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.

By Terry Slater

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
For more information, visit

Alumni News: Dana Martin – Illustrator Saturday Interview


The following is an excerpt from an interview with Montserrat College of Art alumna DanaMartin ’11 conducted by

Dana Martin is an illustrator and designer who was born in New Mexico and has been roaming ever since. A recent graduate of Montserrat College of Art, her work has appeared in several local shows and was recently featured in CMYK’s Top New 100 Creatives.

Her clients include the Peabody Essex Museum, Hendrickson Publishers, Chrysler, ABDO, ArtThrob Magazine and Ploughshares. The Johnstown Flood, scheduled for release this fall, will be her first illustrated chapter book.

How long have you been illustrating?
3 years professionally.

dana-artthrobtumblr_m871wocm1y1qfkufkHow did you decide to attend Montserrat College of Art?
Because I knew so little then about how to choose an art school, I started my search with two lists. One was of all the schools in the AICAD (Association of Independent Schools of Art and Design) and the other was of those in the NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). I wanted to go to a private college and I figured any school that made both the lists was probably pretty good (now that I know more about accreditation processes, this seems amazingly naïve). After that I just started investigating every school that was in both associations. Most of them didn’t offer illustration programs, so they were easy to cross off. Others I could tell just weren’t the right fit. I eventually applied to RISD, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and Montserrat, and was accepted into all three. At that point, the smart thing would have been to visit the campuses, but since I was in the middle of gen. ed. classes at a state university on the other side of the country, I couldn’t get away. I kept calling and emailing the admissions offices with more questions, and they all did their best to get me the info I needed. Montserrat was always the pleasantest to deal with, though, and I just started to get the sense that it was a place where I would really feel at home. This turned out to be true.

unnamed-5Can you tell us a bit about that school?
Montserrat is a quirky little school slightly north of Boston. They offer all the standard art school concentrations, but the illustration department is particularly strong. There’s an emphasis on building foundational skills rather than chasing the latest trends, and the learning atmosphere is great because the students and instructors are serious about their work, but not their self-image. It’s a down-to-earth and unpretentious community, something that’s not always easy to find in the art world.

What were you favorite classes?
That’s a hard choice, I had a lot of great ones. I really enjoyed the natural science illustration class, because we learned a lot about botany and insects, and there was a whole closet full of butterflies, dried flowers, stuffed birds, and other treasures that we were free to borrow for sketching. My thesis class was also amazing, because I got to plan my own assignments but was supported by everyone’s feedback. Even the classes I wasn’t enthusiastic about, though, such as typography and web design, have proven invaluable since graduation.

What did you do right after you graduated?
I continued with some of the things I’d already been doing in college – working at a library and helping with Montserrat’s summer program – but I did manage to get some small illustration jobs almost as soon as I graduated.


Do you feel that the classes you took in college have influenced your style?
One thing I appreciated about my instructors was that they didn’t steer students toward one style or another, but instead worked to help each of us sort out the voices we already had. I’ve always had an eye for detail, but when I started school, it was out of hand. My compositions were cramped and everything in the picture was competing for elbow room, so nothing could flow. The instructors helped me recognize the problem and find ways to open up the page.

When did you decide you wanted to illustrate a children’s book?
I expect from the moment I first saw a children’s book. Even before I could read them I never went anywhere without one. Come to think of it, I still don’t.

Any words of wisdom on how to become a successful writer or illustrator?
Everyone knows they have to work hard, but I don’t think everyone realizes how long they’ll be working hard. This is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s easy to neglect everything else in the pursuit of your craft, but over time that undermines you. Art has to be about something. If you cut yourself off from your friends, your hobbies, and whatever else fuels you as a person, you eventually will have nothing to say artistically. In the words of Gore Vidal, the unfed mind devours itself.

You can visit Dana at or find out what’s new with her on her blog at

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Sally Seamans Exhibits Shoes in Gloucester

imageWho needs Prada, Gucci and Jimmy Choo?

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.

Learn more here!

Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust and Community Earth Day

VertLogoWhtBckgrndFor the first time ever, Essex County Greenbelt is hosting an Earth Day festival in collaboration with numerous community non-profit organizations. Join the fun at the Cox Reservation headquarters in Essex on Sunday, April 27, from 10 am-2 pm. This free event will celebrate the environment, and build connections to our natural world by offering family-friendly activities. The event will also showcase local non-profit organizations that share a commitment to building an environmentally sustainable community.

Dave Rimmer, Greenbelt’ s Osprey Program director, will help kick off the day by introducing families to Allyn and Ethel, our resident Osprey pair who recently returned to their Cox nesting platform following their winter migration. They’ve already produced one egg in their nest. Throughout the day, families can use a spotting scope and binoculars to observe their nesting activity, and we’ll tune into Greenbelt’s on-line OspreyCam to see them up close.


For those interested in a more energetic activity, Greenbelt will lead an invasive species identification and removal excursion on the property. Participants are welcome to dig in and get dirty. Old clothes, boots, and hand tools are encouraged.

Participating non-profit community partners will offer hands-on activities for the whole family…even your dog! Cape Ann Animal Aid of Gloucester will demonstrate the fun of recycling by helping kids make sustainable chew toys for Fido. Bring an empty plastic water bottle and fleece scraps as materials. They’ll also be bringing some adoptable pups to meet.

Founded in 1972 as a direct result of Earth Day, Toad Hall Bookstore of Rockport gives 100% of its profits to environmental projects. Toad Hall will offer an all-day book swap. Drop off your old books, and take some new ones for free. You can even sign up to join the Green Toad Book Club, a monthly venture co-sponsored by the Book Store and Greenbelt.

Internationally Known Animator Bryan Konietzko to Speak at 2014 Commencement Ceremonies

Graduation invite 2014

Montserrat College of Art announces internationally known Animator Bryan Konietzko as the 2014 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient. Mr. Konietzko will address the Montserrat community on May 16, 2014 at 10 am at the Dane Street Church, 10 Dane Street, Beverly.

Konietzko is a Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated animation director, best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. He has also worked as a character designer at Film Roman for Family Guy and as Assistant Director for Mission Hill and King of the Hill. He was a Storyboard Artist and Art Director for the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim. Konietzko earned a BFA degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.


 “We are extremely honored to have an artist of Mr. Konietzko’s caliber speaking to our graduates,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of the college. “His successful career both in the US and abroad will be inspirational to our community. We are excited to welcome him to the campus and to the North Shore.”

The Class of 2014 has selected Asst. Prof. Shanth S. Enjeti to serve as the faculty speaker at commencement and Merriweather McCarty has been named student speaker.

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

For further information, contact Jo Broderick at or 978.867.9613.

Accepted Students Day and Open House 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014
On view through April 23

Montserrat College of Art’s Annual Accepted Students Day and Open House took place Saturday, April 12. It is the college’s annual spring event which celebrates the work of our community. Accepted students and their families spent the morning of Saturday, April 12th getting to know Montserrat a little bit more. They explored the campus, met our faculty and their potential new classmates!

Each year, the college’s buildings at 23 Essex Street and 301 Cabot Street become galleries and works of all students, including those in our Continuing Education program, are displayed in galleries, classrooms and hallways.

Open House is open to the public, 3- 6 pm that evening, and are encouraged to come and tour our facilities and see the latest work of our freshmen through seniors. On view were painting, drawing, prints, graphic design, sculpture, video, photography, animations, illustrations, book arts and creative writings.

An awards ceremony to present scholarships was held at 4 pm in the second floor hallway of the Hardie building, 23 Essex Street, Beverly.

The Award Recipients are as follows:


Carol Schlosberg Scholarship – Kevin Lucey
Will and Elena Barnet Painting and Drawing Award – Amanda Hawkins 
Paul Scott Award – Zachary DeWitt 
Irene Michelini Scholarship – Deanna Jacome 
Will and Elena Barnet Art History Prize – Stephanie Visciglia
George Gabin Scholarship Fun – Sasha Pacek 
Jim Sawyer Scholarship – Bradford Lyon 
Bridget Endowed Fund – Paige Hall 
Gallery Della-Piana – Madelaine Dennis 
Ruth Mann Scholarship – Phoebe Warner 
Joan Jenner Scholarship – Katherine Roldan 
Fran F. Carreiro Scholarship – Michael LaChapelle (Loki) 
Lawrence M. and Frances Swan Smith Scholarship – Phoebe Warner 
Donna Maria Twarog Scholarship – Victoria Cossette 
Thomas Brassard Scholarship – Michelle Moore & Jack Truong 
The William and Ruth Fusco Scholarship in Fine Arts – Kayla Cochran 
Lisa Elwell Artist Encouragement Fund – Shannon Blencowe 
Beth Zion Scholarship Fund – Michael Outhuse 
Glovsky Award – Haley Vessey 
Hazen Family Fund Award – Kaitlyn Assmann 
Ollie Balf Scholarship Fund – Maria Echavez 
Bob Edwards Scholarship – Bronte Pirulli 
Elizabeth I Martin – Shae Vasile 

Printmaking – Robert Manson
Sculpture – Sarah Graziano 
Foundation – Hannah Keyes
Foundation – Sarah Downie 
Foundation – Michael Aghahow
Foundation – Giulia Davis
Foundation – Gina Semple 
Foundation – Aubrey Mueller 
Foundation – Katherine Rosengarten
Foundation – Kayla Dill 
Painting – Aubrey Gauthier 
Painting – Ian Cooper
Graphic Design – Samantha Perry 
Typography – Joanna Carey 
Photography – Adam Kooken 
Liberal Arts – Brenda Roswess 
Animation & Interactive Media – Bronte Pirulli 
Illustration – Hannah Connolly 
Art History – Kerry McDermott 
Creative Writing – Michael Parrillo 
Art Supplies Wholesale – Deanna Jacome 
Open House Design Publication Award – Alexandra Rios 
Book Arts – Taylor Kurmis 
Art Education – Ashley Mendes 
Internship Award – David Sam 
Studio for Experiential Learning – Adam Kooken
Alumni Award – Dylan Griffith

Montserrat Galleries’ Pamela Campanaro Published an Essay on Big, Red and Shiny

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Photo by L. Barry Hetherington

Through Abstraction We Shape the World
By Pam Campanaro
April 09, 2014

Through abstraction, we shape the world. Through art, we translate thoughts, intuitions, feelings, and intentions into actions that transform reality.
- Olafur Eliasson

The first time I attended an Olafur Eliasson speaking engagement was at the Education + Activism Salon at Miami Basel in December of 2013. Eliasson was joined by Klaus Blesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 to discuss the social business and emerging global project, Little Sun—a functional, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp developed in collaboration between Eliasson and engineer, Frederik Ottesen. Little Sun is a self-proclaimed “social business” with the aim to sustain a global wave of connecting the world by sharing, delivering, and sustaining an affordable, reliable light source for off-grid communities.

Photo by L. Barry Hetherington

The conversation between Eliasson and Blesenbach organically shifted to art’s ability to act as a catalyst for social justice. At a more fundamental level, the abstract ideas and critical dialogue that provoke exploration is a source of confidence and freedom for young artists that is hard to teach. It is learned naturally, through persistence and pursuit of one’s practice. I was struck over the head (hard) with a blunt statement made by Eliasson, “Young artists are so talented, but in a way, they are also traumatized.” He went on to elaborate, citing that the decision to pursue the arts as a language for engagement, in or out of art school, is a huge risk. It is unrelenting to invest in a passion as abstract and contested as art. Be it painting or curating or whatever discipline, the course is never defined. It is unclear and less concrete to commit to a practice that is continuously evolving, adjusting, and influencing a global perspective. And yes, while it is true other fields such as medicine evolve with new discovery, the absolute fact does not exist in art. To grow with a field that is still defining its own language and objectives is hard—and it demands confidence in order to persevere. As a result of Eliasson’s phrase, I became acutely aware of how much of his practice is a platform for education and empowering diversified youth to explore abstract thinking.

Olafur Eliasson and I crossed paths again, this time at the MIT public lecture “Holding Hands With the Sun” in honor of his recent Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts. On the surface, Eliasson’s lecture re-introduced the audience to Little Sun and reviewed a retrospective of his work. The audience was an assemblage of Boston-area artists, curators, scholars, students, engineers, philanthropists, etc. gathered from diversified fields. Together, a cultural geography of what collaboration looks like was formed that evening. Looking back, the crowd was a reflection of Eliasson’s think-tank studio model. Eliasson works with a cohort of interdisciplinary collaborators such as “slow walkers”, art historians, engineers, designers, food researchers, architects, and color experts to name a few. Although each background is different, the participants who impose their disciplines onto each project are quite interdependent. There is an inherent understanding that thinking abstractly is valued and, dare it be said, encouraged.

As a fairly recent Boston-area transplant working at an arts institution, I am continually reminded of the “risks” taken by the students I encounter daily and the “trauma” they face as budding artists. Eliasson’s studio practice has informed my social responsibility as a curator to the community of young artists with whom I engage. Artists and the projects they cultivate, like Eliasson and Little Sun, are macro reminders to the seemingly microcosm of students whose minds think abstractly. And while it is hard to drown out the noise of financial debt and questions like, “How will you make a living with an degree in Art?” a louder question resonates from the cultural shift spurred by Eliasson. He said it best during his MIT lecture: Rather than asking how? Ask why?

Photo by L. Barry Hetherington

Photo by L. Barry Hetherington

It is essential, in every stage of artistic growth and/or practice, to have the confidence to ask why. Why communicate through the language of medium? Why is conceptual thinking critical? Why is my stake in creative expression a valued pursuit? All of these questions relate to the ability to think abstractly and embracing the necessity to do so with confidence. Contrary to what a general public might think, it is a necessity. Abstract thinking is a fortuitous, viable skill. The generalization is to think of art in less than concrete terms because as a language, its communication is multi-layered.

I used to think that my responsibility as a curator and educator in the arts was to pass along little nuggets of truth. However, “Holding Hands With The Sun” has redirected my understanding of freedom and responsibility. The language of a “me” perspective that asks what the singular “I” can exchange with “you”, assumes an exclusive, elitist engagement. Rather, as evidenced in the studio practice of Eliasson and in the mood of the room that evening at MIT, multiple voices contribute to a participatory productivity combining this idea of freedom and responsibility.

In the end, the aesthetic beauty and cultural richness that comes from such conceptual thinking is what bridges the gaps between individual and community. I am fortunate enough to work in a place that facilitates a space where the aim can be about the experience and my language as a curator of desire and creativity is encouraged. It remains, however, a collective responsibility, to encourage one another to be confident in our independent thinking and continue to ask why.

Pam Campanaro is the Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at Montserrat College of Art. She received her MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 and a BA in Art History and Museum Studies from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA in 2009.

April Arts Events at Salem State University


The end of the spring semester is jam packed with arts events all over campus. It is time to get out and about and we hope you will include some of our programming in your plans. Take time for art!

Karen Gahagan
Director, Center for Creative and Performing Arts

 Opening Thursday, April 17!

The Servant of Two Mastersunnamed-2
by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by David Allen George

April 17 – 19 and 24-26, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 27, 2 pm
Mainstage Theatre

Take a young couple about to be wed, add two manipulating fathers, a saucy maid, a gourmet innkeeper, a misjudged killer, a woman dressed as a man, awkward porters and rude waiters with a dash of a mischievous servant and you have Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece, The Servant of Two Masters.

