Elementality: Ruth Kirchmeier, Lainey Fink Scott, Micah Thanhauser, Wil Sideman
Jul
1
to Jul 22

Elementality: Ruth Kirchmeier, Lainey Fink Scott, Micah Thanhauser, Wil Sideman

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

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     Sargent Gallery  is pleased to announce Elementality, a group show with new artists Wil Sideman and Micah Thanhauser, and new work from Lainey Fink Scott and Ruth Kirchmeier, all four artists are local Martha's Vineyard residents. The show will open on July 1, at 832 State Road, Aquinnah, and will remain on view through July 22, 2018. An opening reception will be held this Sunday, July 1, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Elementality features wood cut prints by Ruth Kirchmeier, ceramics by Lainey Fink Scott, glass sculpture from Wil Sideman, and pottery from Micah Thanhauser.   Elementality brings together four artists united through the commonality of their practices being contingent upon the elements in one way or another.   Ruth Kirchmeier  has been creating her iconic and dynamic woodcuts for over 40 years. Ruth's ability to create movement, often depicting flowing bodies of water from wood blocks, is one of the most sublime aspects of her work.  Her technique of layering multiple colors, sometimes 10 different inks in one work, demonstrates the artist's devotion to her craft as well as her fluency with the medium.   Lainey Fink Scott 's background in design underscores the sleekness of her functional and sculptural pottery works. It is the inter-relationship between the earthly materiality and firing process that makes the elements integral to Lainey's work, combined with her keen sense of design which make her works a true delight to behold.  Wil Sideman  makes glass sculptures, with a focus on recreating vessels that functionally float on or hold water. The weight and transparency that the glass medium imposes on the banal, originally buoyant, opaque objects -  buckets, buoys, and bailer - asks the viewer to reconsider their relationship to these ocean objects and their functionality.   Micah Thanhauser 's pottery is made from native clays, and fired for three days in a wood burning kiln. Micah's works are minimally glazed, celebrating the beauty of the raw clay, and letting the unpredictable movement of the flames and ash create the unique surfaces.   From the book of essays, Elemental Ecocriticism, Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire 2015, by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lowell Duckert:   Timothy Morton- Elementality  - "One way to think of elements, after Immanuel Kant, is to think them as fusions of subject and object. Fire is fiery; water is wet; earth is earthiness; space is spacious; and so on. An element is a –ness, a quality. It envelops. One finds oneself within it, always already. It is intimate yet strange at the same time. There manifests, as Jeffrey Jerome Cohen puts it in this volume, “a vortex of shared precariousness and unchosen proximities.” Even though it does not have a here or a there, a subject or an object, an element has a specific vibrancy."    
  
      
  
      
  
    Sargent Gallery  832 State Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535  Martha's Vineyard  508-645-2776

Wil Sideman, Piscatoribus Sacrum 10x10x18 inches, blown glass, flameworked handle, steel and wood

Sargent Gallery is pleased to announce Elementality, a group show with new artists Wil Sideman and Micah Thanhauser, and new work from Lainey Fink Scott and Ruth Kirchmeier, all four artists are local Martha's Vineyard residents. The show will open on July 1, at 832 State Road, Aquinnah, and will remain on view through July 22, 2018. An opening reception will be held this Sunday, July 1, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Elementality features wood cut prints by Ruth Kirchmeier, ceramics by Lainey Fink Scott, glass sculpture from Wil Sideman, and pottery from Micah Thanhauser. 

Elementality brings together four artists united through the commonality of their practices being contingent upon the elements in one way or another.  Ruth Kirchmeier has been creating her iconic and dynamic woodcuts for over 40 years. Ruth's ability to create movement, often depicting flowing bodies of water from wood blocks, is one of the most sublime aspects of her work.  Her technique of layering multiple colors, sometimes 10 different inks in one work, demonstrates the artist's devotion to her craft as well as her fluency with the medium.  Lainey Fink Scott's background in design underscores the sleekness of her functional and sculptural pottery works. It is the inter-relationship between the earthly materiality and firing process that makes the elements integral to Lainey's work, combined with her keen sense of design which make her works a true delight to behold. Wil Sideman makes glass sculptures, with a focus on recreating vessels that functionally float on or hold water. The weight and transparency that the glass medium imposes on the banal, originally buoyant, opaque objects -  buckets, buoys, and bailer - asks the viewer to reconsider their relationship to these ocean objects and their functionality.  Micah Thanhauser's pottery is made from native clays, and fired for three days in a wood burning kiln. Micah's works are minimally glazed, celebrating the beauty of the raw clay, and letting the unpredictable movement of the flames and ash create the unique surfaces. 

