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CHELSEA HARRIS PUBLISHED IN BLAIRSVILLE DISPATCH
Painter Chelsea Harris’ likeness was published in the Blairsville Dispatch. Her demonstration of painting with local children was well attended and an exciting part of Founder’s Gallery’s Fall Fest, which occurred September of 2019. Thank you to Joy Fairbanks for mailing us the clipping and for Larissa Csanyi for hosting Chelsea Harris and the Spruce.
Chelsea Harris is a practicing artist operating out of Louisville, Kentucky, and Grand Rapids, Michigan (U.S.). Graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2017, she earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts as a Painting major with a Printmaking minor. Whether in a visual format or through creative non-fiction writing, she tends to explore personal connection and relationships. Critical theories of Aesthetics and metaphysics inform her academic and personal work to weave a dialogue between tradition, religion, rebellion, and reinvention. She currently hold the Studio Programs Assistant position at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.
Harris spent September living and working in Indiana County, and her exhibition, At the Open End, was on September 20th, 2019.
From there, Harris visited Pittsburgh and then returned home.
See more of her work at https://www.chelseaharrisart.com/
SPRUCE HOSTS SOLO EXHIBITION OF WORK BY STEPHANIE MARTIN
Stephanie Martin is an artist who creates biomorphic forms in ceramics and ink drawings. Martin received her Master of Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. She has exhibited at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, hosted a solo exhibition at Unsmoke Systems, and attended the (title of workshop) at Kipaipai Joshua Tree, CA. Stephanie Martin creates fabricated ecosystems that are representations of her perceptions and experiences of life, conjuring familiar yet fantastical places.
As an abstract reflection of biological forms within alternating scales, Martin's work focuses on dualities present in life and utilizes comparisons of attraction and repulsion. The overall processes involved with clay are a significant part of my practice, as they function as a way to express and reflect on personal experiences. Martin desires for others to experience an evoked sense of living from these crafted worlds. In effort to achieve a symbiotic biomorphic form, she creates ecosystems implementing a variety of techniques with carving different textures, building hollow forms, and layering colors. These combinations of process take on a new life and evolve throughout her artistic practice.
The exhibition coincided with the first gallery crawl in downtown Indiana between the Spruce Art Residency and the Artists Hand Gallery.
FALL FEST AT FOUNDERS GALLERY - CHELSEA HARRIS DEMONSTRATES
Chelsea Harris, a September Artist in Residence, demonstrated her art practice for attendants at Founders Gallery’s Fall Fest on Saturday, September 21st. Harris has worked with children at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, and it was wonderful to see local children interact with Chelsea during her demonstration.
Fall Fest is an annual celebration of the arts, community, and craftsmanship in Blairsville, PA and is hosted by Founders Gallery. Founders Gallery is the location of many community painting nights, where individuals come together to create paintings and learn the craft. They also have a wide selection of arts, gifts, and creations made by local and regional artists.
Any visit to Blairsville isn’t complete without a stop in Founders Gallery to see their selections!
AT THE OPEN END, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY CHELSEA HARRIS OPENED SATURDAY, SEPT 21st
Chelsea Harris’ solo exhibition opened Saturday, September 21st at the Clark Gallery. Her paintings were energized representations of life, exploring the complexities of connection and the beauty of the every day.
Harris is a practicing artist operating out of Louisville, Kentucky, and Grand Rapids, Michigan (U.S.). Graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2017, she earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts as a Painting major with a Printmaking minor. Whether in a visual format or through creative non-fiction writing, she tends to explore personal connection and relationships. Critical theories of Aesthetics and metaphysics inform her academic and personal work to weave a dialogue between tradition, religion, rebellion, and reinvention. She currently hold the Studio Programs Assistant position at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.
FIRST GALLERY CRAWL AND AIR STEPHANIE MARTIN HOSTS SOLO EXHIBITION
IUP Alumnus and July Artist in Residence, Stephanie Martin, presented her solo exhibition, Transform, on Friday, September 20th. The Clark Gallery and the Artists Hand Gallery hosted their first Gallery Crawl in downtown Indiana, PA. Fred Hummel presented his photography surrounding the idea of incarceration.
Stephanie Martin’s work examined the process of ceramics, walking the audience through her sketches to final firing. While Martin’s work has largely focused on biomorphic spheres, she has begun to be inspired by the rolling hills of Western PA. Her newest pieces reflect that.
Stephanie Martin received her Master of Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Martin’s work focuses on dualities present in life and utilizes comparisons of attraction and repulsion.
RACHEL GORDON INTERVIEWED AT WCCS AM 11160 101.1 FM
August Artist in Residence, Rachel Gordon, visited Renda Broadcasting in Indiana, PA to be interviewed by Todd Marino as part of Indiana in the Morning. Gordon discussed her time in Indiana, her process, and the paper art work that she has been creating in Indiana, PA.
Listen to it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka7dvd05zoI
SEMI FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR CREATIVE COMMUNITIES GRANT
Hannah Harley, Director of the Spruce Art Residency, and Brian Jones, owner and operator of Artists Hand Gallery, were on the Indiana in the Morning segment to discuss an exciting new county wide initiative that will encourage arts based tourism and development.
Listen here to get the scoop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAQbTox5dXE
NATALIE BIRINIYI INTERVIEWED BY WCCS AM 1160 and 101.1 FM
Artist in residence, Natalie Biriniyi, was interviewed on WCCS AM 1160, 101.1 FM about her artistic process and experience in Indiana, PA. Biriniyi is a New York based artist who is currently using airbrushing to expand upon her research into Google Earth imagery.
