Making art with wood is not an arbitrary decision. For the artists in this show, wood is theír muse and the source of their inspiration. Each artist has an affection for wood that comes from a very personal place. ln fine art, the mastery of materials and craft must serve the aesthetics of the work. We selected contemporary art for this exhibition that speaks through wood as its medium. We placed several different approaches to using wood in juxtaposition, bringing individual voices into focus. We see wood, as a medium, in the true sense of the word "an intervening substance or agency for transmitting or producing an effect." Each artist in the show approaches wood from a conceptual framework that yields surprising and divergent results.
Exhibition Dates: May 7 - September 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 21, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Artist Talk, Amy Archambault: Saturday, June 24, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Admission and events are free and open to the public.
"Wood as Muse" Blog
Hideout (2017), an installation for the Boston Children's Museum, looks at fort making, and creating, in a new way that is directly inspired by children. Children like to create forts and play pretend in invented habitats, tree houses, clubhouses, and oddly impractical but satisfyingly constructed vehicles that can be pushed across the floor. Archambault began by asking children to recall the place(s) they have created or to imagine the ones that they would like to create. What do these fort-like structures look like? What materials are they made out of? What shapes are present in their construction? How small or large are these constructions? What everyday comforts and objects does one bring to their safe space?
A diverse collection of participants' drawings served as Archambault’s muse in the same way that personal memories inspire her "tinkering" studio practice and past fabrications. Following the collection of so many inventive drawings, she began to analyze what components or features were ubiquitous to fort building. Regardless of the diversity that presented itself in participants’ drawings, it became evident that for many fort building conformed to a simple equation of materials and methods. Ultimately, young explorers and creators used similar tools, materials, and assembly ideas. Chairs, tables, blankets, sofa cushions, furniture, wooden supports, lights and pillows surfaced as the essential basic building blocks.
Amy Archambault received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and BA in Studio Art / Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Archambault's large-scale installations, sculptures and mixed media drawings uncover playful and unconventional activations of sites and structures. Her installations incorporate both the material and the visual languages of athletic culture, childhood play and the home improvement / constructive domain. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant (Sculpture / Installation) (2013). As a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA, she released a new body of work in her 2016 solo exhibition, "Imaginate." Archambault was named the Boston Center for the Arts Artist in Residence (2015). She is currently Studio Supervisor and Lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.
The installation is scheduled to run March 18 – June 18, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
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Boston, MA – The Boston Sculptors Gallery presents LOVE / LUST, featuring passionate new works by its 37 sculptor members. Like a Valentine’s Day box of chocolates, this exhibition serves up a sumptuous selection of interpretations on the theme, from the romantic and platonic, to the metaphoric and neurotic, while encompassing figurative, abstract and conceptual works.
Playing the perpetual muse, love and lust have influenced artists throughout history. Consider the countless depictions of Eros, Venus, and Aphrodite, or iconic works such as Rodin's The Kiss and Pop artist Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture. In LOVE / LUST, this diverse group of artists engages a plethora of media, ranging from the traditional—paper, stone, wood and metal—to the unusual—rawhide and an array of found objects. Ranging in price from $100 to $500, the works will be “cash and carry” for instant gratification.
“What makes Boston Sculptors Gallery unique is that there’s no overarching ‘house style,’” explains Gallery Director Almitra Stanley. “With nearly a 100 works on display, the annual group show is a fantastic way to witness the wide range of styles and techniques our sculptors offer in one fell swoop.”
The gallery will host a musical performance by the Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet on Sunday, February 12, from 4 to 6 PM, as part of a new, monthly collaboration with local musicians. Dubbed Second Sunday Sculpture & Sound, the performance is free and open to the public, with donations accepted.
Founded in 1992, Boston Sculptors is a landmark cooperative gallery exhibiting innovative contemporary sculpture, including traditional and emerging media, installations and public art. With exhibitions changing monthly, the space is constantly transformed, and a steady influx of new members brings fresh new work to the gallery. In 2004, Boston Sculptors moved from Newton, MA to anchor Boston’s SOWA arts district. It is the only sculpture collective in the United States to maintain its own gallery.
