Wednesday, December 15, 2021

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Jessica Hagen

Since 2005, gallery owner Jessica Hagen regularly organizes exhibitions in her eponymous exhibition space in Newport. For more than a decade and a half, Hagen has built a reputation for fusing artists from diverse backgrounds to create a diverse and exciting gallery. Presented until December 31, 2021, Hagen’s Holiday Show offers a tantalizing selection of works by the artists she represents, inviting viewers to establish aesthetic links between objects of divergent sensibilities.

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Jolie Stahl Landscape with Tree PHOTO: Courtesy of Jessica Hagen

In the exhibit at 9A Bridge Street in Newport, visitors will find a plethora of items ranging from paintings and sculptures to photographs, ceramics and even textile works that blur the line between fine arts, crafts and design. The show is a feast for the eyes with performers from all over the region. Among the multitude of items on display, there are many things to like and also some highlights. GET THE LATEST NEWS HERE – SIGN UP FOR FREE GOLOCAL EBLAST DAILY

One such wonder is Walter Horak’s bronze sculpture titled “Lean To”. It is an object of unusual and meditative beauty which rewards fine observation. Featuring two figures, one carrying the other in a dance-like pose, the piece is full of poise and poise. “Lean To”, like many of Horak’s small sculptures, conveys a sense of monumentality that is at odds with its scale. Horak received his BA in Art History from Harvard before pursuing an MA in Education at RISD and an MA in Fine Arts at UMass Dartmouth. He works in Little Compton.

Another bright spot in the exhibition is Jeanne Tangney’s “Macintosh”. Although her chosen subject is simple, a lone apple on a neutral background, her execution elevates this humble still life. Nestled under a tuft of leaves, the skin of the Tangney apple subtly changes tone from red to green and shines with an eye-catching glow. Its treatment channels the mood of the great 18th century French painter Chardin, who has made studied tranquility his profession. Tangney studied at Rhode Island College and exhibited extensively.

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Jessica Hagen

Equally enjoyable, Jolie Stahl’s ceramic work uses the earthy medium of clay to explore nature. In “Landscape with Tree”, the steep branches of a tree blend into the rich blue expanse of sea and sky. Stahl’s surfaces and glazes create warm and inviting scenes that make inventive use of ceramics. Stahl boasts a long curriculum vitae of awards and exhibitions, beginning with studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Jeanne Tangney Macintosh PHOTO: Courtesy of Jessica Hagen

The exhibition not only highlights the work of representation, but also a number of thoughtful abstractions. Daniel Denton’s “Primaries” are a grouping of three wall constructions. Composed of colored panels superimposed on two-by-four substructures, Denton’s works probe color, form and the built environment in a precise and even laconic visual language. Described as a self-taught artist, Denton trained in architecture at the New York Institute of Technology and the Boston Architectural Center before embarking on a career in stoneworking.

Alongside objects traditionally classified in the “fine art” category, we will also find textile-based works by Susan Troy. Handcrafted, Troy’s pieces have roots in multiple disciplines. Of this job, Hagen says, “The response to Susan’s job has been phenomenal and it’s wonderful to see people react to the manual labor aspect. There is a bit of nostalgia in the way she creates her pieces, but with a modern approach, which really resonates with people. And I think this holiday season in particular, people really want that feeling. “

This year’s exhibition is the sixteenth annual Hagen holiday celebration. With works on display by over 30 artists, there is a lot to see and experience. Where holiday art exhibits can be overwhelming at times, Hagen’s keen curatorial skills translate into a more nuanced collection of works that could make a nice gift or a fitting addition to a personal collection.

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Daniel Denton Primary Detail 2 PHOTO: Courtesy of Jessica Hagen

Speaking about the exhibit, Hagen highlights the rich variety she has gathered, saying, “I love our holiday show because it’s a great show made up of all types and styles of artwork. and yet somehow it all works together. In my experience, when collectors view an exhibition organized in this way, they are encouraged to broaden their thinking about their own collection. It’s exciting to mix them up and allows each piece to shine on its own.

In his Holiday Show, Hagen takes the pulse of collectors’ interests while continuing to cultivate high-quality opportunities for local artists to share and sell their best works.

The Jessica Hagen Fine Art and Design Holiday Show continues through December 31, 2021. The gallery is located at 9A Bridge Street in Newport, Rhode Island. The opening hours of the gallery are Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery can also be opened by appointment. For more information, visit www.jessicahagen.com.

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