Behind the Scenes: ACA hangs Arlington art exhibit at the State House

We had a great honor and a great time this morning – hanging an exhibit of artwork in the Senate Gallery at the Massachusetts State House.  The exhibit showcases work by ACA studio artists, teachers and friends, and will be on display through the end of July.  A reception for the artists is planned & we’ll post the date as soon as we have it.

Artists in the exhibit include: Connie Chamberlain, Marjorie Glick, Al Hiltz, Adrienne Landry, Nilou Moochhala, Vicki Paret, Pam Shanley, Lorraine Sullivan, Olga Yakovleva, Jessie Young and Phil Young.

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Sarah Buyer and Pam Shanley labeling the artwork

ACA is honored to have been invited into the Senate Gallery by Senator Ken Donnelly, and couldn’t have done it without the fabulous Debra Woodman,Director of Administration at the Senate Office of Administration and

Pam Shanley, Debra Woodman and Sarah Buyer - what a great team!

Pam Shanley, Debra Woodman and Sarah Buyer – what a great team!

Finance, who runs the gallery program.  Our thanks also to Hannah Buntich for her help and good humor (and coffee!).  We’ll see her again later this month for ACA’s annual “Kids Images of Arlington” exhibit hosted by Senator Donnelly.

 

 

We thought you might enjoy some behind-the-scenes photos from the hanging…

The hanging crew was terrific and good-humored - even when we couldn't agree whether the paintings were hanging straight. Thanks guys!

The hanging crew was terrific and good-humored – even when we couldn’t agree whether the paintings were hanging straight. Thanks guys!

Pam Shanley, ACA Operations Director, seated beneath her own piece, "Ice Plant."

Pam Shanley, ACA Operations Director, seated beneath her own piece, “Ice Plant.”

small works – jurying day with lorraine sullivan

small works jurying day 2013 (2)We always love it when Lorraine Sullivan visits ACA, but November 18 was especially special – it was jurying day for ACA’s annual members show.  Over 200 pieces were submitted, and though they were small (all measuring under 12″ x 12″), Lorraine had a big task to whittle down the entries to highlight the very best for ACA’s annual members exhibit in the Gibbs Gallery.

Here’s what Lorraine had to say about the show:

I would like to start by thanking the Arlington Center for the Arts for giving me the opportunity to act as juror for this exhibit.  

I want to thank all the artists who submitted such an array of images and objects, demonstrating their work in a wide variety of media and their sincere love of art making.

over 200 pieces were submitted to this years members show

over 200 pieces were submitted to this years members show

I was grateful that the theme of this show was Small Works as I had 206 pieces of work to move around. This condensed size restriction made life easier for me but presented the artists submitting work with a unique and demanding issue – that of scale. Most people work larger and continuing to work in their own style and use the materials that they are most comfortable with while restricting themselves to such a small format was no small feat.

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The work was diverse, compelling and fresh. The pieces draw the viewer in to get a closer look and reward them with a glimpse of the artists’ personal and unique vision.  Some pieces are simply lovely, some poignant while others are just plain funny. Stylistically the work ranges from barely contained, high energy pieces to methodically executed works of art.

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considering pieces for the 2D juror’s prize…

Congratulations to the three award winners for their exceptional contributions to this outstanding show.

(Note: winners will be announced at the opening reception on Thursday, Dec 5, 7:30-9:00 – join us!)

Thanks to Linda Shoemaker for inviting me to this dance and sticking with me as I carefully reviewed every entry.

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considering her choices for the 3D prize…

Thanks to Pam Shanley for providing everything I needed and hauling it around on her dolly.

This exhibit is a celebration of the diverse talents of our exciting local arts community and it was a genuine pleasure for me to be part of it.

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Lorraine and Dan hanging the show

See some of the artwork in our preview slideshow.

“Outside In, Inside Out” exhibit features 3 Arlington Artists at the Old Schwamb Mill

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From left to right: artwork by Anne Briggs, Lainie Dearden and Gwen Chasan.

The “Outside In, Inside Out” exhibit at the Old Schwamb Mill,  exhibits the recent work of three Arlington artists, Gwen Chasan, Anne Briggs, and Lainie Dearden.  Dearden is a potter and ceramic sculptor working in variations on Raku. Chasan and Briggs are painters working in watercolor and acrylics.  They each enjoyed successful business careers, and now focus on their art full time and with great joy.

Gwen serves on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Center for the Arts, and Anne is former member of the Board.  Both are active in ACA classes and exhibits, and we’re delighted to see their success with this wonderful show.  Gwen is teaching a one-day “Watercolor Innovations” Yupo Workshop at ACA in November.  See all the details, here.

