Saturday, August 23, 2014

Meet the Artist, Gary Koeppel, This Friday 6-8pm

New studio and Plein Air works By Gary Koeppel

Meet August, Artist of the Month, Roslindale artist Gary Koeppel. 
He will be talking about this recent work

Friday August 29th, 6pm to 8pm, Dedham Square Artist Guild.

What is Plein Air: En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground") in French. It can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment. Wikipedia

From Gary Koeppel

The elements that attract me to a scene have to do with composition, color, contrasts of light and dark. When I paint a tree in a field the tree becomes secondary to describing the space around it.

In addition to on site (Plein Air) painting I have been working on larger studio pieces from photographic reference of interesting compositions and lighting. Working in this controlled environment affords me the luxury of time to work larger and push the image in a slightly different and compelling direction.

Painting landscapes is something that I enjoy doing, something that I have taken with me through the journey of my life over the past thirty years. What is it that attracts me to the landscape? I suppose it’s a place of being for us all, our connection to the land, giving us a sense of place on this planet.

The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD B.F.A. (Deans List) 1975
The New School (Parsons School of Design) New York, NY 1976-77
Northeastern University, Boston, MA 1992-93
Mass Art Boston, Master Class with George Nick 2001

Awards and Honors
2002 Memorial Award, National Small Works Juried Show, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
2005 First Annual Roslindale Open Studios, Viewers Choice Award
2006 Second Annual Roslindale Open Studios, Third Prize Juried Selection and Viewers Choice Award

2010 THE BEST OF AMERICA OILS VOL. 2 Kennedy Publishing
2008 ArtScope Magazine Vol.3-Number 4 September/October “Roslindale Open Studios” pg. 55 Franklin W. Liu

Monday, August 4, 2014

Influences, Guild Designer, Barbara Trainer

Many of the Guild Artists have other professions or hobbies along with their art. 

Barbra Trainer is a landscape designer and a jewelry maker. She uses tools for both activities and designer her jewelry or landscapes. You can see the landscape sensibility influencing her jewelry work. Barbara works with lucite, glass and wooden beads. It is not so much the materials she uses it is her designs. Many a very organic. 

Barbara working on her landscape designs. She has recently done work on Guild Member, Kerry Hawkins's yard. She had nice results and in spring we will see the fruits of her labor. 

Barbara has been doing both professions for many years. She works hard but, and it shows with her beautiful landscapes and jewelry.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

“How I've been spending my summer vacation” by Artist, Cindy Mootz

“How I've been spending my summer vacation”

I'm not sure what I was thinking. I usually like to take an art class to keep my creative juices flowing, but have never been able to fit one in during the summer, as I spend part of the summer up at our lake house. I've been doing gelatin monotype printing for several years and when I saw there was a 6-week online class over the summer teaching the technique, I thought it would be a good way to “take it to the next level”. It was also something I could do at home or at the lake, so it fit my schedule well. I was familiar with the teacher's work and knew I would learn something new.

It's been a great class, but I've never worked so hard! There is a new assignment every morning (5 days a week) and as we complete them, we photograph them and post them for the instructor and the class to see. The other students in the class are from all over the world...New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Canada, etc. They are quite talented and keep me on my toes! They are also a very supportive group. It's been fun seeing what work others are doing in different places. Everyone's work is so unique!

So you ask, “what is a gelatin monotype print”? It's actually a technique where you create a printing “plate” using edible gelatin (see photos). You then roll printing ink or paint onto the plate, add texture or shapes, place a piece of paper on top and rub the image onto the paper. Almost anything can be used to create the design! Commonly used items include plant life, bubble wrap, string, spools, the sky is the limit! The advantage of using gelatin is that it's “spongy”, so it picks up the image with just the pressure from the palm of your hand. Other types of monotype printing require an expensive printing press.

I've taught the technique in several workshops through the Dedham Square Artist Guild the past two years and hopefully will do it again in the future. I have some examples of these prints for sale at the Guild and plan to devote my “artist of the month” show at the Guild in November to this technique.

Now back to work!

Cindy Mootz
on Facebook under Cindy Mootz, artist

Saturday, August 2, 2014


This is a peek of some of the Artwork that is on display for the Show "Identity"
The art will be up until September 29th

By Vanessa Tedesco
The Details

August — September 2014 Challenge: IDENTITY
A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre
Exhibition Dates: July 31 – September 29

The show “Identity” explores identity in all its forms, perceptions and definitions, there is some very interesting and though provoking results

Artists include: Kerry Hawkins, Marietta Apollonio 
Lisa Walker, Fred Smith, Cindy Mootz 
Kevin Becker, Vanessa Tedesco, Alicia Heaney, Anna Gemelli 
Isabel Shamitz, Stephanie Marcus, and Gary Koeppel

Works include photography, painting, and mixed media. See for yourself!

By Anna Gemelli

By Cindy Mootz
By Fred Smith
Or next show theme will be "Word" stay tuned...