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SEPT 30th & OCT 1, 2023 | SERGEI ISUPOV TALK/TOUR | The Road to Cummington at Project Art

SEPT 30th & OCT 1, 2023 | SERGEI ISUPOV TALK/TOUR | The Road to Cummington at Project Art

SERGEI ISUPOV | The Road to Cummington

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30 & SUNDAY OCTOBER 1

In-person artist talks At Project Art at 54 Main Street during the 2023 Hilltown Open Studio Tour

Isupov’s ceramic sculptures on view in the gallery at Project Art trace his career with works made in studios throughout the world (Estonia, Hungary, and the USA) and date from 1990 – present.

 In 2006, Sergei Isupov moved to Cummington, MA to establish Project Art with Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary. Arriving in the USA in 1994 from Estonia, he lived in Kentucky, Virginia and now, for 17 years in Cummington. Isupov was joined by his wife, Kadri Pärnamets from Estonia in 2008. Their daughter Roosi, now 13, grew up at Project Art and is also creating artwork in the family’s shared studio. Sergei’s family who still live in Kyiv, Ukraine, are also producing artists.

Isupov’s reputation is international, both as a sculptor and teacher. He is highly sought after by students who seek him out from throughout the world to take workshops and participate in his performance based fire sculptures. Isupov’s works are shown and collected in museums throughout the world. A recent mosaic 10′ high sculpture “Miss Comet” was produced in 2022 with shards donated by the community and is now on view permanently on Main Street in the newly designated Cummington Cultural District, the first awarded to a small, rural community by Mass Cultural Council.

Sergei Isupov will give a tour of Project Art and speak about his work each day, September 30 and October 1 at 1 pm at Project Art at 54 Main Street, Cummington. Isupov’s ceramic sculptures on view in the gallery at Project Art trace his career with works made in studios throughout the world (Estonia, Hungary, and in the USA) and date from 1990 – present. The talk will run for 45 minutes and is limited to 30 people each day.

This event is sponsored by Ferrin Contemporary.

Sergei Isupov will give a tour of Project Art and speak about his work each day

The talk will run for 45 minutes and is limited to 30 people per event.

RSVP for SATURDAY,
September 30 Talk/Tour
HERE

RSVP for SUNDAY,
October 1 Talk/Tour
HERE

MORE ON SERGEI ISUPOV


Sergei Isupov is an Estonian-American sculptor internationally known for his highly detailed, narrative works. Isupov explores painterly figure-ground relationships, creating surreal sculptures with a complex artistic vocabulary that combines two- and three-dimensional narratives and animal/human hybrids. He works in ceramics using traditional hand-building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using colored stains highlighted with clear glaze.

Learn more about Sergei Isupov here.

 

Stop by 54 Main Street in Cummington MA to meet Sergei Isupov and Kadri Parnamets and see their wonderful work.

The Ferrin Contemporary Showroom will also be open for guests with ceramic works from represented artists.

 

For more information about HOST, visit the Hilltown Arts Alliance website.

 

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SEPT 30th & OCT 1, 2023 | Project Art Open House during the Hilltown Open Studio Tour

SEPT 30th & OCT 1, 2023 | Project Art Open House during the Hilltown Open Studio Tour

Stop by Project Art in Cummington MA to

Meet Sergei Isupov & Kadri Parnamets + See their Work

& View the Ferrin Contemporary 54 Main Street Showroom 

For more information about HOST, visit the Hilltown Arts Alliance website.

 

PUBLIC EVENTS


SERGEI ISUPOV | The Road to Cummington

SEPT 30th & OCT 1st

1 PM | at Project Art at 54 Main Street, Cummington

Sergei Isupov will give a tour of Project Art and speak about his work each day:

Isupov’s ceramic sculptures on view in the gallery at Project Art trace his career with works

made in studios throughout the world (Estonia, Hungary, and the USA) and date from 1990 – present.

The talk will run for 45 minutes and is limited to 30 people each day.

 

RSVP for SATURDAY, September 30 Talk/Tour HERE

RSVP for SUNDAY, October 1 Talk/Tour HERE

ABOUT THE ARTISTS


SERGEI ISUPOV

Sergei Isupov is an Estonian-American sculptor internationally known for his highly detailed, narrative works. Isupov explores painterly figure-ground relationships, creating surreal sculptures with a complex artistic vocabulary that combines two- and three-dimensional narratives and animal/human hybrids. He works in ceramics using traditional hand-building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using colored stains highlighted with clear glaze.

