11 AM - 4 PM.
Elements, featuring the work of award-winning multimedia artist Martine MacDonald incorporates a variety of subject content, including landscape oils, colored pencil drawings and mixed media pieces, is on exhibit at Huron Valley Council for the Arts this month.
Running from Aug. 5-29, the show is highlighted in a free gallery opening event, which offers an opportunity to meet MacDonald and view her work while enjoying light refreshments event from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the HVCA arts center, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland Township.
“I play, tinker, engage and explore notions of place and time by distilling observed land and skies into oil paintings that range in size from 48 x 60 inches down to 4 x 6 inches, and sometimes, if combined with mixed media work, as small as 2 x 2 inches,” she says. “For this solo show, I will be exhibiting paintings from two of my ongoing series: ‘American Skyscapes’ (begun in 2010), and ‘Elements’ (launched late 2013).”
MacDonald describes the former as “an homage to the diversity of the geography of the United States; the skies serve as a reminder that we are bound together by something larger than our borders. Setting the horizons low on the canvas allow the skies to dominant the paintings and the versatility of oil paints allows for luscious blending and glow.
She continues, “If ‘American Skyscapes’ celebrates the vastness of land and skies, ‘Elements’ turns a more focused eye onto the landscape. Illustrating one of four elements: air, earth, water or fire, the paintings take on an abstracted quality as the cropped composition presents a close-up view of familiar images, as though seen through a telephoto lens. Stormy skies are reduced to a portrait of a single cloud, a frozen river is reduced to ice shards and a campfire is seen only a flame. Gerhard Richter’s cloud and landscape paintings, and by April Gornik’s oversized landscape painting serve as inspiration and influence.”
MacDonald completed her higher education at Wayne State University graduate, earning both a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Studio Art there; her drawings and paintings can be found in local galleries, exhibitions, and in private and corporate collections; she maintains a studio practice in Wyandotte, Michigan.
An Allen Park resident, she’s an experienced teacher, lecturer, exhibition curator and former arts columnist for a community newspaper. She also spent nearly 10 years working in arts administration for a regional non-profit arts organization before retiring in 2009 to pursue her own artwork; she also serves as an adjunct faculty member in arts and humanities for the Wayne County Community College District.
MacDonald says of her work, “As I bring my life experiences, dreams and memories to a visual presence, I strive to move my paintings towards a sense of spirituality — one that focuses on home, place and identity. When viewers stand in front of my paintings, they become partners in the process and the paintings become complete.”