Artscope Magazine
October 8, 2015

There is no standard definition for what art will do for any given individual. Though we may create or curate with hopes and expectations, there is no predicting the shift art can cause in artists and viewers alike. The exhibitions featured below focus in on what art can to for us, and to us, whether it be through changing perspectives, curious travels or a meditative process, the bottom line is always the same: art does something. Speaking of "doing things," Artscope has a busy agenda with a handful of upcoming sponsored events. 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. Belmont Gallery of Art is celebrating its tenth birthday with a gala reception on Friday, October 16 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. On Thursday, October 15, Portland Museum of Art will host "You Can't Get There From Here," a Third Thursday event starting at 5 p.m. We hope you'll join us at these Artscope sponsored events.

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The Museum Show at Room 83 Spring
in Watertown, Massachusetts now through October 24

Oreo Cameo #17 by Judith Klausner.

Museums frame an experience of art and an understanding of art history, and from there the perspectives grow and transform with each new view. The Museum Show, the current exhibition at Room 83 Spring, aims to capture those museum moments where contemporary life intersects with contemporaneous treasure and inspires new meaning. Photographer Gary Duehr patiently hovers in exhibitions for the alchemic moment when masterwork and viewer align in an active visual dialogue. His photographic series Just Looking is an ongoing cross-cultural pursuit, which takes him through museums worldwide. A woodworker, David W. Graf of the Old Schwamb Mill makes exquisite hand-turned oval frames on 19th century lathes in a wooden mill building dating from the time of the Civil War. The historic Old Schwamb Mill itself survives as a continuously operating site where, for more than three hundred years, immigrant Puritan, Yankee and German entrepreneurs harnessed the free waterpower of a narrow, fast moving brook to run machines and develop a series of family-owned businesses. Sculptor Judith Klausner's Oreo Cameos marry precious antiquity with popular commodity and high technology. Investing the object d'art with her own agenda, Klausner painstakingly retools the classical portrait in cookie crème relief with a common pin, after which it is reproduced in multiples with 2 and 3-D digital print technologies. The paintings and drawings in Jean Smith's after famous paintings series are intimate homages to her artistic mentors. Through her economic and often editorial process, scale is personalized and imagery is distilled to its very essence. Smith's sensitive interpretations of masterworks conspire to commune through time. These four featured artists and their works in The Museum Show are on view now through Saturday, October 24 at Room 83 Spring. Come see how their projects present condensed points of view, refreshing the past with contemporary relevance.

Sponsored by: Paradise City Arts Festival, Abstractions, explorations of natural world at Bromfield in October, Holliston Mill Open Studios, Fountain Street Fine Art, gallery blink, Guild of Boston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hampden Gallery UMass Amherst, Experience Cocoon at the Boston Center for the Arts, New Britain Museum of American Art 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

Abstractions, explorations of natural world
at Bromfield in October

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Nancy Diessner: "Blindsight V" (detail), etching, 2015

Julie Weiman: "Wonder Valley," ink, graphite, acrylic on linen on panel, 24" x 24", 2014

From Sept 30 - Nov 1, Bromfield Gallery presents "The Sky Is Falling" by Nancy Diessner; "Saturate" by Julie Weiman; and "Layers of Abstraction" by Ted Ollier. The opening reception is Friday, Oct 2, 6-8:30 pm.

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

Holliston Mill Open Studios


Artists will open their work spaces to the public to showcase
their projects and discuss their creative processes. The studios will be open Saturday and Sunday, Oct.24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
There will be music and refreshments.

Holliston Mill
24 Water Street
Holliston, MA

Fountain Street Fine Art

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October 8 - November 8, 2015

Reception: October 17, 5 to 7 pm

Artist Talk: October 25, 2 pm

In All Boundaries Are Imagined, Denise Driscoll and Jeanne Williamson investigate the formality and flexibility of the grid, moving from strictly distributed squares to layers of riotous color and marks that all but obliterate the underlying structure. Together, these artists entertain the grid as a welcome constraint as well as a mutable point of departure.

gallery blink


c o n n e c t i o n s

October 15-18

opening reception Oct. 16, 5-9pm

What do you get when you cross a pop-up show with an art gallery?
In historic Lexington it's 'gallery blink,'
a new art-space in a 150-year-old home near Battle Green.
Premier exhibition "c o n n e c t i o n s" will open
OCTOBER 15-18 and thereafter by appointment until October 31.
Don't blink, or you'll miss it!

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1963 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA
(781) 698-9994

Guild of Boston Artists



Three Free Classes, Saturdays, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

October 10, 17, & 24

The Guild is proud to announce that we are again sponsoring a three-part series of Art Discovery Classes for Children. Our goal is to help children "see" the art works in our gallery through the artist's eye. We will have artists in the gallery to guide the classes. We want to show your children that art is joyful, fun, and totally cool.

The classes are free and open to the public.
Parents are invited to join in the fun too!

Wonder at Marblehead Arts Association
in Marblehead, Massachusetts now through November 15

Cross Town by John Weidenbruch.

