Posts Tagged ‘Williamstown

02
Jun
12

Go Figure

Go Figure,  Group Exhibit (our Wednesday night drawing group) at Images Cinema in Williamstown, Mass, through the end of June.

08
Dec
10

’ ‘Scapes’ exhibit opens at Wild Oats in Williamstown

’ ‘Scapes’ exhibit opens at Wild Oats in Williamstown

By TELLY HALKIAS
Posted: 12/08/2010 12:47:39 PM EST

‘Radishes, Onion and Lime’ by Bennington, Vt., artist Viola… (Courtesy Viola Moriarty)
Wednesday December 8, 2010
A grocery store might seem like a peculiar place to host an art show. Wild Oats in Williamstown has been doing so for several years, and its latest exhibit features two local artists, one from each side of the area’s north-south divide.
Viola Moriarty of Bennington, Vt., and Barbara May of North Adams opened “’Scapes,” an exhibit at the cooperative grocery store that gives both women, who have been friends for years, a chance to complement each other’s work.
“I believe our work goes together well, and we have always supported and encouraged each other,” May said recently just before the show opened. “By sharing a show, we can each produce quality work, and still put up enough for the viewer to get into that special place where the contemplation of colors, forms, compositions lifts us out of the boring, rushed everyday grind and allows us to pause a moment and hopefully enter that timeless place, if just for a little while.”
The show originally was to be called “Veggiescapes,” in keeping with its venue and the original inventory that Moriarty planned on bringing solo, inspired by her long-standing friendship with Steve and Karen Trubitt of True Love Farm in Shaftsbury, Vt.
But once both artists decided to partner, the name was changed to “’Scapes” in order to include a landscape or still life.
“It’s kind of a play on ‘garlic scapes’
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and on landscapes and veggiescapes and whatever scapes,” Moriarty said. “Fire escapes. Cityscapes. You could put in just about anything, and since I never have my work done ahead of time when I set up the show, I need names that are flexible.”
Both women agreed that it’s more fun to show together with the right person than to do solo exhibits. They concurred that making art is such pervasive and deep, solitary work that it’s enjoyable to collaborate with a trusted friend and colleague.
“We are good friends (who) support each other in living an artistic and beautiful life, and are both really family oriented,” Moriarty said. “We draw together every Wednesday night, and we talk a lot about our own desires artistically and how that relates to our families. We are both motivated in our lives by similar values and ideas.”
Enter the food co-op
Exhibiting and selling artwork also can be prohibitive for an individual artist because of the framing and marketing costs and by having many pieces committed to one venue for a period of time. By joining forces on a show, Moriarty and May can split the marketing costs and logistics, such as the exhibition’s hanging.
Both women are sharing a concurrent exhibit of nudes at Stone Soup in Adams, and they came to the Wild Oats show at the invitation of volunteer curator Arlene Curtiss, who teaches at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. Renate Kopynec, the store’s operations manager, explained the local co-op’s interest in art.
“We are a community store with empty wall space in its cafe,” Kopynec said. “We fill it with a revolving display of community artists’ works. Since 2005, Wild Oats has had between one and three artists displaying their work on a monthly basis.”
May, a former dental technician and small business owner, came to North Adams from Illinois 21 years ago with her husband, chiropractor Peter May. She claims to have “drawn since I was able to,” but it has only been since her business career ended that she has devoted serious time to her craft. May is contributing six pieces to “’Scapes.”
“My prints were created from watercolors I did a few weeks in a row at the Harriman Airport in North Adams,” May said. “They are views that I painted day after day, as the weather blew in and out, and as that summer went by.”
Moriarty, a retired educator and recent breast cancer survivor, moved to Bennington in the 1990s with her husband Jon Lev, now superintendent of the North Berkshire School Union. Moriarty has offered seven works to benefit the cause, an endeavor that she emphasized had a practical as well artistic aspect.
“Now that Barb and I are both full-time artists and homemakers, we want to work together on these kinds of bread-and-butter shows in local venues,” Moriarty said. “Though we both, of course, prefer making art to exhibiting and selling, we need to do those things for our work to be self-sustaining and sustaining to our families.”
Moriarty added that she and May understood the importance of working with small businesses and nonprofits, and they would prefer their shows to be in local settings with money going to support their neighbors’ businesses.
“Exhibiting together in such venues is good for our own ability to make art and for supporting our regional communities,” she said. “Our art and methods may be very different, but it’s also easy to promote your friend’s work when you really like it as we do.”
“’Scapes,” runs through December at Wild Oats, located on Main Street in Williamstown. For more information, visit
vimorpainter.wordpress.com.

