July 2, 2015
With our nation's birthday this upcoming weekend, we couldn't help but reflect on what our independence means to us, especially in the art world. Freedom of speech comes to mind, as does the freedom to come together as one—a holistic art community that transcends all media and state lines. In this blast, we've honed in on shows in Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts simply because we can. And because yesterday marked the start of a new month, don't forget to check out our new July/August issue, as well as the many First Friday events happening across New England. Also of interest: The Isles Arts Initiative, a summer long public art series that will capture the intrinsic beauty of the 34 harbor islands, is set to host an opening reception on Saturday, July 11 on Georges Island—an event you'll most certainly want to attend.
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Invincible Summer at Flatrocks Gallery
in Gloucester, Massachusetts now through July 12
Squam Sail by Shaun McNiff.
Though summers seem to get shorter the more years we tack on, there is still a nostalgia to the season that reminds us of days long gone when summer lasted an eternity. It is this kind of energy that is currently being harnessed in Flatrocks Gallery's Invincible Summer exhibition. This wonderfully rich and evocative show features Joy Halstead's delightful constructions, the deceptively simple forms of Juni Van Dyke, Shaun McNiff's portrayal of the mythic quality of summer on Ipswich Bay and Lynne Sausele's vibrant wall sculptures. So, what's really in store? The oil paintings of McNiff, whose work is featured above, are direct and authentic responses to his environment. In this series he employs lively, fluid gestures to capture the essence of summer along the shore. Sausele brings her strong command of color to her new series of wall sculptures. From a load of cast off boat building wood, she has created pleasing minimalist designs painted in high intensity, fully saturated, acrylic gouache. Van Dyke's new series of oil paintings—Crayola Crayons—are a "retracing of time" in which the rich layering of color and forms are knitted together like memories. Halsted's roots in pop art are evident in these selected works. Clever construction, a robust sense of humor and a keen eye for design are the cornerstones of her work. Ceramicists Anne Mastrangelo Fink and Jan Weinshanker also have works on view in the exhibition. All of the featured artists are widely educated and exhibited, and despite their different starts and paths, they've come together in this corner of Cape Ann to display their works that echo these words from Nobel Prize winning author, journalist and philosopher, Albert Camus: "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
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"Deciduous" by Jennifer Day
at Bromfield in July
"Hole," photopolymer etching, 5" x 7".
From July 1 - Aug 2, Bromfield Gallery presents "Deciduous: Prints and Drawings" by Jennifer Day. Her work navigates the space between large and small, the interplay of full-scale charcoal drawings and intimate prints. The title "Deciduous" alludes to trees that lose their leaves, and by extension what cannot be held-and which is just barely understood before changing and disappearing. The opening reception is Friday, July 10, 6-8:30 pm.
450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA
Helen Day Art Center Exposed
Helen Day Art Center presents Exposed, the 24th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition throughout Stowe, Vermont. Sculpture from 13 sculptors and poetry on storefront windows by former Vermont Poet Laureate, Ruth Stone. Opening Reception and Walkabout Saturday July 11th at 4p.m. with Progressive Hors d'ouevres.
July 11 - October 14, 2015.
Helen Day Art Center
90 Pond Street
Stowe, Vermont 05672
David's Old Silver Swim
Call for Artists!
David's Old Silver Swim to benefit Compassionate Care ALS
We seek works of art for a silent auction that will be held in conjunction with an open water swimming race on Cape Cod.
Artists will set the starting bid, which they will then receive in compensation. Additional proceeds will be donated to CCALS, a Cape Cod based non profit that helps people living with ALS.
Interested? email Davidsswim@gmail.com
Isles Arts Initiative
As recently announced in the Globe, this summer the Isles Arts Initiative will transform the Boston Harbor Islands into a canvas primed for artistic activation and social engagement. Taking shape across two islands and featuring an accompanying gallery exhibition in downtown Boston,
IAI encourages visitors to reconnect with Boston Harbor.
Saturday July 11th marks the official opening of IAI on Georges Island with 11 site responsive installations by regional artists on view across 41.3 acres.
Learn more about the participating artists and the initiative here: IAI2015.greenovate.org.
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Now You See Me at Helen Day Art Center
in Stowe, Vermont now through August 23
Come, run in me by Christy Chow, from the series "Laborland," 2015. Video, audio, wood, vinyl, acrylic, treadmill, spray paint, LED light strips, speaker, fabric, tag fastener, 90 x 100 x 24 inches.