Learn more about Sergei Isupov here.

KADRI PARNAMETS

Kadri Pärnamets works in porcelain using traditional hand-building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form. Her biomorphic, organic forms provide a means to convey her personal interests ranging from fragile, natural environments to female identity. Her surface treatments feature a range of gestures and expressions with either abstract shapes or narrative figure painting, inspired by painters from the European Renaissance and Impressionist eras, like Lucas Cranach the Elder and Edouard Manet.

Learn more about Kadri Parnamets here.

ANNOUNCING


Ferrin Contemporary Anchors in Cummington, MA

Ferrin Contemporary Director Leslie Ferrin, with Associates Isabel Twanmo (left) & Alexandra Jelleberg (right).
Ferrin Contemporary, "Are We There Yet?", 2023, Exhibition Installation View with work by Sin Ying Ho, Peter Pincus, Paul Scott Mark Shapiro, & Linda Sikora, Photo by John Polak Photography

NORTH ADAMS, MA to CUMMINGTON, MA– ARE WE THERE YET? is a celebration of Ferrin Contemporary’s 40+ years as leaders in the field of modern and contemporary ceramics. What began in 1979 as a woman-owned cooperative studio and gallery in Northampton, MA has flourished across the years and the locations to become the international ceramic experts and material champions known as Ferrin Contemporary.

Part of the Open House at Project Art, during the 2023 Hilltown Open Studio Tour, Ferrin Contemporary will open the doors of its
54 Main Street Showroom to the public.

Beginning September 30th, the long-time residents of Cummington will be open by appointment to interested collectors, arts professionals, ceramic artists, and art fans.

With the 2023 designation of Cummington as a cultural district, and the central location of Project Art to the gallery’s lives and growing focuses, the choice to highlight this unique space and follow this momentum on The Road to Cummington, was the right path.

Join Ferrin Contemporary as it sponsors its first Open House Event at the Cummington Space:

Sergei Isupov | The Road to Cummington

SEPT 30th | 1 PM

OCT 1st | 1 PM

RSVP ABOVE

 

Project Art's 54 Main Street Gallery, 2023, Work by Sergei Isupov and Kadri Parnamets
Lauren Mabry Installation for "Are We There Yet?", Exhibition at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA Wall Pieces (left to right: Lauren Mabry, "Scrapyard No.2, No.4, No.3, No.1", 2023, ceramic, glaze, ~12 x 10 x 2" (each). Sculpture (below): Lauren Mabry, "Glaze Flow Cylinder No.1", 2021, ceramic, glaze, 7.75 x 13.5 x13". Photo by John Polak Photography<br />

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

During the course of four decades, the gallery has championed artists whose primary medium is clay. Beginning with a commitment to providing support for living artists, decades-long relationships grew with artists whose works explore traditions and history, deliver social commentary, experiment with the material, and use the medium to challenge themselves to produce new works.  

As part of the exhibition that ushered Ferrin Contemporary from North Adams to Cummington, selected classic works will be presented directly from the artists’ archives or offered by private collectors, illustrating career highlights both in the Project Art 54 Main Street Showroom and online.

The exhibition asks us, the artists, and the collectors to reflect on the road we’ve taken and invites the public to join the dialog while we speculate about the future.

Learn more about Ferrin Contemporary HERE

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REMEMBERING JUNE FERRIN

REMEMBERING JUNE FERRIN

JUNE FERRIN | 1930 – 2023

June Diane Ferrin passed away at home in Cummington, MA on April 20, 2023, after gracefully enduring a stage four cancer diagnosis for more than three years. She spent her final months reminiscing with pictures and papers and telling stories of her life to her many visitors and her family.

June was devoted to her family and countless friends, a dedicated gardener, accomplished painter and a beloved teacher. Everyone whose lives she touched enjoyed spending time in the world of beauty she created.. In her own words, at 93 she could have “gone all the way,” having also survived two broken hips and avoiding COVID-19 during those last years. In her final months, she let us all know that she wanted to “come back as a tree,” to live near her perennial gardens with the endless blossoms that surround her home.

