Monday, May 18, 2015

AniMAtic Boston - Running A Studio With CloudKid's Dave Schlafman

Do you ever dream of starting your own studio? Join CloudKid’s Dave Schlafman as he talks about all the highs, lows, rewards and challenges of starting and running an animation and interactive studio. Dave, whose Brighton studio has been creating amazing animation and interactive content for years, will candidly discuss the many realities involved in following the studio dream, like finding clients, hiring staff, producing projects and more. Dave is passionate about the animation business and you won’t want to miss what he has to say!

AniMAtic Boston also provides a great chance to meet other talented members of the Boston animation community, chat about what’s going on in the industry, what you're inspired by, and anything else under the sun. 



May 19, 2015
Doors open at 7pm


Talk starts at 7:30pm
191 Highland Ave
Suite 1-C
Somerville, MA
(Free parking lot located behind The Armory)

Event is free! Raffle is $1. Beer, wine and food available from the cafe.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Boston Creates Town Hall

On Tuesday, June 2nd,  the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture will host the "Boston Creates Town Hall" at English High School in Jamaica Plain.  This is the first large public event in the process and all community members are invited to attend and share their opinions and ideas about the City’s cultural priorities.  Attendees are encouraged to register for the event in advance at http://bostoncreatestownhall.eventbrite.com.  This event will kick off a series of community conversations set to take place across the city.  It will be followed by interviews with individuals and stakeholders, including artists, volunteer cultural groups, neighborhood centers, large and small arts organizations, residents and others to lay out a comprehensive map of Boston’s cultural assets. Community Engagement Team Members are still needed for this process, and individuals interested in volunteering can apply at www.bostoncreates.org.

Also, on May 22nd, Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston will participate in the City’s Chief Chat Series, aboard the City Hall To Go Truck, a mobile office which offers many city services to Boston residents in their local neighborhoods, including resident parking permits, voter registrations, and dog licenses, among others.  The event will take place at 1174 River Street, Hyde Park, from 4pm-7pm and Julie will be available to answer questions about the cultural planning process.

Friday, May 8, 2015

SMFA Medal Award Honoring John Baldessari

For over five decades, John Baldessari has influenced generations of artists as both an educator and creator and continues to transform his practice today. On May 18th, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is proud to celebrate the iconic artist and long-time educator at the 2015 Medal Award Gala in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. First presented in 1996, SMFA’s Medal Award, annually recognizes notable artists and influential art patrons for their commitment to make an impact on the art world. Past recipients include Glenn Ligon, Alex Katz, Kiki Smith, and Mike and Doug Starn. The 2015 gala—which will include dinner, award presentation, and silent auction of student art work—directly supports educational resources and opportunities for SMFA’s students.

BOSTON POPS #Happy20thKeith CONTEST

BOSTON POPS #Happy20thKeith CONTEST
The Boston Pops will run a hashtag contest inviting the Pops community to use #Happy20thKeith to help us celebrate Keith Lockhart’s 20th anniversary season. Throughout the spring season, May 6- June 13, fans will be asked to share their Boston Pops memories and photos from the last 20 years by using #Happy20thKeith on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; participants in the contest will automatically be entered to win one of three chances to attend a Pops performance.  Prizes include 20 tickets to attend the June 13th Cirque de la Symphonie concert, complete with complimentary food and beverages (winner selected Friday, May 29, 2015); two VIP tickets to the July 4 Boston Pops Concert on the Charles River Esplanade (winner selected June 13, 2015); and a weekend getaway for two to Tanglewood to attend the Cirque de la Symphonie Pops concert on August 21, with transportation and hotel provided (winner selected June 13, 2015).  Contest participants must be 18 or older.  The Boston Pops is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebostonpops and can be found on Twitter and Instagram @thebostonpops. 


BOSTON POPS 2015 SPRING SEASON OVERVIEW              
Celebrating Keith Lockhart’s 20th anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor, the Boston Pops 2015 season, May 6-June 13 at Symphony Hall, will showcase a remarkable range of music genres, while introducing new artists, world premieres, and innovative programming, and bringing the best of the Boston Pops library to the orchestra’s loyal audiences in greater Boston, the New England region, and beyond.


