artscope magazine
Teachers & Telling.
May 8, 2014

Below you'll find artists and teachers, both of which can be considered professional storytellers of sorts. Educators share facts and theories, creating conversations of knowledge. Painters and photographers capture visions and create them to give narratives to situations otherwise story-less. This blast celebrates the teaching careers of two men, the stories told by four artists and all the lives they've touched with their talents.

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American Beauty on Bruised Knees at Robert Klein Gallery at Ars Libri
in Boston, Massachusetts now through June 21st

Lori X, Lancaster, California, 2010 by BJ & Richeille Formento.

The economic recession was the impetus behind the current exhibition at Robert Klein Gallery at Ars Libri. Circumstance: American Beauty on Bruised Knees is an intensive project started by commercial photographer BJ Formento and stylist Richeille Formento as a means of understanding the changing face of the American Dream. The project took them to over 25 states where they worked from an Airstream trailer and photographed women they'd met online or along the way, women who became beacons of hope against the dark and slated backdrops of their lives. "[B]lack roads led us to ghost towns and forgotten strip malls, to abandoned churches and motels, to rotting steel mills and theatres, prisons, airports and train stations," says BJ. "We found women in these towns to play our heroines." What began as a visual story of love lost soon developed into a cinematic chronicle of hope, fear, passion, beauty and defeat. BJ Formento was born in 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned a BFA in Photography from the Academy of Arts University, California in 1986. Moving to New York City in 1999, BJ assisted Mary Ellen Mark, Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz, and studied under Eugene Richards and Arnold Newman. He has been a freelance commercial photographer for over ten years. Richeille Formento was born in 1975 in London, England. She earned a BA in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 1998 and has worked for many years as an art director and designer for major commercial and independent fashion labels. The couple met on assignment in 2005 and were married three months later. Formento & Formento have named Edward Hopper, Alfred Hitchcock, Cindy Sherman and David Lynch as influences. Following strong showings at Paris Photo 2013, Art Miami 2013 and The AIPAD Photography Show New York 2014, American Beauty on Bruised Knees will be Formento & Formento's first show in Boston.The exhibition will be on view now through Saturday, June 21st at Robert Klein Gallery at Ars Libri.

Sponsored by: Brush It Off Paint & Sip Bar, North Bennet Street School, Easton Shovel Town Cultural District and Trustees of Reservations, Paradise City Arts, State of Clay Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, Milton Art Museum, Museum of Russian Icons, Essex Art Center, New Art Center, Unifier Festival and Art Complex Museum

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Easton Shovel Town Cultural District and Trustees of Reservations


Division I -Open to all USA residents 18+. Juror: Mim Brooks Fawcett, Exec. Dir.
Attleboro Arts Museum. Prizes $2,250. $25 for two pieces.
Division II -Under 18. Juror, Noted watercolorist, Allison Kracjik.
Prizes $100 first/@1800's antique silver dollars, 2nd & 3rd. No cost to enter.

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Paradise City Arts


"WILD AND WONDERFUL!" - The Boston Globe

New England's most extraordinary collection of more than 260 painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, glassblowers, furniture makers, clothing designers and more - from every corner of America. With sensational food by local chefs, fabulous live music, special exhibits, a spectacular sculpture garden and lots of fun activities - a great way to spend a holiday weekend!

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State of Clay Lexington Arts & Crafts Society


From May 3 -June 1, the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society is hosting new work by 77 Massachusetts clay artists in a juried show.

The 8th Biennial State of Clay celebrates traditional and contemporary vessels, wall pieces, ceramic sculptures and decorative arts. The range of ceramic expression highlights a variety of building techniques and firing methods.

This is the only juried ceramic show that targets clay artists with roots in the Commonwealth. The public has an opportunity to appreciate the breadth of creativity from artists within their own state, to view their thoughts and ideas in clay, and experience the expansive world of the ceramics medium.

Exhibition dates: May 3 - June 1, 2014
Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, 130 Waltham St.
Lexington, MA 02421

Saturday, May 17 Linda will be giving a majolica workshop open to all for a fee.
Call Society to register: 781-862-9696.

Sunday, May 18: Opening Reception 2 - 5 pm; Gallery talk with Juror at 3 pm.

Gallery Hours: Sun & Tues-Fri 12-4 pm; Sat 10-4 pm; Closed Monday.

Handicapped accessible.
Free admission. Free parking.
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Milton Art Museum
Deadline extended

Apophenia at Dedee Shattuck Gallery
in Westport, Massachusetts now through June 1st

                       Acceptance by Harvey Goldman.

