artscope magazine
Conversation is Key.
October 13, 2011

The power behind conversation has never entirely faded from our grasp, but we feel that lately, it has been slipping through the cracks. We are surrounded by so many visuals and written words that we tend to neglect the spoken word and all the knowledge behind it. This is why we are featuring three exhibitions that will get you talking and keep you talking. You'll be surprised by how much you'll retain at these exhibits if you let your mind talk a little. 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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Six Artists, Six Hours, Two Days at Gallery 206
in Amesbury, Massachusetts October 22nd & 23rd


GRATITUDE (the beginning) by Ruth Segaloff, assemblage.

"The best that we receive from anything can never be written. For it is not the positive amount of thought that we have received, but the virtue that has flowed into us, and is now us, that is precious. If we can tell no one thought, yet are higher, larger, wiser, the work is done. The best part of life is too spiritual to bear recording." Following these words of New England transcendentalist Margaret Fuller, we can open our eyes to the advantages of spontaneity and fluidity in the world of the arts. The focus shifts to the immediate and the strength of the art work stems from the conversation, dialogue, and shared ideas that are constructed around it. A small group of ambitious artists not only believe this; they have structured their entire exhibition around these core values and lessons. Six Artists, Six Hours, Two Days is an exhibition inspired by the great pop-up salons and series of the past, where artists, writers, and thinkers would gather to listen to ideas and motivate one another with art and conversation. The artists behind this clever two-day salon invite the public to come and share in suggestions, techniques, and style. As impromptu as this experience is supposed to be, that isn't to say that the artwork of the featured artists is something for the lighthearted. Jenny Lai Olsen, Paula Estey, Ruth Segaloff, Stephen Martin, Zsuzsanna Donnell, and Michael Wharff all take their craft seriously and, "are dedicated to offering the widest, most innovative art, installation, and multi-media expressions" that they can find or make themselves. They create art for expression, discussion, interpretation, and inspiration--it doesn't get much more genuine than that. The pop-up salon has been stationed in the warehouse of founding member and fellow artist, Stephen Martin, and can be expected to host events at varied and unexpected times throughout the year. This unplanned schedule allows the artists and their audience to break the formal etiquette of art, helping to promote originality and intellectual self-reliance. Six Artists, Six Hours, Two Days will be held on Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday October 23rd from 12-6pm at Gallery 206 . As part of the Salon Series Artist's Event, "Exposed: Getting Seen and Getting Sold" will be presented by Suzanne Schultz, CEO of Canvas Fine Arts. This will be an eye-opening presentation that is free and open to the public. With only two days to view this short show, make sure you make room in your schedule. And remember: recording and planning can be permanent, but conversation is infinite.

Sponsored by: Boston Sculptors Gallery, Grand Circle Gallery, Powers Gallery, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Fenway Open Studios, and North Bennet Street School

Boston Sculptors Gallery


Sculpture Scoop

November 9 - 13, 2011 Opening Reception: November 8th, 6-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12 -7 pm

Sculpture Scoop is a sale of sculpture, drawings and jewelry by all 36 members of the gallery. With the majority of the works priced under $300, this is a unique opportunity to own art created by some of the Boston area's premier sculptors.

Grand Circle Gallery


Journeys through the Mediterranean:
Maps, Guides and Posters from the Golden Age of Travel

October 14, 2011-January 28, 2012
Opening Reception: October 20th, 5:30pm-8pm
Grand Circle Gallery, 347 Congress Street, Boston

Presented by Grand Circle Gallery and WardMaps

The exhibit pairs the gallery's collection of vintage travel posters from the region with a selection of antique maps from WardMaps. The show will transport visitors to the most exotic, Mediterranean ports-of-call, with excerpts from the Baedeker guides exploring destination sites including Italy, France, Greece and Northern Africa.


Powers Gallery


Sam Vokey: Contemporary Realist
October 22 - November 20, 2011

A solo show of exquisite oils by the highly collected
Boston artist, Sam Vokey.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk:
Saturday, October 22, 4 - 7pm

144 Great Road, (Rte. 2A)
Acton, MA

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts


Visit Scott Cunningham: Steel, Paint and Ink,
Saturday, October 8 through Monday, November 14, 2011.

Cunningham's sculpture is inspired by poems he's written; others are the syntheses of many drawings, before and during their construction. His sculpture "seeks to achieve a floating spacial illusion married to solid structural reality."

