Barbara Norfleet, Judy Howells with BiodiversityWorks
August 5 – August 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm Sargent Gallery, 832 State Road, Aquinnah, MA, 02535
Summer hours: Thursday-Sunday 11-6pm & we welcome appointments 508-645-2776
Sargent Gallery is pleased to announce Bios Kentron, a show that celebrates the abundance of life that inhabits both the conspicuous and the hidden places of our local environment. The selected work of two artists, renowned photographer Barbara Norfleet, and award winning plein air painter Judy Howells, relates to this theme through different perspectives and mediums. The show will benefit and encourage engagement with our Summer 2018 featured non-profit, BiodiversityWorks, a local non-profit that promotes conservation of biodiversity through wildlife research and monitoring, while providing opportunities for people to engage in hands- on nature study.
The show will open on August 5th, at 832 State Road, Aquinnah, and will remain on view through August 17, 2018. An opening reception will be held Sunday, August 5th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm;
Please Join Us!
Bios Kentron, features Barbara Norfleet’s cibachrome (silver-dye bleach print) photographs from her Manscape with Beasts series, in which native wildlife inhabits and invades the anthropocentric human environment. Norfleet’s large format cibachromes from her Dark Eden photography series of swamps and wetlands, each a portrait of a secret place teeming with detail and mood, will also be on view. Painter Judy Howells will show her new Martha’s Vineyard landscape and water lily paintings. Howells captures the light of a lingering sunset over tidal marshes, and the splendor of water lilies blooming on Duarte’s Pond.
“Bios Kentron” refers to the etymology of the word Biocentrism, comprised of the Greek words bios; life, and kentron; center. Biocentrism is defined as “an ethical point of view that extends inherent value to all living things. It is an understanding of how the earth works, particularly as it relates to biodiversity. It stands in contrast to anthropocentrism, which centers on the value of humans. The related ecocentrism extends inherent value to the whole of nature.”
Bios Kentron brings together two artists, BiodiversityWorks, and Sargent Gallery, all bonded by a shared dedication to protecting and celebrating the natural world
Barbara (Bobbie) Norfleet is a seasonal Martha’s Vineyard resident with a home in Chilmark, and a camp on Tisbury Great pond that has been in the family since the 50’s. When she is not on the island, she lives in the Cambridge area. Bobbie received her Ph.D. in social relations and psychology from Harvard in 1951; she was one of only three women to earn a Ph.D. that year in any of the university’s departments. After teaching for 10 years, she took an Intro to Photography course at age 45, which changed the direction of her life. Eventually, Bobbie became a photographer and curator at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. She can be credited with designing and teaching the first studio course mixing sociology, anthropology, and photography, which was a surprise hit after the politically turbulent late ’60s.
Bobbie has published six books of her own work, including “All the Right People,” “The Illusion of Orderly Progress,” “Landscape of the Cold War,” and “Manscape with Beasts.” Her 13 other books utilize images from her curated collection, now housed at Harvard’s Fogg Museum. Bobbie's photos were first exhibited in 1979, but they have proved timeless. She is represented in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Excerpt from the Press Release for the 1987 exhibition “New Photography 3” at MoMA – “In 1984 she [Norfleet] began taking pictures of wild and domestic animals, which she had lured with food to unnatural settings. Selecting various rural and suburban locales, Norfleet arranged a variety of objects—such as strips of film, a paperback novel, or her parked car—and startled the animals at night with the camera's flash. In one work, a raccoon is caught among vials of prescription drugs and seems to look at the camera with violent resentment. The vivid color of the prints heightens the drama of Norfleet's tableaux, where nature meets civilization in bizarre confrontations.”
Oil painter Judy Howells grew up in eastern Pennsylvania surrounded by beautiful, yet rapidly disappearing open land. Her landscape paintings depict places close to her homes in Pacific Palisades, CA, and on Martha's Vineyard, MA, where she has spent part of every year since 1979. Her landscapes are plein air works completed on site, as rapidly changing light dictates working quickly and directly.
"I am plein air painter who lives and paints on Martha's Vineyard in the summer, and Los Angeles, California the remainder of the year. I have always had a deep love of nature and am passionate and supportive of environmental and wildlife issues. Painting en plein air is my way of honoring the land expressing a reverence for nature.
In my approach to the landscape, I work to sort out the chaos of a scene and create an order of patterns, shapes, rhythms and color harmonies. I love to discover overlooked places rather than the usual postcard scenes.
