Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Monster Party 2014 at the Boston Children's Museum

Opening Party: October 3, 2014
Monstrous Family Fun at Boston Children’s Museum
Monster Party will unleash your inner party-monster!
Join us for Monster Party with a full on monster-themed installation that includes an interactive mural by Evoker and Tim Sullivan; smelly monster sculptures by The !ND!V!DUALS; a monster safari by MadKnits, Tofu Squirrel, Jess George, Venus Jaw, and Ben Bishop; a sensory box by Fish McGill; monster bean bag toss by Evoker; and a monster animation by Peter Reynolds and FableVision.
For full-on Monster Party Mayhem head over to our neighborhood Flour Bakery/Fort Point for some scarily delicious monster treats!
Boston Children’s Museum is open Friday nights till 9pm with $1 admission per person after 5pm
Monster Party will be on display after the October 3 opening until mid-December.
(Here's a sneak peek at the Baticorn, a collaboration plush by MadKnits and Tofu Squirrel, 
one of the many monsters you can look for in the museum.)
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Architectura Articulation

Aura/Ground: Photographs by Sarah Pollman

Aura/Ground: Photographs by Sarah Pollman
On View September 7 - November 9, 2014
Artist talks: September 24, 12:30 and October 19, 3pm

My first solo museum show is on view at Danforth Art Museum and School through November 9. Please join me for one of my artists talks on September 24 and October 19.

This show combines images from my series Figure and Ground and Father and Mother. More information about the show can be found on the Museum's website:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Joo Lee Kang: Troubled Paradise and Peri Schwartz: Composing Paintings

Joo Lee Kang     Still Life with Insects #7    2014   ballpoint pen on paper  22x15"

Troubled Paradise

Composing Paintings

September 2 - October 4, 2014 at Gallery NAGA 

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 
10 am - 5 pm 

Gallery NAGA
67 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116

Reverb: New Art from Greece

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston present eleven emerging and mid-career Greek artists who illustrate how artists are interpreting and responding to the reverberations of social, political, and economic conditions during a crucial time in Greece’s history.

Featuring: Loukia Alavanou, Anastasia Douka, Eirene Efstathiou, Andreas Ragnar Kassapis, Dimitris Papoutsakis, Eftihis Patsourakis, Nana Sachini, Yorgos Sapountzis, Vangelis Vlahos, Paky Vlassopoulou, and Myrto Xanthopoulou

Opening Reception | September 9, 5–7 pm

For All the Reasons in the World, performance by Eirene Efstathiou | September 10, 12–12:30 pm
(Corner of Massachusetts Avenue + Newbury Street, Boston)

Curatorial presentation and tour with Eirene Efstathiou + Evita Tsokanta | September 11, 12:30–2 pm

More details at

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Art Walk in the Park was Wondrous! Photos by Merina Zeller

Lex McDermott and Halley Jaye Facciolo

 Courtney White

Hamiltoons Caricatures 

Mikey Holland of Mean Creek performing a solo acoustic set

 The !ND!V!DUALS Photo Booth

 Live Statue from TEN31 Productions

 Pendulum Painting

A Happy Artist!

 Mr Never With the !ND!V!DUALS Sculpture

 Destiny Palmer

 Steph Love

 Meg Walker

 Muideen Ogunmola

 Gillian Barnes, Mariessa D, Amanda Atkins, Christina Siravo

 Paul Sentz performing live music!

 Chelsea Arruda


Phillip Michaels, Tofu Squirrel, and Colin Driesch

Zombie Romance and Friends

See more photos at:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Art Walk in the Park!

Art Walk In The Park
On Sunday August 24th, 2014, the University Park Common will transform into a family friendly Art Walk in the Park 
from 11 AM to 5 PM.

The Art Walk in the Park will showcase 60 New England based professional artists with works ranging from fine art, photography, sculpture, and illustration. Guests are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks, draw with the professional artists, and partake in a variety of fun community activities. Some of the activities include Sidewalk Chalk Art, a Children’s Coloring table, Brian Butler’s Ice Cream People (a drawing project), and a photo booth with !ND!V!DUALS sculptures! To top it off, there will be food vendors and live music!

