A Sense of Place, June 4-30, 2022

Over the past year, I have been working along with 4 other artists to put together an exhibition to benefit Louison House, a non-profit organization that works to support people who are struggling with homelessness and housing insecurity issues. We’ve been very fortunate to get the attention of New England Public Media, (NEPM-TV), who just aired a beautifully done feature called A Sense of Place on their program Connecting Point. Artist Debi Pendell and I also had the honor of being being interviewed by Debby Dane on Willinet, Williamstown’s Public Television Station.

Both these features are wonderful, I highly recommend them!!

Bill Riley, Owner of Real Eyes Gallery, and artists Diane R Sawyer, Debi Pendell, Sarah Sutro, and Betty Vera at the Opening of A Sense of Place June 4th.

Two events are coming up before the end of June. I hope you’ll join us!

Saturday, June 25, 2022, 4 – 5 p.m.: Artist Talks

Debi Pendell, Diane Reed Sawyer, Sarah Sutro, Betty Vera will talk about their work, and answer your questions.  Light refreshments provided, all are welcome. We hope you will continue to support Louison House through artwork purchases — 50% goes directly to this essential organization!

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 5 –7 p.m.: Closing Celebration

We will be raffling off 4 pieces of art, one from each artist. Be a winner, buy some tickets and take home artwork!! 

Kathy Keeser will be at the gallery in person on the 30th to talk further about the challenges that Louison faces, and their successes, as they help members of our communities through difficult times.

We will also share a Connecting Point’s broadcast A Sense of Place focusing on the collaboration between artists Deb Pendell, Diane Reed Sawyer, Sarah Sutro, Betty Vera, and Kathy Kesser, Executive Director of Louison House. The artists were filmed in their studios, talking about their art process, and how we decided to put together this benefit exhibition. Kathy was interviewed at Louison House, and talks about how our collaboration came about.

Kathy Keeser speaks to the crowd about Louison House during the show opening.

All the artwork in the exhibition will continue to be available for purchase through the month of July at remotely at Real Eyes Gallery: www.realeyesgallery.com/shop/asenseofplace/11

Real Eyes Gallery: 71 Park Street, Adams, MA
Gallery Hours: June 3–30, 2022, 12–7pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday or by appointment.

For more information contact:
Bill Riley, 917-440-2400
bill@realeyesgallery.com

 

Ready for Take Off!

 

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Clockwise: Making the Connection, Dusk in Old Town, At the Crossroads, Mystic Meets Malden, At What Cost (detail).

Paintings from my Aerial series were exhibited in six shows over the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2019. In May the four person show Four Directions in Contemporary Landscape opened at the Piano Craft Gallery in Boston. Visitors to the show were excited by the different perspective, and were curious about my process. The paintings resonated with their own experience of flight, and triggered memories of landscapes strewn with lights and dramatic take offs and landings. They also responded viscerally to images of a world dominated by highways, industry, and sprawling cities.

The series gained momentum in June as “Making the Connection” was  included in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) 34th International Exhibition in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I was thrilled to be part of this impressive show, surrounded with masterful works by  artists throughout the US and abroad. This is the third piece from my Aerial series that has been exhibited at IAPS!

In July “Mystic Meets Malden” was accepted into the national juried show For Pastels Only (FPO) organized by the Pastel Society of Cape Cod, at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and won the Liz Haywood Sullivan award. The juror of awards described the piece:

“Excitement runs from the bottom to the top and back again in this aerial view of a city. The large navy shapes let us catch our breath and then slide up and back for more.” —Nancy King Mertz, PSA Master Circle

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Now in my third year of working on this series, I am very excited that they are beginning to take off!

The group show Parallels and Intersections, at the Sprinkler Factory Gallery in Worcester, also featured my aerial work. I greatly enjoyed the conversations I had with visitors to the gallery. They were intrigued by the my use of perspective, color and mark making, and the drama in the night landscape.

