“I can’t wait to finally leave my cave and enjoy the ocean breeze,” said Amy Solomon, who operates Art with Amy at 45 Harvard St. in Brookline Village.
“Plus,” she added, “I can enjoy real art, live and in person!”
Seems like a lot, especially right now as we lose wings and leave cocoons. Solomon’s paintings will be featured in two Cape Cod art exhibitions this summer, the first in Provincetown, the second in Wellfleet. So if you’re looking for an excuse to head to Capeward, here are a few.
Salomon’s new ink roller and mixed media series, “Earth Beat”, will be at Provincetown Art Market (AMP) at 432 Commercial St., June 25 to July 21. The exhibition will be curated by gallery director and curator Deb Nadolney.
“He’s a master and his shows never disappoint,” Solomon said.
These works were done with ink and paint on heavily laminated paper during the Lock Year. “I have had many hours of isolation, counting time, walking in nature and thinking about people and missing persons,” Solomon said.
She also found herself thinking of Hokusai, the Japanese engraver of the 1700s. She wondered how he painted wind and air. “So impossible! The simplicity of her line carrying so much weight, ”she thought.
Solomon also formed a new ritual of walking on the river near her home. “It was with a mixture of joy and fear,” she said. “The weather was slower, and it’s been a long year. But I enjoyed the new loneliness and watching the seasons change,” she added.
“He was walking in cold snow and pouring rain, and finally, a spring with the return of the leaves and new hope,” she said. “Certainly, a strange and wonderful year of artistic creation!” But she found the repetitive, calm days to suit her. “These paintings are a mark of this era,” she said.
Solomon will share the art exhibit with Susan Bernstein, Phyllis Ewen, Philip Gerstein and Judith Trepp.
The Wellfleet exhibition, at Outside the main gallery, 75 Commercial St., runs July 23 through August 12, opening July 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Solomon will present with artists Susie Nielsen and Kay Gordon.
This exhibition will be curated by gallery director Robert Shreefter. “He’s both an artist and an arts / literacy educator,” Solomon said. “He was director and curator of Lesley University’s Marran Gallery and Atrium Gallery, and has always brought together interesting combinations of artists to create intimate and welcoming exhibitions.”
She explained that this was the launch season for Off Main’s brand new light-up space, located near a salt marsh in the beautiful town of Wellfleet.
It looks lovely, that’s for sure. But if you can’t make it to Cape Town, you don’t have to travel far to visit Solomon’s independent art center in the village, where she has been running classes and workshops for almost 20 years.
Solomon, who holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, also lives in Brookline Village. She has worked with children from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the neighborhood; in his workshops, they learn to make real art with their hands. “There are no computers or iPhones to be found,” Solomon said.
His work has been exhibited at Wayfarers Brooklyn and the Chandler Gallery in Cambridge. With her colleague Lisa Link, she received a grant from the Jewish Collaborative Arts and produced an interactive traveling exhibition “Words Count – The Tree of Life”. His work is in collections in the United States, Greece and Switzerland.
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