Pat Gerkin’s abstract paintings and mixed media have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the Washington, DC area and New England, including at Red Door Gallery, Richmond, VA; Pierce School on Capitol Hill, Hyatt Regency, Glenview Mansion Gallery, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC; District West Fine Arts, Leesburg, VA; Washington Theological Union, Touchstone Gallery, and The Art League, Alexandria, VA. In New England at Fountain Street Gallery, Framingham, MA; Lewis Gallery, Portland, ME; the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA; Main Street Gallery, Newfields, NH; Powers Gallery in Acton, MA; Barn Gallery, OAA, Ogunquit, ME; ArtSpace in Maynard, MA; the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA; South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA; the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA; L’Attitude Gallery in Boston, MA; the Robert Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; the Saco Museum/Dyer Library, Saco, ME; Art3Gallery in Manchester, NH; the Second Annual Encaustic Conference in Beverly, MA; at Whitney Art Works in Portland, ME; at Mill Pond Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Concord, NH; at Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland, ME; Tiny Show” at Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.
Galleries and venues outside the two areas include The Encaustic Institute in Santa Fe, NM; RedSky Gallery in Charlotte, NC; Ashley Gallery in Philadelphia; Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH; Northwood University Gallery in Midland, MI; Brian Marki Gallery, Portland, OR. Ms. Gerkin has participated in several public installation projects, including the “Hopscotch Bridge Project,” and “Arts on Foot.” Her work is in public and private collections in the U. S., South America, and Europe. Her work is also in the collections of the Ritz-Carleton Hotel in Tysons, VA; Mandarin/Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC, and Swissotel Chicago.
Ms. Gerkin received her B.A. from Fairmont State College, and she has studied art independently and through the Corcoran School of Art, Arlington Arts Center, NOVA, and The Art League for the last 30 years. She is an Associate Artist of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA; a member of the Ogunquit Artist’s Association in Ogunquit, ME; a member of the Portsmouth Historical Society at the Discover Portsmouth Center in Portsmouth, NH; a former member of the Copley Society of Boston, and a former member of Women’s Caucus for Art. She is a member of New England Wax. She is represented by McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH; Powers Gallery, Acton, MA; Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland, ME; Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME; and Art3Gallery, Manchester, NH.
The Earth continues to remind me, in its unabashed directness, of the unrelenting cycles of life/death/rebirth and the beauty therein. I am moved by the beauty of a dried leaf, as I compare it to how fleeting human life is. A I ponder the inexorable march of time, I am reminded of the Japanese aesthetic of mono no aware, or “the leaf that has fallen from the tree is more beautiful than the leaf that remains on the tree.” The natural world stands in silent witness to, and in collaboration with, our personal transformations as we segue easily from outer world to inner world. Nature’s capacity to renew itself, to reclaim, and to rejuvenate is the path we seek to foster, but it requires awareness and constancy to ensure the Earth’s health and reclamation.
Dare I disturb the Universe?—T.S. Eliot
With my color drained
Gone my beautiful green
And now the holes that
Break through my skin unsightly seem.
But would you, could you, dare you friends
Consider as you glance away
And long for other, fuller, younger days
Consider beauty in another way?
by Deborah Burke
Sept. 1, 2016
artNEWS: Art at LaBelle Winery Tasting Room in Portsmouth, January 2018
artNEWS: Inertia – A Group Show, July 2017
artNEWS: Hello, My Name is… Addicted to Art, June 2016
New to the Gallery, August 2013
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