We’ve introduced a number of new artists into the #WebsterArtProject at Webster & Company in the Boston Design Center this fall, in addition to new pieces by existing artists. Some are hanging, and some are en route. Here is a sampling; you can find a full listing of works here.
I am also thrilled to have been invited to the Montserrat College of ArtArtrageous!30 Auction, which is this Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Gloucester. Montserrat College of Art is an accredited art school in Beverly, Mass., on the North Shore.
There are 16 pieces in the live auction, including work by my friends Lee Essex Doyle and Tess Atkinson (who is part of the Webster Art Project I curate). I saw many of these artworks a few weeks ago on exhibit at NAGA Gallery on Newbury Street and they’re quite wonderful. You can check out my @stylecarrotcurates Instagram for some installation shots. They’re tagged #artrageous30.
The silent auction includes over 120 artworks, including abstracts, landscapes, photography, collage, sculpture, etc. My absolute favorite piece is She thought it was love but it turns out to be adult onset ADD by Marcia Hermann, below.
Throughout Artrageous!, Montserrat students and faculty will create artworks live while you watch. Questions are encouraged, and all works will be available to bid on as they are made. In addition, there are 200 raffle tickets on sale for $100 each. The winner gets to choose any item from the live or silent auction.
The pieces are all online, though to bid you either need to attend or contact Montserrat for a bidder proxy.All proceeds raised at Artrageous!30 help provide funding for financial aid for Montserrat students.
Here are my top 15 picks from the Montserrat College of Art Artrageous!30 Auction.
Bayview Lane, Amanda Hawkins
Acrylic and charcoal, 12”x24”, $500
If you like my ARTmonday posts you are likely a huge fan of the Jealous Curator blog by Danielle Krysa
Now a collection of work by East Coast artists who have all been featured on The Jealous Curator Cambridge are participating in Jealously Curated, an exhibition at Voltage Coffee & Art inKendall Square. The show starts today, November 23, 2015 and runs through January 22, 2016.
Here is a sampling of work by nine artists taking part in the East Coast edition of Jealously Curated.
Anna Jensen, I Feel Too Much Thy Blessing, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
Anna Jensen describes her paintings as psychological landscapes that combine references to art history, pop culture,, natural science, and personal chronicles.
Airco Caravan, Possession of a Deadly Weapon, 2012
Oil on canvas
Airco Caravano lives and works in Amsterdam and New York. This painting is part of a series called “Crime Scene” and depicts a room at the Delaware Riverview Motel where an employee discovered a murder victim.
Jenny Brown, Heavenly Organ Ink, pen, and found collage on paper
Boston-born artist Jenny Brown earned an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is currently based in Providence, Rhode Island.
Taliah Lempert Brooklyn-based artist Taliah Lempert studied at the New York Academy of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lempert combines her two passions: painting and cycling.
Zin Helena Song, Flat Polygon #2, 2015
Mixed media on wood
Korean-born, New York-based artist Zin Helena Song paints sharp-edged abstract wooden sculptures.
Jessica Brilli, False Start Quincy, Massachusetts-based artist Jessica Brilli is inspired by slides found at yard sales and in basements in New York and Massachusetts. She scours flea markets and antique shops for everyday objects.
Leah Giberson, Floral Pair, 2013
Acrylic over archival pigment print on panel
Leah Giberson was raised by artists deep in the woods of New Hampshire, but tends to depict scenes from suburbia. She earned a B.F.A. in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1997 and has lived in Boston ever since.
Jeremy Miranda Jeremy Miranda, who was born in Newport, Rhode Island and earned a B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art, paints out of his studio on the coast of New Hampshire.
Erin Fitzpatrick, Sarah, 2013
Oil on birch panel Baltimore native and graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art,Erin Fitzpatrick, began her current series of portraits in 2008.
The SMFA Art Sale 2015 opens to the public tomorrow morning. I attended the Medici Night party last night and had a great time browsing art and catching up with artists, acquaintances, and friends. With my new curation business underway, I was more conscientious about photographing not just the art but the signage as well. I missed a few, but for the most part am able to identify most of the pieces.
I stuck to a tighter budget this year, but came home with two pieces I love, which I can definitely classify as affordable artwork. Both are photographs by current SMFA students and I plan on hanging them together. I included one of them below. See if you can guess which one it is.
As always, proceeds from the SMFA Art Sale benefits student scholarships. There are pieces by established alumni, faculty, and also current students. The arrays on the walls change throughout the day, and you can always find more in the bins. Stop by this weekend; art makes way better holiday presents than cashmere sweaters.
SMA Art Sale 2015: Thursday, November 19 (10 am–8 pm)—opening celebration from 5–8 pm; Friday, November 20 (10 am–8 pm); Saturday, November 21 (10 am–8 pm); Sunday, November 22 (10 am–5 pm).
Bretta C. Walker
Lower left: Nancy Simonds | Right: Lee Essex Doyle
We’ve added seven more pieces to the installation I curated with Mr. Webster for his showroom, Webster & Company, at the Boston Design Center. All abstracts in shades of black, white, and grey, by artists with distinct styles.
The first four are by Betty Carroll Fuller, whose work I first saw on the Outer Cape. An art professor at Cape Cod Community College, Fuller’s work presents abstract forms, lines, and layers of color that are simple and spare, but not spartan. The next abstract painting is by Jen Kelly, a Hingham-based artist who studied art at Boston College and has a master’s in social work. Kelly paints abstracts and landscapes while combining the arts with social causes. The third is Jen Bradley, who my friend Stephanie Walker of Waitsfield, Vermont gallery Walker Contemporary brought to the mix. Bradley is a Boston-born artist who earned a B.F.A at MassArt and teaches at South Shore Art Center, paint, screen-printing, glazes, and drawing in her abstract works.
Webster & Company is hosting an opening this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6pm-8pm at the showroom at the Boston Design Center. Please let me know if you’d like to attend.
Betty Carroll Fuller, Family Reunion, 2012
Betty Carroll Fuller, Mean Girls, 2013
Betty Carroll Fuller, Summer, 2011
Betty Carroll Fuller, When Grey Clouds Turn Black, 2014
Jen Kelly, Music to My Ears
Jen Bradley, Paradise V
Jen Bradley, Paradise III
Works by all 21 artists now installed
at Webster & Company, Boston Design Center