Serena Bates

 

Serena G. Bates

(401) 932-9775

batessculpture@gmail.com

http://serenabates.com

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Fine Art Sculpture in Stone, Bronze, Plaster, and Resin
Above Elite Studios
181 Main Street
Westerly, RI 02891

 

32 Ann Street

Westerly, RI 02891

 

Artist Statement

 

Let me tell you a story. I was invited to participate in a show entitled Gaia’s Lament, Earth Cry. It sounded like a gloomy theme, so I did what I often do in this situation: I looked for the story at the center.

I paid a visit to the hosting gallery, a reclaimed old restaurant, and in the basement I discovered a doorway that had been bricked over and closed permanently. Where had that door gone? Who had bricked it over—and why? My mind immediately went to Edgar Allen Poe, The Telltale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado—and I saw a crow, warning “Nevermore” if we don’t change our ways.

As I climbed the winding, creaky staircase up to the gallery, that crow grew into an entire flock—a murder of crows, ascending in dire warning from basement to second floor, winding up the stairs, perching on sills, glaring from moldings, swooping from the ceiling. —and The Hartford Courant described the set of sculptures that resulted from this vision as “the show-stopper.”

Stories are what define my work, what drive my vision, what inspire my hands…my life. My sculptures bring those stories to life, incorporating a symbiotic mixture of ideas and visions from people around me, the environment and materials where I’m working, and that sudden burst of illumination—often coming after I’m well into the sculpting process.

The stories cover a spectrum of genres, from the comic Three Stooges fountainheads squirting water from pursed lips, to Joan of Arc, to Alice in Wonderland. Life’s stories plant seeds in my mind, take shape in my soul, and are born through my sculptures.

 

Biography

 

Serena Bates is an established artist with a long list of accomplishments. She is an elected member of Salmagundi Club, the Mystic Museum of Art, the National Sculpture Society, the Society of CT Sculptors, the CT Academy of Fine Artists, and the Lyme Art Association. She is also an elected member of and on the Board of Directors for the Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, the oldest women’s art club in the nation.

Having work in collections around the world including England, Canada, and across the United States, Serena is well known in local and national circles. Mystic Marriot Hotel, CT, features Serena’s “Beached Whale Fountain” as the centerpiece of their main entrance courtyard. Stand Up for Animals prominently displays “Zhen Zhen”, the beautiful bronze cat outside the entrance to the Westerly Animal Shelter, RI, and the Westerly Animal Hospital, RI, features one of her sea lions prominently at their entrance. Pleasant View Inn, RI, displays her majestic life-sized sculpture “Stellar Expectations” in the main dining gallery, while her commemorative bust of “Lennie Colucci” sits atop the bar at The Andrea, RI, where he enjoys countless photo-ops with patrons.

As a sculptor, Serena has garnered countless awards, recognitions, and honors during her career, from the National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club, Society of Connecticut Sculptors, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, the Academic Artist Association, Mystic Museum of Art, and the Alexy von Schlippe Gallery at the University of Connecticut, to name only a few.

Serena describes herself as a story teller. She is a representational artist with an affinity for portraits and animals, working in clay, bronze, and stone. Being non-traditional in her approach, she usually does not take measurements, but instead relies on her eye and sense of observation to interpret a subject. This approach produces what she calls a “wabi-sabi” affect, a Japanese term that literally means the beauty found in imperfection or “imperfectly perfect.”

She began her lengthy career in studies at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. She studied with renowned sculptors Elizabeth Gordon Chandler, Laci deGerenday, and Don Gale, as well as painting with Aaron Shikler, Dean Keller, and Dan Gheno.

