Sunday, September 27, 2015

Elle Mackey Gracing Boston Fashion Week 2015

Local fashion designer, Elle Mackey, delights crowds with wearable works of art. She recently released an exciting piece consisting of intricately woven raffia, brushed raw lambswool, and baby's breath flowers.  Her unique artwork and use of materials truly reflects her love for nature.
The public will have the opportunity to see Elle's artwork up close during an exclusive exhibit called "Wearable Art". The show includes striking non-textile fashion pieces by an array of local fashion designers. The show will be on display at the Copley Mall until October 27th.
 (A portrait of Elle)

 (Runway model wearing custom piece by Elle Mackey)

(Elle Mackey's custom piece on display at the Copley Mall)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Featured Artist: Eli Portman

With a warm color palette and impressionistic style, Eli Portman constructs elaborate cityscapes that spark the imagination. Precise line-work and saturated colors are this particular artist's instruments to draw the viewer in to a world of wonder and awe. Works are for sale online, at local art markets, and Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Central Square. Visit the artist site for more information.
 "Widow's Peak" by Eli Portman

 "Peaceful River Runs Through The Sleepy Town" by Eli Portman

"Rivers Of Life Streaming Through The City" by Eli Portman

Friday, September 18, 2015

Model Citizen at Robert Klein Gallery Presents Gordon Parks' Rare and Unseen Fashion Photographs

GORDON PARKS, James Galanos Fashion, Hollywood, California, 1961

BOSTON, MA - Following the runaway success of Women in Clothes, a group exhibition of 20th century fashion photographers that closed September 12, ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY proudly announces Model Citizen, a selection of fashion photographs by the acclaimed photojournalist GORDON PARKSModel Citizen is the gallery's first show dedicated to Gordon Parks' work and marks the first time in the artist's career that his formal, experimental, and playful fashion photographs will be exhibited together in a solo show.

GORDON PARKS Model Citizen
Robert Klein Gallery (38 Newbury St)
September 26 - October 31, 2015
Opening Reception, Saturday, October 3rd2 - 5 PM

With the support of THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION, which permanently preserves the artist's work, Robert Klein Gallery has assembled nearly 30 prints of Parks' fashion images taken between 1934 and 1965. Model Citizen, which includes many of these prints, starts September 26 at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY (38 NEWBURY ST) and runs through October 31.

The breadth of Parks' vision and his masterful approach to every project he tackled was key to his success as an artist. Of the artist as a fashion photographer, Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation, says: "Parks had the ability to photograph fashions and riots in the same day. He brought grace and honesty to each of his projects and it was his early work in 1940 at Frank Murphy's clothing store in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he first worked as a fashion photographer, that helped to cement his career."

Parks has long been celebrated for his iconic images of Malcolm X, Ingrid Bergman, and Muhammad Ali, as well as his editorial assignments on segregation in the American South, the Civil Rights Movement, and other key issues of his time. But it was by shooting fashion spreads that Parks first gained a foothold in the industry, long before he completed his seminal 1948 photo essay on a Harlem gang leader and became Life magazine's first African American staff photographer and writer.

To secure his first photography assignment, Parks approached the owners of Frank Murphy's, the chicest store in St. Paul, MN, and boldly assured them that he was an experienced fashion photographer. In what stands now as a testament to Parks' personality and perseverance, he won over the clients with a single image -- the only good negative in a roll of film he overexposed. His experiments with movement and gesture, which caught models in motion and allowed fabric to flow dramatically out of the frame, showcased Parks as an adaptive artist able to incorporate whatever came between his camera and his subject.

In an essay published in Gordon Parks: Collected Works, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. writes: "It is obvious that, from the start, he was enormously talented, gifted with an unfailing eye for beauty and composition. He seemed interested in just about everything, alive to an incredible array of subjects, ideas, and people. And he pursued those cosmopolitan interests relentlessly."

In 1970, Parks became the founding editorial director of Essence magazine, a monthly magazine for African American women. In The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women, Edward Lewis writes: "Gordon's editorial vision had been shaped by his years photographing forVogue and Life magazines. These were the big picture books, splashy and flashy, beautiful to look at, arbiters of taste and style in American culture. Gordon envisioned a similar mandate forEssence in black American culture."