Featuring Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters, the Boston Pops Opening Night concert on May 6 will sets the stage for a season featuring some of the biggest names on Broadway. Audra McDonald, another leading lady in the arenas of Broadway, television, film, and the concert stage, will bring her much-loved stage presence to Symphony Hall on June 2 and again for the 34th annual “Presidents at Pops” on June 3. Also sure to be a highlight of the Boston Pops 2015 season are performances of Simply Sondheim—a night devoted to the legendary musical theater genius Stephen Sondheim highlighted by orchestra arrangements of his music featuring the return to the Pops stage of Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. This performance will also feature talented Vocal Fellows from the Tanglewood Music Center, which celebrates its 75th Anniversary in the summer of 2015 (6/10 & 6/11).

Five “By Popular Demand,” concerts (5/7, 16, 26, 29, & 6/5) will offer concertgoers a chance to vote, live during the concert, for their favorite piece of music through their web-enabled devices, giving Pops audiences an opportunity to help program the entire second half of the concert they are attending. The 2015 Boston Pops season will bring the debuts of The Midtown Men—four stars from the original cast of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys—for music of the 1960s (5/19, 20, & 21) and living legends of gospel, The Blind Boys of Alabama, on Gospel Night (6/6).  Two additional debut performances will feature Irish singer Karan Casey and Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez in A Celtic Sojourn at Pops hosted and curated by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan and planned for broadcast on his immensely popular radio program “A Celtic Sojourn,” which airs locally on Saturdays from 3pm-6pm.

The season will also shine a special spotlight on some of the most popular concert themes of recent years, including a great Pops tradition—the annual Film Night series led by Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams (5/22 & 23).  Returning to the Symphony Hall stage after an acclaimed debut last season, Cirque de la Symphonie will no doubt once again entertain crowds with their daring aerial flyers, acrobats, dancers, and jugglers (6/12 & 13). Building on the success of the recent Wizard of Oz and West Side Story film score screenings/performances at Symphony Hall, classic movie fans will be treated to a screening of the complete 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain—number 1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the Greatest Movie Musicals of all time—with live orchestra accompaniment (5/8 & 5/9).            

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th Be With You

WunderHaus: 2015 BFA Illustration Exhibition

WunderHaus: 2015 BFA Illustration Exhibition
May 6 - 16, 2015
Reception: May 7, 2015 | 6:00PM
VanDernoot Gallery
University Hall, 1st Floor 
College of Art and Design
Lesley University
1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Porter Square 
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Free Comic Book Day Exclusive!

In honor of Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 2nd), you can download the FCBD issue of My Name is Jonah! This exclusive issue includes a cover and 2 pages illustrated by Patt Kelley. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Why Can't Popular Boston Artist, Rob Potylo, Have His Own Reality TV Show?

We typically don't watch TV on Sunday afternoons, but if Rob Potylo's show, "Quiet Desperation", was scheduled to air on Sundays, we would be sure to tune in. "Quiet Desparation" is an entertaining reality show on YouTube that showcases local creatives. Rob Potylo is a former BCN radio personality, musician, and artist, highly regarded by the art community. He has created over 400 videos, and his YouTube channel has gained close to 3 million views. When Rob pitched his show to a seemingly interested network, he did not expect to later be rejected.
Watch these videos to learn more:

Monday, April 27, 2015

EYE FOR AN EYE


EYE FOR AN EYE
Works by Eyeformation and Hazel Eyes Studio

May 7th 
5-8pm
Porter Mill Studios
95 Rantoul St
Beverly Massachusetts


This show will feature solo work from our favorites, Eyeformation and Hazel Eyes Studio, as well as their collaborative work that won them the featured piano for Play Me I'm Your's, Street Pianos Boston



Meet the artists on May 7th from 5-8pm and don't miss the Pop-Up! Store during Open Studios, June 20th

