Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The End Begins Again
acrylic and graphite on mylar

Seemed like an appropriate thought and image as one year passes to another.

I did this in November at a workshop with Tim Hawkesworth, but it was actually without Tim Hawkesworth as he was busy in the hospital recovering from a heart attack.

It was an intense and bewildering time for all involved.

So, since my last post I've moved to a new studio space, done some painting, and tried to get back into a regular figure drawing groove.

As for shows, I've got one piece, and older one, in the back gallery at Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA.  That will be up through the 4th of January and  another little piece in GALA's new gallery space in Gardner, MA, also up until the 4th.

My solo show at The Center at Eagle Hill remains up through the end of January, and three pieces continue to hang in Worcester at the Hanover Theatre until early February.

I got a small mention and picture of a work in progress in Dean Nimmer's newest book, Creating Abstract Art.  There will be an exhibit at the Taber Gallery at Holyoke Community College of the work from that book.  Show will run from January 26, 2015- February 26, 2015.  Details to follow.

So, as 2014 is laid to rest and the new year begins with great intentions, I wish you all wellness, happiness and peacefulness.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Place In Mind Reception

I want to thank everyone who came to last night's reception.

Friends old and new from near and far, you each contributed to making this a wonderful evening.

I was surprise, pleased, humbled, and grateful for the turn out, which the director described as the best ever.

A very deep thank you to Eagle Hill, and specifically Paul Overton, director of The Center and Melanie Donovan, technical director for their support and hard work pulling this show together with me.

Here are some picture of the festivities!

photos, thanks to Darrell Probst

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Show Opens Today at The Center

A Place in Mind
solo show of paintings by Joanne Holtje 
Artist Reception today
5:30- 7:30 p.m.

242 Old Petersham Road
Hardwick, MA 01037

Complimentary wine and cheese

Followed by a performance of Zydeco music by Les Amis Creole 
(ticketed event)

The exhibit will run through January 31, 2015
Gallery hours, weekdays 3:30p.m- 5:00p.m.

Well, the day is here!  I am a little nervous, a little excited, and looking forward to seeing old friends and new.  Please stop by and enjoy the hospitality of Eagle Hill School.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Concord Art Association

Today is the last day to see the Roddy Show exhibit at the Concord Art Association.

This is a strong show of art from all over the area, juried this year by Meg White of NAGA Boston.

The gallery is located at 37 Lexington Street in Concord Massachusetts, and will be open from 10a.m.- 4:30p.m. today.

Work is also viewable online.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Place In Mind

Today the paintings went up!
Twenty five in all.
Some have been shown before, and some are brand, spankin' new.

It should be a terrific night with concert following the opening:
Les Amis Creole....Love that Zydeco!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Solo Show Opens this Saturday
October 18, 2014 5:30-7:30
The Center at Eagle Hill
242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick, MA

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October Exhibitions

October has been flying by with various show and installation preparations.

In a couple days I will be delivering and installing work for my solo show at The Center at Eagle Hill.
More on that, later.

Already up are three good-sized paintings in the windows at the Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA.

I made these specifically to hang here in the long windows of the contemporary theater facade where they will remain for four months (that's early February 2015).
If you are in the area, take a stroll by and have a look.

Here is a shot after installation:

Kathy Griffin seems pleased, anyway.

Autumn, Sugar Maple
acrylic on canvas

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's a Conceptual Piece.....

I just sent out an email announcement for my up coming show, and once again, had a digital "fail".

This is what people got to see as a representation of my work.

Brilliant, eh?

I am not going to clutter up the mail boxes of my friends and colleagues with a corrected version this time.  You will just have to come and check out the work in person!

Till then, I am going to grab my charred twig and head back to my cave wall.
Now there's some technology I can get my head around!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The 15th Roddy Show September 9 - October 17, 2014

Much to my delight (and surprise) I have a piece in the 15th annual Roddy Competition at Concord Art Association.

In my haste to get my painting matted and framed in time, I failed to photograph it first.

Luckily, a friend snapped it on my studio wall.

Land Beyond the Clouds
26x18 (framed)
acrylic and graphite on paper

This year the juror was Meg White, director of NAGA, Boston.
She had the overwhelming task of selecting one hundred pieces from the over six hundred submitted in what must have been one long day.

Opening Reception:  Thursday, September 11, 6-8 p.m.
37 Lexington Road, Concord, MA, USA
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday- Saturday 10-4:30, Sunday noon - 4:00
Show closes October 17, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pioneer Valley
oil on canvas

This is a quick little painting I made last month when I went out painting with a friend.

