Marie St. Hilaire & Franny Golden

Marie St. Hilaire & Franny Golden
Little Gorgeous Things Presents Marie St. Hilaire and Franny Golden

From Friday, July 15 through Thursday, July 28, The Garden Gallery at Little Gorgeous Things will present mixed media, oil paintings, works on paper, and sculpture by Cape artists Marie St. Hilaire and Franny Golden. A reception for the artists will take place on Friday, July 15 from 7-9pm in the Garden Gallery.


Marie St. Hilaire is a self-taught artist who has been painting for approximately five years, currently most active in oils and acrylics. Her work tends towards the figurative, employing an abstract yet representational sensibility of style to express emotionalism of subject and/or philosophies on themes of an introspective nature. Variations of delivery include pop art, degrees of surrealism, cubism, and fauvism. Her still lifes, too, fall within this same interpretational trend. Collage assemblages of found materials, mostly rust and wood, comprise an alternative medium. Marie began creating visual art as a means for decorating the 18th century horsehair plaster walls in an antique saltbox-style home she has been renovating in Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She has shown her work in various venues including the Provincetown Art Association and Museum; the Cape Cod Art Association; the Duxbury Art Association; the Creative Arts Center in Chatham; My Sister's Gallery in Sandwich; Little Gorgeous Things in Provincetown; Gallery X in New Bedford; and Frame of Reference Gallery in Sandwich. She has twice received honorable mention awards at the Cape Cod Art Association; has been cited in "Arts Media" magazine, a Boston-based publication, in 2003; and her paintings appeared on the set of the play, 'Rope," in Boston in 2004 at the Proscenium Theatre.

Marie also writes and performs spoken-word poetry and prose with a special affinity for ‘the beat' (poetry with music) as yet another artistic expression. According to the artist, "Art is my passion, as well as my obsession, something I do because I have to. It is my solitary companion, my best companion. I admire it for its complex diversity. Perhaps it is a validation of humanity or an attempt to define purpose; an outcry, a sounding board, a glimpse of the world through the eyes of the spirit, an esoteric rainstorm, an ethereal heatwave, the part of love that becomes lost, that part which is found, a teardrop that becomes a vast ocean, a vast ocean reduced to a teardrop, the expanse of the universe hidden in a thimble, the sorcery of the soul, a curtain between yesterday and tomorrow…even if only a stick figure on a page."


Franny Golden lives in Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in London and has won numerous national and international prizes including two Ragdale Foundation Residency Fellowships, a Vermont Colony Residency Fellowship, a Brisons Veor Cornwall (England) Residency Fellowship, and a Villa Moltavo (California) Residency Fellowship. She has been an Artist in Residence and Professor of Painting, Drawing, and the History of Art at Cape Cod Community College.

A noted instructor of painting, drawing, life drawing, and the history of art for over 17 years, she has taught painting at the Provincetown Art Association, the Massachusetts College of Art, and the Cape Cod Conservatory. This summer she is an instructor in painting at Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Cape Museum of Fine Arts, where she had a one-woman show in 2003. Her work resides in many private and museum collections throughout the world.

Ms. Golden has taught and painted in Istanbul, Turkey, where she lived from 1990 - 1994, and currently divides her time between Cape Cod and France, where her solo exhibit at the Musee de la Boite is currently running (ending July 10) in the village of Francescas, Lot-et-Garonne, in the Aquitaine/Gascony region of southern France, where the artist maintains a 13th century residency/atelier. Her oil paintings reflect her travels to exotic locales, particularly her period of painting and living in Eastern Europe, as evidenced in her large colorful oil-on-paper works of mosque (camii) interiors in Istanbul and Bulgaria, as well as her intricately detailed oils of Kilim rug patterns. Another aspect to her varied palette is Ms. Golden's still lifes of richly detailed fruits -- pomegranates, star fruits, pears, watermelons, figs, peaches, and crab apples -- in charcoal on paper drawings and densely luscious abstract oils.


"As a painter I am committed to process as a necessary part of personal individualisation, and as a necessary part of the completed painting. So my paintings reveal that process; lines, drawings, failed efforts remain--emerging through the layers. They are variations of still lives, interiors, portraits--increasingly more abstract. They are visual journals--the dates of completion being their titles. They are from times and moments in my life; I can look at every painting I ever made and tell you all about life at the time it was painted, and in particular, some pretty astonishing, emotive, indelible stories from the recent three-and-a-half years of having lived and painted and taught in Turkey.

"Turkey has obviously influenced my painting and, to a certain extent, facilitated a more abstract direction. I am a walker, a public transportation maven. So it was difficult to miss much--sounds of soprano voices, smells of grilled food, untold textures, saturated colors, flowing patterns. And gold: lots of it!

