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5 WMA Faculty Featured at Art Show

5 WMA Faculty Featured at Art Show

Abstract is a common term in the world of art. There is nothing, however, abstract about how five faculty members at Wilbraham & Monson Academy feel about their love of art, and essentially, their professions.

Four teachers in WMA’s Fine & Performing Arts Department and one member of the Academy’s Marketing & Communications Department displayed multiple creations at the Abstract by Design Show in Binney Art Gallery Sept. 23.

“Our teachers are still practicing artists and are still displaying their work for both colleagues and students,” WMA’s Dean of Faculty Wally Swanson said. “I think it’s great for our kids to see our adults are still fine-tuning their craft as they get older.”

Below is a list of WMA faculty members who participated in the show, and an explanation of their work:

Mr. Paul Bloomfield, Fine & Performing Arts, Director: “The series of photographic images combines traditional darkroom techniques with a drawing or painting application. Instead of using pencils or ink, the chemicals from traditional darkroom techniques are employed to create another possibility for the life of the image. The result is neither being fully one or the other. Thematically, this series, “Decay,” explores the tenuous relationship between how things are in a constant process of creation and destruction. Often we are somewhere in the middle, oblivious of these paths.”

Ms. Kiayani Douglas, Fine & Performing Arts, Upper School: “The aerial maps you see depict rivers, lakes, ponds, canals and the land surrounding them. I used watercolors, markers and colored pencils to create ‘portraits’ of these bodies of water. I relied on Photoshop to create transformations with the aerial maps, which allowed me to create the batik-inspired patterns you see underneath. Using Google Maps, I was able to gain a different perspective on how we interact with the bodies of water. These are my visual explorations of what that looks like. These maps depict mostly U.S. bodies of water, with the exception of two regions outside of the country, including Brazil and Hong Kong.

Mrs. Virginia Giokas, Fine & Performing Arts, Middle School: “The creation and viewing of visual art can function in many ways. Art can be uplifting, thought-provoking, stimulating and it can tell a story, or it can simply be a pleasurable, visual experience. Throughout the summer, I used my personal experience of creating art to serve as a way for me to express my frustration with what I see happening in the world around me. I also found the experience of creating art served a somewhat therapeutic purpose. Not only did it provide a place for me to find a place to share my concerns, but it also made me think about how to best convey my feelings in a creative way. I experimented with textural effects, layering of colors and using glazes.”

Mrs. Marvina Lowry-Brook, Fine & Performing Arts, Upper School: “The way we view the world changes when the technology around us changes. The idea of a landscape has been around at least since the Greeks ruled the Mediterranean. Our view of landscapes has changed with satellite imagery. More recently, Google Earth has put a worldview literally in our hands. The repetition of line and shape, as well as the abstraction of the division of the land, both man made and natural, have always been of interest to me. The aerial views in maps and globes are as fascinating to me now as when I was in grade school.”

Mr. Chris Tinnesz, Marketing & Communications, Art Director: “I simply make things I want to see. I do this by combining things I love into (hopefully) something completely original, visually engaging and uniquely personal. These are the last two pieces of a series I created last year, combining my love for circles, colors, patterns and flags.”