March 26, 2015
In some ways, isn't all art a form of storytelling? We certainly think so. The exhibitions below feature three artists with engaging experiences and perspectives that they're eager to share with you, through drawings, paintings and hand-tooled leather. Whether their narratives are spun around climate change, dilapidated architecture or life in the 1950s rural South, each of these artists has a particular knack for capturing and delivering their accounts of the world in a way that attracts and invests viewers. Who doesn't love a good story?
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Drawing the Line at Housatonic Museum of Art
in Bridgeport, Connecticut now through March 27
Live Oaks by Rick Shaefer.
rawing is essential to the training of an artist—it is the most direct medium between the artist and his observations, thoughts, feelings and experiences. The current exhibition at the Housatonic Museum of Art
shows how drawing is both a cognitive and manual process. In Drawing the Line
, Fairfield artist Rick Shaefer
's monumental drawings offer onlookers an adventure of viewing with his technically precise and visually poetic drawings of animals and nature. Of all the masters Shaefer
has studied, Albrecht Durer has influenced him most. In the 16th century, the natural world of plants and animals had become the focus of scientific and cultural interest as explorers returned from far-flung places carrying illustrations of exotic new species. One of Durer's best-known pen drawings, Rhinoceros, 1515
, demonstrates the artist's fascination with recording the discoveries, curiosities and wonders of the world. This creates a haunting paradox with Shaefer
's own work—his beautifully rendered African Rhinoceros
in rich charcoal on vellum documents what now may be the waning days of these magnificent beasts. Even in his capturing of oaks and vines and other flora, Shaefer
echoes the same theme: the effects of human activity on nature. His powerful, confident drawings come together to tell a narrative of light and shadow, a story that forewarns of desecrating climate change that could lead to the massive destruction of forests as well as the extinction of countless species. After studying both painting and photography, Rick Shaefer
moved to New York City and opened a photography studio specializing in fashion and photo—illustration working primarily for magazines as well as designing book jackets, album covers and movie posters. Since the 1990s, Shaefer
has devoted his time exclusively to painting and drawing and he is represented by the Sears Peyton Gallery
in NYC. He maintains a studio at The Nest
in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Rick Shaefer: Drawing the Line
is on view now through Friday, March 27
at the Housatonic Museum of Art
Sponsored by: Paradise City Arts Festival, Dedham Open Studios, Trustman Art Gallery, Hope Gallery, artscope Newsstand Tablet Edition, Close Looks at Nature and 19th-Century Literature at Bromfield in April, Springfield Museums and Make Speak at Fuller Craft Museum
Paradise City Arts Festivals
Call for Entries: Fall 2015
Postmark Deadline April 1. WHY APPLY? Paradise City presents New England's premier shows of fine craft, painting and sculpture, and represents many of the nation's top independent artists and craft designers. Paradise City's shows are known for showcasing fresh, innovative work in beautiful indoor settings to a knowledgeable, appreciative audience. Outdoor space is 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.
Northampton: October 10, 11 & 12. Marlborough: November 20, 21 & 22
Click here to download an application with complete show and submission information. For more information, or to receive applications to all Paradise City Arts Festivals, call 800-511-9725.
Dedham Open Studios
CALL FOR ARTISTS!
Sunday, May 17, 2015
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
$50 for Dedham residents,
$60 for non-Dedham residents
Join us for art, music and food at the FIFTH annual DOS.
DEADLINE IS APRIL 1!
Blue Hills Bank, Whole Foods, WBUR, Kings Bowling, Aquitaine
Trustman Art Gallery
300 The Fenway, Boston, MA
April 7: 2-3:15 pm: Music in the Gallery at Simmons College: Penpa Tsering plays Tibetan music. Penpa Tsering's costumed performance features traditional and handmade instruments and song, showcasing his passionate interest in preserving Tibetan culture.
Fall in the City,Watercolor by Jessica Wheeler.
Hope Gallery's March/April exhibit, "Cities & Towns" will feature represented artists selling works resonating the two month theme. Hope & Company (new sister gallery) featuring gallery members and guest group, Aquidneck Island Photography Buffs.