From the book of essays, Elemental Ecocriticism, Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire 2015, by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lowell Duckert:

Timothy Morton- Elementality - "One way to think of elements, after Immanuel Kant, is to think them as fusions of subject and object. Fire is fiery; water is wet; earth is earthiness; space is spacious; and so on. An element is a –ness, a quality. It envelops. One finds oneself within it, always already. It is intimate yet strange at the same time. There manifests, as Jeffrey Jerome Cohen puts it in this volume, “a vortex of shared precariousness and unchosen proximities.” Even though it does not have a here or a there, a subject or an object, an element has a specific vibrancy."

Sargent Gallery

832 State Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535

Martha's Vineyard

508-645-2776

 Lainey Fink Scott

Lainey Fink Scott

 Micah Thanhauser, large vase, native clay, wheel thrown, wood fired

Micah Thanhauser, large vase, native clay, wheel thrown, wood fired

 Ruth Kirchmeier,  Claire's Sunflowers , woodcut

Ruth Kirchmeier, Claire's Sunflowers, woodcut

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Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

UPCOMING - August 5, 2018, BARBARA NORFLEET

  Barbara (Bobbie) Norfleet  is a seasonal Marthas Vineyard resident with a home in Chilmark. When she is not on the island she lives in Cambridge. Bobbie received her Ph.D. in social relations in 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. 

Barbara (Bobbie) Norfleet is a seasonal Marthas Vineyard resident with a home in Chilmark. When she is not on the island she lives in Cambridge. Bobbie received her Ph.D. in social relations in 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. 

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Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

UPCOMING - August 19, 2018, JOHN SABRAW, KAREN PHILLIPI, GREGORY KAMMERER

 (From Sabraw's website)   "Artist John Sabraw was born in Lakenheath, England. An activist and environmentalist, Sabraw’s paintings, drawings and collaborative installations are produced in an eco conscious manner, and he continually works toward a fully sustainable practice. He collaborates with scientists on many projects, and one of his current collaborations involves creating paint and paintings from iron oxide extracted in the process of remediating polluted streams.  Sabraw’s art is in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois, Emprise Bank, and Accenture Corp. Sabraw is represented in Chicago by Thomas McCormick.  Sabraw is a Professor of Art at Ohio University where he is Chair of the Painting + Drawing program, and Board Advisor at Scribble Art Workshop in New York. He has most recently been featured in TED, Smithsonian, New Scientist, and Great Big Story."

(From Sabraw's website) 

"Artist John Sabraw was born in Lakenheath, England. An activist and environmentalist, Sabraw’s paintings, drawings and collaborative installations are produced in an eco conscious manner, and he continually works toward a fully sustainable practice. He collaborates with scientists on many projects, and one of his current collaborations involves creating paint and paintings from iron oxide extracted in the process of remediating polluted streams.

Sabraw’s art is in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois, Emprise Bank, and Accenture Corp. Sabraw is represented in Chicago by Thomas McCormick.

Sabraw is a Professor of Art at Ohio University where he is Chair of the Painting + Drawing program, and Board Advisor at Scribble Art Workshop in New York. He has most recently been featured in TED, Smithsonian, New Scientist, and Great Big Story."

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THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017 8:00 PM "SEA OF HOPE" SCREENING BY THE MV FILM FEST
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017 8:00 PM "SEA OF HOPE" SCREENING BY THE MV FILM FEST

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.

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Jul
16
to Jul 22

VALERY LYMAN - FORCE OF PLACE: OIL AND WATER IN NORTH DAKOTA

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.  

 

 

 

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Jul
7
6:00 PM18:00

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.  

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Jul
2
to Jul 15

THE INFLUENCE OF THOMAS HART BENTON

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.

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Oct
23
2:00 PM14:00

Art Show & Meet the Democrats Running for State & County Seats

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.

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Aug
14
to Aug 20

BARBARA NORFLEET, ELLEN LIMAN, JOHN NICKERSON ATHEARN, MUSIC & STORIES BY MARK LOVEWELL

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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