In April, I will begin hospice volunteer training at the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties Inc., I will write about my experience. My artwork and life's work are merging. Gratitude.
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
Thank you, Jere Edmonds and Gayle for your wonderful work on the video for the Please Touch Sculpture Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum.
Pushing the series to a new place.
I am honored and thrilled to have my sculptural work in dialogue with the compelling works featured as part of New Directions '15 at the Barrett Art Center.
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.
Jere Edmonds, producer of 5ONTHEGO, an arts and culture online show taped an upcoming episode with artists and members of the Monmouth Museum Board of Directors and Women's Auxiliary Committee. Thank you for a wonderful shoot, Jere!
Featured artists: Lisa Hirkaler, Kevan Lunney and June Keprow, President of the Monmouth Museum Friends of the Museum.
PRESENTED BY BARRETT ART CENTER/DCAA
OPENING SEPTEMBER 26 THRU OCTOBER 21, 2015
This is one of the two plates that I made for the Tony Moore June 2015 Anagama/Noriborigama Wood Firing. I created all the surface texturing of the clay surface. I wanted the surface to look as if it had been buried int he ground for centuries. My plates were placed on a back shelf in the fire box: anagama. The patina is a very dark caramelized brown. I was surprised by the results. I am looking forward to further exploring texturing the clay for use in my sculptures.
I made this ceramic plate with the intention of breaking it into pieces for my "Invocation" mosaic sculpture. There is something precious about the whole of something. There's a part of me that wants to savor this plate. Still, there is that aspect of ruination in my work. I find myself reveling in the mystery of what is left behind...I will write more about this later.
In November, it will be a year that I've been working as part of a crew of potters that work the wood firings for Tony Moore's Japanese style anagama/noriborigama kiln. It's been an invaluable experience.
After the June unloading, Tony was very generous with his time, as he answered questions I had regarding clay bodies. We discussed what I'm striving for aestethically. Tony was able to show me the results of silica sand on a pot from the firing. The work was beautiful. I got the silica sand! The experience of working with Tony Moore and the opportunity to talk with other potters and to see the vast array of works that demonstrate varied approaches, clay bodies, and techniques has expedited my learning curve, as I am assimilating what I'm reading in my pottery books. I am so grateful for this incredible journey.
Excited and honored to be among so many very talented artists. It's a beautiful exhibition.
Excited to have three of my mixed media sculptures chosen for this wonderfully compelling and inclusive exhibition for the visually impaired.
Ceramic Sculptor, #tonymoorewoodfiredkiln graciously referred this kiln to me. From what I understand, a potter named, Beth has had this old electric kiln in her basement for years. The exterior is a bit rusted, however it's never been fired! It's 24" x 24" x 13.5"D. It's pretty much a baby kiln. I am so excited! I will now be able to bisque fire my sculptural bead forms and smaller sculptural forms in small batches. Over the last three years, I've observed that most pottery studios have a baby kiln along side the larger electric kilns. It's more efficient and convenient.
Beth and her potter friend, Lisa have been so kind and considerate regarding passing on knowledge on how to work this old kiln. They are bubbly and funny. They didn't want the kiln, still they were adamant about finding a home for it. Beth didn't want it to end up in a landfill.
Thank you, Tony, Beth and Lisa for your generosity and for passing the torch onto a newbie potter like me! I will keep the fire alive!
Richard and I are set to pick it up within the next couple of weeks.
Looking forward to sharing my first firing adventures.
My mind is gestating a new project. I'm in the beginner's mind; about to submerge into the chaos of unknowing. Heart beats faster...
Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson, Hosted by Shelita Birchett Benash
So great working with Amos and AFTV, again. The Artists Forum is a wonderful platform for artists in all stages of development. Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson are two deeply creative visionary artists. Their interview was engaging and informational. Must See TV!
Opening day is finally here. I am overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I have received from family and friends and the OOB artists during the long journey toward creating this exhibition. With deep gratitude, I am happy to share the Out of Bounds exhibition catalogue with you!
You can download the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression Exhibition catalogue for free at organicartfarm.com
What a day this was! 7 hour drive to Pittsburgh for the closing weekend of the Women of Visions, Inc. "Storytellers Truth be Told!" exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Great show. So happy to have been a part of a beautiful exhibition put on by an historic African American guild of women artists. Truly special. Thank you, Laverne & Christine for an unforgettable experience!
"Libation" WIP. Ceramic sculpture. First in a new series. I love working big. I can barely lift it. Now, it will rest while it slowly dries to leather hard. It will be ready to wood fire in a Japanese style anagama kiln in April.
"Sometimes God gits familiar wid us womenfolks too and talks His inside business" (Hurston, 1990, p 70).
Luscious red clay. My heart sings.
This vessel has revealed itself to me. "Libation" WIP. The vessel had me tossing and turning with its process of becoming. I am anticipating the wood firing at Tony Moore's Anagram kiln. I have wanted to experience wood firing ever since digging my hands into the clay two years ago. I am walking toward the fire. Will work a stoking shift. I look forward to all I will see, hear and learn. I will offer up my libation to the fire. Can barely contain myself.