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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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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

 

 

Tributes & Memories

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Hilltown Open Studio Tour 2022!

Hilltown Open Studio Tour 2022!

October 1st & 2nd, 2022
11 AM – 5 PM Each Day

Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets will be at Project Art during the Hilltown Open Studio Tour

Stop by 54 Main Street in Cummington MA to meet Sergei and Kadri and see their wonderful work.  For more information about HOST, visit the Hilltown Arts Alliance website.

 

 

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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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Ceramic Congress 2020 updates.

Ceramic Congress 2020 updates.

The Ceramic Congress 2020 was a great success. Attendance at the “live” events was spectacular, with 4,804 people from 50 countries from around the world tuning in.   Sergei’s workshop, “Sculpture as Canvas“ had over 1000 viewers over the course of the two hour presentation, with lively interaction on the Chat board.  All of the tickets for post-conference access are now sold out, but plans are already in the works for Project Art artists to participate in the next international Ceramic Congress, currently scheduled for May of 2021.

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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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EVENT | HOPS + POTS 2019

 

HOPS + POTS  Saturday, July 27th, 5 PM – 9 PM

Local Beer, Food, Pottery, Music Benefit Party and Sale for Studio Potter.

Join us for a party celebrating the Hilltown6 Pottery Tour and benefiting Studio Potter journal at Project Art, in Cummington, Massachusetts. The evening will showcase local ceramics, food, beverages, and music along the idyllic banks of the Westfield River.


TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW – CLICK HERE!

Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win Hilltown6 pottery, enjoy a free beer of your choice! Tickets are limited. Proceeds will benefit the Studio Potter, a 501(c)(3), organization serving the ceramic arts community since 1972.


TO BENEFIT THE

Non-profit organization celebrating over forty years of commitment to the publication of the Studio Potter journal, published in January & July each year with offices based in Easthampton, MA. Centered in studio practice, SP promotes discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, & history within the ceramics community. Learn more at StudioPotter.org.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH

Hilltown6 is a self-guided, annual pottery tour in Western Massachusetts. Featuring a sampling of the work of the Hilltown 6, a group of nationally recognized potters based in the Hilltowns, each summer on the last weekend of July, the artists open their studios for a coordinated tour, inviting neighbors, friends, collectors, and the curious to see their workshops, kilns, showrooms, and new work.

Proceeds from the newly added Hops + Pots celebration event will support the Studio Potter journal.

Learn more at Hilltown6.com

Click Here to Download the Map.

 


OUR VENDORS

 

OOMA TESORO’S Food: Praised by Mass Appeal, Family Circle & The New York Times, Ooma Tesoro’s marinara sauce is a feature of the Berkshire food scene. Robin & Michael’s recipe is “a generations-old recipe made new. Small batch sauce brimming with fresh ingredients.” Learn more at oomatesoros.com.


 

 

WANDERING STAR CRAFT BREWERY Located in the heart of the Berkshires in Pittsfield, Wandering Star Craft Brewery is a 15-barrel production brewery and taproom that creates a wide variety of artisanal ales throughout Berkshire County. Meet the brewer himself, Chris Post, who will feature a small selection of Wandering Star Craft Brewery’s most recent and popular brews during Hops+Pots. Find Wandering Star on Facebook for more.


THE GLUE Boston based, rock and roll Allstars, The Glue will be performing during the event, along with their lead singer and resident artist Lily Fein.  Fein will DJ during the event, and the band will jump in with live music as the night progresses. Check out The Glue


WITH SUPPORT FROM

Ferrin Contemporary presents ceramic art by mid-career and established artists. The gallery works to promote the ceramics community and in addition to supporting the Hops + Pots event, will have works on view at Project Art from its host of represented artists and recent exhibitions.

 

 

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OPEN HOUSE JULY 26 & 27, 2014

OPEN HOUSE JULY 26 & 27, 2014

Join us Sat, July 26 and Sun, July 27 in Cummington

Tour the studios of Sergei Isupov and artists-in-residence Elenor Wilson and Alexandra Jelleberg.
The Gallery will feature work selected from recent exhibitions.

Saturday, July 26, 10 – 5  | Open House

Saturday, July 26, 4-5 | Artist Salon
Join us for wine and cheese and conversation with resident artists.

Sunday, July 27, 10– 5 | Open House

These events are concurrent with the Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour.
Click here for more information about the Hilltown 6 events.

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