This event is free and open to the public.

The Art Walk in the Park is sponsored by MIT, Harvard, and the Paint Pens Collective.

Listing Information
What: Art Walk In The Park
Where:   University Park Common @ MIT ; 38 Sydney Street, Cambridge, MA   
Hours: 11 AM to 5 PM
Note: Bring your sketchbook!
Artists: Adam J. O’Day, Adam McElreath, Alex Carlson, Amanda Atkins, Andrew MacLean, Anna Cassell, Bamcat, Ben Bishop, Bob Flynn, Brenton Barnes, Cat Craig, Caitie Moore, Chelsea Arruda, Chris Cavallero, Christina Siravo, Courtney White, David LeBlanc, D. Gould, Darren Goldman, Dennis Burke, Destiny Palmer, Dimitri Dubuisson, Erin Shaw, Eyeformation, Fish McGill, Hamiltoons Caricatures, Iansanity, !nd!v!dua!s Collective, Jason Casey, Jason Wallace Studio, Jennifer Lewis, Jessica Silva, Jillian Pulford, John Cardinal, Jonathan Reincke, Lex McDermott, Mariessa DeVincintis, MCA, Meg Walker, Meghann Brideau, Michael Crockett, Mister Never, Nick Nazzaro, Patt Kelley, RedHotBox Studios, Richie Montgomery, Rifrakt Collective, Rob Burns, Sean McCabe, Sherwin Long, Silver Oris, Steph Love, Tofu Squirrel, Walter Sickert, Zombie Romance, and more!

Organized by Elizabeth Siegel

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

National Poster Retrospecticus RETURNS TO BOSTON

When: August 1st, 2014 at 6PM
Where: BU Art Gallery, Boston, MA
National Poster Retrospecticus RETURNS TO BOSTON
National tour brings over 300 gig-posters across the US
Boston, MA—A massive collection of hand-printed gig-posters is coming
home to Boston! The National Poster Retrospecticus showcases over 100 of
the most prominent poster designers in the country. The show includes heavy
hitters like Aaron Draplin, Daniel Danger and Aesthetic Apparatus. Posters
for bands like Modest Mouse, Phish, Wilco and hundreds of others will be on
display for the public, free of charge.
“We’ve loaded up the van with a backstock of thousands of posters. We’ve
been making overnight drives to each city and setting up the shows for onenight-
only.” says John Boilard, producer of the tour. “We hope to make this another
season of adventure, hard work and fun. Highlights of Summer include
a show at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and our home turf here
at Boston University. The Boston show is special for a number or reasons. It
will potentially serve as one of our last events in the North East for a few years
as we set our sights West.” After months of meticulous planning and curation
this national tour hits the road on August 1st and visits four cities.
About the National Poster Retrospecticus
The National Poster Retrospecticus is a traveling show of more than 300
hand-printed event posters from over 100 of the most prominent poster designers
in the USA. With roots that go back to 2006, our mission is to celebrate
posters and the made-by-hand aesthetic. We want to help spread that enthusiasm
around the world. The National Poster Retrospecticus is produced and
curated by John Boilard.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SIGN PAINTERS - A New Documentary Featuring Keith Knecht, Bob Dewhurst, Colossal Media and Boston's Josh Luke

SIGN PAINTERS is a new documentary showcasing the past, present and future of the hand painted sign in the USA. It’s an amazing film directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon and now available at or iTunes. The film features legends such as Keith Knecht and Bob Dewhurst to local contemporaries like Josh Luke in Boston or Colossal Media in NYC. Visit:

CALAMITY NO.6 - A Dance, Comedy, Visual Art, and Music Event at the Democracy Center

v i s u a l . a r t i s t s
-nicole beauchaine
-katelyn beaudoin
-brandi diaz
-jacqui digenio
-dorothy louisos
-danette konkoly
-shannon reynolds
-melissa riling

-$10 at the door
-SAVE $4 if you bring a snack to share
-Saturday 6/28/14
-democracy center in harvard square

Friday, May 16, 2014

Dissolving Structure - New Work By Adam O'Day

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Adam's artist statement:

I've been known to paint some expressionistic and impressionistic views of famous cities around the world, especially our beloved Bean Town. I'll throw the occasional fantasy-based painting in there for my own enjoyment too. However you slice it, I'm painting our world and worlds existing in my mind the same way, with gestural, expressive emotion.
In the past few years, I started to focus on painting what a scene feels like, not necessarily what it literally looks like. So there would be elements of reality, mixed with elements of other worlds, dreams and nightmares. When painting a landscape, I'll sketch from life, use pictures and then work from memory. Things look familiar, but they seem like a memory, because I always put the finishing touches on a piece without focusing on what it looks like; I portray what it feels like, what I remember about it. What's the point of painting something exactly how it looks? You might as well take a photo.

Now in 2014, I have a slightly new plan. It's an amended plan to what I have been up to in recent years. I'll take this "paint what you feel mantra," add oil paint, and add a new perspective. I want to paint everyday urban scenes that have some familiar subject matter, but painted through the eyes of someone from another dimension. I'm using color as value. I'm using alien color schemes. I'm abstracting scenes more. I'm not limiting my decision making to stay within the boundaries. In short, when I have an idea, I paint it without a second thought. The first idea is always the most exciting.

The Hallway Gallery to Open Second Location in Provincetown!

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Personal Message From The Hallway Gallery: 

"After five years of hosting dozens of receptions and other special events at The Hallway, I'm excited to expand and integrate the stable of artists I represent into Room 68, a design store adjacent to the gallery that I co-own with Eric Portnoy. For the past nine months we have worked hard at creating a second location for the store.  

Our new Provincetown venture at 377 Commercial Street opens this weekend. It has twice the space of the Jamaica Plain store and is located in the East End gallery district. In addition to carrying an array of furniture and home goods, the new store includes a rotating art gallery that will feature many of the artists I have represented over the years. I invite you all to make a visit to Room 68 Provincetown this summer. 

The Hallway Gallery and Room 68 JP will be open Thursday through Sunday during the upcoming summer months.

Many thanks for your support. 

Brent Refsland"

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents “The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston”

