Boston Gallery: Lanoue Fine Art

Today is the last day to see my exhibition Winter Group Show at Lanoue Fine Art with Eric Zener and Hung Liu, 125 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.

Eugene, Photo Collage, encaustic and mixed media.  40x40"  ©2012 Marybeth rothman

Eugene,   Photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. 40×40″     ©2012 Marybeth Rothman

Newly Represented By Lanoue Fine Art

I am thrilled to announce that I am now represented by Lanoue Fine Art, 125 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

I look forward to working with Susan Lanoue and her staff on the June exhibition of Lights, Camera…..the Role of Photography in Contemporary Painting and Mixed-Media. I will be exhibiting with Eric Zener and June Stratton.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Panopticon Gallery: What’s In A Face

The opening reception for What’s In A Face at Panopticon Gallery on March 2, 2012 was overflowing from the moment the doors open.  Jason Landry owner/director of the gallery curated this beautifully provocative portrait exhibition. I met and spoke with two other exhibitors, the photographers Wendy Paton and Holly Lynton about their  stunning portraiture. The exhibition is up until April 10th, 2012–If you are Boston, please stop by.

What’s In A Face                                                                                                          Panopticon Gallery                                                                                                                    502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA

Alma, encaustic and mixed media, 40x40". Installation view at Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA. ©2011 Marybeth Rothman

Art Objects Observed: I’m Trying, But You Are Making It Difficult, Addendum

The addendum to my January 26th post about the importance of the user friendly-ness of artist’s websites (see the re-post below),  is about a recent gallery experience. Friday, I had a drop in and say hi gallery appointment in Boston, nothing formal. The gallery owner asked me to sit across from her at a table, she turned her computer sideways and said lets talk about your work.  My website worked smoothly, nothing was spinning, beside each piece of artwork, clearly displayed, was the title, dimensions, medium and date, etc.   It was a great meeting, I’ll tell you about it when the ink dries……. just sayin’.. clean up your website.

REPOST OF :                                                                                                                         Art Objects Observed:  I’m Trying, But You Are Making It Difficult                 Recently, I blogged about artwork that I have seen in galleries under the heading “Art Objects Observed”.  Today I am writing about artwork that I have struggled to observe online.

For the past few hours I have been working on my talk, Wax Collage: Beyond Technique for the 6th International Encaustic Conference.  After reviewing jpegs of work submitted to me, I decided to search the internet for additional examples of wax collage to find a balance and conversation among the images for my presentation. However, I feel compelled to stop my work and shout, artists, PLEASE make your websites user friendly. I am confounded by the difficulty I  encountered navigating and the lack of important information on too many websites. I was confronted by a smorgasbord of flashy, moving, spinning things with little or no information about the work. Did I mention long periods of loading?… don’t get me started.  This tour of artists websites was like arriving at a gallery, and the door was locked.

For those of you whose websites must have been designed by Rube Goldberg, I offer to you, with a grin,  the Joseph Herscher video below as an example of the experience that you have created for a visitor to your website:

Now that I am done ranting, but still a little cranky, here’s a few basic necessities that I believe are important for a user friendly artist’s website:

A website is an ever changing entity, which should be frequently updated, refined and tweaked.

Your website should showcase your work, not the website designer’s work.

Your name should be clearly displayed. If you insist on having a signature at the top, please put your name in a legible font underneath.

Along with your name,  your biography, statement, resume and contact information should be obvious to the visitor; displayed along the top or side, in a font and size discernable to the human eye.  Do not make the visitor hunt for this information.  Adding a footer, also containing this information, works well for the belt and suspenders effect, but not necessary.

The background color or pattern should not compete for attention with your artwork.

The following categories should be well written and not in a PDF. No one wants to download your info.  Biography: please do not say that you have been making art since you were 3 years old. Write about your adult art life as it pertains to the work on your site.  Resume: start weeding as it grows.  Statement: here is your chance to tell the world about your work. Your artist statement is not a participant in the thesaurus olympics. Just write about  about your work. What would you tell a friend about your work? Some starting points may include your motivation, technique, process and historical or social influences.

Your contact information should be accurate, an email address and maybe your phone number. Do not give your street address.

When a visitor clicks on an image it should appear instantly and without fanfare. It should enlarge to a size that showcases the work.

Beside each piece of artwork, clearly displayed, should be the title, dimensions, medium and date.

Millions of people have access to your work, make their visit wonderful, effortless and share-able.  Do not forget to add social networking share buttons.

A website is your personal gallery. How does your website compare to your favorite brick and mortar gallery? I am sure that the gallery is uncluttered — simple, elegant website design, the artwork is immediately visible –easily accessible click throughs,  the art object description is complete and adjacent to the work, and if you ask for more information, the gallerist speaks about the artwork without ambiguity –a well written statement.

The next time you land on a website that you like, take moment to consider it’s content and flow.

