Rachel Brask interviewed on “Creative Spirits Podcast”

Rachel Brask was interviewed on Episode 74 of “The Creative Spirits Podcast” with Sheryl Benjy, November 2022. Listen to the podcast episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or watch the YouTube video of the podcast interview (links below):

“Today’s podcast episode is with the talented Rachel Brask. We talk about rainy days and how she depicts them in her work. We also talk about how she got through grief with the healing power of art. This one is super inspiring and heart warming.”

-Sheryl Benjy, host, “Creative Spirits Podcast

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Sheryl Benjy is an abstract impressionistic artist, creative coach, and creative educator. She helps people add more color, light and whimsical fun to their lives, Check out her website and follow her work on Instagram

Rachel Brask to exhibit in Pawtucket’s Foundry Show Dec 1-4, 9-11, 2022

Rachel Brask will be a first-time exhibiting artist in The Foundry Show 2022, located at the Pawtucket Armory the first two weekends in December 2022. Her oil paintings depicting the colorful and expressive views of rainy days will be available in various sizes from as large as 30×40″ to as small as 3″x4″ mini paintings, along with limited edition reproductions and cards.

Admission is FREE, parking is FREE nearby, to browse and shop artwork and fine craft by over 60 artists, no sales tax charged. In lieu of an admission fee, visitors are asked to bring a canned good or goods to help support the Rhode Island Food Bank.

All artwork and purchases can be cashed out at the central register, or directly with each booth’s artist if they are attending. Artists from the Foundry will be available around the show for assistance and to answer questions.

The Foundry Show’s schedule is as follows:

Opening Reception
Thursday, December 1st, 5-9pm

Weekend 1:
Friday, December 2nd, 12-8pm
Saturday, December 3rd, 10-6pm
Sunday, December 4th, 10-6pm

Weekend 2:
Friday, December 9th, 12-8pm
Saturday, December 10th, 10-6pm
Sunday, December 11th, 10-6pm

Full details visit www.FoundryShow.com

Silent Auction

Over the years, the Foundry Artists Association has raised money for a variety of worthy causes. We invite you to participate in our silent auction by bidding on a variety unique pieces including handmade clothing, jewelry, glass, ceramics from each of the Foundry Artists. The beneficiary of our 2022 Silent Auction is New Urban Arts.

Bidding for 2022 Silent Auction ends at 6pm on Sunday, December 4th. Winning bidder will be contacted on Monday, December 5th.

Rachel Brask at Paradise City Arts Northampton Oct 9-11, 2022

WHEN: October 8-10, 2022 (Saturday-Monday)

WHERE: Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Rd, Northampton, MA

SHOW HOURS:

  • Saturday 10/8: 10a-6pm
  • Sunday 10/9: 10a-5p
  • Monday 10/10: 10am-4pm (Columbus Day)

TICKET INFORMATION:

Rachel Brask in process of creating a rainy oil painting

Rachel Brask has been selected as an artist to exhibit in the Paradise City Arts Festival fine art show in Northampton. She will be exhibiting oil paintings in Booth #303 (see map below for booth location). Brask will have a range available of her signature rainy window paintings, including several brand new ones from the “Montana Rains” collection. She was recently included in Paradise City Art’s listing of “New Faces.”

Paradise City, founded in 1995, produces award-winning, highly competitive shows of contemporary craft and fine art.

The Paradise City Arts Festival Northampton, with its unique indoor-outdoor ambiance, brings together an extraordinary selection of artists and makers, from fresh new talent to artists with national reputations.

“We are thrilled to welcome everyone to New England’s most extraordinary show of 220 of America’s finest artists and makers. Stroll three airy buildings filled with the best in fine art, craft and design. Enjoy sensational food by local chefs, craft cocktails and music in the Festival Dining Tent and a sculpture promenade. This fall our Silent Art Auction benefits the Chamber of Commerce of Northampton. Held at the peak of fall foliage season, this event features three days filled with a breadth of exhibitors and activities that will keep everyone enthralled and entertained. So worth a special trip!”

