A LITTLE ABSTRACTED
April 1-May 13, 2017
Artist’s Reception: Thursday, April 6 from 5-7 pm
The artists in A Little Abstracted approach abstract art in unique and deeply personal ways. The vibrant abstract paintings and mixed-media works created by New Hampshire artists Kate Higley, Ethel Hills, Lotus Lien and Marcia Santore, are united in their deep and abiding appreciation of color as an expressive, powerful, life-giving force. Together, their work is hot and wild, full of mystery and movement.
Kate Higley is inspired by nature—by the microscopic life that lies beneath the surface—as the basis of her deeply colorful exploration of organic shapes in her etchings and monotypes. Ethel Hill’s small mixed media paintings reflect her passion for color, her semi-abstract take on the world, and her use of landscape imagery. Lotus Lien explores the expression of joy and irreverence, through spontaneous and controlled layers of marks, lines and blocks of color to create a relevant response to current reality. Marcia Santore, is intrigued by the ability of pattern—rather than serving merely as a decorative, surface element of repeated shapes—to create shape, to convey movement, and to communicate emotion.
A Little Abstracted was conceived by guest curator Marcia Santore. Santore is a contemporary painter and holds a BFA in studio art with an emphasis in painting and drawing from the University of Texas at Austin. Today she lives in Plymouth, NH, and maintains a studio in nearby Ashland. Santore writes about art in New England for Artscope Magazine and other publications. She comments, “It has been a joy to consider the works of all these talented artists in the light of each other’s work, to find the points of similarity and the points of contrast, and bring them together in conversation with each other.”
Twiggs Gallery offers revolving exhibitions of local and regional art, art classes, unique gifts and Cornerstone Design’s calligraphy services. Twiggs Gallery, 254 King Street, Jct. Rte 3 & 4, Boscawen, NH. 603-975-0015. Hours: Thur-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-4 or by appointment. twiggsgallery.wordpress.com.