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Current Exhibition

October 15 – November 17
Bryony Bensly, Helena Hsieh, and Lydia Martin, Group Show I
Juried Art Competition Honorable Mentions

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Sleep, by Bryony Bensly                                         Braid, by Helena Hsieh                       El Musico, from the Loteria series by Lydia Martin

The first of two group exhibitions for Honorable Mentions of the 3rd Annual Juried Competition. It opened in the PCR Gallery, October 16-November 18, and features Bryony Bensly of  Concord, Helena Hsieh of Brookline, and Lydia Martin of Quincy. Each contribute their distinct style to this exhibit of twelve works in oil.

British figurative artist, Bryony Bensly, was born in Thailand and raised mainly in Hong Kong, with an eclectic household that comprised of 3 nationalities, strong personalities and a wealth of culture. Her formative years were subsequently spent submerged in the colorful and vibrant life of both Chinese and Indian cultures, whose imagery and colors are constantly recurring in her work.

Helena Hsieh is originally from Long Beach, California. “I’m always drawn to the most ambiguous moments from cinema, photography and life; instances that make you think twice about what you are seeing. My work addresses the quiet, the silence, the intimacy and the immensity of a single point in time.”

Lydia Martin, a realist painter, states “I want to capture something extraordinary in the ordinary.” She creates technically detailed work full of light, rich shadows, color and texture. Several canvases from her Loteria series are exhibited.

A Reception for the artists will take place Tuesday, November 18, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.
For more information visit:
 www.bryonybensly.com, www.helenahsieh.com, and www.chabotgallery.com/artists/lydia-martin/

A total of six Honorable Mentions were awarded. The second group exhibition opens November 19-December 23, featuring Lisa Bailey of Franklin, Erick Ingraham of Sharon NH, and Barney Levitt of Jamaica Plain. Juror Kaveh Mojtabai, founder and publisher of Artscope Magazine made his selections from more than one hundred-sixty works from entries across New England, New York and Florida.

Juried Competition Winter Group Show
Jan. 9 � Feb. 28, 2013

The first of two group shows featuring the juror�s choice of top entries from the 2012 Annual Juried Art Competition. Selections were made in June by Nahid Khaki, owner of Khaki Gallery located in Boston & Wellesley MA.
Featured artists are:
Kevin Bierbaum, Sioux Falls SD: Mixed Media
Courtney Hadden, Wilmington MA: Mixed Media
Clifford Smith, Henniker NH: Oil

Their work was selected from 240 submissions from across the country.

Kevin Bierbaum is a German/American visual artist. Born and raised in southern Germany in 1983, at age seven he and his family immigrated to America. His early childhood years were spent in a small, rural, Southwestern Minnesota town. After High School, he attended and graduated from South Dakota State University. Bierbaum�s artistic voyage began with music and photography; however, painting quickly became his passion and ultimate creative outlet. He draws heavy influences from 20th century Abstract Expressionism, Geometric Abstraction, and Minimalism. His works often use multiple materials including tape, newspaper, aerosol paint, latex, and traditional oil. Bierbaum paints and resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Contact: kevin.bierbaum@yahoo.com



Courtney Hadden is a Marketing professional and mixed-media Artist living in Wilmington, MA. With a BFA in Art Education and Art History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst � having received the Chancellor�s Award in Art and Senior Award of Excellence � Courtney has practiced and taught Mixed-Media and Ceramics. In her most recent studies with renowned artists Claire Gavronsky & Rose Shakinovsky in Florence, Italy and at the deCordova Museum in Concord, MA, Courtney continues to explore many mediums and the subject matter of gender roles.

Artist Statement:
My recent body of work � Through the Keyhole � asks the viewer to consider the continuing impact 1950�s gender roles have on contemporary, working Mothers and Wives. Using images from 1950�sWomen�s Home Journal, keyholes, and transparency, I elude to the conflict Women face in being either ambitious or maternal and, most importantly, the space in-between. Many of my pieces are created on Trace Paper or on Chiffon Fabric � with a Rabbit Skin Glue layered ground � to give the work a skin-like feel. The work is mostly monotone, taking away the common brightness of the 1950�s imagery and creating a darker, more sullen feel to the image. The figures have an anonymity that suggests they could be anyone, at any time in history, and asks the viewer to consider how Mothers and Fathers, Daughters and Sons are defined by their sex and my their expected role in society versus who they are as people.

Contact: courtneyhadden@yahoo.com


Clifford Smith was born in Passaic, New Jersey. He earned his BS degree in 1973 at Southern Connecticut State College, New Haven, Connecticut, and his MFA degree in 1979 at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Smith now resides in New Hampshire. Since the late 1970s, he has had numerous solo exhibitions, at venues including the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art at Midland Center for the Arts, Michigan; Derryfield School, Manchester, New Hampshire; Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire; the Art Center at Hargate, St. Paul�s School, Concord, New Hampshire; Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts; the Art Gallery at New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire; the Art Center in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts; Greenville Museum of Art, North Carolina; Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey; and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Smith has participated in group exhibitions across the country. He received a Teaching Assistantship from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1979, and a New Hampshire Arts Council Fellowship in 2000.
Clifford currently resides and works in New Hampshire.
Seemingly photographic, Clifford Smith�s images of ocean fields as well as urban and rural landscapes are revealed on direct observation to be sensuously painted, reflecting the artist�s attention to texture and surface. They are also blends of different moments in time, evoking a deeper and more spiritual understanding on the part of the viewer of the essence of a subject. That Clifford Smith�s compositions appear to extend beyond the perimeters of a work�s frame engages us in a heightened awareness of the composite and transient nature of experience. At the same time, by involving the totality of the picture plane in his works, Smith brings out the conflict between the three-dimensionality of life and the two-dimensionality of the painted representation. His images evoke the tension in our world today between perception and reality. Contact:cliffords@mcttelecom.com


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