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents “The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston”
Final exhibition of work by 48 students in the Master of Fine Arts program 
Boston, MA (April 28, 2014)—This spring, the internationally-renowned Master of Fine Arts program of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) and Tufts University celebrates the work of its graduating students with the first, large-scale collective exhibition in the history of the program, May 13–18, 2014 in the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. Recently ranked one of the top 10 most influential Master of Fine Arts programs in the world, SMFA has been educating artists since its founding in1876—from Edmund Tarbell, Lois Mäilou Jones, and Cy Twombly to Joan Jonas, Nan Goldin, and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia. The Cyclorama, a historic Boston landmark, provides a unique backdrop for the high-concept, visually powerful contemporary art produced by the School’s graduate students—the juxtaposition of old and new in the space is a nod to Boston’s rich cultural and historical identity. This electrifying group exhibition culminates in a display of educational and artistic achievements of the diversely-talented MFA candidates who have developed their practices over their intensive two-year program.
Visit to view images and information from all the participating artists.
“The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston”
May 13–18, 2014
Meet the Artists: May 16, 3–5 pm
Public reception: May 17, 7:30–10 pm
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Hours: May 13–17, 11 am–5 pmMay 18, 11 am–3 pm
Admission to exhibition and related events is free and open to the public.
With generous support from Barbara and Jonathan Lee and from an anonymous donor.
Related Events
2014 Graduate Thesis Screening
May 2, 2014, 6:30 pm
Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115
The 2014 Graduate Thesis Screening features a tremendous breadth of work by 13 graduating Master of Fine Arts students including animation, performance art, and experimental narrative film.
About the Artists
Marjorie Almstead creates new worlds using styles of the drawings that are not commonly associated with one another; Christina A. Banna’s Uncharted Territory is a digital animation and vocal performance of the artist’s struggle with the inevitability of death; Aaron John Bourque seeks to start a conversation about the role of photography in the production of history and the cultural imaginary; influenced by his religious upbringing, Chase Brannock’s drawings reflect on the absurdity and cruelty of life; Nicholas Bunch's films explore gender relations through a juvenile lens by placing the audience in a voyeuristic situation; Cindy Burton is a 29-year-old teen princess who makes videos exploring online persona and internet pop culture; Emil Cohen’s photography series "Diaspora" captures cultural shifts in Boston’s gay male community; Chelsea Coonexplores the parallels between the cosmic body and the human body and asks questions about beginnings and endings, and the imminence of existence.
Gage Delprete's work is enveloped in painting and a substantial portion of his content is derived from childhood experiences; Claire Elliott’s paintings address a wide set of concerns about the relationship between humans and landscape; Suje Garcia’s work is inspired by psychosocial events that have taken place throughout his life; Inspired by the kaleidoscopes of her childhood, Tinsley Hammond highlights the tension between beauty and the darkness historically bound to it; using the power of art and history to shape culture and social action, Lydia A. Harris is creating a visual arts project about the citizens of Collier Heights, GA; Khaldoun Hijazin’s work deals with the appropriation of the western tradition of representation, specifically, the Venetian painting approach; Polina Isurin investigates the material representation existing during times of displacement, combining the contents of the individual past with the material of the collective past.
Debra K. Jayne is a painter and printmaker who works in and with the cityscape to explore its architectural forms; Tiara Jenkins creates performances which consider the complexities of presence and absence in the context of the artist and the environment he or she is influencing; Yeol Jung’s current research deals with socio-cultural issues in Korean contemporary society, specifically the rapid growth of plastic surgery culture; Dinorá Justice works with the genre of landscape to explore the relationships between environmental and socio-economic issues; Cody Justus explores the tension between stillness and movement by utilizing the history of modernist painting tropes; Defne Kirmizi explores the changing nature of cinema and filmic experience by documenting the transition from 35mm projection systems to digital; Clara hy Lee creates artificial still life photographs that incorporate images from the outside; Greg Lookerse will read "Fear and Trembling," by Søren Kierkegaard, feet covered in honey while moving through a sculptural space
Emma Mällinen’s four unique artist’s books, collectively titled "Animal Projections," reflect on society’s placement within the context of a wider natural world; Lane Mansbach’swork is about love and loss; Michael MacMahon’s paintings explore the relationship between Stanley Kubrick’s film “Dr Strangelove” and artist Kazimir Malevich’s geometric abstractions; Robin McNulty’s performance piece, "Food Lion: The Musical," tells the story of a group of lions trying to live the American dream; working mainly with found objects, Christian Meade investigates the themes of exploration, whimsy, and object and viewer interaction; Yoshiaki Otsuka’s work explores the narrowing gap and the tension that exists between artificial virtual spaces and the physical realm in which we live; Samara Pearlstein is interested in systems of information like ongoing arguments among philosophers, or fauna from the era of the Cambrian explosion, or baseball.
Jin Qu’s work explores relationships between people, their environments, and wild nature within modern life; Matthew Shropshire’s animation/painting hybrids are an attempt to capture time and the inherent failure involved in that process; Wesley Simon’s work is project specific, often dealing with themes of temporality, observation, and sense of place; Tyler Robert Smith believes creative entrepreneurs are the key to developing adaptable models to promote economic growth; Dayna Rochell Stanley‘s photographic series “Holiday Park” explores the way we shape and adapt our environment through found scenes in a costal RV park; Gianna Stewart is interested in the ad hoc logic of self-made spaces, especially the bizarre nature of the backyard; P.T. Sullivan’s images are about the process of preparation, mark making, and performance of creating individual works.
Keena Tarrant examines the misappropriation of black racial stereotypes that permeate American culture today; Julie Weaver’s "Where the Sofa Ends" series was inspired by the plethora of abandoned house furniture spotted in her neighborhood; Rebecca Williams’ Breaking Easy is a large installation that includes performance, sculpture, and video—artificial nature pairs with the domestic as a source for play and embodiment; Nathaniel Wyrick’s Way Back on the Shelf explores the autobiographical memory of the artist through sculpture, installation, and video performance; Esther Zabronsky’s work is informed by Jewish history, her upbringing in Israel, and her investigation of the woman’s role in the Jewish tradition.
About the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:
Founded in 1876 and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is one of only two art schools in the country affiliated with a major museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Our mission is to provide an education in the fine arts—for undergraduate and graduate artists—that is interdisciplinary and self-directed. This education values cultural, artistic and intellectual diversity; it embraces a wide range of media; it stresses the development of individual vision and its relation to culture in general; it values equally the knowledge gained by thinking and doing; it is deeply engaged with the world as a whole. If the mission is constant, its practice is always transforming. For more information about our programs and partnerships, visit

