artscope magazine
Eyes Open or Closed?
July 7, 2011

Eyes open or closed? You tell us. We've found a handful of shows that we feel benefit from sight and feel, so we're hopelessly deadlocked. Both options seem to yield strong responses, so here's to hoping you can see and feel too. 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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Yuko Adachi: Celebration of Now at Albright Art Gallery
in Concord, Massachusetts July 12th through September 11th

In Touch by Yuko Adachi, oil on canvas 30" x 30".

Do you ever wonder what would happen if an artist closed their eyes and let the energy of the soul be the driving force of their creation? There is no need to wonder any longer because Albright Art Gallery is featuring an artist who does just that; she creates with the soul. Tokyo-born artist Yuko Adachi is set to open her lively exhibition, Celebration of NOW, at the Albright Art Gallery next week. This show is a collection of pulsating works of varied sizes that showcase Yuko's appreciation for being alive. In order to empathize with the language of Yuko's work, we as viewers must first abandon our attachment to anything concrete or conscious. It is after we do this that themes of love, imagination, and life begin to come alive in her works. In her brilliant oil paintings and delicate mixed-media works on paper, organic patterns collide with soothing colors, shapes, and textures which become the obvious manifestations of fluid human creativity. With inhibitions out of the question, we are able to travel through Yuko's imaginary landscapes and feel the very energy that created them. In Touch, the oil painting featured above, stands as proof of Yuko's innate attention to detail. The landscape itself is otherworldly, but the impact and contact between her patterns and figures is something achievable only with years of practice. Yuko was raised in Japan, Paris, London, and the U.S., which explains her global sense of language and continuity. She came to Boston in 1988 and has made her mark in the area ever since. Celebration of NOW and all its depictions of inner beauty will be on view at Albright Art Gallery from Tuesday, July 12th through Sunday, September 11th. All are welcome to visit with Yuko Adachi at a special artist reception on Thursday, July 14th from 6-8pm. Come gather with friends, artists, and art enthusiasts and form a connection with the vibrant energy that radiates from each and every Yuko creation.

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Stonehill College Cushing-Martin Gallery

Stonehill College Cushing-Martin Gallery accepting artist submissions for a student-curated exhibition.

The exhibit theme is a re-interpretation of the landscape through the use of textiles, fabric, and/or materials/techniques such as thread, knitting, and crocheting. Artwork can be any media, and wall-based, sculptural, or site-specific. Artists may submit a specific project proposal that responds to the Stonehill College campus landscape as long as there are prior supporting images included in the submission.

Submissions must arrive by mail by August 15th. Send CD of 20 images (300 dpi), artist statement and resume, and cover letter with explanation of how work fits within theme. Send to Candice Smith Corby, Cushing-Martin Gallery Director, Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02357.

The Tides of Provincetown at New Britain Museum of American Art
in New Britain, Connecticut July 15th through October 16th

Push and Pull III by Hans Hoffman, 1950. Oil on canvas, 36 1/8" x 48 3/16".

In 1916, the Boston Globe declared Provincetown the "Biggest Art Colony in the World." The New Britain Museum of American Art is now trying to preserve this legacy with its most recent exhibition, The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899-2011). We vote keeping your eyes open for this one because this is an event you definitely do not want to miss. This will be the largest and most extensive look at the art colony ever completed, honing in on various key years and events within the colony that highlight Provincetown's importance in the history of American art. The exhibition will be divided into eight sections, which are as follows: 1899: Charles W. Hawthorne founds the Cape Cod School of Art, 1914-27: The Provincetown Art Association and the "Modernist Split," 1927-31: Modernist breakthroughs, featuring Blanche Lassell, Ross Moffett, and the "Early Moderns," 1935-66: Hans Hoffman establishes his schools and inspires generations of students, 1950s: Academic and Impressionist trends during the rise of Abstract Expressionism, 1958-74: The Tirca Karlis Gallery brings the "big name" artists to Provincetown, 1968-98: Artists take action to restore the colony to its former glory, 1999-2011: The Provincetown art colony today. The artists selected for the show have been chosen based on their contributions to the colony, as well at their influence beyond the Cape. Many of these artists have lived or worked in Provincetown for periods of time, but many other influential figures have simply "passed through," and still managed to leave their mark on the art colony. The focus here is to highlight the fact that some of the greats of the twentieth century didn't have to reside in Provincetown in order to be inspired by its energy. The exhibit will feature paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures from over one hundred artists in its attempt to document all those who were a part of establishing this art colony that continues to thrive today. The exhibition of The Tides of Provincetown, showing in the Museum's McKernan Gallery, will open Friday, July 15th and run through Sunday, October 16th. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, July 17th from 2-3:30pm. A schedule of related programming, including an art happy hour, gallery talks, exhibition tours, a symposium, and a film is available at

Familiar Places at Powers Gallery
in Acton, Massachusetts now through September 5th

Dairy Joy by Gene Mackles, oil on canvas, 30" x 48".

Close your eyes right now and daydream for a moment. We want you to picture your favorite summertime place, past or present. What came to mind? Was it a hazy morning on the Charles River? A breezy afternoon on Concord's Main Street? Perhaps it was a simple evening outing spent at the wooden picnic tables at Dairy Joy? We have found an exhibition at Powers Gallery that is sure to have captured that familiar place in your mind. Even if you've never been to these seasonal hot spots, there is an air of familiarity and nostalgia about this exhibit that will lure anyone from any local area to pay a visit. These new works by many Powers Gallery artists depict our daydreams in an eerily accurate way. Teri Malo's spectacular wave paintings and rock studies might remind you of past summers spent on the water when the waves were choppy enough to slap water against the boat and tickle your tongue with a few tempting drops. Sue Charles' love for landscape becomes obvious in her glowing green pastures and old stone bridges that may bring back memories of time spent on your grandfather's land when the fields offered no shield to the heavy sun and the only way to escape it was to disturb the shimmering cool pools of water at the far edge of greens. Scott Moore's shoreline sweeps, Robert Jackson's still lifes of sea shells, and Sam Vokey's glimpses of the Concord River all offer tangible visualizations of life in the summer, complete with memories and sensations that will overwhelm you in the best sense of the word. Powers Gallery is showing Familiar Places now through Labor Day 2011. Running in conjunction with the season adds a second dimension to summer, one you should make a point to come see. So plan a trip to the historic Robbins House, the beautifully restored home of Powers Gallery. The gallery features original artwork only and the house itself is well-suited to its current use, serving as the perfect backdrop for the art in Familiar Places.

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