from 5pm to 7pm. Elemental Connections runs through May 25th  at MCLA Gallery 51, open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51.

Artist Interview: William Raymond and his continuation with art

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Why did you choose to be an artist?
I chose to be an artist because I found a love for the arts when I was younger. Its been my full interest since I was younger and I wanted to continue further into the Arts.

Is there a technique or medium that you haven’t tried but want to?
I’d like to give oil paints a try, but I’d need good place to do it, and that I am not sure of.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I am still looking around for other things in the art field, but not fully sure where I will go after school.

What other jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I have worked at a Boy Scout camp as an assistant scout master.

Do you plan on being a fulltime artist or do you plan on having a separate career along side of your artistic practices?
I’d like to try to be a fulltime artist, but I know I will need to have also a job to get me through my life.

See more about William here. And be sure to check out his work in Elemental Connections: MCLA’s Senior Art Show!

Opening reception Thursday April 24th from 5pm to 7pm. Elemental Connections runs through May 25th  at MCLA Gallery 51, open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51.

 

Artist Interview: Georgia Costigan shares her inspirations and aspirations

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What direction is your work currently heading in? / Where do you want it to go?
I’m hoping to experiment more in my sea life paintings and develop a style that is completely my own. I also want to create a story using some of these paintings to publish them into children’s books.

What other artists or things (music, performances, family, friends, etc…) influence your work?

Scuba diving in particular has greatly influenced the paintings I’m currently working on. Most of my immediate family members and I became certified divers over the past seven years and our scuba trips have greatly impacted our lives. In my case, being exposed to all the marine life we’ve seen gave me the passion and drive to create fish and other sea creatures by painting using bright and vivid colors.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

I was working on a painting that was frustrating me and my professor, Greg Scheckler, came up to me and asked why. I told him I hated it. I had no idea what colors to choose, how big my brush strokes should be, and how to make the painting look good overall. He simply told me to go for whatever your mind allows you to. Paint whatever happens and if it works, great! If not, then you can always go back and try again. Art is so forgiving!

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I’m planning to finish my Education degree and complete my student teaching next fall semester. I’m hoping to find a teaching job afterwards or possibly work at Kidspace in MASS MoCA. Hopefully the road of life will lead me in the right direction!

Do you plan on being a fulltime artist or do you plan on having a separate career along side of your artistic practices?

My dream is to become a Kindergarten teacher at some point in my life. If and when I achieve that dream, I will also spend time working on my art and try to master other techniques and possibly creating some of my own.

See more about Georgia here. And be sure to check out her work in Elemental Connections: MCLA’s Senior Art Show!

Opening reception Thursday April 24th from 5pm to 7pm. Elemental Connections runs through May 25th  at MCLA Gallery 51, open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51.

 

Artist Interview: Jessica Wheeler on making art and where it fits into living life

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Why did you choose to be an artist?

Ever since I can remember, I have had an appreciation towards the arts. I loved making art, and learning about it. My art teacher on the other hand, would use my work as an example of what not to do. After years of being told that I wasn’t talented, I started to think that my teacher was right. My grandmother on the other hand thought otherwise, and gave me the confidence and skills that I needed to pursue art as a lifelong career.

Is there a technique or medium that you haven’t tried but want to?

I would like to incorporate natural elements into my work. For instance, using actual birch bark in some of my paintings. I haven’t decided how I am going to do this, but it is something that I would like to experiment with in the near future.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After spring graduation, I will have my Art Degree, and I will be returning to MCLA in the fall to finish my Education Degree. After, I plan on finding a teaching position, ideally 1st grade, and plan on attending graduate school. Even though, I will be a teacher, I still have aspirations to continue to paint, and exhibit my work.

What other jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Besides being an artist, I have been many of things. This year I was a Resident Advisor in Townhouses. It is a demanding job, but it was worth the experience. On top of being an RA, I am a substitute teacher for several school districts around the Berkshires. I love having the opportunity to go into a classroom and interact with children, it makes me excited to have my own classroom some day.

Do you plan on being a full-time artist or do you plan on having a separate career along side of your artistic practices?

I don’t plan on being a full-time artist. My other passion is teaching. I plan on being a teacher full-time, and an artist part-time. Being a teacher has its perks, because I will get weekends off, winter, spring, and summer breaks off to give my full and undivided attention to art making.

See more about Jessica here. And be sure to check out her work in Elemental Connections: MCLA’s Senior Art Show!

Opening reception Thursday April 24th from 5pm to 7pm. Elemental Connections runs through May 25th  at MCLA Gallery 51, open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51.