Edge of A Meadow
Edge of A Meadow
Solo Show June 15 – Sep. 4th, 2020
(Depending on all being well with the planet)
346 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
Opening Reception: July 15, 2020
( limited pre-booked visitors with masks – details to TBA)
The Edge of a Meadow
The edge of a seagrass meadow is a curious place for me. It is hard to define, even for scientists who are working on quantifying the existing seagrass meadows. As two football fields of seagrass meadow loss happens every hour on a global scale, this job becomes even more important for ecologists. There could be gaps in the meadow where it is just sand, or sections of the meadow can be silt and rocks. This question of what defines a meadow peaked my interest in this new series of abstract paintings. Since 2015, I have volunteered on many different restoration projects. In 2018 I helped with restoration efforts first in Duxbury Bay in MA and in Oyster Village in Virginia.
I created the “Edge of a Meadow” painting on the floor, turning it in multiple directions and walking around as I dripped and poured fluid paint. I then painted sections with a brush. It is a multi-directional piece that works in different configurations. Its goal is to mimic the experience walking in shallow water in eelgrass beds. The piece is meant to be viewed on the floor to elicit a similar experience of looking down. When volunteering at restoration sites we walk in shallow brackish water either harvesting seagrass from healthy beds or planting eelgrass in areas that are barren. I tried to capture the swirling watery movement of the meadow creating transparent layers of paint and areas of opacity. Sometimes a school of fish swims by, other times spider crabs are sticking their claws out challenging the new comer. In most cases we see a lot of vegetation along with the blades of eelgrass. Different sorts of algae and epiphytes are nestled between the blades and sediment.
In “Blades” I created vertical movements that suggest the long blades of eelgrass that sway in the water. These blades reach for the sun’s energy and have chloroplasts in their tissue that convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen through photosynthesis. This is a magical capacity the seagrass has to absorb CO2 and give us oxygen. The blades also act as a filter to catch organic matter and nutrients and send in to the lower parts helping with carbon storage. For this painting I combined layers of glazes and beeswax to suggest a dense space.
In “Sediment” I painted layers of toppling organic shapes that cascade upward from the seafloor. Colors are mixed wet- on – wet mimicking the fluid nature of the seagrass bed’s floor. “Sediment” explores the amazing relationship of how seagrass meadows help with stabilizing the sediment (or earth below). With its rhizome root system, seagrass creates an important buffer for shore erosion and storm protection.
“Collecting Samples” depicts the rich biodiversity of a seagrass meadow underwater as I experienced it snorkeling to collect data samples in Virginia for a long-term study on eelgrass. I reversed the colors so the blue-greens of the water became hot orange-pinks to feature seagrass as the prominent stars of the habitat. The physical sample collecting part was a balancing act for me; dealing with wave action, moon jelly fish and occasional stingrays that swam by made it a little hard to collect exactly the right amount of sediment.
The edge of a meadow is a magical place for me, it’s a place of contemplation and beauty. It is also a wondrous place to learn about the abundant ecological services these meadows provide us. From storm protection, to feeding thousands of animals to helping minimize shore erosion. Seagrass most of all gives us clean air to breath regardless of where the edge of the meadow is. Protecting and conserving the existing seagrass meadows become most important as our C02 levels reach a historic high of 413 parts per million (ppm). With my paintings I hope to give a deeper appreciation of the many roles seagrass plays in our oceans.
The City by the Sea
Solo Show, November 2020
524B Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118
Marblehead Arts Association
New Members Show
The Hooper Mansion
8 Hooper Road
Marblehead, MA 1945
(Largely) Small Works at Alpers Fine Art
November 13 – December 28, 2019
Several of my seagrass inspired paintings have been selected to be a part of this group exhibition.
Saturday November 16, 2019, 4:00- 9:00PM
Alpers Fine Art
10 Postoffice Avenue
Andover, MA 01810
Delighted Harvest Moon was juried into being a part of the Blue2019 exhibition curated by deCordava Museum’s Sarah Montross!
