In the fall of 2019, we were invited by Arts Afield, a Smith College arts initiative, part of the Center for Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability CEEDs to create earth work sculptures at the MacLeish Field Station in Whately, Massachusetts. Ecotones is comprised of two separate temporal art works that will be made with materials harvested from the 190 acres of hilltop forest and are intended to move through state changes as the vagaries of time and weather lay waste to the materials returning the artworks to the land. In this way sculptures collaborate directly with nature, contributing both to their building and their dissolution. They also tell a topographical story of life and death in accelerating cycles of dying that mitigate and sometimes beg for hope in our warming world. Each piece is a reflection of our working in a place for two years, a narrative of data, observations and experiences. When seen together, the artworks offer a conversation between two ecosystems and a phenological study of place and are imbued with a personal understanding of the particularities of MacLeish formed from our interactions with weather, science and the land itself.
The exhibition will feature works in a wide variety of media from artists living within 50 miles of the Museum. Works will be selected to create a cohesive presentation that explores contemporary themes and ideas within the arts of Philadelphia. The exhibition will be juried by artist Sarah McEneaney. In conjunction with this exhibition, some of McEneaney’s own work will be on view, and the artist will select objects for display from Woodmere’s collection that relate to the show’s themes.
Sponsored by NY art dealer Brenda Taylor;
“Inherent in the local is the concept of place – a portion of land/town/cityscape seen from the inside, the resonance of a specific location that is known and familiar. Most often placed applies to our own “local” – entwined with personal memory, known and unknown histories, marks made in the land that provoke and evoke.”
Lucy Lippard, The Lure of the Local
We are providing you with the place of Machiasport, ME for one week, to explore a landscape rich with wildlife and where the earth meets the ocean. How might the terrain effect your work? How might your interaction with other students change your perspectives? How do you elicit your own voice when expressing your response to each? How do you organize these experiences visually?
This week will provide time to explore this landscape, working directly in it, with it, through it. My role as instructor is to begin a dialogue of experiential learning – teaching you how to set up personal parameters to allow you to be more deeply in the moment – whether that is experiencing the physical terrain, journaling or making a painting, sculpture, drawing or installation. I will encourage you to make personal knowledge connections to this environment, through activities like hiking, bird watching and becoming keen observers by using all of your senses. How you collect these experiences will be personal; journaling, story telling, photos, postcards, or physical collections of materials. The products we make will be based on these experiences and those you bring with you.
Arrive Sunday, July 13 – after 4pm
Depart Saturday, July 19 by noon
The bonus to this intensive week, will be your interactions with NY art dealer Brenda Taylor. She is not only our host, but will be providing professional direction for you in approaching the art world.
Women In Trees .Mujeres en los Arboles
A collaborative exhibition of American and Cuban Artists
Artists: Jacqueline Brito, Yamilys Brito, Betsey Batchelor, Alicia Leal, Bonnie Levinthal,
Yvonne Love, Sarah McEneaney, Yasbel Perez
Students: Salome Garcia, Erica Lampe, Yilian Marie, Gillian Siegfried
On Exhibition in Havana in November and at Penn State Abington December 4-January 31, reception Monday Dec. 9, 4-6pm.
Her unusual materials employed in her work such as modeling paste, glue and resin fluctuate between drawing space and holding form. These spaces and forms address experience and memory, positive and negative and the ambiguity of boundaries, which contain and protect or divide and limit. Her works delve into quiet memory and employ a play on repetition that offers both a meditative state as well as eliciting a tone that is simultaneously of the body and the ocean. In both the making and in experiencing, the pieces require slowness.
LG Tripp Gallery, North 2nd Street Philadelphia
Duo Exhibition: Michelle Marcuse and Yvonne Love, April 5 – 27
Michelle Marcuse Yvonne Love
April 5 – 27, 2013
Artist Reception, April 6, 5 – 7 pm
First Friday, April 5, 6 – 8:30 pm
L to R, Bonnie Levinthal and Yvonne Love are Penn State Abington art instructors whose recent trip to Cube inspired several artworks featured in the current exhibition at Arcadia University.
Recently, four artists — two from Penn State Abington, Bonnie Levinthal and Yvonne Love; and two from Arcadia University, Abbey Ryan and Scott Rawlins — were granted a rare opportunity. They were invited to the island nation of Cuba for six days to participate in an artistic cultural exchange with other artists on the island.
During their visit, the American artists collaborated with Cuban artists using art material from the island itself. After this experience, they came back with a host of remarkable and varied work representing their time in Cuba. Returning with them was visiting Cuban scholar Dr. Raúl Rodríguez, deputy director of the Center for Hemispheric and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Havana, to help teach at Arcadia.
Together, all five of them have put together an art exhibit displaying not only the work of the four artists, but also art material of and media from Cuba itself. Titled “Mitos and Realidades: Inspiraciones de la Republica de Cuba” (Myths and Realities: Inspirations from the Republic of Cuba), the exhibit runs until Jan. 6, 2013. Held and displayed in the Commons Gallery of the University Commons building of Arcadia, the exhibit is open to the public.
Mitos y Realidades: Inspiraciones de La República de Cuba Myths and Realities: Inspirations from the Republic of Cuba at Arcadia University:
On the evening of Thursday, November 8, Arcadia University will have the official opening of an art and artifact exhibition featuring the fine art work of Bonnie Levinthal, Yvonne Love, Scott Rawlins and Abbey Ryan. All of this work was either completed during, inspired by, or used materials obtained during our week in Cuba. In addition to this work, we will be displaying artifacts from Cuba loaned to us by the participants . A reception for the artists begins at 7 pm with a discussion of art and culture in Cuba following at 8 pm.
Where: Commons Exhibition Space on the ground-level floor of the University Commons. The show will be up through January 2013.
LG Tripp Gallery
RSVP 3 at the LG Tripp Gallery
July 13 – August 18, 2012
Artists Reception, Saturday, July 14, 4 – 6:30 pm
First Friday, August 3, 6 – 8:30 pm
LGTripp Gallery continues its tradition of a summer invitational. This exhibition is the intersection of the variegated histories of thirteen artists. The disparity of the rich and expansive career of the mature artist to the enthusiastic, tenuous beginning of the recent art school graduate, the educated and the self taught artists, expressing their creativity and experiences through a myriad of styles, mediums and techniques, each with their own individual approaches to abstraction. It is at this juncture of abstraction that their paths converge.
This year RSVP 3 is showcasing thirteen artists, twelve exhibiting here for the first time. The exhibition will feature paintings by Ryan Cobourn, Paul Davis Jones, Michele Kishita, Yvonne Love, Mircea Popescu and Michael Yoder, drawings by John Dickerson, Robert Dodge, Joseph Iacona and Colleen McCubbin Stepanic, video by Victoria Pepe, sculpture by James Perry and installation by Tegan M. Brozyna. These artists are based in Philadelphia and the surrounding region.
It is practically impossible to move through artist, Yvonne Love’s house without feeling like you are walking through a still life painting. From the color of the venetian painted walls to the objet trouve, the artworks to their arrangements, the mixture of styles, color, and textures is a feast for the eyes. Like most of the women I write about here, Yvonne is a force to be reckoned with, a prodigious sculptor, lecturer of visual art, and mom to two gorgeous boys, she manages to get into the studio nearly everyday. We began working together over five years ago on an exhibit we curated about artists’ visualization of global warming called Hot Topic, since then we have collaborated on numerous works of sculpture including large scale media installations with TangenT an arts collaborative that I have written about previously. Together with her husband Dave, a painter and printmaker, they have made a most gracious, artful, and inviting home.