2014 Senior Thesis Exhibition Dates

Montserrat College of Art’s seniors are hosting a series of weekly group exhibitions at Montserrat’s 301 Gallery, Mingo Gallery and Porter Mill this spring. Exhibit openings will be held every Wednesday (and a few Thursday) night, 5 – 8 pm, March 19 – May 7. The public is invited to see this cutting-edge work and talk to the students.

Each small group theme show will include the individual work of each artist, developed in the course of their studies toward their BFA degree. The shows are themed by the students’ concentrations and include illustration, fine arts, graphic design and animation. The fine arts shows include sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and book arts.

Upcoming exhibition schedule:

Thesis Show: Fine Arts VIMemoraphilia
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Emily Fung, Ania Gruca & Elizabeth Paddock
Wednesday, April 16 – Sunday, April 27
Reception: Thursday, April 17, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts VIINumber 7
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Michael Concepcion Velez, Melissa Miranda, Mirek Kutnik, Melissa Tremblay, Massiel Grullón, Michelle Behre & Henry Long.
On View: Monday, April 21-Friday, April 25
Reception: Wednesday, April 23, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Animation- BUFFERING
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Elaine Carreiro, Amanda Furrh, Kristie Guerette, Merriweather McCarty, Michelle McGaughey & Samantha LeFrancois
On View: Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2
Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts VIII - What they Are
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Dan DeRosato & Cory Wasnewsky
On View: April 29 – May 9
Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts IX - Temporary Ground
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Christine Lewis, Zoey Chapin, Morgan O’Donnell-Curry, Christiana Lauzon, Kaitlyn Gozy, Michael Parrillo & Dominique Butori
On View: Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 9, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, May 7, 5 – 8 pm

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 Previous Shows:

Thesis Show: Fine Arts IV - Seeking Solidarity
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Angela Gravel, Chelsea Nee, Kaitlyn Lampe, Chelsea Stewart, Claire Fenwick, Shoshana Browne-Gaiero & Jason Fandel
On View: April 14 – 18
Reception: Wednesday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts V - AHA!
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Aubrey Gauthier, Haley Vessey & Amanda Hawkins
On View: Tuesday, April 15 – Friday April 25
Reception: Wednesday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts III - Happy Birthday
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Daniela Thomas, Kerry McDermott, Greg Lines, Katy Rogers, Leon Vuong, Alex Gurney & Erin Patterson
On View: Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11
Reception: Wednesday, April 9, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts II - DÉRIVE
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Ariel Durkee, Alyssa Coffin, Corynn Larkin & Markie Remien
On View: Wednesday, April 2 – Sunday, April 13
Reception: Thursday, April 3, 5 – 8 pm

DÉRIVE- (n.) lit. “drift”; a spontaneous journey where the traveller leaves their life behind for a time to let the spirit of the landscape and architecture attract and move them.

Artists Statement: Our work touches upon the theme of personal narrative spaces. Some people find themselves lost in reality, while others become lost in their own mind; collectively, we hope to provide a place for viewers to think and reflect.

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Thesis Show: Illustration II - Chin Up
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Corey Cleary,  Gloria DiIanni, Jamie Marbury, Hannah Nicoll, Kristen O’Keefe & David Sam
On View: Monday, March 31 – Friday April 4
Reception: Wednesday, April 2, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts I - Someone, Somewhere
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Candace Bonfiglio, Carly Brasier & Jill Hedrick
On View: Tuesday, April 1 – Friday, April 11
Reception: Wednesday, April 2, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Illustration I  - 7 x 14
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Alyssa Coffin, Erik Hechavarria, Grace Kettenbrink, Taylor Popek, Will Pottorff, Heather Scoggins, Michelle Tuttle & Thomas Wakely
On View: Monday, March 24 – Friday March 28
Reception: Wednesday, March 26, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Graphic Design - Going for Broke
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Whitney Chin, Cait Hatfield, Caroline Lares, Amanda Foley, Nicole Reilly, Tiffany Valcourt & Liv Varney
On View: Monday, March 17 – Friday March 21
Reception: Wednesday, March 19, 5 – 8 pm

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301 Gallery Hours of Operation:
Mon. – Fri. 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Sat. 12 – 5 pm & by appointment.

Montserrat’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For additional information please contact Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Exhibition, Pamela Campanaro at 978.967.9604 or pamela.campanaro@montserrat.edu.


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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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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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Alumni Update: Neil Wilkins Upcoming Exhibits

unnamedAlumnus Neil Wilkins ’97 is bringing a wide range of his work to Natick for a solo show in two locations! Confluence opens for the month of April in the Summer Street Gallery at The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) and continues at Renew Arts & Industry. Both venues are just steps away from each other in downtown Natick.

He’ll be hosting an opening on Saturday, April 19, 2 – 4 pm at TCAN followed by an artist talk at Renew at 4:30 pm.

See more of his work here: http://neilwilkins.com/


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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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Alumni News: Cheryl Polcaro Exhibits in Chicago

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Alumna Cheryl Polcaro ’99 has had two pieces accepted into the exhibit Who We Aren’t at Union Street Gallery in Chicago, IL. 42 pieces were chosen from hundreds of entries. The exhibit is on view through March 29.

Polcaro shows regularly in local galleries and has recently started to enter juried competitions nationwide. She also has an art studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA (#323). Polcaro graduated from Montserrat with a BFA in Illustration in 1999.

Further information can be found on her website: www.cherylpolcaro.com

 


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Opening Reception for Bea Modisett’s Field Work

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

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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:
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For more information on Montserrat Galleries Public Programs:
please contact Savery Kelley at savery.kelley@montserrat.edu


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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:

GRAND PRIZE
Isabelle Yabe, “Japanese Heritage”
Masconomet Regional High School

FIRST PRIZE
Mary-Elizabeth Stambaugh, “Charcoal Tornado”
Pingree School

SECOND PRIZE
Colleen Curtis, “Avalon”
Swampscott High School

THIRD PRIZE
John Matthew Plunkett, “Fishing”
Raw Art Works

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

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

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BEST OF SCHOOLS
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”

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“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 elizabeth.gianino@montserrat.edu.

To see ALL the artwork and photos from the award reception, please visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/MontserratCollegeofArt

Photo Cred: Jennifer Frankavitz ’08


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Alumni News: Brett Mason Exhibit at Gulu-Gulu Cafe

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Maxson” Acrylic On Canvas, 20 x 20 inches, 2014

Alumnus Brett Mason ’12 is having his first solo exhibition at the Gulu Gulu Cafe in Salem, MA.