In celebration of artist Harvey Goldman's retirement from 36 years of teaching at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he is currently Chancellor Professor of Design, Dedee Shattuck Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of his work that exemplifies both his talents and his visions. Apophenia showcases recent works from four of Goldman's digital series, along with examples of early ceramic pieces, which have inspired his digital surface textures. The exhibited series in focus represent a body of work that examines particular forms through Goldman's unique digital layering process. An air of mystery surrounds the images, though closer examinations provide familiarity—sometimes in a lacy lichen edge or a patterned expansion of a fingerprint—creating connective tissue between works. The Extremities and Digits Series pays homage to our most primary of tools, the human hand and foot. To explain this tribute, Goldman says, "The delicate and complex anatomy of our collective hands and feet, their transcendent efficacy in relation to early tool development and usage…gives them a signification I find fecund with metaphorical meaning and energy." The Veiled Ancestors Series is most closely tied to the exhibition's title, Apophenia, a self-diagnosis of the artist constantly seeing faces and images where none exist, creating a liminal space in which these ethereal beings are resurrected. Along with the metaphors of fertility, grace, shelter, brutality and death alive in the Landscape Series and the augmented forest compositions in the Forest Abstracted Series, animated shorts created by Goldman in collaboration with composer Jing Wang are also on view in the exhibition. Goldman received his Masters of Fine Arts from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Ford Foundation. His work has been featured in three SIGGRAPH exhibitions, and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, DeCordova Museum and Iota Center for Visual Music. Apophenia is on view now through Sunday, June 1st at Dedee Shattuck Gallery. Come out and celebrate more than thirty decades of an artist dedicated to craft, both in his own work and that of his students.

George Nick: Paintings and Legacy at St. Botolph Club
in Boston, Massachusetts now through June 26th

Memories of Caesar's Forum, 2008 by George Nick.

It's no secret that George Nick is a painter and influential teacher in equal portion, and the current exhibition at St. Botolph Club stands as proof of both. George Nick: Paintings and Legacy features six of Nick's own paintings that reflect his range as an artist and his appetite for experimentation. These works offer glimpses of street scenes, still life, rocky seascapes, the interior of a natural history museum and an antique train engine, all quintessentially Nick's own by his broad swaths of color and crisply detailed strokes. Aside from his unwavering passion for the creation of art, Nick has also devoted 25 years to teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he has left a legacy of important painters and teachers in their own right. In addition to Nick's works in Paintings and Legacy, a significant part of the exhibition features the work of five of his students plus a peer greatly influenced by him: Kimberlee Alemian, Dmitri Cavander, Jeffrey Ellse, Jon Imber, Catherine Kehoe and Dik Liu. Four are artists in the Boston area, one is in New York City and another in San Francisco. The combined work—of teacher, students and peer—adds up to a wonderful show of 24 paintings and drawings and is a fitting tribute to George Nick, to his own work and his significant legacy to the Boston art community. George Nick: Paintings and Legacy is on view now through Thursday, June 26th at St. Botolph Club in Boston.

Museum of Russian Icons


Museum of Russian Icons hosts The Tsars' Cabinet, highlighting 200 years of opulent Russian decorative arts under the Romanovs' reign, from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. Many of the more than 230 stunning objects in the exhibition were designed for public or private use by the tsars. From the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. On view through 5/24/14.

Essex Art Center


Essex Art Center's New Paint Art Auction will be held on Friday June 6, 2014 at the Stevens Estate in North Andover MA. The event is a fundraiser to support the art programming for children and adults at Essex Art Center.

On one day, May 31st, twenty nine artists will paint and create a finished piece of art ready to hang. The artwork will then be exhibited at the Essex Art Center for 4 days of viewing - June 2 - June 5 . This artwork will be auctioned in the Live Auction. On Friday the event will begin at 6pm with a viewing of the Live Auction artwork and the Silent Auction artwork which is artwork that has been produced in the studio such as ceramics and photography along with paintings. The Live Auction will begin at 8pm.

More information at

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.

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Unifier Festival


Honoring and bringing together different sub-cultures, this transformational gathering is a world and sacred music festival, electronic music festival, yoga festival, a tribal belly dance festival, a live art show, a place for ceremony, for permaculture, for sculptural works and circus arts. It is a place to care for the land and to eat organic food, and to be inspired and inspire our kids and our elders.

Art Complex Museum

George Nick, Maynard Spring, 2011, oil on canvas.

Recently Acquired at The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts, May 18 - September 7, 2014; opening reception, May18

Recently Acquired includes more than eighty works demonstrating the amazing variety in the museum collections. Some pieces represent its four major categories; Shaker objects, works on paper, American paintings and Asian art. Others fall into new areas - studio furniture, contemporary ceramics and photography. These represent a great sampling of the work being created, today.

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