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Museum Retreats.
February 12, 2015

The tail end of winter can be tough, especially when the snow keeps dumping and the wind keeps gusting and it's hard to feel your nose and toes. But you don't have to hibernate if you don't want to. How does a day at a museum sound? Below, we've featured three different museums in three different states that are hosting exhibitions sure to keep your spirits up. Also, if you'll be in or around Newport, Rhode Island next week and mother nature decides to let up on the region, Artscope publisher Kaveh Mojtabai will be featured in Newport Art Museum's Meet / Eat / Chat luncheon on Tuesday, February 17, where he will discuss how artists can become involved with Artscope's virtual, interactive community. Keep in mind this is weather-pending, so be sure to check the website here for updates and postponements, or call the museum at (401) 848-8200. Also of note: Newburyport Art Association has extended the deadline for their 18th Annual Regional Juried Show to Friday, February 27. The featured juror is Artscope's Kaveh Mojtabai and applications are being accepted online here.

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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

Nevermind: Work from the 90s at Worcester Art Museum
in Worcester, Massachusetts now through March 1

Blow-Up by Polly Apfelbaum, 1997, crushed synthetic velvet, fabric dye.

The 90s are noted for many things, but for artists, they were the years when traditional boundaries between media and the conventional parameters of painting were tested. It was a decade when art shifted away from the static, self-contained objects toward experiential environments and installations responsive to the spaces they occupied. The 90s were also the formative years for artist Polly Apfelbaum as she pioneered and perfected her "fallen paintings"—works in synthetic velvet and fabric dye. When Apfelbaum began to work exclusively with cloth and color, she integrated her raw materials with the horizontal plane of the floor, thus opening up a new conceptual and physical space for painting. "Sculpture sits on the floor, but I wondered what it would mean to have a painting on the floor," she said. "It was a support that I thought had been ignored. And it can be an interesting place—a place that belongs to domesticity, the place where your dirty clothes go." Apfelbaum adopted the term "fallen paintings" as a way of talking about these works as hybrids, "poised between painting and sculpture; works not so much attempting to invent new categories, but working promiscuously and improperly—poaching—in fields seemingly already well defined." For Apfelbaum personally, the 90s was a period of intense learning—about controlling the dye, about responding to architectural space, about the significance of cutting the fabric. "I was making the rules as I went," she recalls. In 1996, Apfelbaum arrived at her now-iconic format of overlapping hundreds of cut-out stains and embraced the arbitrary as a structure, resulting in the exhilaratingly free form and expansive palette of Blow-Up, featured above. Many of Apfelbaum's rarely seen works from these years are being displayed in Nevermind: Work from the 90s, on view now through Sunday, March 1st at Worcester Museum of Art. Come and enjoy a blast from the past and relive the artist's resistance to tradition that eventually became a form all its own.

Sponsored by: Newburyport Art Association, Foster Gallery Noble & Greenough School, Fountain Street Fine Art, Lyme Art Association, Galatea Fine Art, Blue Wave Art Gallery, Wedeman Gallery at Lasell College, North Bennet Street School and artscope Newsstand Tablet Edition

Newburyport Art Association

18th Annual Regional Juried Show
Exhibition Dates: May 1-June 6, 2015
Juror: Kaveh Mojtabai, Publisher, Artscope Magazine

Submission Deadline Extended - Friday February 27, 5p.m. Show is open to NAA Members and Non-Members.

All entries by digital submission.
You may enter online thru the ENTER A SHOW link OR
Mail the completed Artwork Entry Form found at the bottom of the RJS CALL FOR ENTRY and a CD of your submission(s). All submission details, dates, and mailing instructions are found on the RJS CALL FOR ENTRY.

Fountain Street Fine Art


far and near: Lisa Barthelson and Kay Hartung. Artist Talk 2/28, 3pm (snow date 3/1, 3pm) Lisa Barthelson embraces the far-flung, desert landscape through monoprints and mixed media works. Kay Hartung's encaustic paintings explore the imagery of the microscopic world while also expanding to the cosmos. Through 3/1.

Fountain Street Fine Art
59 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA
Thu-Sun 11-5

Foster Gallery Noble & Greenough School


Fountain Street Fine Art


far and near: Lisa Barthelson and Kay Hartung. Artist Talk 2/28, 3pm (snow date 3/1, 3pm) Lisa Barthelson embraces the far-flung, desert landscape through monoprints and mixed media works. Kay Hartung's encaustic paintings explore the imagery of the microscopic world while also expanding to the cosmos. Through 3/1.

Fountain Street Fine Art
59 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA
Thu-Sun 11-5

Lyme Art Association


Lyme Art Association Seeks Executive Director to lead the way as it embarks on its second century of representational fine art exhibitions and to drive a fundraising campaign to restore its historic building.

