Fri­day, June 30th, 2017 from 6 — 9 pm

The Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Arts con­tin­ues its Fea­tured Artist series with new works by Linda Carmel, Alice Levin­son, and Lynn Wartski.

Alice Levin­son will be pre­sent­ing her con­tem­po­rary sewn tex­tiles.  Levin­son says, “There is an old say­ing, ‘the devil is on the details’. In the case of my art­work, detail is at the heart my work. View­ing from the usual gallery dis­tance one sees a total com­po­si­tion; hope­fully the work is visu­ally inter­est­ing and pleas­ing to the eye. The over­all effect is impor­tant in my work: The com­po­si­tion sug­gests nar­ra­tive and the palette sug­gests mood. The true hall­mark of my work, how­ever, is in the atten­tion to detail. I encour­age the viewer to approach and come Up Close.”

Approach­ing Levinson’s work reveals the vari­ety of mate­ri­als she incor­po­rates into com­plex com­po­si­tions. With closer scrutiny one can appre­ci­ate the dense vari­ety of stitch­ing which embell­ishes and elab­o­rates each work.

Of her process Levin­son writes, “Start­ing with white cloth, I exper­i­ment freely with dye, pig­ments, and print­ing tech­niques to cre­ate cloth which is com­plex in tex­ture and rich in visual inter­est. This cloth is the pri­mary prompt to my work. It’s vari­a­tions in tone, color, and tex­ture inspire a cre­ative response. The fab­ric is cut or torn and pieces are mixed and melded as I assem­ble my work. Each com­po­si­tion is built of suc­ces­sive lay­er­ing of fab­ric and thread. My intu­itive work process encour­ages spon­tane­ity and exper­i­men­ta­tion. I live and work in a quiet wood. My work is infused with the lines of the trees, move­ment of wildlife, and the sea­sonal changes of form, color, and light.”

For Up Close painter Linda Carmel focuses on women and how they work together. Many of her images involve women help­ing each other. Carmel’s paint­ings of women are a per­fect illus­tra­tion of the cam­paign slo­gan, ‘stronger together’. She writes, “I hope that my images will remind us to treat ALL peo­ple equally regard­less of gen­der or race. My work strives to speak directly to women, to acknowl­edge their inner strength and cel­e­brate their power. These themes are espe­cially sig­nif­i­cant in the present moment as women have been forced to re-engage in fights for rights that they thought were won long ago. Women are mass­ing, march­ing, and protesting.”

Carmel builds up her can­vases with acrylic mod­el­ing paste. She cre­ates inter­est­ing back­ground tex­tures and then sculpts her fig­ures. Her paint­ings are durable: she encour­ages peo­ple to touch them. Get up close and enjoy!

Sculp­tor Lynn Wart­ski writes, “I see our title, Up Close as in invi­ta­tion to our view­ers to take a focused look at our new work.  ‘Athena Sharp­en­ing Her Spear’ was the first piece I specif­i­cally cre­ated for Up Close.  The seated god­dess is clad in ele­ments of knowl­edge, wis­dom, and learn­ing, as well as her gleam­ing armor. Athena is intently sharp­en­ing her spear as she pre­pares for an intense battle.”

Wart­ski reflects, “This entire year I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with other sur­prises that allow some dolls to tell even more of their story.  While con­tin­u­ing to refine ges­ture and expres­sion, I’ve also incor­po­rated text and images into some sur­faces cre­at­ing col­lage ele­ments within the sculp­ture.  In this way an Alice in Won­der­land doll became a piece about ques­tions and ques­tion­ing, and a but­ter­fly fig­ure emerg­ing from its chrysalis about giv­ing flight to dreams and imag­i­na­tion. The scale of my art doll sculp­tures bids one to take a more inti­mate look. I try to reward this level of scrutiny with the details that I work into each fig­ure and I admit that I love cre­at­ing lit­tle ele­ments for each doll, espe­cially the shoes.”