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Irja Boden and Beth Humphrey
July 13, 2022 - August 13, 2022
Ceramics & Collage, a two-person exhibition of ceramics by Irja Bodén and mixed media collage by Beth Humphrey. Join us for an opening reception the artists at the gallery on Saturday, July 16, 4 – 6 PM.
Irja Bodén’s ceramic work combines raw clay and glazes in a rich textured surface. Her series “To Dress a Ptarmigan” refers to her hometown, Kiruna (67.8558° N) in Sweden, north of the arctic circle. It is the inspiration for much of her work since 2018. She says: “The title references Kiruna, which in Sápmi means ptarmigan. The city’s center, now unstable after decades of iron mining, is being destroyed and rebuilt in a new location, to a dismaying loss. Yet, the area is also known for many things, among them spectacular shows of aurora borealis. So Kiruna exists in tension between what is above and below.”
Irja Bodén earned her BFA in painting from SUNY Potsdam, and a BA in Social Science from Lund University, Sweden. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad, including The Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY; Woodstock Artist Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY; Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2020; Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT; LABspace, Hillsdale, NY; and Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna, Sweden. In 2022 her ceramics will be featured by the River Valley Arts Collective at The Al Held Foundation, ART + NATURE + HOME ‘22, Upstate Diary. Her awards include residencies at Byrdcliffe, Woodstock, NY; Mass MoCA Studios; Vermont Studio Center, and a grant from The Berkshire Taconic Foundation. She lives and works in NY’s Hudson Valley. Learn more about her work at www.irjaboden.com
Beth Humphrey’s recent collage work often begins with brown paper bags as a ground, where she builds up the surface with paint, wood, and found materials. She says: “I love the expression ‘force of nature’. I think about cycles, evaporation, respiration, erosion, gentle and violent forces at a moment of change. The shape of things at moments of transformation, how forces intersect with our connection to place, our connection to our environment, both built and natural, is fascinating to me.”
Beth Humphrey earned her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and a Certificate in Craft, Surface Design, Oregon College of Art & Craft. Recent solo exhibitions were presented at Unison Arts, New Paltz, NY and Deepdive Projects, Cleveland OH. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Ephemerally Occupied, Shaker Heritage Society, Albany NY; Pieced Together, Art at Albany Public Library with Olpalka Gallery, Albany NY; Not Just another Anthropocentric Love Story, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn NY; Rhizomatic, William Blizzard Gallery Springfield College, Springfield MA; Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, Albany Institute for History & Art, Albany NY; Cut & Color, Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany NY; and Translations, Albany Center Gallery, Albany NY. Her awards include a residency at Ucross Foundation, WY, and a NYFA Mark Program Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives and works in the Catskill Mountains of NY. Learn more about her work at www.bethhumphreyart.com.
The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets in Lake George, NY. During scheduled exhibitions dates our in-person office and gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm.
If you need to reach us between active exhibition dates we are available through phone and/or email:
Laura Von Rosk, Gallery Director, 518.323.5499, [email protected]
Tanya Tobias-Tomis, Executive Director, 518.832.0183, [email protected]gearts.org
This exhibition is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; the Town and Village of Lake George; Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation; 518 Profiles; The Alfred Z Solomon Charitable Trust and LGAP members. Please Join us today!