Barnstable Town Hall ‘Art on Loan’ Exhibit Features Creative Hands Gallery Artists

Nobska Light by Bob Singer. Courtesy of the Town of Barnstable.

HYANNIS – A multi-artist exhibit is on display at Barnstable Town Hall.

The exhibit is part of the “Art on Loan” program, which displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls at Town Hall.

Seven artists of the Creative Hands Gallery in Osterville will have pieces on display through June 13.

The exhibit features a varied range of styles and mediums.

The Creative Hands Gallery features the works of an eclectic cross section of both established and emerging artists: glass blowers, jewelry makers, potters, wood turners, furniture makers, print makers, photographers, painters, sculptural artists and more.

Details about the participating artists can be found below.

Carl Lopes:

His  paintings are a respectful nod to centuries of influential African design and tradition. Colors, patterns and compositions pay tribute to ancestral heritages and cultures, yet maintain a direct contemporary vibe. Masks, portraits, birds, and fish are embellished with geometric motifs and designs that visually pop.

Airbrushed acrylics, holographic papers, glass beads, and jewelry are attached to wood panels and coated with high gloss poly-resin. The paintings appear as if they are stained glass, and lit from behind. The intentional stunning appearances leave viewers amazed and intrigued.

Carol Flax:

Carol Flax has a BA in English from Heidelberg College and an MA in Speech & Theater from the University of Michigan. She has worked in theater, film, and, for the past 20 years, in marketing and communications.

When she moved to Cape Cod in 2013, Carol revived a technique of representational collage that she originally developed in her twenties. She calls her work “Cut Paper Mosaics” as she uses cut reclaimed paper, applied in brush-stroke-like patterns, which reference the natural shapes and movement in the landscapes they depict. She uses her art-making as a lens through which to view her beautiful surroundings, in varying degrees of representation and abstraction.

Carol is also an Associate Member of Audubon Artists, Inc., a member of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Sandwich Arts Alliance and president of the Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen — one of the oldest professional fine craft organizations in New England.

Judith Freeman Clark:

Raised in central Massachusetts, she was encouraged by my grandmother to “be artistic.”  Accordingly, she attended The Vesper George School of Art in Boston after high school and has  been painting in transparent watercolors for 40 years.  She draws inspiration from the watercolors of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, from the Wyeths, and from the works of the late Loring Coleman.

Although she occasionally ventures into an impressionistic style, her work reflects an appreciation for contemporary realism, as well as long-time interest in illustration. She has studied with Robert J. O’Brien, (VT), Richard Stevens (AR), Tony van Hasselt (ME), and JoEllen Reinhardt (MA). Recently, one of her paintings was used as cover art for Vermont author Sonja Hakala’s third novel, “The Dazzling Uncertainty of Life.”

For Judith, “painting is a solitary, yet deeply satisfying, endeavor. And while I occasionally paint en plein aire, I work most comfortably in my studio where I can enjoy fresh-brewed coffee, listen to classical music, and lose myself in the creative process.”

Richard Pawlak:

“I have been blessed with the privilege of studying drawing and painting under the late Oliver Balf and Paul Scott. Both were students of Hans Hofmann and were exacting and proficient mentors.”

Richard Pawlak was born in Chelsea, MA. He attended New England School of Art in Boston and graduated Montserrat School of Art in 1981.

Pawlak developed a mastery of many artistic mediums and approaches to achieve an end result. Consequently the combination of technical skills, life experience and the good fortune of learning under excellent teaching, has emerged in the production of a growing body of work.

His paintings have been on display in galleries on Cape Cod,  Martha’s Vineyard, Boston and Chelsea. They are also included in many private collections. Richard and his wife Jan live in Mashpee on Cape Cod. They have two children, Jesse and Hannah, and granddaughter, Aliyah.

Candice Ronesi:

Candice Ronesi, a lifelong art lover, has been a resident of Cape Cod since 2001.  Originally from upstate New York, her life before Cape Cod included degrees in psychology and public administration and nearly 30 years as an administrator for a public pension fund.

Candice’s paintings are inspired by the wonderful clarity of light and depth of shadows on the Cape.  A frequent traveler of the Cape’s hidden paths and byways, she paints to capture the effects of light and shadow on small, undiscovered places.  Candice has been painting since 2004.  She takes classes on a regular basis with several Cape Cod artists.  She works in watercolor, pastel, oil and her preferred medium, acrylic.

Andrea Kuehn:

After 15 years of working in New York City as a commercial photographer, German born Andreas Kuehn lives now with his family on beautiful Cape Cod.  While still pursuing his career in the commercial world, Andreas started ‘Andreas Kuehn Photography’, which specializes in contemporary portrait and landscape/fine art photography.

His portrait images have a reportage and candid feel to them…he works to capture spontaneity rather than anything too posed. Andreas’s method of spending time with you creates a level of comfort…relaxed, true moments shine thru and are captured for you to keep.

Besides shooting portraits and kids, he has been working on his landscape/fine art portfolio…his first love in photography…exploring Cape Cod and its beauty.

Bob Singer:

Named  one of Cape Cod Art Center’s first Juried Master Artists, Bob is a fine art photographer and instructor at Cape Cod Art Center and Cotuit Center for the Arts.  His traditional and contemporary images hang in homes and offices across the United States, in Canada, and in Europe, and have been exhibited at the Cahoon Museum of Art, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Cape Cod Art Center, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Creative Hands Gallery, Mass Audubon Long Pasture and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuaries, Osterville Fine Art, Samuell-Day Gallery, Soho Arts, and Florida’s Abbacino Galleria, and Venice Art Center.

Bob’s images have appeared in and on the covers of national magazines and newspapers, in advertising, annual reports, video productions and online.  He has presented programs at photography conferences and camera clubs, led classes and workshops, and judged competitions from Maine to Florida for over 30 years, and is a recipient of NECCC’s prestigious MNEC appellation, awarded for his achievements in photography and his contributions to photographers in New England.  A multi-star exhibitor in PSA International Pictorial and Nature Salons, he has earned hundreds of acceptances and awards around the world including the CCCW Photographic Society of America Nature Division Bronze Medal.  His images have been awarded top honors in the CCAC All Cape Cod, All New England, and National exhibitions.  Bob founded four New England camera clubs, Cape Cod’s highly successful series of spring photography seminars featuring world class photographers, and is co-creator of Cape Cod’s large annual fall Click! photography conference.

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