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EXHIBITS 2004-2008

by Fred Casselman

November 8, 2008 - January 3, 2009
Reception November 15, 2008, 1 - 2:30 PM

Read more about this exhibit in the November 14, 2008 issue of the Carlisle Mosquito.

Susan Lehotsky
Paintings and Collages
September 6 - October 31

Read about this exhibit in the September 19, 2008 issue of the Carlisle Mosquito.

Shadow Boxes by Jonathan Donahue
July 3-August 30, 2008

Shadow boxes by Jonathan Donahue

Read about this exhibit in the July 4, 2008 issue of the Carlisle Mosquito. For more information, visit the artist's website at

Portrait Collections
by Pierre Chiha

Celebrating our 2008 CCHS graduates
This collection celebrates our high school seniors as they graduate and prepare for the next phase of their lives.

This cross-town exhibit consists of over 60 wall-size portraits displayed in 12 locations simultaneously throughout Concord and Carlisle. These portraits will remain on display in many of these locations through the end of June.

Classical portraits
These portraits represent artistic and commercial portraits of musicians, families, brides, and other high school students.

Both collections combine a sense of lighting and composition, but, above all, an attempt at capturing the personality of these subjects.

About the artist
Pierre Chiha has been a portraitist for many years. He photographs children, high school seniors, families, and professionals on location or in his studio at the Emerson Umbrella in Concord. He also photographs many special events, such as weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.

Passionate about photography and portraiture, Pierre gets his inspiration from photographers such as Yusuf Karsh and Arnold Newman, and from the old masters of painting such as Vermeer, Caravaggio and Rembrandt, as well as from John Singer Sargeant.

For more information and a list of venues, visit the artist's web site or call 978 369-9949.

Photographs from The Year of Jumpingboy
January 7 – February 29, 2008

jumpingboy project

The jumpingboy project consisted of a photo a day every day from January 1 through December 31, 2006, selected from among those we took each day. We took from 1 to over 150 photos on any given day, an average of 30 per day, so Aaron jumped over 10,000 times in 2006. For each of the photographs in the exhibit, we will include data about how many exposures were needed and which exposure was the one we chose as the best. There will also be some "outs" showing the process of a few days' shoots. We set ourselves some simple rules: All photos were vertical and no photo could be carried over to another day. Although most of the photographs were taken by Aaron's dad, David Freedman, the project was truly collaborative, with both of us consulting on locations and poses. We selected the best each day and posted it online at When Aaron was at summer camp and in England for a school trip, he was responsible for keeping the streak alive, whether using a self-timer or having someone else click the shutter. About two thirds of the more than 40 photographs in the exhibit were taken in Carlisle, including Great Brook and Carlisle Pines State Parks, the Transfer Station, Green Cemetery, and Vivian's Place behind Town Hall. The exhibit also includes a wonderful poster showing all 365 images and one photograph taken during a cross-country trip this past summer. It was taken outside Amarillo, Texas at the Cadillac Ranch, and is the only horizontal image in the exhibit.

jumpingboy with sunset

Read more in the December 14, 2007 issue of the Carlisle Mosquito.

Photographics Where Reality Becomes Art
Joan Rolfe

Read more in the January 11, 2008 issue of the Carlisle Mosquito.

The Spirit of Collage
An Exhibition by Studio 7 Artists
September 10-November 3, 2007

Exhibiting artists:
Sara Arshad
Linda Caplan
Helen Dentler
Maria Green
Jean Hammond
Sing Hanson
Ronni Komarow
Caroline Lindeke
Nancy Mimno
Ruth Nelson
Jane Paulson
Greta Rothman
Ann Schauffler
Ruth Segaloff
Doris Smith
Martha Shea Smith
Amy Waltch
Pam Wickham

Studio 7 Artists are a collaborative of 18-25 talented area artists who have worked for a number of years under the mentoring of Sally Santosuosso, a Lexington artist and long-time educator. They share a love for collecting and handling materials, for the collage process, and for the value of community.