27
Nov
10

Veggiescapes

oil on mdf board, 12″ x 12″

(These two paintings will be on view at Wild Oats Co-op in Williamstown, along with a few others for the month of December.)

07
Sep
10

Coyote Flaco Opening, 4 SEP 2010

21
Jul
10

Am I an Exhibitionist????

LOCAL ARTIST AN EXHIBITIONIST?

BENNINGTON, Vt. — …Apparently the answer is yes, because Bennington painter and multimedia artist Viola Moriarty shows new work in six local exhibitions opening in the next four months.

“This has been a year of quieter, more introspective work,” Moriarty says, “primarily still lifes and figure works — and study with other artist friends, experimenting with new media and working on my drawing skills. So, the exhibitions coming up relate to that kind of work, like a string of pearls: smaller, more intimate exhibitions in some of my favorite local venues showing personal works that are meaningful to me and my artistic process.”

Moriarty’s multi-venue opus begins with “Recent works, 2010” at South Street Café, 105 South Street in Bennington, on Sunday, August 1. This month-long show includes oil paintings of flowers from her lush garden, and figure works — including a series of small works titled “Nudes on Guest Checks,” and Moriarty’s self-proclaimed “favorite new pen and ink painting, ‘DJ.’” An artist’s reception is at South Street Café on Friday, August 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“As a walking person and ‘townie,’ South Street is the hub, not only for coffee and great snacks, but for community,” says Moriarty, who has hung an annual exhibition in the café since 2003 — with the exception of 2007, when she was undergoing chemotherapy.

September brings “El Idioma de mi Corazón” at Coyote Flaco, 505 Cold Spring Road in Williamstown, Mass, opening with a reception on Saturday, September 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The first art exhibition to be held in the restaurant, Moriarty includes works of local subjects, created alla prima in oil and in pen & ink.

Moriarty says that the work for this exhibit is particularly personal in terms of working method and subject. The exhibit’s title, “El Idioma de mi Corazon” (“The Language of My Heart”), inspired by a quote from César Chávez, reflects Moriarty’s own bilingual life and its influence on her art. She specialized in English Learner Education since 1980, after taking her first teaching job at a private bilingual school in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico; in 2008 she left her role as director of English Learner Education for North Adams public schools to focus on her art. The exhibit runs through the fall/early winter.

“Los Días de Los Muertos” (“The Days of the Dead”) is on view at Images Cinema, 50 Main Street in Williamstown, Mass., Friday, October 8 through Sunday, November 14, with an artist’s reception on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit includes 10 new skeleton and graveyard images in oil and in reed pen & ink.

The Days of the Dead are a Mexican tradition dating back to the Aztecs, but which is becoming more and more popular throughout the United States, says Moriarty. “It is an ancient and artistic celebration of life, and the honoring of those loved ones who are always with us. It’s long been a goal of mine to have this tri-state border town area become a Días de Los Muertos celebration destination. Unlike its darker, scarier relative, Halloween, Los Días de Los Muertos are two beautiful days full of life, food, marigolds, music, dancing, storytelling and feature lots of interesting characters as well as friends and relatives visiting from the other side.”

Moriarty may get her wish, of sorts: in addition to her exhibit, the opening reception features movie shorts by Pownal, Vt., artist and activist Rico Dovey that makes use of Días de Los Muertos images created by Moriarty during the past eight years; a short film by Bennington native Georgia Roxon and Jessica Polaniecki, recent graduates from New York City’s School of Visual Arts, where they studied stop-motion animation and puppetry, (information and videos: http://www.vimeo.com/groxon and http://jpolaniecki.com); a short film by NYC filmmaker and mixed-media artist Katie Armstrong, another School of the Visual Arts alumna, (information and videos: http://www.katiearmstrong.com); and a live performance of the “Dance of the Dead,” choreographed by Anna Moriarty Lev, Moriarty’s eldest daughter — a Brooklyn, N.Y., playwright, filmmaker, comic book creator and alumna of Mount Anthony Union High School and of The New School in Manhattan, where she studied dance and choreography, (information: levhardware.wordpress.com). The dance performance is accompanied by guitar music by Brooklyn musician and filmmaker Dylan Pasture.

