Holiday Open House at the Bakery Building
Please join us at the Bakery Building, 61 Pleasant Street, Portland, for our annual Open House at Peregrine Press. The studio will be open for the First Friday Art Walk, December 6th from 5:00 – 8:00 as well as on Saturday and Sunday December 7th and 8th, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Many other studios in the building will also be open.
I am excited to see David Wolfe, pulling my broadside, “Wintering Over” at his print shop, Wolfe Editions, in Portland. He printed a limited edition of 30 in letterpress, hand set with lead type on Somerset rag paper, with the image fashioned from three plates based on my original, “Warmth of Her Body 1″. Working with David Wolfe is always a revelation and a pleasure! He is a master of design and execution in an art form that has few dedicated practitioners left.
You can see this broadside and four of my monotypes in the Wintering Over series at the opening of “Winter Expectations” at the George Marshall Store Gallery, York ME, this Saturday November 23, 5-7.
The limited edition Broadside will be for sale at the opening on Saturday, or if you can’t make it to the gallery on Saturday, e-mail my assistant to order one.
A collaboration with Wofle Editions
David Wolfe of Wolfe Editions is making a broadside of Kate’s poem Wintering Over in letterpress on Somerset paper with artwork in color based on her print Wintering Over: Warmth of Her Body I. David will be printing a limited edition of 30, signed and numbered, set in Fairfield type with the title set in Charlemagne, a beautiful typeface based on the inscriptions on the Trajan Column .
The size of the broadside is 11″x15″. It will be available for $125.00 at the George Marshall Store Gallery opening November 23rd, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. If you can’t make it to the opening, Kate can send it to you by mail.
Please contact Kate’s assistant Dawna for details:
PO Box 920
Kennebunk ME, 04043
George Marshall Store Gallery Winter Show
Kate will have work in the upcoming Winter Expectations show at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine later this month.
Winter Expectations – Invited New England Artists
November 23 – Year End, 2013
Opening Reception Saturday, November 23rd 5-7 pm
For more information on the exhibit:
Here’s what Kate writes about this series of prints, 4 of which will be included in this show:
WINTERING OVER: Burrows, Nests & Boles
(Suite of Monotype Collages)
I made this suite of monotype collages during a printmaking residency at the Vermont Studio Center in the winter of 2007. “Wintering Over” is also the title of a poem I wrote during that same retreat. It speaks to our kinship with all creatures and our desire to find those safe burrows, dens, and nests in which to protect and “winter over” that which is essential in us, our creative core. The extreme cold and the constant white of my surroundings was the backdrop for my explorations of warmth and life, grounded in the earth, connected to her fiery center and regenerated every year through seed, egg, idea— a manifestation of what is becoming from that which is hidden, buried, dark.
“All the life of the planet is interrelated… each species has its own ties to others, and all are related to the earth.” – Rachel Carson
My goal as an artist is to reveal the deep ecology of being. “Being IS relation,” the philosopher Jonathan Edwards said. If I am in relation, or “interrelated” as Rachel Carson maintains, this implies a moral responsibility. I made my nest and egg installation with this in mind: to teach a new generation about Rachel Carson’s message: to bring alive to them what she was saying 50 years ago. Silent Spring brought to light the far- reaching adverse effects of indiscriminate spraying of DDT after the war. DDT is a toxic to humans and animals. It particularly affects apex species (on the top of the food chain) like eagles. I had the idea to build a double size eagle’s nest on the quad in collaboration with students at Chatham University. We made an 8′ wide nest and egg installation, and Raku fired eggs that would open to reveal facts about DDT and messages from Rachel Carson. These were later hidden on campus, and students found them and reflected in blogs about the relevance of the messages for today. (Those same messages are printed around the base of the indoor nest I built for this Maine show.) I had students gather dead wood, as eagles do, to construct the nest. In addition, I had Maine biologist, Bucky Owen, tell the story of the rebound of Maine’s bald eagles after the ban on DDT in 1972. In my lifetime, we have pushed eagles very close to extinction and, through our moral actions, brought them back. Young students need to hear that we can make a difference. One student remarked, “fracking (big in western PA) is the new DDT.”
I Am A Material Girl.
The materials I use in my art making are various and eclectic. Artists work with stuff. It’s the physical that we must use to reveal the intangibles. For me, the physical materials are paper, gesso, shellac, oil-based etching ink, water-based and oil paint, clay, Mylar, found objects, natural matter like twigs, branches, and stones, vegetable scraps, tea leaves and raffia. My process begins with collage, building plates from recycled matt board that will be used to layer images on paper in a printmaking process called collagraph. These may be rectilinear plates or free-form plates in the form of starfish, birds, turtles–whatever I want to inhabit the monoprint, ( see “Medusa/ Starfish” series and “Monhegan Migration”series) These are made of paper & gesso, marked on both sides, so they can be printed many times, creating ghosts and layers. Layering is important to me; just like the layering of organic matter that produces compost, layers of meaning, perception and time can be built up through this unique printmaking process. “Compost Nation”, (a detail of which is above), is an example: made from vegetable peelings and tea leaves, collected over many days. it has its own motto: “One nation, biodegradable, with liberty and humus for all.”
Silent Spring – The Enduring Legacy
June 8 – July 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
George Marshall Store Gallery
140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine
Sunday July 7th at 3:00 PM, Kate will present a talk titled “Interrelated – One artist’s response to Silent Spring.”
Silent Spring: the Enduring Legacy
I’m working on an “indoor” nest for my Raku eagles’ eggs that were part of the big eagle’s nest installation and interactive teach-in I did for my “InterRelated” show at Chatham University last fall. The double size 8′ wide nest is still installed on the quad, and this smaller one will go in an upcoming show at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, ME, opening June 8. “Silent Spring: the Enduring Legacy” is the title curator Mary Harding has given the show, and the quotes from Rachel Carson that are revealed inside my eggs are her “enduring legacy.” They have as much currency today as they did 50 years ago.
Here’s a sample:
But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is ultimately a war against himself.
I challenged myself to make the nest without any ties or glue or man made parts. Eagles have only branches to work with, claws and beaks, no hands. I could have used an extra beak.
The Raku eggs are black inside. I’m trying another version of the nest with black branches. It’s harsh, but maybe truer to the reality. I’ll have to see.
In conjunction with the Maine Women Pioneers III – Worldview exhibition at the UNE Art Gallery, Kate will be giving an artist’s talk at 5:00 on April 18 at the Gallery, 716 Stevens Avenue in Portland. For more information see www.une.edu/artgallery.
The exhibition is on view until May 12th. The show had an excellent review in the Maine Sunday Telegram that mentioned Kate’s work. In addition Maine Magazine (March issue) features Kate’s work on the “See” page as well as an article in the Kennebunk paper about the Rachel Carson connection. (See Links Below) Coming up, Kate will also be in a related show in the George Marshall Store Gallery (June 8-July 15 2013) in York, “Silent Spring: The Enduring Legacy”.
Maine Sunday Telegram Article:
George Marshall Store
InterRelated: One Artist’s Response to Rachel Carson. An Evening with Kate Cheney Chappell.
Sierra Club Maine would like to invite you to their March film event, InterRelated: One Artist’s Response to Rachel Carson. An Evening with Kate Cheney Chappell. Kate will present a short film, photos and commentary on her art.
When: Friday, March 22, 2013
6:30 PM Dessert and Coffee
7:00 PM Film and post-film Discussion
Where: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St, Kennebunk (map) (next to the Kennebunk Public Library)