At its center is the scheming (and perpetually hungry) servant, Truffaldino, who concocts a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. While Goldoni’s Venetian romp was written in the eighteenth century, audience members will recognize timeless comic devices reminiscent of the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Little Tramp.”

Directed and choreographed by David Allen George with scenic Venice designed by James Fallon and the elaborate costumes and traditional masks of the Venice Carnival designed by Jane Hillier-Walkowiak, this wildly funny and totally enjoyable classic is a guaranteed delight.

Speech communication pre-show discussion:
What’s So Funny – Universal Humor
Thursday, April 24, 6:30 pm

Tickets: $15 general/ $10 students and seniors/Salem State students free with ID

Purchase tickets online at or by phone: 978.542.6365. Tickets will also be available at the door.


#SSUBuildsAnOpera – Bring your phone and leave it on!
Recital Hall, 7:30 pm
Central Campus (71 Loring Ave.)

Bring your cell phone and join us in creating a unique concert experience where the audience determines the storyline for the evening’s opera mash-up. Audience members will text, tweet or QR scan the storyline for the opera. Will the hero live? Will the heroine and her beloved live happily ever after? Will the villain win the day? Will the heroine and the villain find they have something in common after all? It’s up to you!

The evening features the Salem State Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mary-Jo Grenfell, vocal students Elizabeth Anderson, Michael Benjamin, Amanda Cooper, Chelsea Flordeliza, Tyler Gioacchini, and Matthew Trainor who will be joined by alumni vocalist Antanas Meilus ’09.

This event is free although donations at the door in support of scholarships for music majors are welcome. The concert will begin with a performance by the University Band under the direction of Amy McGlothlin.

Please be advised that parking at Central Campus is limited due to construction. If there are no parking spaces available by the Enterprise Center, please proceed to the O’Keefe Center parking lot (225 Canal St.) A dedicated concert shuttle will be transporting concert patrons between the lot and Central Campus from about 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The shuttle will be located in the corner of the lot at Canal Street and Forest Street where the neon sign is located. There will be ample parking in that corner of the O’Keefe lot.



Image at right is: Lophius Piscatorius Laterna, serigraph

Lophius Piscatorius Laterna, serigraph

Exhibition: Stephanie DeFreest
Honors in Art: Printmaking
April 22- May 1
Artist’s Reception: Wednesday, April 23, 6 pm

Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette Street

Monday through Friday from 10am-2 pm or by appointment. 978.542.7890

April 26, 7:30 pm – $10 suggested donation at the door
April 28, 11 am – free
Multipurpose Gym
O’Keefe Sports Complex

The Salem State campus is being transformed by ongoing construction projects. The observer witnesses the structural bones of the buildings, the construction process, and the change that occurs to the surrounding spaces as a result. This process is not that different from the construction of a dance. The choreographer lays a foundation and then adds the details through the manipulation of bodies in space, time and energy. Join us and witness the dances built by our students and faculty.

Career Services Summer Opportunities


Graphic Designer, Hill Holliday Greensville, SC
Assistant Social Media Strategist, Hill Holliday Boston, MA
Graphics Production Lead, Design Communications Ltd. Boston, MA
Communications Associate, Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative Pittsfield, MA

PT / Temp/ Summer
Communications/Marketing Manager, Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Lynn, MA
Staff, BEAM Camp Strafford, NH
Guest Services Representatives, PEM Salem, MA
Museum Interpreter, Concord Museum Concord, MA
Visitor Services Representative, Worcester Art Museum Worcester, MA
Visitor Services Associate, Trinity Church Boston, MA
Summer Program Group Leader, Community Art Center Cambridge, MA
Admissions and Retail Staff, Heritage Museums & Gardens Sandwich, MA

Studio Assistant (Paid Internship), Montserrat Galleries Beverly, MA
Visual Design Intern, SimpleTuition Boston, MA
Studio Assistant Internship, Jesse Kahn Creative Boston, MA
Computer Lab Intern, CCTV Cambridge, MA
Video Production Intern, Company One Boston, MA
Research/Archive Intern, Landslides Aerial Photography Lincoln, MA
Arts Administration Internship (Fall), BCA Boston, MA

Calls For Work
animateCOLOGNE – Cologne Art & Animation Festival
Dimensions, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem

Maker Fellow
Montserrat Summer Immersives Alumni Fellowship

Alumni News: Chris Pianka Working for Nickelodeon

Animator Chris Pianka Holds On To His Roots
while Hanging with Hollywood Stars
by Kristin D’Agostino

Working at Nickelodian Studios, Chris Pianka gets to work with artwork from the Nineties.

Working at Nickelodeon Studios, Chris Pianka gets to work with iconic artwork from the Nineties.

Being a Massachusetts kid in Hollywood has its perks: Sharing a table with Leonardo DiCaprio at an Oscars party, hobnobbing with fellow cartoonists at the local comic book shop, and taking part in the local zine scene. But, best of all, says Montserrat grad Chris Pianka, is hanging out with Ren and Stimpy, something he does everyday as a library specialist at Nickelodeon Animation Studio’s artist resource library.

Pianka, who graduated in 2011 with an animation and interactive media degree, says his transition from New England to Hollywood has been “surreal” to say the least, but he’s enjoying every minute of it. The twenty-something animator accepted the job at Nickelodeon in February. He catalogues artwork; makes sure pieces are backed up in the digital archive; and shows past work to artists who come in seeking inspiration.

“My favorite part of the job is being able to pull out Sponge Bob or Ren and Stimpy,” he says, adding, “It’s really cool to go through this stuff.”

Nickelodeon, Pianka says, is currently in the process of reinventing itself, and is looking back to the Nineties for inspiration. “It’s about remembering that vibe and the roots of the art,” he says. “It’s a great time to be here.”

Chris Pianka is inspired by animators Hayao Miyazaki and Jean Giraud.

Chris Pianka’s work is inspired by Japanese and French animation.

Landing a job at a Hollywood studio did not come easily to Pianka. He attributes much of his success to a junior year internship he had with filmmaker Daniel Sousa where he worked on the animated film “Feral”. During this time, Pianka contributed some of his own drawings to the film, which went on to receive an Oscar nomination. The internship helped to land him another one at Nickelodeon the following summer. And, when Sousa came out to California to attend the Oscars for his film nomination, he invited Pianka to come with him to a week’s worth of events where Pianka made valuable industry contacts.

After the summer internship ended, Pianka returned home to the North Shore and life got decidedly less exciting. He moved in with his parents, got a coffee shop job, and began a third internship in Boston. But, the whole time he was in New England, Pianka worked hard at maintaining his connection to Hollywood life by reading animation blogs, and keeping in touch with people he’d met there. And, when a position opened up at Nickelodeon in February, Pianka was called in for an interview. The rest, as they say, is history.

In Hollywood Pianka hopes to develop his style so he can one day work on a show of his own.

In Hollywood Pianka hopes to develop his style so he can one day work on a show of his own.

In the future, Pianka would like to work as a storyboard artist and character designer on a cartoon show or to direct and produce his own show. But, for now, the young animator is content to act as a link between the artists of today and the artwork of the past. “I’m going to hold off pitching a show until I have a strong voice,” he says. “I want to develop a sense of who I am as an animation director. I want to have an idea to pitch that they won’t be able to resist.”

To other students who might want to follow in his footsteps Pianka has this advice: “If you’re going to make something your life’s work, you have to make it your life’s work. Put your work out there; meet people. Know your industry inside and out. It may take years to get there, but you can’t give up.”

- Kristin D’Agostino

Alumni News: Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell, an artist based in Indiana, attended Montserrat in the 1970s.

Jim Campbell, an artist based in Indiana, attended Montserrat in the 1970s.

