Virtual Gallery Talk on “Race, Slavery and Women’s Suffrage” with Printmakers’ Network Artists
October 11 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
Join The Mark Twain House & Museum’s own Dr. Erin Bartram as she talks with Carol FitzSimonds, Lisa Goddard, and Barbara Pagh about the themes, inspiration and techniques on view in The Evocative Mark Twain Inspires the Printmakers Network of New England exhibit taking place at the Mark Twain House & Museum March 24, 2022 through January 23, 2023.
Carol FitzSimonds will be talking about how Mark Twain’s work Letters from the Earth led her to create 3 books, which took her over a year to take from inspiration to concept, to design, and finally to the execution. Those interested in her work will learn about the techniques she used to create the works themselves.
Elizabeth Goddard will talk about how she arrived at her concept for the quilt after reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, what deliberate design decisions, techniques and images went into its production and why Twain’s quote is relevant today.
Barbara Pagh states, “As a lithographer, I have been interested in the ability to print variations from the same set of plates or stones. So I often work in a series rather than producing an edition. In this set of one-of-a-kind prints I worked with the quotation, images of Isabella Beecher Hooker and Mark Twain, and a decorative pattern from the foyer of the Mark Twain House. Each plate was printed in two color variations and then they were collaged onto handmade paper. Gold and violet are colors of the suffragette movement.”
Virtual conversation via Zoom. Tickets: $5 per stream. REGISTER HERE.
The Evocative Mark Twain Inspires the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England is on view at The Mark Twain House & Museum beginning March 24, 2022 with a free opening reception at 5:30pm and is set to run through January 23, 2023. The museum is open daily from 10AM to 4:30PM. Admission to the exhibition is included in house tour admission; museum center-only tickets including The Evocative Mark Twain… is $7.25. For information and tour reservations, please CLICK HERE.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
CAROL STRAUSE FITZSIMONDS
Born, raised and educated in Virginia, Carol married a career naval officer and moved continuously until he retired in 2001. She is the proud mother of one son. Settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, she shares her artistic passion through teaching, mentoring, participating in collaborative projects, and serving on boards and committees. Concentrating on drawing, printmaking and book arts, her work has been exhibited at colleges, museums, and galleries across the United States and abroad. Her art is found in numerous private and public collections including the Smithsonian; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Library of Congress; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum; New Britain Museum of American Art; Newport Art Museum; Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy, China and others.
Featured in articles in Journal of the Print World and The Artist’s Magazine, she was selected in 2006 for Who’s Who in American Women, in 2001 for Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers of the U.S., in 1997 for The Best of Printmaking, An International Collection, and in 1991 for Who’s Who in American Art. She has achieved “artist member or fellow” in the Copley Society, Society of American Graphic Artists, Boston Printmakers, Audubon Artists Inc., American Artists Professional League, Printmakers Network of Southern New England and more. Her art has received numerous awards in juried competitions across the country but she considers receiving the Providence Art Club Medal and her silhouette added there on the wall as her most meaningful achievements to date.
ELIZABETH A GODDARD
Elizabeth A. “Lisa” Goddard is a printmaker whose work includes color and black and white woodcuts, monotype prints, oil paintings and illustrated journals. “I am interested in emphasizing the abstract qualities of familiar landscapes through color, form, line and texture. For me, creating a landscape is about more than defining what is known: it is about internalizing a space, and recreating it as a place beyond. By using flattened shapes, heightened color and the linear elements of pen and ink in my prints, I am able to “set the stage” for a highly personal view of the natural world.”
From 2008 – 2015, Ms. Goddard served as the executive director of the Newport Art Museum, a nationally accredited museum and art school housed in the National Landmark John N.A. Griswold House. She was co-founder of Studio Goddard Partridge located in the arts district of Pawtucket, Rhode Island until 2018 when she moved the studio to Newport. In addition, Goddard has taught painting, drawing and journaling classes and workshops in Rhode Island and has been a juror for numberous exhibitions. Ms. Goddard worked in her early adult life in radio and television both on-air and in the studio in Syracuse, NY, Denver, CO, Middlebury and Burlington,VT and Boston, MA. Among the first women to become members of studio crews and on-air personalities, Ms. Goddard won a New England Emmy Award as Associate Producer of “Miller’s Court”, WCVB-TV. Boston.
Barbara Pagh is a printmaker and papermaker who is a Professor Emeriti of Art at the University of Rhode Island. Pagh is a founding member of the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England and has been a member of Hera Gallery in Wakefield, RI since 1985. She has exhibited internationally at Keimyung University in Taegu, South Korea. In 2011 she was invited to participate in a national portfolio exchange, East/West, with two artists from each state and a traveling exhibition. Pagh received her MA from New York University and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. Her work can be found in museums, corporate and private collections.
Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers.