NEW WORK - Horse Barn Hill

HOT OFF THE SCREEN! Kathleen Zimmerman’s latest serigraph Farm Series - Horse Barn Hill is shown below. It uses four colors to create this symbolic and surrealistic vision. Like all of Kathleen’s serigraphs, it is hand printed on Coventry Rag 290 gram paper using archival serigraphic inks in limited editions of 24 with 2 artist proofs and 3 printers proofs signed by the artist. The printing process was a little more complex than her previous silkscreens due to the use of four colored inks so precise alinement of the multiple screens was critical. Each color has meaning is relation to the subject matter as before and placed so they do not take away from the beauty of the drawn forms.

Farm Series - Horse Barn Hill , serigraphic print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Farm Series - Horse Barn Hill, serigraphic print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Child-like yet sophisticated - While at first the imagery may seem almost child-like, it is quite complicated in many ways. Kathleen drew an oversized foreshortened horse balanced upon the barn steeple while it is holding the undersized chicken barn like a grain bucket in her mouth. Then she drew Chagall-like yinyang cows, a formal abstract round hill and the simplified profiles of yinyang chickens, a fence and her dog to complete her surreal take on this place. This composition creates both a sense of space yet is flattened creating a balance between the real and the abstract worlds. Vibrant sunny yellow, barn red and spring green enhance this playful vision.

Horse Barn Hill - The original graphite drawing of Farm Series - Horse Barn Hill was inspired by an actual place. It is one of Kathleen’s favorite places to walk her dog because of the farm animals and the views overlooking the beautiful campus of the University of Connecticut from this grassy rolling hill. In fact it is part of the campus in Storrs, Connecticut used by the animal science department. Horse, cattle and chicken barns surround a raised open field that is used by the University for grazing cows and growing hay. The locals and the students use it for walking their dogs, jogging or just enjoying being in this ideal farm setting. Kathleen does not usually create a work of art about a particular place but the local term for the place, Horse Barn Hill, was a surrealist dream come true. It inspired her to create a drawing, serigraphic and digital prints and a sculpture.


Spirit Guide - The only other time she used an actual place in this manner is for her Xtrasensory Series - Spirit Guide which is shown below. In this work her dog Izzy again makes her appearence. Make of that what you will, maybe Izzy helps Kathleen see the magic that exists in the real world as well as in her imagination. More information on Spirit Guide can be found in one of our previous posts on this page titled Landscape.


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Art Live - galleries

Six Summit Gallery @ Leo House in NYC (until June)

Earth & Fire Art Studio/Gallery @ 2 Main St. Essex CT (throughout the summer)

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Artisans at Middle River @ 60 Main St. Stafford Springs, CT (rotating collection of digital prints)

Silver Circle Gallery @ Block 134 Main St, Putnam, CT (rotating collection of serigraphic prints)

SMALL WORKS winter 2019

NAWA Gallery, 315 West 39th Street, Suite 508, NYC 10018

February 6 -27. 2019

Reception: February 7, 2019, 5-7 pm

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ARTISTS WARMS UP WiNTER WITH THEIR SMALL WORK SHOW

Small work show - For the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), the Small Works exhibitions held in the summer and winter have become a treasured tradition among members and non-members alike. From February 6-27, 2019, the works on display at the NAWA Gallery will prove that the size of an artwork does not have to determine its excellence or worth. With a close study, viewers will find remarkable detail and precision at play in several mediums. They will also find a surprising seriousness and boldness of intent often reserved for larger works.

National Association of Women Artists - NAWA is celebrating its 130th Anniversary in 2019, in honor of the five women who gathered together at the Washington Square home of Grace Fitz-Randolph on a cold night in January to create the first women's art club. Today their talented counterparts continue the mission of supporting public awareness of the visual art created by women throughout the United States. Over 800 professional women artists comprise the national membership. Each year an array of juried exhibitions and awards, numerous workshops, and fundraising events increase NAWA's visibility nationwide.

Reception - This winter, NAWA invites friends and newcomers alike to come in from the cold to experience the Small Works Winter Show. The reception on Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 5-7 pm, at the NAWA Gallery, 315 West 39th Street, Suite 508, New York, NY. It will be a rare opportunity to meet the artists and warm up with their bright and innovative works.

