Dan DeRosato ’14 & Jill Hedrick ’14 Exhibit During November First Fridays

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Alumnus Dan DeRosato ’14 and alumna Jill Hedrick ’14 will be exhibiting Parallel Frontiers  for one night only at Find & Form Space on Friday, November 7, 6 – 9 pm at 524 Harrison Ave in Boston during Boston’s November First Fridays. The exhibit was curated by Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Campanaro.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to exhibit in Boston, and showcase some of my recent work,” said DeRosato.

Parallel Frontiers reveals the aesthetic likeness between two unlike methods of making.

“I’m excited for them both,” said Campanaro. “It’s a big step for each of them to showcase new work, and their first large exhibition post graduation.”

Parallel Frontiers expands the dimensionality of line in both digital and handmade practices. Line is an abstraction, perceived more than actually viewed. We cannot see a line’s infinite extension or its complete measure. We recognize its one dimension or “flatness”. DeRosato and Hedrick compositionally challenge these rules, making their work the exception.

DeRosato and Hedrick’s work intersect thematically commonly referencing themes of failure, instability and relationships. Layered (literally) with information and memory from appropriated data, they hijack the original and reconstruct it to tell person narratives. Materially, their work is parallel; DeRosato glitches data, a digital technique used to error images. The act of glitching is destructive in that it “breaks” an image revealing flaws, line interruption and random abstraction. Hedrick is more invested in the manipulation of something tangible, in her case photo clippings, to void a snapshot of its memory.

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Alumni News: Bea Modisett ’07 Interview with Free People Writer Julie O’Boyle ’06

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Montserrat College of Art alumna Bea Modisett ’07 was interviewed by Free People writer and fellow alumna Julie O’Boyle ’06 for a recent feature on Free People‘s blog. Modisett reflects on how her time at Montserrat, living in Beverly and her travel experiences through Montserrat’s study abroad trips to Italy and Africa, have impacted her painting.

Richmond. A city that has certainly left an impression on me, and a city that I anticipate returning to. Not exactly top of mind when one imagines the great artistic hubs of the world, but that’s just another reason to love it.the full version.

Not boastful in its beauty, the artistic side of Richmond has a way of popping up unexpectedly. Turn a corner and you might find yourself face to face with one of the boldest murals you’ve ever seen, or glance skyward for a glimpse of a street artist’s wheat-paste masterpiece adorning the side of an old building. It’s only then that you might realize, this city is brimming with artistic flourish. Tucked away in one of those buildings is the painting studio of recent Richmond transplant Bea Modisett.

I’ve known Bea for a long time, first as a classmate at the small fine arts college we attended, and later, as a close friend and collaborator. She is easily one of the most driven and accomplished artists that I know, and a seasoned veteran of the road. Speak to her for ten minutes, and I can guarantee you’ll leave the conversation day dreaming of cross-country road trips and sojourns to Africa, India, and Thailand. The spaces and landscapes depicted in her varied body of work invite exploration, often eliciting vastly different reactions from those who view it. While in Richmond for our recent FP Me event, I had the opportunity to tour Modisett’s studio and talk about her travels, her art, and the challenges that come with being a full-time artist:

Could you tell me about your background?

“Well, I was born in Washington, DC, bounced back and forth between DC and Rhode Island as a child, finally settling in Rhode Island for high school. I attended a small fine arts college in Beverly, MA — Montserrat College of Art — which I graduated from in 2007. This past summer I relocated to Richmond, VA to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where I’m working towards my Master’s.”

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Did you always want to be an artist?

“I remember, in the 3rd grade we made a yearbook, they took our picture and in this box they instructed us to draw what we wanted to be when we grew up; kids were drawing themselves as astronauts and doctors, I drew myself in a beret with a paintbrush.”

I imagined myself similarly as a kid — the artist in the beret with the easel and palette — how has your perception of what an artist is changed in recent years?

“I’m learning that artists have a huge responsibility and potentially a lot of power. It’s not just about me expressing myself – obviously it is, in a way — but I’m also realizing that as an artist you have a responsibility to try to make people understand that there are different ways of seeing and experiencing the world. My work isn’t political but you can see the power of artists who do political work. I’m recognizing that art can really shift perspectives. So I think it’s gone from my younger self being like, “I’m expressing myself and being an individual!” to feeling as if this is a legitimate tool that can do some good in the world.”

Travel is a big part of your life and your work, do you think your time spent moving back and forth between DC and Rhode Island as a child inspired your later wanderlust?

“Moving, sure, but it was also my parents. Our family vacations were unconventional — never Disneyland — we were always visiting historic battlefields or camping; my parents taught us that it’s important to move and to always be looking. So travel, to me, is me looking for something, searching for something, not necessarily home, but just searching, looking, exploring. I think it’s important to be exposed to everything this world has to offer. That can mean physical exploration, but also exploration within your own mind. Don’t just accept what surrounds you.”

Can you pinpoint a moment when your desire to travel went beyond those family vacations? A breakthrough moment when you realized that travel was going to become a huge part of your work?

“I went to Italy and Africa with Montserrat, which was incredible. Looking back on those experiences… they were pivotal but also felt a little surface. When I returned home, the patterns and the energy of the people I met all made their way into my painting. I painted the patterns of the dresses I saw women wearing, the patterns of the fabric. It wasn’t until I drove solo across the country — from Boston to San Francisco on a month-long journey — that’s when I felt a really incredible connection to traveling alone, to being in those landscapes, it was intense. I remember being like “Julie, I just want to get in my car and drive to California,” do you remember that? And then I did it! I planned my trip and I went.”

Knowing how often you moved and how much you crave travel and new experiences, it’s interesting that up until recently you were so firmly anchored in Beverly, MA. Can you tell me about the decision to stay there?

“The four years at Montserrat, I look at it as four years of building a community and after graduation I stayed with that community. I continued to cultivate relationships, which lead to opportunities. By staying in Beverly I was able to teach at the college, run a gallery, I was working for artists and showing my work. The community kept offering me support, and I was able to actively live as an artist because I had ties there. I knew it was time to go, though, when the painting wasn’t keeping me from feeling under-stimulated. Beverly is amazing — you know that — but I wanted to be surrounded by people who were devoting their lives to it. I needed that intensity around me.”

Do you have any advice for aspiring painters?

“I was taught that the only way you’re going to be really good at something, is if you do what you really want to do. Find a way to do it, don’t make excuses, and say yes to opportunities. And realize that you may have to make some sacrifices along the way.”

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Daniel Stone and Massiel Grullon ’14 Chosen for The MCCA Portrait Project

The Portrait Project: A Lifetime of Art

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As part of the exhibition design process for The Portrait Project, a select group of Boston artists allowed The MCCA Art Program to photograph their painting, drawing or collage and reproduce the image into a high quality reproduction print.

From child artist to Master Artist, each individual featured in this show has reached a significant milestone in their journey as an artist. Nusayabah is only four years old. She is just beginning to grasp how to hold a paint brush and mix primary colors. Perhaps someday she will learn about Arthur Polonsky, considered by many art scholars to be the best Expressionist painter living in Boston.

The Portrait Project is meant to convey our shared experience of growing older and how our sense of self changes and deepens over the course of a lifetime. This exhibit is currently on display at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Artists include:

College StudentsDaniel Stone and Massiel Grullon from Montserrat College of Art

Accomplished ArtistsDan McColePaul GoodnightJanet Monafo and Master Artist Arthur Polonsky

Emerging ArtistsKate True and Percy Fortini-Wright

Self-taught ArtistsMaria Schlomann and Ruby Pearl of Boston’s Gateway Arts

Teen Artists: Vasily Luzanau and Pamela from the Boston Mayor’s Mural Crew (MMC)

Beginner ArtistsNusayba McAllister and Gabriella Kenney from community organization Dot Art

Learn more at massconvention.com


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Across the Bridge Exhibit Travels to Beverly’s Cumming Center

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Please join Montserrat College of Art at The Bear Gallery’s Beverly 100 Cummings Center location, Suite 108-J, Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 pm for a special reception featuring the art from Across the Bridge.

Across the Bridge features student work from a semester-long documentary project of the plant and workers at the Salem Harbor Power Plant which was on display last June. The old structure is now being demolished to make way for a new, smaller power plant. The project was funded by Footprint Power.

Peter Furniss, CEO of Footprint Power, approached Montserrat College of Art with the idea that our students create an exhibit that would “recognize, document, memorialize and honor the people at Salem Harbor Station,” we were eager to see how our different perspectives – oral history, writing and studio arts – would enrich and expand our students’ learning experience.

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The Bear Gallery at the Beverly Cummings Center Wednesday is located in the 100 billing in suite 108-J. From Elliott Street the 100 building is the first building on the right when entering. Enter the building through the front left hand doors. Proceed to the end of the hallway, the Cummings Center office is right there, turn right and you will find the Bear Gallery slightly down the corridor on the left hand side.

The Bear Gallery Hours:

Monday: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Tuesday: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Thursday: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Friday: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

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Montserrat Students Exhibit at Crane Estate November 8

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Montserrat students will have their artwork on display across the sprawling the grounds of the Crane Estate for the annual Art Show and Sale. This is the fifth annual show at the Crane Estate in Ipswich presented by Montserrat’s Bear Gallery.

Saturday, Nov. 8 – 10, 10 am – 4 pm
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

Admission is FREE and open to the public!

For more information contact The Trustees of Reservation at www.thetrustees.org or 978.356.4351.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact len.thomas-vickory@montserrat.edu


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Win Tickets to Artrageous 29 By Telling Your Story

Tell us Your Story

Montserrat’s education centers on a student’s transformation – as an artist, communicator, story teller, citizen. How did Montserrat transform you? 

  • How did your time at Montserrat nurture who you are?
  • How has your education impacted your life and career path?
  • How has an arts education molded how you look at the world?
  • Shine a spotlight on “everyday moments”

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What were those moments, who were those people, where were those places, that made your Montserrat experience special?

Your story can help others

To support the significant financial aid that the college awards we must raise funds. Your story, your path, will help show why a Montserrat education is important.

Tell us your story, your way.

You are an expert communicator. We invite you to tell your transformation story your way -in paint, photography, poetry, video, illustration, sculpture, etc.

You may win tickets

Ten stories and the companion artwork will be featured atArtrageous!29 on March 28, 2015. Winners will receive 1 pair of tickets, a $300 value.

The “fine print”

  • To be considered for Artrageous!29, all stories and art must be received by2/15/ 2015.
  • Stories may be told with, or include, one piece of artwork.
  • All submissions, except written works, must also include an artist statement of up 400 words.
  • Stories may be used on Montserrat’s website and in future publications.

Send us your story at stayconnected@montserrat.edu


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Montserrat Awarded Interdisciplinary Learning Method Grant from Davis Educational Foundation

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A generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation is recognizing Montserrat College of Art’s creative teaching style, developed by the college’s academic leadership team, which emphasizes learning that is interdisciplinary, team-taught and project-based.

Last spring the Davis Foundation announced that Montserrat would receive a $150,000 grant over two years for the Gateway project, which emphasizes this experiential teaching style.

The grant will provide funding for two new programs that serve, respectively, as gateways into and out of college. Funding will support the two parts of the Gateway Initiative, including: planning, implementation, outcome assessment and, creation of curricular models (best practices, guidelines, handbooks, documentation, templates, online resources) for future use.

Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman said, “Montserrat recognizes the need to go beyond the traditional classroom structure to introduce experiences that relate directly to those students will encounter in their professional lives. We are grateful to the Davis Foundation for providing this opportunity to offer new teaching methods to Montserrat students.”

1.  FX (the Freshman Experience)

Offered to freshman in the first semester, FX serves as a gateway from high school into college. The course is team-taught, interdisciplinary, and integrates studio practice with historical and cultural analysis. Methodologies from studio art and liberal arts (particularly art history) are combined to provide a holistic introduction to the visual arts while helping students to acclimate to college-level academic and studio work. This combination of rich content and tactile experience is designed to fully engage students as visual learners. The aim is to break down preconceptions about art, art making, and contemporary studio practice.

This 3-credit course features a closely coordinated series of lectures, museum/gallery/studio visits, research, writing, class discussions, team-based and individual projects. Small group meetings for discussion, research, and studio immersion complement three keystone lectures and field trips to the Peabody Essex Museum, Mass MOCA and New York City. The course is designed to function in the way that artists interact with the world, across disciplines at the intersections of research, writing, collaborating, current culture, and making.

2.  StudioXL (the Studio for Experiential Learning)

StudioXL serves as a gateway out of college and into the professional world. It provides students with a series of carefully structured opportunities, offered outside the traditional classroom/studio, that build skills such as team-work, collaboration,  project management, and working between disciplines in real world settings.  Some, if not all projects, will have community partners, bolstering our relationships with the local and regional businesses and community-based organizations that fuel the creative economy of the North Shore.

The college has appointed Kate Luchini, formerly of the Lynn Museum and Peabody Essex Museum, as the director of Studio XL.

The enormously successful pilot project in StudioXL was a team-taught collaboration with Footprint Power at Salem Harbor Station. Montserrat structured it a course called Across the Bridge: Three Perspectives, it combined fieldwork, research and art making. Students examined and documented the decommissioning of the coal-powered Salem Harbor Power Plant, now Footprint Power, which funded the project. Thirty students guided by three faculty members developed a visual and narrative legacy of the plant and the community of people who worked there, through writings, paintings, photography and video, sculpture and installation, and design. The project culminated in an exhibition in the turbine hall in June 2014 that was seen by more than 1000 visitors; it concluded with an evening poetry reading among the turbines, which was organized by the director of the Impossible Places Poetry Tour. That night the turbines sounded for the last time and the dismantling began the following day.

The second StudioXL project for fall 2014 is a course called Food and Culture. In contrast to the power plant project, this course was initiated in-house; it combines cultural history, research into food economies and politics, resulting in the production of creative work. Among the local partners are the Food Project and Beverly Bees.

More collaborations are being planned for future semesters.

For more information about this grant, please contact Montserrat College of Art’s Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli at laura.tonelli@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x 1601.


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Montserrat’s Fall Open House: October 25

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Montserrat College of Art offers Saturday events for prospective students and their parents to come visit our campus, meet some of our faculty and staff, and get a feel for the art college.

In the fall, we conduct Open House events that include information sessions by admissions and financial aid staff, portfolio reviews and campus tours. These events typically run from 8:30 am – 2pm. In addition, we offer an Early Action Completion Day for students who have applied for early action (non-binding decision) and need to complete or drop off their application materials.

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Faculty News: Erin Dionne to Speak at National Convention

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Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne will be presenting at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual 2014 Conference Nov. 20 - 23 in Washington, DC.  She is part of a panel of authors who use mentor texts. The session will be held on Friday, Nov. 21 from 2:30 PM to 3:45 pm. Learn more here!

Dionne, of Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, NY, will present as a member of the panel, “KNOWING STORIES: HOW PUBLISHED AUTHORS AND STUDENT WRITERS IMPROVE THEIR CRAFT THROUGH THE USE OF MENTOR TEXTS.” The participants’ description of the panel reads:

What’s the best way to become a stronger writer? Read.

Read like a writer, studying mentor texts to learn the craft. Five trade book authors and a renowned teacher-blogger come together to share their mentor text stories, from the writing room to the classroom, exploring the power of texts to teach us. We’ll share not only strategies but also specific mentor texts for teaching everything from nonfiction to poetry to persuasion

Each year, the NCTE Annual Convention draws thousands of elementary and secondary educators, college faculty, administrators, and other educational professionals from around the world to participate in four days of professional learning programming. NCTE convention attendees hear presentations from award-winning speakers, attend thought-provoking sessions, share best practices, and test the latest teaching materials. The NCTE Annual 2014 Convention will be held November 20-23, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, D.C.

The National Council of Teachers of English (http://www.ncte.org), with 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

Stay updated with what Erin has been up to by visiting www.erindionne.com


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Montserrat Students Exhibit Revisits Summer Abroad Trip to Italy

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Soggiorno in Italia 2014
On ViewOct. 22 – Nov. 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 – 3 pm
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA
Gallery Hours: M,T,W,F: 10am-5pm, Thu: 10am-8pm, Sat: 12pm-5pm

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present Soggiorno in Italia 2014, an exhibition highlighting student work created during Montserrat’s Viterbo, Italy study abroad program. This annual exhibition showcases a day in the life of students in the enchanting medieval town of Viterbo.   Montserrat’s four-week program, which celebrated its 18th summer, provides college students and artists a unique opportunity to live and study in a country famous for its rich cultural legacy.

This year’s exhibition includes the work of students from Montserrat, RISD and State University of North Dakota. This exhibition is both a reminder and a reflection of their summer abroad, embracing foreign culture and revealing itself in a small body of work.

For many students this trip was one of their first immersive experiences, delving into a new culture wholeheartedly, finding inspiration in the “little things” such as a people-filled piazza, architecture and restaurant interiors. Student Monica O’Connor particularly enjoyed the rich antique wood and colored glass in local Viterbo bars. Her series of four watercolors shows wine and liquor bottles from the perspective of a patron sitting at the bar. The bottles resemble radiant gems or pieces of sea glass breathing life into an old watering hole.

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal, Montserrat faculty and participating instructor, poetically narrates the experience of Viterbo. “For the month of July students in the Montserrat Summer Study Program in Italy create drawings, paintings, studies, illustrations, photographs, collages, doodles, sketches, designs and all manner of art in response to living in the town of Viterbo. They explore the piazzas, the gardens, the cobbled streets, the ancient churches, the cafes, the palaces, and the hidden corners. Viterbo becomes their home, their muse, their inspiration, their days and their nights.

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This Week’s Public Gallery Events: Film 101 with Anabel Vazquez & Ethan Berry + D’hana Perry LOOSE Performance

Anabel Vazquez and Prof. Ethan Berry bring together works of film, animation and moving image that they find essential to the discipline(s), as well as works of their own (film and photo).

Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 – 10:30 pm
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, Basement

Above: Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Visión Doble, Video and Two Murals, 2011

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Public Artist Talk: D’hana Perry

D’hana Perry is a video artist and DJ, their a/v work explores identity construction, gender/racial performance and self-expression, often by utilizing sociological tools within a contemporary artistic practice.

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 – 9 pm
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, Room 201

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D’hana Perry LOOSE Performance

LOOSE is a reconceptualization of what a “documentary” can be. This performance remixes original interviews into a live sound and video performance. In this reinvented documentary, interviewees recount the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences of gender transition from the perspective of trans persons of color. Blending the practices of  sociological research, DJ remixing techniques and live video manipulation, Perry creates an improvisational piece where no two performances are the same.

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 – 9 pm
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

For a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs

For more information on Montserrat Galleries Public Programs please contact: Maggie Cavallo, maggie.cavallo@montserrat.edu or Savery Kelley, savery.kelley@montserrat.edu


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President Immerman is Newly Elected Co-President of Beverly Main Streets

1798693_10204090432475050_5399919931944889110_nMontserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman, newly elected co-president of Beverly Main Streets, presenting Business of the Year Awards at Wicked Art Bar last night, Tue., Oct. 21.

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Chris Van Allsburg Book Launch Event in Beverly

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Renowned author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg will launch the tour for his new book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie, here in Beverly Farms with a signing event on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4 – 6:30 pm.

The meet-the-author event will take place in the former Glee Building at 29 West Street, Beverly Farms. In addition to signing copies of his new book, Van Allsburg will be showing framed pieces from his work as an illustrator.

To help celebrate independent bookstores, the event is a project of and sponsored by the BOOKSHOP OF BEVERLY FARMS.

The Van Allsburgs are further supporting our community by offering a % of proceed from book’s sold to benefit Beverly Bootstraps.


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Faculty News: François-Xavier de Costerd Participates in Illuminus Festival in Boston

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Video and Photography instructor François-Xavier de Costerd will be participating in Illuminus, Boston’s first “nuit blanche” — a free nighttime festival of creative innovation, that will take place on Saturday, October 25.

There is a free festival in Boston. Learn more at illuminusboston.org 

This public celebration will feature large-scale projections and light installations alongside immersive sound, performance and multimedia experiences that reimagine the city at night. Illuminus will transform South End, Boston’s streetscapes into a vibrant urban canvas where regional artists, designers, creative technologists, architects, performers and fabricators converge to showcase their most thoughtful, innovative and imaginative works. The festival will provoke and inspire, celebrating the creative approaches to art, culture, and community that form the foundation of a thriving and dynamic city.

To see the rendering of Francois’s piece in the show visit francoisdecosterd.com

PowerplantLightbeams“The vision for this large scale installation of “Light Beams Dance” inside the powerplant shell at SOWA in Boston’s South End. With Christie projectors and a powerful sound system to match BT’s track, it should be awesome.” - François-Xavier de Costerd

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Alumni News: Rena Masson ’11 Opens New Business, Tunk City Revival

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Artist business owner, entrepreneur and Montserrat College of Art alumna Rena Masson ’11, 29 of Dayville CT, is embarking on a new business venture. Tunk City Revival at 10 Center St. in Danielson CT, brings a pop of color and life to historic downtown Danielson and is a handmade marketplace for artisan quality  gifts, art and home decor.

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“It has the Etsy feel without paying for shipping,” said Masson.

Masson represents local artisans and crafters allowing them a space to showcase and sell their wares, and further the mission of the buy local spirit  Her slogan says it well “Buy Local Buy Small Support Your Creative Community.”  Bringing the artist to the community, you bring heart back into the community.

The shop had it’s Grand Opening this past weekend.


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Alumni News: Megan Hermey ‘13 Design Work for New NBC Series Aquarius

Montserrat College of Art alumna Shepard Reid (Megan Hermey) ’13 created the poster (above) and pitch book on the new NBC television show Aquarius while it was in pre-production. Both the poster and book will be displayed by ITV and NBC at Cannes.

Aquarius stars David Duchovny (of X Files & Californiacation) as a Los Angeles Policeman investigating Charles Manson in the 1960s.

For more information about Aquarius visit nbc.com


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President Immerman to Speak about the Creative Economy at Rocky Neck 10/22

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The Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS welcomes Montserrat College of Art President Stephen Immerman to the Cultural Center at 6 Wonson St, Wed., Oct. 22 at 6 pm, to talk about the importance of the creative economy to the North Shore. Creative economy companies include for-profit businesses, such as video game makers, architectural firms, musicians, and promotional product companies, as well as non-profits, like museums and theater companies. Over 120,000 people work for creative economy firms in Massachusetts, with an estimated economic impact of $1 billion.

Montserrat College of Art was named a North Shore regional leader in February 2014 as part of a statewide Creative Economy Network begun by Massachusetts State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki and Economy Industry director, Helena Fruscio. The network is meant to help creative companies find resources, such as space, talent, access to capital and tracking progress.

Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS are partners with Montserrat in this regional effort that also includes Salem State University’s Enterprise Center, the Salem Partnership, North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Beverly Main Streets and many others. The Immerman talk is free to the public and all are invited.


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Alumni News: Colin McGuire ’13 Update

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Alumnus Colin McGuire ’13 has been busy teaching weekly art classes on Cape Cod and looking ahead to starting classes to earn his MFA soon. He is also planning to teach some art classes  in Puerto Rico this upcoming February.

“I realize more and more how much Montserrat has helped me become who I am today,” reflected McGuire.

To see McGuire’s work visit colinmcguirefineart.com


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Alumni News: Tiffany Laurencio ’05 Debuts at Printsource New York

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On January 2015, Montserrat College of Art alumna Tiffany Laurencio ’05 will debut at Printsource New York. Printsource is a trade show where artist from around the world come together to sell and license their artwork and product designs to manufacturers. She’ll be showcasing her textile designs and illustrations featuring her characters and trend-focused patterns.

See more of her work at www.designastration.com


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Faculty News: Julia Shepley Exhibits Sculpture in Germany

unnamed (6)Montserrat Sculpture Faculty Member Julia Shepley has a large installation of sculpture in the third unique part of the exhibition series Ovid’s Girls Boston/ Berlin at MEWO Kunsthalle. Ovid’s Girls is about the continued exploration of the theme of transformation and mythological tales whose origins lie in the chaos and are characterized by endless change. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 20 – Nov. 8, 2014

Ovid’s Girls is an exhibition featuring artworks by twelve female sculptors, six from the USA and six from Germany, all sharing an aesthetic of the evocative and enigmatic. The exhibition will highlight parallels and relationships in the artwork, in a cross-continent dialogue of ideas, materials and conceptual approaches. Ovid’s Girls has been hosted by three different venues in 2014. The first was at the Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin, Germany (April 4 – May 3, 2014), followed by the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston, USA (June 25 – August 3, 2014), and the MEWO Kunsthalle in Memmingen, Germany (September 19 – November 8) if the final venue.

Julia Shepley is teaching design and figure modeling this semester. Her teaching objectives are: to provide students with design, craft and problem solving skills to use in developing and identifying their interests and talents; to instill enthusiasm for the intrinsic possibilities and capabilities of each material used in class as a tool for generating ideas; and to help students learn how to share and utilize each other’s progress in class as an opportunity for growth.

Julia has exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibits at the Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; the Duxbury Art Complex, Duxbury, MA; the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Boston, MA; the New Arts Center, Newton, MA; and the Rose Art Museum.  She has received sculpture grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and her work is included in numerous public and private collections including Bank of Boston; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; the Rose Art Museum; the Boston Public Library; Fidelity Investments, and Simmons College. She is represented by the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston MA.

For more information visit www.mewo-kunsthalle.de


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Alumni News: Jeremy Schmidt ’03 Update

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Originally from Elmira New York, Jeremy Schmidt ’03 lives in Lynn with his girlfriend Katherine, their rabbit named Salem and their pug Hermione. Schmidt received his BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2003 with a concentration in Sculpture. After spending five years managing the water and sewer departments in Chelsea, he became an Assistant Operations and Maintenance Manager at the environmental consulting firm Weston and Sampson.

“Today I use the skills I honed at Montserrat to think creatively when problem solving and to appreciate how many different viewpoints people in my industry have,” said Schmidt.

Most of Schmidt’s time is spent working pursuing an MBA from UMass Lowell, but in his spare time he decorates his house by turning old vending machines into works of art. “I like to take non-traditional objects and rework them to turn them into something functional for the home,” said Schmidt 

“Over the years my work has gone from the abstract to more towards functionality. The work I created at Montserrat gave me a launching off point creativity-wise to be where I am today.” After finishing his MBA Schmidt plans to open a tattoo business in the North Shore area.

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Alumni News: Edward Brillant ’00 Teaching Game Development at Southern New Hampshire University

testme2Montserrat College of Art’s Illustration alumnus Edward Brillant ’00 is an instructor in Southern New Hampshire University’s Game Development program. He teaches classes on creating game assets, building game environments, character animation, creature design, concept art and game interface design.

Brillant has served more than 10 years in the 3D industry, recently as Art Director at Seven45 Studios in Boston. He has published nine games for the iPhone, iPad, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and has also worked on children’s television shows (lead animator for ‘’A Very Wompkee Christmas,’’ seen on ABC and PBS).

To see Brillant’s work, visit edbrillant.blogspot.com


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Alumni News: Erin Wolf ’13 Working at Westside Neighborhood Private School in California

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Montserrat College of Art alumna Erin Wolf ‘13 is now living in California and has a job as an ACE Worker at a private school called Westside Neighborhood School. ACE Workers monitor lunch and run the after school care program which they are trying to add an art program to. Westside Neighborhood School focuses on social learning.

“The school is really focusing this year about how all the teachers can work collaboratively together,” said Wolf. ”I’m learning a lot.”


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Alumni News: Leah Rafaela Ceriello ‘12 Performs in Poland

7412974_origMontserrat College of Art alumna Leah Rafaela Ceriello ‘12 will be performing at Galerie Labyrint in conjunction with Lublin Performance Platform In Lublin, Poland, October 16 – 18. Lublin Performance Platform is one of the only international festivals for emerging artists under 35 working in the discipline of performance. Ceriello will present a new long durational work entitled ‘The Movement of Grief (After R. Hass)‘ in response to the text of ‘Variations on a Passage in Edward Abbey’ by the Poet Robert Hass. She is the only American in the live portion of the festival!

“I feel very much like I am representing all of my artistic training at Montserrat and SMFA,” said Ceriello

For documentation of the festival and Ceriello’s work, please visit liveperformance.pl / and leahrafaela.com

 


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Alumni News: Jeff Seaberg ‘93 Sells Paintings to Raise Money for Charity in Honor of Jim Falck ’91

Montserrat alumnus Jeff Seaberg ’93 has been making a new painting every day and gives 10% of the profit to the World Vision Charity, an organization dedicated to preserving children’s lives worldwide. Seaberg gives to this charity in memory of his friend, fellow artist and Montserrat College of Art alumnus Jim Falck ’91. So far he has made several dozen paintings.

In 1999, Jeff became a volunteer with a non-profit group called WorldTeach, teaching English in a small town called Pueblo Nuevo de Abangares in Costa Rica. He used art and song to help educate the children in learning English.

He works mostly in acrylic, moving paint across the canvas in an expressive and fluid manner that is bold and dynamic. Interviewed by South Shore Living Magazine, Jeff describes his artwork as “Abstract Realism.” The subjects he chooses are places or objects seen through Jeff’s perspective, albeit abstracted with vibrant color and enthusiasm. He’s married with four children, raises alpacas and runs a bed and breakfast in Pembroke, MA.

See more of Seaberg’s prints and originals at jeff-seaberg.artistwebsites.com

Keep up with his daily paintings on his facebook page


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Faculty News: Elizabeth Alexander Exhibits at Crystal Bridges Museum of America

Elizabeth-Alexander_Gallery_02-320x240From more than 10,000 American artists, Montserrat College of Art’s Sculpture faculty member Elizabeth Alexander has been selected to have her art exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of America. She is one of 100 under-recognized artists whose work will be on display from September 13, 2014 – January 19, 2015.

Crystal Bridges Museum of America is located in Bentonville Arkansas and the Exhibit is called State of Art, Discovering American Art Now.

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In everyday language, to be “decorative” is also to be feminine, flowery, or delicate. In her work across various media, Elizabeth Alexander probes that traditional understanding of decoration by adding or subtracting it from existing objects, producing familiar-yet-alien forms that defy expectation. In her sculptural series Tea, for example, the artist begins with everyday found porcelain pieces—teacups, saucers, and pitchers—that feature surface decorations such as painted flowers or leaves. Then, using a refined cutting tool, Alexander methodically removes the decorative elements along with the porcelain underneath, creating wavy, irregular holes in the surface of the objects.

The undulating edges of these empty spaces resemble islands, lakes, or rivers, creating beauty even in their absence. Importantly, the removal of decoration destroys the functionality of the original objects: the cup can no longer contain tea, the saucer no longer catches stray crumbs. Alexander’s altered forms compel us to reconsider our notions of beauty in our home environments, suggesting that “mere” decoration perhaps isn’t so mere after all.

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Learn more about the exhibit from this New York Times article.

 


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Montserrat Highlighted in Boston Globe Article on Historic Beverly

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The Beverly without the hills, a presidential pick

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright | OCTOBER 07, 2014

unnamedNeighboring Salem may get the lion’s share of tourist love, but the North Shore city of Beverly has bragging rights of its own. For example, the summer White House of President Taft stood on the spot that is now the Italian Garden at Beverly’s Lynch Park in 1909 and 1910. (For the next two summers, Taft rented a house a mile away.) And who knew that ultra-posh Beverly Hills, Calif., was named after Beverly Farms, a section of our own Beverly, back in 1907, according to the Beverly Hills Historical Society? The Massachusetts Beverly was named after Beverley, a market town in Yorkshire, England. Other interesting bits about Beverly: The city of 40,286 claims to be the birthplace of America’s Navy (nearby Marblehead makes the same claim), but has the “monopoly” on another title: It was once home to Parker Brothers, creators of Monopoly, Twister, and other classic games. Here are some Beverly classics to see when you visit.

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Thanks to the presence of the Montserrat College of Art, downtown Beverly has a funky, college-town feel, and its eateries reflect that — there are several ethnic restaurants, a raw food dining spot, and the requisite coffeehouse. Most are clustered along Beverly’s two main drags, Cabot and Rantoul streets. Craving sushi? City folks are pleasantly surprised by the level of fare at Kame Restaurant (250 Cabot St., 978-922-9333www.kamerestaurant.com, $6.50 and up) — not bad for the ’burbs! The “Red Sox maki” is a house specialty. NewcomerPrides Osteria (240 Rantoul St., 978-969-0083,www.pridesosteria.com, dinner only, pasta from $16, entrees from $22) is winning fans drawn by farm-to-table fine dining, Italian-style. Delectable handmade pastas (try the gnocchi with clams) share the menu with an array of antipasti, artisan cheeses, and secondi piatti featuring grass-fed beef and local seafood. Raw food enthusiasts find slim pickings in many cities, but they strike gold in Beverly: Organic Garden Cafe (294 Cabot St., 978-922-0004www.organicgardencafe.com, bowls from $10.95), open all day, is a garden of (organic, vegan) earthly delights that include tasty smoothies and customizable bowls (you add extra toppings). The Thai spice bowl is terrific. If your idea of edible awesomeness is eggs, bacon, and Belgian waffles the size of your head, proceed to North Beverly, home of the popular Depot Diner (23 Enon St., 978-922-6200,www.depot-diner.com, from $4.99), where breakfast is served all day. The baked peach oatmeal ($5.29) is healthful and decadent, and — hash lover alert! — they make their own corned beef hash. Portions are so huge that you’ll probably leave with a doggie bag (or you’ll skip your next meal). It’s all about dogs (and burgers) at The Scotty Dog (437 Rantoul St., 978-969-3487www.thescottydog.com, from $3) a retro snack shack with carhop service. The Chicago Dog is a specialty; it’s a Vienna Beef dog topped with a pickle spear, peppers, relish, tomatoes, onions, yellow mustard, and a dash of celery salt on a steamed poppy seed bun.

During the Day

With the recent closing of a longtime local retailer, the downtown retail scene is in transition mode as Beverly’s Main Streets program works to attract specialty shops to Cabot and Rantoul streets. For now, there’s fun sleuthing at an array of consignment stores with student-friendly prices. While downtown, be sure to pop into one of the four galleries at the Montserrat College of Art, say, the Montserrat Gallery (23 Essex St., 978-921-4242www.montserrat.edu ). Inspired? Get your art on at Wicked Art Bar (95 Rantoul St., 978-998-4221,www.wickedartbar.com), a paint-and-sip studio headquartered in an old mill building. As summer days melt into fall, it’s a perfect time to wander the trails of Long Hill (572 Essex St., 978-921-1944www.thetrustees.org, free), a 114-acre country estate with formal gardens and woodland walking paths. A 1.2-mile loop trail winds through the woods, past vernal pools and massive boulders. Along the Atlantic coast, 16-acre Lynch Park (55 Ober St., 978-921-6067www.bevrec.com), the site of Taft’s summer White House, functions as Beverly’s backyard. Its maze-like gardens draw bridal parties posing for pictures and hide-and-seek-playing toddlers alike. Presiding over the property, between the rose garden and the seawall, is a statue called “The Falconer,” inspired by the original 1872 piece by George Blackall Simonds in New York’s Central Park. Beverly Farms has a nice stretch of sand, West Beach (978-922-2934, www.beverlyfarms.org) that’s excellent for a beach walk, and it’s open to the public now that the summer season is over. Set inside a train station,Prides Crossing Confections (590 Hale St., 978-927-2185, www.pridescrossingconfections.com) is a dandy place to pick up an edible souvenir; owner and chocolatier Chris Flynn makes the chocolates onsite in this small space, including his best-selling turtles. (Note the benches in front of the building, labeled “Republicans” and “Democrats.”)

At Night

Beverly’s historic Cabot Street Theater still stands, but the curtain has closed on its long-running magic show and movie series, sad to say. On a brighter note, the North Shore Music Theater (62 Dunham Road, 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org,ticket prices vary) is alive and well, and this delightful theater-in-the-round pulls in award-winning Broadway shows like “Grease,” “Chicago,” and “Les Miserables,” plus a children’s theater series. The NSMT’s production of “A Christmas Carol” has become a North Shore tradition. If you’re looking for a perfectly blended cocktail, stake out a spot at the aptly named Barrel House (252 Cabot St., 978-998-4627,www.barrelhousebeverly.com), where brown spirits rule. Can’t decide what to order? The Whiskey Smash was just named “best cocktail” by Northshore magazine. Named one of the “Top 150 Jazz Rooms in the World” by Downbeat magazine, Chianti Tuscan Restaurant and Jazz Lounge (285 Cabot St., 978-921-2233, www.chiantibeverly.com) hosts live music nightly — Toni Lynn Washington and her band played recently — and there’s no cover charge.

Beverly is 25 miles northeast of Boston. For information, visit www.northofboston.org.


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Montserrat Community at 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

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A few of our Animation + Interactive Media students attended the Ottawa International Animation Festival this past September! (L to R) Brandon Troelstrup ’15, Shelby Hamel ’16, Bronte Pirulli ’16, Kaitlyn Assmann ’15, Ayden Borowski ’16 & Jesse Strauss (in back).

Here’s an excerpt from Kaitlyn Assmann ’15 about her experience:

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I am currently at the start of my senior year at Montserrat College of Art in the The festival itself lasted from September 17th to 21st, and we began our journey bright and early the very first day. The bus trip from Massachusetts to Ottawa was understandably pretty long, but good company certainly made it go by faster. Montserrat was being joined by a few other local art colleges as well, adding to the diverse range of animators that I would be meeting throughout the festival. We made to the hostel at which we were staying (the Ottawa Backpackers Inn) at 4 pm, picked up our passes at the Art Center, and were set loose onto the city, giving us plenty of time to absorb what day one of the festival had to offer. Throughout the festival, several events would be happening scattered throughout a small area in the city, animation screenings being the primary ongoing. After attending the very first two screenings, I knew that I was in for a treat. The first was “Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: A Rapid Love Story”, an Estonian film competing in the feature category, and the second was the first screening for the short film competition (there were enough competitors to fill five separate screenings in total). These made it loud and clear that throughout the upcoming weekend, I was going to experience a massive range of animation, some of which I’ve never seen anything like before. For instance, I had never seen a film from Estonia prior to this. It was so unlike all of the material that was created in the United States and is so dominant in our culture, so naturally I became fascinated in what the work from other countries had to offer (I eventually became quite enamored with a Brazilian film, “Until Sbornia Do Us Part”, in particular). The short films were incredibly gripping as well. The sheer diversity of that screening I think is what drew me to it. Not only were the pieces from different artists all over the world, but there were so many categories as well. High school, undergraduate, narrative, experimental/abstract, music videos, and commercial art were all included, mixed among each other at every screening. Whatever it was that you as a viewer preferred in animation, it was there for you. If there was something that didn’t suit your fancy, there was sure to be something that gripped you coming shortly after.

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Just from that first evening of watching films in the Bytown Theater, it was made clear that I had a lot to look forward to, and I had definitely made the right choice in applying to come.Animation and Interactive Media Department, and hearing about the annual Ottawa International Animation Festival had been something of a yearly occurrence for me. Every year, an offer would go out to students at the school to apply for a scholarship that would accommodate travel and living expenses for the trip, but it was only this year that I had mustered up the courage to apply for it myself. I think it might be my impending entrance into the “real world” of animation that finally motivated me to do it, and I was absolutely thrilled when I learned that I had been chosen to be one of the five students to travel up for the 2014 event. Admittedly though, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect beyond the bus trip up and that animation screenings were a heavy part of it. In reality, what was waiting for me was a rich variety of experiences that I think certainly enriched my knowledge as an artist and inspired me so much to go forward and make my own animation the best it can possibly be. Montserrat has really given me something valuable here, and the Ottawa International Animation Festival isn’t something I will soon forget.

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The remainder of the weekend flowed in a similar fashion of feature film screenings mixed with short film screenings (all of which were incredibly entertaining and inspiring), with an interesting sprinkle of talks and social events in between. One of my favorite things about the festival I’d learn was that the artists had such a great presence there and were so accessible. Each short film screening had a matching Q&A session with a few of the artists, and you never knew who you might be running into at the evening parties (I actually met the screenwriter for the aforementioned Brazilian film that way). Even big corporations, such as Laika and Disney Animation had a great presence there, giving talks on their upcoming films, screening their shorts, giving exclusive behind the scenes looks at their work, and answering the questions of the public (I now have the autographs of the two directors of “The Little Mermaid” and I’m admittedly pretty emotional about it). There was even an Animator’s Picnic on that Friday, where everyone was invited to eat, mingle, and carve pumpkins. My personal favorite moment in that vein would have to be the Professional Development Day that took place on Saturday. A career fair took place, and multiple panels were held that gave all sorts of insights into the professional field and how to better prepare yourself for it. As a senior about to graduate, I figured this would be either very stressful or very inspirational to me. Fortunately, it was the latter. Hearing professionals give advice about how to land that job and talk about what it is they do in their own careers just made me want to go out and do it myself all that more. A particularly meaningful moment came while speaking to a representative of the Disney Animation Studio. I was asking her about internship and trainee programs, and she told me about one person in particular who had applied with them four times and was rejected four times. On his fifth shot though, he finally got it. The moral was that you should always keep working and never give up on applying for that position if you really, really want it. Earlier this summer, I myself had actually applied for and been declined a position as a Disney intern. While I knew it was a fact of life and was bound to happen, it was still somewhat discouraging. After hearing that though, I’ve never been more motivated in my life to keep trying. I plan to stick to that dream now and never give it up, so I suppose Disney Animation’s hiring department is going to be stuck dealing with me for quite a while now. Hopefully, I can become a similar success story, now that I have this knowledge.

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Overall, throughout those five days, I had experienced something that influenced every part of my artistic growth. Saturday nurtured my professional drive beyond a doubt. The short films inspired me in every approach to my own animation work, from the more serious and grounded to the more light hearted and fanciful.  As for the feature films, they opened my eyes up to the massive variety that is out there, and tempt me to learn more about my medium in the world view. I have spoken to people within the field who have created great things and also fellow students who are still working towards their dreams, and have been equally influenced by both. Of course, travelling outside of the country has been a great experience in itself, one that I won’t soon forget. Though we did have to sacrifice any events taking place on Sunday in order to get back at a decent hour, I still feel as though I have received a very extensive, rounded experience to drive me forward in my art making. I am insanely grateful for Montserrat College of Art’s choice in giving me this opportunity, and I surely wouldn’t have thought to have done it without them. The college and the Ottawa International Animation Festival have given me something great, and at exactly the right time as well. Now, I just have to make my own thesis film the best it can be, and make it comparable to the wonderful pieces I have watched over that weekend.

- Kaitlyn Assmann ’15


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Alumni News: Howard Kline ’77

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After graduating from Montserrat College of Art, alumnus Howard Kline ’77 did what most artists only dream of. He opened his own gallery where people could buy directly from him and created his own art style. “The style is borne from the highly emotional Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940′s,” he said. “This painting style has strong emotional content that captures the essence of the moment by purely visual means.”

After thirty years painting in New England, Kline wanted to be in a less conservative environment and reach a wider audience with his art. After a detailed search of the art colonies of the United States, he decided to move his studio and gallery to Cambria, one of California’s art colonies by the sea. “I was delighted to find the perfect building to buy in the west village on the highly traveled Route One,” said Kline. “This happened in the year 2000 and another decade of my art career was in the making.”

In 2013 he discovered Bisbee, AZ and resettled in a perfect building on the sunny side of the Main Street. “Bisbee is filled with art galleries, whimsical cafes, fine dining, brew pubs and hosts a robust nightlife featuring muses, musicians, dancers and divas, painters, poets, authors, and actors. And maintains a comfortable year-round average temperature of 78 degrees.”

Visit Kline’s Gallery at www.howardkline.com

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Alumni News: Janice Eaton ’91 Exhibits at Hall Haskell House in Ipswich

Alumna Janice Eaton Updike ’91 joins Jeanette Griffith for an exhibit at the Hall-Haskell House at 36 Main Street in Ipswich.  There will be an opening reception Friday, Oct. 10, 6 – 9 pm.

Janice Eaton Updike is an artist residing in Newburyport. Trained as a  designer and graduating from Montserrat College of Art, she has always been drawn to painting. For the past twenty years she has been working with pastels, exploring landscapes, still lives and interiors. Walks along the marshes and beaches of the North Shore have inspired her landscapes.

Eaton Recently exhibited include The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA, Stonewall Studios, Kittery, ME,and the Hall-Haskell House, Ipswich, MA.  She is represented by Chameleon at 22 Liberty Street in Newburyport, MA


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Alumni News: Alyssa Coffin ’14 is a Production Artist at Sherle Wagner International

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Congratulations to Montserrat College of Art alumna Alyssa Coffin ‘14 who now works as a production artist at Sherle Wagner International in Fall River, MA. Sherle Wagner International makes luxury hardware in furniture.

“It has been great for developing my fine motor skills and attuning my eye to detail,” says Coffin. “I love the environment.  have my own desk in a studio setting and work with two other art school grads striving to make their own work on the side. So I have the benefit of mutual motivation and feedback of like-minded artists.”


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Faculty News: Sarah Husley Exhibits Bibliophilia at Nave Gallery

fwm-printing-3Montserrat College of Art’s Book Arts, Graphic Design & Printmaking Faculty Member Sarah Husley will have work shown in a group exhibition, Bibliophilia at the Nave Gallery in Somerville. Husley describes Bibliophilia as “A hands-on, studio-based exploration of the forms and methods of the book enriches the lives of students and make them better thinkers, readers, writers, and artists — in any medium.”

The opening reception is Sat, Oct 4, 6 – 8 pm.

The exhibit is open from Oct. 2 – 26.

Sarah Hulsey holds an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts (2013), a PhD in Linguistics from MIT (2008), and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Linguistics from Harvard (2001). Her art work focuses on visual representations of complex systems, including language, making use of her Linguistics background in both the workings of language and systematic investigation of its properties.

You can view her work at: www.sarahhulsey.com


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Synthesis II: Montserrat and Endicott Faculty & Student Exhibit at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

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Montserrat College of Art and Endicott College’s faculty and students have collaborated yet again in the exhibit Synthesis II.  The show will be on view October 2 -26 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.

A public opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2 – 4 pm.

Montserrat staff members that are exhibiting are Judith Brassard Brown (artwork seen above), Greg Orfanos, Justin Gagne, Gabrielle Keller, Lisa Perkins, Robert Roy, Julia Shepley, Blyth Hazen and Len Thomas-Vickory.

Endicott College faculty exhibiting are Meg Black, Krystal Demaine, Mari LaCure, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean – Mark Towner, and Miles Warner.

Montserrat students that are exhibiting are Adam Kooken, Mike Outhouse, Anthony Corrado, Katherine Roldan, Rory Bastille, Kerry McDermott, Alecia Parent, Rebecca Segar and Chelsea Nee.

unnamed (1)The student’s work is from a semester-long documentary project of the plant and workers at the Salem Harbor Power Plant which was on display last June. The structure is now being demolished to make way for a new, smaller power plant. The project was funded by Footprint Power.

Endicott students that are exhibiting are Stephanie Alvarado-Ross, Samantha Hensel, Kayla Hodgetts, Alicia Luong, Suzie Newman, Kara Summerly, Graham Swayze, and Ruby Wallace-Ewing. Endicott staff that are exhibiting are Meg Black, Krystal Demaine, Mari LaCure, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean – Mark Towner, and Miles Warner.

For more information, contact the Cultural Center at 978-515-7004.

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Student News: Emily Miner ’15 Winning Design

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Montserrat College of Art Illustration senior Emily Miner ’15 had her anteater design chosen by squishable. Her illustrations is now an adorable 15 inch squishable anteater stuffed animal!

“To get my workout there is the goal, and I aim to illustrate children’s books someday. If my design makes it, that would just get me one step closer to my goals, I feel.” – Emily Miner ’15

Congratulations, Emily!

Learn more at www.squishable.com


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Alumni News: John Joseph Hanright ‘97 Update

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Montserrat College of Art alumnus John Joseph Hanright ’97 is newly represented by Studio E Gallery in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

He was also the featured artist for the Liberty Hotel’s Tuesday Night Gallery Series on Sep. 16Click here to learn more! 

Hanright describes his work as “thought provoking, sometimes sexy and inspired by experience and visuals lost and found. This mixing of imagery and symbols in paint and/or mixed media combine to form pieces with a twist and discovery.”

Visit www.johnjosephhanright.com to see more of his work!


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Alumni News: Claudia Saimbert ’07 Photo Editor at QVC

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Montserrat College of Art photography alumna Claudia Saimbert ’07 is a Photo Editor at QVC.

She conceptualizes and produces photography content for QVC.com, Inside Q and Q In digital magazine. She also coordinates and initiated set up of in-house photo and video studio.

To see more of her work, visit claudiamsaimbert.com


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Current Franklin Evans Exhibit in Art Daily

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Montserrat Gallery’s exhibiting artist Franklin Evans is making work about making work in current exhibit Evans utilizes the gallery as a site of production, rather than an endpoint in which show a “finished” product.

Photo: Montserrat student Will Gurin ’15

Montserrat College of Art presents juddrules featuring New York-based artist Franklin Evans.

While Evans considers himself first and foremost a painter his works are process-based physical environments, surrounded by the very source materials that conceptually inform his paintings. “It’s like walking into a painting,” describes Evans, anticipating how Montserrat Gallery will evolve into a ‘landscape’ of ephemeral and factual materials over the course of his three week residency.

Evans’ juddrules will remain on view through Dec. 13 at Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA.

At first glance the space resembles a studio more than a gallery: long strands of painters tape, unstretched canvas mounted to the walls, books, low resolution printed out photos and stacks of paper implies that the audience is literally “stepping into” a work in progress. Evans utilizes the gallery as a site of production, rather than an endpoint in which show a “finished” product.

By revealing cultural references influential to his work such as theoretical texts, art historical documents, exhibition press releases, digital images, etc., Evans creates a web of interconnected ideas. Leonie Bradbury, Director and Chief Curator of Montserrat Galleries describes the artist’s work as a network. “The artwork exists in a state of flux, continuously transitioning, wavering between assembled and dismantled, reconnecting and disconnecting, configuring and reconfiguring to form moments of coalelesence.”

The inclusion of both found objects (tape, photos, books) and his fine art paintings work together to illustrate an expansive view into Evans’ history and biography as an artist. The flux between big picture thematics and personal items within the installation creates a constant loop of informing and influence.

Another way that Evans communicates sources of influence and inspiration is through the titles of his work. For example, paintingassupermodel, a recent solo-exhibition at Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery (New York) expanded upon three essays in Yves-Alain Bois’ book, Painting as Model.

For his exhibition at Montserrat, Evans will work with the writings of Minimalist artist, Donald Judd, specifically those that were highlighted or underlined during Evans’ original reading of the text. Creating self-imposed guidelines or “rules” for which excepts to incorporate into the installation results in the title, juddrules.

For more information, visit www.montserrat.edu/galleries/montserrat or contact Montserrat College of Art Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pamela Campanaro at pamela.campanaro@montserrat.edu or 978.867.9604 to learn more.

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Register for our Film in Montreal Travel Program this November

 

This trip offers both film professionals and film lovers the chance to discover what’s unique about Montreal’s contemporary filmmaking community while attending one of the region’s most prestigious all-documentary film festivals, the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM). Time will also be allotted for some of the city’s must-visit culinary landmarks.

Join us this November for 3 or 5 days!

Hurry – register by Sunday, Sept. 28 to guarantee hotel availability!

What’s included: 

- Expert instruction and guide to exploring RIDM and the city of Montreal
- Exclusive access to RIDM and affiliated experts, filmmakers, and organizers
- Single or double occupancy hotel accommodation at The Hotel de l’Institut, Montreal
- Breakfast for all mornings at The Hotel de l’Institut
RIDM all access festival pass for the days we are in Montreal
- Montreal mass transit pass
- One group dinner
- And countless memories!

1.5 college credits also available!

COURSE DATESFull program runs November 13th through 17th. Three-night short-stay also available.
Hurry – register by Sun., Sept. 28 to guarantee hotel room!!
For more information or if you have questions please go online here or contact the Continuing Education department by email at ce.montserrat.edu or by phone at 978.921.4242 x 1202.
Erin is both a film journalist and Quebec expert, having completed her fifth Frommer’s Guide to Montreal and Quebec City. Erin’s background in film includes producing, programming, and multi-platform film journalism. She currently edits and publishes The Independent, an online film magazine.
Participants will stay at the The Hôtel de l’Institut in Montreal’s hip residential neighborhood, the Plateau. It’s a full service hotel complete with breakfast each morning within walking distance to most RIDM venues.
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Alumni Update: Heidi Daub ’82

HeidiDaubStudioGalleryAlumna Heidi Daub’s (’82) collaboration of paintings and poems The Shelter is being released in the literary magazine Split Rock Review. The Shelter contains paintings by Heidi Daub and poems by Leonore Hildebrandt. Last fall Daub displayed this work in a slide show while the poetry was read  at the Belfast Poetry Festival. They are both happy that their work will now be seen by a larger audience.

The Blue Hill Library is currently hosting a benefit exhibit featuring the artists who participated in this past summer’s Paint The Peninsula show.  Daubs painting Shell’s Breath will be exhibited and sold. She also has paintings on display throughout fall at Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay, Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, and online through Art Collector Maine.

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P.O. Box 1471, Blue Hill, ME
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Health Center Update: Vegetarian Italian Rice Recipe

exps17565_LT10285D51BOur Weekly Friday Health Center Updates from our Wellness Coordinator Susan Calhoun RN, MSN are back!

Here’s a Vegetarian Italian Rice Recipe

(270 calories)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Morningstar Farms® Tomato & Basil Pizza Burgers
  • 1 can (4 oz. or 1 cup) sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can (2 1/4 oz. or 1/2 cup) sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 jar (14 oz.) pizza sauce
  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups cubed zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Cube MORNINGSTAR FARMS Tomato & Basil Pizza Veggie Burgers. Place all ingredients in crock-pot and stir to combine. 2. Cook on low about 4 hours or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Serve hot.


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Alumni News: Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s show GEOLOGY at MAA

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Montserrat alumna Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s GEOLOGY  opened with a reception on Sept. 21 at The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead.

“[GEOLOGY] highlights Archer’s latest photographs, a series of abstract portraits referencing the haphazard collision of genetics and environments which shape and give form to each of our individual lives.”

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The GEOLOGY exhibit runs through November 2. Archer will also participate in a panel discussion regarding photographic composition on Oct. 2 at 7 pm.

Additional information at marbleheadarts.org 781.631.2608

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President Immerman Quoted in Salem News Article on GOP Round-Table

2014-09-25 12_05_17-Round-table discussion highlights GOP candidates' views - Salem News_ Local NewsMontserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman was quoted in The Salem News article featuring Wednesday morning’s North Shore Chamber of Commerce round-table discussion with GOP candidates.

Round-table discussion highlights GOP candidates’ views 

Posted in The Salem News: Wed., Sept. 24, 2014 9:57 pm BY ETHAN FORMAN

SALEM — One of the first things Republican lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito and her running mate, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, would do if elected is end a program that shelters homeless families in motels as a form of emergency assistance, Polito said.

Danvers has been grappling with the issue for several years.

Polito came to Hawthorne Hotel Wednesday morning with fellow Republican candidates to attend a North Shore Chamber of Commerce breakfast round-table discussion. Her remark that she and Baker would end the housing of homeless in motels came in a brief interview after fielding questions from 70 business leaders in the room.

When asked by Montserrat College of Art President Stephen Immerman about the perception among some Democrats that the Republican Party has a war on women, Polito said that the notion that she and Baker are against women is absurd. The candidates are both pro-choice and favor marriage equality, Polito said.

“On the issues that affect women, they are the issues that affect men,” she said.

Also taking part in the discussion was 6th District Congressional candidate Richard Tisei, a former longtime Wakefield state senator who nearly beat Democratic Congressman John Tierney, D-Salem, in the general election two years ago. Tisei finds himself in a tight race against Seth Moulton, a Salem resident and former Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq and beat Tierney in the primary.

Immerman asked Tisei if he can be an independent voice in Washington.

“I guess anybody can say they will go to Washington and be an independent voice,” said Tisei, who said his record in the state Senate speaks for itself. “I voted with (former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney) 50 percent of the time, and I voted against him 50 percent of the time.”

The problem, he said, is “you have a bunch of Republicans and Democrats who love their party more than the country.” While he may not be a reliable Republican vote, he would give Massachusetts a voice among the majority of House Republicans in Congress, he said.

Visit salemnews.com/news to read the full article.

 

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Andy Curlowe ‘06 exhibits at Mingo Gallery and Galerie D’Este

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Alumnus Andy Curlowe ’06 exhibited in at Pendulum at Mingo Gallery (284 Cabot St, Beverly, MA) this summer alongside Dante Rodriguez. Learn more here: mingogalleryandframe.com

Pendulum explored the multiplicity of image and identity, with Curlowe focusing on “the intersections of the natural landscape with that of the manmade.” His paintings seeked to demonstrate the destruction, innovation and layered heritage of our landscape. Rodriguez’s work explored abstracted portraiture, focusing on the capricious nature of personal identity as influenced by time, environment and culture.

Many towns have been damaged by natural disasters and by human exploitation. Curlowe’s adopted town of Cleveland along with the other rust belt towns were left abandoned. Cleveland was eventually resettled by artist. It shows same cycle of overuse and fallowness as his art. Curlowe describes his work as “referencing the landscape of both his present and past.”

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Curlowe also exhibited Bad Land will inaugurate Galerie D’Este’s new location in Canada. The name Bad Land refers to Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The Exhibit focuses on “the consequences of human presence in the natural landscapes.” The Badlands of South Dakota are hostile to humans and this makes them ideal for wildlife. Curlowe works on canvas with acrylic paint and graphite to capture small mining towns across the country.Curlowe and Rodriguez shared some stylistic similarities in both palette and technique, their work remains distinguished from one another through the ways in which they use layered information; through concealing, revealing, obscuring or all together deleting information in order to create a complex narrative and evoke sentiment.

Galerie D’Este, 4396 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Canada
September 4 – 28

Curlowe has exhibited extensively across Ohio and Massachusetts. His work appeared in issue #89 of New American Paintings. In 2013 Curlowe received a grant to build and install 35 red tents in selected locations across the U.S, titled the “Tent Project”. He was born in upstate New York and has lived in Cleveland for the past six years.


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Alumni Featured at MINE ART! Gallery in Newington, CT

Francis Bacon’s studio. Photo from www.graft.co.nz

Alumna, painter and sculptor Allison Hornak ’09 is the owner of MINE ART! Gallery, the space is formerly known as Migrant Salon in downtown Sandy Hook, CT. Hornak is hosting an event this Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 pm at 117 Church Hill Road, Suite D, Newtown, CT.

PREPARING FOR ART: A Conversation with Artists

 featuring:

Montserrat Alumna Leah Rafaela Ceriello 12 - Providence, RI - www.leahrafaela.com

Jessica Gaddis - Boston, MA - www.jessicagaddis.com

Montserrat Alumna Jessica Lee Hughes ’07 - Lynn, MA - www.agirlcalled672.carbonmade.com

Montserrat Alumna Elizabeth Sultzer ’13 - New York, NY - www.elizabethsultzer.com

Please join MINE ART! Gallery for a riposte to the recent institution, ‘National Preparedness Month’. I will talk with dedicated artists about how they ready their studio, and themselves, to do the work of making meaningful things. You are welcome to attend, listen and, if you wish, participate in the conversation.

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Silicone Mask Making & FX Class This Fall

Final course flyer (1)Just over the Salem bridge, Montserrat College of Art’s Continuing Education Program is hosting a terrifyingly awesome Silicone Mask Making & FX Class this fall for teens & adults! If you like special effects and have ever wanted to learn how to do it yourself, then this course is for you! Click here to learn more!

Silicone Mask Making & FX 
Instructors: Robert McLaughlin & Jonathan Brown of Frightful Acts
Sat. 10am – 4pm | Oct. 4 – Nov. 8 (6 sessions)

Let your wildest dreams come to life with our silicone custom casting and mold making course. You will work with silicone, plastics, foams and other materials to create molds for masks, props, and body castings. Learn how to conceptualize, create, wear and display your own performing silicone mask!

In this course taught by Robert and Jon’s effects team, Frightful Acts, you will learn the process used by a professional silicone mask making company of how to design, create and finish your own silicone mask. You will start with character/creature concept design fundamentals; next you will learn sculpting techniques used by FX masters in the industry, how to properly sculpt your design in clay, and how to mold and cast your mask in silicone rubber. Finally, you will learn how to paint and finishing your mask for display, portfolio, and for wear. This course will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on learning. All materials included. Be prepared to learn a lot about special effects!

Prerequisite: none required
Price: $800, non–credit – includes all materials!! $400 due at time of registration; full payment due before first day of class

About Robert McLaughlin:(primary, everyday)- Rob attended and got his BFA at our very own Montserrat College of Art and has also been working at the college for over 8 years. Rob also Co-owns a special effects business known as Frightful Acts and has done work for a number of amusement parks, haunted houses, film, world known organizations, and conventions. (pictured on right)

About Jonathan Brown: (secondary, half days) Jon also attended and got his BFA at Montserrat College of Art and is known for accomplishments as a costume designer, character creator and has won awards for them all over the north east. Jon also is a Co-owner of the special effects business known as Frightful Acts which has done work for a number of amusement parks, haunted houses, film, world known organizations, and conventions. (pictured on left)

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For questions, please contact the Continuing Education Office at 978.921.4242 x 1202 or email ce@montserrat.edu

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Health Center Update: Affordable Healthy Snack Recipe

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Our Weekly Friday Health Center Updates from our Wellness Coordinator Susan Calhoun RN, MSN are back!

Here’s a Frozen Banana Bites Recipe

You’ll Need:

  • Bananas
  • 1 C. Nestle Toll House Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 T. Solid Shortening (Coconut oil works fine)

>>First, Cut the bananas into sections ( 1 -2 inch pieces).
>>Secondly, Insert Toothpicks for easy dipping.
>>Combine 1 c. Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips and 1 T. shortening in a the top of a double boiler.
>>Melt the chocolate over low heat until smooth.

>>Dip each banana piece in chocolate and place on wax paper. Add a walnut half to the top, or roll in chopped nuts, shredded coconut, granola, rice krispies, colored sprinkles, etc.
>>Place the entire tray in the freezer until frozen solid (2-4 hours). Store in ziploc bags in the freezer.

Remove and enjoy!

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Library News: Artists’ Books Reading Room Sep. 25

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Montserrat College of Art’s Book Rats presents:

Artists’ Books Reading Room

Thursday, Sep. 25, 9 am – 9 pm
Paul M. Scott Library, 2nd Floor (23 Essex Street, Beverly)

100 Artists’ Books by artists from the past 50 years, available for viewing to the entire Montserrat community for one day only!

Come and actually read works (with your hands!) by established artists such as:
Carl Andre, George Brecht, Chris Burden, David Byrne, John Cage, Chuck Close, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Dick Higgins, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Douglas Huebler, Ray Johnson, Sol Lewitt, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Raymond Pettibon, Deiter Roth, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Keith Smith, Telfer Stokes, Emmett Williams… and many more.

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