Follow Paradise City Arts Festival on Facebook and Instagram and on ParadiseCityArts.com website to view complete listing of artists, locations, directions, and more. Flip through the digital version of the Paradise City Guide, highlighting artist and events of the weekend.

* If you have any questions, email rachel@rachelbraskstudio.com or call/text 401-400-0418

Rachel Brask at Boston Int’l Fine Art Show Oct 19-23, 2022

WHEN: October 20-23, 2022 (Thursday – Sunday)

WHERE: The Cyclorama, 33 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

SHOW HOURS:

Rachel Brask in process of creating a rainy oil painting

Rachel Brask has been selected as an artist to exhibit in the 24th Boston International Fine Art Show, one of just two independent Rhode Island artists juried into the Emerge Salon of this fine art show. She will be exhibiting oil paintings in the Emerge Salon (front space by entry stairs), Booth 4S. Brask will have a range available of her signature rainy window paintings, including several brand new ones from the “Montana Rains” collection. The other RI artist juried into the Emerge Salon is Nick Paciorek, a talented Fauvist painter. This fine art show features 40 galleries and 15 juried artists. Learn more about Rachel Brask.

THURSDAY 10/20, 5:30-8:30pm: Opening Night Gala Preview:  This is a 21+ event, cocktail attire, valet parking available. Enjoy exquisite an evening out with fine cuisine, fine wine, and live jazz music and be the first to select from the dazzling array of artworks.  Gala tickets includes show catalog, and readmission throughout the weekend, and all special programs & speakers. Gala Ticket information here.

Friday 10/21, 1-5pm: Emerge Free Passes: Enjoy free entry to Friday afternoon’s opening afternoon to celebrate the Emerge Salon, a special selection of juried individual emerging & mid-career artists. A link will be provided closer to the event for these special free passes just for Friday afternoon admission. Follow Facebook pages @FineArtBoston or Rachel Brask Studio for early access to the link when it becomes available.

Saturday & Sunday: Seminars & Panel discussions throughout the weekend, check here for schedule (some sessions require registration, but is free with admission)

Event Weekend Passes: $15/pass advance or at the door, Weekend passes include readmission for two (2) people, complimentary catalog, special programs and re-admission. (Ticketing Info Here ) Valet & discount parking available. Each artist has a limited number of free weekend passes, contact Rachel Brask if interested.

* If you have any questions , email rachel@rachelbraskstudio.com or call/text 401-400-0418

Rachel Brask at Seekonk Open Studios 2022

Rachel Brask will be participating in Seekonk Open Studios 2022. She will be providing live painting demonstrations throughout the weekend of October 1 & 2, 11am-4pm Saturday & Sunday. She will be located at the stop at 49 Perrin Avenue, Seekonk, MA, along with two other demonstrating artists, Beth Goulet and Rachel Chevrette.

This family-friendly self-guided tour of artist studios throughout Seekonk, MA features 8 stops and 21 artists! Meet the artists, learn about their processes, in some cases see their actual workspaces, and see art in the making!

Beth Goulet is able to capture the feeling of magical moments of nature in her pastel paintings.
See what Beth is working on by following her at Beth Goulet Art on Facebook.

Rachel Chevrette works in the mediums of printmaking and floral artistry! She is joining Seekonk Open Studios for the first time this year. Enjoy her garden inspiration and hear about her creative process. Follow @rae.chev on Instagram.

Rachel Brask is a Seekonk roots member. She grew up in Seekonk and still connected in the community. Rachel will again this year entertain guests with demonstrations of her personalized style of painting rain and share the sentimental love that goes into each one. You can check out more of her works at Instagram via @rbraskstudio or Rachel Brask Studio on Facebook or @rbraskstudio on Instagram

Follow @SeekonkArtistNetwork on Facebook for most updated news, features & any weather updates leading up to Oct 1 & 2, 2022. Visit this webpage for full listing of artists, map and information on all the art stops.