Because I am a painter and not a record keeper, there is always a generous amount of editing and fictionalization when I paint from observation.

The landscape inspires me, energizes me, and moves me to paint, but I won't feel beholden to its appearance.
What's the sense of that?

So, because I know you are curious, here's a snapshot of the view.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back from Vermont!

100 x 30 inches
acrylic and charcoal on canvas, tree branch

This is one of a number of paintings I made last week during a workshop with Tim Hawkesworth and Lala Zeitlyn at Bennington College in Vermont.

It was such a rich experience.
So much strong work was produced by all the participants.

Tim and Lala have this double gift of being sincere artists and graceful facilitators who are able to create a space and conjure an energy in the studio that invites such surprising things to happen.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"Expression, Abstraction, and the Meta-landscape" through May 31, 2014

Opening Night at Imagine Gallery was a great success!

Thank you to so many friends and family members who made the trip to Northampton for my solo show.

I had the chance to meet lots of new, interesting folks that I hope to see again, as well.

This exhibition, with thirty pieces of my work in a wide range of media, will be up until the end of the month.

Please note:  If you are using Google to find your way here, it will send you to Main Street in Florence, MA, a lovely place, but not where Imagine Gallery is!

Imagine Gallery is on the second floor of 70 Main Street downtown Northampton, very near the intersection of Main and Pleasant.

Regular hours are Fridays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays 3-9 p.m.
You are also very welcome to call and schedule a time to visit the gallery.
Call 413-585-5830 to make arrangements.
Tricia and Kitt are warm, generous people who are very welcoming, so don't be shy!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Solo Show Opens This Friday

Expression, Abstraction and the Meta-landscape
May 9 - May 31, 2014

Imagine Gallery
70 Main Street, 2nd floor
Northampton, MA

Artist reception on May 9th 5:30-8:30 p.m.
free to the public

My first solo exhibition opens this week in Northampton, MA.
Curator Tricia McDermott selected thirty pieces in a range of media for this show.
The opening is a part of Arts Night Out Northampton, so there will be lots to see all around town.

Hope to see you there!

Gallery hours:  Fridays 6-9
                            Saturdays 3-9
and by appointment 413-585-5830

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Reading from the text that inspired this series of paintings.

photo thanks to Anne Gilman

The Artist Talks last weekend at the Sprinkler Factory Gallery were a real success.

This event concluded our group's show entitled "the [space] between".

Thanks to everyone who came and made this show such a rewarding experience.

Now I am packing up another group of paintings for my solo show in Northampton, MA at Imagine Gallery!

Opening Reception is Friday, May 9th 5:30-8:30

Sunday, April 6, 2014

the [space] between

opened last night at the Sprinkler Factory Gallery in Worcester.

Today I am sleep deprived, but happy!

Thank you to everyone who came out and made this such an exciting event.

Gallery will be open to the public every weekend in April from noon until 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Keeping It Under Wraps!

The Found Journal Series
11 paintings installed at
The Sprinkler Factory Gallery
38 Harlow Street, Worcester, MA

Opening Reception
This Saturday night!

Yesterday I hung my paintings for the group show entitled
  "the [space] between"

I am really excited how this exhibit is shaping up.
There will be lots of innovative work in painting, sculpture, video and installation.

And , yes I will unwrap the paintings, though this does look kind of cool.....

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Second Place in the painting category for December Sun!

This me and my friend, fellow exhibiting artist Paula Hite at the opening reception of the Annual Spring Show in Monson, MA.

There was a really interesting range of work, all very well done.  I was happy to be included, and thrilled to have the honor of a prize.

The exhibit is open weekends through April 13th and is online as well.

Now it is time for me to get busy with preparations for the group show in Worcester at the Sprinkler Factory.

Visit our blog http://thespacebetweenexhibit.blogspot.com to track our progress!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Next Stop: Monson

In One, Out the Other
oil on panel

This is one of the two paintings of mine that have been selected for inclusion in "the 21st Dimension",
the annual, juried show at the Monson Arts Council.

Opening reception is next Saturday, March 29, 2014 1-4 p.m. at The House of Art in downtown, Monson, MA

Friday, March 21, 2014

GALA Spring Show Opens Tonight

Something about the Sea
oil on canvas

This is one of the three pieces I will have in this weekend's Art Show in Gardner, MA

I saw some very interesting work, especially some innovative and beautiful sculpture, when I dropped off my paintings the other day.

