artscope magazine
Inquiry Questions.
May 9, 2013

Great experiences often come from thorough research, and thorough research starts with solid questions of inquiry. This blast is all about asking the right kinds of questions that will yield the most rewarding results. And, in reference to the exhibitions featured below, they are most definitely rewarding.

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Art Off-the-Grid
in Allston, Massachusetts now through May 31st

Artwork by Sheffield van Buren.

What do we mean by off-the-grid? The term refers to an exhibition that doesn't take place in a museum or gallery that will show up on an ordinary map. The paintings in Art Off-the-Grid will be featured in a 5,000 square foot warehouse in Allston--a raw space with soaring ceilings and exceptional lighting. Long-time Boston artists Katherine Porter and Sheffield van Buren are excited about the new space and have joined forces to play Porter's lively color explorations next to van Buren's glowing, delicate panels. "We've been talking about having a show together for years, and we finally decided that it's now or never," Porter explained. "It's a rare opportunity for us to show our work in the way we want it to be seen." The space and expansive nature of the warehouse allow each artist a certain freedom they aren't accustomed to in more traditional, four-walled venues. Porter and van Buren first met in 1969 in Boston's South End when they each had studio space in the same building. They have been both friends and colleagues ever since. "I have always loved Katherine's work," says van Buren. "I remember the first time I visited her studio on West Brookline Street in Boston. Being in the presence of her large, forceful paintings and eloquent colors is both peaceful and exhilarating." Art Off-the-Grid is on view now through Friday, May 31st in a warehouse behind 184 Everett Street, in Allston. Exhibition viewing hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1-6pm. For more detailed directions, click here.

Sponsored by: North Bennet Street School, East Boston Open Studios, Concord Art Association, Amanda Swain Bingham, Albright Art Gallery, Fountain Street Fine Art and Artisans Way

North Bennet Street School


Learn the skills of fine craftsmanship through hands-on workshops and professional programs in bookbinding, carpentry, cabinet and furniture making, jewelry making, locksmithing, piano technology, preservation carpentry and violin making at North Bennet Street School in Boston. Dozens of workshops are open to everyone.

Annual Student & Alumni Exhibit
May 13 - 24 at Two International Place, Boston.
Details online.

East Boston Open Studios


East Boston Open Studios 2013
May 18th & 19th
11am - 5pm

80 Border Street
HarborArts, Inc. Shipyard Gallery
ZUMIX (*Special event on Sunday)

Concord Art Association


Nine days. 88 artists. One perfect opportunity to get a sneak preview
of the work that will be auctioned during Paint the Town!
Concord Art Association's annual fundraiser.

May 9-17, 2013
Paint the Town! Preview Show

May 18
Paint the Town! Auction
Great art, fun party!
Tickets available by visiting

Concord Art Association
37 Lexington Road
Concord, MA 01742

Amanda Swain Bingham


Shadows: Travels Without Skin
18 May - 1 June 2013

Opening Reception:
18 May 5-8pm

Colo Colo Gallery
29 Centre Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Albright Art Gallery


Strata: Meaning Between the Lines
Jim McManus + Holly Harrison
May 29-July 28, reception June 8, 6-8pm

New at Concord's Albright Gallery, husband-and-wife artists Jim McManus and Holly Harrison explore the theme of Strata and the meanings found within and across layers. In their own styles, they stack linear fields of color, texture and content. Like an archeologist, the viewer gleans meaning from the layers of artifacts.

Fabrications at Flatrocks Gallery
in Gloucester, Massachusetts now through May 26th

   And There Was Light by Dawn Southworth.

What have you heard about the inventing and concocting going on at Flatrocks Gallery? You've probably caught wind of their current show, Fabrications, which features five different artists dedicated to transforming the ordinary. The works of art in this exhibition operate in three dimensions and, in many cases, depend on the shadows they cast to add an element that is constantly changing. Though visually distinct, each body of work employs common materials in ways that play fragility against strength and continuity against temporality. The artists featured in Fabrications are Dawn Southworth, Margaret Rack, Caroline Bagenal, Elizabeth Billings and Nina Fletcher. Southworth, whose work is featured above, is best known for her mixed media works that incorporate a wide range of materials and processes. She incorporates painting, drawing, embroidering, cutting and burning, among others. Using a variety of materials for surfaces, Southworth has an extraordinary ability to fuse together tough wood and glass alongside delicate paper and fabric, creating a refreshing juxtaposition that pleases the eye. Fabrications is on view now through Sunday, May 26th at Flatrocks Gallery. A hidden gem on the northern coast of Gloucester, Flatrocks Gallery offers visitors an impressive collection by established and emerging local artists. Owners Anne Marie Crotty and Cynthia Switzer Roth have curated an astonishing five exhibitions in the seven months of the existence of their new gallery, a number that is sure to keep them on our radar here at artscope!

Our Fragile Home at Southern Vermont Art Center
in Manchester, Vermont May 18th through July 14th

Comfort by Pat Musick and Jerry Carr, Kozo paper, acrylic, beeswax.

Have you ever wondered what our planet looks like from outer space, amid all the blackness and countless stars? The upcoming exhibition at the Southern Vermont Arts Center will give you a good visual for just that kind of view. Our Fragile Home consists of twenty-nine sculptures and works on paper that were inspired by the words that astronauts from many nations used when viewing the earth for the first time from outer space. Over the last four years, in collaboration with her husband Jerry Carr, a NASA astronaut and commander of Skylab 4, Pat Musick has thought deeply about how she as an artist could convey the feelings expressed about our planet from a bird's eye view. The eight words shared by viewers--fragile, beauty, harmony, balance, protect, sustain, nurture and steward--are the underlying concepts expressed and explored in Musick/Carr's exhibit. Using stone, wood, beeswax, paper, glass, steel, bronze and Lexan (the plastic in the astronauts' helmets), Musick strives for what she describes as "a visual balance - harmony out of tension between elements." Her intention is to make an order out of the chaotic elements of our world and find a resolution of peace. Our Fragile Home will be on view from Saturday, May 18th through Sunday, July 14th in the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 3-5pm. This exhibit kicks off its eighteen-month tour at SVAC this month. It then follows in September-October 2013 at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. From December-February 2014 the work will be seen at the Brattleboro Museum of Art in Vermont and ends at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA in June 2014.

Fountain Street Fine Art

FSFA Materialize eblast

April 25 - May 19
Reception 4/26, 5-7pm
Artists Talk 5/11, 3pm

Lisa Barthelson and Denise Driscoll combine traditional media with the debris and data that flow through daily life; they think through their fingers, discovering mesmerizing pattern, unexpected beauty, wry humor, and fleeting balance.

Fountain Street Fine Art
59 Fountain Street
Framingham, MA 01702

Artisans Way

Pastures, Oil on Canvas (20 x 24)

Artisans Way
May 6 - August 31

Kathleen McDonough's expressive realism of both New England scenes and bits of Americana are bathed in vibrant colors and complex shadows that capture the quietness and sense of place in everyday scenes caught in that special moment in time.

Artisans Way is a contemporary fine art and craft gallery offering local, national and international hand-made work.

Artisans Way * Fine Art & Contemporary Craft
18 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742
(978) 369-4400

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