Rachel Brask one of “Directors’ Picks” for Paradise City Arts Marlborough Nov 18-20, 2022

Rachel Brask’s booth

WHAT: Paradise City Arts Festival – Marlborough

WHEN: November 18-20, 2022 (Friday-Sunday)

WHERE: Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Royal Plaza Dr West, Marlborough, MA

SHOW HOURS:

  • Friday 11/18: 10 am-5 pm
  • Saturday 11/19: 10 am-6 pm
  • Sunday 11/20: 11 am-5 pm

TICKET INFORMATION:

Rachel Brask in process of creating a rainy oil painting

Rachel Brask has been selected as an artist to exhibit in the Paradise City Arts Festival fine art show in Marlborough. She will be exhibiting oil paintings in Booth #247 (see map below for booth location). Brask will have a range of sizes from small to large available of her signature rainy window paintings, including several new ones from the “Montana Rains” collection. She was recently included in Paradise City Art’s listing of “New Faces,” and is featured as one of the “Directors’ Picks” for the Marlborough show.

Paradise City Marlborough, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, has been New England’s “kick off the holidays” tradition for more than twenty years. A beautifully curated show and sale featuring 170 of the nation’s finest artists and makers, it is the leading fair of fine crafts and art in the Boston area. Recommended by the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and many other publications, Paradise City is a treasure-trove of gift ideas, one-of-a-kind home furnishings, fashion, jewelry and fine art. Preview the show at festivals.paradisecityarts.com! Paradise City, founded in 1995, produces award-winning, highly competitive shows of contemporary craft and fine art.

Follow Paradise City Arts Festival on Facebook and Instagram and on ParadiseCityArts.com website to view complete listing of artists, locations, directions, and more. Flip through the digital version of the Paradise City Guide, highlighting artist and events of the weekend.

* If you have any questions, email rachel@rachelbraskstudio.com or call/text 401-400-0418

Rachel Brask Interview: “Art Matters” with Wayne Quackenbush (Episode 36)

View this video interview of Rachel Brask on “Art Matters” with Wayne Quackenbush of East Bay Television (EBTV), on Episode 36. Click the link to view the full video on YouTube. This half-hour episode interviews Rachel Brask in Part 1 (first 15 minutes), and Part 2 features sculptor/jeweler Nina Hope Pfanstieh for the latter 15 minutes. Wayne asks about artistic influences, process and reasons behind painting rainy days, and shares dialogue throughout on art.

See more episodes of Art Matters on their YouTube Page

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

For Valentine’s Day I’m feeling like trying something a little different. I’ve created a small painting in my rainy style of a heart in the spirit of leading up to Valentine’s Day. Since this doesn’t fit my normal style of painting content, I thought I’d give away this painting!

This oil painting is 8×10 inches on stretched canvas, freshly created this week and ready to dry and be sent to a new home filled with love! This painting, valued at $100 could be yours for FREE if you win the drawing!

All you have to do is:
1. Follow @rbraskstudio on Instagram; or Rachel Brask Studio LLC if you only have Facebook
2. Comment on any “heart” post with #LetLoveRain2022 and tag 2 friends that you love. They tag 2 other friends to also be entered.
* Bonus entry if you share the post to your Stories!
3. Click on the link in bio to sign up your email for the giveaway!
* Entries open until February 13, 2022 at midnight PST (USA) *

The winner will be chosen and announced via email on February 14th! The painting will be packed up shortly after and sent to the lucky person to rain a little love on their heart ❤

New Painting: Black and Purple Rainy Canvas

In April 2021, I decided I would resume my art practice. I hadn’t painted a thing since my father’s cancer diagnosis and experiencing the mourning of his eventual death. It had been a hard year. In April, I picked up my paintbrush again, almost reluctantly, but necessarily.

During his care, I didnt have any desire to paint, only to take care of him to the best of my ability and spend as much time with him as I could, as we could as a family. After his death, my grief snatched my paintbrush from me, and anytime I even so much as walked into my studio, I would be reminded of my father.

