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Women As Heroes :: Paintings & Monoprints by Harriette Joffe

September 15, 2010

Women As Heroes
Tales of Magic & Adventure

Paintings & Monoprints
by Harriette Joffe

August 1- September 30, 2010

Stop by Thursday through Sunday (or by appointment) to see Harriette Joffe’s show before the end of the month.  You won’t want to miss it!  Call 413.717.0031 for hours.

The Berkshire Art Kitchen is pleased to announce the opening of Women as Heroes: Tales of Magic & Adventure, featuring paintings and monoprints by Santa Fe artist, Harriette Joffe.

Harriette Joffe’s work is classically drawn, influenced by the Renaissance and through personal connections with artists of the New York Abstract Expressionist School. The subjects of Joffe’s extensive collection of paintings and monoprints include women as heroes and driving forces from all ages and from around the world.

Rose Slivka of the East Hampton Star writes, “Joffe’s orgiastic narratives of nudes and horses seem to explode out of the private incarnations of the painter possessed by her myth. Joffe is the compulsive seeker and seer – a naked witch, a sorceress, an enchantress – taking satyr and stallion alike in an earth union that makes ritual sing its story over and over again.”

She created a suite of work around the myths and history of the Queen of Sheba, likely the first woman to create a multi-million dollar trade arrangement.  Her “Palio” collection of monoprints and solarplate etchings portrays a complex and ritualistic event that has taken place in Siena, Italy since the twelfth century with the Madonna as the Patron Saint of the festival sometimes called “Race of the Soul.”

Albuquerque’s Journal North writes, “Englishman William Blake {a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age}, who is another Joffe kindred spirit, sought after the spiritual heroism and heavenly aspirations of humanity. Joffe occupies the vast middle ground between vice and virtue.”

The exhibit includes work not shown before in the northeast, including a new series of abstract works inspired by the river near the artist’s home in the Berkshires.  Join us for a reception with the artist on Sunday, August 1 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  Ms. Joffe will present a brief artist’s Talk at 5:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please call 413.717.0031

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