Nedret Andre, an award winning Boston based artist who is well known on the North Shore, will unveil a 50-piece project of new work at Stetson Gallery throughout the month of November. The exhibit, “Imagine Seagrass 2015: 50 Ways to Say Seagrass”, will be celebrated at an opening reception on Sunday, Nov. 8, 12-2 p.m., at the Gallery located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.
Nedret Andre’s seagrass project began several years ago as an outgrowth of her passion for all aspects of the environment and nature.
“My fascination with seagrass habitats began last year when I stumbled on a book by Fred Short called Seagrass. I discovered that seventy percent of marine life depend on seagrass, that it is vital to the survival of endangered marine life. The interconnectedness of a vast number of species sheltered, fed and protected by seagrass habitats is an inspiration for my abstract landscapes. My work suggest clues to seagrass habitats. Color, mark making and patterns play an important roles in my paintings. I use saturated and soft colors to evoke sensations of something familiar, of home, nature, and water. I intend to bring viewers’ attention to the importance of sea grass globally in the survival of endangered marine sea life.
“Seagrass for me represents diversity; it is about the interconnectedness of many living organisms,” Nedret says of her project to create 50 paintings interpreting Seagrass. “Around 100 million years ago, grass from land adapted to seawater and submerged. Today there are 50-60 different flowering seagrass species across the globe. I am fascinated by how this ordinary green thing can have such an amazing impact. For example, seagrass helps with sedimentation and stabilization of the shoreline during storms, and holds down CO2. Seagrass meadows are feeding grounds for different species, they provide shelter and are a food source for turtles, manatees and more. I began to wonder what “home” might be like for these creatures, so I created a rhythmic underlying structure to geometric “Interior” painting.”
The result of Nedret’s study and focus is a stunning collection of small paintings, each representing a different aspect of her view of seagrass.
Nedret Andre is a graduate of Mass. College of Art with an MFA from Maine College of Art. She is widely respected for her interpretative paintings, as well as for her skills as a teacher. Her solo and group shows (she is featured in two shows in November in addition to the Stetson Gallery exhibit!) have attracted attention throughout the Boston and North Shore area. She is an active art instructor at schools including Wentworth Institute of Technology, Newbury College, Montserrat, and Salem State.Her work is in many collections, including Lando & Anastasi, Cambridge, The deCordova Corporate Art Loan Program, Lincoln, Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Fiduciary Trust, Boston, Danvers Bank, Danvers, and Children’s Hospital Boston.
Stetson Gallery is located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 p.m. Monday), during church events, and during me&thee coffeehouse concerts. For further information about UUCM and Stetson Gallery, visit uumarblehead.org, or call 781-631-1215. Inquiries about exhibiting in Stetson Gallery may be directed to Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at Stetson@uumarblehead.org.