From July 4 to July 27, 2019, an exhibit of my collage, paintings, and photographs from my “Japan Series” (see the Japan Series tab here on my website) will be on view at the Jersey Shore at the Great Bay Gallery in Somers Point, NJ (near Longport and Ocean City). This series was inspired by my recently published novel, Gina in the Floating World (She Writes Press 2019), which is set in 1981 Japan. I am particularly excited by this show since it brings together my art and writing interests in a place that is near and dear to me. I have spent time in Somers Point for the past 23 years and visited the wonderful Great Bay Gallery many times.. A reception will be held on Friday, July 19th from 5pm to 7pm. I will do two different presentations/readings—one at 3pm and one at 6pm on Wednesday, July 24th. Books will be available for signing. All artworks are for sale.
I am thrilled to report that the fourth collage from my Japan Series has been selected to be a part of the Cambridge Art Association’s juried exhibit, “Visual Feast,” at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery through April, 2019. This exhibit is a delight to the eyes, bursting with color and juiciness. My collage/mixed media piece is a slight departure from my usual work. It is larger and makes use of other elements, such as a fish stamp. The piece depicts a sea to table theme. I wanted to honor some of the people involved in the process—from those who prepare the fish for market, to those who cook it, to those who serve it. You can see that in some of the dishes the fish is simply prepared and in others it is more elaborately prepared, not resembling its initial form.
From February 16 to March 15, 2019, I have a “two-fer” show up at Healthworks in Cambridge, MA. This is my third show there. On the first level, I share eight of my collages inspired by my novel, Gina in the Floating World (several of them shown in December at Cadbury Commons).and that I refer to as my Japan Series. These are not for sale as I will be exhibiting them in the summertime at the Great Bay Gallery in Somers Point, New Jersey).
On the second level are six snowscape watercolors, all of them for sale. Snow is fun to paint, with its purple and blue shadows. Two of these watercolors are of houses, two are the dunes in snow, one is a wooded area with light pouring through, and the last is a snow covered marsh. These are all for sale. If you aren’t a member of Healthworks and wish to see these, contact me, and I may be able to arrange a visit for you with me as your guide.
During the month of December, 2018, a set of seven collages inspired by my recently published novel, Gina in the Floating World (She Writes Press), will be on display at Cadbury Commons in North Cambridge, MA as part of the NoCA winter gallery show. The novel, set in 1981 Japan, is about a naive, but ambitious Midwesterner who goes to Tokyo for a bank internship, takes an evening job as a bar hostess to support herself, and travels down a darker road. The collages capture some of the settings described in the story, and each is accompanied by an appropriate quote from the book. You can see more of my images by going to my Japan Series page on this website. They are not currently for sale, but if you are interested in eventually purchasing one, please contact me. The book is available at some local bookstores and on Amazon. You can find out more on my writing website.
The Cambridge Art Association regularly spotlights a member artist. I am thrilled to be their choice for July 4th! In the past seven months, my collages have been selected for three different juried exhibits at the two Cambridge Art Association galleries. Currently, my collage, "Fading Light, Safe Harbor," which is part of my Japan Series is on show at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery, and "The Rock Garden" is displayed at their non-juried exhibit, "Still Life: Captured Moments" at their University Place Gallery. Click here for the link to the member spotlight piece about me.
I am pleased to report fhat I was accepted into my second juried show of the year at Cambridge Art Association's "Lost and Found" exhibit at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery during April 2018. My collage, "Finding One's Style," is another piece from my Japan series. This one shows women and girls showing off their unique fashion sense.
I was thrilled to be accepted into Cambridge Art Association's 2018 Member Prize juried show, with the exhibit at their University Place Gallery in Harvard Square, Cambridge. I submitted a paper collage from my Japanese series, called "Ryokan." I wanted to capture the architecture and spirit of a Japanese inn, with its geometry, view to nature, and aesthetic details. The opening was held on Friday, February 9th.
