artscope magazine
June 5, 2014

Sure, grammatically it's "sightseeing" because you're visiting places of interest and taking it all in through your eyes. That's fitting for this blast!, but so is site-seeing because location is important to these exhibitions—cats inside houses, history tangled in tree roots and a new gallery opening in Boston's South End. Bring your sight to these sites and we promise you won't be disappointed. Don't forget to check out artscope's museum package giveaway in celebration of the one-year anniversary of the tablet edition of the magazine.

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Come experience the dialogue that is taking place on our zine right now! Our new comment box feature allows you to give your remarks and feedback through your Twitter, Facebook or Google accounts. This is just another way to continue the art discussions that make up the artscope universe. Also, you can visit the artscope breaking news feed on the current exhibitions page of our website to see what's happening today through tweets sent directly from your favorite galleries and museums. When you attend an exhibit after learning about it through the feed, please mention that you saw it in artscope.

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- Lacey Daley

Visible Soul: Feline as Muse at VanDernoot Gallery
in Cambridge, Massachusetts now through June 14th

                             Sam by Andy Warhol, ca. 1954, hand-colored lithograph.

If you've ever owned a cat, you're already aware of their captivating nature. Though at times it may disguise itself into typical cat aloofness, the feline's regal postures and stares of inquiry are the reason many people find solace in these furry friends. Sometimes cats' composure and sheer beauty are enough to distract us from our own thoughts, lending us their bodies and minds as our muse. The current exhibition at Lesley University's Porter Square campus pays homage to these wise pets through painting, photography, drawing and sculpture, covering the 16th century through the present. Visible Soul: The Feline as Muse was inspired by a quote from French novelist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, who once said, "I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." With these words as the spine structuring the entire exhibition, echoes of approval ring true in each work of art featured in the gallery. Among the works will be a selection of hand-colored lithographs from Andy Warhol's "25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy," Louise Bourgeois' playful "Female & Male," the hauntingly grotesque "Rampant Beast" by Leonard Baskin, Carolee Schneemann's "Infinity Kisses" and a rare glimpse at drawings and ceramic pieces by prolific 19th-century artist Louis Wain. Sculptor Karin Gulbran, fresh from a solo exhibit at White Columns, displays a selection of cat-inspired pots, while New York-based screen-printer and performance artist J. Morrison bands together his "HomoCats" in their quest for equality and social justice. "Though I certainly knew of Louis Wain's love of cats, I was thrilled to find Baskin's 'Rampant Beast,' and to be reminded of Edward Weston's 'Wildcat Hill,'" says Andrew Mroczek, director of the VanDernoot Gallery and curator of the exhibition. "There's a wonderful pulse to the show, and the cat's influence on these artists far surpasses the whimsical. Moments of humor, as with 'Schrödinger's Cat' by Duane Michals, are balanced by works like Naoe Suzuki's touching homage to her recently-departed friend, Ash." Visible Soul: The Feline as Muse is on view now through Saturday, June 14th in Lesley University's VanDernoot Gallery. Check out this exhibition and you may leave with a different interpretation of your house cat's inclination to scoot everything off the coffee table or his habit of taking evening walks along the kitchen counter.

Sponsored by: The Preservation Framer & Art Gallery, Bromfield Gallery, A.R.T. Resource Trust, Springfield Museums, Stonybrook Fine Arts, Artscope Museum Package Giveaway, Cape Ann Artisans, North Bennet Street School, Public Art Call for Boston's Historic South Station, Norwalk 2.0 Freese Park Artist Village and Unifier Festival

The Preservation Framer & Art Gallery


Ria Hills Solo Exhibition
The Preservation Framer & Art Gallery
16 North Washington St, North Attleboro, MA 02760
June 7th-June 30th
Opening reception: June 7th, 2014

Ria Hills Solo Exhibition is a concise presentation of over 30 realistic pastel works by award winning painter Ria Hills. Ria focuses on subtle nuances of shapes and color that will give life to a painting. The last mark of her pastels is often with an unexpected color that dominates a highlight or shadow. These subtle marks, expertly placed, give the viewer a unique taste of realism.

The evening of the opening reception is free of charge & makes a perfect date night. We will have refreshments and showcase live Jazz guitar by Steve Marchena (referred to by the Cape Cod Times as "Amazing and Riveting").

Bromfield Gallery


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

June 4 - 28
Opening: Friday, June 6, 6-830 pm

UMass Dartmouth MFA Thesis Exhibition
UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts presents its MFA Thesis Exhibition, curated by Judith Tolnick Champa. Work on display by 20 UMass Dartmouth MFA candidates represents disciplines ranging from painting, sculpture, and furniture design to video art, installation, and application software design.

A.R.T. Resource Trust

August 1 Deadline for Artist's Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund

Grants available in painting, sculpture, printmaking, or mixed media to mid-career artists with financial need in New England and Columbia and Northeast Dutchess counties, NY. Non-profit organizations wishing to show, commission, or purchase work by mature artists living in New England may also apply. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000. Applications and artwork must be submitted through our online grant portal at Deadline August 1.

Springfield Museums


Thursday, June 5, 5-8 pm
Culture & Cocktails: Modern Art & Mojitos
Springfield Museums

Celebrate the opening of American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts with summer cocktails and music by SXSW favorite Jamie Kent. 21+ only.
Event admission: Museum members free, nonmembers $5.

