The December Wrap-Up

part of the silence x comforts of home x your ticket out

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Parachute Games: The Art of Holiday Survival

When: On view through December 26, 2015

Where: Yellow Peril Gallery · 60 Valley Street #5 · Providence, RI 02909 · USA

How: Official Website 

What/Why: Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to announce Parachute Games: The Art of Holiday Survival, a playful exhibition about surviving the art world and the holiday season, curated by Brooke Erin Goldstein with special programming presented by Kiosk PVD, from November 21 – December 26, 2015.  Yellow Peril Gallery will host an Opening Reception for Parachute Games on Saturday, November 21, from 6PM – 9PM.

Parachute Games is a satirical response to the seemingly impossible goal of “making it” in art mixed with the notion of “making it through” the holiday season.  “It takes a resourceful wit and strategic thinking to survive modern life, especially when you are in the business of creative expression,” notes Goldstein.  “The need to think outside the box and bring a level of amusement to enduring life is amplified during the holidays. Sustaining oneself through this time of year can seem like a particularly cruel sport we are forced to play for the benefit of others.  Often what we really need in life, art, and throughout the holidays,” she stresses, “is the ability to slow it down so we can position ourselves for a tactical landing.”

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The Small Works Show

 When: On view through December 2015

Where: Harmon Gallery, 95 Commercial Street, Wellfleet, MA

How: Official Website 

What/Why: ”As always, the Small Works show at the Harmon Gallery offers an opportunity for fans of the 21 represented artists to collect smaller, more affordable works from their favorite painters and sculptors. This year’s offering is an assortment of the past and the present: several gallery artists have created small pieces especially for this show, some have revisited imagery from previous works and several have reached into their archives and plucked out some treasured favorites. The show is hung in a unique fashion, mixing works from different artists together, thereby creating more of a visual adventure. For creative holiday shopping, or to start or enhance your own art collection, the Small Works show at the Harmon Gallery takes place on Saturday, November 28from 5-7 pm. 95 Commercial Street, Wellfleet, MA”

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Decoys and Devices

When: On view through  December 19, 2015

Where: New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Decoys and Devices brings together the work of Terry Conrad and Danny Goodwin in an examination of their rich use and perplexing representation of commonplace materials. The artists bend, wrap, slice, stack, clamp and glue to create objects, prints and photographs that are at once low tech DIY, cool and clinical.

The New Art Center is excited to host these nationally recognized artists whose work has never been paired until now. Curator Liz Blum invites viewers to experience this compelling investigation into the mechanics of process and perception that recognize the hand built in printmaking and photography today.”

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Candice Smith Corby: Forever and Forever and Forever is a Long Time

 When: On view through December 22nd

Opening Reception: Friday, December 4th, 5-8 pm

Where: Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. A16., Boston, MA 02128

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “We are pleased to announce an exhibition of recent works by Candice Smith Corby: Forever and Forever and Forever, is a Long Time, November 20th-Dec 22nd. The reception for the artist will be held First Friday, December 4th, 5-8 pm.

This body of work takes inspiration from an ongoing series entitled Love Notes Across Time. Smith Corby recalls favorite literature, familial and personal love stories, poetry, song lyrics, dreams, memories, and the pleasure in observing treasured objects. Paintings vary from quick impressions to more investigative explorations. Some are more like fleeting thoughts.

Through studio research, teaching, and recurring travel to Italy, these recent works reflect a continual investigation and interest in color. Particular attention is paid to the origin of pigments and traditional materials. By rediscovering studio recipes from historic sources and re-enacting their applications within a contemporary context and process. Viewers are presented with a poetic metaphor for distance, loss, and desire.”

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Reclamation II

When: On view December 5-20, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 5, 2015; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

How: Official Website 

What/Why: Following in the footsteps of women’s rights leaders, activists, and makers, today’s female artists are reclaiming feminism, reclaiming domesticity, and reclaiming their role as makers and creators. Through art, women are reclaiming their powerful place in society

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Small(er) Works and Other Offerings 

When: December 2-27, 2015

Opening Reception:  December 4, 2015

Where: Galatea Fine Art, 460B Harrison Ave., #B-6, Boston, MA   02118

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Our large and eclectic membership will be coming together for the month of December to present, as a cohesive unit,  over 150 pieces of artwork in varying media and genre. Galatea Fine Art is also happy to welcome many new members into its fold, who will be represented in this exhibition. Paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, etc. will be on view by over 60 artists.’

