Fall Art Show at Senior Center

For the fall art exhibit at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Center, is honoring a group of artists: Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Marion Linden, Helen Burgess and Gen McNamara. The artists and Juni are pictured below in front of the exhibit. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

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From left to right, the artist being honored are Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Valerie Sandler and her mother Helen Burgess, Susan Harrington, Juni Van Dyke (Art Director) and Marion Linden. Gen McNamara was not at the photo session.

Many of you may know Mary Rhinelander McCarl’s work as she has been honored as artist of the month before.  Mary studied medieval art at Radcliff College.  Many years later, the influence of her studies are evident in her intelligent abstract interpretations rendered through a bold use of color and unique collage application. For this exhibit Mary selected several of her brightly colored paintings. One of the featured paintings is shown below.

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Ed Leavitt’s is another familiar artist. He like Mary has been honored before as artist of the month. Ed’s profession was in the building trades and now in retirement he spends his time following his love of art.  He brings his understanding of fine detail and serious craftsmanship to the medium of watercolor and acrylic. This piece from the exhibit show his attention to fine detail and sense of color.

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Helen Burgess came to the Art Program six years ago without any prior instruction in the visual arts.  She has come a long way since then and has been honored as artist of the month a number of times. Helen’s delightful “Bird Series” bears witness to the promise that creativity is a unique gift that dwells within us all. Her bird paintings are unique and this piece from the bird series show her playful style.

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Susan Harrington is one of three artists in this exhibit who are being honored for the first time.  Her recent floral arrangements are examples of watercolor’s potential for fluid, graceful, and immediate renderings. For this exhibit she has selected a number of her watercolors that help to define unlimited forms of expression. One of her pieces from the exhibit is shown below.

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Marion Linden is another of the first-time artists being honored in this exhibit. Marion brings an insatiable curiosity to her investigation of the formal techniques of established artists.  Antecedents of the work of Fairfield Porter are impressively evident in works on display. As you can see in the piece below, her work is both detailed and whimsical.

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The final new artist in the exhibit is McNamara. Gen approaches the art process with a curious embrace of new possibilities and brave exploration. Her watercolors and acrylics help define her most recent discoveries. Her work advances in directions that both surprise and delight as you can see in this piece from the exhibit.

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Rose Baker Summer Art Exhibit

Juni Van Dyke, director of the art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center, recently announced the artists to be honored in the summer exhibit at the Rose Baker Senior Center. The summer exhibit will feature three artists: Doreen Ross, Natalie Daley and Judy Magee. The exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the Senior Center from now until the fall. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

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The 2019 Summer Artists summer artists (l to r) Doreen Ross, Judy Magee and Natalie Daley pose for a photo with Juni Van Dyke (second from the left).

Doreen Ross lived in the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer. There she encountered a way of life, both meditative and focused, which has been a sustaining influence in her life particularly in her approach to the visual arts. You can see these influences in Doreen’s well-balanced and harmonious renderings in the exhibit. As she says, “The more you paint, the more you see.”

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As you can see in this example, her work is serenely grounded in classical drawing and a color pallet that is uniquely her own.

Many know Natalie Daley, as a long time Gloucester Public Schools teacher but now it is time to get to know her as an artist. For Natalie, painting is a calming experience and an opportunity to express her love for the Cape Ann landscape.

When asked about her interest in watercolor, Natalie said “Creativity has followed me from childhood throughout all the facets of my life.” Looking at Natalie’s watercolors in the exhibit, you will see her creativity and love of Cape Ann.

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In this lively watercolor by Natalie Daley, you can see her affinity for place and the changing color and light of Cape Ann.

Judy Magee cannot remember a time when she was not painting or drawing.  Although she never had formal art training, she has a knack for capturing the essence of her subjects. One of her aunts had a deep appreciation for art and inspired Judy to believe in her ability and pursue her own versatility and style. When you see her work in this exhibit, you will be glad she pursued her love of painting and drawing.

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In this picture, you can see Judy Magee’s beautiful use of color and to evoke our perceptions.

Colorful New Art Exhibit at Rose Baker

Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Rose Baker Senior Center, recently unveiled the Artists of the Month exhibit for May and June. Every two months artists from the program are honored with an exhibit of their works in the lobby of the Senior Center. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

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For May and June, Juni has selected two artists who have been honored before: Helen Burgess and MaryRhinelander McCarl. The artists are shown below: Helen (l) and Mary (r) with Juni in front of the exhibit.

Helen Burgess was honored in an exhibit last February with her daughter Valerie Sadler. It was Valerie who convinced her Mother to attend the Rose Baker art program. Although Helen insisted she had no artistic talent at all, she gave the program a try. Juni and the participants in the program are glad she did as they have found her participation inspiring.

For this exhibit, Helen selected some of her more whimsical paintings. These works happily engage us by way of her untutored application of paint reminiscent of the practice of pointillism, a technique named for the clustering of tiny dots of color.  Historically, the Impressionist painters, most notably Seurat, first recognized pointillism. Below is one of the Helen’s works in this exhibit.

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Mary Rhinelander McCarl was the May artist of the month in 2016, one of the first to receive this honor. In the summer months, she paints the beaches, marshes, and rocks of Cape Ann.  During the long Cape Ann winter she concentrates on painting flower arrangements and collages inspired by her study of Medieval Art.  Over the years, Mary has studied printmaking, batik, embroidery, and quilt making.

For this exhibit Mary selected several of her water-paint collages. Many of these works are infused with a background energy enhanced by the juxtaposition of softer tones. While in other collages, the reverse is true with the layering of more energetic tones upon a softer background.  Mary’s work is superbly unique as you can see here.

