These days I am drawn to the tactile nature of painting. It is a meditative experience for me, keeping me fully grounded in the present moment. I am inspired by how the light, the sky, the land, and the mountains change throughout each day and throughout the seasons. I paint what I see and feel, surrendering myself to the process.
I have been very focused on the River of Mountains series. I keep a studio in West Virginia, where this series has evolved from my love of the landscape and the deep connection to the natural world that I feel when I am there. By limiting the subject of my exploration I have been able to focus on developing my style and expressive approach. Moving forward, as I paint and paint, I can see my mountain images gradually deconstructing into a more abstract expression.
Abbie Chessler is coming back to making art after many years of channeling her creative energy into her career as a museum exhibition designer.
She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she began with an interest in printmaking, and by the time she left she was immersed in conceptual and installation art. Early in Chessler’s career she created a number of temporary public art installations and exhibited in group shows, including the 1982 Maryland Biennial at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Most recently she has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Maryland as well as in West Virginia, where she spends time in the studio at her cabin in the mountains.
BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1979
1979, one person thesis show, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
1980, 11th International Sculpture Conference, Conceptual Events Day, Baltimore, MD
1983, installation, CS&D Architects, Baltimore, MD
1984, juried exhibition, Maryland Biennial, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
2013, juried group show, C Street Gallery, Laurel, MD
2014, two-person show, Lost River Trading Post Grasshopper Gallery, Wardensville, WV
2014, one person show, Olive on Main, Laurel, MD
2015, group show, Mansion on Main, Wardensville, WV
2015, group show, Jordan Faye Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2015, solo show, Lost River Trading Post Grasshopper Gallery, Wardensville, WV
2017, solo show, LA|DC Arts, Sip, Laurel, MD
2017, art residency, Root Studio, Columbia, MD
2017, solo show, Lost River Trading Post Grasshopper Gallery, Wardensville, WV
2018, group show, Artiste Féminine, Busboys and Poets, Takoma Park, MD
2018, group show, Collaboration, Himmelfarb Gallery at Maryland University of Integrative Health, Fulton, MD
2018, solo show, Tip Top Thomas, Thomas, WV
2019, solo show, Lost River Trading Post Grasshopper Gallery, Wardensville, WV
2019, group show, Art on Cullers Run, Mathias, WV
2019, group show, Our Voices, Ice House Gallery, Berkeley Springs, WV
2020, two-person show, Near and Far, Lost River Trading Post Grasshopper Gallery, Wardensville, WV
2021, Art on Cullers Run, Mathias, WV
2021, solo show, Lost River Trading Post Grasshopper Gallery, Wardensville, WV
I would love to hear from you with any comments or if you’re interested in purchasing or showing my work.
© Abbie Chessler