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Robots, Rivers & Roots.
November 7, 2013

This blast! looks at our cultures and creations through three separate lenses: robots, rivers and roots. What does it mean when robots are given personalities, when rivers constantly forgive us and when roots take hold of our lives in a way we could never shake them? Read on to find the answers.

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Robot Riot at Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery
in Easthampton, Massachusetts now through November 26th

                              Featured sculptural robot by Mark Brown.

Quite the cast of characters is taking over the halls and walls of Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery. Artist Mark Brown and his sculptural robots are featured in Robot Riot, the current exhibition at the gallery. The robot creations range in height from eight inches to over six feet tall and combine textures and colors with a selection of tin containers, lids, tools and toys found at tag sales and flea markets. Brown himself is deeply inspired by the Japanese robots and space toys of the Atomic era. He says, "The history of robots up until recently has been kind-of benign. (I think they) are silly, happy and threatening. I've always pulled in forms and figures into my work. When I started using found objects, focusing on robots was a natural shift." With dominoes as mouths, SpongeBob villain chest pieces and platforms made from Chinese checkers boards, it's no surprise that each of these robotic inventions has a personality all its own. Robot Riot is on view now through Tuesday, November 26th at ECA+ Gallery. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, November 9th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Art Walk Easthampton. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Additional work within the exhibition is inspired by Brown's former body of work created with rusty saws and lawn chairs. All of the projects featured in this exhibit are made from recycled materials and found objects. Mark Brown has exhibited extensively including at the Artisans Gallery (Northampton), Springfield Museum of Art (Springfield), FOE (Northampton), Gallery in the Woods (Brattleboro) and Appleton Museum of Art (Ocala, Florida). For over a decade, he has been making one-of-a-kind mixed-media sculptures and clocks in his studio in Easthampton, often collaborating with his partner in creativity, Susan Boss.

Sponsored by: 4th Floor Artists, Fuller Craft Museum, Allston Open Studios, artscope Mobile App, Gallery Seven, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Jamestown Arts Center, Boston Printmakers & artscope Newsstand App

4th Floor Artists


Fuller Craft Museum


Allston Open Studios


AAD/Allston Arts District
27th Annual Open Studios
November 9 & 10 (Noon - 6 daily)

Over 75 Allston artists and creative professionals work in a wide variety of media. Artwork on show will include: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, egg tempera, collage, jewelry, leather, kites, mosaics and original clothing design.

This year, shuttle bus service connecting the Allston Open Studio venues will be available, courtesy of the City of Boston. For Allston Open Studios artist & location details, plus shuttle bus information, please see the AAD website. The Blank-Wertz Gallery (at 119 Braintree) will have a survey exhibition featuring artwork from most participating studios artists, and is a great place for visitors to start.

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119 Braintree Street
Allston, MA 02134

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Gallery Seven



GALLERY SEVEN is looking for submissions for their "About Face" juried photographic exhibition. Open to New England artists 18+ working in any photographic medium depicting the Human Face. This is open to interpretation and does not have to be a live human face. Exhibition Dates: February 25th - April 5th, 2014.

Jurors: Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA and Nick Johnson, co-owner of Gallery Seven and Photography Instructor at the New England School of Photography in Boston, MA. "Best in Show" and 2 Honorable Mentions will be chosen.

Entry Fee: $35 for up to 3 submissions on cd, $5 for each additional submission. Deadline: November 23rd.
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Actors' Shakespeare Project

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Actors' Shakespeare Project turns 10 this year, and it's time to celebrate! Join our award-winning company as we celebrate this milestone with a magical night! Ten luminaries will be honored, and entertainment will be provided by ASP's Resident Acting Company & Youth, as well as world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma.


The River at VanDernoot Gallery
in Cambridge, Massachusetts now through November 27th

                Intueri IV by Naoe Suzuki, mineral pigment, micro pigment pen & walnut ink on paper.