Carved from a Stack of Books,
im Campbell’s Artwork is Bound to Inspire
by Kristin D’Agostino

In looking at Jim Campbell’s work, it’s easy to see the Indiana-based artist has a good sense of humor. A cookie, baked to a golden crisp, is displayed in a lower corner of his website. But, viewers beware- this is not your grandma’s chocolate chip cookie. Baked from a mold the artist carved himself, this tasty treat resembles an ancient relic found in a museum, complete with scene straight off a Japanese vase- a woman standing in front of a temple, gazing into the distance. This cookie is one example of how Campbell, a freelance designer and painter, likes to amuse himself and stay creatively challenged.

Jim Campbell attended Montserrat in the early 1970’s. After decades working in the printing industry as a designer, in the 1990’s with the advent of digital, Campbell was forced to reinvent himself. He studied Adobe InDesign and CAD technical drawing software, and spent the next years carving out a new career for himself as a freelance designer. These days he designs traveling exhibits for commercial clients.

Campbell does his part to keep print alive by carving sculptures out of old books.

Campbell does his part to keep print alive by carving sculptures out of old books.

When he’s not working, Campbell enjoys creating multi-media paintings and sculptures from materials such as foam, PVC and lightweight concrete. His brightly colored wall sculptures are geometric in their design, like Van Gogh in 3 D.

Recently Campbell has found a way to reconnect with the printing world: He’s been carving sculptures out of stacks of old books and magazines. “It’s a type of low relief carving into the edge of the publications,” the artist explains. “It keeps the spines intact and the surface of the pages acts like a relief surface.”

In one piece entitled The Tenth Muse, a voluptuous woman looks as though she’s about to step out of a stack of magazines. This sculpture, Campbell says, took about three weeks to create through a combination of rough carving and work with a band saw. The print sculptures, the artist says, are just another way stay challenged.

This cookie, titled Whispering Mountain, was inspired by Asian artwork.

This cookie, titled Whispering Mountain, was inspired by Asian artwork.

As for the cookie, this blogger wants to know, are there more, and will he share?

Unfortunately, no, says Campbell; the cookies were a passing phase. The curious must satisfy their hunger by feasting their eyes on the digital version on the artist’s website. Every last special cookie edition was eaten by friends and family.

Still painting and exhibiting his work locally, Campbell says he remembers his time at Montserrat fondly. “The teachers do a lot for helping you find yourself. The requirements of the classroom, the pressure to keep working and producing is important to being an artist.”

- Kristin D’Agostino

Montserrat’s Annual Open House April 12

ASD Open House Card

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 3 – 6 pm
Awards Ceremony 4 pm

Open House will be Saturday, April 12 from 3-6 pm. It is the college’s annual spring event which celebrates the work of our community.

Each year, the college’s buildings at 23 Essex St. and 301 Cabot St. become galleries and works of all students, including those in our Continuing Education program, are displayed in galleries, classrooms and hallways.

Open House is open to the public and we encourage you to come and tour our facilities and see the latest work of our freshmen through seniors. On view will be painting, drawing, prints, graphic design, sculpture, video, photography, animations, illustrations, book arts and creative writings.

An awards ceremony to present scholarships will be held at 4 pm in the second floor hallway of the Hardie building, 23 Essex St., Beverly.

Gallery Update: Last Visiting Artist Talks of the Spring Semester


Thursday, April 10th, 11:30am
Artist Talk: Valeri Larko

Landscapes found on the outskirts of American cities are the settings Valeri Larko is most drawn to. Her paintings capture the urban fringe and uncover stories within the ruins of contemporary culture.

Artist Talk Location: 23 Essex Street, Room 201

Valeri Larko, Diptych Ferris Stahl-Meyer, 2012, oil on linen

Valeri Larko, Diptych Ferris Stahl-Meyer, 2012, oil on linen

Monday, April 14th, 11:30am
Artist Talk: Greg Cook

Greg Cook’s talk is entitled “Remaking Our Sad World: From Community Activism to World-Building” and will be in conjunction with his installation,
The Saddest Forest on Earth, which is on view at the Frame 301 Gallery through April 18th.

Artist Talk Location: 23 Essex Street, Room 201

 Greg Cook,The Saddest Forest On Earth, 2014

Greg Cook,The Saddest Forest On Earth, 2014

Montserrat College of Art Galleries |23 Essex St. | Beverly | MA

for a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit:

for more information on Montserrat Galleries Public Programs:
please contact Savery Kelley at

Record-breaking numbers for Montserrat’s Annual Artrageous!28 Auction for student scholarship

Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz '08

Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz ’08

Montserrat College of Art’s annual art auction party, Artrageous!28 broke records Saturday night, March 29, when more than 1,000 friends of the college came together to raise approximately $432,000 for student scholarship.

Artrageous!28 guest taking a look at the art during the silent auction. Photo Cred: Montserrat student Michelle Behre '14

Artrageous!28 guest taking a look at the art during the silent auction. Photo Cred: Montserrat student Michelle Behre ’14

More than 260 paintings, prints, photographs, illustrations, sculpture, jewelry, giftware and trips were donated by Montserrat students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees and established and emerging artists from across the nation for the auction.

Artrageous! has become the signature spring event on the North Shore. It was held at Shetland Park in Salem, MA. The annual auction supports much-needed student scholarship.

Chair of Montserrat's Board of Trustees Lee Dellicker of Windover Construction, Liz Dellicker and Montserrat President Steve Immerman. Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz '08

Chair of Montserrat’s Board of Trustees Lee Dellicker of Windover Construction, Liz Dellicker and Montserrat President Steve Immerman. Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz ’08

Guests were given the opportunity to see students create on-site artwork at several Art-In-The-Moment stations, experience Where Creativity Works at Montserrat, enjoy music from Salem-based band The Dejas and taste the culinary art of Timothy S. Hopkins Catering.

The night’s Featured Artist was Steve Locke, Honorary Chair was Mary Puma, Chairman/CEO, Axcelis, Lead Sponsors were Windover Construction, Inc. and Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC, Hal and Jodi Hess, and Mary Puma and Eivind Lange along with an impressive list of other sponsors.

Montserrat students during the Art-in-the-Moment. Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz '08

Montserrat students during the Art-in-the-Moment. Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz ’08

“My husband, Eivind and I had a fantastic time at the Artrageous!28 auction party, Saturday night,” said Honorary Chair Mary Puma, Chairman/CEO, Axcelis. “This really is a signature spring event on the North Shore. We are so happy to help raise scholarship funds for these deserving students while attending such a creative and exciting event! We are looking forward to next year’s already.”

A highlight of the evening was a call for direct scholarship aid during the live auction which raised more than $65,000 in support. All support for the event increased this year, from sponsorships, to catalog advertising, to ticket sales to the amount of art donated to the college to raise money for support.

For further information about Artrageous!28, visit or contact Erin Carter at, 978-921-4242 x1114.

