Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne

About me

My identity as an artist is inextricably linked to my identity as a parent, teacher, partner, community organizer, and lifelong NH resident.

 

In 2006 I moved from the NH seacoast to Peterborough, NH, which is home to the country’s oldest artist colony. In 2008 I co-founded The Glass Museum with my husband, Eric Gagne. We are now a 501c3 non-profit entity, which produces Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair and The Thing in the Spring concert series. Our mission is to bring world-renowned music and high quality affordable art to our community at large.

 

I started teaching art at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH when I was 23 years old. This job is incredibly rewarding, and I find that I learn so much through the process of teaching. Working with students challenges me to work with creative problems that I would never encounter on my own in a studio.

 

Early in my career I was working primarily in drawing, printmaking, and artist’s books. I found paper cutting in the summer of 2012 when I was pregnant, and needing to take a break from the toxic inks and chemicals in my print shop. I studied with the papercut master, Beatrice Coron at Art New England- Bennington College, and fell in love with the immediacy of the process. You need to make quick decisions in papercutting- everything is either a positive, or a negative shape, and the real challenge lies in making sure the positive shapes have the structural integrity to hold together.

 

Artist Statement from To Those Times That We Can't Get Back:

The text in this series is the result of email archaeology dating back to late 2007. My husband began the impossible task of writing me one thousand poems at one point, and as I mined these correspondences, I realized I wanted to spend more time with them. The ephemeral quality of memory, and the past in general, in conjunction with the abstract geography of the Internet, makes for an impermanent and unreliable landscape. The more I thought about this, the more universal it seemed; after all, the entire planet is spinning in a cloud of technology and static, and our footprints trail behind us, though we rarely look. Coupled with the meditation of pattern, as well as some more literal imagery taken directly from specific nostalgias, I seek to honor and crystallize these unique combinations of emotions, stories, and words. This active remembering breathes new life into those times that we can’t get back.

 

Exhibitions

2017  Whitney Houston Biennial, chashama at XOCO, New York, NY curated by C.Finley

2016  Contemporary Works: In, On, & Around Music, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH 

2015   Word Play, Twiggs Gallery, Boscawen, NH

2015   To Those Times That We Can't Get Back, (solo) Artstream Studios, Dover, NH

2015   Birds and The Bees, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA

2013   Down To Sleep, Chester F. Sidell Gallery, Essex Art Center

2012   Artists Making Books, MFA Library, Horticultural Hall, Boston, MA

2012   Keene Art Walk, Keene NH, Honorable Mention

2012   What Those Who Teach Can Do, The New England Institute of Art

2012   Coming of Age, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH 

2011   Paper Tiger, Cambridge, MA

2011   Chain Letter, Samson Projects Boston, MA

2011   Feed Your Soul Exhibition, MECA Portland, ME

2011   al-Mutanabbi Street Artist's Book Project

2010   WNYBAC Zine Exhibition

2010   Unhinged Gallery 263 Cambridge, MA

2010   Open Studio Tour, The Thing in the Spring, Peterborough NH

2008    *broke- the affordable arts fair, Peterborough NH, co-founder (ongoing)

2008    Home and Retreat, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough NH (curator)

2007    The Stitch Project, Brooklyn, NY & Berlin Germany (8 events)

2005    UNH B.F.A/B.A. Show

2004    Emergence public sculpture for Bert Fish Medical Center, New Smyrna Beach, FL

 

Education

2007 University of New Hampshire Graduate School- M.Ed. K-12 art ed

2005 University of New Hampshire, B.A. Studio Art & Women’s Studies

 

Articles

Carving Out Time, Chloe Kanner, The Sound,7/29/2015

http://soundnh.com/carving-out-time/