Walking into the solo room of The Art League Gallery (above) right now is like taking a peek into the future: you can see just a little bit of what our solo artists are bringing to their exhibits this year.
Each of the nine artists in the Solo Preview Exhibit has been working since at least 2014 to craft an exhibit proposal, complete the jurying process, and — most importantly — create the artwork you’ll see hanging here soon. They were selected from the 47 artists who applied that year.
You can see the Solo Preview Exhibit through this Sunday, January 24. See below for the schedule and details on the full exhibits:
Fritz DesRoches kicks off the solo artist schedule with “The Caribbean — How Beautiful.” DesRoches was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Boston.
Nancy McIntyre’s prints and paintings, presented in “Rhythms of Time,” “treasure the local, the small-scale, the eccentric, the ordinary.” The exhibit gets its name from pieces revisiting the same locations at different times, hours or years apart. You might find it difficult to tell the paintings from the silkscreens; McIntyre’s prints can have over 100 layers.
What better medium than watercolor to explore the beauty of water? “Watermarks” is Alex Tolstoy’s exhibit of drippy, splashy, flowing paintings that show water in abstract and familiar places. Tolstoy was a research scientist in mathematics for over 40 years, specializing in ocean acoustics.
The water theme continues in July with Kathleen Best Gillmann, whose paintings in “Vision at Water’s Edge” depict real-life waterscapes. Gillmann’s love for painting water began in her native state of Maine.
Michael Fischerkeller is a doctor of political science as well as an artist. His subject matter comes straight from the headlines, and his stencils and acrylic spray paint bring the street art aesthetic onto canvas for “Art of Politics.”
Anita Damron’s mosaic “tapestries” draw from material all over the world: crystal from Austria and the Czech Republic, glass from Italy, found objects from various sources, and inspiration from India. For “Transformations: Tapestries in Glass,” the ancient mosaic art form is transformed with reused materials.
Photographer Soomin Ham guides the viewer through her mother’s life, depression, and death in “Sound of a Butterfly.” To create some of the images in the exhibit, Ham rephotographed pigment prints under layers of ice and snow.
Dennis Crayon is a trompe l’œil painter, which is French for “fool the eye” — in other words, the Scotch-tape collages you see above are just illusions. (Please don’t touch.) The paintings in “That Which Was Once Whole” explore memory and history.