Kay Kopper wins the 2nd Annual Gallery Artist Prize

Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director, Attleboro Arts Museum is delighted to announce the winner of the 2nd annual Gallery Artist Prize - Kay Kopper

Kay's work will be on display in the Dillon Gallery at the South Shore Arts Center, Cohasset, MA,  from May 23 through July 13 and the prize will be presented at the Festival Award ceremony on Friday, June 13th, 2nd Gallery Artist Prize Show.

The opening reception will be Friday, May 30, 2014

Horse chestnuts, Aesculus Hippocastanum
Lily-of-the-valley, Convallaria majoalis
Kay Kopper’s drawings are very personal articulations of our natural world.

The success of her work comes not only from her strong technique, mastery of the page, and apparent bond with her subjects— it is tied to the clear purpose she has in making each drawing. Kopper is dedicated to treating her botanicals with respect and to remembering and studying the remarkable lifecycle of her specimens. These subjects form her close circle of friends, and we sense the connection and admiration she holds for the group. We have no doubt that she treasures this                                                                                 friendship.

Kopper’s role in the relationship is distinct. She is the straight-shooter in the gang. The one that calls it as she sees it. She doesn’t mince words. A crispy Milkweed leaf, a fallen Lily-of-the-Valley flower – her authentic images are as sassy as they are romantic. Thanks to Kopper we get the behind-the-scenes look at this powerful bevy of beauties before they’ve put on their make-up – and after it wears off. She certainly pays tribute to them in their prime, but also makes it a point to place them center stage, even on the occasional bad hair day.

I find this series magnetic and thought provoking. It spotlights our interdependence with, and the intricacies of, the natural world. It gracefully reminds us that our remarkable natural capital must be preserved and maintained and that we have been appointed custodian/friend.

Sarah Roche to give a Talk at the Bedford Library

Sarah Roche will give a talk sponsored by the ASBA grant to NESBA’s From the Mountains to the Sea exhibit at the Bedford Free Library, 7 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730

Artist Talk
Sunday April 6, 2014
5:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Talk by artist/educator, SARAH ROCHE
Roche will trace the changing role of the botanical artist through history and show how advances in printing technology have made botanical art more accessible to the public.

Sarah has taught Botanical Art and Illustration at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA; at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in Boston; and for the Wellesley College Botanic Garden, Wellesley College Greenhouses. Roche is Chair of the Education Committee of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her illustrations are included in the Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and in collections in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the United States.

Location: Library Lobby