Reception | November 7, 6-8pm at both gallery locations
Awards will be announced at 7pm at University Place Gallery
Artist Talk | November 16, 11am-2pm at Kathryn Schultz Gallery
Exhibition Dates | November 7 – December 18, 2019
University Place Gallery
124 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138
Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-1pm
Rhythms in Nature at
Solo Show, September 4- October 15th, 2019
Sunday September 8th, 2019, 12:00AM- 2:00PM
Please join us at Stetson Gallery for Rhythms in Nature, a series of new abstract paintings that explore how patterns found in eelgrass meadows can be interpreted into abstract motifs. Volunteering with eelgrass conservation groups in Massachusetts has expanded my understanding of the importance of seagrass habitats. I am very excited to announce BU marine scientist, Dr. Alyssa Novak will share her eelgrass research and restoration efforts she conducts in the North Shore at the opening reception.
“I’m interested in depicting the sensations of light and color that I experience when I am out in seagrass meadows. There are multiple layers of movements all happening at the same time, just beautiful orchestrated synchronicity.”
In “Harvest Moon”for example, I paint the warm glowing reflection of an orange moon on the surface of the water. Muted grays mingle with specs of vibrant blues while a warm golden undertone hovers just beneath the surface. The space is infused by a mysterious orange glow. Small rhythmic charcoal marks weave throughout the painting and dabs of magenta pinks bounce off of the seagrass blades. Almost like an orchestra there are many micro movements culminating in the experience of the whole.
28 Mugford Street,
Marblehead, MA 01945
The Piano Craft Gallery presents Connecting Worlds: an exhibition which explores through color and abstract art forms ways in which we’re linked to each other and the world around us. Through the work of two Boston artists, using distinct methodologies, straight-line geometrical work and gestural strokes, both exude passion, mastery of their craft, beauty, and artistry. On display this month is a not to be missed emotionally alluring, color packed, and personally moving exhibit.
Nedret Andre & Todd Brugman
Two Person Show
Show Dates: September 13th, 2019 – September 30th, 2019
Gallery Hours: Friday 6-8PM & Saturday 12:00-5:00PM
Opening Reception: Friday September 13th, 2019 6-10PM
Piano Craft Gallery
793 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02118
SoWa Artist Guild: Two View of Chroma
Exhibition at Endicott College, Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts
June 24 – September 27, 2019
Reception: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – 5 – 7 p.m.
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 232-2655 phone
Join me at Copley Square Hotel’s Art Square Gallery this summer for my solo show, Ocean Life!
Ocean Life is a new series of my abstract paintings that explores seagrass habitats. Seagrass is a foundation plant that feeds, shelters and protects thousands of sea creatures. I was thrilled to be invited by Copley Square Hotel to be a part of their summer event series exhibiting my work at Art Square Gallery!
Along with Copley Square Hotel, I will be co-hosting three events as part of the summer event series at Art Square Gallery.
All events are RSVP only
May 8- Sep. 8, 2019
Art Square Gallery at Copley Square Hotel
47 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Solo Show Feb.- May 20th 2019
Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
The Emotion of Color, Contemporary Abstract Expressionism in the 21stCentury, Belmont Gallery of Art
The Group Exhibition will run Oct 19th- Nov 30th, 2018
Nedret Andre, Jeanne Arthur, Kristen Reynolds, & Sussie White
19 Moore St., 3rd floor
Belmont Center, MA 02478
UPROOTED at Beacon Gallery
The Solo exhibition will run October 5th- 28th, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday October 5th, 7-9PM, 2018
524B Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118
Seagrass, green crabs, invaders, ecosystems and lots of paint.
Please join us for a look at what happens when eelgrass habitats have unexpected guests that eat through everything. Learn how the green crabs themselves have been uprooted and what happens when this stranger arrives on our shores. This show combines video footage from seagrass field work, paintings inspired by this research and an intriguing discussion on seagrass habitats by local scientists.
To belong somewhere, to have roots, a sense of history or home, and then to be uprooted. What does it mean for European Green Crab (Canisus Maneas) larva to have been uprooted from their native shores and transported to our coastline on the ballasts of boats in the 1800s? These seemingly small creatures proliferated to become an invasive species in New England and are now destroying acres of indigenous seagrass habitats. They dig away at seagrass roots and uproot these foundation plants. I am exploring the implications of how being uprooted affects both the European Green Crab and Seagrass meadows in with my abstract paintings.