What makes this community so special is the level of sharing among its members in creative ideas, resources, and personal and artistic support. These artists are as committed to one another as they are to their own art.

Studio 7 collages tell real or invented narratives, express thoughts, feelings, recall memories, evoke a sense of history and place. They record relationships, exploring the themes of family and home, culture and gender.

The Spirit of Collage is a series of revolving exhibits that travel from community to community to celebrate the versatility and expressive quality of collage, as well as the spirit, diversity, and vitality of the Studio 7 collaborative. Each show features a variety of themes, techniques, and materials in works that are sophisticated, whimsical, quirky, emotional, and thought-provoking.

Emerging Artists of Carlisle
July 9-September 1, 2007
Artwork by Alex Moskowitz, Grace and Charles Fitzpatrick, Pam Ziehler, and Dayna Talbot

In My Space
Paintings & Drawings
by Dayna Talbot
Painting by Dayna Talbot

Pam Ziehler presents
South Dakota Summer
Photography Show
Wild Mustangs & South Dakota Badlands

Read more in the August 24, 2007 issue of the Carlisle Mosquito.

Carlisle Garden Club
May-June, 2007

Read more in the May 11, 2007 issue of the Carlisle Mosquito.

The Highland Artists
April 1-30

Imadiel Ariel, Painter
Helen Citron Boodman, Printmaker/Painter
Terry Colosi, Printmaker
Sally Hall, Painter
Lonnie Harvey, Printmaker
Sarah Goldsmith, Painter
Wayne Geehan, Illustrator
Phyllis Hughs, Painter
Kathy Mayer, Stained Glass
Lesia Shaw, Painter

Winter Art Celebration Exhibit
Carlisle Public Schools Art Department
January to March, 2007

Student self-portraits 2007

The Carlisle Public Schools Art Department presented our Winter Art Celebration Exhibit. The exhibit's opening reception included an afternoon of visual art accompanied by music performed by Carlisle students in small ensembles. On exhibit were selected pieces of artwork from students in Grades K-8.

This celebration represents one of a three-part art exhibit, which will include examples of artwork from all Carlisle students completed in the 2006-07 school year. Creative and innovative works representing the visual art curriculum are displayed, including examples of art history and world cultural elements.

A wide variety of art media, including creative and observational drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, are represented.

Read more in the February 9, 2007 issue of the Carlisle Mosquito.

Collages, paintings, & mixed media by:
Sarah Jeppson, Rob Diebboll & Gail Erwin

November 5, 2006 to January 2, 2007

Work by Jeppson

- Sarah Jeppson

When I approach art making, I hold the intention of honoring spirit in my work.  In my mind’s eye, I see a world rich with energy and I hope to find the “right” colors and forms to express it.  Nothing is static. Images, colors, and dimensions can continue to change as an idea’s complexity seeks some sort of resolution within me. Hopefully, this resolution will convey the energetic movement of that spirit world, a kind of visual dance for the eyes -  much like a musical tune can bring you to an understanding of its underlying emotional content. If I can carry the viewer to new meaningful places, I feel I have done my job as an artist.
- Sarah Jeppson


work by Gail Erwin

-Gail Erwin

In the recent installation, Mapscape, each 8 inch square of handmade paper is part map, part landscape. Each of the 500 sheets of handmade paper in the installation is a world unto itself. The assembled grid forms another pattern, another map, another landscape, another world. The grid also suggests an aerial view of the land where landscape and map merge. The installation focuses on pattern, movement and connection; each square to the whole, each individual to the world.

Five of the 500 are framed as individual works of art.

Each square is a strata of handmade papers of different hues combined with maps, text, watercolors, photos. The paper is then ripped, revealing its layers and creating a unique mapscape. Sometimes the sandwiched layer bleeds through the top layer adding another element.

