artscope magazine
Details and Talent to Boot.
August 28, 2014

If you're looking for exhibitions with a keen eye for detail and artistic talent to match, look no further. With allegorical assemblages, hand-carved vases and ground/figure theory, this blast! is overflowing with precision and expertise, so much so that we weren't sure we could cram it all in. But alas, we did it, and here you are to reap the benefits. Dig in!

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City Works at Vessels Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts September 5th through October 5th

                     Grain and Flour Exchange by Stephanie Young, 177 Milk Street.

Since the last turn of the century, much of our architectural focus has been placed on speed and efficiency. Although this has allowed us to make some great leaps in architecture, engineering and general productivity, it has abandoned some of the personal touches of the makers we were graced with one hundred years ago. This isn't to say that buildings these days are lackluster or nothing to look at, they simply call attention to aspects other than the fine details. City Works: Boston Architecture in Porcelain is an upcoming exhibition at Vessels Gallery that pays homage to the architectural history in Boston. In this collection created specifically for the gallery, nationally recognized ceramicist Stephanie Young creates vessels carved with the facades of iconic Boston architectural landmarks. From Commonwealth Avenue Brownstones to the towers of the Longfellow Bridge Young draws the viewer's attention to the ornamental details of the buildings—windows, doors, archways, reflections of her own visual intimacy with turn of the century Boston. All works in the exhibition are labeled with the building, block or street that inspired the creation, and many have slip glazes, which include silt deposits from the Charles River. Young writes, "more often than not, modern buildings lack the beauty, ornamentation and spirit of those in some of the turn of the last century neighborhoods. You can see the hands of the makers on these old buildings, in the bricks and in the detailed ornaments chosen—the personal touches of the original owner or builder." With a background in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau traditions, Young is known for her line, form and feeling that give her works a classical yet nostalgic air. Each of her vases is wheel-thrown, and when leather-hard, hand-carved elaborately without templates or stencils. City Works: Boston Architecture in Porcelain is on view Friday, September 5th through Sunday, October 5th at Vessels Gallery. Events surrounding the exhibition include an opening reception on Friday, September 5th (First Friday) from 6-8:30pm; an artist talk on Saturday, September 20th at 2pm and South End Open Studios the weekend of September 20th and 21st from 11am-5pm both days.

Sponsored by: Paradise City Arts Festivals, Hampden Gallery UMass Amherst, DownStreet Art, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, MassArt Continuing Education, Springfield Museums, Bristol Warren Art Night, Bromfield Gallery, Emptiness and Luminosity at Galatea Fine Art, artscope Newsstand App, Helen Day Art Center and The Preservation Framer & Art Gallery

Paradise City Arts Festivals


Call for Entries: Spring 2015

Postmark Deadline September 9. WHY APPLY? Paradise City presents New England's premier shows of fine craft, painting and sculpture, and represents many of the nation's top artists and craft designers. Paradise City's shows are known for showcasing fresh, innovative work in all media in beautiful indoor settings, with outdoor space available in the Northampton show for large-scale sculpture. Applications from new and emerging artists are encouraged. For 20 years Paradise City has been known for setting new standards in show publicity and marketing, and for its user-friendly approach to artists. Your success is our business!

Marlborough, MA: March 20, 21 & 22
Northampton, MA: May 23, 24 & 25, Memorial Day Weekend

For more information, or to receive applications to all Paradise City Arts Festivals, call 800-511-9725 or email [email protected]

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information and online applications.

Hampden Gallery UMass Amherst

Alluvion by Deborra Stewart Pettengill, aluminum wire mesh.

September 2 - September 30, 2014
Reception: Sunday, September 7, from 2 pm to 4 pm

Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 1 pm to 6 pm and Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm. Closed Holidays.

Main Gallery: Deborra Stewart Pettengill: Zephyr
The sculptures in this exhibition continue a metaphorical exploration of transition, joint dependence, support and coalescence. The elements are cut from flat, woven geometric shapes, and formed into organic and modular units gathered into a relationship with other similar forms.