In September my painting “Mystic Meets Malden” was exhibited at the Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) prestigious international show Enduring Brilliance, held at the National Arts Club in New York City. I was honored to receive the Salmagundi award for the piece and to be juried into Signature membership in the PSA!

In November “Making the Connection” was included in the national show Renaissance in Pastels organized by the Connecticut Pastel Society, and held at the Slater Museum in Norwich, CT.

A huge thank you to all the galleries, organizations, and jurors for their support and recognition!

After a Great Run, Sold!

In November both “Making the Connection”, and “Mystic Meets Malden”  were purchased by a collector. I was sorry to see them go, but am delighted they will be lived with and appreciated!

I am enjoying working on more paintings for upcoming shows in 2020. I am excited to see where this series will take me next, as I experiment with new images and techniques. In my opinion, winter is the best time to be in the Studio!  I relish the season, a great time for experimentation and play.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and find time to reflect and make ready for the next direction in your creative journey!

Best Wishes for the new year,

Diane

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How High is the Sky?

I am very excited and honored to report that my work is featured in the December 2018 issue of Pastel Journal!!

Pastel Journal, December 2018

The 10 page article, “As Above, So Below,” focuses on a series of paintings I have been working for the past few years—aerial images of the earth based on the view from the window of a passenger plane. In this series I have been exploring the way the world from this perspective is familiar but startlingly different. When seen from the air at night, whole cities flatten into patterns of light. At dawn, we see the sun rising over the curve of the earth illuminating the landscape below. We fly over mountains and valleys scored with the marks of glaciers, and rivers poisoned by centuries of industrial pollution and human habitation.

I find working on these pieces is kind of magical. A few strokes are enough to suggest the vast landscape below. I like keeping my marks a bit ambiguous as it leaves room for the viewer to imagine for themselves what they are seeing.

I am attracted to both what is revealed in these images, and that which remains hidden. My goal is to offer the viewer an invitation to explore the space between what we know and imagine.

A big thank you to the editors at Pastel Journal for featuring my work!! To purchase a discounted copy of the December issue of Pastel Journal  click here.

Please leave me your comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recent work.

Exhibitions and Openings

The painting on the opening spread of the article, “Late Night Departure” received the Pastel Society of America Award in October at Renaissance in Pastel, the Connecticut Pastel Society’s annual national juried show. “ElectriCity”, another painting from this series, was also awarded a prize at Pastel Society of Cape Cod’s national juried show For Pastels Only in June.

Opening this weekend! If you’re in the Boston area, five of my aerial “mini’s” are currently showing at Francesca Anderson Fine Art in Lexington as part of her 34th Annual Miniatures Show, November 14-January 12th. You are invited to the opening and holiday party December 1, 3-5pm. 56 Adams St., Lexington, MA. The show is filled with unique and beautiful works perfect for giving.

New Beginnings

The end of the summer marked a big transition for me, moving from our home of 28 years near Boston MA to our new home in North Adams, MA, about as far west and north as you can go and still be in Massachusetts. This fall has been a time of change and new beginnings.

Our new home is in a centuries old mill that was converted to artist Iive-work space in 2006. We share the building with visual artists, musicians and writers. In the stairwells, the railings and steps are worn and polished by the passing of generations of textile workers. Layers of paint still clinging to the old brick seem to echo the dappled pattern of the fall leaves outside our windows.

Our loft is beautiful, but still a work in progress. There is still much to be done to balance its two purposes:  to be a home, and a working studio. But this gentle space, filled with light, promises to be a snug and nurturing sanctuary full of possibilities. I will post more photos after we get settled in.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. I hope your days and nights are bright with discoveries and new opportunities.

Magic Hour

Twenty of my paintings were on view from June through August at the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Milton Lower Mills as part of their Open Studio Program. I sold several pieces during the run of the show, and there was hot competition for the painting I donated to be raffled off at the opening. Thank you Coldwell Banker for hosting the show!

Magic Hour was raffled off with all proceeds going to support Milton Art Center.

