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Michael Quadland seems to be a man too accomplished to be true: With a Ph.D. in psychology from New York University and a masters in public health from Yale, Quadland worked with AIDS patients in New York City until — after years of losing patients and friends — he left the city for private practice in Connecticut. He restored an 18th-century farmhouse in Sherman, largely by hand, then decided to begin writing.
Quadland, now in his mid-60s, published his first novel, “That Was Then,” in 2007 and his second, “Offspring,” earlier this year. But he also began to paint.

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Of Bees, a Rabbit And a Slice of Pizza

The Art Scene
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Irene Blagden makes art from observing nature and nature’s creatures. Her work in a variety of mediums can be as spare as Japanese ink paintings, realistically detailed, or whimsical, even cartoony.
Randy Orzano’s art is all about the honeybees that are both his collaborators and subjects. Their divergent explorations of nature are on exhibition at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.

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Art in Salisbury

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In a tribute to photographer Bill Binzen, who died in 2010, his fellow artists, 14 of them, have mounted a beautiful exhibit at Salisbury School’s Tremaine Gallery. The work is varied, taking in Joseph Meehan’s frigid and mighty snowscapes; Jonathan Doster’s atmospheric images from Burma; a cheetah in a tree attributed to Dan Mead and Sally Eagle who shoot together; Tom Zetterstrom’s afflicted trees; and gorgeously abstracted waterscapes by George Shattuck.

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Making Images, Not Jargon

Excursions: Cindy Sherman at MoMA
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The Museum of Modern Art’s massive, exciting, yet oddly curated survey of photographer Cindy Sherman’s work since 1980, when she invaded the New York art scene with the 69 pictures in “Untitled Movie Stills,” is graphic evidence of why this small, blonde woman, working alone in her studio, has altered the progress of art photography throughout the world.
Photography, once a documentary medium, has expanded to include staged design controlled by the photographer. And no one stages or controls her images like Cindy Sherman.

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Childhood in Sun And Shadow

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James Meyer’s art is about the 1960s childhood he remembers from growing up on Long Island. It is filled with sun and shadow, innocence and menace. His suburbia is a world of false promises and unfulfilled dreams, a redoubt against the world outside and the dangers of growing up.

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Art in Salisbury

James Meyer installed his playful images in watercolor, aluminum, and mylar earlier this week for the opening of Rock, Paper, Scissors at The Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Gallery, through April 22. For information, call 860-435-2591.

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Of Moods And Seasons

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Robert Kipniss, a part-time resident of Sharon, is a painter of trees and leaves and ghostly landscapes. And like the artist himself, the pictures are controlled, masterful, often haunting and even (unlike the artist) a bit menacing. His trees can seem about to deconstruct, his leaves to fly away.
Now 11 of the artist’s new works — most are from 2011 — are on exhibit at Franklin Riehlman Fine Art in New York City.

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Flight

Fran Forman’s “Flight” is among her pieces of photographic collage at Sohn Fine Art Gallery, in Stockbridge, MA, through March 19. For information, call 413-298-1025 or go to www.sohnfineart.com

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Art, Earnest and Likable At New Show in Sharon

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Karen Kellogg’s paintings remind me of a picture I inherited from my mother. It is a Texas scene of yellowish hills, low mesquite trees, fields of bluebonnets and cactus. Nothing is quite right: the perspective is off, the trees unnatural, the cactus out of shape. Yet I keep it for the memories of my grandmother and mother and Texas, and I like it.

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A Lament for Lost Dreams

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Fabricated, The latest Tremaine Gallery show at The Hotchkiss School, explores, through photography, the power of manmade structures, how they can shape or reflect our values and, in deterioration, become metaphors for lost hopes and failed dreams.
The show is about fact, fiction and symbols; and about where the descriptive and artistic aspects of photography merge.

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