Jess Barnett explores the duality of personality within her imagery. Themes include longing, distance in relationships, loss, and remembrance. She often uses painted or drawn words within paintings to emphasize these themes. In her latest pieces, she incorporates hand stitching with colored thread, representing rebirth and redemption. More at jessbarnett.com.
Wellness at Villageworks hosts art exhibits that support local artists and offer visitors opportunities for reflection. Please see below for current exhibits (on top) and previous exhibits (below). For information on other art exhibits within West Acton Villageworks please click here.
This exhibition includes the photographic work of 6th grade students at the Merriam elementary school. Each class decided upon a theme to work within, such as nature, mood or humor. Students used school Ipads and the app, Snapseed, to capture and edit images in a way that allowed for exploration and varying levels of edits. Students experimented with tone, double-exposure, contrast, color splash effects, and text, along with many types of filters and subjects. Students were encouraged to follow a personal vision and have written artist statements for each photo.
Tim William Owen is a photographer who has resided in the Acton Boxboro area for nearly 25 years. Tim’s passion for photography was fueled as a college student, where he used his beloved Nikon FM and a darkroom to capture and share … a ‘spirited’ campus life. Since that time, Tim has fully embraced digital photography and imaging … the result of being immersed in the high technology industry and the start-up world for decades.
Tim’s artistic style is to use natural light as the foundation of a great photograph. He believes “light is Mother Nature’s paintbrush”. His photo expeditions often include rising at 3:30am to ensure he is in the right place as a new day awakens and unveils its glory.
“These paintings express my love for all living things, past and present, and finding peace in a world where your imagination knows no bounds.
I appreciate all things in nature, humbled by the design. I also admire Chinese brush painting, and the skill and artistry involved in that. My goal is to combine these two together in my own style.”
The Natural World on Washi: The natural world as seen through a digital lens, printed on Japanese paper.
Inspired by the simple yet equally complex beauty found in plants, fruit, and landscape, Jeri Kim wanted to combine images captured on her phone or digital camera, with elements of
something handmade. This exhibit shows works that have been printed on bamboo coated
paper made in Japan, designed specifically for digital and alternative photography.
Faith in the Journey: Balance/imbalance in the organic world
"Sometimes, we have no idea of where we’re going but we take the first step anyway, we throw caution to the wind, and we trust in the journey. The prints and paintings in this exhibit were created with the intention of not knowing what their final images would be, of taking chances, of creating tension and resolution by breaking down and using the materials in their purest forms. And to remind us of the organic nature of the world and that we all have a place in it."
Local artist and art teacher Sue Funk's exhibit showcases her pen and ink drawings (with a few colorful pieces mixed in...)
"In my art I create the kind of world I wish to witness.
I create a world of order, peace & sanity as I revisit old memories & create calmer scenarios.
My ability to realistically capture an image has always been
a form of cleansing therapy.....
If a viewer gains insight & a moment of peace
& can feel that they have escaped our shared image of this world,
then my creation is that much more complete."
Kathryn Costello is a portrait artist specializing in head shots, magazine-style portraiture and dance photography. This exhibit of her night photography—stars and dancers (most of whom were photographed outside after dark) uses time to illustrate what cannot be seen with the naked eye. Whether it is freezing motion at 1/5000 of a second or a three-hour exposure to burn onto film the motion of the night sky, Kathryn captures the fleeting and the eternal.
Land and Sea: Capturing Extraordinary Views of Farms and Coastline
Local photographer Annelie Connolly loves to capture simple and “ordinary” images that evoke warm and pleasant memories or emotions, like sheep grazing on a foggy quiet morning, or late afternoon sun hitting a wooden boat tied up by the dock.
Her “Land and Sea” exhibit displays a sampling of her passion for countryside charm and coastal beauty.
Annelie hopes that these “ordinary” images will call to mind “extraordinary” evening walks along the harbor or family rides to the country.
Born and raised in Sweden, Annelie has long had a passion for capturing nature’s beauty in photographs.
Now a US citizen and resident of Stow, and a married, mother of two boys and a Boston Terrier, she has found a passion in capturing the beauty around New England.
See more of her work at:
Hudson-based painter Leah Litin describes her process in the following way: "As I utilize different techniques, I try to let my intuition be my guide. The composition tells me where it needs to go. By letting go of preconceived ideas, I find my own style and iconography."
Gwen Murphy works out of ArtScape in Maynard. Her works ranges from surrealistic paintings, to hand painted paper dolls, to sculptures using vintage shoes and bathroom scales.
Willy Garver has studied art all over the world, from her native Netherlands to Australia to the United States. In this exhibit she displays her series of oil paintings of the Buddha. Proceeds from her Buddha paintings go to the Open Meadow Zen Center in Lexington MA.