“Reflections,” a solo exhibition of abstract original prints inspired by the coast of Maine by artist, printmaker and native Mainer Brooke Lambert, takes place from March 2 through 30 at the Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, located inside the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., Portland, Maine. “Largely influenced by the emotions and memories of the ocean and other natural environments,” Lambert “uses materials to create patterns and tangles that represent areas in tidepools or on the ocean floor, symbolizing the darker times we all must get through. She then paints the prints with luminous colors that pour through the cracks and crevices, shining a light that represents hope.”
“Iconic Ireland,” a collection of impressionistic oil paintings by Karen Desrosiers featuring iconic images and sights from Ireland celebrating Irish culture, will be on view from March 3 through April 2 at the Lane House Arts Center, 380 Lafayette Rd., Hampton, New Hampshire. Her large format paintings are based on photographs taken during her many trips to Ireland. “Themes of Irish and Celtic culture feature heavily in my artwork. The heart and soul of Ireland and the Irish people shine through the beautiful, rugged landscapes, the brightly painted buildings, the ancient architecture, and the wild flora.”
“Where We Are,” an exhibition celebrating Hera Gallery’s 48th year, opens on March 5 and continues through April 2. “As an artist-run organization (whose members range from emerging to mid-career to established local artists who work in traditional and experimental media), what ties them together is the desire and dedication to maintain Hera Gallery and Educational Foundation as a place for contemporary art that fosters creative freedom, thought-provoking programming, and encourages dialogue that enriches the cultural life of our community. Though the current group of artists exemplifies differing backgrounds and sources of artistic inspiration, with Hera’s roots in second wave feminism, nearly 50 years later, the organization continues its mission of gender equity in the art world.” Hera Gallery is located at 10 High St., Wakefield, Rhode Island.
“Gratitude & Solace,” works by Laurie Simko honoring front line nurses, will be exhibited from March 6 through April 18 at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell, Massachusetts. “I felt it was important to honor them,showgratitudeandchronicle this time in our history,” said Simko, who was inspired to create 20 portraits after her daughter, Shevaun Assini, sent her a selfie during last spring’s Covid-19 surge. “Exhibiting their faces and sharing their stories is a way to affirm their struggles and recognize their humanity.” Each nurse’s painting will be displayed with a brief story next to it.
“In Process: Contemporary Photographers Rethinking their Medium from the Collection of Mark D. Nevins ’86,” runs from March 10 through April 10 at the Cantor Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross, One College St., Worcester, Massachusetts. The show will feature the work of 22 contemporary photographers, including Abelardo Morell, Marco Breuer, Jessica Eaton, Alison Rossiter and Hiroshi Sugimoto, who explore the medium and technologies of photography in a diversity of ways. Nevins, president of New York City-based Laurie Simko, Lillies, at the Brush Art Gallery Nevins Consulting, Inc., who has complemented a lifelong interest in literature and visual art by building a collection of processed-based photographs with the help of Randy Rosen, curator and principal of Randy Rosen Associates, focuses his acquisitions on “works that reconsider the role of light, materiality, color and subject, to beautiful and often enigmatic results.”
“Action/Abstraction Redefined,” a traveling exhibition analyzing modern Native American art from the mid-1940s through the 1970s inspired by Abstract Expressionism, Color Field and Hard-edge painting, opens on March 16 and runs through June 12 at the Cahoon Museum of American Art, 4676 Falmouth Road (Route 29), Cotuit, Massachusetts. The show features work by George Morrison (Chippewa), Fritz Scholder (Mission/Luiseño), and T.C. Cannon (Caddo/ Kiowa), “innovative artists that explored new ways of artistic expression and challenged stereotypical expectations of Native American art.”
“Eveline Luppi: Retrospective – 3 Decades,” an exhibition featuring works that span the past 30 years of Eveline Luppi’s career, continues through March 31 at two Sprout Gallery locations: 166 Valley St., Building 6M, Providence, and 489 Main St., Warren, Rhode Island. The shows include paintings showcasing both the evolution and variety of her body of work, the range of techniques — abstract, iconic, geometric — that the artist has engaged with in her interpretation of the experiences and patterns of life and the world. “The present exhibition shows paintings from her private collection, and give example of her original foundational techniques, her experimental processes with oil and acrylic paints, her deeply executed technique, her use of color, line and composition spanning abstract, iconic and her- geometric signature style.”
“Putting the Pieces Back Together,” a nationally juried exhibition of collage work exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, is on view through April 1 at the Bristol Art Museum, 10 Wardwell St., Bristol, Rhode Island. Over 430 entries were juried by Bob Dilworth, Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island. The work gives expression in a time of challenge and defiance to what we have come to term “the new normal,” Dilworth said. “It is encouraging to see how creativity reflects real life as artists compose, build and construct with whatever materials are at hand – fabric, paper, metal, rope, wire, or nails; as they reorganize, readjust, acclimate, reorient and reacquaint themselves to this unique moment. In this regard, each work in the show is a triumph.”
If you missed the “Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints” exhibition that was on view in New Britain last year, good news. It’s now at the Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Dr., Williamstown, Massachusetts, through June 11. The show, which was curated by David S. Areford, professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts Boston, features over 200 prints starting with LeWitt’s earliest figure studies and scenes of urban life and then exploring his four main themes of abstraction: “Lines, Arcs, Circles, and Grids,” “Bands and Colors,” “From Geometric Figures to Complex Forms” and “Wavy, Curvy, Loopy Doopy and in All Directions.”
“In the Moment: Recent Work by Louise Hamlin,” former George Frederick Jewett Professor of Studio Art and area head of printmaking at Dartmouth, can be seen through September 3 at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. “Inspiration can be found in many places — for Hamlin, it is not in the grandiose but rather in the subtle, familiar, and overlooked corners of our everyday world. In each scene, whether a fog-filled landscape or a farmstand bundle of garlic scapes, Hamlin has explored light and form, creating images that suggest paint (or ink) and color as her driving force.” Recently reopened to the public, the Hood is also currently featuring “Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture and Design” (through April 30) and “Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Era: The John Kobal Foundation” (through May 21).
“Shifting,” an exhibition featuring Connecticut artist Amy Genser, who works with paper and paint to explore her ongoing obsession with texture, pattern, and color, is on view through December 3 at the Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, Massachusetts. “Using paper as pigment, she layers, cuts, rolls and combines the humble material into vibrant tableaux that are inspired by the natural world—the flow of water, the shape of beehives, the organic irregularity of plants, and more.” A site-specific installation explores the mutable beauty of the museum’s natural surroundings, the power of each season and the beautiful transitions in between.