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Every two weeks I do a gallery review for The Newbury Street and Back Bay Guide. Here you can read the reviews. Check out the guide for what is happening in arts, fashion, food and entertainment in Boston.

Arts & Crafts Society Creiger Dane - Comenos Fine Arts - Dyansen Gallery -
Pepper Gallery - Howard Yezerski - Crafts at the Castle  -
Vose Galleries & Fenway Studios -   Judi Rotenberg Gallery  
MIT Visual Arts Center  - Vanishing Point  - Dyansen Gallery  - 
Mann Gallery  - Eva Demien
The Society of Arts and Crafts  -  Alianza -  Art Festival of Boston '98  - 
Mac Keen Gallery - Jason Berger at Judi Rotenberg Gallery - First Expressions -
Camelot Gallery - Massachusetts College of Art -

French Prints from the  Age of the Musketeers -
Copley Society - Kingdom of Fine Arts - Dyansen Gallery -
Hammill Gallery of African Art

12/11/98 - Hamill Gallery of African Art - Kuba Textile Exhibition - Dec. 3 - Jan. 30 - 2164 Washington Street, Boston, 617-442-8204

This major exhibit of traditional tribal raffia textiles from the Kuba kingdom of the Congo includes hundreds of beautifully designed works, large and small and many styles, to show the spiritual beauty, complex interplay and variety of treasures. Collected by Matisse, Klimt and Klee, they influenced modern art early this century and continue to speak to us today.

Kuba skirts, Tcaka, long cloths from 8-25 feet long, from the Nheende, Bushoong and Ngongo peoples incorporate appliqued "patches", embroidered shapes and patterns, openwork, tie-dye, cowrie shells, barkcloth and border elements. All are covered with geometric symbols; many are restrained, subtle and rhythmic designs using one technique; others create amazing quilt-like assemblages of old pieces of many forms.

The true jewels of textile art are the smaller Shoowa cut-pile cloths. Their complex interplay of geometric symbols, inventive rhythm and balance, uniquely individual designs and tight "velvet" surfaces created objects so mysteriously alluring the Kuba people traded them as currency and were the standard by which a family's wealth and status were judged.

Gallery hours are Wed. - Sat. 12-6 p.m. or by appointment. To celebrate entering their 9th year, the gallery is having a holiday sale. From Dec. 2 - 23 you can receive a 20% discount on any purchase. Gallery closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 1, 1999. For information call 617-442-8204 or visit www.tiac.net/users/thamill.

11/27/98 -"Past and Future Perfect" Through December 30 Millennium Artist - Andy Lakey
Dyansen Gallery - 132 A Newbury Street - 617-262-4800

Premiere New England exhibition featuring the paintings, meditation boxes, hand-drawn wood block
prints, ceramics and sculpture of Andy Lakey. Andy Lakey is the most famous living painter of angels in the world, and perhaps the first painter whose work can be experienced by the blind as well as the sighted. On New Year's Eve in 1986, he was saved by seven angels during a near death experience. Three years later, in January 1990, Lakey's artistic life found its true focus with a new painting technique and a new mission: to create 2,000 angel paintings by the year 2000. Lakey's unique, three - dimensional style has been labeled Sensualism, reflecting its appeal to the sense of touch as well as the sense of sight.

Within his vibrant work can be found traces of Renaissance art, ancient art of Egypt and Mesoamerica and 20th century notables as Jackson Pollack, Paul Klee, Louise Nevelson and Keith Haring. Lakey's work is included in the private collections of: Pope John Paul II, Price Albert of Monaco and formers Presidents Carter, Reagan and
Ford. Lakey is one of the only artists in history to be invited to paint inside of the Great Pyramid of Gaza. For additional information about the artist and photos of his work visit http://www.funerals-online.com/Lakey.htm

A benefit reception will be held on December 5 from 6-8 p.m. Mr. Lakey will be in attendance and he is donating an original work of art to be auctioned at the reception. Proceeds will benefit Community Research Initiative (CRI). CRI is an independent, non-profit agency headquartered in Brookline, MA that promotes the rapid study and approval of new HIV-related therapies. Attendance at the Saturday reception is by reservation only. The artist will also be available at a December 6 reception open to the public from 1-3 p.m.

Dyansen Gallery hours are Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. and Sun. 12-6 p.m.

11/13/98 - The Copley Society - 158 Newbury Street - 617-536-5049 -Through November 22

Jeffrey Robert Bye's invitational exhibition at the Copley Society marks his solo debut in Boston and continues the Society's tradition of introducing young, emerging artists. Bye received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has studied at the Graduate School of Figurative Art, NY. Bye, resident of Brooklyn, NY paints figurative subjects of friends and family members. These subjects add a layer of familiarity that goes below the surface as Bye probes the inner psyche while going
beyond facial and bodily movements.
The Society has mounted an exhibition of twenty-five portraits by artists registered in their Portrait Registry, which was established in 1996. The exhibition serves as a comprehensive guide to the different styles of portraiture as practiced by Copley Society artists who specialize in it. The individual styles vary, from the more formal portrait to a relaxed figure in sports attire to children at play. Among the participating artists are Kenneth Budd, George Hartley, Mark J. Hayden, Sharon Knettell, Paul Leville, Constance Flavell Pratt, Beth Rundquist, Patricia Verani, Charlotte Wharton and Richard
Whitney.

