Crazy Beautiful III - Jackie Battenfield, Rachel Hellerich, Mary Judge, Jenny Kemp, Molly McCracken Kumar, Catherine Latson, Joanne Mattera, Peter Pincus, and Janna Watson

June 8 - July 28, 2018

Opening Reception Friday, June 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

J A C K I E  B A T T E N F I E L D

Battenfield’s meditative painting process begins with the artist’s close attention to the graceful forms of unfolding leaves and blossoms, and to the twisted boughs and branches of trees. The artist painstakingly translates her photographic studies into drawings on large sheets of translucent Mylar, taking care to stay true to the original images. The artist makes hundreds of color studies before arriving at the palette for each painting. When applied to the Mylar, Battenfield’s ink-like pigments reassert themselves, separating and forming unexpected, distinctive abstract, transparent and opaque patterns. The finished painting on Mylar is mounted on a panel that allows light to play behind the pristine painted surface.


Mirage 2015


Greenwich Free Press, 'Art in Bloom' at Flinn Gallery Radiates with Natural Beauty

Westchester Home Magazine, The Art of Art

ArtDaily, The University of Richmond Presents Four New Exhibitions

NY Cottages & Gardens, Design Stops

ElleDecor, What's Modern Now

The New York Times, Events

LinkedIn, Sustaining a Life-Long Creative Career

Pyragraph, Making a Living Doing What You Love

Joanne Mattera Art Blog, Marketing Monday: Career Q&A with Jackie Battenfield

University of Richmond Museum Lectures: Jackie Battenfield

New York Foundation for the Arts, Jackie Battenfield - The Artist's Guide

New York Foundation for the Arts, An Interview with Jackie Battenfield 


R A C H E L  H E L L E R I C H


Daily Nutmeg, False and True

AEQAI, Rachel Hellerich’s Present Phase at New Haven Artspace 

Yale News, Artspace Opens New Hellerich Exhibition


M A R Y  J U D G E

Mary Judge's work explores the diagrammatic, the topological, the three-dimensional aspects of the drawing both through a linear-planar and tonal atmospheric representation of form, as a way of exploring what seems like a lost territory between image and object.


Summer of Love 2017

Polypetalous 2016


Architectural Digest

The Creator's Project, Geometric Flower Drawings are like Mutating DNA Frozen in Time


The Loop, 'Polypetalous' Exhibit in Larchmont 

Design Sponge, Fine Art Focus: Mary Judge

LuxeSource, Modern Intervention

Traditional Home

Teen Vogue, Suzanne and Lauren McGrath Make Over Hannah Kahn's Room

The Brooklyn Rail, Mary Judge:Pop-Oculus: new works in pigment

NewArtTV, Mary Judge


J E N N Y  K E M P

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The Times Union, Kemp and Garrison Shine at Troy’s Art Center of the Capital Region

Saratoga Spotlight, Nature and MTV

The Times Union, Mohawk Hudson Regional Highlights 3 Artists

Wall Street International, Snowbird

The Huffington Post, 10 Painters Who are Changing Their Medium in the 21 Century 

Times Union, Meet Visual Artist Jenny Kemp

The Times Union, On Exhibit: ‘Second Nature’ at Albany Airport Gallery


M O L L Y  M c C R A C K E N  K U M A R

In Hindu philosophy, Shiva's cosmic dance represents the whirling flow that is the dynamic tension and change of the universe. This concept is present equally in the galactic as it is in every cellular process. The artist experiences this dynamic tension most keenly while gardening and observing plants grow and change throughout the seasons, where contemplating nature's process of birth, death, and rebirth inspires her artistic practice without directly illustrating the garden, McCracken Kumar's paintings embody its themes. The colorful surfaces of diaphanous layers give the sensation of being under water or in a densely humid mist. These sensuous and fluid atmospheres develop through many layers of translucent paint that co-mingle with small motifs. The motifs are covered over with more layers to suggest a deep space and pregnant air. Desire becomes the evolutionary impetus for the growth, illumination, renewal, and possibilities. Feelings of tranquility are explored as a way to find balance and rest within the incessant movement. The final image then becomes a kinetic yet still embodiment of this painting process.

Molly McCracken Kumar earned an MFA in painting from San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in Portland, OR.