The Winner! Janet was very happy to take home Magic Hour!

Spring News from Diane Sawyer Fine Art

After a cold winter and rainy early spring the trees are bursting out green, flowers are blooming, and spring shows are everywhere. After hunkering down in my studio all winter its been a real pleasure to see the work up, celebrate, and get outside to drink in the warm weather.

I hope you can make it to one of the shows below. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones! Exhibition highlights of my spring season include:

FOUR ARTISTS, FOUR VISIONS

Closing Party— this Sunday May 7th, from 1–4pm

Sprinkler Factory Artist Group
38 Harlow Street, Worcester, MA

As always, I really enjoyed exhibiting with fellow artists Dave Kaphammer, Janet Schwartz, and Renée Caouette. We are celebrating our second group show in 2 years, and are already looking forward to next years show next April at the Sprinkler Factory.

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Surfacing, pastel, 24 x 13

 

Featured Artist

May 1–July 30 2017

Opening May 17th, 6–8pm

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 60 Adams Street, Milton MA 02186

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Sunflower, 12×18

 

For Pastels Only

Opening Reception, June 24, 6–9pm
June 20–July 17, 2017

Cape Cod Cultural Association
307 Old Main Street,
South Yarmouth, MA

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Clearing, pastel, 18×24

ARTS FESTIVAL

June 16–18, 2017
Opening: June 16, 1–7pm

South Shore Arts Center
119 Ripley Road, Cohasset MA, 02025

International Society of Pastel (IAPS)
30th JURIED EXHIBITION

June 6 – June 11, 2017

Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque New Mexico

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Making the Final Approach, 36×24

Other recent shows include:

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Summer in a Jar, 9×12

For the Love of Color, at the Cape Cod Art Museum

March 16th – May 1st, 2017

This show featured Signature Members of PPSCC, the premiere Massachusetts pastel association. Truly an honor to be included in this group, at the wonderful Cape Cod Art Museum in Dennis MA.

Milton Art Center’s 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition

March 24th– May 20, 2017

It was my pleasure to be the Coordinator of this diverse and exciting show at the Milton Art Center (MAC), featuring the work of more than 40 artists. It was great working with juror Brian Goslow of Artscope Magazine, and meeting so many talented artists from all over the region.

Finally, I am looking forward to a trip by bike and train through France this summer. I’m planning on doing a lot of sketching, gathering new inspiration to carry me through next fall and winter.

 

Happy Painting!!

Diane

 

 

Don’t Miss These Small Works Shows!

Its Small Works Time, as galleries and art associations host holiday shows filled with beautiful work designed for gift giving. Small works are little gems that offer us a way to collect our favorite artists without breaking the bank!

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This year my work is being included in the following shows:

Opening tonight: November 10, from 6-8pm

Small Works Show, South Shore Art Center

119 Ripley Road Cohasset MA, 02025

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I am please to be included in New England’s largest public art sale, benefiting the Boston Museum School
November 17-19, 10-8pm, November 20, 10am-5pm
230 the Fenway, Boston 02115
“A phenomenal array of exciting new work”

Almost Miniatures:
Francesca Anderson Fine Art

56 Adams St., Lexington, MA 02420
Nov 17, 2016 – Jan 14, 2017
Opening: November 17 5-7pm

Small Works Holiday Show and Sale
Milton Art Center

335 Edgehill Rd, Milton MA 02186
December 10-23, Fridays, 4-6pm, Saturdays 12-4pm

Hope to see you at one or more of these fun events!


 

Diane Reed Sawyer show opens Monday

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Red Sky at Night 15×12

My summer show, “Dive-in!” is up at the Dolphin Gallery. The show opening is this coming Monday, August 8, from 5:30-7:30 at the Hingham Library, 66 Levitt St, in Hingham MA. The show will be up until the end of September.

After installing the show I took the week off  to come up to Vermont. First for a three-day figure workshop with Aline Ordman (wonderful), and then on to our family’s summer camp on Lake Champlain.

