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Cityscapes & Aerial Views: Mixed Media Paintings by Anna Herrick


  • The Gallery at Villageworks 525 Massachusetts Avenue Acton, MA, 01720 United States (map)

"Art is the articulation of an experience for its own sake. Artistic consciousness is integral to our being and surfaces when we have a sublime encounter with the present. My main preoccupation is creating experiences of places.

The artwork shown in this exhibition is divided into two groups. CITYSCAPES features panoramas of New York and other cities. AERIAL VIEWS is a series impressionistic landscapes based on locations real and imagined.

Although two groups of works may appear to differ stylistically, all of the pieces emphasize lines, colors, and patterns that coalesce into images that are recognizable to varying degrees. My approach to making art is not about choosing realism or abstraction. Both sensibilities operate in tandem and inform all my works. I rely on solid observation of actual places to depict light and space. Delineating the abstract qualities of an image frees me to create new techniques and designs.

Painting and collage are my means of incapsulating worlds. Scenes are born, accidentally and on purpose, from all manner of materials: paint, discarded paper, and whatever else I happen to find. Often, I only figure out what a work’s made of by the debris that surrounds me when I’ve stopped working. The joy is discovering what comes forth staining a blank surface. Certain lines assert themselves. A convergence of marks creates space. Color provokes memory and a picture comes to comes to life. Somehow, all the elements come together and infuse the image with feeling that cannot put into words. The aim is not just to make a composition, but make tangible sound and movement while leaving space for imagination."  - Artist Anna Herrick

Painter and graphic designer, Anna Herrick was born in New York City, raised in Vermont, and educated at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been fortunate to live among and learn from artists for her entire life. Her works are the culmination of countless sources of inspiration. She resides at her home and studio in Acton, Massachusetts. CV available upon request. Please join Anna for a reception celebrating her exhibit on Sunday July 8th, 4:30pm-6:00pm.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  Contact Anna Herrick via email aherrick63@comcast.net. For more information, please visit annaherrick.com.

Earlier Event: April 2
"Element" by Elizabeth LaDuca
Later Event: May 15
The Artists of Acton Open Studios