Self-Portrait Survey and Recent Work April 25 – May 20, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday April 27, 5:30 – 8pm
Second Reception Saturday, April 29, 3-5 pm
Thursday, May 4th, 7:00 PM Women Imagined by Themselves and Others, Still Urgent
Art talk by Sharyn Finnegan, Painter, Writer and Art History Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design
Blue Mountain Gallery presents the work of two artists, Marjorie Kramer and Sam Thurston, who both use the carefully observed world as
a starting point for a range of expressive works in a variety of mediums. The artists work in New York City and Vermont.
Marjorie Kramer has passed through the stages of life many women do. Marrying, breastfeeding, becoming politically active, aging. The part
that might be unusual is that she has painted her way through it all, holding her paintbrush, and has been doing so since 1970. Maybe women
paint the body so often because we need to reclaim our bodies from being “the other”. See Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex.
Kramer also is showing a few new paintings such as a winter back yard with wood pile.
Marjorie Kramer: SURVEY OF WOODS PAINTINGS AND URBAN DRAWINGS
January 28 – February 22, 2014
Opening: Thursday January 30, 5 – 8 pm
2nd Reception: Saturday February 1, 3 – 5 pm
Event: Alternative Art Histories Series, Jennifer Samet
Ideas on Art from “Beer with a Painter” Thursday, February 6, at 6:30
Blue Mountain Gallery presents the work of two artists, Marjorie Kramer and Sam Thurston, who both use the carefully observed world as a starting point for range of expressive works in a variety of mediums. The artists work in New York City and Vermont.
Marjorie Kramer will be showing seven paintings done over several decades while sitting deep in the Vermont woods. It is a series through time, similar to others the artist has done of other subjects such as self portraits and snowy landscapes. Kramer will also show recent drawings done while looking out of friends’ apartments in New York City or while sitting in the car in parking lots in Vermont looking at the wild juxtaposition of new and old buildings, rich and poor people, and vehicles and empty spaces. The artist says of her work:
These woods paintings were each worked on all one summer, in different summers from the 1970’s to 2010’s, most of them are 40″ x 48″. The woods has been logged over several times during the two hundred years of white settlement, Hard Maple, Beech, Spruce, Balsam, White Pine each being cut and carted off. The woods recovers eventually, through winter temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees and through lush short summers. There are bear, deer, and raccoon, songs of Hermit Thrushes…and the artist sitting for hours painting in the midst of so much open beauty, being sometimes subject to Northern Forest Fears. Paint tubes and glass palette are hidden at night behind trees while the canvas and brushes are taken back to the house, an idea gotten from Gretna Campbell.
Marjorie Kramer, painter of direct experience, lived in NYC for years, now also considers Vermont home. Some history: Cooper Union days. 1963, Buying cheap land in Vermont. Helping to found the New York Studio School, studied with Charles Cajori and Mercedes Matter. Modeling for Philip Pearlstein, Lois Dodd and friends. Then sharing the running of Lucien Day’s Green Mountain Gallery, becoming a feminist, coordinating shows for women artists, “marrying my beloved Sam Thurston and raising daughter Raloon,“ teaching drawing and painting at Johnson State College and always painting. She loves cooperatives in art, in food. Spends two months per year in NYC. Subjects: flowers, landscapes and self-portraits.
From Reviews: Larry Campbell wrote in ArtNews that her work was “plucky” and “lyrical” . Ken Johnson wrote in NY Times that her paintings had “a delicate sense of touch”, Peter Gallo wrote in Art New England of “her remarkable neomodernist observational rigor.”