Gallery at the Fox Building: “Call and Response,” works by Kristin Fuller and Robert Hoffman

The Gallery at the Fox Building will hold an online “Zoom” opening on July 9th from 6:00pm to 7:00 pm. The current show is “Call and Response,” eighteen works by Kristin Fuller and Robert Hoffman. The artists’ statement tells their story and illuminates the works:

Call and Response is a creative collaboration between Robert Hoffman and Kristin Fuller. Robert is a mixed media/fiber artist, and Kristin is an abstract painter. 


When they began, each artist wanted to see how their work would meld together and discover what they might learn from each other. In this dynamic, they were supportive of each other’s creative
expression and fed from each other’s energy. 


Robert began exploring the abstract in conjunction with his bird imagery while Kristin picked up on the vibrant colors and movement. 


They worked together side by side, for three months in Kristin’s studio. The approximate closeness and collaborative nature of the project impacted their individual work as well as their friendship. 


The work was constantly changing and evolving through time, like a wall of graffiti, layer upon layer of colors and textures. With each layer of material, they had to go back and forth, give and take, call and respond, like improvisational music or organic dance. 


Although their approach differs greatly, they found themselves able to successfully blend their art mediums and individual style to complete a cohesive body of work. The results are thoughtful compositions with vibrant colors and energetic movement.

 

Second Opening for the Hampden/Woodberry Artists’ Exhibit at the Studios at the Fox Building Gallery

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The most recent exhibit at the Studios at the Fox Building highlighted the production of Hampden/Woodberry artists. There were 13 participants, with more than 50 works, including paintings, sculptures, and photographs.
The opening, on June 28, was crowded, with more than 120 people in attendance. The closing, on July 19 was also well attended, with more than 60 visitors, even though the weather was abominable, with temperatures of more than 100 degrees! This was Artscape weekend, guaranteed to be the hottest of the year.

The most recent exhibit at the Studios at the Fox Building highlighted the production of Hampden/Woodberry artists. There were 13 participants, with more than 50 works, including paintings, sculptures, and photographs.

The opening, on June 28, was crowded, with more than 120 people in attendance. The closing, on July 19 was also well attended, with more than 60 visitors, even though the weather was abominable, with temperatures of more than 100 degrees! This was Artscape weekend, guaranteed to be the hottest two days of the year.

 

 

 

 

Opening – Studios at the Fox Building, Baltimore – May 31st, 2019, 6:00-9:00 pm

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The Fox Building in the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore is an example of a successful refurbishment of an old factory building.  The adaptive reuse of this early 20th- century structure helps keep intact the neighborhood’s  rich industrial history. This was the original home of Noxzema and more recently, Fox Industries. The structure has been transformed into a vibrant mixed-use community of apartments and artist work spaces. Many of the building’s original features have been retained and restored, such as original maple wood plank flooring, glass block windows, soaring ceilings, and much more.  On the front side of the building are loft-style apartments, and the 18 studios are located in the old loading dock area in the back.

The artists will mount a first annual “Artists’ Showcase” at the end of May. The opening is scheduled for Friday, May 31st, and the artists will be there to talk about their work. A wide variety of disciplines and techniques will make for an exciting show.  The group includes painters, photographers, print makers, fashion designers, jewelers, actors and sculptors.

Join us in celebrating this newly revitalized space!

Meet Chris Darway and Learn the Aura 22 Technique: Master Jeweler Holds Class at the Gem Cutters’ Guild, Baltimore, September 8th.

Sign up here:  http://www.gemcuttersguild.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=331066&item_id=805858

Torch Fired Aura 22 with Chris Darway: Applying Gold to Fine Silver, Sterling and Copper

Instructor
: Visiting Artist,  Chris Darway

Date:  Saturday September 8th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Aura 22 was developed to be used on fine silver metal clay as an alternative/supplement to Keum-Bo. This new method allows us to apply Aura 22 to not only fine silver but sterling and copper. Instead of a kiln we’ll use a torch. Once fired the material can be rolled, fold formed, soldered on, drilled and etched. Aura 22 fired pieces are perfect for enameling.

