Horns To Tale: A Bestiary
A group show featuring original art by Sophie Argetsinger, Rick Beaupre, David Cooper, Agnes deBethune, Cheryl Gross, Rudy Gutierrez, Bri Hermanson, Amy Johnquest, Rob Kimmel, Amelia Merrill, Colin Panetta, and Lillianna Pereira.
This powerful group of artists was gathered to create a bestiary: a collection of monsters, wild beasts, and fantastical creatures. Their diverse talents, working in a wide range of media, will fill the gallery with a barely-contained zoo of emotion and storytelling.
June 4th - June 28th @ the APE Gallery 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA
- Friday, June 12th 6pm
Panel Discussion With The Artists
- Moderated by N. C. Christopher Couch
- Saturday, June 13, 1pm
Kids’ Monster-Drawing Workshops
- Saturdays, 1pm–2:30pm
- June 6th, June 20, June 27
- Tuesday – Sunday 12noon–5pm
- Friday 12noon–8pm
Sophie Argetsinger has been drawing animals, monsters, and imaginary worlds since childhood. Through her drawings, she enjoys connecting to nature and animals, as well as escaping into other worlds, and allows the viewer to do the same. She graduated from Smith College in 2007 and is currently working as an illustrator and book designer in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Sophie is most recently the author/illustrator of the graphic creation story “A Tale From Beginningless Time.”
Rick Beaupre is an artist who dates back to 1976. Born and raised, he never looked back. Click “like” and “share”, and tell all your friends.
David Cooper is an artist, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1978. His work has connections to graffiti, comic book art and expressionism. He graduated from The Pratt Institute in 2000 with a BFA in Communications Design. His paintings and sculptures were featured in Print Magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and a Sprite ad campaign featuring basketball great, Lebron James. He has collaborated with the Eames Foundation and Barney’s New York to benefit Operation Design, by painting directly on an iconic Eames lounge chair, which was auctioned off, in an effort to help raise money to redesign underprivileged urban schools. He has guest lectured at various institutions such as The Pratt Institute, FIT MFA and Marywood University MFA programs. He is a muralist, whose work has graced the walls of The Carlton Arms Hotel, the streets of Brooklyn and Miami and even secret rooms in abandoned buildings in Upstate New York, which have become sought after by urban explorers. His recent work is mainly composed of bold “stream of consciousness” drawings; meditative work that explores untapped emotion, fluidity of line and form.
Agnes de Bethuneagnesdebethune.com
Agnes de Bethune is a painter based in the NYC area with studios in Jersey CIty, NY and Newport, RI. The mainstay of her oeuvre comprises painting and drawing, which fall squarely on the side of “realism,” but she is also known for her lyrical abstract work. In addition, she has many years experience working in various design disciplines, including graphics and museum exhibits. Her work has been exhibited in New York City and throughout the metro area, as well as New England and California. She attended Massachusetts College of Art prior to establishing her own studio; she subsequently taught at Pratt Institute in NYC. Awards and recognition include a Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cheryl Gross is an illustrator, writer, motion-graphic artist, living and working in the New York City area. She is a professor at Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College.
Cheryl received her MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, publications, and graces the walls of many corporate and museum collections including: Artist-In-Residency, Kommandantenhaus, “Feste Dilsburg” (Fortress Dilsberg), Germany. O Bheal Poetry Film Competition, Cork, Ireland, 2014, VideoBardo, International Videopoem Festival, 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Poetry Felix Festival/Filmpoem, Antwerp, Belgium , 2014, The Body Electric, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2013, Filmpoem, Scotland, 2012, International Short Film Festival, Berlin, 2012, The Zebra International Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, 2012, 2014, 35th International San Francisco LGBT Film Festival, 100 New York Painters, Schiffler Publishing, Riverside Museum, Riverside, Ca., USA, The Museum of The City of New York, Mississippi Museum of Art, The New York Times, Comedynet.com, Associatedcontent.com, Current TV, Laforet Harajuku Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Artist-In-Residency, Kunstlerhaus, Saarbruken, Germany.
Rudy Gutierrez’s art has been described as “Wall Medicine”, ancient yet contemporary, urban in a sense and musical in feel. He believes that the highest honor and fulfillment is to inspire and uplift. His art for book covers, magazines, records, CDs, and children’s books, as well as his paintings have appeared worldwide. The award-winning artist includes the Dean Cornwell Recognition Hall of Fame Award, Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award, and a Gold Medal from the American Museum of Illustration- (Society of Illustrators) in NYC amongst his honors as well as an International Labor Communications Association Honor. His children’s books have garnered him a Pura Belpré Honor, Américas Book Award, Africa Access Award, Silver Birch Express Award nomination and a New York Book Award. Communication Arts, Step by Step, The Society of Illustrators, Art News, American Artist and Art Direction Magazine have featured his work.
Rudy’s work is perhaps best known for the cover of the multi-platinum smash hit recording, Santana “Shaman” and for a United Postal Service Stamp for the Musical Icon Series of Jimi Hendrix.
Gutierrez teaches at Pratt Institute and at The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Graduate Illustration Program and has lectured at various institutions internationally.
Bri grew up in the small town of Ponca City, Oklahoma surrounded by more pets than the average kid gets to experience (horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, a guinea pig, and a duck to name a few). Since she could hold a crayon, animals have always been her favorite subject matter to draw. While studying design and illustration at Oklahoma State, Bri began to experiment with scratchboard, a medium that feels like drawing in reverse. In 2005, she moved to NYC for graduate school, receiving her MFA in Illustration from FIT. During this time, she developed a love for drippy, messy ink while continuing to separately explore scratchboard. Inevitably, her ink and scratchboard techniques merged, combining the two facets of her illustrative sensibility as well as two markedly visceral mediums. Bri left New York to move to Northampton in 2012, where she lives with her partner and two very fluffy cats.
Known as the BannerQueen, much of Amy Johnquest’s art is rooted in historical advertising for sideshows and traveling carnivals. She has created commissioned art work for notables such as; Bruce Springstien and the E Street Band, Disney Magazine and Author Tom Robbins. A frequent lecturer, curator, and friend to creatures great and small, Amy paints and resides in the Flats of Holyoke and is the director of the Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College.
Born in Chicago, educated in Illinois and Brooklyn, Kimmel taught graphic design at Pratt Institute for 8 years, and has worked as a designer and illustrator since 1999.
His personal art reflects his fascination with monsters, the grotesque, and the theatrical. Kimmel is inspired by storytelling traditions from across the world and embraces hybrids, sampling, mongrels, and mutants. His art has been shown in New York City, Chicago, and throughout Western Massachussetts.
Horns To Tale is his first curatorial effort and he is thrilled to have his work hanging with this spectacular collection of talented people.
In her illustrations Amelia explores modern themes using an impressionistic hand. Influenced by classic painting as well as pop culture, and occult imagery; bright colors and graphic symbols are mixed to create a fresh and fruity image with a sense of hidden meaning.
Amelia currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Colin Panetta was born on a pillowy cloud of cotton candy,
the perfect son of Phyllis Diller and The Jersey Devil.
He sneezes money, and farts dreams.
Lillianna Pereira is an artist and designer living in Western Massachusetts.
She received her formal art education at the Hartford Art School, and worked at Bidwell ID, a small branding and marketing firm, for 10 years before pursuing her art/design career independently. Lilly has won numerous design awards including a Grand Gold CASE Award and Gold Creative Merit Awards. Her artwork has been included in several exhibitions within the U.S., and internationally (Canada, Germany, Portugal, UK, and India).