“Migration: A Curated Fiber Arts Exhibition” runs from January 10 through February 28 at the Umbrella Community Arts Center, 40 Stow St., Concord, Massachusetts. The show, curated by the Umbrella Visual Arts Program who invited artists from diverse contemporary and craft traditions, will “contemplate ‘migrations’ within shifting and fluid ways of being and defining our own cultural, gendered and embodied identities.” Featuring handcrafted objects, interactive installations, talks and performances by Louise Berliner, Nayda A. Cuevas, Jodi Colella, Merrill Comeau, Nancy Crasco, Alexander Davis, Tica de Moor, Jeanne Flanagan (Mad Weave Creations), Janet Kawada, Donna Rhae Marder, Valerie Maser- Flanagan, Lois Russell, Joyce Utting Schutter, Adrienne Sloane, Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth Quilt Guild and Ngoc-Tran Vu (Made Elsewhere), the exhibition “will pull together a collection of objects that store and carry, those that inscribe personal and family histories and traditions of place and new narratives on migration as journey.”
Founded by Gina Valenti from Argentina, the 16th edition of the 404 International Festival of Art & Technology, that unites art with technology in an environment where artists can engage with community, takes place from January 22 through March 5 at UMass Lowell’s University Gallery, Mahoney Hall, 870 Broadway St., Lowell, Massachusetts. Artists from Taiwan, Korea, Canada, Argentina and the U.S. will present innovative new works of art that include “a robot that reads the Twitter feed, interactive surveillance technology, a virtual reality tour of a Chinese monastery in imminent danger of urban renewal, electronic music compositions, a video mirror that captures and playfully transforms viewer into subject, and other collaborative and interactive projects.”
More than 600 artists submitted work for consideration for the 20th Mainewide Biennial exhibition that’s on view through March 3 at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. “This year’s Biennial is a really lively snapshot of art making in Maine today, showcasing a wide variety of work in all mediums including strong examples of painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, installations and video work,” noted CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. Juror Kate Green said the show reflects the seas, wilderness and craft, elements that make Maine unique.
Featuring contemporary art by emerging and established artists, stART Space, 263 Depot St., Manchester Center, in southwestern Vermont in the Green Mountain National Forest region, is currently presenting “Positive, Negative and Intertwining Spaces.” The show, which reveals “the various ways each artist considers, molds and interprets the space around them and purposefully captures an idea or feeling using the materials and tools at their disposal,” runs through March 30. The gallery aims to be a place for emerging and established collectors to start building an art collection or to expand an existing one with prices ranging from under $100 to over $20,000.