Stonybrook Fine Arts


Summer Classes in Welding, Jewelry, Foundry, Stone Carving, Figure Sculpture and Lost Wax Casting begin June 16. Teen Intensives in Welding, Jewelry and Casting begin June 24. Check out Jamaica Plain Open Studios 9/20-21. Watch for our special ArtWeek Boston workshops this fall! Beginners welcome!


Stonybrook Fine Arts
24 Porter Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Artscope Museum Package Giveaway


Grand Re-Opening of Lanoue Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts June 6th

Gallery installation of work by artist Carrie McGee.

Help us spread the word: Lanoue Fine Art has moved! After almost a decade at their Newbury Street location, the gallery is traveling the mile to Boston's South End where they have quadrupled their exhibition space and expanded the gallery's collection. The new Lanoue Gallery is located at 450 Harrison Avenue, #31 (at Thayer Street). Things that will remain the same include the gallery's phone number, email and commitment to exhibit artists who challenge conventional expectations in concept or design. After a month straight of moving and organizing, the gallery is finally ready to open their "new" doors to the public. The first show to fill their 4,000 square feet of gallery space features Carrie McGee and the newest members of the gallery stable. McGee has been exhibiting with Lanoue Gallery for over a decade and her mixed media installations have continued to surprise. McGee's central architectural focus hovers around rust, oxidation and other processes and their reactions, creating layers that deliver sentiments regarding time and memory. Even if you've seen some of McGee's luminous installations before, you haven't seen them in the new gallery space—the walls of which they complement seamlessly. The grand re-opening will take place this Friday, June 6th from 6-8pm in honor of Lanoue Gallery's tenth anniversary. Attending the gallery will allow you to see all the exciting new directions the staff is moving towards, including the representation of these new artists: Sherry Karver, Ysabel LeMay, Paul Rousso, Cecil Touchon and Christine Vaillancourt. Even if you can't make the evening of the opening, be sure to swing by the new site and welcome the gallery to the neighborhood! We're excited to seem them in the Arts District of the city, a location fit for the gallery.

Nothing is Set in Stone at New Haven Museum
in New Haven, Connecticut now through November 2nd

                           Vigor Code by Jeff Slomba, 2014.

Art and science meet and marry in the current exhibition at New Haven Museum. Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green combines contemporary art with archaeological analysis to investigate and retell the story of the Lincoln Oak. In October 2012, winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled the mighty oak—planted in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birth—revealing human skeletal remains in the tree's exposed roots and creating an enigmatic narrative that captured the imagination of the entire country. Artists to be featured in the exhibition were invited to use branches, limbs or pieces of the trunk of the Lincoln Oak to interpret the history of the tree and the discoveries yielded beneath it. Zeb Esselstyn, renowned for his own work in transforming fallen trees into artistic and functional furniture, distributed the wood to the artists in February 2014 and marveled at what they came up with. "Every piece is remarkably different from the other, yet they all work together beautifully, producing many layers of meaning," Esselstyn said. The featured artists who used these timbered veins and human remains for inspiration are Lani Asuncion, Susan Clinard, Erich Davis, Michael Quirk, Jeff Slomba, Rachael Vaters-Carr and Alison K. Walsh. Jeff Slomba, whose work is featured above, paid tribute to the fallen Lincoln Oak through his amalgamation of oak branch, steel, 3-D printed PLA plastic and sparklers. Slomba mused that the tree's destruction by Hurricane Sandy "revealed not only the tree's own vulnerability, but also the mortality and slippage from history's memory of those who came before us." The scientific component of the exhibition consists of the results of the on-going archaeological analysis of human remains recovered from the site. Photo panels describe the remains—including bones, teeth, hair and tissue—and how they were used to determine the gender and approximate ages of those whose remains were unearthed in October 2012, and offer hypotheses on health and disease issues of the interred. The contents of two time capsules found at the site of the fallen Lincoln Oak are also on display. The entire exhibition, Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green, is on view now through Sunday, November 2nd at New Haven Museum.

Cape Ann Artisans


Hidden gems in a vibrant arts community, Cape Ann Artisans are sprinkled along the coastline of Gloucester/Rockport, Massachusetts' scenic North Shore. Come visit during our next Studio Tour, June 21-22, 10-5 each day. Pick up a brochure w/map at pink-banner marked studios, Visitors Centers or print from

North Bennet Street School


Interested in doing what you love every day? Consider one of the eight full-time PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS at North Bennet Street School — bookbinding, carpentry, cabinet and furniture making, jewelry making, locksmithing, piano technology, preservation carpentry and violin making.

Can't swing full-time, sign up for a WORKSHOP. One-day workshops, short courses and weekend intensives in bookbinding, jewelry, calligraphy woodworking and carpentry. Learn more at

Public Art Call for Boston's Historic South Station


The non-profit 501-c-3 Women's Transportation Seminar Boston Charitable Fund, Inc., in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, announces a Request for Qualifications for public art work to be located in the Red Line/Silver Line Concourse in Boston's historic South Station to celebrate Women in Movement. Applications accepted on-line through

Deadline: July 21, 2014.
More information available at

Norwalk 2.0 Freese Park Artist Village


From the Mysterious Arts Society to the sonic landscape dedicated to exploring the power of the human voice, shipping containers installed at Norwalk's Freese Park present conceptual art projects that engage the audience and the neighborhood in a unique creative placemaking project. Three weekends of art projects, the park comes alive at night with art and music. The Freese Park Artist Village runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6-11pm, June 4-June 14, 2014.

For more details:

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.

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