Brett Mason: Life and the Imagination
March 30 – April 25
Reception: April 10, 7 – 8 pm
Gulu-Gulu Cafe
247 Essex St, Salem, MA
978-740-8882
www.gulugulucafe.com

Mon-Tue/Sun: 8:00 am-12:00 am & Wed – Sat: 8:00 am – 1:00 am


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Gallery Update: Announcing Two Year Fugue by Alumna Emily Pardoe

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Emily Pardoe: Two Year Fugue
February 25 – March 21, 2014
Frame 301, 301 Cabot St., Beverly

The site-specific installation by Montserrat alumna Emily Pardoe ’07 titled Two Year Fugue is an interpretation of the artist’s biography, displayed through snippets of text embroidered onto fabric. Each day a new segment of the piece is revealed, representing a months worth of time. The various fleeting thoughts and phrases that form the compositional elements of the piece are immediately intimate, akin to the truthful musings found in a diary. As time passes, and more of the piece is revealed, the various phrases connect and interact with one-another forming a biographical narrative which paints an intimate portrait of this two year period in time.

The title Two Year Fugue draws its name from the musical term, which can be defined as “a musical composition in which one or two themes are repeated or imitated by successively entering voices.” The period of time displayed in Pardoe’s work mimics that of a fugal composition; various voices and themes seem to repeat themselves in cycles, yet constantly move towards a clear resolution.

This exhibit will be on display until Friday, March 21. Be sure to keep an eye on Cabot Street as Two Year Fugue evolves over the course of the month!

Pardoe received her BFA in Sculpture from Montserrat College of Art in 2007 and has appeared in exhibitions locally and in Boston, Hadley, Salem and Northampton Massachusetts. She uses fabric and text as a method of communicating her feelings and observations about relationships between herself and others. Pardoe works for C.B. Fisk Inc. in Gloucester as an organ builder and currently lives in Salem.

Frame 301 is the street side window gallery located at 301 Cabot Street in Beverly, MA. The space is presented to the public through expansive storefront windows and encourages large-scale, site-specific works from emerging and established artists. Frame 301′s exhibitions change monthly and the space is open 24/7 offering anyone traveling along Cabot Street the potential to experience the site-specific artwork on display.

*Frame 301 is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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Gallery Update: Masako Kamiya: Liminal

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Masako Kamiya: Liminal
On View: Feb. 14 – March 15, 2014
Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Gallery
Reception: Tue., Feb. 25
Artist Talk: Thu., March 6
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Masako Kamiya paints dots; precise, intentional and deliberate dots. To say this means not to naively reduce Kamiya’s work to the singular simplicity of the dot. On the contrary, her repetitive and delicate mark making activates a complex dialogue between Kamiya and the surface of her work. The dot is her poetic language. With each application, Kamiya translates emotion and dimension to the viewer. “Mark making is important,” says Kamiya, “dots not only make individual marks, but also make a shape that is clear and simple.”

The six works featured in “Liminal” are monuments to the mark. “Late April”, 2012 for example, is a microcosm of mini skyscrapers. Unlike city towers made of concrete and marble, Kamiya constructs a constellation of fragile specks. As each mark is made, layering color on top of color, slowly grows outward from the surface of the work, casting shadows across a gradation of blue to purple.

The buildup of gouache influences a spacial relationship between medium and surface; one of the many ways Kamiya widens the scope of painting. The fast drying nature and durability of gouache is an ideal fit for this repetitious, compulsory type of making. Kamiya’s impulse to paint communicates a particular way to read the ‘brushstroke’. Each encounter is a momentary touch, a carefully choreographed exchange between artist and intention.

Kamiya’s paintings create a tangible presence despite the elusiveness associated with liminality. With each mark, she paints a sensory threshold of an intermediate state between transit and stasis. The exhibition’s title, Liminal, relates to the intermediate state that Kamiya brings to fruition compositionally. In the physical sense, “liminal” is an abstract term used most often in reference to an illusionary space, or the space between things. This exhibition is about the opening up of that space on the picture plane.

Masako Kamiya is a 1997 graduate of Montserrat College of Art, with a BFA in Fine Arts. She received her MFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1999. Kamiya is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston. In the summer of 2013, Kamiya was the recipient of the Featured Artist Residency Program at Burren College of Art, Ireland. Most recently, Kamiya is featured in the group exhibition, “Obsessive Compulsive Order” currently on view at UMass Dartmouth in New Bedford, Feb 6 – March 13, 2014.

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Photos by Michelle Behre ’14

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Photography Talk at the Marblehead Arts with Lou Jones

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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 www.marbleheadarts.org.

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.


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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
www.montserrat.edu/auction28

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.

FEATURED ARTIST: Steve Locke

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

MUSIC: THE DEJAS

Experience Where Creativity Works® @ Artrageous!28

Preview the LIVE & Silent Art here: montserrat.edu/auction28


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Bear Gallery’s Nautical Exhibit at Beverly Historical Society

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Len Thomas Vickory, Boat, silkscreen

On the High Seas is a series of work presented by Montserrat College of Art’s student run Bear Gallery and the Beverly Historical Society. The exhibited art illustrates the joy, plight, romance and triumph of maritime culture and fantasy. The displayed work has a common theme of the ocean, maritime, sea animals, ports, etc. Allie Rios and Brandon Troelstrup will be spearheading this show, with help from the Bear Gallery interns.

A reception will be held at the Beverly Historical Society, at 117 Cabot Street, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 4 – 6 pm. The exhibit will run through May 1.

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Faculty News: Wilber Blair Exhibits at Danforth Museum

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Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member Wilbur Blair has an upcoming show at Danforth Museum in Framingham entitled “Awake and Await.” The show runs from March 9 to May 18.

Members Only Reception
Saturday, March 8, 6 – 8 pm

Artist Talk
Sunday, April 13, 3 pm

Awake and Await explores the anxiety, fear and loneliness experienced by many undergoing medical treatment. Wilber Blair’s signature painting “Awake and Await” clearly recalls his repeated hospitalizations as a child, listening to the sound of a ticking clock, watching elevator doors open and close, desperately waiting for his parents to arrive. Despite their genesis in illness, these paintings employ rich and saturated colors to represent hope. A departure from Blair’s previous affinity for “awe-filled” landscapes by Bloom and Bresdin, these works “wrestle personal imagery” from imagination. Crayons and coloring book are central to “Vision 1958,” a painting that allows the painter to recapture a sensation of fantasy and escape made possible by the first artist tools he was given.
About the Artist

Wilber Blair graduated with a BFA from Boston University in 1974 and then earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1978. He has pursued many different lines of work in order to support himself as a painter, including retail at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in professional restoration of art and antiques. However, teaching painting and drawing has proved the most rewarding. He has been on the faculty at the Montserrat College of Art since 2003 and Danforth Art since 2006. Although he has exhibited widely numerous venues, this is his first solo exhibition in a museum.

For more information, please visit danforthart.org.


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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, www.marbleheadarts.org

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Faculty News: Rob Roy Exhibition

 Rob Roy announcement 2014

“American Road”, Prof. Rob Roy’s one person exhibition of paintings and works on paper at the Art Gallery, LaFontaine Fine Arts Center, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA will run from February 3 thru March 14, 2014.