Super excited to have “Uprooted” co-curated by art critic Oliva Kiers and gallery director Christine O’Donnell!
Seagrass Discussion with Coastal Ecologists:
Saturday, October 13th, 12 PM
BU’s Dr. Alyssa Novak, MIT SeaGrant Dr. Julie Simpson, and Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program & Merrimack Valley Planning Commission’s Coastal Coordinator Peter Phippen will give an overview of eelgrass and green crab efforts in the Great Marsh. The scientist will highlight why seagrass is vital to the survival of habitats in our coastal communities, what conservation efforts are being conducted in the field, and ideas on what we can all do to help.
Held Together, Stetson Gallery
The solo exhibition will run from Sep. 9- Oct. 16, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 9, 12-2pm, 2018
Stetson Gallery, 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead
The intricate natural balance within seagrass habitats is a place for me to slow down and focus. The idea that many elements are connected and can create beautiful exchanges such as seagrass absorbing carbon from the air and bubbling out oxygen is fascinating for me.
I love the fact that eelgrass beds provide a home, food, and sanctuary for so many creatures like crabs, starfish, manatees and a lot more. It brings together so many wonderful tangible and intangible elements
“Held Together” is an underwater hub where many exchanges are occurring simultaneously. The organic shapes have edges that become distinct and then shift into the next shape, creating energetic movements. This experience is similar to what occurs underwater when I snorkel in eelgrass meadows, there is this wonderful swaying movement created by lots of micro movements. I try to visually capture this rich diversity of colors, shapes and movement in my work.
“Sunlit” references the underwater world on a bright sunny day with crisp blue gray reflected light encircling the eelgrass beds in water. I use pencil and charcoal marks to mimic patterns in the water. I used hot pinks and muted violet colors to describe the beautiful space between the oceans and the beach in “Coastline”. The Charcoal lines mimic organic matter that washes ashore. I used large brushstrokes in alternating patterns to suggest movement of land and water and constant flux of these exchanges.
Despite the saddening loss of seagrass (20 football fields every hour globally) I attempt to portray the beauty found in seagrass habitats. They are both visually stunning and also hold a treasure trove of benefits from the clean air we breath to the muscles we eat. Being involved with eelgrass conservation efforts has made a huge impact in the way I think about my everyday choices. For me its a constant place of wonder and excitement.
Dr. Julie Simpson ecologist from MIT will be sharing her research in Eelgrass conservation and providing us with many wonderful scientific insights into how these habitats help us. I have had the pleasure of attending one of her carbon research field trips in Nahant and was amazed at the amount of information this unassuming plant can hold. More on Julie Simpson can be found here at MITSEAGRANT.
Does It Match the Couch- A Juried Exploration of Color
The group exhibition will run from June 1- Sep. 2, 2018
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 2018 from 6 – 8pm
Beyond the Tangible, Gallery 1832
Two Person Show with Nedret Andre & Ingrid Scheibler
October 10- December 10, 2017
“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes…Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.”
700 Main Street, North
Cambridge, MA 02139
Ocean Reflecting Sky, Stetson Gallery
September 7 – October 11th, 2017
Sunday September 10, 12-2pm, 2017
Stetson Gallery, 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead
Ocean Reflecting Sky will feature paintings and drawings depicting how important seagrass habitats are not only for ocean life, but for the air we breathe as well. Boston EPA’s marine ecologist and seagrass expert Dr. Philip Colarusso will talk about current scientific research in seagrass conservation at the opening reception on Sep. 10th. Dr. Colarusso will give an overview of the Blue Carbon research conducted in the seagrass beds of Boston Harbor.
“Reflection” is an abstraction of an algae bloom, nitrates have seeped into the water and started merging into seagrass’ space. There is still enough light for photosynthesis but the clarity of water is shifting. Nature has an amazing way of dealing with pollution we dump into it, to an extent. Clean water is important not only for seagrass ecosystems that need light to survive but also us. When we pollute our rivers, estuaries and oceans we get algae blooms that block light. This results in loss of costal environments that feed and sustain many species of life, including us.
