WAR IS THE ENEMY OF BEAUTY

Carl Frederick Schinkel’s excellent Altes Museum, Berlin, is an outstanding example of Neo-Classical architecture for which I had the pleasure of visiting last week. Upon closer inspection however, one can see, even in this distant photograph, that something is not quite right. The massive columns that grace the museum (the Berlin Kore is amongst the treasures inside), are black from a raging fire which engulfed the building during the final days of WWII. In several areas, one notices patches on the columns where the fire was so severe, sections of marble needed to be replaced.

In the close up photograph on the left, one notices that the building and its surrounding columns is riddled with bullet holes from the intense fighting that took place between what was left of the Germany army and the much better equipped Soviet forces. Hitler’s bunker is only blocks away from the museum. This was indeed the final days of that long and grueling fight.

The museum was lovely-everything I hoped it would be. The exhibits were very well designed and organized. The museum personal warm and welcoming. Visitors friendly and polite.

But, under a very thin layer of delight in seeing this landmark, there was the sense of sadness that such a landmark could be so cruelly mistreated. Long may Herr Schinkel’s masterpiece stand. A testimony to what is beauty in this world.

Thomas Jefferson and early American Architecture.

I visited Virginia over Memorial Weekend in search of Thomas Jefferson and his philosophy about architecture as symbolic of a democratic society.

The Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson after the Maison Carree, an ancient Roman Temple in Nimes, France. Jefferson saw in the architecture of the ancient Roman republic the connection between a rational, educated citizenry and the new democracy he sought to create.

 

 

Jefferson founded the University of Virginia believing that an educated society could be trusted to make informed decisions when choosing their elected officials.  He designed the library and lecture hall after the Roman Pantheon, which held statues of the Roman gods.  For Jefferson, knowledge was the new god, thus the design of the library which held books of knowledge.

 

Monticello, Jefferson’s “essay on architecture.”  He reworked and redesigned this home through-out his entire life.   The gardens were just splendid, even in the cloudy weather. I loved being here.  The perfect retreat for a Memorial Day weekend.

 

 

Welcome to my Cathedral

Cathedral, River Road (2017). Mixed Media Painting. 36 x 24 inches, (46 x 34 inches framed). Private Collection.

Cathedral, River Road (2017). Mixed Media Painting. 36 x 24 inches, (46 x 34 inches framed). Private Collection. Order a limited edition print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design for Gothic Cathedrals was inspired by the forests of medieval Europe. The stone rib vaults that seem to soar to the heavens echo the intertwining tree branches that hang heavily over the forest floor while the stained glass windows reflect a light considered spiritual to many, and the work of fairies to others.

It was this very sort of image that I was met with as I walked on River Road, Topsfield, one afternoon. The way the light was dancing off the trees, and the arch of the intertwining branches as they crossed the road mimicked the interior of a Gothic Cathedral. Even though I have walked this road so many times, I had never seen it quite this way before. Inspired, I went into my studio to “build” my own Cathedral.

 

 

Register for a Papermaking Workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn to make paper, expand your artistic practice to include handmade paper in variety of colors and textures, or make a set of handmade paper stationery and matching envelopes? What about giving Mom a special gift for Mother’s Day by treating her to a paper making workshop? Better yet, join Mom and make it a mother daughter/son event.

Sign up for the workshop below that best suits your interests.

Introduction to Papermaking: Saturday, May 13, 10:00-4:00, 120.00.
This 6-hour workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of the papermaking process. The workshop will be held at Meg Black’s fully equipped papermaking studio located at 48 Prospect St. Topsfield, MA. The studio is complete with a Hollander Pulp Beater, paper making molds, deckles, raw and beaten fibers, and hydraulic paper press. Students will be introduced to both historic and contemporary techniques of papermaking, which fibers are suitable for the papermaking process, and will become familiar with handmade paper artwork, both the artist’s as well as that of other artists who work in this exciting and unique medium. Limited to 8 students. 120.00 includes all materials. Refreshments served.

What to bring to the workshop:
1. Waterproof boots or shoes and old clothes. Do not wear crocks-they are slippery in water and you will get your feet wet!

2. Collage elements such as any artwork you are comfortable tearing up and
re-working, yarn or pieces of cloth, flat found objects natural or synthetic, scissors, a
sketch book to write notes in, pencil to write with, magazine images, personal photographs for collaging.

3. A sense of adventure and a vivid imagination.

Click to Register for the Workshop

 

 

Pulp painting workshop: Saturday, June 3, 10:00-4:00, 120.00.

In this 6-hour workshop students will explore pulp-painting techniques using cotton fiber, linen, and overbeaten abaca. The workshop will be held at Meg Black’s fully equipped papermaking studio located at 48 Prospect St. Topsfield, MA. The studio is complete with a Hollander Pulp Beater, paper making molds, deckles, raw and beaten fibers, and hydraulic paper press. Painting “tools” including spoons, turkey basters, squeeze bottles, syringes, brushes, and plastic cards will used to “paint” handmade paper. Each student will create a piece of paper art approximately 18 x 24. Limited to 6 students. Refreshments served, bring your own lunch.

What to bring to the workshop:
1. Waterproof boots or shoes and old clothes. Do not wear crocks-they are slippery in water and you will get your feet wet!

2. Collage elements such as any artwork you have done that you are comfortable tearing up and re-working, scissors, flat found objects that can be immersed in water, a sketch book to write notes in, pencil to write with, magazine images, photographs.

3. An open mind and sense of adventure! This will be a lot of fun.

Click to register for the Workshop

A gracious note from a long time collector

Hi Meg!

Here are photos of your beautiful pieces.  The smaller ones we bought are in friends houses.

Happy Holidays!

Best,

Dawn
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Autumn Marsh Triptych, 15 x 7 inches. 85.00.

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Small Works for Small Spaces

sail-boat-triptych-iiSail Boat Triptych, 15 x 7 inches.  85.00.

Happy Birthday DADA!

Mary Melilli, Graphic Designer, calligrapher, and Chair of the Art and Design department at Salem State University, and  I collaborated on a painting inspired by the DADA movement which is “celebrating” its 100th anniversary this year. This artistic and literary movement arose as a reaction to the atrocities of war and the absurdity of early twentieth century culture. The Art + Design faculty at Salem State University continue this lineage of provocative art making and create diverse works of art that generate questions about our contemporary society, the role of the artist and the purpose of art in the twenty-first century.

http://essex.wickedlocal.com/news/20161016/on-exhibit-endicott-features-magic-of-william-meyerowitz-while-salem-state-turns-to-dada-art

Fall 2016 Preview: Wall Art for a country family room

I just completed this triptych of wall reliefs for a lovely family room, complete with comfy chairs, over stuffed pillows and tasteful accessories.  I plan to add another Spring image to make this a polyptych, once we get through another New England winter!

Boxford Pond Installed

Open Studio Invitation

Meg Black unveils newest commission

Open Studio
November 15-16, from 10-5 (Sat.) and 11-4 on Sunday
48 Prospect St. Topsfield, MA

Celebrate the completion of six large-scale birch trees paintings, commissioned by the state of New Hampshire.

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  • Make a pulp painting of your own
  • Find out more about the commission proposal
  • Review recently completed projects and upcoming proposals
  • Example of exciting new printing process-printing on glass!
  • Refreshments: wine, cheese, sweets, cider, coffee
  • Limited edition prints and small original works for sale
  • Children welcome