Monday, June 8, 2009

Women of Letters

I just spent Saturday and Sunday gallery sitting for the new
exhibition about the alphabet. My partner in this endeavor is Mary Hart
of Winchester, MA.   There are photos in a picture album linked on the
left.  Here is more info about the show.

Women of Letters

Alphabetically inspired artworks

Collage, painting and encaustic

An Abecedarium, defined as a
primer for learning the alphabet, is just one element to be found in
“Women of Letters”, the new exhibit opening at the Ayer Lofts Gallery
on June 6, 2009.  The women, Western Avenue Studios artist Karen
Bettencourt and Winchester artist and teacher, Mary Hart are offering
more than 40 works inspired by their fascination with letterforms. In
the Abecedarium, Bettencourt and Hart, each created 13 individual
alphabetical expressions.  Other alphabet related pieces round out the

 Karen Bettencourt of Woburn is taking a break this year
from curating the Paste-up collage show and is participating in this
exhibit instead.  Her early work included watercolors, tapestry weaving
and art quilts. Currently, she is creating fabric, paper and digital
collages and learning encaustic (painting with wax).

 Mary Hart
of Winchester has been a calligrapher for over 35 years. The common
element in her work is the use of letterforms, both as writing and
abstract calligraphic marks. Mary teaches classes in Calligraphy,
Graphic Design, Visual Dynamics and Color at Middlesex Community
College, The Museum School in Boston, and Cambridge Center for Adult

Women of Letters will be showing in Ayer Lofts Gallery
at 172 Middle Street in Lowell, MA from June 6 – June 28, 2009.  There
will be a reception for the artists Saturday, June 13th from 2-4pm.
Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 4:00pm.