a Late Summer / Early Fall Art Show
“Harvest” is our late summer early fall show. This time of year is a blessing and something to celebrate! We have asked artists to respond to this theme! This show will be launched online on Friday, August 7th. Join us for opening remarks on Friday, August 7th at 6 PM and on Saturday, August 8th at 10 AM. This show is primarily women from the North Central MA Women’s Caucus for Art as well as one of the New Hampshire WCA groups. We opened it up to other women we know who are fine artists. We are very very very honored to have the 3 judges above who will choose which artworks and artists are included in this show: Pat Gericke (NYC), Jennifer Okumura (Boston), and Elizabeth Whelan (Martha’s Vineyard). Please join us during the month of August for online events related to this show.
Elizabeth R. Whelan is a contemporary artist working from her studio on the island of Chappaquiddick in Massachusetts, with a focus on portraits.
A life-long interest in the sciences has led to a recent project painting women in science, as well as other science-related artwork in both abstract and contemporary realist styles. And her love of being on the water comes through in her marine and maritime artwork, with an emphasis on sailing.
Elizabeth supports the local art and artisan communities with an interest in preserving heritage and mastery. She believes in using strategic partnerships to promote local businesses and artists. Her philosophy is that ‘we can all succeed’.
Elizabeth Whelan is also the creator and sponsor of the Martha’s Vineyard Drawing Prize, a competition started in 2019 to encourage excellence in the art of drawing.
Jennifer Jean Okumura grew up in Philadelphia and has been creating art for over 15 years. She attended Syracuse University in addition to receiving her MFA from Boston University. She has a strong comprehensive knowledge of the Art Market: Modern and Contemporary Art with diverse and extensive Fine Art experiences such as Operations Manager, Fine Art Consultant, Design Associate, Adjunct Educator at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and currently sits on the board as President and founding Exhibition Chair for National Association of Women Artists, Inc. MA chapter.
Pat Gericke is an oil painter exploring simplicity, color, and light through still life portraits of vegetables, flowers and food. She paints to remove herself from the chaos of city life and experience the under-appreciated visual drama found waiting at home—the color and light of scattered vegetables on a kitchen table or the textures in a slice of cake sitting in its old-fashioned bakery box. Trained in the 1980s when minimalism reigned supreme, Pat embraced the principles of creating an elegant simplicity, but opted for using the warmth and humanity of rich color, light, and texture instead.
Pat Gericke studied painting under Sam Adoquei at the National Academy School of Fine Art as well as the Union Square Atelier in New York City. She also attended workshops led by James Weiss at The Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Old Lyme. Ct. Working as an interior designer has greatly influenced how she views the world as a painter. She works and resides in New York City.
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Helen Obermeyer Simmons
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|Friday, October 2nd – 6 PM
Dawn Haley Morton
|Friday, October 9th – 6 PM
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Colette Shumate Smith
“Bees Conservancy – My Garden”
by Chris Reid
Chris Reid, a respected New Hampshire artist, is known for her landscapes and still life paintings. Reid received a B.S. in Art Education at SUNY College in Buffalo, and trained at the University of Siena (Siena Italy), the American School of Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) and NY State Colleges at Brockport and Buffalo, NY.
Reid’s work is noted for “its intense color and masterful use of light”. Art New England describes Reid’s work as being “rich in color”, and her landscapes have been praised for the “powerful abstract elements”. The juror’s statement for The Lovely Lines Award: “this piece shows such a profuse and complex use of ‘these lines’, that, when combined with a mature use of color, value and temperature…the viewer is brought into the experience: both the experience of the wetland depicted, and the experience of the at of creating…a work of art”. (M.Iselin, 2020)
Reid has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Connecticut Pastel Society 2018 Renaissance in Pastel Honor Award, the Ampersand/Pastel Journal Award, the 8th Annual National Juried Exhibition, the “Best in Show”, from the National Northeast Pastel Exhibition, the “Pastel Journal Award” from Maine’s 7th Annual International Juried Exhibit, the “Dick Blick Award” from the 4th Annual Northeast Pastel Exhibition, and the “Artist Clean Air Award” from the Pastel Society of America.
Current galleries include The Stan Fry Gallery (Peterborough, NH) and the Shaker Style (Chesham, NH). Reid is a juried artist of the NH Art Association, a juried associate of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, a member of Monadnock Art/FDAC. Chris Reid was an instructor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH from 2002-2007, a faculty member at the Sharon Arts Center, and teaches private classes.
Chris can often be seen working en-plein air capturing the rich fields, meadows, and farmlands of New England and most recently completed a series entitled: Food, Travel, and Vineyards which was featured in Cook’s Cook Magazine.
