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Rick Martell, Ceramics
Joseph Matose, Paintings / Drawings
Judy Volkmann

July 1 to July 30, 2017


Gallery open 1 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday
Opening reception: July 1, 5 pm to 7 pm
Gallery Night: July 13, 5 pm to 8 pm




Ceramic vessels by Rick Martell

I’ve long possessed a refined, tactile appreciation for the sea, the woods, and the farm. My approach — after sailing boats thousands of miles offshore, encountering other cultures, hauling veneers to the mill — is muscular, and hands-on. Pivotal to my craftsman’s sensibilities was my time as a young man in Hawaii, apprenticing with a Japanese carpenter.

After I returned from combat with the U.S. Army in Viet Nam from 1965-67, I spent a brief period in the ceramics program at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. This experience remained with me, and I took my interest in clay work further by spending time in the studio and studying with Jane Ford at Bennington College, in North Bennington, Vermont, ultimately completing a tutorial in 16th century Japanese art with focus on ceramics in 1979 and establishing my own creative space.

From 1985 to 1990 I taught visiting students at Bennington, exhibited, and owned galleries and a studio in North Bennington, as well as in Williamstown, Mass. I also taught a winter’s study term at Williams College, Williamstown.  

I’ve done workshop study with John Katoulia, Paul Soldner, Warren McKenzie, Regies Brodie, Toshiko Takaezu, and Bruno LaVerdiere.

My focus is surface and colors. I like to work clay by stretching and pulling it almost to its breaking point. Round, large forms allow me to use the stretching and pulling process to its fullest.

I prefer simple shapes so I have a surface where I can lay on color and glaze in a painterly way. My focus is both wood and Raku firing, which allow me to become more involved with the piece through completion. My pots can be funny with colors light and airy, or serious with colors of the Earth’s changes — reds and blacks of volcanoes, white ice of glaciers, the yellow of the sun and the blue of the sea.

Joseph Matose of Newport, poet and artist, works with acrylic typically on large canvases. He is a University.of Rhode Island graduate. 

Thought-provoking and original, Matose is tuned intuitively with colorful abstract land and seascapes. Ink drawings are free-flowing, detailed and intense. For years Matose has inked local land features of Newport and popular characters like Albert Einstein or John Lennon. 

Matose has also penned -with illustrations- dozens of pamphlets that reflect ”his theological inquiries of philosophical ideals.” He loves words, writing and painting. An admirer of Einstein, Matose finds the great scientist’s belief in the beauty of Mathematics:  “Truth and Goodness equate the beautiful” as a touchstone for his own art and poetry.

Judy Volkmann: Artist Statement

My artwork depicts humanity, and how physical, emotional and societal influences shape us into who we are. The figures and portraits represented are often in states of being reflective, engaged, celebratory, or confrontational. In my process of painting the figures, my aim is to capture movement, and the physical characteristics and psychological aspects of being human. A sense of place and time are purposely void; creating an atmosphere expressive of the internal and external world of being. I want the spirit and energy of life in the work to impact the viewer toward an experience, and raise awareness to a condition or moment.

Bio: Judy Volkmann grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Painting and Art Education from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She has received numerous awards, including the Ellen Batell Stoeckel Fellowship to study at Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, CT. It was during that summer, inspired by the abstract painters there, when she began to explore abstraction in her figurative work.

For over twenty years, Volkmann’s art has focused mainly on the human figure and expressionism. She enjoys painting commissioned portraits for her clients, and has had her work displayed in galleries throughout the Northeastern region of the U. S. Her art is in private collections in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida, Idaho and California.

After living and working in New York City for over ten years, Judy Volkmann recently relocated to Providence, Rhode Island.



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