Incubator Project Space: Sarah Meyers Brent: Living Paint

Studio Gallery: Tim McDonald: it rises in to wide open space

DownStreet Art

DownStreet Art Thursday! North Adams, MA - Aug. 28, 6-9PM

Thursday, August 28, marks the third DownStreet Art Thursday of the 2014 Summer Season. There will be new exhibition openings, open studios by local artists, the unveiling of site-specific installations, musical performances and community events from 4-9 p.m.

A Trolley will be running on an art loop downtown North Adams connecting all art venues, from MASS MoCA, where Independent Art Projects is located, to Main Street galleries, and the Rudd Art Museum.

For more information about DownStreet Art events and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to, and

Greater Lowell Community Foundation

Celebrate Giving!
September 18, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

Join the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) for an evening celebrating philanthropy. Learn about collaborations supporting the creative economy in the Merrimack Valley. Featuring Catherine Peterson, Executive Director of ArtsBoston, as keynote speaker.

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MassArt Continuing Education


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Springfield Museums


Through Sunday, September 28
Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City
Springfield Museums, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Final weeks! Don't miss seeing this expansive fantastical exhibition of fashion and innovation! Spread across two buildings at the Springfield Museums and the nearby Springfield Armory, Steampunk Springfield features works by visionary Bruce Rosenbaum and over 40 artists from around the region.

Bristol Warren Art Night

Bristol Warren Art Night
Join us 5:30-8:30 for Art Night Bristol Warren August 28th Event

Walk, Drive or take our Art Night Trolley Tour (new this year)
Our Trolley Tour is free & fun, but seating is limited. Reserve your seat today!
Meet & greet the artists, visit their private studios, gallery exhibitions, experience live demonstrations, enjoy LIVE music, performances and more!

Ground Cover at Kingston Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts September 3rd through 28th

Stanza 6 by Julie Graham, wood, spackle, acrylic.

The upcoming exhibition at Kingston Gallery is so full of relevance, talent and virtuosity that it will be shown in all three gallery spaces. Curated by William Kaizen, Ground Cover: Contemporary Abstraction between Figure and Ground features eight gallery member artists whose work explores the poetics of figure/ground relations. The exhibit showcases the variety and depth of the gallery and its artists, and includes Stacey Alickman, Linda Leslie Brown, Mary Bucci McCoy, Mira Cantor, Julie Graham, Jennifer Moses, Rose Olson and Lynda Schlosberg. The inspiration for the exhibition grew out of a fundamental problem for all visual artists: how to cover the ground on which they work. This problem ranges from issues related to stretching, priming and layering to the construction, or not, of illusory depth. The issues related to figure/ground only intensified with the advent of Abstraction, as the veil of realistic illusion fell away. All of the works featured in Ground Cover operate at the limits of permeability, further revealing the ambiguity that surrounds figures and grounds. For the artists in the exhibition, the idea of ground cover signals the risk of their work sliding into a state of nothingness that simply recaptures the all-ground of the monochrome. Achieving the appropriate ground cover is akin to residing in the space between pleasure and terror: sublimity. Translated into works of art, the problem of how to cover or reveal one's ground in order to capture this liminal state encompasses additional issues such as how to size wood and canvas, how to coat and drape, how to swathe, trowel or smother. It also includes subtractive processes like sanding, abrasion, gouging and scraping. Ground Cover: Contemporary Abstraction between Figure and Ground is on view Wednesday, September 3rd through Sunday, September 28th at Kingston Gallery. A reception for the public will be held in the gallery on Friday, September 5th from 5:30-7:30pm. A Second Saturday event, Abstraction and Contemporary Art, will take place on September 13th from 4-5pm featuring Curator William Kaizen in conversation with Peter Kalb of Brandeis University and Martha Buskirk of Montserrat College of Art.

Claudia Flynn: Solemnities at Newport Art Museum
in Newport, Rhode Island September 6th through January 11th

                   Spiritus, 2013 by Claudia Flynn, lungs on film and marble skull in vitrine.