Expanding Parks' legacy to include his fashion work is a testament to his commitment to portraying every man, woman, and child as a person worthy of dignity, beauty, and respect.

A joint opening reception for Model Citizen will take place with MARTHA RICHARDSON FINE ART, also at 38 Newbury St, from 2 to 5 PM on Saturday, October 3. Richardson is mounting John Wilson: The Young Americans, a selection of work by "Boston's native son" JOHN WILSON, the figurative artist who passed away in January of this year. As contemporaries who were prolific during the Civil Rights Movement, Parks and Wilson play off of one another in this exciting pairing of shows.

Model Citizen will run from September 26 through October 31. The gallery is open to the public.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Creators And Cast Members At Coolidge Corner Theatre's Red Carpet For The Premiere Of 'Black Mass'

  The Coolidge Corner Theatre is a beloved historic landmark of Brookline.  They have supported and promoted local artists, animators, actors, and filmmakers for over 80 years. The Coolidge Corner Theatre has a charming classic atmosphere, unlike mainstream theaters. They are known for showing incredible independent movies, Miyazaki films, and 90's favorites such as "The Big Lebowski". From time to time, they have special guest appearances and signings by established actors. 

   Last night, the Coolidge Corner Theater hosted the premiere of 'Black Mass'. It was an unbelievably exciting event for the Boston and Brookline communities. The theatre, along with thousands of locals, welcomed Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Scott Cooper, Erica McDermott, Julianne Nicholson, Scott Cooper, Gerard O'Neill, and Dick Lehr. The stars were all personable and happy to greet everyone. They did signings, chatted with locals, and they even took fun selfies with fans.  This will be one of the most memorable occasions in Coolidge Corner Theatre history, and we hope the stars will come back and visit again! :) 

Photo of the red carpet setup

Photo of Johnny Depp by Sandy Machado (

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Jellyfish Set to Take Over Kendall Square Culture Lab at Upcoming Contemporary Art Installation

Jellyfish Set to Take Over Kendall Square Culture Lab at Upcoming Contemporary Art Installation

Understanding Jellyfish and What They Mean for the Future of our Oceans is the Focus of ‘The Trouble with Jellyfish’ at Le Laboratoire Cambridge

Cambridge, MA – Le Laboratoire Cambridge (Le Lab), a one-of-a-kind culture lab exploring the intersection of art and science through exhibitions, public programing, and radical culinary cuisine, announces The Trouble with Jellyfishdesigned by contemporary artist Mark Dion in collaboration with marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin. This exhibition, opening to the public on Friday, September 18th, 2015, offers a cultural immersion into the stunning world of the jellyfish, and an exploration of how their activities are dangerously affecting the fate of our oceans worldwide.

Dion has been internationally celebrated over his career for his uncanny ability to create contemporary art exhibitions fusing the disciplines of art and science, inviting one to see art as one sees nature. Gershwin is marine biology’s leading voice on the study of jellyfish and their adverse effect on the global marine environment. Her book, Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, largely initiated the project. Le Lab founder, David Edwards, has brought the two together to explore The Trouble with Jellyfish.

"The Trouble with Jellyfish by Mark Dion is a contemporary art exhibition of rare ambition, to explore the what, why, and where-next of ocean biodiversity,” said Le Lab founder, David Edwards. “Mark Dion not only tackles this subject with the depth, seriousness, and irony for which his work is well known, but with a spirit of collaboration that, while long the attitude in pioneering scientific research, is unusual, refreshing, and critical to the cultural pursuit of tomorrow."

In recent years, jellyfish have gained notoriety for wreaking havoc as they multiply en masse—a phenomenon that scientists are still working to understand more fully. The Trouble with Jellyfish helps the public understand this creature and its associated ecological destruction by bringing awareness and discussion to the emerging issue.

“My role in this project was to turn a series of remarkable ideas coming from everyone involved in the experiment—Lisa, the biologists in the South of France, the Harvard students, everyone—into a communicable piece of contemporary art,” said artist, Mark Dion. “The goal was to create an exhibition that makes the scientific issues and ideas examined, concrete in a visual realm.”

