Hosmer Gallery

In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer
1954-1999

November 3-29   Photographs by Bill Rowley, Len Seeve and Fred Ranaudo
December 2 - January 2   Prints by Joan Dix Blair and Annie Bissett


Photographs by Len Seeve, Fred Ranaudo and Bill Rowley

Fred Ranaudo

Bill Rowley

Len Seeve

November 3-29, 2014
Reception Saturday November 8, 2-4 PM

Fred Ranaudo of Florence is a 20-year Valley resident. He divides his time between reinventing old homes, teaching yoga, playing music and finally entering the digital age of photography (albeit kicking and screaming.) This show is his first digital offering.

Artist statement: "These photographs are the products of a month long trip to China in Dec-Jan of 2012. Many of the photos were taken on the island of Xiamen located along the China coast just south of Taiwan. The balance of the pictures are from the Hakka region of Fujian province, several hours inland. Two more disparate cultures would be hard to imagine. The ultimate urban environment in Xiamen is crowded, noisy, energetic, polluted, and straining toward western affluence, while the Hakka people of Fujian are trying to retain the integrity of an ages old clan-based subsistence lifestyle even as they acknowledge the needs of its young to spread their wings. It was not my intention to document so much as be sensitive to visually interesting moments, some particularly Chinese and some more peculiarly human."

Bill Rowley lives and photographs in Florence. While he rules out nothing as a subject or approach, most of his recent work has been macro in scale and abstract in style. In this "Macrostracts" collection, Bill provides a sampler of some of the techniques and approaches he has used in recent years to obtain his distinctive images.

Len Seeve is a Psychiatrist living in Amherst, MA, where he is an active member of the Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists. He has been photographing for 40 years. His work has been shown at several locations in the Pioneer Valley area, including solo exhibits at the Springfield Museum of Art, Jones Library, Forbes Library, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the Baystate Medical Center Galleries as well as the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro. The images in this show were taken in Vietnam and Laos.

Artist statement: "The subject matter of my photographs almost always plays a secondary role. Each of my works is intended to be viewed as a study in shape, color, and texture. The subjects I choose are widely varied -- buildings and bridges often emphasize a certain stark geometric structure; natural scenery can serve as a foundation for experimentation with color and focus. Whatever the subject, my works are images first, reproductions [of reality] second."


Prints by Annie Bissett and Joan Dix Blair

December 2, 2014 - January 2, 2015
Reception Saturday December 13, 2-4 PM

Joan Dix Blair

Annie Bissett

Residing as she does in Berkshire County, MA, on a former farm property, Joan Dix Blair is an observer of nature -- her observations are the springboard for her art work. From animal to pond to rock, she draws her abstractions based on the thing at hand. On view are recent prints from three separate series titled "Shale," "Surfaces," and "Reptiles." Though the drawn abstractions may seem remote from the real noticed thing, the drawings are connected in her imagination to the initial impulse to record something from the real world.

Northampton artist Annie Bissett has been making woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese method since 2005, following a nearly 20-year career as a commercial digital illustrator. Annie's prints explore a wide range of contemporary American socio-political issues and themes. This show at Hosmer Gallery is a sneak peek at the first two parts of a four-part series titled "God Is Our Witness," which deals with some of the history of the gay liberation movement in the last half of the 20th century. Part 1, Titled "The Curse," is a group of prints about exile and isolation. Part 2, "Counterspells," is still in progress and is a celebration of some of the groups and organizations that helped move LGBTQ rights forward in the U.S. from the middle of the 20th century to the present day.

Gallery Hours

Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

Upcoming Exhibits

2015JanuaryForbes LibraryTreasures of Special Collections
 FebruaryMeredith Howe Jonesphotographs
  Edward Losphotograms
  Izudin Lelicphotographs
 MarchLouis Leonehandcrafted wooden vehicles
  Diana MacKenziemixed media: abstract
  Lynne Adamsdrawings
 AprilWalter Cudnohufskywatercolors of Ashfield
 MayNorthampton High School Student Show
 JunePrevention CoalitionPhoto Voice
  Pat Begamixed media
  Akinbo Akinnuoyecollage
 JulyPhyllis Kornfeld, curatorWorks by incarcerated artists
  Leslie Tanegraphic design
  Greg Saulmonphotographs: urban birds
 AugustBeth Filsonscratchboard etchings
  Marjory Lehanpaintings & sculptures
  Dan Chiamisphotographs: dolls & figurines
 SeptemberCarmine Angeloniphotographs: landscape impressions
  Jane Morrisonoil paintings: Greece
  Joan Andersonwatercolor landscape paintings
 OctoberNorthampton Arts Council Biennial Juried Exhibition
 NovemberTracey Ellercollaborative photo portraits
  Leonore Alanizbotanical prints
  Fred LeBlancblack & white photographs
 DecemberJim Schlessingerphotographs: landscape
  Mona Shibermixed media
2016January1 in 8: The Torso Project
 FebruaryLaura Radwelldigital photo abstraction
  Caren Hydeacrylic landscape paintings
  Sandy Walsh oil paintings: nature
 MarchWilbraham Art Leaguemany artists, various media

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