The Chaffee Art Center in collaboration with author Yvonne Daley invites the community to celebrate the art, craft, music, film, food and activism of the 1960s with a new exhibit, “Going Up the Country.” The opening reception will be held on the Chaffee’s main floor […]
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Rutland, Vermont—All are invited to attend the Chaffee Art Center’s 58th Annual Art in the Park Summer Festival to be held on August 10 & 11 in Main Street Park at the Junction of Routes 4 & 7 in Rutland, Vermont. The show features juried fine artists, craftspeople, […]
Reception: Friday, September 25, 5pm to 7pm
“Love of Fantasy” features two and three dimensional paintings and multi-media constructions. Each piece illustrates the fantasies unfolded to the artists on their journey to create. The exhibit features the work of four Vermont artists: Jim Abatiell, Joan Curtis, Robert Hooker and Mark Horwedel.
About the Artists
My sources are the scribbles or sketches I make in my journals, based on a lifetime of responding to the art of others. When I make further use of these sketches in art projects, the images seem to fuse and coalesce into themes that were often not actually intended. Over time, however, I’ve learned to trust that this will happen. I make my interpretations; the viewer can do this as well.
The work is not always serious, so I do appreciate when a useful theme can be identified and expanded.
Magical places can seem like safe havens, while other times they can be played against or contrasted with the uncertainties wrought by Mother Nature. Fantastic and visionary imagery can be used to symbolize utopian worlds we dream of, where humans coexist peacefully with animals and our natural world on Earth. If we work harder at pretending we can do this, perhaps it will one day come to fruition.
When I stand on my back porch and look down on the brook that runs through my yard I see groups of stones on the bottom as abstract patterns. When I pass a cement retaining wall or length of city sidewalk that has shifted, settled, and cracked over time I see lines and shadows created by great amounts of natural physical pressure and I long to recreate them in my studio. Both the physical appearance and the apparent randomness of these shapes, textures, and shadows fascinate me.
Despite this fascination, I do not aspire to be a realist painter. Instead I want to use these images as jumping off points to create something new; something that references nature or the interaction of constructed objects and the continuous effort of Mother Nature to reclaim that which we have borrowed from her.
As I claim these images for my own I present them as if they have been plucked out of their environment, removing their natural context, and isolating them on a wall. In many cases I abandon the natural colors, replacing the subtle tones with bright colors or layers and layers of rich colors that invite closer inspection.
The process is always the best part of the adventure!
James “Jim” Abatiell
Jim has always had the creative spirit from his days crafting and model making during Boy Scouts to playing music in high school, and into college majoring in Industrial Design at Syracuse University and the Cranbrook Academy of Art for graduate school. He worked as a designer experiementing and innovating designs for homes and buildings and for the Salt Lake City Paruska Association where they did exhibit design work for the Winter Olympics.
When asked to comment about the exhibit Jim listed words and phrases he associates with art and the world of fantasy he creates. “Ideas: the Designer’s Specialty, imagination, wild, and visionary.” Jim aims “to make the visual incredible.” Creating art is itself “the art of clear thinking.” It’s about “problem solving (jokes can help), avoid judgementalism,” use “brainstorming techniques”, and “learn about your personal aptitude.” Jims philosphy on art is to: “keep working, make stuff, have fun.”
Who am I? Take a 5 year old, with a real “thing”, for dinosaurs, throw in King Kong, some comic books, early films of Ray Harryhausen, Disney, and a weekly trip to Saturday matinee, and in my book, your heading down the road to where at 62, I’m still, really enjoying the ride! My art has always been a salute to all those wonderful moments as a kid, that were filled with Fantasy and Horror.
The Chaffee’s doors opened in 1961 through the collaborative work of our founding members. It is through the support of the membership that our doors have remained opened. In conjunction with our year long celebration of LOVE, the Chaffee will honor our Chaffee Community Kinship […]