artscope magazine
Word on the Street.
April 23, 2015

Word on the street is: this blast is packed with three exhibitions from all over New England that are ready to blow you away. If you're waiting for our May/June issue to drop, the shows and artists below will certainly tide you over until then: landscape paintings reaching for beauty are happening in Rhode Island, artists who play to and play on society's attention culture are at work in Connecticut, while two artists work to stay true to their intentions and narratives are spotlighting in Massachusetts. With all that to fit into your calendars, it's hard for us to imagine you spending the rest of your April doing anything else.

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Reaching for Beauty at Coastal Living Gallery
in Kingstown, Rhode Island now through April 28

Wondering About Flow by Karen Rand Anderson.

As of late, artist Karen Rand Anderson is seeking solace through reaching for beauty?reaching for it in the midst of the ineffable horrors and unspeakable tragedies taking place in the world today. Anderson said, "I'm not trained in any way to assist those who are truly suffering. Like many others, I feel helpless about the sorrow and tragedy happening in the world. As an artist and an overly sensitive soul, my way of coping, at present, is to simply reach for beauty through the work I feel called to create." That work she is currently creating focuses largely on landscape painting, primarily using acrylic and water-based media. Through isolating fragments of previous paintings, Anderson's most recent work reflects an abstracted, energetic investigation of place. The images are meant to suggest to the viewer a sense of someplace they may or may not have been. Created with an unbridled palette and arresting titles, the artist's intention is to ignite memory, question and mystery about the personal and emotional places we seek. Tired of "reflecting pain" in her artwork, Anderson has found landscapes to be the ideal setting for "less thinking" and more beauty?they absorb emotion but stray from pure formalism. Her new exhibit, Reaching for Beauty, at Coastal Living Gallery features several of these atomic abstractions, alongside more representational landscapes and small sculptures. In her mixed-media sculptures, Anderson has been interested in posing visual questions regarding the nature of relationship?between natural materials, physical and emotional tension, and metaphor. Natural materials such as bones, branches, saplings, grapevine, moss, stones and sheep's fleece, along with paper, canvas, wire and found and altered objects make up her three-dimensional work. The viewer is then invited to address his or her own relationship to the energy, materials, symbolism and metaphors that await discovery. Reaching for Beauty is on view now through Tuesday, April 28 at Coastal Living Gallery.

Sponsored by: Blueway Art Alliance, Wenham Museum, Dichotomies the Focus of Alpert and Cohen Exhibitions at Bromfield in May, Hargate Art Center, artscope Newsstand Tablet Edition, South Shore Art Center Summer Festival, Boston Printmakers Call for Art, Providence Art Club, Newburyport ArtWalk and Massasoit Arts Festival

Blueway Art Alliance


Internationally recognized artist Stuart Shils will teach a June Master Painting Class in Western MA. The Blueway Art Alliance, located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, invites established artists of national and international standing to lead workshops, panel discussions, art exhibitions, poetry readings, and more.

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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.

Dichotomies the Focus of Alpert and Cohen Exhibitions at Bromfield in May


Top: Laurie Alpert: "Sprigbook 3," polyester plate lithograph, joomchi, 7" x 48", 2014.
Bottom: Lesley Cohen: "Silent Serenade," charcoal and chalk pastel, 44" x 30", 2014.

From April 29 - May 31, Bromfield presents "Bound / Unbound" by Laurie Alpert, featuring her artists' books incorporating Korean papermaking, and "Presence and Absence" by Lesley Cohen, who uses charcoal and chalk pastel to explore memories of childhood. The reception is Friday, May 1, from 6-830 pm.

On Tuesday, May 5, from 6-8 pm, Bromfield will host a free reading by Vermont Studio Center alumni, staff and friends.

Bromfield Gallery
450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA
Wed-Sun, 12-5
(617) 451-3605

Hargate Art Center


Annual Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition | May 1- May 31

Practicing their art while teaching it, faculty members Colin Callahan, Charles Lemay, Brian Schroyer, and Rebecca Soderberg cultivate a community of creation in the Art Center. Meet the artists Friday, May 1, 6-8pm.

Hargate Art Center at St. Paul's School
32 Library Road, Concord, New Hampshire 03301
(603) 229-4644 | | Tu-Th 9-4

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It's gonna take a lotta love at Franklin Street Works
in Stamford, Connecticut now through May 24

C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience), Part 1 by A.L. Steiner & Robbinschilds.