“I am very enthusiastic about the Días de los Muertos opening,” says Moriarty. “Each of us is contributing what we love to do, the thing we spend our time, money, energy and lives doing. It’s going to be a gas for people who enjoy different forms of visual art.”

Moriarty is one of more than 100 featured artists in North Adams Open Studios, an annual, city-wide showcase of works by established, mid-career and emerging artists. The weekend arts celebration opens with a reception at MASS MoCA on Friday, October 15, at 7 p.m., and galleries, art studios and other venues are open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A small collection of Moriarty’s portraits, figure work and still lifes are on view at the NoAMA Mill, 234 Union Street, North Adams, (information: http://www.northadamsopenstudios.com).

Moriarty’s “Nudes on Paper” opens Wednesday, December 1, at Stone Soup, 27 Park Street in Adams, Mass. Of the longtime artistic hotspot, formerly operating as Café Topia, Moriarty says, “The menu is fantastic and the place is unique in its willingness to have nudes on the walls.”

December also brings “Veggiescapes” to Wild Oats Market, 320 Spring Street in Williamstown, Mass. “December seems like a good time to show off beautiful still lifes from the vegetables of summer and fall,” says Moriarty. “… A tasty visual something to hold us through the winter ’til spring.”

Moriarty is also involved in a seventh exhibit, as one of 50 exhibiting artists in the 13th annual North Bennington Art Park, which opened on July 17 and runs through Sunday, October 10. Her contribution, “La tortuga y la planta,” a new work in reed pen & inks — inspired by a taxidermied turtle in the Savoy Hollow General Store (Savoy, Mass.) — hangs in the North Bennington Train Station Museum on Main Street / Route 67, North Bennington.

Of her bevy of local exhibitions, Moriarty says, “I’ve always liked showing my works in local business venues. One of my best friends calls me an ‘exhibitionist’ because I show my work in so many local venues. I relate strongly to small business owners and non-profit organizations. There’s the mythology of the lonely artist working all alone, but it’s almost never been true. Artists have always been working for and with organizations that value art, that want their walls and space to say something meaningful and to support a handmade thing. The people and organizations with which I collaborate have this reverence for handmade life and work.”

Moriarty’s life, too, is steeped in her art, particularly after a long battle with breast cancer in 2007 inspired her to shift her priorities to enable her growth as an artist. Now, “I’m either painting or thinking about painting,” she says. “It’s the mechanism through which I process information and experience. I see the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and it makes me think even more sharply about paint disposal, and not use any toxic solvents in my work. I can’t solve the big things happening, but I can live my life along the same axis of decision-making. It’s very satisfying to respond to inspiration or to a visual problem, and just work intuitively. I don’t really plan. I respond to what I feel with a paintbrush. I’m still the same ready-fire-aim person I’ve always been. ”

She adds, “At first I was just happy to put a mark on the canvas. Frankly, I still am. But I also have an agreement with myself about what matters to me in the construction of a piece, and that is inner life. Either that brushstroke or color contributes to the inner life of the painting, or I brutally take the palette knife to it. A fair amount of paint gets scraped off. Sometimes the paintings that look the most spontaneous are the ones that have suffered major attacks by the palette knife. And then there are those drawings completed in six minutes that say everything that needs to be said. When that happens, and it’s not very often, I’m just grateful.”

Visit vimorpainter.wordpress.com for more information about Moriarty, her work and these exhibits. 


