Series: Animals Dreamed & Dreaming





Art New England
January/February 2014 “Animals: Dreamed & Dreaming“


Concord Art Association . Concord, MA . . October 19-November 24, 2013


Curated by long-term painter Tamara Krendel and two years in the making, this imaginatively and considerably stretches the concept of “animals.” The works by nine artists range from realistic and representational to fanciful and electronically produced. Some suggest forms in the process of emerging, others portray stasis and calm. They enact the theme across painting, sculpture, prints and installations.

A number of the most interesting interpretations are abstract. Elizabeth Awalt creates a series of circles taken from the form of frog eggs. These are exceptional in both color and layered form. In larger oil paintings she captures the swirling momentum of eddies on ponds. Some, such as Swimming in Circles, suggest insect or animal life caught in the moving whirlpool.

Susan Heideman represents nature in very large sewn watercolors with collaged monotype fragments. Her Proteanna series shows nature and its denizens constantly evolving in gracefully arced compositions that recall Chinese landscape painting scrolls.

Modern technology informs the light installations of Beth Galston and the kinetic sculpture of Steve Hollinger. Emerging from a sea captain’s box placed in a fireplace, sparkling lights suggest the flight of fireflies that Galston saw from her porch in Carlisle at dusk, evoking a dance of light and evanescence. In Hollinger’s Pods, strings with glass containers surround mechanical seed-like elements to create continuous sound as well as sight.

Created more traditionally, the small box-wood carvings of Anne Oldach represent with skill and humor an octopus, a manatee, a caterpillar and other creatures large and small . An encaustic and mixed-media collage of a shining frog is vibrant and amusing. Also traditional in representation are curator Tamara Krendel’s watercolors, with her cat as featured feline muse in a number of drawings.

The works in this exhibition, inspired by the animal and insect worlds, range from tiny (a mere two inches) to tall (some 8 x 5 feet). The most exciting are installations that recreate a world of wonder and diversity. Yet each vision is different, as the media change from traditional to experimental. The Concord Art Association, founded in 1917, has attracted artists who practice an impressive gamut of media, as reflected in this special sampling.

-Alicia Faxon

Series: Animals Dreamed & Dreaming

The Boston Globe
Oct. 24, 2013
Cate McQuaid, exhibition tips



Seven artists delve into the metamorphic power of animals and their worlds in this show, curated by Tamara Krendel. Protean, wild, and sometimes absent, they may suggest something of ourselves. Through Nov. 24. Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road, Concord.978-369-2578,

- Cate McQuaid

Series: Winged & Whispered


The Boston Sunday Globe
Arts & Entertainment

July 20, 2008

Bugging out
Critters large and small and no need for bug spray

…and they’re not the only critters that have the art world abuzz.
By Cate McQuiad, Globe Correspondent

Order Insecta at Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road,
Concord, Through August 14 978 369 2578

“…Watercolor is the perfect medium to capture light shining
through a moth’s wings, and Tamara Krendel does a haunting job
in “Luna,Backlit” making her moth dark and monstrous, with lurid, green-yellow wings…”


-Cate McQuaid

Series: Winged & Whispered

Art New England, August / September 2006

Kate Farrington, “Local Poetics, Winged & Whispered"

Series: Tamara Krendel Greenhouses


Hobby Greenhouse, Summer 2006

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Meredith Goldstein, “Quick Picks”, The Boston Globe, Dec. 9, 2005.

Series: Cats and Caged Birds


August/September 2004

Essex Art Center/Lawrence, MA




“Without showing any detectable style biases, curator Tamara Krendel identifies the work of five artists included in this exhibit, which is broadly based on birds and fish, as poetic realism. She augments the visual presentation with written poetry, having asked each artist to submit at least one poem for the gallery notebook. The opening reception featured readings by Jenny Grassl, whose poems are also in the gallery; their typography and layering are as inviting as an artist’s sketchbook. Krendel’s sensitivity to both the natural world and poetic interpretations of it has toughness and wit, dispelling any criticism of identity politics that might be associated with the exhibit’s celebration of Women’s History Month. From the ironical leaps through history watched over by birds in Gail Boyajian’s five paintings to the droll, voyeuristic curiosity of pigeons courting and mating in Linda Price-Sneddon’s video, intellect and edginess face off against tenderness and often quite sumptuous color. The artists’ commitment to idea balances, if not overtakes feeling. In her poem, Price-Sneddon writes of “Vulnerable Tenacity,” an apt description of the forces of nature observed.


The thickly applied paint and fluid marks of Laurel Hughes’s and Elizabeth Awalt’s paintings fervently connect with their subjects. Hughes’s chickens are depicted close-up but generalized, their body language and postures telling all. Awalt, with great range and rich palette, manages to paint a reflected sunset immersed in all its exquisite drama without an ounce of sentimentality. Krendel explores the metaphors of a caged bid with fluent brushwork and an eye for lyrical light.


Not surprisingly, most of the selected poems are image and nature centered (Mary Oliver was the choice of more than one artist). As noted by Krendel, the poet as muse or inspiration is not the intention; rather, the artists and poets meet in their observation of nature as a vantage point for perception.”


