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    Opening on February 4: 17 Mysteries and Signs: Tintypes in the Digital Age by Ruth West

    These art pieces touch the non-verbal part that comes with seeing. Each piece hovers on the edge of a full story.  Linear time is suspended by mysterious, dreamlike elements offering glimpses of a story that is just out of reach. Photography of the late 1800’s contained a process of making photos on lacquered iron called tintypes. This method was used to capture a wide variety of settings and subjects, as it required minimal drying time.  It documented time both mysterious and mundane, from civil war battles to carnival souvenirs. All had an eerie other world feeling, as the final photographs seemed to appear and disappear in puckered and cracked black and white.

    Using her Itouch, West set about creating a modern series that had the feel of historic Tintypes while taking the process deep into her personal mythology. Printed on aluminum, in intimate sizes 6”X6” , these pieces contain West’s fascination for showing only part of  a story. Subjects often have their backs turned to the viewer, or exist only in shadow. Locations are otherworldly. Words and signs appear as the focus of some pieces, dreamlike in their format.

     Prints are sold individually, or as a cluster.

    Ruth West is an internationally recognized artist who has been working with digital art for the last 30 years. One of the first two graduates of the University of Massachusetts with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Computer Graphics, Ruth West's art has grown steadily along with her chosen medium, digital art. She works with digital collage, flash interactivity, and web design.



    Little People at Nina's Nook

    Nina's Nook welcomes "little people" for the month of December. Six artists create figures from metal, wood, fabric, found objects, paper and clay. Edite Cunha, Lilin Tseng, Sue Huszar, Nina Rossi, Belinda Lyons Zucker, N. S. Koenings.  Dolls? maybe some are. Others are art objects, sculpture, curiousities. Mostly small and affordable, always unique.

    Frida dolls by Edite Cunha


    Assorted dolls by Edite


    Figure by Sue Huszar



    Baby by N. S. Koenings


    Three Men at Work paper figures by Nina Rossi

    Two figures by Belinda Lyons Zucker






    "Ordinary Storms" Opens featuring work by Barbara Milot

    Barbara Milot combines abstract photos of the sky with scratchings inspired by the growth pattern of shells to create tactile diagrams of turbulent weather patterns. Her series, Ordinary Storms, is on view at Nina’s Nook from October 8 to November 12. Meet the artist during Pumpkin Fest in Turners Falls, Saturday October 24 between 5 and 7 p.m. Nina’s Nook is next to the Black Cow Burner Bar at 125A Avenue A in Turners Falls. Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-5 and by app’t. 413.834.8800




    Artist’s Statement

    I have taken photographs of skies and cloud formations for years although I am trained as a printmaker, not a photographer. When cleaning out my studio I came across an envelop of many of these photographs  and began to draw on them and scratch through the printed surface. This was the start of my current body of work, the Ordinary Storms series. 


    In this series, I am exploring the tension between the ephemeral, transitory effects of moving clouds and the grounded, physical marks. The photographs are glimpses of the constantly changing effects of light in space, the very essence of ephemera, while the physical qualities of the materials interact with the insubstantial objects. The elusive subject suggests process and change, the transition from one set of conditions to another.


    My Process

    Throughout the day I am always aware of subtle changes in light, color and movement in the sky, even when indoors. I take hundreds of sky photographs (even during the working day out of a window with a panoramic view of the sky). I crop individual images to determine the compositions and resize them for printing. In cropping, the obvious views of the sky become abstract compositions of color, tone and shape. After printing, I superimpose drawings made from direct observation of natural forms to introduce structure, tactile elements and to juxtapose unrelated images in ways that seem true.  In this series, I work from the growth marks and textural surfaces of shells as they give me visual analogies of diagrams of turbulent weather patterns.


    Liz Denny at Nina's Nook

    Showing at Nina’s Nook from August 6—September 12: Sculpture by Elizabeth Denny. 

    Finding odd bits of abandoned machinery and other junk is part meditation, part obsession for this Florence sculptor and former researcher. She feels that “taking rusty farm machinery apart with an acetylene torch is almost as good as sex….It does’t matter what the medium is, I just function better in life when I am making something.” Denny creates humorous sculptures out of whatever she can get her hands on when “poking around din old dumps and wading in the river."

    Elizabeth Denny was the favorite student of Nina Rossi’s father, Dr Peter Rossi, when he taught graduate courses in survey design and evaluation at UMass. He swore she was the smartest student he ever taught, and they maintained an ongoing monthly lunch date for a number of years after graduation. 

    Denny and Rossi met at Dr Rossi’s memorial service and realized they share a  love of old junk. This show has been an idea for several years and now becomes reality.  Her assemblages of machinery, river glass, old household items and all sorts of old stuff are on display at Nina's Nook in Turners Falls from August 5—September 12. An artist’s reception is planned for Saturday August 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.