LOUISA GOULD GALLERY
54 Main St.
Vineyard Haven, MA
PRESS RELEASE: (Martha’s
Vineyard) Louisa Gould Gallery proudly presents new art of Kate Huntington,
Rani Connor and Louisa Gould. Opening Reception is Friday, August 3
from 5 to 8pm. Kate Huntington’s loose landscapes and figures
capture Vineyard summers, complementing Rani Connors’ ocean hued glass,
stone and fresh water pearl jewelry. First time exhibited still life
paintings reveal the creative depth of well known maritime photographer,
Louisa Gould . The show runs through Aug 23rd.
Kate Huntington grew up in
Providence, RI. and began painting and drawing before high school.
Even in high school she gained a reputation
among her peers as a portraitist and many of her schoolmates have portraits
of themselves that they asked her to do. There was never a second’s
doubt about what she would do with her life.
She went to RISD and has worked
as a representational painter based in the Providence, RI metropolitan
area continuously since 1976. Her work is shown in and about New England
in galleries and museums and featured in several distinguished books.
Also, in the fall of 2007, about a dozen of Kate’s paintings can be
spotted in various scenes on the award winning Showtime TV drama “Brotherhood”.
Her paintings and drawings are found in numerous national and international
private and corporate collections. She is a member of The Copley Society
in Boston and a former member of The Art league of RI.
To be able to take a few
pigments and create a spiritual being is my greatest pride of all. Usually,
“my people” look pretty convincing on the canvas. Somehow, that’s
just not good enough for me. I have a need to scratch away, redraw,
wipe out, redraw, and scratch again until I find myself staring at a
person that I feel like I actually know. To be able to place these newly
born people into my own interpretation of a landscape is truly a sensational
accomplishment. I guess to bring something new into the world that never
would have existed otherwise is why I create art. Also, it keeps me
I’m a painter who focuses
mostly on people and landscapes. Just like the subjects that I’m
so energized by, my paintings seem to be in a constant state of transition.
Over the years (I’ve been painting with oils since the mid seventies),
I’ve learned to trust my own intuition. I think it is best to let
one’s individual style evolve on it’s own rather than be forced.
My work is not a result of any particular formula. Honestly, I don’t
like formulas, as they tend to lessen the emotional aspect. I think
a work of art should reflect the personality of its creator.
I’d like to relay the
fact that I have a strong drawing background. In 1992, for various reasons,
I started an open life drawing group in Providence that is still going
strong today (something I’m very proud of). Being able to draw from
live models on a regular basis has a major impact on my paintings. I
find that I don’t have to get so caught up on the drawing part thus
allowing me more freedom to do what my inner self tells me. Though my
style is always evolving, lately, I’ve taken to blocking in major
shapes with color and instinctively scratching out the drawing with
a palette knife. I don’t think I could ever scratch such a confidant
line without regular drawing workout. From there, I might add a little
more color, then perhaps a little more scratching, maybe draw with a
brush, more color, more scratching, maybe I’ll wipe the whole thing
out and start again… I just go with the flow, relying on my drawing
skills and my strong sense of color to see me through. Finishing a painting
is most difficult. Trying to “not finish
“ a painting is even harder. I think that I spend more time on that.
It’s a time to sit back, look, make choices, a little red here, and
a spot of ultramarine there. Usually, I’ll put a painting aside so
as not to overdo. I like the unfinished look. It allows the painting
to breathe and provides a certain energy that I think invites the viewer
As for goals, I want to
be an old master, doing what I’m doing, just getting better at it,
going with the flow, letting the subconscious pave the way.
Rani Connor started summering
in the Vineyard in 1997. She lived on Martha’s Vineyard for three
and a half years, year round as the marketing director for the Black
Dog. It was during this time that she fell head over heals in
love with the spirit of the Island and its surrounding waters.
Drawn to the ocean and everything
nautical she re-directed her passions from marketing into an active
career as a designer and artist. Her paintings (acrylic and collage)
reflect the island by incorporating Wampum, sea glass and nautical themes.
Her jewelry is similarly inspired.
Working with only semi-precious
and precious stones like coral, apatite and peridot; she keeps to the
oceanic colors and a floaty feel.