 

Representation & Affiliations

•       Academic Artists Association, Springfield, Massachusetts

•       Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY, NY

•       Connecticut Academy of Fine Artists

•       Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT

•       Courtyard Gallery, 12 Water St, Mystic, CT

•       Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT

•       Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic, CT

•     National Sculpture Society, NY, NY

•       Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave., NY, NY

•       Society of Connecticut Sculptors, CT

 

AWARDS

 

2017

67th NATIONAL EXHIBIT OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM IN ART

May 1 – 19, 2016

Presented by the Academic Artists Association

Juror: Robert J.Obrien AWS, NWS; John C. Traynor

VERNON COMMUNITY ART CENTER, Vernon, CT

Award Winner: “Amun Ra” Honorable Mention Award

 

WHAT SCARES YOU MOST

March 4-26, 2017

DEBLOIS GALLERY, Newport, RI

Award Winner: “Gaia” Peoples’ Choice Award

 

2016

NEW ENGLAND LANDSCAPE INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION

September 1 – November 5, 2016

LYME ART ASSOCIATION, 90 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Award Winner: “Rapunzel” Peoples’ Choice Award

 

SOCIETY OF CT SCULPTORS ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

September 1 – November 5, 2016

LYME ART ASSOCIATION, 90 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Award Winner: “Leviathan” 2nd Place

 

SOCIETY OF CT SCULPTORS ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

August 1 – August 26,2016

ACTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, Acton, CT 06371

Award Winner: “Spirit” Members Choice Award, 3rd Place

2015

CLWAC 119th ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION

CATHERNE LORILLARD WOLFE ART CLUB

December 2 – 19, 2014

Jurors: Marilyn J. Friedman, Sculptor and Instructor, Art Students League, NY;

Gwen Pier, Executive Director of National Sculpture Society.

NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

Award Winner: “Bagheera” Leila Gardin Sawyer Award for Sculpture

 

ON THE ROAD

October 3 – November 15, 2015

COURTYARD GALLERY, Water St., Mystic, CT 06355

Award Winner: “Go Ask Alice” Peoples’ Choice Award, 2nd Place

 

2014

SOCIETY OF CT SCULPTORS 20TH ANNUAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION

August 1 – Sept. 20, 2014

LYME ART ASSOCIATION, 90 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Award Winner: “Stubborn is as Stubborn Does” Members Memorial Award

 

SALMAGUNDI CLUB ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

August 11 – August 29, 2014

SALMAGUNDI CLUB, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Award Winner: “Dreamer” Members Memorial Award

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE ARTSHOWApril 12 – May 3, 2014
BEAN & LEAF, New London, CT

Award Winner: “Green Goddess” Best in Show  

2013

SINGULAR VISIONS EXHIBITION

August 26 – September 27, 2013

SALMAGUNDI CLUB, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Award Winner: “Continuum” Second Prize

 

2012

 

ACGOW OPEN REGIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION

May 2 – May 31, 2012 – 25, 2009

ARTISTS COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY, Westerly, RI

Award Winner -   “Stubborn is as Stubborn Does”   Katherine Forest Craft Foundation Award

 

62nd NATIONAL EXHIBIT OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM IN ART

May 1, 2011 – June 14, 2011   Jurors – Jane Lund, Arthur Scholtz

Presented by the Academic Artists Association

KAREN SPRAGUE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, 1000 State St, Springfield, MA

Award Winner –  “I am Woman”   Art ID Silver Membership Award
ANNUAL ELECTED ARTISTS EXHIBITION

January 13 – February 18, 2012

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART, Water St, Mystic, CT

Award Winner – “Denizen of the Deep”     Honorable Mention

 

2011

SALMAGUNDI CLUB “103rd ANNUAL THUMB-BOX EXHIBITION”

December 7, 2011 – January 1, 2012

SALMAGUNDI CLUB, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Award Winner – “Wave Rider”     Honorable Mention

 

115TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION

CATHERNE LORILLARD WOLFE ART CLUB

October 4-28, 2011
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

Juror: Barbara Lekberg

Award Winner –  “I am woman”   Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award

 

61th NATIONAL EXHIBIT OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM IN ART

May 1, 2011 – June 14, 2011   Jurors – Christopher Zhang & Maris Platais

Presented by the Academic Artists Association

KAREN SPRAGUE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, 1000 State St, Springfield, MA

Award Winner –  “Little Mermaid”   Carla Santia & Associates Award

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