Montserrat students and alumni celebrate in excitement as senior Taylor Clough's '14 (middle/white dress) piece sold for $2,900 during the live portion of Artrageous!28. Photo Cred: Montserrat student Dino Rowan Traite '16

Montserrat students and alumni celebrate in excitement as senior Taylor Clough’s ’14 (middle/white dress) piece sold for $2,900 during the live portion of Artrageous!28. Photo Cred: Montserrat student Dino Rowan Traite ’16

Montserrat Community Involved in Sea Change Production


Montserrat College of Arts students have been collaborating with Sea Change Theatre Company for the following productions:


Three Christmas Gifts

Paige Hall: painter, scenic charge, and props assistant
Hannah Keyes: Head Painter
Bronte Pirulli: painter
LiAnn Natter: painter
Phil Hoa: props builder
Aubrey Mueller: props builder, fabric/costume assistant

sea_o (1)Antigone

Paige Hall: Intern/designer
Aubrey Mueller: tattoo shirt designer and painter
Ariel Lund: fabric manipulator
Hannah Keyes: fabric manipulator
For more ticket information, visit their Facebook page or contact, call 978.500.3885

Career Services Update: Summer Opportunities

Visual Designer, IBM  Bay Area, CA
Buyer, Fab New York, NY
K-12 Art Teacher, Carney Sandoe & Associates
2-D Artist/Illustrator, Multimedia Games Austin, TX
Associate Graphic Designer, Reebok Canton, MA

PT / Temp/ Summer
Visitor Assitant, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MA
Guide, Otis House Museum Cambridge, MA
Visitor Services, MIT Museum Cambridge, MA
Temporary Gallery Staff, MIT Museum Cambridg, MA

Design Intern, Ideo San Fancisco, CA
Graphic and Web Design Internship, UFORGE Jamiaca Plain, MA
Gallery Internship, Rockport Art Association Rockport, MA
Videography Intern, United Independent Movement Boston, MA

Calls For Work
Student International Film Festival, Rijeka
The Road Gallery, NYC

AmeriCorps Camperhill Program, Lukas Community Temple, NH
Maker Fellow
Montserrat Summer Immersives Alumni Fellowship
Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists
For the latest updates on Jobs and Summer Opportunities follow Montserrat’s Career Services on Twitter!
Montserrat’s Office of Career Services provides students and alumni with practical information and advice for professional career development. Our staff of artists and career professionals combines for a total 20 years of experience helping individuals navigate through the working world. Through internships, workshops, and opportunities to interact with practicing artists and professionals working in the field, the Montserrat Community actively engages with the Arts and Creative Industries beyond its walls.

Kirk Snow
Director of Career Services
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Amy Ruiter
Assistant Director of Career Services
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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.


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 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:

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Call for Artists: 2014 Artists’ Row Program

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is looking for artists and craftspeople to participate in Artists’ Row, a seasonal art space initiative from May 22 to November 2, 2014. Art space is provided rent-free, and in exchange, requires selected artists to provide free art workshops and/or performances for the community.

Applications and program guidelines are available from the Salem Department of Planning & Community Development, 120 Washington Street, or on the City’s Website at

Applications must be received by or before 12pm (noon), April 11, 2014. Up to three (3) Art Stalls will be awarded.

A site visit will be held on April 3, 2014 from 5:00pm – 5:30pm at Artists’ Row (24 New Derby Street) to view the available art stalls. For questions, contact Frank Taormina at (978) 619-5685.

Don’t miss the North Shore’s Artrageous! Auction Party: March 29


Montserrat College of Art’s Annual Auction Party


Don’t miss THE North Shore’s signature Artrageous! spring event on Saturday, March 29 at Shetland Park, Salem, MA


Artwork by Steve Locke, monument #1, 2013

Featured Artist
Steve Locke

Honorary Chair
Mary Puma
Chairman and CEO, Axcelis

Lead Sponsors
Windover Construction, Inc.
Brookwood Financial Partners

For more information + tickets visit

Tickets are available on-line until Wednesday, March 26 at 5 pm. Prices will increase by $15 at the door the night of the auction.


Public Previews: March 26, 27 & 28, 10 am – 3 pm or by appointment
Shetland Park, Building 4, Entrance V, 27 Congress Street, Salem, MA

View our Artrageous!28 promotional video here!

Contact: Erin Carter
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Photo by Dino Traite ’16: Senior Morgan Dyer reacts with excitement as one of her paintings in the live auction becomes the object of an aggressive war between bidders. Her piece, valued at $1500, sold for $3500!

Alumnus Brett Mason Wins Beverly Main Streets Banner Contest

This year Beverly Main Streets received more than 25 entries as part of our “blank canvas” light pole banner design competition. They are pleased to announce local artist and Montserrat College of Art alumnus Brett Mason‘s unique watercolor design was chosen for the 2014 summer banner. Fifty banners will be installed by the City of Beverly on Cabot and Rantoul Streets, along with tags clearly displaying the name of the sponsor. The banners provide visual impact and highlight our local arts community.


Brett grew up in Beverly and graduated from Montserrat College of Art. When asked about his design, Brett said, “The design is from an abstract watercolor on paper piece I did 3 years ago, which was right around the time when abstract expressionism became a growing interest for me as a painter…When brainstorming ideas I knew that painting would be perfect for the banner design. It is also interesting that the color scheme matches the logo for Beverly Main Streets.” You can see more of Brett’s work at

When asked about downtown Beverly, Brett said, “There’s always something to do downtown whether it be checking out the galleries, grabbing a bite to eat or simply walking around. It’s also nice seeing the growing potential since I started college in 2008. It’s a great place to be!”

Beverly Main Streets would like to thank Brett and all of the talented artists who submitted their designs for the competition, the City of Beverly for installing the banners and the sponsoring businesses.

Learn more here:

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.


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.

Gordon Arnold’s Salem News Column: Cabot Street Theatre


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”)


Opening Reception for Bea Modisett’s Field Work


Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Bea Modisett: Field Work
Reception: Thu., March 20, 5 – 7 pm


On View: March 19 – April 5, 2014
Artist Talk: Wed., March 26, 11:30 am

Montserrat College of Art alumna Bea Modisett’s ’07 paintings present and preserve nature’s instability and impermanence. Her marks accumulate to take on the general shape of changing natural formations. The overall forms in the paintings also relate to cairns and piles of rocks, often found in extreme landscapes. In a sense, each painting becomes a navigational tool, both in its creation and completion.

Bea Modisett,  The White Mountains: Remembered, 2011

Bea Modisett, The White Mountains: Remembered, 2011

Modisett grew up moving back and forth between her birthplace of Washington, D.C and the town of Portsmouth, RI. Since receiving her BFA in painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2007, Modisett has received fellowships to attend the Vermont Studio Center and Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA. She has exhibited her work throughout New England at locations including Kingston Gallery (Boston), 17 Cox (Beverly), HallSpace (Boston), and the New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH). Modisett currently lives and works in Beverly.

For a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit:

For more information on Montserrat Galleries Public Programs:
please contact Savery Kelley at

Colleen Michaels Update


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 by March 20. Learn more here!

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Salem Film Fest Class Interview

Salem Film Fest Class Interview


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

Masconomet Junior Wins Grand Prize at Congressional Art Show

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Masconomet Regional High School junior Isabelle Yabe has been named Grand Prize Award Winner for her piece “Japanese Heritage” in this year’s 6th Congressional District High School Art Show.

Tierney_YabeThe awards were presented Saturday, March 8, by U.S. Representative John F. Tierney at Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly. This marks the 20th year Montserrat has hosted this competition. The exhibit included 124 pieces from 25 different high schools and one homeschooled submission.

The exhibition was juried by Chris Van Allsburg, a Caldecott Medal winning author and illustrator whose books The Polar Express and Jumanji, are among his 15 publications, and Greg Bokor, a designer who is the founder and CEO of Cloud Factory, who has done work with such major global brands as Buick, Pepsi, Target, American Eagle and many others. The competition was open to high school students from public and private schools within the 6th District of Massachusetts, as well as high school students home-schooled within the district.


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(L to R) Caldecott Medal winning author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, Montserrat President Steve Immerman and designer Greg Bokor.

