The Whitty Gallery
Current Art Show
Alene Sirott-Cope: A Retrospective
Show Dates: March 9 - March 31
Opening Reception: March 9, 6-8 pm
The show features a variety of multi-media work, alcohol ink creations, photography, polymer art, acrylic pourings and raku pottery. With an opening reception on Friday, March 6th from 6-8 pm, the exhibit will run through March 31st at The Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center.
"My art has evolved many times in a variety of media,” Sirott-Cope says. “Alcohol inks are my latest endeavor. I love the vivid colors and the way colors morph when the ink blends. They take on a Zen-like life of their own and are truly serendipitous. The outcome is similar to water colors but alcohol ink can be applied to many non-porous substrates. I use these ink paintings for my pet portrait backgrounds.”
Sirott-Cope is a professional graphic designer, potter, mixed media artist, and art director, and has been an art educator in several universities in the New England and Philadelphia area. A graduate of Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA, Alene majored in Advertising/Graphic Design with a minor in Photography. She uses this expertise in all of her pieces, focusing on color, shape, and texture. She enjoys experimenting with assorted production techniques to find new combinations that produce interesting 2- and 3-dimensional art.
“As a handicapped individual, I find that creativity promotes healing. Art is important to keep me physically and mentally involved. I hope that my art impacts people in our community in the same healing way and takes them to a cheerful place.” Sirott-Cope’s goal is “to have color and design create a sense of comfort, solace and joy.”
One major medium used in the retrospective are alcohol inks. Alene teaches workshops to introduce alcohol ink painting to others who are not familiar with its properties. “Alcohol inks inspire an appreciation for the value of the natural spectrum of color and how color can affect one’s mood and outlook,” she adds. “My health challenges recede when I’m engrossed in an artistically creative project. I get absorbed in the details, thinking and analyzing color and design. I concentrate on what evolves on the substrate in front of me.”
The show will also feature many of Sirott-Cope’s vibrant depictions of animals, mainly dogs. Through photographs, computer imagery, alcohol inks and elements of graphic design, she illustrates a wide range of canine emotion and devotion. Sirott-Cope is presently in consideration for an Obama Arts Foundation Fellowship.
Pieces by Alene Sirott-Cope
The Whitty Gallery is located in the Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash Street, Hollis, NH.
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