2020 - Spring Art Exhibition and Sale - The Jurors
OUR LOVING EARTH
Each year the committee for the Spring Art Exhibition and Sale select a new set of jurors. For our 26th event, we are pleased to have:
Cynthia Consentino lives and works in Buckland, Massachusetts. She received a MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a BFA from The Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Holyoke Community College.
A recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, American Craft Council, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Berkshire Taconic and The Blanche E. Colman Artist Awards, Consentino has exhibited widely. She currently shows work on a regular basis at Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet, MA. She has also been a resident artist at the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, La Napoule Foundation, France, and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. In 2005 Cynthia completed a tile commission for the John M. Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin. Her artist designed washroom has over 2000 relief and hand painted tile.
Erik is a freelance photographer who specializes in trees and natural landscapes. He is the current Education Coordinator at the Hyde Park Art Association, and he is a past President of the Boston Camera Club. Erik lives in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston with his wife Julie and sons Carl and William. Although Erik enjoys photographing natural environments all over New England, his favorite destination is Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. He also teaches at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Boston.
Holly S. Murray
Holly S. Murray grew up amidst the wild beauty of rural New England. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, with a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking. She holds a M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, where she studied ceramics and photography.
Throughout Murray’s career, her art process has traversed the terrain between the studio and interactive public collaboration. The content of her art is concerned with cultural and social issues. During the mid nineties, Murray’s nationally traveling show “On the Home Front”, an installation documenting family violence, garnered wide acclaim. An outgrowth of that work explored issues of aging within American popular culture. The result was a series of paintings called “Death, Desire and Ecstasy”. These themes evolved into body of work, called “Good Breeding”; examining the intersection between bio-technology and mega-agricultural practices. Presently, she is continuing her investigation of biogentics and its effects on our world with her painting and works on paper.
As an artist, Murray has had the opportunity to travel both nationally and internationally across New England, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Among others, she received an Artist in Residence in Jingdezhen, China. She has also been awarded residency on the Big Island of Hawaii. Her work has been acquired by private collections, educational institutions and corporations. For the past fifteen years, Murray has overseen the Ceramics Department at Springfield College and is the Director of the William Blizard Gallery. She maintains a studio in Wilbraham, MA.