Come, visit, take in the music and the art.  You will meet some of the most warm and unassuming artists ever!

Details at http://www.galagardner.org

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Night Navigation
oil on panel

This was the one piece I actually finished while at R&F paints in a workshop with Lisa Pressman.

I have it in a gold float frame, and it looks so nice!

I have no immediate plans for it.

Maybe it will go into my solo show coming up in May.

May.  Sounds so far away!  There is still so much snow on the ground, and maybe more coming this week.  sigh.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

School Street Open Studios

School Street Open Studios
last Friday night was a great success.

This is a shot, thanks to Doreen La Scola, of one of the walls where I hung some work.

This space had still life and life paintings.  I installed about 30 pieces in all.

The event was very well attended, and guests seem to have a really good time.

I even managed to sell a piece!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Open Studios this Friday Night!

work in process
oil on board

Please join us February 28th for Open Studios at 205 School St., Gardner, MA 6-9 p.m.

Art, Music, and Refreshments

Follow the signs, you'll find us!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Figure studies
oil stick and graphite  on gessoed paper
approx. 6x7

You can still find the figure in the first piece, and probably not in the second.  
This was my intention.  I wanted to work using the model as an inspiration more than as a subject.   I find this more interesting than illustrating the human form.  

I would like to try to use these as a jumping off place for something larger. 

Anyway, it was a fun couple of hours with art pals in an undisclosed location in Worcester.  
I think we were there without the proper permission, so I am going to have to leave it a mystery! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Things That Keep us Together, diptych
oil stick on panels

This is from that workshop at R&F Paints that I keep going on about.
Not sure what I think of it.

Feels very busy to me, but I have not been able to find anything I want to edit from it.

I have finally gotten back into shooting my work, so I'll get some more up here soon.

I have some abstracted figure studies from a recent session in Worcester and some interesting mono prints from a delightful Sunday with Dean Nimmer.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Problem Solved!

Corner of my studio

You know I love R&F pigment sticks, but there is a dark side to every love...

As you use them, you have to tear off the identifying label, so sooner of later you (or at least I) have disorganized piles of dirty half sticks  jumbled on my work space.

I spend a stupid amount of time picking through these stubs trying to find a specific color, and making myself nuts!

But looky here:  I've come up with this space-saving, mobile organizer for the sticks and other supplies.

It is a large, metal shoe rack on castors.
The paint sticks go in little plastic bins or aluminum pans from the dollar store.

I've also got my baby wipes for quick clean up, space to hang papers or rags, and my swell new apron from R&F.

This frees up a lot of valuable area on my work counter without loosing much floor space.  Did I mention the wheels?
I love things that I can push out of the way!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Full Calendar

work in process, 2014
oil stick and drawing media on paper
28 squares, 6x6

Here are some tasty amuse bouche from a very satisfying workshop I recently attended at R&F paints with Lisa Pressman.  If you don't know her work yet, become acquainted.  She is on to something wonderful.

More on that (with pictures) later.

Here are some dates for your calendar:

February 28th  6-9 .p.m. 205 School St Gardner, MA open studios
  I will be showing mostly smaller pieces, some new, some old favs.  Cash & Carry!

March 21st 6-9:30 p.m. GALA Spring show at the PACC, Gardner, MA
   I will have a few pieces in this community show as well as one piece in the silent auction

April 5th 6-9 p.m. Sprinkler Factory Gallery, 38 Harlow St., Worcester, MA
   opening celebration for 'the [space] between' an exciting contemporary show featuring new works in
       painting, sculpture, installation and video
April 26th 3 p.m. Artists talks for 'the [space] between

May 9th 5:30-8:30 p.m. Imagine Gallery, 70 Main St., Northampton, MA
   My first solo show!   I will be showing work from the past five years with an emphasis on newer pieces.  
Curated by Tricia McDermott.

I hope you can make it to one of these events.  It would be great to see you!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Open Studios in Gardner!

Open Studios in Gardner

Friday, February 28th, 20146-9 p.m.
205 School Street,
Gardner, MA

Lori MacDonald has been the driving force behind this first ever open studios event.

Because my studio is about a half a mile of labyrinthine halls and stairways away from all the action, I will be hanging my works in the collective gallery space and surrounding halls.

Hope to see you there!