artscope magazine
The Calm After the Storm.
September 1, 2011

We've all heard about the calm before the storm, but what about after? Following the winds, clouds, fogs, and floods, a calmness enveloped the New England area. Though many can vouch for Irene's intensity and ensuing damage, it's hard to deny the silent energy she left behind. Here are three shows that have harnessed the storm's vitality into creative works of art. 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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It Figures at William Scott Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts September 9th through September 30th


Dorothy by Damon Lehrer, 38" x 40".

Attention New England: figurative artwork is not a "has been." In fact, figurative art is on the rise and if you as an artist can convey figures, there isn't much you aren't able to do. We say this because as humans, we are wired to think and see figuratively. It is from this frontier of figures that we can move on to apply the imagination and other elements that evolve figurative artwork into other things. Bottom line: you can't abandon figurative art. Two artists that will agree with us on this topic are Boston based figurative painters Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry. In an interview together, Rick Berry says, "We will never not want to see figures. We will never lose the ability to spot things in figurative light." He likens this to cloud-gazing children and the figures they are able to point out. Almost all art starts with the human figure because our minds are designed to see things in the human form. From this concrete state, abstractions and imaginations can be applied to the things we manifest in human form to develop them beyond the figure. In their show, It Figures, Berry and Lehrer remind us of the possibilities of figurative painting. Lehrer's precise and perverted baroque style contrasts with Berry's refined brutalism and generation of bodies under strain in the most compelling way. Rick Berry, a painter who rarely works with external references, started his career at the age of seventeen in underground comics. He worked his way into popular culture with art for Marvel and DC comics and has even been commissioned by authors like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman for his illustrations. Damon Lehrer received his MFA from Boston University and has his work in numerous prestigious collections. Lehrer has also founded the collective known as the Boston Figurative Art Center with the mission to promote figure painting in its many incarnations as a primary focus for contemporary art in Boston and beyond. It Figures will be showing at the William Scott Gallery in Boston from Friday, September 9th through Friday, September 30th. An opening reception will be held on September 9th from 6-9pm. Immediately following It Figures, William Scott Gallery will host a group exhibition for the month of October in which Berry and Lehrer invite selected nationally and internationally known figure painters, many with Boston connections, into the image-driven conversation. Artists include Phil Hale, Anne Harris, Ken Beck, Bill Carman, Ed Stitt, Paul Goodnight, Jim Burke, George Pratt, Scott Bakal and others.

Sponsored by: Mazmanian Gallery, StoveFactory Gallery, and Richard Kattman

Mazmanian Gallery


One + One.

Jessica Deane Rosner and Antoinette M. Winters have developed drawings and collages that offer up mysterious, richly detailed images culled from ordinary elements. Rosner's elegant compositions combine diagrams, illustrative drawings and handwritten commentary with abstract imagery and patterning. Winters' visual narratives incorporate discarded pieces from older bodies of work which she has reassembled into surprising new contexts.

September 6th - September 30th
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 13th 4:30-6:30 pm

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

StoveFactory Gallery


In cooperation with
The Friends of City Square Park,
Artists Group of Charlestown, Inc.
presents the 14th Annual

"Art in the Park"

Over 65 artists and artisans
exhibiting their work
at DCR¹s City Square Park
Charlestown, MA

Saturday, September 10, 2011
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
for more information, call 617-241-0130

Guise: the art of costuming at Mount Ida College
in Newton, Massachusetts September 13th through October 16th


                         Costumes by Earl Battle, Utah Festival. Opera Figaro, Marcellina.

Lighting, set, sound, design, funding, function, the director, and the play itself - these are all elements that must be considered by contemporary costumers when taking on the task of wardrobe for a theatrical production. The list of challenges and accommodations doesn't end here though because the costume designer must also work alongside hair, makeup, and stage artists to make sure the garments complement the other aspects of the production. After all of this, it seems obvious that the costume designer is a vital component of the production team and we found an exhibition show that features these artists and all of their often-overlooked skills. Guise: the art of costuming features five area designers who work locally as well as internationally. They are Earl Battle, Seth Bodie, Arthur Oliver, Elizabeth Cole Sheehan, and Rebecca Stewart. In this exhibit, the art of costuming is revealed through illustrations, garments, process notebooks, and videos of the theatrical productions the costumes were designed for. All of these individuals display their techniques which tackle a range of topics, questions, and possibilities, such as garment durability, artistic knowledge, textile knowledge, costume history, and historical knowledge. All of these factors play a role in how a character is perceived on stage, based solely on the wardrobe. Flexibility in the sense of compromise and time management is a common theme throughout the exhibition show and each of the featured costumers has their own unique way of handling the stresses and pressures of costume making. Plan a trip to the Gallery at Mount Ida College to learn more about the art of costuming. You will hear about the importance of pattern development, draping, and drafting and how these apply to costumes in an ever-changing way. Guise: the art of costuming opens on Tuesday, September 13th and runs through Sunday, October 16th. A reception will be held on Wednesday, September 21st from 6-8pm with a Gallery Talk taking place at 6:30pm. Aleta May Deyo, the curator for the show, is an Assistant Professor in Fashion Design in The School of Design at Mount Ida College. She is also a practicing freelance costume designer specializing in Children's Theatre and was previously the Costume Shop Manager for the Boston Conservatory. Her organization of this show is admirable and the costumes themselves are breathtaking. You have to see this one for yourself.

City Rhythms at Carney Gallery
in Weston, Massachusetts September 6th through October 28th


Times Square Rhythms by Suzanne Hodes, oil on canvas, 36" x 50".

Have you been dying to make a trip to NYC, but just can't seem to find the time before the summer comes to an end? No worries, we have found an exhibition that promises to bring the constant energy, movement, commotion, and complexity of the Big Apple to gallery walls right here in New England. In the quaint town of Weston, Massachusetts, Regis College's Carney Gallery is offering quite the city-show. Suzanne Hodes: City Rhythms is a show exploding with vibrancy and intensity, exhibiting the artist's immeasurable infatuation with her native city. Taxis and tourists populate Suzanne Hodes' paintings, drawings, and collages and bring out the heart and character behind the big city. Hodes captures not only this great urban landscape, but its distinguished urban language as well. Her works invite the viewer into the memories of her childhood, dissolving reality and reflections of reality into one another. Of her city collection, Hodes writes, "There is a deep story of why I am painting lights at night, people in hotel rooms, and the reflected images in facades of buildings. Some are remembered images from childhood, with the sense of being in two places at once, both inside and outside a room. Others are recent responses to walking in Times Square, reminding me of Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie." Whether we live this city life vicariously through Hodes' acrylics, oils, charcoals, and watercolors or simply admire them, the artist is leaving us with imprints and lessons that only New York City can offer. This exhibition holds an even greater weight in this anniversary year of September 11th as it offers the immense beauty of the city both before and after the tragedy. Suzanne Hodes: City Rhythms opens Tuesday, September 6th and runs through Friday, October 28th. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 3-5pm. Come see what the painter and printmaker Suzanne Hodes has to say about her hometown. She'll offer you a view of New York City you've never seen before.

Richard Kattman


September 9-October 2
Reception September 17, 5-7pm
Artist Conversation: September 18, 3pm

Fountain Street Fine Art
59 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA 01702
F-S 11-5

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