Kingdom Fine Arts Kayiga: Of Spirit and Technology - 173 Massachusetts Avenue - 617-266-1997
A one man retrospective by artist Kofi Kayiga, Jamaican born and Boston based (Associate professor, Massachusetts College of Art) will be featured at the Kingdom of Fines Arts Gallery through November 28th. Kayiga's intuitive, spiritual and vibrant paintings and drawings have been acclaimed in multiple reviews. He has been inspired not only by Caribbean culture but also by the folk, tale and music traditions of East Africa. This exhibit is one of over thirty that the artist has had in the U.S.A., Central America, England and Africa. There will be a Gallery Talk with Kayiga on Tuesday, November 17 from 7
to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

10/30/98 - French Prints from the Age of the Musketeers October 21, 1998 - January 10, 1999 Museum of Fine Arts
This interesting and expansive exhibit explores the printmaking activities in Paris during the reigns of Louis XIII to the early years of Louis XIV from 1610 to 1660. The seventeenth century was a fertile period of printmaking throughout Europe, from Rembrandt in Amsterdam to Jusepe Ribera in Italy. Some of the greatest French masters, such as Jacques Bellange and Callot, worked in the provinces, but by mid-century Paris emerged as the European Center for print making and print publishing. Publishers, booksellers, printers and street vendors sold prints.

Most prints in the exhibition were made by etching and engraving. This medium is called intaglio in which the image is incised with a pointed tool or bitten with acid into a metal plate. For several years, woodcut had been the predominant printmaking technique. Etching opened up printmaking to painters who could make an etching almost as easily as they could draw. The exhibit spans an amazing variety of subjects executed in a range of artistic styles, and the works are organized into scenes from daily life, current events, portraiture, architecture and landscapes, religion, allegory, ancient history and mythology. All types of everyday activities were documented by 17th century-French artists, including the royal family's daily regimen, a shoemaker and barber making house calls, and fashionably dressed men and women shopping at the Galerie du Palais.

The exhibit encompasses over 126 prints and not only explores printmaking techniques but gives us a historical view of a period in Europe when war, famine, political unrest, court intrigue and social instability reigned. This era was romanticized in Alexandre Dumas' novel, The Three Musketeers.

MFA Hours are Mon.-Tues. 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Wed. - Fri. 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. and Sat - Sun. 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $8 senior citizens and free for children 17 years and under. Located at 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. For information call 617-369-3448 or visit www.mfa.org.

10/16/98 - Massachusetts College of Art Celebrates Founder's Day November 13 and 14 617232-1555 ext. 233

Massachusetts College of Art located at 621 Huntington Ave., Boston commemorates its founding 125 years ago with a campus wide celebration. A wide range of events will be open to the public during November 13 and 14. Founder's Day commemorates the achievements of Walter Smith (1838-1888), the founder and first principal of Massachusetts Normal Art School now Massachusetts College of Art. Known as the Father of American Art Education, Walter Smith was a product of the British system of public art education, and a graduate, teacher and administrator at London's South Kensington School, now the Royal College of Art. Recruited in 1871, Smith built this country's first comprehensive system of public art education at the elementary, secondary and professional levels. Smith's vision, deeds and spirit enabled and influenced the development of art education across America.

Two-day celebration includes an open house, campus tours, lectures, exhibitions, open studios, workshops, demonstrations, professional development workshops and alumni events. Founder's Day address by Paul Bolin, historian on the Massachusetts Drawing Act of 1870 and the origins of Massachusetts College of Art will take place on November 13 at 12 noon on the 11th floor Tower Building.

Exhibits (open both days)

Workshops (11/14)

Lectures

There will be a cake cutting at 3:30 p.m. on 11/14 and a live performance by the Studio for Interrelated Media on 11/14 at 7 p.m.

10/2/98 - Camelot Gallery - 221 Newbury Street -617-424-1884 - Thomas Kinkade - "The Painter of Light"

Camelot Gallery a welcome newcomer to Newbury Street opened in June of this year. The gallery features the work of one artist exclusively. The artist isThomas Kinkade who is considered America's mostcollected living artist. People from all walks of life andfrom all around the world are collecting the work ofthis gifted and award winning artist. This phenomenon was witnessed at the appearance of Mr. Kinkade a this first East Coast appearance on September 13 at the Westin Copley. Over 1,000 people came to seehis paintings and to hear him eloquently speak to the mission of his art. Mr. Kinkade has won the hearts of
many with his art that expresses a powerful message of hope and peace.