Returning to the lake has meant a lot to me, especially as much of the subject matter for the show is rooted in memories here.

Sitting on the dock beside my grandpa as he fished for catfish. Lying on the warm wooden dock wrapped in a towel, listening to the rhythmic glunk, gulp, galunk of the waves breaking against the rocky shore. This is where I learned to swim, dive, and sail; how to get into trouble in a boat and some lessons on how to get out of trouble too.

I watched my children growing up doing all the same things we did as kids… swimming, fishing, sailing… and then watched my grandkids discover the same things too.

As I worked on the pieces in the show my hope was to create a body of work that sparks similar memories and connections. I hope you can make it to the show, and would love to know what images resonate most for you!

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Under the dock 12×12

DIVE IN. The water’s fine!

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My new work on view Dolphin Gallery in Hingham from July 29-September 29th celebrates the beauty and delight of summer in New England.

At the beach or on the water, colors have a special vibrancy in the intense summer sun. The golden light at dawn and dusk is breathtaking. The reflective quality of the water’s surface as it continuously shifts, mirroring the sky and objects around it, is mesmerizing. I have always been fascinated by this interaction of light and atmosphere, and the rich spectrum of color present in the landscape.

In this show I also explore our powerful connection to water, whether in the ocean, a lake, or river. We are all mostly water after all, and our relationship to it is both deeply physical and spiritual.

The show’s title DIVE IN has a special significance for me, as this solo show has afforded me the opportunity to really “dive in” to my work, exploring not only landscape but also our place  within it.  I’ve learned so much, but am also just beginning to break the surface and to see where this new work might take me.

My heartfelt thanks to North River Arts Society for giving me this opportunity by sponsoring and facilitating this show. Thanks also to the Hingham Library for sharing their beautiful gallery.

So come, see the show, and immerse yourself in the joys of summer!

DIVE IN: New Works in Pastel by Diane Reed Sawyer

Sponsored by North River Arts Society
at the Dolphin Gallery, Hingham Library
66 Levitt Street, Hingham , MA

July 30-September 29, 2016
Opening August 8th, 2016 5:30-7:30pm

 

Early Summer Shows and Awards

Juried Shows

I am very pleased to have been included in 2 juried pastel society shows, and one online competition this past June and July.

Connecticut Pastel Society’s members show Purely Pastels opened June 17th, at Lyme Art Association’s Goodman Gallery, in Lyme CT. My piece, Crown Jewel, won the Bronze Award for Excellence. I am very honored to receive this award, one of the top awards in an extensive list!  I am also pleased to report that the piece sold on the second day of the exhibit!

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Crown Jewel, 10×14

 

Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod’s annual show For Pastels Only on Cape Cod opened Saturday June 18th  at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, in South Yarmouth, MA.  This is the 5th consecutive year I have been included in this wonderful national show.

Dive In (Study), below, was included in the exhibit.

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Dive In, 10×6 (study)

2016 UArt Online Competition

My piece Safe Harbor was juried into the 2016 UArt Online Competition. Almost 600 pieces were submitted to this show, and only 100 were accepted. It is a fabulous collection of work, by an amazing collection of artists.  I was honored to be included! You can see the exhibit at: http://uartpastelpaper.com/uart-2016-online-pastel-show-accepted-pieces/

[I was very very honored to win first place in this competition last year. Congratulations to this year’s winners.]

My piece Incoming tide, shown at the Milton Art Center’s show Celebrate Summer, received the People’s Choice Award. Thanks everyone for your votes!!!

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Incoming Tide, 14×14

Ongoing:

I am very excited to announce that as a gallery artist my pastels are on view at True Grit Gallery, a beautiful new gallery at 38 Center Street, Middleborough, MA. I am in great company, its definitely worth a trip.

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Boston Area Shows in February and March

I am excited to share news about two upcoming shows in February and March.  I hope you can make it to one of these openings, or visit the shows during gallery hours. I look forward to seeing you there!

