Monday, November 2, 2015

November News

Avian Inspirations: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein

Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan USA

Display by Andy Moerlein
Avian Inspirations is an exhibition of small-scale sculptural work by Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein. Also known as the collaborative team The Myth Makers, Dodson and Moerlein created the monumental Avian Avatars that are sited about downtown Muskegon Michigan. This show is an intimate view into how their individual vocabulary contributes to the larger outdoor pieces.

Donna Dodson’s finely sculpted animal headed goddesses reference ancient archetypes. Her wood sculptures of a vulture, rooster, pea hen, and pheasant each represent unique personality types. These bird-human hybrid figures assume postures of transcendence.  Their forms reference Egyptian canopic vessels and Native American totems, lending them a mythic, timeless quality.

Culture Vulture

Ms. Pea Hen

Prodigal Daughter

Delicate Conversations
Moerlein’s birds, perched on branches and ledges, are a familiar sight, a pause for a creature otherwise seemingly in constant movement. A still bird carries an inherent sense of impending action, but in Moerlein’s work the moment is frozen, and the birds locked in place. They stand as sentries, or settled into rest on twisting, organic structures that are characters themselves. Boulders rest precariously atop narrow branches, or fungal forms hang like decks above spindly legs. And through these, the birds sit, caught in their own narratives, unmoved by the complexity around them, looking outward or to each other alone. 

Unsion by Andy Moerlein

In seeing the individual works of Dodson and Moerlein, the audience can find the genesis of the Avian Avatars, and better understand the inspirations of their form and materials. Dodson’s iconic, stoic figures are writ large, but now are revealed through the twisting and layered complexity of Moerlein’s saplings. Found objects intrude and become part of the form, lending their own character to these giant sentries. A sense of the ancient looms, of figures built for burning in sacred and communal rites. In the blending of two artist’s inspirations, a greater unison is revealed. 

Reminder: Join us for our 1st Anniversary Open House: Saturday, November 7th 1-4pm

Recently installed at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury Massachusetts: 

Forest Grace by The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein

If you missed the Boston Sculptors show at Chesterwood this summer... You can still see our piece "Forest Grace" through 2017 on the grounds of the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

September News

The summer brought some very big changes to our lives: after nearly 30 years in Boston for me , 20 years Concord, NH for my husband and almost one year of marriage together... Andy Moerlein and I have combined our hearts and minds, our lives and families and our homes and studios...

NEW ADDRESS for Mr. and Mrs. Myth Maker: 123 Summer Street Maynard MA 01754

Join us for our first Maynard Open Studio: Sunday September 27 1-4pm and ....

Save the Date for Our First anniversary Open House: Saturday, November 7th 1-4pm

Upcoming gigs for the Myth Makers:

Sept. 24th, Meet the Myth Makers at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan, 5:30p-7:30p, 

Look for the Myth Makers in the following locations in 2016... Sculpture for New Orleans, Art in the Wild, Harrisburg Penn., Rock Creek Park, Washington DC, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau Wisconsin, and the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.

Upcoming gigs for Donna Dodson:
Solo Museum Show at the New Bedford Art Museum Jan-Feb 2016
Solo show at The Boston Sculptors Gallery- September 2016

Upcoming gigs for Andy Moerlein:
Solo show at The Boston Sculptors Gallery- September 2016

Update: I was recently featured in I M Boston, Donna- Artist Who Loves to Observe the World.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

June/July: Three New Exhibitions!

Francesca Anderson Fine Art, 56 Adams St, Lexington, Mass.
June 13th-July 12th 2015
Opening Reception Saturday June 13th, 3p-5p
Asian Elephant by Donna Dodson
"Ashley Rooney , a well-known Lexington resident, is the author of over 40 fascinating books. Come see paintings and sculptures of horses, cats, dogs, sheep, elephants, and much more from her most recent publication." I am proud to announce that I was invited to contribute the introduction to this beautiful, full-color international anthology of artists who work with animal imagery in their art.

Featuring the work of Sandra Blair, Resa Blatman, Jefffrey Briggs, Don Cadoret, Elli Crocker, Donna Dodson, Gay Freeborn, Ronnie Gould, Peter DeCamp  Haines, Susan Hauser, Chery Hochberg, Susan Jamison, Wendy Klemperer, Morris Norvin,  Shelley Reed, Amy Ross, & Lynnette Shelley.

The Concord Art Association
June 18—August 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18, 6—8pm

Joseph Wheelwright, Curator

Participating artists from the Boston Sculptors Gallery: Christopher Abrams, B. Amore, Amy Archambault, Gillian Christy, Murray Dewart, Donna Dodson, Rosalyn Driscoll, Laura Evans, Chris Frost, Peter Haines, David Lang, Susan Lyman, Michelle Lougee, Eric Sealine, Nancy Selvage, Julia Shepley, Jessica Straus, Dennis Svoronos, Margaret Swan, Marilu Swett, Nora Valdez, Joseph Wheelwright, Leslie Wilcox, Dan Wills, Andy Zimmermann.

