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    Saturday
    Jul082017

    "Imperfect People" Opens at Nook

    small carvings and prints by Theo Fadel

    7.5 Billion People Invited to Party in Five Foot Wide Gallery

     

    By THEO FADEL

    TURNERS FALLS, MA — The entire world has been invited to Nina’s Nook, operated by gallerista Nina Rossi in the village of Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Prints and small carvings by 0.001% famous artist Theo Fadel will be for sale through August 8.  The Nook is five feet wide.

     

    A life size doll enjoys the garden at Nina’s Nook. Courtesy of Nina Rossi.

    “There’s tonnes of space” said Tiny Dragon, a  2mm scale figurine previously featured in the Charlottean. Known as Tiny D, she is Fadel’s manager. “This used to be a hot peanut shack. It holds sixteen thousand and eight hundred short tons of peanuts. Off the top of my head, that’s twenty-four million a hundred ninety-two thousand individual naked peanuts, and change. That’s a lot of peanuts, so I don’t think it’s gonna be too crowded. I think even some walnuts could fit. I ain’t even included the alley garden out back which has no roof, so sky’s the limit. Seven and a half billion goes into sky’s-the-limit real easy because of the magic of outer space.”

    The Turners Falls fish ladder and dam. Photo courtesy of Nina Rossi.

    “I love Turners Falls” added Redbird, a celebrity holiday ornament from Holyoke, Massachusetts who is also managed by Tiny D. “Just yesterday I went swimming with friends in the fish ladder, and tomorrow we’re going over the falls in twelve ounce coffee cups. It’s just grand!”

    The Louvre Grand Gallery, Hubert Robert, 1796.

     

    Nina’s Nook is a true gallery. Architecturally speaking it is half room, half hallway and belongs to the same building typology as the Guggenheim Museum in New York City as well as the Grande Gallerie of the Louvre in Paris, France. The Nook, like the Louvre, transforms an old corridor into brilliant exhibition space.

    The interior of Nina’s Nook

    Indeed, the Nook gallery was a twentieth century alley shoppe selling roasted peanuts. Later it was the bottle depository of a candy store. Comparably, the Louvre was a twelfth century fortress. It later served as an art laden palace and artistes’ dormitory before its conversion during the French Revolution to a public exhibitorium. Details and timelines of both buildings are available on their websites.

    “Nina Rossi has done something immeasurably special with this alleyway. She’s an artist and poet herself” commented Redbird. “Up here, near the Vermont border, the Connecticut River is not so wide as when it reaches the Atlantic Ocean.”

    “Speaking of which,” interrupted Tiny D, “did you know that back in the day Rossi operated a fish winch on the P-town docks?”

    Redbird, courtesy Tiny Dragon Enterprises.

    “I did” continued Redbird, “and the reason why is that the wine-dark sea is everywhere available to whomever will brave it.”

    Nina’s Nook is located at 125A, Avenue A in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. The hours are here.  The mini show of work by Theo Fadel, imperfect people, runs from July 1 through August 8. The entire world is invited to a reception July 8, 4 to 7pm. The Gallerie is closed July 4.

     

    Friday
    May122017

    The Time Tunnel Opens at Nina's Nook Through June 

    Adrian Montegano of Wendell has a way to transform vintage knick knacks and kitchen items into amusing time pieces. He just completed installing over two hundred of these unique clocks on the walls of the Nook in downtown TUrners Falls MA. I have shelves full of toasters and coffee pots, samovars and lunchboxes that tick away merrily and wave their little hands. THe walls are full of pie plates, platters, graters, strainers, decorative tins, boxes, rat traps,hubcaps and other things. It sounds like thousands of insects are munching away in here.

    Thursday
    Mar302017

    Two Shows in April at Other Locations!

    This is a Busy month: I have my work in two towns during April: a show of recent work at the Burnett Gallery in Amherst (Jones Library) opening April 6, and the Arts Block in Greenfield (a show with my son Jon Bander) with an opening April 15. I have saved my most recent work for the Greenfield venue and I am very excited to fill the downstairs with work. And Jon has made some amazing pieces that he is going to show, too. I'll even be playing with my band, She Said, during a special opening night concert on the main stage! 
    I won't have another special show at the Nook until May 12, when the Nook turns into a "TIME TUNNEL"!!! But I will be open this April on the Avenue with the usual frivolous and fancy and fun items that you all have come to expect in this tiny, sweet little space.

    This Flag was made by Jon:

     

    THis is a Bowl of Apples made with fabric applique on steel annelaing foil with paint and washers.

     


     

     

    I've created a band called The Anchovies out of bobbina and wire and bottlecaps and other things.

    Thanks for Looking! I had intended to do more regular web site entries, but have been working nonstop on pieces for these shows and getting ready to play our first big concert with She Said on the 15th! WooHoo!

     

    Saturday
    Feb182017

    What Does Your Flag Look Like? 

     

    Wednesday
    Feb082017

    Chard Day's Night!

    These Chard Paintings were done for a Carolina seed company to decorate their packets. I received a small gift certificate for seeds in return for these images, which I enjoyed creating on stainless steel annealing foil over wood, with tacks holding a central image that is an applique of fabric with machine embroidery. The oil paint over steel has a luminosity that satisfies me and craetes a contrast to the flatness fo the fabric. I also really love chard. It completes something essential in my diet, even though it shrinks down to nothing when cooked. 

    These do not have big ideas involved with them. They are decorative. However, it was the beginning of a new desire to grow a few vegetables in the yard, which was not as successful an attempt as I had hoped, due to the quality of the soil where I laid out my beds (where an aboveground pool had been for a dozen years, very sandy even with 100$ of additives I dug into it). However, the work is successful I think.