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 | Robert Moore

On Friday, August 5 from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of BOOM, featuring larger than life paintings by Robert Moore, a digital geographer turned painter.

Drawing upon a wide variety of inspirational life and work experiences, Robert takes us on a tour of his “Boomer” view of the world. Working in traditional genres such as portraiture, still life and landscape, his paintings are inspired by images coming from memories and photographs of the culture, economics and politics of his childhood, growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, as well as life on his farm in New Hampshire and other world-travels.

10694183_261260137418658_7686066462096043477_oRobert Stephen Moore is a creative, pop-art, impressionist painter, whose work focuses on a unique and colorful view of the familiar. His vivid acrylic paintings offer slices of calculated colors applied strategically, though approximately, often giving a realistic, portrait-like feel.

Drawing upon a wide variety of inspirational life and work experiences, Robert takes us on a tour of his “Boomer” view of the world. Working in traditional genres such as portraiture, still life and landscape, his paintings are inspired by images coming from memories and photographs of the culture, economics and politics of his childhood, growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, and his current experiences living on his farm in New Hampshire and other world-travels.

Robert’s background and education is in the scientific side of Geography, particularly Cartography and satellite image processing. In the early 1970’s, he was one of the first users of sophisticated computer modeling software for developing remotely-sensed satellite maps. He worked for over 30 years as a consultant and entrepreneur, developing computerized mapping systems and databases, and was utilizing newly created computer color/image processing to accomplish this work. Geography is all about space, and the map is a way to represent the texture of the human condition. These are manifested as lines, shapes, values, colors and forms. Robert reaches deep into his experience with computer graphics and image processing to help him visualize the subjects he paints. He experiments with image/color density slicing, quantization and generalization, arriving at a color pallet that uniquely defines what he paints. He sometimes adds a sculpted surface to his canvas that provides depth and the feeling of extreme impasto,  as well as the look of painting on a plaster wall.

Robert works daily in his seaside home studio in Stuart, Florida and an apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina  in the winter and on his farm in Lisbon, New Hampshire in the summer.

BOOM is generously sponsored by Ammonoosuc Community Health Services. The exhibit will run through August 29. The Gallery at WREN is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, please call Local Works Marketplace, WREN’s retail market, at (603) 869-3100.