“E is for Elephants: The Etchings of Edward Gorey,” an exhibition of prints by the beloved late author and illustrator, will be on view from September 1 through October 16 at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell’s Mahoney Hall, 870 Broadway St., Lowell, Mass. This exhibit features prints made in the last decade of Gorey’s career that reveal his obsession with animals and all things elephantine; it includes a large selection of Gorey’s etchings, original plates, memorabilia, scholarly ephemera and other objects.
Recent encaustic works by Maggie Simonelli, featuring the latest paintings from her “Passion Fire” series — with specific details on makeup names, brands, and colors used in each work — will be on view from September 3 through 17 at Gary Marotta Fine Art G-1, 162 Commercial St., Provincetown. “Combined with her signature metal leaf application, exotic minerals and essential oils, these scintillating works on panel transmit a universal energy from which they were formed.”
The Thompson Gallery at the Cambridge School of Weston, 45 Georgian Road, Weston, Mass., will be devoting its 2015-16 season to honoring Sir Thomas More’s nearly 500-year old literary classic, Utopia. “China Marks — Nowhere Everywhere,” the first of three exhibitions in the series that will run from September 4 through November 14, features “process-directed, constructed fabric drawings” and “one-of-a- kind books that explore social relationships, human conflict and human imperfectability through the artist’s fantastic and irresistibly irreverent visual iconography” by the Long Island City, New York-based Marks, who draws with “thread, an industrial zigzag sewing machine and a computerized embroidery machine on commercially available printed fabric to realize complex narratives.”
Re: Fabrications,” photographs documenting heavy industry by Jay Kaplan and Emery Roth, along with sculpture by Brian Waters, who welds together recycled gears, rods, industrial parts and vintage car parts to create abstract works, runs from September 12 through October 10 at the Washington Art Association, 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza, Washington, Conn. “The three artists’ share similar aesthetic values, often drawn to what’s been left behind or abandoned, to physical traces in our modern world of times gone by.”
Some of the paintings that will be on display at the “Patricia Laspino: Orchids in the Realm of the Sublime” exhibition from September 16 through October 14 at C. Parker Gallery, 17 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Conn., are so lifelike they were selected to be displayed alongside some of the country’s most treasured plants at the United States Botanic Garden at the Capitol. Laspino’s painting process involves as many as 60 to 80 transparent layers of oil color over a groundwork of botanical impressions, leaving you with an even greater appreciation for Mother Nature’s ultimate jewels.
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