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."