FLOTSAM, photographs and collage by Trish Crapo opens at Nina's Nook on September 4 through October 12. Inspired by walks on the beach during a dune shack residency on Cape Cod last May, Crapo's compositions represent "a calligraphy written by the sea."
For the last two weeks of May, 2013, I had the distinct honor and challenge of being awarded a residency in the Margo Gelb Dune Shack in the wild dunes near Provincetown. I had cold days of rain during which the roof leaked, 50 degree mornings when I plotted how to devise aluminum foil bevels behind my propane fridge to divert the heat outward, and, finally, glorious days in the high 90s when I submerged myself gratefully into the salt swells of the sea. One morning, after a storm, I walked the beach and photographed flotsam that had washed up on the sands near my shack. I was struck by the way these natural compositions preserved a calligraphy written by the sea. And later, when I began to look back at examples of my torn paper collage, I realized that I see these compositions everywhere. They are inside me.
Opening Reception for "Flotsam" was also a Beatnik Poetry Night at the Nook with a special reading of "Howl" in the candlelit cranny for Turners Falls Third Thursday Night Out --50s Style.
Opening Aug 1 at Nina's Nook: "WTF?? The Art of Bruce Kahn" featuring digital photography and photography collage by Bruce Kahn.
"Kahn was born in a log cabin on the Indiana plains in 1835. He served with distinction as Minister of the Bizarre in the cabinet of Abraham Lincoln. After the death of his beloved President and lover, he returned to a quiet life on the prairie where he invented the wooden cardiac pacemaker, the personal foot massager, and the wheel.
Using the proceeds from these inventions, Kahn traveled to Turners Falls, MA, where he met Nina, or, as he prefers to call her, Ms. Nook. They have been planning this exhibition for the past five minutes, and are thrilled to welcome you. Please refrain from saying WTF, as children may be present."--Bruce Kahn
Exhibiting August 1-31 . A reception with the artist is planned for Saturday August 10 during the annual Downtown Turners Falls Block Party. Nina's Nook, 125A Avenue A Turners Falls, MA.
Hours are Wed-Th 4-6pm, Fri-Sat 1-6pm or by appointment: 413.834.8800.
Distant Objects is a series of small constructions that combine photographs of cloud formations with three-dimensional elements made from wire, hardware and wood. Milot’s work suggests ways we attempt to tame and navigate the world around us in the face of uncontrollable elements such as air and water. Artist website: www.barbaramilot.com
Installed and Beautiful. Many of these little gems are 4x4"--the size and detail are best appreciated in person. Most work retails at $45, with larger work priced at 70-75.
When we were reflecting on them yesterday at the shop, Barbara and I were struck by a certain similarity of scale and airy aesthetic with the poetry of e.e. cummings.
The work fits perfectly within the litte gallery
Don't miss the reception with Barabara Milot on Thursday evening July 18. There will be music and a surprise installation!
Next Thursday, July 18th I am raffling two wristbands (worth 30$) to the Upper Valley Music Fest that is happening on July 27th in Turners Falls. Your purchase at Nina's Nook that day from 4-8:30 pm enters you in the raffle, which will be drawn outside the store at 8:30!
There will be music themed earrings for sale, and some nice brushed aluminum, adjustable guitar hangers for your wall, too!
She has a doctorate in Education, but gave up practicing family therapy in order to write and make art every day.
Reception with Emily Goodwin will be held during the May Artwalk in Turners Falls on Thursday May 16 from 5-8pm in the magical, candle lit Cranny.