Saturday, April 26, 2014

LGBTQIA Artist Alliance Presents Scidentity

On May 2nd, from 6 - 8 PM, the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance will be having an opening for their newest exhibition "Scidentity." It will be at their gallery, located at 571 Columbus Ave in Boston (right near the Mass Ave stop on the orange line). Scidentity is an exploration of 21st century science and technological advances in relation to developing identity politics. Works touch upon topics of how we use either/both science and technology to alter and change or express the way that we as humans perceive identity. Participants are either/both visual artists, scientists, and other practitioners in technology creating a cross dialog in both art and science. 
 Participating Artists: 
 Kevin Barton 
 Corey Dunlap 
 Steven Godanis 
 Rohan Manohar 
 Rebecca Potter 
 Allison Maria Rodriguez 

 To learn more about BLAA, please visit or on Facebook under Boston LGBT Artist Alliance.

ArtWeek Boston! April 25-May 4

ArtWeek Boston is an initiative of the Citi Performing Arts Center, whose mission is to be a champion for nonprofit innovation in Boston and provide arts and entertainment to the greater community. ArtWeek Boston is a biannual celebration of the arts and allows arts patrons of all kinds to have a unique curated experience. ArtWeek events are unique in that they tie directly to the community in which they are happening. The concept of creative-placemaking is the basis for the mission of ArtWeek Boston’s nationally recognized funder, ArtPlace America. Spring ArtWeek will be April 25-May 4, 2014. For more information on events, click here. For more information on how to submit an event for ArtWeek, click here.

Parisian-Based YellowKorner Photography Gallery Introduces the Art of Paris at Society on High as Part of Boston ArtWeek 2014

Burlington, MA (April 22, 2014) - As part of Boston ArtWeek 2014, Parisian-based YellowKorner gallery is inviting the artistic community to a delectable tasting of its internationally acclaimed practice of “democratizing” exquisite photographic art, paired with a masterpiece of its native cuisine at Society on High in the Financial District on Tuesday, April 29th beginning at 7pm. French-born urban landscape extraordinaire, Franck Bohbot, will be featuring his exclusive YellowKorner collection shot at monumental architectural structures throughout France and will conduct a Q&A, as well as an education on the intricacies of producing the highest art form of urban landscape photography. Society on High owner and renowned French restaurateur, Ian Just, has composed a mouthwatering French Prix Fixe menu for only $25 as YellowKorner introduces guests to a member of its meticulously selected artist roster. Since opening its very first Massachusetts location in the Burlington Mall several months ago, YellowKorner has been searching for the opportune time to fly one of its many world-renowned artists to the Boston area to display their exclusive collection. Bohbot jumped at the opportunity to participate in Boston ArtWeek for he is in the process of planning a collection to be shot here in Boston capturing the city's many architectural works of art. 
 Additional event information and dinner tickets are available at: ArtWeek Boston: YellowKorner Introduces the Art of Paris at Society on High. 

