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

Exhibition Photos from Booth 4s Boston International Fine Art Show

Here are some selected exhibition photos from Booth 4S Rachel Brask Studio of the Emerge Salons at the Boston International Fine Art Show, October 2022. Many thanks to all who stopped by and engaged in questions about the artwork and process. Thanks to the supporters, patrons, and collectors who have added a new Rachel Brask painting to their collection through their purchases. Grateful also to all the new faces and new friends met throughout the weekend!

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 Art at New Harvest Coffee: Sept 2022

Rachel Brask’s Rainy Paintings Exhibited at New Harvest Coffee September 1-30, 2022

ABOUT RAINY PAINTINGS

While many see rainy days as gloomy, I see rain as necessary for new life, pause, and renewal. I paint rainy impressions to show new perspectives on finding tranquility and beauty in stormy seasons. I see how sheets of pouring raindrops distort scenes beyond, blending colors and shapes together to drip down glass. Colors seem more saturated in rain, and the storm interrupts everything. After I create detailed pointillism landscapes, I use gravity and stand-oil and a brush to wipe them out, leaving a flawed and different outcome, that I then reshape into something embracing imperfect beauty and tranquility. I take on the changes that come from working intensely on editing and blending the remaining drips and paint smudges. In today’s increasingly chaotic and uncertain world, I want a person to be able to look through my rainy day “windows” and find a peaceful, contemplative moment, to take space to breathe and reflect. Our experience in the storm deepens our experience of sunny days.

Available paintings in exhibit on New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, September 1-30, 2022. To inquire on price, purchase or availability of a print, email rachel@rachelbraskstudio.com

ABOUT THE ARTIST
RACHEL BRASK

Rachel Brask is a contemporary abstract/impressionist painter reimagining landscapes. Her current work explores the sensation of looking through windows during torrential rains. Through these “Abstracted Rainy Moments” paintings, Brask seeks to show people a fresh, hopeful perspective on rainy days. She has exhibited in solo exhibitions and invitational and juried shows around New England, and in private collections in the UK and Italy. She has developed her work at artist residencies in Maine, North Carolina, and Cape Cod. Rachel earned a B.A. in art from Houghton College. When Brask is not painting, she spends her time designing, marketing, communications, photography, and sharing her love of art through teaching community classes and private art lessons. Rachel Brask Studio, LLC is located in East Providence, RI.

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Trolltunga Rain Painting Commission

This painting commission by a young couple inspired from their memories of a challenging hike up to a Norwegian cliff overlook.

The couple provided several photos of reference from their trip, and shared the memories and experiences associated with these images to be incorporated into the final rain painting. Rachel produced a sketch-mockup at small scale, obtained the couple clients’ approval to move forward on the full version. When the final version was ready, the clients were invited to see the final painting in person at the studio while the paint was still actively dripping (in case of any last-second edits could still be made). They approved, and their final painting became theirs once dry enough to transport to hang in their home.

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

Recapturing That Coastal Feeling Commission

The clients had purchased several rainy-style oil paintings by Rachel Brask, and wanted to curate them together in a collection in the dining room that felt like a triptych. They commissioned a third painting inspired by an earlier piece, but wanted to see the direction of the land mass and ocean swapped horizontally from the original painting, completed years ago. After taking time to match the colors used in the original painting from years prior, the painting was created, and installed in their living room, completing their triptych of coastal rainy paintings.

“Looks great! So lovely!”

~ Alan S.

Installation shot with original paintings

Steps in the Process of Painting

Exhibition Photos from “RI Abstractionists”

Photos from RI Abstractionists exhibit reception at the Pitcher-Goff House Gallery, May 2022

Midwest Grains Rain Triptych

Aaron H. commissioned Rachel Brask to create a triptych as a gift to his wife, inspired by one of Rachel Brask’s other paintings of blue rainy skies melding with the golden and amber waves of fields of wheat or corn. Growing up in the midwest, this was a color and texture combination familiar to Aaron’s wife, so he worked with Rachel Brask to have her create a painting fitting the size and budget parameters. They hung their newly commissioned painting by Rachel Brask in the horizontal wall space above their bed frame.

“This is a great addition to our home and really warms our space. Most everything in that room is grey or white, which gives a nice clean look, but the triptych adds enough color and texture to become a focal point. ” — Aaron H.

Rainy Rainbow Painting Commission

“Rachel was able to quickly grasp exactly what I wanted to convey through the painting. It was a very effortless process. The result was a beautiful representation of exactly what I had visualized.”

–Marci Martel, PhD