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BFA Thesis Exhibitions

May 6 - May 10, 2018

Reception: May 6: 2 pm to 4 pm


Kelly Potter: Bittersweet

A BFA Thesis Exhibition


Kelly Potter Artist Statement:

Bittersweet is a body of work that encompasses my memories and experiences living close to wild animals and plants from my hometown in the Berkshires, MA. I work in oil painting and clay sculpture to create life-sized representations of coyote, deer, bittersweet vine, and other common flora and fauna of the Northeastern landscape. I am interested in the complicated power relationships that exist between humans and nature, particularly those surrounding plant and animal species that have a strong capacity to adapt and thrive in our increasingly industrialized environment.

My fascination with coyotes began as a child when I heard their eerie cries from the darkness outside my bedroom window. I found excitement looking for traces of these mysterious animals in the forests of my backyard. Now, I spend my free time looking for animal trails throughout Western Massachusetts, which usually follow mountain ridges and industrial power lines where the trees are cut and wild black raspberries grow. Remnants of bones, feathers, and tracks give clues to animal presence. Following these trails, I begin to learn about the way these animals live and how surprisingly close they are to suburban homes. By exploring the patches of undeveloped land that exists between our streets, I hope to better understand how these animals adapt to the ever-growing urban development and congestion of human activity on the natural world. I aim to translate these observations and experiences into my artwork in a way that accurately represents the animals in their environment, and the ways in which they live among us.

Kelly Potter Bio:

Kelly Potter was born in the Berkshires, MA where she spent her childhood exploring the outdoors. Potter’s artwork is inspired by her love of the forests and wildlife from where she grew up. When she is outside of her studio, Potter spends her time in the woods following coyote trails and exploring the caves and rivers of Western Massachusetts. She is currently completing a BFA in Studio Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a concentration in Painting. While Potter’s primary focus is painting, she also creates sculptural and functional works in clay, drawings in charcoal, and digital illustrations.


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Gallery Hours:

Tuesday through Friday: 1 PM to 6 PM

Sunday 2 PM – 5 PM

We are closed for academic breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, Summer) and state holidays


Contact Information:

Main Number: (413) 545-0680

Gallery Director, Anne LaPrade Seuthe

Gallery Manager, Sally Curcio