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Photo Credit: Artsy.net, a piece of red ochre found near near Scarborough and fashioned into a Stone Age crayon. Courtesy of Paul Shields, University of York.

Photo Credit: Artsy.net. A piece of red ochre found near near Scarborough and fashioned into a Stone Age crayon. Courtesy of Paul Shields, University of York.

Mimic the Great Creator

March 2018

As long as man has been walking the Earth, for some reason he has had the need to create. From the simple beginnings of crude tools and wheels, to drawing on cave walls. There is something about human nature that makes us want to create something from nothing. The attached article talks about the very first drawing implements used by primitive man. As it was then is now, for no matter how how far we advance as a society, we will always have the fundamental need to leave our mark and try to mimic the Great Creator.

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Bowie's Advice to Artists

January 2018

Hi folks,

Just some food for thought during these chilly winter months in New England. I came across this interview with David Bowie and it struck a chord with me as a sculptor and the constant need to have work for every show and every deadline, and yet stay true to yourself. His insights were definitely good advice to me as an artist and to many I'm sure in all aspects of life. Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.

Happy January 2018!

Copper Prep

November 24, 2017

Studio work is not always glamorous. Here is a process I use to prepare the copper before I make my flowers and feathers. It's called annealing. Basically I'm heating up the metal to red hot and then cooling it off in cold water quickly to make the copper more pliable to work with. This process separates the molecules of the copper making it easier to manipulate, and as you hammer the metal, it moves the molecules back together and makes it hard again.

Serena Bates

A new website and holiday cheer!

 

Warmest Seasonal Greetings to you!

I am excited to share my new website with you! What do you think? I am so proud of the job that InnoTech LLC of Pawcatuck, CT has done to create this site for me to bring my work and projects to you. It has been a lot of hard work pulling all this together, but now we can enjoy the fruits of all this labor.

Please stop back often to hear about what is going on at the studio and on the road. With this blog, I hope to give you some insights into my working methods and keep you informed of important events and openings. I am delighted to begin this journey with you!

May you open your heart to the magic of the season!

Memberships & Affiliations

Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA
Alexy Von Schlippee Gallery, UCONN, Avery Pt. CT
Allied Artists of America, NY, NY
American Artists Professional League, NY, NY
American Society of Marine Artists, St Louis, MO
Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Westerly, RI
Artists for Conservation, Signature Member
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY, NY
Connecticut Academy of Fine Artists, CT
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
Gallery at Somes Sound, Mount Desert, ME
Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT
Lemon Tree Gallery & Studio, Cape Ann, VA
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT
Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT
Marquee Gallery, New London, CT
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic, CT
National Sculpture Society, NY, NY
New Britain Museum of Modern Art, New Britain, CT
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
Society of Connecticut Sculptors, CT
South County Art Association, North Kingstown, RI
Vermont Carving Studio, East Rutland, VT

Collections

Andrea Restaurant, Misquamicut, RI
Children's Museum of Southeastern CT
Don Mann, SEAL Team SIX Commando & NY Times Best Selling Author
Great Lodge at Arctic Watch, Somerset Island, Nunavut
Ledyard Police Department, Ledyard, CT
Mystic Marriott, Groton, CT
Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic, CT
Pfizer Chemical, Groton, CT
Pleasant View Restaurant, Misquamicut, RI
Private Collections throughout the Northeast, England and Ireland
Raiche Realty, Westerly, RI
Renovations to Rentals, Westerly, RI
Salmagundi Club
Westerly Animal Hospital, Westerly, RI
Westerly Animal Shelter, Westerly, RI
Westerly Public Library, Westerly, RI
Zoe & Co. Lingerie, Westerly, RI

Education

LYME ACADEMY COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
OLD LYME, CT 1985 - 1995
CONCENTRATION IN FIGURE DRAWING, PAINTING, ANATOMY AND SCULPTURE

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
PROVIDENCE, RI 1990 FRAMING

SMOOTH ON INDUSTRIES
EASTON, PA FEB 2002
MOLD MAKING AND RESIN CASTING

KANE SCULPTURE STUDIO & FOUNDRY
PAWTUCKET RI 2005 - 2008
INTERNSHIP FOCUSING ON MOLD MAKING, WAX WORK FOR LOST WAX CASTING AND PATINATION

SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION
N. KINGSTOWN RI 2015 - 2017
CONCENTRATION IN CERAMIC SCULPTURE AND ALTERNATIVE FIRING METHODS

Awards

100th Duxbury Art Association Show
Feb 4 - Apr 22, 2018
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MS
Jurors: Crystal Duell, Julie Beck, Tim Ian Mitchell, Cindy Vallino, Craig Bloodgood
"Survivor" Second Place Award for Sculpture

CLWAC 121st ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION
CATHARINE LORILLARD WOLFE ART CLUB
Jan 9 - 26, 2018
National Arts Club, New York, NY
Jurors: Gwen Pier, Director, National Sculpture Society
Elizabeth Allison, Technical Instructor, Art Students League, NYC
"Amun Ra" Council of American Artist Societies Inc. Award for Traditional Sculpture

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Exhibitions

A Show in Four Acts - "Animal Kingdom"
LYME ART ASSOCIATION, Lyme, CT
Mar 9 - Apr 20, 2018

DUXBURY ART ASSOCIATION WINTER JURIED SHOW
ART COMPLEX MUSEUM, DUXBURY, MS
Feb 4 - Apr 22, 2018

74th CONNECTICUT ARTIST JURIED EXHIBITION
SLATER MEMORIAL MUSEUM, Norwich, CT
Jan 28 – Mar 16, 2018
Juror: Michelle Hargrave, Deputy Director, New Britain Museum of American Art

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Teaching

MY STUDIO
GROUP AND PRIVATE LESSONS IN OIL, PASTEL, DRAWING, SCULPTURE AND MOLDMAKING

MYSTIC MARINELIFE AQUARIUM
MYSTIC, CT

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART
MYSTIC, CT

HOPE VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HOPE VALLEY, RI