Weekly Wrap-Up for December 2nd, 2011

I’m all ears.

sky of blue and c of green x distillation x the blood the battle the deer x (x+1)


Corpus et Spiritus

When: On view December 3rd-27th, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday December 3rd, 6:00PM-9:00PM

Where: Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border Street, Top Floor, East Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. In Corpus et Spiritus, Carmen Sasso, Bo Petran, and other Atlantic Works artists present the dissonance between spiritual aspirations and mortality. Sasso’s sculptural paintings represent an artistic inquiry into faith. Of his work, he says, “I do not have to believe anything but want to understand everything.” He admires the author of Psalm 27, who can manage fear and still think straight, act calm, and not tremor under duress, due to his faith in
God. Sasso states, “I am grateful to be an artist, and for the life-affirming refuge experienced in an art studio.”

Sasso’s art is about spiritual freedom, whereas Petron’s art is about fear. Petran and the other Atlantic Works artists collaborate on an exploration of death raised by the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Petran installs Grandmother’s house as a squalid scene of recent violence. Salmeron’s video reflects on the history and tensions of the human/wolf/dog relationship, while Marder’s installation, HOWL, is a lycanthropic fantasy of clashing canines — the human/canine relationship gone bad. Finally, to bring the meaning of corpus to a visceral level, Domkarova’s installation leads the viewer through the peristaltic experience of having just been eaten.”


Bill Plympton Master Class

(Still from Guard Dog)

When: Saturday December 3rd, 12:00-2:00PM

Where: Montserrat Galleries, Room 201, Oddfellows Building, 194 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Bill Plympton’s Master Class will include an in depth discussion of his career as an independent animator through showing some of his classic shorts, music videos, and clips from his new feature, “Idiots and Angels”. He will also give a drawing demonstation and discuss how filmmakers can make a living creating short films. And one of the best parts? Everyone who comes leaves with a free Bill Plympton drawing!”


Fort Point Holiday Sale

(Caterpillars at Work: Loading Up, Barry Cronin)

When: December 2nd-4th, 2011, Friday 4-8pm // Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm

Where: 12 Farnsworth Street, Fort Point, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Find unique gifts of local art, or treat yourself. 30 local artists will be set up, displaying their wares over the three-day event, in one convenient location. Find jewelry, paintings, prints, pottery artists’ books, photography, handcrafted clothing and accessories, furniture, lighting, prints, holiday ornaments, cards, and much, much more!”


Art Opening : Catalina Viejo & Joshua Durant

(Painting from Explosive Bird Series, by Joshua Durant)

When: Saturday December 3rd, 2011, 6-8pm

Where: Roffi Salon and Spa, 134 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Opening show reception with the artists. Wine & Hors d’oeuvre.”


Rifrákt Artist Collective Opening Reception

When: Saturday December 3rd, 5-7PM

Where: Bloc 11 Cafe, 11 Bow Street, Somerville, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why:From 5-7 pm view artwork on display and available to purchase by Rifrákt Artist Collective. Complimentary hors d’oeuvre from Bloc 11! A special performance by local musician Heather Smist will start at 6pm.”


Emulsion and Aviary Present: Beard Show

When: On view through December 2011

Where: Aviary Gallery, 48 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “It’s time for another emulsion art show, and this one’s all about beards, apparently..Featuring some incredible work by..these artists


Bazaar Bizarre

(work from Horrible Adorables)

When: Sunday December 4th, 12-6PM

Where: BCA Cyclorama, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

Cost: $1

What/Why: “Bazaar Bizarre began in 2001 in the Boston-area as a hodge-podge of friends and acquaintances cobbling together their handcrafted DIY wares to sell and staging an offbeat entertainment extravaganza. In 2004 the Bazaar Bizarre spread to Los Angeles and Cleveland and in 2006 Make took us under their wing to include the Bazaar Bizarre as part of the Maker Faire in the San Francisco-area every spring. The Bazaars in Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco happen every year during peak holiday shopping season in December.”


Adam O’Day’s Winter Works II

When: On view through January 31st, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday December 3rd, 2011, 9-11PM

Where: Christopher’s 1920 Mass Ave, Porter Square, Cambridge, MA 02140

How: Official Website

What/Why: Solo show featuring the works of Adam O’Day. New Paintings. Opening reception sponsored by Karlsson’s Vodka”


Beverly Art Walk

(work of Sally Seamans at Montserrat Annual Holiday Sale)

When: December 2nd-3rd, 2011

Where: Participating Locations

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Come support local arts in Beverly!”


Holiday Small Works Show

(Inner Tube with Hose in Pool, Kim MacNeille)

When: On view through December 24th, 2011

Where: Copley Society, Upper Gallery, 158 Newbury Street  Boston, MA 02116

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The Copley Society of Art is proud to present Holiday Small Works. This annual exhibition is treasured by our membership, patrons, friends, and the public. Dozens of small paintings and photographs are for sale – perfect additions to growing art collections. Work from all mediums is represented and styles range from traditional to contemporary.”

And in the Red Room..

Ted Polomis: Recent Works

(Bureau Quacks)

“This November, work from Ted Polomis will be shown in a solo exhibition entitled “Recent Works”. The exhibition, featured in the Red Room gallery, will open on November 17th and run through December 24th. Be sure to stop by and see these enchanting and sophisticated contemporary still life works.”


Porter Mill Open Studios

(Galapagos Snack Bar, Leighton O’Connor)

When: Saturday December 3rd, 2-6PM

Where: Studios at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “We hope you will join us to help celebrate the holidays and support the local arts! The thirty artists at Porter Mill will open their doors and invite the public in to see their latest creations and to ask questions.”


Phidias Gold Presents: DISTILLATION SHOW

When: Friday December 2nd, 7-10PM

Where: The Distillery, 516 E 2nd St, South Boston, Massachusetts

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The Distillery Gallery has teamed-up with Phidias Gold, a locally-based premium apparel brand designed for artists by artists, to present an exhibit which exists at the intersection of product and fine art.

Phidias Gold’s Distillation Show considers the space in which it takes place by asking a group of artists to work directly on blank 1L rum bottles. The unique artwork created for this show pays homage to the Distillery building’s former life as an actual rum distillery while continuing the Distillery Gallery’s outside-of-the-box approach to art exhibits. By combining fine art, design, and product within a gallery, Phidias Gold is “extracting the essential elements of” the brand, the artists, and the space. In addition to custom rum bottles, the exhibit will feature site-specific wall installations and a “product room” which will offer a behind-the-scenes look into Phidias Gold and some of the artists involved with company.”


Everything Must Go! 12×12 Holiday Show

When: On view through December 18th, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday December 2nd, 6-8:30PM

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

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Like Filene’s Basement, the artwork in this juried show of regional artists is priced to move! Weekly, incremental discounts of up to 30% ensure holiday bargains, ranging from photos to collage to painting and drawing. Starting at $100. Give original artwork this holiday!”


Glovebox Presents : Jody Morlock, Ledger Boston Bloom Series

When: Friday December 2nd, 6-8PM

Where: Twelve Chairs, 319 A Street, Boston, MA 02210

How: Official Website

What/Why: “New York Artist, Jody Morlock invades Boston with her new Ledger Boston Bloom Series. Come check out her work and stay for the party!”


Cruor – Proelium – Cervus: New Work by Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo

When: On view through January 4th, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday December 2nd, 6-8pm

Where: Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave.  Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Fourth Wall Project is pleased to announce “Cruor – Proelium – Cervus” a solo exhibition of new work by Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo. The exhibit will feature over 15 works on paper and sculpture comprised of various materials including cast iron, aluminum, and glass.

Cruor – Proelium – Cervus, Latin for “The Blood, The Battle, The Deer,” tells the story of an individual’s transformation through a rite of passage, whereas The Blood is a representation of life; The Battle, a representation of the personal struggles within an individual’s transformation into the purest form of “self,” represented by the character of The Deer.

“In contrast to previous works by Barbozo-Gubo, the artist has chosen to remove the often-seen layered quality of his work. What remains are pieces that are true to the essence of his intent, individually edited to their purest state – a narrative without distraction.” said the exhibit’s guest curator, Andrew Mroczek, of The Art Institute of Boston. “The artist’s use of his own blood within drawings on fragile, skin-like paper, may lead the viewer to believe that the work is entirely autobiographical, but within the context of the exhibit, in its entirety, viewers will soon feel a sense of familiarity amidst a brutal yet quiet violence. Barboza-Gubo speaks not of a transformation unique or exclusive to himself, but one experienced by all who strive to discover and rediscover the true essence of ‘self.’