The Tracery series of photo-etchings explores memory, illusive and transitory, the footprint of something just past, just out of reach. Images such as old family photos and x-rays are collected and layered with handmade paper or sheer fabric. Photo-etching and alternative photo processes allow for multiple printings so that traces of earlier layers can be seen under the surface image reflecting the passage of time. The flexibility inherent in the processes is used to layer image upon image, fragment upon fragment, thereby achieving a synthesis of pattern, texture and abstraction.
- Gail Erwin


Rob Diebboll paints primarily outside, from nature, in Gloucester, Cape Cod and the islands, the Adirondack Mountains, and the Maine coastal islands. His work is figurative, but leans to abstraction through simplified forms, exaggerated color, pattern, and flat composition. A common theme in the work is time, a subject Rob borrows from photography. There is the time of day and its light, but then there is the moment in time, anywhere from an instant to infinity. While an image is obviously composed, the sense of a snapshot raises the tension of time suspended. In another image the sense of timelessness may allow for a deep meditation on the moment.

There is a psychological aspect to the images, often with multiple themes, such as fear, calm, solitude, or humor. Situations can be comfortable or tense, and raise questions: Why is he walking so far behind her, or she so far ahead? What is everyone looking at? What's he thinking? At times Rob may answer these questions, but he leaves many to be answered by the viewer.
- Rob Diebboll

Visit Rob online at

Read more about Sarah Jeppson, Rob Diebboll, Gail Erwin, and their exhibit in the December 15, 2006 Carlisle Mosquito.

Sally Hall & Terry Durell

September 8 to October 28, 2006
"Earth, Sea & Sky"
Paintings and drawings

Postcard for Sally Hall & Terry Durell

I grew up spending my summers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, camping out with my family in a big yellow tent. We helped my father with his field research on the Kaibab Squirrel. I spent many wonderful summers exploring the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, known for its vast skies and sweeping vistas of sandstone canyons. After completing my education and acting on my love for exploring new places, I came east and have ended up making my home on the East Coast for the last 20-plus years -- first NYC, then Washington, D.C. and now New England for nearly ten years. In all those places I have had some kind of painting studio. My subject matter was of the majestic western landscape that is so much a part of my background. The time spent preparing for this show in the Gleason Library of Plum Island, Cape Cod and Crane Beach in particular was a revelation. It has let me really explore what have turned out to be substantial similarities between my adopted home (New England), and my spiritual home, (the West). The large and spacious skies of the coastline are similar. The beaches made of blown, washed sand lie exactly as do the sandstone washes and cliffs I know so well. The element that seems to finally unite these two places is the wind. The way it blows the clouds across the sky, and the way it blows the sand into dunes. The way sand looks as a dune on a beach and the way it looks once the dune has turned to stone is striking and familiar. After painting this show, I don’t feel as far away from the west as I had always thought I was.
- Sally Hall

Read more about Sally Hall and Terry Durell and their exhibit in the September 15, 2006 Carlisle Mosquito.

Studio 66

June 29 to September 1, 2006
watercolors by:
Swan Anderson, Sandy Roberts, Miles Goff, Mimi Flanary, Cynthia Durost, Nancy Statlander, and Barbara D’Addario.

watercolor by Barbara D'Addario

Barbara D’Addario

As a child I tried to capture the world around me by drawing what I saw. This allowed me many hours of joy. I have always found sketching to be a comfortable medium. A subject to be drawn or painted is never a singular statement, and so I try to expand and create. When the opportunity made itself available I took classes, and finally found my way to “STUDIO 66” where I have been able to enjoy new ideas and techniques.

Swan Anderson

Life has a way of catching up with us. We are all artists in some form or another. As luck would have it, I stumbled into a wonderful art studio in Waltham run by Mary Craig McLane, a mixed media artist from Acton. Through Mary I discovered many wonderful things, but watercolor was the medium that pulled me in to do more. My luck continued, and Cynthia Durost came into my life. I have been studying with her ever since. I have studied with several interesting artists over the years, notably Jeanne Carbonnetti, who teaches from her studio in Vermont.