Unexpected wonder is often the product of curiosity and a sense of imagination, according to the featured artist in Marblehead Arts Association's solo exhibition Wonder. The work of MAA photography member John Weidenbruch captures parts of his global travels. These images reflect his passion in bringing together the creativity and beauty of the ordinary and transforming them into images at once both extraordinary and provocative. Whether it is the juxtaposition of a person walking to work past an explosive street mural on the side of a building, or the composition of many individuals making up a rush-hour crowd at the train station, Weidenbruch stops to take in the unexpected magic of those moments. Of his process, the artist says, "I like reflections: pieces of glass, puddles of water, mirrors and car windows. I marvel at the accidental confluence of disparate pieces coming together to form an image of casual beauty. Being in the moment, allowing the conversation to unfold is part of what I aim to capture in my photography." Weidenbruch is a native of Washington, DC who calls Marblehead home. He has traveled to many parts of the world, frequently with a Leica camera in tow. He is an attorney and has worked in the biopharmaceutical world for more than twenty years. Wonder is on view now through Sunday, November 15 at Marblehead Arts Association. Featured alongside the works of John Weidenbruch is the work of other MAA photography members. MAA is one of the few local arts associations that juries in photographers as full artist members. Traditionally MAA has set aside six weeks in the fall for a comprehensive photography exhibit in all the gallery spaces of the King Hooper Mansion. MAA photography members have each submitted one or two framed photographs to be judged for prizes by acclaimed photographer, Law Hamilton.

Spirituality and Obsession at McGowan Fine Art
in Concord, New Hampshire October 13 through November 13

Swan Lake Noir by John LaPrade, collage, postage stamps, watercolor.

An artist's solitary work seems a natural prelude to spirituality, but sometimes spirituality serves as the prelude to creating art. The current exhibition at McGowan Fine Art explores the works of three artists with strong roots in religion and how that spirituality informs their work. John LaPrade is a former seminarian from the Worcester area. His quirky collages made from postage stamps illustrate religious stories and fantastical, personal mythologies. "I cut stamps and provide a suitable stage for the narrative. What would have been a philatelist's nightmare became a Blessing to me," says Laprade. Youdhi Maharajan alters pages from books to simultaneously create an object of beauty and a new language. The marks and alterations are both simple and complex, reflecting the section titles of each page. "The meditative and ritualistic power of repetition allows me to experience the making of each mark without worrying about the finished work, where movement is not measured by distance traveled but by the change in state of mind," says the artist. James Palmigiano is a monk at the Holyrood Abbey in Spencer, MA. Quiet hours of contemplation in his cell give him the time to manipulate, add, subtract and layer found scraps from magazine pages and other detritus. "The process of art making is about attentiveness, trying to bring order and make something out of what is confused and apparently hopeless," says Palmigiano. Lifting, cutting and tearing gives the patina of wear, turning humble objects into artifacts that trace the history of the process. Spirituality & Obsession will be on view Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, November 13 at McGowan Fine Art. An artist's reception will be held on Friday, October 16 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston serves a wide variety of people-from school children to adults-through direct encounters with works of art. In addition to housing renowned collections, the Museum also offers numerous exhibitions and opportunities for learning and community engagement.

The Artist Project is a collaboration between the MFA and ten after-school community organizations in the Boston area. Each year a new experienced artist with a passion for community arts is selected to plan and lead a project with children between the ages of six and twelve. The lead artist guides the children and helps them create a collaborative work of art inspired by the Museum's encyclopedic collection. The completed project is exhibited in the Edward H. Linde Gallery in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA. A stipend of $22,000 and a materials budget is provided to the selected artist.

Application Instructions:

Please visit our webpage for more information and to apply.

Applications for the 2016-2017 Artist Project accepted through January 15, 2016 (postmark deadline).

Hampden Gallery UMass Amherst


HEAD: Curated by D.Dominick Lombardi

October 18 to November 12, 2015
Reception: Sunday October 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Featured Artists:
Eileen Claveloux
Cynthia Consentino
Outside-the-Line Collective
Brian Fekete
Robert Fontanelli
Rieko Fujinami
Susan Halls
Sol Hill
Moray Hillary
Steven Labadessa
D. Dominick Lombardi
China Marks
Kosyo Minchev
Nina Levy
Ivan Pazlamatchev
Bradley Rubenstein
Tomiyuki Sakuta
Rossana Taormina
Roman Turovsky
Yoshikazu Yanagi
Michael Zansky

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 413.545.0680

Experience Cocoon
at the Boston Center for the Arts



Cocoon is a live collaborative performance featuring the Safarani sisters. This ground breaking interactive live performance knits together film, performers and live music to take you on a journey of self-realization, salvation and timeless adventure.

This battle between the individual self and the man made world is fought in an intimate setting that envelopes the audience:
Has the world conspired to obliterate her?
Tear her away from herself to become another faceless, compliant drone?

Come experience Cocoon.
An evening that will change your perspectives.
Disrupt your thinking and leave you wanting for more...

New Britain Museum of American Art


Call to artists! The holidays are almost upon us so treat yourself for a chance to exhibit at The Nor'Easter: 46th Annual Juried Members Exhibition! First prize winner will receive $1000 and a solo exhibition at Connecticut's outstanding Five Points Gallery in Torrington. Entries can be submitted via

Grand Circle Gallery

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Photographer James H. Barker, "Rev. Martin Luther King concludes speech and is interviewed by newsmen on the steps of Brown Chapel, on Sunday, March 22, 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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