CALENDAR LISTINGS:

THROUGH OCTOBER 10: Painter and multimedia artist Viola Moriarty of Bennington is one of 50 exhibiting artists in the 13th annual North Bennington Art Park, which opened on July 17 and runs through Sunday, October 10. Her contribution, “La tortuga y la planta,” a new work in reed pen & inks — inspired by a taxidermied turtle in the Savoy Hollow General Store (Savoy, Mass.) — hangs in the North Bennington Train Station Museum on Main Street / Route 67, North Bennington, Vt.

AUGUST 1-31: Bennington artist Viola Moriarty shows “Recent works, 2010,” her annual exhibit of new artwork, at South Street Café, 105 South Street, Bennington, Vt. The month-long show includes oil paintings of flowers from her lush garden, and figure works — including a series of small works titled “Nudes on Guest Checks,” and Moriarty’s self-proclaimed “favorite new pen and ink painting, ‘DJ.’”

Artist’s reception: Friday, August 13, 5-7 p.m., South Street Café.

SEPTEMBER 4: “El Idioma de mi Corazón” (“The Language of My Heart”), an exhibit by Bennington artist Viola Moriarty, opens with a reception at Coyote Flaco, 505 Cold Spring Road in Williamstown, Mass. The first art exhibition to be held in the restaurant, the show includes works made of local subjects, created alla prima in oil and in pen & ink. The exhibit is ongoing.

Artist’s reception: Saturday, September 4, 6-8 p.m., Coyote Flaco.

OCTOBER 8-NOVEMBER 14: Bennington painter Viola Moriarty shows “Los Días de Los Muertos” (“The Days of the Dead”) at Images Cinema, 50 Main Street, Williamstown, Mass. The exhibit includes 10 new skeleton and graveyard images in oil and in reed pen & ink.

Artists’ reception: Sunday, October 31, 2-4 p.m., Images Cinema. Friends, talented artists and community members help Moriarty celebrate this Mexican holiday honoring of those loved ones who are always with us. Includes: movie shorts by Pownal, Vt., artist and activist Rico Dovey that makes use of Días de Los Muertos images created by Moriarty during the past eight years; a short film by NYC stop-motion animation and puppetry artists Georgia Roxon, (a Bennington native), and Jessica Polaniecki; a short film by NYC filmmaker and mixed-media artist Katie Armstrong; and a live performance of the “Dance of the Dead,” choreographed by Anna Moriarty Lev, Moriarty’s eldest daughter, now living in Brooklyn, accompanied by guitar music by Brooklyn musician and filmmaker Dylan Pasture.

OCTOBER 15-16: Bennington artist Viola Moriarty is one of more than 100 featured artists in North Adams Open Studios, an annual, city-wide showcase of works by established, mid-career and emerging artists. Galleries, art studios and other venues are open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Moriarty’s small collection of portraits, figure work and still lifes are on view at the NoAMA Mill, 234 Union Street, North Adams, (information: http://www.northadamsopenstudios.com.

Opening reception: Friday, October 15, 7 p.m., MASS MoCA

DECEMBER 1: Bennington artist Viola Moriarty shows “Nudes on Paper” at Stone Soup, 27 Park Street, Adams, Mass. The exhibit is ongoing.

DECEMBER 1: Bennington artist Viola Moriarty shows “Veggiescapes” at Wild Oats Market, 320 Spring Street, Williamstown, Mass. “A tasty visual something to hold us through the winter ’til spring,” says Moriarty. The exhibit is ongoing.

02
Jul
10

Comic Relief…….It’s coming Tuesday!!!!!!

Anna Moriarty Lev’s Comic Relief Exhibition is currently at Images Theatre in Williamstown and It is Fantastic! Original comic art at its best!  Shelf Life, Buggin’ Out, and Jones Bones original comics as well as some of Anna’s other drawings.   At the opening celebration, July 6 at 4 pm, there will be a screening of two short films, En Passant by Georgia Roxon (10 minutes) and Palace Hotel by Dylan Pasture (30 minutes).  Anna Moriarty Lev worked on both films.  Anna, Dylan and Georgia will be present to introduce the films and hold a brief Q & A immediately following the screenings.  Wine and popcorn will be served.  Plan to be there.  The event is free, and so are the popcorn and wine, but stash a little cashin your pocket to buy a comic book or Shelf Life T shirt signed by the artist.

02
Jun
10

Riverfest 2010




viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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