Birthdays are not a given…I am so enjoying my garden this year…Gratitude.
The process of wrapping my offering has me meditating on the beauty, meaning and myth of dragonflies. I've come by bucket full of thousands of brass dragonflies in the junk. This offering is becoming a swarming nest of dragonflies.
My Offering series centers on aspects of death, grief, mourning, rebirth, transformation and regeneration. The day Richard called to tell me that a bucket of brass dragonflies had been dropped at the junkyard, I knew I wanted to use them in my artwork. Still, I sat with them for a while, as they spoke to me.
Honored and excited to have my CERAMIC MIXED MEDIA sculpture Offering III selected FOR THIS distinguished exhibition.
The 47th annual Juried Members Exhibition
JUROR: SARAH FRITCHEY
new britain museum of american art
April 29, 2017-May 28, 2017
Stitzer Family Gallery
My Offering mixed media sculpture series centers on death and rebirth. I'm in the process of wrapping the offering. The process of wrapping explores the act of devotion and our inherent desire to protect those whom we love from pain and suffering.
Thank you, Jere Edmonds and Gayle for your wonderful work on the video for the Please Touch Sculpture Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum.
TAXI CITY SALVAGED STEEL I-BEAM SCULPTURE BY RICHARD BENASH
Richard is honored and excited to have his sculpture featured in the upcoming juried exhibition at Monmouth Museum.
November 22, 2015 thru January 3, 2016
BARRETT ART CENTER:
"Shelita Birchett Benash, your work was one of nine from Hudson Valley artists selected for New Directions ’15, Barrett Art Center’s 31st Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition. Juror Janet Bishop selected your work from upwards of 600 entries from across the country. In her Juror’s Statement, Bishop recognizes your work and the other selections as “works that reflect a strength of conviction—art that seem[s] to hit a high note in fresh, interesting ways no matter what the subject, style, or medium.” Congratulations!"
Thank you, Juror Janet Bishop and Barrett Art Center. I am tremendously honored and elated to have my sculptural work chosen as part of the distinct group of artworks for the New Directions 2015 Contemporary Art Exhibition.
NEW DIRECTIONS 2015 NATIONAL JURIED CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION
SEPTEMBER 26 THRU OCTOBER 31, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 26, SATURDAY, 4PM-7PM
INSIDE THE ARTISTS' STUDIO: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 4PM-6PM
BARRETT ART CENTER/DCAA
55 NOX STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12601
ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS and the BARRETT ART CENTER: New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art in all visual art media, showcasing the current work of established and emerging artists from across the United States working in a varied array of medium and genres. The show is visited by art appreciators and collectors from the Hudson Valley and beyond, including New York City and the suburbs of Connecticut. Now in its 29th year, and juried by professionals of repute from the country’s leading modern art museums, this exhibition brings contemporary art to an atypical venue - the warm and welcoming galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1830's Greek Revival Townhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Surprisingly, the Barrett townhouse lends itself well to a dramatic, visually compelling presentation of contemporary and cutting-edge work.
ABOUT OUR JUROR:
Janet Bishop currently serves as the Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Over the course of her tenure at SFMOMA, Janet has organized dozens of special exhibitions and presentations of the museum’s collection of 20th and 21st-century art, and published and lectured widely. She was one of the lead curators for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde — an award-winning exhibition that premiered at SFMOMA before traveling to the Grand Palais in Paris, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Other exhibitions of special note include 75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show and Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective.
While SFMOMA is undergoing expansion construction, Janet is overseeing its off-site exhibition program—“SFMOMA on the Go”—which presents exhibitions in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Janet is currently at work on two special exhibitions slated for SFMOMA’s newly expanded facility: Matisse/Diebenkorn, an exhibition co-organized with The Baltimore Museum of Art that will explore the influence of Henri Matisse on Richard Diebenkorn, and a retrospective of the work of David Park.
Janet was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in art history and psychology from Cornell University in 1985 and her M.A. in art history from Columbia University in 1988. Her first museum job was at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell. She currently serves on the Johnson’s Advisory Council.
Richard and I will have sculptures featured in the outdoor sculpture exhibition on the 149 acre Saunders Farm in Garrison, NY. We are so very honored and excited to be participating in the 10th Year Anniversary of the Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm Project. It's a beautiful show that celebrates art, community and nature. Opening Saturday, September 5, 2-6PM (Rain dates: Sunday, September 6, or Monday, September 7.) Mid-Run Reception, October, 3, 2-6PM (Rain date: October 4. Last Day Exhibition is open to the public until dusk. October 31, 2015. Horses and cows roam the farm freely. Plan a God's Country picnic for day tripping the Hudson Valley. Hope you can make it!
