Artscope Magazine
September 24, 2015

Art serves us many purposes: expression, entertainment, education. But in many ways, works of art do so much more: they record the world around us, in whatever time that may be, and whatever state we may see it in. The three exhibitions featured below stand as proof of art as the chronicler. Without it, perhaps we wouldn't have museum collections, or know the shape of a black walnut leaf, or what it was like to live through a natural disaster. Fortunately, we are privileged enough to experience the art that has recorded such feats.

Happening elsewhere in the art world: PAAM's 10th Annual Benefit Gala is set for Saturday, October 10. Buy your sponsor or individual tickets to join PAAM as they honor the educational legacy that had been part of their mission for over a century. Artspace Maynard has its open studios this weekend, Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 from noon - 5 p.m. Another event slated for this weekend is the 2015 Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Show and Sale, happening Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Also of note: Artscope will be part of the collective booth at Art Basel Miami December 3-6, so you know what that means— it's time to submit your advertisements for Artscope's November/December issue that will be making the trip down south. Be sure to contact us at [email protected] or call 617-639-5771 to reserve your spot today!

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Cabinets of Curiosity at Springfield Museums
in Springfield, Massachusetts now through August 28, 2016

Cabinet featuring a skull and minerals.

Museums got their start during the 17th and 18th centuries—not as the large exhibition venues they are today, but instead as small cabinets kept for personal pleasure, and multi-museum consortium Springfield Museums is paying homage to these roots in Cabinets of Curiosity: Contemporary Interpretations. Cabinets of Curiosity (also known as "Wunderkammer," "Cabinets of Wonder" and "Wonder-Rooms") were the means first used by royalty and academics and later by the middle classes to exhibit their most unusual and often strange collections. Inquiry, scholarship and the organization of visually-pleasing arrangements were all necessary to a successful display, some of which filled entire rooms. This exhibition will feature rarely seen, odd and curious objects drawn from the centuries-old collections of the Springfield Museums. Themes include mounted animals, ancient glass and Greek vases, ornithology, Japanese Tansu (cabinetry), Chinese cloisonn´┐Ż and snuff bottles and Japanese bronzes, as well as a display of more recent curiosities that will be familiar to contemporary audiences. Of the exhibition itself, Director of Art Museums Heather R. Haskell said, "It has been great fun to explore the extraordinary collections of the Springfield Museums with an eye toward the unexpected. I know that our visitors will delight in this rare opportunity to view the many intriguing objects and specimens, and in the activities and programs that we are planning to complement the show throughout the year." A children's activity area exploring some of these disparate themes will also be included as part of the exhibition. Cabinets of Curiosity: Contemporary Interpretations is on view now through August 28, 2016 at Springfield Museums' George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. Come explore the zeal for collecting and get a sense of where it all began.

Sponsored by: Paradise City Arts Festival, Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Art Night Bristol Warren, Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College, Bromfield Gallery Call to Artists SOLO 2016 Competition, South Street Gallery, Jamestown Arts Center, The Hamilton House Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Exchange Street Open Studios, True Grit Art Gallery, St. Paul's Hargate Art Center, Newburyport Art Association and Grand Circle Gallery

Paradise City Arts Festival


"WILD AND WONDERFUL!"- The Boston Globe

New England's most extraordinary collection of more than 260 painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, glassblowers, furniture makers, clothing designers and more - from every corner of America. With sensational food by local chefs, fabulous live music, special exhibits, a spectacular sculpture garden and lots of fun activities - a great way to spend a holiday weekend!

Three County Fairgrounds * Columbus Day Weekend * October 10, 11 & 12
54 Old Ferry Road at Route 9 * Northampton, MA

All Indoors and Under Tents * Mass Pike Exit 4 to I-91 North, Exit 19 * FREE PARKING!

Saturday and Sunday 10-6; Columbus Day 10-4 $13 adults; $12 seniors; $8 students; 12 and under free

Information and Discount Coupon

Voted the #1 Arts Fair in America * 800.511.9725

Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts


Art Night Bristol Warren


Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College

L-R: Stacey Cushner, Ancient Vines (detail), 2014, graphite on Arches paper, 30 x 22", photo: Mark Peterson; Alexandra Rozenman, Headache (detail), 2014, graphite on paper, 9 x 12"

"Line Acts": Drawings by Stacey Cushner and Alexandra Rozenman
October 5-November 5
Reception: October 15, 5-7 p.m.

Drawings that demonstrate the breadth of practice. St​acey Cushner examines the observable world, Alexandra Rozenman the interior landscape.

Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College
300 The Fenway, Boston, MA
M-F, 10-4:30 Closed October 12
(617) 521-2268

Bromfield Gallery Call to Artists
SOLO 2016 Competition


Two artists each receive a solo exhibition in January, 2016,
at Bromfield Gallery in Boston.Open to New England artists who have not had a solo show in a commercial gallery.

Fee: $30. All media.
Juror: Ruth Erickson, Assistant Curator, ICA
Deadline: October 15, 2015.

Apply online only with up to 5 jpgs at

South Street Gallery

south street

"The Water's Edge" show featuring works of many regional artists
opening September 12, 5-8pm.

Renowned painter Geoff Parker from Cody, WY is coming with his one-man show "from WEST to EAST" opening on Oct. 3 5-8pm, on display 10/1-23.

Boston-based artist David Wells Roth and his show "from Sand to Bricks" opening on Oct. 24 5-8pm, on display 10/24-11/13.