When: On view through December 31st, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday December 3rd, 7-10PM

Where: Gallery X, 169 William st. New Bedford, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Join us this Saturday for a post Holiday Stroll reception of our new exhibit, X + 1,  a Gallery X Member & Guest  invitational. Over 120 works on display, many affordable for holiday giving”


Museum School Art Sale

(Bouquet of Nature, Joo Lee Kang)

When: December 8th-11th, 2011, 10 am–8 pm daily

Where: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The Museum School Art Sale is back. Now in its 31st year, the Museum School Art Sale is the largest and most anticipated contemporary art sale in New England. The Sale has become the annual destination for art collectors and enthusiasts alike to discover works from our newest students to our most acclaimed alumni, including Jedediah Caesar, Ellsworth Kelly, Mike and Doug Starn, Rachel Perry Welty, “Project Accessory” contestant Brian Burkhardt and many more.

The Museum School Art Sale is the largest fundraiser for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, directly supporting opportunities, scholarships and resources essential to the education of our next generation of artists. With thousands of works in all media rotating daily, this is your chance to experience the thrill of your very own art discovery.”


Washington Street Art Center Winter Open Studios

(interior view of Washington Street Art Center)

When: Saturday December 3rd, 12:00-4:00PM

Where: Washington Street Art Center, 321D Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Join the Washington Street Art Center for our 7th annual Winter Open Studios. Come by and see what we’re doing and support local artists in your community as we kick off Washington Street Saturdays.

We’ll have lots of art, snacks, and affordable small works for gift giving. Sunshine permitting, SunPrints can be made by all! Parking is plentiful and you can start here, then head over to the Union Square Winter Craft Market at Precinct. Be sure to come back in the evening for the opening reception for “My Blue Heaven” Photographs by Gretchen Graham. Also on view Saturdays in December from 12-4.”


Paul Heroux – Vessels

When: On view through December 30th, 2011

Where: Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why:Howard Yezerski Gallery is pleased to present a small exhibition of ceramics by artist Paul Heroux. Using a combination of slab and coil building techniques, Heroux creates sleek, elegant ceramic vessels, which come alive with their painterly surfaces. Trained as a painter, Heroux approaches his stoneware pieces as a three dimensional canvas. Combining a mixture of figurative and non-figurative imagery with matte and shiny glazes, Heroux builds up the surfaces of his vessels to create tactile and dynamic works. Drawing loosely from nature as inspiration for the forms of the vessels and their glazing, each piece takes on an organic quality of its own. The durability and functionality of the work is also apparent; they are weighty and useful while simultaneously delicate and beautiful.”


3 Hour Museum

When: Sunday December 4th, 2011, 5-8PM

Where: Gallery 535 at 535 Albany Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA

What/Why: “Eight emerging artists are occupying a South-End loft for one night to create their own guerilla museum of contemporary art.

In a saturated, competitive art world, it can be difficult for new artists to gain traction. Instead of waiting for galleries and museums to approach them, these artists, who met at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are taking matters into their own hands. In Boston’s South End, they are creating a temporary museum to display their works in. This show, titled 3 Hour Museum, includes video, photography and glassmaking. The participating artist’s practice spans from traditional craftsmaking to highly conceptual performance pieces, and the resulting exhibit showcases this broad range of contemporary work that is being made in Boston.

Artists include Sarah Pollman, Tina Casebeer, Hye Sung An, Janine Chai, Jee Min Kim, Nikki Rosato, Lauren Santorio, and Elizabeth Vuong.”


Small Wonders & Charlestown Open Studios

(Glass House, Nedret Andre)

When: December 3-4th, 10AM-5PM

Where: StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford Street, Charlestown, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Founded in 1997 by a small group of resident artists to promote awareness and appreciation of, and participation in, the visual and related arts, The Artists’ Group of Charlestown incorporated in 2002.  The Group sponsors exhibits, lecture series and classes and provides affordable venues for local artists to practice, show and sell their art.”


December Art Sale

(Two Brothers, Netty La Croix)

When: On view through December 21st, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday December 2nd, 4-8PM

Where: Mobius, 55 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Need quality gifts this giving season? Help Mobius and your fellow artists! Celebrate the Season in Style!”



(Sky of Blue and C of Green, work of Ted Polomis currently on view at Copley Society of Art)

I wish I could be in ten places at once this weekend..


Hopefully you get a chance to fa-la-la around the city and pick up some art for your favorites. Be good ♥

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