artscope magazine
No Excuses.
June 4, 2015

As the weather gets nicer, galleries and museums get busier, and art folk like us get happier. With events and exhibitions going on throughout New England, it's a wonder how anyone could complain there is nothing to do. The feature stories below cover shows in Rhode Island and Massachusetts—and that's just the half of it. Get out your agendas because we're about to book them. The Ninth International Encaustic Conference is happening this weekend, June 5-7, in Provincetown. Back in the city, the Cambridge Arts River Festival will be taking place Saturday, June 6 from noon-6pm on the banks of the Charles River. If you're traveling south for the weekend, Artscope is sponsoring Providence Art Club's Live & Silent Auctions Friday and Saturday. In the upcoming weeks, Fuller Craft will be hosting the South Shore Indie Music Festival on its grounds on Saturday, June 13 from 10am-5pm, and on Wednesday, June 17 Artscope's own Kaveh Mojtabai will be sitting on the panel of the Art League of Rhode Island's 2015 Annual Meeting. Sure, there's a lot going on, and that leaves you with no excuse not to have some fun.

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Further on Down the Yellow Brick Road at Hera Gallery
in Wakefield, Rhode Island now through June 20

The Market is a Snake by Michael Yefko.

When sharing our personal, creative work, a common fear is that audiences will either read too much or too little between the lines. The current exhibition at Hera Gallery features two of its members who are willing to take that chance. Jack Massey and Michael Yefko are showing two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that explore temporal aspects of geometry, within an entropic reality. Massey is a master collagist who comes from a modernist tradition where the work's geometry and material qualities show an architectural construct. In Yefko's work, the artist uses drawing to narrate the objects he creates in order to spawn a pattern of meaning. Of his intentions, Yefko said, "I want to create a landscape of meaning for the viewer where meaning evolves from visual cues and self-references." The two featured artists share an interesting relationship—one that began as teacher and pupil, and has grown into a lifelong friendship. Yefko first encountered Massey as his teacher in RISD's European Honors Program in Rome while Professor Massey served as Chief Critic in 1977, and shortly after became colleagues (1981-2000) teaching in the Foundation Studies Program at RISD. For Yefko, the importance of this show bridges the teaching-learning relationship he has with his former professor and pays homage to an individual who shared knowledge, discipline, intelligence, humor and a playful approach with many first-year art students in his more than sixty years at RISD. On his friendship with Massey, Yefko said, "I felt that his unique gifts were of tremendous influence on me as a student, colleague for the many years I taught at RISD, and as a friend and fellow artist as this show demonstrates." Massey has just become Professor Emeritus at RISD while Yefko works at his art and is a Part Time Faculty member at the University of Rhode Island. Further on Down the Yellow Brick Road is on view now through June 20 at Hera Gallery.

Sponsored by: UMass Dartmouth MFA Exhibition at Bromfield in June, Isles Arts Initiative, Blueway Art Alliance, Boston's Best Matchmaker, South Shore Art Center Summer Festival, Chandler Gallery, Fountain Street Fine Art, Newburyport Art Association, Vizivel and artscope Newsstand Tablet Edition

UMass Dartmouth MFA Exhibition
at Bromfield in June


From June 3 - 28, Bromfield Gallery presents the UMass Dartmouth MFA Thesis Exhibition, the culmination of several years of intensive research by UMass Dartmouth MFA degree candidates in the visual arts. Featured are the creative efforts of 15 students, offering not only traditional media such as painting, sculpture, drawing and prints, but also interactive jewelry, objects, installation, video and furniture design. The opening reception is Friday, June 5, 6-830 pm.

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

Isles Arts Initiative

Alex Hamrick, Untitled (Photo Documentation at Pigeon Cove, Rockport, MA)

As recently announced in the Globe, this summer the Isles Arts Initiative will transform the Boston Harbor Islands into a canvas primed for artistic activation and social engagement. Taking shape across two islands and featuring an accompanying gallery exhibition in downtown Boston,
IAI encourages visitors to reconnect with Boston Harbor.

The project is still seeking sponsors to support artist projects. Please contact Liz Devlin, [email protected] to find out about how you can get involved and support the New England Arts Community.

Blueway Art Alliance


Ken Kewley
INVENTING STILL LIFE: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Collage, And Sculpture.
A Weekend Course In Abstraction And The Still Life.
July 10 -12
8:30 - 4:30pm
3 Sessions

The Blueway Art Alliance, located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, invites established artists of national and international standing to lead workshops, panel discussions, art exhibitions, poetry readings, and more.

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South Shore Art Center Summer Festival

Photo credit: Kim Alemian.

South Shore Art Center is celebrating 60 years at its annual Arts Festival, June 19-21, 2015. This Father's Day weekend the sprawling eight-pole tent will house 400+ pieces of art. Visitors will enjoy 90+ juried craft exhibitor booths who offer a variety of quality, artist-designed items such as jewelry, home and garden products, hand-made clothing, ceramics, fine art. Festival has something for everyone: the perfect blend of art, handmade craft, shopping, children activities, music and food.
Visit for all of the details.

