Art Exhibits & Events
It was a gray and rainy weekend in New England. Luckily we are in need of the rain and I was in need of some downtime for catching up on paperwork, painting, and getting ready for my Art Show at the Boston Design Center this Thursday(!).
This week’s painting was created for the October Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge of Stripes. Once again, I love how everyone interprets the theme ~ take a peek for yourself at this month’s entries here.
“You may own the best gadgets, the coolest fashions, and the swiftest cars, but the next generation’s hipper iterations have already been imagined. When all else is replaced, repaired, expired, or obsolete only your paintings will remain and will say the most about who you are and what you value. “
~Questroyal Fine Art, LLC
Last week I attended the opening reception for this year’s Webster Art Project at the Webster & Co. Showroom located at the Boston Design Center. David Webster along with Marni Kaufman Katz (freelance writer/editor of Boston magazine) curated artwork by New England artists to display in the showroom. Not only do these vignettes beautifully showcase art pieces in real room settings, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these works goes to support the Massachusetts College of Art & Design Scholarship Fund. What a genius concept!
Italy is an Artist’s Paradise and the Tuscany region in particular is replete with outstanding works of art, both modern and classic. Art is everywhere in this region, and when I visited in September I was on sensory overload ~ between the architecture, the views of quilt-like vineyards, and the museum art my heart was a flutter.
Come take a peek at some of the varied and beautiful art I encountered during my September trip…
As you may know if you follow me on Instagram (you should!), I was recently in Seattle for a few days with my son. If you’re a follower of my blog, you probably also know that I am a huge fan of Dale Chihuly, the legendary and innovative glass artist. I have written about my admiration of Chihuly’s work several times in the past (read here, here) including my visit to his grand installation at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston a few years ago.
Naturally when I knew I would be in Seattle, home of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, I knew it would be one of our first stops. The entire installation was stunning and did not disappoint! Come take a peek at some of my favorite photos from our visit…
Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.
—William Shakespeare (Hamlet. 1.2.72–73)
I recently visited an amazing art show at the South Shore Art Center’s Bancroft Gallery entitled Forever & After. As the above quote selected by curator Bill Houser alludes to, the show’s themes revolve around the subjects of mortality, death, loss, mourning, monument, and commemoration.
“Sculpture has been used to commemorate and honor the dead since before the Egyptians built the pyramids, to ensure immortality for the spirits of those buried within. The essence of Forever & After is the exploration of the ubiquitous and prophetic themes of loss, commemoration, and belief in spirit with its uncertain evolution or transcendence, through the medium of contemporary sculpture.”
-Bill Houser, Curator
I adore mixed media artwork and this exhibit features pieces created with a wide variety of materials including reclaimed wood, doors, newspaper, and even a typewriter. Here’s a peek at a few of the pieces from the show…
This past weekend I treated myself to a 3 Day Workshop at the South Shore Arts Center taught by Kimberly Alemian called Perception-Abstraction: A Work in Process. In the class we explored the process of constructing paintings through additive and subtractive activity including layering, scraping and mark-making.
Over the past couple of years I’ve had a growing fascination with Abstract Art. It has been my experience that it can be very, very good or, well, horrid! Sometimes when I study a piece I “fall into it”, meaning that every time I change my view I see something new. Good abstract paintings make you work at the viewing. I was so excited to have the opportunity to explore this medium in depth as an artist.
The class was an intense experience for me. I worked much larger than my usual 6”x 6” panel boards, using 20”x 20” canvas, 22″ x 30″ illustration board and several other LARGE papers. I used watercolor, pastels, oil pastels and oil paint partnered with charcoal and graphite ~ and 3”-4” brushes. It was an extreme experience! But oh how I learned to make art differently! Come take a peek at our exercises…
I recently visited my daughter and her fiancé in their new hometown of Philadelphia. I had only traveled there once many, many years ago. I have to admit I was a bit determined to dislike everything about this city. After all, my best girl Emily is living there and not here at home in Boston.