Elephant Clown by Donna Dodson

Join us for our fascinating programming associated with this exhibit,

Wednesday, June 24, 6:30—7:30pm
LECTURE: Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum
Understanding Modern and Contemporary Sculpture

Wednesday, July 8
DAY TOUR: Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015
Chesterwood is the home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, America's foremost public sculptor and first President of Concord Art's Board of Directors. Stay tuned, more to come soon!

The Chinese Zodiac: An Installation by Donna Dodson
Colo Colo Gallery July 12th-August 2nd 2015
Opening Reception Saturday July 18th, 5p-8p
Warrior Rabbit by Donna Dodson
Update: Don Wilkinson posted this well-researched and very thoughtful review "Sculpture is Counterpoint to Paintings" for South Coast Today, July 23, 2015. John Paul Stapleton posted this concise review on Artscope Magazine's online zine, July 24th, 2015, "Donna Dodson: The Chinese Zodiac Series & William Kendall paintings at Colo Colo Gallery"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May news- Four Upcoming Art Shows!

Chesterwood Opens Daily for Season on May 23
2015 highlights include the exhibition “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015”,

Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, announces its 2015 schedule of exhibitions, programs, and events. Chesterwood will open the first three weekends in May for one-hour guided tours only of the studio and residence at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., before opening daily for the season from Saturday, May 23 to Monday, Oct. 12 (Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special Exhibition, May 23 to Oct. 12
“Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015” features 24 contemporary sculptures by 25 sculptors, which were created specifically for and in response to sources of inspiration discovered at Chesterwood. The exhibition reflects the wide range of sculptural media and styles that represent the members of Boston Sculptors Gallery, which was founded in 1992 to present and promote innovative, challenging sculpture and installations. I will be exhibiting  a contemporary presidential monument: Madam President is a conceptual interpretation, of the first woman president of the USA and homage to Daniel Chester French's Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

Madam President: A Monument to the First Female President of the USA and to the Dream that Every Girl Can Become The President of the USA by Donna Dodson, 13 ft tall, poplar wood, paint 2014 . Courtesy of GTI Properties, Mario Nicosia, V. Lessard & Sons and The Boston Sculptors Gallery.

Saturday Art ProgramsJune 6 through Sept. 12
Family-friendly art tours, demonstrations and workshops presented by Boston Sculptors Gallery from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with admission.

Ancient Migration by Andy Moerlein

Join us on June 6th, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Free with admission. 
“A Walk in the Woods”. Explore outdoor sculptures in “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015” with The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, whose individual, solo and collaborative works are in the exhibition. The Myth Makers are exhibiting a new work on site for this exhibition: Forest Grace, based on the iconic stance of the ruffed grouse.

Forest Grace by The Myth Makers
Save the Date: Opening reception on Saturday June 27th 2015 from 4p-7p. $10 members; $20 non-members.

About Chesterwood
Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man (1871-75) and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln (1911-22) for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, Mass., the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s only child Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973). Chesterwood is recognized as both a National Historic Landmark and a Massachusetts Historic Landmark.

Adults, $17.50; seniors, $16.50; children ages 13 to 17, $8.75; children under 13, free; Chesterwood members, free; NTHP members, $8.75. Grounds-only admission: adults, $10; children ages 13 to 17, $5. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations only. For reservations, contact Lisa Reynolds at (413) 298-3579, x2034.

4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge, Mass. (413)

Moby Dick, 8' tall, styrofoam, cement 2015

"NEW THIS SUMMER: The New Bedford working waterfront will be transformed with original sculpture created by local artists. Ten to twenty sculptures will be temporarily installed along MacArthur Blvd, the City and State piers, in the city’s Seaport Cultural District. Artists will create new work reflecting this year’s theme – “New Bedford Works,” encouraging unique interpretation of and connection with the past, present and future of New Bedford. Exhibition duration: May – September, 2015." The Exhibition is curated by Jessica Bregoli, Seaport Art Walk Coordinator. I will be exhibiting my sculpture Moby Dick, in honor of the whaling history of this city. "In the 19th Century New Bedford gained worldwide reputation as the greatest whaling port and the richest city per capita in the world. Portuguese and Cape Verdean immigrants formed the backbone of the whaling industry, on the wharves and on the high seas. Herman Melville shipped out aboard the whale ship, Acushnet, in 1841. His experiences inspired him to write “Moby-Dick”."

Please join us for two special events: 
The artist reception on Thursday May 21st from 5p-7p, at Cork, 90 Front St., New Bedford 
The outdoor reception on Saturday May 23rd, 5p-7p at Seastreak, 49 State Pier, New Bedford

New work at Blue Hollomon Gallery, 3555 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage, Alaska

The Happy Hippo, 20" tall, wood, paint 2014

Panda Bear, 16" tall, wood, paint 2010 
Georgia Blue and Gina Hollomon run an exciting contemporary art gallery representing artists from Alaska and worldwide. Visit their Facebook page to keep up to date on their exhibitions and events. I recently shipped two new pieces, Happy Hippo and Panda Bear who I hear are greeting visitors at the gallery. Also on view, Honey BearRed Wing BlackbirdTiger FrogWalrus Mother.