There will be an Artist Talk on Wednesday, February 19, at 12:30 pm, and a Reception on Sunday, March 9, 1 – 3 pm.

Visit mwcc.edu/community/east-wing-art-gallery/ for more information!

Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.


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Alumnus Colin McGuire Exhibits in Puerto Rico

Father and son Michael and Colin McGuire, with a detail of Colin’s painting “Shore Houses.”

Father and son Michael and Colin McGuire, with a detail of Colin’s painting “Shore Houses.”

Alumnus Colin McGuire ’13 will be having a father-son show his father, Michael McGuire, at Gallery Galleon, located in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

The show will be preceded by a plein-air painting class, which Colin and his father will be teaching.

More info on the gallery and our upcoming show and class can be found at gallerygalleon.com 

To see more of McGuire’s work visit colinmcguirefineart.com

 


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Gallery Update: Constructed Realities, Clarified Palettes and Beyond the Impulse Artist Talks

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Wed., Feb. 19, 11:30 am

Artist Talk: Kelli Connell

Kelli Connell’s photographs feature the constructed realities of the intimacies within private relationships. Her work questions sexuality and the gender roles that shape the identity of the self within these relationships.

Her photographs are on view in the MADE exhibition in the Montserrat Gallery through March 29, 2014.

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Kelli Connell, Rooftop, 2006, Photograph

Thu., Feb. 27, 11:30 am
Artist Talk: Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan’s still life and figurative works feature highly structured compositions and a clarified palette. The physical objects in Ryan’s work often appear to be suspended in time, implying a hidden narrative or subtext.

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Richard Ryan, River II, 2000

*Please note all artist talks are held in Room 201, Hardie Building, 23 Essex St., 2nd flr.

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Fri., Feb. 28, 7 – 9 pm
Contemporary Cocktail: Beyond The Impulse
with Antoniadis & Stone, Masako Kamiya, Bea Modisett and Leonie Bradbury

Eat, Drink, Discuss!
What dynamic forces insert themselves into the creative process? The artistic impulses of control, surrender, perfection and illusion are explored in conversation by visiting artists Antoniadis & Stone, Monserrat Faculty Masako Kamiya, Alumna Bea Modisett and Gallery Director/Curator Leonie Bradbury.

Currently in its 7th year, Contemporary Cocktail is an informal event series hosted in the Montserrat Gallery, that pairs recognized visiting artists, Montserrat Faculty and arts professionals in a casual, yet lively conversation. Delicious italian treats from Gloria’s will be provided.

*Location for this event is the Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex Street.

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

For more information on public programs, please contact the Coordinator of Public Programs Savery Kelley:
savery.kelley@montserrat.edu


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Bear Gallery Poster Show

Montserrat’s student-run Bear Gallery is currently hosting its very first Poster Show at its Cummings Center location in beverly, MA (Suite 120-E and 120-D) this spring semester. The show includes work from current Montserrat students and includes poster types of all forms and sizes.

The Poster Show will remain on view through Feb. 28.

Massiel Grullon, Alexandra Rios, Brandon Troulstroup, and Henry Long

Massiel Grullon, Alexandra Rios, Brandon Troulstroup, and Henry Long

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Jason Fandel and his blacklight print

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Beverly Chamber After Hours at Montserrat

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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.

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Greg Bialecki,
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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.

 

 

 

R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, February 5th
to Kathleen Burke at kathleen.burke@montserrat.edu


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Gallery Update: Clint Baclawski at Frame 301 Gallery

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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.

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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.

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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: www.clintb.com

 

 

 


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Bear Gallery Update: Poster Show

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The Bear Gallery will be hosting its very first Poster Show at our Cummings Center location (Suite 120-E and 120-D) to kick off the spring semester. The show includes work from current Montserrat students and includes poster types of all forms and sizes.

Come see the work at our opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy the art and snack on refreshments!

Bear Gallery’s Poster Show will remain on view through Feb. 28.

 


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Gallery Update: Spring Visiting Artist Talks

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Thursday, Jan. 23, 11:30 am
Artist Talk: Wilson Lawrence

Montserrat College of Art presents Skin Deep featuring Rhode Island-based artist, Wilson Lawrence in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery through February 8, 2014.

Lawrence’s three-dimensional pieces begin with the most familiar of flat surfaces, the gallery wall, which he draws onto, digs into, and builds out of with materials ranging from traditional fine art to industrial.

Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery: Jan. 11 – Feb. 8, 2014
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 23, 5 – 8pm

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Wednesday, Jan. 29, 11:30 am
Artist Talk: Antoniadis & Stone

Boston-based sculptor duo, Antoniadis & Stone, explore institutional architecture through precisely crafted sculptures, which have trompe l’oeil qualities and are never quite what they seem.

MADE, Montserrat Gallery: Jan. 21 – March 29, 2014
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 23, 5 – 8 pm

Contemporary Cocktail Beyond the Impulse: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 – 9 pm, Montserrat Gallery, featuring Antoniadis & Stone, Masako Kamiya, Bea Modisett and Leonie Bradbury

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Antoniadis & Stone, Rough Shape, 2011

Thursday, Feb. 6, 11:30 am
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.

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*All Artist Talks are held at The Hardie Building, in Room 201, 11:30 – 12:20 pm, 23 Essex St., Beverly MA

For a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit
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For more information on Montserrat Galleries Public Programs:
please contact Savery Kelley at savery.kelley@montserrat.edu 


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Alumni News: Allison Hornak and Migrant Salon Update

Alumna, painter and sculptor Allison Hornak ’09 is the owner of Migrant Salon,  which just recently opened its doors this past October. Here is a note from Hornak thanking visitors for their support and announcing her upcoming exhibit, Hold Your Breath:

It has been a joy to connect with you during these first three months at Migrant Salon. Thank you for your interest and support. You are a significant reason why the beginning of this endeavor has been successful and so personally rewarding. The next presentation in the gallery space is kicking off this Friday, Dec. 13, and I encourage you to stop by to see it.

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You are invited to visit Migrant Salon to participate in an ongoing, cumulative, community-based artwork. For five weeks in the space I will present an installation titled, Do Hold Your Breath. The art piece involves a camera, computer, some cloth, nails and ten minutes of your time. To make this piece I need your trust and partnership. If you are interested please stop by the salon during its open hours, Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Please come willing to have your picture taken. It must be noted, though, this will be portraiture with a twist. At the end of five weeks there will be a closing reception where it will be viewed, face to face, what came of our—you, the visitor, and me, the artist (in this case)—joined risk. All ages are welcome.

“The photographer’s intentions do not determine the meaning of the photograph, which will have its own career, blown by the whims and loyalties of the diverse communities that have use for it.” – Susan Sontag

“The greatest art is to sit, and wait and let it come.” – Yogi Bhagan

Do Hold Your Breath is underway now through Jan. 18. The doors are open to all who simply wish to view the work in progress, as well as to those who want to volunteer to assist in its progression.

