Past Exhibitions

Scott Tulay: Recent Work
April 25 - June 3, 2009

Consumed:
Work by Petula Bloomfield and Sarah Bliss
March 6 - April 12, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 2009, 6-9 pm

small08
portable and affordable
December 6 - 24, 2008
Opening reception: Saturday, December 6, 6-9pm

wünderarts presents its second annual invitational exhibition featuring 35 artists working 18x18” or smaller. Like the first, successful show, small08 seeks to prove that bigger is not always better, and that smaller is often much more affordable.

All exhibited work is priced between $75 and $500 - perfect for the new collector or artful gift-giver. Buyers can take their work with them at the time of purchase to place under the Hannukah Bush, Christmas Tree, or next to the Festivus Pole.

2007 small show veterans - Susannah Auferoth, Mark Bodah, Dean Brown, Liz Chalfin, Taiga Ermansons, Stephanie Geralimatos, Laurie Goddard, Raphy Griswold, Louise Kohrman, Louise Laplante, Jim Lumley, Chandra Meesig, Hilary Milens, Ali Moshiri, Derek Noble, Ali Osborn, Chris Page, and Sloan Tomlinson – will once again exhibit.

New to this year’s show are Sarah Bliss, Petula Bloomfield, Candace Bradbury-Carlin, Sally Curcio, Rhys Davies, Karen Dolmanisth, Shawn Farley, Sean Greene, Emily Hass, Sue Katz, Avery Miller, Barbara Neulinger, Dean Nimmer, Lilly Periera, Lynn Peterfreund, Scott Tulay, and Jeff Vespa.




interaction
October 24 - November 30, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, October 24, 6 - 9 p.m.

wünderarts is pleased to announce the opening of Interaction, featuring Liz Chalfin and Louise Laplante. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, October 24, from 6-9 p.m. and runs until November 30. 

Professionally, Liz Chalfin is a visual artist, art educator, and founder of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Mass, a studio/workshop dedicated to researc, education, and collaborations in safer and non-toxic printmaking. Chalfin teaches workshops at Zea Mays and on the road at colleges and art centers regionally. She is also adjunct faculty in Lesley University's Creative Arts in Learning graduate program.

Chalfin exhibits her prints, drawings, and artists' books nationally in solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smith College Museum of Art, and Mortimer Rare Book Room, Portland Museum of Art, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and the Boston Public Library.

Chalfin works in etching, monotype, photoplymer, collograph and mixed-media printmaking. She explores prints and artists books. her imagery explores social, spiritual and psychological issues through the use of symbolism, figuration, and abstraction.

Chalfin is a member of the Boston Printmakers, the Monotype Guild of New England, and the Southern Graphics Council. She is represented by Susan Maasch Fine Arts, Portland, ME; wünderarts; and Zea Mays Printmaking.

Louise Laplante's work incorporates an interest in the past and its relevnace to the present. Using the letters, documents, books and images that remain of "what was" her images explore the concerns, cares, and boundaries of our ancestors and how these have changes, or not.

Her wood panels are in the tradition of the intimate image - the small 'portrait,' interior, or still life. The collaged paper provides the ground for the elements of the image.

This assembly process creates a 'painting' of stroke and layering that is more reflective of the mind's process of image making.

The drawings incorporate Laplante's love of old paper, and the printed or handwritten history on it - the formality of the language and the involvement with issues seem at first to be either no longer relevant or are now so changed as to render the words on those pages quaint.

The motif, suggested by the words always has a relationship to the text. Whether ironic, humorous, or nostaligic, the two always speak to each other.




AMERICAN DREAM
September 13- October 19, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13, 6 - 9 p.m.

wünderarts is pleased to announce the opening of AMERICAN DREAM, a look at contemporary culture through the lens of consumption and desire featuring Jeff Vespa’s Burger series and Sally Curcio’s mixed media Bubble works. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, September 13, from 6-9 p.m. and runs until October 19. 

On Sunday, September 14, the gallery is the site of the launch of In Coversation, the first in a series of three artist talks moderated by journalist and art critic Gloria Russell, co-organized with APE, Ltd. in Northampton and UMASS’ University Gallery, and sponsored in part by the Northampton Arts Council and the Valley Advocate. Ms. Russell will be interviewing Jeff Vespa and Sally Curcio about their work on the 14th.

Jeff Vespa’s series of large-format and highly-focused “portraits” of  burgers was inspired by the humorous and often grotesque images of burgers captured in fast-food restaurant menus.  Meant to entice the diner, these images often have the opposite effect.  Vespa, a renowned celebrity photographer from Los Angeles, here turns his camera on the classic American burger, holding it up as both an object of desire and a commentary on American consumption and pop culture.

Sally Curcio, too, is exploring the concepts of objectification and desire in her gem-like Bubble series. Her mixed media works, each mounted on a pedestal and covered by a plastic dome or bubble, recall the snow globes of our youth, and the magical destinations they captured.  The use of unusual media and the recontextualization of content that is censored or marginalized characterize Curcio's paintings, graphics, installations and assemblages. Her work revives the form of cultural critique found in the Dadaist tradition.