Mr. Kinkade was an honored charter inductee to the Bradford International Hall of Fame. Other awards that Mr. Kinkade have won are Artist of the Year in 1994, Graphic Artist of the Year from the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. He has also received the 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 Collector Editions Award of Excellence. And Mr. Kinkade is the only American artist to receive two Founders Awards from the National Parks Academy for the Arts. To say the least, Mr. Kinkade at the age of 40 has carved an impression on the art world and will continue to do so with paintings whose originals are now commanding prices between $125,000 and $400,000.

Thomas Kinkade creates paintings that illume and inspire. Called "The Painter of Light" because of his masterful use of color and manipulation of light, Mr. Kinkade turns a bounty of subject matters into pleasurable and lasting memories. Besides the beauty of the work, cost is one reason why Mr. Kinkade's art is in demand. Limited edition lithographs create collectible canvas art that is within all art lovers' budgets.

Camelot Gallery features over 100 of Mr. Kinkade's limited edition canvas lithographs in Gallery Proof and Studio Proof editions. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays Noon to 6 p.m. Owned and operated by Jeanne and Stan Brown, this is their second Kinkade exclusive Gallery. The other gallery is located in Farmington, CT. The Brown's are dedicated to the Boston art scene and actively participated in Arts Boston '98 by contributing a Kinkade lithograph to the "EyeBall Gala" at the State House which brought the highest bid of the night.

9/18/98 - First Expressions Gallery - Lasting Impressions Exhibit - 81 Arlington Street - Boston, MA 021116 - 617-695-2808

First Expressions Gallery will feature a month long exhibition (September 8 - October 3), called Lasting Impressions to
celebrate its fifth anniversary as a non-profit student gallery. The exhibit contains work by fourteen distinguished alumni/ae.
The work was curated by Ann Belson, Director of the Federal Reserve Bank Gallery; Hilliard Goldfarb, Chief Curator of
Collections at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and Howard Yezerski, Owner of the Howard Yezerski Gallery.

Participating artists are Laura S. Bean, Robert Christian Bodem, Caroline DiNunzio, Philippa Edwards, Ian M Kennelly, Bick
Mee Lee, Leland, Denise Mickilowski, Eugenia Oganova, Lisa Osborn, Warner Pach, Nancy Popper, Natalie Warshawer
and Barbara Winslow. Sponsored by Art New England, the "Best of Show" was awarded to Lisa Osborn. Denise
Mickilowski received "Honorable Mention". Osborn's work consists of large ceramic sculptures that are primarily constructed
from wheel thrown and altered ring and press molds of human figures.

First Expressions Gallery was founded by Carmen D'Ambrosio in 1993 as an independent nonprofit gallery for students at art
schools and universities in the Boston Area. The purpose of the gallery is to give students an opportunity to experience another
aspect of being an artist and to offer the community student art for sale. Additionally the gallery donates a portion of proceeds
of any sale to pediatric AIDS programs and has donated over $30,000 to date.

To celebrate, the gallery will be having a formal gala reception on September 24. There will be a light reception at the gallery
from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. followed by a formal dinner at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel from 7:00 - 10:30 p.m. that will include
special guest speakers, with opening remarks by Bruce P. Rossley, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs,
distinguished honorees, announcement of Silent Auction bids and musical entertainment by Jazz 208. To bid on Silent Auction
items (artwork by featured artists, gift certificates from local businesses and cultural organizations, visit the gallery. For tickets
to formal reception call 617-695-2808.

Gallery Hours are 12 - 6 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery also runs a worthwhile program called ART from
the HEART for children in grade K-12. Area school children design greeting cards that are for sale at the gallery. Proceeds
benefit the participating students' school and the pediatric AIDS program. For additional information about the gallery visit
http://www.firstexpressions.org.

9/4/98 - Jason Berger at Judi Rotenberg Gallery, 130 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617-437-1518
According to Lois Katz in her book, The Paintings of Jason Berger, and in the words of Mr. Berger, "The idea of doing plein air landscape paintings was influenced by the landscapes painted from nature that I saw on Newbury Street…. My paintings today are a combination of what I saw on Newbury Street and what I learned from Modernism, Cubism, Fauvism, etcetera, and later the paintings of Constable." Jason Berger gloriously returns to Newbury Street in his first solo U.S. Exhibition at the Judi Rotenberg Gallery from September 13 to October 26. The Opening Reception is Sunday, September 13 from 2-5 p.m.

This exhibit which is expertly timed to coincide with the Boston Arts Festival '98 celebrates Boston's own master en plein air painter who graduated from the Art School of Fine Arts, Boston in 1949. Coincidentally, Mr. Berger received the Grand Prize at the 1955 Boston Arts Festival for his landscape entitled Boston Public Garden. At Roxbury Memorial High School, Mr. Berger met Jack Kramer and Reed Kay. After school, three days a week, these three friends immersed themselves in art by attending the Vocational Art Classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and subsequently all three went to the Museum School on scholarships.

Painting has been a life-long vocation for Mr. Berger who began painting at the age of thirteen and continues today at age 74. He has produced over 2,000 paintings that meld space and form with light and color in a passionate way. The upcoming exhibit will feature a wide selection of Mr. Berger's paintings including rarely seen studio paintings.

