PSU students present work in annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 10th, 2014 by Heather

    PSU students present work in annual Juried Student Exhibition

    PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present the 2014 Juried Student Exhibition March 25-April 13 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery.

    A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. March 25 in the gallery.

    The exhibition showcases selected works in all media by students from across the campus. Students from all art department levels and disciplines share the outcomes of their progress in education and refinement in art making in this show. Students may each submit up to three pieces of exhibition ready art made within the last year. Only 15 pieces will be accepted for each level in the exhibition, and awards will be made for “Best in Level” works and one for overall “Best in Show.”

    “The format for this exhibition is unusual in that art work in each level is judged in relation only to other students’ submissions within that level,” Interim Gallery Director Cynthia Robinson.

    There are four levels, from introductory or foundation level through to capstone projects, approximating the traditional levels of a four-year degree. In addition, a fifth level, one of completely independent works, is judged by itself. This category is in keeping with the department’s tradition of encouraging and nurturing independent, self-directed creativity according to Robinson.

    This year’s jurors are Adam Blue, education director of AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon; and Suzanne Canali, chair of the art education department at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester. Blue is also art editor of “The Whitefish Review,” a nationally acclaimed literary and arts journal, and serves on the board of the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont. He graduated Dartmouth College, studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, and holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts.

    Canali graduated from New England College with a BA in painting and public relations, and earned an MA in liberal arts from New York University.

    She also holds K-12 art educator certification from Franklin Pierce University and is pursuing aCertificate of Advanced Graduate Studies at Plymouth State University. As a juror, Canali says she will be looking for compositions that illustrate progress in quality and creativity in both the subject and handling of media.

    A new interactive way to experience the gallery will be launched for this exhibition. Students will record comments about their work, and the recordings will be paired with images of their work to create an audio tour of the exhibition both online, and as a walking tour.

    Karl Drerup Art Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. during the academic year. The gallery is closed PSU holidays.


    Plymouth U. faculty showcases artwork

    February 25th, 2014 by Heather

      Plymouth U. faculty showcases artwork

      LACONIA — Several PSU art instructors discussed their current exhibit, “Faculty Selections: Plymouth State University,” during a reception at the Belknap Mill on Feb. 21.

      The collaboration between the Mill and the University provided an opportunity for the faculty to expand awareness to a new audience as well as giving students a chance to assist in a gallery show.

      Exhibit coordinator Kathi J. Smith, a teacher lecturer in Professional Presentation Practices, said it gave her students, who do matting and framing, an opportunity to help with the set-up of a gallery space as well as to appreciate the work of their instructors.

      “I was approached by [Belknap Mill Executive Director] Denise and Frank Sharlow about bringing our faculty exhibit to Laconia. We do an annual show in the Karl Drerup Gallery in Plymouth in June, and thought this would be a great opportunity to expand to another area,” she said.

      Her own contribution was a realistic sketch, “Dumpster,” which provided a contrast to some of the more abstract pieces in the exhibit which featured works in several media, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, ceramics, printmaking, graphite drawings, and sculpture.

      While diverse, many of the works expressed an appreciation of New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains, reflecting a sense of celebration and experimentation.

      Annette Woodson Mitchell, who coordinates the university’s drawing program, entered a colorful mixed-media work using acrylic paint, Sumi ink, and foam print on Arches Cover, a printmaking paper.

      She said the complex pattern incorporates movement and was inspired by the landscape she so loves, as well as her love of color.

      Philip C. Inwood, an adjunct professor teaching art history, exhibited two panels from a multi-panel series of graphite and pencil on paper which he said were inspired by the mountains.

      The first panel clearly shows the shape of distant mountains, while the intense, almost manic pencil and eraser work on the other panel nearly obscures the mountains while hinting of objects in the foreground that are difficult to make out. “It’s often like that,” he said. “As you get closer, the detail becomes so complex that you lose sight of the more distant hills you saw from a distance.” He added that the work was experimental; he did not set out with something specific in mind but, rather, discovered it as he proceeded.

      That is a sentiment others expressed at the show, as well.

      Rather than planning on a result, art often is a process of discovery.

      Cynthia Cutting Robinson, director of exhibitions, showed a large, mixed-media sculpture, “Flow,” which took the river as its theme. The painted waves and ripples form the background of a threedimensional piece utilizing wood taken from the riverside, with burlap providing a textured bank.

      Jong-Yoon Kim exhibited colorful “Fun With Paper” sculptures that utilize light and shadow to dramatic effect.

