Small Works for the Winter Solstice

Small Works for the Winter Solstice

From Saturday, November 19 until Friday, December 23, 2016, True North Gallery presents "Small Works for the Winter Solstice,” a group exhibition of paintings, mixed media, pottery, artisan bells, sculptures, jewelry, and more.

Note: The show will be available for viewing starting Saturday, November 5, 2016. We will have a Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 from 10 to 6, and a Reception on Saturday, November 19, from 3 to 6 PM.

Good Things Come in Small Packages at True North Gallery
To remind everyone that art doesn’t need to be large to speak to our souls, we have curated a show of more than one hundred small works, all under twelve by twelve inches.

Highlights of the show include three ethereal and atmospheric seascapes by New Hampshire artist Teresa McCue, who masterfully captures the light, colors, and textures of the sea and sky with the rich pigments of pastel. McCue’s work reflects the spiritual connection that nature holds for her, as well as her love of color.

"Dusk" by Teresa McCue
"Dusk" by Teresa McCue

The show also features a series of richly textured and gently deconstructed oil paintings of cows and sheep from New York artist Nicolas Sanchez. Growing up in Michigan, Sanchez was exposed to farmland and animals, but he now lives in an urban environment. His work has a dreamlike quality that speaks to the fragility of memories.

Snow Road Sheep 3 by Nicolas Sanchez

There are several mixed media pieces in the show by Georgia artist Seth Fitts. His spirit boats, ermines, badgers, foxes, and birds appear both familiar and otherworldly, possessing a poetic charm that is reminiscent of storybooks, but with a softly surreal edge.

The Resting Boat by Seth Fitts

Several abstract collages from Vermont artist Jane Davies exemplify a wonderful balance between playful intuition and deliberate composition.

Coastal Fragment #9 by Jane Davies

A similar balance can be found in the work of Newbury artist Michael Updike, who has carved several whimsical bird’s nests, as well as a fox and a raven from recycled roofing slate with obvious signs of wear, such as nail holes and fractures. Updike’s relief carvings have a fossil-like feel that suits his nature-inspired imagery.

Nest by Michael Updike

California artist Brooks Salzwedel’s depicts natural environments in unexpected structures, such as vintage tins. His tiny compositions of trees and campfires, tucked into old Bayer aspirin and Sucrets tins, explore the relationship between nature and culture.

You Never by Brooks Salzwedel

Another California artist, Daina Ferguson, has a background in antiquities, and her sculptures are influenced by her experience with decorative and ritual artifacts. Included in the show are a screech owl she carved from mica-foliated schist, as well as two ammonite shell sculptures. The ammonites, tilted “Bythos,” are named after one of the twin ichthyocentaurs (a race of mythical centaurine sea-gods) that pulled Aphrodite's shell as she rose from the deep.


Bythos by Daina Ferguson

There are many other small artworks in the show, as well as Lapland bracelets by Swedish artist Erika Honig, hand-forged bells by Richard Fisher from Maine, porcelain luminaries by Vermont ceramicist Tabbatha Henry, wooden bowls by Spencer Peterman from Massachusetts, and much more, including our collection of work by Inuit, Yupik, Zuni, and other native artists. 

Bracelets by Erika Honig

The show runs from Saturday, November 19 until Friday, December 23, 2016, with an opening reception on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 3 to 6 PM. There is also a Holiday Open House that same weekend on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 to 5 PM. All work is for sale, and further information about the gallery is available at

True North Gallery is located at 25 Woodbury Street, in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5 PM, with extended hours during the holidays. For further information: (978) 468-1962.

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Featuring the work of Audra Baade, Sharin Barber, Sara Becktel, Shari Buelt, Sandy Clift, Delbert Charging Crow, Tim Christensen, Jane Davies, Daina Ferguson, Richard Fisher, Seth Fitts, Jessica Gardner, Sandy Hagar, Tabbatha Henry, Erika Honig, Deb Kirkeeide, Teresa McCue, Kristiana Parn, Spencer Peterman, Salvador Romero, Brooks Salzwedel, Nicolas Sanchez, Elizabeth See, Michael Updike, and more.

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