I use small canvas panels and usually paint alla prima (all at one go), starting with thin, transparent darks and working toward translucent mid tones and opaque lights. For me, it’s all about the light and how it works it’s magic and gives a scene life. I rarely take photos because they fail to recreate the beauty and the experiences of being out of doors. I will bring home a painting and retain the memory of the place years later. I will sort through sketches done years ago, select one and say “Oh yes, a deer walked up behind me that day.”
This Spring, I began a studio series based on my plein air paintings, selecting a work and painting a studio piece double or triple the size of the original. Although this gives time for reflection and a more thoughtful approach, it has the added benefit of no wind, no bugs, no dirt and sand. But to be truthful, my paintings only succeed when magic of “outside” remains clear.
I have an AB in Fine Arts from Wilson College and a M.A. in Fine Arts ( Printmaking) from Montclair University. I was first drawn to painting en plein air in a college painting
class. We built large canvases and then went outside to paint, resting them for support against a tree. Life was good.... Years later, and after moving to California, I discovered the work of the Early California Impressionists and I have been painting ever since.”
BiodiversityWorks is a local Martha’s Vineyard action-oriented organization lead by a diverse set of people, bound together by a shared passion for wildlife and the beauty of the island. BiodiversityWorks’ community outreach efforts empower anyone to help protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats on Martha’s Vineyard. Director Luanne Johnson explains, “I founded BiodiversityWorks in 2011 because I saw a need for a conservation organization focused specifically on wildlife monitoring and research across the entire island of Martha’s Vineyard. I also saw a need for mentoring opportunities for young adults.
I envisioned a collaborative organization that promoted biodiversity conservation through participation. An organization that works with conservation groups, private landowners, federal and state agencies, citizens, students and scientists to ask questions and find answers together.”
Liz Baldwin, Co-Director of BDW, will give a short talk with a Q&A, and opportunities to engage will be available, ranging from making donations, becoming a member, or volunteering.
Sargent Gallery works with local and national nonprofits to build their networks, and educate people about science, environmental policy, and how to take action.
Sargent Gallery is open 11-6 Thursday – Sunday, & we welcome appointments 508-645-2776
Sargent Gallery 832 State Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535 Martha's Vineyard 508-645-2776
July 1st - July 22, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
Sargent Gallery, 832 State Road, Aquinnah, MA, 02535
Summer hours: Thursday-Sunday 11-6pm & we welcome appointments 508-645-2776
RISK AND THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT is a benefit for the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival and their Environmental Film Series. Sargent Gallery and the Fund for Wild Nature are co-sponsoring the MVFF's screening of Bob Nixon's "Sea of Hope," Thursday July 27 at 8:00 pm at the Beach Plum Inn, 50 Beach Plum Ln, Chilmark, MA 02535.
Force of Place: Oil and Water in North Dakota, is a multi media show comprised of projections and 35mm film photographs in black and white and color by artist Valery Lyman. Lyman is an award winning documentary filmmaker and photographer who spent her summers growing up on Martha's Vineyard. She has spent the last 4 years photographing and recording audio in the Bakken region of North Dakota, where she lived in a steel shipping container, documenting the rise of the oil industry there and the massive migration that has transpired along with it, as well as the events at Standing Rock and many other elements of oil related life in the region. Lyman will also give an artist talk at Sunday's event.
LYMAN- "Force of Place: Oil and Water in North Dakota is not about the politics of what is underway in North Dakota. Rather, it seeks to convey the force of the place and the lived experience of those who are a part of it, without judgment. It is about people - both the oil field workers and the water protectors - who traveled long distances and endured great hardship to do what they felt they had to for their families. It is about the moving power of this particular land - its wild unpredictability, the big dramas it seems to attract, and the scale of human bodies and effort within its vastness. The land seems to have an anima, or will, all it's own, which is felt instantly and quickens the heart when upon it. According to the artist, "It is also about love. The love and human effort involved in people's lives amid the great power of the land and loneliness that swallows them."
Lyman also states: "I found something of the American heart in North Dakota. In the faces, clothing, physical posture, and in the voices I could feel the optimism and hardscrabble nature of the American spirit, and immediately sense what it had always been like to carve a township out of the unsettled landscape. There is an unusual rawness of emotion in people, as most are strangers in a strange land, and an acute alertness because life is so dangerous. As there is not enough of anything and people make due with what they have, there is none of the fat and waste that characterizes so much American life. This American sprit and courage is also embodied in the Water Protectors who have travelled from all over the country in a parallel migration to struggle against the extraction and transportation of this same oil in North Dakota."
