artscope magazine
"Weather" or Not.
February 26, 2015

Snow piles and single-digit temperatures can't keep art away, so "weather" or not, here we come! This blast we've featured two shows at two colleges in Rhode Island, as well as two solo sculpture exhibitions right here in Boston. So if you do the math, you're going to have double the art fun no matter where you are in New England. In keeping with the theme of winter, artscope is sponsoring Newport Art Museum's A Mid- Winter's White Party on Friday, February 27. Get your tickets now so you can enjoy the fun tomorrow night!

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- Lacey Daley

Susan Lyman & Julia Shepley at Boston Sculptors Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts now through March 29

Tethering Home by Julia Shepley.

Two talented ladies have pulled back the curtains this week at Boston Sculptors Gallery to reveal some of their latest works. In The Body of Nature, Susan Lyman exhibits sculpture in wood and oil paintings on wood panel. She began working in wood thirty years ago—her first sculptures were constructed from a truckload of gathered bittersweet vine. Today, Lyman photographs and scavenges materials from the forest and beach, gathering fragments and shapes that can be carved, fitted, assembled, deconstructed and painted into figural "drawings" in space. Recently she has added laminated and carved components in sugar pine and basswood. Holding on to a memory of the woods—the seen and the unseen, the fleeting, the felt—Lyman works from a pile of shapes in the studio, intuitively juxtaposing the fragments into sensuous hybrid relationships that strike viewers from every angle. Also exhibiting at Boston Sculptors Gallery is artist Julia Shepley. In LOCUS, Shepley displays a series of mobile, sculptural drawings in different scales and materials, which hang from the wall and ceiling to cast moving shadows. Referencing architectural blueprints and household objects, Shepley aims to convey the lasting physical and emotional imprint of inhabited spaces on our individual movements, associations, habits and longings. Her three related groups of mobile sculptural works are made of shaped and stitched drawing on translucent materials, held together by wire, fiberglass rod and plastic boning. With the slightest breeze, each shaped drawing and the shadows it makes shift mid-air, evoking the winds and tides of human attachment and energy. Both LOCUS and The Body of Nature are on view now through Sunday, March 29 at Boston Sculptors Gallery. An artists' reception will be held this Saturday, February 28 from 3-6pm, with an Artist Talk to take place at 4pm. A SOWA First Friday Reception will take place on Friday, March 6 from 5-8pm.

Sponsored by: Springfield Museums, Hope & Feathers Framing, artscope Newsstand Tablet Edition, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Found Objects Explore Childhood and Vanity In Bromfield's March Exhibitions and Massasoit Arts Festival

Springfield Museums


Springfield Museums announces the reinstallation of Winslow Homer's famous watercolor The New Novel. The work is only displayed for short periods due to light sensitivity; it is currently on view along with early wood engravings by the artist in a new exhibit titled American Master: Winslow Homer. At the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts through September 27.

Hope & Feathers Framing


Call for Photography — $500 Grand Prize

Hope and Feathers Framing invites New England photographers to submit work to a juried photography show. Jurors include Holly Lynton, Jon Crispin, and Susan Jahoda. This year's prompt is on the nature of space and the relationship between humans and their environment. $15 submission fee.
Submission Deadline: March 8th, 2015.

Download a submission form at:

Hope and Feathers Framing and Gallery
[email protected]

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Boston Sculptors Gallery

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Left: Susan Lyman, "Hole-in-One (for Conrad)", 2014. Right: Julia Shepley, "Locus", detail, 2015.

Susan Lyman, "The Body of Nature" and Julia Shepley, "LOCUS"

Boston Sculptors Gallery,
486 Harrison Ave. Boston MA 02118
Wednesday February 25 - Sunday March 29.
Opening reception: Saturday, February 28, 3-6 pm, with an artist talk at 4 pm.
SOWA First Friday reception: March 6, 5-8 pm.

The Bears at Chazan Family Gallery
in Providence, Rhode Island now through February 27

Featured photograph by Alejandra Carles-Tolra.

