Contrasting Exhibits Planned at Cotuit Center for the Arts

COTUIT – Two new exhibits at the Cotuit Center for the Arts will open next month.

A display of eye popping color will contrast with another exhibit based around black and white.

“Terra Incognita: Exploring New Terrain” is a new show from Cape Cod artist Mary Doering.

The exhibit is a record of Doering’s personal journey as an artist.

“I step out of my comfort zone by dramatically altering the scale of my work,” Doering said. “Working intuitively, I moved deep into new terrain where mystery and unpredictability dictate where the process will lead.”

This exhibition of large-scale mixed media digital prints begins with her choosing images from her extensive collection of scanned original drawings, paintings, monoprints and photographs.

The elements are then layered over one another. Blending modes are used paying careful attention to hues, form and composition.

Hard edges, line and color fields combine in surprising ways. Transparent multilayers echo fainter versions of shapes and textures. The finished work may be altered with pastel, paint, colored pencils or inks.

“Black and White: Launch Point” is a collective of 12 artists exploring the various ideas of black and white related to our lives and living spaces.

They will create a gallery that looks and feels like you are walking in to an artist’s studio, or a collector’s home – a space that uses artisan created furniture, utilitarian objects, art objects, and lighting to set a stage that highlights each artist’s reference to the idea of “black and white.”

The group of artists represents both two-dimensional and fine craft media and includes ceramicists Sarah Caruso and Seth Rainville, photographers Andreas Kuehn and Arthur Levi Rainville, sculptor Neil Grant, painters Jacqueline Reeves and Matthew Bielen, glassblower Yukimi Matsumoto, fiber artists Barbara Willis and Catherine Pritchett, fine furniture maker Kenneth Wadoski, and metalsmith Steve Swain.

The group of artists come from culturally diverse artistic and educational backgrounds and each brings to the space their approach to the concept of “black and white.”

Both exhibits open October 12 and run through November 16.

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