When I finally did start to paint again on my first painting, it was a little more difficult than I expected. Not just like learning to ride a bike again, where muscle memory takes over, but learning to ride a bike with square wheels – not going anywhere very fast, even if going through the motions. To loosen up, when I taught one of my adult art students, we did a collaborative painting exercise, in which we would each make paint marks on individual canvases, abstract, and then switch canvases after every 4 minutes and do it again. The quick mark making and timed sessions helped to break down some of my hesitancy to even work with paint again, and it filled my studio with the smells of active oil painting again. This helped.

Over several weeks in March 2021, I kept having a recurring image stuck in my mind, an idea for a painting for when I returned to painting. It was of a canvas transitioning from black at the top evenly to a cool purple at the bottom, in the rainy style, but with a burst of white at the bottom right quarter of the canvas. I couldn’t specify exactly at the time what the image was, but I feel like the darker colors may have been influenced some by the sadness and grief I had been experiencing vividly every day.

So, I chose four colors – ivory black, dioxazine purple, cobalt violet, and white. Keeping my palette simple and my concept simple, I dipped my brush to canvas, and placed thick daubs of paint throughout the canvas, and the image in my head vaguely emerged, final so I could confront it visually and face it. The colors surprised me by how collectively dark they were, as I’m usually a bright-and-saturated-happy colors kind of person. But I allowed my brush to move. I cannot say that there weren’t a few quiet tears that emerged as I painted, it’s just become normal now any time I take a step forwards again.

The emerging image eventually had the feel of a cloudy, almost haunting, cloudy full-moon night over some purple mountains. I didn’t hesitate to use big gobs of black paint, as I no longer will shy away from using straight out black paint, which I had intentionally avoided using in past painting years.

Once the canvas was covered, it was time for me to employ my signature “rain” paintbrush application and smearing of paint using stand oil, pressure and gravity. I dipped my brush in the stand oil, and proceeded to drag the brush from top to bottom, mixing and smearing downwards all the paint from top to bottom, removing much of the paint in the process, leaving a somewhat distorted vision of what was previously painted. It felt good to do this process again. And in a way symbolic. This whole year, and especially the last 6 months, had been looked forward to and planned with some level of great precision, and then the storms of Dad’s pancreatic cancer, just destroyed and distorted all that as my world fell.

I let the canvas continue to drip for a few hours, and I returned to it every couple of hours with a brush to blend in some of the drips, to help others drip further, and to edit out some drips, especially the ones that were encroaching on the white paint, in order to maintain the clarity and impact of that part of the painting. I really loved noticing some of the striations and nuances in the detail of the the mixing, dripping, paint when looked at at close range. After a couple days, the paint stopped dripping, and I was left with the finished painting.

I was a bit surprised by just how dominant the application of the black paint ended up being. I removed some paint towards the bottom of the canvas that helps to show some more of the purple a bit better, but visible only in controlled lighting. In my original vision, the gradation from black to purple was much more even and gradual. I’m thinking of possibly painting this composition again, but this time use less-thick daubs of black paint on the top, and bring the purple mountain “horizon” line up more to halfway. I’m satisfied with how the white “light” kind of feels like a flicker, or a glow, picking up some of the purple around it. Reminds me of a match lit in a dark hallway, a light of hope even in darkness sort of thing.

It may not have turned out the way that I had anticipated or planned (isn’t it rare if anything ever actually does?), but I’m so glad that I’ve picked up the paintbrush again and got it moving again. Stay tuned for more upcoming paintings, now that I’ve started the momentum again of painting.

I’m also in need of suggestions for titles for this painting. Let me know if you have any ideas that strike you!

Interested in purchasing this painting? Click here for more info.

April 2021 Note from Artist Rachel Brask

On October 8, 2020, my most successful gallery exhibit came to a close. “Weathering The Storm” was the show where I set a personal record for most paintings sold in one exhibition! I was very excited, and so proud of how many people connected with my paintings.

