Jul
27
5:00 PM17:00

Meredith Davenport -- Artist in Residence -- Artist Talk

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Please join us as artist Meredith Davenport talks about her residency here at the gallery, sharing with us her ongoing project "Membering," working with images, stories and historical artifacts related to her family's history. Her ancestor, Josiah Davenport, was a native of Little Compton and the captain of a ship used in the slave trade.

Biography

Meredith Davenport earned her MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her documentary projects have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times and on the cover of Newsweek magazine. She was a location producer and videographer in Colombia for the highly acclaimed HBO documentary "Child Soldiers”. She was invited to do a fellowship at Yaddo. She has received a Pew Fellowship and a Puffin Foundation grant. Her work has been exhibited in New York at the International Center of Photography and at Union Docs in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Everson Museum in Syracuse and New York Foundations of the Arts Mark award. Her book "Theater of War" is published by Intellect Press and is distributed by the University of Chicago Press. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Westport Summer Talks -- August 1

Westport Summer Talks

Thursday, August 1 at 7pm

Dedee Shattuck Gallery

Program Research: Hannah Thompson

 

Thoreau wrote, “We need the tonic of wildness...we can never have enough of nature.” South Coast residents, and Westporters in particular, have worked hard to preserve the local wildness. Join us for a conversation on Westport’s natural beauty with Deborah Weaver and Ross Moran, environmentalists that ensure we have enough of nature to enjoy. Weaver is the executive director of the Westport River Watershed Alliance, and Moran is the executive director the Westport Land Trust. A brief Q & A will follow the conversation.

 

Summer Talks is curated by Jotham Burrello and Elizabeth Thompson. 

Speakers

 
 
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Aug
18
5:00 PM17:00

JD Hunter & Ben Noyes Concert

Tickets: $20

Please call 508-636-4177 or email monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com to RSVP

Ben Noyes and JD Hunter are musical soulmates. They met following conservatory study, as avid chamber, orchestral and theater freelancers. They share intense curiosity about intonation and color and the dimensions of sound, always seeking to expand their definitions of music-making, and to extend the range of possibilities with their instruments.

They’ve recorded Ravel’s Sonata for cello and violin, a demanding piece they’ll perform at the gallery. They see the challenge as combining their individual storytelling powers, constructing a cohesive narrative throughout, and maintaining a dynamic relationship with the music – what does this music ask me to do at this moment?

JD and Ben will perform:

Zoltan Kodály: Sonata in B minor for solo cello, Op. 8, 1915

J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003, 1720

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello, 1922

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Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

The Moon and You -- Concert

The Moon and You

Friday August 30, 6pm

$10

Please call 508-636-4177 or email monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com to RSVP

 
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At its core The Moon and You is a charismatic husband-and-wife team. Melissa Hyman plays cello, Ryan Furstenberg plays guitar and banjo, and both sing in “voices that sound like they were made for one another” (Bill DeYoung, Connect Savannah). Together, the two form a sound that is warm and inviting, atmospheric and playful. Each is a well developed songwriter with a distinctive voice, and their songs range in style from classic to quirky. Lyrics-driven and intellectual with a keen ear for arrangement, they make music perfectly suited to a listening room or a pair of good headphones.

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Westport Summer Talks -- July 18

Westport Summer Talks

Thursday, July 18, 7pm

Dedee Shattuck Gallery

Design with Nature to Heal our Earth

Real wealth is “the technological ability to protect, nurture and support the needs of life.”

 —Buckminster Fuller

Join us for an inspiring evening of conversation with the renowned ecological design pioneers John and Nancy Jack Todd together with Greg Watson, Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. Together they will discuss the issues at the heart of John's new book, Healing Earth: An Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship

Watson writes, John “has presented us with a highly accessible manual that has already resulted in boots-in-the mud solutions to extremely fouled waters around the world.  His eco-machines provide powerful examples of how to address serious environmental problems . . .  [and] enhance the wealth of economically disadvantaged and/or exploited communities.”


Summer Talks is curated by Jotham Burrello and Elizabeth Thompson.