 About YellowKorner: Founded in 2006 by Alexandre de Metz and Paul-Antoine Briat, YellowKorner exhibits and markets photographic art with the goal of bridging the gap between world-renowned artists and the public. Headquartered in Paris, YellowKorner has 80 galleries worldwide with Burlington being its first Massachusetts location. YellowKorner democratizes art photography and makes exquisite works increasingly attainable to amateurs and collectors by publishing an increased number of prints at a decreased price. YellowKorner preserves the integrity of its art by producing limited edition works from a meticulously selected group of artists from around the world. For more information, please visit for more information.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

YellowKorner Gallery Captures Sweet Dreams of Surreal Photography Created by Alastair Magnaldo

Surreal Photography by Alastair Magnaldo   

Parisian-Based Gallery Making Exquisite Works Increasingly Attainable to the Public Holds Artist Feature at Burlington Location on Saturday, April 19th at 4pm Burlington, MA (April 7, 2014) 

YellowKorner Photography Gallery is capturing the imaginations of Boston-area art lovers and is imprinting surreal photographic memories with a feature on one of its world-renowned artists, Alastair Magnaldo. The Parisian-based gallery is holding an artist feature on Saturday, April, 19th beginning at 4pm showcasing Magnaldo’s dream inspired collection as it continues to introduce its internationally acclaimed practice of “democratizing” the world’s finest photographic art to the Greater Boston area. YellowKorner currently holds 80 galleries worldwide with its recently opened Burlington location being the very first in Massachusetts. 

 Magnaldo’s exclusive YellowKorner collection invites its artistic audience on a return to childhood by utilizing surreal aesthetic elements portraying images of liberation and desire. Disregarding the laws of physics and logic, Magnaldo creates a universe inspired by a cognitive niche found in the early stages of mental development and his works are often positioned from back to front, providing its audience with a child’s perspective. 

Magnaldo’s works have been compared to those of famed 1920’s surrealist artists, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali for their technical reproduction of the mechanisms of dreams. 

Complimentary libations will be provided by Deep Eddy Vodka, while YellowKorner’s ownership team takes guests on a visual exploration of the French surrealist photographer’s luminous vision of photography, utilizing an experimental and creative digital approach. In addition to a feature on Magnaldo, guests will be educated on YellowKorner’s meticulously selected artist roster, positioning ultra-talented contemporary and period photographers alongside some of the greatest names in photography, all of whom have accepted to exceptionally increase the print volume of some of their works to make prices affordable. 

 The Magnaldo feature begins at 4pm and YellowKorner North American CEO, Joseph Peteul, is offering private gallery appointments during regular gallery hours by request. Please call781-272-2549 for appointments. YellowKorner is located on the lower level Nordstrom wing of the mall next to the Rockport store. 

 About YellowKorner: Founded in 2006 by Alexandre de Metz and Paul-Antoine Briat, YellowKorner exhibits and markets photographic art with the goal of bridging the gap between world-renowned artists and the public. Headquartered in Paris, YellowKorner has 80 galleries worldwide with Burlington being its first Massachusetts location. YellowKorner democratizes art photography and makes exquisite works increasingly attainable to amateurs and collectors by publishing an increased number of prints at a decreased price. YellowKorner preserves the integrity of its art by producing limited edition works from a meticulously selected group of artists from around the world. For more information, please visit for more information.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours” Brings New Work by Massachusetts Artist to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

(April 1, 2014) BOSTON, MA—A fixture of Boston’s vibrant local artists’ community, Evelyn Rydz (b. 1979) is known for exploring America’s coasts and carefully observing the remnants of modern life that wash up on the shoreline. An alumna of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), Rydz was awarded the School’s prestigious Traveling Fellowship in 2012, which brought her to Hawaii, where she was struck by the foreignness of the landscape of Kamilo Beach––an area covered by an accumulation of garbage from the world’s oceans. She created new works, including drawings and photographs, for the upcoming exhibition, “Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours,” on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), from April 19–September 14, 2014 in the Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria. Her works depict colorful plastic particles that drifted from dumping sites around the world to occupy 90 percent of the beach’s shoreline––reaching depths of up to 10 feet. Rydz traversed unpaved roads to reach the site, where she collected countless plastic samples for the works on view in the exhibition. Support for the exhibition provided by A Street Frames. 