Listen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6NGnHl9Kes
NEW WORKS EXHIBITION OPENS SATURDAY
Works by Daisy Wiley and Rachel Gordon will be exhibited at the Clark Gallery from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, August 17th. Entrance is on Carpenter Avenue and light refreshments will be provided.
DAISY WILEY AND RACHEL GORDON - IN CONVERSATION
On Friday, August 16th, 2019, artists in residence, Daisy Wiley and Rachel Gordon will be presenting their work and artistic practice at an artist talk at the Artists Hand Gallery in Indiana, PA. This event will begin at 6:00 pm and be followed by a brief discussion.
Daisy Wiley, a print artist from Virginia, is using her time at The Spruce Art Residency as a time of intensive exploration of form, repetition, and semiotic impressions through hand-cut and hand-rubbed relief prints. I have recently become fascinated with prints made without the use of a press, and the intense notions of labor rooted in this process. In a conceptual sense, her work is concerned with the verging of objects, the seams of actualities. She is interested in historical processes and art’s role in them as a visual ideology-- the stories we tell, the myths we build, and the psychological and political processes that drive them.
Rachel Gordon, a printmaker from New York, makes prints to share intimate moments, fears, jokes and heartache. Her visual vocabulary includes a soft color palette, patterns and textures pulled from textiles and straightforward text that reads like a page from a diary. Her ongoing work points toward reclaiming femininity and vulnerability as powerful tools, contrasting how she's been conditioned to understand them as flaws.
THE FORM EXHIBITION OPENS SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
Examining fabricated, natural, manipulated, and human forms through the work of Rebecca Sutton, Rima Day, Maryanne Braine, and Lesley Wamsley. Rebecca Sutton’s work depicts women in an environment of their own creation where they are free to act on their animalistic impulses without consequence. Maryanne Braine uses gel medium and alternative processes in photography to manipulate the visual bodies of women. Lesley Wamsley examines the nature in urban settings through selected forms and found objects. Rima Day repurposes denim in her fiber art works, recreating and altering historic dresses with this modern material.
Together, they reconfigure and piece together a poetic understanding of the form.
REBECCA SUTTON INTERVIEWED BY WCCS AM 1160 AND 101.1 FM
Artist in residence, Rebecca Sutton, was interviewed as part of the Indiana in the Morning radio special with Todd Marino. Sutton is a New York based artist using watercolor on fabric with elements of soft sculpture sewn into the final piece. While in Indiana, Sutton has been working on four paintings, each of which incorporates an allegory of the elements.
Listen to her interview with Todd Marino here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47uAuMAIApQ&t=203s
IN CONVERSATION : MARYANNE BRAINE AND RIMA DAY
Artists in residence, Maryanne Braine and Rima Day, will present their work at the Artists Hand Gallery on Thursday, August 8th at 5:00 pm. Their artist talks will be followed by a brief discussion. Stop by, enjoy some incredible espresso, and talk about art!
Maryanne Braine is an artist and photographer from Columbus, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 2014 and her MFA in Photography at Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York City in 2018. She resides in Queens, NY.
Rima Day has studied fashion design in both her home town of Tokyo, Japan and later in New York City. As she was pursuing her career in fashion design, she quickly realized that her joy and passion was to be found in the technical works. She went on to work as a freelance custom dance costumer in New York City and Connecticut.
MARYANNE BRAINE INTERVIEWED BY WCCS AM 1160 AND 101.1 FM
Maryanne Braine, an artist from New York, discussed her artistic practice and her time in Indiana, PA thanks to Todd Marino and Indiana in the Morning. Braine primarily works with alternative photographic processes and explores the materiality of the photograph.
Listen to her interview here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4CYmx6JjQc
LESLEY WAMSLEY INTERVIEWED BY WCCS AM 1160 AND 101.1 FM
On Monday, August 5th, artist in residence, Lesley Wamsley, was interviewed by Todd Marino. Wamsley is a plein air painter from Brooklyn, NY, living and working in Indiana for two weeks this August. While in Indiana County, she has been exploring the parks and trails nearby, setting up her mobile studio on trailheads, basketball courts, and just off of parking lots.
Listen to her interview with Todd Marino here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnTSnd4OJQU&t=4s
AUGUST PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED
Spruce Arts announced its programming this week for the month of August. Weekly artist talks begin on Friday, August 2nd with a talk by Lesley Wamsley. Some talks occur Thursdays at 5 pm while others are Fridays at 6 pm. All talks will occur at the Artists Hand Gallery.
Open Studios will be hosted twice this month - once on August 7th and then again on August 22nd. Be sure to swing by 637 Philadelphia Street (entrance on Carpenter Ave) at 6 pm on these dates to visit the artists in their studios.
Three exhibitions will open in August. The last three Saturdays will host opening receptions starting at 6 pm. Two group exhibitions will kick off the month, showcasing a total of six artists. The last exhibition is a solo exhibition of work by Natalie Biriniyi.
ARTIST TALK BY LESLEY WAMSLEY
Artist in residence, Lesley Wamsley, presented an artist talk on August 2nd at the Artists Hand Gallery. Wamsley walked attendees through her art making process, and she discussed how that has taken root in Indiana. Primarily a plein air painter, Wamsley is drawn outside and interacts with natural and urban spaces in a unique and exciting way.
Wamsley’s artist talk was hosted at the Artists Hand Gallery, located in Indiana, PA. This gallery houses work by local and regional artists and includes a space for artists and creatives to gather.
HANNAH HARLEY INTRODUCES SPRUCE ART RESIDENCY ON WCCS AM 1160 AND FM 101.1
Sharing the excitement of incoming artists, Director Hannah Harley explains the program and the benefits the arts brings to Indiana County. Listen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6NGnHl9Kes