435/437 Hope Street
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Bonita LeFlore: Paintings 2015 at Firehouse Art Gallery
in Newburyport, Massachusetts now through March 29
Grasshopper Barn by Bonita LeFlore, 2014, acrylic.
he current solo exhibition at Firehouse Center for the Arts
features a woman of many shades. American artist Bonita LeFlore
has put time into the following: the advertising industry, painting, studies and travels. It is this kind of active lifestyle that informs her paintings and invests all of them with the lives and energy of the people and places she encounters in her everyday experiences. The focus of LeFlore
's works on display hovers around the architecture of forgotten places. Barns and net sheds frequent the canvas in this collection—buildings where the structure is visibly vulnerable to the elements and the obvious forms of decay are simply testaments to histories of use and misuse. There is an air of familiarity about these paintings and the structures themselves beckon inspection and attention, like time spent in a distant memory. The paintings themselves are executed on unprimed canvas to allow the acrylic paint to bleed into the cloth, creating a balance of permanence and permeability to the works. The colors within these paintings, real and imagined, bring to life what some people may call an eyesore. But the structures, much like paintings, record their condition in a language of stain and perspective. They capture the beauty of things forgotten by time: imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. LeFlore
herself lives and works on the North Shore. Her paintings are in many private collections, in the United States and abroad. LeFlore
shows frequently on the North Shore, in Boston, and on the South Shore. She is a member of the Newburyport Art Association
and the Cambridge Art Association
. Bonita LeFlore: Paintings 2015
is showing in the art gallery at Firehouse Center for the Arts now through Sunday, March 29
. Be sure to make your way there before you miss her.
Another View at Adelson Galleries Boston
in Boston, Massachusetts now through April 26
Another View by Winfred Rembert, 2013, dye on carved and tooled leather.
self-taught artist, Winfred Rembert
grew up working in the cotton fields of Cuthbert, Georgia, in the 1950's. He was arrested after a 1960's civil rights march and survived a near-lynching before serving seven years in jail. It was in jail, creating wallets next to another inmate, that he first learned to hand-tool leather. Years later, at the suggestion of his wife, Rembert
integrated storytelling and the tales of his youth into tableaux on sheets of tanned leather—stories and depictions of the strong family and community bonds, the cultural vibrancy and the many colorful characters that lifted the spirits of those who had little choice but to labor in the region's cotton and peanut fields. Marked by tactile surfaces, saturated colors and lively, rhythmic patterning, Rembert
's artworks are painted on leather sheets that he hand tools and then dyes. These energetic compositions with their engaging narratives of life in the rural South have brought Rembert
comparisons to noted African-American artists Hale Woodruff, Jacob Lawrence, Horace Pippin and Romare Bearden. Rembert
now lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. His paintings are represented in a number of important public and private collections, and were the subject of a major exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery
in 2000. Adelson Galleries
began representing Winfred Rembert
in 2010, exhibiting his work in both New York and Boston galleries. Over the past five years, Rembert
has been the subject of several museum exhibitions across the country. His award-winning documentary, All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
, has captured the hearts of viewers around the world. The current exhibition at Adelson Galleries Boston
, Another View
, features Rembert
's most recent work on leather and three prints created last Spring during MassArt
's Master Print Series.
Close Looks at Nature and 19th-Century Literature at Bromfield in April
Left: Tuo Wang: "Selling Slaves in Rome," photograph, 16.5 x 23.4 inches, 2014. Right: Vivian Pratt: "Untitled," pigment print and roots, 32 x 23 inches, 2015.
From April 1 - 26, Bromfield presents "Inner Terrains" by Vivian Pratt, featuring photographic collages of close-up nature, and "A Study for Human Opera: Prelude" by Tuo Wang, which examines 19th-Century literature in a multimedia environment. Also on view will be a "Second Look" at recent exhibitions by Larry Volk and Jill Weber. The reception is Friday, April 3, from 6-830 pm.
450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA
Festival of Flowers
April 9-12, 2015
See the galleries of the four Springfield Museums burst with colorful and imaginative floral arrangements! Over 50 works from the combined art, history, and science collections are interpreted in flowers by regional florists and garden club members. A special Culture & Cocktails event kicks things off on Thursday, April 9; other events include docent tours, art classes,
and a floral Design Challenge on Saturday April 11.
Make Speak at Fuller Craft Museum
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2pm-5pm (Free)
7 takes on craft, 7 presentations, 7 minutes
Space is limited. Reserve your tickets online at
or call 508.588.6000.
Make Speak is styled as a pecha kucha, or series of short presentations, taken from the Japanese phrase for chit chat! Each presenter will have 7 minutes to convey how they think about craft in relation to their practice. Join us after the presentations for lively conversations, snacks, and beer provided by Mayflower Brewery.
Our featured presenters: Anna Chase, Peter Follansbee, Lee Heald, Stuart Kestenbaum, Paula Marcoux, Josť Monteiro,
Robert P. Stack & Van Souvannasanne.