artscope magazine
September 25, 2014

Like the changing leaves outside office windows and in neighboring yards, it's often the turn of the seasons that reminds us of our physical presence on earth and the cyclical nature of life. Though the artists below have a preference, be it timber or skin, they all feature flesh of the natural kind. Through figures, portraits and trees of all types, the artists capture subjects that live and breathe the air we do—a sentiment worth recreating in and of itself.

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Tribe: Portraits of a Community at Silver Circle Gallery
in Putnam, Connecticut October 2nd through November 2nd

Featured artwork in Portraits of a Community.

When people come into our lives and inscribe us with their impressions, we often try to return the favor. Sometimes the best way to show our gratitude to them is through the creative process, making poems, songs or paintings in their honor. But what if these paintings were portraits of the very people who affected us—what does that say then? The answer to this can be found in the upcoming exhibition at Silver Circle Gallery. Tribe: Portraits of a Community features new works by artist Bud Cook. The concept for the show came out of Cook's natural progression as an artist and the inspiration from the network of other artists he has established in the community. "I love to paint people, and I particularly enjoy the challenge of painting portraits," Cook said. "But the nagging question was, who to paint and why?" He didn't have to look far, as his network of artists has left such an impression on him, through both their support for Cook as an artist and their individual passions for what they do. What better way to pay tribute than to lay these artists bare in his work, interpreting their portraits through the emotional swatches of his color and texture that reveal their inner spirit? Cook's process is friendly and intimate, requiring great concentration as he transfers the characteristics of his dear friends from photo to canvas. Bud Cook is a painter and illustrator living in Northeast Connecticut. He received a BFA in painting/printmaking from Rhode Island College in 1990, and since then has pursued a career in graphic design, web and interactive media design, as well as comic art and commercial illustration. His main focus is the fine arts and in the Fall of 2014 Cook made a career change and is working full time now on his creative pursuits; a combination of commercial illustration, fine arts and teaching. Tribe: Portraits of a Community will be on view Thursday, October 2nd through Sunday, November 2nd at Silver Circle Gallery. Don't miss the opening reception, set to take place on Friday, October 3rd from 6-8pm.

Sponsored by: Bromfield Gallery Call for Art, Shires of Vermont, Living Paint at Hampden Gallery, 20th Annual Paradise City Arts Festival, North Bennet Street School, Cape Ann Artisans, Bristol Warren Art Night, Fountain Street Fine Art, Bromfield Gallery and artscope Newsstand App

Bromfield Gallery Call for Art

SOLO 2015 Competition

This contest awards two artists a solo exhibition each in January, 2015, at Bromfield Gallery in Boston. Open to New England artists who have not had a solo show in a commercial gallery (universities, libraries, etc. do not disqualify).

Fee: $30
All media
Juror: Judith Tolnick Champa, independent curator
Application deadline: October 15, 2014
Apply online only with up to 5 jpgs at
No submissions by email, postal, or artist websites

Shires of Vermont


The Shires of Vermont, home to The Bennington, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Hildene, and Bennington Museum. Come and explore Vermont's history, arts and culture. Blending the old and new, it offers museums, art and antique galleries, covered bridges, artisan shops, along with quality farm-to-table restaurants and award-winning caf�s. Welcome to Vermont!

Living Paint at Hampden Gallery

Living Paint Installation; 19 Feet; Acrylic, Rags, Foam, Gloves, Plants, Wire, and Mixed Media; 2014.

Sarah Meyers Brent: Living Paint
Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Incubator Project Space

September 2 - September 30, 2014
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 1 pm to 6 pm and Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm. Closed Holidays.

Sarah's works explore the viscous ooze at the creation and termination of life. Using globs of dried paint, recycled fabric, paint rags, and decaying flowers, her mixed-media pieces flow out of and accrete to the canvas and walls.

20th Annual Paradise City Arts Festival



New England's most extraordinary collection of 275 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!

Three County Fairgrounds * Columbus Day Weekend * October 11, 12 & 13
54 Old Ferry Road at Route 9 * Northampton, MA
All Indoors and Under Tents * Mass Pike Exit 4 to I-91 North, Exit 19 * FREE PARKING!

Saturday and Sunday 10-6; Columbus Day 10-4
$13 adults; $11 seniors; $8 students; 12 and under free
Discount Admission Coupon

Voted the #1 Arts Fair in America * 800.511.9725

North Bennet Street School


Sign up now for a workshop at North Bennet Street School in Boston. One-day workshops, short courses and weekend intensives in bookbinding, jewelry, woodworking and calligraphy. 15% discount for new workshop students. Interested in turning your craft into a career? NBSS has eight full-time professional programs and is currently accepting applications.

