Featuring “an accomplished group of professionals who are active practitioners of disciplines ranging from digital media, photography, drawing, painting and sculpture, to printmaking and artists’ books,” “SUMMA: Visual Arts Faculty 2018” features artwork created by full- and part-time faculty members of the visual arts department at the College of the Holy Cross, and will be on view through October 12 at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, 1 College St., Worcester, Massachusetts. Participating artists include Michael Beatty (associate professor and studio division head); Rachelle Beaudoin (lecturer); John Carney (studio supervisor); Matthew Gamber (assistant professor); Victor Pacheco (lecturer); professors Cristi Rinklin and Susan Schmidt; and Leslie Schomp (senior lecturer).
Gordon D. Chase’s “The Insanity of Violence,” which opens on September 4 and continues through through October 12 at the Carney Gallery at Regis College’s Fine Arts Center, 235 Wellesley St., Weston, Massachusetts, is an exhibition of large charcoal drawings and free-standing cut-out sculptures. “These provocative pieces explore the psychology of violence by calling attention to the destructive nature of human actions that range from basic anger to the use of nuclear weapons,” explained Chase, who hopes his work causes viewers to examine and question the reasoning behind their personal views on events of the day and the way they react to them. “Why do we do so many of the things that we do? What is our responsibility as bystanders? Can each witness be a messenger when it comes to the targeting of the “Other”?”
“Thriving Spaces: Street Art Meets Glass” brings together glass artists from Vermont and graffiti artists whose “street art pieces are large-scale and bold” in an exhibition that will span the sculpture garden, galleries and museum of the Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 SVAC Drive, Manchester, Vermont from September 8 through October 14. This “explosion of creativity, color and light … creates synergy between two mediums through a shared theme of nature” and features Ecuador-born Lady Pink, New York street artists Ezo, Magda Love and Wane COD, Vermont-based Katie Runde and Christian Mendoza, LMNOPI, Rowan Renee (a.k.a. Imminent Disaster), Gabriel Specter and Queen Andrea. Their work will join Vermont Glass Guild’s Alissa Faber, Chris Sherwin, David and Melanie Leppla, Dominique Caissie, Jen Violette, Jim Jackson, Jordana Korsen, Josh Simpson, Lucy Bergamini, Matt Seasholtz, Randi Solin, Robert DuGrenier and Zachary Grace in an exhibition that suggests new directions for two exciting genres.
Berta Walker Gallery, 208 Bradford St., Provincetown, Massachusetts, is showcasing recent abstract format paintings by Joseph Diggs through September 23. “Since it is the gallery’s policy of presenting Provincetown art colony artists from the early 1900s to the present, Joe lived and worked too far Up-Cape” until 2015 when he became affiliated with the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown through its MFA graduate program,” said gallery owner Walker. “When I was finally able to visit his studio in Osterville two winters ago, I immediately connected to his paintings. They are unique and totally his own, revealing vulnerability and truth, through luscious movement of the paint.” Diggs’ paintings, through which he said he aims, “to invoke thoughts and emotions that will take the viewer on a visual journey,” are joined by paintings and hand-painted paper works by Herman Maril, constructions by Jim Peters and paintings by Sky Power.