Faculty News: Charles Boyer Wins AWP Award

2014cboyerProf. Charles Boyer‘s novel History’s Child won The Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Award Series for the Novel and will be published by New Issues Press in January of 2016!Learn more here: awpwriter.org/contests/awp_award_series

History’s Child is a work of natural beauty—or rather the beauty of its artifice is so intelligently and lovingly constructed on such a fine-grained level that it appears natural; it mimics the natural world with seeming artlessness.  I mean, by that last part, that this book masterfully renders the subtle electricity of life as it flows and flashes through the eyes of people and animals, animating the wings of insects and the strange hearts of human beings; it renders the beauty and mercilessness of the world. - Mary Gaitskill, Judge.

Charles M. Boyer has an M.A. in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire, and now teaches English and Humanities at Montserrat College of Art. He has received a writing grant from the Wisconsin Arts  Board and a Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.  His chapbook of poetry,The Mockingbird Puzzle, was published by Finishing Line Press. History’s Child is inspired by and loosely interprets his wife’s father’s experiences during post-World War II opposition to Stalin’s occupation of Poland.


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Faculty News: Erin Dionne Events for New Book

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Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne‘s latest book, OLLIE AND THE SCIENCE OF TREASURE HUNTING (Dial Books, 2014), had its launch party on August 9 at the Blue Bunny Bookstore in Dedham, MA.

This book, for intermediate readers, takes place on the Boston Harbor Islands, and includes a geocaching twist! Ollie follows Erin’s companion novel Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, another book set in Boston that focused on the Gardner Art Museum heist. Please see the Salem Evening News article about the book here: salemnews.com/lifestyle

Here are some events that Dionne is doing this fall to support Ollie & the Science of Treasure Hunting.

Sept. 11, 7 pm- Wellesley Booksmith Young Adult Murder and Mystery Panel Speaking with authors Diana Renn, Laurie Faria Stolarz and Kim Harrington

Sept. 27, all day – Participating in the Boston Teen Authors Festival at the Cambridge Public Library

Oct 4 - Appearing with authors Jennifer Malone and Anna Stanizewski at an event for the Girl Scouts in Littleton, MA

Nov. 14 & 15 - Appearing at the Rochester Children’s Book Festival, Rochester, NY

Nov. 21 – 23 - presenting “Mentor Texts” at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in Washington, DC

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The Bear Gallery Announces Japan 2014 Exhibit

Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery is happy to announce their first show of the upcoming school year!

The reception for Japan 2014 will take place on Wednesday, August 27, 4:30 – 6:30 pm at 248 Cabot Street, Beverly on the second floor.

Japan 2014 is an exhibit of work from the students who took part in the school trip to Niigata, Japan this past summer. Woodblock prints and sketchbooks will be on show. This work reflects their time and experiences while there.

Please drop by and see the work and the rehabbed space. Questions can be directed to: len.thomas-vickory@montserrat.edu

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Summer Immersive Faculty & Students Exhibit at Marblehead Arts Association

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Opening Reception: Sunday, August 3, 2 – 4 pm
Marblehead Art Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA
On View: Aug. 2 – Sept. 14

Ever Evolving is a celebration of the creative community formed by a special group of instructors and their students who come together each summer at Montserrat College of Art. Artists Timothy HawkesworthLala ZietlynBarbara Moody and Maria Malatesta have ignited the passion of devoted participants for four summers, and in turn have cultivated a rich dialogue amongst themselves, instructor to instructor.  We are proud to present an exhibition which gives testament to the unique community they have created, and pleased present works by all four instructors and their most recent students. The exhibition is sponsored by the Marblehead Arts Association and Montserrat’s Department of Continuing Education.
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Timothy Hawkesworth
 grew up in Ireland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1977. Since then, he has shown internationally, and his work can be found in collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. His work has received considerable critical attention, including reviews in the New York TimesArt News, the New Yorker, theLA Times, the Boston Globe and the Irish Times. He teaches around the country.

Lala Zeitlyn claims her real education as an artist took place on the family farm, although she studied painting at Bard and Philadelphia College of Art. She has shown in the Philadelphia area and her work is in many private collections. She is a practicing body worker and brings this knowledge to her teaching, exploring the many forms of access we have between body, mind and spirit. She has taught workshops with Tim Hawkesworth for the past eight years.

Barbara Moody is a professor at Montserrat, where she also served as Dean for nine years. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University and a BFA from Syracuse University. Over the past 10 years, she has had five solo shows at the Kingston Gallery in Boston. Her work has been exhibited in California, New York and Chicago, as well as at the DeCordova Museum. Moody’s large-scale, commissioned mural projects are installed at Meditech Corp. in Fall River, MA, a company that has more than 60 of her artworks in their collection.

Maria Malatesta
 studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Lesley College. She has been teaching Mixed Media and Painting for 12 years at Montserrat, and has assisted teaching programs in Umbria, Italy and in Tortola, BVI. Maria received a grant to the Vermont Studio Center and her work has been accepted twice into the National Prize show at the Cambridge Art Association. She has been included in numerous group shows throughout the Boston area.

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Top artwork from left by Barbara Moody, Timothy Hawkesworth, and Maria Malatesta. 


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Faculty News: Wilber Blair and Elizabeth Alexander

image (1)Montserrat Instructor Wilber Blair exhibited and was a featured speaker at the IVOH Media Summit in the Catskills. IVOH believes the media can create positive change in the world. For more information, please visit their website at www.ivoh.org.

 

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The Improper Bostonian has named Montserrat Instructor Elizabeth Alexander Best Artist of Boston Best 2014. Check out the article at www.improper.com/bostons-best/arts-entertainment/.

 

“I have had a very busy year of large projects, solo shows, and new work.  All That hard work was evidently noticed by the press,  including the writers and jurors for Improper Bostonian Magazine who recently awarded me the title of ‘Best Boston Artist of 2014.’  I am awed, humbled, honored, overwhelmed…, to accept this honor. I would like to point out that I did not accomplish all of this work alone, many generous people are always behind what I do.”  - Elizabeth Alexander

Congratulations, Wilbur and Elizabeth!


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Art Connection Update: Zen Rock Garden

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Asst. Prof. Len Thomas-Vickory with intern and current Montserrat student Kayleigh Hawes completed the Zen Rock Garden at Northeast Arc last week within 3 days!

The feedback from the ARC has been extremely positive. “The Zen garden is amazing!!! They did such a great job and had the worst heat to work in. Everyone has had such a nice time with all of these projects and so far all has been very well received!!!” - Tani Shimmin, the Director of Day Habilitation Services

Here are some photos of the completed Rock Garden. The small trees will reach full growth within several years and will cover the neighboring brick wall, which will increase aesthetics for the ARC clients immensely.

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New Travel Program: Film in Quebec

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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!

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 DATES

Full program runs November 13th through 17th. Three-night short-stay also available.

Click here to register now! 
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.

Alumni News: Rebecca Skrabely ’13 Lands Teaching Job in Enfield

2014-07-14 14_33_15-Crayons to Acrylics_ Art Education Thesis ShowAlumna Rebecca Skrabely ’13 is officially a teacher in the Enfield Public Schools System! She will be teaching at the middle school at John F Kennedy, grades 7th and 8th.
“I have to say that finding and landing a long term substitute position was the best thing that has happened to me and I landed my foot in the doors of a great opportunity. The school year ended in late June and I packed up the classroom I was teaching in, but leaving my belongings behind, in hopes that they would hire me as a contracted teacher and luckily they did! …I’m so thankful for this opportunity and to be a part of this school system, especially Enfield’s Visual Arts Department. I’m 1 of 3 new hires in the Visual Arts Department in Enfield, so changes are happening and that is exciting!” - Skrabely 
(In above photo: Rebecca Skrabely ’13 and the Chair of our Art Education Assoc. Prof. & Rébecca Bourgault, EdD. at Crayons to Acrylics: Art Education Thesis Show in 2013 where our Practicum students presented the artworks of their students and celebrated the completion of their Pre-K-12 Initial Licensure requirements. - See more photos here!)
This summer, Skrabely is working as an Art Specialist at a summer camp in Longmeadow, MA which she has found to be extremely rewarding being able to work with younger children, ages 4 – 10. In August, she will begin to plan her lessons, make the classroom her own and meet her new students come this fall!
“I’m extremely excited for this upcoming fall, feel accomplished, proud and can’t wait to start my teaching career!” - Skrabely 

Congratulations, 

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Timothy Harney and Loren Doucette Exhibit at Flatrocks Gallery

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Asst. Prof. Timothy Harney and alumna Loren Doucette ’13 are exhibiting showing their work this summer at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester. The galley is hosting its first in a series of summer garden parties, Sunday, July 13th at 5pm. The evening will begin with a guided tour of the gallery, and a brief discussion of their works, by artists Len Richardson, Tim Harney and Loren Doucette. At 6 pm, in the garden, they have the pleasure of presenting guitarist Andrew “Hacksaw” Harney with a repertoire of Blues, Fusion and Funk. A young north shore talent known for being “a ‘fearless’ multi-instrumentalist dedicated to his craft.” He has played with Darrell Scott from the Band of Joy (featuring Robert Plant fronting the band), The James Montgomery Band, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Harper and Midwest Kind, just to name a few.

