Pollinators Show at NIAD

Pollinators: Jean McElvane + Mary Mortimer

For the past several years, NIAD artist Jean McElvane has been creating richly retailed sculptures (with found and recycled materials) of nature’s pollinators – butterflies, humming birds, bats and bees. The objects, when finished, are often hung as mobiles, and offer a look at the importance of these creatures in our fragile ecosystem.

Prior to NIAD, Jean McElvane studied art and music at Contra Costa Community College for two years. She also worked as an artist’s assistant. Her paintings and drawings tend toward realism, but the majority of her work is in the craft field, creating meticulously built fiber projects.

When Oakland-based artist Mary Mortimer saw how the border wall would impact migratory pollinators she felt compelled to use the power of her letterpress to help these creatures. All of the proceeds from sales of her amazing prints (celebrating pollinators) will be donated to the National Butterfly Center at the border in Mission, Texas.

Mary Mortimer started out as a painter. Inspired by mentors Amos Kennedy and Alan Kitching, she’s been able to explore painting using type and ink. Every print is an artist’s proof, hand-inked and unique within the edition. The type she uses is antique wood and all prints are made using vintage presses.

NIAD is located at 551 23rd Street in Richmond California. The exhibitions are on view from April 6-25, 2019. Opening reception is Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm with a DJ set from John Everett.

upcoming: Paul Robeson Galleries, Express Newark, Newark NJ

Feast & Famine

Mar 28, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019
Main Gallery, Express Newark
Opening reception: March 28th, 6-8 p.m.

Feast & Famine explores food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon. The exhibitions considers food as a commodity; the relationship between food, death, sex, and the abject; food’s relationship to global economics and geo-politics; food and its likeness as a medium for artistic experimentation; the food chain and the environmental impacts of food production; and food justice. Feast & Famine gathers together works in a variety of media from artists and artist collectives working nationally and internationally, at different stages in their career.

With works by John Baldessari, Gladys Barker Grauer, Jackie Batey, Christopher Cardinale, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Morgan Carothers, Melanie Cervantes, Catherine Chalmers, Dustin Chang and Nicole Schulman, Julie Chen, Claudia Claremi, Willie Cole, Conflict Kitchen (Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski), Sharon Core, B. Cortez & B. Riley, Renee Cox, Critical Art Ensemble, Emory Douglas, Dominique Duroseau, Shanthony Exum, Molly Fair and Jesse Goldstein, Lauren Greenfield, Ella Halpine, Ed Hutchins, Nina Katchadourian, Tamara Kostianovsky, Nicolas Lampert, Warren Lehrer, Mike Libby, Jen Liu, Fernando Martí, Mary Mattingly, Mazatl, Divya Mehra, Marilyn Minter, Mary Mortimer, Taring Padi, Roger Peet, Robert Rauschenberg, Favianna Rodriguez, Keary Rosen, Martha Rosler, Erik Ruin, Christopher Russell, Seeds InService: A Papermaking Institute (Melissa Hilliard Potter and Maggie Puckett), Lucy Sparrow, Meredith Stern, Jen Susman, Swoon, Wayne Thiebaud, Chris Thorson, virocode (Peter D’Auria and Andrea Mancuso), Robert Watts, Emma Wilcox, Joe Wirtheim

NIAD show

Wild Color: Mary Mortimer

Oakland-based artist Mary Mortimer started out as a painter. Inspired by mentors Amos Kennedy and Alan Kitching, she’s been able to explore painting using type and ink. Every print of Mortimer’s is an artist’s proof, hand-inked and unique within the edition. Some are even printed over recycled prints. All of the type she uses is antique wood or metal and all prints are made using vintage presses in a variety of shops. NIAD is honored and delighted to be showing more than a dozen recent works from Mortimer.

http://niadart.org/exhibits/september2018/