Gift
August 2 - September 7, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 2, 6 - 9 p.m.

wünderarts is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition entitled GIFT, featuring paintings by Susannah Auferoth and Hillary Milens. The show, also marking the gallery’s one-year anniversary, opens with a reception on Saturday, August 2 from 6-9 p.m. and runs through September 7.

In addition, works by Italian artist Alberto Mancini based on his concurrent exhibition of paintings - I’ll tell you how the Sun rose - inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, will be on view in the rear of wünderarts for the duration of GIFT. Mancini’s show, on view from August 2 – 10 at the Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College, is sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum, and includes 29 paintings inspired by Dickinson’s poetry. The exhibition is part of the 20th anniversary of the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS), which holds its annual meeting in Amherst on the weekend of August 1. For more information on Alberto Mancini, please visit http://artmancini.com




Artists of Zea Mays
June 28 - July 27, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28, 6 - 9 p.m.

wünderarts, in association with Zea Mays Printmaking of Florence, MA, presents Artists of Zea Mays. The show, a survey of sixteen artists in the Zea Mays Flat File Project, opens with a reception from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 and runs through July 27.

“We are very excited to work with Zea Mays Printmaking and their terrific member artists,” said wünderarts’ co-director Nora Maroulis. “Printmaking is a wonderfully varied medium and provides both new and experienced collectors with an affordable art buying option.”

The show features the work of Meredith Broberg, Victoria Burge, Liz Chalfin, Stephanie Cramer, Nancy Van Deren, Nancy Diessner, Joan Dix Blair, Anita S. Hunt, Louise Kohrman, Lillianna Pereira, Lynn Peterfreund, Susan Link Silverman, Joyce Silverstone, Claudia Sperry, Margaret Jean Taylor, and Diane Worth. Prints in the exhibition range from $70 – $900.

About Zea Mays Printmaking and the Flat File Project:

Zea Mays is a studio, workshop, educational facility and research center dedicated to new approaches in printmaking. Zea Mays honor the rich tradition of printmaking by exploring alternatives that are safe for artists and the environment.

Zea Mays is committed to bringing printmaking into the 21st century through research, education and collaboration and welcome all who want to share in this wonderful journey.

ZMP’s Flat File Project is a curated selection of work by Zea Mays members available to a larger audience of artists, curators and collectors. The drawers contain up to 10 prints by each of the 30 artists represented. For more information, please visit www.zeamaysprintmaking.com.




Meditation

Chris Page and Ali Moshiri
May 10 - June 15, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 10, 6 - 9 p.m.

wünderarts is pleased to announce MEDITATION, an exhibition of the work of local artists Chris Page and Ali Moshiri. The exhibition features the artists’ meditative explorations of the natural and imagined worlds around them.




Inside Looking Out

New Work by the Youth Action Coalition
May 1-4, 2008
Opening Reception: Amherst Art Walk Thursday, May 1, 5-8 pm

Youth Action Coalition, in association with wünderarts and the Amherst Art Walk, is pleased to announce Inside Looking Out, an exhibition of new works by Youth Action Coalition members.

“We are very excited to work with Youth Action Coalition,” says Tony Maroulis, director of wünderarts. “Inside Looking Out allows to us to honor the artistic expression of the participating YAC members while simultaneously expanding their knowledge and understanding of what’s involved in mounting a gallery exhibition.”




SPRING

Work by Sean Greene and Sloan Tomlinson
March 15- April 27, 2008
Opening Reception: March 15, 6-9 pm

wünderarts is pleased to announce the opening of SPRING, an exhibition that is an explosion of sensual color and expression.




TRACES

Work by Taiga Ermansons and Chandra Meesig
January 25 - March 2, 2008
Opening Reception: January 25, 6-9 pm

TRACES features the work of artists Taiga Ermansons of Northampton and Chandra Meesig of Granby. The exhibition features the artists’ distinct but complementary explorations of presence and possibility.




small

20 artists x 2 square feet
December 1, 2007 - January 6, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 6 - 8 p.m.

wünderarts presents its first group show featuring 20 artists working within the parameters of 2 square feet. The show seeks to prove that bigger is not always better (and that smaller is often much more affordable).

All exhibited work is priced at $500 or less - perfect for the new collector or for a holiday gift.

The show features the work of Susannah Auferoth, Mark Bodah, Dean Brown, Gene Butera, Liz Chalfin, Taiga Ermansons, Stephanie Geralimatos, Laurie Goddard, Raphy Griswold, Louise Kohrman, Louise Laplante, Jim Lumley, Chandra Meesig, Hilary Milens, Ali Moshiri, Derek Noble, Ali Osborn, Chris Page, Nuala Sawyer, and Sloan Tomlinson.




Nicholas Hondrogen

Nicholas Hondrogen: Mumonkan Series 1996-1998
October 6 – November 25, 2007

wünderarts is pleased to present Nicholas Hondrogen: Mumonkan Series 1996-1998. The exhibition of 21 works is being shown for the first time and has been organized in association with the Nicholas Hondrogen Trust.




InsideOut

Inaugural Exhibition
Dean Brown and Derek Noble

August 4, 2007 - September 21, 2007

For its inaugural exhibition, wünderarts is proud to present the first local gallery show for Amherst residents Dean Brown and Derek Noble: InsideOut.