Jazz Art: Music & Painting-
"RetroForward"- a Retrospective produced by Southern Fields Online Gallery
As a working artist of over 40 years I feel that now is a good time to plan a retrospective. Its not a simple matter of hanging a collection of historical artwork and publishing a monograph. My retrospective will be an overview of my past work with emphasis on new work and the ongoing collaborative nature of my studio practice.
A retrospective is an opportunity for an elder artist to present a body of work and the philosophy of creativity that supports the reason for the work. After considering the question "What is Art?" for twenty years I came to understand that Art is the reflection of the human psyche; an affirmation of our being. When people of any culture can respond to an artist's work in a personal way, then the work has relevance. A retrospective of my life's work will demonstrate that this idea is the foundation of my approach to painting. RetroForward expresses the idea of the future being built upon the past–a concept in harmony with the retrospective's gallery exhibition exclusively online.
Planning for a retrospective exhibition has led to the compilation of a catalog of works from 1967 to the present containing over 1200 pieces. These are mostly oil paintings but drawings, watercolors and pastels are included. Whether a monograph will be published is still under consideration.
Publisher Felix Rosenstiel’s has announced plans to publish a hard cover book of Marsha Hammel’s paintings featuring at least 150 pages of full color reproductions of paintings created by the artist over the past forty years. The author, Paul Howey, has previously written about the artist in the “Laurel of Asheville” arts and culture magazine. The book, with a working title of “Thriving on a Riff” will be curated and edited by Beth Engel. David Roe, director of Rosenstiel’s, expects the limited edition book to be available in 2017.
For more information, or to reserve a signed copy, contact email@example.com.
Indie Film Festival Poster
Early in 2013, I was asked to create an original painting that could be used as a theme image to promote the 2014 Santa Cruz Film Festival."The Spirit of Santa Cruz" evokes the sunny light and playful nature of southern California. I wanted it to call to mind the heyday years of Hollywood in the 1950s.
Typography for the final poster will be added by the Festival's creative team in the next few months.