Texture Crossover: Work by Viktor Guyetsky, Will Kirkpatrick, Leslie Kramer & Frances Vaughn Merton (January 8 – February 1)
Viktor Guyetsky was born in Kiev, USSR , the son of a famous painter. By the age of ten, Viktor began his formal art training. He attended The School of Visual Arts for gifted young artists in Kiev from 1955 to 1959 and in 1966 received a Master of Fine Arts in Monumental Sculpture and Architectural Design from Stoganov Academy of Industrial Art, Moscow.
He was an industrial sculptor from 1966-68 and produced 10 to 20 feet high sculptured monuments from small scale models with an armature construction. From 1968-1979 he was a freelance sculptor, designing and producing nineteen sculptures for city parks and historical sites in such key Ukrainian cities as Kiev, Chernigov, Kerch (Crimea), Belaya Tserkov; Russian cities and Uzbec cities. During this period he also produced many portraits for exhibitions as well as private commissions. When he came to the United States he was an art restorer from 1980-1985. He restored antique sculptures for museums and collections, including The White House Collection. From 1985 to 1997 he was a senior industrial designer/sculptor for Hasbro and Playskool Divisions, Hasbro Industries, Inc., Pawtucket, R.I.
Viktor was one of four finalists for the national competition for the Arthur Fiedler Memorial in Boston, Mass., and he has had numerous one-man shows in New York and New England. He is an elected member of the Honorary Society of Soviet Artists (equivalent of a Ph.D. in Fine Arts) and has participated in prestigious national and international juried shows, over thirty in the former USSR. His current figurative work is of fired clay, resin, and bronze and is very expressive of the human condition.
Leslie Kramer studied art and French at Brown University and received her M.F.A. in Printmaking from RISD . She spent a year in Paris studying Printmaking at Atelier17 with the renowned artist, Stanley Hayter. She taught printmaking and humanities at Elmira College, in Elmira, NY for 26 years, and her work is included in many private and public collections, including the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Boston Public Library. She is a past president of Printmakers of Cape Cod and helped organize “Journey”, an exchange exhibit between 20 British printmakers and 20 artists from Cape Cod for the Mayflower 400 celebration, which will be exhibited in England in 2021. She is represented by Cross Rip Gallery in Harwich Port, MA.
Frances Vaughn Merton is a graduate of New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her studio is located in Newton, Massachusetts. An experienced pastel painter and watercolorist, Ms. Merton is now focusing on stained glass artwork. She currently teaches stained glass at the Waltham Adult Education, Waltham, Massachusetts. Her artwork has been exhibited in Massachusetts, including the Depot Square Gallery in Lexington, the Brookline Art Center, the Jackson Homestead, Newton and the Newton Free Library. She participates in Massachusetts annual events including the Charlestown Art in the Park, the Brookline Arts Festival at Lars Andersen Park and the Newton Open Studios.
Her stained glass pieces are done in the “Tiffany” method which utilizes copper and solder, a method which allows for small details and lighter pieces. She produces landscapes in stained glass which are based on her own photographs. Her abstract panels are constructed with found objects, glass, stones and bevels which are combined with both cathedral and textured glass. She creates her stained glass boxes the same way, often including both handmade glass and art glass. Collages in glass are assemblies of handmade glass and found items which include glass stones, beads and wire, etc. Frances Merton is a past President of The Newton Art Association. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards for her paintings and stained glass. Gallery 333 has featured her watercolors and pastels in previous seasons.