I waited and stretched and reached for this photograph. I watched as this wave broke itself over and over again against this rock on a warm fall day in September. The wind was coming from one direction and the waves from the other. Sometimes when the wind and water would meet nothing would happen and I would click in vain. But sometimes, every 20 waves or so, something magical would happen and the wind would lift the crest of the wave and just peel it back.
Alison Shaw has been a photographer all of her life. After graduating from Smith College in 1975, Alison worked with the Vineyard Gazette as Design Director until 2000. Since then, she has put all of her energy into Alison Shaw Photography, which is now a multi-layered enterprise. Her work has evolved from documentary to abstract, always using her camera to literally paint with light.
What called to me in this photograph was that this wave was reaching out for the sky. I was touched by what I imagined the future and past of this wave to be… crashing down on the shoreline over and over and then having another unique opportunity to reach up to the sky each time. My first inspired thought from the image was of a flowing sound so I picked up a Ukulele to create the softness and lightness of this image and this flowing 6/8 time signature series of notes revealed themselves.
Brothers Seth and Josh Larson and their long-time drummer, Trevor Mariotti, were born into musical families. That deep-rooted connection to music is ever-present in their delivery. Rock, reggae and funk are just a few of the vehicles they use to move their audience. Their commitment to charity ranges from supporting children with disabilities to raising awareness of landmine victims on an international scale. Locally, their regular installments of Warehouse Gatherings bring together members of the Denver and Colorado music scene to connect, collaborate and create. Love is not just a musical message; it is a way of life.
As I listened to the Song one word kept coming to me “Evolution.” I imagined a person recognizing their patterns and issues and trying to break free so as to become their best self. The pink circle in my painting represents a spirit evolving on their life’s journey, floating upward and finding their way to their highest potential against a backdrop of gray monotony, tangly knots of old patterns and golden spots of hope, light and assention.
The subjects of Sarah’s paintings are simple, whimsical and most often abstract. She spends as much time on color and the creation of palettes as she does on painting, rarely using colors straight out of the tube. Her palettes are hopeful to a certain degree, “I want the world to be visually beautiful through the complexities of color and yet remain simple and harmonious.” The works of Milton Avery, Paul Klee, and Mark Rothko inspires her. Each of these artists emphasizes color over technique and subject matter. Through color, Sarah defines her state-of-mind and feelings.
My reaction to this Song was ‘Lightness, sunshine and melancholy.’ For me it was about Ascending, searching for a sort of deeper knowledge. The first visual that came to me was a pair of wings. I imagined there were two spirits looking for each other in this magical space where time is suspended. These spirits are so close, but somehow the woman cannot see what she is looking for… It is when she decides to not “look” but to “feel” she finally finds what she is searching for.
“In this painting I saw a sunset. There was the warmth of the sun on a cold day against the damp of February. I had a flashback to being too warm in a winter coat when as 18 and living in Manhattan. I was free and out on my own full of excitement walking back to this old house full of wonderful friends. This painting was synonymous with this time in my life. It symbolized coming back to a place of love and escaping the cold. I started to recall the smells of this memory. There was mud and cold air and wood and dampness. Those became my notes.
Perfumer Brent Leonesio is known for his line, Smell Bent, and the cheeky, fun, and affordable scents that are his trademark. His recent creation for UNTITLED is taking his talent to a higher level. “We know life can be hard, but it shouldn’t have to smell bad,” Brent jokes, emphasizing Smell Bent’s affordable, and more universal price point. The L.A.-based perfume company has found a niche, coming up with fun and delightful fragrances made from hand-blending the world’s finest ingredients.
Kim Bernard’s sculptures and installations are shown in exhibits including: the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum, Saco Museum and UNH Museum of Art. Reviewed in the Boston Globe, Art News, and 100 Artists of New England, Bernard recently received the 2011 Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant. She received her BFA from Parsons in 1987, her MFA from Mass Art in 2010 and currently teaches at the Maine College of Art and Plymouth State University. Bernard offers workshops nationally as a visiting artist but makes her home and work in Maine.