Dr. Philip Colarusso is marine ecologist and seagrass expert working for the EPA for over 28 years. His current research focuses on carbon sequestration by seagrasses, seagrass restoration and the impact of invasive species on seagrasses. He received his MS in Environmental Science from University of Massachusetts in Boston and his PhD from Northeastern University in Marine Biology. More can be found on his work here.
Blue C @ 485 Madison Ave( South), NY
August 16 – September 4, 2017
485 Madison Ave (South)
New York, NY
(Between 52nd and 51st)
Space provided by Jack Resnick & Sons
Nearest Trains: 6, E, M
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 19, 7-9pm
Featuring a short talk by Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, evolutionary biologist and former CEO of the New England Aquarium.
My abstract landscapes are inspired by the sensations of life within seagrass beds; the color, the energy, and interconnectedness of species. Through my research and collaborations with marine ecologists, I learned about Blue Carbon, the carbon that is captured and stored by marine ecosystems such as mangroves, salt marshes and seagrasses. This storage function buffers climate change and ocean acidification. Blue C will feature new abstract paintings depicting how important seagrass habitats are not only for ocean life, but for the air we breathe as well.
My interviews with marine ecologists Phil Colarusso, Barnabas Daru, Jane Disney, Nigella Hillgarth, Randall Hughes, Alyssa Novack, and Fred Short have greatly influenced my paintings. Interviews on these amazing scientists can be found here:
Super excited to be invited to show my work through Chashama’s Space to Present Program!
Also a special thank you to Resnick & Sons, who have generously provided the space to Chashama and me to share my seagrass inspired work!
Something’s In the Water at Enso Art Gallery
March 29 – April 29, 2017
Poetry Slam with Bradly Souffrant & Ecologist Barnabas Daru:
Saturday, April 1, 3:00- 5:00 PM, 2017
Friday, April 7th, 6:00- 9:00PM, 2017
Marine Ecologist Alyssa Novak presentation
Gus Agudelo solo guitar
The Gallery at Enso Flats
50 Centre Street
Brockton, MA, 02301
November 14th- December 31st, 2016
Thursday, November 17th, 5:30-8:30 pm, 2016
160 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110
Boston, November 17th, 2016 @artlery160, the premier high tech gallery in downtown Boston, is pleased to present “Immersed,” a major exhibition of new paintings and an interactive public arts sculpture by Nedret Andre. Immersed is a collaborative examination of our seagrass environment explores how nutrient overload impacts our waters. The reception will include marine ecologists presenting their seagrass field-work, poetry reading, and a live public arts project.
During the reception between 6:30-7:30PM, Barbanas Daru from Harvard University, Anamarija Frankic from Biomimicry Lab., and Alyssa Novak from Boston University will be discussing their scientific work around Eelgrass conservation. Published poet Wendy Drexler will be sharing her earth inspired poetry. The public will also be invited to build an “Invented Habitat” with sprawling watercolors and a soft sculpture that organically mimics seagrass beds.
@artlery160 is a high tech Boston-based contemporary gallery that enhances art appreciation and engagement through the use of Artlery Art Appreciation System, downloadable at https://artlery.com.
2016 Red Biennial at Cambridge Arts Association
November 8 – December 21, 2016
Intertidal, Stetson Gallery
September 3- September 30th, 2016
Sunday September 11, 12-2pm, 2016
Stetson Gallery, 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead
Pop Up Show @Rocky Neck Art Colony
August 21, 22nd
Goetemann Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave. Gloucester
USEA Celebrates 30 Years @artlery 160
June 8th- July 9th, 2016
Tuesday, June 28th, 6-9 pm, 2016
160 Federal Street, Boston, MA 0211o
ECO Arts Festival
5th Annual Provincetown Green Arts Festival
May 6- May 15th, 2016
Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport
“We are now at the forefront of a wave of neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and medical research that illuminates the physiological and brain process that underlie our transformative connection to water.”
W. J. Nichols, Blue Mind
Please join me and fellow artists in our different interpretations water.
Blue Minded, Walsingham Gallery
April 8- May 8th, 2016
Friday, April 8th, 6-9pm
47 Merrimac Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
What Have We Got to Lose? Mass Audubon Moose Hill Gallery
March 4th- June 20th, 2016
April 6th, 6-8pm, 2016
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
293 Moose Hill Street
Sharon, MA 02067
781.784.5691 Ext 8111