"I Dread to Think..."
Exhibition Dates :
January 13 - March 19, 2017
Artists' Reception :
Friday, January 13, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
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Q&A with Artist Susanna Hertrich and Curator Liz Blum:
Saturday, January 14, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
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Open Air Artist Workshop:
Thursday, February 9, 6:30 PM
The Mills Gallery Hours of Operation:
Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
(closed Mondays & Tuesdays)
Boston, MA – The Boston Center for the Arts presents I Dread to Think… at the Mills Gallery January 13 through March 19, 2017. In the new Mills Gallery exhibition I Dread To Think…, curator Liz Blum integrates varied reflections on the ambiguous, multifarious emotions and feelings surrounding the state of fear, highlighting aspects of inner paranoia and anxiety as well as pointing to external influences—from political inducements, erosions of privacy and the persuasive media loop that seems to nurture our feeling of being unsafe.
Curated by Liz Blum, an independent curator and artist working in Massachusetts. The 13 artists selected for this show include Amy Archambault, Ingrid Burrington, Molly Dilworth, Sandra Erbacher, Will Gill, Susanna Hertrich, Damien Hoar de Galvan, Steve Locke, Nicole Maloof, Lauren McCarthy, Lucas Pope, Alex Preston and Tabitha Soren.
I Dread To Think… hopes the viewer will consider their own state of mind regarding the psyche of fear. While our current media culture bombards us with news of possible doom and imminent threats, we also manifest a climate of personal insecurities on a deeply private level. The conceptual nature of fear and the unsettling ways in which we sense or react to it are fluctuating entities; they can mean different things to different people. In raising the question, “What if?” the exhibition seeks to give voice to living in an anxious age where we know not what to expect.
I Dread to Think… will be exhibited at the Mills Gallery from January 13 through March 19, 2017. Please join us for one of our free public programs including the Opening Reception on Friday, January 13, at 6pm; Q&A with artist Susanna Hertrich and curator Liz Blum, 3pm on Saturday, January 14; Open Air Artist workshop at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 9.
The 81st Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft is one of the oldest juried exhibitions in New England. This annual summer tradition at the Fitchburg Art Museum strives to discover, encourage, and celebrate the artists and crafters of our region. The Regional Show provides our artist community with a museum environment to exhibit artwork and opportunities to connect with fellow artists, arts patrons, and enthusiasts. This year's exhibition is juried by Erin Becker, the Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Cambridge Art Association (CAA). I am pleased to announce that my works, "Bounce" (2016) and "Match" (2016) were selected for the exhibition.
Exhibition Dates: June 24 - September 4, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 24, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Exhibition Dates :
May 4 - June 5, 2016
Artists' Reception :
Saturday, May 14, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
(Artist Talk 1, 3:00 - 4:00 PM)
SOWA First Friday Reception 1 :
Friday, May 6, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
SOWA First Friday Reception 2 :
Friday, June 3, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Artist Talk 2 :
Saturday, May 21, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
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Boston, MA: The Boston Sculptors Gallery presents Imaginate by new member Amy Archambault, a multi-faceted exhibition featuring small interactive objects, process drawings, and large-scale works exploring the creation of play, the evolution of form, and the investigation of functionality.
In her most recent work, the objects, tools, and gadgets we acquire as homeowners and “home-improvers” populate Archambault’s visual lexicon. For the past two years, the artist has been renovating her own home, and much of her life has been dominated by the endless choosing of colors, hardware, and the right tools for the job. Beyond the mental exhaustion and over-saturation she’s experienced as a browser, designer, and decision maker, she has found delight in the possibility of acquired materials, objects, and tools to yield atypical alternative functionalities. Archambault has discovered a striking connection between her process of morphing and amalgamating objects, and the way children engage in “pretend." Perhaps the loss of playfulness in one’s life pushes us toward the desire to create it ourselves.
Archambault is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Recently, she participated in the 2015 Isles Arts Initiative: Cove, installing her work Traverse on Georges Island in the Boston Harbor. As the 2015 Boston Center for the Arts Artist in Residence, Archambault unveiled the public interactive installation inMotion: Memories of Invented Play. Archambault is the recipient of the 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant for Sculpture and Installation.