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TWO/EACH

When: On view through December 5th, 2015

Where: Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts  02116

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Portraits by Robert Bauer, Liz Glynn, Hendrik Kerstens, Allan McCollum, Matt Saunders, John Stezaker, Jacques Villon, two Anonymous American tintypes, and two reproductions of Greek busts”

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Mimic

When: On view through December 11, 2015

Where: Dorchester Art Project,1486 Dorchester Ave #2, Boston MA, 02122

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Mimic explores the relationship between representation and reality, looking specifically at how fantasy, storytelling and the constructed narrative shift the connection between the world and how we picture it.

Artists: Cori Champagne, Eileen Derosas, Kevin Frances, Lindsay Metivier, Vanessa Michalak”

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Comforts of Home

When: On view December 4th-February 9th, 2015

Opening Reception: December 4th, 2015 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Panopticon Gallery, 502c Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Home. It means something different to everyone. Whether it’s the house you grew up in, or the place where you rest your head––we all have a place where we feel like we belong. There are comforts about this place that will always bring you back there––the smell of your mother’s perfume, the sound of cars buzzing outside your window, or the feeling of a wood floor under your feet on a cold, winter morning. This exhibition at Panopticon Gallery is meant to bring back those emotions of home. Join us and be comforted as we showcase these photographs by Kevin Van Aelst, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Frank Armstrong, Stephen Sheffield, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Rebecca Clark, Daniel Long, Stella Johnson, Rachel Phillips, Suzanne Révy, Bill Franson, Alexander Harding, John Layton, Jim Fitts, Corinne DiPietro, Meredith Abenaim and our emerging artist Helena Akhtar.“

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Not As It Appears

When: On view through December 21st, 2015

Opening Reception: December 4th, 6:00-8:30PM

Where: Lens Gallery, 524 Harrison Avenue, B1, Boston, MA, US

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Just in time for the holidays- the familiar feeling of expecting one thing and getting another. Sometimes it’s a welcome surprise, a gift you didn’t know you deserved or wanted. On other occasions, it’s another pair of wool socks. Not As it Appears is a show about the differences in how we perceive and process the world from first glance to final, crystalline realization. It showcases the work of artists who are playing with our assumptions and giving us much more than meets the eye.”

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Paper Chase III: Works on Paper

When: On view December 8–24, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, December 11, from 4:00-7:00 pm

Where: FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer Street M1 Boston MA 02210

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Paper Chase III is an exhibition of original works on paper made by Fort Point artists. All works are priced at $100 and proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Fort Point artists community.”

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Michael Krueger: Meditation is Not What You Think

When: On view through December 31, 2015

Where: Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: Since the early 2000s, Krueger has become increasingly well known for his idiosyncratic works on paper that address topics of art history, hippie culture, contemporary politics and the mythology of the West. Meditation is Not What You Think marks an unabashed departure for Krueger both in terms of the form and content of his work. The exhibition features eleven new paintings that deal with the material and immaterial, images and non-images, each seeking moments of mediation. The paintings on view are created without brushes, using stencils, rollers, screen-printing, airbrush and sometimes-shaped canvases and 3-dimensional projections. They are pristine and otherworldly, while flat and persistent of object-ness, small but less than intimate, familiar but unknown, awkward and comfortable.

Krueger finds covert inspiration, form, humor and sensation in the struggle to unburden the mind, and clarity in the images that well up as one tries to meditate everything away. He embraces images that flicker off and on, repeat and refresh unfiltered. For Krueger:The charge for artists like me is to embed an idea in material. And in doing so create something that exists beyond language, in a non-linear, paradoxical realm where several things can be true at the same time. To create a work of art that can be seen with the eyes and the mind and transcends the material origins. In this way art is alchemical, it is not direct or tangible but rather mystical, prophetic and psychic.”

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For the Birds

When: On view through January 2, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 3rd, 5 – 7 pm

Where: 249 A Street, Boston, MA 02210

How: Official Website

What/Why: 

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”

-Robert Lloyd

For the Birds, a group  show of painting, printmaking, drawing, and photography as well as birds on ceramic vessels, curated by artist Bonnie Mineo.

Birds grace our world with their unique attributes that capture our imagination. Some birds are important cultural icons all over the world – depicting both good and evil, delight and intrigue.