"In addition to the process, there is the repetition of form, color and gold paint. Almost certainly some forms are archetypal--probably personal statements about being a woman. (Although it is difficult to articulate such a statement, it is something I feel.) The hues, the forms, the gold are, as well, manifestations of Turkey; the sphere, the dome, the arch are clearly architectural--ubiquitous here. The sphere has also come to symbolize the abundance of profuse, voluptuous fruit, as well as the hot, relentless sun.

"Academically--intellectually--I want to take these forms and use them as color. And take these colors and use them as form. It is critical to work both of these elements at the same level, on the same picture plane; to work both elements as intervals, as in music--or even in mathematics. Hopefully, then, the harmony, the motion--and the necessary tension--will work indivisibly toward an expressionistic composition."

FRANNY GOLDEN -- SELECTED EXHIBITIONS SOLO GROUP 2003 Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA 2003 Cape Conservatory, W. Barnstable, MA 2002 Eclipse Gallery, Boston, MA 2002 Higgens Gallery, W. Barnstable, MA 1999 Gallery Szent-Gyorgyi, Falmouth, MA 1998 Representation: Gallery Szent-Gyorgyi 1996 Star Gallery, Orleans, MA 1995 Scargo Gallery, Dennis, MA 1994 Villa Montalvo, Saratogo, CA 1993 Gallery Arsiv, Istanbul, Turkey 1991 Sark Sigorta Genel Murdurlugu, Istanbul, Turkey 1990 Laguna Gallery, Chicago, IL 1989 Cornerstone Gallery, Falls Village, CT 1989 Format Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI 1989 Artful Hand Gallery, Boston/Orleans, MA 1988 29 Newbury, Boston, MA 1988 Cornerstone Gallery, Falls Village, CT 1987 Cape Cod Conservatory 1984 Gallery 52, Boston, MA 1975 Birmingham Gallery, Birmingham, MA 2005 Invitational, Cahoon Museum 2004 Tao Water Gallery, Invitational 2003-2004 Juried Group, Pronvictown Art Association and Museum 2002 Skinner Amer/Euro Firewall Gallery, Boston, MA 2001 Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA 2000 Provincetown International Juried 1999-2000 Occidental Oriental, Thoreau Gallery 1998 Gallery Szent-Gyorgyi, Falmouth, MA 1997 Rathbone Gallery, Albany, NY 1995 Scargo Gallery, Dennis, MA 1995 Gallery 21, Boston, MA 1995 Faculty Exhibition, Cape Cod Community College 1990 Rosanna Wilson-Stephens Gallery, London, England 1990 Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, MA 1990 Wade Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1985 Provincetown Art Museum 1984 Gallery 52, Boston, MA 1983 Boston Cyclorama 1980 Boston Visual Artists' Union 1980 Young Artists, Provincetown Art Museum 1976 Pontiac Center for Creative Arts, Pontiac, MI 1973 Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI

FELLOWSHIPS, PUBLICATIONS, HONORS 2002 1998 1996 1994 1993 1991 1990 1989 1989 1988 1987 1983 1980 1979 1973 Artist in Residence, Cape Cod Community College "On Composition," The Register/CapeCodder "Commentary," The Cape Cod Times Villa Montalvo Residency Fellowship Brisons Veor, Cornwall Residency Fellowship Ragdale Foundation Residency Fellowship Published Portrait: Stanley Crouch, Notes of a Hanging Judge Ragdale Foundation Residency Fellowship Published: American Artists Vermont Colony Residency Fellowship Aquisition: Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Permanent Collection Scholarship: Provincetown Museum School Published: Grace Lichtenstein, Machisma Scholarship: Outward Bound, Hurricane Island Fellowship: National Endowment for the Arts, London, England

EXPERIENCE 2001-present 1986-present 1995 1990-1994 1986-1990 1978-1980 1978-1980 1976-1978 1971-1975 1966-1968 Painting Instructor: The Museum School, Provincetown Art Association Professor of Painting, Drawing, History of Art: Cape Cod Community College Painting Instructor, Massachusetts College of Art, on site: Cape Museum of Fine Arts Taught and Painted in Istanbul, Turkey Adjunct Faculty, Cape Cod Community College (Drawing, Painting, History of Art) Instructor, Cape Cod Conservatory (Painting, Life Drawing) Art Department Coordinator: Cape Cod Conservatory Director-Curator, Wampanoag Indian Museum, Mashpee Conservation Assistant, Conservation Laboratory, Detroit Institute of Arts Photo Journalist, Contact Magazine: Michigan Credit Union League, monthly publication


National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, London, England MA, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan BA, BFA, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan