Meet the June Artists in The Gallery at WREN!

The Gallery at WREN presents:
WILD WONDER :: Carole Keller and Mimi Wiggin 

18836952_1302292723153158_4332897009734869183_o (1)On Friday, June 2nd from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of WILD WONDER, an exhibit of paintings by Carole Keller and Mimi Wiggin. The exhibit is sponsored in part by The Littleton Coin Company, and highlights the talents of two North Country painters who share a love of wild animals, and the natural world.

Wiggin says “The wonderment of the outdoors has always been exciting to me. In my paintings I want to pass along this excitement and raise awareness of what is in our “backyards” as an encouragement for all of us to live in harmony with our natural surroundings.”

The opening reception is part of Bethlehem’s First Friday celebration of art, which includes exhibits at Maia Papaya, and 42 Maple. This exhibit runs through June and is free and open to the public. The Gallery at WREN is open daily from 10am-5pm.

Carole Keller was raised in rural NH and began painting at an early. She studied painting and art history at Plymouth Sate College with Mary Taylor. She has lived and worked in Florida and California, where she studied with Georgia Abood. She is a member of the NH Art Association and the Lakes Region Art Association, and shows her work in Portsmouth at NW Barrett Gallery and at the Bleu Waves Gallery in Meredith. Keller teaches oil painting classes at her studio in the summer.

“I am inspired by painters like Sorolla, who have gone before me, lighting the way.I am intrigued by the way the light bounces around my subjects and the colors it creates. I grapple with bringing my strokes, one at a time, loosely to the canvas with the desire to push the lights and the temperatures in the hidden shadow areas. I am forever working out the temperature of the strokes I lay next to each other as I go.

I make art because it’s impossible not to.”

Mimi Wiggin is an award-winning oil painter whose depictions of birds, wildlife and local scenes have been featured in Kearsarge Magazine, SooNipi Magazine, The Art & Gallery Guide, and Forest Notes, as well as on the cover and in illustrations of a book about 19th Century Women Writers from New Hampshire. Mimi lives in the Mink Hills of Warner, NH with her freelance writer husband Larry Sullivan. Her work can be seen in: Surroundings Art Gallery Center in Sandwich and at The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner.

“The wonderment of the outdoors has always been exciting to me.  In my paintings I want to pass along this excitement and raise awareness of what is in our “backyards” as an encouragement for all of us to live in harmony with our natural surroundings”.

 

Meet the Artist | Gretchen Hill Woodman

Gretchen Hill Woodman

On Friday, July 1, from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of EYELINES, a solo exhibition of paintings, illustrations and objects by New Hampshire native Gretchen Woodman.

Connecting her interests in art and social science, including new branches of sociology, called Human Animal Studies and Anthrozoology, Woodman’s work addresses human practices and beliefs as they relate to other living beings. Through her investigations, she challenges our homocentric view of animals, and explores ways to close the empathetic void between non-human and human suffering.

“The work is, in a word, stunning,” says Gallery Coordinator, Katherine Ferrier. “The combination of large scale, attention to the finest detail, and the insistence on direct eye contact with the animals invites viewers into surprising relationships with the animals, creating a palpable space of empathy in which to re-imagine how we go about sharing the world with creatures great and small.”

Gretchen Hill Woodman, an award-winning artist, is a NH native, with a life-long love of animals. Currently based in Nottingham, she earned her her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of New Hampshire, and her MFA in Visual Art from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.  She has taught art in the public schools in Hampstead and Deerfield, and has been a NH Certified Art Educator since 2007. Her work has been part of group exhibitions throughout New Hampshire and New England, including those at The Sharon Arts Gallery, The Balsams, The Deerfield Arts Tour, the Portland Sidewalk Art Festival, and the NHSPCA Art Show and Sale. She is a member of the NH Art Association, both the NH and National Art Educator’s Associations, and the UNH Art Education Committee.  This is her first solo exhibition at The Gallery at WREN.

I have lived in NH my entire life, and there has never been a time when I was not involved with animals. I learned to draw them by “feeling” their curves with my pencil.  Through my investigations, I challenge our homocentric view of animals, and explore ways to close the empathetic void between non-human and human suffering.  Some of my pieces show animals out of control or restricted in some way, while others confront the viewer. My personal experience passes through the “animal” experience to speak for our non-human companions. I want my images of non-humans to evoke the weight of human experience.  As I explore my visual language, I encourage the viewer to consider other-than-human experience simultaneously with their own and to acquire a deeper consideration for the sentience of non-human beings.


EYELINES includes works in charcoal, colored pencil and pastel on paper, acrylic paint on acetate, as well as photography and small mixed-media installations. The exhibit is generously sponsored by Leigh B. Starer Design, and will run through the month of July. The Gallery at WREN is open daily 10am-5pm.

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