The Harrison Gallery was awarded Second Place, Best Show in a Commercial Gallery by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA, United States Section). The Harrison Gallery was selected for this honor in response to 2006 show New Visions: Mike Berg, Paul Chojnowski, & Ray Charles White. The 2006-2007 awards ceremony was held February 28 at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston with special guest Arthur Dion presenting. The Harrison Gallery received one of the few awards given to an art gallery outside of Boston. While many University and Museum galleries were honored for shows of this past season, The Harrison Gallery was one of only eight commercial galleries in New England to be recognized for excellence. Also of note, North Adams neighbor Mass MOCA also received two awards, Second Place in both Best Thematic Museum Show and Best Installation or Single Work of Art in a Museum.
We are delighted with the response to our out-of-gallery show for Sharon Carson. This feature exhibition of North Adams landscapes will continue through May 23, 2007 at the Tunnel City coffee house on Spring Street here in Williamstown. Sharon's exploration of local sites is reflected in much of these recent works, as this local artist finds inspiration in the Berkshire's textural variety and wealth of seasonal colors. Her landscapes are rhythmic, angular translations that have a semi-abstract yet pristine quality.
We are excited to welcome two new artists to the gallery.
Ashfield artist Jamie Young has become a friend and inspiration to many. After being diagnosed with leukemia and undergoing chemotherapy in 2005, Jamie began a series of abstract landscapes "Passages" that explore her journey through the devastation of disease and finding again the light of life. Postcard sized reproductions from this series of oil are being gifted to cancer patients across the US through. We are honored to now have original paintings from this series of work here at The Harrison Gallery.
Willoughby Elliot was our late fall featured Tunnel City Artist. We are pleased to welcome this Fair Haven artist to The Harrison Gallery and look forward to exhibiting his textural, atmospheric landscapes juxtaposed to The Harrison Gallery notable Mary Sipp Green.
We had such a fabulous even with John MacDonald this past March 4. We do our best to describe John's digital woodcut technique to all who visit our gallery, but John's demonstration was really enlightening. WilliNet videoed John's talk, which will be airing on their artist feature. We send thank yous to John and everyone who could join us.
Phew! We just finished mailing The Harrison Gallery's new Artist Catalog. This publication highlights five of our newest artists: Stanley Bielen, Hale Johnson, Petria Mitchell, Nick Patten, and Aysha Peltz. Biographies, images, and essays collaborate make this an outstanding catalog. Please call The Harrison Gallery to request copies.