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The Race, 16 x 20

Warm and Sunny Places and Things

February 12— March 26, 2016
Opening: Saturday February 13, 3-5pm
Francesca Anderson Fine Art
56 Adams St., Lexington MA
Gallery Hours: 10-5 Wednesday-Saturday
12-5 on Sundays

This is my first show in Francesca’s gallery, and I am honored to show with so many accomplished artists and friends, including Jeanne Rosier Smith, Cindy Crimmin, Christine Bodnar, and Dave Kaphammer. Eighteen artists are in the show, and it’s definitely worth a trip!

 

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Crown Jewel, 10 x 14

Contemporary Realism:
Impressions by four Boston Artists

March 4—March 27, 2016
Opening Friday, March 4th 6-10pm
Piano Craft Gallery
793 Tremont St., Boston MA
Gallery hours: Friday 6-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-5

I am so honored to show in the historic Piano Factory with Renée Caouette, Dave Kaphammer, and Janet Schwartz. We will each be showing 20 works, ranging from interiors to urban streetscapes to landscapes. Its a fabulous show!

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Contemporary Realism Invitation

 

 

For Pastels Only Show, 2015

aftertherain-webI am pleased and honored to be included in the prestigious For Pastels Only, (FPO) Show on Cape Cod, sponsored by the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. The show will run from June 20th-July 12th at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA. The opening is Saturday, June 20th from 6-8:30pm. If you are on the cape this summer, you should stop by. It’s a wonderful show featuring work from 100 panelists.

I am also excited about the particular painting that was chosen from the 3 I submitted to the show. “After the Rain” is a bit of a departure for me, as it is painted in pastels over an oil underpainting. I was inspired to try this after watching Michele Poirier Mozzone’s demonstration at the closing of FPO last year. Much of the oil underpainting is showing through, and I loved the way the loose strokes worked with the layered pigment. When I saw her demo, I had just returned from France, where I visited Monet’s water garden in Giverney. The resulting painting is on the cover of my site.

Last weekend I had the pleasure to take a workshop with Michele, and I can’t wait to do more painting using this technique.

Happy Painting!

Upcoming Shows, Spring and Summer 2015

I am honored to be one of 4 artists invited to exhibit at Kirkwood Printing in Wilmington, MA on May 7, 2015, 3-7pm. This event celebrates the opening of their beautiful new 35,000 square foot wing which includes a state-of-the art digital printing area. Kirkwood is an award-winning commercial printer, known world wide for their fine quality and craftsmanship. It should be an exciting and entertaining evening! For more information, or an invitation, contact marketing@kirkwoodus.com.

I am looking forward to a solo show at the Wotiz Gallery at the Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave, Milton, MA. I welcome the opportunity to return to the Wotiz gallery for the second time in 3 years. It’s a great space, in a wonderful library. The gallery is open May 8-31 2015 during regular library hours, and the Artist Reception will be held on May 14 from 6-8. All are welcome.

Finally, I am so excited and honored to announce that my painting “Abundance” has been juried into the International Society of Pastels 26th Annual Exhibition in Albuquerque New Mexico June 3-7, 2015. Having seen the last two IAPS exhibitions, I am sure it will be an amazing show, with artists from every region of this country and Internationally participating.

Abundance, 12 x 18, soft pastel on UArt sanded paper

Abundance, 12 x 18, soft pastel on UArt sanded paper

“Abundance” is one of a series of paintings based on observations at a small pond near my house. Covered in snow and ice in the winter, the pond comes alive in the spring as tadpoles and water plants begin to stir. By summer the pond is a teaming with life, a riot of greens and delicate white flowers. As the water level sinks, the edges of the leaves curl to cup the water, showing the dusky pink undersides of the leaves. In the fall yellows and oranges tinge the greens and the sun glints off the white grasses at the ponds edge.

Please send me an email if you’d like more information. I hope to see you at one of these events!

Happy Painting!