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Art by both high profile and emerging artists are presented in the Spencer Gallery; artists and themes directly relate to the curricula of the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

The mission of this gallery is to provide our students a unique experiential learning environment to stimulate critical thinking and creative inspiration. While studying art history, they are surrounded by works of contemporary art.

The gallery was donated by W. Thomas and Suzanne M. Spencer.

Carol Pelletier:  The Turning of Light

Monday, March 25 - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Reception:  Wednesday, April 10, 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Artist Talk:  Friday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.
Exhibition, reception, and artist talk are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 12 – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Friday 12 – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday:  2 – 4 p.m.

Closed on: Monday, April 15

Special Hours:  Saturday, May 11 - Friday, May 24 Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
No weekend or evening hours.

Artist Statement

This work is about investigating the ephemeral qualities of light. I am interested in resolving the discord between the frenzied and meditative elements of time. There's no real way to control momentum, but we have all been witnesses to its varying speeds. We live in a frenetic world, in which we have perceived the fleeting comings and goings of the days, weeks, months and years. We also have had moments that are frozen in time, and our recall of those moments help to magically recycle our relationship to an experience or place. This is my research into time and space.  Sometimes, these moments feel like déjà vu. Take twilight for example - it is where the light greets the darkness, with a short pause. Color becomes intensified, and the structure of the sky and ground are in fast flux, creating visual and emotional depth. Twilight holds in it a feeling of two worlds - a beginning and an end.

Technically, I work with oil, pigments and cold wax medium (a mixture of natural beeswax suspended in odorless mineral spirits and linseed oil which does not require heat).  Each layer is applied thinly and the surface undergoes several permutations before the arrangement of opaque and transparent color begin working together. Working through layers of pigmented and semi-transparent cold wax medium, I allow the history of a previous layer to be revealed.


Carol Pelletier is the Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Art at Endicott College. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Boecker Contemporary in Heidelberg Germany, Centre d'Art Contemporain Metz France, the Acadian Museum in Moncton and Prince Edward Island, Saint-Mary's University in Nova Scotia, the Cynthia Winings Gallery, the Attleboro Art Museum, the Becket Arts Center, the Huntington Museum of Art, the Oglebay Institute, Soren Christensen, Isalos Fine Art, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Berea College and Marietta College, to name a few. She has received three National Endowment for the Arts Grants, including a Fellowship grant to honor her achievement in the field of Fine Arts. She has also received a Mellon Foundation grant and is a Salzburg Fellow. Her work has been in multiple catalog exhibitions and publications including the most recent exhibits at the Cape Cod Museum of Art titled Depth of Field and Thinking Sideways at the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA. Other recent publications include, Southwest Art Magazine A Sense of Place by Kim Agricola 2018, Art New England exhibition review on Expectations of Place 2018 at the Cynthia Winings Gallery, by Carl Little), the New American Paintings juried by Beth Venn, Studio Visit Magazine, juried by Carl Belz, Creative Quarterly, Bloom Literary Journal in Los Angeles, ProWax Journal, Artscope: New England's Culture Magazine, Visual Overture and RiverLit Magazines. She holds the BFA from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the MFA from James Madison University. She is represented by the Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine.

Workshops and Curatorial Projects

Carol has taught multiple workshops on painting and cold wax methods at some of New England's well-known art institutions such as, the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill on Cape Cod, Snow Farm in Williamsburg, Ma, the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts. Carol has also worked on multiple curatorial and juried exhibitions, including the recent exhibition Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Surface and Structure at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. For more information please visit her website at

For more information regarding Carol Pelletier:  The Turning of Light, please contact Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts, Gallery Director at 978-232-2655 or


Gallery Images

Oil and cold wax on panel
Carol Pelletier
Purple Haze
Oil and cold wax on panel
Carol Pelletier
Cape Hedge
Oil and cold wax on panel
Carol Pelletier