The ability to recognize the metaphorical potential of everyday objects doesn't happen on a whim—it requires a deep inner journey and concentrated consciousness that often changes the way one views the world. Rhode Island School of Design alumnus Claudia Flynn has a longstanding interest in this interface of art and the human journey. While her personal travels and immersion into the cultures of South America, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Yucatan Peninsula have been powerful influences to her artistic development, their deeper significance has lead her to an inner journey. Flynn's artwork bridges the psychological and aesthetic nature of these inner and outer journeys in Solemnities, the upcoming exhibition at Newport Art Museum. Though she works in a variety of media and materials, Flynn seems to be most at home with assemblage where she makes use and meaning of found objects she combines in ever intriguing ways. Flynn's pieces, often ritualistic in the ways that they transform the objects she finds, do not turn away from the world. On the contrary, they fully embrace the world and reconnect it with an inner life of the soul. "This is the source of the work's animation and hold on us," says essayist Paul Forte, "a reconnection involving an intimate exploration of the inner capacity of things, ultimately their archetypal potential." This exploration often yields the hidden, the dark and the "other" in our lives, or the solemnities, if you will. Flynn's works are often brown and black, the color of mud and deep earth—creating an inseparable harmony of art and life. Solemnities will be on view Saturday, September 6th through Sunday, January 11th, 2015 at Newport Art Museum. An opening reception is set for Friday, September 26th from 5-7pm. Drop by and see these works that serve as windows into Flynn's journeys. Who knows, they may just shed some light onto your own soulful awakening.

Bromfield Gallery

Betsyann Duval: "Bodyscape #24," oil on plaster, 48" x 48".

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

Aug 24 - Sept 28
Opening: Friday Sept 5, 6-830 pm

"Fall Frontal"
Featuring a wide range of media including drawing, painting, prints and mixed media, this exhibition showcases Bromfield artists meeting the fall head-on. Come by for a sneak peek in August, or visit during South End Open Studios.

Emptiness and Luminosity at Galatea Fine Art

"spontaneous display of awareness: emptiness and luminosity 22"

A suite of new encaustic paintings by Barry Margolin use the luminous color, physicality and uncertainty of molten wax saturated with pigment, together with the heated copper and shellac often integrated into the painting surfaces, to visualize the convergent lenses of quantum physics and Buddhist Dharma.


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Helen Day Art Center

Claire Ashley, RUD, Helen Day Art Center.

Helen Day Art Center presents Exposed July 12 - October 15, 2014. The 23rd annual outdoor sculpture exhibition hosts sculptures, site-specific installations, and poetry from twenty national and international artists and writers
throughout the town of Stowe.

Surroundings Art Gallery

King of the Indoor Jungle (24x30) by Tom Pirozzoli

Original Representational Landscapes of the NH Lakes Region and White Mountains, Folk Art, Wood Carvings and more by regionally connected artists. Also available are original children's book illustrations by David McPhail and Karel Hayes. Gallery is in a restored barn in the quintessential New Hampshire town of Sandwich near Squam Lake. Gallery Open: 10-5 Mon - Sat and 12-5 on Sundays during July and August. Weekends during the fall.

12 Main Street
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
[email protected]

The Preservation Framer & Art Gallery


Title: Friends with Monsters
Where: The Preservation Framer & Art Gallery
Address: 16 North Washington St, North Attleboro, MA 02760
When: September 6, 2014
Time: 7:00PM-10:00PM
Show: September 6th-September 27th

On September 6th from 7-10 we unleash the imagination of 7 talented visual artists and one talented musician. "Friends with Monsters" will bring out the scariest of haunting nightmares as well as represent the lighter, more adorable side of monsters. Artists: Christopher Wright (Sloth), Scott Boilard, Derek Ring, Krzysztof Mathews, Ian Wells, Andy Reach & Kevin Hill & Live Music with Alec K. Redfearn.

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