June Ferrin (neé Draper) is survived by her three daughters Leslie Ferrin (Cummington, MA), Melanie Ferrin (Dalton, MA) and Jane Fischer (Indianapolis, IN); four grandchildren, Graeme and Lucy Sloan, Rachel Montgomery and Rebecca Fischer Tripodi; and four great-grandchildren Chloe, Benjamin, Emma and Ella. She is predeceased by her older sister Dolores Simonek, whose eight children, dozens of grandchildren and great-grand children comprise the Los Angeles-based family who lovingly remember the two sisters. 


June was born March 21,1930 to Katherine Olive Draper (neé Mason) and Ira Durias Draper in Los Angeles, when it was still a farming community. Her parents and their extended families had moved from Iowa in the early 1900’s in search of work in the nascent film industry. Through the Great Depression, June’s family depended on the generosity of relatives, government relief – and like so many of that generation they learned skills to make-do with what was available. The  backyard fig tree and fresh mackerel Ira brought home from his work as a commercial fisherman kept them fed. They fixed, repaired, sewed and saved what they could to get by – all traits that June passed on to others throughout her life. No one forgets her story about the time they had to eat her “pet chicken”.

 

 

 at the During the Second World War she watched her Japanese schoolmates disappear into internment camps, kept the lights off at night and collected materials for the war effort. She earned the honor of Salutatorian of the class of ’48 at Gardena High School, and garnered numerous awards for her art and leadership. June was among the first women from her school and in her family to attend university.

A graduate of UCLA in the class of ‘53, June majored in art and social studies, and took classes with renowned mid-century ceramist, Laura Andreson. At UCLA she lived in a YWCA co-operative dorm, serving as the president for a period, and meeting friends Noel Osheroff and Betty Reiss with whom she remained close throughout her life. In one of her many personal writings–Learning to Cook at 86–she recalls the standing ovation she received in the YWCA dining hall for preparing and serving a proper tapioca pudding, after many before her had served “tapioca soup.” The organization was socially progressive during the McCarthy era, and through her leadership positions she met many artists, folk singers, ethicists and other social activists, as well as her future husband Kenneth Ferrin.

The couple married in 1954, and while Ken pursued a PhD in Mathematics, June supported the couple by teaching art in public school. During this time their bohemian friendships took them on road trips into Mexico in the 1950’s, marking the beginning of a lifelong interest in international travel and architecture. June’s extensive collections of art, knowledge and materials began during these trips, eventually including modern art, design, decorative and applied arts, material culture and cultural anthropology.

When Ken was hired by IBM in 1960 they moved East, settling in New York City in 1962. They relocated to  Croton-on-Hudson a few years later, where they lived until their divorce in 1974. June and Ken’s first daughter Leslie was born in 1958 in Los Angeles, and their second, Melanie, in 1963 in New York City. Summers were spent at Pine Lake, a bungalow community popular among Jewish refugees. Jane Fischer joined the family in 1963, first as a summer mother’s helper then, having been orphaned, she was adopted.

June continued living in Croton after her divorce and later moved to Brewster and Katonah where she became a licensed real estate agent. She began painting again at the insistence of art dealer Concetta Nardin, Nardin Fine Art in Cross River New York, where she presented her first solo exhibition in 1992. Later, June helped found an artist co-op in 1997, The Village Gallery in Katonah, with her friend Patty Rueger. In 2000 she moved back to Croton to live next door to her daughter Leslie and her family. Throughout her life, June was a dedicated advocate for her daughter Melanie and joyously welcomed grandmotherhood with the arrival of Jane and Leslie’s children.

Throughout her life, many considered June their second-mother, including Nina Roth-Wells whose father was June’s partner for many years during her childhood. Their times together included family travel abroad to discover for themselves some of the artistic, culinary and architectural wonders of the world.

June’s last travel adventures were with her sister Dolores to Italy and France, and a cross country road trip they considered their “Thelma and Louise” journey to see the sights of America. June maintained a close relationship with her California family and friends, regularly visiting for reunions at the family’s summer cottage in northern California’s Seiad Valley, for big weddings and escapes from the Northeastern winter to paint in Palm Springs.

 In 2006, June moved to Cummington, Massachusetts, where Leslie established Project Art with sculptor Sergei Isupov. June lived next door and played an important role in raising her grandchildren. Melanie also moved to the area soon after. June’s passion for gardening transformed the grounds of the former mill site with magnificent flowers and trees freed from  the constant battle against the voracious deer that plagued her earlier efforts in New York.