Light refreshments will be offered, but we encourage you to bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy some great music in the garden!

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Congratulations, Tim and Loren!


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Faculty News: John McVey and Barbara Moody Update

image (1)Asst. Prof. John McVey presented his paper, “Hardware and Fiction: Genre Intersections” at the conference “The Prosaic Imaginary: Novels and the Everyday, 1750 – 2000″ at the University of Sydney, July 1 – 4. For more information, please visit the conference website: novelnetwork.org/index.html

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Prof. Barbara Moody is currently showing in the group exhibition, “Dreaming Gardens”, at Suffolk University Gallery from June 10 – August 22.
Congratulations, John and Barbara!


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Montserrat’s Montreal Program Instructor Erin Trahan Writes for ARTery

2014-07-01 12_52_06-..__ ABC Signup.com __.Trahan_Erin_bioMontserrat is hosting the Travel Program A Documentary Lover’s Field Trip to Montreal this fall. The instructor for the travel program, Erin Trahan, has a few new stories out for the ARTery. See links below:

Roxbury International Film Festival Gets A ‘Lift’ From Kerry Washington Film Why We’re Still Talking About, And Watching, ‘Hearts And Minds’

For more information on the travel program to Montreal, visit our website or contact ce@montserrat.edu with subject line ‘Film in Quebec‘ or calling us at 978.921.4242 x1202.


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Julie Graham Gallery Talk: June 24

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Julie Graham will hold a Public Gallery Talk on Tuesday, June 24 at 4:30 pm on her current exhibit Topoanalysis in our Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA. Her show will remain on view: May 28 – June 27, 2014. Learn more here: montserrat.edu/galleries/schlosberg

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present Topoanalysis, an exhibition featuring mixed-media artist, Julie Graham. The Boston-based artist describes her work as “Painted Constructions” explaining, “I use the formal devices of painting, sculpture, drawing and architectural design to build paintings in which the process mirrors the act of construction.” Graham creates composite identities in her work: what is materially there (paint, clay, wire, wood) and the suggestion of space from what is not (shadows, negative space, holes).

The title of the exhibition references the term coined by French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard to describe the psychological study of exploring the inner self through space as a means of understanding the conscious and unconscious being. Bachelard specifically uses parts of the home to articulate this metaphor. The physical rooms of a home connect familiar spaces, cementing a person’s past with present, meaning that it’s space, not time, that awakens memory. The attic, the stairwell, the living room, the basement are all intimate sites that colour our experience of space. Graham’s work creates a link between physical environments and how a space is subconsciously preserved within the mind.

Topoanalysis features twenty-six new works on paper coupled with small-scale Painted Constructions. Arranged in a grid, the juxtaposition of flat renderings with three-dimensional work contours the relationship between form, memory and space. Graham says her works on paper are not studies for the larger Painted Constructions, but rather another avenue of exploring what constitutes a sense of place. Just as Bachelard used the parts of the home to illustrate how space correlates to the internal self, Graham does so with architecture of the unoccupied urban landscape.

Graham identifies a relationship between (un)occupied spaces and their inhabitants. One affords the other, and vice versa, in shaping experience. Bachelard would have connected the characteristic or ambiance of a home to the feeling or mood it evokes in the homeowner. Graham’s architectural and geometric compositions allow multiple mediums to inform one another, communicating both a physical space and an inner memory. Her compositions impose structure, like the home, to composite a memory of origin.

Julie Graham received her BA from Hood College, Frederick, MA (‘69) and her MFA from the Central School of Art, London (‘73). She has been awarded solo exhibitions at Harcus Gallery, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center and Victoria Munroe Fine Art. Graham was the recipient of the Blanche Coleman Awards and the MacDowell Colony Residency. Graham is currently an Associate Faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Painting. She is represented by the Kingston Gallery in Boston.


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Salem Power Plant Opens Doors to Public for Art Exhibit Documenting Life of Plant Workers: June 17-July 2

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photoFootprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station in Salem, MA will open June 17 – July 2 for a public exhibition of experience-based art projects created by Montserrat College of Art students, inspired by and produced in collaboration with workers at the Salem Harbor Station power plant, located at 24 Fort Avenue Salem, MA.

This first-of-its-kind project, “Across the Bridge,” is the result of a unique partnership between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power, whose primary goal was to honor and document the lives and work of the power plant employees, most of whom will lose their jobs and move on to other opportunities when the coal plant closes this summer.

According to Montserrat Academic Dean Laura Tonelli, the project dovetailed perfectly with a campus initiative to expand learning beyond the traditional classroom through collaborative, interdisciplinary projects with businesses and community organizations.  In April of this year, the initiative, called StudioXL (Studio for Experiential Learning), received funding from the Davis Educational Foundation.

The documentary project was conducted by 29 Montserrat students and four faculty (Ethan Berry, Rebecca Bourgault, Dawn Paul, and project coordinator Elizabeth Cohen) in collaboration with the plant employees.  The project and exhibition are funded by Footprint Power.

“It is a difficult thing to convey the tremendous and sometimes heroic lengths to which our staff has gone in operating this plant to safely and reliably provide power to the North Shore,” remarked Footprint Power CEO Peter Furniss “We are grateful for this opportunity to work with such a talented group of artists to begin to capture the beauty and power of Salem Harbor Station and the team that has made it work.”

There are about 100 employees of Footprint Power, some of whom have worked at the plant for 40-45 years. The plant, which has been operating on coal and oil since it was built in the 1950s, will be decommissioned this summer and will be replaced with gas-fired power generating equipment using more efficient “combined-cycle” technology.

“Across the Bridge” will include a variety of media: photography and video, drawings, paintings, poetry, sculpture and installations. It will be exhibited in the turbine hall – a unique industrial space never previously opened to the public. In addition, there will be an opportunity to see portions of the power plant itself, with mini-tours of the vintage operating equipment and control room.

Montserrat College of Art’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour will hold a poetry reading on the theme “power of work/work of power” July 2nd, 7-9 pm. More information on submitting or registering to attend is online at www.montserrat.edu/blog/category/improbable-places-poetry-tour.

Workers from the plant, and Montserrat College of Art students who have created the works on view, will serve as guides during the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display June 17-July 2; Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-5 pm; Thursdays, 3-7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 2-6 pm at 24 Fort Ave. Salem, MA.

The exhibit is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Please email ArtandPower@FootprintSalemHarbor.com  and include the name(s) of those attending and the date you would like to attend.  Please note that you will be required to produce a valid photo ID to enter the site.

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow.  The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes and four galleries exhibiting work by international, national and regional contemporary artists, intended to offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogues and events.  www.montserrat.edu

Footprint Power LLC is an independent power producer that works with existing owners, host communities, workers and other stakeholders in older coal- and oil-fired power plants that are approaching the end of their useful life in order to transition these facilities and sites to other productive purposes. www.footprintpower.com

Above photo was taken by Montserrat College of Art student Rory Bastille ’15 while involved in the Across the Bridge project.


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Faculty News: Martha Buskirk Update

imageProf. Martha Buskirk‘s article on photography in the context of proprietary media networks was just published in the summer 2014 issue of Artforum.

She is also about to begin a summer fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, where she will continue her current research, “Intersecting Realms: Art, Law, and Authorship.”

Congratulations, Martha!


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Gertrude’s Salon co-hosted by Maggie Cavallo and Leonie Bradbury June 13

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Co-hosted by MAGGIE CAVALLO and LEONIE BRADBURY

Friday, June 13th, 7pm

Artists, arts educators, audiences, students – if you are curious and/or opinionated about the many many issues raised by considerations of art and education – please come join the conversation!

How do you learn about art? Through art?



The overlapping roles of art and education have a distinct effect on the lives of artists, arts educators, audiences, students and the general public. From identifying and being able todescribe arts learning experiences, to the place (or lack there of) for the arts in K-12 Education – the relationship between these fields are complex and ripe with opportunity. Join Maggie Cavallo and Leonie Bradbury for an open discussion geared towards defining art as, in and with education. Whether STEM to STEAM, the role of teaching artists in our schools and community centers, considerations of art as research and learning, or the role of colleges and universities in the lives of emerging and practicing artists – these conversations can lead us to models for how we understand both the arts and education.

