artscope magazine
September 12, 2013

Take everything you thought you knew about pedigree, flowers and photography and throw it out the proverbial window because this blast! asks you to reconsider it all. In the featured exhibitions below, pedigree becomes craft, flowers become monstrosities and photographs become portals to our past times and memories. Don't believe us? Read on!

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Pedigree at New Art Center
in Newtonville, Massachusetts September 16th through October 14th

Flora/Botticelli by Berio Gizzi.

Whether we're discussing purebred dogs or upper-class ancestry, pedigree deals with lines of descent. Though pedigree denotes prestige, value and significance, its careless application is often both vague and subjective. The current show at New Art Center aims to shed light on the absurdity of the term and how its use and abuse pertains to the arts. What if, instead of a birthright, pedigree was something that could be achieved? Through painting, installation, mixed media and sculpture, the artists of Pedigree lend their own unique commentary to the theme. The exhibition showcases traditional Boston School artists influenced by European art next to young and fresh contemporaries. The featured artists include Elizabeth Alexander, Thomas Buildmore, Leigh Christie, Caleb Cole, Cynthia Consentino, Chris Fitch, Berio Gizzi, Joo Lee Kang, David Lowrey, Josh Luke, Joyce McDaniel, Christina Pitsch, Shelley Reed and Liz Shepherd, all of whom live and work in the greater Boston area and value cohesion over stratum. Local prop house Mad Props will complement the displayed artwork with furniture and ephemera inspired by the look and feel of a 19th century Victorian salon. "These aesthetic accoutrements allow for the inventive exhibition of artists' work and further enhance the transformation of the gallery," says Elizabeth Devlin, Pedigree curator. She continues, "By creating an unexpected environment within the New Art Center, Pedigree viewers will feel directly engaged with the work and encouraged to approach the gallery experience in a different light." Pedigree is on view at New Art Center Monday, September 16th through Monday, October 14th. An opening reception is set to be held on Friday, September 20th from 6-8:30pm. It is free and open to the public. Come be witness to this exhibition as it blurs the lines between craft and fine art and questions traditions and cultural expectations.

Sponsored by: Bromfield Gallery, artscope Newsstand App, Galatea Fine Art, Fuller Craft Museum, seARTS, Soo Rye Art Gallery, North Bennet Street School, artscope Mobile App and Helen Day Art Center

Bromfield Gallery

Lauren Cotton, SOLO 2012 winner.

SOLO 2014 Competition

This contest awards two artists a solo exhibition each in January, 2014, at Bromfield Gallery in Boston. Open to New England artists who have not had a solo show in a commercial gallery (universities, libraries, etc. do not disqualify). All media.
Fee: $30.
Juror: Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, MFA, Boston.
Application deadline: October 1, 2013.
Apply online only with up to 5 jpgs at No submissions by email, postal, or artist websites.

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Galatea Fine Art

GALATEA FINE ART is a large contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Boston's SOWA neighborhood in the South End. SOWA is the most sought-after art community in Boston, and is a lively and supportive group of galleries and studios.

In addition to our growing daily foot traffic, gallery members take advantage of Open Studios and the Art Walk in September and May; from May through October, SOWA Sundays bring thousands of people to the area for Open Markets, Farmers' Markets and Food Trucks. At this time many people visit the galleries.

If you are interested in being considered for membership, email Hope Ricciardi at [email protected] for information and an application. The deadline is September 26, 2013. We are located at 460B Harrison Ave., #B-6, Boston, MA 02118. (617) 542-1500.

Fuller Craft Museum


Furniture Made in Massachusetts: 1620 to the Present

A talk with Jonathan Fairbanks, Direction of Fuller Craft Museum
Sunday, September 15, 2:00pm

Members Free, Nonmembers $20. Space is limited. Call 508.588.6000 to reserve your seat today.

Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street Brockton, MA 02301


Celebrate Wearable Art II! Sunday, September 29, 2-6 PM, a Boston Fashion Week event in Gloucester, MA to benefit seARTS, Society for Encouragement of the Arts-Cape Ann. Enjoy runway show with over 60 looks during high tea + a sale featuring hand-made jewelry, clothing & accessories.

Information and tickets here.

Monster Flowers at Chazan Gallery
in Providence, Rhode Island September 19th through October 9th

Roadside Thistle by Leslie Bostrom.

The oil-painting flowers featured in the upcoming exhibition at Chazan Gallery are monstrous in all senses of the word. Artist Leslie Bostrom creates these floral creatures that are both daunting and frightening and whose sheer size is enough to call our attention to their hyperbolic messages. With the often-overlooked thistles and blooms proudly occupying the foreground, Monster Flowers calls our attention to the background, offering us a more complex look into the nature of their surroundings. Bostrom writes, "I am interested in landscapes that could be anyplace, anytime, or are the parts of our surroundings that we do not look at, such as the side of a highway or deep in the garden. Hidden places. Discarded places. Generic places. Random places that have not been named, and are not sanctuaries. At these places, weird juxtapositions of animals, humans, things, plants and insects are continuously forming and changing." This quest into the always-present but never-seen has resulted in an exhibition of loud, sharp paintings that make their way through the ditches and grime to reveal a truer, more natural beauty. Leslie Bostrom has exhibited and lectured extensively throughout the US, including solo exhibitions at the Brenda Taylor Gallery in New York, New York and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, New York. She received her MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a Professor of Art at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Monster Flowers will show at Chazan Gallery from Thursday, September 19th through Wednesday, October 9th. The public is invited to an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, September 26th from 5-7pm.

REFRAMED: History, Memory, Place at Brickbottom Gallery
in Somerville, Massachusetts now through October 19th

                   Alison's Father by Beth Dacey.

Images of the past can do a lot to the memory. They evoke feelings, arouse emotions and sometimes recreate entire scenes within our heads. The current show at Brickbottom Gallery examines how photography, painting and mixed media use photographic images as source material to stimulate personal associations from common perceptions of time and place. All four featured artists use images of people and places to create new contexts for understanding the visual representations of our histories. Beth Dacey's paintings portray familiar scenes and situations from the past, asking us to call on the nonverbal aspect of our memories. Of her motivation, Dacey writes, "I want my paintings to tap into a longing for familiarity as they tell stories that connect uniquely." The assemblages of Amy Hitchcock all get their beginnings from vintage photographs. From there, vintage found objects are added to support the story depicted to Hitchcock in the photograph. She writes, "I believe that these materials bring forth memories of our collective and individual histories. It is my hope that by using such materials, my work is interesting and accessible to the viewer." Robert Festa's photography speaks loudly to architecture and place, both elements of specificity that the artist makes both relevant and personal through his renderings. David Sturtevant is another artist often inspired by the architecture and constructions alive in urban settings. Though his paintings depict specific places, Sturtevant seeks to "examine the boundaries between realism and abstraction, emphasizing the visual impact of forms as shapes on the surface of the painting." REFRAMED: History, Memory, Place is on view now through Saturday, October 19th at Brickbottom Gallery. Be sure to stop in and see how images of people and places can inform and inspire both the real and invented past.

Soo Rye Art Gallery


Our last exhibit of the year, Soo Rye Yoo's Time to Soar, will open September 14th from 5pm-8pm. This series collects new artwork from 2012-2013 which has not been shown previously. The exhibit will remain on display until November 14th. Visit our website for more information.

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. Monthly information sessions for full-time programs. Open House November 8 - 9.

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Helen Day Art Center

Adrian Fernandez: Untitled #4, from the series Epilogue II.

An exhibition of Cuban artists
September 20 - November 24, 2013

Abel Barroso, Mar�a Magdalena Campos-Pons, Arles del Rio, Adri�n Fern�ndez, Dalvis Tuya, Sandra Ramos, Jos� Angel Vincench

September 20th from 6-8p.m.
Opening reception with Cuban food, drinks, and DJ Toni Basanta

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