artscope magazine
New England--New York Link
March 29, 2012

Collaboration is always striking and often stirs up new energy. This blast is all about working together, whether its several artists or several galleries, bringing creativity and inventiveness to the forefront. Now, let's be bold and push the boundaries a bit. We've extended the reach of this blast to include some of the compelling art shows taking place in New York City. With the growing connections between the art hubs of NE and NY, it only seems fitting. Also, don't forget to check out our 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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Boston Ten and Beyond at Danforth Museum of Art
in Framingham, Massachusetts now through May 20th


Untitled #1 by Morgan Bulkeley, Jessica Hess, Gerry Bergstein, Gail Boyajian.

The Danforth Museum and School of Art is pleased to present an exhibition of collaborations like you've never seen before. Boston Ten and Beyond: Collaborations is an exhibition of over 30 collaborative pieces created between 24 artists. Just this past January, these artists donated a total of 113 group works to the museum as a gift. This donation is the single largest collection of work gifted to the museum to date, and its generous size matches its scale of originality. With the minds of realists, surrealists and graphic novel enthusiasts working together, you cannot even fathom the end products. These projects are creations of color, boldness and brilliance that balance every line and push every boundary imaginable. Each finished piece is a sum of many parts, and each part is crafted and styled individually. Contributing artists include Miroslav Antic, Gerry Bergstein, Gail Boyajian, Morgan Bulkeley, Mark Cooper, Todd McKie, Ann Neely, Scott Prior and many others. Inspiration for this exhibition grew from collaboration that began in 2006, following an opening show at the Lascano Gallery in Great Barrington, MA for a group calling themselves the Boston Ten. Artist and curator Morgan Bulkeley reminisced about this time and an after show party at his house. "Most of us had studios together in Boston in the 70's and 80's and this reunion reignited our collective creativity. Mark Cooper had brought paper and paints, which we started working on and passing around the crowd for additions. We all agreed; that day was close to what heaven must be like." This collaboration was rekindled in 2007 and grew to include several other artists, culminating in the donation of the entire collection to the Danforth Museum. Boston Ten and Beyond: Collaborations is showing at the Danforth Museum now through Sunday, May 20th. Work is taking place to organize a future exhibition of all drawings, alongside work by participating artists. An exhibition to archive the collection is planned.

Sponsored by: Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Fountain Street Open Studios, Solomon's Collection & Fine Rugs, Thompson Gallery, and Fresh Paint 2012

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts


Experience Spring Open Studios at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts.
March 31, 12-5 pm and April 1, 1-5 pm.
Over 50 artists will open their studios to the public.
This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore and purchase works
directly from a rare enclave of exceptional professional artists.

40 Stow St., Concord MA

Fountain Street Open Studios


16th Open Studios Weekend

50+ artists displaying their work at Fountain Street Studios 16th Open Studios Weekend. The largest artists' community under one roof in the MetroWest area! Painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, handcrafted jewelry, textile art, collage, paper-cuts, assemblage, drawing, video, and more! Free admission and ample free parking.

Friday, April 27: 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Sat. & Sun., April 28 & 29: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

59 Fountain Street
Framingham, MA 01702
[email protected]

Solomon's Collection & Fine Rugs



Saturday, March 31 2012
Sunday, April 1 2012

Both days 10 am to 6 pm

Portsmouth, NH
Holiday Inn
300 Woodbury Ave.

Shen Chen at Cynthia-Reeves New England
in Hanover, New Hampshire now through March 31st


                     Untitled No. 10044-08 by Shen Chen, acrylic on canvas, 46"x 40".