8/21/98 - Mac Keen Gallery, Fine Art Furniture, 173 Newbury Street, 617-262-0252 - Faces of Summer -July 23 - September 10. Art furniture is beautiful to behold and display. The exquisite furniture now on display at the Mac Keen Gallery is not only beautiful but also delightful. Judy Kramer's "Turquoise & Yellow Checkerboard Table" is emblazoned with expressions and feeling. This table is fun and decorative. It could evoke the finest of conversations. Numerous mosaics tables displayed by Ms. Kramer render an ancient medium in a fresh way.

Fine hand made furniture is a bold statement and the work of John Cameron is not only functional but also a work of art. Drawn to wood for its warmth and subtle variations of texture, color and patterns, Mr. Cameron creates lasting impressions in fine wood furniture.

Janice Regolsky uses barn wood and discarded lumber to create furniture with soul and history. Each piece is rendered through a creative process that combines painting with fine cabinetry. According to Janice, "The soul and history of wood in its knotholes, cracks, broken places and spaces are the traits that I try to enhance rather than subdue in the piece."

Other gallery artists include Taiya Barss, Rona Conti, Steven Edson, Matthew Healy and Jo Roessier. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

8/7/98 - Art Festival of Boston '98 - September 9 - 13
The second annual Arts Festival of Boston is a 5-day celebration showcasing Boston's dynamic world-class arts offerings. Beginning with theater performances on Wednesday, September 9 and concluding with "Art Newbury Street" on Sunday, September 13, the festival is a sensory smorgasbord composed of museum tours, art gallery exhibits, arts brunches, fashion shows, evening galas and receptions and outdoor musical performances. Festival highlights include:

The gallery tour and wine tasting will feature 20 Newbury Street galleries partnered with wine companies and restaurants for a special evening of exhibit tours, food samplings and wine tasting. Most of the galleries from last year will again participate including Judi Rotenberg Gallery which will partner with Sonsie, Gallery NAGA teamed with Kashmir and Michalopoulis featuring food from Anago.

The grand finale of Festival '98 is Art Newbury Street on September 13. The entire length of the street will be closed to automobiles for the city's most arts-focused block party. Galleries and stores will be welcoming the crowds and artists will be on hand to assist children at a Kid's Arts & Crafts Tent. There will also be a preview of Fashion Week with forty models led by exotic cars promenading to the Festival Main Stage.

Festival events are scheduled in a variety of locations and include free and ticketed attractions. For tickets call Festival hotline at 617-247-1717. Tickets may also be purchased through Millennium Events at 617-859-8500.

7/24/98 - Alianza, "Tea and Fantasy", 154 Newbury Street, Boston, July 3 – August 31, 617-262-2385.Alianza, a gallery for contemporary crafts, presents their annual exhibition of teapots in ceramic, glass and mixed media. Participating artists include Nancy Adams, Elaine Alt, Katya Apekina, Randy Au, Jerry Berta, Tammy Camarot, Robert Carlson, Paul Counts, Barry & Rosalind Hage, Diana Heisters, Madeline Kaczmarczyk, Julia Kirillova, Steven McGovney, Ed Risak and Beverly Saito.

Fantasy finds many forms of expression in this whimsical exploration of the sculptural teapot. Randy Au’s fanciful teapots (green gourd, pink grapefruit) are a harmonious blending of natural vegetable forms, intense coloration and lustre glazes. Russian artist Julia Kirillova’s "Russian Tea Ceremony" is a body of work based on the history and traditions of old Russia. Ms. Kirillova, who works in California, is joined by local artist Katya Apekina (also a recent Russian émigré) whose colorful teapots combine constructivist forms and romantic themes (e.g. "Tea in Venice"). The sensuous, delicately airbrushed teapots of Madeline Kaczmarczyk, some spouting bright streams of neon, contrast with the geometric, narrative forms of Diane Heisters, Jerry Berta’s light-hearted diner teapot that literally offers drink in juxtaposed against the elegant teapots of Beverly Saito. Glass artist Paul Counts explores the translucent possibilities of the teapot, while raku firing and intense surface coloration distinguish the work of Robert Carlson and Ed Risak. Nancy Adams’ intricately elaborated explorations of natural forms are shown with the Persian domed teapots of local artist Elaine Alt.

Gallery hours are Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12-5 p.m. For information call 617-262-2385.

7/10/98 - The Society of Arts and Crafts 1998 Artist Awards, at 175 Newbury St., Boston, (617) 266-1810. The Society of Arts and Crafts, founded in Boston in 1897, is the oldest non-profit craft organization in America. The Society’s mission is to support excellence in crafts by encouraging the creation, collection and conservation of the work of craft artists, and to educate and promote public appreciation of contemporary craft in all disciplines.

The Society announces their third Society of Arts and Crafts Artists Awards. The intent and criteria of the SAC Artist Awards is to encourage and help support Massachusetts artists who show a mastery of their medium and create original and creative contemporary crafts. The awards re funded by the Society of Arts and Crafts without media restrictions.

