artscope magazine
Pain, Paint & Photography.
April 24, 2014

When creating and promoting art, artists are often met with forces that make attaining their goals difficult: illness, censorship, disinterest. The artists featured below are prime examples of creators plagued with roadblocks they worked to overcome, even if the success came after their life and work had expired. So if you're looking for success stories or a bout of inspiration, you'll find it in these artists, their stories and their works they have to show for it.

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- Lacey Daley

Working Through at Monkitree
in Gardiner, Maine now through June 7th

Sometimes All That is Left is the Anvil by Jamie Ribisi-Braley.

We find it fitting that an artist's first solo exhibition would center around the "process" of creating their work, but Jamie Ribisi-Braley bends the idea of process to include creative transcendence and physical barriers. Working Through displays a body of work communicating not only working through the process of creating art, but also working through chronic pain that can sometimes make creating art a physical challenge. Many artists know the feeling of wanting to pack in the brushes, but for this artist, it goes further. "As I'm working through the process, I'm also working through chronic pain that makes it difficult to be in the studio as much as I need to be. Namely, migraines dampen my studio practice. Working on these abstract pieces, full of turmoil and quick paced lines of repetitive mark making, is a way for me to work around the pain and let it all hang out." To Ribisi-Braley, her process is also a statement on how she wants her health to be. She is in control, whether it is reinventing the color and composition, or taking a previously finished painting and completely painting over it. Her process demands that she starts fresh and takes control while she is "searching for the point when it all feels better." As part of working through her process, Ribisi-Braley creates small oil sketches on paper or tiny canvases that allow her to work through color schemes, composition and movement. These sketches, though not created to be stand alone pieces themselves, remain finished pieces in their own right. They will also be on view during the exhibition. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Boston University, Jamie Ribisi-Braley has consistently shown in group shows throughout Maine and beyond. Working Through is on view now through Saturday, June 7th at Monkitree. Come help celebrate the first solo show of an artist on the rise in both body and mind.

Sponsored by: International Poster Gallery, Cambridge Open Studios, Gallery19, Artspace Maynard, Milton Art Museum, New Art Center, Bromfield Gallery, Tremaine Gallery, Somerville Open Studios and Fountain Street Fine Art

International Poster Gallery


INTERNATIONAL POSTER GALLERY ON NEWBURY STREET celebrates its 20th Anniversary with "Tour de Force", a landmark show and sale of 40 rare and important poster classics, from Toulouse-Lautrec and Art Nouveau to Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Avant Garde. Opening gala event Thursday evening, May 1st at 6pm, by invitation only. The exhibition continues through June 30, 2014. The show is Free and Open to the Public. Gallery hours are Mon. through Sat.10 am to 6 pm and Sun. noon to 6 pm.


International Poster Gallery
205 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
tel: 617 375 0076 | fax: 617 375 0079

Cambridge Open Studios


The sixth annual
Cambridge Open Studios
one weekend only!

April 26th and 27th from 12-6pm
FREE Shuttle service along route

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NLasar - Ball and Kite artscope
Nancy Lasar, Ball and Kite

James Reed, Two Crows

Gallery19 in Essex, Connecticut, presents two one-person shows: James Reed: Works on Paper and Nancy Lasar: Prints & Paintings, from May 1 through June 30, with an opening party May 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.


19A Main St. Essex, CT
[email protected]
Hours: Wed-Sun 11-5

Artspace Maynard


Call for Artists: Deadline May 16. The ArtSpace Gallery, a beautiful, 1,800 sq. ft., nonprofit gallery located at the ArtSpace Art Center in Maynard MA, is seeking proposals for group or solo exhibits for its fall 2014 - spring 2015 season. No fee. Go to for guidelines.

New Art Center


Talks, Guided Tours of Museums & Galleries and
art making/viewing workshops

Explore the art scene in Boston and beyond with our esteemed faculty of practicing artists and learn more about contemporary art. No art making or viewing experience required. Join us this spring to connect with art.

Learn more here:

Milton Art Museum
Deadline extended

Three Vermont Impressionists at Bennington Museum
in Bennington, Vermont now through June 17th

The Fan Tree by Clifford Adams Bayard, Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. Bennington Museum Collection.