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Art to Dream Tour Takes to Deep Waters with Live Art Installation on The Odyssey Benefitting the Room to Dream Foundation

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The Art to Dream Tour Takes to Deep Waters with Live Art Installation on The Odyssey Benefitting the Room to Dream Foundation
Six-Stop Boston Art Tour Sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka Showcases Local Artist, Keith MacLelland and His Hero Cowboy Art Work on Boston Harbor Cruise Ship, Monday, May 4th

Presented by: The Odyssey, Art to Dream Tour, 
Room to Dream Foundation and Deep Eddy Vodka 

The Odyssey is calling aboard all art loving, gun-slinging, cocktail sipping passengers as the Boston Harbor cruise ship proudly hosts one of the Art to Dream Tour’s live art installation events benefiting the Room to Dream Foundation on Monday, May 4th.

The inaugural Art to Dream Tour is featuring six of the Boston-area’s most renowned artistic talents at six of the city’s most coveted urban venues. Each venue is hosting a live art installation where guests will have the unique opportunity to watch these artists work their magic and create a masterpiece right before their eyes to be unveiled and auctioned off at the tour’s culminating event on May 27th at the Boston Center for Adult Education.

Keith MacLelland is an internationally acclaimed artist for his contemporary hero cowboy artworks inspired by Hollywood’s heroic singing cowboys of the 1950’s. Conic influences for MacLelland’s pieces vary from Kachina dolls and Luche Libre, to the Tournament of Roses Parade, Mardi Gras, He-Man, GI Joe and the Banana Splits, as well WWF stars of the late 1980’s such as Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik, Mr. T, and Bam Bam Bigelow. 


On May 4th, Art to Dream Tour guests will be invited aboard the Odyssey to see one of MacLelland’s powerful, robust, and monstrous heroes come to life as it prepares to battle modern day enemies like the Boston Marathon bombers, school shooters and violent offenders.

Art to Dream Tour presenting sponsor, Deep Eddy Vodka, will be serving a variety of tasty libations on board utilizing its signature Cranberry Vodka, Sweet Tea Vodka and its brand new, Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka. A cash bar will also be provided by the Odyssey.

Admission to the event is free of charge! Guests please RSVP to Marc Ellison: marc@deepeddyvodka.com for space is limited and reservations will be capped prior to the event.

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Dockside: 5-7pm Cruise: 7-9:30pm
60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02210
Admission is free of charge but guests must RSVP to Marc Ellison: marc@deepeddyvodka.com.

About Entertainment Cruises
The Boston division of Entertainment Cruises (Spirit of Boston, Odyssey I and Seaport Elite II) is Boston’s premier provider of dining cruises on the water, offering more than 35 years of experience in unforgettable dining, and entertainment. For more information, visit www.entertainmentcruises.com

The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston


The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) and Tufts University celebrate the work of graduating Master of Fine Arts students with a large-scale exhibition May 11–14, 2015 at the Cyclorama, part of the Boston Center for the Arts.  Artistic innovation and creativity are fundamental qualities developed during the intensive two-year graduate program. Working in a range of media and methods, the 52 artists will showcase thesis projects in film/video, painting, performance, sculpture, photography, installation, drawing, and more. The culminating Cyclorama thesis exhibition honors the artistic and educational achievements of this talented group of MFA candidates.

The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston
May 11–14, 2015
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston
Public reception: May 14, 7:30–10 pm
Performances: May 13, 5:30–7 pm + May 14, 5:40 pm; 8 pm; 9 pm by Oscar Bogran, Alexandra Borovski, Helina Metaferia, Bryana Robinson, Kledia Spiro, and Justin Tuerk.
Hours: 11am7pm

Related Event
2015 SMFA Graduate Thesis Screening: END RECORDINGS
April 30, 2015, 5:30 pm
Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston
Featuring works in time-based media by eight graduating SMFA MFA candidates, the screening will present a vast array of perspectives from Boston’s emerging moving image artists. Featuring: Aparna Agrawal, Alexandra Borovski, Dana Caroll, Allison Cekala, Kaitlyn Clark, Holden Holcombe, Yin Liu, Yushan Liu, Helina Metaferia, Nick Procopi. Attendees must obtain a free ticket from any MFA kiosk or ticket desk.