What does it mean to be a rugby girl? Is there such a thing as a rugby girl? Or are there just girls who play rugby? Photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra examines these questions and extrapolates the answers in her exhibition The Bears on view now through Friday, February 27th in the Chazan Family Gallery at Rhode Island College. The exhibition features a series of photographs portraying women who are a part of Brown University's rugby team. Carles-Tolra works to explore the relationship between individual and group identity, and how the latter shapes the former. Questions regarding what defines it, the role the surroundings play and the threshold between individual and group identity drive and inform her work as an artist. This exhibition features young women who, while being a part of an intellectually exigent environment, have also decided to join a very physically demanding sport—a sport that will introduce them to a community that not only challenges them to push their limits as athletes, but also strengthens them mentally and emotionally. Through these portraits, Carles-Tolra aims to bring a broader understanding to her subjects' group identity. Women who join the sport are commonly pictured to fit a masculine stereotype, and in these photographs Carles-Tolra hopes to enhance the dualities that define the sport and the athletes: violence and grace, weakness and strength, masculine and feminine. Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a Spanish photographer from Barcelona, Spain, living in the US East Coast. She received a BA in Sociology from the University of Barcelona and an MFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, most recently at CNN, Photo Center NW in Seattle, Valid Foto BCN Gallery in Barcelona, and The New York Photo Festival. She has received several awards and mentions and has taught photography at The University of New Hampshire, Bryant University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, among other institutions.

Honoring Harriet Brisson at URI Providence Campus Arts and Culture Program
in Providence, Rhode Island March 2 through 28

Featured artwork in Honoring Harriet Brisson.

Without the contributions of artist Harriet Brisson, it's safe to say the fine art of ceramics would be devoid of a certain degree of versatility. Internationally exhibited and published, Brisson has been instrumental in raising the Ceramic Arts far beyond the designation of "craft" to its rightful place as a fine art. As a teacher and mentor, she has inspired and influenced the lives and careers of generations of artists, and the URI Providence Campus Arts and Culture Program is celebrating her career of sixty years. Honoring Harriet Brisson: Ceramicist, Mentor, Friend! exhibits the career of RIC Emeritus Professor Harriet Brisson, and her influence on colleagues and students, as well as the field of ceramics. Often noted for her contemporary work firmly rooted in mathematics, geometry and science, Brisson constantly explores and discovers new possibilities in form, media and glaze. "I believe that it is essential for the arts and sciences to be integrated as they were in the past," Brisson says. "There is great potential for exchange and development of ideas through their interaction. This could be mutually beneficial to the artist and the scientist, whether they were working in collaboration or independently." Her interest in this integration led to Brisson's approaching ceramics through an exploration of mathematical forms. She began with installations of tiles that could be extended indefinitely to cover a flat surface, then investigated polyhedral that represented naturally occurring crystalline matter. Honoring Harriet Brisson: Ceramicist, Mentor, Friend! includes selected works by Harriet Brisson, along with her late husband David W. Brisson and son Erik Brisson. It also features work in all media by forty former students and colleagues from her lifelong career, including Robert Fishman, Allison Newsome and Enrico Pinardi. The exhibition will be on view Monday, March 2 through Saturday, March 28 at URI Providence Campus Arts and Culture Program. A Gallery Night Reception is scheduled for Thursday, March 19 from 5-9pm.

Found Objects
Explore Childhood and Vanity
In Bromfield's March Exhibitions

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Left: Kathleen Volp: "Homage to Utrecht's 'Still Life with Cockatoo'" (detail from installation), mixed media, 95" x 45" x 41", 2015. Right: Carol McMahon: "Off_Kilter," found objects, acrylic, 21" x 6.5" x 7", 2015.

"Off_Kilter" by Carol McMahon examines the themes of home and childhood, while "PRONK!" by Kathleen Volp confronts the excesses of the Dutch Golden Age. The exhibitions run March 4-29, and the reception is Friday, March 6, from 6-830 pm.

Join the artists on Saturday, March 14, 3-5 pm for "Object Ala Mode," a fun, faux-fur fashion show with free ice cream (part of Second Saturdays).

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

Massasoit Arts Festival

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Call for Artists Deadline April 30

CD Entry or Hand-Delivery Pre-Registration. Entry Fee: $10/one entry, $24/for three.
Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Photography. Up to $2,200.00 in cash awards.


Indoor or Outdoor Fee: $25. Pottery, Glass, Jewelry, Decorative Arts, Clothing. No mass produced items, please.

Event: Sunday, May 17, 2015

Massasoit Community College
900 Randolph St., Canton, MA 02021
781-821-2222 x2124
Info & Entry Forms at:

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