“Fiber Action Print Passion,” featuring the work of Kathy Klompas of Clifton Park, is on display during the month of March at Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady. Owner of Ragged Edge Printmaking Studio in Cohoes and a member of Oakroom Artists, Klompas creates bold and vibrant images using thickened dyes and elements of collage. Fiber artist and printmaker Peg Foley will also be represented.
The opening reception is Sunday, March 12 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady, NY 12308 The gallery will be open Monday-Friday, 9a–4p, March 1-27.
Juror Andrew Stein Raftery selected the prints from over 196 submissions by 71 artists from across the United States. A printmaker specializing in narrative scenes of contemporary American life and a professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, Raftery trained in painting and printmaking at Boston University and Yale. He has focused on burin engraving for the past 12 years, publishing the portfolios Suit Shopping in 2002 and Open House in 2008. Both projects were exhibited at Mary Ryan Gallery in New York and were collected by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the British Museum.
This national printmaking exhibit is one example of how IMAGO Foundation for the Arts (IFA) supports community involvement in a wide range of cultural activities related to the arts.
We’d especially like to see you on Saturday, March 7 from 1-4 PM for our opening reception. All of us will be there, along with the usual opening goodies, and we would love to have the chance to meet with you!
Wow, the creative sparks have really been flying in the last year or two, but I have been quite neglectful in sharing the enthusiasm and energy with you!
Exposing Rhythms, was an opportunity to review, reflect on, edit, and hang my work with my friend Fred Neudoerffer. I am so grateful that Fred, seeing my work hanging in the studio, realized it would be so well complimented by his stunning Hudson River Movements photography series.
Now that my art was calling to me to be hung in public, I entered a couple of chine colle pieces in LARAC member show and won an Honorable Mention award!
Window Shop Gallery, an effort to share art in the heart of Cohoes, made possible through the efforts of the Choose Cohoes for Art Committee, chose me to share the spotlight with miChelle Vara and Luba Ricket , while at the same time being the featured artist at the annual Cohoes Artist Showcase.
With the encouragement of friends I took my art to the street at The Stockade Art show. What a great experience to meet so many art admirers.
I love teaching my unique technique for monoprinting with dye on to silk scarves, but my “day job” keeps me from offering too many classes, but this year not only did I have a great group of artists come play at my studio from Schenectady Art Society but I was also invited to teach 2 days at a wonderful retreat for WWAM.
In my spare time I work a full time job, as Merchandise Team Manager for a national retailer. It’s demanding, fast paced, and actually a great job where I can be creative in merchandising all kinds of stylish products, but also necessitates being creative in juggling multiple priorities and logistics! Best thing about it? My awesome team, we all really love having a project to dig in to. Ahh, but change is afoot. My store will close, the team will be dispersed. I am excited that I have been chosen to move on to continue as a MTM in a nearby branch, that does over 5 times the sales volume of my small store!
In the spray of Cohoes Falls, I wonder whose history and memories these remnants document.
Shards pop into my camera lens and I am drawn into focus, the bits of flotsam now forming fragmentary images in my own life.
These works are digital collages from an ongoing series of photographs I have taken along the Mohawk River, below the Cohoes Falls, documenting the curious amount of fabric remnants , fishing line, and other debris collected at the water’s edge.