On October 11, 2020 I learned that my father had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He stayed with us temporarily while seeking treatment at one of the top hospitals in Boston. I gave up everything, including my art practice, to just try to help with his care and morale the best I could. We tried to make the most new memories that we could, hopeful for a positive prognosis, but aware it could go in either direction, at any time.

In December 2020, shortly before Christmas, my father passed away, after a long two weeks in the hospital. I was fortunate to have been at his side as he took his last breath, along with my mother. My father had always been my light, my rock, my guiding star. He had always supported my artmaking and my dreams to be an artist. In the final days before he was about to pass, we even thought he’d be coming home, so we had cleared out my art studio, to prepare a first-floor room for him to recover in, but everything went downhill so fast.

In the immediate weeks after his passing, mingled with Christmas and New Year’s holidays, everything is just one big blur of grief, exhaustion, dealing with funerary logistics in the middle of a pandemic. My family returned to their homes, my own house now empty of the sounds I had gotten used to in all the chaos. I lived in a state of deep sadness for a couple weeks, weeks turned to months. I had heard about “grief brain” before, but this is the first time that I lived it firsthand, and lost track of time.

I tried to go in the studio a few times, to paint, but it was emotionally just too hard. I couldn’t even pick up a paintbrush without bursting into tears. My dad had used my studio as his own “little office” during the two months he was here, and after it just became a dump spot for other things in the house, so there was no room to paint, even if I had wanted to.

When the warmer temperatures of late February and mid March started blowing into New England, I finally started to peek out from my cozy grief cocoon, and started thinking about and setting goals in motion to start getting back to “normal,” or whatever that will look like. Progressively, I’ve felt a bit better each day, with time and self-care, and the love and outreach of friends and family.

I set a personal goal of getting my art studio back up and running by April 1, 2021. Today is that day. It is my goal to use this next month to reconnect with artmaking, showing in galleries, reconnecting with art students and teaching art classes again, picking up graphic design gigs, just doing the business of art all over again. I invite you to join me in this springtime of art, through sharing art social media posts, recommending my art to friends, dropping messages here and there, buying a painting or print, or booking an art class, or just to connect with what’s been going on in your own life.

The best thing I love about spring is the sprouting of new life through the colors of flower blossoms after the long, cold darkness of the death of winter. April showers bring May showers…so for me and my studio, I’ll be painting these April showers again soon.

Thank you for being a part of this journey.

Weathering The Storm: Solo Exhibit by Rachel Brask at Heartspot

“Weathering the Storm” is a solo show featuring the works of artist Rachel Brask. Prior to this (before the age of COVID), Rachel had recently had showings in Italy to add to her artistic resume.
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Join us for our first gallery show at Heartspot Art Center & Gallery with a public opening reception on Friday night, September 25th from 6-9 PM. Gallery is located at 1970  Pawtucket Ave, East Providence, RI. Exhibit is up September 5-October 9, 2020 during gallery hours or by appointment.
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On this current show, Brask states, “While many see rainy days as sad and gloomy, I see something different during storms. I see how sheets of pouring raindrops cause distortion of the scene beyond, blending colors and shapes together to drip down windowpanes in constant motion. Colors seem a little clearer during rain, and the storm can sometimes interrupt our day, much like how COVID-19 has put our lives on pause. But in these frozen moments, what are you grateful for? What small instances of hope or joy do you embrace, even if your prior expectations were wiped out by the rain, or by the virus? How has the storm changed you?”
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The Gallery Opening Reception will follow the following C19 protocols:
  • No more than 15 people will be allowed in the space at one time.
  • Patrons must be masked, have their temp taken, and wash/sanitize their hands prior to viewing the exhibition.
  • Unless standing with members of your household/small circle, we ask you respect social distancing guidelines with others inside of the space.
  • If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms including fever or a cough, have traveled outside of the country in the two weeks leading up to the reception, or have been in close contact with a person(s) who have tested COVID positive within a week of the event, please do not attend to keep the artist, staff and other patrons safe.
Some prepackaged food will be on hand, and wine will be served. Beverages and food can be consumed either outside the gallery, or while maintaining a distance of at least 6ft from other patrons.
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Free event. Open to the public. Parking and entrances are in the rear of the building. To help us give an advance idea of how many people will be attending, please let us know if you prefer to attend the reception 6-7pm, 7-8pm or 8-9pm by emailing rachel@rachelbraskstudio.com or calling 401-400-0418. We will also attempt to make the exhibit available virtually before the opening reception or with a Facebook Live during the reception.
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If you are unable to attend the opening reception, but would like to see the collection, you may set up a private appointment with Jennifer by calling 401-383-7577 or emailing her at heartspotartcenter@gmail.com.