The award winners are as follows:

Isabelle Yabe, “Japanese Heritage”
Masconomet Regional High School

Mary-Elizabeth Stambaugh, “Charcoal Tornado”
Pingree School

Colleen Curtis, “Avalon”
Swampscott High School

John Matthew Plunkett, “Fishing”
Raw Art Works

Maxx Manfre, “Titan in the Clouds”
Beverly High School

Emily Philpot, “Topsfield’s Grade ‘A’ Light Amber”
Masconomet Regional High School


Amesbury High School: Alexandria Debasitis, “The Grass is Always Greener”
Andover High School: Marissa Howell, “My Father and His Horse”
Bishop Fenwick High School: Christine Baldi, “Weathered Thoughts”
Burlington High School: Samantha Sheppard, “Self-Portrait”
Danvers High School: Annabelle Krupcheck, “The Great Divide”
Georgetown Middle High School: Erin Johnson, “Never Travel Alone”
Gloucester High School: Jessica Palazola, “A Day to Relax”
Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School: Caroline Mastrianni, “pH Detector”
Homeschool (GWUOHS): Kaitlyn Fabre, “I’m Coming Home”
Ipswich High School: Gustaf W. Johnson, “Voices”
Landmark School: Sabrina Clark, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
Lynn Classical High School: Stavroula Tzortzis, “Milan”
Lynn English High School: Corinn Bacon, “Let It Go”
Lynnfield High School: Chase Davidson, “The Break Down of a Portrait”
Manchester Essex Regional High School: Hannah Thorne, “Malala”
Newburyport High School: Zoe Johnson, “Sugar Lips”
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School: Carolyn Deroo, “Thoughts”
Rockport High School: Ryan Davis, “Abstract”
St. John’s Preparatory School: Liam Viles, “Faces”
St. Mary’s High School: Jillian Downey, “Untitled”
Triton Regional High School: Mara Spears, “Painting Me”
Wilmington High School: Hristina Tasheva, “World Turner”


“I congratulate all of the talented young artists from area schools who participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Congressman Tierney said. “The competition is a great way to encourage and showcase these students’ unique skills. I look forward to seeing Isabelle Yabe’s prize winning artwork displayed in the Capitol building for the next year.”

Each winner was presented with a citation from Congressman Tierney and varying levels of scholarships to Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program. Isabelle Yabe’s grand prize winning piece will be sent to Washington, DC where it will hang in the Capitol building for one year along with winners from other Congressional districts across the country. A ceremony to congratulate all the winners will be held in Washington, DC in June.

For more information,  contact Montserrat’s Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Gianino at

To see ALL the artwork and photos from the award reception, please visit our Facebook page:

Photo Cred: Jennifer Frankavitz ’08

Anna Schuleit Haber and Steve Immerman BevCamSow on The Beverly Oracle

Bevcam’s Walt Kozmowski (right) interviewed Anna Schuleit Haber (left) and Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman (middle)  for the North Shore Journal show on The Beverly Oracle.

Here are the upcoming show times for the North Shore Journal show on The Beverly Oracle project on BevCam TV Channel 8. These times will repeat through the end of the month.

  • Fri., March 14, 2 pm
  • Mon., March 17, 2 pm
  • Tue., March 18, 5:30 pm

Montserrat at North Shore Chamber Business Expo


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:
Hope to see you there!

Calling all Artists: Apply for Arts Fest Beverly

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Arts Fest Beverly
When: Saturday, June 14
10 am – 4 pm

Where: Cabot Street

>>*If you are a returning exhibitor, register online now*

More details at or email w

-Arts Fest Beverly is an outdoor street fair with 100+ fine artists and craftspeople, live entertainment, kids’ activities and “Art on the Spot” art creation stations. Each year, approximately 2,000 people attend the event, which takes place on Cabot Street in historic downtown Beverly (which is closed to traffic).

Annual Trashfinder’s Ball March 22


This is an event that happens every year in Beverly. It’s a way to get the community together for a fun night out and raise money for local non-profits. This year’s proceeds go to buying books for the Beverly Bookmobile! Last year money was raised for Change is Simple and the previous year the Beverly Farmer’s Market.

They have a Trashion Show and are also encourage to make art using recycled or found objects. Free junk food, entertainment and the possibility to win a trophy for the best trash find!

Photography Talk at the Marblehead Arts with Lou Jones

Lou Jones

As part of their Winter/Spring Program Series for 2014 the Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) is pleased to present photographer, Lou Jones, for an illustrated talk “Designing Your Life” on Thursday, March 13 from 7 – 8:30 pm at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. To sign up for a program call the MAA at 781-631-2608. $10/Members, $12 Non/Members

The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your life? We as photographers are often “hired guns,” putting the finishing touches on other creative peoples’ fantasies – but many of us desire to be proactive and initiate our own projects. We have ideas to produce books, exhibit our work, publish magazine articles, or travel to exotic places. Lou Jones will draw upon his extensive work experience to show you how to enlist the element of time as an asset to your creativity, craft, and pocketbook. Your photography can initiate a lifestyle as well as be a source of revenue. This lecture will demonstrate how Jones integrates and aligns his interests and resources to design his life.

Lou Jones’ eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement and technological change. He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, international companies and local small businesses including Federal Express, Nike and the Barr Foundation; completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, National Geographic and Paris Match; initiated long term projects on the civilwars in Central America, death row, Olympics Games and pregnancy; and published multiple books.

Jones has served on the boards of directors of numerous photographic associations, societies, and museums such as the American Society of Media Photographers, Photographic Resource Center and the Griffin Museum of Photography. He helped found the school Center for Digital Imaging Arts of Boston University and conceived the prestigious Griffin Museum’s annual Focus Awards.

For his photography, Jones has been awarded many accolades from organizations like Communication Arts Magazine, Art Directors Club of Boston, Travel Photographer of the Year and International Photographic Council (United Nations). Nikon recognizes Jones as a “Legend Behind the Lens” and Lowepro has honored him as a “Champion”.

Jones has exhibited his eclectic imagery in colleges and schools such as Trinity College, Texas Tech University and New England College, and in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, DeCordova Museum and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. His photography is owned by various collections including the Fogg Museum, Wellesley College and the University of Texas.

The first book Jones published, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, earned Jones the Ehrmann Award from Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty. Since then, he has published numerous other books including Travel+Photography: Off the Charts and Speedlights and Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed.

Artrageous!28 Auction Party: March 29

Montserrat College of Art’s Artrageous!28 Auction Party

Saturday, March 29, 6pm

Shetland Properties, 29 Congress St, Salem, MA

Experience THE signature spring event on the North Shore; the delight of seeing Montserrat’s accomplished students create artwork live; bid on more than 200 pieces of art donated by members of the Montserrat community & other renowned and emerging artists; and engage with friends old and new all while supporting financial aid for deserving student artists.


HONORARY CHAIR: Mary Puma, CEO, Axcelis

ART JURORS: Jane Young, Chase Young Gallery & Mary M. Tinti, Fitchburg Art Museum

LEAD SPONSORS: Hal & Jodi Hess, Mary Puma & Eivind Lange, Windover Construction, Inc. & Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC

Food + LIBATIONS: TSH Catering


Experience Where Creativity Works® @ Artrageous!28

Preview the LIVE & Silent Art here:

Last Chance to Register for Salem Film Fest Class


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Discovering Documentary:
Tools for Educators, Filmmakers & Astute Viewers
March 1 & March 8
(2 Saturdays)
Led by Erin Trahan

Do you wish for a deeper understanding of documentary film? Or for a community of people who share your cinematic interests? Are you an educator looking for new ways to inform and inspire your students? This course spends one day in the classroom with an introduction to the documentary genre, and one day at the Salem Film Fest with exclusive access. Register today!
Price: $135 – includes a festival pass worth $70!

Educators: Earn 15 PDP’s!

Apply now! 

Visit our website or contact:
978.867.9661 to learn more.

Join us for a rich experience at the Salem Film Fest!

Looking for other classes? View classes beginning in February here.

Montserrat’s Creative Economy Leadership Designation Featured in The Salem News


Creative efforts 

BEVERLY — Montserrat College of Art and its partners are now standing at the forefront of the state’s efforts to bolster the creative economy.