The artists selected to receive the 1998 awards are:

The jurors for the Artist awards were:

The winning artists’ recent work will be on display at SAC from July 9 – August 30 at 175 Newbury St., Boston. Gallery hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information call (617) 266-1810.

6/26/98 - Eva Demien - Photography Exhibit at Bodhi Café, 335 Newbury Street , 617-536-6977. For a delightful treat to your senses, stop by and see the photography exhibit showing at the Bodhi Café until July 5. Eva Demien delights us with a collection of her beautifully crafted photographs. This is her first US exhibit and one not to be missed. Eva’s style is technically superb with an artistic flair that feels warm and inviting. The exhibit features photographs taken in her native Hungary as well as some unusual scenes from Cape Cod. In the exhibit there are also some unique photograms, hand colored gelatin prints and classic selenium toned genre images. Eva’s photograph called " Shattered World", taken in Hungary, is a poignant window into another world.

Eva Demien has been exhibiting her photographs internationally since 1972, when she was one of the two artists representing her native Hungary at the prestigious Tokyo International Salon. Eva and her husband are owners of Black & White, Inc. a full service, fine art photo lab located at 334 Newbury Street. For information call (617) 266-2641.

 

6/12/98 - Art of the Doll, 39 Newbury Street, Suite 208, TEL: (617) 696-6666  - Mann Gallery has launched a web site at http://www.manngallery.com. Noted artists from varied disciplines (graphic arts, illustration, theatrical design, special FX, etc) are adding another dimension to their art at MANN GALLERY and creating a new art genre: Mixed Media Figurative Sculptures also known as Fine ART Dolls. Whatever you decide to call them: dressed sculptures, characters, fantasy figures, decorative accessories, fine art dolls or mixed media figurative sculptures, they are certainly contemporary and created by some of the best artists in the world using many different techniques and styles.

Nancie Mann has created this web site and has a diverse and interesting background: Improvisational comedy, character voices, radio producer/host, fire eater, modeling/acting teacher, broadcasting teacher, copy writer, published writer (Antiques and Collecting) and just about anything connected with theatre and the performing arts.

An award winning, detailed and educational site, MANN GALLERY is the only on line and full time operating gallery dedicated to introducing the artform in an interesting and informative way.

Gallery Hours: Wed. - Fri: 12 to 6 p.m., Sat: 12 to 5 p.m..

Mann Gallery will be having a MASSIVE moving sale over the spring and summer, from a minimum of 10% off anything up to 50% and 60. On sale: figurative items, fancy boxes from tiny to large, some unique jewelry items, a few small unusual evening handbags, Pillow People (famous authors and painters!) as well as decorative pillows and lots of wonderful gift items that are handcrafted and hard to come by.

 

5/29/98 - Dyansen Gallery, 132 ˝ Newbury Street, 617-262-4800. Twelve Year Old Art Prodigy Alexandra Nechita returns to Boston for a solo exhibition at Dyansen Gallery. The new show will feature an exceptional collection of her paintings, drawings and original hand-pulled lithographs. Working in the cubist mode of Picasso and Braque but with an emphasis on "magical symbolism," Hailed internationally for her extraordinary talent, brilliant color combinations and startling compositions, she has been described by art historian William Emboden as "an original, and originals are few and far between. Genius is not too big a word for her."

Last fall, Alexandra was selected as an inspirational honoree by the Nybreed Synergy of the Arts at Lincoln Center. Often referred to as The Olympic of the Arts, the presentation showcases a select group of artists, mentors and volunteers who have contributed to and encouraged artistic excellence. Alexandra was also honored to be presented to the Emperor and Empress of Japan last year when the Osaka Junior Chamber of Commerce named her one of the world’s most outstanding young people. And in December 1997, Alexandra participated in the live television special, "UNICEF: Gift of Song."

Events planned are:
June 5 (7-10 p.m.)– Collectors Private Preview to benefit YouthReach. Alexandra will conduct a private tour with students from YouthReach. Students will represent Art a la Carte of Federated Dorchester Neighborhood House, Inc., PAH Deaf Youth Theater of Wheelock Family Theater and City Teen Design Company of Artists for Humanity.
June 6 (6-9 p.m.)- Nechita’s Collectors Reception
June 7 (1-4 p.m.) Opening Celebration
Exhibition will run until July 6.

Dyansen Gallery is the exclusive national dealer for Alexandra Nechita and will host solo exhibitions this year in all major metropolitan locations. Boston gallery hours are Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. 12-6 p.m.

5/15/98 - The Judi Rotenberg Gallery of 130 Newbury Street, (617) 437-1518 has been a leader of the Newbury Street art scene for twenty-five years. Described by Ms. Rotenberg as "a gallery for people, who love color and expressiveness, " the space bursts with energy and bold composition. Along with her vibrant, full-palette paintings, the gallery features a core of ten artists including Charles Movalli and Marianna Pineda.