Chandler Gallery

Students Present the Fruits of Learning at the Chandler Gallery

For anyone who is despondent over the state of today's youth "From the Studios: Artwork by ABC and MMA Students" at the Chandler Gallery provides a hopeful perspective on the next generation. The outpouring of youthful creativity from students enrolled in Maud Morgan Arts classes and the Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool program is charming: when given the opportunity to make animal benches, students in 2nd-5th grade sawed, hammered and painted a llama, a platypus, a unicorn, and Dr. Seuss's Yertle the Turtle.

Traditional & Transformational at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!
in New Bedford, Massachusetts now through August 21

Untitled by Mi-Kyoung Lee, Joomchi with Korean Mulberry papers, threads and mixed media.

How can ancient traditions inspire and inform new works? The answer to this question can be found in the current exhibition at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!, where artist and freelance writer Jiyoung Chung has curated an international paper show of sorts. "Joomchi" is an ancient Korean technique once used by peasants to make sturdy paper cloth in place of woven fabric that was an unaffordable luxury. The process of making paper fabric takes only water, paper and eager hands, leaving no waste and therefore deeming it eco-friendly. This artistic process, similar to felting, takes time, but is extremely meditative. Contemporary artists working in Joomchi are pushing the envelope of this very traditional art form. Moving beyond functional utility, they are exploring the textural qualities and expressive coloring possibilities. In Traditional & Transformational, Chung has gathered an impressive group of Joomchi artists from around the world (including Korea, Poland, the Netherlands, Australia, Taiwan and the US) to offer an informative and encompassing look at Joomchi today. The featured artists and their works investigate the varied directions and perspectives being pursued in fiber today. Pennsylvania-based Korean artist Mi-Kyoung Lee, whose work is featured above, has created a life-sized, three-dimensional school of fish swarming to a light installed on a wall. Lee is head of Fibers in the Craft department at School of the Arts in Philadelphia and uses common everyday materials in her work such as rubber bands, hair and paper towels. Traditional & Transformational is on view now through Friday, August 21 in the Skylight & Heritage Gallery at NBAM/ArtWorks!. Adults interested in learning Joomchi can attend a weekend workshop July 11-12 from 10am-4pm with Jiyoung Chung. If you have children who might be interested in working hands on with this ancient art, NBAM is offering a Family Art Night on Thursday, July 23 from 6-8:30pm where everyone will leave with their own paper masterpiece.

Four Exhibitions at Marblehead Arts Association
in Marblehead, Massachusetts now through June 21

 Grannies in a bag by Claudia Kaufman, oil on canvas.

When they opened the doors and windows at Marblehead Arts Association this season, more than just the nice weather blew in—four landscape exhibitions rolled in as well. The entire first floor of the King Hooper Mansion is currently showcasing The Living Landscape, Mark Shasha's latest work depicting moody seascapes and figures in landscapes full of impressionistic color. Shasha speaks to the emotional impact of the places he paints through organic movements and his intuitive sense of scale. "'The Living Landscape' is a reflection of my method of painting," Shasha said, "it is an attempt to capture the natural world in color and mood not from photographs which might on occasion be somewhat referenced, but from the experience of painting on location—in the field—on small panels; grabbing the colors and reflections quickly before the light changes." The second floor galleries of the King Hooper Mansion are reserved for the solo exhibitions of Michele Kenna and Christine Johnson. Kenna is exhibiting abstracted landscapes in pastel and acrylic. The title of her show Looking Back, Moving Forward expresses her goal to incorporate what she has learned with her work up until now and then to go beyond and push her work into new realms. Johnson's exhibit, A Dip in the Apparent Horizon, draws inspiration from the peacefulness and calm of living near the ocean. With her abstracted "seascapes" she attempts an expression of, "something magical and even spiritual that happens in the space where the sky meets the water." The Ballroom Gallery on the third floor is showing Vessels, an exhibit of works that explore the concept of vessels by three Marblehead Arts artist members: Claudia Kaufman, Michele Martin and Robin Taliesin. All four of these exhibitions at Marblehead Arts Association are on view now through Sunday, June 21 and shown in conjunction with free programming offered by the artists.

Fountain Street Fine Art


Traditions in Translation: Two Artists Explore Their Legacies
6/11- 7/11
Reception 6/13, 5-7pm

Gallery talk/Poetry reading 6/27, 4-6pm.

Jaeok Lee and Joel Moskowitz adapt the symbols, rituals and customs of their distant homelands; each creates a personal visual language based on a place that is geographically remote, yet emotionally inescapable.

Fountain Street Fine Art
59 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA
(508) 879.4200
Thu-Sun 11-5 and by appointment

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