South Street Gallery
149 South St
Hingham MA 02043
open Tu-Sa 10am-6pm

Flora & Fauna at Lyceum Gallery
in Manchester, New Hampshire now through November 9

Mandarin Fish (Synchiropus splendidus) by Steffen Poltak, gouache watercolor, 9" x 12".

The marriage of nature and art often comes through individuals with strong ties to the land. This is no exception in Flora & Fauna, the current exhibition at Derryfield School's Lyceum Gallery, which features more than just artwork inspired by nature—it offers unique interpretations of nature through both painting and printmaking by two renowned artists. Steffen Poltak was fascinated with nature from a young age. He began drawing animals and taking art lessons in elementary school, and has pursued his passion for both biology and art throughout his life. Known at art schools for his detailed anatomical drawings on the dry-erase boards, Poltak has played with evolution and expressionism, using traditional painting and scientific illustration techniques to imagine alternative phenotypic expressions, or differences in patterns and color, for the animals he has studied. Poltak's study of biology has consistently informed his art. The second featured artist in Flora & Fauna is painter Colleen Pearce. Growing up on a seventy-five acre farm in Michigan instilled in her a sense of deep belonging in nature. With her family, she planted 10,000 red and white pine, pin oak and black walnut trees. Her father's belief in being good stewards of the land inspired a lifelong appreciation of the beauty and majesty found in nature, an aura which is reflected in each and every one of Pearce's paintings. Flora & Fauna continues Deerfield's celebration of fifty years of dynamic arts education. The exhibition is on view now through Monday, November 9 at Lyceum Gallery. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, November 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Both Colleen Pearce and Steffen Poltak will visit classes at the Derryfield School campus this fall and will share, first hand, their artistic approach, techniques and experiences with the students and members of the community.

Katrina Then & Now: Artists as Witness at Cantor Gallery
in Worcester, Massachusetts now through October 10

Part I: Documenting, Describing & Dealing with Disaster.

Art can play many roles in many situations and the current exhibition at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross exposes a few: art as a way of making sense of social disruption; art as a tool to document disaster; art as a means of rebuilding communities in the aftermath of disaster. Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness features drawings, film, installation, paintings and sculpture by current and past artists from New Orleans that focus on the relationship between Hurricane Katrina and visual art in New Orleans from 2005 to the present. The exhibition, curated by Daina Cheyenne Harvey, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an event of tragic proportions for the city of New Orleans. Harvey grew up in and around the city of New Orleans until the age of 14. In 2010, he moved back to help rebuild homes and work on community projects in the Lower Ninth Ward with several nonprofits, community groups and academics. He lived and worked there for 14 months while writing his dissertation for Rutgers University about the rebuilding efforts. In 2014, Harvey spent seven weeks in New Orleans developing contacts with artists, gallery directors and curators and found the community very supportive, and thus, this exhibition was born. Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness will be presented in two parts. The first installation subtitled "Documenting, Describing and Dealing with Disaster" is on view now through Saturday, October 10. The second installation subtitled "The Rebirth of Art" will be on view from Thursday, Oct. 22 through Friday, December 18. A number of nationally known artists, such as Willie Birch and Dawn DeDeaux, will have work included in the exhibition, and DeDeaux will give an artist's talk prior to the opening reception for the second installation Thursday, October 22. The exhibition will offer a series of artists' talks, films and special events throughout the semester.

Jamestown Arts Center


The Jamestown Arts Center celebrates our members with the 2015 Members' Show from November 12 to December 5. Showcasing artwork created by the diverse, talented, and numerous artists in our community and beyond. To become a member and apply, see our website.

The Hamilton House
Fine Arts and Crafts Festival


The Hamilton House Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is an annual two-day event that features over 100 artisans and their wares: jewelry, woodworking, pottery, glass, toys, paintings, clothing, metalwork, and much more. Enjoy live music, a food court, and first-floor tours of Hamilton House.

Exchange Street Open Studios


SEPTEMBER 26 - 27, 2015, 10am - 4pm
40 artists showing artwork in studios in three buildings,
just steps apart, in Pawtucket, RI.

True Grit Art Gallery


True Grit Art Gallery, opening November 2015 in Middleboro MA, is seeking professional fine artists for gallery representation. Interested artists should submit 6 or more images of current works to truegri[email protected] along with a short bio. Artists can also find us on Facebook and submit via message.

St. Paul's Hargate Art Center


September 25 - November 21, 2015; Tu-Sa 9-4;
Opening reception September 24, 6-8 pm

Originally built as a dining hall and later converted into an art center, Hargate has served SPS for 86 years. Soon the charming building will be transformed again and the art department will get new homes. Join us as we bid farewell in a tribute exhibition told through artwork, photographs, and ephemera.

Hargate Art Center at St. Paul's School
32 Library Road, Concord, New Hampshire

Newburyport Art Association


The Newburyport Art Association announces a sculptural facade competition! Click here to read the Call For Proposal details and important dates. Submission deadline is November 6, 2015.

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Newburyport Art Association
65 Water Street
Newburyport MA 01950

Grand Circle Gallery

Photographer James H. Barker, "Civil rights marchers walking from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on Monday, March 23, 1965. "

Through the lens of history:
Selma & Civil Rights at Grand Circle Gallery

Thursday, September 17th through January, 2016

A 50th anniversary remembrance of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, featuring the work of James H. Barker, who chronicled the march in black & white photographs. Plus a selection of renowned images that complement the story,
and a striking bronze maquette of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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