Cultured, well-trained artist Shen Chen, with studios in both Beijing and New York, is bringing his work to New England, thanks to the gallery at Cynthia-Reeves in Hanover. The new works of Chen are strikingly vibrant yet highly reminiscent of the 1960s minimalism paintings. The aesthetic of his work is a direct reflection of his dedication to traditional Chinese ink brush drawing and concentration on style. Chen begins his method with the canvas on the studio floor. To create his subtle surfaces, he then layers the surface with vertical motions, working top down. This fastidious layering is what creates the resonant tonal hues in his paintings. The balance between his meditation, attraction to the abstract, and traditional training is what makes Chen's work so unique. An article in a 2011 issue of Asian Art News said the following of Shen Chen: "The Chinese painter Shen Chen... is an artist possessed by the creative force of originality in terms of a conceptual and painterly understanding, and he is irrevocably concentrated - committed -- to a way of painting that satisfies both his personal allegiance to a cultural tradition and his desire to move in a direction of a new global language of painting." Shen Chen is showing at Cynthia Reeves now through Saturday, March 31st. Cynthia Reeves was founded in 1995 in New England and opened its New York gallery in 2003 in Chelsea, the contemporary art district of Manhattan. It is links such at this that allows artistic reciprocity that benefits both art scenes. Cynthia Reeves is also the founding director of the Great River Arts Institute, an educational arts organization based in Vermont. The mission has been to sustain a New England-based arts center to support and nurture visual and literary artists and provide regional art and literacy youth programs. These programs have created a forum for artistic exchange and learning among instructors and students, bringing the benefits of this dynamic exchange back to community.

Karma Kit Kaboodle at Keyes Art Projects
in New York, New York April 5th through April 29th


Dis-Orientate by Maria Pessino, Assemblage from the "Lyme's, Lead & Lousy Love" series, 2011.

If you're feeling particularly attracted to art happenings in NYC, we have one that you must check out. Keyes Art Projects, a gallery located on West 21st Street in the city, will be hosting Karma Kit Kaboodle, a powerful solo exhibition of new work by Maria Pessino. This exhibition is a narrative collection of multi-media works, including new assemblage pieces from Pessino's Trove series, collaged poems from her Camollage series and a limited edition catalog. This collection documents a recent period of emotional, physical and mental traumas that were forced upon Pessino in the most unassuming of times. She attributes her survival and triumph to this collection, as its creation was her saving grace in her darkest hours. The collection of wood "troves" for Lyme's, Lead and Lousy Love were the first projects of this collection. Pessino used the dark pieces of her broken heart and ill-stricken body to create some of the most eerie and off-putting assemblages. "Skeletal frames, bloody arrows and upended dolls-either disembodied, dismembered or decapitated-tell the story of being upended-torn apart emotionally and physically," A&O Fine Arts Public Relations said of Pessino's wood troves. The presence of these dark creations helps emphasize what came after Pessino's darkest period. In her lighter, more optimistic glass troves, the artist creates scenes and dioramas depictive of life and beauty. As a whole, Karma Kit Kaboodle documents Pessino's deeply personal journey through loss and struggle and arrives peacefully at the conclusion of recovery and beauty. This exhibition will be on view at Keyes Art Projects Thursday, April 5th through Sunday, April 29th. An opening reception will be held on April 5th from 6-8pm. Additional programming will include a live musical performance on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30pm featuring Maria Pessino and David Oquendo on guitar. Limited seating is available and tickets are available to purchase in advance for $15 by contacting [email protected].

Thompson Gallery


Boundless Ambition: Part Process, Part Product

March 30 - June 18, 2012
Reception: Friday, March 30, 4-7 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 14, 1-2 p.m.

To honor The Cambridge School of Weston's 125th anniversary, the Boundless Ambition series examines the school's convictions about learning and pedagogy. The third of three exhibitions, Part Process, Part Product features seven Cambridge School of Weston Alumni/ae: Austin Eddy '05, Chris Freeman '80, Niho Kozuru '86, Jennifer Langhammer '89, Julie Oppermann '00, Jonas Wood '95 and Kelly Zutrau '06. This final exhibition looks at the kinship between methodology and productivity via the differences between how each artist approaches issues of abstraction within their respective studio practices.

Thompson Gallery
Garthwaite Center for Science and Art
The Cambridge School of Weston
45 Georgian Road
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 398-8316
[email protected]
M�-F 9�-4:30 p.m. and by appointment

Fresh Paint 2012


The Copley Society of Art invites you to
Fresh Paint 2012: Painting Boston's Neighborhoods.
On May 20th, Co|So artist members create "fresh"
plein air paintings throughout the city of Boston.
Auctions of more than 50 works of art will take place
on June 2 during Co|So's annual Fresh Paint gala.

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