A Juried Exhibition Exploring the Portrait
Juror: Amy Sudarsky, figurative painter and curator
Exhibition Dates: June 7 – July 19, 2020
The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) announces the launch of its dedicated online exhibition website www.RNACexhibitions.com
Fittingly, the first show online is BEYOND LIKENESS, a juried exhibition concentrating on faces. The works in BEYOND LIKENESS examine the genre of portraiture with traditional renditions and dramatic self-portraits in oil paint, watercolor, color pencil, charcoal, Polaroid emulsion and more. Viewers may recognize a subject or two!
A virtual Opening Reception with curator Amy Sudarsky will be held June 7, from 4 to 5, in the comfort of your home via Zoom. For information on how to attend, visit www.RNACExhibitions.com. In addition, juror Amy Sudarsky will teach an online class on portraiture, June 15-June 25. For details on the class, visit www.RNACWorkshops.art (Upcoming Workshops)..
About the Juror
Submissions were reviewed and selected by juror Amy Sudarsky, a figurative painter who has exhibited in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. She taught painting and drawing courses at The Art Institute of Boston, Boston University, Washington University and recently at Lesley University. In 2018, she curated the exhibition “In Her Own Image; Self Portraits by Women 1900-2018,” at the Concord Center for the Arts. Her studio is in Allston, MA.
The more than 30 well-known artists include Cynthia August, Darien Bird, Linda Bourke, Lizbeth Cabral, Matt Cegelis, Michele Champion, Marija Djakovic, Leon Doucette, Larry Elardo, Phyllis Feld, Nina Fletcher, Erin Garrett-Metz, Moriah Gilbert, Dina Gomery, Hamilton Hayes, Tamara Krendel, Otto Laske, Christopher Lovely, Raymond Magnan, Karen Matthews, Elizabet Menges, Vanessa Michalak, Ruth Mordecai, Rebecca Nagle, Sara Oseasohn, Ruthie Schneider, Kathleen Somers, Helen Tory, Juni Van Dyke, Karen Watson, Christine Whalen-Waller, and Heidi Caswell Zander.
RGB, color pencil on Black Canson Paper, Reference photo by Jabin Botsford
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern day hero, responsible for essentially every decision involving Women’s rights.” — Linda Bourke, Gloucester MA
“My self-portrait may seem as a cautionary sign for the viewers but in reality it is the way I step into the world, with caution.” —Lizbeth Cabral, Methuen MA
“The writer Alan Watts once said that when we refer to our lives, it’s absurd to say that we came into the world. Instead, he suggests that we have grown out of it like fruit off the branch of a tree.
Through the act of painting, I often feel this to be true.” — Leon Doucette, Gloucester MA
“What identifies oneself is more complicated than what meets the eye, for example, DNA, fingerprints, and what lies beneath the skin. The exploration of human identity is an endless journey.” — Nina Fletcher, Essex MA
“Tough Love explores trauma I’ve experienced… the figure emerges from the paint and confidently looks ahead, not as a victim but as a survivor.” —Moriah Gilbert, Somerville MA
Woman in Winter: “Long after my mother was very old, I made this drawing. It was supposed to be of her. But, my mother was beautiful. As an old woman, she looked nothing like this drawing. And yet…there is something about the drawing that reminds me of my mother. Perhaps it is simply that the drawing was supposed to be of her.” —Juni Van Dyke, Manchester MA
For more information on all Rocky Neck Art Colony activities, visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org. Contact by email at RNACoperationsmanager@gmail.com or phone 978-515-7004.