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Louise Laplante
Crowded Sky (Chalk and Pastel Birds over Collaged Paper Surface)




Figurative chalk drawing of flying bird silhouettes on vintage collaged book pages 'Crowded Sky' by Louise Laplante in 2022 chalk on vintage collaged cranberry cultivation manual pages 42 x 48 1/2 inches unframed, 46 x 52.5 inches in natural wood frame with non-glare plexi This graphic, figurative drawing in green, black, orange and blue chalk with collaged pages from an antique cranberry cultivation manual was created by Louise Laplante in 2022. The vivid silhouettes of flying birds and feathers flutter in place and provide colorful contrast against a background of vintage manual pages. In certain segments the stenciled images are delicately brushed over with a thin wisp of chalk which adds a delicate textured effect to the drawing. The figurative chalk drawing is framed with a light wood frame and has non-glare plexi. About the artist: Interested in blending the old world with the new, mixed media artist Louise Laplante combines her original images with ephemera of the past, enticing a conversation about it’s “relevancy to the present.” Her compositions begin with vintage book pages, personal handwritten letters, sheet music, or instruction from old guides on etiquette or science. While the text itself is weighted with reference to a particular subject, the visual of the typed or handwritten words and printed illustrations establish a unique pattern. These layered backgrounds are superimposed with opaque charcoal drawings that are inspired by the themes read between the lines. Most recently, the artist has opted for larger scale work, combining multiple sheets of vintage paper to expand her unique motifs. Laplante exhibits across the Northeast and has shown with Carrie Haddad for more than ten years. Artist Statement: My work connects the texts, and ideas, in the vintage book, music or correspondence pages, with images those words evoke to comment on how the past still resonates, whether we are aware of it or not. It is informed by my love for old paper, letters, books and images, both as reminders of the past and as bits of pattern, tone, line and shape. The text on them acts as both content and visual device. With each work, I select, arrange and collage these pieces creating both a support and pattern building on it with motifs that are suggested by words on the papers. Although I often start with an agenda I always allow each work to build its own image. Artist Resume: Education MA in Fine Art, State University of New York at Albany, New York BFA, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York Studied, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts Exhibitions 2019 Mediums of Exchange, Lehman College Art Gallery, Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, New York 2018 Figures We Fancy, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York Shelter, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts Material Flow: Rhythm in Collage and Sculpture, Pratt Gallery, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont 2017 Abstractions in Black and White, Gallery 175 Pawtucket, Rhode Island Blanche Ames National, Borderlands, North Easton, Massachusetts Five Points Biennial, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, Connecticut A Declaration of Sentiments: Reflections on the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in NYS, Athens Cultural Center, Athens, New York 2016 Winter Exhibit, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York 2015 Boston Biennial 4, Atlantic Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts Drawing, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York Taking Root: Caniskek and the Meeting of Two Worlds, Athens Cultural Center, Athens, New York North Northeast, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont NBMMA 45th Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut 2014 New Directions ’14, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York Connecticut Women Artists – 85th National, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Connecticut New England Collective V, Galatea Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts Boston Biennial 3, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts 2013 Storytellers and Conjurers, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York 2012 Works on Paper, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York Drawing, b.j. spoke gallery, Huntington, New York Strange Glue, Thompson Gallery, Weston, Massachusetts Silhouette, A.P.E., Northampton, Massachusetts The Cadence of Familiarity, Krauss Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island 2011 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York Paperworks, Paper City Studios, Holyoke, Massachusetts Small Works, Towne Gallery, Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts 2010 Text/Context, McCoy Gallery, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts A Community of Artists, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts Here and Gone: Presence, Absence, Memory and Time, Amy H. Carberry Fine Art Gallery, Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, Massachusetts 2009 Dreamscape, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York 2008 Small ’08, Wunderarts Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts Interaction: Louise Laplante and Liz Chalfin, Wunderarts Gallery, Amherst Massachusetts Artists and Books, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts One Night, Pivot Gallery, Florence, Massachusetts 2007 20 Artists X 2 Feet, Wunderarts Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts Biennial 2007, New Hampshire Art Institute, Manchester, New Hampshire Salon, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts 2006 Small: 20 Artists X 2 Feet, Wunderarts Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts Salon, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts 2004 On Paper, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York Encaustics, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York New Acquisitions, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 2003 Hart Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts 2002 The Belles