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Notes and Happenings from Ferrin Contemporary:Ceramic Specialists

PETER PINCUS’S Finesse by Lyn Horton, January 2019.

‘Pincus is an intense, dedicated master of his craft. His work speaks a restrained yet exuberant enthusiasm for those visual artists and ceramicists who have come before him. This article hinges upon an exhibit, at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, entitled “Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood.”…’

-Lyn Horton

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PETER PINCUS’S Finesse by Lyn Horton, January 2019.

Peter Pincus, “Ewer, c. 1893/2018″ 2018, colored porcelain, 13 x 6 x 5”.

 

 

THE WOMEN WHO CHANGED CALIFORNIA CLAY

A Clay Symposium on January 12th, 2019, from 3-5pm

at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada Cultural Center
720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA

MARTHA DREXLER LYNN PH.D. Curator/Art Historian
CYNTHIA DE BOS Manager of Collections Artists’ Legacy Foundation
LESLIE FERRIN Director of Ferrin Contemporary Gallery
NANCY SELVIN Artist, Professor Ceramics California College of the Arts
NANCY SERVIS Curator/Art Historian

Join the Monterey Museum of Art as we gather an expert panel of artists, curators, scholars, art dealers, and gallerists to discuss how women shaped California ceramics in the second half of the 20th Century. Learn how ceramicists Coille Hooven, Viola Frey, and others forged the way for generations of women in ceramics and glass arts through groundbreak art and feminist activism.

INFO AND TICKETS AT MONTEREYART.ORG/EVENTS

More info on COILLE HOOVEN

Evan Hauser & Canary Syndrome

CFile on November 19, 2018

“In Hauser’s Preservation and Use #3, the artist encases a landscape painting by French-American naturalist painter George Hetzel. In his work, perhaps Hauser is attempting to dam-up Hetzel’s river, clogging its serene waters with ubiquitous packing. He similarly plugs-up Yellowstone Falls by Albert Bierstadt and corrals Thomas Moran’s Teton Range. It’s no wonder Hauser used works by Hudson River School painters: aware of the true price of Manifest Destiny, Hudson River School artists began to incorporate this skepticism into their works (Think: Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire) and can be said to be the country’s first environmentalists…”

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See more of EVAN HAUSER’S work here

View images of Canary Syndrome here

 

BOUKE DE VRIES

WAR & PIECES/ MATRIX 180
WADSWORTH ANTHENEUM

Oct. 4th- Jan. 6th, 2019

Hartford, CT

“Many of these banquets were held before big battles. At the Duchess of Richmond’s party [which was held in Belgium], Napoleon was advancing. All the men had to leave,” including almost every officer in the army of the Duke of Wellington. De Vries says. “I put the battle on the table. It’s a safer option.”

 — Bouke de Vries

Bouke de Vries is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.
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Sculptor Uses Sugar, Porcelain And Transformers As A Commentary On Warfare

BOUKE DE VRIES– Susan Dunne of the Hartford Courant reviews War & Piece‘s US debut at the Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford, CT. On-view through January 6th, 2019.

 

VISIT

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY is located in the heart of the Berkshires — home to museums, theaters, performance centers, and many great restaurants. The area is the perfect art vacation destination along with the natural beauty of the mountains themselves. Click for more

Let us help “curate” your visit to the Berkshires this summer and fall. Click here to send an e-mail.

June 6, 2017

CERAMICS ARE EVERYWHERE

private collections are on view in public museums
Massachusetts, California and Toronto

BEYOND FUNCTION:
CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS FROM THE DONALD CLARK COLLECTION


LAST CHANCE  On View through September 2, 2018
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA
An exhibit of extraordinary works from Donald Clark’s extensive private collection ranging from functional vessels to figural sculpture. The exhibition includes numerous works by artists from throughout Massachusetts in a collection built 1980 – present acquired from studios and the exhibitions at Pinch Pottery and Ferrin Gallery.