EXPANDED ANIMATION: NEW DIRECTIONS IN CHINESE ANIMATION at the ICA

Crows & Sparrows continues its collaboration with Balagan to co-present “Expanded Animation: New Directions in Chinese Animation”, which includes works by a number of young moving image artists based in mainland China, and highlighting the animation work of the award-winning young Chinese filmmaker Lei Lei (b. 1985). This event is the second of a two-part co-presentation introducing Lei Lei’s film and animation work to Boston audiences.The first event, “Recycled Cinema”, took place on March 24 at the Brattle Theatre, and exhibited a number of short experimental films in a program that began with Lei Lei’s animated found footage film RECYCLED as a conceptual point of departure. Lei Lei is currently an Asian Cultural Council Grantee in New York.

Crows & Sparrows is a film initiative that seeks to create and enhance opportunities for exchange between independent media artists and audiences in North America and East Asia, with a current focus on Boston and Beijing. Balagan is a year-round film series based in Boston that showcases avant-garde, experimental, and otherwise marginalized works. 

With the spread of digital technology and state-sponsored campaigns to grow China's creative industry, young moving image practitioners in China have been developing new works that engage with the private sector, the art world, and the global film festival circuit, expanding the form and experience of animation in the world. Exploring this diversified wave in recent production, Expanded Animation: New Directions in Chinese Animation presents a showcase of recent animated works from a mix of visual artists, filmmakers, and independent/experimental animators, most of whom were born after 1980. Their practices stem from stop-motion, print-making, hand-made collage, ink, painting, graphic design, and digital algorithm.

Balagan and Crows & Sparrows, two Boston-based film series, co-present this program, which highlights the work of the award-winning Beijing-based artist Lei Lei. The works presented explore a variety of personal, artistic, and political subject matter, and represent the breadth of recent innovation in animation practice in China.

Filmmakers Lei Lei and Chai Mi will attend in person for Q&A.
Friday, April 24
https://www.facebook.com/events/1431336680499370/ 
Tickets: $10 regular / $5 students and ICA members
Visit http://crowsandsparrows.com/screenings/new-directions-in-chinese-animation/ for more information.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Searching for a Local Pet Portrait Artist?

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous pet portrait painting by Darren Goldman. Darren is a Boston-based master painter with museum quality work. He is currently available for pet portrait commissions and can be easily contacted through his site: http://darrengoldman.com/#/special/contact/contact/

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Reading at the Boston Children's Museum with Renee Kurilla

Bring the kids and enjoy a fun book reading with local illustrator, Renee Kurilla! She will be reading her beautiful new book, "ORANGUTANKA: A Story in Poems", and sharing her illustration process. Renee has been published in a variety of books, games, and mobile apps. This book reading will be an inspiring event that parents and kids will love!

ORANGUTANKA: A STORY IN POEMS
Book Reading with Illustrator Renee Kurilla
Sunday April 19, 2015
2:30pm-3:30pm
Ages: 3-5, 6 and up
Location: Art Studio Porch


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Boston Ballet at the Strand Theatre


The Boston Ballet’s Department of Education & Community Initiatives is thrilled to present the 6th annual performance of Boston Ballet at the Strand Theater in Dorchester on Friday April 10th, at 7pm. Join the Boston Ballet for an evening of spectacular dance and diverse choreography. The evening performance will feature an exciting repertoire that includes selections from their season and original works performed by Boston Ballet’s company, Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet School, and students in the Department of Education and Community Initiatives. Tickets are only $5.00 and include entrance to an interactive pre-show event. This is always a great event for families and a unique opportunity to rethink ballet. See what the Boston Ballet has to offer!! Tickets are on sale now for purchase at www.bostonballet.org/strandtheatre!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