 Rydz is best known for her highly detailed drawings of debris found on Massachusetts shores, where she explores the marine debris that populates the beach, and is fascinated by nature’s attempt to reclaim these cast-offs. Her meticulous work draws attention to the transformation of discarded objects on their long journey along the global ocean current—and, more broadly, to the long-term implications of society’s everyday actions. Plastic’s resilience is exactly what makes it useful, but much of what is disposed of rapidly becomes part of the oceanic ecosystem. 

 “We are extremely excited that the MFA will present alumna Evelyn Rydz’s solo Traveling Fellows exhibition this spring. The School’s partnership with the Museum takes many forms, but the Traveling Fellows program is one of the most powerful opportunities for artists to show their true potential,” said SMFA President, Christopher Bratton. “We are very proud of this important fellowship award which continues to recognize the innovative work of the School's alumni. Evelyn joins a long list of other extraordinary fellows dating back almost a century, including Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Omer Fast and Ellen Gallagher, and we now congratulate and honor her outstanding work.”  

In “Forever Yours,” the panoramic format of Oceanfront (2014), a work of colored pencil on drafting film, echoes the miles of color that stretched before her on Kamilo Beach. For her Floating Artifacts series (2013), Rydz collected tiny shards of plastic and then photographed them through a microscope at Harvard University. The tremendous transformation of these objects is evident: they are weathered and cracked, and harbor mold and small organisms. The extreme close-up view makes the debris appear more like broken pieces of ancient pottery or, ironically, gemstones, than discarded consumer materials. 

 Also in the exhibition, the series Postcards from Kamilo (2013–14) references the ubiquitous “Aloha from Hawaii” tourist cards, but instead sends greetings from a paradise destroyed. Wind-driven ocean currents are like a global conveyor belt—something tossed into the sea can be taken around the world with their force. Each of Rydz’s Postcards is a portrait of an object that the sea morphed into an alien hybrid of its previous form. 

 “Evelyn is one of Boston’s brightest stars. Her delicate, beautiful works blend technical virtuosity with conceptual depth to address a timely topic that concerns us all. This exhibition in particular marks an exciting new direction in the evolution of her practice while building upon the style she is best known for,” said Al Miner, the MFA’s Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. 

 Rydz is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Drawing Fellowship and a MassArt Faculty Foundation Fellowship. She has been the Lead Artist for the MFA’s Community Arts Initiative Artist Project, a program where she collaborated with students from after-school community organizations in the Boston area. Rydz received her Master of Fine Arts from SMFA in affiliation with Tufts University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at MassArt. She lives and works in Boston. 

 Her work has been included in selected exhibitions at institutions such as: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Berliner Liste, Berlin, Germany; Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, Vermont; El Parque Cultural del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia; Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA; Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL; La Otra: Feria de Arte Contemporáneo, Bogotá, Colombia; and the Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska. 

 SMFA Traveling Fellowship Program 
 Support for exploration and research are critical in the early stages of an artist’s career and SMFA has a strong history of providing these opportunities, none more enduring than the Traveling Fellows program. Since 1894, this program has awarded funds to select SMFA artists providing support to launch individual careers through independent work, travel and exhibition opportunities. Each year up to 10 individuals are awarded fellowships by an independent jury and have approximately one year to complete travel and create new work; then their works are reviewed by a second jury and one artist is selected for a presentation at the MFA. The Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation. 

 About the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: 
 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes an estimated 500,000 objects. The Museum’s collection is made up of: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–9:45 p.m. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 p.m. admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. 

 About the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: 
 Founded in 1876 and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is one of only two art schools in the country affiliated with a major museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Our mission is to provide an education in the fine arts—for undergraduate and graduate artists—that is interdisciplinary and self-directed. This education values cultural, artistic and intellectual diversity; it embraces a wide range of media; it stresses the development of individual vision and its relation to culture in general; it values equally the knowledge gained by thinking and doing; it is deeply engaged with the world as a whole. If the mission is constant, its practice is always transforming. For more information about our programs and partnerships, visit

Monday, March 31, 2014

Natura Morta and Flowers, Fish and Fantasies at Robert Klein Gallery

Botanical VI (Juliet Roses), 2013. On display at Ars Libri. 