New York Times

Sound and Town Paper


C A T H E R I N E  L A T S O N

Boundless curiosity, close observation and patience are manifest in the gorgeous work of Catherine Latson. The Specimen Series is inspired by sea anemones and the motion of a water-bound world, exploring forms that blur the lines between animal and plant, realism and fantasy, sculpture and specimen. Radial symmetry and tentacle structures are common denominators in the mysterious variety of forms in Latson’s newest work. Each wall sculpture describes a mysterious, hybridized and imagined organism in arrested motion.

Latson’s complex artworks belie her simple materials. The artist hand-dyes embroidery floss in variations of a single dominant color and wraps the thread tightly and skillfully around her armature. The construction of each work entails countless hours of whipping and knotting resulting in dense, rich color and graceful, compelling compositions.

Catherine Latson earned a BA in Biology from Macalester College, St Paul, MN. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including at The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY and in the Macy’s Flowers Shows in Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY and has been featured in the American Craft Magazine and The New York Times. The artist works in Yonkers, NY.


Revivify 2018



WAG Mag, Gothic Greetings from Glenview

WAG Mag, The Nature of Art

WAG Mag, In Full Fall Splendor

WAG Mag, Of A Fashionable Nature

American Craft Magazine, Seeking Cover

The New York Times, Yonkers as Gallery

The New York Times, A Scone Made of Twisted Vines

The ColorVoyant Watch Blog, Architectural Digest

American Craft Magazine, Optical Illusions at the Architectural Digest Home Show

The Curious Observer, My Favorites from the Architectural Digest Show

MOD Design Guru, Designer Spotlight: Catherine Latson Organic Narratives


J O A N N E  M A T T E R A

"I have long referred to my work as lush minimalism, a term that’s as tongue in cheek as it is true."    

                        -Joanne Mattera

“I was dazzled by the well-handled triangles of Joanne Mattera’s Chromatic Geometry ...”    

                         - James Panero


Silk Road: Excerpts from an Ongoing Series 2015

Chromatic Geometry Series 2014


Provincetown Arts


The New Criterion


Two Coats of Paint

Venetian Red

Surface Design Journal

The New York Sun

Geoforms (interview)

Joanne Mattera Art Blog

The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax


P E T E R  P I N C U S

Born in Rochester, NY, Peter Pincus is a ceramic artist and instructor. He joined the School for American Crafts as Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics at Rochester Institute of Technology in Fall 2014. Peter received his BFA (2005) and MFA (2011) in ceramics from Alfred University, and in between was a resident artist at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California. Since graduate school, Peter worked as the Studio Manager and Resident Artist Coordinator of the Genesee Center for Arts and Education in Rochester, NY, Adjunct Professor of three dimensional studies at Roberts Wesleyan College and has established a studio in Penfield NY.

His work has been exhibited in venues such as the Salon Art + Design, SOFA Chicago, Collective Design, Lewis Wexler Gallery, Duane Reed Gallery, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Ferrin Contemporary, Greenwich House Pottery, and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art. Peter's work can be found in numerous private and public collections.


The American Craft Council, Pincus' 12-Step Process

Peter Pincus Explains his Process

Palomart Television, Featured Artist: Peter Pincus


J A N N A  W A T S O N

Janna Watson is a young artist who has quickly made an impression on the contemporary art scene. Her abstract compositions and energetic brushstrokes possess an elegant and powerful vitality. A masterful colorist, Watson’s paintings are a carefully balanced orchestra of color. She creates energetic tension between deliberate and confident marks and spontaneous drips and gestures that are artifacts of her intuitive process. Watson’s compositions are an intriguing assertion of bold gesture set against atmospheric expression. Watson’s rich palette is further amplified by the addition of a high-gloss resin finish that deepens the illusionistic space and reflects light.

The artist is widely exhibited internationally. Watson’s paintings can be found in several significant collections, including in the Toronto collections of TD Bank Financial Group, CIBC, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the HBC Global Art Collection in New York. In 2017, she was selected to create a mural-size painting for the feature space in AURA, North America’s largest condominium building. Watson earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON. The artist lives and works in Toronto, Canada.


Revivify 2018


The Jealous Curator, Finding Wildness, Interview with Janna Watson

Widewalls, At Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Three Female Artists Open the 2018 Exhibition Season

Art Ontario, Interview with Painter Janna Watson

The Curated House, The Curated Collection: Janna Watson

Toronto Star, Putting Up Ontario Artists at the Ritz

Toronto NOW, Artist Profile: Janna Watson