Weekly Wrap-Up for August 1st, 2014

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August 2014 : State of the Art 2014: 4th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition

(Acacia Johnson | This Boreal Night, Alaska 2014)

When: On view through August 14th, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday August 1st, 2014 6:00-8:00PM

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

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Featuring work by: Acacia Johnson , Clara Hy Lee , Julie Weaver , Reesa Wood”


Highland Street Free Fun Fridays

 (El Jaleo, John Singer Sargent on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)

When: Every Friday this summer (June 27th-August 29th)

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The Highland Street Foundation is a charitable organization established in 1989 by David J. McGrath, Jr., the founder of TAD Resources International, Inc., the famous employment agency. Highland generously supports local non-profit institutions and sponsors a summer program called Free Fun Fridays. There is free admission, with very few restrictions, at many museums, historic sites, theaters, art centers, and many attractions.”

Listings for Friday August 1st:









Black & White

(Judy Riola, Underfoot)

When: On view through August 3rd, 2014

Where: Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Featuring a wide variety of media—including painting, photography, drawing, mixed media and printmaking—“BLACK / WHITE” showcases a number of Bromfield Gallery artists responding imaginatively to a restricted palette…with possibly just a splash of color. “


Chris Piascik

When: On view through August 9th, 2014

Reception: Friday, August 1  6:00pm – 8:30pm  

Where: EBK Gallery, EBK Gallery [small works], 218 Pearl St, Hartford, CT

How: Official Website 

What/Why: Chris Piascik, the illustrator formerly known as a designer…but he’s an artist.After starting his career as a graphic designer at award-winning studios in New England, Chris accidentally became an illustrator. He’s pretty happy about that. This strange transformation was a result of his daily drawing project that he started in late 2007, in fact he’s still posting a new drawing every day. Chris holds degrees in Visual Communication Design and Art History from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, where he is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Illustration. He has been the recipient of Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Excellence Awards, Judge’s Awards and the Spirit of Creativity Award from the Connecticut Art Director’s Club as well as BoNE awards from the AIGA and a Silver Award from Gaphis. In addition his work has been published in numerous books and publications including Print Magazine and Communication Arts.”


Juror’s Choice

When: On view August 7th-August 31, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday August 7th, 2014 6:00-8:00PM

Where: UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

How: Official Website

What/Why: “In its ongoing efforts to offer new and varied opportunities for artists, UFORGE Gallery is hosting a juried exhibition in its space known for open group shows, inviting renowned painter, sculptor, and professor Enrico Pinardi to select works for the show. Artists from around the country submitted pieces in a variety of media for Mr. Pinardi’s consideration, and ultimately he chose 42 works from paintings, sculptures, and photographs to assemblages, prints, and drawings.  The result is a wonderfully diverse array of talent linked by their extraordinary skill, precise techniques, and imaginative compositions. Works on view include: an introspective self-portrait by Boston-based Peruvian photographer Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson; miniature oil portraits (inspired by iPhone selfies) by local artist/teacher Nayda Cuevas; deftly painted landscapes by Kansas-based artist Russell Horton; and elegant minimalist sculptures by artist-engineer Del Jackson, among others.”


Manufactured by Hand

When: On view through August 15, 2014

Where: Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Featuring work by Christian Haub, Chris Jordan, Fred Lynch, Heather McGill, Bob Oppenheim, Paul Shakespear, Michael Toenges, Peter Tollens, John Tracey, Brian Zink, and Jeff Perrott.”


Jamie Wyeth | Recent Paintings

When: On view through August 10th, 2014

Where: Adelson Gallery, 520 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Jamie Wyeth is a third-generation artist, distinguished in his own right as a contemporary realist painter. Many of his works reflect the innate beauty of the Maine and Pennsylvania landscape and wildlife or depict important individuals and cultural events in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. However, others are more dramatically avant-guarde, transmitting the artist’s raw response to humanity through cropped and contorted multimedia compositions.”


Free Association 2014: Kingston Associates’ Annual Exhibition

(Shawn Salinger, Hang Around Sundown)

When: On view through  August 29th, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm

Where: Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The Kingston Gallery Associates is a group of ten artists, juried by the membership to expand the Gallery’s contact with artists and to encourage new art. This will be their fifth annual group summer exhibition. Their work represents a wide range of interests, themes, and processes. The Kingston Gallery is delighted to have them exhibit their work as a group and to connect with the Boston arts community.”


Look No Further

When: Friday August 1st, 6pm – 9pm

Where: Find and Form, 524 Harrison Ave, LL, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: Find & Form Space is pleased to present Look No Further, an exhibition of new paintings by Boston artist Tim McCool.

Often using bright colors and cartoonish imagery paired with snarky, off-kilter phrases, McCool’s work is all about creating a sense of befuddled amusement, the state in which they were created. In these new paintings, McCool worked and reworked the canvases, often completely covering the previous painting, until they reached a kind of uneasy balance; between innocence and cynicism,  between spontaneity and consideration, building narrative threads while undercutting them.”