 
 
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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Maeve Gilchrist "The Harpweaver" Concert

The Harpweaver — Maeve Gilchrist

Tickets: $15

RSVP by calling 508-636-4177 or by emailing monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com

 
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THE HARP-WEAVER (SOLO SHOW)

The harp-weaver is Maeve Gilchrist’s first venture into solo performance since the release of her acclaimed album ‘the Ostinato Project in 2013 (a beguiling suite of solo harp compositions exploring the use of the two hands as separate instruments). The evening length solo concert is inspired by and shaped around the Edna St Vincent Millay poem The Ballad of the Harp Weaver manifesting in rich, textural harp-compositions, playful renditions of traditional tunes and re-imaginings of the text in both verse and song and . Some subtle electronics augment the soundscape and create an atmosphere that is both welcoming as other-worldly as instrument itself.

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Bio

Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity”, Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic harp to new levels of performance.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Maeve‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or using electronic augmentation in a more contemporary, improvisatory setting.

She tours internationally as a band leader as well as maintaining a number of collaborations including a duo project with percussive dancer Nic Gareiss, a more electronics based project with Viktor Krauss and as a member of the Irish network commissioned ‘Edges of Light’ quartet: a multidisciplinary group featuring the piper David Power, dancer Colin Dunne and the fiddler Tola Custy. She has appeared at such major music events as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Tanglewood Jazz festival, the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam and the opening of the Scottish Parliament. She has played with such luminaries asEsperanza Spalding, Tony Trishka, Ambrose Akinmusire, Solas and Darol Anger.

Maeve has released five albums to date, including her most recent recording Vignette, on Adventure Records, with Nashville legend Viktor Krauss while on her own label her solo Ostinato Project is a beguiling exploration of the possibilities of her instrument.

Maeve was the first lever harpist to join the faculty of the iconic Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she taught for five years before switching to a visiting roots department artist this spring. She has written several instructional books published by Hal Leonard Music. Also an in-demand composer and arranger; this year, Maeve premiered her first concerto for lever harp and symphony orchestra and is currently working on a number of commissions including a string quartet for Irish harp and string quartet to be premiered in Scotlandin the spring of 2018.

VIDEO LINKS:

(Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncC8BRAWkVE

(Solo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xiW72V4S5s

(Solo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKAVlmbRnuA&t=26s

For further information see www.maevegilchristmusic.com

For DuoDuo booking please contact mikeg@mikegreenassociates.com

For all other bookings/inquiries email maevegilchristmusic@gmail.com

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Jun
21
3:00 PM15:00

William Harting -- Artist Talk

 
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During his work as a writer and editor, Harting made his way to the camera as a comfortable accessory for the pen. Working in publishing with photographers he soon understood the need to complete his seeing in a darkroom. The discipline and limitations of film photography continue to concentrate his vision. The results have been included in  publications and exhibits, including two one-person shows in recent years.


Statement

As a photographer I have always been drawn to trees, their majesty, their solitary station, their strength. Within the camera's finder I choose one from among many and capture it.

Sometimes the chosen tree will fill the frame. Sometimes it stands alone. It can be anywhere, it may be planted on an urban sidewalk or mark the edge of a farmers' field or dwell in a thicket; it may be youthful and smooth or old and weary. Trees are everywhere. They may even be a nuisance for some, but for me they are divine.

As I look through my camera I imagine the finished product, which will be a black and white print. Framed by the viewfinder, with a click the subject is committed to film and to the longer process to extract the print from the negative.

And finally the finished product. I have chosen to present these prints without a frame, flush mounted, without even a border, just the image itself: the immediacy of a photograph with nothing between the viewer and the image.



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Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Ana Flores -- Artist Talk

Join us for an Artist Talk with artist Ana Flores as she tells us about her process and artwork!