Cynthia Durost

I have traveled many places to paint, looking, searching, connecting. I came to the experience of painting through plein air work in the marshlands of Massachusetts, the canyon lands and mountains of New Mexico and Arizona, the islands of Cape Verde, and the tropics of Mexico and Costa Rica. I paint as expression of my relation to the whole, to Nature. I believe in the play of consciousness and spirit—a spirituality of presence. The artist in me follows instinct and intuition, is connected to all peoples, crosses all boundaries, is open and searching. I have been lucky to share ideas and skills with many students.

Cynthia Durost is an internationally known watercolorist who works and lives in Wild Rose Studio in South Acton, MA. Her work is largely impressionistic revealing an interactive dialog with the natural landscape, still lifes, and florals. Her work is in collections in France, Germany, Portugal, England, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, and the United States.

Mimi Flanary

I started painting four years ago by taking a variety of art classes at Acton Community Education. After trying different mediums, I’ve discovered I LOVE watercolors. I get such joy from painting. Hope you enjoy the results!!

Miles Goff

I began art instruction at the Friends Select School in Philadelphia. After a six decade hiatus for a couple of degrees and a career as a microwave engineer, I resumed my studies in watercolor with Cynthia Durost at Studio 66 in Carlisle five years ago. While the free flow of colors off the brush contrasts mightily with the fractional micron precision required in monolithic microwave circuit layout, they both just make pictures in the last analysis. My other hobbies include photography, scuba diving, and mowing the grass across from Kimball’s with a John Deere 212.

Sandy Roberts

A lover of the visual arts, I grew up in an artistic family of a painter and a wood carver, both poets. I studied art history at Brown University and began painting in oils. Life got very hectic at the height of running a corporate training and development business. Now my medium is watercolor, and the style is a mixture of post impressionism and classic. One can lose oneself in the beautiful shades of the medium. I am also interested in flower arranging, gardening, and architecture.

Nancy Statlander

I am not a professional artist, but have always felt the need to explore my creative spirit. This has been accomplished in the following ways:

  • Ikebana , the art of Japanese flower arranging, teacher Tomoko Tanaka. Past and present classes led to a teaching certificate.
  • Ceramics, teacher Makoto Yabe, DeCordova Museum.
  • Oil Painting, DeCordova Museum.
  • Watercolor, teachers: Valaria Giordano and Cynthia Durost, Carlisle Recreation Adult Programs. Tom McCobb, Round Top Art Center, Damariscotta, ME. Tutor: Wini Long, New Harbor, ME.
  • Shows: Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, MA, 2005; Round Top Art Center, Damariscotta, ME, 2005.

Read more about Studio 66 and their exhibit in the August 25, 2006 Carlisle Mosquito.

Noredin Morgan

May 6 to June 24, 2006
Mixed media

Mixed media by Noredin Morgan

I've been a resident of Billerica, Massachusetts for the past 19 years. My artistic craft was honed and developed while living in New York City and abroad in Europe. Although I worked for 25 years as a director of research at WR.Grace and ITW as a research chemist, my true passion has always been art, as my friends will readily agree.

Most of my paintings are figurative portraits made in a spontaneous, expressionist manner. I use mixed media on canvas, wood, paper and other surfaces. Some of my figures might suggest a relationship, story or other significant moment in time. My paintings are used as a vehicle to share my personal view of the world.

"I learned art from art." This education has given me a freedom of expression as well as a rich archive of techniques and styles upon which to build my art. My references come from many sources - Matisse, Chagal, Klee, Picasso, African masks, Islamic architects, and Egyptian artifacts. "The canvas leads me more than I lead it." For the past few years, I've been experimenting with digital print images. This new art genre is in its infancy. Typically, I begin with an original drawing or painting. Once the picture has been scanned or photographed with a digital camera and the image is in the computer, I set about creating something new. The computer images are manipulated and color enhanced backgrounds are changed or added, and the resulting digital painting is a new work of art unique to the 21st century as surely as impressionism was unique to the 19th century. In the manipulation of the images I "discover more depth and reality." I enjoy blending elements of the ancient and avant-garde to create images that resonate both with tradition and innovation.

