August 12 – September 2
Susan Boss and Mark Brown: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Artist Reception: August 12, 5-8pm
Susan Boss and Mark Brown have been artists for their entire adult lives. They met as studio mates on Pleasant Street in Northampton in 1981, married in 1982 and have lived and shared a studio in Easthampton for 34 years. Over that period of time they have invented and reinvented themselves too many times to count. They have founded and abandoned businesses, jumped into and out of fine and applied arts, taught in hundreds of Massachusetts schools and created large scale collaborative public art.
On April 1st of this year Susan’s mother, Prentiss O’Toole Boss passed away after a long but peaceful seven year decline from dementia. She had lived with Susan and Mark for the past three years. Prentiss lost most of her memory but not her appreciation for the beauty of the day, the love of her family or her relentless good humor.
It is said that when one door closes another opens. Prentiss’ passing has closed a recent chapter in Susan and Mark’s lives. They decided to take a break from their studio art business. They cleared out 80% of the contents of Mark’s studio. This exhibit is an opportunity to examine some of the archeological artifacts that emerged from the clean out and to showcase some new and recent work.
Mark Brown has been drawing and painting some interior, imagined landscapes. He has been working with acrylic paint as well as India ink and colored crayon. Susan and Mark visited New York City to see the Miro and Calder constellation series. Susan Boss has completed a new spiral quilt and has been drawing and painting a very old pear tree in their side yard. She has been painting with acrylic and uses pencil, India ink and conte crayon in her drawings.