On Sunday, February 4, right before the Super Bowl, I led a workshop for members and friends for North Cambridge Arts at Lesley University. I demonstrated some collage techniques and gave participants a choice of doing a small narrative collage or an abstract greeting card. Although the workshop lasted just over an hour, everyone was engaged in the process, producing a range of colorful work.
On Sunday, December 3, I had a table at the annual NoCA Fine Arts and Crafts Sale in North Cambridge, where I showed my own smaller watercolors and collages. In addition, I displayed for sale for the first time a dozen different silk screen prints designed and made by my mother, Josephine C. Brett (1908-2000). She was trained as an artist in London, where she was born and raised, and taught for many years. While I was growing up, she made large oil and acrylic paintings. In her 70s, after retiring back to London with my father, she took up silkscreen printing and made a series of lively, colorful prints, which you can now see in her own special gallery on this website.
I have three collages this year in the Lexington Art Walk--all are at the Brookline Bank and are up at least through the end of the month. The reception is November 16, from 6:30-8:30pm. The collages are "Three Lonely Leaves," "Garden Bounty," and "Welcoming Day's End." You will need to look in the windows of some of the offices to find two of them!
From mid-September to mid-October, my gym, Healthworks, will be displaying my collages and watercolor paintings. The exhibit is on two walls of the stairwell. The first wall I have titled "Skyscapes," and it will show seven watercolors that emphasize interesting skies and cloud formations.
The second wall I call "Cityscapes." It features predominately paper collages depicting different cities and city views and two watercolors. The exhibit is only open to Healthworks members unless I accompany you, so contact me if you wish to see the exhibit.
In addition to a watercolor in the CVS window, I currently have four works on display: two watercolors at the O'Neill Library in Cambridge, one watercolor in the Cambridge Art Association's 'Scapes show at the University Place Gallery in Cambridge, and one collage in the Student-Teacher Show at the Concord Art Association.
I am excited to be this month's featured artist at The Fictional Cafe, an on-line site for writers and artists. My show features 15 of my collages, watercolor paintings, and photographs. You can enjoy my exhibit from the comfort of your home at http://www.fictionalcafe.com/belle-brett-multiple-media-art-installment/
I have a watercolor (Super Moon) in the NoCA 20th Anniversary show at Cadbury Commons in Cambridge and a collage in NoCA's show at the O'Neill Library in preparation for Cambridge Open Studios. I am pleased to report that a resident of Cadbury Commons bought my painting and showed me where she was going to hang it!
I am thrilled have two of my collages (Ode to Prague and Patchwork City II) in a juried show of emerging artists at Three Stones Gallery in West Concord, MA through March 10. The reception on January 21 was packed!
This year I have one watercolor painting in the Lexington Art Walk (https://artslexington.wordpress.com/events/current-events/artwalk-2016/). Paintings are in the windows of local businesses and shops and are up through November 28.
This watercolor is part of my Central Park series. It is probably the most abstract of my park paintings although a viewer can still see that this is a painting about autumn. My goal was to use a "glazing" technique, in which I layer colors after each previous color has dried. The transparency of watercolor paint highlights all the layers.
Members of NoCA have an exhibit up in the foyer of the O'Neill Library in North Cambridge, as a way of promoting their work and their upcoming winter show. I have two pieces (below), a collage and a watercolor both based on the same photo of Central Park in fall.
Note that I used similar elements in each--the buildings in the background, the stone bridge (although with a different placement), the water, the red tree in the foreground. In the collage, I populated the park with two people enjoying the view from their Adirondack chairs, adding a more playful feel.
In October 2016, I gave a short collage workshop as part of the October NoCa (North Cambridge Arts) meeting. The focus of the workshop was creating collages based on an image (a photo, a painting, or even a dream) that members could provide themselves. I showed examples from my own work, which is often inspired by photos (my own and others), offered a few pointers on putting together a collage, and provided a lot of materials: small canvas boards, scissors, glue sticks, old magazines, brochures, and decorative papers. Participants had just one hour. As is usual at NoCa workshops, they became engrossed in their work and produced some interesting products.
Watercolor painting, "A Time for Reflection," based on a photo I took. What was challenging about this painting was capturing the way the sand changed color underwater.