- Lovely Lines Award, Pastel Societies of NH and Vermont Joint Show, Lebanon, NH, 2/2-3/29/2020
- 24th Annual Open Studio, The Monadnock Art Tour, 10/12-14/2019
- Inspired By Nature, Rhythm, Shadow and Light, Stan Fry Gallery, Peterborough, NH, Featured Artist, 5/13-7/28/2019
- Beyond First Glance, 2 Person Show, NHAA, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH, 3/26-6/21/2019
- 25th Annual Juried Exhibition, Renaissance in Pastel, UConn, Stamford Connecticut, 10/18-11/17/2018, CPS Honor Award
- 10th Annual “Its Pastel” Pastel Society of New Hampshire, Discover Portsmouth Center, Portsmouth, NH 10/20-11/24/2018
- 23rd Annual Open Studio, The Monadnock Art Tour, Preview Sharon Arts Center, Open Studio, October 6,7 and 8, 2018
- 22nd Annual Open Studio, The Monadnock Art Tour, Preview Exhibition Opening, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH 9/29/17, Tour 10, 10/7,8, and 9, 2017
- NH Women’s Artists Give Back, Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH, 9/2017-10/17
- Pastel Society of Maine 18th International Juried Exhibition “Pastels Only”, The Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME, 10/17-11/17
- A Place in Time, The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, 7/17 – 10/17
- 84th Annual Juried Exhibition, Hudson Valley Art Association, the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2017
- Visual Verse, An Exhibit of Art and Poetry Inspired by the Fells, 2017
- Monadnock Farming: Our Heritage, Cunningham Gallery, Jaffrey, NH 2016
- 8th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Winner of the Amersand/Pastel Journal Award, Pastel Society of New Hampshire, Portsmouth, NH 2016
- Pastel Society of New Hampshire’s 2015 Member’s Exhibition, Winner of Seacoast Pastel Painters Award. Jaffrey, NH 2015
by Beth Berry
Represented by Gallery Sitka
When I first flew in an airplane, I was struck by the color, shapes, and shadows created by the light from the sun. The sun influenced everything, infusing the already rich palette of the landscapes and seascapes with what felt like a supernatural light. As the plane moved, the images seemed to move as well. The shapes bounced and swayed in their own rhythmic way.
This was all very exciting to me and the experience has informed my artwork ever since. Light, color, and movement are basic elements of all of my paintings.
My work has also been strongly influenced by the coastline of Massachusetts. I grew up there and have always felt tremendous happiness and excitement at the beach. Pleasure is a large part of my process and a critical part of the finished piece. My paintings are places of happiness.
“Sunrise in Noroton Heights”
by Helen Obermeyer Simmons
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, Stephens College, Columbia, MO, 1977
Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 1981
Co-Curator and Exhibit Design, Harvest Art Exhibit, Darien Library Gallery, Darien, CT
Organized a group exhibit of paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs by members of the Darien High School class of 1973. Corresponded with artists, juried artwork and installed exhibit January – September 2018
Professor of Communications Media, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA
Taught undergraduate courses in graphic design and photography. Served as a member of the gallery committee, promotions committee, and curriculum committee. Faculty advisor to Scrimshaw the university arts and literary publication and Visions the communications media honors exhibition. January 1981 – July 2016
Exhibit Director and Studio Artist, Rollstone Studios, Fitchburg, MA
Coordinated exhibits and programs for a collaborative artist’s studio space and gallery. January 2008 – September 2015
- Intersectional History, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, February 2020
- 84th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft, Fitchburg Art Museum, June through August 2019
- And Still I Rise, First Parish Church, Fitchburg, MA, October 2019 – January 2020
- Bearing Witness, Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA, October – November 2018
- Zavo, New York, NY, February – March 2019
- Inner Resonance, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, April 2015
- The Golden Age: Artwork by Helen Obermeyer Simmons, Rollstone Studios, Fitchburg, MA, October 2013
- Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, past president and board member, 1987 – present
- Central MA Chapter of the WCA, past president and board member, 2005 – present
- Women’s Caucus for Art, National Board Member, 2011 – 2016
- Fitchburg Historical Society, past president and board member 2002 – 2012
- Architecture of H. M. Francis, Italian-American History, The Nokota Horse Conservancy
Best in Show
“Edge of Light, 2019”
by Angelique Luro
Born and raised in Maine, Angelique has resided here for the majority of her life. Angelique is an empathic, intuitive, abstract artist who draws from her experiences as a mother, professional gardener, Reiki healer, and former yoga instructor. Discernment is at the forefront of the creative process for her. Inspired by the love of family, animals, and the natural world, she blends her innate knowledge of color, texture, and line, with curiosity and a sense of exploration, which results in engaging acrylic/ mixed media works. She currently lives on a small farm in southern Maine with her husband and their four equines, two dogs, and a cat.
