Hand to Work at Bau Gallery
Beacon Room “Hand to Work” Group Exhibition / Curated by Mary McFerran
Hand to Work is a 5-person exhibit curated by BAU member Mary McFerran. The show celebrates the compelling qualities of fiber as an artistic medium. Cloth carries histories and has the ability to enter through our skin as much as our eyes. Sewing and weaving connect us to the long tradition of women’s handwork.
Mary McFerran, Lisa Lackey, Juliet Martin, Teri Figliuzzi and Stacy Bogdonoff explore fiber materials in highly individual ways. The artists met through the Textile Study Group of New York City and formed a critique group committed to rigorous feedback and support, while maintaining professional goals.They also like each other.
McFerran leans into socio-political themes and memory by combining elements not usually found together, including embroidery, fabric, paper and found objects.
Autobiographically driven, Martin’s humorous, textural works are combinations of figurative and digital images, hand- and machine-woven fabrics, drawing and painting
Bogdonoff explores “Home, Safety, and Shelter” and how it changes as we age and move through life. Her materials include paper, wire, vintage and stained linen, and silk.
Figliuzzi transforms botanicals and seaweed to reveal the temporal stages of life Her alternative photographic processes combine color and fiber materials to achieve tangible and ethereal compositions.
Lackey converts moments from daily life into tactile photo-realistic collages. She uses textiles, paper, and thread to represent a duality of macrocosm vs. microcosm.
September 9 - October 8
Opening Reception Saturday September 9, 6 - 8pm
Using assemblage and sewing techniques, McFerran constructs fiber pieces that alert viewers to the extreme weather conditions now frequently headlined in news stories. “In my art works I explore the human scale of climate change by designing facsimile clothing dedicated to topics of flooding, drought, hurricanes and fire. I aim to call attention to the vulnerability of our environment, but also celebrate the life force of Earth.”
Exhibition Dates: April 8- May 6, 2023
Reception: April 8, 2023, 6-8pm
Performance Art: When hell freezes over, who will you blame? by Marcy B Freedman on Saturday, on April 29 , from 2-4pm.
Location: BAU Gallery, 506 Main St, Beacon, NY, 12508, GallHours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 p.m. or by appointment.
Drawing the Line at Pelham Art Center
Drawing the Line
Pelham Art Center
February 16, 2023 -April 2, 2023
Opening Reception: February 16: 6pm-8pm
Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave, Pelham, NY 10803, 914-738-2525,
Art of Collage blog article about my work
When Will I See You Again?
Beacon Room; Curated by Ilse Schreiber-Noll
Guest Artist, Mary McFerran“When Will I See You Again”
Ten cloth drawings of silhouetted figures caught in gesture fill the BAU’s Beacon Room gallery. “The figures represent people reemerging after months of isolation,” states the artist, Mary McFerran. “As they hung in my studio, the figures became my ersatz community.“
Opening Reception Second Saturday, June 11th, OPEN from 12-6 p.m., with an artist’s reception from 6-8 pm. Exhibit ends Sunday, July 3rd, at 506 Main Street Beacon, NY.
Gallery Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 p.m. or by appointment.
"Protect" in IMPACT 2022 at Bethany Arts Community
IMPACT 2022:Art that bears witness
Bethany Art Center
Exhibit: May 20 – June 30, 2022
40 Somerstown Rd., Ossining, NY
"Quarantine Quilts"/ by Mary McFerran will be on display
March 4- 27, 2022
at Mahopac Library, 3rd floor gallery, during library hours
668 Route Six Mahopac, NY 10541
During the early days of the 2020 Pandemic, when the weather was dark and cold, McFerran started to create quilts. Her quilts are not formally planned- she does not use historic patterns. She combines elements intuitively and relies on the haptic appeal of selected textiles. The subject matter is personal memory and McFerran thinks of the collection as Memory Maps. As Spring turned into summer, political unrest also found its way into her work.
for more info: https://mahopaclibrary.org/art-exhibits/
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