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Biography

Ana Flores is a sculptor, ecological designer, educator, curator, and activist. Her sculptural work focusing on cultural and ecological narratives is shown internationally and included in private, corporate and institutional collections throughout the United States and abroad. For over two decades she has been promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and groundbreaking collaborations between the arts and sciences. She has worked with communities to design award-winning outdoor installations, parks, and programming that engage people with the history of their local landscapes and the landscapes they carry within- as cultural heritage. Flores interest with deep ecology and histories of place is rooted in her own experiences of displacement, she was born in Cuba and arrived with her family in the United States as refugees. She now lives and has her studio in Charlestown, Rhode Island, surrounded by forest that is ancient Narragansett land.

As an educator, Flores has been teaching courses on Ecological Art and Designt at Bryant University,Smithfield for over a decade and has also taught the course at Rhode Island School of Design. At the Rhode Island School of Design, she was co-creator of the first course on Arts and Healing and formed an arts partnership called Manos that did many commissions and workshops in Healthcare settings. Flores has been a visiting artist and lecturer in institutions across the United States and abroad. In 2018 year she was the first Schumann Fellow in Environmental Art for the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy School of Fine Art.

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Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Community Music Works

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Community MusicWorks celebrates summer in the city in all its glorious contradiction: bustling commutes and quiet afternoons in the park; clangorous sounds from the world at large and quiet, inner rhythms; solitude in the midst of a crowd. It’s all here, via four glittering musical portraits: Hannah Kendall’s Citygates and Leoš Janáček's Idyll, Jessie Montgomery’s Strum and Steve Reich’s Duet. 

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Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Dignity of Trees -- Opening Reception

 
 

We seek solace in the stillness of the forest, or in the strength and resilience of a solitary tree.  For millions of years, trees have taken root into the earth and reached high into the sky for sunlight.  They symbolize the Universe, creating mythologies and artistic inspiration.  We stand in awe of their intrinsic grace, generosity and dignity. 

These six artists reveal deep reverence and connection to these sentient and essential life forms.

Greg Rose reminds us that each tree is unique, much like the diversity within a family or individuals within a community.

Deborah Coolidge creates temple rubbings of tree bark, her action revealing the underlying spirit and form of her subject.

Ana Flores says that spending time in Nature is an outlet that feeds her soul, referencing the natural world as a spiritual, inspirational, creative and educational resource.

William Harting seeks within his viewfinder one tree among many.   He captures the Divine. Without frames and flush-mounted, he offers the immediacy and intimacy of his photographs with nothing between the viewer and the image.

Renee Monteiro-Bernard uses a scanner bed to photograph natural objects as staged compositions celebrating the beauty and awe of the natural world.

Paul Rider recognizes trees as one of the elemental structures in our world. Their forms, against the sky when one looks up, can be mesmerizing.


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Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor Book Launch and Pop-up Exhibit

More information to come

 
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Ospreys are one of the few bird species that are found throughout the world. From forests in Hokkaido to rivers in Oregon and islands off Australia, Ospreys steal the show as nature lovers easily watch them build their massive nests and tend to their young. The fact that the Osprey is one of the few large birds that can hover adds to its mystique, and to watch it plunge into the water, emerging with a fish clutched in its talons, is truly a sight one will remember.

As widespread as Ospreys are, not long ago they were under threat of extinction. During the 1950s and '60s, scientists tied the decline of Osprey populations to the heavy use of DDT and other human pollutants. In the 1980s, Ospreys began a slow recovery due to the efforts of conservationists and through the resilience of the adaptable raptors themselves. Today they are again considered common in most parts of the world, although some populations remain threatened.

In this gorgeously illustrated book, Alan F. Poole, one of America's premier Osprey experts, has written a lyrical exposé of these majestic creatures, describing their daily habits and exploring their relationship with the environment. Ospreys celebrates the species' miraculous recovery from contaminants and hunters, chronicles their spectacular long-distance migrations, and unveils their vital role in bringing life to coastal habitats. Few other birds have such a hold on the human imagination. This book shows us why.

Featuring artworks by

Julie Zickefoose

Kris Rowe

Jacob Steinberg

Craig Gibson

David Jeffrey

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May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Movie Night -- Do You Trust This Computer?