Sponsored by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and in partnership with the New England Aquarium, The Trouble with Jellyfish includes the following signature elements:
  • Jellyfish Salon: A signature Mark Dion salon cloaked in ominous jellyfish wallpaper featuring a visual exploration of jellyfish history.
  • A Tank of Live Jellyfish: 6’ ft diameter Kreisel tank from the New England Aquarium containing moon jellies (Aurelia aurita).
  • Classroom Lab Setting with Talk from Gershwin: Discussion section with video feed featuring collaborator Lisa-ann Gershwin, examining jellyfish-related problems in a mock classroom.
  • Hypoxia: A simulation chamber conceptualized by Harvard University students where exhibition visitors can safely experience low oxygen levels, mimicking the effects of an ocean “dead zone,” similar to the ones created in areas with overpopulation of jellyfish.
  • Proposed Solutions: The ideas of two teams of Harvard students relevant to better understanding and adapting to the jellyfish blooms:
    • Swell - making effective use of jellyfish harvest, students have discovered an unparalleled absorbency potential utilized in paper towel design.
    • ægir Innovations- data-gathering drones to collect information in efforts to learn more about the logic and pattern behind population explosions of jellyfish and other marine species.
  • Bloom Bakery: Harvard University students designed a jellyfish-derived ingredient to organically enhance moisture in baked goods. Renae ConnollyLe Lab’s Café ArtScience award-winning pastry chef, has used this culinary invention to create a jellyfish-infused cupcake available at select events during the run of the exhibition.

Edwards, a Harvard University professor, and students in his “How to Create Things & Have Them Matter” class explored various issues and ideas in the ocean biodiversity field, with a special focus on jellyfish. Dion’s The Trouble with Jellyfish includes the culmination of those ideas.

The exhibition will be open to the public Friday, September 18th, remaining open through January 2, 2016. Exhibition Hours:Wednesday – Friday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

The Trouble with Jelly Fish is located at Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit or follow @lelabcambridge on Twitter and Instagram.

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About David Edwards
David Edwards is an inventor, writer, and founder of Le Laboratoire Paris and Le Laboratoire Cambridge. He is Harvard Professor of Idea Translation in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Wyss Institute Faculty Member. David is also a member of the National Academies of Engineering in USA and France, a member of the National Academy of Inventors (USA), and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Ministry of Culture. He is the author of many articles, patents, and books of fiction and nonfiction.

About Mark Dion
Mark Dion received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, School of Art, Connecticut. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. He has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001). He has had major exhibitions at Miami Art Museum (2006); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); and Tate Gallery, London (1999). "Neukom Vivarium" (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum.

About Lisa-ann Gershwin
Lisa-ann Gershwin is a biologist based in Launceston, Tasmania, specializing in the study of jellyfish and the species’ adverse effect on marine ecosystems. Gershwin has described over 200 species of jellyfish and developed a system to predict blooms of the hazardous Irukandji jellyfish in North Queensland. In 2013, Gershwin released Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, a book describing the diversity and adaptability of jellyfish, and their increasing numbers at the expense of other organisms worldwide.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Visionspace Gallery presents "Art Show Awesome".

Celebrate the emerging work of three graphically driven artists, each representing unique perspectives in their selected artistic disciplines!

Artist reception Saturday August 15th
visionspace gallery
16 City Hall Plaza
Lynn, MA

Cash bar
Beats by DJ Noel Snow
Light fare and refreshments will be served.

This program is supported by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Call For Art! - "The Twenty-first Century Body"

“The Twenty-first Century Body”
Exhibition Dates: September 26-November 6, 2015
Venue: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Prizes: $250 for first place, as well as other cash awards
Jurors: Nancy Burns, Joe Farbrook, Galen A. Johnson
Entry Deadline: August 10, 2015
No Entry Fee!

WPI is seeking submissions for a Juried Art Exhibition held in conjunction with the fortieth annual meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle, an interdisciplinary conference on the theme “The Twenty-first Century Body: Thinking Merleau-Ponty In and Out of Time.” They intend an exhibition that collectively depicts what it is to be a body and embodied at the dawn of the twenty-first century while also holding together a diversity of mediums, subject-matters, levels of expertise, artistic technologies, degrees of realism and abstraction, temporalities, and perspectives. Such juxtapositions and multiplicities are encouraged by Merleau-Ponty’s work and speak to the contours and contradictions of life in our own time.