5th Annual JP Rocks and Rolls Record and Art Fair

Looking for the perfect affordable gift? The 5th Annual JP Rocks and Rolls artisan fair is right around the corner! From local artwork and custom clothing to an array of records on sale, the variety of products runs the gamut. Support local artists and businesses, and pick out something special!
Spontaneous Celebrations 
April 19th 2015 11-3pm
2 floors!
Raffle prizes!
at Spontaneous Celebrations
45 danforth st
jamaica plain, ma 02130
vendors and sponsors feel free to sign up
jprocksandrolls@aol.com
free all ages!
 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bite: Food as Art - Closing Reception and Food Drive at Nave Gallery


Photo credit: Welcome to a Decadent World, Mara Trachtenberg

Like art, food is a visual, sensory and social experience. Flavors and textures, aromas and taste are all elements that can be explored through artwork. Culture, memories and health are just some themes that can be viewed through the lens of food. Bite is an exploration of art made with food, art about food and/or food about art.

CLOSING RECEPTION & FOOD DRIVE:
Saturday, March 14, 2015; 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

CURATED BY:
Tori Costa and Sandy McDonald 

Food and toiletry donations will be collected to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition's Project Soup. A full list of needs can be found here:
https://www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org/how-you-can-help/in-kind-donations/

LOCATION:
Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

ARTISTS:
Alice Abrams
Jim Baab
Zeren Badar
Freedom Baird
Heather Balchunas
Rob Bellinger
Nadine Boughton
Sage Brousseau
Cuisine+Colour
Mira Dayal
Joseph DeMonaco
Russell duPont
Stan Eichner
Stephan Groß
Elisa H. Hamilton
Rebecca Henriksen
Charlotte Kaplan
Judith Klausner
Susie Kos
David Lancaster
Cameron MacMartin
Amy McGregor-Radin
Dan Meade
Leah Netsky
Marjorie Nichols
Robin Radin
Michele Ridgeway
Amy Rindskopf
Brittany Severance
Melissa Shaak
Margot Stage
Julia Tenney
Mara Trachtenberg
Maureen Vezina

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Beverly Comic Con - FREE Admission!

The second Beverly Comic Con will be hosted at Porter Mills on Saturday, March 21st!

This event is free to the public and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

DJ Noel Snow will be in the house teaming up with featured live artist Markus Sebastiano

Guests of honor include Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper),Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Marvel Comics) and Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics).

Alongside new friends at Wicked Art Bar, old friends at Montserrat College of Art and the gang at Tryptic Press. This is going to be a fantastic event full of comics, art and pop culture!

Plenty of parking across the street & super kid friendly.
Free admission
Doors open at 10am

Beverly Comic Con 2:
Bigger, Badder, Nerdier.
Saturday, March 21st.
Studios at Porter Mill 10am-6pm
95 Rantoul Street
Beverly, MA. 01915

NEW BLUE MAKERS MARKET - Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More

Show support for our local artists and crafters! Swing by The New Blue Makers Market, featuring beautiful artwork by local artisans and designers. Artwork by 60+ local artists will be on view daily and during all special events. Live music will be performed by Alex Navarro, Jocelyn Limmer, Atlas Mason, Andrew DiMarzo, Sara Ontaneda Loor, and Doully Yang. There will also be a fun hands-on kids project area along with complimentary refreshments. See you there!

The Second Saturday of Every Month!
 11am - 4:00pm
Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More
541 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA
02139

Boston Underground Film Festival Presents: The Editor and Moped Knights - #BUFF17's Opening Night

THE EDITOR
Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) has never disguised their love for Astron-6. Whether you’ve caught their many shorts that they’ve screened over the years or their featurette Manborg back in 2012, you’re probably familiar with their unique parody/homage hybrids. With The Editor, founding Astron-6 members Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy mine the plentiful well of ‘70s Eurotrash giallo films, and like always, hit that sweet spot between respect and derision.

WITH CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR ADAM BROOKS IN PERSON!

Also, check out the local premiere of the latest from Mike Pecci & Tony Fernandez MOPED KNIGHTS preceding the feature film!


Wednesday
March 25, 2015 
7:30pm
Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St in Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA
02138

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