Join us for this one day introduction to Aura 22 Gold.

Materials cost is included with tuition.

Kit includes:
1) One
 gram package of Aura 22, a liquid gold material, which is 91.6% pure gold and 8.4% fine silver. This precious metal is able to fuse to silver, copper and brass at low temperatures, creating in a layer of gold considerably thicker than that achieved by electroplating. The result is a deep golden color that is hard wearing.

2) Wetting solution

3) Two small brushes for application

VALUE OF THE KIT IS APPROXIMATELY $90

Enduring Concerns II: Next Show by James Hennessey

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Eutaw Grey: oil on canvas

James Hennessey’s exhibit at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Enduring Concerns, closed a few days ago on January 13.  Part II of Enduring Concerns has opened at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Lazarus Gallery. 131 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, Md., 21201,

About 25 different paintings are hung in the spacious gallery space. Not one repeat from the last show.  This exhibit offers a fresh look at Hennessey’s production from the past 50 years.  He came to Baltimore in 1966 to teach at the Maryland Institute, where he was a member of the painting department for 37 years.

MICA’s Exhibition Department released this description:

Enduring Concerns: Paintings by MICA’s James Hennessey

A career-spanning exhibition by the MICA emeritus faculty member, focusing on work produced in Baltimore from 1965 to the present day.

Reception: Thursday, Feb. 15, 5 – 7 p.m.

Biography:
James J. Hennessey earned his undergraduate degree at Illinois Wesleyan University and a graduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he studied with Richard Diebenkorn, Wendell Black, and Roland Reiss. Hennessey’s first teaching position was at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he was hired in 1960.

In 1962, one of Hennessey’s paintings was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s (MOMA) exhibition, “Recent Painting U.S.A., The Figure”. The show was a juried exhibit that subsequently toured the country after the New York opening. In the same year, the American Academy in Rome, Italy awarded Hennessey “The Rome Prize”. As a result, he was in residence for two years in Rome and exhibited in several galleries both in Rome and Milan.

In 1965 Hennessey joined the faculty of MICA, where he taught until he retired in 2002. During this time he accrued an extensive exhibition record with works shown in New York at the Marilyn Pearl Gallery, the Boris Mirski and Alpha Galleries in Boston, and at the Pensler Galleries in Washington, DC, among others. He directed programs for students, faculty, and professional artists in Italy and France, including the MICA Italian Program in Sorrento, Italy, and the Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency Program in Rochefort-en-Terre, France. His paintings continue to be fueled by his extensive European experiences.

James Hennessey maintains an active studio in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Lapidary Class at the Gem Cutters Guild

Basic Lapidary @ Gem Cutters Guild Studio,

3600 Clipper Mill Rd #116, Baltimore, MD, Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th, from 10:00 to 4:00

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Register Here

This class is an introduction to the basics of cutting and polishing gemstone cabochons.

You will learn how to form cabochons in several shapes from agate and jasper stone slabs. We will also explore gems and minerals in the rough state & learn about tools and equipment used in the lapidary arts.

You may bring your own stones to class for discussion.

$205 members—$225 non-members.

Register online @ http://www.gemcuttersguild.com — or email Jackie@ http://www.jackieO.net

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The class is taught by Dave Mitchell, who has many years of experience cutting and polishing stone, as well as collecting specimens out in the field.

Gem Cutter’s Guild, Baltimore, Maryland offers jewelry making classes as well as training in lapidary

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 Wire Wrapped pieces by Jackie Orsini

The name of the Gem Cutter’s Guild is a bit of a misnomer. While many of the members are interested in lapidary–the cutting of stones–this is not the single focus of the group.  Jewelry making is a prime interest and the Guild offers classes in jewelry fabrication as well as the lapidary arts.  Classes are scheduled year round.

As Wikipedia states, A lapidary (lapidarist, Latin: lapidarius) is an artist or artisan who forms stone, minerals, or gemstones into decorative items such as cabochons, engraved gems, including cameos, and faceted designs. The primary techniques employed are cutting, grinding, and polishing.  After cutting stones in the Guild shop, members can incorporate their cabochons in a finished piece of jewelry.