Artist in Residence at Shelburne Art Center
in Shelburne, Vermont now through October 21st


Artwork by Artist in Residence, Abby Manock.

Conversation most definitely takes place during Shelburne Art Center's current Artist in Residence exhibition. Abby Manock will be capping off her fall residency and ongoing installation with a performance and closing reception. If you haven't had the chance to make it out to Amesbury to see this colorful artist, you should make plans now. Manock works multi dimensionally in an isolated space, allowing herself to create the language of icons and graphics that adorn her works. But these are not the only things engaged in conversation in this exhibit. Conversation comes into play as the public is encouraged to stop by the Center any time between now and the closing reception to see the installation and perhaps get a chance to speak with Manock while she works. The Shelburne Art Center has crafted a space for Manock, the "Fish Bowl", where she can create in concentration while being observed by students and visitors through the room's span of mosaic-lined windows facing the courtyard. Only visible from the outside, Manock's creation can be seen growing and expanding as she builds up the space and turns it into a combination of drawings, sculptures, and large-scale interactive installations that encourage and require the participation and collaboration of the viewers. The installation on view, Santa and the City of Now, seems to grow over night, just as if the holiday icon himself has snuck in and left a mass of gifts. "It is wonderful to have Abby here," says Executive Director, Sage Tucker-Ketcham. "Her energy is fresh, exciting, and spontaneous. It is fun to come to work everyday and see the space transformed into a wild landscape of painted objects and re-purposed items," continued Tucker-Ketcham. There aren't many exhibitions that offer an opportunity to speak with an artist as she works, so don't let it slip away. Santa and the City of Now is on view now through Friday, October 21st. A closing reception and an undisclosed, "secret" performance will take place on that Friday from 5-8pm.

The Myths at New Hampshire Institute of Art
in Manchester, New Hampshire now through October 31st


         Scoreboard, Self Portrait, 2005, Rockport, Maine by Cig Harvey.

One of the fall exhibitions at the New Hampshire Institute of Art has showed up on our radar due to its bold theme that requires more than just polite chit-chat from viewers. Seven New England based fine art photographers have tackled the ever-changing roles of women since Eve's "fall from grace." Although these myths and fables of women rest on half fact, half perception, these artists have found a tasteful way to depict their interpretations of what was, what is, or what could have been. Anticipating audience members from all sorts of backgrounds, the conversation surrounding this exhibit is expected to be one of personal experience and observation. With a melting pot of real life examples, it may be difficult to determine where reality ends and myth begins. The seven female photographers of this exhibit share their encounters with these myths in seven very different ways. Abigail Wellman has traded her skills in painting for her love of photography because of its tendency to hold onto the ethereal for moments longer than other mediums. Amy Wilton uses photography to capture the constant light she finds surrounding herself, even on the darkest of days. This story of the recording and refraction of light translates well to women's roles throughout history. Anna Isaak-Ross finds common ground with others as she uses the art of photography to explore concepts of self-identity. Through dauntless portraits and alternative photographic processes, Beverly Conway keeps viewers fixed to her visions as they play out. Cig Harvey's captivation with photography has become more contagious the more we've seen it and we're sure you'll be impressed with her series here. Lastly, Sharon Arnold and Rose Marasco use their particular photography styles to teach the audience a thing or two--or three. All of these women are featured in The Myths, on view now through Monday, October 31st at the New Hampshire institute of Art. This is a venue we are very fond of and a theme we can't get enough of, so check it out!

Fenway Open Studios

Fenway Studios, OPEN STUDIOS: November 5th & 6th 2011, 11am - 5pm
30 Ipswich Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fenway Studios artist, Glenda Tall (center), welcomes guests to her studio.

Constructed in 1905, Fenway Studios remains the only active 'purpose built' building in the USA. Enjoy meeting the artists, viewing their work (available for purchase) as you tour this National Landmark on November 5th & 6th 2011. Details and Directions:

North Bennet Street School


North Bennet Street School in Boston is the place to learn the time-honored skill and values of fine craftsmanship through hands-on training. Discover a new career in one of the eight full-time programs -- jewelry making, locksmithing, furniture making, bookbinding, piano technology, carpentry, preservation carpentry, and violin making and repair. Visit the website ( or attend the annual Open House on November 4-5, 2011. NBSS is currently accepting students for the full-time, professional programs in jewelry making and repair and locksmithing for the February semester. Workshops are ongoing.

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