Paintings and works on paper at Esperanza Studio

By Frank Thoms

Three hundred oil paintings and 2,000 works on paper from a studio across the border now reside in Kathleen Cammarata’s first studio basked in northern light. Designed by Cathi and Steven House, this studio is the perfect compliment to Cammarata’s disciplined approached to her work.

Kathleen Cammarata’s 300 paintings
Fri & Sat, Jan 11 & 12, noon-4pm
Esperanza Studio
Alameda 6
Col. San Antonio

Already since her August move-in, in her chosen workspace on the mezzanine level of the studio, she has produced seven paintings and several drawings, including four on Mylar. On the wall she has displayed previous works, quotations and images that inspire her.

Downstairs in the studio she displays paintings that she brought with her from Massachusetts. Arrayed along the southern wall are more than a dozen from previous series. Throughout the rest of the area are more. She has also displayed some her largest paintings throughout her new home.

Cammarata’s paintings and drawings examine the place and terrain of an imaginary world subject to growth, change, explosion and rebirth. She paints of the duality of nature’s randomness and purposefulness. Her drawings and paintings team with life of the strangest variety presenting nature as dynamic, ambiguous characters.

Before coming to San Miguel, Cammarata had an active and varied career, especially in Boston. Kate McQuaid of the Boston Globe in writing about her exhibition at the Anthony Curtis Gallery said, “Cammarata’s paintings are abstract, swirling patterns that mix up elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Her political commentary is subdued––there’s a sense of a world pulling apart (one thinks of Yeats’ “Things fall apart, the center cannot hold”) but her paintings are gorgeous and cohesive.”

She came to San Miguel eager to continue painting, drawing, and printmaking. With more than 25 solo shows, 50-plus juried shows, 26 awards and grants, and two residency fellowships, she welcomes the rich arts culture of San Miguel to stimulate her work.

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