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Ric and Lorraine Haynes: CROSS-POLLINATION: Two Artists, One Studio

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March 23
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Cotuit Center for the Arts
4404 Falmouth Rd.
Cotuit, MA 02635
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Ric and Lorraine Haynes: CROSS-POLLINATION: Two Artists, One Studio

March 23 – April 20
Opening Reception March 23

One Shared Studio

As explorers of unknown aesthetic territories, artists Ric Haynes and Lorraine Gentile Haynes work independently, each creating their own art in adjoining areas within their shared home studio in Mashpee. They have each found that artistic energy and a non-intentional osmosis occur from regularly seeing the development of each other’s work. A color combination seen in one of Ric’s paintings may later show up in one of Lorraine’s textile pieces, or a design pattern from one of Lorraine’s quilts at some point may appear in one of Ric’s paintings. The two artists have always shared artistic discourse but being in a shared studio creates an atmosphere of opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas, colors, shapes and forms.

Ric Haynes

Ric considers his work both impulsive and hesitant. He says, “Painting is like walking a tightrope, always needing to be in balance, while also having the constant fear of falling.”

The subjects of his paintings live within the narrative realms of biography and connections to a larger world. When asked about the source of his subjects and imagery, he answers, “I have lived within heartbreak, loss, isolation, regret and longing. I have been traveling my path under the guidance of the heart.”

Whether humorous, shocking, or based in reality or the fantastical, Ric’s images bear witness to nostalgia and feelings of desire and loss. Yet, the images somehow still seem close to the familiar – perhaps memories, premonitions, or dreams.

Ric’s art awareness and education has continued from his youth.

Ric’s mother was a child portrait sculptor and Ric often spent substantial time in museums and drawing in his mother’s studio.

He received a BFA at The Maryland Institute College of Art, under a Ford Foundation Grant. There he studied with artists Reba Stewart, Robert Moskowitz, Salvatore Scarpitta, Babe Shapiro, Jon Schueler and Peter Milton.

Ric studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture with artists Peter Agostini, Ben Shahn, Philip Pearlstein and Walter Murch.

He studied at the University of Pennsylvania in the Fine Arts Department and later became a member of the archival team for the University Museum at Penn’s photographic collection.

Haynes received a MA in Creative Arts Therapist from Lesley University. He worked in mental health with veterans, schizophrenics and adolescents.

He graduated from Vermont College at Norwich University, with a MFA, and for nineteen years taught Arts, Creative Arts Therapy, and Film at Endicott College.

Ric Haynes is represented in many private and public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, The J. Paul Getty Foundation and Museum, LA, Yale University, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.

Ric lives in Mashpee on Cape Cod with his wife, Lorraine, a fiber artist.

Lorraine Gentile Haynes

In 2015 Lorraine sold her etching press and moved with her artist husband, Ric Haynes, to their new home and combined studios on Cape Cod. Her days of creating jewelry, precious metal work, collage and printmaking were in her past. With the move her main concentration shifted to textiles. Lorraine’s lineage had exposed her to Italian women who lived and worked textiles. Her mother was a seamstress and clothing designer and Lorraine spent her early years with her mother in fabric houses where she was exposed to textiles and the exciting and colorful possibilities they offered. So the shift seemed right, especially since she also discovered that the planning and design processes, layering and joining done in metal work, and used in printmaking techniques all translated well into creating fiber arts projects.

Lorraine was also pleased to discover communities of talented artists and organizations on Cape Cod who continue to be welcoming and generous in their sharing of knowledge, skill, experience and resources. It was here that her love of combining line, shape, form, texture, space, value and color naturally came together.

Lorraine studied at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Mass College of Art and Design, Il Bisonte printmaking school in Florence, Italy and received a BA at Suffolk University with a concentration in art history and humanities.

Lorraine lives in Mashpee on Cape Cod with her husband, Ric, an artist.


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