In addition to working from my own sketches and easel paintings, I frequently create art directly on the computer, layering lines, manipulating shapes and varying colors, in ways that only that technology allows.

My only remaining connection to chemistry is the use of different chemicals as paint medium. These chemical additives add fluidity to the pigments but do not interact with the canvas, allowing me to add layer upon layer without destroying the subsurface. My training and knowledge of chemistry and my years of scientific experimenting to find the right solution, have also positively influenced my approach to art.

Read more about Noredin Morgan and his exhibit in the May 19, 2006 Carlisle Mosquito.

D'Ann Brownrigg

March 11 to April 29, 2006
"Baubles and Birds"

watercolor by D'Ann Brownrigg

I’m a Carlisle artist who enjoys observing nature. The attention required to paint helps me focus on what’s important to me and helps me see more clearly. Each of us sees differently. I enjoy painting a personal simplified, colorful, usually happy version of the things I experience.

In contrast to most artists, I started late. I hated art in grade school and avoided anything art related for many years. I have pursued a wide variety of interests through my life. I studied chemistry and psychology at the University of Illinois and received a MA in psychology (animal behavior/ethology) from the University of Chicago. I have had jobs raising doves, caterpillars, and fruit flies; building furniture and machine parts; and teaching birding and painting.

I enjoy teaching because it helps me learn and it helps others also. I meet wonderful people. In my painting classes students choose their own subjects and spend most of their time painting. The important thing is living and painting in the present rather than worrying about the product. It's important to relax and focus.

I teach at Lexington Arts and Crafts and also organize weekly summer painting outings in the Concord-Carlisle and North Shore areas.

Read more about D'Ann Brownrigg and her exhibit in the March 31, 2006 Carlisle Mosquito.

Theresa Dwyer & Margery Fargo

January 7 to March 4, 2006

Painting by Theresa Dwyer

-Theresa Dwyer

Theresa Dwyer
Born on the beautiful Azores Island, this self-taught artist has learned how to capture the essence of her natural surroundings. As a young girl Teresa would paint using charcoal and water colors to express herself. Moving to the United States provided her the opportunity to attend a private school of art. Teresa especially likes to paint historical sites in beautiful Carlisle and Concord, Massachusetts. Landscapes, religious paintings, abstracts, historical landmarks, still-lifes and ocean scenes are captured forever when Teresa puts oil to canvas.

Painting by Margery Fargo

"From My Heart"
-Margery Fargo

Margery Fargo
Margery Fargo has been a professional painter for over twenty-five years. She works primarily in acrylic, watercolor, oil crayon and mixed media. In 1997 she began to teach individual students in her Lexington studio. She has been described as having an "energetic" style, her acrylic work is bold and contemporary, appearing as three-dimensional. Her abstract watercolors are spontaneous and free, yet restful to the eye. Her special interests include using mixed media, presenting an original style that integrates contrasts and balances. Margery continues to seek new means of expression that reflects herself and her surroundings.

Read more about Dwyer & Fargo and their exhibits in the January 20, 2006 Carlisle Mosquito.

Dianne Pappas and Catherine Evans

November 2 to December 31, 2005
"Pixels and Palisades"
Contemporary, Mixed Media Artwork

Postcard for "Pixels and Palisades"

The show Pixels and Palisades at the Gleason Library in Carlisle, MA is the collaborated effort of two artists, Dianne Pappas and Catherine Evans. These two women discovered that, in spite of coming from opposite places in life and art, they have overlapping areas in both. Their contemporary, mixed media artwork compliments each other in color, voice and feeling. The show is an engaging mixture of the collected efforts of both women.

Dianne and Catherine both work from their studios at Artspace-Maynard located in the old Fowler Middle School at 63 Summer Street, Maynard.

Read more about Pappas & Evans and their exhibits in the November 4, 2005 Carlisle Mosquito.