 Spring is here and not a moment too soon! Heralding the promise of warmer weather, PAULETTE TAVORMINA'S Black & Bloom has been extended through Saturday, April 26, 2014. 

 "Tavormina brings every lush detail into focus in a way that would seem impossible with a camera...Even in these meticulously arranged displays, life never really remains still." -- The Week, February 21, 2014 

 Selections from Botanicals, a series Tavormina started in 2013, can be seen at ARS LIBRI (500 Harrison Ave). Still lifes from the series Natura Morta and Flowers, Fish and Fantasies are featured at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY (38 Newbury St). 

 The gallery will also show Tavormina's work in Booth #313 at The AIPAD Photography Show New York, which runs Thursday, April 10, through Sunday, April 13, at the Park Avenue Armory (653 Park Avenue).


Monday, March 24, 2014

Flash of An Instant - Artists Question Photography's Ability To Accurately Document Our Experience Of The World

(Newtonville, MA) Flash of An Instant brings together work by nine artists to question photography's ability to accurately document our experience of the world.The landscapes we live in seem stable, despite their constant flux. Likewise, photography has long been heralded as a static truth with a monocular vision of the world. But when fractured and subverted, multiple truths and parallel visions arise that make us reassess what we think we know.

John Steck Jr.'s photographs fade slowly, destroyed by the light that illuminates them. Still lifes by Robin Myers conflate the micro and the macro while Mark Dorf's images chart and graph the land. Sam A. Harris re-thinks reality in surreal photographic documents and Sharon Harper explores physical and phenomenological attempts at looking at the sky. Kinetic sculptures by Anne Lilly mark and change the space they occupy through movement. Hidden paintings by John C. Gonzalez and Thomas Willis force viewers to search the gallery for traces of the artists' hands while an interactive installation by Pablo Gnecco asks the viewer to question one's physical location.

When the unified truths of existence converge with the abstracted experiences these artworks provide, a space is created for new meanings to arise. Our own temporalities are affirmed: we are subject to disintegration and decay akin to the land we occupy. By experiencing these works of art - photographic, sculptural and interactive - we are allowed, just for an instant, to see the world anew.

Related Programming

Press PreviewThursday, April 3, 10am
Media are invited to preview the exhibition.

Interactive Demonstration with Pablo GneccoSaturday, April 5, 3-5pm
Pablo Gnecco's large-scale, light based installations encourage viewer interaction through game-like strategies. Gnecco will be present to demonstrate his artwork in the gallery and answer questions.

Curators in ConversationTuesday, April 15, 7-9pm
Curators Caitie Moore and Sarah Pollman will present on the exhibition and then open it up to a larger dialogue.

Family Drop In Day, Cut and PasteMay 3, 1-4pm
How do the places we live change over time? Can pictures tell stories? If we change the pictures, do the stories change, too? In this drop-in session, students and parents will explore photographic meaning by collaging photographs. Bring copies of your own pictures to work with.

Carousel Slideshow VMay 3, 7pm
Aviary Gallery's Carousel Slideshow event brings together digitized photographic works by national and international artists. The one night event presents current directions in contemporary photography in an uncharacteristically intimate format while emphasizing the experience of looking. This is the fifth and most robust iteration of the slideshow and will be accompanied by local musical act Toromiro. It is not only a showcase but also a forum for meeting, collaboration and dialogue among artists, gallerists and art enthusiasts in the community.

About The New Art Center
The New Art Center in Newton (a non-profit corporation), provides opportunities for people to connect with their creativity, community and history through artistic experience. The Center offers classes and educational experiences for all ages about enjoying, making, curating and understanding visual art. New Art Center programs are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat 1-5pm. The Main Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Please call (617)964-3424 for more information.

Address: 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, Massachusetts 02460
Transportaion: The nearest T stop to the New Art Center is Newton Highlands on the Green Line (D/Riverside), then take the #59 bus on Walnut Street, exit at CVS. Call the MBTA at (617) 722-3200 for schedules + fare information. The NAC is also accessible from the Mass. Pike, Route 128, or the Newtonville stop on the commuter rail (Framingham line).

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