SHORE CURRENTS: ABOUT The ARTISTS

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Carol Bliven

My life revolves around being outdoors; painting, gardening and sailing. The natural world has been a constant source of inspiration for my art. Whether using actual plant material to make collagraph plates for my prints, designing a silver brooch based on seed pod forms or painting the landscape and vegetables I grow, nature has always offered endless options. I find in nature an intriguing variety of forms, a full range of colors and fascinating textures to explore. From an awe-inspiring landscape to the delicate structure of an orchid, I seek to make a connection with my subject and share that intimacy through my art. I especially enjoy the immediacy of the Plein Air painting experience which gives me complete immersion into the scene and atmosphere. Painting the natural world brings me harmony with my surroundings.

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Heide Hallemeier

“I Feel very lucky to live in New England, my creative impulse is to show

different aspects of life in this beautiful area of the Country.”

Heide Hallemeier is passionate about the medium of watercolor, she loves its fluidity and spontaneity. She savors the joy of painting outdoors with its unexpected discoveries, especially in the New England Coastal landscape and boating scene. Having received her art education in Austria and Germany, she is now a signature member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and active in the Westport Art Group, the Marion Art Center and the Dartmouth Cultural Center. Her paintings have won numerous awards and were accepted in many national competitions. She teaches drawing and watercolor painting and juries competitions.

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Chuck Hauck

I graduated from high school and moved to New Bedford in 1977, I then attended The Swain School of Design and received my BFA in Sculpture. I was a founding member of the “Second St. Art Exchange” (1983-87)located in the building behind Freestone’s. I was also a founding member and first president of Gallery X (August 1990) where I remain a member.

I have been involved with historic restoration since 1977. Projects I have worked on include restoration and painting of the First Unitarian Church’s exterior and steeple, Trinity Methodist Church and steeple, Gallery X church and steeple, First Baptist Church, Leander Plummer house, also the painting and plaster work on the interior of Tryworks. I also worked on classic yacht restoration with several businesses in the 1980s, specializing in finish carpentry, painting and varnishing etc.

I am proud to say that I have collaborated and worked with many of the non-profits in New Bedford at Gallery X over the years, I have worked on murals, clean ups, concerts, exhibitions, etc. and look forward to the bright future coming soon to New Bedford and want to be a part of it.

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Phyllis Dobbyn Adams

My art evokes the natural beauty of coastal New England, the ocean, beaches, farms and the wildlife are my constant inspiration.

I strive to pare down and find the essence of my subject matter by abstracting shapes and exaggerating color.

To me straddling the edge of realism and abstraction is the most exciting and challenging aspect of my art.

My favorite quote is “Pare down to the essence, but don’t lose the poetry”

My work is in private and corporate collections including Boston Children’s Hospital, Yale Women’s Health Center, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Cambridge Ma.

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John Middleton

John Middleton was born in San Francisco and raised in Kansas City. He received his B.A. in English and History at the University of Kansas and his PhD in English from Indiana University with a dissertation on Moby Dick. He was an assistant professor of English at Georgia State University, Atlanta, where he specialized in American Literature and where he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He currently lives near New Bedford, Massachusetts, where after pursuing a career in sales and marketing, he retired from business and earned an MFA in artisanry from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth. 

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Paula Kochanek

 From a young age Paula has always has been interested in Art. After attending Vesper George School of Art, Paula started working in stained glass back in the early 80’s

In the mid 80’s she was asked to relocate to Australia for four months to open up several restaurants in Melbourne. She stayed a year and during that year she designed a large stained glass window for her employer’s; The Pavilion Group, Inc. After a year she needed to become a resident or come home. She came home to pursue a career in business, but continued to work on her art.

Her position of Package Designer a liaison for Microsoft ® and Original Equipment Manufactures (OEM) took her all over the country. This allowed Paula to collect different influences and ideas from various parts of the country.

In 2001 she decided to focus on her art and teaching, and creating one of-a-kind pieces for residential and commercial clients. Her love of flowers, nature, and the sea greatly influence her work.

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Catherine Carter

 As an artist, I am a lover of line. Lines hold for me many deeply rooted personal associations. I enjoyed exploring the natural world as a child, so my lines echo the intricacy of branches, spider webs, roots, and vines. I studied dance in my teens, so my lines trace the pathways of the human form whirling through open space. My working career began in the fashion industry, so my lines mimic the twisting and looping fibers of fabric weaves. I am a writer as well as an artist, so my lines transcribe the patterns of hand-written calligraphy and printed text. The lines in my paintings combine all of these influences, experiences, and interests to describe a sense of joyful motion and cyclical energy. They tell a story – not a clear-cut narrative, but the suggestion of ever-unfolding change through alternating tension and release. They celebrate the rhythms of life. To create these works, I use fluid acrylic paint, extruded from squeeze bottles, in a motion that unites calligraphic form with gestural drawing. I then lay a sheet of paper over the squirted marks and run over it with a brayer, so that the lines are flattened, making them wider and softer. Sometimes I collage layers of paper or fabric that have also been covered with lines onto the painting’s surface to extend the impression of dimension. Thus my work incorporates the processes of drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage. 