Of special interest is the upcoming display of "Harold Rotenberg at 92 – New Works" that will open with a reception on May 17 from 2-5 p.m. and run through June 6. Harold Rotenberg’s career as an artist spans over seven decades and several continents. An inveterate traveler, his work vibrantly captures the world in all its natural beauty – from Hong Kong to Israel. The essence of that life is the subject of an upcoming feature in the May issue of American Artist and will be on display in the new show.

An early student of the masters of The Boston School, Harold went on to evolve his own approach studying Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown, Emile Friez in Paris at the Grand Chaumiere, and later he found inspiration from the vibrant artists community of Rockport, MA where he still makes his home for part of the year.

Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday.

5/1/98 - Transforming Ordinary Rooms into Magical Places with Breathtaking Views - Vanishing Point, 69 Newbury Street617-236-0383 is a new decorative-art gallery that specializes in a unique line of MultibrushTM Italian trompe-l’oeil ("fools the eye") on canvas, created for the most elegant interiors. Through beautiful images crafted by the finest Italian artists, Vanishing Point will transform a dark hall into a porch overlooking the spectacular lake of Como, or a bare wall into a window opening on the Medici Gardens. A deep sense of esthetics, history, and nature all come into a perfect balance to provide the viewers with a peaceful surrounding that nurtures the spirit and the soul.

Traditionally, trompe-l’oeil was painted directly on walls. Prominent Europeans hired artists to paint murals to decorate the walls of their villas and palaces. Starting with the exquisite frescoes in the patrician houses of Pompeii and Eurculaneum (100-40 BC) of which the Villa of the Mysteries is one of the best examples, to the work of Giotto, with his Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Mantegna, with the Camera degli Sposi in Mantova (1461-1474), as well as Veronese and Tiepolo.

Today the need to disguise and transcend reality for magical views is even more in demand. Vanishing Point trompe-l’oeil can be easily applied directly to any surface. The canvas is conveniently removable and applicable to other locations. Suggested applications include private residences, corporate spaces, entrance hall, waiting rooms, conference rooms, porches, atriums and verandahs.

The canvas available at Vanishing Point are inspired by classic Italian villas and mansions overlooking gardens, lakes and coastal scenes. The tones are natural and the colors are neutral to best adapt to a diversity of elegant decorating styles. To see trompe-l’oeil, visit the gallery at 69 Newbury St. or visit http://www. trompeloeil.com.

4/17/98 - MIT Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, (617) –253-4400. Mirror Images: Women, Surrealism and Self-Representation  Three generations (1928-1996) of women Surrealist and Surrealist-influenced artists will be exhibited at the MIT Visual Arts Center from April 9 through June 18. Mirror Images will include almost 100 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures by twenty-two artists from North and Central America, Europe and Japan. The exhibit examines the remarkable contribution of Surrealist women of the 1930’s and 1940’s in creating unique, specifically female modes of self-representation and will explore the continued resonance of Surrealism in the work of contemporary women artists up to the present time.

During the 1930’s and 1940’s, women artists associated with the Surrealist movement produced a body of self-portraits that are unique in twentieth century modernism, and have no equivalent among the works of their male colleagues. Significant painted and photographic self-portraits were produced during this period by Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, Leonor Fini, Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning and Reedios Varo, among others.

Programs for this exhibit include: A symposium on Women Represent Themselves to be held on April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; A film series on April 29, May1 and May 8 at 7 p.m. and exhibition walk-throughs guided by the curatorial staff on April 18, May 9 and June 13 at 2 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public.

Mirror Images will travel to the Miami Art Museum from September 18, 1998 through November 29, 1998 and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from January 8 through April 20, 1999.

4/3/98 - Vose Galleries of 238 Newbury Street(617) 536-6176 - Boston is America's oldest family-owned gallery and is an importer and dealer in paintings. Vose Galleries announces a ground-breaking exhibition, Mary Bradish Titcomb and her Contemporaries:The Painters of Fenway Studios, 1905-1939. The exhibition will feature over thirty paintings by Titcomb and trace her collaborations with other women artists to gain acceptance and recognition for women in the artistic community.

The first exhibition ever to focus on the early Fenway Studios' artists will run from May 30 - July 31, 1998. Over fifty paintings will be on view by thirty of Titcomb's contemporaries and teachers, accompanied by a fifty-page catalogue containing original scholarly research. Opening night is May 30 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, with proceeds to benefit the Fenway Studios Building Renovation Fund.

The Fenway Studios

The Fenway Studios, at its inception, was the center of activity for painters of the venerable Boston School. It is one of the only buildings in the United States designed and built to artists' specifications that is still in use, housing forty-six artists. The building is currently endangered by the development of a massive complex over the Massachusetts turnpike, which would cut the north light so vital to its painters. The building is also in urgent need of costly structural repairs.

The artists of Fenway Studios will be celebrating the 93rd birthday of their historic building with a two-day house gala for patrons of the arts, students, neighbors, and the general public. The festivities will include refreshments, historic displays, art demonstrations and individual studio exhibitions. Open

3/20/97 - The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) announced the "Director’s Choice" Award from the Crafts at the Castle event to become part of their permanent collection of contemporary craft at the museum. Malcolm Rogers, Director of the MFA selected the "Ceremonial Vessel" by Massachusetts’s artist Hiroshi Nakayama.