Co-host bios:

Maggie Cavallo is a curator and educator based in Boston, and is dedicated to providing dynamic experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Recent projects include: Take it Easy a collaborative printmaking curriculum with Urbano Project, A New Cosmic Mix: now in 5D! at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and SPACE CASE: Zillaboston Online Residency. Cavallo is also the Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a professor at Stonehill College in Arts Administration. She received a BA from SUNY Purchase College in Media, Society and the Arts and a Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Arts in Education.

Originally from The Netherlands, Leonie Bradbury has been the Director and Curator of Montserrat College of Art Galleries since 2005. She has curates contemporary art exhibitions that feature a range of artists of national and international note. Her exhibitions have received numerous awards including New England Art Awards and New England Museum Association awards. Two of her exhibitions received curatorial awards from the Association of International Art Critics.

Bradbury’s specialty is contemporary art, theory, and criticism. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 1998, followed by a M.A. in the History of Art from Boston University in 2001. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts.

GERTRUDE’S is an artists’ lounge and lab at the BCA’s Mills Gallery – a place for idle conversation, heated exchange and the sporadic, sometimes thematic exploration of ideas that grow out of and into art.

Gertrude’s is always open for lounging and caffeinating during Mills Gallery normal hours. For more info:  rhopkins@bcaonline.org

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Summer Art Classes for College Credit Available

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Montserrat offers intensive summer classes, many of which are available for 1.5 credits. Most courses meet for one week, all day Monday through Friday, though additional work may be required for credit. We also offer an online course which may be completed from a distance. Please click on each course for more information and rates.

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Instructor: Tim Harney
June 16 – 20
This course explores collage and the variety of materials which can
be used to express ideas and emotions in visual form. The history of collage, as well as modernist and contemporary developments will be introduced and discussed.

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Forms in Paper
Instructor: Elizabeth Alexander
June 16 – 20
Join an in depth exploration of sculpting with one of the most versatile raw materials: paper. Study the contemporary and historical uses and conduct exercises to develop your own language with paper arts.

natWeaving a Sculptural Narrative
Instructor: Nathalie Miebach
June 23 – 27
Can a sculpture tell a story? This workshop focuses on using narrative as the beginning of a sculptural form. We’ll use traditional basket weaving methods for contemporary sculptural purposes. Emphasis will be on play and inspiration from a tinkerer and storyteller.

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Instructors: Ethan Berry &
Erin Trahan
July 7 – 11
Do you have a story that needs to be documented and shared? This is an opportunity to take a rough story idea – fiction, non-fiction, or hybrid – and move it to the next level.

JAMESFabricated Steel Sculpture
Instructor: James Durrett
July 7 – 11
Learn the basic skills for working in metal! Students will learn technical and practical methods used to manipulate metals into objects of their own design.

saqrahCreative Letterpress Projects
Instructor: Sarah Smith
July 7 – 11
Have you been admiring letterpress printed books, posters and cards? Been wanting to learn how to set type and print your own ideas? Come work with Montserrat’s wood and metal type collection, as well as a range of presses from the 1890′s to the 1950′s.

BARBSExpressive Interpretations of the Landscape
Instructor: Barbara Moody
July 7 – 11
Explore trees and roots, mountains and rocks, pods and plants, water and clouds. Expressive interpretations with a range of materials are encouraged, incorporating both representational and imaginative elements.

lizziePortraying the Self online course!!
Instructor: Elizabeth Cohen
June 9 – July 11
Students will explore autobiography as a universal creative practice, and – beginning with a story of their own – create works of self-portraiture. The course will culminate with an exhibition on campus at Montserrat.

Or, click here to see all workshops!

Looking to just take a workshop, not for credit? Apply now!

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Our housing is steps from class, and 5 minutes to the beach!
 

301 Gallery: Summer Immersive students past and present have the opportunity to submit work for a juried exhibition at Montserrat College of Art this summer.

Hurry, deadline is May 9!

Marblehead Art Association: Students who enroll in courses led by Tim Hawkesworth, Barbara Moody or Maria Malatesta will have the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside their instructors at the Marblehead Art Association.

Earn PDP’s
Educators can earn Professional Development Points. All of our classes are eligible. Contact us to find out more.
Visit our website or contact us at ce@montserrat.edu or 978 921 4242 x 1202 to learn more.

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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya Exhibits at Gallery NAGA

Gallery NAGA_Installation_1The work of Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya will be exhibited in On the Wall at Gallery NAGA in Boston June 6  - July 11 along with Sophia Ainslie, John Guthrie, Color Ways, Rick Fox, Rachel Gross, David Moore, Randal Thurston, Harold Reddicliffe and John Garrett Slaby.

Reception: Friday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm
67 Newbury Street, Boston MA
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm

Montserrat College of Art student Kevin Lucey (featured in the above and below photos) has helped Kamiya for the last three days to complete an installation of a wall painting at Gallery NAGA.

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Faculty News: Barbara Moody Exhibits At Kingston Gallery This Summer

Barbara Moody, Seismic Activity, 52 x 96 inches, Acrylic and pastel on paper, 2014. MAIN AND CENTER GALLERIES

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Acrylic and pastel on paper, 2014.
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Barbara Moody: Escape
On View: June 1 – 29, 2014
Reception: Fri., June 6, 5 – 7:30 pm

Prof. Barbara Moody is interested in how earthquake tremors, fault lines and seismic shifts are premonitions of a natural disaster. In her work, one can almost hear and feel distant rumblings fracturing the earth’s crust. Almost 5 x 8 feet in size, the drawings are visual feasts of mark making that reveal Moody’s intensely personal involvement with drawing. They act as metaphors for the artist’s fears of the potential dangers that may occur at any moment. The distant rumbling is a reminder of all things frightening and dangerous which randomly and by chance could disrupt the good lives that we take for granted.

Barbara Moody earned M.Ed and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. She completed two large scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, as well as a 27 foot wall drawing at Montserrat College of Art. Her work has been included in exhibitions in California, New York, Minnesota and Chicago, as well as the deCordova Museum, Mills Gallery, and Albright Gallery in MA. In 2013, she was awarded the Goetemann Distinguished Artist/Teacher Award at Rocky Neck Art Colony.

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Congratulations to Montserrat College of Art’s Class of 2014

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On Friday morning, May 16, 84 Montserrat College of Art seniors switched the side their tassels were hanging on their caps and became alumni of the college at The Dane Street Church. They were awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in animation and interactive media, art education, book arts, graphic design illustration, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. 

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Emmy nominated animation director Bryan Konietzko was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctor of fine arts from the college during the ceremonies. Former Beverly Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr. was also awarded an honorary degree.

The Class of 2014 selected Asst. Prof. Shanth S. Enjeti to serve as the faculty speaker at commencement and Merriweather McCarty (shown below with President Immerman) was named student speaker. The ceremony was led my Montserrat’s Trustee Chair Lee Dellicker.

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Student Awards:
Liberal Arts Michelle McGaughey
Creative Writing Minor Ariel Durkee
Sculpture Jacob Corvelo
Photography and Video Michelle Behre
Graphic Design Whitney Chin
Art Education Zoey Chapin
Art History Minor Anna Gruca
Painting and Drawing Taylor Clough
Animation + Interactive Media Samantha Lefrancois
Printmaking Jason Fandel
Book Arts Cory Wasnewsky
Illustration Elizabeth Laskey
Interdisciplinary Arts Ariel Durkee
William + Ruth Fusco Prize Corynn Larkin

Eight students received dean’s highest honors and 26 received dean’s honors.

Faculty Awards:

Marilu Swett, chair of the Sculpture Department, received the Luz Dorrien Faculty Development Award and the Conelia Endowed Fund Award was presented to Prof. Diane Ayott.

Click here to view the 2014 Graduates and the Commencement Program!

Immediately following commencement, students and guests were invited to the Beverly Common, next to the Hardie Building, for an outdoor reception hosted by the Montserrat community. The Montserrat Gallery was open for viewing of the 2014 All Senior Show  at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street.

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Study Abroad Students in Niigata, Japan

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Our Study Abroad students are finally in Niigata, Japan and what better way to celebrate than a sushi lunch?!

Top (L-R): Dakota Zouzias, Danielle Renino, Kaila Jaye T and Emily Cyr. Bottom (L-R) Paige Elizabeth, Nygel Jones and Ian Cooper.

Photo Cred: Len Thomas-Vickory


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Faculty News: Rob Roy Exhibits at HallSpace

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HallSpace presents recent monotypes, and paintings by Montserrat College of Art Prof. Rob Roy. This Is Roy’s second exhibition at HallSpace.

