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"Three Women Artists: A Shared Journey"
September 5, 2017 - September 29, 2017
We are three women artists, working alone from our home studios, which is why we knew we needed to meet regularly to discuss and critique our art. We have been doing this, monthly, for more than twenty years!
We have all spent many years studying with Timothy Harney, who held a critique class at the DeCordova Museum School.
We have found that, although our art is vastly different from each other, we are able to look at a painting with a critical eye. We feel that we have been able to help each other along in our search for that which proves or substantiates what we are trying to convey.
Ruth K. Rooks, the local one, is from Swampscott, formerly of Marblehead. She finds it difficult to part dramatically from reality. However, she delights in the unexpected, which often is found in the bright, artificial colors of a construction site. Or it can be a bright light, highlighting the very rocky landscape seen from her studio window.
She is a Copley Artist of the Copley Art Association, and an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association and Marblehead Arts Association. She also is currently Co-President of the Swampscott Arts Association.
Pamela Penglase Baldwin is from Concord, MA. She feels that the decision-making, the transformations and the discoveries that happen when painting, and the uncertainty of what the end results might be, are powerfully seductive.
Pamela has shown her work at local (Concord) art galleries and art associations in the Boston Area. She has been an artist member of Concord Art for over forty years. Her work is currently being shown at the Mercury Gallery in Rockport, MA.
Deb Ware is from Wayland, MA. Deb's paintings are based on intuition and discovery. Without a preconceived idea, she puts down line, shape and color on canvas or paper, to arrive at an image that captures her thoughts and feelings of the time. From her childhood on, she has continuously focused on drawing and painting.
Deb studied painting at the DeCordova Museum with King Coffin and Timothy Harney. Additionally, she studied with John Bageris at the Art Institute in Boston. She now goes to workshops led by Skip Lawrence.
While we approach our work with a different attitude, we probably all subscribe to something Hans Hofmann wrote: "The creative process lies not in imitating, but in paralleling nature — translating the impulse received from nature into the medium of expression, thus vitalizing this medium. The picture should be alive, the statue should be alive, and every work of art should be alive." This is what we strive for; this is the challenge.