KINGSTON, RI — The South County Art Association Member Invitational Exhibit offers selected artists a special opportunity to showcase the art they desire, said Jason Fong, director of exhibits.
The latest South County Art Association (SCAA) member invitational exhibition opened at Helme House Gallery earlier this month and will be on display until May 7. who have a record of consistently producing high quality artistic work.
“This exhibit showcases a really talented group of artists,” Fong said. “Being able to see a larger selection of someone’s work really allows the viewer to get to know an artist, see what it’s about, and experience their work in a more complete way.”
SCAA member invitational exhibitions are shown in the Helme House Gallery two to three times a year. Fong selects a group of SCAA members, approximately six to eight artists. By being chosen for the exhibition, artists have no limits, such as size restrictions, and have the freedom to exhibit a full series.
Anyone can become a SCAA member and can be chosen for future invitational shows, Fong said. He said members tend to be happy when chosen for these types of shows.
“I choose the artists, but they can select the work they want to show,” Fong said.
The current exhibition presents six artists and three types of artistic mediums: paintings, photographs and drawings. Paintings are by Lisa Lyman Adams, Richard Levy and Billy Montella Jr. Drawings are by Mi OK Song. The photographs are by Ben Buglio and Jean Duffy.
Levy has been a member of the SCAA since 2018. It features familiar sights of the Rhode Island coast, such as beaches, coves, bay, saltwater ponds and lakes. Levy has stated that he likes to focus on changing atmospheric conditions in his paintings.
“Light, although a critical factor in all paintings, is fundamental to landscape painting,” Levy said. “Although we rarely see the sun in sight, its location shapes every aspect of the composition. Even on a cloudy day, the location of the sun will directly affect our perception of the natural form.
Levy also pointed out that he incorporates his point of view into all of his pieces. A piece featured in the exhibit is based on a 50-year-old Polaroid of his brother, father, and himself.
“Although the study of natural settings is the main source of inspiration for my work, I believe that the point of view of the artist must always be present in a work of art”, said Levy. “Painting requires the physical manipulation of a fluid medium. When creating a work of art, the energy preserved in every stroke is a record of the artist’s struggle to present their view of the world. »
Montella Jr. also features Rhode Island scenes in his paintings, Fong said.
“All of his work, whether it’s landscape, architecture, people or animals, is a study of light,” Fong said. “All his work just seems to glow from the sunlight captured in the paintings.”
Fong said Adams spent years as an artist and illustrator in Manhattan and is a highly valued instructor at the SCAA. Currently, she shows a diverse group of paintings.
“His articles are all relevant and have something to say, and they all show extraordinary skill and mastery of his media,” Fong said.
Fong said Song’s colorful pen drawings require a keen eye to notice everything.
“Mi Ok Song’s series of colorful pen drawings are extraordinary, each one is a conglomeration of figures, animals, patterns and shapes that draw the viewer in close to find every little detail,” Fong said. “Mi Ok’s wit and sense of humor also shine through in her work, especially when you read the titles.”
Buglio’s abstract photographs capture everyday objects in a new and unique way, Fong said.
“His images are details of ordinary objects but cropped in such a way that the object is not prominent or even recognizable,” he said. “Colors and textures create patterns and shapes that become works of art on their own.”
Buglio has been a SCAA member for three years and said he really enjoys “the space, the lighting [and] Atmosphere of the exhibition. He said he enjoys producing abstract images that impact the viewer.
Admiring his work, he advises the viewer to “look for composition, texture and use of color”.
“A good abstract is one that can be hung in more than one format,” Buglio said. “For example, the photo ‘Watermarks 1’ was hung upside down and won an honorable mention.”
Duffy also has her photography featured in the exhibit. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in photography and has been featured in several publications over her 38-year career.
Duffy said it was an honor to be invited to the exhibition and to see her work displayed with other members. Its categories in the exhibition include landscape, portrait, abstract, digital, flower, artistic, animal, and conceptual.
“There is a photograph that everyone can identify with, whether young or old, artist or novice,” she said.
Fong said Duffy’s technique in his photographs shows a mysterious mood and a willingness to experiment.
“Each image is unique,” Fong said. “There is definitely a strong element of storytelling or storytelling present in the work.”
Duffy encourages the community to view the exhibit and be moved while enjoying the art.
“[The exhibit] engages viewers outside of their common, logical world and places them in a vivid, invocative, and emotional state of mind,” Duffy said. “I would like viewers to come with their friends and family and start a conversation about their views and feelings on each.”
To learn more about the current exhibition and additional information, visit southcountyart.org.