artscope magazine
Gallery Sweep.
May 7, 2015

No need for dusters or mop buckets because we've already swept this blast for you. Galleries throughout Massachusetts are opening their doors for fresh air and spring exhibitions, and we've featured three of them below. So if you're into flowers, parlor games or altered memory, or any combination of the three, then our spring cleaning has paid off. Everyone has to do it, so you ought to treat yourself to our gallery sweep.

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Botanica at Dedee Shattuck Gallery
in Westport, Massachusetts now through May 31

                            Reluctant Sexpot by Jessica Calderwood.

A rose is a rose is a rose, or is it? In the past and surely in years to come, the relationship between art and nature is a concentration many artists explore. And though you may think you've seen it all when it comes to art and the environment, the current exhibition at Dedee Shattuck Gallery features seven artists who provide different takes on the emphasis. Botanica is a group exhibition that explores flora in a variety of mediums—fitting for an exhibition showing for the entirety of May. The work on display by the featured artists incorporates differing textures and perspectives, all which offer a refreshing view on manmade versus natural beauty. Jessica Calderwood, an image-maker and sculptor whose work is featured above, combines flower/botanical forms with fragments of the human body to address the narrative of the human life cycle: growth, metamorphosis, aging, death. Reenie Barrow's images reflect her interest in photographing flowers as metaphors, which then serve as catalysts for the viewer to contemplate words, sensations or memories. Leslie Ferst explores the interplay between reality, illusion and memory to create organic natural spaces for one to inhabit with her ceramics. Sculptor and environmental artist Beth Galston creates site-specific installations using light and various materials to transform spaces. Anna Kristina Goransson's investigation of seeds and new growth led to her works in white wool, which she creates then dyes, giving a sense that the forms are pumped full of pulsating, colorful life. Painter Georgia Marsh is inspired by the millennial presence of flower painting throughout the histories of art. Yoonmi Nam's drawings and prints use images of manmade environments and cut flower arrangements to evoke a sense of time that is both fleeting and forever. Botanica is on view now through Sunday, May 31 at Dedee Shattuck Gallery. Come experience this world of flowers the seven featured artists have created.

Sponsored by: Paradise City Arts Festival, South Shore Art Center Summer Festival, Wenham Museum, Easton Town Shovel Call for Artists, Bruce Museum,, Trustman Art Gallery Simmons College, Susan Powell Fine Art, Gateway Arts Fundraiser, Stove Factory Gallery and artscope Newsstand Tablet Edition

Paradise City Arts Festival


"WILD AND WONDERFUL!" - The Boston Globe

New England's most extraordinary collection of more than 260 painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, glassblowers, furniture makers, clothing designers and more - from every corner of America. With sensational food by local chefs, fabulous live music, special exhibits, a spectacular sculpture garden and lots of fun activities - a great way to spend a holiday weekend!

Three County Fairgrounds * Memorial Day Weekend * May 23, 24 & 25
54 Old Ferry Road at Route 9 * Northampton, MA
All Indoors and Under Tents * Mass Pike Exit 4 to I-91 North, Exit 19 *

Saturday and Sunday 10-6; Memorial Day 10-4
$13 adults; $11 seniors; $8 students; 12 and under free

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South Shore Art Center Summer Festival

Photo credit: Kim Alemian.

South Shore Art Center is celebrating 60 years at its annual Arts Festival, June 19-21, 2015. This Father's Day weekend the sprawling eight-pole tent will house 400+ pieces of art. Visitors will enjoy 90+ juried craft exhibitor booths who offer a variety of quality, artist-designed items such as jewelry, home and garden products, hand-made clothing, ceramics, fine art. Festival has something for everyone: the perfect blend of art, handmade craft, shopping, children activities, music and food.
Visit for all of the details.

Wenham Museum


Celebrating Love, Shirley Temple
May 8 | 7 p.m. | Wenham Museum

Gather for a festive evening to support the Wenham Museum and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Love, Shirley Temple, a special exhibit featuring memorabilia from the personal archives of iconic actress Shirley Temple.
Tickets available online.

Easton Town Shovel Call for Artists


Bruce Museum


The Bruce Museum will be awash in the vibrant hues of Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann now through September 6. Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann is the first ever exhibition to focus on the artist's varied and under-appreciated public mural projects. After its inaugural showing at the Bruce, the exhibition will travel to The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami and to the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.


Exquisite Corpse at Gallery Seven
in Maynard, Massachusetts now through May 22

                         Lime-Vicky by Mary K. Mooney.

