“A Bevy of Marks” at the Arts Guild


A Bevy of Marks: Featuring Mary Ellen Frame, Justin Peters & Karen Peters

February 10 – March 11, 2017 at the Northfield Arts Guild Center for the Arts

Opening Reception:  Friday, February 10 from 7-9 pm; Artist Talks at 7:30 pm


Karen Peters

“Color and shape come together to form thoughts and ideas that are abstract in daily life. In the prints I place lines, circles and other shapes to organize these observations. Using color and size to create the tone and feeling of the print. I’m currently creating prints that use a reduction relief process. The linoleum block is carved away to expose the color printed previously, building the layers of the print. Once this is done you can’t go back — you can only move forward and work with the colors you have chosen.”

Justin Peters

“Using images that have long lines pulled from agricultural and industrial machinery, wind turbines have a perceived amount of energy and movement. Blending the old wind mill base with the new shape of the wind turbine to think about, how capturing the wind has changed from a single farmer to a wind farm. Leaving some of the marks created during the process and fabrication used to create the sculpture, reminds the viewer of the hand built aspects of the piece. The surface is left for a similar reason, to show the natural oxidation of the materials used.”

Mary Ellen Frame

I take great joy in all the combinations of colors, shapes and lines of the elements in whatever environment I find myself; I find novelty in their arrangements, how they are sometimes surprisingly juxtaposed.

“There are so many different ways that plants express concentric circles and spirals. It’s amazing what water does to sand, how first and snow transform man-made objects as well as trees and weeds, how changing seasons give us shifting shapes and colors. Water, having no shape or color of its own, takes shape from vessels and wind action, from evaporation and freezing. It transmits and reflects color. Regularity is displayed in the spacing of plants of the same species, or leaf arrangements on individual plants and the clustering of fruit and seeds. Sometimes lines become more appealing when they deviate from parallel. There’s often a sweetness to fringes and frills and feathery texture. Leaves have such myriad veining, shapes, textures and edges that are scalloped, jagged, or smooth. We move through a visual feast.”