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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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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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