Coffee-Inspired Artworks at No. Six Depot

Valerie Fanarjian's 'T' -- coffee filter collage

Valerie Fanarjian’s ‘T’ — coffee filter collage

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – For months about 20 artists have answered a call for submissions on coffee-inspired art. The results, grouped in the exhibition “Coffee as Muse,” will be on display at No. Six Depot and celebrated with a reception on Sunday February 8, 2015, from 3 to 5pm. Among the artists whose works are represented in the reception are Jim Youngerman, Diane Firtell, Evan J. Soldinger, John Clarke, Valerie Fanarjian, Jay Elling, Rose Tannenbaum, Peter Taussig, and others.

The exhibit includes a checkerboard with coffee filters; pinhole coffee can photographs; paintings painted in coffee; stirrer stick sculptures; poems; coffee-tinted photographs, and coffee curtains from a textile artist. Coffee and coffee-related snacks will be served at the reception.

Jim Youngerman contributed an artwork called “Café,” made with espresso, watercolor and colored pencil on paper, and measuring 10 3/4″ x 15″.

Diane Firtell’s works in the show began with images photographed at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield. Each piece consists of 100 image transfers (10 images reproduced 10 times) transferred to 20 strips of woven watercolor paper. The finished artwork is approximately 30″ x 30”, mounted on a 33″ x 33″ board.

Photographs by Evan J. Soldinger were made with a pinhole camera fashioned from a coffee can, developed, and then “enhanced” with coffee tinting.


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