Roy has incorporated color samples of the sort one would find at a hardware store’s paint department into his work, bringing physical, ready-made pieces from the world at large into his paintings and drawings. They are combined with imagery and strategies employed in earlier work. The use of these house paint samples, Roy says, “forces me to use different color combinations.” And as has been true throughout his career, experimentation, trial-and-error, and constant exploration throughout the process of creating these works have combined to yield inventive and instructive results.
- excerpt from American Road, Rob Roy’s Long View essay by Gordon Arnold

In 2011, Rob Roy collaborated with Gordon Arnold, and Leonie Bradbury on the exhibition For the Record, Searching for Objectivity in Global Conflict.

Rob Roy earned a MFA from Yale University, and a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His work is in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Housatonic Museum of Art, Danforth Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum, the Boston Public Library, and the College of New Jersey. He is currently Professor of Painting and Drawing at Montserrat College of Art, where he has been on the faculty since 1988.

Visit website and Facebook for upcoming exhibitions and events.

Gallery Hours:
Friday and Saturday 12-5pm
Monday – Thursday by appointment

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All Senior Show Awards Ceremony

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Dean of Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli and Gallery Director Leonie Bradbury.

Congratulations to all of the seniors and to the 5 seniors who won prizes at our All Senior Show Awards Ceremony on Wed., May 7! Learn more here: http://www.montserrat.edu/galleries/montserrat/

Jill Hedrick, Taylor Clough, Darek Bittner, Candace Bonfiglio and Nicole Reilly

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Jill Hedrick receiving her award with Juror Robert Moeller and Gallery Director Leonie Bradbury.

And THANK YOU to our fabulously talented Juror, Robert Moeller

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Juror Robert Moeller

Photo credit: Michelle Behre ’14


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Faculty News: Mari Lacure Featured on PRINTERESTING

NEW VOICES: MARI LACURE
Posted by PRINTERESTING on May 1, 2014 | http://www.printeresting.org/

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New Voices is Printeresting’s newest effort to recognize and support young and emerging artists. These articles will be image-heavy and accompanied by short reviews of art work, providing both a glance at emerging print-based work and a review of compelling and innovative artists who have not yet been widely recognized by the broader printmaking community. Check out the submission process here if you’d like to be considered for a future New Voices feature! Today we begin the series with Mari LacCure, a recent MFA graduate (2010) of the University of Kansas.

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LaCure’s mixed media work explores printmaking alongside drawing, painting, collage, and textile. Drawing from microscopic and macrosopic source material—constellations, cellular structures, and the ocean—LaCure weaves patterns from nature in each of her series: Cosmos, Waves, Clouds, and Crystals. First distilling information to its most fundamental parts, LaCure then uses repetition to create dense, immaterial spaces and forms. The work feels measured and careful, a bit scientific, yet distinctly poetic too. Each series evokes a greater perspective of complex ideas and forms, and reverence of the search for those things which are indiscernible and infinite, even today. Contemplation is a part of her practice, and the resulting work reveals the unobservable or unnoticed around us as both calculable and yet uncertain.

LaCure is based in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she teaches at Montserrat College of Art. She was the recipient of a 2011 Artist Innovation Grant from the Kansas Arts Commission, and has been awarded residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop and Emmanuel College in Boston. Her work is included in several collections including the RISD Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, and the SGCI Archive.


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All Senior Show Award Ceremony

All Senior Show Award Ceremony
Wednesday, May 7, 11:15am -12:15pm 
Montserrat Gallery
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A showcase of artwork by graduating seniors. Artwork includes a wide range of media, including animation + interactive media, book arts, graphic design, illustration, painting + drawing, photography + video, printmaking and sculpture.

Awards, including $500 in cash prizes, will be presented by Robert Moeller.

Robert Moeller is a painter, writer, and independent curator. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including Artnet, AfterImage, Big Red and Shiny, Hyperallergic, and Art New England. He recently curated the exhibition “A Woman’s Arms: Weapons, Documents and Strategies. @ Lincoln Arts Projects in Waltham MA.

For more information, please visit:
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Faculty News: Martha Buskirk in Conversation at The Mills Gallery

WHAT DO YOU SAY?
A Conversation about Art Writing
Co-hosted by
MARTHA BUSKIRK AND ROBERT MOELLER
Friday, May 9th, 7pm

Martha-Buskirk-photo-by-Robert-MoellerJoin The Mills Gallery at 7pm on Friday, May 9th when their Salon conversation will be co-hosted by Martha Buskirk and Robert Moeller.

The topic for the evening will be “What Do You Say? Writing Over, Under and Beneath art.” Artists, writers, arts writers and all interested parties are welcomes – this is a conversation, not a workshop – to share your thoughts.

They’ll explore the intersection of words, images, objects, actions and ideas. How is the act of writing related to other aspects of the creative process? What is the role of an accompanying text? And what it means to write about art.

Martha Buskirk is Professor of art history and criticism at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace and a frequent contributor to various publications, including Artforum.

Robert Moeller is a artist, writer, and independent curator. His writing appears regularly in Hyperallergic and Art New England.

GERTRUDE’S is an artists’ lounge and lab at the BCA’s Mills Gallery – a place for idle conversation, heated exchange and the sporadic, sometimes thematic exploration of ideas that grow out of and into art.

Gertrude’s is always open for lounging and caffeinating during Mills Gallery normal hours.

For more info: rhopkins@bcaonline.org


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Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program for Teens

How Did You Spend Your Summer Vacation?
By Jill Waterman, pdnonline.com

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SHOW AND TELL: On the last day of Montserrat’s Pre-College program, students get to display their works for friends and familyin a group exhibit in the school’s gallery space.
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For three weeks during the month of July, the suburban New England campus at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, comes alive with high school juniors and seniors from around New England and as far away as Florida and the West Coast. In just over ten years, Montserrat’s Pre-College program has become an important element in the school’s outreach, encouraging the foundations of artistic talent while also attracting prospective students to consider Montserrat as their future alma mater.

“We use this as an opportunity to test the waters and to let students see if this is a school they want to attend,” explains Kathleen Burke, Montserrat’s director of continuing education. “But it’s also a place for kids seriously thinking about art school to come in and be with other students just like them. And the parents like it because it can save them money,” she adds. “It helps to avoid a kid enrolling in art school and saying ‘That’s not what I want’ after that first semester. So it really is a good investment.”

According to the chair of Montserrat’s photography department, Ron DiRito, in addition to offering the foundations of art making, another important goal of the Pre-College program is to introduce students to the concept of being away from home. About 90 percent of Montserrat’s Pre-College students spend the three weeks living on campus, although the program is also open to commuters.

“The other goal is to help students create a portfolio so that when they do apply to college, their portfolio is ready with the strongest work,” DiRito adds.

Students take a basic foundation drawing class from 9 am to noon Mondays through Fridays, then choose two electives—digital photography, computer art and design, painting, printmaking, illustration or three-dimensional design—to study in the afternoons, one on Mondays/Wednesdays and the other on Tuesdays/Thursdays, with alternating subjects on Fridays.

“Classroom size is kept to around a dozen students, so the classes are small,” says Burke. “We really try to place kids in what they’re focused on. Digital photography is a popular offering, 21 of the 60 students enrolled this summer chose photography as an elective, so I’ve got two classes running,” she adds.

While the school does maintain a wet darkroom for college students, Montserrat concentrates their Pre-College offerings on digital imaging, with a main focus on learning how to see.

During the three-week session, students get 24 hours of instruction per elective plus open studios and homework assignments. Then, on the last day of the program, students hang their work in a gallery exhibition.

“The parents come, and we have a little celebration, so they get the full effect. It’s a really good taste of college life,” says Burke. “Most of these kids maybe do an hour of art in high school, and here they’re getting six hours of teaching time a day, plus open studios, so it’s a big change for them,” she notes. “Getting used to criticizing or talking about their work is something else they don’t get in high school.”

Burke explains that the Pre-College program is most popular for high school juniors, who are getting ready to apply to college, while seniors tend to sign up if they need to augment their portfolio. In all cases, students earn three college credits for completing the program, which adds to the economic advantage.

Montserrat also offers limited merit- and need-based scholarships for the Pre-College program. Applicants have to submit a letter of intent, five portfolio pieces and the parents’ tax returns. “I think we gave out 19 scholarships this year, with varying dollar amounts based on need,” says Burke, “so anyone interested in that applied early.”

Vital Statistics:

Web site: www.montserrat.edu
Credits/Degrees: Pre-College program offers three college credits to high school students. Undergraduate program offers a bachelor of fine arts within nine major concentrations.

Details of Pre-college Program: Three-week residential (or commuting) program for high school juniors and seniors during the month of July, offering intensive foundation in drawing plus two electives (including digital photography and five other subjects).


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Faculty News: Dawn Paul’s Writing Residency at Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center

Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul has been accepted to a writing residency at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center  for two weeks in June.

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The Center provides a refuge for established scholars and artists to study, write, create, and interact in a peaceful and quiet environment. It is located at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), a marine science research and education center north of Puget Sound, Washington.

