artscope magazine
Steeped in Nature.
December 4, 2014

Whether they're bending it, borrowing it, honoring it or transcending it, the exhibitions featured below all involve nature at their core. And because our good nature will always get the best of us, we want to take the time to remind you of some exciting current events that are awaiting your attendance this weeked. The CraftBoston Holiday will take place December 5th-7th, while the Whistler House is hosting their holiday party this Friday, December 5th. And we can't forget the American Impressionist evening at Preservation Framer this Saturday from 7-10pm. Come enjoy the artwork and conversation of renowned artist Anatoly Dverin and live cello by Samantha Wendland.

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Somatic (e)SCAPES at Nesto Gallery
in Milton, Massachusetts now through December 17th and white tape on paper
Conundrum by Debra Weisberg, black and white tape on paper.

If you've been to Nesto Gallery recently, it may have looked like some act of nature just cleared through: tidal pools suctioned to the wall, tornadoes twisting in space. That's because Somatic (e)SCAPES is showing the works of Debra Weisberg, an artist rooted equally in nature and abstraction. The show features Weisberg's sculpted 3-dimensional drawings, which she works from the inside out to evoke a moment of shattered equilibrium, alluding to the multitude of phenomena that occur in nature. Her works, whether made from dozens of layers of torn paper tape, collaged paper or sculptured from building materials to appear like geological ruptures, are inspired by the delicate tension between chaos and order in nature. Weisberg explores the limits of drawing: her installations twist, fly off the wall, explode and sometimes glow. On her process of using and working with a variety of paper, Weisberg says, "The collaged paper or ripped tape is repeatedly twisted, manipulated and layered into a highly textured whirlpool of pulsating energy. The tape allows for a fluidity of line, a density of shape and a material presence that emphasizes the visceral nature of the surface and contour." Even the walls on which these works hang serve a purpose: a respite from their density and energetic surfaces. This is why the objects appear to have suddenly landed on the wall, inflicting it with movements and shifts borrowed from nature. Somatic (e)SCAPES is on view now through Wednesday, December 17th in Nesto Gallery at Milton Academy. Beginning Friday, December 12th it will share gallery space with the Advanced Independent Art Student Exhibit that will run through Friday, January 16th.

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Deblois Gallery Holiday Show


The Deblois Gallery Fine Arts and Crafts Show 2014 at 134 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown, has one of a kind gifts for your holiday list!

Open til Dec. 24th
Hours are 1-5 pm Wed. thru Sun.
We will also be open for Gallery Nights on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 5-8 pm.

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Happy Holidays to you all!

Martin Lawrence Galleries

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Gallery Event

Join us for a holiday tribute to the Father of Art Deco.

Saturday, December 13th, 4-6pm
77 Newbury Street, Boston

Stunning limited edition prints and bronze sculptures will be on exhibit
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Land Forms East at Colo Colo Gallery
in New Bedford, Massachusetts December 6th through 19th

                 Dark Light by Joan Potkay, mixed media on canvas.

The floor is the easel for the artist featured in the upcoming solo exhibition at Colo Colo Gallery. Joan Potkay will feature her most recent works, including paintings, paperworks and monoprints inspired by the landscape of the coast. In her process she creates what she calls "Land Forms," thin layers of luminous paint that incorporate calligraphy and mark making into visions of nature. These "Land Forms" of Potkay's might evoke rushing water or the meditation of a field caught between trees—her most recent works employ the motif of grass as articulated through abstract forms and intensive calligraphy. Working in series, Potkay uses the vocabulary of the natural world as a vehicle for her art making process, pouring her layers of paint with the texture of charcoal, pastels and wax. Regarding her process, Potkay explains, "In my work, I am trying to capture the physicality of nature. Nature is a vortex for me, its power and scale pulling me into a point of absorption and meditation, a complete immersion into the cycle of the sublime to the tumultuous. Rather than rendering, I used the plasticity of my various mixed media to evoke the texture, motion, chaos, and beauty of landforms." With her canvas on the ground, she uses Japanese brushes, scrapers, poured paint and her hands to create elegant large-scale paintings. Potkay's monotypes and paperworks are similarly produced—a build-up of many layers of media and veils of scintillating color. Land Forms East will be on view Saturday, December 6th through Friday, December 19th at Colo Colo Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 5-8pm.

Strange Days at Lamont Gallery
in Exeter, New Hampshire now through December 13th

Eleven Plus One by Bill Franson.

If you're looking for an escape from the mendacity of the nine to five or a refuge from the holiday bustle, head over to Phillips Exeter Academy. There you will find four artists who celebrate the phenomena of an otherworldly nature: the uncanny, the déjà vu, and the hybrid—phantasms that lie in wait under the bed or just around the corner. Featured artists in Strange Days: The Uncanny, the Curious and Quite Possibly Magical are Angela Cunningham, Haig Demarijan, Bill Franson and Pauline Lim. The ceramic work of Cunnigham fortifies beauty with the grotesque. Inspired by the natural world, she selects flowers and plants with "seductive textures, elegant lines and fertile energy" that both attract and repulse. Monster-maker Demarijan conjures up strange creatures through drawing, painting and printmaking. Working in a number of mediums from fine art and commercial illustration to film, Demarijan constantly surprises with depictions of the frightening and uncanny. Photographer Franson seeks out perplexing shadows, reflections and odd moments with his camera in an attempt to capture the strangeness of everyday life. Franson works in black and white and develops all his film by hand, which results in an eerie, tactile quality that casts an aura of vintage and stillness over his images. Lim's paintings, inspired by medieval religious art, mine the anxious territory of the contemporary soul. Employing techniques like collage, mosaic, paper-marbling and calligraphy, she filters these traditional artistic practices "through a modern, whimsical sensibility" and depicts strange or anxiety-inducing scenes and situations. Strange Days: The Uncanny, the Curious and Quite Possibly Magical is on view now through Saturday, December 13th at Lamont Gallery. This exhibition is hosted in conjunction with the Class of 1945 Library's display of Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine, on view now through Thursday, December 18th.

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Bromfield Gallery


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Wedeman Gallery at Lasell College

Cousins by Arlene Bandes, mixed media.

Newton Art Association Artwork Sale and Closing Group Exhibition Reception:
December 12, 6:30 - 8:30pm

The Wedeman Gallery of Lasell College hosts members of the Newton Art Association in an exhibition featuring artists working in all art media: painting, photography, fibers, sculpture.

47 Myrtle Avenue, Newton, MA
(617) 243 2143

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