More information and submission guidelines can be found here:

Maurice Merleau-Ponty is a French philosopher who lived from 1908-1961. His theories begin in a desire to do justice to lived, embodied experience in all its ambiguity; our bodies are both objects for others and the locus of our own subjective perceptions, residues of past habits and creative orientations toward the future, radically individual and inescapably intertwined with other bodies and the movement of politics and history. Merleau-Ponty’s oeuvre is interdisciplinary in nature, maintaining that there are multiple ways to approach the same phenomenon and engaging debates across a diversity of fields including philosophy, psychology, biology, politics, literature, and aesthetics. His landmark essays “Cézanne’s Doubt” (1945) and “Eye and Mind” (1961) ground a radical aesthetic theory that builds on the complex relations between perception, bodily experience, and the work of art. 


(New York, New York) American record producer, engineer, songwriter and photographer, Terry Manning, is proud to announce his World Premiere Photo Exhibit that will take place in Boston in late August. This event marks the first time that Manning uncovers his photographic work to the general public. Alongside his highly esteemed music career spanning over several decades, Manning fostered his passion for photography since his teens and shot still lifes as well as legendary political and music figures in various parts of the world. His subjects include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Chuck Berry, Terry Reid and Marvin Gaye among many others. Manning will kick off his World Premiere Photo Exhibition with a special VIP, invite-only “wine and cheese gala” on August 21, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. The exhibit will be open to the public, 12-6 p.m., on August 22-23 and August 29-30, 2015 at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery at 141 Green St. (Green St. T), Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Hailing from El Paso, Texas, Terry Manning spent a majority of his early life in Memphis, Tennessee where he honed both of his beloved art forms--music and photography.  As a producer and engineer, Manning worked for Stax Records, the preeminent soul music label, and out of the famous Ardent Studios with several artists, including Booker T. Jones, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Steve Cropper, Al Green and Otis Redding as well as Ike & Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and over 100 others. Meanwhile, Manning consistently pursued his photography, taking opportunities to shoot famous musicians he worked with or met, including Lenny Kravitz, Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, among many other artists from that classic rock period. In his teens, Manning was able to photograph Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on April 3, 1968, capturing some of the very last photos ever taken of Dr. King before his tragic death.

While in Memphis, Manning also became close friends with world-renowned photographer, William Eggleston, from whom the young Manning learned a great deal in the photography world. Through Eggleston, Manning was exposed to other photography greats, including  Lee Friedlander and William Christenberry, that were huge influences on the developing artist. Manning was often hired to shoot at music festivals, for album covers, for newspapers such as NME in London and occasionally during recording sessions.

A collection of Manning’s photos are compiled in two volumes to be released in August 2015:  Scientific Evidence of Life on Earth During Two Millenia, Volume One, and CUBA Despues del Tiempo Especial, Antes de Los Americanos. Both books will be available for purchase at his Boston exhibit in August 2015 through Sandcat Press, and later on online book retail sites.

Be sure to check out Terry Manning’s World Premiere Photo Exhibit at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery on August 21-30, 2015.  Stay tuned for more photo exhibits in Memphis, Minneapolis and several other cities.

Terry Manning
World Premiere Photo Exhibit
Presenting 40 original photographs from the 60s - present

Friday, August 21st (VIP Invite-only Opening Reception),  6-9 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday, August 22-23 (open to the public),  12-6p.m.
Saturday/Sunday, August 29-30 (open to the public),  12-6 p.m.
August 24-28, 31-Sept 2 (by appointment only)
Hosted by Chris Clepper at
Boston Cyberarts Gallery
141 Green St. (Green St. T), Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center Presents ECHO - FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Like the continuous vibrations of an ECHO, this performances uses the arts in all forms; dance, theater, and multimedia to tell the story about the TransAtlantic Slave Trade. ECHO explores the ramifications of that experience and how the resounding sound of forced displacement of tens of millions of African bodies still resides within us today. It pays homage to a traumatic/horrific past to bring hope and healing for the present and future. B. Dunn Movement, Dance and Theater Company, in collaboration with the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, will be presenting ECHO, August 1-4, 2015. This is Brigette Dunn Korpela's most recent work and marks her artistic return to her home town of Cambridge. ECHO will be making its East Coast Premiere at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center's main stage with all performances free to the public. Tickets must be reserved in advance through the Centers website; ECHO has been made free to the public due to generous support of the center and public crowd funding through the Arts, Culture & Heritage Preservation Fund as a testament to art as free education. ECHO i s a truly interdisciplinary dance performance that examines themes of race, masked identity and systematic erasure of black narratives. The play explores the diaspora.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Portrait of a City - New Landscape Paintings by Adam O'Day

Portrait of a City

New Landscape Paintings by Adam O'Day

A year in the making, this show captures the feeling of each city it portrays. After winning Boston's Portrait of a City, Adam O'Day sought out a new challenge: to capture the soul of a place in the boundaries of the canvas with painting and drawing. How does an artist illustrate the feel of a specific place in a piece of art? Please join us to find out, where you'll see fifteen new works at the opening.