New work at Rice Polak Gallery, 430 Commercial St., Provincetown, Massachusetts 

Hippo Goddess, 21" tall, locust wood, 2013

Silver Fox, 25" tall, wood, pigment, enamel 2009

Marla Rice is the Director of Rice Polak Gallery- PROVINCETOWN’S PRIMARY VENUE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART. The gallery’s roster of artists includes Elli Crocker, Edward Del Rosario, Deb Goldstein, Julie Levesque, Anne Lilly, Dawn Southworth and many more. The gallery is open Sat/Sun 12-5p through Memorial Day, and then daily throughout the season. "In addition to ongoing group exhibitions the Rice Polak Gallery presents solo exhibitions where the work of mid-career and emerging artists are featured. The gallery looks forward to its continued participation in the vibrant culture of art fairs in Miami, New York, Boston and other prominent cities throughout the country."

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring News

Friday April 24th- International Sculpture Day 2015!

International Sculpture Day, or IS Day, is an annual celebration event held worldwide on April 24 to further the ISC’s mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. IS Day will include a wide range of events, openings, educational and promotional activities around the world to include, but not limited to open day at museum/sculpture park, open studios tours, demonstrations, workshops, panels, talks, presentations, discussions, parties and openings, sculpture exhibits, shows, tours…

Please join us for our final Artist Talk and Tour in NYC: If you have missed Avian Avatars and the Myth Makers in New York City, this is the last day to meet the artists and discuss the challenges and joys of team art making. Join the dynamic collaborative, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein for the closing events at either 5p or 7p. Walk through with artists followed by tea/coffee and conversation at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 1412 Broadway @ 39th St.

Sarah Cascone from Artnet and The Huffington Post, recently picked this project as her number one spring public art show in NYC, and the Nashua Telegraph published a great write up on April 2nd about our story. Dr. Jill Kiefer also posted a nice write up on her blog April 1st, What about art? Lydia Warren posted a feature story ... "...went bird-watching on Broadway" on her blog, Today's the Day I.

Monday April 27th- Launch Day of the Avian Avatars at The Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan

Avian Avatars by The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein

April 27, 2015 – May 1, 2016 in Muskegon MI

Avatar: a deliberate descent of a deity to Earth, an "appearance" or a "manifestation". ~Wikipedia

Since the beginning of human history cultures have identified birds as mythic and transformational. Their seasonal plumage has indicated change, signaled migration and foretold impending weather events. The Phoenix, Garuda, Horus, Ra, Thunderbird and angel iconography all address transcendence and rebirth. The world’s most symbolic birds – the Raptor, Owl, Crow, Pigeon, and Falcon - are flocking to Muskegon, Michigan, to consider our changing world.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is proud to announce that The Avian Avatars will be here on April 27, 2015, and they will reside in downtown Muskegon for a full year. Update: M-Live covered this event.

Support for this project is provided by Hooker DeJong Architects and Engineers, the Hines Corporation, Eagle Alloy, Nichols, Alcoa Corporation, Annoesjka and Alan Steinman, Jan and Chris Deur, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, and The Cheese Lady. Additional support provided by Verplank Truck Company and the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor/Third Street Grill. This project has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Each monumental bird has something to say. They speak in different voices and from unique perspectives, but this gathering of Avian Avatars raises an alarm, speaking to modern humans who should heed their varied stories about the current human impact on their changing natural world.

Get to know The Realist, The Great Spirit, The Scold, The Tourist, and the Tastemaker this year in Muskegon! Update: Brandon Champion posted a preview on M-Live April 5, 2015. The Holland Sentinel posted a preview on April 8, 2015.

Tuesday April 28th- Book release day for The Contemporary Art of Nature- Mammals by Ashley Rooney

Ashley Rooney has assembled a comprehensive international survey of contemporary artists who use animal imagery in their art work. Featuring stellar artists such as Lori Field, Amy Ross, Shelley Reed, Wendy Klemperer, Peter DeCamp Haines, Susan Jamison, Resa Blatman and Elli Crocker this anthology represents the cutting edge of painting, sculpture and drawing being made today. I was honored to be asked to contribute the introduction, and even more pleased to receive an advanced copy. This gorgeous 9"x12" full color hardcover book is a must have for all the animal lovers and art aficionados out there! Get your copy today and look for an announcement about our upcoming group show at Francesca Anderson Fine Art in Lexington with a selection of artists from the book in June.

From the Press Release: Donna Dodson is featured in Contemporary Art of Nature MAMMALS, a collection of work by 98 international artists, displaying the range of animal art created today. The book reflects the continuing dialogue artists are having with animals worldwide and increases our awareness of the natural world and its functioning. The 450 color images show traditional works to atavistic totemic approaches to the cutting edge. Materials include ceramic, bronze, textiles, paint, wood, leather, and clay, as well as 3D digital techniques. Two renowned artists introduce the book. Donna Dodson, and Carel P. Brest van Kampen.