-Meredith Fife Day

  The Boston Sunday Globe, March 14 2004.
Christine Temin, "Critic's Pick"
  Featured on “Write Now”, by Gayle Heney, Haverhill Public Television, May 2004.

Series: Tamara Krendel Greenhouses

Art Matters. VOL.6-NO.9 JUNE ’87
Exhibitions In Sight

by Burton Wasserman


“Chrysanthemum Greenhouse in Morning Light,” by Tamara Krendel at Widner thru June.

“Variations of human form and many different flowers all figure quite prominently in the two solo offerings currently on view (through June 27) at the Art Museum of Widener University in nearby Chester. Specifically, they consist of paintings by Tamara Krendel in which colorful blossoms appear repeatedly, and sculptures by Anne Oldach in plaster, fiberglass and bronze, embodying 3D presences with such titles as “Mountain Child,” “Wood Nymph” and “Walking Man.”


Dealing directly with subjects as diverse as rhododendrons, delphiniums and day lilies, Krendel exercises considerable poetic license, freely transforming the shape of growing plants and botanical settings in which they’re found into oil and watercolor compositions rippling with light and patterns of excitement. Poetic transcriptions of her most naked perceptions, these pictures are not observations based on external realities as much as they are playful inventions; inspired composites of jewel-like incandescence, sparkling vitality and imaginative joy.


Most interesting of all Krendel’s designs based upon greenhouse interiors. Powerful images in which the perspectives are suggested by the architectural construction are counterpointed by a profusion of assorted plant forms. They manifest an offbeat balance of agitated vitality and earthy strength.”


-Burton  Wasserman

Series: Tamara Krendel Greenhouses

The Boston Globe
August 8, 1985
Critic’s Tip


“Boston painter Tamara Elizabeth Krendel has a reputation  for lovingly detailed watercolors of greenhouse interiors. Krendel, who has painted greenhouses in America and Europe, recently spent a year painting some of the most beautiful examples in New England, capturing the way light shining through the glass affects the colors of delicate petals and leaves. Krendel’s work is on view through Aug. 30 in the Hunnewell Visitors Center of the Arnold Arboretum on the Arborway in Jamaica Plain.”        


–Christine Temin

The Boston Globe, Friday, May 10, 1985


Paintings Through Glass Houses – Tamara Elizabeth Krendel recently spent a year painting watercolors in New England Greenhouses. At the Hunnewell Visitors Center, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, through August 30.”

-Robert Taylor

Series: Tamara Krendel Greenhouses

Hobby Greenhouse, Vol. 11 No. 2, Spring 1989

Noted Massachusetts Artist Paints Pictures of Greenhouse Interiors
By Jan Hale, Bedford, MA


“Gordon College in Wenham, MA, recently hosted an exhibition of paintings by Tamara Elizabeth Krendel whose superb paintings of European and American greenhouse have earned her an international following.


On exhibit were twenty of Ms. Krendel’s recent works in both oil and watercolor including both greenhouse interiors and gardens. Two 48” x 38” oil paintings of greenhouse interiors were a glorious rendition of the sight we all long for when opening the door to our greenhouses. The array of flowering plants was captured in glowing, bold colors and shapes. The greenhouse benches and other paraphernalia were depicted in strong, solid strokes that conveyed their structural integrity.  You could feel the plants growing in the light that poured through the glass roof.


Two watercolors were of particular interest since they were of night  scenes in a greenhouse. How many of us have gone into our greenhouses at night for a last check and seen the outlines and subdued colors of our plants and flowers in the dusky light with the sky above? Ms. Krendel has faithfully painted this picture to evoke the same feeling of a mysterious vibrant plant world waiting for the dawn.

Ms. Krendel’s paintings are realistic in that particular plants-orchids, streptocarpus, etc.-are readily identifiable; however, she has achieved this realism with bold, controlled strokes and a minimum of fussy detail. The result is that the plants live and their delicate beauty is felt as well as seen. Space, atmosphere, and perspective are achieved with the good structural shapes of the greenhouse and equipment.


In the artist’s statement she says:


“I paint from direct observation choosing a subject which intrigues and captivates me, and choosing a period of light which evokes the particular spirit of the place or subject.


“I work for stretches of light no more than three hours on each painting. In some cases returning to catch the same period of light for time periods of several months, and in others, of several years. While painting, I remain as receptive as possible to the feeling and physicality of the place or subject. As things change and grow with the light over time within the particular setting, they affect and alter the structural variables within the painting and the perceived reality is established. In this way I am able to get closer to the mysterious spirit and poetry of light and place.”


Ms. Krendel studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium, the University of Pennsylvania where she received her MFA, and at Yale University. She has had numerous exhibits and her paintings hang in collections in the U.S., Europe, and Israel. She teaches painting and she also accepts commission work. Her paintings will be on exhibit again from June 12-Sept. 18, 1989 at The Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA. If an exhibition of her paintings should come your way, don’t miss it.”


- Jan Hale