The Gallery at Spencer Lofts presentedKonekxion Dé, a solo exhibition by painter Colette Brésilla. An opening reception was held Saturday, Nov 19, 5:00-9:00PM and featured a live performance by the band Voodoo Zepeng.
Haitian-born Colette Brésilla, a resident of Boston, views her role as an artist as that of a shwal, or spiritual vessel, as it is known in Haiti. Her deeply compelling canvases are rich with saturated colors and an idiosyncratic iconography, reflecting a wide scope of spiritual and cultural references. The Colette Brésilla: Konekxion Déexhibitioncoincides with the Haitian Guédé celebration, a Voodoo “day of the dead” observed every November; through her intensely haunting imagery Colette Brésilla seeks to invoke a voice for voiceless spirits, to conjure an essence of healing, understanding, and coexistence.
The Colette Brésilla: Konekxion Dé exhibition ran through Friday, Dec 30, 2016.
Also visit http://www.colettebresilla.com/art/
Upcoming Exhibitions: 2017 Schedule To Be Announced
Stay tuned for announcements of our 2017 exhibition schedule.
Our artists will include CalArts Boston Alums (April 2017); Brenda Wrigley Scott (May-June 2017); George Shaw, Ruth LaGue, & Dominick Takis (July-Aug 2017); Furen Dai (Sept 2017); Rachel Shatil and XBonnie Woods (Oct-Nov 2017); and others.
CalArts Alums: Jill Poyourow
CalArts Alums: Shelley Zatsky
CalArts Alums: Lyn Horton
CalArts Alums: Deborah Banerjee
CalArts Alums: Janeann Dill
Brenda Wrigley Scott, May-June, 2017
Brenda's primary subjects are animals of the companion and farm variety and, most recently, beach and marsh birds. Her paintings on paper act as large pages of a sketchbook--quick drawings done in the field and embellished in the studio.
Brenda confesses that her work is directly influenced by the colors of Wolf Kahn, the seascapes of Helen Nadler, the “outsider” quality in pieces by Bill Traylor, and the bird illustrations of John Audubon. “With the bird series I am working on presently, I use painting materials and techniques learned from my years in decorative painting and faux finishing, so I prepare my paper with very nuanced textures as fields for my bird images,” she says. “I try to create a setting for the images that is atmospheric rather than realistic and illustrative, capturing some quality of energy and movement or majestic postures.”
The artist currently lives in Little Compton with her two dogs, Bodhi and Fanny, following a four-decade career as a high school art teacher. Born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she earned degrees from Temple University and Tyler School of Art. She has been an award-winner at the Little Compton Juried Art Show for the last several years, and her recent paintings have lined the walls of galleries in Winnetka and Chicago, Illinois, as well as Providence.
Founded in 2004, the Gallery was initially co-directed by Spencer Lofts residents Maryellen Cahill and Darlene DeVita. The Gallery's launch was enthusiastically supported by Chelsea City officials, including Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, now the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development in the administration of Governor Charlie Baker. The Gallery paved the way for CHARCOLL (Chelsea Artists Collaborative) and the Annual Chelsea Art Walk.
Since 2004, the Gallery has continuously hosted scores of exhibitions and events, despite a brief closure over several months for repairs in 2014-2015. A re-opening gala was held in May of 2015.
Our past shows of 2015-2016:
VICTOR BAILEY: THE ART OF JAZZ May 2015 (Re-opening gala featuring exhibit and performance by Victor Bailey and colleagues)
ARTWALK: SPENCER ARTIST-RESIDENTS GROUP SHOW June 2015
MYLES CARTER: PAINTINGS 2015 Sept 2015
JASON PARRIS FITZ-GERALD: VISUAL POETRY IN LIGHT AND LIFE Oct 2015
MARTHA BOURNE BAND, BRITT CONNORS & TRIO Oct 31 2015
Jason and Dar . . . resting from a day of hanging!
Ron helping Jason hang his AMAZING work!!
Jason's opening reception
Victor Bailey, Legendary Bassist and Painter
Sadly, among all the other amazing artists we lost in 2016, we lost our dear friend and neighbor, Victor Bailey, to Charcot Marie Tooth/ALS. Victor lived at Spencer Lofts for 2 years before his illness overtook him and he had to leave us to get 24/7 care. Victor wanted to so much to move back the Spencer; he loved it here, and we loved him!