The theme of the show, “Outside In, Inside Out”, is derived from the artists’  travels and explorations, and their effect on their inner lives and art. We take in what we experience in the world, bringing the outside in, and it changes what we express through our art, bringing the inside out in the form of artistic expression.

The show runs from Saturday, October 5 thru Saturday, November 16 at the Old Schwamb Mill 17 Mill Lane in Arlington. The mill is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11AM-3PM. The show’s opening event is on Saturday October 5 from 2:30-4:30PM.

There will be a closing Open House reception on Saturday, November 16, from Noon-4:30, with live music from 2:00-3:30, and continuous mill tours from noon-2:00pm.

For more info, visit the Old Schwamb Mill online.

Celebrating the Life and Work of African American Folk Artist Winfred Rembert

All me posterOn the heels of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, The Arlington Center for the Arts and Arlington International Film Festival invites the public to attend a film, panel discussion and art show/sale with Winfred Rembert, a self-taught folk artist from Georgia whose carved and dyed leather artwork depicts the daily lives of African Americans in the pre-civil rights segregated south.

The event takes place on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 in the Theater at the Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street, Arlington, MA. Tickets ($15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors) are available online.

The Panel discussion will include the artist, Winfred Rembert, the film director, Vivian Ducat, and moderator John Voci, from WGBH.

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Left to right: John Voci, Winfred Rembert, Vivian Ducat

Film Synopsis: A feature documentary, the film chronicles the life of Winfred Rembert, a 66-year-old African American who grew up in Cuthbert, Georgia. Rembert spent most of his childhood working in the cotton and peanut fields. When he could attend school he loved drawing but not much else. Attendance at a civil rights demonstration got him thrown in jail without charges or a trial. An escape over a year later resulted in a prison sentence, but only after Rembert had survived an attempted lynching. While serving seven years on Georgia chain gangs, Rembert fell in love with both his future wife and with leather as an art medium. Life and eight children intervened after prison; it was not until 1995 that Rembert began to carve, tool and then dye pictures on leather in his studio in the front room of his home in New Haven, Connecticut.

Winfred Rembert, "Amazing Grace"

Winfred Rembert, “Amazing Grace”

About Winfred Rembert:  With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful, not just because he lived every moment, but because he experienced so much of the injustice and bigotry they show as recently as the 1960s and 70s.

All-Me-IINow in his sixties, Rembert has developed a growing following among collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work. In “ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert,” the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful.

For more information or advance tickets, please visit our website.

This event is co-sponsored with the Arlington International Film Festival, presenting films and special events throughout the fall.  Weekend festival dates: October 23-27.

Faculty Profile: Marjorie Glick, Watercolor

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“Marsh Radiance” by Marjorie Glick

If you’ve picked up our fall catalog, you’ve no doubt already been drawn into the inspiring beauty of Marjorie Glick’s watercolors.  Her “Marsh Radiance” graces the cover of our fall catalog and is generating a lot of “oooohs” and “aahhhs,” even from those not quite yet willing to admit that autumn is on its way.

Marjorie Glick is known for her large scale and vivid realism watercolors that are inspired by New England’s places of antiquity and by the beauty found in nature.  We couldn’t be more delighted to offer her classes and workshops here at ACA.

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Marjorie Glick

Now starting her second year as a teacher at the Arlington Center for the Arts, Marjorie is a warm, inspiring and challenging teacher who helps beginning and advanced students alike take their watercolor skills to the next level.

“I absolutely LOVE Marjorie Glick,” said one of her students. “She was so insightful, and inspiring. She always did a great lengthy demonstration each week, to help us understand how watercolors work, wet, dry, etc.”

This fall, Marjorie is offering Watercolor Foundations, Intermediate Watercolor, and a one-day Plein Air Workshop at Menotomy Rocks Park in Arlington.

Marjorie has been painting for 30 years and has exhibited at several regional museums and galleries including the DeCordova Museum, Berkshire Art Museum, Brockton Art Museum, Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, and the Forum Gallery in New York.

She has served as Adjunct Faculty for The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and has been a member of the faculty of the DeCordova Museum School, in Lincoln, MA since 1986. She leads plein air workshops each summer in Maine and in 2009, she led a painting workshop in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.

Marjorie’s work is in over 40 corporate and private collections including The Federal Reserve Bank, Fidelity Investments, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Tufts-New England Medical Center, all in Boston; Friends Hospital, in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (Artist’s Resource Trust Grant) and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Her work has appeared in the following publications: Splash 11—New Directions: The Best of Contemporary Watercolor, by Rachel Rubin Wolf (North Light Books, 2010) and Watercolor Artist Magazine, feature article, Once Upon a Time by Meredith Lewis October 2010. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and has studied independently with Wolf Kahn and George Nick.