The Farm Project 2015, Collaborative Concepts
Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm
We're celebrating our 10th ANNIVERSARY
this fall at Saunders Farm in Garrison, NY!
Saunders Farm is located on Old Albany Post Road, the historic earthen highway of the original route between New York City and Albany. The property begins with rolling pastures and culminates on a majestic ridge with 360-degree views of the Hudson Highlands. Black Angus cattle roam free. Sites for art range from intimate woody glens to open fields and dramatic vast expanses defined by stone walls.
This creative process is confounding and exhilarating. I've spent the last several months making the sculptural tiles and building the piece in my mind. This sculpture takes me back in time. Still, I push forward...
Instagram post from April 2015.
I had made enough work for a kiln load.
Honored to have my sculptural works chosen as part of this dynamic interactive sculpture exhibition that celebrates touch as part of the aesthetic appreciation of art. June 28 thru September 6, 2015
Excited to have three of my mixed media sculptures chosen for this wonderfully compelling and inclusive exhibition for the visually impaired.
Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum is a Main Gallery juried exhibition featuring wall and free standing sculpture that can be touched by visitors. This exhibition is intended to help visually-impaired people overcome the barrier they experience at most museums by allowing everyone to experience art by touching. Sighted people will also learn to experience art without relying on their eyesight in addition to a visual artistic experience.
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I am excited to have two of my mixed media mosaic sculptures and one of my ceramic mixed media sculptures chosen for the upcoming Monmouth Museum's Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition opening on June 28, thru September 6, 2015.
My artwork centers on the visceral nature of gathering, wrapping, layering, breaking, forming and hand-piecing many elements to form a cohesive whole. Hand-crafting and hand-piecing is essential to building my mosaic and mixed media sculptures. Museum goers will have the opportunity to connect with my works through the powerful sense of touch. I find the concept compelling. This wonderfully progressive and inclusive Please Touch! exhibition will enable the visually impaired and the sighted to experience aspects of the kinetic and meditative energy that is imbued into my work. I am honored to have my sculptures chosen for such a wonderfully special exhibition that will allow the museum visitors to connect with me, my artworks and my intentions on such an intimate level. This is my first exhibition with Monmouth Museum. I can't wait to visit. I look forward to what I will learn from this interactive and transcendent creative experience. Gratitude.
" A beginner is surprised to see the number of pieces an experienced potter can place within the firing chamber." Zen and the Art of Pottery
"All of this requires unhurried attention and collaboration." Zen and the Art of Pottery
"...The mind visualizes the flow of the flame through the kiln and takes into consideration which glazes should be placed high or low, front or back, of the lion, for temperature and atmosphere will vary according to each kiln, each potter firing, and also according to the stacking pattern." Zen and the Art of Pottery
Tony Moore in the process of bricking up the entrance to the Noriborigama. This is also a long very detailed part of the kiln preparation for firing.
We made a line, as we passed kiln bricks to Tony in an orderly fashion.
Tony Moore has just finished placing the last kiln brick into place. The opening to the noriborigama is now closed. The time was 10PM. The kiln door will be mudded the next morning. Needless to say, I was tired from working a 13 hour shift. Loading Tony's Noriborigama was very slow and laborious. There was no way around the minute details that must be considered in measuring and stacking. That is essential work in loading any kiln. Still, I was extremely happy. I was able to experience the preparation for how the magic is made with the wood and fire inside the kiln. I also met some great potters who were so very generous with sharing their knowledge. And I saw some amazing works and techniques. The only way to learn is by doing.
Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression
at Blue Door Art Center and Gallery
I am in awe of the level of talent and creativity that I have been able to assemble for the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression exhibition. I was introduced to Anthony's work by my long-time friend, Lisa Kidd. Lisa connected me to his Instagram. I was blown away and knew immediately that I had to have Anthony's work in the Out of Bounds exhibition. Had an inspirational conversation with Anthony Boone. He spoke about how his approach to the paint media changed when he verged into abstraction; risk-taking became an integral part of his artistic expression. He was no longer concerned about 'messing up.' The freedom of spirit and action is palpable in Anthony Boone's paintings.
Click on Anthony Boone's name in the title of this post to visit booneartlife.com
Building landscapes with the clay. Kinetic connection. The power flows through me into an eruption of the surface. In those moments I leave my mark. Like climbing the mountain of consciousness: I am here.
Honored to have my ceramic mixed media sculpture "The Offering" featured as one of the selected works for the Women of Visions "Storytellers:Truth be Told!" exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.