Artists - Participating artists include: Mary Ahern, Mildred Alpern, Debra Arter, Francesca Azzara, Diane Dauz Bassin, Lorrie Berry, Pamela J. Black, Sandra Blostein, Sara Slee Brown, Amalia Brujis, Mary Jo Carew, Zemka Carra, Sofia Chitikov, Pam Cooper, Paulette De Lucia, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Heather Leigh Douglas, Antoaneta Georgieva, Marian Sims Harris, Jill Hellman, Holland Houdek, Shelley M. Hull, Marilyn Lowney Johnson, Loretta Ana Kaufman, Carole Richard Kaufmann, Binna Kim, Karen Kirshner, Jeannine Kitzhaber, Lorraine Klagsbrun, Maria Kompare, Brandy Kraft, Yumie Kusuda, Marie Massey, Nicole Maye Luga, Carolyn McLeod, Isabelle Manuella Milkoff, Grace Modla, Laura Mosquera, Marissa Mule, Patricia Obrien, Julie OConnor, Jane Park, Pokey Park, Anabel Peicher, Diane Price, Wendelin Heloise Ray, Jennifer Reddy, Carolyn Rogers, Catherine Rush, Nadine Joy Saitlin, Anne Sanger, Zelene Schlosberg, Patricia Search, Anita Seltzer, Meryl Shapiro, Linda Sicher, BarbaraSimonson, Gail Skudera, Rosemary W. Sloggatt, Barbara Stein, Amy BrightUnfried, Pamela Waldroup, Brittany Williams Mays, Kathleen Zimmerman and Despina Zografos.

Universe Series - Night Mare - Kathleen Zimmerman’s Universe Series - Night Mare (pictured at the top of this post) was juried into this national NYC exhibition. This serigraphic print is one in a series of 5 related prints (pictured directly above). In these playful explorations, Kathleen looks at the Universe and our reaction to it. Who hasn't dreamed of scary aliens invading from afar, imagined what makes up the rings of Saturn, wondered what it would be like living in the caves of Mars, thought about when we might be drawn into the black hole that keeps our galaxy together or seen heaven when we look up at the stars? These silkscreens use a variety of animals to represent life as they ponder these questions and more. Come and let your mind take a journey with these not so scary life forms. Small in size, whose image size is 7 x 7 printed on a 9 x 9 inch sheet of paper, but large in subject matter, which encompasses the nature of the universe. Both the digital as well as the serigraphic prints can be seen and purchased through this website but be sure to see Night Mare live in exhibition at the NAWA gallery if you happen to be in NYC.

Symbolic & Surreal

Kathleen Zimmerman used her graphite drawings as the basis for the creation of both digital and serigraphic prints.

Digital prints - Intimate in scale, the digital prints use rich black ink set against the pure white paper to make pure and dramatic visual statements that draw the viewer in close. These prints capture the beauty of the drawings, while adding a level of refinement and contrast that the printing process and ink are so good at. Kathleen ’s collection of digital archival prints were refined into digital images and printed in limited editions solely by her. All these lovely little jewels are printed on 8 x 10 sheets of bright white smooth 100% cotton fiber, acid-free, lignin-free paper using archival inks. The image sizes range from 3 to 6.75 inches placed thoughtly on the paper. Each print was signed by the artist and has its edition written on the back.

Star Series - Evening , digital print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Star Series - Evening, digital print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Serigraphic prints - While larger in scale, the serigraphic prints use thoughtfully placed touches of color to make theses visual statements into fresh and vibrant works of art that allow the viewer to stand back. These prints take it one step further by adding the texture of the screen and the pure flat color blocks that complement Kathleen’s way of drawing and her inspired compositions. Kathleen Zimmerman’s collection of serigraphic prints were hand printed on Coventry Rag 290 gram paper with archival serigraphic inks in limited editions of 24 with 2 artist proofs and 3 printers proofs signed by the artist. The image sizes range from 7 to 17 inches and designs for future editions can be seen on the two-dimensional page of this website. Each print was signed by the artist and has its edition written on the back.

Star Series - Evening , design for serigraphic print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Star Series - Evening, design for serigraphic print, copyrighted by Kathleen Zimmerman

Take a look at the Digital and Serigraphic Print pages on this website and you may find the perfect print or prints to add a meaningful presence to your space.