Lexington Artist Emily Passman exhibiting on Newbury St. at Trident Cafe

Stop in to Trident between now and December 28th to view a selection of Emily Passman’s beautiful work.

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Emily is an expressive painter with works that exude an immediacy and freshness in brushstroke. She works from observation, both in the studio and “en plein air,” and says this: “I am less inspired by a ‘pretty picture,’ and more with making a statement with paint, preferring a mundane or grungy scene as a vehicle to get paint onto a canvas.”  Her work is in galleries in New England and in private collections internationally.  After earning a fine arts degree and an M.ED, she had a successful career as a teacher and graphic designer. She teaches individuals and small groups in her barn-studio, and at various venues including Concord Art. Her memberships include Rockport Art Association as an artist member, and Lexington Council for the Arts, where she is working to create a vibrant arts community.  Emily is also exhibiting reproductions of ink drawings from pages of her sketchbooks.

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LET’S KICK IT: THE COORAIN CALENDAR 2016 KICKSTARTER

OVERVIEW
reposted from FluxBoston

“Artist To Release Extravagant Calendar – This January something with a little more glitter will be adorning office cubicles and kitchen nooks- a stunning calendar, produced by a team of 16 artists. Coorain, a video and performance artist who is portrayed in every image, views the project as a collaboration of the finest art. Each artist was given creative control, “although I gave them plenty of ideas, I chose strong, interesting artists with their own vision.” This collaborative process is a thread that runs through much of Coorain’s work- they host a talk show on local community cable stations and the internet that features artists, musicians, and other cultural producers. “I think I freaked some people out by making a television show as artwork, but it’s been successful in ways I never expected.”

The roster of included artists includes Boston-based heavyweights, like Sandrine Schaefer, who just completed a summer-long exhibition at the ICA and current Brother Thomas Fellow, Caleb Cole, a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and Zoe Perry-Wood, an internationally exhibited contemporary art from Lexington, MA., along with a few relatively unknown artists, like Risa Horn and Joyce Taihei, a recent MassArt graduate whose lush images are dark, yet colorful. “Taihei is so great,” says Coorain, “She uses long-exposures to capture rainbows that the human eye can’t see.” Revealing what can’t or isn’t typically seen is also a big reason Coorain is making this calendar. As much as a few of these artists have begun to make a name for themselves, most are working second or third jobs to support themselves. Any profits Coorain receives will be shared equally with all the artists, many of which land on the LGBT spectrum. “We’re in a cultural moment where people talk big about tolerance and acceptance, but when I look at mainstream culture, gender is heavily policed. I want people to see there are more options.”

The calendar, which is available for pre-order UNTIL DEC. 7 AT 5PM here, is both a political and aesthetic object. “It isn’t often that queer individuals are able to control their own image and I’m so excited to see myself, as someone with an atypical gender, reflected in something so everyday, so normal as a calendar.” Sharing earnings isn’t the only way Coorain is trying to make this a socially-responsible project- it’s also being printed locally, at a print house that specializes in environmentally friendly materials.”

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Caleb Cole

Robert L. Chamberlin

DEAD ART STAR

Matt Gamber

Brian Christopher Glaser

Risa Horn

Amiko Li 

Geena Matuson

Zoe Perry-Wood

Laura Beth Reese

Dayna Rochell

Sandrine Schaefer

Joyce Taihei

Nabeela Vega

Xtina Wang

 

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We have until 5PM EST, on Monday December 7th (aka tomorrow) to kick it!

So, be sure to pick up a 2016 Coorain Calendar HERE.

Two Lexington Artists in Cambridge Art Association’s 2014 Artists of the Year Exhibition

Public Reception October 8, 6-8

Jeanine Sobell-Pastore & Zoe Perry-Wood

Two Lexington artists exhibiting at Cambridge Art Association’s 2014 Artists of the Year small group show.

This exhibition is a testament to the energy and diversity, which I sought to reflect when awarding prizes. Abstraction, representation, beauty, humor, printmaking, painting, and photography can all be seen among them. ”  Juror Al Miner,  Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In the Fall of 2014, Al Miner chose 5 pieces of art from hundreds of submissions for the Cambridge Art Association’s 2014 Members Prize Show.  The five artists chosen by Miner were given awards and the promise of a small group show in 2015.  This exhibition is the culmination of Al Miner’s curation coming together one year later.