Nakayama, a self taught potter, creates primarily non-traditional work. Born in Japan, he began to study pottery in Argentina in 1976. He creates wheel-thrown pieces and fires them with a glaze he has developed over fifteen years, giving his pieces a soft, warm, polished-stone appearance. The "Ceremonial Vessel" acquired by the museum is representative of his work: high-fire stoneware assembled from wheel—thrown and slab-built pieces with a multi-layer of wood ash glaze. This will be Nakayama’s first piece to enter a museum collection. His piece joins other famous works by ceramic artists such as Stephen Merritt, Wayne Higby, Peter Voulkus, Betty Woodman, Viola Frey and Bill Wyman.

The MFA is open Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. 9:45 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Current exhibits include A Grand Design: The Art of Victoria and Albert Museum through May 17; Images of Fashion through May 31 and Julia Margaret Cameron: Victorian Photographer though June 7. For information call (617) 267-9300.

Crafts at the Castle is the sole fundraising event of non-profit Family Service of Greater Boston, 34-1/2 Beacon St., Boston. All proceeds are used to fund programs that offer a wide range of preventive, clinical, educational, home health care and supportive services designed to maintain and strengthen home, family and community life. The 13th Annual Crafts at the Castle will take place on December 2-6, 1998. For information call (617) 523-6400 ext. 5508

3/6/98 -Dyansen Gallery, 132-A Newbury St., Boston. Andre Renoux, considered to be one of the most important living artists in France, will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Dyansen Gallery from April 26 through May 18. Renoux will attend a private reception to kick off the show on April 25 (advance reservations required).

Known as the father of the Urban Realist movement in France, Renoux has been documenting the streets of Paris for over thirty years. His art education includes studies at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Nice, and the Ecole Superieure des Arts Modernes, Paris. His art has been the subject of two monographs, numerous film documentaries, television broadcasts, catalogs and books.

Renoux's art captures an ambiance that is timeless. His images, similar to those of American realist Edward Hooper, have the powerful ability to project a feeling of emotion through the interplay of architecture, light and shadow. His paintings and graphic work are found in public and private collections worldwide, including that of Jacques Chirac, President of France.

Upcoming exhibitions at the Dyansen Gallery will include Alexandra Nechita (recognized as the first child prodigy in the history of visual art), Bruce Helander (Love Letters A-Z by the Master of Collage), neo-Pop artist Peter Max and New Age artist Andy Lakey, renowned for his tactile paintings and multi-dimensional constructions showcasing angel imagery.

Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. 617-262-4800

2/20/98 Pepper Gallery located at 38 Newbury St., Boston. The current exhibit at Pepper Gallery on Newbury Street is by well-known and celebrated artist Sidney Hurwitz. The exhibit is called American Steel and includes etchings depicting images of an industrial era. Hurwitz's hand-colored aquatints are composed of sheds, hoists, machinery, towers and buildings. His execution of these elements show eloquently how the patterns and geometry form the element. Sidney Hurwitz is a Professor of Art at Brandeis, the MFA and Boston University.

Sidney Hurwitz's work has been widely exhibited in the US and Europe, including solo exhibitions at the Mary Ryan Gallery in New York, the Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, DC and the Rising Tide Gallery in Provincetown. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Fulbright and Tiffany Foundation Fellowships. His work is included in prestigious public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

The Sidney Hurwitz exhibit runs through Feb. 28. The next exhibit at Pepper Gallery will be Landscape Paintings by Nancy Friese from March 6 to April 17.

Pepper Gallery - Member of BADA (Boston Area Dealers Association), 38 Newbury St, 4th Floor, Between Arlington and Berkeley Streets, Boston, MA 02116, (617) 236-4497Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5:30pm; open until 7pm first Thursday of month Sunday - Monday: closed. Also open by appointment.

2/6/98 - Comenos Fine Arts Gallery, located at 9 Newbury Street, offers collectors a comprehensive and wide selection, from Old Master artists of the 17th century to American Modernism of the 1940’s. The Comenos Fine Arts Gallery is also considered one of the leading galleries for 19th century American paintings. The focus of the gallery revolves around the Boston School of Painting (established in 1876 in association with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence). Artists from the school include J.J. Enneking (landscapes), J. Appleton Brown (landscapes), Ellen Day Hale (portraits), Isaac Caliga (portraits) and John Singer Sargent. Mr. Comenos also focuses on women artists from that period - Jane Peterson, Theresa Bernstein, Anna Tomlinson, Laura Coombs Hills, Anna Elizabeth Klumpke and Johanna Hailman. Also available is a large inventory of work by a myriad of American Impressionists, many of whom studied with their French counterparts. Examples include John Ireland Downes and William Samuel Horton, who worked alongside Claude Monet in Giverny. In fact, it was in Boston, in 1883, that America was first introduced to French Impressionism.

