June 25, 2020

This week we're presenting Elaine & Phillip Beals Preserve, Jamestown Arts Center and Cahoon Museum of American Art with outdoor installations to bring some fun to your summer. As the art world begins to reopen, these exhibits offer an opportunity to get out of the house and see something beautiful while still following social distancing guidelines.

Newport Art Museum is holding their annual gala, this time with a twist. Their Gala at Home will take place on July 17 in the form of a gourmet dinner delivered right to your home. The meal includes a prepared dinner, specially selected wine and fresh flowers. Delivery locations include Aquidneck Island, Jamestown, and Bristol. Tickets are limited and must be purchased by June 30, so don't wait to secure your spot! For more information, such as the menu, and to purchase your tickets, click here.

Wondering how your favorite galleries are responding to COVID-19? Check out Artscope's COVID-19 Updates & Resources page for a curation of online galleries, classes, webinars and other activities you can do at home, as well as resources for artists. Featuring galleries and museums all across New England, this page will be updated continuously as we receive more information.

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- Kristin Wissler

Art on the Trails 2020: Rising Up at Elaine & Philip Beals Preserve
in Southborough, Massachusetts through September 13

Art on the Trails
Kevin Duffy, Hope Rising, granite, 22" x 15" x 6".

Art on the Trails 2020, presented by The Southborough Open Land Foundation in collaboration with Southborough artist Catherine Weber is officially underway at Elaine & Philip Beals Preserve. Juried by artist and public art administrator Hilary Zelson, this year's exhibition is themed "Rising Up." Artists responded to the exhibit's call for art with installations that consider how we face the challenges that crop up in our lives, and how the human spirit continues to prosper despite those challenges. This theme is especially apt given the unprecedented situation we're currently living through. Art on the Trails responded to this situation by livestreaming the exhibition's opening instead of holding a reception. Art on the Trails 2020 takes place throughout the beautiful Beals Preserve, offering an environment in which viewers can enjoy the installations while following social distancing guidelines. Art on the Trails 2020 encourages the viewer to think about the same question that the artists did as they created their installations: reflecting on how they persevered throughand continue to confrontthe challenges that COVID-19 has created. Art on the Trails is accepting poetry submissions in response to the installations through July 30, and there will be a poetry reading and closing reception on Sunday, September 13 from 3:005:00 p.m. Beals Preserve is located off Route 30 in Southborough, Massachusetts. To learn how to get there and where to park, visit solf.org/beals-preserve. For more information on Art on the Trails 2020, visit artonthetrails.com.

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Call For Artists and Writers
at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Call for artists and writers for About What's Going On, An Online Exhibit starting July 22, 2020.

The Theme: The pandemic, its impact on our lives, its ongoing social consequences: The killing of George Floyd, the upsurge of consciousness of racism, the demands for change now at last. Our conflicted politics, our damaged economy, our disrupted employment. Our private lives, our public lives. Grave dangers and signs of hope.

You are invited to submit visual art and written work to be considered for About What's Going On by July 10 at 11:59 p.m. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and People's Choice winners will be announced August 1, 2020. Learn more and submit your work here.

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Historias de Tierra y Mar / Stories of Land and Sea
Claudia Ruiz Gustafson
Claudia Ruiz Gustafson

Historias de Tierra y Mar / Stories of Land and Sea
Claudia Ruiz Gustafson
Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

In Claudia Ruiz Gustafson's current exhibit, Historias de Tierra y Mar / Stories of Land and Sea, she pays homage to important parts of her own history through three different series of photographs: Fragmented Stories (Historias Fragmentadas), Poet of the Lake, and Maria. In each series, she explores the paradox of memory and the emotion of loss and how it connects to her being the only person in her family who left her country of origin.

Exhibit on display in the Multicultural Arts Center's Virtual Gallery through August 28, 2020.

New Britain Museum of
American Art

The New Britain Museum of American Art presents 2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA, a year-long series of groundbreaking exhibitions devoted exclusively to women artists. This initiative, which honors the centenary of women's suffrage in America, can also be experienced from home with special exhibition walkthroughs available at nbmaa.org/online.

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

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Beckett's Maze: Go On at Jamestown Arts Center
in Jamestown, Rhode Island until it fades

Jamestown Arts Center
Robin Crocker, Beckett's Maze in-progress photo.

The parking lot at Jamestown Arts Center is currently the site of an environmental installation. Beckett's Maze: Go On is a multi-colored painted maze on the pavement by Rhode Island-based artist Robin Crocker. Crocker modeled the maze after the ancient labyrinth found in Chartres Cathedral, circa 1200 CE. She was also influenced by Samuel Beckett's novel "The Unnameable," which is quoted throughout the installation. Viewers will find the words "You must go on" at the entrance of the maze, and "I can't go on" and "I'll go on" stenciled on gold medallions alternating every six feet as the maze progresses. The maze is meant to be walked through until the participant reaches the end, offering a meditation as they follow the pathway, and a communal experience when they finally reach the center. "In the midst of this global pandemic, faced with deeply rooted social injustice and political divide, now is a crucial time to contemplate our role, our impact, as part of this whole," said Crocker about the installation. "A journey through Beckett's Maze offers an opportunity for this much needed introspection." Crocker drew on Beckett's musings on consciousness to create an experience that mimics the journey through life, marked in equal parts by suffering ("I can't go on") and joy ("I'll go on"). Much like life's journey, Beckett's Maze will be over whenever fate decides: the installation will end once the paint fades from the pavement and it won't be repainted, so don't wait to experience Beckett's Maze. Jamestown Arts Center is located at 18 Valley Street in Jamestown, Rhode Island. For more information, visit jamestownartcenter.org/exhibitions.

Alfred Glover: Garden Grove at Cahoon Museum of American Art
in Cotuit, Massachusetts through December 2020

Cahoon Museum of American ArtAlfred Glover, section of Garden Grove.

Although Cahoon Museum of American Art is still closed due to COVID-19, the outdoor installation Alfred Glover: Garden Grove is currently on view for the public. Part of the musuem's Streetside series, Garden Grove is a drive-by exhibition visible from the street along Route 28 in Cotuit, Massachusetts. Created by artist Alfred Glover, the exhibit consists of whimsical tree sculptures made of metal and wood, marked by giant ginkgo and philodendron leaves, beautiful flowers and strangeyet endearinganimals like nesting birds and spotted dogs. Glover has worked as an artist for over four decades and is known regionally for his sculptures, inspired by memories of his childhood and his travels across the world. "Most of these works on display at the museum have stories," Glover said. "Some are inspired by my childhood; others emerge as I work on the pieces. Sometimes the animals inspire me after the work is finished." Glover's sculptures are made with aluminum and painted with vibrant, durable colors designed to stand up to the elements for months of outdoor weather. In the midst of the current crisis, Garden Grove offers the viewer a much-needed slice of whimsy, color and cheer. Cahoon Museum of American Art is located at 4676 Falmouth Road in Cotuit, Massachusetts. For more information, visit cahoonmuseum.org/alfred-glover-garden-grove.

"SIZZLE!" Online Exhibition at Bromfield
Deadline: July 1
Bromfield Gallery

Bromfield Gallery seeks artwork that sizzles with excitement for an online August exhibition. Open to all media, any interpretation. $18 for 3 images. Prizes include a 2021 solo exhibition for First Place, and Second and Third Place awards of $50$100. Apply online at bromfieldgallery.com. Questions? Email [email protected].

Bromfield Gallery
450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA
(617) 451-3605
[email protected]
(Open by appointment)

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