The artists in It's gonna take a lotta love at Franklin Street Works avoid the detachment and seduction of the screen-based technologies that characterize our attention economy. Yet, rather than critiquing the sensationalist strategies embedded in the ever-expanding social media and advertising industries, they pursue modes of art-making that focus on the aesthetic and conceptual potential of society's offcuts. Artist Wayne White paints witty and sometimes biting phrases on found paintings of pastoral landscapes and rustic barns. Andy Coolquitt resituates familiar materials such as vinyl records, light bulbs, synthetic shag fabric and books-on-tape into installations that are inspired by functions and spaces outside of the gallery. Whiting Tennis creates drawings, paintings and sculptures that pit Modernist art's fascination with pure form against an intentionally personal mode of a hobbyist aesthetic that wrestles with ideas of concealment and containment. Other artists featured in It's gonna take a lotta love create subtle interventions using everyday language and music. Jeremy Deller's poster, "Attention all DJs," takes on the form of a handwritten sign with tongue-in-cheek instructions for DJs. Jon Campbell's "four letter word flags" brightly declare words like "Yeah," "Home," and "Want." By inserting his word flags between country, state, or corporate flags in a city, Campbell prompts viewers to ask if the words we all use are worthy of a public format usually preserved for branding. Visual and sound artist Stephen Vitiello slows down Dolly Parton singing "Stairway to Heaven" until it sounds like choral music. In A.L. Steiner & Robbinschild's "C.L.U.E. Part I" video (featured above), two women perform dance-infused movements in backdrops of natural and built environments, connecting color, action, attitude and environment in a way that includes the audience in their choreographed antics. It's gonna take a lotta love is showing now through Sunday, May 24 at Franklin Street Works. In an age of anxiety, isolated individualism and virtually-lived experience, this exhibition is a refreshing exploration of inclusivity, authenticity and commonality.

Common Thread at Fountain Street Fine Art
in Framingham, Massachusetts now through May 10

Reintegration by Leslie Zelamsky.

Artists Brenda Cirioni and Leslie Zelamsky create common stories with their different mark-makings in Common Thread, the current exhibition at Fountain Street Fine Art. Through layering, scraping, gluing, dripping, covering and exposing, these two artists stay true to the narrative that runs through their work?destruction, renewal, impermanence and grace. Brenda Cirioni creates collage paintings on wood panels with paint, ink, bits of painted paper and debris. Her method of layering and juxtaposing materials draws attention to the multiplicities and mysteries of nature and life. When she was sixteen, Cirioni's family home burned to the ground. It is this experience?the fire and consequent loss of everything inside her home?that provides a yearning for the artist to attach herself to things that last: earth, water, air, art and community. In Leslie Zelamsky's sculptures, the artist explores the intrinsic qualities of the use of common building materials to create forms that are both organic and structural. In dialogue with her sculptures, Zelamsky's paintings celebrate the contrasting aspects of the mind's use of intuition and deliberate action. Her process of layering and uncovering demonstrates her reverence for each phase of the piece's history. These works, along with Cirioni's, are featured in Common Thread, on view now through Sunday, May 10 at Fountain Street Fine Art's main gallery. An Artist Talk will take place Saturday, May 2 from 3-5pm and will also feature original Americana folk music by The Farewells.

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.

Boston Printmakers Call for Art

BP logo 300dpi (3)

DEADLINE: May 8, 2015

Entry fee: $45/3 entries. Apply through CaF?

Juror: Willie Cole
Eligibility: North American artists. All original printmaking media. No photographs, offset reproductions, or reproductions of other artworks.

Providence Art Club


Join the historic Providence Art Club for a live and silent auction
of fine art and artifacts on June 6, 2015.

These auctions will feature exquisite items ranging from fine paintings both historic and contemporary to fine furniture, craft, and jewelry. Proceeds from the auction will help secure a safe and environmentally-controlled
space for the Providence Art Club collection.

Silent auction: Starts at 10am, begins closing at 4pm
Live auction: Starts promptly at 5pm
Price: $25 for the general public, Providence Art Club members FREE
Reception: Wine and champagne included
Contact: Dawn Azevedo at 403.331.1114 ext. 18, or

Newburyport ArtWalk
Step into Spring during Newburyport ArtWalk, a free, self-guided walking tour of more than 20 galleries and partner sites in its downtown Cultural District. Held in May and November this year, ArtWalk offers special exhibits, artist discussions, painting demonstrations and more in a casual reception environment. For more info, visit and

Massasoit Arts Festival


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