Once settled in Massachusetts, in 2008 she was invited to teach watercolor painting at IS183 Art School at the Lichtenstein Center in Pittsfield, MA and developed a loyal following of students. Eventually her classes moved to Cummington, and in this relatively remote location, she took immense pride in cooking, hosting and serving carefully curated lunches presented on her extensive collection of dishes and table linens to her art students. An exhibition “Wednesdays with June” featuring work by June and her students took place in 2017 at the Cummington Community House. She taught until 2019, when the closed elementary school was permanently shuttered. After the pandemic abated, the class resumed under the direction of her friend Barbara Konieczny, who made it possible for June to attend and enjoy “emeritus” status through 2022.

June’s dedication to beauty and love for her family and friends was expressed in every aspect of her life and wherever she lived. All who joined her at annual gatherings – Easter Egg hunts, Thanksgivings, Christmases, or as the children who were the focus of themed birthday parties – experienced her boundless  love, creativity and her many special touches. June’s generosity, gentle leadership and endless kindness were integral features of her life. In her final years, despite the challenges of the pandemic and her health, she enjoyed spending time with close friends and family, reminiscing and gardening.

June’s artwork, gardens and life will be celebrated at Project Art in Cummington in Fall 2023 during Hilltown Open Studio Tour on the last weekend in September.

The family thanks the caring staff and doctors at Williamsburg Internal Medicine, the Cancer Center and Hospice at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for their many kindnesses during these challenging final years.  

Read more about June “Art Maker June Ferrin – Painter – Teacher


In lieu of flowers, two of June’s favorite causes are:

Food Bank of Western Mass

ACLU Massachusetts

 

 

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OPEN HOUSE | HILLTOWN OPEN STUDIOS | June 2019

OPEN HOUSE | HILLTOWN OPEN STUDIOS | June 2019

JUNE 22 & 23 2019
throughout the Hilltowns

HOURS: 10 – 5 pm

GARDEN TOURS: Ongoing with June Ferrin

DEMONSTRATIONS:
2:00 Saturday  | Mara Superior | Painting on Porcelain
2:00 Sunday     | Lily Fein | Hand-building with Porcelain

GUEST CHEF: Alice’s Kitchen

Our spring open house is in conjunction with second annual weekend-long Hilltown Open Studio Tour  organized by the Hilltown Arts Alliance featuring thirty artists across five Hilltowns in Western Massachusetts. The participating artists engage in a variety of media and the tour encourages discussion of their work on both the technical and creative sides. The tour is an admission-free event, and many of the artists will have work for sale. Meander timeless backroads, rolling hills, farms, forests, and mountain streams as you make your way between studios. You may begin at any studio or see the group show of work by artists on the tour are on view and pick up a map at the Cummington Community House, 33 Main Street.

Click HERE to view the Hilltown Open Studio Tour Map.

We welcome Alice Cozzolino of Alice’s Kitchen as our guest chef.  She and partner, Amy Pulley, formerly of the Old Creamery, live and work on their nearby Honey Hill Homestead. The culmination of a life-long caring for their land, Honey Hill Homestead now offers weekly prepared foods, catering, cooking classes, pollinator plants and more Order ahead or just stop by and learn about their weekly prepared foods. In addition to the lunch menu, their a la carte selections offer tasty treats and take home foods.

Alice’s Kitchen will offer some of the following items: Fresh Mozzarella, Pesto, Caramelized Onion Baguette Sandwiches * Turkey Wraps * Stuffed Grape Leaves * Endive Salad Canoes with Pear, Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans & Aged Balsamic Vinegar * Pesto Tortellini Skewers * Veggie Egg Rolls * Pizza * Cookies * Watermelon Slices * Herb Tea Tonic * Ginger Honey Lemon Tea * Chai

 

On View at PROJECT ART for Hilltown Studio Tour 2019

MARA SUPERIOR & LILY FEIN

Join us for the opening of Ferrin Contemporary’s summer gallery, June Ferrin’s Garden Tour and open studios at Project Art. We welcome our newest resident artist, Lily Fein and feature works by resident and visiting artists, June Ferrin, Sergei Isupov, Kadri Parnamets, Paul Scott and guest, Mara Superior.

This event is in conjunction with the weekend long Hilltown Open Studio Tour with 26 artist studios in all media in four nearby Western Massachusetts towns.