Being a woman who is on the path to self realization, I can admit when I am wrong (well, sometimes)…This is one situation where I will admit I was wrong! I fell “head over heels” with the City of Brotherly Love!
While I was in Guatemala last week (more on that soon, another incredible experience!), my assistant Jen took her daughter and a friend to visit a few colleges in the Carolinas. One of their stops was in Charleston, SC to visit the College of Charleston. While in Charleston, they also had a chance to visit Galerie on Broad, one of the newest galleries in Charleston’s vibrant arts district. I was hoping they would have a chance to stop by as this is a new gallery where my friend, artist Sandy Welch, has recently started showing her work. I am so thrilled for Sandy and I hear her paintings are getting a wonderful reception from visitors to the gallery!
There are so many traditions that happen in my area in the summer that it is almost hard to keep up with them~ but it’s a lot of fun trying. Father’s Day weekend in the quaint seaside town of Cohasset, the South Shore Art Center hosts their annual Arts Festival. “South Shore Art Center Arts Festival mixes the best of small town New England summer festivals with an uncommon attention to detail and commitment t0 presenting quality art and handmade craft” ~ an apt description to be sure.
If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you know that as a prelude to our visit to Milan, our BlogTour group visited the beautiful and romantic city of Venice. One of my favorite surprises from BlogTourMilan was the discovery and tour of the Fortuny Museum in Venice with Christina Gregorin of Slow Venice Tours.
Our BIG art showing opening was November 21 at Thayer Academy in Braintree. This art show was a labor of love and took a year of preparation! Not only were we painting but also reserving the space, planning the marketing materials and then working together to make it happen ~ yes, 12 women!
Here are some of the photos of the “hanging” (of the artwork, of course!), before pictures of the gallery as well as some of the event photos. The exhibit is open to the public through December 18, 8am- 3pm Mon.-Fri. The gallery is located in the Southworth Library Building at Thayer Academy, please stop by to see over 120 works of art that are for sale and make perfect for Holiday gifts!
Now that the cold weather has arrived, no longer will we be leaving our doors open and hearing the familiar sound of a screen door as it welcomes friends and family ~ not until next Spring anyway! Our guests will have to knock on our doors to let us know they have arrived. Do your guests the favor of saving them from sore knuckles from rapping on your front door, install a stylish Door Knocker instead!
Here are my Posh Picks for Door Knockers…
Thanksgiving and the holiday entertaining season is fast approaching. If you are hosting a gathering in your home this year, chances are you’ll need a place to serve refreshments from. Whether it’s drinks and appetizers or a Thanksgiving feast, I’ve rounded up several creative options for Buffets. Come take a peek…
This weekend was outstanding! Everywhere I went I saw beautiful art and it wasn’t only on canvas!
Friday night I attended the Moonlight and Miracles Ball, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Cancer Care Unit at the South Shore Hospital.
The Hingham Arts Walk is this Sunday, October 20 from 12-4pm.
This past weekend I attended the graduation of a dear friend and artist, Lisa Daria Kennedy from the Mass Art Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. This is an incredible accomplishment for Lisa. It has taken her 2 years to get to this point, including 6 month long residencies, countless readings and papers, and a thesis ~not to mention a body of original art work.
Last week I attended an Art Opening for my friend, the very talented Lisa Daria Kennedy at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham…
Some of the best, most appealing art shows in my area are held at local library galleries.
These two wonderful paintings are by a dear friend I worked with a long time ago, Julie Sims Messenger. Julie is a talented botanical artist and I love how her style has evolved in these paintings full of realism and vibrancy.
This year the holiday break afforded me a leisurely respite from work with plenty of time to sip champagne with friends and family and the luxury of a few days to partake in activities I most love…
While visiting NYC a couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of viewing the Matisse exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum during the member’s preview. The exhibit spanned his career and included paintings in pairs, trios and series. Matisse (1869-1954) was continually trying, as he put it, “to push further and deeper into true painting”. Along with my friend and fellow artist Page, we explored the exhibit, Matisse: In Search of True Painting.