“Animals call us back to the earth. They can’t live separate from the rivers, trees and soil we share.
When we surrender to our connection with them we return to an ancient source of wisdom.”
– Mary Baures
Photo from the opening at Shetland Art’s show for Montseratt Students during the recent art opening in Building One also featuring work by David Lieb, and Henry Zbyszynski. If you missed the opening, stop by and see the show during office hours until May. Photo by Montserrat student Dino Rowan.
Art Opening at Shetland Park’s Shetland Gallery
In the atrium of Building One at Shetland Park is Salem’s best kept secret: a four-story sunny atrium reminiscent of New York’s Guggenheim and lends itself perfectly to a gallery. Last March, Shetland Park transformed the atrium into a gallery, and now in its second season, Shetland Park is preparing for another show, Water Visions, a Group Show.
The show opens Friday, November 9th, and runs through January 3rd. The opening reception will be held in the atrium of Building One, 4 – 6 p.m. and the public is invited.
Christopher Pendergast, is a Massachusetts based painter who uses traditional oil painting techniques in combination with mixed media to achieve a variety of unique effects. After graduating with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, Pendergast worked in design and production art for a few years before moving back to art making full time in 2007. Since then he has had continuous representation at the Louisa Gould Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, and since 2010 at Sheldon Fine Art in Newport, Naples and Saratoga. Pendergast has received numerous commissions and his work is in many corporate and private collections.
Laurie Simko is a painter who works with oil on canvas or board, and explores a variety of subject matter. Her current work focuses on the swirl of life in the macro and micro views of the natural world. Simko grew up in Needham and Wellfleet, MA, and graduated from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She worked as an art director and graphic designer in several advertising and high-tech firms in the Boston area, and started Simko Eye Design in 1996, a web andprint, graphic design business. She lives in Chelmsford, MA and has a studio at the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. Simko is a member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA, and has exhibited in many juried shows, including the Copley Society of Art, the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA, the Cambridge Art Association, the Concord Art Association, the Arts League of Lowell, the Brush Art Gallery, and the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA.
Jenny Chava Hudson, a digital artist became smitten with the Internet. In 1998, she studied web design and since then has created sites for universities and non-profits, but mostly designs websites and graphics for creative businesses. Her fascination with all things digital led her to digital painting and she began creating digital art in 2002. She has taught high school and college art with both traditional and digital media. She expanded her business to head her own self-publishing and promotion company, Merrimack Media.Hudson is a past member of the Copley Society, The Cambridge Art Association, the Newburyport Art Association, and has exhibited in galleries in Boston and its North Shore. She has taught various aspects of graphic design, illustration, and digital media at Endicott College and Northern Essex Community College. Her work is in many corporate and private collections.
Andy Montone After leaving corporate America, where Andy Montone spent most of his days as a marketing executive managing creative staff and achieved national recognition for some of his excellence in marketing creativity, Andrew decided it was time to foster his passion for the arts and in 2008, founded Cambridge Art & Frame. Here he has been able to spend every part of his day touching, creating, learning, discovering art. Much of Andrew’s own work is in photography – never without camera in hand and sense of composition in eye. Andrew believes that as art is subjective, so are those things that we see and experience. Although his days are spent helping other artists, Andrew finds the time to create his own art – be it photography or other art forms. Although Andrew has sold many of his photographs, he has donated much of his work to help raise money for various charities.
Salem’s best kept secret is in Shetland Park’s Building One. The business park office has a four-story sunny atrium reminiscent of New York’s Guggenheim and lends itself perfectly to a gallery. On March 16, 2012, Shetland Park transformed the atrium into a gallery, with a photography show, complimented by the work of two sculptors featured at the exhibit through June 13th.
Bobbie Bush, a professional portrait photographer of Bobbie Bush Photography at Shetland Park, specializes in photographing babies in their first year of life from as young as five days old through to the child’s first birthday and she will be exhibiting her photos that capture the tender moments of family life. In 2011, Bobbie was voted Best Children’s Photographer by the Boston.com CityVoter A-List online poll and December 2011, Bobbie was featured on national television in an episode of MTV’s hit reality TV show MADE. For more about her work, visit website:www.bobbiebush.com.
Paul Dube is a commercial photographer and co-owner of Hotshots Advertising Photography, Inc.(www.hotshotstudio.com) at Building Two, Shetland Park. He has provided photos use on packaging, print ads, catalogs and websites corporate clients in the Boston area including Osram Sylvania, BD Biosciences, Dunkin Donuts and many others. With over thirty five years experience, he currently specializes in studio product photography and location commercial assignments. Paul also teaches at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, Bunker Hill Community College and is a guest lecturer at Salem State University.
Mark Gooby, a partner at Hotshots Photography also created images for a diverse range of Hotshot’s corporate for more than thirty years. In his personal work, Mark’s passion for photography took him on dozens of highways and byways across the country in search of the perfect landscape image. Some of his latest work explores the landscape in a less traditional format, where light and motion are key. Mark can also be found shooting along the piers and dry docks of Gloucester where nautical textures, colors and patterns find their way into his inquisitive aesthetic.
Lea St. Germain is a first assistant at Hotshots, has worked in the field of photography for over 15 years assisting various local photographers. She is co-owner and primary photographer for Lea Lucio Photography of Melrose. Specializing in unique and personal weddings and family photos.
To compliment the photography, Bernie Zubrowski’s kinetic sculpture will hang from the 5th floor ceiling, down into the atrium. A science educator, Zubrowski has designed curricula and worked with teachers, often combining explorations of aesthetically interesting phenomena with the development of scientific concepts. During his years as an educator at the Boston’s Children Museum, he has designed exhibits, and Bubbles and Raceways inspired replications or variations in a number of science centers and children’s museum in the US and other countries.
Zubrowski explores ways of making kinetic sculptures using simple and relatively available materials, interested in the perceptual effects of the multiple parts of each piece creating a dynamic interaction as they move past each other, caused solely by interaction with a person or random air currents. Currently, installations of his work are at the science centers Explora in Albuerquerque, New Mexico, Coyote Point museum in San Francisco and Acton Science Center in Acton Massachusetts, and he has installed pieces at the Concord Consortium in Concord Mass and the Education Development Center in Newton Mass.
Jake Basso (sculpture left) is a graduate of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the consummate recycler, creating large witty sculptures from junk. About his artwork, he writes: “Operating on the dual premise that it is a bad day when you don’t learn something new and it is a bad day when you don’t bring home a good piece of junk.” He welds disparate elements into something new, using a variety of materials in very original ways. Basso has exhibited consistently at Brickbottom in Somerville.
Besides its atrium, Shetland Park has miles of wall space and will also feature a group of photographers from the Salem Art Association on the second floor of Building One and in the Small Business Center in a show entitled Photo Salem.