Knowhere Art Gallery

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In the culminating exhibition of our third season, Knowhere Art proudly shares Represent, a group exhibition celebrating Knowhere’s diverse community and inclusive mission. Through an amalgamation of emerging, mid-career and established artists based on and off Martha’s Vineyard who vary in styles from figurative to abstract to conceptual, this exhibit highlights the growing network that has established Knowhere as a space that builds connections through art.

The artists range from self-taught and trained and hail from a spectrum of ethnic histories. The work ranges from painting to mixed media. Unifyingly, they use their craft as a vehicle of healing, relationship-building and story-telling, chronicling people and events in recent and ancestral history.

Andrea Grillo

Andrea Grillo (b. 1953) spent her growing-up years between Newark and Brooklyn, New York. In her early twenties, she began work as a landscape designer and grower of trees on a small farm in northern Jersey. It wasn’t until she reached her fifties that her dormant artistry surfaced and branched from roots set in the dualities of street and garden.

She loves to work on used and distressed canvasses—borrowed and her own. An interesting story lies somewhere on and between the discarded layers of paint. As an artist, it is her job to coax out a new story and build on the old foundation. This marries well with her deep appreciation of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi and my own painting process. The vision of grace in chaos is also close to her heart.

She is best able to suggest and contour her experience, creative view and exploratory process through the visual language of abstraction, use of multiple mediums, impulsive and managed brushstrokes, intuitive use of color, mark-making and the integration of fortuitous mishaps. This process and pairing of beauty and blemish allows for the organic turn of an imperfect line into a stroke that finds its way to poetic expression.

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Brian Booth Craig

Brian Booth Craig (b. 1968; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in the bronze medium. Sculpting from life, Booth Craig’s work translates classically derived figures into contemporary icons. His nudes are imbued with a sense of agency. Mixing 21st century gestures with surprising talismans, his statues are very much of our time, despite the medium’s classical origins. .

Verist in nature, Booth Craig’s figures capture moments of individual self-assertion. Booth Craig holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University (1993) as well as an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art (2013) and is an Honorary Member of the International Sculpture Center (2013). He is a former apprentice of the painter and sculptor Audrey Flack.

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Daryl Alexander

Daryl Alexander studied under Nelson Shanks, Greg Kreutz and Dan Thompson at the Art Students League in New York. At the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, she studied with Mario Volpe

Ms. Alexander’s artwork has been exhibited at Galerie Intemporel in Paris, located near the Beaubourg-Georges Pompidou Museum. Galerie Intemporel showcases the art of the African diaspora. Laurence Choko, the gallery owner, has showed and championed the works of Beauford Delaney, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Arturo Montoto, Henri Guedon, among many others.

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Maria Lana Queen

A Washingtonian, Maria Lana Queen received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of the District of Columbia. She is a self-taught artist, who has been creating works of art since 2003. As a former fashion model, she never considered painting until a devastating personal loss started her artistic journey. Receiving art supplies as a gift from a dear friend, painting helped her deal with the loss of her brother in 2003 and gave her the inspiration to create a body of work that has become her voice in the world. She discovered that by using canvas, paper, found objects, and paint to create her own form of diary-keeping, she could express her feelings in her own coded language. She uses the power of color to express emotions. Her colorful abstract paintings serve as a personal visual diary of her life experiences. Her artworks have been shown in exhibits in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, the U.S Virgin Islands, and Martha’s Vineyard. Permanent, prominent collections that include her artworks include the: American Embassy in Jamaica; David C. Driskell Center in College Park, MD; University of Maryland University College; and “Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art" - Georgia Museum of Art. In 2012 she and her artworks were also featured in an exclusive Washington Post article titled, “Her Past Colors Her Art”. Through her art creations, Ms. Queen continues to paint her ongoing abstract diary.

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Marion Wilson

Marion Wilson’s art investigates ecology and landscape to foster a closer connection to self and place. Through photographs, painting and installations she interrogates our relations to nature at a time when extreme climate change threatens ecosystems, livelihoods, and communities..

As a Professor and in her social practice projects Wilson builds collaborative partnerships with botanists, architects, and mostly urban communities by accessing individual expertise and working non-hierarchically. As an Associate Professor at Syracuse University from 2007-17 Marion Wilson institutionalized an art curriculum called New Directions in Social Sculpture as a result of her belief in the revitalization of urban spaces through the arts. She used recycled materials and unlikely collaborations to revitalize urban spaces through the arts. Wilson is the founder of MLAB and the Mobile Field Station (a mobile eco/art lab in a collaboratively renovated RV) and 601 Tully – the renovation of an abandoned 1900 square ft residence that had become a drug house into a neighborhood art museum on the westside of Syracuse, NY. Wilson holds a BA from Wesleyan University; an M.A. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from University of Cincinnati. Her individual studio work uses artifacts of the photography industry in sculpture, painting and printed photographs to explore industrialized landscapes and useful and stress tolerant botanies with a special interest in moss.

Wilson has exhibited with New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC; Frederieke Taylor, NYC, Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Kasia Kay Art Projects, New Orleans; Dorsky Gallery, NYC; Shroeder Romero Gallery, Exit Art, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts and Sculpture Center, NYC; in addition to Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY; SPACES, Cleveland Ohio; and SCOPE Miami/Art Basel, Miami, Florida. Wilson has been awarded funded residencies at Millay Colony for the Arts (Nancy Graves Award); International Studio Program (NYSCA and Elizabeth Foundation), Sculpture Space in Utica, NY and most recently McColl Center for Art and Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wilson is currently a lead artist for Mural Arts, Restored Spaces working in North Philly with William Cramp Elementary School on a project called Uprooted/re-Rooted.

