About Beryl

BFA Textiles, California College of Arts & Crafts, 1978

S E L E C T E D    E X H I B I T I O N    H I S T O R Y

The Blues . . . Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT (Honorable Mention) 2014

Arts of Tolland, Annual Juried Exhibition, Tolland, CT  2014

57th Regional Exhibition, Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT (Honorable Mention, 2013)

Trash Talk, The Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA  2013

NestsBedford Public Library, Bedford, MA  2012

Visions of Peace, Western New England University, Springfield, MA  2012

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, Mystic, CT   2008, 2009, 2012

Teaching Artists, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA  2012

Gallery 919, South Windsor, CT  2011

Nidus, Solo Exhibition, Western New England University, Springfield, MA  2010

Monson Arts Council Annual Spring Exhibition,  2008, 2009 (Best In Show)  2010

Boca Remembrance, (invitational) Dane Gallery, Indian Orchard, MA  2010

Connecticut Women Artists 80th Anniversary Exhibition, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT  2009

Revealing Interiors, Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT  2009

Gallery 137 Members Juried Show, Indian Orchard, MA  2008

I.O. Artists Group Show, Indian Orchard, MA  2008 – 2014

Self Reflection, Northampton Arts Council, Northampton, MA  2007

Westfield Atheneum, Westfield, MA  2001

Westfest, Westfield, MA, 2000

Mass Mutual, Springfield, MA, 1999

The surprise ending that every piece delivers is what compels me to make art.

I am drawn to color, shape, pattern, light, and the ‘hand of man’ in the natural world. I like to explore all manner of media, and experiment with mixing a few. Several themes run through my work, and often the themes cross – pollinate.

Nests: As a textile, a nest is an exquisite, intricate, intentioned weaving made from a collection of found materials. It is a vessel, a shelter, and a home. For me, a nest is a metaphor for the primal female impulse to nurture.

Ziploc bags (and packaging):  They are so useful! and then they are refuse . . .

Archeology: An expression of a personal story through visual layers of time (stratigraphy) using shards, amphoras and remnants as icons.

Plastic Ocean: A series of monoprints depicting (not subtly) the effect of pollution in our seas.

Boats: I find inspiration in boats – shadows on sails, the beautiful shapes of hulls, the cast-offs in someone’s yard. I like to take a camera to a boatyard and catch the marina reflected off a glossy hull in dry dock, or collect, for my weavings, snippets of knotted rope debris buried in the dirt.