The name of the game is Exquisite Corpse. Or maybe that's the name of Gallery Seven's current exhibition. Actually, that's the name of both. Yes, you read that right—Exquisite Corpse is based off an old parlor game. Invented in the 1920s by surrealists, exquisite corpse began as a writing game and was later played as a drawing game. In the game, a piece of paper is folded into 3 parts. The first artist draws a head then folds it over and passes it to the next artist who is only allowed to see the end of what the previous artist has drawn. The next artist draws a torso and the third, the legs. When the paper is unfolded, a collaborative drawing is revealed. In the nature of good times, ten Artspace Maynard artists decided to get together to give the game a go. Over the scope of two months, the artists swapped papers and projects. Once the final products were revealed, each artist set out to create two finished pieces of artwork inspired by two drawings of the game. The ten collaborating artists are Priscilla Alpaugh Cotter, Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch, Sue Huszar, Judith Jaffe, Sarah Jeppson Zitter, Rachel Korn, Sam Linnane, Mary K. Mooney, Gwen Murphy and Denise Shea. The game, or the process itself, is as much about the atmosphere as it is the art. Artist Priscilla Alpaugh Cotter says, "I've enjoyed not only the gathering of a group of artists who otherwise would not be likely to connect, but also the excitement of creating something new with little control over the outcome." After the drawing party, Sam Linnane said, "now the solitary work begins—imagining these creatures come to life, involving them in my own inner world and giving them stories with roles to play." These completed stories and roles are on view in Exquisite Corpse: Surrealist Fun, showing at Gallery Seven now through Friday, March 22.

Presence and Absence at Bromfield Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts now through May 31

Detached Attachment by Lesley Cohen, charcoal and chalk pastel.

It's been proven: the more you remember something—from memory, that is—the less accurate that memory becomes. This phenomenon of our brains distorting our abilities of recollection has inspired the current solo exhibition at Bromfield Gallery. In Presence and Absence, artist Lesley Cohen explores her interpretations of childhood memories through her abstract charcoal and pastel drawings. Cohen says, "Thinking about them for years or decades has changed my perception of them, has changed my memory of them and has maybe even changed the significance of the events themselves." Her drawings conceal these ambiguous incidents in an abstract vocabulary of line and space, exposing while still protecting those memories. Cohen's drawings begin with a general idea including a scaffold of compositional elements and, working intuitively, the piece evolves from there. As she works, new dimensions of meaning emerge. Each drawing transcribes an ongoing conversation between the materials, the marks her hand makes and her emerging vision. Of this process, the artist says, "I am on a journey to discover the secrets that are embedded in the process. During periods of reflection, the image and I inform each other to reach a unique visual resolution." Many of these improvisational creations are drawn from the deterioration of interconnecting structures, imagined geographic formations and the organic world—decayed nature, weathered surfaces and rusted metal. Cohen received her MFA from Boston University and her BS from State University College of New York at Buffalo. She has participated in juried shows at DeCordova Museum, Danforth Museum, Mills Gallery and Boston University, where she also served as an adjunct professor. Currently, Cohen lives and works outside of Boston. Her abstracted memories in Presence and Absence are awaiting your artistic eye at Bromfield Gallery now through Sunday, May 31.

Trustman Art Gallery Simmons College


Verdant: In Honor of Sinclair Hitchings and Art in Boston
An exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Awalt, Ken Beck, Aaron Fink and prints by Catherine Kernan

Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College
4th Floor, Main College Building
300 The Fenway, Boston

In Boston, Massachusetts now through May 29

Susan Powell Fine Art

"NYC, Grand Central Station, Chasing Time" by David Dunlop.

David Dunlop's solo exhibition Luminous Harmonies opens May 15 at Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Road in Madison. 35 exciting new paintings will be on view through June 14. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, May 15 from 5 - 8:30 p.m to meet the artist. Dunlop's terrific PBS Series Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop won an Emmy. Globally exhibited and collected, David teaches painting at the Silvermine School of Art. "My quest is for luminous mysteries and harmonies. Light suggests, evokes, alludes, hints and slyly offers a variety of stories through its bright and illuminating essence," says artist David Dunlop. From wanderings in city streets to the Connecticut shore, Dunlop's visions are set in a luminous mist of atmospheric color and are a celebration of the subtle motion of color and forms and the drama of nature's aerial mystery.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and Sundays and anytime by appointment.

For further information, call (203) 318-0616, or
visit to view works.

Gateway Arts Fundraiser


Saturday, May 16th
5 - 8 pm

Gateway Arts, a Vinfen Service, is a Studio Art Center serving over 100
artists with disabilities in the Greater Boston Area.
Enjoy a fun filled evening while helping raise funds for Gateway Arts.

Tickets can be purchased online at or call (617) 734-1577

Stove Factory Gallery


"Abstract Reasoning", a 4-women show depicting colorful and textured 2D contemporary abstract art with a feminine flare. Reception (the second one!) on May 8, 6-9 pm @ the Stove Factory Gallery, 523 Medford Street, Charlestown, MA 02129.

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