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Scholars at the Helen R. Whiteley Center can work in quiet isolation, and also take advantage of opportunities to meet with other Whiteley Center scholars and with scientists working at FHL.

“I’m looking forward to some quiet time for writing!” – Dawn Paul

Congratulations, Dawn!


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Message from Founding Faculty Member Ray Pisano

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Montserrat College of Art’s founding faculty member Ray Pisano invites faculty, staff and students to the Grand Reopening of Childe Hassam Park at Columbus Avenue and Chandler Street, Boston, on Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 pm.

Prof. Pisano has been instrumental in assisting with renovations and creating sculpture for this historic park, named after the artist Childe Hassam of Boston.

Learn more here: childehassampark.com

The park has an arts theme because of the many artists who inhabit the South End.


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Staff News: Terry Slater Exhibits in Marblehead

Montserrat College of Art’s Director of Interactive Design Terry Slater is exhibiting her paintings at Marblehead Arts Association this spring.

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On view: April 26 – June 8, 2014

Reception: Sun., April 27, 2 – 4 pm

Terry Slater in the Gallery: Sat., May 10, 2 pm

Coastal Waters is Terry Slater’s most recent exploration of the North Shore waterways. Her sensitive use of color and fine attention to detail create a gentle meandering through the marshes. Slater is influenced by the landscapes of Gustav Klimt and Peter Doig, which is evident in her subtle use of paint. Her ability to depict deep space against a vibrant foreground creates the atmospheric light of the North Shore coast. These paintings leave one with a sense of calm and tranquility.

Hendrick Gallery
Marblehead Arts Association
8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA
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Sally Seamans Exhibits Shoes in Gloucester

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This spring, it’s Montserrat’s Image Librarian Sally Seamans, aka TIN CAN SALLY, who has the cutting edge on shoe design!

Seaman’s newest collection of tin artwork, titled ‘TINDERELLA COMPLEX’ is on display at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main St. Gloucester, April 19 – May 9.

Gallery hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily.

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Caroline Bagenal Exhibits

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal has two sculptures in Visions/Visiones at the Museo del Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha, Cusco, Peru.

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She also has two collages in the exhibition Transcripts/Transcrpciones at the ICPNAC

(Instituto Cultural Peruano Notramericano del Cusco) and two sculptures in Visions / Visiones at the Museo del Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha, Cusco, Peru. At the end of both exhibits these works will form part of the permanent collection of the Museo y Centro Cultural RIAZ, Cusco, ( ROOT Museum and Cultural Center).

In addition she will be showing sculpture at a two person exhibition in Pittsburgh.

Congratulations, Caroline!

 

 


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Unlocking Creativity and Innovation for Business Professionals Workshop

Unlocking Creativity and Innovation for Business Professionals

Thursday, April 3, 8 am – 12 pm

A Half-Day Workshop Held At Held at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq. W., Salem, MA

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The Enterprise Center at Salem State University together with Montserrat College of Art are offering a unique, half-day workshop at The Enterprise Center devoted to understanding creativity for business professionals. Participants will hear from and work with esteemed Montserrat faculty who understand innovation through the creative process.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Discover that creativity is not an inherent gift, but rather a teachable process anyone can learn
  • Demonstrate your own aptitude for learning this way of thinking through expert-led, small group workshops
  • Discuss how this solution-based method is being adapted and applied by business leaders today, and leave with resources to apply these concepts to your business

Workshop Outline
8 – 8:30 am — Registration and networking
8:30 – 9 am — Keynote Address: Fred Lynch
9 – 10:30 am — Break-out Workshop Sessions: Culture of Critique facilitated by Fred Lynch, Mark Hoffman & Shanth Enjeti
10:30 – 10:45 am — Break
10:45 – 11:15 am — Feedback from breakout groups
11:15 – 11:30 am — Closing Address: Fred Lynch
11:30 am – 12 pm — Reception

Register Now!

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Greg Cook’s Sad Parade and Installation in the Frame 301 Gallery

2014-03-26 12_18_33-MontserratCollegeArt (MontCollegeArt) on TwitterThe current work in Montserrat College of Art’s Frame 301 Gallery is by our very own faculty member Greg CookThe Saddest Forest on Earth, installed Tuesday March 25, will be on view through Friday, April 18.

Greg hosted a special parade event, The Saddest Parade on Earth, that marched along the sidewalks of Beverly’s Cabot Street beginning at 11 am this past “Sad-urday,” March 29. The parade featured sad banners and signs, as well as a sad accordionist.  The parade concluded at The Saddest Forest on Earth, at the Frame 301 Gallery. The exhibition is a large diorama of an enchanted forest of crying, cartoony trees.

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The sad truth: Artist confronts sorry state of affairs with exhibit, parade (excerpt)
By Will Broaddus, The Salem News, Staff writer

Sometimes we don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Artist Greg Cook captures this mixture of emotions in “The Saddest Forest on Earth,” a unique grove of trees he created for Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery on Cabot Street in Beverly.

“It’s sort of like a poor man’s, do-it-yourself, wacky Disneyland kind of thing — but more disconcerting,” said Cook.

Painted on cutout fabric and ranging from 6 to 8 feet tall, Cook’s trees wear sad faces, while a shower of tears falls through their branches. They occupy the gallery’s window and present their mournful expressions to the traffic and pedestrians on Cabot Street.

“The space is 3 feet deep; it’s like a shallow diorama,” Cook said. “Mostly, I do cartoony kind of work. I do some illustration, some gallery or fine art, and it all has a cartoony sensibility.”

But if his trees look like they belong in a comic strip, they are also sharing a serious emotion that Cook believes is common these days.

“It’s a mix of serious and playful things,” he said.

Cook will also be giving a talk about his work “Remaking Our Sad World: From Community Activism to World-Building” on Monday, April 14, at Montserrat’s Hardie Building.

“The talk is about the relationship between, on the one hand, actions in the real world, trying to make it more fulfilling,” he said. “Then also, with the trees, it’s about inventing fantasy worlds.”

In Cook’s mixture of art and activism, difficult problems are addressed, but with a comic touch that lightens their burden.

Read Cook’s full feature in The Salem News.

*If you would like to volunteer to walk in the parade, contact Greg Cook at Gcook30@hotmail.com. Participants are asked to wear dapper outfits and help carry a sad banner or sign. The artist says, sadness is a helpful qualification, but not required.

In addition to being a teacher at Montserrat, Greg Cook is an artist, journalist and writer based in Malden, Massachusetts. The Saddest Forest on Earth is an offshoot of his “Enchanted Forest” series, which imagines a place of magical trees and birds and witches and hungry wolves. It is inspired by the history of New England, as well as Disney films and McDonald’s restaurant playgrounds. Parts of the series have appeared at Aviary Gallery in Boston; 17 Cox in Beverly; Zeitgeist Gallery in Lowell; Window Arts Malden; the Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions, and the restrooms of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

For more information on Greg Cook, please visit:
http://gregcookland.com/

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Summer Immersive Art Workshop with Dean Nimmer

Passionate Visions: Inroads into Making Abstract Art
with Dean Nimmer
July 7 – 11 / M – F / 9am – 4pm

The goal of this course is to inspire artists to move beyond myths and stereotypes to find the myriad of accessible possibilities for creating original abstract artworks inspired by your imagination. Projects will explore interpreting observed subjects abstractly, using the basic elements of color, line, shape, texture and value as subjects, and finding inspiration in literature, poetry and the performing arts. We will use a variety of media including; drawing, painting, collage and monoprints to discover new possibilities for rich compositions that will re-energize your enthusiasm for making art. This course is open to all levels.
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About Dean: Dean Nimmer has exhibited work across the US, Europe, China, Japan and Australia. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Smith Art Museum, Harvard University, Museum Haus Katsuya, Japan and the New York Public Library. Dean has received numerous grants including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Artists Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and Jasper Whiting Foundation. He is the 2010 winner of the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award given by the College Art Association. He is also the author of the successful Random House book, Art from Intuition, now in it’s 5th printing, and he is writing a new book called Passionate Visions, slated for fall 2014.

Register before April 10 and save!

Summer Exhibition Opportunities

301 Gallery: Summer Immersive students past and present have the opportunity to submit work for a juried exhibition at Montserrat College of Art this summer.

Marblehead Art Association: Students who enroll in courses led by Tim HawkesworthBarbara Moody, or Maria Malatesta will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Marblehead Art Association, alongside the work of their instructors.

CALL FOR APPLICANTS

This year we are delighted to offer two fellowship awards, one for High School Educators, and one for Montserrat Alumni. Awards offer full tuition, housing and the opportunity to give an artist’s talk. For more information, and to apply, visit our website.

Affordable Housing by the Beach!

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Additional Art Workshops

June 9-July 11: Explore all our offerings from painting and fiber arts to comics and digital photography.

