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Isabel Shamitz | Multi-Medium Artist

"My goal as an artist is to define and maintain an aesthetic viewpoint and through the process of honing my technical skills within my choice of medium, to achieve excellence of expression. In my work, I draw on my empathy and life experience to communicate with my viewers. While I respect the jagged cutting edge and controversy of Contemporary art and often find it to be exciting, my purpose is different and somewhat softer: to provide a series of images, which evoke shared experiences and memories. I believe that most people want to be inspired, rather than shocked.  Basically, unlike a good martini, they want to be stirred, but not shaken."

I capture transitional moments in time, in both posed and impromptu scenes from everyday life, and reflective images within urban landscapes. My style is one of realism, heavily influenced by the themes and colors of impressionism, and by such influential artists as Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell, my favorite visual mentors.

*Although I currently paint in oils, I have also worked in pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pen and ink and pencil.

Education & Affiliations

  • B.A. in Fine Arts, University of Maryland

  • Corcoran Gallery of Fine Arts, Washington D.C.

  • Post Graduate work, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • Certification in Design from Art Institute of Boston

  • Studied at Boston Artists Guild Atelier

  • Weymouth & Quincy Art Associations

  • Gallery member of South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA

Awards 

Best of Show

1994

Beatrice Wood Award “Best of Show” | Needham Art-on-the-Common

2002

Tufts Library Spring Exhibit | Weymouth Art Association

First Place

1994

Oils Division | Needham Art-on-the-Common

1996

Oils Division | Needham Art-on-the-Common

2000

Oils & Acrylics | SSAC Spring Festival Exhibit

2002

Oils & Acrylics | Thomas Crane Library Exhibit | Quincy Art Association

2005

Oils & Acrylics | Thomas Crane Library Exhibit | Quincy Art Association

2013

Oils & Acrylics | ArtsFest at Merrymount | Quincy Art Association

2016

Oils & Acrylics | Weymouth Spring Show | Weymouth Art Association

Second Place

2001

Professional Division, Winter Exhibit | Weymouth Art Association

2007

Professional Division, Winter Exhibit | Weymouth Art Association

2014

Oils & Acrylics | ArtsFest at Merrymount | Quincy Art Association

Third Place

2001

Oils & Acrylics | SSAC Spring Festival Exhibit

Exhibitions 

  • Massachusetts Bay Community College

  • Lowell Street Gallery | Cambridge Art Association

  • South Shore Art Center Festival

  • Milton Fine Arts Museum

  • SSAC Exhibiting Members Show 

  • Depot Square Gallery | Lexington, MA

  • SSAC Landmark Building Exhibition

  • Artist-of-the-Month | Tufts Library, Weymouth, MA

  • Staircase Gallery | Hingham, MA

  • BostonArt Magazine | Boston, MA

  • Commonwealth Museum

  • Thomas Crane Library | Quincy, MA

  • Dickinson Gallery | Weymouth, MA

  • J. Todd Galleries | Wellesley, MA

  • Dillon Gallery | SSAC

  • Archer-West Gallery | Quincy, MA

  • Tufts Insurance | Watertown, MA

  • Tufts Library | Weymouth, MA

  • Quincy Chamber of Commerce | Quincy, MA

  • Up-scaled Giclee of painting of the Herring Run at Herring Run Park | Jackson Square, Weymouth, MA