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Current Exhibition

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September 1 - October 8
Opening Reception:

frag-men-ta-tion noun: the process or state of breaking or being broken into small or separate parts.

New work by Grace Mitchell, Karen Hubacher, Daryls Ewoldt, Catherine Kernan, Larry Schroth, Alessandra Manzotti, Kenneth Schiano, Shelley Robzen

"It’s a diverse show, but if there’s anything its eight artists (plus a few gallery artists) hold in common, it’s a profound awareness of the ongoing nature of change."
Click here to read more of Mary McCoy's review on The Chestertown Spy.

The September exhibition at MASSONIART marks the opening of the Gallery season. The title, frag-men-ta-tion, selected by gallery owner Carla Massoni, seems appropriate for the challenging times we are experiencing.

Gallery artist Grace Mitchell lives and works in the Hudson River Valley. Using traditional oil painting techniques, she makes luminous, romantic paintings of natural places. She works to create a contemporary response to the accelerating deterioration in natural systems worldwide and the fundamental human need for connection to the natural world.

In last season’s exhibit, her paintings bemoaned the destruction of the earth in the quest for coal. This year she felt the need to focus on the iconic role of nature painting and her hope that less despair be conveyed and more inspiration and respect comes through. “The anxiety and fear in the wind these days is palpable and as an artist I am searching for an antidote to that poisonous wind,” she explained.

“We are fundamentally rooted in our natural environment, whether we realize it or not, and it is being destroyed at such a clip that it can’t be discounted as a factor in the general fragmentation of our society. Can art play a role? “Can art help restore our roots?” Mitchell asks.

In a recent article, Karen Hubacher’s abstract encaustics were described as having “the poetic effect of landscape reduced to essentials.” Her work emphasizes relationships, rhythm and internal space. When discussing her paintings she explained that, “I think of my work as an antidote to what American activist and author Jerry Mander calls ‘the time-bound, homocentric, mechanical logic’ of our culture…as a respite for the eye and the soul.” Her stated goal as an artist is to make each painting signify a region where a sense of place and a state of mind come together.

Personally challenged this year by a devastating fire that destroyed her studio, Hubacher dealt with the ensuing “fragmentation” with the support of friends and family. Can art help restore our roots? For Hubacher, the answer may be a hopeful yes. During the time salvaged from the ruins of the fire and the demands of insurance adjustors, she was able to focus on the creation of new work for this exhibit – perhaps providing just the antidote she needed.

Chicago based sculptor Daryls Ewoldt is exhibiting her patinated copper vessels with the gallery for the first time. The theme of fragmentation is especially resonant for Ewoldt. In her artist’s statement she writes, “fragments of thoughts, memories, and interpretations of physical objects converge to influence and realize my work. I am intrigued by the mystique and secrets of interior spaces.” The physical process of manipulating and transforming flat sheet metal into three-dimensional forms has captivated Ewoldt for over forty years. “Most of my happiest (and sometimes most frustrating) hours are spent working in my studio. I thrive on the entire process of inspiration and problem solving involved in creating art.” For many of the artists in this exhibit, the process of problem solving often entails breaking apart what exists, utilizing new materials and reimagining a new path.

Printmaker and painter Catherine Kernan is co-founder, and partner of Mixit Print Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has been a visiting artist at Massoniart for over twenty years. A recognized master in her field, Kernan has been honored with fellowships and grants both nationally and internationally. Her work is held in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Boston and New York Public Libraries, and the Harvard Art Museums. Working at the interface between printmaking and painting, Kernan uses largescale woodblocks in unorthodox ways as a transfer tool to build images layer by layer in a painterly process of controlled accident. “No longer a purist, I exploit any available tool or means to transfer color and form to surface. Interruption and interference with the “perfect transfer” are integral to the process.”

Long time associate and gallery artist Larry Schroth, like Kernan, is eager to "exploit any available tool" in his creative process. Schroth is reimagining his work in a series of new archival digital prints. Frustrated in his desire to find a new direction, Schroth began the process of breaking apart work from his earlier series and reconfiguring the pieces in collage format. Not content to simply regurgitate his work in another form, Schroth is using this exercise as a means of rediscovering his artistic roots and forging a path in what he hopes will offer a new chapter in his life as an artist.

Alessandra Manzotti is known for her powerful photographic images. Born in Italy, she spent her childhood with one foot in Milan and the other in Caglio, a small medieval town above Lake Como, where she roamed the majestic foothills of the Italian Prealpi. For most of her adult life she lived in California and for the last decade in the Lower Delaware Valley where she began her photographic career. In 2014, she became an American citizen. Manzotti’s ongoing struggle with the pull of her roots in Italy and her life in the United States has recently been exacerbated by both familial and political factors. When viewing her work, one experiences the warring emotions clearly confronting the artist. Passionate, heartbreaking, and perhaps ultimately liberating, Manzotti shares her personal journey through her art.

Gallery artist Kenneth Schiano was formally trained as an architect. He is a staunch advocate of abstraction and is known for his intuitive sense of composition and structure. Together with his uncanny use of color and light, he has created powerful abstract presences in a continuation of his Little Demon series that fill the gallery with exuberant energy. Schiano has often described his creative process as a constant state of breaking apart and reconfiguring space. If art is to have a role in shaping our response to these challenging times, Schiano may offer a path. “I hope my activities would also begin to suggest where the bounds between discipline and surrender lie.”

This spring, sculptor Shelley Robzen was honored with an exhibition at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland. A virtual retrospective, the museum showcased both marble and bronze sculptures from all major bodies of her work. Upon her return to Italy, Robzen who lives and works in Pietrasanta spent the summer completing, Dancing in the Clouds #4, the latest Carrara marble sculpture in her eponymous series. Like Schiano, Robzen is an advocate of abstraction and known for the luminous quality of her line. The Dancing in the Clouds series upon its completion will mark the closing chapter in the creation of two bodies of work honoring her younger sister Ellen who died of breast cancer. Through her sculptures, Robzen conveys the overwhelming stages of grief and the final release of life energies to a new reality.

“Can art have a role?” The hope of this exhibit is to examine our current reality through the eye of the artist. Their spirit and commitment to evolve may provide the inspiration needed as we search for creative solutions.

The exhibition is open Wednesday-Friday from 11-4, and Saturday from 10-5. Appointments to visit the gallery may be scheduled by contacting the gallery directly. 410-778-7330 or
Upcoming Shows

Marc Castelli | Swinging the Lantern
Annual One Man Exhibition
and the Sultana Downrigging Celebration

October 20 - December 2
Past Shows

Summer Gallery Artists Exhibition continues (July 22 - August 19)
Michael Kahn | Summer 2017 (June 24 - July 16 )
Marc Castelli - Summer 2017
also featuring recent work by Ken Castelli
(June 24 - July 16)
National Music Festival (June 4 - 17, 2017)
Marcy Dunn Ramsey | Balancing Act (May 12 - June 17)
Greg Mort
Jon Mort
(April 1 - 30, 2017)
Women Helping Women (March 15, 2017 7pm)
Little Demons (February 3 - March 4)
Gallery Renewal (March 8 - 29)
Gallery Artists Exhibition | January 2017 (January 5 - 24, 2017)
CREATE in the Fall issue of American Craft magazine ()
MARC CASTELLI / on the scend
Annual Exhibition
(October 21 – November 21, 2016)
Gallery Artists Exhibition (July - September)
Marc Castelli | Summer 2016 (June 25 - July 11, 2016)
Marcy Dunn Ramsey | Playing on the Edge (May 13 - June 17, 2016)
The Art of Stewardship
(March 26 - May 7, 2016)
SPARK (February 5 - March 12, 2016)
The National Music Festival presents
Natasha Farny & Michael Gurt in Recital at The Mainstay
(Friday, January 15, 2016)
Ken Schiano @ the Academy Art Museum (September 18 - November 8, 2015)
Marc Castelli | They Live by the Sun… (October 23 - November 22, 2015)
MARCY DUNN RAMSEY | Line Dancing (August 21 – October 4, 2015)
The Ninth Annual St. Michaels Concours d'Elegance (Sunday September 27, 2015)
SUMMER SIZZLE | Gallery Artists Exhibition (July 1 - August 2, 2015)
New Work - Watershed
(May / June 2015)
Spring Exhibitions at the Gallery
featuring Ken Schiano
(May 20 - June 20, 2015 )
Michael Kahn
Exhibition and Book Signing
(May/June 2015)
Art @ Chestertown
Pop-Up Gallery
(April 29 – May 6 ONE WEEK ONLY)
EARTHWORK (April 1 – May 3, 2015)
The Art of Stewardship (April 3 - April 30, 2015)
Greg Mort @ the Academy Art Museum (January 10 - April 12, 2015)
Body // Water (February 28 – March 22, 2015)
Marc Castelli | The Leaning Wind (October 24 - November 25, 2014)
The Art of Stewardship (November 6 - 8, 2014)
First Light | photography by Michael Kahn (September 5 - October 11, 2014)
Writing On Water - An Eco-Poetry Workshop (Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., September 25 - October 23)
Lightning | Summer Exhibition (June 1 - August 15, 2014)
Wood Transformed | The Art of Vicco von Voss
at the Academy Art Museum
(Mid-May to Mid July 2014)
Sensing Change
Science / Art
( April 3 – 6, 2014)
Ken Schiano | The Secret Splendor of Sincerity (February 7 – March 31, 2014)
MASSONIART | January Show (December 2013 - January 2014)
20th Anniversary Celebration
Marc Castelli | Downrigging 2013
(November 1 - December 1, 2013)
marcy dunn ramsey | caught in the current (September 20 – October 20, 2013)
Gallery Artist Group Exhibition
(July 17 - September 14, 2013)
20th Anniversary Exhibition
(May 17 - July 6, 2013)
Midstream II
Vicco Von Voss
Greg Mort
(February 1 – March 1, 2013)
Kelly Parisi Castro
Alessandra Manzotti
(January 25 - February 24, 2013)
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Gallery Artists - Holiday Exhibition
(December 1 - January 6, 2013)
Marc Castelli | Downrigging 2012 (October 26 — November 30, 2012)
marcy dunn ramsey | aspiration (September 14 - October 14, 2012)
LAYERS | Summer Gallery Artist Exhibition (July 6 - August 31, 2012)
MARC CASTELLI – Annual Exhibition
Hawkins is at the Door
(May 18 - June 30, 2012)
The Space Between | Greg Mort & Shelley Robzen
also featuring work by Jon Mort
(March 24 – May 6, 2012)
The Space Between - SYMPOSIUM - Art/Science (April 7, 2012 - 2pm)
Celebration - Gallery Artists Exhibition (November - January)
MARC CASTELLI/Downrigging Weekend 2011 (October 24-November 5, 2011)
MARCY DUNN RAMSEY/Solace (September 16-October 16, 2011)
July & August at MASSONIART ()
MARC CASTELLI – Between the Moon Monster and the Wind (May 6 – June 25, 2011)
6th Annual Women Helping Women Concert
"Men Helping - Women Helping Women - Helping Men"
Tickets $25
(Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 7:00 PM)
MPT Presents Chesapeake Bay Week (April 10-17, 2011)
National Maritime Historical Society
Washington DC Awards Dinner
(April 13, 2011)
February at the Massoni Gallery ()