Panopticon Gallery Opening Reception, Friday, March 2, 2012

Please join me at the opening reception of                                                                                What’s In A Face                                                                                                          Panopticon Gallery                                                                                                                    502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA                    Friday, March 2, 2012,  5:30-7:30

I will be exhibiting encaustic and mixed portraits from my series The Pilgrim Lake Library Committee along with portraiture by photographers and artists Fritz Liedtke, Andrea Raynor, Holly Lynton, Samuel Quinn, Wendy Paton, KK DePaul, Zia Ayub, Stephen Sheffield, Hans Hiltermann, Charlotte Niel, Douglas Prince, Ellen Carey and others.

Panopticon Gallery main gallery March 2-April 10, 2012                                                   502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA
(617) 933-5000

Exhibiting Encaustic and Mixed Media Portraits at Panopticon Gallery

Please join me at the opening reception of                                                                                What’s In A Face                                                                                                          Panopticon Gallery                                                                                                                    502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA                    Friday, March 2, 2012,  5:30-7:30

I will be exhibiting encaustic and mixed portraits from my series The Pilgrim Lake Library Committee along with portraiture by photographers and artists Fritz Liedtke, Andrea Raynor, Holly Lynton, Samuel Quinn, Wendy Paton, KK DePaul, Zia Ayub, Stephen Sheffield, Hans Hiltermann, Charlotte Niel, Douglas Prince, Ellen Carey and others.

Panopticon Gallery main gallery March 2-April 10, 2012                                                   502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA
(617) 933-5000

Art Objects Observed: I’m Trying, But You Are Making It Difficult

Recently, I blogged about artwork that I have seen in galleries under the heading “Art Objects Observed”.  Today I am writing about artwork that I have struggled to observe online.

For the past few hours I have been working on my talk, Wax Collage: Beyond Technique for the 6th International Encaustic Conference.  After reviewing jpegs of work submitted to me, I decided to search the internet for additional examples of wax collage to find a balance and conversation among the images for my presentation. However, I feel compelled to stop my work and shout, artists, PLEASE make your websites user friendly. I am confounded by the difficulty I  encountered navigating and the lack of important information on too many websites. I was confronted by a smorgasbord of flashy, moving, spinning things with little or no information about the work. Did I mention long periods of loading?… don’t get me started.  This tour of artists websites was like arriving at a gallery, and the door was locked.

For those of you whose websites must have been designed by Rube Goldberg, I offer to you, with a grin,  the Joseph Herscher video below as an example of the experience that you have created for a visitor to your website:

Now that I am done ranting, but still a little cranky, here’s a few basic necessities that I believe are important for a user friendly artist’s website:

A website is an ever changing entity, which should be frequently updated, refined and tweaked.

Your website should showcase your work, not the website designer’s work.

Your name should be clearly displayed. If you insist on having a signature at the top, please put your name in a legible font underneath.

Along with your name,  your biography, statement, resume and contact information should be obvious to the visitor; displayed along the top or side, in a font and size discernable to the human eye.  Do not make the visitor hunt for this information.  Adding a footer, also containing this information, works well for the belt and suspenders effect, but not necessary.

The background color or pattern should not compete for attention with your artwork.

The following categories should be well written and not in a PDF. No one wants to download your info.  Biography: please do not say that you have been making art since you were 3 years old. Write about your adult art life as it pertains to the work on your site.  Resume: start weeding as it grows.  Statement: here is your chance to tell the world about your work. Your artist statement is not a participant in the thesaurus olympics. Just write about  about your work. What would you tell a friend about your work? Some starting points may include your motivation, technique, process and historical or social influences.

Your contact information should be accurate, an email address and maybe your phone number. Do not give your street address.

When a visitor clicks on an image it should appear instantly and without fanfare. It should enlarge to a size that showcases the work.

Beside each piece of artwork, clearly displayed, should be the title, dimensions, medium and date.

Millions of people have access to your work, make their visit wonderful, effortless and share-able.  Do not forget to add social networking share buttons.

A website is your personal gallery. How does your website compare to your favorite brick and mortar gallery? I am sure that the gallery is uncluttered — simple, elegant website design, the artwork is immediately visible –easily accessible click throughs,  the art object description is complete and adjacent to the work, and if you ask for more information, the gallerist speaks about the artwork without ambiguity –a well written statement.

The next time you land on a website that you like, take moment to consider it’s content and flow.

Encaustic Collage — A Call To Artists

I am giving a talk, Wax Collage: Beyond Technique at the 6th International Encaustic Conference on June 1, 2012 in Provincetown, MA.  This conference draws from an international roster of exhibiting artists who are fully engaged with encaustic. I will be presenting the work of 15-20 contemporary painters, bookmakers, printmakers and photographers whose Wax Collage transcends both encaustic and collage to form a singular expression. This is not a “How To” revealing the secret techniques of a sub-group of “encaustic artists”, but an examination of the expression of Wax Collage. This exposition will emphasize the message rather than the medium.

To be considered for inclusion in Wax Collage: Beyond Technique, please follow the submission requirements exactly:                                                                                >Deadline: Friday, December 16, 2012                                                                          >Send 5 jpgs., 72 dpi                                                                                                        >Label your images:  01.Your Name-title.jpg                                                                          >Image list:  1. Title, medium, size H x W x D”                                                                       >Short bio                                                                                                                            >Contact info: name, email and website                                                                            >Please send to: marybethrothman.studio@gmail.com

I look forward to seeing your work.