I look forward to sharing this project with you.

Sincerely,

Allison Hornak
Migrant Salon
117 Church Hill Road, Suite D
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
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Art Education Seniors Present Thesis Show

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Crayons to Acrylics: An Art Education Thesis Show
Reception: Wed., Dec. 4, 5 – 8 pm

The Art Education Program of Montserrat College of Art and the Practicum students are pleased to present the artworks of their students in this annual celebration of the completion of their Pre-K-12 Initial Licensure requirements.

The exhibition features works on paper and mixed, traditional and digital media, in two and three dimensions, representing a selection of visual arts projects produced in the context of art classes assisted or taught by Practicum students Katrina Holland (BFA Illustration, 2013), Alyssa Kingston (BFA Painting, 2012), Geena Lopes (BFA Painting, 2013), Ashley Provencher (BFA Illustration, 2012), Rebecca Skrabely (BFA Painting, 2013) and Erin Wolf (BFA Photography, 2013).

Schools represented are Harrington Elementary School, Chelmsford, MA; Highlands Elementary School, Danvers, MA; Ellis Mendell Elementary School, Roxbury, MA; Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Revere, MA; Salem High School, Salem, MA; Revere High School, Revere, MA.

The Practicum internship consists in 300 hours of classroom experience usually completed in the Fall semester from September to December. Students enrolled in the program work with all students in visual art classes in a school of their choice, under the professional guidance of their Supervising Practitioner.


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Gallery Update: Take20 Talks this December

Wish You Were There? Take 20 talk:
on Mary Ann Davis and Amy Wilson
Thu., Dec. 5, 12 – 12:20 pm
with Chris Klepaldo

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Since the early writings of Plato, ‘utopia’ has been commonly recognized as a concept that presents the ideal. A place void of the current social struggles and so perfect that it seems only possible through a dream. Simultaneously, the opposite or ‘dystopic’, presents adverse representations of this alternate reality. Curator Bradbury proposes that within each utopic vision the dystopic is already present.

Amy Wilson paints a rainbow of characters living in harmony in, A Utopian Vision (After Bosch). The five-panel work based on her communal living experience during Occupy NY in Zuccotti Park makes us believe that if we open our eyes a little wider utopia can be presently found in the togetherness of others. Similarly ceramicist and sculptor Mary Anne Davis believes a reconnection with community and our relationship with nature threads the definition of utopia around the dinner table. The Dining Room is a metaphorical “island” of utopia in which the audience is encouraged to sit and embrace utopia as a condition of life rather than set locale.

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David Wells: Foreclosed Dreams Take 20 talk: 
On View: Nov. 20 – Dec. 21, 2013
Tue., Dec. 10, 12 – 12:20 pm
with Stephanie Visciglia

Since 2009, David H. Wells has been recording the human cost of our Great Recession that began the year before by photographing the things people left behind when they abandoned foreclosed homes.

In the Providence photographer’s heartbreaking exhibit Foreclosed Dreams he documents toys, credit reports, martial arts trophies and family heirlooms jettisoned in homes from Massachusetts to California to Florida. Wells’s subject—this terrible sense of emptiness, of abandonment, of exodus—lasers into your soul.

Walls and ceilings are ripped open. The saying “I’m ruined” here becomes physical and emotional ruins. The departed often don’t seem to give a damn how they leave the place. Or they’re too harried and broken to get it together.

Wells purposely doesn’t photograph the people. By focusing on their things, by leaving it anonymous, he aims to draw us in personally, to get us thinking: “That could be my house, that could be my grandfather’s photo, that could be my child’s toy.”

There’s plenty of blame to go around in this massive tragedy, from the rapacious banking and real estate industries to the individuals who failed to repay their loans. But regardless of the reasons, the results are a diaspora of devastated families.

- Greg Cook, Montserrat College of Art

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Rose Olson Update

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Eight of Prof. Rose Olson‘s recent paintings including “Expanding Glow” (pictured above), are now being exhibited in Kingston Members’ Gallery at 450 Harrison Avenue #43, Boston. This exhibit continues until Sun., Dec. 1 at 5 pm. 

“I want to thank those of you who have already seen my exhibit for your kind comments,” said Olson.

Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sun., noon – 5 pm and by appointment 617.423.4113.

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Montserrat Community Featured in Boston.com’s Crane Estate Art Show Review

Crane Estate art show features local and student artists - Beverly - Your Town - Evan Sullivan displaying his work.

Crane Estate art show features local and student artists By Angie Sykeny, Gordon College News Service

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When Montserrat College of Art junior Evan Sullivan began creating his series of art prints about re-urbanization, he was doing it for a class assignment, not an art show. Now, at the suggestion of his printmaking professor Len Thomas-Vickory, Sullivan will have one of his silk screen prints from the series on display at the 10th Annual Crane Estate Art Show and Sale Nov. 9 and 10 in Ipswich.

“The assignment was to make a poster that promotes something,” said Sullivan. His series of posters contains several variations of a four-color traffic jam with suburban homes and a city center with walking pedestrians.

“We created the suburbs with the best intentions but we are actually destroying the nature around us to build them,” he said. “Reurbanization is about bringing people back to the cities, but also to change the cities, make them more walkable and eco-friendly to preserve the natural landscape around us.”

Sullivan’s pieces reflect the greater theme of this year’s show, hosted by the Trustees of Reservations, “Shifting Perspectives.” All of the art highlights some aspect of North Shore landmarks and landscapes, and sales will benefit both the Trustees and the artists. The show is free to attend and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate.

According to Thomas-Vickory, Sullivan is one of 40-50 Montserrat students submitting paintings, drawings, printmaking, and photography pieces for the event. It is the College’s fourth year having work in the show, but many local high schools also have students participating, including Beverly, Danvers, Ipswich, and Peabody. According to Trina Schell, public programs and volunteer manager of the Trustees, there will be nearly 150 pieces of student art featured in the Casino Complex.

The show is an opportunity not only for students, but for other local artists as well. In the Great House there will be over 150 pieces by 69 different local artists, and in the outside space between the Great House and the Casino Complex, there will be sculptures by six different sculptors.

“We have some of the top artists on the North Shore,” said Schell. “The quality of the art is just fabulous.”

Local artist Sandra Belock-Phippen of Wenham has regularly had her work in the show, and almost every year it has sold. She said her inspiration comes predominantly from the salt marshes in the area.

“I hope my work rings true with viewers,” she said. “That they come away with the sense of color, beauty and drama I find in nature.”

In addition to two large pieces, Belock Phippen will also submit a few pieces for the “small works gallery.” Schell said this gallery of 8×8 or small pieces appeals to the more casual buyer who doesn’t have the money or the wall space for a big-framed piece, but can still find space for “that perfect little find.”