Imadiel Ariel

September 8 - November 1, 2005
"The Color of Light"
Watercolors, and Works on Silk

Work by Imadiel Ariel

"So how does one paint or convey the sacred, the subtle energies, beauty, enchantment? It's a kind of spell the artist is under when in the act of creation. It is the only way I know, to cast some of the transcendent in the reality that surrounds us: one moment ordinary, the next inspired."

Read more about Imadiel Ariel and her exhibit in the September 16, 2005 Carlisle Mosquito.

Leslie Miller

July - August 2005

For more information visit the following sites:

Read more about Leslie Miller and her exhibit in the July 29, 2005 Carlisle Mosquito.

Dave Guarnaccia

Black and white fine art photography
January - February 2005

Calla lily photograph by Dave Guarnaccia

Dave Guarnaccia developed a passion for photography nearly two decades ago and has chosen large format black and white photography as his voice. He is largely self-taught with invaluable technical advice and inspiration coming from the publishings of famed photographer Ansel Adams.

Dave's frequent photographic themes include landscapes, trees, plant life and flowers--finding the splendor and solitude in nature as he explores. His images are as much about capturing and revealing the feeling and emotion of his experience as about sharing the beauty of the view.

Dave is a Distinguished Artist at the Concord (Massachusetts) Art Association where he has had several of his works juried and exhibited. He has also been juried and awarded in black & white landscape by the Arthur Griffin Center for Photographic Art in Winchester. Dave published his first calendar in 2004, "Flora and Fauna," and was most recently a featured artist at the O'Naturals Restaurant in Acton.

Dave's web site is 1-Image Photography.

Read more about Dave Guarnaccia and his exhibit in the January 21, 2005 Carlisle Mosquito.

The Underwater World of the South Pacific
and the Galapagos Islands

Photographs by Judy and Fontaine Richardson
November - December, 2004

Shark photograph by Richardson

Judy and Fontaine Richardson have been Scuba diving since 1980. Their photographs show not only the beauty of the underwater world, but hopefully will inspire the need to preserve it.

Photographs were taken with Nikonos V and Nikonos RS underwater cameras.

Read more about Judy and Fontaine Richardson and their exhibit in the December 10, 2004 Carlisle Mosquito.

Deborah Santoro

Paintings in oil, acrylic, monotypes, and collages
and "Muses: A Children’s Interactive Collage Exhibit”
September - October, 2004

Collage by Deborah Santoro
Pete - collage of magazine fragments

Santoro’s work utilizes figure drawings from life, collage elements, journal entries and transparent layers of oil paint to create collages and oil paintings that explore the boundaries between figural representation and abstraction.

“Muses” is a magnetic design board with figures and shapes from Santoro’s artwork and other sources. An accompanying wall text encourage children to move the magnetic figures into designs of their own. This interactive exhibit was conceived as a way for children to learn about the collage process and to help them relate to the art they see in the library. “Muses” is funded in part with a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council.

Santoro studied art at Salem State College, Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and received a B.A. in Studio Art from Wellesley College in 1997. In addition to teaching a collage class at the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Lowell last spring, she has previously exhibited at the Out of the Blue Gallery in Cambridge, the Danforth Museum School in Framingham, the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford and the Acton Memorial Library. In 2003 Santoro had work selected and shown in the Frances N. Roddy juried art show at the Concord Art Association and the National Collage Society show in Cleveland, Ohio.

Read more about Deborah Santoro and her exhibit in the October 1, 2004, Carlisle Mosquito.


Every two months the Art at the Gleason welcomes new exhibitions to the Gleason Public Library. The exhibits include photography, illustrations, drawings, interactive art, paintings, and works on fabric, among others.

In addition, Art at the Gleason features an annual student art show each year in cooperation with the Carlisle School elementary visual arts department.


Art at the Gleason is curated by Emily Stewart, Andrea Urban, Amy Livens, Sandy Eisenbies (, and Melinda Lindquist (