The use and abuse of water is something that should be more present in our environmental concerns, at least in the opinion of Japanese artist Naoe Suzuki. In her current solo exhibition at Lesley University's VanDernoot Gallery, Suzuki explores environmental degradation and the impact it has on water, a natural element she sees as a vessel, a capillary, a vein. In The River, Suzuki surrenders certain portions of her drawings to imagination with the hopes of creating a space for viewers where reality and imagination combine. The featured drawings are done in mineral pigment, ink and graphite and possess a psychological dimension that forces us to see water as both a source of healing energy and a damaged natural reserve. In its simplest of forms, water is a carrier of things, and, within her creations, Suzuki has constructed microcosmic worlds dense with intestines, organs and other forms of debris that find their way into the water and begin to float. Despite the pollutant, harmful qualities, the water accepts the debris and moves it along. "Water is necessary for our life, but it is also treated as a commodity that is to be used, exploited, or abused," says Suzuki. "Over the decades of abusing and over-consuming, our water has been drained and contaminated, thus poisoning our bodies and environments, and we're facing the shortage of water in the near future. My concern about environmental degradation, especially to water, inspires this body of work." This is not simply a regional or situational issue to Suzuki—it's global. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Suzuki has lived in the United States since 1986. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. The River is on view now through Wednesday, November 27th at VanDernoot Gallery and is curated by gallery director Andrew Mroczek.

From the Caribbean Diaspora at Towne Art Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts now through November 21st

Change by Monique Rolle-Johnson, acrylic, 5' x 7'.

Cultural narratives always have their place in art, but we're sure you haven't seen them done like this before. As part of a collaboration between the Center for International Programs and Partnerships at Wheelock College, Towne Art Gallery is showing From the Caribbean Diaspora: 3 Visiting Artists. With footholds and fingerprints in the Bahamas, Guyana and Jamaica, these three featured artists have since left the Caribbean, but haven't left the Caribbean out of their art. Stanwyck Cromwell, Gilda Sharpe-Etteh and Monique Rolle-Johnson, the artists of From the Caribbean Diaspora, all currently reside in New England. Each of them brings to their work aesthetic sensitivities from their respective Caribbean cultures, resulting in works of bold stance and concentrated nature: brilliant, saturated colors that attract the eye and rhythmic patterns and textures that calm the soul. Themes and symbols of spiritualism, tragedy, realism and journey emanate from these works, revealing the depth behind the artists' personal stories, heritages and traditions. Caribbean roots flood this exhibition and work to expose the permanence of the cultural narratives that we carry through the scope of our lives. From the Caribbean Diaspora is on view now through Thursday, November 21st at Towne Art Gallery. This exhibition is sponsored by the Presidential International Visiting Scholars Program at Wheelock College. Be sure to reserve the entire day of Thursday, November 14th for this exhibition, as there is an Artists' Talk scheduled from 10-11am and 2:30-3:30pm, as well as an Artists' Reception set to take place from 4-5:30pm that evening. Come feel the grips of culture through art and we promise you'll leave with this lesson: just because you leave a place, doesn't mean it leaves you.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking


15th Annual Art Auction & Party

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 6 PM
at the Lillian August Flagship Store, Norwalk CT

Tickets, 203-899-7999 or at the door

The live auction includes LOT 12 "New York International", a rare opportunity to acquire a complete casebound portfolio of prints by Arman, Mary Bauermeister, Oyvind Fahlstrom, John Goodyear, Charles Hinman, Allen Jones, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, James Rosenquist, and Saul Steinberg. Sealed bids accepted until November 14, 5 pm.

To support Center for Contemporary Printmaking workshops
and outreach programs.

Jamestown Arts Center


The Jamestown Arts Center encourages creatives to "glow for it." Create an illuminated auction piece for our 3rd annual fall fundraiser, GLOW. Donating artists receive a ticket to the party and inclusion in promotional materials. Drop off dates: Nov. 16, 18 and 19. Event date: Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 - 10pm.

Jamestown Arts Center
18 Valley St., Jamestown, RI 02835
(401) 560-0979
Jamestown Arts Center

Boston Printmakers


THE BOSTON PRINTMAKERS: 2013 North American Print Biennial
through December 20, 2013

ARCHES Student Print Show
Installation by Cuban Artist Ibrahim Miranda

Boston University 808 Gallery
808 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA

November events:

Gallery talk with Julia Talcott and Lois Tarlow
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 p.m.

What is a print?
Gallery talk with Carolyn Muskat
Sunday November 24 at 2 pm.

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