Gallery at Porter Mill Celebrates DIY Artist Initiatives, Collectives

July 31, 2012

Sometimes artists need to take things into their own hands. A lot of people imagine artists live a solitary life, spending angst filled hours alone in their studio trying to create the next masterpiece. What most artists really are doing though, is reaching out to other artists, banding together, and taking a whole new approach to “putting themselves out there.” Artist collectives and DIY (do-it-yourself) initiatives are growing ever popular as exhibiting in traditional, commercial galleries becomes more and more competitive, and consequently, less desirable. For the month of August, the Gallery at Porter Mill will highlight the efforts of two such collectives; those who have decided not to go it alone, but instead choose to celebrate their community and their fellow artists. Beverly based and Brooklyn based One Animal will be exhibiting concurrently in the Gallery at Porter Mill from August 1st – 24th.

is a Beverly based collective interested in presenting experimental and emerging artists to the local community. In the past they have hosted critique groups and have installed group shows in local apartments to foster dialogue between artists, and community members. They hosted public, drop in and draw workshop on the Beverly Common on Saturday, July 21st. Community members were welcomed to stop by and draw. All resulting works of art will be on display in the exhibition Remnants of a Beginning in the Gallery at Porter Mill, with the original still life on display as an installation. Gallery visitors will be invited to draw from the still life in provided sketchbooks, becoming a part of the exhibition.

One Animal, a Brooklyn based collective with an ever-changing roster of artists, reaches out to artists across the country to curate and participate in their exhibitions. They were founded with the mission to “celebrate the joining of creative minds, com together as one to represent life’s chaos and beauty under common themes.” Their exhibition All Things Are will display works of art that document an artist’s place and role in time and their journey of becoming.

On Saturday, August 4th, 6 – 8 pm enjoy refreshments and meet the artists during the opening celebration of this exciting exhibition.

On Saturday August 18th, 6 – 8 pm will be hosting “State of the Art Scene”, an in-gallery conversation between local artists, galleries and community members about what is happening in the local art scene, and how it can grow.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Gallery at Porter Mill
95 Rantoul Street Beverly MA

Contact Bea Modisett at [email protected] for more information and additional gallery hours.