December First Friday - Holiday Show (Deember 3, 5-8 pm, December and January)
Marc Castelli
Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
(September - November, 2010)
FALL INTO SUMMER (August - September, 2010)
Marcy Dunn Ramsey | Passage (June 18 - July 17, 2010)
Marc Castelli | Pushing Back (May 14 - June 12, 2010)
Into the Light (April 1 - April 30, 2010)
PORTALS (in the Ames Gallery*) (February 15- March 20, 2010)
Marc Castelli | Downrigging Weekend 2009 (October 30 - November 14, 2009)
The Third Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance (Sepember 25-27, 2009)
Marcy Dunn Ramsey | Refuge (June 19 - July 19, 2009)
Marc Castelli | Knowing Hands (May 15 - June 13, 2009)
Everchanging (April 3 - May 3, 2009)
Winter Exhibition (February 6 - March 21, 2009)
4th Annual Women Helping Women Concert (Thursday, February 19, 7 pm)
January at the Gallery ()
Marc Castelli | Sultana Downrigging Weekend (October 31 – November 15 2008)
GREG MORT | stewardship (September 19 - October 25, 2008)
24/7 | the creative challenge (June 28 - September 6, 2008)
Marc Castelli | The Water Margin (May 16 – June 21, 2008)
Convergence | Marcy Dunn Ramsey (April 4, 2008 - May 4, 2008)
February First Friday | Surface Tension (February 1, 2008 - March 15, 2008)
3rd Annual Women Helping Women Concert (February 28, 2008)
January at the Gallery ()
Celebrate | Art (November 23 - December 23, 2007)
Downrigging Weekend | Marc Castelli (November 2 - 17, 2007)
Dwell | Invitational Group Exhibit (October 6 - 27, 2007)
St. Michaels Concours d'Elegance | Marc Castelli (September 30, 2007 10 am - 4 pm)
Voyages | Greg Mort (September 29, 2007)
LifeLines | Celia Pearson (September 14-29, 2007)
LifeLines | Living Out Loud (September 22, 2007 2-400pm)
Annual Summer Group Show (July 21-August 18, 2007)
Solstice | Susan Kerns (June 22 - July 14, 2007)
Lembrança | Elizabeth daCosta Ahern (June 22 - July 14, 2007)
Marc Castelli | Gathering Tides (May 19 - June 16, 2007)
Marcy Dunn Ramsey | Personal Perspective (April 14 - May 12, 2007)
Maryland Public Televison (Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 pm and again on Saturday, May 12 at 5:30 am and 5:30 pm.)
What Lies Beneath (February 17 - March 10, 2007)
The Next Generation (January 13 - February 10, 2007)
FEBRUARY FIRST FRIDAY! (February 2, 2007)
We've Expanded! (The Art Annex, 112 Cross Street (between Book Plate and Cornucopia))
Greg Mort - Beyond Reach (November 18 - December 16, 2006)
Marc Castelli - Sultana Downrigging Weekend (November 3-11, 2006)
Leigh Wen, Grace Mitchell, Shelley Robzen (October 6-28, 2006)
Sequences and Consequences (September 1-30, 2006)
Sequences and Consequences; a workshop with Jean Nordhaus (September 7, 2006 from 10-4)
Gatherings (July 7 - August 19, 2006)
Marc Castelli - Slackwater (May 20 - June 30, 2006)
Ephemera - Marcy Dunn Ramsey & Michael Kahn (April 7 - May 6, 2006)
Kaleidoscopic (March 3 - 31, 2006)
Bricolage (January 6 - 21, 2006)
UNWRAPPED (November 19 - December 31, 2005)
Marc Castelli (November 4 - 12, 2005)
Swimmers, a feature film (Tickets, $10, are available by calling the Prince Theatre 410-810-2060 or by visiting
Discoveries (October 7-29, 2005)
Point of Departure: The Structured and Unstructured Landscape (September 2-24, 2005)
August Show (August 5-26, 2005)
Spectrum (July 1 - July 30, 2005)
Unfolding - Susan Kerns, also featuring sculpture by Heidemarie Evans (June 17- 25, 2005)
Marc Castelli - Working the Edges (May 14 - June 11, 2005)
Traces (April 1 - April 30, 2005)
Other Dimensions (February 19 - March 19, 2005)
Winter Exhibition (December 13, 2004 - January 31, 2005)
Passages (November 13 - December 12, 2004)
Creativity Workshop - Juanita Weaver (November 19, 2004 - 10 AM - 3 PM)
Marc Castelli (October 30 - November 7, 2004)
Deep into Nature (September 25 - October 24, 2004)
Diane Shearon - Territory Underfoot (August 6 - 16, 2004)
Shaped by Wind and Water (July 2 - August 1, 2004)
Marc Castelli - "Putting on the Copper" (May 15 - June 13, 2004)
Denny Hampton - The Waterman and His Boats (May 7, 2004)
Latitudes - Mind & Matter (April 3 - May 2, 2004)

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