Woodman Shimko Gallery

Reception: Friday, July 24th 7-10pm
Show is up through Aug 6th
398 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

Trifecta Editions Announces “Hibernaculum” Exhibition by David Buckley Borden at the Innovation and Design Building in Boston

Trifecta Editions Announces “Hibernaculum” Exhibition by David Buckley Borden at the Innovation and Design Building in Boston - Exhibition extended through the end of July!
Trifecta Editions is proud to partner with the Innovation and Design Building to host David Buckley Borden’s Hibernaculum exhibition during the month of June 2015. The installation features work created by Borden and collaborators during his 2014 Trifecta Editions Hibernaculum artist residency.
The Hibernaculum installation celebrates collaborative art and design inspired by nature. This project continues Borden’s ongoing exploration of communicating environmental issues. Five distinct gallery spaces house unique explorations of nature’s relationship with art and design at the Innovation and Design Building (19 Drydock Ave.) on the Boston waterfront.
The installation will kick off Seaport Week, part of The Boston Harbor Association’s Summer on the Waterfront initiative.
The exhibition is supported by a month of inspiring programming featuring established and emerging voices from the Boston Society of Architects, AntiDesigns, Boston Society of Landscape Architects and others.
About David Buckley Borden: David Buckley Borden is a multi-disciplinary artist and formally trained landscape architect whose work presents environmental issues to new audiences in unlikely settings. Borden’s work ranges from site-specific landscape installations to small format silkscreen prints. Borden promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology through the creation of accessible art and design. Learn more about Borden and his work at
About Trifecta Editions: Trifecta Editions is a growing print collective based in Boston, MA. They work with artists from all disciplines to create limited edition screen prints and art objects. Their unique editions are all hand-printed and made with
a strong focus on quality and craftsmanship. They take pride in a business model that benefits, supports and promotes emerging artists and fosters a new generation of art collectors. Learn more about Trifecta Editions and their work by visiting

About Jamestown: Jamestown was established in 1983 as an investment and management company focused on income-producing real estate in the United States. Over the last 32 years, Jamestown has expanded into a national, vertically integrated real estate operator with approximately $7.6 billion of assets under management. Jamestown’s capabilities include: acquisitions, capital markets, property management, asset management, retail leasing, design, sustainability and risk management. Jamestown employs more than 230 professionals in the United States, with offices in Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, New York, NY, Washington, DC, and San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit

ZULLO GALLERY CENTER FOR THE ARTS Presents Hand Drawn Mandalas and Paintings by Jon DiNapoli

Sunday, July 12, 2015

America IRL // Opening Reception at Thomas Young Gallery

Photo by: Hatnim Lee

America IRL: Portraits of America In Real Life
Featuring: Hatnim Lee, David Mattox, Nicholas Rhodes & Renée Ricciardi

Hatnim Lee is a commercial photographer working up and down the east coast. She is a 2005 graduate of Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. Lee recently received the 2015 PDN Photo Annual award for her personal work. -

David Mattox is a photographer and Alaskan commercial salmon fisherman. After graduating from Oregon’s University of Portland in 2004 he took a job fishing off Alaska's coast which continues to inspire his work. -

Nicholas Rhodes né Nicky Digital has been documenting nightlife in New York City and beyond for over a decade. Rhodes has become the go-to photographer for festivals including Coachella, Electric Zoo and Together to name a few. -

Renée Ricciardi is a Boston-based artist and photographer. She is a graduate of MassArt and was the 2013 recipient of the Morton Godine Travel Fellowship. In 2015, Renée was awarded a photography fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. -

Opening Reception: 
Friday, July 17, 2015
Thomas Young Gallery
516 E 2nd St 
Boston, MA

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