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Solo exhibition: Satellite

For the past year, my art-thoughts and art-activities have revolved around the circle as a form and as a concept. This investigation will culminate in my solo show, Satellite, which opens on Friday, October 6, from 4-7 PM at MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN.

Elephant In the Forest

This body of work depicts circular forms in a variety of configurations. My painting process is determined by the urge to cut things into small pieces and the need to rearrange and move the pieces around. When working on canvas, I first paint onto raw canvas, cut circles out from what I’ve painted, and sew those painted circles onto a larger sheet of canvas. I bring chance into my work through my painting techniques: I water down the paint, I let colors bleed together and move around before being absorbed by the canvas, I spray more water onto the wet paint to see what will happen. The results are often surprising, and lead me to new ideas within my work.

The methodical and deliberate process of hand-sewing the painted circles onto larger sheets of canvas contrasts with the more spontaneous and free process of painting. This juxtaposition keeps my paintings balanced and allows me to move between different ways of working, which holds my interest in the work. The sewing process is slow and meticulous, while the painting process is loose and energetic.

I’m inspired by circular and cyclical ideas of all kinds, from the micro (cells, seeds, grains of sand) to the macro (planets, stars, galaxies) to the intangible (the circle of life, the cycle of the seasons, the rhythm of a beating heart). Circles represent many things in nature and in human society, and are universal symbols of unity, inclusiveness, movement, time, and potential. It all speaks to the concept of interconnection between all things, and to the idea that a circle can be one individual object and a whole universe containing everything that exists, both at the same time.

To see all 29 paintings from this body of work, click here.

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Solo exhibition: Orbital Resonance

How To Be Human

Come see my recent work in my solo exhibition “Orbital Resonance” at The Art Institutes International Minnesota’s main gallery.

If you’re in the area, join me for the opening reception on Thursday, May 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The exhibition will run from May 13 through June 8.

RSVP on the Facebook event page, and invite your friends!

AIM Gallery – Art Institutes International Minnesota
15 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Autumn exhibitions

I have a couple exhibitions this autumn that I wanted to let you know about.

"Alpine", mixed media painting by Cathy Durso“Alpine”, ready to be hung at Phipps Center for the Arts along with three other works

Coming up is the exhibition “National Parks – Personal Narratives” at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI. My experiences in America’s National Parks were a major source of inspiration as I completed my most recent body of work. I’m looking forward to seeing how National Parks influence other artists’ work, as well.

What: “National Parks – Personal Narratives”, a group exhibition
Where: Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
When: Oct 21 – Nov 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct 21, 6:30-8:30 pm
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"Alpine Sunrise", painting by Cathy Durso“Alpine Sunrise”, on view at Wargo Nature Center

I currently have three pieces in a group exhibition at Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes, MN. I love the idea of showing work related to nature in a nature center. You can view the art and the inspiration all at once!

What: “Systems in Nature”, a group exhibition
Where: Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, MN
When: on view through December 2016

If you can make it to either of these exhibitions, let me know!

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Solo Exhibition: Menagerie

Jellyfish drawing by Cathy Durso

I’m very excited to announce that my first solo exhibition titled “Menagerie” will be held at Thomas Crane Public Library from September 4th through 28th, 2013.

On exhibition will be recent work exploring humanity’s relationship with animals, from graphite studies of animal dioramas in museums to thread drawings of strange and mysterious sea creatures.

Join: Facebook event page
When: September 4-28, 2013
Where: Coletti Reading Room at Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St. Quincy, MA 02169
Hours: Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm
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SOWA Open Market – Opening Day

Sowa Open Market
Sunday, May 5 is the date of my first art market of the season, at SOWA Open Market in Boston’s South End. It is also the opening day for this weekly event with over 100 vendors. You can surely expect a fun atmosphere, amazing arts and crafts, and lots of good food. It’s also a great chance to go shopping for Mother’s Day.

I’ll have handbound journals, notebooks, and sketchbooks for sale, as well as some artwork. Many of the books I’ll have at the market are not available in my shop, and have never been seen before.

I hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, May 5, 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: 500 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02118

To find out all of the dates I’ll be there, click here.
For more information about the event, click here.