artscope magazine
June 21, 2012

The three exhibitions in this blast have one big thing in common: their ability to make you think and feel something out of the ordinary. They may make you call into question your viewer distance, your passing grade in history, or even your thoughts on perpetuation and restoration. In the end, they leave all the hard work in your lap. It's up to you to sort through the simplicities and their deeper meanings by understanding and working it out by instinct. It is then you can get a feeling of satisfaction from these exhibitions. 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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Sarah Benham at Colo Colo Gallery
in New Bedford, Massachusetts now through July 2nd


Artwork by Sarah Benham.

We've been itching to cover more of the blooming arts scene in New Bedford, MA and this week we lucked out. Colo Colo Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of established artist Sarah Benham. This show features her most recent paintings, which hone in on the mood and aesthetic of seemingly trite scenes. Through her portrayals of landscapes, beach scenes and figures in interiors, Benham makes her way past the simple surfaces of these settings and exposes the colors and shapes at their core. Standing before these bathing suit-clad beach goers and fancy conversationalists, it is hard not to feel invasive. Benham pares down these ordinary moments to make us feel uneasy and vulnerable in our own skin. Born in New Orleans and raised in rural Mississippi, it is safe to say that Benham has always had a knack for the simple things. After graduating from the University of Mississippi and teaching in New Orleans, Benham made her move to New England. She has studied photography with John Loengard, Arnold Newman, Judy Dater, Eugene Richards, George Tice and Deborah Turbeville. Formerly the director of the art gallery at the Swain School of Design, Benham studied painting with George Dureau, David Loeffler Smith and John Borowicz. She currently lives and works in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Recent Paintings by Sarah Benham are on view at Colo Colo gallery now through Monday, July 2nd. An opening reception is set to be held on Saturday, June 23rd from 5-8pm. If you're looking to be fooled by simplicity, this is definitely the show for you.

Sponsored by: Artist's Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund, Rick Fleury Collector's Showroom, Deborah Bohnert, Schoolhouse Gallery, Artist Space and Richard Kattman

Artist's Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund
August 1st Deadline


Grants available for painting, sculpture, printmaking, or mixed media to mid-career artists with financial need in New England, Columbia and Northeast Dutchess counties, NY. Nonprofits wishing to show, commission, or purchase work by mature artists in New England can apply. Applications must be submitted online at

Berkshire Taconic

Rick Fleury Collector's Showroom


Open House June 29, 30 @ 3-8 p.m
An Evening With John Magnan June 30 @ 5-8 p.m

The Showroom is currently featuring new work by Rick Fleury, sculpture by John Magnan, and hand-crafted custom furniture by Michael Pietragalla.

615 Belleville Avenue
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Deborah Bohnert


"Walk Into My Heart"
an installation by Deborah Bohnert

June 23, 2012
4:30 to 8:30
78 Front Street, Marblehead, MA

Hundreds and hundreds of visual memories, a selection of
found objects and my work, these images merge into
a three dimensional painting for the viewer to walk into.

*Not required but requested that you wear all white*

Schoolhouse Gallery


June 29 through July 27, 2012
Reception Friday, June 29 6PM

There will be a reading & Public Talk Wednesday July 11 at 6:30 PM/ Reading by Alice Mattison & talk by Amy Arbus in cooperation with the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

For information contact Mike Carroll at 508.487.4800 or email

The Last of the Pianistas at ArtSpace Maynard
in Maynard, Massachusetts now through June 29th


Boat and Standing Figure With Brassplate by Michael Frassinelli.

You may feel like you've missed a history lesson when we start talking about the lost civilization of the Pianistas, but don't worry, we'll catch you up. Piano sculptor Michael Frassinelli has created the society of Pianistas during his eight year series called The Legend of the Pianistas. Making sculpture out of piano parts, the series includes totems, masks, and other artifacts such as weapons and musical instruments that represent historical handiwork of the fictional Pianistas. On display at ArtSpace Maynard is The Last of the Pianistas, an exhibit of retrospective work from the series, set up in the style of a Natural History museum exhibit. Some of Frassinelli's new works include figurative sculptures, a functional "war" canoe, an eight-foot tall wigwam, a wheeled cart full of artifacts and a large painting of a figure in ceremonial costume in the style of 19th century artist George Catlin. If you've missed the chance to experience Frassinelli's creation before, this is your chance. His sculptures are more than just impressive works of art-they stand as convincing "evidence" of this mythical civilization. You will find it difficult not to get caught up in it all. The Last of the Pianistas is on view now through Friday, June 29th at ArtSpace Maynard. A closing reception will be held this Saturday, June 23rd from 1-4pm. It is free and open to the public.

Sea, Shore, Sky and Ice at Dedee Shattuck Gallery
in Westport, Massachusetts now through July 8th


Ice Berg 7-6, Iceberg Alley by Nicholas Whitman, 1999, photograph, 13"x16.5".

What better way to document the ever-changing face of our landscape than through the eyes of an artist or two? The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is currently hosting Sea, Shore, Sky and Ice, an exhibition of works by ceramic sculptor Susan Schultz and photographer Nicholas Whitman. This show gives us both artists' perspectives and narratives of natural beauty. Schultz's porcelain sculptures recreate scenes and gatherings of natural materials and beach findings, such as seashells, fishing equipment and even garbage. Her works mirror the real things in such exact detail that you may often forget you are looking at sculptures. Whitman's photographs document the awe-inspiring beauty of icebergs, shorelines, rocks and bodies of water in a celebratory manner. The majestic qualities of these landscapes are enough to make any spectator feel instantly small. Despite the quiet, peaceful mood of these photographs and sculptures, Sea, Shore, Sky and Ice speaks with a much louder voice. Both Schultz and Whitman harness the beauty behind these landscapes to make a powerful statement about our environment and the legacy we leave behind. The exhibit as a whole explores the passage of time and the influence of man on nature, nature on man, and nature on itself. This is enough to get anyone thinking on the topics of preservation and regeneration. Sea, Shore, Sky and Ice is on view at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery now through Sunday, July 8th. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Artist Space


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