“Until nor’easter #4, there wasn’t enough snow,” says watercolorist Joy Makon about the winter of 2018. Nevertheless, Joy found enough inspiration in the chilly days in her studio to produce a series of paintings based upon walks in the snow. “These paintings are about the shimmering joy of pattern that I observe in the winter landscape. It never grows old for me and I always see something new to bring to the paper with lots of water and paint.”
"I am continuing to work with varying surfaces, small objects and handmade papers—some of which are very meaningful to me, some are more playful. My new pieces emphasize irregular edges that are not confined to standard rectangular lines. I am also exploring a rediscovered joy of sewing, and I have found that a sewing machine has become a great way to put together multiple pieces and layers of materials. I like the tactile effect of the stitching on the surface of the work. There is simplicity and dynamic rhythm that is created when smaller, puzzle-like pieces fit together to make a larger complex whole.” Shanee’s work is collage with photographs, hand made papers, fabric, pieces of existing paintings, paint, graphite, and sewing.
Fred is showing a series of new tondos, collages and cutouts on paper. His Tondo series is loosely based upon Rafael’s circular format in painting “Alba Madonna.” Tondo is a Renaissance term and is derived from the Italian rotondo, “round.” Fred’s Tondo painting is abstract and has three main shapes/protagonists: a spiral-shape that is reminiscent of sun motifs found in Native American iconography, a cloud shape, and a jagged-edged geometric creation on top. These three shapes and their associated attributes interact in ways that recall Rafael’s characters.