Participating Artists: Laura Davidson, Becky Dwyer, Ian Kennelly, Lisa Knox, Bonnie Mineo, Miklos Pogany, Bruce Rogovin, Gabrielle Schaffner

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Vernon Street Open Studios

When: December 5th and 6th, 2015, 12:00-6:00PM

Where: Vernon Street Studios, 6 & 20 Vernon Street, Somerville, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: On December 5 & 6, Vernon Street Studios will host their annual open studios (which has become a much anticipated annual event). Each year, the artists of 6 & 20 Vernon Street welcome the public into their work spaces, a community well known throughout the area for the quality of their work. During this showcase for the arts, mid-career and emerging artists working across a broad spectrum of fine art styles and craft media – including painting, photography, print-making, sculpture, glass, fiber, jewelry, furniture, and ceramics – will exhibit and sell their work ….just in time for the holiday season.

Located in an historic 19th century brick industrial building, Vernon Street was one of the first group of artists in the Greater Boston area to open their studios to the public in 1974. The Open Studios event allows attendees to learn about the creative process, interact with artists in the spaces where they create, purchase original artwork, and discover new talent.

The studios are located in the Rogers Foam facility, which is comprised of two buildings on the corner of Central and Vernon Streets. Parking is available in the large lot behind the buildings.”

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Viewing the Institution

When: On view through January 17th, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 3rd, from 5:30 to 8:30.

Where: The Open Aperture Art Gallery, 13 Touro Street, Newport, RI

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The Open Aperture Art Gallery is excited to present the work of Jodie Goodnough in the space’s first solo show. Currently an adjunct professor of photography at Salve Regina University, the Providence based artist earned her MFA in Visual Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 2013. She has exhibited in solo and group shows across New England, New York, the Midwest, and the West Coast, most recently including the Dorchester Art Project in Boston, GRIN in Providence, and the curator-driven Spring/Break Art Fair in New York City. Viewing the Institution is the first opportunity to see excerpts from her 2014 series A Curious Dance, alongside selections from Prospect, her most recent body of work.”

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Curator’s Choice Workshops

When: Thursday, December 10, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: BCA Mills Gallery, 551 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Join Samantha Fields and Corey Corcoran for a friendly, fun, and interesting exploration of drawing through weaving and animation. 

Samantha will turn part of the Mills Gallery into a loom while Corey and guests (that’s you!) create an impromptu short animation during these hands on workshops. 

This event is free and open to all ages! “

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Like Another

When: On view through January 9th, 2016

Opening Reception: Reception December 4, 5 – 9pm

Where: How’s Howard? (exhibitions), 450 Harrison Avenue Suite 309c, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Like Another” – Select works by Keiko Narahashi, Anthony Palocci Jr., Mark Puchala, Parsley Steinweiss, and Brad Tucker”

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Winter Works

When: On view December 2nd-December 20th, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday December 4th, 6-8:30PM

Where: Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: Annual juried show of small works, $100-$1,000

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Andrea Thompson: Bent Meridian: Stories of Unlikely Journeys 

When: On view through December 13, 2015

Where: Boston Sculptors Gallery, Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why:The Boston Sculptors Gallery presents Bent Meridian: Stories of Unlikely Journeys by new member Andrea Thompson. The collection of works are inspired by stories of travels, both historic and imaginary, in which landscapes are shifting and subjective, and where travelers must let go of terra cognita in favor of intuition, improvisation, and luck.The materials are as varied as the stories they represent. In Mapping Mars, an expanse of rusted steel becomes a detailed Martian landscape, inspired by the diligent – but ultimately misguided – 19th century astronomer Percival Lowell who spent a lifetime mapping Mars features that existed only in his wishful thinking (see detail image above). Sailcloth, thread, and oak and brass fittings trace the Voyage of the Gjøa, Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen’s sturdy fishing boat, with which he crossed through a featureless sea of ice to discover the Northwest Passage in 1906. Other journeys are purely imagined or conceptual. In the series A Live Oak Dreams of Going to Sea, totems of salvaged ship timbers are stamped with images of the places they might have visited but never reached. The stained, charred, and gold-gilded cypress panels of Three Days in the Ground are both a spiritual reference and a journal of emotional turmoil. A fleet of carved cedar boat forms, floating and serene, stand ready for future travels.”

Nancy Winship Milliken: Postcards from the Field: Contemporary Pastorialism

What/Why: “The Boston Sculptors Gallery presents Nancy Winship Milliken’s Postcards from the Field: Contemporary Pastoralism, a sampling of her work to date of trading studio for farm. Milliken creates work in collaboration with farmers, the animals, materials, and landscapes of our small homestead farms that explores and reinvents our ideas of the pastoral. Pasture Print, a silk and earthen wall hanging was made while working at Blue Star Equiculture a working horse rescue and sanctuary in Palmer, MA. Milliken collaborated with the large draft horses using their massive weight to imprint the muddy pasture. The pasture for Milliken, is the intersection where man and humans meet. Along with installing her work in New England and New Zealand farmland, Milliken has shown in solo and select group shows, including Boston Sculptors Gallery, Artstrand Gallery, the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, Qorikancha Museum, Peru, Provincetown Art Association Museum, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Chesterwood, Heritage Museum and Brattleboro Museum. She incorporates her sculptures into set design for Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts.”

