artscope magazine
Beyond Boston.
July 5, 2012

If you find yourself outside the city for the summer or just the holiday, we've located a few shows that just might be near you and your vacation location. With dynamic exhibits in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and even New Jersey, we want to make sure you get your art fix, even if you're nowhere near Boston. 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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QUARTET: Harmony and Dissonance at Gallery 4
in Tiverton Four Corners, Rhode Island now through August 12th


Explore by Susan Strauss.

A clever contradiction is one way to break up the dead heat of summer, which is exactly what Gallery 4 in Tiverton Four Corners, Rhode Island has planned. Quartet: Harmony and Dissonance features the work of four contemporary South Coast artists. As a whole, the exhibition combines talent, theme and mood in an appealing consonance. The dissonance takes place when we start to examine things as parts to a whole--it is then we begin to see the harsh yet empowering techniques and images in these figurative and abstract works. Susan Strauss, whose artwork is featured above, has evolved her plein air painting into abstract works rich with texture and inviting layers that suggest memory and all things familiar. Sarah Benham harnesses the mood in ordinary moments to make us feel uneasy and vulnerable in our own skin, a talent all her own. The spiritual and almost ghostly aspect of Jane Tuckerman's mixed media works, paired with natural beauties like the Ganges River, are enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Lastly, the products of Gayle Wells Mandle ask us to question the dialogues of our society and shed light on obvious contrasts such as rich and poor. Quartet: Harmony and Dissonance is on view now through Sunday, August 12 at Gallery 4. Stop by and see this clash of contemporaries put on a striking show.

Sponsored by: Artist's Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund, Galatea Fine Art and Artist Space

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

Galatea Fine Art


Works in Colored Pencil at Sharon Arts Downtown Gallery
in Peterborough, New Hampshire July 6th through August 7th


Artwork featured in the exhibition.

No matter what your connection to art may be, I'm sure you can remember back to those days sitting at the kids' table, elbows deep in the art box while everyone else was off playing tag or adorning their sticker collections. If you recall fond memories of colored pencil art, Sharon Arts Center is hosting a one of a kind juried exhibition just for you. Works in Colored Pencil: A Juried Exhibit will feature both national and regional artists who started and stayed with colored pencils and their finished works show us all that can be done with these simple materials. Juror for the exhibit is Kimberly Kersey Asbury, a painter and mixed media artist with an MFA from Boston University. She is a Fulbright grant recipient in the arts and is Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Of the exhibition and its appeal, Asbury said, "For those die hard colored pencil fans, there's a whole other category of colored pencil out there packed with saturated artist grade pigments and the artists in this exhibition show all of us just how far one can take this material." Colored pencil frontrunners Elizabeth Patterson, Kendra Bidwell Ferreira and Liz Larson will be showing at the exhibit, along with thirteen other impressive artists. Works in Colored Pencil: A Juried Exhibit will be on view Friday, July 6th through Tuesday, August 7th at the Sharon Arts Downtown Gallery. First, second and third place awards will be announced at the opening reception tomorrow, July 6th from 5 to 7pm. This exhibit is sponsored in conjunction with the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) New England chapter 112 and made possible through the generosity of People's United Bank.

Conference of the Birds at Mana Contemporary
in Jersey City, New Jersey now through July 31st


              Portrait by Danielle Julian Norton, 2011, Photograph, 30" x 40".

For this particular story, we decided to "spread our wings" to include an exhibit in New Jersey that explores and celebrates our relationship to birdlife and their inhabitance of all three realms: air, water and earth. We caught wind of Conference of the Birds through Cynthia-Reeves, which has initiated a number of innovative off-site projects that focus on specific and timely issues. The show will be held at Mana Contemporary, a vibrant, upbeat gallery in Jersey City, New Jersey. With their presence in all three areas of existence, birds show us how successful we are in preserving each habitat. When their numbers begin to diminish in any area, we should see this as a debacle on our part and a missed opportunity to achieve a harmonious environment in which all species can thrive. Through sculpture, photography, video, mixed media works and installations, the thirty featured artists show us different facets of our relationship to birdlife and the ramifications on both their habitat and ours. Amongst the talented group are Janet Echelman, John Grade, Danielle Julian Norton, Robert and Shana Parke-Harrison, Jane Rosen, Steven Siegel and Carston H´┐Żller. Conference of the Birds will be on view at Mana Contemporary through Tuesday, July 31st.

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