The gallery at Artspace is dedicated to showcasing local artists’ work and providing the community with access to incredible works of art of all kinds. We sponsor approximately 6 artists per year and feature a new exhibit every 8-10 weeks. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-6pm by appointment. Access is free for all patrons. Social distancing enforced, and masks required for entry. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Now in the Gallery
by Karen Axtell
November 11, 2020 – December 5, 2020
Artist Statement: “This series is small in stature, and imploding with emotion in response to this unimaginable year spanning impeachment to the implausible. The images are mixed media paintings and monoprints on paper.”
The virtual gallery opening of Karen Axtell’s 2020 Imprinted available below.
There were early signs that I would explore creative pursuits. Drawing and painting happened often and effortlessly. As a high school student I worked in clay and was privileged to teach several semesters at the Ceramics Studio at Cornell University.
In college at Portland School of Art, I was introduced to life drawing, photography, and painting. I worked for a few years independently with a commercial photographer and then with a printmaker in the Portland area.
In awe of the possibilities of printmaking, I returned to formal art training at UMass Amherst where I produced suites of prints and handmade books. Studying under Hanlyn Davies, John Grillo, and Walter Kamis, painting soon prevailed as the preferred means of expression.
I have received generous awards and recognition for my paintings. A large series of work from the mid ‘90’s gave me invitation to the MacDowell Colony, as well as inclusion in numerous juried exhibitions.
I have continued to paint whenever time allows. Most recently I’ve been working with mixed media and oils on paper, and printing on a custom Conrad press.
To schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, contact the Artspace Office via phone or email.