Since its acceptance in America in the 1890s, Impressionism has gained both popularity and momentum, establishing itself as a fundamental style of painting. During the first half of the twentieth century, resident and visiting artists made great use of Impressionism's broken brushwork and high-keyed palette, a perfect approach for painting the rolling hills of Vermont. The featured artists in Bennington Museum's Three Vermont Impressionists utilize this method to paint Vermont landscapes in an impressionistic vein. Many times, an artist's work goes unrecognized during their life. Still, another artist whose work is known during their lifetime, have it forgotten after their death—hidden away, not effectively visible in the public domain, thereby robbing art lovers of their wonderful paintings. The three Vermont Impressionists featured in this exhibition all share, to one degree or another, that description. George Loftus Noyes (1864 - 1954) is today regarded as one of the finest impressionists of the Boston School, devoting his career to painting views of the countryside around Boston, the North Shore and the White and Green Mountains of northern New England. Noyes was one of the most highly respected landscape painters in Boston during the early part of the 20th century, known for his "en plein air" method, but by the time of his death in 1954, he had been largely forgotten. Arthur Gibbes Burton (1883-1969) remained almost totally obscure until 1988 when his paintings were discovered in the attic of a house he had once inhabited. It was his landlord, Leonore McIntosh, who discovered the paintings almost two decades after Burton's death. McIntosh organized an exhibition and sale of over two hundred works of Burton's art, selling almost all that was displayed. It was then that Burton's finely executed landscapes returned to the attention of Vermonters and the art world at large. Clifford Adams Bayard (1892-1965), the third featured artist, is best known today for impressionistic landscape paintings that evoke the rich colors and seasonal moods of the Vermont countryside. Three Vermont Impressionists is on view now through Tuesday, June 17th at Bennington Museum. It is through this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue that contains essays by Alfred Perry, Warren F. Broderick and Tania Bayard, that Bennington Museum shines clarifying light on the three Vermont Impressionists.

Social Optometry at Thompson Gallery
in Weston, Massachusetts now through June 16th

                   Appalachia by Milton Rogovin, gelatin silver print.

There is always a question of the relationship between aesthetics and content in documentary photography. Is beauty a necessary ingredient in communicating about the world's realities, or is it a distraction? Social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin chose to work in a simple and direct pictorial style, an approach that helped traverse the line between beauty and intent in documentary photography. After being silenced during the anti-communist hysteria of the 1950s, Rogovin turned to his camera in order to grant himself a different kind of voice. Through the lens, Rogovin captured the lives and stories of storefront churches, Appalachian mining towns, Buffalo's Lower West Side and industrial communities. He unflinchingly used his photographs as a vehicle for creating social awareness of working class citizens, subjects he was always particularly drawn to. The photographs of Milton Rogovin can be seen in the Social Optometry exhibition in Thompson Gallery at the Cambridge School of Weston. Thompson Gallery is a teaching gallery at CSW dedicated to exploring a single theme through three separate exhibitions, offering differing vantages of the selected topic, throughout the school year. Gallery Director and CSW Art Teacher Todd Bartel worked with Tony Loreti, chair of the visual arts department at CSW to choose the images and curate the Rogovin exhibit. "I've been drawn to the work of Milton Rogovin for years," said Loreti. "I really don't know any other photographer like him in his unbroken dedication to the under represented and the poor—especially the working poor—in our society. Whether on the streets, in their work places, or in their homes, he had a wonderful ability to get emotionally close to his subjects." Social Optometry is the third exhibition of the three-part Picturing the Invisible series, designed to explore photography as a tool of scientific, personal and social visualization. Social Optometry is on view now through Monday, June 16th.

Bromfield Gallery

Lisa Olson: "Alluvion" (detail), mixed media, 7" x 10", 2013.

Bromfield Gallery
450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA
Wed-Sun, 12-5
(617) 451-3605
[email protected]

April 30 - June 1
Opening: Friday, May 2, 6-830 pm

Lisa Olson: "Affine"
Based on found photographs purchased from antique dealers, these mixed media pieces create fictional narratives about those who lived generations ago-as well as create visual poetry by distilling the images into abstract compositions.

Tremaine Gallery


Simon Blackmore: Audio Converters
May 2, 2014 - June 5, 2014
May 2: Artist presentation 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by a reception 7 - 8 p.m.

The Tremaine Gallery is pleased to present the sound works of British artist Simon Blackmore. Blackmore creates performance-based sculptures and installations using sound and custom-made technology, both as a solo artist and with the collective Owl Project. He is based in Manchester, England.

Works included in this exhibition were recently shown in Three Sound Works at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut September 22, 2013 - March 9, 2014. The gallery is very excited about establishing a relationship with The Aldrich and looks forward to future collaborations.

The Tremaine Gallery at The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039
Gallery hours: Monday through Saturday 10 - 4 ; Sunday 12 - 4
(860) 435 - 3663 ~

Somerville Open Studios


One of the largest open studios in the nation—
over 400 artists in all media across Somerville.

May 3rd & 4th: 12-6pm
Sneak preview May 2nd: 6-9pm

Free parking, and trolleys between studios
Maps and a mobile app help visitors get around
Overview exhibition at the Somerville Museum

Also featuring:
Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show, May 1-7pm

Fountain Street Fine Art

Nan Hass Feldman, Houses Beyond the Lily Pond, oil on panel.

Nan Hass Feldman
The Garden and Beyond: New Paintings

Through May 4, 2014
Artist Talk and Poetry Reading with Alan Feldman
May 3, 5 - 7PM
Fountain Street Fine Art
59 Fountain Street, Framingham MA

Feldman's paintings evoke a child-like joy, yet
a sophisticated appreciation of color, pattern, texture, and imagination.

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