Lexington artists, Jeanine Sobell-Pastore and Zoe Perry-Wood are among the five artists. Lexington residents may also take interest that Perry-Wood’s work is represented by eight images from her portrait series of the Lexington resident and art patron, the late Elsa O. Sullivan.

Join the artists October 8 from 6-8 for a reception at 25 Lowell St. Cambridge.

GALLERY BLINK opens in Lexington

Historic Home Hosts Pop-Up Art Gallery

blink logoThe grand opening and reception for “Connections”
Friday, Oct 16th from 5 – 9pm
1963 Massachusetts Ave. Lexington.

Lexington, Mass.—What do you get when you cross a pop-up art show with an art gallery?  In Lexington Center, the answer is gallery blink, a new art space in a 150-year-old home near the Battle Green. The gallery will open its doors on October 15, 2015 with its premier exhibit called “Connections” featuring works by Gillian Ross, Emily Passman and Joan Garcia. True to the concept of a pop-up venue, the exhibit will be open for only four days, followed by private viewing times until the end of the month.  Then the gallery will morph back into a private home again until the next show.

Gillian Ross is the creative force behind gallery blink. She and her husband John decided to open gallery blink in their yellow Victorian home at 1963 Massachusetts Avenue.  The gallery will display an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary artwork on two floors of the home including the large foyer, living room, library, dining room, a double bridal staircase and upstairs hall.

Both 2D and 3D art will be featured at gallery blink.  Ross anticipates original paintings in watercolor, oil and acrylic as well as encaustic art, pastels, drawings, fiber arts, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and photography.

Ross has extensive experience curating art exhibitions.  For the past six years, she has been Gallery Director of Grace Chapel’s Art Gallery in Lexington, a role in which she will continue to serve.  A printmaker and painter, Ross was also an artist member of Depot Square Gallery, which operated a gallery in Lexington Center for 28 years.

“We have this beautiful space and have always thought it would make the perfect setting for a gallery. Viewing art in a private home means that visitors can see art above the fireplace or next to a table.  This might help them better imagine the art in their own home or office, regardless of their architectural style because this is such a warm, inviting space,” explained Ross.

Despite the grandeur of the home, Ross plans to set a more relaxed tone in gallery blink.  “Shopping for art can be an intimidating experience.  We want to change that by creating a very welcoming environment for visitors and by offering original artwork at a variety of price points.”

The first show at gallery blink, “Connections,” will be open for four days beginning October 15, 2015.  There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 5-9 pm. “Connections” will display art in groupings that ‘talk’ to each other.  Art will also connect visually and thematically to the space in which it is displayed.  “Don’t blink…. or you’ll miss it!”

For further information, contact Gallery Blink at :
email  ::  info@galleryblink.co
tel  ::  781-698-9994
1963 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421
Website : www.galleryblink.com

Lexington artist featured in the National Portrait Gallery in London

Kaitlyn, from the BAGLY Prom Series

Kaitlyn, from the BAGLY Prom Series ~ Zoe Perry-Wood

America is a land of diversity in  race, profession, culture and more and more the public discussion turns to the diversity in gender and gender relationships. Lexington resident, Zoe Perry-Wood, uses stirring photos to bring to light the alternative lifestyles of LGBT youth.  Zoe says that “Change is happening more quickly then ever before regarding issues such as same-sex marriage, trans rights”. As a testament to this, Zoe’s work celebrating LGBT youths is being honored by the acclaimed National Portrait Gallery in London, England. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize show runs until February 22nd and will then travel Europe.

The piece being shown, Kaitlyn, is from Zoe’s BAGLY Prom series which photographed LGBT youth. It pictures an austere member of the LGBT community clothed in a red dress. Photographed at a prom, the feminine body, tan lines, jewelry, tattoo, and piercings reflect the real person pictured. She is no statistic or oddity, she is an individual who simply wanted her picture taken at prom. Which Zoe was happy to help her out with.

More of Zoe’s work can be found at http://www.zoeperrywood.com/