But the show has more than just open galleries. From a giant chalkboard where they can contribute their own flair to a game of “art eye spy,” visitors are encouraged to be interactive and have fun. They will even have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece to win the People’s Choice Award. The work with the most votes will be featured in the publicity material for next year’s show.

But for Sullivan, art isn’t about the money or the publicity—it’s about the process.

“I do it because I enjoy it,” he said, “but I create it for other people to see. I’ve never had the intention of selling my art, but if someone wanted to buy it, I would be honored to share it with them.”

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and the Gordon College News Service.


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Gallery Update: November 2013 Exhibitions

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Paul M. Scott Library: Oct. 31 – Dec. 13

L’immersione Artistica: Viterbo, Italy
Reception: Tue., Nov. 5, 5 – 7 pm

For the month of July 2013 students in the Montserrat Study Abroad Program in Italy created drawings, paintings, studies, illustrations, photographs, collages, doodles, sketches, designs and all manner of art in response to living in the medieval Italian town of Viterbo.

They explored the piazzas, the gardens, the cobbled streets, the ancient churches, the cafes, the palaces, and the hidden corners. Viterbo became their home, their muse, their inspiration, their days and their nights…
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301 Gallery: Nov. 4 –  8

Queens: A Senior Thesis Show
Reception: Wed., Nov. 6, 5 – 8 pm, 6:30 pm performance

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present the work of six graduating seniors in the upcoming exhibition Queens: A Senior Thesis Show. Seniors Jacob-Michael Corvelo, Kelsey Hebert, Angie Hill, Elizabeth Laskey, Katharine J. MacGregor and Rebecca Wallace all have something to share with viewers; a new twist on a princess story, a trek across Boston, silhouettes of burned memories, habits and how they are formed, illustrations from inspiring words, and a bond between two people.

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301 Gallery: Nov. 11 – 15

Game Over: A Senior Thesis Show
Reception: Wed., Nov. 13, 5 – 8 pm

Montserrat College of Art proudly presents the second exhibition of senior work Game Over: A Senior Thesis Show. The artists, working in a variety of different media, each have something distinctly to offer viewers. Morgan Farrar exhibits a playable beta level, alongside concept art, for her colorful game concept “Dinomine.” Taylor Clough creates acrylic paintings that investigate familiar forms, the space that surrounds them, and explores the marriage between representational objects and abstraction. Michael Scaramuzzino is an illustrator, 3D modeler and designer who creates by integrating art, technology and science, to bring forth new ideas and concepts. Ben Potts designs a cast of characters for a fighting game, each based on one of the different classical elements. Jessica Abella incorporates a variety of techniques in her work, such as screen-printing, collaging and painting in order to integrate mediums onto photographs.

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Former Trustee Linda Holt Exhibits in Boston

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LINDA HOLT
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Oct. 24 – Nov. 23, 2013

Artist Reception:
Saturday, Nov. 9, 4 – 6 PM
Hours: Mon – Sat, 11 am to 5:30 pm

BETH URDANG GALLERY
129 Newbury St. Boston, MA
781 264-1121, burdang@mac.com
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Students Install Sculptures for Beverly Commons Outdoor Art Exhibit

Montserrat students of Elizabeth Alexander‘s Interior/Exterior Installation Art class have installed several temporary sculptures on the trails the Essex Greenbelt’s Beverly Commons Property in  Beverly, on view Oct. 24 through Nov 17. There are 7 works scattered throughout the main trails made by Danielle Franzen, Vincent Frana, Benjamin Freeman, Sarah Graziano, Miroslaw Kutnik, Christine Lewis and Ariel Lund. Take a walk in the woods and look for the “Montserrat” signs, see if you can find all 7.

The Beverly Commons entrance can be found at the end of Greenwood Ave in Beverly and  is open dawn to dusk, free of charge.

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Montserrat Galleries Update: Wish You Were There? Reviewed in The Boston Globe

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Abigail Newbold’s installation “Dwelling Structure, Hope Chest, Porch Time” at Monserrat College of Art Gallery.

A critical view of utopia by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe

At Montserrat College of Art Gallery, “Wish You Were There?,” organized by gallery director and curator Leonie Bradbury, takes a critical view of utopia. That is, implicit in every vision of a perfect world, there’s awareness of all that’s wrong with the one we have.

But not enough works take on that complexity: The show often veers wildly from utopia to dystopia. Alex Lukas’s gorgeous mixed-media paintings of nature overtaking crumbling concrete structures look post-apocalyptic. With no signs of human habitation, they’re worse than dystopic.

In contrast, Amy Wilson’s winsome painting “A Utopian Vision (After Bosch)” takes her experiences during Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park two years ago and translates them into a Neverland for girls. They wander through the grass, swim, and congregate in domes, amid bits of text such as “the absence of corners would bring us together.” But if girls ran the world, would it truly be a better place?

Gregory Euclide’s landscape paintings sprout with actual plant life and move seamlessly from picture to reality. While they portray idyllic settings, they more deeply engage thematically with painting than with society.

The sharpest blend of hopes for the future and a gritty understanding of what can go wrong comes from Abigail Newbold. Her installation “Dwelling Structure, Hope Chest, Porch Time” reiterates her “Crafting Settlement” installation up earlier this year at the Currier Museum of Art. It features a puckish and eclectic group of tools and clothing and a small cabin. Like Lukas’s paintings, Newbold’s piece takes place sometime after disaster, but this time humans have survived, and begun to construct a new life.

Mary Anne Davis’s installation “Through the Mirror: Utopia Reconsidered” would work well in “About, With & For” at the BCA. Davis has set up a table and benches, surrounded by her mixed-media works promoting optimism. When I was there, she was serving tea to Montserrat students, discussing utopianism and what they might contribute to a better society.

Another feel-good artist: Merritt Kirkpatrick, who has covered a bench, a child’s bicycle, and a sled in colorful knitting, and put bright cozies on trees and railings around outside. Like Wilson, Kirkpatrick seems to cling to childhood. Her work is truly sweet, but if innocence is an equivalent to utopia — and maybe it is! — it won’t last for any of us.

Wish You Were There?

At: Montserrat College of Art Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly, through Dec. 14. 978-921-4242, montserrat.edu/galleries


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Review: Faculty and Student Synthesis Exhibit

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Thanks to all of the faculty and students who are exhibiting in Synthesis, an exhibition of faculty and student work by members of the Montserrat and Endicott College communities. An opening this past Saturday afternoon drew a very large crowd and four works were purchased. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 20 at 6 Wonson St., Rocky Neck, Gloucester. We hope you will have a chance to view it. Special thanks to Len Thomas-Vickory for his outstanding assistance coordinating the student work and to Karen Ristuben, who is teaching at Montserrat, is president of the cultural center, and who helped coordinate the entire program with several volunteers.