Southcoast Film Forum Presents…

 
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MAY 18, 2019

7:30 PM
Presentation will be 1 hr 18 mins in length.
$5.00


Science fiction has long anticipated the rise of machine intelligence. Today, a new generation of self-learning computers has begun to reshape every aspect of our lives. Incomprehensible amounts of data are being captured and fed back to us in a tsunami of apps, personal assistants, smart devices, and targeted advertisements.

The documentary film DO YOU TRUST THIS COMPUTER? explores the promises and perils of our new era. Will A.I. usher in an age of unprecedented potential, or prove to be our final invention?

Trailer:

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May
16
6:00 PM18:00

“Went to the Devil: A Yankee Whaler in the Slave Trade” by Tony Connors

 
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“Went to the Devil: A Yankee Whaler in the Slave Trade” by Tony Connors
6 PM Thursday May 16 at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery
One Partners Lane, Westport MA

Join us for the book launch of WHS President Tony Connors’ new publication casting light on Edward Davoll, a respected Westport whaling captain in an industry at its peak in the 1850s. But mid-career, disillusioned with whaling, desperately lonely at sea, and experiencing financial problems, he turned to the slave trade, with disastrous results. Why would a man of good reputation, in a city known for its racial tolerance and Quaker-inspired abolitionism, risk engagement with this morally repugnant industry?

This riveting biography explores this question by detailing not only the troubled, adventurous life of this man but also the turbulent times in which he lived. Set in an era of social and political fragmentation and impending civil war, when changes in maritime law and the economics of whaling emboldened slaving agents to target captains and their vessels for the illicit trade, Davoll’s story reveals the deadly combination of greed and racial antipathy that encouraged otherwise principled Americans to participate in the African slave trade.
Books will be available for purchase. Suggested donation $5.

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May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Taylor Ashton Concert

Tickets $15

RSVP by calling 508-636-4177 or by emailing monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com

 
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Born in the last year of the 1980s, Taylor Ashton grew up surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the old growth rainforests of Canada's west coast. His songs are inspired by the crooked primeval rhythms of traditional old-time music, the humor and heartbreak of Randy Newman, the cosmic emotionality of mid-career Joni Mitchell, and the sage vulnerability of Bill Withers. Somehow, he finds a way to make this all work on the clawhammer banjo.

He spent most of late teens and early 20s as the frontman of Vancouver-based five-piece Fish & Bird, releasing four albums of heady progressive folk and gracing stages like the Winnipeg Folk fest, the Vancouver Folk Fest, and Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival. In the past few years he has increasingly spent his days in New York City. His most recent release finds him swapping songs with Grammy-nominated songwriter and guitarist Courtney Hartman, on the pair's 2018 duo album "Been On Your Side". The album is an acoustic, stripped-down affair, which Rolling Stone had to admit, "packs a punch in today's mainstream".  The album was recorded in four windswept winter days on Potomska point in Dartmouth, MA.

Between other projects, Taylor has also written or co-written songs on albums by Boston's Laura Cortese, Brooklyn's Benjamin Lazar Davis, and Nashville's Rachel Baiman. And after well over a decade of varied and fruitful collaborations, Taylor is excited to finally release his debut solo recording in 2019. Keep your ears peeled...

"Taylor Ashton has a rich, compelling voice" - Exclaim! magazine (Canada)

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Guy Fishman -- Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete suites for unaccompanied cello -- Mothers Day Concert Series
May
12
12:30 PM12:30

Guy Fishman -- Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete suites for unaccompanied cello -- Mothers Day Concert Series

Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete suites for unaccompanied cello. 

Sunday, May 12

Concert 1 (Suites 4, 5, & 6) at 12:30

Concert 2 (Suites 2, 3, and 1) at 3:00

$25 per concert; $40 for both

RSVP by calling 508-636-4177 or by emailing monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com


Bach composed his six suites for unaccompanied cello in 1720. Almost entirely forgotten after their composition, these works were first published as mere exercises a century after they were written and not performed in their entirety until the 20th century. Nevertheless, the suites now occupy the top tier of every cellist’s repertoire, and are celebrated in regular performances and dozens of editions and recordings. Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, returns to the magnificent Dedee Shattuck Gallery to survey all six suites on his baroque cello, built in Rome in 1704, as well as on a five-stringed baroque cello, over two concerts in one day.  Celebrate Mother's Day on May 12, 2019 with the opportunity to hear all six of these masterworks, at 12:30 (Suites 5, 6, and 2) and 3:00 (Suites 4, 3, and 1).


Guy Fishman is Principal Cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, the nation's oldest and longest continuously-running arts organization, founded in 1815.  He performs three of Bach's magnificent suites for unaccompanied cello on a spectacular instrument made by David Tecchler in Rome in 1704.  Boulder's Daily Camera raved of Guy's performance of the suites last summer, saying he "reached transcendence" with his playing.  The Boston Globe has praised the "plangent" quality of his playing, the New York Times has called it "electrifying," and Strad Magazine noted his "impressive..technical dexterity and surety."  Bach's works are masterpieces of Western Art music and are sure to move and delight.  

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May
4
5:00 PM17:00

_Code as Medium -- Opening Reception

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Opening Reception
Saturday May 4, 5-7pm

To some, art derived from digital media may conjure the automated, rigid, and impersonal, devoid of expression or depth – but the work of the artists presented here demonstrate that the opposite is true. Dynamic and unpredictable, in many ways the code-driven work shown has more in common with organic systems than traditional art media. In the age of data, algorithms digest and transform information in surprising ways. GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks) and other machine learning systems are “trained” on data that comes from us. As a result, the compelling and often bizarre forms they conjure have much of us in them. The outputs of generative work are different with each iteration, yet they maintain a strong fingerprint of the artist in how they are coded, trained, and rendered.

Anna Ridler trains neural networks on carefully curated inputs which feed back on themselves, iteratively transforming both the GANs processed output and her own handmade source material in the process. Xiaohan Zhang programs sublime abstractions of light, space, and velocity, which respond dynamically to viewer interaction in complex and subtle ways. Jonathan Cherneff’s generative drawings shuffle thousands of lines into crystalline compositions that are more than the sum of their parts, and virtually never repeat. Shawn Towne’s kaleidoscopic compositions appear as organic expansions of light.

If technology represents an ability to engineer the physical world with control and precision, these works invert that attitude and celebrate the surreal, unanticipated, and elusive. But their content is not random or arbitrary -- built from lines of code, each piece is forged in a medium that is intrinsically deliberate. In that in-between space, the artists strike a balance between Boolean logic and organic drift.


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Earth Day Film
Apr
22
8:00 PM20:00

Earth Day Film

Austin Hoyt presents

Multiply and Subdue the Earth

A film which aired 50 years ago and helped launch the first Earth Day.


Austin Hoyt produced documentaries and biographies for PBS at WGBH Boston for 45 years. Among his awards were two Emmys, two Peabodys and a Writers Guild of America award.

 He has been summering in S. Dartmouth since 1976 and retired here with his wife Felicity in 2008.

 Multiply and Subdue was his first major film


Please RSVP by emailing monica@dedeeshattuckgallery.com or calling 508-636-4177

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Camera Obscura, Pinhole Photography -- Opening Reception
Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

Camera Obscura, Pinhole Photography -- Opening Reception

Camera Obscura, Pinhole Photography
from Marc St. Pierre and Marian Roth

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 5-7pm

The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present CAMERA OBSCURA: Pinhole Photography from Marc St. Pierre and Marian Roth. Camera obscura (Latin for "dark chamber") is the natural phenomenon of light piercing a small hole and falling on a darkened screen, creating an upside-down and backwards image of whatever scene that hole faces. Recorded by ancient Chinese and the ancient Greeks, the phenomenon is often considered only a historical footnote in the journey to the complexity and riches of modern photography. These two artists, however, continue to explore camera obscure, creating photographs that have the ethereal and painterly quality of something handmade, rather than the machine-made sharpness of realism we associate with modern photography.  Building their own 'pinhole cameras,' the artists show the enduring magic of capturing light with nothing more than photosensitive paper, a pinprick, and a dark chamber. 

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