Angelique’s work may be seen at The Art Center, Dover NH, The Art Coop in Kennebunk, ME, Gallery Sitka, Shrley, MA., the York Art Association and the Kittery Art Association. She is a member of the York Art Association, (Exhibit York Library March 2020), the Kittery Art Association (Member Show March 2020) online exhibit ongoing, Lifting Spirits and the Boothbay Region Art Association. Upcoming and past exhibits include Gallery Sitka Earth Day Show, April-June 2020 and currently The Art Center, Mixed Media Show July-August 2020. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Instagram, @anglu64.
Angelique has a BS Graphic Design from Fitchburg State College, 1992. AS Business and Resource Management, University of Maine, 1985.
Other Selected Entries
by Carolyn Todd
Artist, Instructor, and Naturalist
I am inspired by my experiences with people, nature, wildlife, and conservation.
I was awarded an art scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Secondary Art Teaching Certificate. I also earned a Master of Arts in the Fine Arts and Art Education from the University of Houston.
My paintings, drawings, and illustrations are in private collections in the United States, Europe, and South America. I was selected to have solo shows in Temple, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, Texas. I have been fortunate to exhibit with friends and art colleagues in group shows across Texas and Massachusetts.
I was proud to be selected as the “Artist in Residence” for the National Park Service, Amistad National Recreation Area near Del Rio, Texas. The solo show “El Cielo, Las Mesas y El Rio Diablo” was a great experience and attended by west Texas artists, teachers, Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College staff, students, and faculty.
While living in Massachusetts beginning in 2016, I have taught art classes for the ALFA program at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Creative Minds program/Seven Hills held at the Worcester Art Museum. I teach curriculum in drawing, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and encaustic painting. I am also teaching classes via Zoom in colored pencil and drawing. Painting classes will be added very soon.
“Tree with a View”
by Colette Shumate Smith
Represented by Gallery Sitka
Colette Shumate Smith was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Seattle. Her mother and Swedish relatives were artists. She decided early on to pursue a career in art and apprenticed with her mother. Through The Bob Hope Heart Institute, Colette’s early sculptures traveled the world when she was 21. A student of Jacob Lawrence, Howard Kottler, Patty Warashina, George Tsutakawa, and Glen Alps, Colette had many influences as she pursued her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Seattle at the University of Washington. In 1982 she went on to Boston University. While working on her Masters at the Program in Artistry at B.U., Colette was influenced by Chris Gustin, Richard Hirsh, and Nancy Smith.
Colette taught middle school art for 10 years. In 1993 she became an artist-in-residence with the Massachusetts Cultural Council State Artist Roster. She created many large murals in central Massachusetts, the most complex of which is at Squannacook Elementary School in Townsend and North West School in Leominster, her current hometown.
At Boston University she met David L. Smith. After graduation, they married, raised two children, and continued creating their art together for 27 years. Colette’s work is very unique, as she knows how to paint yet continues to break all rules of painting with her Ceramic Raku Art. It does not fit into a current art movement, yet seems to comment on all art movements at once. Cubist, Impressionist and printed painting collages are surreal and speak to the subconscious memory of a time yet to come. Her themes are commenting on the state of the world, yet her color choice is sweet and mysterious.
“Pumpkin Hunt, 2018”
by Dawn Haley Morton
Represented by Gallery Sitka
Dawn Haley Morton has had a camera in her possession since 7th grade. The novelty of shooting with the 110 camera and a ‘flip flash’ wore off and she got her first 35mm camera in 11th grade.
Dawnʼs work began as a form of self-expression. She has shown her work since 1985 at festivals and art shows. In 2007 and 2008, Dawnʼs work appeared in 2-person shows in Boston and Gardner, MA with her husband, painter Dug Morton.
Dawn published an annual calendar of her photographs from 2001-2015. It began as a wall calendar, moving later to a more intimate tabletop design.
While working full time in film and television production and raising their daughter with her husband Dug, Dawn has also worked as an event and portrait photographer. Whether itʼs a wedding, corporate event, or a high school senior portrait, Dawn enjoys capturing the world in a documentary style that is different from the commercial photographers.
Aside from traditional art venues, Dawn has moved into the digital realm and enjoys sharing lifeʼs moments on Instagram, a forum that truly represents her spirit and most prevalent style as a photographer.
Photography seems to be a reflection of what is within a person, their likes, interests, and what motivates or fascinates them. Itʼs about harnessing that which amazes us, tells a story, or makes us smile. As one grows older, tastes and observations change.
I thoroughly enjoy doing portrait work, it is a blend between the subject’s personality and my own sense of composition and art. Itʼs an effort on both parties to bring to life a visual biography of who they are.
I am an explorer, capturing the unexpected day-to-day in documentary style is sheer joy. Snapping a moment out of time that can never be replicated is a visual treasure. My true house style is represented in the blending of texture, color, humor, and awe of my subject matter. I enjoy capturing a moment that evokes an emotion.
