Celebrating Women’s History Month
New Work by Chris Chou, Karen Kemp & Maureen O’Connor
80 Border Street East Boston
March 3 – March 26, 2011
Opening: March 3, 6:00-9:00 pm
Third Thursday: March 17, 6:00-9:00 pm
Come experience the artistic contributions of these 3 women artists living and working in Boston.
Chris Chou received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 and says of her work: “Painting is an attitude about life. I see things very directly. I love color. I paint the color of red hot, red is blood, red is energy. I love color and form. I draw the form of circle. It could be an egg: or a window: to lead you to another landscape. It could be an eye: but what an eye! I believe painting is my mission. My goal is simple, but is not easy. I want to make great art. I want use it to share, to comfort, and to celebrate. Through my painting– May you smell the different seasons of life. Have a date with surprise! Or .. Just simply a smile.”
Karen Kemp is in love with the shoreline and continues to portray it in her paintings simply and unspoiled. The essence of her landscape painting is nature unpeopled and uninterrupted which gives a sense of calm. Kemp also continues her work in etching with a new series of small dogs: cute loveable animals that are fun to draw! Kemp, a native of Long Island, New York, studied at Rhode Island School of Design and the University of New Hampshire received a BA in Art History. She has training in traditional fresco painting restoration from Il Laboratorio Per Affresco di Vainella in Prato, Italy. In 2003 Karen received a painting fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. She has also been the recipient of several awards for her work in etching and oil painting. Karen is represented by Danette Koke Fine Art in New York, Boston Drawing Project at the Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston, MA. Her artwork has become a part of private and corporate art collections.
Maureen O’Connor has been called a “masterful painter of our favorite things (like candy) by Randi Hopkins, curator at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. O’Connor continues her work with ceramic ducks which are known for their anthropomorphic quality and have been compared to the work of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Her ducks are in the private collections of Bruce Dayton, founder of Target Department Stores, Richard Miner, founder of Android and a partner at Google. Her work is also in the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fidelity Investments and Boston Medical Center among others. O’Connor won 1st Prize in Painting at Home for the Arts in 2007, juried by Paul Tucker noted Monet Scholar and author of Monet in the Twentieth Century. O’Connor is represented by the Jack Meier Gallery, Houston Texas.
Fridays and Saturdays 2-6 pm and by appointment
Free and handicapped accessible.