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Rivka Lipschitz

Rivka Lipschitz is a student of graphic design at UMass Dartmouth. Originally from Israel, she  spent much of her life in Worcester, MA. She has fallen  in love with our South Coast. 

Her art is inspired by her tools, her surroundings, and by the reactions she wishes to pull from people.  She aims to energize and engage her audience by using non-traditional vibrancy (with color, texture, and layering).  She uses Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to digitally alter photographs and imagery that she either finds or creates herself. 

Coral Reefs are the rain-forests of the oceans. We need them if we wish to continue living on our beautiful planet Earth. Apart from the vital role they play as home for many of our ocean life, they’ve also played an important role as inspiration for my art. 

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Heather Hobler

 This work started as a mere snapshot of a quintessential summer day and has grown into an extensive intimate portrait of a single place.

over many years, almost daily, most often multiple times, I document the vista that is my view. While the composition and vantage point remain constant, the time of day and type of camera are fluid. The images range from shamelessly ornate to quietly mundane. while each is satisfying and magical on its own, the collection become something which is greater than the sum of its parts. Each captured nuanced moment continues to expand my perception of beauty and time. These too are a nod to my 30 so year devotion to meditation and yoga.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life

lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn

comes after night, and spring after winter.”

Rachel Carson,

Silent Spring

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Susanne Starr

Suzanne Starr lives in Connecticut and is a full-time artist now, after retiring a few years ago as an art educator in public school. She received the award for Outstanding Elementary Art Educator in 2003 from the Connecticut Art Educators Association. During her teaching career she taught Art for pre-K through grade 12. She also has taught adult art classes as well in various colleges and as an adjunct professor through UCONN.

Suzanne’s work focuses on narratives which reflect on emotions, interactions, our relation to each other and to the world we live in. Primarily working in black and white, Suzanne enjoys the tactile and textural capabilities of graphite and charcoal. In the simplicity of these materials, much power is held.

Suzanne is a prize-winning artist who has shown in local, state, regional and National Art Exhibitions. Her works are owned by collectors in Connecticut and New York.

When not actively creating, she is enjoying her life with her husband, her daughters and her two incredible grandchildren.

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Denise Zompa

 Denise Zompa paints colorful, contemporary landscapes. The focus is on color, texture

and juicy paint. Her paintings of the ocean, shoreline and marshes are quiet uninhabited

landscapes that invite the viewer to enjoy the serene beauty of the coast. Denise holds a BA in Art and Elementary Education from University of Rhode Island and an MA in Education from Rhode Island College. She has continued her study of art at Rhode Island School of Design and the Newport Art Museum. A retired art educator,

she has taught at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI and the Coleman Center at

Newport Art Museum in Newport, RI. She maintained a studio at Tiverton Four Corners, Tiverton, RI for several years and participated in South Coast Open Studios for more than 12 years. She has recently moved to Cotuit, MA on Cape Cod. Her current studio is located in Osterville, MA.

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Benjamin Caras

Benjamin Caras is a fine artist, architectural metal designer/detailer, and a digital fabricator. He received his MFA in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts. Throughout his life, he has lived and worked in New York City, NY; Boston, MA; Kilkenny, Ireland; and Morgantown, West Virginia. Currently, he teaches design at Northeastern University and digital fabrication at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He also works for his family’s business, consulting and designing for the architectural metals industry and building trades. Projects include One Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY and The Arcade Building, Brookline MA.

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David and Jennifer Clancy

In 1998 Jennifer and David met while each were working for different glass artists. Soon thereafter the two married and started the process of building their own studio next to their home in Jamestown Rhode Island. Since then they have been creating finely crafted functional and sculptural work which can be found all over the world. The couple is known especially for their skilled blowing techniques and their strong sense of design and color. 

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Elizabeth James-Perry

 In creating marine scientific illustrations, I enjoy the rendering complex limbs, pinchers and fins. I consciously try to capture the varied delicate color and eyes of a living, rather than preserved specimen.  My mentor Ronald Campbell taught pen and ink stippling on velum to realize three dimensional Zooei crab larvae and parasitic marine worms; I shared his admiration of Japanese watercolor renderings of ocean life. 