The photographs range from stark penetrative portraits in intimate quarters or worksites, to large landscapes that show the scale of the elements, machinery, and human effort. The photographs are all 35mm film, and both black and white and color, to make use of the historicity of the medium and blend past with present.
THE YARD at SARGENT GALLERY: The Influence of Thomas Hart Benton on Dance and artist talk with Anthony Benton Gude
Friday July 7, 2017 6-8 PM - As a continuation of our Thomas Hart Benton inspired show, The Yard, a contemporary artist residency, dance and performance center based on Martha's Vineyard, will be performing at Sargent Gallery. Artist talk with Thomas Hart Benton's grandson, Anthony Benton Gude.
AN EXHIBITION OF WORK INSPIRED AND INFLUENCED BY PROLIFIC PAINTER AND MURALIST THOMAS HART BENTON. CONTRIBUTING LOCAL AND NATIONAL ARTISTS INCLUDE: John Nickerson Athearn, Anthony Benton Gude, Beaven Burkett, Judith B. Howells, and Ellen Liman. The show will be up until July 13th, 2017.
Please join s for a Public Reception & Art Event at Sargent Gallery in Aquinnah.
We are hosting the Democrats Running for State and County Seats -
Julian Cyr for State Senate,
Dylan Fernandes for State Representative,
Bob Ogden for Sheriff, and
Paulo DeOliveira for Registrar of Deeds -
This is an opportunity to meet the candidates, and ask questions.
An exhibit of work by Gallery Artists will also be featured.
A new collection of exquisite woodcuts by Ruth Kirchmeier, nocturnes by Jennifer Clement, award-winning photos by Barbara Norfleet. Also featured are the small, subtle watercolor landscapes by John Nickerson Athearn, as well as a selection o large, panoramic plein air oils by Elizabeth Lockhart Taft, the delicately crafted metal nests by Phil Lichtenhan, contemporary beaded jewelry by Jannette Vanderhoop; s well as artwork by a variety of other talented painters, sculptors and photographers.
All are welcome to enjoy a light reception, a Q&A with the Candidates, meet some of the gallery artists, and enjoy a beautiful art show!
Please park along State Road, with all 4 tires inside the white line.
The Sargent Gallery will be open off-season and will offer a variety of Art Events that will aim to engage our community and clientele in the arts, politics and environmental stewardship.
Please stop by or contact the Gallery to get announcements of Art Events - 508-645-2776.
We will be open most weekends, usually 11-4, and often during the week. We welcome appointments.
The Sargent Gallery is located at #32 State Road in Aquinnah,
just 4/10 mile past the turn to Lobsterville on the left,
before the Aquinnah Town Hall.
SUNDAY AUGUST 14, 2016, 5-7 SARGENT GALLERY 32 STATE ROAD AQUINNAH, MA 02535
BARBARA NORFLEET, PHOTOGRAPHER: Barbara Norfleet served from 1966 to 1981 as a senior lecturer in visual and environmental studies at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, where she was the curator of photography. She received her BA from Swarthmore College, and her MA and PhD in social relations from Harvard University and Radcliffe College. Her works have been widely shown in the United States and Europe, with exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; International Center of Photography, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Norfleet is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of photography in the 1984 competition throughout the US & Canada, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and the Aaron Siskind Award.
ELLEN LIMAN, PAINTER: Ellen is a graduate of Barnard College and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia University and the National Academy of Design. Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections. She works in a studio near the Norton Museum of Art on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, but she also has a place in New York and one on Martha’s Vineyard, where she often paints right on the beach. And yes, occasionally some sand may get into the paint but she says, “I think that just makes them more interesting.
"Liman's work honors nature in a most sophisticated manner. It escapes being decorative because of her confident brush strokes and careful composition. The strong connection between the artist and subject matter manifests itself in the vibrancy of her scenes and flowers." –ArtNews
JOHN NICKERSON ATHEARN, WATERCOLORIST: Mr. Athearn is a self-taught artist who inherited much of his inspiration from his grandfather, George Brehm, a painter and illustrator who worked with Norman Rockwell. Mr. Athearn has been creating watercolor paintings his entire life and was born and raised in West Tisbury. His delicate landscapes encompass a feeling of peace and natural beauty.
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