In business at this location for over twenty years, George Comenos, the gallery owner, provides clients with exclusive "art services" such as biographical information, photography, photographic comparatives, catalogue entries, provenance and exhibition histories and expert analysis. He has even designed a software program to support these services.

The gallery has also begun to actively handle prints, both European and American, as well as French Master drawings by artists such as Raoul Dufy, Henri Matisse, Henri de Fantin-Latour, Camille Pissaro and Andre Dumoyer de Segoneac. Some of these drawings are now on view in the gallery’s current exhibition, Woman Perceived: A Selection of Drawings.

For further information, visit the gallery web site at http://www.comenosfinearts.com
Or visit Comenos Fine Art Galleries, 9 Newbury Street (next to the Ritz Carlton)
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-6 - Sunday by Appointment

 

1/23/98 Creiger Dane Gallery 36 Newbury Street, 617-536-8088

The Creiger Dane Gallery, located at 36 Newbury Street, has been showing its unique mix of art and artists for four successful years. As a member of the Boston Art Dealers Association, Creiger Dane is committed to showcasing the innovative works of artists such as Miroslav Antic, Lou Gipetty, Nan Freeman, Sheila Gallagher, Karen Moss, Christine Vaillancourt and Sante Graziani. The gallery’s current exhibit, which runs through January 31, focuses on small works on paper. The collection, curated by Professor Wayne Anderson, features an eclectic mix of acrylics on paper, landscapes, still-lifes and abstract works. The next exhibit, which opens February 3, will shift the gallery’s focus to new paintings. The abstract paintings of artists Martin Mugar and Addison Parks will be showcased. An opening reception for this exhibit will be held Friday, February 6 from 6 - 8 pm.

The Creiger Dane Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm, or by appointment; it is closed on Mondays. For more information on the gallery, the exhibits, or any of the featured artists, call 617-536-8088.

1/9/98 Howard Yezerski Gallery  11 Newbury Street, 617-262-0550

The Howard Yezerski Gallery is located at 11 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. The Gallery features contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation by established and emerging artists. A recent exhibit at the gallery was "Paper Prayers" which are works of art offered for sale to benefit the Boston Pediatric and Family AIDS project. The Howard Yezerski Gallery was the first gallery to participate in the project. This year the project supported the Estate Project, which helps artists with AIDS, to document their work. To date over $120,000 has been raised locally by this event which has now spread to other American cities.

The current exhibition at the Howard Yezerski Gallery, which will run from January 9 through February 3, will feature Robert Colescott’s Works on Paper – Mr. Colescott uses narrative figuration to expose in a personal way, the ongoing racial inequality within American culture. No one has been more important as a role model for young African-American artists.

Also featured during this exhibit will be Dana Salvo - his exhibit is Communicants. Dana Salvo is an award-winning photographer from Gloucester, MA. Among Mr. Salvo’s accomplishments is a book of photographs and narratives, called Home Altars of Mexico.

Howard Yezerski Gallery Hours are: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5:30pm; first Thursday of the month until 7pm

Sunday-Monday: closed. For more information call: 617-262-0550

 

12/30/97 Arts and Crafts Society

In 1997 the Society of Arts and Crafts celebrated their 100th anniversary of dedication, education and nurturing of the American craft movement. The Society of Arts and Crafts is the oldest non-profit organization in the country. They have been in the forefront of the development, sales, recognition and education of crafts.

The Society’s founders wanted to create an atmosphere that encouraged higher standards in handcrafts. They instituted standards of excellence in design and techniques that continue to inspire the American arts and crafts movement.

Today’s Society promotes arts and crafts through a wide variety of programs. They mount 6-12 exhibitions each year, as well as sponsor a wide variety of lectures and symposia. The public has access to video and publication libraries and the Society maintains a furniture slide registry. An outreach program to Boston Public Schools and arts programming further promotes and educates.

The Society of Arts and Crafts has two locations where the work of contemporary artisans is for sale and where exhibits are on display: 175 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-266-1810 and 101 Arch Street, Boston, 617-345-0033. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Currently the Society is holding their Centennial Education Exhibition called Trends in Contemporary Craft Education. The exhibition focuses on the status of craft education in America and explores current trends in craft instruction. The exhibition features students, graduates and instructors from craft programs in the Northeast: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (glass), New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred (clay), North Bennett Street School (bookbinding), Rochester Institute of Technology (furniture) and Umass/Dartmouth (metals). The Newbury Street Gallery will feature the work of department heads and established alumni, and the Arch Street Gallery will showcase work by current students and recent graduates. The Newbury Street exhibition runs through January 4, 1998 and the Arch Street exhibition runs through January 2, 1998.

The next exhibit at the Society of Arts and Crafts will be the Centennial Fiber Exhibition, at the Newbury Street Gallery (January 24 – March 1, 1998). Featured at this exhibit will be work by established fiber artists from across the country. The Arch Street Gallery exhibit will be Emerging Artists – Fiber, featuring work by current students and recent alumni. The exhibit will run from January 13 – February 27, 1998.