Dedee Shattuck Gallery

Art from a priory

White ceramic vase made by a monk at Weston Priory. On view through Nov. 25. at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass.

White ceramic vase made by a monk at Weston Priory. On view through Nov. 25. at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass.

Weston Priory is a community of Benedictine monks in Weston, Vt., founded in 1952. They are particularly known for the songs they have contributed to Roman Catholic worship over the decades, missionary work in South America and the pottery produced at the monastery.

The Weston Priory’s chapel.

The Weston Priory’s chapel.



Looks like Maine

From Ole Brodersen's show "Trepassing: Photographs from Lyngor, Norway''. The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is in Westport, Mass.     The gallery says:    "Following 11 generations before him, Ole Brodersen (born 1981) grew up on the small island of Lyngør, Norway, with no cars and about 100 inhabitants.  Ole's father is a sail maker, his grandfather a sailor. He has spent most of his life close to the ocean, in constant company of the elements.     "The series of photographs in 'Trespassing' explore of the landscape and the natural forces that animate it.''

From Ole Brodersen's show "Trepassing: Photographs from Lyngor, Norway''. The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is in Westport, Mass.

The gallery says:

"Following 11 generations before him, Ole Brodersen (born 1981) grew up on the small island of Lyngør, Norway, with no cars and about 100 inhabitants.  Ole's father is a sail maker, his grandfather a sailor. He has spent most of his life close to the ocean, in constant company of the elements. 

"The series of photographs in 'Trespassing' explore of the landscape and the natural forces that animate it.''

'The power of the line'

"  Mustard Dollops   '' (handwoven textile), b   y Gabrielle Ferreira, in the group    show "Seeking the Line,'' at    Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass.       The "Line" refers to the mixed media and textile renderings by  four exhibiting artists who have created "rich compositions in the process of studying the power of the line,'' the gallery says.    Ferrerira   i   s  a textile artist influenced by her Cape Verdean and Portuguese heritage.


"Mustard Dollops'' (handwoven textile), by Gabrielle Ferreira, in the group show "Seeking the Line,'' at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass. The "Line" refers to the mixed media and textile renderings by  four exhibiting artists who have created "rich compositions in the process of studying the power of the line,'' the gallery says.  Ferrerira is a textile artist influenced by her Cape Verdean and Portuguese heritage.

Those lost cedars

From "The Last Gift She Gave,'' by Carrie Dickeson, in the group show "Solastalgia,'' at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass., April 4-29.

From "The Last Gift She Gave,'' by Carrie Dickeson, in the group show "Solastalgia,'' at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass., April 4-29.

 

She asks: "Is it possible to balance the manufactured with the organic, the man-made with the earth-grown? In decades to come, how will 'Nature' respond to the synthetic materials that humans generate?''

"The title, 'The Last Gift She Gave'  emerged from a series of text messages, as my mother stood witness to the extraction of our family’s cedar trees, felled in exchange for an updated power grid. We shared a history with those trees. They shaded our summer gatherings, and shielded our home from winter winds. As a child I used to climb the cedars’ scraggly trunks, seeking new perspectives, hanging upside down, inadvertently collecting the sap sticking to my hands and clothes. This visceral relationship included the intimacy of hugging the branches, and breathing the spicy oils. And long before my own childhood, the trees stood strong, through multiple generations.''

 

'Young Russian Artists' at the Shattuck Gallery

 ''Marta'' (oil on canvas), by Valeriya Lakrisenko, in the show "Young Russian Artists,'' at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass., through June 25.

This exciting show presents the work of six  brilliant young (all under 30) painters from St. Petersburg. All are graduates or current students at the Imperial Academy of Arts there. This institution maintains traditional Russian painting techniques and style.  

The Shattuck Gallery notes that the show comes when relations between Russia and the United States are tense and complicated. "Viewers will see a side of Russia not usually depicted in the news.''

 

Circular incarceration

"Circular Logic'' (steel and concrete), by Isabel Mattia, at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass.  She references the "circular logic embedded in the design of our prison systems. They rely, she says, paraphrasing left-wing activist Angela Davis, on "the perception that certain people are inherently criminalized, and are self-perpetuating due to financial incentives to keep these people incarcerated.''

"Circular Logic'' (steel and concrete), by Isabel Mattia, at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass.  She references the "circular logic embedded in the design of our prison systems. They rely, she says, paraphrasing left-wing activist Angela Davis, on "the perception that certain people are inherently criminalized, and are self-perpetuating due to financial incentives to keep these people incarcerated.''

Of time, place and health

This just in from the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, in Westport, Mass., about the show “where lines meet,’’ which runs to Feb. 19. The gallery describes the show, in part:

“’where lines meet’ is a photographic installation to create a space for contemplation, conversation, and community. This project addresses artist Heather Hobler's ongoing investigation into well being. 

 

‘“where lines meet’ is an installation of medium format film photographs of the same vista facing south over Buzzards Bay, the view from Heather's home. The project began innocently as snapshots meant to record time, but quickly built into a reflective rhythmic ritual of getting back to life and art after the artist’s battle with cancer. Beyond the beauty of each photograph, the collection intrigues and soothes with the dynamic and subtle power of both its consistency and comparison. It was in the collecting of the images that it became obvious to Heather this was a continuation and distillation of her art and her life.’’

 

What cool pads

"Amidst Lotus VII'' (oil on panel), by Linda Perlman Karlsberg, in the "Closer Look'' group show at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Wesport, Mass., from May 7.

My parents' last house, before everything fell apart, was on a pond where in coves at each end grew beautiful flowering lily pads in water that was tan from nearby cranberry-bog sand heavy in iron and from decayed oak leaves and pine needles. The water, swimmable and loaded with bass, put out a smell  somewhere between rank and pleasantly aromatic, depending on the weather.

 But below the pads often lurked a huge snapping turtle ready to grab a frog or small bird. Adjacent beauty and terror.

-- Robert Whitcomb