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LIVING WITH CLAY: CALIFORNIA CERAMICS COLLECTIONS


August 25–November 17
Opening Reception: Sat, Aug 25, 5–8pm
Living with Clay: California Ceramics Collections, curated by Rody N. López, pays homage to distinguished collectors that have amassed impressive collections of ceramic artworks from some of the most respected artists in the field, all reflecting an insatiable passion for clay.
Sergei Isupov, “Bow”, 1998, Sonny & Gloria Kamm Collection

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Click here to view work by Sergei Isupov.

THE DIANA REITBERGER COLLECTION


August 29–Jan 2, 2019
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Reitberger Collection is significant for revealing new connections between Canadian artists and leading international makers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. (at left Peter Pincus, “Trio V”, 2017)

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CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: DEL BALCÓN


On View through September 16
Cristina Cordóva’s solo exhibition, Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary is on view in the gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, MA

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On view through September 16
Cristina Cordóva‘s solo exhibition, Del balcón 
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September 27 – November 4
Canary Syndrome
Group exhibition featuring recent works by Elizabeth Alexander, Bouke de Vries, Elliot Kayser, Beth Lipman, Livia Marin, Paul Scott, Jason Walker.
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November 10 – December 29
Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood
solo exhibition exploring new forms based on research work into collections at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AB
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VISIT US IN ART COUNTRY


We can help you organize behind-the-scenes visits to artist studios, guided tours with curators and special farm-to- table dinners.  Now scheduling 2019 tours for individuals, museums and collector groups.

VISIT US IN CUMMINGTON AT PROJECT ART


OUR SEASONAL GALLERY
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT THROUGH OCTOBER
at Project Art
54 Main Street, Cummington
Selected works from Ferrin Contemporary,
private collections, and current projects.

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FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
in Building 13 on the MASS MoCA Campus


Start or end your day at FERRIN CONTEMPORARY when you explore the world of MASS MoCADowntown North Adams, and the Berkshires — we are happy to help you find your way to more art, local food, and, of course, fresh beer.

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CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: DEL BALCÓN
at FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Cristina Córdova, "Del balcón III" 2018, ceramic and steel, 33 x 28 x 13"

Cristina Córdova, “Del balcón III” 2018, ceramic and steel, 33 x 28 x 13″

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: DEL BALCÓN

solo exhibition of ceramic sculpture
JULY 28–SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

Preview: Thursday, JULY 26, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Thursday AUGUST 2, 7pm

 

Cristina Córdova, "Del balcón" 2018 - installation at Ferrin Contemporary

Cristina Córdova, “Del balcón” 2018 – installation at Ferrin Contemporary

PREVIEW: DEL BALCÓN


THURSDAY, JULY 26, 5–7pm
Meet Cristina Cordova and the first view of her exhibition.

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ARTIST TALK


THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 7pm
Join us at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams for an artist talk about her work and life in the USA and Puerto Rico.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA CATALOG


A catalog of the recent exhibition at Alfred Ceramic Museum is now available for pre-order. This full-color, 36-page catalog includes an essay by Wayne Higby and photography by Brian Oglesbee. Shipping in August.  $15 + $6 shipping.

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CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA


LAST WEEKEND Open through JULY 29
CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA is on view at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum.

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HOPS+POTS


JULY 28, 6–8:30pm
Join us in for a party celebrating local ceramic art and benefiting the Studio Potter journal.

The evening will showcase local ceramics, food, beverages, and music along the idyllic banks of the Westfield River.

at PROJECT ART, 54 Main, Cummington, MA

Click here to buy tickets now.

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY’S SUMMER GALLERY


JULY 28 & 29, 10am–5pm
The summer gallery at PROJECT ART in Cummington, MA will be open during the OPEN HOUSE and anytime by appointment. Selected works from Ferrin Contemporary’s current and upcoming projects.

PETER PINCUS (left) a recent work exploring his upcoming exhibition “Channeling Josiah Wedgwood” opening in November.

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PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE


JULY 28 & 29, 10am–5pm
Works by our resident artists, Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets (pictured left), Alexandra Jelleberg, and Paul Scott will be on view.

at PROJECT ART, 54 Main, Cummington, MA

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GROWLERFEST AT PROJECT ART


JULY 28 & 29, 10am–5pm
GrowlerFest was founded in 2015 by resident artist, Alexandra Jelleberg to connect artists to the craft beer movement by showcasing the ties between local food, craft beer, and ceramics. Working at Project Art with short-term resident and potter Brad Klem, this project has been presented in galleries and breweries in Portland, OR, Kansas City, MO, Pittsburgh, PA and here in Massachusetts.

Selected works from Growlerfest 2018 will be on view during the PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE.

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PROJECT ART IN CUMMINGTON, MA


Project Art supports and promotes local and international ceramic art and artists through artist residencies, studio rentals, events, and exhibitions.

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Can’t make it for the OPEN HOUSE? Let’s make arrangements for you to visit another time.

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MIDSUMMER AT PROJECT ART
HOPS+POTS  July 28
PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE  July 28 & 29

HOPS+POTS


July 28, 6–8:30pm
Join us in for a party celebrating local ceramic art and benefiting the Studio Potter journal.

The evening will showcase local ceramics, food, beverages, and music along the idyllic banks of the Westfield River.

at PROJECT ART, 54 Main, Cummington, MA

Click here to buy tickets now.

PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE


July 28 & 29, 10am–5pm
Works by our resident artists, Sergei Isupov,Kadri Pärnamets, Alexandra Jelleberg, and Paul Scott (pictured left) will be on view.

at PROJECT ART, 54 Main, Cummington, MA

Click here for more.

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY’S SUMMER GALLERY


The gallery will be open during the OPEN HOUSE and anytime by appointment.

Selected works from Ferrin Contemporary’s current projects and recent exhibitions is on view at PROJECT ART, 54 Main, Cummington, MA

Click here for more.

GROWLERFEST AT PROJECT ART


GrowlerFest was founded in 2015 by resident artist, Alexandra Jelleberg to connect artists to the craft beer movement by showcasing the ties between local food, craft beer, and ceramics. Working at Project Art with short-term resident and potter Brad Klem, this project has been presented in galleries and breweries in Portland, OR, Kansas City, MO, Pittsburgh, PA and here in Massachusetts.

Selected works from Growlerfest 2018 will be on view during the PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE.

Click here for more.
Click to browse the shop.

SELECTIONS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS


Ferrin Contemporary is proud to offer selected works from artist archives and private collections 1950–present. These works from the 80s and 90s are now available as collectors downsize and offer a unique opportunity to acquire, fill gaps, and begin collections.

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AMERICAN STUDIO POTTERY


July 28 & 29
Selected works from private collections and artist archives are available for sale online and at the annual mid-summer open house, during the Hilltown6 annual pottery tour and our HOPS+POTS event.

Warren Mackenzie (shown at left), John Glick, Karen Karnes, Mathew Metz, Mark Pharis, Linda Sikora and Michael Simon

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HILLTOWN6 POTTERY TOUR


July 28 & 29, 10am-5pm
Celebrate the 12th Annual Pottery Tour & Sale
Visit studio potters in their natural habitats.
Beautiful summer back roads and lots of great pots (and food!).

Click here for more information and the map.

PROJECT ART
NESTLED IN THE HILLTOWNS


Located 3.5 hours from NYC and 2.5 from Boston — midway between the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley — at our renovated 8,000 square-foot mill building on the bank of the Westfield River. You are just as close to MASS MoCA, as Northampton, Mass., with nature out the window and on the doorstep.

Can’t make for the Open House? Give us a call and make an appointment.

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DIRECTIONS: SERGEI ISUPOV is on view at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, through July 22. Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA. July 26–September 16. Click for more.

SERGEI ISUPOV is among the featured artists at 2018 MASTERS IN CRAFT at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. On view through Aug 20.
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CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA is on view at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum through July 29. Click for more.

MARA SUPERIOR
featured at PROJECT ART during HOST
June 23 & 24, 2018

Join us at the

PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE

featuring MARA SUPERIOR

during HILLTOWN OPEN STUDIO TOUR (HOST)

June 23 & 24 throughout the hilltowns

MARA SUPERIOR


Ferrin Contemporary and Project Art will be featuring local artist Mara Superior during the first Hilltown Artist Open Studio Tour (HOST). Mara will be on hand to demonstrate her painting technique on porcelain relief platters during the two-day open house.

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SMALL WORKS


Small works by Mara and other artists represented by Ferrin Contemporary are available in our Square Shop.

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ALSO ON VIEW AT PROJECT ART


Works by our resident artists, Sergei Isupov,Kadri Pärnamets, Alexandra Jelleberg, and Paul Scott will be on view along with selected works from Ferrin Contemporary’s current projects and recent exhibitions.

Click for more on Project Art.

HILLTOWN OPEN STUDIO TOUR


HOST is presented by the Hilltown Arts Alliance. This is the first year and it’s an ambitious one. 26 artists at 24 locations throughout the hilltowns, with a group show at the Cummington Community House Gallery. Visit working artists’ studios, many of which are located in unique architectural settings with beautiful gardens to explore.

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FOLLOW THE MAP 


MEANDER TIMELESS BACKROADS … Get a glimpse into both the creative process and physical work which make up the daily lives of these visionary artists who live amongst  mountain views, streams, and Western Mass rural splendor. Eight studios in Cummington include Beckie Kravetz, June Ferrin, Jeanne Johns, Frances Henry & Walter Korzec, Leni Fired, Judith Bowerman, and Larry Slezak.

Don’t miss studio potters Mark Shapiro in Worthington and Michael Melle in Plainfield.

Click for more on HOST TOUR MAP.

DIRECTIONS: SERGEI ISUPOV is on view at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, through July 22. Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA. July 26–September 16. Click for more.

SAVE THE DATE
Coming up in Cummington, MA, HOPS+POTS on July 28 and PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE on July 28 & 29. Click for more.

SERGEI ISUPOV will be among the featured artists at 2018 MASTERS IN CRAFT at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. Opens June 24.
Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA is on view at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum through July 29. Click for more.

Donald Clark: Selections from his Collection On View

Beatrice Wood, Akio Takamori, Sergei Isupov

Beyond Function:
Contemporary Ceramics from the Donald Clark Collection

June 21–September 2, 2018
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA

An exhibit of extraordinary works from the extensive private collection of Donald Clark. Varying in scale, shape and color, the contemporary ceramics on view represent different modes of creation that are thoughtful, vibrant, and artful.  The pieces range from functional vessels to works that move beyond function into the realm of sculpture.

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Donald Clark

Donald Clark began collecting ceramics in the 1970s. He continued to build his collection based on relationships with artists during his over 30 years of experience through Ferrin Gallery and P!NCH. Clark’s current project is as the Research Manager for The Marks Project, an online searchable database, documenting the marks of makers working in America from 1946–present. He is also an integral part of the Collector Services offered by by Ferrin Contemporary.
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Mark Shapiro

Handmade pottery exploded in America after WWII. Studio potters, in dialogue with clay and fire, produced objects that embodied their unique individual voices, while serving as vessels for everyday sustenance. Studio pots bring the sublime to the daily activity of eating and drinking. This talk will explore how the Donald Clark Collection illuminates the rise of the Studio Pottery movement as well as pottery’s dynamic presence in the local culture of the Connecticut River Valley.

Presented by Mark Shapiro, potter, writer, mentor, director of Apprenticelines, and founding member of POW! (Pots on Wheels)
Click for more information about the lecture.

ARTWORKS FROM THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS ARE ON VIEW
Chris Antemann, Chuck Aydlett, Mary Barringer, Bayless Hayne, Bennett Bean, Russell Biles, Posey Bocopopolus, Jessica Brandl, Sara Bressem, Mark Burns, Linda Christenson, Sam Chung, Burnadette Curran, Paul Dresang, Leslie Ferrin, Angela Fina, Vern Funk, Julia Galloway, Steven Godfrey, Krista Greco, Megan Hart, Mark Hewitt, Sergei Isupov, Michael Kline, Ben Krupka, Steve Young Lee, Peter Lenzo, Jeffrey Lipton, Maya Machin, Lisa Mandelkern, Michael McCarthy, Donna McGee, Lorna Meaden, Matthew Metz, Ron Meyers, Sequoia Miller, Hannah Niswonger, Kip O’Krongly, Lisa Orr, Liz Quackenbush, Mary Roehm, Justin Rothshank, Kathleen Royster, Mark Shapiro, Jane Shellenbarger, Linda Sikora, Michael Simon, Mara Superior, Akio Takamori, Sam Taylor, Kurt WeiserBeatrice Wood

MARA SUPERIOR 

Hilltown Open Studios Tour (HOST)
June 23–24, 2018

26 artists show their work in 24 locations in the Hillltowns of Western Mass.

Mara Superior is the featured artist at Project Art.

Click HERE for downloadable map.
Click HERE to view more work by Mara Superior.

ARTIST NEWS: SERGEI ISUPOV

Ferrin Contemporary presents
DIRECTIONS: SERGEI ISUPOV
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

This exhibition explores a range of ideas leading in new directions. Isupov, an established sculptor based in Cummington, MA, and Tallinn, Estonia, is world known for his surrealistic, figure-ground personal narratives which simultaneously integrate painted imagery and dimensional surfaces.

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2018 MASTERS IN CRAFT

Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY
June 24–August 20
Opening Reception Wednesday, June 27,  3–5pm

Several contemporary masters will be highlighted in this predominantly three-dimensional exhibition featuring work in wood, glass, clay, metal, fiber, and mixed media. A combination of well-seasoned and some newly recognized artists will be showing the best of their craft. Their unique styles will collectively create a symmetry of work in the Strohl Art Center.

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ISUPOV in “THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE”

In his article, Ferrin Contemporary Gallery ‘It’s about some sort of transition or searching,’ John Seven, Eagle Correspondent, explores “Directions: Sergei Isupov” with the artist himself. Why does Isupov do what he does? What is he looking to become? Where is he going with his work?

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FIGURE—GROUND:
Illustrated Sculpture Workshops with Sergei Isupov at Project Art, Cummington, MA

• September 23–29: Seven Day, Hands-On Workshop
• October 12-14: Weekend, Demonstration Workshop

Join internationally acclaimed sculptor Sergei Isupov for intensive workshops exploring the sculpted form in clay, the painted surface, and development of a personal narrative.

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ISUPOV WORKSHOP IN ESTONIA

July 14–18, 2018
Studio Asuurkeraamika
Tallinn, Estonia

FIGURE-GROUND with Sergei Isupov in Estonia is held at Studio Asuurkeraamika, a ceramics centre located in a medieval tower that once guarded Tallinn’s Old Town.  The five floors include studio, classroom, and gallery of contemporary ceramics, all linked by spiraling limestone staircases. Information and registration form are available on Project Art’s website.

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ISUPOV FIRE SCULPTURE

Sergei Isupov and Andres Allik offer “Fire Sculpture” as a traveling production. Isupov, an acclaimed international sculptor, collaborates with Andres Allik, master kiln builder, to create a performative firing experience. The project climaxes with an opening of the tulip-like kiln while at peak temperature, with participation from the audience.
Event is available for hire.

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Click to view images of the full process.

Sergei Isupov is represented by Ferrin Contemporary. Click to view work.