DIE FORMMEISTER: The Masters of the Form coming up at MCLA Gallery 51

Die Formmeister: The Masters of the Form exhibit includes experimental animation, three dimensional work, glass, textile, prints, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and a site specific installation. It offers a panoramic over different mediums and artistic practices pushing the boundaries between art and craft.

NORTH ADAMS, MA - On September 27, MCLA Gallery 51 and IS183 are pleased to present Die Formmeister: The Masters of the Form a group exhibition featuring the work of ten Berkshire-based artists and art teachers who along with their studio practice, teach at IS183 Art School in Stockbridge, MA.

A free reception will be held at MCLA Gallery 51 on Thursday, September 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of the DownStreet Art Thursday celebration.

Die Formmeister: The Masters of the Form exhibit includes experimental animation, three dimensional work, glass, textile, prints, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and a site specific installation. It offers a panoramic over different mediums and artistic practices pushing the boundaries between art and craft.

"I think art is essential" says curator Valeria Federici. "I can’t conceive a world without art and luckily there has not been a world without art, even throughout the darkest times and even before writing, there is art. It is fundamental to a human being. Therefore the role of an art teacher is of great importance. They are the ones who stand by our side while we approach the creative process." She continues. "I wanted to pay an homage to them in this exhibit referring to them in the same way as at the Bauhaus, the famous art school active in Germany between 1919 and 1933 where the official name of art teacher was "formmeister". Furthermore I wanted to highlight that like the famous Weimar-based art school, at IS183 artists and art teachersconstantly move between art and craft not necessarily making a distinction, rather pursuing a way to integrate art in everyday life."

The exhibit offers a reflection on how the research for aesthetic values can contribute to improve our life experience. Those values are intended as a multitude of elements, not only visual, but above all intellectual, that foster our pursue of happiness.

Featured artists include Yura Adams, Karen Arp-Sandel, Michael Vincent Bushy, Janet Cooper, Helen Febbo, Linda Kayes-Moses, Fay O’Meara, Dina Noto, Glenn Shalan and Paula Shalan.

To accompany the work on view a calendar of exhibition-related events will take place between September 27 and October 21 including an experimental animation free class for beginners, artist talks and open studios in conjunction with North Adams Open Studios weekend on Sat, October 13 and Sun, October 14, 2012.



-Thursday, September 27 - 6-9pm : OPENING RECEPTION

-Saturday, October 13 - 11am-1pm : Meet the artist with Fay O’Meara (in conjuction with North Adams Open Studios)

-Saturday, October 13 - 1-3pm : Experimental Animation Class with Dina Noto

-Wednesday, October 17 - 5:30-6:30pm : Artist Talk with Yura Adams, Michael Vincent Bushy, Helen Febbo and Linda Kaye-Moses

-Friday, October 19 - 4-5:30pm : Intro to ceramics with Paula Shalan

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For class a pre-registration is required. Please email  to reserve your spot!


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Yura Adams was born in Sioux City, Iowa and lives in Athens, New York. Her work has been exhibited as a painter and intermedia artist throughout the United States in venues such as The New Museum in New York, Experimental Intermedia, Franklin Furnace, New Music America, Pollock Krasner House, The Warhol Museum, and one person shows at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, who represents her. Adams has received an individual artist NEA grant, was a 2009 regional representative in the NYFA Mark program, and received the 2010, Individual Artist Grant from New York State Arts Council through the DEC Program.

Karen Arp-Sandel is a visual artist, a spiritual activist and a multi-faceted educator. She has been teaching at IS183 for 12 years. She also teaches Yoga at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA. Her passion is to illuminate the transformational power of living a creative life. She is the Director of Vibrant Visionary Collage, a spiritual art retreat which she presents annually at the internationally renown Kripalu Center. Karen is also co-founder of FeMail, whose collage workshops and DIY Kits, birth worldwide mail art networks. Art by Karen Arp-Sandel can be seen locally in New York and Massachusetts galleries, at IS183 Art School, and internationally with Art House Sketch Book Tours. Her collages, paintings and mixed media pieces are in private collections in the US and abroad.

Michael Vincent Bushy is a print maker who creates etchings, monoprints, monotypes, engravings and block prints in his Pittsfield studio. He is also a screen printer, a large-scale figure artist, a bookbinder, and a lyricist. Before transplanting to Pittsfield two years ago, he showed his art on Cape Cod and the South Coast of Massachusetts. Since relocating, he has shown at the Pittsfield Contemporary Gallery, the Storefront Artist Project Gallery, Stonover Farm and the Alchemy Initiative. Michael teaches Visual Arts for the Hillcrest Educational Centers. He lives in Pittsfield with his wife Rebecca, and their two dogs.

Janet Cooper‘s fabric work has been exhibited throughout the world, including Japan and Korea. About her work Cooper says: "I continue to be intrigued with the reuse of the materials and the detritus of the discarded. Treasuring cloth and honoring stitches, I use the second hand clothing of others as well as my closet discard as canvases. I like the work "bricolage" using what is at hand." Janet Cooper’s work has been featured on multiple publication and gained international recognition. Cooper lives in Sheffield, MA.

Helen Febbo‘s work focuses on the unseen energy that exists in the natural world and the elements in the woods which seem to be communicating a rhythmic vibration that unifies trees, leaves, birds, insects, plants, and rocks. Helen Febbo is a graduated from SUNY-Albany. Her work is in several collections including Berkshire Museum’s.

Linda Kayes-Moses is a graduate of University of Vermont. She has been working as professional jeweler since 1978 and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Her work has been featured in several publications among which Art Jewelry Today and Craft Art International.

Fay O’Meara says that her work is the outcome of her lifelong compulsion to make things.  It is a very strong force and she never remember not feeling it.  Art making has become for her a kind of self-realization through an exploration of methods materials. 

Dina Noto is a native of Rochester New York. She grew up downwind of the Kodak Park Research Labs along the shore of Lake Ontario. She graduated from the Experimental Animation MFA program at the California Institute of the Arts in 2008, completing a broad academic career that began with traditional 2D fine arts and moved into animation and experimental film. Her thesis film Temporary Services has been recognized in a variety of national and international festivals including the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, and the Barcelona Art Contemporary Festival.

Glenn Shalan is a glass artist who always had a strong interest in architecture. As a result, the built environment is his primarily source of inspiration. He looks for design ideas in everything ranging from a tile pattern on the floor to an architectural elevation. Line, texture and variation on a theme are as important to him as color. The work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Josef Albers and Josef Hoffmann always interested him and informed his practice.

Paula Shalan received her BA in studio art and child development from Sarah Lawrence College with additional studies at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Penland School of Crafts.  Her smoke fired ceramics have been shown locally and nationally, including Crafts National, The International Orton Cone Box Show, and the Snyderman-Works Gallery.  Currently, her ceramics can be seen at Orbit Art Gallery in Philadelphia as well as The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and Craft Boston. "The Earthenware of Paula Shalan"  was recently published in the internationl ceramic publication - Ceramic Art and Perception. 
In addition to making art, she has taught ceramics and multimedia for over twenty years.

Die Formmeister: The Master of the Form is part of DownStreet Art whose fifth annual season celebrates the arts on the last Thursday of every month in downtown North Adams with gallery exhibition openings, street musicians, a mural unveiling, and specials at local businesses. The event is free and open to the public. All of the participating artists will be in attendance.

DownStreet Art was designed to revitalize downtown North Adams by identifying the City as a cultural haven. The program serves not only to increase MCLA’s visibility, but to showcase what other local arts organizations have to offer. For more information about DownStreet Art and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc .

MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gallery website: mcla.edu/Gallery51

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