Greg Bialecki, secretary of Housing and Economic Development, and Helena Fruscio, Creative Economy Industry director, came to a reception at the art college last week to kick off a statewide Creative Economy Network. This new network is meant to help creative companies find resources, such as space, talent and access to capital, and track their progress.
Creative economy companies include for-profit businesses, such as video game makers, architectural firms and musicians, as well as nonprofits, like museums and theater companies.

Lest you think the creative economy represents a bunch of starving artists, think again: There are more than 120,000 people who work for creative economy firms in the Bay State with an economic impact of $1 billion, according to state officials.

To help bolster those efforts, the art college and its numerous partners were designated on Feb. 12 as part of a statewide Creative Economy Network, with Montserrat named the North Shore regional leader. The college and its partners were the first of five such regional networks to be designated.

To understand the needs of creative companies, Fruscio met with 500 Bay State companies and nonprofits on a listening tour. She found they all had needs in five key areas:

access to business development;
access to capital and financial support;
visibility through events and marketing;
finding creative talent; and
locating space.

She also found that help on a purely statewide level was not enough.

“It was really about what was happening in a given region in those five areas,” she said.

That’s where the idea for regional networks came in, said Fruscio, noting that the North Shore was ahead of the game in thinking about the creative economy — which is why the first such event was held here.

“You are doing it already,” Bialecki said, “and we know that.”

Since 2006, the North Shore has been at the forefront of boosting creative economy companies, thanks to the efforts of Christine Sullivan, executive director of the Enterprise Center, and Patricia Zaido, executive director of the Salem Partnership. In 2008, their report showed there were 2,200 creative economy enterprises on the North Shore.

Zaido and Sullivan helped found the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore at the Enterprise Center, an effort that was funded by a grant. That grant has now run out.

Montserrat has picked up the ball to provide staff to the local Creative Economy Association, which now becomes part of the larger statewide network.

Montserrat president Stephen Immerman said the college will work with partners, including not only Salem State University’s Enterprise Center and the Salem Partnership, but also the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Centerboard in Lynn, the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Beverly Main Streets, seArts of Gloucester and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

One of their first efforts will be a program at the Salem State Enterprise Center called “Unlocking Creativity and Innovation,” which will be taught by Montserrat faculty.

“I think at some level, we all think it’s fun,” Bialecki said of the creative economy. “It’s enjoyable. We all understand at a local level how it adds to the quality of life and the character of our communities, but in fact … it’s not just fun. It’s actually a very important business and a very important business for Massachusetts and for many regions of Massachusetts, like the North Shore.”

Courtesy of The Salem News

Health Center Update: 5 Simple Ways to beat the Winter Blues

5 Simple Ways

1. Peppermint oil helps with sadness and depression. Inhale a whiff to get a burst of energy

2. Fluorescent lights can actually change the levels of melatonin in your brain, inhibiting depression. They’re also very inexpensive!

3. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which boosts energy and can enhance circulation.

4. Ginger tea boosts your metabolism and increasing weight loss!

5. Gingko biloba makes you more alert and boosts your brain power.

Kelli Connell Artist Talk


Special thank you to Kelli Connell who visited our campus yesterday to talk to our students about her work “Double Life” currently on view in the exhibit “MADE” through March 29.

In photo: Kelli Connell (left) and Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Education Savery Kelley (right).

Photo Cred: Michelle Behre ’14

2014 Student Sculpture Show

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The 2014 Student Sculpture Show is currently up in 301 Gallery!

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

All are invited to stop by!

Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Sat 12 – 5 pm

Alumni Update: Latest Book by Sharon Love Cook

Alumna Sharon Love Cook ’83 would like to share that her second Granite Cove Mystery, A Deadly Christmas Carol, by Neptune Rising Press, has just been released in e-book format; soft cover to follow shortly. She also illustrated both mystery book covers.

Here is a link to her latest book:


Montserrat Named North Shore’s Regional Leader of the Creative Economy Network for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at Beverly Chamber After Hours

Montserrat College of Art hosted last night’s Beverly Chamber of Commerce After Hours where Montserrat was named North Shore’s Regional Leader of the Creative Economy Network for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts! More than 80 attendees also heard from Beverly Chamber’s John Somes, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, Montserrat’s President Steve Immerman, MA’s Creative Economy Industry Director Helena Fruscio and Montserrat’s Artist-In-Residence Anna Schuleit Haber, who has been chosen to create a public art project for Beverly, shared her previous work and plans to create The Beverly Oracle. It was such an exciting night! See more photos on our Facebook Page!


Beverly Chamber’s John Somes


MA Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki




Secretary  Bialecki hands Montserrat President Steve Immerman designation as North Shore’s Regional Leader of the Creative Economy Network for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill


Montserrat President Steve Immerman


Montserrat’s Artist-In-Residence Anna Schuleit Haber discusses her previous work and plans to create The Beverly Oracle.

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2014 North of Boston Business Competition

You Still Have Time to Enter the 2014 North of Boston Business Competition at the Enterprise Center, co-sponsored by Montserrat College of Art.

Entries are due on Friday, February 28 at 5 pm.

It’s not too late to start or submit your Application, which is in an easy new online format! Don’t miss the opportunity to win a cash prize or showcase your plan for a start-up or a growing business in front of our panel of judges, many of whom are early stage investors themselves.

Click here for more information!

Hear what a prior finalist had to say about the Competition:

The North of Boston Business Plan Competition was the catalyst to launching Groupize. The discipline required to prepare the business plan forced me to really understand my opportunity. The competition also gave me the opportunity to learn how to prepare and practice the so important “pitch” and was the official start of my fundraising journey, which included closing a $2M series A investment.” — Charles de Gaspe Beaubien, President & CEO, Groupize


Alumni Update: Margaurita Spear’s Art Workshops

Drawing Is Instrumental: A Workshop of Grand Proportion


Wednesday, February 19th from 10am – 1pm at the Salem School of Music

Please join Marblehead / Salem School of Music for “Drawing Is Instrumental” — an exciting large-scale drawing class led by instructor and Montserrat alumna Margaurita Spear ’09

This one day workshop is open to everyone ages 9 and up who wants spend a day creating art in a BIG way. A gigantic still life filled with musical instruments and other objects will be arranged in the center of the room from which students will be able to choose their favorite vantage point.

Participants will:
Learn about cropping and composition
Explore shape, color, and line
Discover the work of famous inspirational artists
Receive tailored one-on-one instruction, in addition to whole group instruction
Create an 18 x 24” original full-color work of art
Participate in a group feedback session

Please bring along:
Bottled water
Snack (peanut free please)
Your own instrument/object to include in the still life (optional), or use one of ours.
This workshop is limited to 12 students. Register by February 14th.

Cost: $55 (includes $10 materials fee)

Find the Drawing Class Registration Form here or, contact

To learn more about Spear, visit:


Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives Visits Montserrat

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(L to R) Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman, Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives and Montserrat’s Dean of College Relations Jo Broderick at a meeting at Montserrat last week.

Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives Committee Membership:

  • Chair, Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development
  • Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses
  • Joint Committee on Financial Services
  • Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure
  • Joint Committee on Higher Education

Programs for Artists at Marblehead Arts Association

Photo by Lou Jones

Photo by Lou Jones

As part of their Winter/Spring Program Series for 2014, the Marblehead Arts Association is pleased to present three programs for artists.  To sign up for a program call the MAA at 781-631-2608.


