The annual “Arts in Bloom” exhibition at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) has been one of its landmark events since its debut in 2005. For its “18th Annual Arts in Bloom” exhibition, HCA asked Kaveh Mojtabai, Artscope Magazine’s Founder and Publisher, to serve as its juror. Entrants were asked to follow the theme of “shift” — “a slight change in position, direction or tendency” in submitting hanging 2D media and freestanding 3D artwork, while encouraging them to think beyond depicting only floral plants in their pieces.
“We are constantly in transactions with beauty; experiment with techniques, colors, design and subject matter,” Mojtabai said, in explaining what he was looking for in reviewing the works for an exhibition in a facility that not only features a gallery, but a performance art space for dance, theater, spoken word and film, along with classrooms for a variety of artistic forms. “Let’s thrive in every language and interpretation of ‘Art in Bloom.’”
It was that kind of mix that Sarah Alexander, HCA’s Director of Visual Arts, was hoping for. “I love the process of combining or cross- pollinating worlds like gardening, art, music, drama and dance with the art gallery,” she said. “It builds a stronger community of creativity and acts as a visual communication tool in the community.”
Approximately 200 works from 140 artists were submitted for Mojtabai’s consideration.