REVIEW: ‘Synthesis’ enthralls at Rocky Neck with work from Montserrat and Endicott”
By Keith Powers, Courtesy of Cape Ann BeaconOct. 6, 2013

With another exhibition that extends its artistic connections further afield, the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck hosts “Synthesis,” a group show featuring both students and faculty from Endicott College and Montserrat College of Art.

Works from more than a dozen artists fill both the upstairs and downstairs of the Cultural Center. Mainly painting and works on paper, the exhibition reveals not only the strong individual work happening here on the North Shore, but the collaborative strength that emerges when artists work together.

The students’ work, in the lower gallery, shows a range of technical virtuosity and imagination. Most striking, almost nightmarish, is a digital photograph, theatrically posed by Kaleigh Rusgrove from Endicott. Its subject: Ophelia, submerged in her suicide stream, but with eyes wide open, as if still searching for answers or explanations. The milky surface and crystal clear delineation of the photograph leave no detail imprecise, but her expression poses only questions — just as her death in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” does.

Montserrat student artist Ariel Durkee’s “Fennec Desert God,” a cleverly composed acrylic on paper, captures an alluring, mystical mood. (Visitors to Algeria might have encountered the ubiquitous fennec, a large eared but tiny desert fox.) The fennec appears in the background, a face peering through light. Hooded figures in the foreground either worship or look askance — or both — at the image.

Montserrat’s Emily Fung shows an abstract relief and monoprint, titled “Thanatos,” also smartly composed and suggestive. In all, about two dozen student works fill the downstairs.

Upstairs, the faculty work also shows a breadth of interests. Nine extremely fine ink-on-paper drawings by Fred Lynch, from the department of illustration at Montserrat, capture the visual simplicity and easy attraction of the village of Viterbo, Italy. Siena tinged, almost devoid of human presence, Lynch’s drawings unveil the Italian village in a way that immediately transforms it into a place of personal refuge and visual allure.

Carol Pelletier, chair of the fine arts department at Endicott, offers two oil and wax on bristol vellum abstract works, small quasi-landscapes, which have strong semantic appeal. Both “Hover” and “Seasmoke” make the viewer look for clues that offer more complete meaning, simply because of their compositional coherence.

Masako Kamiya, associate professor at Montserrat, may be familiar to those who visit Gallery Naga in the Back Bay. Her “Recollections,” a gouache on paper done in a style she calls “stalactite dots,” uses a carefully aggregated series of small circular paint drops, which she has built into an egg-like shape on a white background. The effect is tender and introspective, as delicate as air.

Ron DiRito, chair of the photography and video department at Montserrat, has one photographic image from his series “Light water, dirt air” that makes the viewer wish that the entire series were on display. He calls the method “pigment transpositions on paper of an electronic actinic recording, referencing original matter” — which also begs for further investigation.


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Bear Gallery Update: Building Beverly Exhibit

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Montserrat College of Art’s student run Bear Gallery and The Beverly Historical Society (BHS) are happy to announce the show, Building Beverly!

The exhibit will feature art inspired by architecture found around Beverly at the BHS building on 117 Cabot Street with an Opening Reception Oct. 10, 4 – 6 pm. It will be up through Dec. 7.

A round table discussion will also be held on Oct. 23, 5 – 7 pm at the BHS.  Participating artists will be on hand discussing their work and the show. Any questions and comments from the audience is encouraged.

The Beverly Historical Society was founded in 1891, and the 1781 John Cabot House has been our headquarters since 1892. In addition to a collection of nearly a million objects and documents related to Beverly history, the Society preserves and interprets the 17th century Balch House and Hale Farm, both of which were acquired in the 1930s.

Throughout its history, the Society has collected, preserved, and interpreted Beverly history, offering programs to the public, as well as to teachers and students. Now, with a new strategic plan in place, the Society’s trustees, staff and volunteers are committed to creating a sustainable future and increased services to the public.


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Montserrat Gallery Take 20 Talks This Fall

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Andrea Sherrill Evans: In the Clearing
On View: Sept. 11 – Oct. 12
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery

Take 20 talk: Tue., Oct. 8, 12 – 12:20 pm with Pamela Campanaro

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Andrea Sherrill Evans, Firewood #3, 2013

Through drawing, painting, performance and sculpture Evans’ work explores encounters: those we have with our bodies, both intimate and relational, to those with the natural landscape. In the Clearing focuses on the will to connect and understand the natural world through intervention.

The Marker series challenges the concept of the landmark, or sign with representations of trees interrupted by a singular color drip. Each drawing is without a setting or sense of place and while narrative is unknown, the tangle of between opposing forces is legible. “The symbolism of a paint mark on a tree in the forest, paired with the powerful gesture of a deliberate paint stain on an otherwise pristine drawing bring us back to our place in the wider world, as well as, the surface of the paper,” notes Director/Curator Leonie Bradbury. Evans’ silverpoint drawings in theMarker and Firewood series depicts the delicate balance of the natural world and the human. The resulting blend reexamines our points of contact and departure on the surface of the paper.

Firewood (#1-5) presents a tension between the natural world and human activity as Evans depicts different pieces of fragmented wood pieced back together, or so attempted. It is an exercise doomed from the start, like assembling puzzle pieces from different boxes. The edges will never align and the gaps are proof that these components were never meant to fit as a whole. While the human tendency is to rebuild, as Evans does by re-piecing these parts on paper, nature is less forgiving. It exposes each separation showing a new portrayal of the natural.

Evans received her BFA in painting from Arizona State University (2004), and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University (2009). She is a recipient of the 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Drawing, 2012 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and 2010 Blanche E. Colman Award.

 

Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
On View: Sept. 26 – Oct. 28
301 Cabot Street Gallery
Visiting Lecturer: Nancy Wellington Bookhart Oct. 9, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Take 20 talk: TBD

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Kara Walker, Exodus from Confederates from Atlanta , 2005

 This exhibition presents the complete series of Kara Walker’s large-scale prints: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2007. In these works Walker brings together two distinct pictorial types: scenes from the 19th-century history book mentioned in the title and her own silhouettes. She also uses two distinct printmaking techniques to emphasize the difference between the images. Together these picture-making strategies highlight the central theme of the work: even as “official” narratives of the Civil War fade into the haze of history, the racial and gender tensions inherent in the War itself persist in contemporary experience.

Walker uses lithography for the Harper’s images in the background, enabling her to faithfully reproduce the lines of the original woodblock prints. This process also produces a slightly soft ink quality. The visual characteristics of lithography provide a stark contrast with the rich silk-screening technique she uses for her silhouettes, which offers a much bolder, densely black image.

The prominence of the silhouettes (both the scale and the dense inking) reinforces the sense of irony Walker introduces in the title for her project. Typically, an annotation is a brief comment about a text, often appearing in the margins. In Walker’s hands, the annotations have taken over, unwilling to be marginalized. The characters she adds to the scenes are specters, black ghosts lingering over, and in some cases obscuring, every landscape. They are present and affective but do not participate. They echo the Civil War itself—a war that continues to haunt contemporary life in the United States as a palpable but largely invisible presence.