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Stephanie Stroud

A life-long resident of Southeastern Massachusetts, Stephanie is influenced by the variation in landscape that New England offers. Her love of the area and the changing seasons provide new inspiration daily and current series of work is based on the landscape at Acadia National Park in Maine. She is a fiber artist who works with both paper collage and felted wool to create impressionistic landscapes. “I work in fiber because I am a maker; I enjoy the process and tactile experience involved with assembling to create while appreciating the forgiveness and immediacy that the paper and wool allow.” Texture and tactile experience are important in her process of creating expressive, dimensional, and textured landscapes. Painting with fluffy bits of colored wool involves a delicate and deliberate layering of color to create depth and soft impressionistic scenes. Her mixed media collages incorporate various papers, paint and sometimes branches creating dimensionality and an element of the unexpected. Resulting in traditional landscapes created in unconventional ways that invite a second look. 

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Karen Charbonneau Zukas

 

Karen Charbonneau Zukas is a native of the south coast who spent most of her adult life in the big city of Boston MA., finally breathing the salt air again in 2013 when she returned to her native land.

A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in studio art and a BA from Tufts University with an M.Ed from Western N.E. University, Karen has produced art most of her life participating in various group and solo shows in ceramics, drawing and painting.  She has also taught for over 30 years to burgeoning artists of all ages in many private schools and Universities.

Life on the coast is nothing but inspiration around every corner, whether it's the ocean, or the trees, the birds or flora, it's an ever changing seasonal feast for the senses and no matter what medium you choose as an artist, can be expressed with endless possibilities.  

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Karen Minati Snyder

I have always been interested in nature, biology, botany and environmental science. I am especially interested in ecosystems and how organisms interact. Most of work includes organic forms, which are interpreted through the different materials I work in.

except for a short period when I lived in Central Pennsylvania, I have always lived near the sea. This sparked my interest in ecosystems and the effect of tides, storms and man's influence on marine habitats. My husband and I have explored reef systems in the Caribbean and Australia. Over the last 25 years we gave witnessed the loss of many of these habitats. Through my work I hope to increase the awareness of the importance of conservation.

Most of us spend a majority of time in man-made environments. The Japanese have set aside wellness areas that are abundant in ferns, moss, rocks and trees. They have used these areas to study the effects of time spent in nature. They have found that after spending time in natural areas visitors have lower blood pressure and report less stress and a greater sense of well-being. I hope to recreate the experience of spending time in nature through my pieces. 

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Bill Fiolek

"Go to where you are drawn, be patient, be patient, be attentive to what reveals itself, and be thankful." These principles help guide me in bird photography. Thousands of hours in the field help bring a broad array of subjects and their multifaceted behaviors in front of my 420 prime Nikon lens. The larger birds often provide minutes for preparation, but the smaller ones usually just seconds. As a photographer, I love the challenge each bird presents. As a human being, I love the colors and the behaviors - both the franticness and the grace. My images try to capture these behaviors, as well as the birds' beauty and habitat. My desire is to share these images with people who haven't had a chance to witness these non-city and migratory citizens first-hand, or with people who want to remember the times that they did.

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Michelle Lapointe

Michelle is a native of New Bedford and has lived in the area most of her life.  During her childhood, she loved to work with her hands, drawing and creating designs and especially loved to use graph paper for her compositions.  Her mother was always busy with hand work, crocheting and doing needlepoint.  Her dad was a welder all his life.  She learned soldering skills from him. As a young adult, she took a class in stained glass, during that class, she discovered that through her creations she could bring her designs to life. She set up a studio in her house and thirteen years ago moved her studio to Hatch St.  She sells her work at area galleries and in the Hatch St. Studio Shows.  Lately, she has been creating designs based on sea creatures.  She has been creating designs based on sea creatures.  She finds the nautilus shell to be very spiritual in nature and has done a number of designs based on the shape. 

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Lynn Hahn

Lynn Hahn is a contemporary lampwork artist and beaded jewelry designer. A retired Marine Biology teacher, she received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut and did her post-graduate studies in Marine Science Education at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has always lived within an hour of the coast, and currently lives less than a mile from the shores of Buzzards Bay in Marion, MA. She creates incredibly colorful, original glass beads which are the jewels in her designs.

Lynn has been beading with various techniques for over 20 years, and had become frustrated with trying to find the right beads for her designs. She took fusing classes first but then her instructor (and studio) moved south. So once more she was left looking for the perfect beads. The purchase of a little yellow polka-dot seahorse bead led her to take lampworking classes and she knew she had found her answer. She has never looked back!

Focusing on her lie-long love of the ocean, nature and animals for inspiration, Lynn uses glass to explore these wondrous subjects in new ways creating tiny sculptural works of art that can fit in your hand. Her color vocabulary is expansive, and the beads just burst with colors that combine in delicious ways. Lynn has managed to combine her love of teaching and passion for beads into a busy but happy lifestyle.

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