More artwork by Marjorie:

12glickmarjorie glick spaceandgraceMarjorie Glick (2)Learn more about Marjorie Glick on her website.

A-Town Aerialist comes to town with FAQ Circus Collective

Arlington native Lindsay Culbert-Olds returns home with a new circus troupe to perform at the Arlington Center for the Arts, August 19 & 20.

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Lindsay (below) and Kia (above) on the duo trapeze

22-year old Arlington native Lindsay Culbert-Olds didn’t grow up dreaming of joining the circus. Sure, she loved gymnastics and attended Circus Smirkus camp as a youngster.  During high school, she even studied trapeze at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont.  But she never imagined she could make a career as a circus artist.

After a short stint at Mount Holyoke college in the US, Lindsay’s passion for the trapeze took her to circus school in Montreal, where she and a dynamic group of 10 fellow circus arts students have formed the FAQ Circus Collective, a company made up of 10 circus friends, classmates and coworkers who share the dream of creating a new American circus company.  They’re touring the US this summer, hoping to challenge preconceptions about what a circus is, and what it can be.

FAQ Circus Collective.  Photo credit: Renald Laurin

FAQ Circus Collective. Photo credit: Renald Laurin

So many other countries throughout the world have an incredibly rich circus culture and respect for the art.  The United States is just beginning to discover modern circus, and we hope to bring what we have learned from studying abroad back to our home country to inspire the growth of the modern American circus.”  –FAQ Circus

FAQ Circus will perform two evening shows at the Arlington Center for the Arts – August 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm.  Please note: advance tickets are currently sold out.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, first come, first served.

FAQ will perform an abbreviated version of their show on Tuesday, August 20 at 1:00, as guest artists during ACA’s summer arts camp.  The public is invited to attend this performance for a $5 admission fee.  Seats are limited, doors open at 12:45.

In a wonderful Arlington Center for the Arts connection, Lindsay is the daughter of Arlington artist Henry Olds, a frequent participant in Arlington Open Studios and Gibbs Gallery Exhibits.  ACA Blog readers may remember Henry from a series of blog posts back in 2011:  “Behind the design… introducing Henry Olds, Jr. and an unexpected artistic inspiration”  and…  Open Studios Inspiration, part 2: Happy Reunions

For more information about FAQ Circus, visit their website.

Arlington Animation Fest this Weekend

8/8/2013: WEATHER UPDATE: due to predicted rain, the Animation Festival is rescheduled for Saturday, August 10th, at 7:00pm at Robbins Farm Park.  The Wicked Pickers will be unable to join us, but members of the AHS Jazz Band will play!  Don’t miss it!!

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Come to Robbins Farm Park on Friday, August 9th (rain date: August 10th) for an evening outdoor festival showcasing local animated work for all ages.

Animation Festival LogoArlington’s own eclectic bluegrass band the Wicked Pickers will be kicking off the evening at 7pm, with the films starting at 8:30pm when the sun has set. Bring a picnic and blanket, buy some food from our vendors, and enjoy the night!

The event is presented by Arlington Community Media Inc, Arlington Center for the Arts, The Friends of Robbins Farm Park, and Arlington International Film Festival.

Directions to Robbins Farm Park.

“Beatle Mania” comes to Arts Camp

Pop Art Project, "Beatle Mania" week at ACA Arts Camp

Pop Art project for “Beatle Mania” week at ACA Arts Camp

It may be more than 50 years since John, Paul, George and Ringo burst onto the music scene, but the FAB FOUR still inspired lots of happy enthusiasm at ACA’s arts camp last week!

All week long, campers made art inspired by the 1960s, learning a bit about famous artists Andy Worhol, Claes Oldenburg and Jackson Pollack along the way.  In music and drama, we learned a bunch of Beatles songs and put together our own original all-camp musical featuring 5 Beatles songs.

On Wednesday, we had a special guest performance by the Beatles Ensemble from the Winchester Community Music School, led by our music teacher for the week, Tad Hitchcock.

Here’s a video “Yellow Submarine,” with the kids singing along on the chorus, and some great dancing at the end:

And here are a few other highlights and impressions of our week:

Campers created soft sculptures of musical instruments, inspired by the work of sculptor Claes Oldenburg.

Campers created soft sculptures of musical instruments, inspired by the work of sculptor Claes Oldenburg.

Our littlest campers, in the "Young at Art" group, created charming and colorful hand print pop art paintings.

Our littlest campers, in the “Young at Art” group, created charming and colorful hand print pop art paintings.

Counselors in Training created art inspired by music, including this great response to the Beatles' song "Let it Be"

Counselors in Training created art inspired by music, including this great response to the Beatles’ song “Let it Be”

The CITs took a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - what a great group!