of Amherst; Contemporary Women Artists in the Collection of the Mead Art Museum and the University Gallery, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts 1998 Vessels: Louise Laplante & David Powers, Hart Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts Ten Women, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, Massachusetts 1997 Self Portraits, Hart Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts 1996 Painting Now, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island Louise Laplante, Milton Art Museum, Milton, Massachusetts 1995 New Work: Louise Laplante, St. Germaine Gallery, Springfield, Massachusetts Drawings: Louise Laplante, Newspace Gallery, Manchester, Connecticut Small Works, Pump House Gallery, Hartford, Connecticut 1994 Sesquicentennial Celebration, Rice Gallery, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, New York Two Artists, Cuneen-Hackett Cultural Center, Poughkeepsie, New York Large Drawings – Louise Laplante, Canal Gallery, Holyoke, Massachusetts 1993 Louise Laplante, Geissler Gallery, Greenfield, Massachusetts Drawing Now, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts 1992 Louise Laplante, Pindar Gallery, New York, New York Louise Laplante and Margaret Plaganis, Pump House Gallery, Hartford, Connecticut 1991 Small Objects, Nicole C. Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts The Changing World, Pindar Gallery, New York, New York Louise Laplante New Work, Nicole C. Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts 1989 New Artists: Gloria Winchler Memorial Exhibition, Currier Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire Figures and Faces, Gary Wortzel Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts Louise Laplante, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts 1988 Paperworks, Clary-Miner Gallery, Buffalo, New York Small But Monumental, Hera Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island 1987 The Subject is Water, Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island 1986 American Contemporary Women Artists, Gallery Triangle, Washington, DC 1985 Louise Laplante, The Gallery, Springfield Tech Community College, Springfield, Massachusetts Louise Laplante Works on Paper, Hampshire College Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts 1984 Works on Paper, F.A.C.E.T., Taos, New Mexico Works on Paper, 100% Realart Gallery, Spokane, Washington 1983 Louise Laplante, Springfield Central Gallery, Springfield, Massachusetts Rope, Drawings by Louise Laplante, Main Street Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts Women Artists, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 1982 Two Artists Drawing, Gallery on Paper, Lenox, Massachusetts Artists Self Portraits, Pratt Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts Small Works, Passepartout Gallery, Winooski, Vermont Valley Artists ’82, The Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts 1981 Invitational, Danco Gallery, Florence, Massachusetts Bibliography “’Works on Paper’ Evokes Yesteryear, at Carrie Haddad Gallery”, Amy Griffin, Albany Times Union, September 26, 2012 ‘’Strange Glue: Collage at 100”, catalog, essay Todd Bartell, Thompson Gallery, Weston, Massachusetts, 2012 Creative Quarterly No. 21, The Journal of Design and Art, December 2010 “Louise Laplante: Here and Gone”, Paul Bloomfield, Art New England, April/May 2010 “Burge, King, Laplante and Hammond at Haddad Gallery”, Hudson-Catskill Newspapers, Hudson, New York, November 8, 2009 “On Paper”, Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, July 2, 2004 “The Belles of Amherst” Contemporary Women’s Art on View”, The Women’s Times, Northampton, Massachusetts, August 2002 “Two Artists, Shared Approach”, Gloria Russell, The Sunday Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, August 2, 1998 “Parker Gallery, Whistler House Museum of Art, Ten Women”, Ellin Anderson, Art New England, June/July 1998 “Art by “Ten Women””, Ellin Anderson, The Haverhill Gazette, Haverhill, Massachusetts, March 19, 1998 “Variety in Whistler’s “Ten Women””, Otto Peter Erbar, The Lowell Sun, Lowell, Massachusetts, March 8, 1998 “Faces of Art” Anne-Gerard Flynn, The Springfield Times Union, Springfield, Massachusetts, May 5, 1997 “Canal Gallery”, Gloria Russell, The Sunday Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, March 8, 1994 “Six University at Albany Graduates at Rice Gallery”, The Daily Gazette, Albany, New York, January 20, 1994 “At BCE Drawings Droll to Dramatic”, Christine Temin, The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts, September 29, 1993 “Gloria Winchler Memorial Exhibition”, catalog essay by Marilyn F. Hoffman and Michael K. Komanecky, The Currier Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire, 1989 “Art Scene: Louise Laplante” catalog interview by Martha Hoppin, Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1989 “Thinking Through Your Art”, Patricia Wright, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, Massachusetts, March 29, 1989 “Art Scenes Offer Powerful Images”, Gloria Russell, The Sunday Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, March 12, 1989 “Small is Beautiful”, Bill van Siclen, The Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island, February 12, 1986 “STCC/Springfield: Louise Laplante”, Art New England, November/December, 1985 “STCC/Louise Laplante”, Gloria Russell, The Sunday Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts September 29, 1985 Collections Kingsley and Company, San Francisco, California Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts University Gallery, SUNY Albany, Albany, New York Private collections Awards 2008 Recipient, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund 2004 Finalist, Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grants, Drawing/Printmaking/Artist Books 1998 Finalist, Blanche E. Colman Award


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    Louise Laplante (American)
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    Height: 46 in (116.84 cm)Width: 52.5 in (133.35 cm)Depth: 1 in (2.54 cm)
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    Hudson, NY
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    1stDibs: LU22710734342

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