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  • 'Yes, Comics are ART' -- glad you asked

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    January 17, 2018

    'Yes, Comics are ART' -- glad you asked

    By Julia Sarcinelli, Correspondent
    UPDATED:   01/12/2018 12:55:05 PM EST

    FITCHBURG -- Pop into Gallery Sitka West this Saturday to see comic-inspired creations.

    "The comics show will showcase some lifelong professional artists as well as some young, local, up-and-coming talents," said Tamar Russell Brown, owner of Sitka Creations.

    Gallery Sitka West, at 454 Main St., will be showing "Yes, Comics are ART II" this Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m., with free admission. The show features art by more than a dozen talented painters, sculptors and graphic artists. Sitka Creations opened the Fitchburg gallery about a year and a half ago.

    "Community shows -- especially like our upcoming comics show -- are very important to us," Russell Brown said. "They engage the younger population and aspiring artists near the gallery.

    They also provide a platform for works of art that some people might not necessarily consider art, but which many other people appreciate and love outside of the traditional fine-arts world."

    Jerry Beck, founder and artistic director of the Revolving Museum, curated the show with Russell Brown. He met Steven Chabot and J. James Forsythe -- two of the artists featured the show -- at different times, and despite working in different mediums and coming from opposite backgrounds, with one being self-taught and the other a Rhode Island School of Design alum, Beck found the two artists have a lot in common.

    "I found, in some ways, they're doing the same type of work," Beck said, "and I felt that I had to focus on that kind of aspect.

    Gallery Sitka West held "Yes, Comics are ART I" last year and featured a lot of younger artists, with more than 100 pieces by the local youth. This time, Beck said he felt it was a good opportunity to show high-quality artists who have a voice in the comics genre.

    Many of the artists are local, but the show also features work from others, such as PJ Bergin, based in Colorado who is well-known for her work in a Korean technique called Joomchi, which uses mulberry paper, beeswax and acrylic to form sculptures of surprising surfaces and textures.

    "We were thrilled to get her," Russell Brown said. "She sent her abstract paper art that has some comics in it. There are some really professional people out of the area and a number of people who are very talented and local, and I would never have been able to meet if it wasn't for this show."

    Beck said he and Russell Brown curated the show as a way to "represent artists, youth and the community -- people who have used visual arts as a means to expand the graphic and storytelling power of comic books."

    Russell Brown said she noticed there are so many people in the community who do and love this type of art.

    "While comics are not a passion of mine, I love to show it," she said. "We're just trying to take a breather for a month and give this genre a platform in the community."

    Sitka Creations is a graphics, web and social-media studio that started in 2014 in Shirley. Russell Brown said Sitka decided to open a gallery in Fitchburg to give local artists a place to show their work and bring in art from outside the area.

    Artists associated with the Revolving Museum who are showing at the event include Beck, Chabot, Forsythe and Helen Obermeyer-Simmons. Artists who regularly work with Gallery Sitka include Ekaterina Abramova, Jen Hemenway, Andre Mills, David L. Smith and Jonathan Route. Other artists involved include Bergin, Sarah Benson, Eduardo Cabello, David LeBlanc, Christa-Belle Marlie, Matt Vaillette, Ruth Vega and Wren Curewitz.

    Visit therevolvingmuseum.org and gallerysitka.com to learn more about the artists and their work.

    Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/community/ci_31585280/yes-comics-are-art-glad-you-asked#ixzz54RgxXLlF
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