EVENTS

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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July 29 | Lunch with Linda Sikora during the Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

July 29 | Lunch with Linda Sikora during the Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Linda Sikora Artist Portrait, 2023, photo by John Polok

Saturday, July 29, 2023
1pm—2pm
Project Art

A special lunch with artist Linda Sikora and her artwork during the Hilltown Six Pottery Tour.

This event has already passed. See photos below!

ABOUT LINDA SIKORA

Linda Sikora’s studio is anchored in the genre of functional ceramics. Sikora is interested in the philosophical and the agency of things. Complex, colorfully decorated, and often conceptualized in prototype groups or series, the work draws from the traditions of European 18 & 19th century industrial production porcelain and common crockery infused with a freedom and lightness that is innovative and contemporary. Her work explores the dual nature of ceramics—as objects of beauty and as objects of use—questioning the blurred line between visual art and functional subjects in cultured spaces.

Sikora is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, an award for excellence in teaching and has been recognized for her mentorship as an educator.  Her work was acquired by the Smithsonian in 2022 and featured at the Renwick in their 50th-anniversary exhibition “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World”. She is a renowned ceramics professor at Alfred University where she maintains an active studio practice and lives with her husband Matthew Metz and daughter.

Learn more about Linda Sikora here.

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New exhibition of Sergei’s sculpture at Ferrin Contemporary, and two public art pieces

New exhibition of Sergei’s sculpture at Ferrin Contemporary, and two public art pieces

Sergei Isupov is creating work all over the Berkshires this summer!  Miss Comet is taking shape outside of his studio at Project Art in Cummington,an exhibition of sculpture titled Past and Present recently opened at Ferrin Contemporary (with and upcoming artist talk on June 4th), and a huge public sculpture firing and performance event with a satellite solo show at TurnPark Art Space.

Read all the details here –and please join us for one or all of these events!

 

 

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Upcoming workshop at Project Art Virtual Studio, co-sponsored by Saratoga Clay

Upcoming workshop at Project Art Virtual Studio, co-sponsored by Saratoga Clay

This workshop is offered in partnership with Saratoga Clay, in conjunction with their exhibition PLAYING WITH FIRE: Altered Atmospheres. The exhibition was curated by Mark Shapiro.

The cup is perhaps the most basic vessel. Our bodies demand hydration even more than nutrition. This essential deliverer of liquid offers practically infinite ceramic variation and magnificent opportunities for individual expression. Not surprisingly, it’s usually the first pot that potters learn to make and the first pot that attracts a customer.

In this jam-packed livestream demonstration, Mark Shapiro will show a series of approaches to this essential form, including faceted porcelain and rope-inlayed teacups, footed chalices, and water “glasses,” including his signature surface treatments.

The demonstration will take place on Zoom. Participation will be limited to 50 attendees.  A link will be sent out to participants after they have registered and purchased a ticket. Two identical sessions will be offered of the Narrative Cup to allow participants to watch and participate live from various time zones. Session one will be on on Saturday March 13, 12PM – 2:00PM . EST (New York).   To find the corresponding time in your city, please check this world clock website.

A video of the livestream will be available for purchase if you are unable to attend at the time of the live session. Anyone who purchases and attends the livestream will be sent a coupon for a free copy of the video.

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Project Art Launches Grant-funded Virtual Studio

Project Art Launches Grant-funded Virtual Studio

Project Art launches a new virtual workshop platform as a result of a $8500 Hilltown CDC grant; hosts virtual events throughout 2021.

The Hilltown CDC (Community Development Corporation) awarded Project Art a $8500 Micro-Enterprise Program grant for the development and launch of a new virtual education platform. The grant, in combination with the recent advent of broadband internet service in the Hilltowns, will enable Project Art to continue its internationally known workshop series.

For its inaugural workshop, Project Art presented a 90-minute live workshop, The Narrative Cup, taught by permanent resident artist, Sergei Isupov, who demonstrated techniques for building and painting ceramic cups, followed by a Q&A conversation. A recorded version is available on the Project Art Virtual Studio site.

“I love it that artists based in Cummington and other hilltowns will be able to teach ceramics and their specialties to people across the country, and around the world, from this new, virtual teaching studio. Little travel, wider reach.” —State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield)

Throughout 2021, Project Art plans to add to its virtual teaching platform, offering a diverse menu of artists workshops and courses, both pre-recorded and live streaming. Courses with local Hilltown artists, Mark Shapiro and Beckie Kravetz are scheduled for this spring.

