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Friday, August 24, 2007


Left to right, Kate LeClair and Sara Lyman admire one of the lamps made by their CCHS classmate Grace Fitzpatrick at Gleason Library. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

Gleason Library hosts emerging Carlisle artists

As the dog days of summer wind down, there is still time to view some interesting art in air-conditioned comfort. You have until September 1 to view the "Emerging Artists of Carlisle" show at the Gleason Library.

The exhibit in Carlisle has four major components: photographs from the wild west, oil paintings taken from everyday life, and abstract works and objects from young artists. You will find the photographs and paintings on both the first and second floor of the library. The objects, a series of colorful lamps, are located on the first floor over the media case.

This is your chance to discover the works of emerging Carlisle artists, before the rest of the world finds out and increases demand for their creations.

Focusing on the Wild West

Pam Ziehler, an Acton Street resident, grew up in Concord where she honed her interests in wildlife, conservation and photography. She has worked as a preschool teacher and volunteer at Drumlin Farm/Massachusetts Audubon Society for the past five years.

On a recent trip to South Dakota, Ziehler put her personal interests and talent to use with her digital camera. The visit yielded a spectacular collection of 25 photographic prints on display at the library, ranging in size from small 10" x 13" pieces all the way up to 16" x 20" works. The content of the both framed and unframed images ranges from sepia-toned prints of stark and barren landscapes to vibrant photographs of wild mustangs. Humans have no place here except for the abandoned buildings and silent tepees they have left behind. Ziehler has colorized some of her images, which adds life to even the bleakest expanse and animates the action of the horses.

"I recently learned that in the year 1900 more than two million wild horses roamed the west," said Ziehler in her artist's statement. "As of 2004, less than 32,000 remain, from being hunted for sport, or hunted and sold for human consumption in the U.S. and the foreign market. Twenty-two thousand wild horses are now in government holding pens awaiting their fate."

The artist hopes that her work will inspire people to contribute to wild horse sanctuaries. In fact, she intends to donate sales of her pictures at the Gleason to the Black Hills Wild Mustang Sanctuary in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Finding hope in everyday life

Sometimes it takes a jolt to change one's life course. For many, including Dayna Talbot, the horrific events of September 11 had that result. The Russell Street resident was one of those people. At the time, Talbot worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines based in Boston. She promptly took a leave of absence to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Mass. College of Art. In a visual language class, she had to create an "Artist Book." Talbot calls it "a metaphor of the Black Box, and [it] contains a collection of personal possessions that relate to the events surrounding September 11, 2001." Talbot's book and its contents are in the case immediately to the right of the library staircase on the second floor.

Talbot takes art personally, as you will find from her almost 40 pieces on display. Her oil paintings, most rendered on canvas, deal with objects, rooms and landscapes inspired by her everyday life. Three paintings, the largest on display at the library, capture spaces in Talbot's home: her studio, a work space in the basement and the family room. Her images are realistic and easily recognizable. Two small oil paintings depicted on paper — an orange icehouse on Lake Winnepesaukee and a small barn — have bright images that pop up from a black matte and frame.

"I am interested in translating the everyday and mundane into paint," said Talbot in her artist's statement. "My goal is to bring more abstraction into my realityboth in life and paint." Talbot also shared drawings from a sketchbook that she kept while her father spent his last days at a hospice in Pittsburgh. She calls this series "Diversion."

Young artists show promise

The work of Charlie Fitzpatrick and his older sister Grace reflect the artistic environment inspired by their mother Gail, a well-known portrait painter, who lives on Bedford Road. Charlie, currently a sophomore at Concord-Carlisle High School, has created four untitled mixed media paintings. The shades of blue, orange/red, white/pink and streaks are superimposed over images and texts. The viewer is left to imagine what the artist means. For example, the blue piece has a white rectangle in the center that seems to have panes. Is this a window? Are you looking in or out? The young artist lets you be the judge of how to interpret the piece.

Lamps from thermoses

Grace Fitzpatrick, a graduate of CCHS in 1998 and Wellesley College in 2002, designs colorful lamps with artist Ted Harvie. The two collaborated to put the ubiquitous thermos to new use as the structure beneath a glass globe. Most lamps have a secure wooden or plastic base. The patterns on the thermos are colorful stripes, and one even has a Sesame Street theme.

Alex Moskowitz of East Street, a ninth-grader at the Fenn School where he had a recent art exhibit, shares a handful of his abstract paintings on the second floor of the library in the children's book area. He said in his artist's statement, "I like to paint with a rough idea in my mind, but my paintings always turn out different from what I expect." As a result, the viewer finds recognizable objects that may have inspired the work, but there is much room for interpretation. One wonders: are those blocks really people? Is that a peace sign? Is that a starfish? An octopus? The titles do help guide the viewer's understanding; for example "Eye of the Sun" gives some direction, but one is struck by its originality and freshness.

With his recent exhibit at the Fenn School and a subsequent feature in the Boston Globe, Moskowitz may be the best-known artist at the exhibit. Nonetheless, with the quality and volume of work at the Gleason, one suspects other Carlisle participants will soon be showing their work again and increasing their visibility as artists.

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito