Opening Reception: 11/7
Location of Event: Cohen Gallery, 55 N Main Street Alfred, NY 14802
About her work, Harriet states: “I work with ideas that are based on an awareness of motion and surrounding environments. . . My discoveries have given me insights into volume and the use of line to define form on a two dimensional surface. My sense of structure and line focuses on simplicity and the demands associated within a minimal approach. I’ve chosen to include only what I think is necessary to define an idea. . . I use multiple layers of color within my all my work. As a result the under layers add a depth and richness to the surface. Frequently I draw lines through wet paint revealing the history of a painting, to emphasize a visual plane or to reveal the color that is underneath a toplayer of paint. These lines appear as symbols or marks. This aspect of my work has developed over decades as a personal language.”
This fall, the artist generously welcomed Fosdick-Nelson Gallery Director Sharon McConnell’s Exhibition Design class into her studio this fall semester. The class researched the artist’s website and working in teams, enthusiastically proposed hypothetical curated artwork selections and exhibition titles using a scale model of the gallery space. Students in the class then assisted the installation and lighting of the exhibition, gaining hands- on experience in gallery processes.
About the artist: Harriet Bellows received a B.F.A. and a M.F.A. from the School of Art & Design at Alfred University studying with Robert Turner and Val Cushing. Upon graduating she established and operated a clay studio in Alfred, NY. Bellows’ work was selected and purchased for Permanent Collections by the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Luce Foundation, D.C. and the Mint Museum’s Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection of Charlotte, NC; her paintings have been selected for numerous national juried exhibitions and invitationals and in October 2015, she was awarded an Artist Fellowship at the Virginia Center for The Creative Arts (VCCA). Bellows has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. She has lived in New England and the Southeast maintaining studios in Boston, Massachusetts, and Raleigh and Durham, NC. In 2010 she retired from a thirty year career as a professional pilot and continued her art work. Harriet Bellows paints in a residence studio and exhibits her paintings and ceramics in her artist-run project space outside of Alfred, NY.
Additional Information can be found at: https://auconnect.alfred.edu/event/5090558