The jewelry classes include metalworking and fabrication, courses in patina, fold forming, wire wrapping, soldering, bezel making, torch fired enamel and Precious Metal Clay, and more. Metals used in class include sterling silver, fine silver, copper and brass.

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Necklace by Pam Jeffries

The Guild studio is a well equipped space that offers the student the opportunity to learn the techniques of jewelry fabrication, using the tools that one might not have in a home studio.  There is a line of Foredom Flexshafts, saws, grinders, soldering stations, kilns, work tables and much more.  All of the tools are available for student use, and the shop keepers make certain that the tools are in good working order.

This year (2018) the Gem Cutters Guild will offer a series of classes that are available for very, very reasonable prices.  Tuition is kept as low as possible, keeping in mind that the Guild is a non profit organization, which is interested in spreading knowledge about gem cutting and jewelry making. Some of the classes being offered this spring include Basic Lapidary, wire wrapped stones, torch fired enamel and more.

Soon, a calendar of events and a schedule of classes will be posted on their website:

The Guild’s Website

For directions and more information: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gem+Cutters’+Guild-Baltimore/@39.3313227,-76.6423823,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x25fd74bb18fd8be6!8m2!3d39.3313227!4d-76.6423823

 

 

James Hennessey, Retrospective at the Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Maryland

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Press Release from the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21224, 410-276-1651

On View: ENDURING CONCERNS, December 9, 2017 – January 13, 2018
Opening Reception: SAT DEC 9 | 6 – 8PMjim hennessey image
Gallery Talk: SAT JAN 6 | 7PM | FREE

When artist James Hennessey moved to Baltimore in 1965 to teach painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), he never anticipated the influence he would have on thousands of young painters who took his classes until 2002. Beyond his impressive career as a teacher, Hennessey’s success as a painter has seen his signature soft palate aesthetic and subtle depictions of mythological fables exhibited across the globe. Enduring Concerns focuses on Hennessey’s large paintings and celebrates more than 50 years of his work in Baltimore.

James Hennessey is a painter’s painter: his daily studio practice finds him methodically working his large canvases, adding and subtracting inflections of color and light, scraping and sanding away excess, and repeating as necessary to achieve his thoughtful surfaces. While his subject matter varies slightly between series, he concentrates on landscapes, interior spaces, figures, light, and atmosphere in his carefully constructed compositions. Hennessey paces himself when creating work, sometimes taking months to complete a single painting, and generally working on only one painting at a time.

The exhibition’s title, Enduring Concerns, references his steadfast consistency, and intense focus on a small number of subjects. According to Hennessey, “my work is episodic – there are clusters of paintings that fall into categories, such as ‘Windows’, ‘Irish Paintings’, ‘Italian Paintings’, and ‘Furniture’, among others.” All episodes of the artist’s illustrious time in Baltimore will be represented in this rare survey.

Artist Biography:

James J. Hennessey earned his undergraduate degree at Illinois Wesleyan University and a graduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he studied with Richard Diebenkorn, Wendell Black, and Roland Reiss. Hennessey’s first teaching position was at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he was hired in 1960.

In 1962, one of Hennessey’s paintings was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, “Recent Painting U.S.A., The Figure”. The show was a juried exhibit that subsequently toured the country after the New York opening. In the same year, the American Academy in Rome, Italy awarded Hennessey “The Rome Prize”. As a result, he was in residence for two years in Rome and exhibited in several galleries both in Rome and Milan.

In 1965 Hennessey joined the faculty of MICA, where he taught until he retired in 2002. During this time he accrued an extensive exhibition record with works shown in New York at the Marilyn Pearl Gallery, the Boris Mirski and Alpha Galleries in Boston, and at the Pensler Galleries in Washington, DC, to name a few. He directed programs for students, faculty, and professional artists in Italy and France, including the MICA Italian Program in Sorrento, Italy, and the Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency Program in Rochefort-en-Terre, France. His paintings continue to be fueled by his extensive European experiences.

James Hennessey maintains an active studio in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

ALEXA

James Hennessey Gallery, website

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