A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Tuesday – Sunday: 12-5
THINGS THAT DIE INTERESTINGLY
Petula Bloomfield and Donald Shambroom
DECEMBER 12 - JANUARY 4, 2015.
Artist Reception, December 12: 5-8 pm
A flower is in a constant state of change. It starts to wither and eventually dies, leaving a contorted organic form as a legacy to its former beauty. And yet, there is still beauty, the beauty of the dark side, of death. Perhaps a painting is able to capture elements of this passage of life and beauty.
“Things that Die Interestingly” is an exhibition of the works of Petula Bloomfield and Donald Shambroom in paintings, sculpture and installation. The show includes sculptures and installation using hundreds of fading mums, freshly gathered from the recent Smith College Botanic Garden Fall Chrysanthemum Show.
“It’s in my blood” states Bloomfield, “half English, half Dutch with memories of Holland, grandparents, windmills, Tulipmania, English country gardens and village flower shows. Flowers are glorious declarations of themselves. Some flowers have a dangerous beauty moving me to the edge. Above all, I have an emotional response to them.”
“But flowers live and die” adds Shambroom, “In their early prime, they are like fashion models. They radiate a generic loveliness, as the pop stars of the vegetable world. In dying, the beauty changes but is no less interesting.”
Petula Bloomfield was born in the UK and has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1976. She has a Master of Science in Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Clark University, Worcester. She has taught Art at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley since 2004, and has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Castello di Spannocchia, Tuscany, and Norristown, PA. She is a recent recipient of grants from the Surdna Foundation in New York and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Donald Shambroom (born 1950, Teaneck, New Jersey), painter, sculptor, curator and writer, is creating the “Millers River Natural History Museum and Laboratory,” for experimentation with art, science, and public display, in Athol, a mill town in central Massachusetts. As with his paintings, in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this work is catalyzed by his study of Marcel Duchamp’s family and life, which yields many surprises about his art.
Image above: Petula Bloomfield
Image below: Donald Shambroom