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The Rose Baker February/March Artists

Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Rose Baker Senior Center, recently announced the Artists of the Month for February and March. Every two months artists from the program are honored with an exhibit of their works in the lobby of the Senior Center. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

For February and March, Juni has selected two artists who have been honored before: Ed Leavitt and Bob Quinn. It is fun to see how the work of these artists has evolved in just a short time. The artists are shown below: Ed (l) and Bob (r) in front of the exhibit.

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Ed Leavitt is being honored for the third time as an artist of the month; he was one of the artists honored in the first exhibit when he exhibited his watercolor work. The in 2016, Ed exhibited his work in acrylics and has selected an assortment of his most recent work in acrylics for this exhibit.

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As you may recall, Ed’s life profession was in the building trades. In 2013, after a stroke, Ed decided to spend time following his love of art.  Now, by way of what Ed terms as “fantastic therapy”, he is bringing his understanding of fine detail and serious craftsmanship to the medium of watercolor and acrylic.  Ed’s inspiration is infused by Gloucester’s history particularly its waterfront and as Ed says, “most anything that tickles my fancy”.

Bob Quinn was honored last summer when he showed scenes from around Gloucester. In this exhibit, Bob has selected a variety of subjects that show the many techniques he has mastered.

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Bob Quinn’s formal interest in art began in his high school mechanical drawing class. Over the years, Bob has developed enviable skills in leather carving, metal work, stained glass, and computer graphics and video. His professional career was in marketing and advertising which allowed him to put his creativity and artistic eye to work in the business world.

Bob admires the many notable Cape Ann’s artists, and has used their work to inspire his own personal style of drawing, sketching, and watercolor.  Bob’s style is straight forward, unencumbered, and charming.

 

Rose Baker Fall Art Exhibit

Juni Van Dyke has selected Ginny Dench and Katherine Keith to be featured in fall exhibit at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Their work will be on display in the lobby of the Center from now until December. Juni is the instructor and Director of the Rose Baker Art Program and every two months she selects one or two artists from the Program for this honor.

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Ginny Dench (l) and Katherine Keith (r)  in front of the fall exhibit

Ginny Dench is an animal lover as well as an artist. She is a devoted volunteer at Cape Ann’s Animal Shelter, and often seen out and about with her own beloved dogs. Ginny’s understanding and love of animals is evident in her endearing drawings and paintings of “all creatures great and small.”

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In explaining her path to art, Ginny says “Up until the time I joined Juni’s art class at the Senior Center, my appreciation of nature had been as a watcher. Now my passion for nature has been transferred to images in drawings and paintings.”

When Katherine Keith is not involved in philanthropic works, she is an avid painter of flowers and landscapes.  This exhibit focuses on her original interpretations of the works of the French botanist Pierre Redoute.

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The flower above is an excellent example of Katherine’s flowers, which are featured in the Fall Show..

Katherine’s vibrant use of color infuses each floral specimen with a lively and original vitality. Also included in the exhibition are Katherine’s renderings of favorite places around Cape Ann and Maine.

 

 

 

 

Special Group Art Show at Rose Baker

The special exhibit currently on display at the Rose Baker Senior Center is a group show featuring works by eighteen artists. The artists meet in the Senior Center art room with Art Director Juni Van Dyke on Tuesdays and Thursdays to advance their skills in painting and drawing. This exhibit demonstrates the wondrous individuality of each of the 18 artists in the group.summer2

Pictured starting on the left in in the back row are: Natalie Daley, Doreen Ross, Geri Dammeyer, Barbara Maddix, Helen Burgess, Barbara Jobe, Judy Menicocci, Gen McNamara, Ed Leavitt, and Kay Carpenter. And in the front row are: Diane Taka, Juni VanDyke and Pippy Giuliano.

In describing the show, Juni VanDyke said: “Based on years of observation, it is my belief that creativity is best brought forth through encouragement rather than that which is generally associated with ‘method teaching’.  For sure, there are certain ‘formal principles’ of art-making:  harmony, balance, variety, proportion, etc., but if a person has the time and the passion for art process, he or she will likely move forward toward those principles with requisite success due, in large part, from the accumulation of artistic decisions associated with years of caring about how things look.  Environmental decisions; clothing decisions; home furnishing decisions; even table setting decisions; are just some of the artistic decisions that come into play as we go about our daily lives. Whether or not we are aware that these artistic decisions are grounded in ‘formal principle’ is irrelevant. Our artistic decisions accumulate over time and can be applied to whatever creative medium (water-color; pastel; oil; collage; etc.) is in play.”

Juni went on to say “My purpose in the classroom is to affirm and to encourage the individuality of each artist, and to celebrate and share evidence of their accomplishments. In sync with today’s current issues related to art therapy and aging:  I lean on the words of renowned psychoanalyst Erik Erikson (1902-1994):‘THE ARTS KEEP US VIALLY CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER AT ALL STAGES OF  THE LIFE CYCLE’.”

 

Congratulations and thanks to all the artists whose work is currently on display:

Ed Leavitt, Pippy Guilano, Doreen Ross, Joanne Maddix, Natalie Daley, Anthea Brigham, Barbara Jobe, Florence Martin, Kay Carpenter, Judy Menicocci, Tony Johnson, Bob Quinn, Mary McCarl, Barbara Maddix, Helen Burgess, Valerie Sadler, Judy Magee, Gen McNamara, Rosemary Whynot, Joanne Parisi and Ginny Dench. Their works reflect the principals of Juni’s teaching and each artist’s unique approach and style.

 

The exhibit will be on display until the end of September in the main lobby of the Rose Baker Senior Center at 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street in Gloucester. The show can be