PAC Annual Open Juried Exhibition 2011

One of the first art events happening in September 2011 that I will be participating in is the Annual Open Juried Exhibition by the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. I am very pleased that the image of my artwork was one of those chosen for the event’s advertisements (the painting farthest to the right). Come and join us for the Annual Open Juried Exhibition Opening happening on Thursday, September 8th 5:30-7pm in the PAC Gallery, located in the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center (175 Main Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860). Following the reception at 7pm will be an Insights Lecture by Holly Hughes, Artist and Head of RISD’s Painting Department, on “Actual Practice – Slippage in the Studio in the Visitor Center Auditorium. [More Info]


Just wanted to share a quote for today…

I just wanted to share a quote for today that reminds me of how artists and writers and creative types may see and describe the world:

The phrase and the day and the scene harmonized in a chord. Words. Was it their colours? He allowed them to clow and fad, hue after hue: sunrise gold, the russet and greet of apple orchards, azure of waves, the greyfringed fleece of clouds. No, it was not their colours: it was the poise and balance of the period itself. Did he then love the rhythmic rise and fall of words better than their associations of legend and color? Or was it that, behing as weak of sight as he was shy of mind, he drew less pleasure from the reflection of the glowing sensible world through the prism of a language manycoloured and richly storied than from the contemplation of an inner world of individual emotions mirrored perfectly in a lucid supple periodic prose?

–From James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Holiday Open Gallery with Toys for Tots @ Warwick La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery Dec. 11-12


I would like to invite you to join me at an exhibit featuring the work of local artists, myself included, benefiting the USMC’s Toys for Tots program sponsored by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Warwick, RI
What: Private Art Reception with Cheese and Pastries
When: Friday, December 11, 2009 from 6:30pm – 9:00 pm
Where: La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
1755 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, RI
Admission: A new, unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots

Featured Artists:

Alan W. Cave – Acrylics, watercolors, mixed media
Giselle Corre – Polymer clay art and frames
Kevin Sweeney – Illustrations
Lourianne Mardo-Zayat – Abstract photography, tiles and prints
Lorena Pugh – Fine oil paintings and prints
Marjorie Ball – Fine oil paintings
Maryann Stevens – Fine craft jewelry
Rachel Brask – Abstract prints and paintings
Rosa Czarnomski – Fine metal and precious stone jewelry
Susan Krause – Watercolors and hand painted silk scarves

Open to the general public, Saturday, December 12 from 10 am – 6:00 pm

Please come out and join us for this Holiday Open Gallery, we look forward to seeing you!  ~Rachel

Art is an action…

r-letterArt is an action…

…art MOVES people.


“Why Abstract Art?” Part III: Abstract Purpose

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An Artist’s Struggle

The artist strives to create in her hands what is beautiful in her mind, to convey the perfect idea to the perfect form. The struggle between the ideal and the real is fought continually, as the artist attempts to defy reality, to go against what is normal and average. Along the idea’s journey to completion, it must first pass through her heart, evoking the true passion and vitality that brings the idea to life, before it can be transferred from the brain to hand. It is the artist that takes what is inside her, and externalizes it in the form of an original work of art. The struggle between mind and matter is a perpetual battle that rages during the discourse of transferring an abstract mental image into a concrete, tangible piece.

Frustration ensues the inability to accomplish the task perfectly, when the form matches not the function, when the piece laughs in the artist’s face and screams, “Ha!” It is then that the artist must undertake the challenge, now more than ever, to overcome the barriers that keep her from creating perfection; to balance the form and the idea with the media that stands in between the former and the latter. The artist must mold and sculpt the idea as much as the media itself, until one compromises with the other, and the two may merge into that which is aesthetically pleasing and visually harmonious.

Like the lover and the beloved, an artist must love her creation, since it proceeded from her very own. It is this love, this passion, this will to overcome, this urge for perfection that drives the artist to continue viewing an imperfect world through an idealistic perspective, and is inspired to capture that in her work and continue in her upward struggle toward perfection.