2015 marks the third biennial MFA exhibition at Helen Day Art Center and this year the show will include the work of artists in programs as geographically distant as Montreal and New York. The point behind this exhibition is to gain exposure for the eight featured artists and the significant contemporary issues their work explores, at HDAC this summer, and hopefully beyond. In Now You See Me: The Best of the Northeast Masters of Fine Arts, 2015, Yi Yi Lily Chan's work in prints and video are complex meditations and rooted questions related to identity across cultures, cultural restrictions, social expectations and notions of freedom. Artist Christy Chow employs gaming and simulation with her interactive installation Run in me, pictured above, where she invites viewers to consider the laborers and the labor required to produce garments that we wear daily. Lu Heintz's work brings to the surface hidden anxieties and emotional tension that almost seem at odds with the profound joy and love experienced through motherhood. Bryan Hutchison's installation The Dream Mine invites viewers to consider their relationship to notions of the mystical and also excavates a lesser-known historical event involving LDS/Mormon Church members. Loretta Park's brilliant work in cloth, vinyl, acrylic, silkscreen and woodwork seems to traffic in play—her celebratory mash-ups invite viewers into a transformative, perspective-altering experience of visual pleasure. Russell Prigodich's sculptures hint at absent individuals and, through their juxtaposition of dark, cold, hard steel and warm, malleable soap register a kind of tension, which adds an unseen "fourth dimension" to these three-dimensional works. Vincent Routhier's monumental drawings are conceptual renderings of mathematical formulae and calculations registered in the complex of holes and creases with which he uses to guide his mark-making and in the drawings themselves. Gabriel Sosa's painterly drawings are evocative reiterations of court documents and testimonies related to memories of his work as a court interpreter and together they make visible elements of the judicial process that stand-in for defendants as well as the fragile memories on which these individuals depend. Now You See Me is on view now through Sunday, August 23 at Helen Day Art Center.
The Best of Maine Contemporary Art at Thos. Moser
in Freeport, Maine now through October 12
Copley Plunge by Joel Babb, oil on linen, 80 x 62 inches.
As part of Thos. Moser's alternative gallery program and their 2015 summer art show in collaboration with local art dealer Kevin Tierney of Maine Art Collectors, the gallery's flagship showroom in Freeport, Maine is hosting The Best of Maine Contemporary Art. This year's collection boasts an impressive presentation of museum-quality pieces, ranging from quintessential and abstract Maine landscapes, photo realism paintings of aerial views of Boston and abstract expressionism mixed media compositions. "In the past 10 years, the quality and diversity of exhibiting artists has increased," says Laurie Perzley, art curator of the Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom. Since the flagship showroom opened in 1998, it has regularly exhibited art, becoming a recognized and leading venue for art exhibitions in Maine. "This year's caliber of artists and range of artwork are truly spectacular, our first exhibit of such stature," Perzley adds. This is the most significant exhibit Freeport Showroom has ever curated, with more than $2 million worth of art by locally and national recognized artists including Joel Babb, Eric Hopkins, Thomas Crotty, Connie Hayes and William Manning, among others. Many of the featured paintings were first exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, Bates College Museum of Art and the University of New England Museum of Art. This dynamic spectrum of artists and their achievements is on view now through Monday, October 12 in Thos. Moser's The Best of Maine Contemporary Art. Come out and see what the best are truly made of.
Galatea Fine Art
The Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition: The NEW ENGLAND COLLECTIVE VI
and CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS
Call for Artists: The Sixth Annual New England Collective Juried Exhibition at Galatea Fine Art in Boston's SOWA Thayer Street Art District. August 5-30, 2015. All media. Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett, Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum. Entry deadline: July 10, 2015. Download the prospectus at www.galateafineart.com.
GALATEA FINE ART, a contemporary cooperative gallery in the SOWA District in Boston's South End is screening for new artist members. If you are interested in being considered for membership, send an email requesting information to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 8, 2015. We are located at 460B Harrison Ave., #B-6, Boston, MA 02118.
Wax and Paper: Encaustic Prints
June 29 - July 31, 2015
Reception: July 9, 6-8 pm
MassWax Exhibition at the Chandler Gallery Displays
Versatility of Encaustic Printmaking
"When people look at encaustic work, they can't help but touch it," says Lola Baltzell, president of MassWax, the local chapter of International Encaustic Artists. Baltzell is curating an exhibition of encaustic prints by MassWax members, juried by Betty Bothereau, owner of L'Attitude Gallery.
Maud Morgan Arts
20A Sacramento Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Karl Drerup Art Gallery
and Silver Center for the Arts
Karl Drerup Art Gallery & Silver Center for the Arts
July 6-August 14
Opening Reception July 18, 5-7 pm
"FORCE OF NATURE: Exploring the Power of the Feminine"
National juried exhibit sponsored by Women's Caucus for Art/NH. Juror Judith Brodsky. See website for partnerships, sponsors, and associated events.
Silver: Sun-Sat, business and evening hours
KDAG: Th 1-8, F, Sa, Sun 1-4
Plymouth State University
150 Main Street, Plymouth NH
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