Conway Daily Sun Article -April 28, 2017 (five page article) "FEMME FATALES OF THE NORTH: DANGER! WOMEN! ART"

Kristen Pobatschnig (left) and Rebecca Klementovich are the art collaborative "Femme Fatales of the North." (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)CONWAY — Women, mountains, danger. Such were the images that abstract painters Kristen Pobatschnig and Rebecca Klementovich hoped to bring to mind by naming their collaboration, "Femme Fatales of the North."

The evocative title seemed to work, with their work being highlighted on WMUR's "New Hampshire Chronicle" and in the May issue of New Hampshire Magazine with a story called "Remarkable Women 2017: Artists to Watch."

The collaboration began shortly after Pobatschnig, 32, of Conway first visited Klementovich, 47, at her Bartlett home.

Illegal Visit to Hans Hofmann's Drawing School at the Cape

Hans Hofmann is considered by many critics to have been the greatest and most influential teacher of art in America in this century. Hans taught his Push and Pull theory in Providence, Mass at the Hawthorne school. Hofmann’s influence as an abstract teacher touched all artist who were part of the New York Expressionism movement.

 

In 1979 the barn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is on Miller Hill Road, has an impressive view of town.The location of this relic  you didn’t hear from me, but is worth the visit. The property is now privately owned.

In Recognition to Hunter S Thompson

 

Many women are in love with Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth, or Christian Bale. But myself, I’m infatuated with Hunter S. Thompson and his nonfiction book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Hunter S. had his own brand of Gonzo journalism, wherein reporters become the main character of the stories they’re reporting–and often travel to what Hunter called The Edge. “There is no honest way to explain The Edge,” he once wrote, “because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”

In recognition of Hunter S Thompson’s imaginative genius, I dedicate this photo (yes, that’s me shooting an abstract painting) to those still waiting to go over The Edge. Come join us. You have nothing to lose but your remote control channel flickers.

5,000 Mile Studio Space in the Forest

New Hampshire is no “Plain Jane”,

when it comes to views. That is why painting inside the 5,000 miles of forests, starting from New Hampshire including Canada, makes this area a phenomenal studio space. Yes, an outside studio space that replaces the comforts of the traditional white walls as a place to paint is at times impractical due to the weather. But, lady inspiration is not always convenient. The photographer is Joe Klementovich, my brother who has known me my whole life, and can connect to the vastness of this state and understands modern work. He has worked with some of the most extinct parts of nature in the area. We both want to show what this state can elevate to in the name of art.
 
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7 Degrees and Blizzard Conditions

On February 11th in Jackson, NH, two abstract painters displayed their work along the 56 wooded trails at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Rebecca Klementovich of Bartlett and Kristen Pobatschnig of Conway call themselves the “Femme Fatales of the North” and are working to bring more attention to female painters in northern New Hampshire.

The day of the show it was 7 degrees with blizzard conditions. The snow was falling down hard. The women had to pull their large canvases on sleds across the trails at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. It was estimated that 3,000 people would be at the foundation that day, a similar number of viewers as the MOMA. All of the paintings were hung creatively on trees. The paintings are highly colorful. The thick layers of varnish kept the canvases safe from the heavy amounts of snow.