artscope magazine
It's the Little Things.
June 9, 2011

Even as lovers and appreciators of art, we too can often forget the small scale features of the subject itself. Take this blast and these shows as a reminder to find inspiration in that coffee spill, take every stroke with intention, and share your knowledge and passion with others. If you can do this lightheartedly, you'll be surprised to find where inspiration lurks. Remember: it's the little things that count. Also, don't forget to check out our new blog on the artscope website. It is equipped with updated headlines and rotating featured content -- a great way to stay connected to art and culture news in between artscope issues and email blasts! Online advertising is now also available on the blog as well.

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Carrie McGee at Lanoue Fine Art
in Boston, Massachusetts now through July 5th

Cicada Season by Carrie McGee, rust, oil point, & mixed media on acrylic block.

Art art art--repetition doesn't get boring here. That's because Lanoue Fine Art has put its most collected artist of all time in the spotlight. Mixed media constructionist Carrie McGee is displaying her luminous works of repeated form at this prestigious Boston gallery. Juxtaposing the chemical and the organic, the growing and the decaying, McGee has discovered a liminal level to art, a level that lends itself to reverie. By using transparent acrylic as a ground, she provides us with a clear and honest look into her skill and behind her technique. However, things weren't always this apparent to McGee. Prior to her mixed media constructions, McGee spent years as an abstract painter in search of unexpected beauty. In the chaos of a studio move, she happened upon a vinyl sheet coated with layers of rust spheres--the happy accident of a ceiling leak. Taking this as a sign, McGee began experimenting with rust, oxidation, and new materials that she soon found left her with an unanticipated aura. With practice and adjustments, she turned this small leak into the central architectural focus of her work. McGee is no stranger to the spotlight. She has received a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation, as well as a residency fellowship from the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. Her paintings and constructions have been exhibited regularly for the past twenty years. A selected group of these arresting works of art are on display now through July 5th in the Carrie McGee Exhibition at Lanoue Fine Art. Come experience the asymmetry within the calming forms that create intoxication with her work. They hold a gaze like no other.

Sponsored by: Galatea Fine Art

Presents its 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition:


Juried by JOANNE MATTERA, Artist, Educator, Author and Originator of the National Encaustic Conference. Deadline for entries: July 10th, 2011. All media. Please go to to view and download prospectus. Dates of exhibition are August 4-28, 2011, with the opening reception on First Friday, August 5, 2011, from 6-8pm. Galatea Fine Art is located in the heart of SOWA, Boston's most vibrant art destination.

Surface Attraction at Rice / Polak Gallery
in Provincetown, Massachusetts now through June 12th

A view of Lynda Ray's Ridge and Furrow, encaustic 9 x 12".

Sometimes it is the smallest and seemingly most serendipitous detail that consumes much of the artist's time during a project. Each stroke, drip, and drop contains more than just the color and style it emits. These elements are made up of countless hours and decisions that aren't always apparent to the eyes of viewers. Rice / Polak Gallery is putting these details on the spot in its exhibit, Surface Attraction. This show aims to exploit every last ooze of paint and layer of wax that goes into the works of these established artists. Gallery artists Peter Arvidson, Blair Bradshaw, Willie Little, and Rusty Wolfe are recognized for their acute attention to detail. The patterns and planned spaces of Arvidson's grids play in conversation with those of Bradshaw's that are threatening to break the surface. The works of Wolfe and Little both seem to speak in a sub-dialogue of geometry, the arcs and oxidation creating a translation key for viewers to comprehend. Joanne Mattera and Lynda Ray, two other featured artists, bring a dramatic tension to the show that is palpable in every aspect. Mattera, who organized the exhibition with gallery director Marla Rice, expands the color spectrum in a surprisingly soothing manner through her loose-limbed grids. Ray offers an organic sense of growth that is tightly controlled by a practiced sense of time and space. Surface Attraction is on view for a short time only, now through June 12th. The exhibition coincides with the Fifth International Encaustics Conference in Provincetown. The conference itself took place June 3-5 and discussed the revival of encaustic painting from its near extinction. Themes of materiality, geometry, and color were also discussed within the larger context of contemporary painting. The conference was founded and directed by Joanne Mattera, in conjunction with the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. If you're afraid you've missed out, don't worry because post-conference workshops are being held at Truro Center June 6-10. Don't miss out!

Community Creations at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts now through June 27th

     Artwork created by Hawthorne Youth and Community Center students. Photo by John Dean, 2010.

Most would agree that the little things become more obvious and more valuable as we get older. So how do we grant more time with the things that come to mean the most? Introduce them at a younger age, of course. For the thirteenth year in a row, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is running its Community Creations Exhibition. The show is the culmination of an entire year spent looking at, learning about, discussing, and creating art at the museum--an experience and opportunity made available through the Gardner Museum's Community Partnership Program with six local community organizations. Within the program, student artists range in age from seven through eighteen and exhibit an abundance of talent and skill. They come from all over the area: Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury. Through up close and in depth studies, the Community Partnership Program encourages students to develop their own critical thoughts and opinions. They are then prompted to draw inspiration from their studies and observations to create a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art, specifically for the Community Creations Exhibition. Not only are these works examples of inspiring sculptures, collages, and paintings; they stand as proof of the profound impact art can have in a child's life. Community Creations Exhibition is on display now through Monday, June 27th. Please note that the exhibition takes place in a new off-site location this year while construction continues on the museum's new wing. Community Creations will be held at the African American Masters Artist in Residence Program (AAMARP) exhibition space at 76 Atherton Street in Jamaica Plain. AAMARP hours are 12-4pm daily or by appointment. Come see the echo effect that studying art can have on children of all ages. It is sure to add meaning to those "little things" in your life.

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