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Your Ticket Out

When: On view December 7 – January 30

Opening Reception: Friday December 11, 7 – 9 PM

Where: Distillery Gallery, 516 E 2nd St, Boston, Massachusetts 02127

How: Official Website

What/Why: Your ticket out. It’s with you during rush hour in the back of your head, pulsing just loud enough to be audible over that new Drake song. At the movie theatre when the screen takes over your vision and fills your ears with the sounds of a story that keeps you awake the whole night. Since that afternoon you spent reading Cat’s Cradle and laughed out loud at a book for the first time. In the sounds that stick with you from that song you heard in the record store that you just had to bother the clerk about. Ever since you spent the weekend at your friend’s apartment in the city and saw so much more of the world in a single day than you had in your entire life; except you didn’t want to cash in on it. You hid it behind a safer career path, a savings account built for the inevitable, suburban practicality, Netflix and chill, a keen interest in fine beers; but it’s there. Sitting in the front left pocket of your favorite pair of blue jeans, crumpled and bent, playing neighbor to a ball of indigo lint, your ticket out.

Featuring:

Kari Byron
Thomas Dupere
Kyle Falzone
Eben Haines
Rory Hamovit
Elizabeth Harper
Ryan de la Hoz
TJ Kelley III
Simon Kercz
Mariel Kon
Paige Mulhern
Russ Pope
Skye Schirmer
Andrew Scripter
Chelsea Teta
Kristin Texeira
Paul Urich
Devonshire Yaw

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Sydney Licht

When: On view through December 2015

Opening Reception: December 4th, 2015 6-8PM

Where: Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website


What/Why:I am interested in updating the conventions of still life by picturing items that reflect the way we currently live. Remnants of our consumer culture have found their way into the work. Traditionally, still life paintings have portrayed items from the realm of the domestic….food, utensils, dishes, flowers and other elements that celebrate the table. These days, however, our food often arrives at the table packaged up, sealed and sanitized. Table tops become resting places for boxes and other detritus waiting to be sorted or discarded. Boxes are piled high in precarious arrangements to make room for more clutter. An expanded color palette of both vivid hues and more subdued tones enables me to better articulate this aspect of my visual culture. “

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Ronnie Rysz | Drawings and Collage

EBK Gallery [small works]

When: On view through December 20, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, December 11th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: EBK Gallery, 218 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “The characters are developed from a mix of music lyrics, movie references, news banter, and print ad campaigns, and are titled with hot-button phrases or popular keyword terms. Each figure is portrayed in an amplified fashion and
all are competitively seeking the attention of an audience.The volume is turned
up to the highest contrast.” -Ronnie Rysz

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How to Feel Real

When: On view through December 27, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, December 4, 2015, 5:30-8:00 pm

Where: Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. #43, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “How to Feel Real is a a group exhibition about authenticity in a virtual age including work by Stacey Alickman, Kellie Bornhoft, Linda Leslie Brown, and Hilary Tolan, curated by Shana Dumont Garr. Simple, essential things such as dirt, trees, animals, and other human beings become astonishing in the context of increased amounts of time spent looking at screens. Visual art helps us scrutinize who we are becoming a full generation into the existence of the internet and the common ownership of smartphones. The artists use a range of media, including painting, sculpture, video, and kinetic installation, to talk about sincerity and to point out the rituals and systems that either keep us from feeling human or bring us back.”

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All At Once Upon a Time

When: Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:30pm, Saturday, December 12 at 4 pm and 8 pm and Sunday, December, 13 at 4 pm.

Where: Gardner-Pingree House, 128 Essex Street, Salem, MA

How: Official Website

Cost: Members $20, nonmembers $35, students $10

What/Why: All at Once Upon a Time…(or Variations on the Theme of Disappearing) is a live performance that blends elements of theatre, installation, and happening.

Taking place over 3 floors of PEM’s Gardner-Pingree House, this intimate event offers a unique perspective into an architectural treasure and challenges us to explore the way we see our environment, ourselves, and each other.

Art lovers hoping for a small dose of daring and wonder are welcome.  Must be willing to climb creaky stairs, unplug for the duration of the performance, and enjoy the company of strangers.”

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