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Meet the 2016 Solo Artists & Their Exhibits

2016-solo-artists

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:

March-Fritz-DesRoches

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.

April-Teresa-Oaxaca

Teresa Oaxaca’s oil paintings and charcoal drawings of “Misfits” — like clowns, dolls, and masked figures — are coming in April. They’ll be displayed in frames designed by the artist.

May-Nancy-McIntyre

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.

June-Alex-Tolstoy

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.

July-Kathleen-Gillmann

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.

September-Michael-Fischerkeller

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.”

October-Anita-Damron

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.

November-Soomin-Ham

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.

December-Dennis-Crayon

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.

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