The CITs took a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – what a great group!

CITs took their field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - what a nice group!!

It was a timely visit to the MFA – CITs checked out the new “Hippie Chic” exhibit about the 1960s fashion revolution.

Want to see more “Beatle Mania”?

CIT Slideshow – artwork, field trip & more
Arts Camp Slideshow – art, music, drama & more

Emily Malin: watercolor artist gives a glimpse into the worlds of fruit, flowers, and (a little bit of) her own remarkable journey as an artist

Emily Malin is a remarkable watercolor artist who has confronted challenges beyond the imaginations of most of us, but has persevered to create a remarkable body of artwork, which is now on display in the Tufts Street Community Gallery of the Arlington Center for the Arts.

Emily will host a reception for her show on Friday, August 23, from 5-7pm in the Tufts Street Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Arlington Center for the Arts.  Please join us to celebrate a very special artist!

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Emily Malin’s watercolor fruits and flowers bring a playful, joyful exuberance to the Tufts Street Community Gallery, Summer 2013

Through her watercolors, Emily provides insight into the lives of fruit, flowers, trees and animals that most of us cannot imagine. Through Emily’s artwork we find a way to let a vegetable cheer us up (as in “Beet”ing the Blues), see the wonder of a piece of fruit (as in Magnificent Mango), and enjoy the simple beauty that surrounds us. All these things Emily sees, feels and puts into her art for us to enjoy.

Emily Malin, portrait

Emily Malin, artist

Emily’s artwork is more remarkable still given that she produces it despite a severe neurological impairment. At the age of 11, when, for most of us, the future holds nothing but promise and the days hold only leisure and an absence of worry, Emily began to show signs of the illness that would eventually lead to a life confined to a wheelchair.

Unable to speak, and with little control over the right side of her body, Emily has, for more than two decades, faced challenges that would overwhelm the best of us. Not content to survive, Emily sought out her passion and early on found that she had a talent (at the prodding of an insightful art teacher) – a talent that manifested itself when she picked up a brush.

Emily Malin, Sunflower

Emily Malin, Sunflower

For more than 15 years now (about as long as she has been living on her own), Emily has been painting. Her work has hung in coffee houses, in galleries and at exhibits. She founded Emily Enterprises (which she operates with the assistance of her mother, Diane Malin) in 1998. Emily Enterprises produces, markets and sells her artwork in the form of Iris prints and note cards.

Emily’s work will be on display in the Tufts Street Gallery at the Arlington Center for the Arts through August 30, 2013.

For more information, visit Emily Malin online.

Emily Malin, Three Pretty Persimmons

Emily Malin, Three Pretty Persimmons

Images of Arlington 5th grade artists honored at the State House

Kids Images of Arlington at the State House (20)This summer, anyone visiting Senator Ken Donnelly’s office at the Massachusetts State House will be treated to an exhibit of 30+ works of art by Arlington 5th graders, part of the Arlington Center for the Arts’ annual “Kids Images of Arlington” exhibit, now in its 8th year.

Each year, all 400+ 5th graders in the Arlington public schools create artwork depicting something unique about the town.  The artwork is displayed in a massive exhibit that fills all three floors of the Arlington Center for the Arts building.

A small subset of the students’ artwork is selected to go on display at the State House in Senator Donnelly’s offices.

Last week, the Senator hosted the students in a special reception in their honor, and took the kids on a private tour of the State House.

Several of the 5th grade "Images of Arlington" artists posing with Senator Ken Donnelly in a special reception in their honor.

Several of the 5th grade “Images of Arlington” artists posing with Senator Ken Donnelly in a special reception in their honor.

Donnelly loves the tradition – whenever he has visitors to his offices – other Senators and Representatives, or constituents from his district, he says he loves showing off the artwork, which depicts so many landmarks and special places in Arlington.

The kids had a special private tour of the State House, including this visit to the Senate chambers, where they learned a secret about what many Senators keep in their desk drawers.. (think chocolate...!)

The kids had a special private tour of the State House, including this visit to the Senate chambers, where they learned a secret about what many Senators keep in their desk drawers.. (think chocolate…!)

The President of Peru happened to be visiting the State House that afternoon.  We saw his motorcade drive by from this beautiful vantage point overlooking the front lawn!

The President of Peru happened to be visiting the State House that afternoon. We saw his motorcade drive by from this beautiful vantage point overlooking the front lawn!

Thank you Senator Donnelly for honoring our young artists and for your support for the arts and culture in our communities!

Thank you Senator Donnelly for honoring our young artists and for your support for the arts and culture in our communities!

 

See more of the “Kids Images of Arlington” artwork in our online slideshow…