“Once COVID restrictions are lifted, the program can continue as a hybrid model, and will have developed an international student alumnus, who are likely to come to this region for the studio tours, stay at local Inns and B&Bs, purchase works by artists, and participate in educational experiences provided by the full-time residents. Developing the business practices during the pandemic will prevent future disruptions such as restrictions on travel to or from the area.” —Leslie Ferrin, Owner/Director, Project Art

As a result of COVID-19 restrictions and the lack of broadband internet in the Hilltowns, Project Art faced logistical and economic challenges that threatened its dynamic in-person workshop programming and support of local, national, and international artists. Resident and visiting artists are unable to travel to teach workshops or attend their exhibitions, and tours that brought visitors to the area periodically through programs organized around these artists are not taking place in 2020 and may not in 2021.

Recently, Massachusetts’ Last Mile Infrastructure Grant allowed Whip City Fiber to provide high speed internet access to Cummington—the 21st century technology that Project Art’s 19th century mill building sorely needed. With new infrastructure in place, the Hilltown CDC grant provides new business opportunities to community artists by connecting them to students, educators, and collectors.

“Because of rural economic challenges, creative placemaking has been a valuable tool to bring economic activity while staying true to the spirit of the Hilltowns. […] Huge congratulations to Project Art in Cummington for being able to capture the newly available broadband so quickly, leveraging the new infrastructure with this micro-enterprise grant to create a digital studio to reconnect with their national and international students and clients in the contemporary ceramics world.” —Kate Bavelock, Director of Community Programs, Hilltown CDC

 

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Sergei Isupov at the Ceramic Congress; November 27th, 2020

Sergei Isupov at the Ceramic Congress; November 27th, 2020

Sergei Isupov will be presenting an online workshop, “Sculpture as Canvas”, at the virtual International Ceramic Congress 2020. Sergei will build and paint a figural sculpture using techniques of slab construction, underglaze painting, and glaze application.  The one hour workshop will be pre-recorded, and the video will be followed by a a 1 hour live Q&A session.  

Tickets for the Congress start at $10, for admission and watching the workshop ONLY on Friday 27th, at 7 PM EST.   With this ticket, any of the 30+ workshops in the Congress can be watched only at the time they are posted on the schedule. For lifetime access to all of  The Ceramics Congress Workshops,  Tickets are $59.

For more information and ticket purchase: https://ceramic.school/the-ceramics-congress/

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FREE PUBLIC ARTIST TALK | JASON WALKER | July 2019

FREE PUBLIC ARTIST TALK | JASON WALKER | July 2019

 

 

FREE ARTIST TALKS with Jason Walker

Sunday, July 21, at Project Art in Cummington, MA, 7-8 pm

Join us for a welcome pot luck dinner and illustrated artist talk in conjunction with Jason Walker’s week-long hands on workshop “Personal Narrative” Sunday, July 21, 6- 8pm at Project Art in Cummington, MA.
Dinner is 6-7, talk 7-8pm.

Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at  Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, 5-7pm

Join us for a gallery talk and reception for Jason Walker’s solo exhibition “Personal Encounters” on view July 6th–August 10th. The talk and reception takes place Thursday, July 25th, 5–7pm at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA in conjunction with Downstreet Art, talk at 6pm.

Click for More on Jason Walker’s Workshop “Personal Narrative” at Project Art in Cummington, MA

Click for More on Jason Walker’s Exhibition “Personal Encounters” at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA

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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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FREE PUBLIC TALK | LAUREN MABRY | May 2019

Free Artist Lecture
Friday, May 3rd, 2019, 7 pm at 
Project Art, 54 Main Street, Cummington, MA 01026

Join us at Project Art for a slideshow presentation by Lauren Mabry, whose solo exhibition Fused opens at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Fused introduces Mabry’s new series of ‘dimensional paintings’ using color, form and an exuberant sense of play to explore transformative nature of clay. Drips, spills and dollops of brightly colored glaze move across her forms, with a precise sense of chaos. The titled, Fused, eludes to the melted surface created within the kiln. This magical moment is something that Mabry is able to hold to within her glaze work, as if she’s able to slow down time itself.

“Because I strive to keep my work as playful as it is scientific, the things I make exist
where haphazard sketching meets the precision of chemistry.” — Lauren Mabry

A Gallery Talk and Reception will take place Saturday, May 4th, from 5–7pm at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA. A group dinner will follow at Bright Ideas Brewery & A-OK Berkshire BBQ.

Click Here for More on Lauren Mabry’s Exhibition: Fused…

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