Apply Now!
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Montserrat’s Project with Footprint Power Featured in Boston Globe

The art and heart of Salem Harbor Power Station
By Kathy McCabe | THE BOSTON GLOBE STAFF MARCH 27, 2014 

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The blinking red lights on its soaring emission stacks, an icon for mariners and airplane pilots on the North Shore, will go dark after the 63-year-old coal-and-oil fired power plant closes on May 31.

Its big, noisy machines, such as the original General Electric turbine, will fall silent after the plant is torn down and replaced by a new $1 billion gas-fired plant.

For workers with decades on the job, life without the old coal plant seems hard to imagine.

“We’ve all walked through that gate for years and years,” said stockroom manager Beth Tobin, 52, who has worked at the plant for 28 years. “It’s kind of weird to think that you’re not going to be doing that anymore.”

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But through the eyes of students at Montserrat College of Art, Salem Harbor station and its 105 workers will not fade quietly into the landscape.

The Beverly college and Footprint Power, the plant’s New Jersey-based owner, have teamed up to create “Across The Bridge,” an art course and exhibition that will celebrate the power plant workers.

Armed with video cameras and sketch pads, and outfitted in hard hats and yellow safety vests printed with “artist” on the back, Montserrat students are getting a rare look inside a 1950s-era industrial facility.

“I love the lights,” Chelsea Stewart, 22, a senior painting major from a small village near Albany, N.Y., said over the roar of the pulverizer. “It’s so dark, but there’s this glow. It can look orange, yellow, or blue. I like colors.”

“I had no idea about a power plant or what it did,” said Kerry McDermott, 22, of Burlington, a photography and art education major. “It’s opened my eyes about all these people who have worked here for so long, and now they have to start new lives, which is obviously so painful.”

Since January, about 30 students have visited the plant once a week to interview workers for a video archive. The workers’ stories will then be turned into painting, sculpture, and other art forms that will be displayed at the plant in July.

“There is a lot of history in this plant,” said Peter Furniss, chief executive of Footprint, seated in an office overlooking the scenic Salem harbor. “We have about 105 people working here, who have a combined tenure at the facility that is probably 500 years. They have a wealth of stories. I wanted to find a way to preserve those stories and honor their service.”

Furniss proposed the idea of the art project to Montserrat president Stephen Immerman, with whom he serves on the board of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.

“I saw it as a real opportunity to enhance the quality of our students’ experience in a real-world setting,” Immerman said.

“Across the Bridge,” a name that reflects the only way to travel from Beverly to Salem by land, aims to inspire students through the lives and jobs of the power plant workers.

“Their practice is different than usual,” said Rebecca Bourgault, an assistant professor and chairwoman of the art education program at Montserrat. “They are working with a very specific subject matter that is very new to them. It requires new approaches and a lot of discipline.”

At first, plant workers were skeptical. Most have spent their entire working lives dressed in soiled workboots and hard hats. They’ve bulldozed raw coal, crawled through narrow spaces to fix machines, dragged hoses, and climbed to the top of its nearly 600-foot emission stacks.

Most of the workers will be laid off in June. Footprint will keep a handful to wind down operations this summer, Furniss said. Workers will be paid severance packages and have been offered help with retraining for new jobs, he added. The new plant is scheduled to open in 2016.

“We did heavy, hard work here,” said Priscilla Canney, 62, a stockroom clerk who spent most of her 28 years at the plant in mechanical maintenance. “Some of the tools we had to work with were just huge.”

They never imagined their working lives would inspire art.

“We’re power plant workers, not art students,” said Tobin, the plant’s coordinator for the project. “I’m not sure people, at first, really knew what to expect. What kind of art would they make here?”

The relationship evolved slowly. Students made videos to introduce themselves to workers. They visited the plant with three professors. Workers gradually warmed to the idea of sharing their stories of work and friendship.

The coal pile at Salem Harbor station is shrinking as the plant’s closing nears.

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The coal pile at Salem Harbor station is shrinking as the plant’s closing nears.

“We’re a close group here, and we know better than others what it’s been like to work here,” said Ed Dattoli, a mechanical maintenance supervisor who has also worked 28 years at the plant.

“The whole place as we know it is going to be gone,” said Dattoli, driving in a truck near a coal pile. “At least we’ll have this [artwork] to remember it.”

Miledy Santana, a chemist at the plant, said working with aspiring artists has helped ease the pain of the plant’s looming demise.

“The students I’ve worked with are very, very friendly,” said Santana, who lives in Methuen. “They’re fascinated with what we do here. Now they know my story.”

Santana will be featured in a video documentary about women workers that McDermott plans to create.

“I’ve always been really interested in documentaries and this is a good chance to make one,” McDermott said. “The women here are such a minority. I’ve gotten some really interesting stories about how they’ve dealt with working in such a masculine environment.”

Stewart plans to create a large, abstract portrait, drawn in charcoal and pastel colors.

“I’m thinking of mixing everything that I see,” she said. “The walls, the floors, the lights. I’d like it to be half about the building, half about the people.”

Kathy McCabe can be reached at katherine.mccabe@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe.


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Faculty News: Dawn Paul’s Komodo Dragon Published

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Dawn Paul’s short story “Komodo Dragon” was recently published in a book titled Not Somewhere Else But Here: a Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place.

The books is on display in our Paul Scott Library.

To see more of her work visit: http://corvidwriters.org/dpaul/

Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women & Place
Edited by Erin Elizabeth Smith, T.A. Noonan, Rhonda Lott and Beth Couture

In this 300+ page eclectic and engaging multi-genre anthology of contemporary women writers, you will find literature that transports readers across the entirety of the globe. Writers in Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women & Place, include Marjoie Maddox, Wendy Call, Barbara Crocker, Marthe Reed, Karyna McGlynn, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Dianne Seuss, Sarah Sloat, and many, many more!

“Miniature celebrations of place, the writings in Not Somewhere Else But Here deftly maneuver through imagined spaces and bustling Manhattan streets, the impossible page and the architecture of Japanese homes. Here, place is questioned and subdued: it is the hot gloss of sun on concrete.”
-Lily Hoang, author of The Evolutionary Revolution and Changing

“The writing in Not Somewhere Else But Here is at turns haunting and infused with a deep magic. The work carries the reader from Beirut to Vermont, from Japan into dream worlds, bodies as maps. Landscapes are often treacherous, populated with ‘mouths of razor-wild men’, enchanted with ‘fists opened to explosions of diatomic stars,’ and each woman in this collection navigates those spaces with a deft grace. Step into the worlds they have summoned.”
-Margaret Bashaar, Editor of Hyacinth Girl Press


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Bear Gallery’s Book Arts Show

Montserrat’s student-run Bear Gallery’s current Book Arts Show had a reception on Tue. March 18, at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H.

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From left: Henry Long, Alexandra Rios and Joyce Tat

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 Joyce Tat displaying her book art.

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 Alexandra Rios displaying her book art.


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Summer Immersive Workshops Featured Faculty: Dan Welden

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Week-long art workshops
june 9 – july 11

From painting and fiber arts to comics and digital photography, our diverse summer immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry. We invite you to spend your summer devoted to your art in the unique environment that only a working art college can offer.

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Dan Welden, master printmaker and painter, has had more than 70 international solo exhibitions. He has collaborated with and/or printed for many prominent artists including Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell and Kurt Vonnegut. Welden is responsible for the discovery and development of the Solarplate process and is co-author with Pauline Muir of Printmaking in the Sun. He will be teaching Solarplate Etching the week of June 9 – 13.

Summer Exhibition Opportunities

301 Gallery: Summer Immersive students past and present have the opportunity to submit work for a juried exhibition at Montserrat College of Art this summer.

Marblehead Art Association: Students who enroll in courses led by Tim Hawkesworth, Barbara Moody, or Maria Malatesta will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Marblehead Art Association, alongside the work of their instructors.

Our Subjects:

PaintingDrawingEncausticsEnamelsPrintmakingBook ArtsLetterpressComicsMetal SculpturePaper SculptureSculptural WeavingFiber ArtsInterdisciplinary  & Online Course

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CALL FOR APPLICANTS

This year we are delighted to offer two fellowship awards, one for High School Educators, and one for Montserrat Alumni. Awards offer full tuition, housing and the opportunity to give an artist’s talk. For more information, and to apply, visit our website.


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Improbable Places Poetry Tour Gets Cooking in the Kitchen

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The Improbable Places Poetry Tour
Thursday, March 27, 7  pm
Eurostoves, The Culinary Centre
45 Enon Street, Beverly, MA

This month, as snow continues to melt outside, poets and writers will stoke the fires of creativity at the latest stop on the Improbable Places Poetry tour. On Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at 45 Enon Street, Eurostoves, a Beverly-based supplier of cookware and kitchen appliances, will open its culinary center – usually home to knife-wielding chefs – to poets brandishing pens. Writers and spectators alike are invited to join in the fun, which will include a cooking demonstration and a cash bar.

Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Center Director and poetry tour organizer Colleen Michaels says poets are invited to share poems on a culinary theme. “Poems about best meals, kitchen tools, and grandmothers are all welcome,” she says. “We’re looking for poems that snap like a pea in spring, stir like a wooden spoon, and aren’t afraid to raid the refrigerator.”

This stop is the second on this year’s poetry tour; last stop found poets gathering at Mowers Barber Shop in Beverly where voices blended with snipping scissors and buzzing electric razors. The evening included poems about the sensuality of wet hair, the joy of a fresh crew cut and the history of the haircut.

Send your submissions to colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu.

The submission deadline is Thursday, March 20 and we are hungry for work!

I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Sure! The event is free, open to the public, and you might even pick up some mad chopping skills.

Wait! I’ve still got questions!
Just talk to Colleen Michaels, Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director
at colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu or 978-921-4242 x1277.

See you in the kitchen!

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Montserrat Students Document the Workers and Closure of Salem Power Plant

Honoring the end of an era 
Art students, power plant workers creating legacy
By Will Broaddus, Staff writer

Salem: Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem Power Plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

Salem: Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem Power Plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

After Salem Harbor Station closes in May, its huge structures will come down and most of its workers will move on.

To make sure their stories don’t disappear along with the 500-foot smokestack, 28 students at Montserrat College of Art have been conducting interviews with plant employees that will become part of an archive. These stories will also serve as the inspiration for student paintings, sculptures and videos that celebrate the workers’ careers, and will be exhibited at the plant this July.

Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo Electrician Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on stills and video. Montserrat College art student Rebekah Segar, left, shows still photographs she took to Alicia Parent. Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo

Electrician Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on stills and video. Montserrat College art student Rebekah Segar, left, shows still photographs she took to Alicia Parent.
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“The general theme they’re beginning to see is how the workers treat each other like a family,” said Elizabeth Cohen, who teaches at Montserrat and is helping coordinate the project. “Some have worked there for 20, 30 years. They’re constantly caring for the plant as if it was a family member, and the plant has cared for them.”
The Montserrat class is being sponsored by Footprint Power of New Jersey, which acquired the coal and oil-burning plant in 2012, and plans to replace it with one that burns natural gas.
The idea for the project developed in a conversation between Peter Furniss, CEO of Footprint, and Stephen Immerman, president of Montserrat College.
“It provides a constructive output for my staff,” Furniss said. “Many are good storytellers, and they have their own kind of artistic sensibilities around their work.”
“I think there’s a lot of grieving going on on the part of my staff, with the loss of the plant, loss of jobs and loss of family they’ve built there over many decades. I know it’s helpful for them.”

Dumond Thebaud, right, speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat, from left, are Alicia Parent, Rebekah Segar, Adam Kooken, and Dan Stone. Workers' stories will inspire an art exhibit this summer honoring their legacy. Ken Yuszkus/Staff photos

Dumond Thebaud, right, speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat, from left, are Alicia Parent, Rebekah Segar, Adam Kooken, and Dan Stone. Workers’ stories will inspire an art exhibit this summer honoring their legacy.
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Students started visiting the plant in late January, touring its control rooms, turbines and shops, and they recorded brief videos that introduced them to the workers.
“We wanted them to meet each other, but because of all the security and scheduling it was really cumbersome. We couldn’t get a big group together,” said Ethan Berry of Beverly, one of three faculty members working with the students. “These people are busy running a plant.”
Those workers who chose to participate in the project — about 22 of the plant’s more than 100 employees — in turn recorded videos in which they talked about their work. These provided a starting point for interviews, which the students started to conduct last Friday.

 
They continued yesterday as Berry led a group of nine students to the plant, where they donned hard hats, safety glasses and fluorescent vests identifying them as artists.

One group visited the electrical shop to speak with Dumond Thebaud, who started out shoveling coal but is currently an electrician and has held several other jobs in more than 30 years at the plant.
Another student visited Miledy Santana in the plant’s chemistry lab, and a third group interviewed Ed Daddoli, who works in mechanical maintenance.As the students become more familiar with the workers, they will formulate proposals for artworks they want to create for the exhibit.

 

“The students are being asked to interpret,” Berry said. “One student’s interviewing just the women, to hear their stories. Another person is taking pictures of the people working and using them as outlines to make sculptures. Another one is making costumes and having some of the workers reenact episodes that happened.”

Salem:  Dave Burke talks with Katherine Roldan, left, and Kaitlyn Assmann, center, at the Salem Power Plant. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

Salem: Dave Burke talks with Katherine Roldan, left, and Kaitlyn Assmann, center, at the Salem Power Plant. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

“So they are going to be interpreting, and there’s going to be flat artwork — drawing, photographs — and sculptures. There’s going to be a mural that’s going to involve the community, all kinds of different things.”

Student Melissa Tremblay wants to paint pictures of each worker’s boots, which will serve as “a symbol of their lives,” and was partly inspired by a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Cohen said.

Kaitlyn Assmann, from Syracuse, N.Y., has asked workers to describe the first moment they saw the plant, and will use their responses in the soundtrack for an animated film.
Berry said the class is a valuable opportunity for students to get outside their studios and learn to articulate their ideas in the real world.

At the same time, the archive they and the workers are creating, along with the artistic visions it is inspiring, are recording a world that is passing away.

“I call them ‘end-of-an-era projects,’” Berry said. “I think Peter’s idea was, ‘We can’t let this pass without acknowledging the workers in some way.’”

 


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Gordon Arnold’s Salem News Column: Cabot Street Theatre

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The enduring legacy of the Cabot Street Theatre
Montserrat College of Art Prof. Gordon Arnold

It’s a time of transition for Beverly’s beloved Cabot Street Theatre Cinema. We don’t yet know the ultimate fate of the historic property, which is currently for sale. But whatever happens, its pivotal place in cultural history of the city is secure.

For nearly a century, area residents have known and loved it. Yet, the theater is more than a place of fond memories. The magnificent structure has played a major role in creating the vibrant cultural life of the city that continues today.

The theater opened in 1920 as the Ware Theatre. It was named after its founders, N. Harris Ware and D. Glover Ware. The brothers already operated the popular Larcom Theatre in Beverly, which opened in 1912 just a few blocks away. The early success of the Larcom suggested there would be a demand for a larger and grander facility. The brothers arranged financing and began construction of an opulent new theater on bustling Cabot Street, with an eye toward serving all of the city’s residents. The theater was built to accommodate both movies and stage performances and was truly multipurpose facility.

From the beginning, the theater was a place for the city to come together. While the luminaries of high society were among its earliest patrons, it was no stuffy institution. It drew a wide audience. The best seats were 30 cents (a price that included 3 cents tax), but a balcony seat could be purchased for as little as 20 cents. Children could attend matinees for as little as 11 cents.

In the early 1920s, America’s love affair with Hollywood was just starting. Ornate movie palaces were being built throughout the U.S. to meet the demand for sophisticated new venues. The Ware, with its elegant frescoes, grand fixtures and golden dome, amply met this need and drew widespread praise.

Though these were the days of “silent movies” (the sound era did not start until the late 1920s), movies were seldom seen without musical accompaniment. In fact, announcements for the gala premiere of the theater boasted of a “$50,000 Austin Pipe Organ.” In today’s dollars, this cost was the equivalent of well over half a million dollars.

In the Great Depression of the 1930s, the carefree spirit of the “Roaring Twenties” ended. The popularity of vaudeville waned, but going to the movies remained a staple in American life. The grand theater on Cabot Street became primarily a movie house and eventually changed owners.

Local movie theaters retained their popularity in the 1940s. By the 1950s, however, the popularity of television led to decreased movie attendance. Theaters everywhere suffered.

In addition to competition from television, there were the new realities of suburbia. Movie theaters followed stores and restaurants away from downtown areas to shiny new shopping centers at the outskirts of town. The Northshore Mall, which opened in the late 1950s, was one of earliest of these. In 1963, a multi-screen theater was constructed adjacent to the popular shopping destination. It was a glimpse of the future.

In the following years, customers were increasingly drawn to suburban shopping centers and to the theaters there, some with a dozen or more screens. The aging theater on Cabot Street, like similar venues, came to be seen as relics of a bygone era.

By the mid-1970s Beverly’s downtown theater, which had long since been acquired by the E.M. Loew’s chain and renamed the Cabot Cinema, fell on hard times. It showed mostly second-run films at reduced rates. Although it remained a local attraction that generated many fond memories, it suffered in the wake of changing consumer preferences and the economic crunch of that decade. Finally, Lowe’s decided to sell it.

