As the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly (ACGOW) celebrates its 30and year as a thriving cooperative gallery, it recognizes and appreciates the beauty of its supportive community and beautiful natural surroundings. The breathtaking coastline of Rhode Island and Connecticut provides the perfect subjects for artists year-round.
It’s the perfect time to enjoy the quiet magic of winter and art lovers are invited to visit Westerly’s Artist Cooperative Gallery and find out what artists love about the season in the February show. , “Environment – Between sea and sky”. The “First Friday” Opening Reception will take place on Friday, February 4and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All are encouraged to stop at Westerly station, meet the artists and view the exhibition.
The February exhibition will feature the works of new member artists Janet Maher and John Craig. Also on display will be the works of art by the more than 40 artists from the Westerly Artists’ Cooperative Gallery jury, who will present their favorite pieces.
ACGOW February featured artist John Craig started painting later in life. After a long career in the highly disciplined and regulated world of finance, Craig says he “found the paint and broke free”. His mediums and tools, “acrylic and oil on paper, panel and canvas, and whimsical digital photography” are used to explore the range of emotions in abstract art.
Craig’s themes range from dystopian dreamscapes to classic abstract expressionism to colorful still lifes. He explains that his approach is “…improvised, totally devoid of subtlety. Do not seek deep thought. It’s simple, unfiltered and sometimes surprising. He draws inspiration from Pollock, Kline, Twombly and Basquiat, as well as the Impressionist masters. He best describes his own style as “everything that works”. Craig has participated in group shows in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut and was the 2021 Artist-in-Residence at Stonington Vineyards.
Featured artist Janet Maher’s concerns for our planet have led her to work with materials that are not inherently valued or overtly beautiful. She says, “I create spontaneously or in multiple stages, usually including some form of collage. I work to create a cohesive conclusion that satisfies my own eyes and hopefully intrigues others. She believes that her organic abstract images that reference nature can be viewed on a micro or macro level. Maher’s process is very deliberate. She explains, “Creating art as a layered construction process requires slowing down and paying attention to many details at once, simultaneously serving as a form of meditation. »
Since moving to Rhode Island just over a year ago, Maher has completed a mixed media series, Prayers for the Earth. The series combines her handmade paper, her work in Photoshop, archival inkjet printing, colored pencil and nature images. She explains, “Continuing to make art in this time of such intense human and environmental suffering is my prayer for a better future while continuing my practice of living and working simply and sustainably in the present.”
“Environment – Between Sea and Sky” features a dynamic variety of works by ACGOW’s artist jurors. Art lovers can see serene seascapes, peaceful winter landscapes, handcrafted wooden tables, photographs of New England during this quiet season, and multicolored earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. This collection of artwork by local artists includes a wide selection of oils, watercolours, acrylics, cold wax and oil, encaustic, multimedia, photography, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, woodwork, textile arts, glass, sculptures, mobiles and more.
friday 4 februaryand is National Red Wear Day. February is American Heart Month and everyone is encouraged to wear red on Friday, February 4and to raise awareness in hopes of helping to eradicate heart disease and stroke in millions of women nationwide. Artists and patrons are encouraged to wear red and each person who attends the First Friday opening will have the opportunity to choose an item from a basket of red items that have been made by member artists to match the Wear theme. red.
A visual presentation of the artists process
In February, several artists will create visual storyboards of their creative process. These special exhibitions, through photos and written descriptions, will allow gallery visitors to better understand the processes and procedures that these individual artists go through to create their own expressions and ideas through art.
Monthly Art Classes at the Westerly Artist Cooperative GalleryThe ACGOW Education Committee will offer ten adult art classes in 2022. Classes will be held at the gallery and are open to members and the general public. The price is $80 for members and $110 for non-members.
Save the Date – Sketch & Alla Prima Painting Class in February
The first painting workshop at the Gallery will take place on February 8and and 15and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact artist Christine Reilly for more information/to register at [email protected] or 401 212-6797.
Save the Date – Slow Sewing Class in March
The March Slow Sewing Class will take place on March 7and and 8and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact artist Patricia Cheyne for more information / to register at [email protected]
The Museum continues to recognize its duty to care for its members and the community it serves and is taking all necessary health precautions. ACGOW is following RI COVID guidelines for cleaning, provision of hand sanitizer, mandatory use of face masks, physical distancing between guests, and overall gallery capacity.
The gallery shop, located in the west wing of the gallery, features member artist creations of small, affordable works of art. The shop offers prints, cards, small paintings and miniatures, mobiles, coasters, pottery, glassware, bookmarks and small hand-painted boxes.
All are welcome to visit the gallery at the historic Westerly Station, located at 14 Railroad Avenue. Exhibits change monthly and visitors are encouraged to join gallery artists every ‘First Friday’ for the monthly opening reception to celebrate new art. Please call 401-596-2221 with any questions and/or visit www.westerlyarts.com or the ACGOW Facebook page for more information on ACGOW shows and artists. Please follow ACGOW on Instagram @acgow2018.
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