      Kimberly Anderson Ritchie offered “Unearth,” a monotype with gauche and copper pigmentan. Elizabeth D’Amico’s “Retirement” is an acrylic monotype with collage.

      Jay Moskowictz exhibited three small oil paint monoprints, “Primary Studies,” that use paint and scraps of newspaper to showcase works in red, yellow, and blue.

      The exhibit is continuing in the Mill’s Riverside Room.

      Retired as a college instructor, noted sculptor now teaches children in his North Country hometown

      February 22nd, 2014 by Heather

        Retired as a college instructor, noted sculptor now teaches children in his North Country hometown

        BERLIN — Sculptor Jean Bartoli, known for his work in marble, is back where he started and doing something he has long enjoyed: teaching.

        Bartoli’s pupils are a group of 6- to 10-year-olds learning clay sculpting through a program at the Berlin Recreation Center. That age group is one the artist particularly enjoys because, he says, they’re young enough to remain open to the possibilities of where their talent may lie.

        He gives the youngsters a lump of clay, shows how to flatten and shape it into a rectangle, provides sculpting tools and lets them do whatever they want. Some have chosen to sculpt faces; others form designs incorporating squares, circles and triangles.

        Bartoli tells a visitor a story about a class he once taught comprising children the same age as these.

        “One little boy was having trouble deciding what he wanted to do when suddenly he looked up and said, ‘I want to do a can of sardines,’?” Bartoli recalled. “I said, ‘Well, OK,’ and he ended up doing a really good job. The can was there, and all the sardines were in it.”

        Bartoli is of Italian descent, part of one of the many ethnic groups to settle in Berlin. His family has been involved in the arts in one way or another going back at least three generations. His grandfather came here from Carrara, Italy, which Bartoli said is world-famous for its marble quarries.

        “Michelangelo got his marble there,” he said.

        The grandfather was one of the workers who carved the retaining granite blocks for the Brooklyn Bridge, Bartoli said, and he gradually worked his way up the East Coast, quarry to quarry.

        Bartoli’s father chose another art. He was a musician who played several woodwind instruments and was in several area bands.

        Bartoli said his father tried to interest him in the clarinet. But after a lot of squeaks and squealing, he said, his father was relieved when he chose the visual arts instead.

        Bartoli was born in Berlin and attended school here. Art was always an interest, he said, but it was Berlin High School art teacher Bob Hughes who steered him in the direction his life would take.

        Hughes had graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and was a fine sculptor and painter in his own right.

        “I was probably the only one in my class who knew what he wanted to do. I wanted to go to art school,” Bartoli said.

        He went to one of the best, the Philadelphia College of Art, where he earned his bachelor of fine arts in sculpture in 1964.

        It was there that he learned to sculpt in marble, and he honed his skills further by returning to his heritage and spending a year in Carrara.

        Returning home during the war in Vietnam, Bartoli joined the National Guard and enrolled at his high school teacher’s alma mater, eventually receiving his master of fine arts from RSDI in 1969.

        He worked in the Berlin area for a number of years, giving art demonstrations at what is now Plymouth State University and serving as an instructor in the state Commission on Arts’ “Artists in the Schools” program. It was there he learned he liked working with the 6-to-teenage group.It was his wife’s career as a lawyer that took them to Washington, D.C., where Bartoli became a well-known sculptor, doing many private commissions while working as an instructor at the Washington Studio School. He also gave courses in drawing and sculpture at the Smithsonian.Through it all, he retained ownership of his house on Fourth Avenue in Berlin, where he built a studio made of stone, and when his wife retired last year, the couple returned full time to New Hampshire.

        “I liked the idea of going home, working in my studio,” Bartoli said.Once here, he began thinking again about how much he enjoys working with fledgling artists and decided to offer a class for children.”They’re up for anything,” he said.

        Although much of his work is in marble, he always has his young students work with clay because it’s the most forgiving of materials. The children – at least those not too shy to talk to a visiting stranger – had varying reasons why they wanted to sign up for the course.

        Alyssa Delafontaine said she already did a lot of painting and wanted to learn how to sculpt. Evan Lilly said he had always enjoyed sculpting with Play-Doh and was interested to see what clay would be like. His brother, Branden, said he wanted to try making designs.Asked what part of his life as an artist he recalls most fondly, Bartoli said it was his time in Italy. While there, he said, he got to meet his grandfather’s brother and immediately formed a comfortable relationship.

        “It was like he’d known me all his life,” he said.

        But perhaps most important, he said, Carrara was where he discovered what he was meant to do.

        “I was pretty sure I knew what I wanted to do when I went there, but by the time I left I was certain,” he said.

        He’s continued sculpting and teaching ever since.

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