Thursday, February 27,  7 – 8:30 pm  Michael Epstein / Al Mallette: Print Reproduction 101

Reproduction 101 is an overview of the steps you need to take to reproduce artwork as Digital Archival Prints (giclée), from image capture to finished print. Topics covered will include: an overview of the process, photographing your art, color limitations, reproduction options, marketing possibilities beyond the print, and costs you can expect. $10/Members, $12/Non-members


Thursday, March 13, 7 – 8:30 pm – Lou Jones:  “Designing Your Life”

The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your life? We as photographers are often “hired guns,” putting the finishing touches on other creative peoples’ fantasies – but many of us desire to be proactive and initiate our own projects. We have ideas to produce books, exhibit our work, publish magazine articles, or travel to exotic places. Lou Jones will draw upon his extensive work experience to show you how to enlist the element of time as an asset to your creativity, craft, and pocketbook. Your photography can initiate a lifestyle as well as be a source of revenue. This lecture will demonstrate how Jones integrates and aligns his interests and resources to design his life. $10/Members, $12/Non-members


Thursday, March 27, 7 – 8:30 pm – Lucas Spivey: “Exhibition Ready”

So you’ve landed a show of your work – what’s next?  ”Exhibition Ready” is a brief overview of what to expect when you’re expecting an upcoming exhibition. Lucas will break down the three key areas: preparing your work, preparing the gallery and preparing yourself.  Topics covered include storing, shipping and framing artwork, basic dos and don’ts on communicating with your gallery, and how to manage your time and money effectively.  $10/Members, $12/Non-members


Marblehead Arts Association is located in the historic King Hooper Mansion. Five galleries of exhibits by association members and guest artists rotate every six weeks and education programs, classes and special events are offered throughout the year.  The Marblehead Arts Artisan Shop features original art, hand crafted items including unique jewelry, pottery, glasswork, and greeting cards artist members.  Free and open to the public. Hours: Wed., Thur., Fri. & Sun., 12-5, Sat., 10-5,  781-631-2608,

Content: Courtesy of Marblehead Arts Association

Steez magazine’s 30th Issue Art Show

Update from alumnus Andy Bablo ’07, founder of Steez Magazine, an international snow, skate and culture quarterly:





Well, after careful counting through the archives we’ve confirmed that we actually made it to the 30th issue. We’re not sure how it happened either, but it did. Either way, feel free to waste your workday and read the damn thing now or we’d be happy to take your hard earned money (it’s $5 cheap skates), in exchange for a single copy of course. Issue 30 is worth every nickel… Enjoy!



What’s 30 issues without an art show for cryin out loud!? Stop by on Saturday March 1st at Mingo Gallery for rad little art show. If I have to give you more details than that, you probably should’t come anyways. Fine, here’s the Fbook event pageTwitter, and Instagram.

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Upcoming Exhibitions for Masako Kamiya


Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya will be exhibiting in a couple exhibits opening this month at UMass Dartmouth’s University Art Gallery, and Montserrat College of Art’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery.

**Feb. 6 – March 13, 2014
“Obsessive Compulsive Order”
University Art Gallery, UMass Dartmouth

Reception: AHA! Night, Feb. 13, 6 – 9 pm,
Artist Talks: Feb. 13 & March 7 pm
Group exhibition exploring systematic, deliberate work patiently created in various media by outstanding female artists from the New England and beyond. Artists: Huguette Despault May, Masako Kamiya, Jane Masters, Barbara Owen, Jessica Rosner, Diane Samuels, Curated by: Viera Levitt

Hours: Open daily 9 AM to 6 PM; free admission

University Art Gallery
College of Visual and Performing Arts
UMass Dartmouth
715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA
(508) 999-8555

>> Gallery Website
>> Gallery Facebook

**Feb. 14 – March 15, 2014
“Masako Kamiya: Liminal”
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Montserrat College of Art

Opening Reception: Tue., Feb. 25, 5 – 7 pm
Artist Talk: Thu., March 6, 11:30 am


23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA
(978) 921-4242 x3

>> Gallery Website
>> Gallery Facebook

To see more of Kamiya’s work visit

Beverly Chamber After Hours at Montserrat


Wednesday, February 12, 4:30-7pm
Montserrat College of Art Gallery
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

You are invited to a Beverly Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours with Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki and Montserrat’s Visiting Artist Anna Schuleit Haber, winner of Beverly’s National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) public art competition.

Greg Bialecki,  MA Secretary of Housing  and Economic Development

Greg Bialecki,
MA Secretary of Housing
and Economic Development


Join us to network and hear about Montserrat College of Art’s designation as the North Shore’s regional leader of the Creative Economy Network for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, meet Secretary Greg Bialecki and Creative Industry Director for MA Helena Fruscio. Guests will also hear about Beverly’s NEA project to create an arts and cultural district in downtown Beverly and the plans by Montserrat College of Art’s Artist-In-Residence Anna Schuleit Haber, who has been chosen to create a public art project for Beverly.




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to Kathleen Burke at

Founding Faculty Member Ollie Balf Featured in Yankee Magazine

One of our Founding Faculty Members, Ollie Balf, is featured in Yankee Magazine this month!

“The late Oliver Balf lived and worked as an artist in Rockport, MA for more than 60 years. He was a teacher, a father, a husband and a painter. He created an eclectic mix of work in his lifetime with much of his art inspired by the landscape of Cape Ann. The following slide show is a collection of photographs taken at the family home and studio by photographer Jared Charney in 2013, personal family photographs as well as some of Oliver Balf’s original paintings.”

See full feature here:

To see more of artist Oliver Balf’s work, please visit:

His art will also be up for auction at this year’s Artrageous!28



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Gallery Update: Clint Baclawski at Frame 301 Gallery


Montserrat Galleries is very excited to announce our upcoming exhibition at Frame 301!

Clint Baclawski’s installation, Pink Church, documents his latest body of work, in which he deconstructs his sculptural light box series. Baclawski’s process is that he wraps photographs that are printed on backlight film, typically seen in light boxes, onto fluorescent light tubes. When the piece is illuminated, a sliver of the overall image will appear on each of the lights, creating a photographic light mural spanning the length of Frame 301.


Baclawski (b. 1981) grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and lives and works in Malden, MA. His work combines a technical photographic practice and the playful relationship one can have with the work as an object, the space, and the viewer. His work has been exhibited locally at the Photographic Resource Center, Boston Center for the Arts, Axiom Gallery, and the Alpha Gallery, as well as nationally at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York NY, Snowflake Gallery, St. Louis, MO, San Diego Art Institute, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He was most notably published in The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2 by the Humble Arts Foundation.


He received his MFA from MassArt in 2008 and his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003. Baclawski currently works at MassArt and is the Design Director at Big Red & Shiny.

The installation will be on view through February 23, definitely check it out!

For more information please visit:

Frame 301 Wins Beverly Cultural Council Grant



Beverly Cultural Council Announces 2014 Grant Winners

Residents in Beverly can look forward to a year of unique concerts, new public murals, live theatre, and a variety of special events for all ages, thanks in part to grants provided by the Beverly Cultural Council (BCC).

Almost twenty artists or groups representing a wide range of the arts received grants from the BCC, totaling $11,165. With support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the BCC funds will provide school children unique educational opportunities, seniors with creative workshops and the general public with numerous cultural activities. Each fulfills BCC’s priorities: to provide more programs for children, families and seniors.

“We are thrilled to fund so many quality projects and programs that will enhance Beverly and our growing reputation as a vibrant arts community,” said (Montserrat alumna) Bea Modisett, BCC chair.

All of the artistic projects or events will take place in Beverly. Some are free and open to the public, while others are tailored for specific audiences at community centers. Many grant recipients reside in Beverly.

“The arts play such a vital role in our community,” said Modisett. “We’re excited about each of this year’s recipients as they’ll contribute great things to Beverly. And we’re already thinking of next year’s grant cycle, inviting anyone with a strong idea—from an individual artist to a collaborative group—to apply!”

For more information on the Beverly Cultural Council or for grant information, please visit, or contact Bea Modisett, BCC chair, at

The purpose of the Beverly Cultural Councils is to support public programs that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in our community, and is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year.