 

Bevan De Wet
On View: Oct. 16 – Nov. 16
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Take 20 Talk: Tue., Nov. 12, 2013 12 – 12:20 pm 

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Bevin states,” My work is concerned with fragments. In working with fractured and disembodied parts, pieces can potentially form components of a larger whole. I often work with the human body as a site for contesting history and identity, and by exploring its various symbolic and cultural meanings I am creating my own personal mythology. In combining both human and animal characteristics, I negotiate the dichotomy between the civilized self and the instinctive, untamed self.”

He has exhibited his work at various galleries and exhibitions throughout South Africa and some work also internationally. Bevan is currently working as a printmaker, print technician, collaborator and fine art facilitator/educator at Artist Proof Studios in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Paul Scott Library Exhibits Rhoda Rosenberg Prints this Fall

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Asst. Prof. Rhoda Rosenberg is exhibiting recent prints in Montserrat College of Art’s Paul Scott Library through the end of October.

Damaged Goods: Prints by Rhoda Rosenberg
Paul Scott Library
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

Hours: M – Th 8 am – 9 pm, F 8:30 am – 6:30 pm and Su 12 – 6 pm

For more information, please contact College Librarian Cheri Coe at cheri.coe@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x1208


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Alumni News: Jon Bolles First Exhibition

Jon_BollesMontserrat College of Art alumnus and Admissions Counselor, Jonathan Bolles ’12, is having his first exhibition reception since graduating last year at Spirol Gallery at Quinebaug Valley Community College, where he had attended before transferring to Montserrat. His work will be on viewthrough October with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 – 8 pm, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT. qvcc.commnet.edu/news/bolles

“One of QVCC’s most talented fine arts graduates is returning to the Danielson campus this fall.” -QVCC

Bolles explores a variety of interests through a range of painting practice—the result of his studies under several contemporary artists in the New England area. The subject matter is wide-ranging in Bolles’ work, from the facades of buildings that he has encountered personally and found visually ‘sensational’ (channeling the language of QVCC’s Eric Spencer and/or Cezanne), to the seemingly mundane and at times, dreamlike interpretations of everyday life. Tim Harney, North Shore painter and teacher/mentor to Bolles, would say, “painting is, first, a variation in sizes and shapes of color.”

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Bolles says he is inspired by several artistic styles and historical periods, including but not limited to: Edward Hopper, Hughie Le e Smith, Joseph Solman, Hans Hoffman, Richard Diebenkorn, Peter Doig, Edgar Degas, Tim Harney, Susan Stephenson, Pieter de Hooch, Nathan Oliviera, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso and many more.

For additional information, contact Mark Szantyr, professor of fine arts, at 860-412-7231 or mszantyr@qvcc.edu.

Courtosy of Spirol Gallery.


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Book Arts Student in the News

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Cliffs and Caverns, mixed media on panel, 12 x 12, 2013, Kevin Lucey

Current Montserrat College of Art Book Arts student Kevin Lucey’s  work was accepted in to the ArtisTree Gallery‘s juried exhibit Unbound Vol. III  in Woodstock, VT after Asst. Prof. Sarah Smith shared the opportunity with her class ! He had one of his pop-up books and bookbinding 1 final project accepted. He also sold one of his pieces during the show! “It was a really great show. I am so happy I got to be in it,” said Lucey.

A case in point is Kevin Lucey’s “Uneven Valley Graves.” At first glance, the piece is straightforward enough: two altered hardcover books, hung in parallel with their fronts flat to the wall. A roughly bean-shaped trough has been gouged from the center of each off-white cover. Lining the crevices and spilling from them are tiny, balled-up pieces of paper, gray on one book and white on the other. Registering the title, this viewer’s mind went to the mass graves of the Cambodian (or any other) genocide, imagining hundreds of skulls emerging in ghostly revolt. That may not be at all what Lucey intended; either way, it’s a quietly thought-provoking piece. – Courtesy of  Vermont’s Independent Voice

Unbound Vol. III includes works that explore the book as concept, object and format. Click here to read the full review of the show!

See more of Lucey’s work here: kevinlucey.tumblr.com/


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Faculty News Update

Several Montserrat College of Art Faculty will be featured in Kingston Gallery‘s annual members exhibit All the Members: Gifted, curated by Deborah Davidson, including, Prof. Rose Olson, Prof. Barbara Moody, Prof. Judy Brown and Mary Bucci McCoy!

Visit kingstongallery.com for more information.

There will be an Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 6, 5 – 7:30 pm. Exhibit hours are Wed – Sun, 12 -5 pm, until Sept. 29

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Barbara Moody, Unwrapped, acrylic and charcoal on paper, 30 x 44″, 2012

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Mary Bucci McCoy, As One, acrylic mixed media on plywood, 10 x 6 x 1″, 2013

Rose is also exhibiting her work in a solo show opening Friday, Sept. 6, 5:30 – 8 pm at Susan Maasch Fine Art‘s beautiful new location at 4 City Center in Portland, ME. It will remain on view through Sept. 27. Her piece below will be on display. Hutson Gallery (432 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA) is planning to include her work in their last presentation of their Gallery Artists Group Show Sept. 12 – Oct. 14Reception: Sept. 13, 7 – 9 pm.

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Rose Olson, acrylic on Baltic Birch veneer, 28 x 28 x 2 


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Alumnus Shawn Salinger Exhibits Isms at MedCap Advisors

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Montserrat College of Art alumnus Shawn Salinger ’02 will be exhibiting his work titled “Pocket Full of Isms” on Saturday, September 7, from 6 – 10 pm at MedCap Advisors, 97 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square Cambridge, MA. There will be refreshments served and artists’ prize raffle.

MedCap Advisors is transforming their office into a gallery showcasing 13 of Salinger’s dynamic paintings that will dance on the office walls and serve as a gallery for the Cambridge community. MedCap Advisors values innovation in any form, and are spreading their philosophy from the biotech and medtech space to the art world.

“The Isms series was influenced by concepts surrounding astrology and cosmology. The paintings were created in an attempt to bridge a gap between the viewer and the subconscious.” – Salinger

To see more of his work visit: shawnsalinger.com

MedCap Advisors, LLC provides sophisticated strategic business and M&A consulting services exclusively to the medical technology and healthcare sectors. With more than 20 years of expertise in emerging medical devices, biotechnologies, and biologics, the firm’s advisers are authorities in the full spectrum of strategic, scientific, and financial strategies that drive the medical marketplace.

Courtesy from MedCap Advisors


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Alumni Update: Cynthia Woehrle

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Alumna Cynthia Woehrle ’93 invites you to the reception of her solo exhibition Cloud Cover on Wednesday, August 28, 6 – 8 pm at The Foster Gallery, 51 Union St, Suite 208, Worcester, MA.

