Thursday, January 19, 2012

Co|So Exhibitions :: New Members' Show 2012

Happy New Year from the Copley Society of Art!

We kicked off our year with the opening of the New Members' Show 2012, in which 34 of the 36 new members accepted into the gallery in 2011 currently have work on display. The white walls of the upper gallery are covered in paintings, photographs, and sculptures in both bright and somber hues, and range from the exceedingly large to the small. The obvious variations in sizes, genres and media exemplify the diverse talents of the newest Co|So artist members.

From left to right: Ken Northup, Sean Flood, Matt Glushien, Coleman Rogers, Ann Trainor Domingue, Pippip Ferner, Kimberly MacNeille, Derek Uhlman, Barbara Leiner, Ginny Zanger, Antonia Tyz Peeples, Cameron Schmitz, Joan DeRugeris, Linnea Toney Leeming, Jim Connelly, Bill Lane, Marilene Sawaf, Leigh Campion-McInerney, Claudia Kaufman, Tom Belkakis, Robin Samiljan, and Mary Graham.

New Members not pictured: Anne Davey, Susanah Howland, J.B. Jones, Andrea Kemler, Marla Korr, Brennan King, Diana Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Lazeren, John Murphy, Edwin Rudd, Patrick Shea, Laurie Simko, and Jacques Walther.

Attendees to the opening on Saturday, January 14th packed the gallery, eager to see works by the latest additions to the Copley Society. Linnea Toney Leeming's fearlessly painted and larger than life abstract piece Jammin' blasts the upper gallery with color, while Sean Flood's iconic 60 x 80 cityscape NYCorners anchors the exhibition with its architectural stability, compositional integrity, and urban spirit.

Linnea Toney Leeming with her piece Jammin'
Sean Flood with his work NYCorners

Co|So welcomes artists from the New England area and beyond for artist membership. Europe is represented by two of the class of 2011: Swiss artist Jacques Walther and Pippip Ferner, from Norway, who we were fortunate enough to have with us at the opening. Pippip is pictured below with her delicate yet dynamic painted drawing Summerplankton II. Boston photographer Coleman Rogers stands alongside Pippip with his energetic evocation of The Bycicle Race. Another must see of the show is Connecticut sculptor Derek Uhlman's radiant alabaster Stone Gesture, enlivened by the juxtaposition of geometric shapes carved into the natural form.

Pippip Ferner and Coleman Rogers.
Derek Uhlman with his sculpture Stone Gesture.
Large, varied and impressive seems to be the theme for 2012. Next in the queue is Co|So's Winter Members Show: Impressions, which will be juried by David Brown, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Programs, and Miriam Stewart, the Curator of the Collection for the Division of European and American Art at Harvard Art Museums. The gallery has received over two hundred submissions from more than 60 of our current artist members. This looks to be another highly successful show, and the jurors definitely have their work cut out for them!

Opening reception attendees clamoring to photograph the new members.
But until then, come see what all the hubbub is all about: Co|So's New Members'  Show 2012 runs through February 14. Click HERE to view the exhibition online. We look forward to seeing you in the gallery!