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Rafaela "Ella" Santos

Rafaela "Ella" Santos is a self-taught visual artist based in the Bronx, New York. She is Black Puerto Rican and her work centers on explorations of her identity as a Black Latina in an urban environment.

Her journey as an artist began approximately 10 years ago when she began painting after a bout of vertigo; needless to say, her world changed and how she viewed it. Color became vibrant and shapes and outlines clearer and her interactions with the world deepened.

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Rob Hauck

I am an abstract painter, which contrary to conventional wisdom doesn’t really tell you a great deal. All painting is abstract in that it depicts aspects of the three dimensional world on a two dimensional canvas, sheet of paper, or board. My goal as a painter is to hint at rather than record. I use shape, color, line, and texture, to capture a time, place, experience, or emotion. In the process, I add or remove elements to convey my intent, allowing viewers to experience a painting on their own terms. I rely on collage because it involves recreation --- using remnants of things that have lost their original meaning or utility to create new meaning, transforming what was into what is.

My work has been represented by the Waverly Street Gallery (Bethesda, MD), The Field Gallery (West Tisbury, MA), Shaw Cramer Gallery (Tisbury, MA), and A Gallery (Oak Bluffs, MA). I have been featured in Palette Magazine. The 25th anniversary issue of American Artist Watercolor Magazine selected me as one of twenty featured emerging artists.

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Sachi Rome

Sachi Rome's work is a reflection of her obsession with color texture and the human face. There is an exploration within her work of identity , representation and creation of a meta physical space ( the in between ) devoid of western oppression and social constraints. Elements of color and collage through the use of mixed media are also thematic components of the work.

Sachi has studied under the critically acclaimed African American artist Louis Delsarte in Atlanta GA. She is a painter and mixed media artist exploring identity. Sachi moves from abstract to figurative in an ever-changing journey to create portraits of those lost and unknown.

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Stephanie Y. Danforth

Stephanie spent the first twenty years of her career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner before transitioning over to a full-time, self-taught artist.

She donates all profits from her art towards providing education to Kenyan children. Since her first visit in 2000, she have been involved with the East African country. She believes that, by educating and empowering girls, we are able to change the face and the cycle of poverty. She returns yearly to oversee their progress and douse them with love and encouragement. She strongly believes in the concept of “pay it forward” and that is what her creative process allows her to do. Her years in pediatrics and art have confounded in the most magical way making their purpose even more profound.

Stephanie resides in Chilmark on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

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Stephanie Santana

Stephanie Santana (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) is a textile artist, fine art printmaker, illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Through the use of archival family photographs and documents, often dating from the era of Jim Crow and the American civil rights movement, her work addresses themes of interiority, identity and cultural preservation. Intuitively layering printmaking, hand embroidery and quilting techniques that connect her practice and visual language to an ancestral lineage of Black women artists and makers, Santana excavates and constructs tactile narratives that exist in dialogue with personal and collective histories, traversing the space between memory and the physical evidence of Black life.

Her work has exhibited nationally and is held in both private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute and Smith College Museum of Art. Her illustrations are featured in the film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (The Criterion Collection, Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival), and have been commissioned by clients such as Apple and Nike.

Santana currently serves as the Communications Director and Founding Member President of Black Women of Print, and has been a studio member at Textile Arts Center since 2019. She is also a member of The Santana Project, an intergenerational, interdisciplinary art collective.

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Tanekeya Word

Tanekeya Word (b. 1983, Clarksdale, Mississippi) creates multimedia visual art: paintings, drawings, fine art prints and book art. She is also an art educator, cultural arts organizer and scholar based in Milwaukee, WI.

At the center of her scholarship is the exploration of subaltern spaces: Black interiority in the United States of America and the connection to identity, history, memory and re-memory. Utilizing portraiture, nature, material culture and Black artistic cultural production, such as literature, she examines the depths of Black women’s spatialities—real, imagined and lived practices.

Word is the founder of Black Women of Print, a homeplace for Black women printmakers. She holds a B.A. in English/Afro American Studies from Howard University, a M.A. Arts Management from American University and completed her Doctoral Program course load in May 2019. Tanekeya Word has dedicated hundreds of hours to Advanced Graduate level courses in Printmaking and Urban Planning + Architectural Theory.

Currently a dissertator at the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Urban Education with a specialization in Art Education, Word’s forthcoming dissertation (2022) is entitled: Black Womanhood + Black Aesthetics in Art Education. Tanekeya Word has participated in national exhibitions and her work is held in private and public collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee.

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Wendy Weldon

Wendy Weldon began playing with paint as a young girl in her mother's art studio on a farm in Indiana.

She studied art at Bard College, Silvermine College of Art, Santa Rosa Junior College and the Boston Museum School. Wendy has been painting as a professional artist for over forty years and knew in the beginning that her strength was with color. For many years Wendy's paintings were primarily color-field. There were architectural hints of doors and windows, mysterious spaces left unexplored for the most part. Then she explored those areas with more focus. The paintings were more personal and specific. The palette changed. There was more structure and less mystery. She was fascinated by artifacts, religious icons and unusual stones.

Her collection of these objects continue to appear in her paintings from time to time. From rectangular and circular shapes, to beds and lamps, stairs and lintels, personal imagery, her work now includes, stones in land and sea walls, barns of all sizes, and birds and leaves. The images may change but the intensity of the color remains constant. She documents journeys and events, honors lost friends, and explores relationships between interior and exterior spaces, both physical and emotional.

She spends her days painting in her art studio in Chilmark, Massachusetts with her dogs as her constant companions.

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