Growing up in New York City
she attended NYU and currently resides in Greenwich, CT. To date
she has had several art and jewelry shows in Newport, Rhode Island and
After having apprenticed with
a jewelry designer in Greenwich for three years, Rani recently left
to start her own line of jewelry, which will be on display at the opening.
Color has always been my
inspiration for anything artsy. Coming to the Island I am inspired every
moment by Menemsha sunsets, blue waters that turn bright turquoise along
state beach, the many many shades of green poking out it's head from
the dunes at Squibnocket and the intense earth tones of Aquinnah's rocks.
Even on rainy days the colors of the Vineyard just intensify. When I
first started working with stones I knew I found my calling. Not only
did I get to play with color all day long, at the end I could wear it!
A water girl like me couldn't think of anything better! Just as a sunny,
colorful day can brighten even the dullest of spirits; I always hope
my jewelry reflects the happiness I find in creating it. In making one
of a kind designs I hope each and every person is cheered up and inspired
when they wear them. I want my clients to know that a lot of thought,
good energy and joy went into each and every treasure I create.
Louisa Gould’s paintings
provide still moments of Vineyard life and light. For example
Feast is painted from a purchase from Net Result and fruits of Vineyard
This was probably my favorite painting, as I had a chance
to fully interact with the lobsters, corn, mussels and oysters after
the shoot and prior to the painting. I am already thinking about
my next seafood and Vineyard food still life, to style, eat and paint.
I have already accepted commissions from still life’s I did this Spring,
so if someone prefers a fish over the fireplace I can paint that as
well. Good thing as I also love eating fish. The range of objects include:
blue hydrangeas, shells, fruit and some random antique objects all on
a table my father had restored which has a lovely rich and warm color
Louisa studied painting growing
up in school and although accepted at RISD, chose another field of full
time study and a corporate career instead, however knowing she would
return to art later in life. Her full time art career came sooner than
she thought, in her 30’s. However during her other career in New York,
she studied oil painting at both the Parsons and the Art Student League
of New York.
Painting is a true passion for me, as it’s from the
heart and without expectations, unlike my photography, painting can
be representational, abstract or any form. This series is representational.
These days I paint from 10pm to 2 am, after photography shoots and the
new gallery closes. It’s my time to create without the phones ringing.
While painting I ask myself
the question. Of all the artists that show at the gallery, what inspired
them to paint the subject? Why did they choose the palette? It is often
from a series of questions, I as a gallery owner can more fully understand
the mindset of the artist at the time of inspiration and or painting.
For me, this series was
first inspired by the May 2006 cover of Art & Antiques magazine,
which featured the 16
century Dutch women
painters. The painting was of flowers. So I took the image to Donorama’s
and asked them to create a $50 bouquet, $100 later I had a beautiful
bouquet with rather exotic flowers. I shot the bouquet with dramatic
lighting and a black backdrop in May of 2006. However it wasn’t until
February of 2007 that I started to paint these flowers. I particularly
was drawn to the yellow and red flowers, colors that were absent in
the Vineyard landscape at the time. I really enjoyed the reds, yellows
and greens. After this I painted a series of sailing and marine paintings,
“Edgartown Herressoffs Racing,” and Vineyard Fishing Boat”, I
wanted a different palette than ultra marine blue, I wanted to paint
something green. So off I went to Stop & Shop and bought green pears.
I paired the pears with some antique pieces from the shelves,
“White Vase and Pears”, and “Red Box with Pears”. I am really
drawn to the rich colors of the fruit in Fruit Vase and Watermelon and
Blue Vase and Watermelon. I am gratefull to be present and still
while painting this series.
Please join The Louisa Gould
Gallery on Friday August 3rd from 5pm to 8pm to meet the artists and
view this new exhibit.
The show is open to the public
and is available online at www.louisagould.com. Please note this is a new location
for the gallery, at 54 Main St. Vineyard Haven.
Louisa Gould Gallery, 54 Main
St. Vineyard Haven, MA (508) 693.7373. The gallery is open daily
from 10:30pm to 5:30pm, weekend evenings and by private appointment.