A new ownership group, led by the late Cesareo Pelaez, acquired the property in 1977 and changed its name to Cabot Street Theatre Cinema. They then began to restore to the theatre to its former splendor.
Pelaez was Renaissance man. He was a college psychology professor and also a stage magician. Soon, in addition to restoring first-rate film programming, the Cabot began weekly stage shows featuring the Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company.

The live magic show gained national acclaim with its spectacle and old-world charm. The old theater regained its luster and was once again a source of pride for the city. With its rebirth, the reputation of the Cabot was assured for many years.

With Pelaez’s death in 2012 and the closing of the magic show, the future of the theater once again seemed uncertain. In 2013, the Cabot was put up for sale. The search for new owners continues today.
What will happen the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre remains an open question. Until new ownership is secured and plans are made, it’s difficult to predict whether the aging building will continue to be operated a theater for either film or stage.

As a theater for film, there are daunting challenges for any new owner. Hollywood studios are ending distribution of movies on film. Instead, most films will be available only in digital formats. This will require theaters to buy expensive digital projection equipment. Many independent theaters simply can’t afford that cost. It remains possible, of course, that visionary new owners could solve that problem.

Whatever the future of Beverly’s grand old theater, however, the cultural vibrancy that the Cabot helped bring to downtown Beverly a century ago will continue. A formal cultural district is being developed for the downtown area where the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre stands.

Montserrat College of Art, the city of Beverly and Beverly Main Streets, are leading the project. Their goal is to improve to the city’s “livability, civic engagement, and arts appreciation and support.” It’s a fitting development and a testament to the cultural tradition of Beverly that the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre helped create a century ago.

Gordon Arnold, Ph.D., is the author of several books about film and American society and is professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art.

Above artwork: alumnus Jon Bolles ’12, oil on canvas “Cabot Cinema” (36”x48”)


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Colleen Michaels Update

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Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels‘ poem Medeski, Martin, and Wood at Dinner has been published in Hawai’i Review 79: Call & Response, Issue 79, 2014.

A copy of the journal is currently in Montserrat’s Paul Scott Library circulation desk.

Also, her poem is one of the featured storytellers for A Winter’s Tale in Portsmouth, NH on March 16.

As the season turns and sunset arrives later each day, March’s theme encourages reflection on growth, change, and thresholds crossed, featuring stories by a range of creative people including writer and host of Newburyport’s Tannery Series, Dawne Shand; writer Zach Foote; poet and artist Colleen Michaels; musician and comedian Jon Lessard; actor and web developer Kevin Baringer; and writer and filmmaker Jason Santo. Each storyteller will take a turn before the crowd, relying only on memory to share a 10-minute true story from their own lives. Learn more here!

Also, her wildly successful Improbable Places Poetry Tour has been featured in the April 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine on page 44. Click here to read the article! 

Her next Improbable Places Poetry Tour stop is Thursday, March 27, at Eurostoves, The Culinary Centre (45 Enon Street, Beverly). This month’s theme is In the Kitchen.”  Send your submissions to her at colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu by March 20. Learn more here!

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Salem Film Fest Class Interview

Salem Film Fest Class Interview
“DISCOVERING DOCUMENTARY” AT SALEM FILM FEST”

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Documentary film has the power to teach us about the unfamiliar and to help us discover new realities.  A guide can be helpful in this journey – enter Erin Trahan, Editor and Publisher of The Independent.Salem Film Fest audiences might recognize Trahan from the filmmaker forums and Q&A sessions she’s monitored in the past. She’s also involved behind the scenes as a member of multiple juries every year, helping to decide which films featured at SFF leave Salem with honors.

This year, Erin has partnered with SFF and Montserrat College of Art in creating and leading an interactive classroom/festival experience, “Discovering Documentary: Tools for Educators, Filmmakers, and Astute Viewers,” which combines a theoretical introduction to the documentary genre, from origins to the latest trends. As part of the students’ education on how to use documentary film in education or community settings as well, Trahan will be bringing her class to Salem Film Fest to see some of the premier documentaries currently being produced.
SFF Organizer Jeff Schmidt had the chance to speak with Trahan after her first class to discuss the role documentaries can play in today’s classrooms, why the class is important, and how Salem Film Fest can help support the lessons learned in the classroom.
Jeff Schmidt:  What was your goal and inspiration in designing this class and why partner with Salem Film Fest?
Erin Trahan:  The goal is to bring together people who already have an appreciation for documentary film in order to deepen their knowledge both of the form and ways to access movies, especially locally. Salem Film Fest is a great fit as it’s already a tremendous resource for documentary lovers, and it’s right next door! The thinking behind the class is to enhance what the festival offers annually with additional focused dialogue and community-building.
JS:  What is it about the documentary form that lends itself as a teaching tool for educators?
ET:  Documentary has always been interested in the actual and the factual. It’s roots are in presenting new and unseen worlds to its audiences or taking a close, sometimes academic look at a culture or political situation or conflict. Though students today might be inundated with moving image, it remains evocative and irresistible. Turn on a TV and all eyes will turn their attention to it, at least for a while. Documentary gives teachers a powerful way to engage students on a huge range of current and historical topics.
JS:  Do you think documentary film has become more accessible to general audiences over the last few years?  If so, why?
ET:  Not necessarily in terms of theatrical releases. Art house cinemas, where most documentaries screen, are doing their best to stay afloat but it’s not uncommon for an American to live a good two hours drive from an independently-owned cinema. Of course the Internet and online streaming options have opened things up a great deal. Now the challenge for viewers is to sort through the plethora of titles and find ones that are worth their time.
JS:  What films at this year’s festival will your class be viewing?
ET:  We’ll be seeing TOKYO WAKA and EVERYBODY STREET together as a class though my guess is that class members will be seeing a good five or six more films throughout the fest.

JS:  What are you hoping your students will take away from this class?
ET:  If each student discovers one new local film festival to explore or indie theater to check out plus a new friend, the class would have exceeded my goals! As much as I’d like for students to leave feeling informed, I want them leaving feeling the abundance of opportunity they have to see documentary and directly engage with filmmakers and programmers working in this region.

For more information about “Discovering Documentary: Tools for Educators, Filmmakers, and Astute Viewers,” visit montserrat.edu/continuing-ed/spring/salem-film-fest-class


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Summer Immersives Featured Faculty: John Murray

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John Murray, born in Boston in 1942, has lived in Los Angeles, Provincetown and Boston. For more than 40 years he has explored his bleak/sensual aesthetic through paints and mediums of all descriptions, as well as printmaking and assemblages. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, and exhibits widely throughout the North East. jmurrayart.com

This summer, he will be teaching a Summer Immersive course through our Continuing Education Department:

Supercharged Painting
Instructor: John Murray
June 16 – 20 | Mon. – Fri. | 9am – 4pm

This course begins with the notion that Jackson Pollock liberated painting and takes off from there. Students will investigate various painting media including acrylic, glazes, pigments, and collage. Both figurative and abstract approaches are encouraged in this energetic class with an emphasis on Post Modern plasticity and visual language.

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Prerequisite: none required
Price: $795; $715 Early Bird rate (register before April 10)

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Montserrat at North Shore Chamber Business Expo

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On March 13, Montserrat College of Art will be one of the exhibitors at the largest B2B Expo on the North Shore at the Doubletree by Hilton North Shore Hotel in Danvers, MA.

The event draws more than 2,500 attendees.

Amy Ruiter from our Career Services Department and Kathleen Burke from our Community Relations Office will be there to answer questions about Montserrat’s BFA program, Internships Opportunities, Continuing Education Programs, Gallery events and The Creative Economy of the North Shore – CEANS.

For more information, visit: https://www.northshorechamber.org/2014expo
Hope to see you there!


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Montserrat’s Salem Film Festival Workshop Part 1

Discovering Documentary: Tools for Educators, Filmmakers, and Astute Viewers

Sat. March 1 + Sat. March 8

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This course spends one day in the classroom with an introduction to the documentary genre, from origins to the latest trends, and a practical overview of how to use documentary film in educational or community settings. Day two is spent at the Salem Film Fest, an all-documentary film festival in downtown Salem, MA, where participants will see and discuss in-depth at least two films.

Learn more here!

Instructor Bio
Erin Trahan’s background in film includes producing, programming, and multi-platform film journalism. As a journalist, she has contributed to WBUR, The Boston Globe, New Hampshire Public Radio, NewEnglandFilm.com and elsewhere. She currently edits and publishes The Independent, an online magazine about film, and its related books on filmmaking. She has moderated several seasons of the all-documentary series, The DocYard, as well as panels and discussions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Boston Public Library, as well as Salem Film Fest, New Hampshire Film Festival, and The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, where she has also served on juries. She helped produce the documentary, Love and Other Anxieties, and is working on a new project still under wraps. A past president of Women in Film & Video/New England, she now serves on the board of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. She recently finished her fourth Frommer’s Guide to Montreal and Quebec City.

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