OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 11, 5–7pm
Luciana Frigerio: Paperworks
Artist Talk: Thursday, January 17, 5:30pm with Cindy Blakeslee
Stories have always played a part in my work, whether it be imagining a story and creating an object to tell it, seeing life as it passes me by and capturing it in an image, playing with the pages of a book, or thinking deeply and telling my own personal story.
Frigerio majored in Fine Art and Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her most recent bodies of work focus on building paper worlds, creating mash-ups of different genres, de/reconstructing books, and folding the pages of books into words and symbols.
Her work has been exhibited at the 2016 Pordenonelegge Book Festival as a Featured Artist in Perdenone, Italy, as well as, Seager Grey Gallery, CA; Artistree, VT; Berkshire Art Association, MA; Robin Rice Gallery, NYC; Cornelia Street Gallery, NYC; Foto Gallery, NYC; and Marcuse-Pfeiffer Gallery, NYC. She has also been the recipient of the Vermont Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship.
Cindy Blakeslee: Leavings
Artist Talk: Thursday, January 17, 5:30pm with Luciana Frigerio
My art primarily arises from the inspiration of that which is abandoned by my fellow homo sapiens: materials cast off are caught, mid-air, to be reformed into something of beauty or perhaps simply an almost unrecognizable restatement of itself.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Blakeslee has worked as a technical editor, political worker, statewide trade association Executive Director, food writer, and non-profit Director before becoming an artist. The continuous motivation throughout the years has been Blakeslee’s active environmentalism. It is this world view that feeds and dictates her work with found objects.
Leavings will showcase Blakeslee’s affinity for form and texture. Completely self-taught, she uses the challenge of taking an idea to fruition as an excuse to learn new skills and acquire new tools. She has participated in group shows at Studio Place Arts, Shelburne Farms, Helen Day Art Center, and AVA Gallery and Art Center. This will be her first solo exhibition of her work.
Rich Perry: Route 66–A Defining Piece of American History
Artist Talk: Thursday, January 24, 5:30pm
Inspired by John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, Perry was drawn to capture this iconic American landmark through his lens.
The road became a metaphor for the violent struggle between the laborers and the owners, the government and the people it was supposed to protect, and the greed and human compassion brought on by the “Dust Bowl” and the depression. Time has taken its toll on many of the original buildings…These reflect what life was and in some ways still is on the original road. The spirit and history of the people and their quest lives on and is accessible to those of us who look closely for it.
It is my attempt to portray visually what Steinbeck so powerfully captured in words.
Perry began photography about twelve years ago when his granddaughter was born. He has taken classes and workshops at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and has studied under two Guggenheim Fellows.
Michael St. Germain: as is
Artist Talk: Friday, January 11, 4pm
[My] work exhibits a quirky, understated and deadpan matter-of-factness that belies an obsessive, intuitive and museum-informed approach to making art. [My] art embodies a reductive and elemental presence un-beholden to narrative and logic.
St. Germain graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a bachelor’s in fine art. He’s had solo exhibitions at Field, Gallery, MA; Atlantic Works Gallery, MA; Gallery at Spencer Lofts, MA; Newton Free Public Library, MA; and now at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. St. Germain’s work has been in numerous national and international group exhibitions.