February 2021 Show
C L O U D S C A P E S
Debuting a collection of paintings from our very own gallery director!
To understand the source of Claire's unending enthusiasm for both making and curating art, we want to share one of her earliest memories where these two processes collided for her.
In Austell, Georgia during the 1990's Claire spent many days in the care of her grandmother while her parents worked. Sitting on a pile of phone books in a chair at her Nana's kitchen table; you could find Claire drawing, painting, or tracing over any illustrations in books she was learning to read from. Nana looked on while stirring a cup of instant Folgers coffee, curlers piled high in her hair. Talking in her bright New Jersey accent while half listening to the Brave's baseball game on the radio; Nana encouraged Claire to finish each of her drawings thoughtfully. Once a drawing was finished, Claire slid down from her phone book perch, handing the piece over to be hung up in her favorite part of Nana's home, The Art Hall.
Nana retrieved tape from the kitchen junk drawer then together they made their way across linoleum tiles to the hall that lead to Nana's small bedroom. That short hallway seemed so grand to Claire and it was covered with colorful finger paintings, poetry, renderings of beloved cartoons characters, and portraits of the family beagle were crafted by the many other grandchildren in the family. Claire loved being able to move these pieces around and getting to witness the artistic growth each family member went through during the many years they all contributed to this art space.
Art curation at its core is simply these fond memories for Claire. The act of creating, selecting, arranging, and interpreting a collection of objects to share with others. Claire and her Nana did exactly this throughout her formative years, which eventually led Claire to studying exhibition design in college.
A few words from Claire:
"The way I curate is centered around respecting each art piece and giving the spaciousness they individually deserve. To be able to do this at North Park Gallery has been immensely rewarding. My goal everyday in our space is to continue to bring together our artists and positively present them to our community. Getting to now also share my own art through this solo show is truly amazing and something I have been looking forward to doing!
Cloudscapes is about my journey in finding my own painting style through a subject that is ever changing yet always fascinating to capture. If you were to be looking through the photos on my phone, you would notice I document clouds on most road trips and walks through my neighborhood. Pretty much any time I am outside, my eyes turn skyward.
Compositionally, these pieces for the most part are influenced by the magical moments that happen at dawn and dusk outside. I enjoy the meditative practice of blending my colors but stacking them individually on the canvas in what I call my "capsule" shapes and edges. Reducing clouds down into this shape is fun for me and I love how they then can build up in each piece. I also thoughtfully apply gradients and transparent washes to add elements of dimension here and there as well.
I hope you enjoy this series as much as I enjoyed making them."
January 2021 Show
"Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?'...
...There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, `Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge..."
Robert T. McDonald's paintings are a brilliant representation of this incredible novel that has inspired millions since being written in 1865. We are thrilled to display such dynamic works to start 2021!
December 2020 Show
The belief that the world can be made better by human effort.
Artists have continually contributed to the betterment of our world. Taking the time to craft pieces which improve the spaces we dwell in is critical for our overall wellbeing.
Right now we need to close out this year in a way that is promising, light-hearted, but with a drive that will bring us into 2021 with the energy to meet new experiences with confidence.
The positivity that radiates throughout this show is a joy for us to share with you all. We are so thankful for our artists and the incredible efforts that they have made this year creatively.
All of us here at North Park hope you have a lovely holiday season.
November 2020 Show
The thematic elements of this show embrace this autumnal time by elucidating its transient yet familiar nature.
Assembling this show was even more enjoyable with the help from some first time curators! Through our Kids Curating Class we welcomed a small group of students to assist in arranging the installation. Students decided their primary intention was for visitors to feel the same joy in viewing the show as they experienced while curating it.
These classes are a small way for us to give back to our community. Please reach out to us if you are interested in signing up.