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Teach­ers and stu­dents

Bow­er­sock Gallery artists Julie Beck and Noriko Fox have shown to­gether be­fore, but this fall they will bring into the fold their fel­low in­struc­tors and stu­dents from the Academy of Re­al­ist Art Bos­ton, in­clud­ing Emanuela De Mu­sis and Eric John­son in a show at the Province­town, Mas­sachusetts, gallery.

“The per­sonal work Noriko and I cre­ate are far from strict aca­demic ex­er­cises. How­ever, the skills we needed in or­der to ex­e­cute them were all taught in the school’s cur­ricu­lum,” Beck ex­plains. “I cre­ate a full range of works from fig­u­ra­tive to still life, while Noriko cur­rently fo­cuses on nar­ra­tive still life paint­ings. The rest of the show will con­sist of both in­struc­tor/ stu­dent per­sonal work and some aca­demic pieces, which help to il­lu­mi­nate how we ob­tained our skills to cre­ate that work.”

Beck’s painting The Cre­ation of Eve fea­tures a stu­dent, Rue Las­zlo, and in­struc­tor, De Mu­sis, from the Academy of Re­al­ist Art Bos­ton. “It was im­por­tant for me to make some­thing where the women were do­ing or mak­ing some­thing, rather than just be­ing an ob­ject of beauty. I set out to make some­thing that is a more ac­cu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the women I ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says.

Fox’s Lu­mi­nar­ies jux­ta­poses rub­ber ducks float­ing among pa­per lanterns in the dark­ness. She ex­plains, “This dark­ness is ig­no­rance. Con­versely, any kind of train­ing (ed­u­ca­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence, etc.) is the lighted lanterns, help­ing us to see the cor­rect path to take. And be­ing on this path gives us the pos­i­tive feel­ing to strive for­ward.”

Fox of­ten uses toy fig­ures in her work be­cause view­ers can project their feel­ings into those fig­ures within the scene. She adds,

“I have cre­ated some works con­tain­ing light source lanterns and can­dles. Light in­flu­ences us emo­tion­ally. We are nat­u­rally drawn to light for in­spir­ing pos­i­tive thoughts: hope, se­cu­rity, hap­pi­ness.”

The show opens with a re­cep­tion from 7 to 9 p.m. on Au­gust 31 and con­tin­ues through Septem­ber 13.

of Eve, oil on can­vas, 24 x 48"2Eric John­son, Gen­uine Ul­tra­ma­rine Blue, oil on can­vas, 21 x 18"3Julie Beck, A Cre­ative Block, oil on can­vas, 28 x 12"4Noriko Fox, Lu­mi­nar­ies, oil on can­vas, 12 x 30"

1Julie Beck, The Cre­ation

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