, Newburyport, MA


November 7, 2013

'The Evolution of an Artist'

Pop-up salon spotlights Port man's work before and after stroke


A video that will play in Ron’s studio highlights his college work along with a number of items created at Ronald Emmerling Design, including a sewing machine, tiny cameras and radios, and a pepper mill that was sold in the gift shop at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

“I had to drag out his old Pratt notebooks from 55 years ago,” Karla Emmerling said.

The video was made by Barry Kaplan, owner of The Finer Image in Danvers, who also helped the pair by developing some of Ron Emmerling’s never-before-seen photographs for the exhibit.

The show also features new sculptures by Emmerling, including one he was still completing this week. He sketches out the design, has the parts made and shipped to him, and then pieces them together and paints them. Between painting and sculpting, he works for up to five hours a day.

“It has been every day for the last six months,” he said.

Most of Emmerling’s pieces will be for sale this weekend, although his wife said she will be sad to see some of it go.

“I do like the idea of them having homes with people who love art,” she said. “I keep liking what he’s doing, so he’s going to make me more.”

The pop-up salon will open with “a really swell party” tomorrow evening, complete with catered food and a bartender serving drinks, Estey said. The exhibit will also be open to the public on Saturday and by appointment on Sunday.

“It’s a great introduction to Ron,” Estey said. “This is a way of bringing the art world to him and him to the art world.”

If you go

What: “Ron Emmerling Reinvented: The Evolution of an Artist”

When: Opening reception tomorrow, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, by appointment

Where: 7 Prince Place, Penthouse 502, Newburyport

How much: Free

Appointments and more information: 978-376-4746




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