Tattoos, Weaving, and Wow...
An Artist Speaks Plainly & with Color Infused Wisdom
Last night saw Doug Masury, a man with a scalp fully tattooed and most of his body infused in colorfully figurative dimensionality, speak about his weavings and his life. His body art is, in part, of Mongolian design, along with other native populations whose art is imprinted permanently upon his arms, legs, fingers, head, even portions of his face. It becomes him wonderfully as is his artwork becoming to us, his patrons and appreciators.
Doug speaks to a crowd of intent listeners amid his own artwork, both on his body and surrounding the gallery space. Note his tatted scalp, neck, writes, forearm, even fingers!
Doug displayed artwork as he walked into Long River Gallery in White River Junction for the opening of his new show of woven dreams, As If — Weavings from Oz. He's a presence in any room, not just because of his body art, but because he stands tall and is willing to speak on most any topic with a level of authenticity that suggests he's been around the world, and has read more than a few books, too. He's gregarious and he loves to tell you about the artifacts actually woven into his pieces.
Doug's African-inspired headdress, with sticks actually woven into and through the entire head piece!
From sticks woven within the full length of an African-themed headdress that sits atop a black molded-glass head with bronze-colored puff dots, to Vietnamese paper beads, African bone, frankincense beads strung across and through a weaving that incorporates a wooden cross-piece of an Indonesian ikat loom, to chains woven through the ends of his deliciously-soft hand-dyed bamboo scarves to keep them from flying up in the wind while adding a beauty so fine and sparkling it will attract looks from across the street, Doug projects mastery of the loom and his artfully woven pieces.
This is one of those, "you've gotta see it to believe it" art shows. For those who met Doug and heard him speak about the motion he hopes to project with his large-scale woven wall hangings, it was a night of real appreciation for an artist at his apogee. Yes, his work has texture. Yes, it has color. Yes, it has extraordinary patterning from warp and weft. Yet, it also conveys motion — something few weavers can do as effectively as Doug. He hand-dyes his yarns and threads to ensure a consistency in his final products that only he can predict as he sits at the loom in constant motion. He never draws out or sketches a piece by hand in advance. He lets his artistic visions guide him. And it shows in the beauty and uniquenesses of all his pieces.
Doug responds to a question with his work as unique backdrop to his artist talk last night in White River Junction.
A smattering of Doug's work is depicted here in the photos above and below. To see it all, in vibrant texture and motion-filled color, you can visit Long River Gallery at 49 South Main Street in White River Junction where Doug's work is on display through the end of March. This is a show of museum-quality weavings not to be missed or overlooked. I loved hearing Doug speak about the connection between his weavings and life. In fact, as he said and as I now believe, all art is a form of weaving, be it weaving dreams into art, or colors into shapes that titillate. Perhaps he's found the true meaning of life!
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Dave Celone is not this beautifully color-infused, hand-dyed, luxuriously soft collection of scarves bundled together with the colorful bamboo fibers of Doug Masury's woven dreams.
Instead, Dave's a writer who likes to share information about his life in the Upper Valley on a host of topics ranging from food and beverage, to art and craft, to politics, humor, and history. Dave is a freelance writer, poet, visual artist, art gallery curator, and consultant for the education industry. He co-manages Long River Gallery & Gifts in Lyme, NH and its new gallery space in White River Junction, VT with his wife Lisa where over 175 local artists and artisans now show their work. The new gallery is at 49 South Main Street in White River Junction between The Junction Frame Shop and The Hotel Coolidge. Dave is also principal of Advancement Consulting Services offering higher education institutions and private secondary schools global best practices and unique ways to increase alumni giving and involvement through programs that develop relationships and value holistically. His "virtuous circle" model on developing fundraising programs, and his strategic program development centered around "treating students like alumnae/i and alumnae/i like students" have gained favor among development industry professionals and higher education leadership on multiple continents. Dave is former director of development at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and former co-executive director of the Dartmouth College Fund. He may be reached via email at: email@example.com. Please feel free to add your comments below. Dave will respond.