Learn more at

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, October 11-13, 10-5 each day. Pick up a brochure w/map at pink-banner marked studios, Visitors Centers or print from

Classical Themes at ACME Fine Art
in Boston, Massachusetts now through October 25th

Archway by Lester Johnson, 1964 oil on canvas.

The sixties were certainly the golden age for the current artist exhibiting at ACME Fine Art this fall. Large and important canvases by the Figurative Expressionist master Lester Johnson debuted at the gallery last week. Classical Themes is ACME Fine Art's fourth solo exhibition of Johnson's work, and it will feature nine innovative oil paintings from what was a pivotal decade for Johnson: the 1960s. These were the years Johnson's contemporary works frequented the walls of the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York, and H.C.E. Gallery and Sun Gallery in Provincetown. It was also during this period that Johnson's paintings were selected for inclusion in pioneering exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnson's works during this decade are bold and expressive, and we can see him making strides in his demonstration of poetic expertise, a practice that later became his trademark. Lester Johnson is best known for his abandonment of non-figurative painting and his dedication to harvesting the power and energy of the human figure as a conduit of artistic expression. Johnson's interest in classical form can be seen in the themes he stretches across all his works, through his subject matter and structural form, like the emotional capacity and control captured above in Archway. Today, Johnson is recognized as one of the most important and influential painters of his generation. Since his first solo exhibition in 1951, Johnson's work has been featured in more than 100 solo exhibitions, included in important group shows and added to the permanent collections of many museums. Classical Themes will be on view now through Saturday, October 25th at ACME Fine Art. A reception in conjunction with SoWa's First Friday festivities will be held on Friday, October 3rd from 5-8pm.

Branching Out: Trees as Art at Peabody Essex Museum
in Salem, Massachusetts September 27th through September 20th, 2015

                     Tangle by Beth Galston.

Instead of consuming trees and using them for survival, the upcoming exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum pays homage to these timbered entities. The second ever exhibition in the museum's Art & Nature Center, Branching Out: Trees as Art explores the unprecedented ways in which contemporary artists work directly with live trees or creatively engage with tree materials. In this exhibition, the tree is both inspiration and medium. Made from leaves, bark, wood, roots, seedpods, fossilized resin and biosignals, more than 35 works and a selection of hands-on interactive opportunities ask us to consider our relationship with trees as a vital, natural force. "I still remember being awed by certain old trees as a kid and my frustration at trying to draw their complex forms," said Jane Winchell, the Sarah Fraser Robbins Director of the Art & Nature Center at PEM. "We share a special bond with trees. We've built homes from them, burned them for heat and discovered life-saving medicines in their bark and leaves. It's little surprise that trees have become a universal symbol of life and the source of inspiration for many artists working today." Featured artist James Balog photographed a 242-foot, 2,000-year-old giant sequoia named Stagg. Considered the world's fifth largest tree, Balog was forced to capture it in segments as he rappelled down a neighboring tree, shooting more than 400 photographs that he later stitched together digitally to create a 93-inch tall vertical panoramic composite. Other equally engaging works include Joan Backes' display of hundreds of leaves she gathered from locations around the world, while artist Beth Galston created a 300-foot-long rope with acorn caps she collected from under a single red oak in Boston's Arnold Arboretum, pictured above. Branching Out: Trees as Art will be on view this Saturday, September 27th through September 20th, 2015. Opening day celebrations will take place this Saturday, so be sure to visit the exhibition website for a complete schedule of activities and times.

Bristol Warren Art Night
Bristol Warren Art Night
Join us 5:30-8:30 for Art Night Bristol Warren September 25th 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!

Fountain Street Fine Art



Fountain Street Fine Art 2015 Juried Show
Juror Elizabeth Devlin-curator, art consultant, and founder of FLUX. Boston.
Open to professional artists working in all media.
Exhibit dates- 1/2 - 25, 2015
Reception 1/3, 5 -7pm
Deadline - 10/22, 2014
Details and APPLICATION at

Bromfield Gallery

Gayle Caruso: "Divine Light #981," mixed media on photograph, 14" x 11", 2014.

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

Tim McDonald: "(sky)wall/dharma gates are boundless," acrylic, mixed media, 12" x 9", 2014.

Oct 1 - Nov 2
Opening: Friday, Oct 3, 6-830 pm

Gayle Caruso: "Divine Light: 100 Kinds of Light"
Mixed-media paintings inspired by the Giotto paintings in Padua, Italy.

Tim McDonald: "Opening the Mountain"
Artwork inspired by hikes through New England mountains
in the fall and summer of 2013.

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