Artist Statement

 

As soon as I enter a forest or step onto a rocky shoreline I feel part of a world humming with life. The sounds of wind and water calm the neural waves in my brain and immerse my senses in the rhythmic energy connecting everything around me. From the viewpoint of physics, all life in our universe is vibrating at various frequencies, including rocks, trees and objects that appear stationary. Today this delicate balance of rhythms that we depend on for life is endangered by climate change.

 

Drawing from my early training in piano and the interplay between equilibrium and chaos, I let music flow through my body as I combine monotype, paint, drawing media, and collage pieces cut from earlier paintings. I think of these mixed media paintings and freeform collage as stories hidden in nature’s rhythms, a reminder of connection when there is still time to choose reconciliation and renewal.

 

 

Bio

 Originally from Montreal, I studied classical piano from age four through 20, then worked in New York and Baltimore as an offset printer, pacifist magazine editor and graphic designer. After a year of independent international bicycle travel that included China, Tibet, Bali and New Zealand, I built an award-winning graphic design firm in Maryland. I’m now a full-time artist living and working in Belfast on the Gulf of Maine, which has warmed faster than 99% of the global ocean.


Selected Exhibitions

 

2024 

Convergence: Art Meets Scienceart auction to benefit Hurricane Island outreach programs, September 28th, 5 PM, Pascal Hall, Rockport, ME

 

Drawn to Maine, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, ME, June 13–July 21

 

Three Breaths (three-person exhibit), Triangle Gallery, Rockland, ME, May 16–June 16

https://www.trianglegallery8elm.com

 

Generations: The Legacy of Mentors, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, ME, May 4–June 9

https://www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org/generations-mentors-2024

 

2023

Veil, Juniper Rag, October 27–November 30

https://www.juniperrag.com/veil-exhibition/#kathrynshagas-veil

 

Water, Union of Maine Visual Artists, Portland, ME  October 30–November 24 

 

Fountain Street Gallery Annex, Boston, three-person exhibit. August 31–October 1. https://www.fsfaboston.com/annex-show-september-2023

 

Little Sparks, Lights Out Gallery, Norway, ME. August 24–October 7. https://www.lightsoutgallery.org/littlesparks

 

Waterways, Union of Maine Visual Artists, Damariscotta, ME. July 15–September 15.

 

Prince Street Gallery Annual Juried Show, NY, NY, August 1–19

https://princestreetgallery.com/juriedshow2023ex

 

In Balance/Imbalance, Union of Maine Visual Artists, Portland, ME. July 1-29.  https://maineartsjournal.com/umva-showcase-summer-2023-artists-s-z/

 

2022
On the Edge, University of New Hampshire Museum of Art

2021
{ONnow} Concurrence, Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA)
Deepening the Meaning: 18 Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Painters, d | a | c concepts, Miami, FL

2020
Reflections on Water, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME
Art Saves Humanity, SeeMe
Art 10 Baltimore, NIH/NIDA/Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

2019
Picture Whimsies, a Celebration of Art Through Music, collaborative exhibit / Concert, Baltimore, MD
Art 10 Baltimore, Max Gallery, Baltimore, MD
NIH/Johns Hopkins Bayview, Baltimore, MD
Art 10 Baltimore, Village Cafe, Baltimore, MD
Art 10 Baltimore, The Charles Theater, Baltimore, MD

2018
Y:Art, Baltimore, MD
Summer Stable Show, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery
Abstraction, River Arts, Damariscotta, ME

2017
Summer Stable Show, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME
Art for Land's Sake, Owings Mills, MD
Art 10 Baltimore, Hoffberger Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Castine Arts Plein Air Festival, honorable mention award

2016
Thrive, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
Bromo After 5, Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Baltimore, MD
Summer Stable Show, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME

2015
Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
Hoofs, Roots & Wings, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME

2014
Two-person exhibit, Sascha's, Baltimore, MD
Thrive, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD


Represented in Maryland by Bozzuto-Green Art. Works are included in numerous private and corporate collections.


Education

BFA , University of the Arts
Studies at the New York Studio School and Maryland Institute, College of Art