Art For All Juried Exhibition accepts paintings by Rachel Brask

Gallery Night Providence launched their very first Juried Exhibition, titled “Art for Everyone.”  Amongst the accepted artworks art two paintings by Rachel Brask, both inspired by rainy moments along the Maine coast. The jurors for curating this exhibition are: Donna Parsons of Dryden Gallery/Providence Picture Frame, Munir Mohammed, Elena Calderon Pantino of RISCA, and Kate Kraczon, curator of David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University.

A Grand Opening & Gallery Night Kickoff event is scheduled for Saturday, February 29, 2-6pm at Sprout CoWorking Gallery, Providence, RI. Award winners from the juried show will be announced. A second reception for March’s Third Thursday (March 19) will also be held at Sprout CoWorking Gallery 5:30-9pm.

The complete list of accepted artists in this exhibition:

Emmett Barnacle
Ellen Biegert
Linda Bonaccorsi
Rachel Brask
Kelly Starspangled Brown
Suzanne Buchanan
Michael Collins
Jessika Davis
Kevin Donnelly
Robert Easton
Eran Fraenkel
Ann-Marie Gillett
Michael Guertin
Harold InDelicato
Michele Keir
Karen McCann
Zachary Prosser
Jane Robbins
Sarah Samways
Angel Smith
Kate Wilson

 

Rachel Brask exhibiting at Gallery175 Paint! exhibit with Jim Bradley and Mary Casale

Paint!: Rachel Brask, Jim Bradley & Mary Casale
Gallery 175, Pawtucket RI

This exhibition explores how each artist uses paint for intriguing effects. Rachel Brask’s work incorporates transparent veils of color within a vertical format. Mary Casale works with lots of thick textures and patterns. Jim Bradley’s art conveys the fluidity of running paint.

Opening Reception Sunday, May 8, 2-3:30pm at Gallery 175, located in Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. Free parking for gallery. Gallery 175 website

Exhibition runs May 7-April 30, 2020. Gallery hours open during Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Hours

Brask to show at AS220 Main Gallery Nov 2018

Rachel Brask and Jennifer Gervais will take over the AS220 Main Gallery with an exhibition of each of their respective works. This exhibition will be on view November 3-24, 2018, with an opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 3rd 5-7pm. 

Rachel will exhibit a selection of oil paintings from her Abstracted Rainy Moments series of paintings inspired by the view through a window during a rainstorm. This exhibition will include the first public gallery showing of 10+ paintings created during her art residency in Maine this past summer. Many of these paintings are inspired by the changing daylight reflected over the harbor in sunrises and sunsets, and through photos she took while exploring Acadia National Park and the harbor.

 

Rachel Brask Artworks soon to be Rachel Brask Studio, LLC

Rachel Brask Artworks will soon be evolving to become Rachel Brask Studio, LLC. This change comes as the next step in the development and direction of the varied creative practices of artist and graphic designer, Rachel Brask. “Calling my creative practice Rachel Brask Studio LLC vs. Rachel Brask Artworks is really about opening the definition of studio,” states Brask. “This will better provide a one-stop hub for my art studio, graphic design studio, photography studio and teaching studio.”

Rachel will be working on rebranding some of her identity materials and logo, and will be reconfiguring how her website works. She plans to officially launch and celebrate this new business name sometime between November and the new year. Stay tuned!