This exhibit will features six new paintings, works from Visceral Murmurs and the beginning of her Atmosphere Series. Grab and Go drawings will be sold that evening. This event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Visit thefostergallery.com to learn more!

To keep up to date with Woehrle, visit her links:

Website: cynthiawoehrle.com
Facebook: facebook.com/WoehrlePaintings
Blog: cynthiawoehrle.blogspot.com
Twitter: twitter.com/Woehrle


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Staff Update: Kirk Amaral Snow Exhibits at Gallery Kayafas

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Kirk Amaral Snow, Untitled, 2011. Durational performance in Concepcion, Chile

Montserrat College of Art’s very own Director of Career Services Kirk Amaral Snow invites you to War Against Magic, an exhibition curated by Stephanie Dvarekas on view August 16 – 31 at Gallery Kayafas.

War Against Magic will feature four of his sculptures along side the work of Jenna Westra, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Jack Wesley Schneider, Unum Babar and Zachary Herrmann. The opening takes place Friday, August 16 at 5:30 pm.

“Using ready-made forms, Amaral Snow alters functionality and the viewer’s perception of objects and their purpose.”

To see more of his work visit: kirkamaralsnow.com

Gallery Kayafas Contact:
Stephanie Dvareckas
Stephanie@gallerykayafas.com
www.gallerykayafas.com
450 Harrison Ave, #37
Boston, MA 02118
617.482.0411

Summer Hours: Wed -Sat, 11 am – 5:30 pm

“Sight is such an unreliable thing. We use it to make sense of the world around us, but sometimes sight is deceiving. War Against Magic is an exhibition comprised of various pieces that depart from our commonly held notions of the visual world. Each artist is conveying a skewed sense of space and reality, and exploits the delicate subtleties in human perception. In War Against Magic, one is able to realize the ambiguity in the perception of space.” -courtesy of gallerykayafas.com


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Recent Alumna Exhibits at Gulu-Gulu

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Alumna Kathryn Brown ’12 is having her first solo show at the Gulu-Gulu Café in Salem, MA.

The show will be up throughout the month of August. The opening reception will be held on Thursday Aug. 15 at 7 pm.

Visit Brown’s website to see more of her work: hkjbrown.weebly.com

 

Artist Statement:
My current work consists of dismembering found objects into fragments in order to produce Frankenstein-like creations. The collages recreate a more dynamic scene to emphasize the impending action photography captures, while exaggerating the oddness of the images themselves. The powerful gazes, facial expressions, and expressive gestures entice the imagination into a play of characters that stirs the emotions.


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Steez Magazine 28th Release Party and Art Show

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Alumnus Andy Bablo ’07, founder of Steez Magazine, an international snow, skate and culture quarterly, invites you to  it’s 28th Issue Release Party on Saturday August 17 at 17 Cox Gallery in Beverly, MA. The event starts at 4 pm and goes throughout the evening and will include an outdoor art show, live graffiti/street art wall, food, beverages, music, giveaways and a mini ramp for skating. All ages are welcome and Steez invites skaters, artists and anyone who loves the action sports culture to come and participate in the event. The newly released Issue 28 will be on hand for free and work from throughout the issue will be featured on the exterior of the gallery building. The release party is free and open to the public! steezminimag.com

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Alumni News: Eben Kling Exhibits in Boston Young Contemporaries

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Montserrat College of Art alumnus Eben Kling ’09 is exhibiting in this year’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibit  Boston Young Contemporaries at Boston University’s 808 Gallery, on view through August 24

“It was an impressive list of jurors, and it’s a great example of the quality of Eben’s work!” -Director of Montserrat Galleries, Leonie Bradbury. 

Jurors:
Camilo Alvarez, Curator
Meghan Brady
Fabio Fernandez

Visit 808 Gallery to learn more!
808 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA
Hours: Mon – Sat: 11 am – 5 pm, Sun: 11 am – 7 pm

Kling also just recently exhibited at Mingo Gallery and Custom Framing this past spring.

View more of his work here: ebenezerarcherkling.com


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Gallery Update: Pat Falco – Just Happy To Be Here

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Installation, Carol Schlosberg Gallery 2013

WHAT Just Happy To Be Here: Artwork by Pat Falco
WHEN August 7- September 7
WHERE Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA
Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 10-5, Thu 10-8, Sat 12-5
www.montserrat.edu/galleries 

aintbrokewebMontserrat College of Art is proud to present the exhibition Just Happy To Be Here featuring Boston-based artist, Pat Falco. His text-base work employs deadpan, clever and comedic relief delivered through a casual, nonchalant voice. Falco’s practice is just that- witty, humorous and insightful. The artist incorporates a wide range of media including photographs, comics, altered found objects, signs, and works on paper. The subjects of the work are centered around the everyday (think landscapes, portraiture, relationships) with hand painted scribbles that will leave you smirking in delight. A painted blue vase hangs from one wall and beneath it Falco writes, “If it ain’t broke. Don’t break it.”

Falco contemporises the “salon-style” hanging tradition of the 1725 Paris Salon at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. More so than hanging floor to ceiling, Falco overlays his work as if to stitch together work from past and present. On the surface, his installation reads as a collage of humorous phrases, each with a distinct flare and typography that can be none other than his. His hand as artist and illustrator floods the walls and even extends to out to the exhibition vinyl. This is his bubble, his world in which we are welcomed.

Deeper than the colorful hues and humor, Falco unearths dark undertones and “more poignant social truths”, says Montserrat Galleries Director/Curator, Leonie Bradbury. “At times sad, ironic, or even philosophical, the content is always revealing.” A rock rests on the ground, beside it a small canvas that reads “Rock Bottom” points below. You probably will laugh, but also pause to dig deeper. In the end, just as appropriately as the show is titled, you are just happy just to be here.

Falco graduated from MassArt in 2010 with a degree in Illustration and Art History. He is a member of the Alumni Leadership Council and helped start the Lincoln Arts Project with fellow MassArt alumnus Elliott Anderson. He has been chosen to exhibit in the 2013 deCordova Biennial opening in early October.

Just Happy to Be Here will be on view in the Carol Schlosberg Gallery Aug. 7 – Sept. 7. To see more of Falco’s work visit: illfalco.com

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A Pessimist, an Optimist, and a Magician, 2013. Courtesy of artist

WHAT Artist Talk featuring Pat Falco
WHEN Wed., Sept. 4, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA, 1st floor

PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Montserrat’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Curator of Education, Maggie Cavallo at 978-867-9624 or maggie.cavallo@montserrat.edu.

montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs/

GALLERY PRESS CONTACT
Pamela Campanaro, Asst. Curator of Exhibitions
pamela.campanaro@montserrat.edu
978.867.9604


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