"The process of making is a celebration of life."
- Mikhail Zakin (co-founder)
Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Past Exhibits
December 14 - January 31
Raccoonica features artwork by Brenda Gallagher, Karly Mintz, Carrie Ortiz, and Gail Rutigliano. This exhibition is the culmination of the course Turning Art into Action, taught by artist Kathryn Eddy at The Art School at Old Church. In the course, local artists focused on processing their positions and reactions to current local, national, and global issues in an effort to start a dialogue. In their words, “What better way to throw our hat into the ring of discourse than through our love of creating art? We believe artwork is a thoughtful and impactful way to challenge and confront the crises we face today.”
What People Said
I have been a student at Old Church for 30 years. Over the years, I have come to quite a few openings and exhibits. With that said, I think this was by far one of the very best. Creating two formal talks, with seating went along way to help the viewers understand the artist’s perspective.
The event was well organized, with refreshments and familiar staff, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
I am hoping for more events like this one! Thank you to you and the art school staff for making it such a wonderful experience!
Classes during covid
The Art School at Old Church modified the learning model after the outbreak of Covid-19. The school closed but classes kept going, remotely. Today the school has limited capacity in all classrooms and many online classes.
This exhibition represented work that had been done while students attended classes from home or in small groups in the school’s studios.
Faculty Exhibit: Salon 561
Closing Date: November 21, 2020
Salon 561 is an annual salon-style exhibition of artwork created by the members of the Art School's faculty. It is a unique opportunity for individuals to see what professional artists in the Art School community work on outside the classroom.
Amy Dudash Robinson
Jill Cliffer Baratta
Susn Kasson Sloan
the art of Harriet Finck and Eric David Laxman
February 10 through March 19, 2020
Reception: February 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Artist Talks: Harriet Finck: Wed., Feb. 26, 12:00 PM, Eric David Laxman: Wed., March 11, 6:00 PM
Examining the world around us is a very personal journey of exploration and excavation; reimagining, questioning, sorting, and informing. Artist Harriet Finck looks to nature up close, in the case of cells, and to the vast distances between planets. Artist Eric David Laxman, in contrast, works with found materials, transforming discarded objects and giving them a new reality. Each, in their own style, create realities they want to exist; whether making political or social comments, revisiting memories or dreams, or reflecting on the world as they find it. In each case, an act of transformation must take place. First, as the idea is formulated by the artist, and second as the idea is further transformed by the process of working with materials.
January 6 – February 6, 2020
Reception: January 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Jan 27, 12:00 PM
Jan 29, 6:30 PM
Drawing, can be seen as pre-writing. It is thought to be a response to the world, much of which was not understood by early humans. It is still a response to the world we live in, today. Rudolf Arnheim, from whom the title of this exhibit comes, believed making art is our perceptual response to the world around us. “All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention.”
Historically drawing has been used as preparation for larger projects. Cartoons were drawn during the Renaissance to transfer onto walls that would then be painted. Artists would draw studies of multiple elements of a composition and would then bring them together in the studio while painting.
Currently, in contemporary art practice, a drawing can be the finished work. Any surface and any mark-making tool can be used. Surfaces vary from paper, to metal, to fabrics. Drawing can be performative, interactive, an installation, or a classical translation of life or concept.
The 20 artists chosen for this exhibition display the variety and broad scope of drawing today.
On A Different Page
September 3 – October 18, 2019
Reception: September 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Artist Talks: October 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Book art encompasses many forms, and artists employ a variety of approaches to express themselves through this unique genre. On a Different Page presents the artist’s personal relationship to the book as art form. Whether storytelling, tackling social issues, sculpting or deconstructing, each of these artists utilizes the book to create individual works of art.
March 15 – April 26, 2019
Reception: March 22, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
April 8, 3:45 PM
April 24, 6:30 PM
Four artists come together in a monthly forum to discuss concerns that affect them as women and as artists. Their generational experiences are similar, their lives very different. They all struggle while managing relationships, motherhood and careers, the big three that pull you away from being a creative person. Together, the women grapple with many questions, among them, "What are these constructs and how do we respond to them? How does the body and identity translate into image?" They talk about how they navigate suburban and social pressures and expectations while staying true to their
creative selves and discuss how to translate their ideas into visual art. The four artists discover that their work is consciously or unconsciously incorporating the human
form. Figurative Language is a collection of these ideas visually represented.