MARA SUPERIOR, is a frequent, short term resident artist and actively engaged in creative collaborations with the other artists at Project Art.  The 2017 recipient of MCC’s prestigious artist fellowship award, her work is in numerous museum collections throughout the country and in New England including the Peabody Essex Museum, MFA Boston, Fuller Craft, RISD Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art. Known for detailed works in porcelain, she will be introducing “The Pollinators”, a new series on a range of forms that feature birds, bees and the plants they support. Represented by Ferrin Contemporary, her work can be seen at Project Art and in selected exhibitions at the gallery’s North Adams location in Building 13 on the MASS MoCA campus. Based in Western Massachusetts, Mara lives in nearby Williamsburg and maintains her primary studio at East Street Clay Studios in Hadley.

Demonstration: 2:00 Saturday | Mara Superior | Painting on Porcelain

Click HERE to learn more about Mara Superior.

 

LILY FEIN is the newest resident artist at Project Art. Arriving in January of 2019, since her graduation from Syracuse with a BFA in ceramics in 2016, she has been traveling and working in residency programs including the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT; Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN; Craigardan in Upstate New York; The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, MA and Japan. She employs simple hand building techniques of pinch and coil to make utilitarian pots and sculptural vessels using the most challenging of clay bodies, porcelain. Her time at Project Art has focused on developing a body of new forms that morph and change, and curve and twist with unexpected interruptions and intersections. Her work invites and encourages touch with soft surfaces that reveal the imprint of her fingers on shapely, pleasing, delicate shapes. When not working in clay Lily enjoys dipping in creek beds (including the Westfield River) and playing in her band, The Glue.

Demonstration: 2:00 Sunday | Lily Fein | Hand-building with Porcelain

Click HERE to learn more about Lily Fein.

ALSO ON VIEW

JUNE FERRIN captures the light and blooms of her extravagant flower gardens in her watercolor paintings. Graduating from UCLA in the 1950s, Ferrin has been an active artist and teacher throughout her life and continues to teach a weekly watercolor class on Wednesdays in the art room of the now closed, former Berkshire Trail Elementary School. Her current work will be on view during the HOST tour. Living and working in Cummington, June’s glorious inspirational flower gardens surround her home and visitors are welcome to tour her gardens and enjoy the view of the Westfield River when stopping by at Project Art during the HOST tour.

GARDEN TOURS: Ongoing with June Ferrin

 

 

RESIDENT ARTISTS recent works by resident ceramic artists Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets will also be on view. OTHER ARTISTS  selected works by Project Art’s visiting artists and other artists represented by Ferrin Contemporary.

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Sergei Isupov | Figure Ground Workshops | 2018

FIGURE—GROUND:

Illustrated Sculpture Workshop with Sergei Isupov

Schedule 2018:
7 Day Workshop: September 23rd–29th, 2018.
3 Day Workshop: October 12–14, 2018.

Join internationally acclaimed sculptor Sergei Isupov for FIGURE – GROUND: Illustrated Sculpture, an intensive workshop exploring the sculpted form in clay, the painted surface and development of a personal narrative. At Project Art, in rural Massachusetts, the workshops and demonstrations combine hands-on active studio time with demonstrations, one-on-one instruction from Isupov and illustrated lectures by Isupov. Enjoy optional field trips to area museums, select studios and nearby natural settings.  Hands-on workshops are limited to 10, demonstration workshops are limited to 20.

In the workshops, Isupov will lead students through the techniques of slab construction, underglaze painting, and glaze application with the goal of completing several figurative sculptures. Students will use studio space in Project Art, a renovated 19th century Mill on the banks of the Westfield River.

The demonstration weekend workshops begin Friday night, with an illustrated lecture and a group dinner (6–9pm), Saturday is a full day (9am–5pm) demonstration and includes lunch. Sunday is a half day of demonstration (9am–12pm).  If desired, participants are invited to schedule a 30 minute portfolio review with Isupov and gallery director, Leslie Ferrin on Sunday on a first come, first serve basis for an additional fee of $50.

Sergei Isupov lives and works in Cummington, Massachusetts with his wife, Kadri, and daughter, Roosi. Working full-time as an artist, he has a long, international resume with works included in numerous public collections and important exhibitions. His work is featured in multiple books, catalogs, and magazines, and also shared via workshops and lectures at museums, universities and art centers.

Isupov is known for his highly-detailed narrative, ceramic sculptures, which feature completely illustrated in-the-round- paintings. Isupov continues to explore opposites as themes in his work. Emotional exchanges between men and women allude to romance, an affair, or simply mystery. Our own imaginations are asked to fill in and finish the narrative using personal associations.

 

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