After a year of corresponding with art consultant Beth Kantrowitz, I met her in Provincetown when she did a pop-up gallery the summer before last. I was instantly attracted to her enthusiasm, not to mention her taste in art. She and Kathleen O’Hara of Watertown, Massachusetts gallery Drive-by Projects recently introduced the Drive-by Store where you can by works from emerging and mid-career artists online. Here are some of the offerings which you can also see @drive_by_projects.
Drive-by Projects, 81 Spring Street, Watertown, Massachusetts, 617-835-8255, by appointment.
Boston area artists Kathryn Geismar and Alexandra Sheldon delve into curating with a show called Give and Take, up now at the Cambridge Art Association and online. The exhibit features artwork by Geismar and Sheldon, as well as local artists Deborah Baskin, Margaret Scoppa, and Kim Triedman.
Here is an excerpt from Geismar’s thoughts behind the exhibition:
Collage is about sticking things together. It is also about taking things apart. Paint over, tear off, nail on: this is the give and the take.
We are five artists who find a fascination in the poetic energy of things: Colors, old surfaces, blocks of wood, expired books, rusty objects, painted newsprint, discarded ephemera. Stories are suggested and found in the meeting place where objects come together and find a new community and identity. There is a huge respect for the serendipitous and the synergy of meeting the materials in the middle.
Artists are often scavengers but collage artists are even more so. Old newspapers and packaging, tossed out window frames and disparate planks of wood on a curb become our treasures. They speak to us and invite us to collaborate. What is discarded and the overlooked by many is more than a fascination; for us it is rich and evocative source material.
Kathryn Geismar, A Delicate Balance
Deborah Baskin, You and Me
Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 5
Kim Triedman, You Show Me Yours
Kathryn Geismar, Night Forest
Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 7
Margaret Choppa, Chock a Block
Deborah Baskin, An Evening Chat
Like all shows of the Covid era, there will be virtual opening reception on ZOOM; this Friday, April 9, 6:30-7:30 pm. Register here.
There’s also a fun interactive ZOOM workshop, Give and Take In Action: Making Collages from Scratch; this Saturday, April 10, 10-11am. Register here.
Give and Take
April 1 – 30, 2021 Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Association
25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Her work is in an exhibit in Danville, near San Francisco, called Color Play at The Town of Danville Art Gallery through April 15, 2017. Color Play features work by five abstract artists who work in gorgeous color, some vibrant, some more subdued: Ellen Levine Dodd, Karen Olsen-Dunn, Sharon Paster, Elise Morris, and Julia Rymer. They’re all fitting for this glorious spring day!
The Montserrat School of ArtArtrageous!31 auction is this Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. I’m sad that I’ll miss it this year, but I’ve studied the catalog front to back and again. There are some great pieces, many at great prices, and the proceeds benefit kids who could really use the help.
The party is a lot of fun, with a silent and live auctions as well as student artists painting in the moment. You can purchase the $250 tickets to Artrageous! Montserrat School of Art Auction or one of the 200 $100 raffle tickets here.
Here’s a sampling of pieces that caught my eye from the silent auction offerings.
Barbara Leiner, Sweet Bunny, Oil on canvas, 48 x 50 inches Flowers by Winston Flowers, Boston
This is a shot from the opening of the Webster Art Project exhibition last week. It is the second collection that I have collaborated on with David Webster of the Webster & Company showroom at the Boston Design Center. I source artwork from New England artists and Mr. Webster, along with his visual design director, Jonathan Giacoletto, choose the specific pieces and where to hang them.
For the opening party Mr. Webster commissioned Winston Flowers to create an arrangement to work with this abstract painting, “Sweet Bunny” by Boston artist Barbara Leiner. The pairing is perfection. (I believe the painting is still available; if interested please get in touch; it’s a beauty.)