A big milestone in your life, a nature hike, vintage market surfing, eating, relaxing, living… if we could bottle it up and keep it forever, we would. This is what I do… procure a visual slice of a feeling on a screen or paper, teleporting you to a place or sensation. This makes me happy. I hope it does the same for you when you experience my work.
by Linda Greenwood
“Guacamole” and “Peaches”
by Marika Hahn
My artwork is inspired by nature and wildlife even though New York City is my home. I am passionate about creating my art with Watercolors. This medium defines my work. Exploring color, using brush strokes for shapes and patterns is both exciting and relaxing. Part of my Artist Statement has to include my belief in finding something meaningful in my life. Aside from creating my own work and teaching Watercolor Painting, I am an Artist in Residence at both Bellevue Hospital and Mt Sinai Chelsea Cancer Center. I make art with both patients and their families.
New York is my home. I was born there. I graduated FIT for Fashion Illustration and took classes in Children’s Book Illustration at SVA. I live and work in this wonderful city. The city farmers’ markets provide me with the fruits, veggies, and flowers I love to paint. I like to use a graphic style for my artwork and that comes from my background as an illustrator.
I’ve done editorial illustrations for Hearst Publishing and Condé Nast as well as illustrating books for Simon & Schuster, Workman, Rodale Press, and Ballantine Books.
I have two grown children who are also artists.
“Risen IV, 2019”
by C.M. Judge
There is a moment when art begins to breathe and I completely forget that I’m the one who made it — this birthing releases the work to begin its work to seamlessly influence others.
My art-making, whether drawing, painting, video, or installation involves “prayerful illumination” — a kind of looking/feeling/being present to the miraculous world. My foot-ing or frame of reference is an extended gaze that perceives the interconnectedness of all things, the dignity of life, the confluence of the beautiful and the mundane. My art becomes a conduit for these intimate things. Painting is an exuberant way to bear witness; lush strokes of color in service to one’s gaze. About the Artist Intermedia artist, C. M. Judge, directs Moongate Studio in Fitchburg, MA where she creates drawings, paintings, and video installations. Focusing on the poetic confluences of body and spirit, Judge’s work has been exhibited worldwide. She holds a Master of Science in Visual Studies from M.I.T. Judge is a 2019 recipient of the Médaille D’Etain from the Socièté Académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres in Paris for excellence in art and positive contribution to society and the inaugural Present Tense Prize recognizing artwork that exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution from ArtsWorcester. Sharing creative process is one of Ms. Judge’s joys both as an art teacher at Sizer School and as a teaching artist working throughout New England specializing in facilitating collaborative public art projects involving groups of children, teens, adults, and elders. Locally, she mentored girls through Montachusett Opportunity Council to create the public art mural Speak Up! Speak Out! on Main Street in Fitchburg and in our nation’s capital, was the lead artist for the permanent public art project, HELLO & WELCOME, featuring artwork by 240 students from ten area schools for Dulles International Airport serving Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Ms. Judge’s advocacy work in the service of women artists includes co-founding Fem- Link-Art: the international video art collective with French video artist, Véronique Sapin. Featuring 149 women video artists from 64 countries, FemLink-Art is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary of bringing world-class video art to the public. Its history is documented in the book FemLink-Art: video collages of the International Collective. Judge has served the Women’s Caucus for Art on the national level as the Vice President of the Northeast Region and regionally as President of the Boston chapter and co-founder of the Central Massachusetts chapter with Joanne Boudreau.
“Ashburnham Road, Early Fall, 2019” and “Upper Meadow, Early Fall I, 2019”
by Susan Wadsworth
Represented by Gallery Sitka
I was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1955. My parents moved to West Arlington, VT when my father retired, in 1971. They had met in Manchester VT many years earlier, and our family had always vacationed in Manchester until they bought the farmhouse in West Arlington. The rounded forms in my art often echo these New England hills and mountains. I married David Bourdelais in 1981, and we have had three children who are now grown.
I earned my B.A. in art from Colby College in Maine in 1977 with honors: Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. I attended two graduate schools, earning an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI in painting in 1981 and a M.A. in art history from Tufts in 1989. My specialty is modern abstraction, both in my own work and in historical analysis. I am usually inspired by the landscapes of the places I live and visit.
I began teaching at Fitchburg State in Massachusetts in 1992, moving to Rindge, NH in 1993. As a professor, I taught studio art and a wide range of art history: from modernism and the history of architecture to Asian art and interdisciplinary courses. I have presented over three dozen papers and published over one hundred art reviews over 30 years.
I have been exhibiting my pastel works broadly throughout New England and upstate NY. In 2008, I organized the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour in the Monadnock Region, and it continues to this day over Columbus Day weekend, with the exception of cancellation in fall 2020 due to Covid-19.
I am represented by Gallery Sitka of Shirley, Massachusetts.