Letter to the Editor

Sent to the Boston Globe this morning (to do likewise, visit our Facebook page for details)

Dear Mr. McGregory and Ms. Ostriker,

It is my understanding that the arts coverage in the Globe is decreasing.

I am writing to you from suburban Lexington’s Council for the Arts with some concern.  We are a town committee seeking to promote the arts.  We have been working very hard to bring art to residents and to make them aware of all that is happening around them.
The arts bring to us inspiration – both as artists creating, and patrons enjoying.  Likewise it helps bring our youth opportunities in so many areas of growth, the least of which is developing their creativity.  And it is creativity that helps us grow our society in ways beyond the arts as well, such as through the sciences and humanities.
Prior to being part of this group two years ago, I was unaware of this Council and all the arts happening in Lexington and beyond.  While this is in part my own doing, it also speaks to how we promote the arts.  And doing less, is just a depressing trajectory.
At a time when there is so much fear in our world, I would hope that your coverage of the arts builds rather than decreases and that you help reset the balance of our news coverage.
With kind regards,
Cristina Burwell,
Chairperson, Lexington Council for the Arts

The Giving Tree

Remember that big tree recently cut down on the Visitors’ Center lawn?  
Anyone interested in acquiring wood from the large tree recently cut down from outside the Lexington Visitors’ Center can do so.  The tree was between 100 and 200 years old. The tree came to Lexington from Boston as a small sapling in a bucket. It grew unnoticed on the Merriam Estate surrounded by other magnificent tress such as the American Chestnut. Over the years the tree survived hurricanes, ice storms and bug infestations to outlast the other trees and become the grand tree to stand before our Visitors Center.
Alas, it eventually took a turn for the worse itself, but like the Giving Tree, it can live on.
The tree is beech wood, and was cut on April 11th.
 
Interested individuals can contact June Baer, Tourism Advisor with the Town of Lexington Visitors Center: jbaer@lexingtonma.gov 
In your email, please note:
How much would you are interested in
What you plan to do with the wood (generally)
When you can pick it up
If you are willing to share some of your work with this wood with the Visitors’ Center (proceeds will be used to help fund needed upgrades to the building)

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.

http://tridentbookscafe.com/

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.

Lex Ctr Art Walk

IMG_8964In 2008, the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society teamed up with the Munroe Center for the Arts to create an art walk in Lexington’s center.  This event evolved into Lexington’s Open Studios that happens annually in the springtime.  This November the art walk will be brought back to life to breathe some vibrancy into town through the collaboration of volunteers from Lexington’s Center Alliance, Arts Council, Open Studios, and Arts & Crafts Society.  

For two weeks, from November 10-28, a number of banks and real estate agencies will be opening up their doors, windows and walls to display the work of local artists. Maps of these gallery spaces will be availablein the Commons Room of Cary Library, and on the ArtCouncil’s website. 

On Friday, November 13 from 5-9pm (in conjunction with the Lexington Retailer’s late-night shopping week November 12-15) many of these merchants will be holding receptions with artists on hand.  

The event is free and open to the public.  Artwork will be for sale directly from the artists.