Archambault’s Imaginate will be shown in conjunction with David A. Lang’s exhibition, Journey.
BOSTON SCULPTORS’ HOLIDAY OFFERINGS ARE TWICE AS GOOD
Boston Sculptors team up with guest artists to exhibit new work! The Boston Sculptors Gallery’s annual holiday exhibition is twice as good this year, as each member has invited a guest sculptor to showcase work in the show.
Each sculptor – member or guest – has created two new pieces, resulting in nearly 150 works, ranging in price from $200-$800. All works will be cash and carry.
“We are beyond thrilled to be hosting this show,” said Boston Sculptors Gallery Director Jean Mineo. “It gives our members’ colleagues an opportunity to show their work in one of the city’s premier gallery spaces, doubles the exhibition’s offerings, and generates a spirit of collaboration and community.”
Exhibition Dates : December 16, 2015 - January 17, 2016
Opening Reception : Friday, December 18, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
New Year's Artists' Reception (Brunch with Live Music) : Friday, January 1, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
First Friday Reception : Friday, January 8, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
INMOTION: MEMORIES OF INVENTED PLAY
The BCA presents exciting contemporary works by established and emerging local, regional, national and international visual artists.
The BCA mounts approximately five large-scale exhibitions in the 2,200 square foot Mills Gallery each year. The Mills Gallery contains the main exhibition space, the Guest Room and the EXIT room, allowing for as many as three individuals exhibitions at one time.
Visual arts projects, such as temporary or site-specific works, are exhibited in other parts of the BCA throughout the year. During each exhibition, the BCA provides multiple opportunities to engage with the artwork and artists through Artist Talks, Curator Talks and other related events.
Boston Center for the Arts (online) (http://www.bcaonline.org/visualarts.html)
Isles Arts Initiative: COVE
Georges Island is home to Fort Warren, an awe-inspiring pentagonal fortification that defended the Harbor from 1861 through the end of WWII. The decommissioned space is full of seemingly endless tunnels, caverns, ruins and secret hideaways to explore. 11 regional artists will create site-responsive work inspired by the 41.3 acres of built and natural environment.
Not solely tethered to the fort's structure at the heart of the island, artists will be encouraged to activate all regions of terrain. From the heavily trafficked parade ground, to the placid Eastern shore, visitors will be invited to explore the far reaches of Georges' diverse landscape.
COVE is an unprecedented opportunity in New England to experience contemporary work living in harmony with a historical island site. Dynamic installations from some of our region's most talented artists will introduce an entirely new demographic to Georges and complement the island's rich intrinsic offerings. (Elizabeth Devlin, IAI Director, Curator)
To learn more about the Boston Harbor Islands and Georges Island, visit BostonHarborIslands.org.
Learn more about the Isles Arts Initiative here.
Visit the IAI website here.
Isles Arts Initiative Dates : July 11 - August 26, 2015
COVE Exhibition Dates : July 11 - August 26, 2015
COVE Opening Reception : July 11, 2015, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Exhibition Dates : January 21st - April 10th
Opening Reception : Wednesday, January 28th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Gallery Hours : Monday - Friday 10:00 - 5:00 PM, Saturday 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Gallery Information : http://offices.holycross.edu/cantorartgallery
Facebook Event / RSVP : https://www.facebook.com/events/875425202508570/
... SCULPTOR'S DRAWINGS IN ALL MEDIUMS
"Sketchy Sculptors" is a Boston Sculptors Gallery fundraiser featuring drawings in 2- and 3-dimensions and an array of materials. Here, Sculptors showcase over 40 different approaches to spatial "sketching", both on and off the wall, with and without frames!
Exhibition Dates : December 17th - January 18th
Artist's Reception : Wednesday, December 17th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Gala Event (First Friday) : Friday, January 9th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Boston Sculptors Gallery Hours : Wednesdays - Sundays, 12:00 - 6:00 PM
* Gallery is closed December 25th - January 1st