Meet Our Artists
Gallery 444 PTown Core Artists
Pat Conant is a New England artist, printmaker, painter and muralist. Her works have been extensively shown in many galleries, as well as local and national exhibitions. Some of these include the Boston Printmakers Exhibitions, the Academic Artists Association Exhibitions, Allied Artist of America, New York; the Society of American Graphic Artists, New York; the Miami International Print Exhibition, Florida; The Philadelphia Print Club, Pennsylvania; the Albany Print Club, New York, the Cove Gallery in Wellfleet, and Cape Cod Art Association.
She has won awards in both her prints and paintings throughout her career some of which include, the Decordova Museum Purchase Award, the Berkshire Art Association Graphics Award, the Cain, Hibbard and Myers Award, WGBY Critics Award Prize and the New Bedford Arts Festival 1st Prize. Her work is in the collection of the Decordova Museum, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the University of Pittsburgh, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., and the State Street Bank. As a muralist she has completed murals for the Charles A. Gallagher Transportation Terminal in Lowell, Masschusetts, the Baystate Medical Complex in Springfield, Massachusetts and the Westfield, Massachusetts Courthouse.
Mary Ann Wenniger
Artist, teacher, author, Mary Ann de Buy Wenniger is a well-respected art dealer and gallerist of forty years in Boston, Rockport, Provincetown and now co-owns Wenniger Cottage Gallery and Print Studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Mary Ann studied Art history at Boston University and New York University. She received an M.A. in art education from Harvard and a M.F.A. from Vermont College. Mary Ann learned printmaking at the Radcliffe Institute and DeCordova Museum, and is a self-proclaimed course junkie delighting in learning new things. Mary Ann was one of the first artists to experiment with the collagraph during its genesis in the 1960’s when polymer glues were developed that make it possible to create permanently adhered collaged plates and print them on rag paper using an intaglio press. She purposely uses new colors for each print; thus each print is unique. The plates themselves are art works. They take weeks to assemble. She uniquely combines elements of sculpture and printmaking. Wenniger collagraphs captivate with their genre scenes, poetic titles reflecting her optimistic spirit. Their hand wrought, painterly surfaces shine with rich colors from heavy printmaking oil inks used. Although printmaking implies multiples, for Wenniger each print becomes a painting. Wenniger collagraphs are primarily in private homes with some in corporate collections: First Bank of New Hampshire, Bank of Boston, Fidelity Investments, Rockefeller collection.
Tara Conant isa professional photographer as well as a photo educator. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Bard College. She has taught photography at Westfield State University, Holyoke Community College as well as other colleges during in her career.
Her photographic work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States for a number of years. Some themes and subject matter she explores in her photographic work range from street photography, documentation of the representation and treatment of women in society to environmental issues.
She has earned recognition for her work including a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant for her documentary series of photographs entitled Sites and she was selected as one of the 2000 Women in Photography by Women in Photography International. Additionally, she works as a freelance photographer.
Wendy Cressey received her BA in Graphic Design from Westfield State University. She has continued her education by taking endless graduate classes in photography and printmaking at RISD, Massachusetts College of Art, Montserrat College of Art, and at Island Center Skopelos, Greece. She has received numerous awards for her work and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the USA gathering subject matter for her art which includes landscapes, architecture and her favorite musicians. She has printed and collaborated with famous printmakers in their studios. Most of her work is in private collections. Aside from her art-making she is also a business entrepreneur and establishing a gallery has been a life long dream since she managed Wenniger Graphics on Newbury Street in Boston.
Friends of Gallery 444
Gallery 444 PTown was pleased to welcome the following artists friends over the past years.
Kevin’s paintings and prints are regularly on display across the United States in both private and public collections. He is a member of The Salmagundi Club, in New York City. The U.S. Department of State, through its Art in Embassies Program, has selected a number of Kevin’s American landscapes to hang in embassies around the world. The U.S. Department of the Interior has twice commissioned significant collections of Kevin’s work: For the 75th Anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park, Kevin created a series of paintings of the inner gorge of the canyon, and for the 85th Anniversary of Glacier National Park, he likewise produced a series of paintings of the park’s back country. Exhibitions of these series were held both at the parks and at the Department of the Interior Museum in Washington, D.C.
At the invitation of the then-Soviet government in 1989, Kevin accompanied a traveling solo exhibition of his work across the Soviet Union, and Kevin subsequently hosted two Russian artists whom the government of Mikhail Gorbachev permitted to visit and work in the United States. In addition, the National River Conservation Association commissioned a series of works by Kevin to document the Bio Bio River in Chile prior to construction of a major dam that changed the river’s course and depth forever.
Kevin grew up in Oxford, Maryland, and studied painting at the American Institute in Southern France and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As an Officer in the United States Marine Corps, he was recognized for his artistic ability and was assigned the job title of Combat Artist. Kevin also has designed theatrical sets, including for the Washington National Opera.
After a number of years of living and working in the District’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, he now resides and keeps his studio in the historic town of Washington, Virginia.
Kevin is represented In “Little Washington” by the Gay Street Gallery and in Washington, D.C., by the Watergate Gallery. He also has solo shows in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at Gallery 444 twice each year, where he is also is a member of the Provincetown Art Association & Museum. Kevin has had several shows at New York City galleries and in recent years his work has twice appeared in juried shows at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
- Kevin Adams showing in 2023! See more.>>>
June 7 – 21
September 20 – October 4
Matthias has been working within the arts all his life in various aspects. His goal is to integrate painting, music, film, photography, and narrative cohesively, while drawing from life, dreams, symbols, myth, philosophy and psychology.
Born in 1964 Germany, Lupri grew up in the wilds of Alberta, Canada with a wonderstruck fascination of nature, flight, arts, and mythical dreams. After years of studying music and a touring drummer road life, Matthias ventured to Boston to focus on the study of jazz vibraphone with Gary Burton. After releasing six CD’s of original music and touring internationally, he discovered the parallel symbiosis of painting to music, and started quickly an additional new direction in 2012. After years as a palette knife oil painter, Matthias has been steadily putting out various series of paintings, showing at galleries, and selling his work internationally.
”For me, a large part is that I feel our unconscious and conscious landscape hemispheres collide to create positive and negative tension within each of our lives. The unconscious has an existence of time immemorial within our almost hidden myth, while our conscious life ego awakes daily to a fresh new day.
So I question; How do we exist through these our entire lives, shaping us toward the past, present and future as one unit of human totality? In which way does the essence of it all give meaning to who we are and contribute to our interactions with each other, our earth and universe?
It has been an interesting lifelong search and journey revealing my art through these philosophical constructs. Art that co-exists and works in-conjunction with these ideas and with one other: painting, music, poetry, photography, film and narrative, etc. The landscape hemispheres and archetypes create new paths to follow and show themselves as personal empirical motifs within the art abstractly and in everyday life. They prove to be part of the memory, dream, reflection symbiosis.
It is all much a mystery and interesting pursuit.”
- Matthias Lupri showing in 2023! See more.>>>
June 21 – 12
August 9 – 30
September 13 – 20