Peggy Badenhausen | James Paradis | Shay Cajolet
August 18 to September 18, 2016
Painter James Paradis strives to take risks and “become more than oneself. Giving form to something that existed earlier in my mind, in my being...an extension of me.” His signature works are shaped canvases, boldly painted in sensuous mixtures of rich oils. James defied convention and returned to school at age 71 to graduate with his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He has exhibited extensively across New England, at the annual National Invitation Exhibit at St. Johns University in New York, and in Auvillar, France, where he was invited as a guest artist of the Centre d’Exchange Cultural d’Auvillar.
Shay Cajolet is a British-born painter and print maker who trained at Massachusetts College of Art, the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Jacob Kramer College of Art in England, and Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Currently, Shay teaches visual arts at Shore Country Day School. Her mixed media paintings and printed impressions are expressive, colorful, and gestural, employing water-based media to create playful, evocative images. Layered marks, colors, and textures form compositions filled with light and movement. For the smaller works in this exhibition, Shay delicately mixes drawn and painted imagery with monoprints, lithographs, and carved impressions.
For Peggy Badenhausen color relationships are a primary interest and a key connection to her environment. Her monotypes are referential rather than representational, using colors that are specific to a landscape, an architecture, or a situation. Her prints are made with oil-based etching ink on either plexiglass or wood plates, and are run through the press many times, so that each layer adds information. The unpredictable accidents of the process provide welcome changes and surprises, an experience of both discipline and spontaneity. Badenhausen received a BA from Newton College in Boston and her MA from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her work has been shown extensively in Boston and Cambridge and is included in numerous corporate and museum collections, including the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments Boston, MA, as well as private collections in the United States, Canada, Italy, France, and Great Britain.