Vincent Amicosante & Traci Harmon-Hay

(Vincent Amicosante, Romance, Peak Valley)

When: On view August 2nd – August 21st

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 2nd 5:00pm – 7:00pm

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The four signature pieces in this year’s show, entitled “Romance,” are the culmination of a series of paintings called “Erotic Fruit” which Amicosante began seven years ago. “Romance” is a story of curiosity, attraction, young love and evolution. References are made to Amicosante’s earlier paintings in the series which used 1920’s and 1930’s erotica.

In her new series “Allure,” Harmon-Hay tells a story about her own life experiences. She sees the fishing lure not only as a visually appealing object of great design, but also as a symbol of temptation. “Beauty plays tricks on the heart and mind,” she says. “And if someone gets hooked, it can lead to a dangerous outcome. “


NE Collective V Juried Show

(Dennis Stein: United Palace Theatre, New York)

When: On view through August 30th, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday August 1, 6-8PM

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

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The New England Collective V is an annual juried exhibition which highlights the work of an eclectic mix of artists from 6 states. This year, our juror is Edmund Barry Gaither, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and its Museum Division, as well as Special Consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At the National Center of Afro-American Artists, he developed its museum from a concept to its present operation with wide-ranging collections representing the visual arts of the black world, and an exhibition record of nearly forty years. At the Museum of Fine Arts, he as served as Adjunct Curator for ten exhibitions since l970, as well as administering the long-standing collaborative relationship between the National Center and the MFA. In the museum field, he served on the Council of the American Association of Museums and co-foundered the African American Museums Association (now the Association of African American Museums). In the field of art history, he has traveled and lectured extensively, and is the author of many essays that have been widely published. Additionally, he has taught courses in African American art at Boston University, Wellesley College and Harvard College. With consulting curator Timothy Kendall, he organized Aspelta: A Nubian King’s Burial Chamber that has been on display at the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists since l994. Gaither was educated at Morehouse College and Brown University.

Mr. Gaither’s choices for the exhibition lean toward the exploration of color and texture as a vehicle for concept. This takes many paths, including those of social justice, the irony present in present society and how it relates to the past, and more esoteric visions of identity, home, and states of emotion and observation. There is also a strong reaction to beauty evident in his choices.”


Jennifer Ellwood – After Beauty

When: On view through August 31st, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday August 1st. 6 – 8:30pm

Where: Movimiento, 450 Harrison Ave, # 61, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Come visit us at MOVIMIENTO this month to see the powerful new abstract paintings by Jennifer Ellwood!!”


Twelve Nights

(Liz Nofziger, Penumbra I)

When: On view August 6th-24th, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 7 at 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Works by Todd Antonellis, Halsey Burgund, Stephanie Cardon, François-Xavier de Costerd, Leah Gauthier, Kelly Anona Kerrigan, Liz Nofziger, and Liz Shepherd”


Sean Ware | Paintings

When: Friday August 1st, 6:00-8:00PM

Where: 16 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Sean Ware’s work is a balance of time spent in the studio and time outside, painting en plein air. Trained as a potter as well as a painter, he has a special appreciation for the material and process of creation. His paintings explore this concept through the formal aspects of paint, testing and manipulating its properties. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Sean Ware lives and paints in the New Hampshire Seacoast. “


8 Visions

 (Sarah Alexander | Tenacity)

When: On view August 5th-August 29th, 2014

5th, 6:30

Where: Attleboro 
 Museum, 86
 Street, Attleboro,

How: Official Website

What/Why:“For the past twelve years the Attleboro Arts Museum has presented a “Visions” group exhibition in late summer featuring the work of select member artists. The exhibiting artist selection process for “8 Visions” began during the Museum’s Members’ Exhibition in December of last year.  Sixty artists applied to be considered for this premiere exhibition opportunity. Members’ Exhibition guest juror Kathleen Hancock, Gallery Director at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, carefully reviewed their work and the field was then narrowed down to twenty artists.  Two new jurors, artist Josh Ostraff and Adam Adelson, Director of Adelson Galleries, reviewed portfolios from those remaining twenty artists – and the final eight rose to the top.”


Burning as It Were a Lamp – Enrique Martinez Celaya

When: On view through August 10th, 2014

Where: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755

How: Official Website

What/Why: “On view for just five weeks this summer, the Hood’s installation of Burning as It Were a Lamp (2013) introduces Miami-based artist Enrique Martínez Celaya to the community. This immersive installation consists of two paintings, a weeping bronze boy, and mirrors. The work only fully reveals itself when the viewer enters—and is reflected in—the mirrored space. Martínez Celaya is in residence at Dartmouth for the month of July and will present both a public lecture and a gallery talk in conjunction with his visit.”


Say Hi:


August, where did you come from?

So many half written drafts, so little time. More from the desk of FLUX. soon.

In the meantime, have a great weekend!

I know I plan to. ♥

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