Qualifications and experience related to the position can be found at: No phone calls please. EOE

Galatea Fine Art


Blue Wave Art Gallery


Trees Beautiful. Demonstrative. Seasonal.
Artists Visionaries. Teachers. Curious.

Artists Perspectives on Trees
Opening reception February 21, 2015. 6 - 9 pm.
Blue Wave Art Gallery
52 Main St.
Amesbury, MA 01913

Over Life's Waters at New Britain Museum of American Art
in New Britain, Connecticut now through April 12

Off the Greenland Coast under the Midnight Sun by William Bradford, 1873, oil on panel.

New England coastal cities and towns have been absorbing artists for centuries, infecting them with the charm and wonder that make up our sounds and bays. If you add these to the wealth of other American coastal cities, it probably won't surprise you that a husband and wife duo dedicated much of their lives to collecting American coastal art. For the past several decades, Charles and Irene Hamm have accumulated over 90 works of art depicting scenes in these cities and waters, and this winter the Hamm's labor of love is being displayed at the New Britain Museum of American Art in the exhibition Over Life's Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm. The exhibition displays works in a variety of media spanning two centuries of American coastal art and features such renowned artists as William J. Bradford (1823-1892), William Partridge Burpee (1846-1940), Sears Gallagher (1869-1955), Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) and Paul Pollaro (b. 1971). Charles and Irene Hamm have handpicked each work in the collection and exhibition. When forming their coastal art collection, the couple decided they would collect works by American painters, alive or dead, in any medium, of any time, which attracted their eyes and emotions. Unlike most collectors who decide to focus on specific periods or styles, the Hamm's have embraced painters working from the early 19th century right through to the present day in an exceptionally wide variety of media and manners. Over Life's Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm is on view now through Sunday, April 12 at the New Britain Museum of American Art. The show highlights the essence of the ocean and allows visitors to grasp the fundamental significance of coastal waters and how the Atlantic has shaped America.

Coming Home at Abbe Museum
in Bar Harbor, Maine now through December 19

Quill canoe featured in Coming Home.

The most recent exhibition at Abbe Museum, Maine's first and only Smithsonian affiliate, consists of exciting and beautiful collections of Wabanaki objects from museums across the northeastern United States. The mission of the Abbe Museum is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit, and with Coming Home, they are doing just that. From baskets to beadwork, woodcarvings to birchbark canoes, many pieces of Wabanaki material culture have ended up in museums far away from the Wabanaki homeland, where it is difficult for community members to see these pieces of their history and culture. In recent years, the Abbe has spoken with several Wabanaki people about Micmac, Maliseet, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy collections residing in museums outside of Maine, and whether it would it be possible to bring pieces "home" for a while so that community members could study them more closely. "This exhibit is not only a chance to learn through traditional and cultural knowledge, but to see amazing objects that are coming back to Maine after decades or centuries away," said Julia Clark, director of collections & interpretation. Wabanaki community curators worked with Abbe curatorial staff to select and borrow objects from museums in the northeastern United States between Philadelphia and Maine. Throughout the exhibit, community curators will share thoughts, ideas and perspectives about the objects they selected, which broadens the interpretation and enriches understanding. "Familiar objects can often trigger memories and spur curiosity," said Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Abbe Museum's president and CEO. Coming Home is meant to not only spark conversation and dialogue concerning Wabanaki Nations, but to expand and continue it, breaching state lines country borders alike. The exhibition is on view now through December 19. Admission to the museum is currently free thanks to Machias Savings Bank.

Wedeman Gallery at Lasell College


PAPER/CUT: The Contemporary Collage Show

Artists' Reception �Sunday, February, 15, 5-7pm
Light refreshments and wine will be provided

This group exhibition features works by 12 local and national artists. The exhibit consists of artwork ranging in style and subject matter, and showcases each artist's unique approach and exploration of the collage technique.

Included in the exhibition are two and three-dimensional works by Lindsey Boss, Caroline Bowden, Jessica Burko, Amy Cannon, Mae Chevrette, Len Davis, Kelechi Ekechi, Ana Linares, Rachel Paxton, Dina Shaposhnikova, David Strauzz and Alexander Zvagin. Curated by Vladimir Zimakov.

47 Myrtle Ave, Newton, MA
Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission is free.

North Bennet Street School


Summer workshops for all

Kids, teens, artists, DIY fans, grandparents, professionals...there's a hand-skill workshop for you this summer at North Bennet Street School. Build a guitar; learn the basics of piano tuning, jewelry or fine woodworking; guild leather, make a book, carve a ball-and-claw foot and more. View all workshops.

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