On the evening of April 14, a large water main break in Boston’s South End flooded a huge part of the neighborhood, turning parking lots and the basement galleries at 460 Harrison Ave. into swimming pools. This week, Galatea Fine Art will reopen for the first time since that night with “Light from Above: Emerging Out of Isolation,” a two-month, 38 artists, exhibition that will run through October 31. A limited occupancy, social distancing and mask wearing, opening reception takes place this Friday, September 4 from 6-8 p.m. Current normal gallery hours will be Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. and by appointment. In gathering information for our September/October 2020 issue, managing editor Brian Goslow asked Galatea director Marjorie Kaye to share her thoughts on finally returning to the gallery, the work in the show and which art pieces initially grabbed her … [Read more...] about GALATEA FINE ART’S GRAND RETURN: LIGHT FROM ABOVE: EMERGING OUT OF ISOLATION
Hera Gallery’s “Silent Presence” exhibition opened on June 10 with limited hours. In this exhibition, which physically closed on August 1, four women artists used photography, sculptures and paintings to reflect upon the human perspectives of the man-made and natural world around us. You can see the entire exhibition online at https://www.heragallery.org/silent-presence. The title of the exhibit appears to be a nod towards the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has changed our lifestyles. In putting together the show, Molly Kaderka, Viera Levitt, Elizabeth Lind and Roberta Richman became familiar with each other’s work and found the common thread of nature’s presence within each other’s pieces. Painter Kaderka’s work in the exhibit expresses the theme of how humans relate to the natural world and find meaning and connection with it. Growing up in the Catholic Church surrounded by … [Read more...] about SILENT PRESENCE AT HERA GALLERY
For artists, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic presented twin problems: how to show work, and how to sell it. The former was, to a degree, out of their hands. Galleries have been sorting out the conundrum through online exhibitions — juried and not — along with expanding their presence on social media and their own websites. As restrictions have eased, galleries have worked out safety restrictions and socially distanced exhibits. But the selling problem still remains, and the problem is persisting, even as the world opens up more and more. Paul Pedulla is a painter based in Massachusetts. His primary medium is acrylic on canvas, and his work has been sold internationally. Pedulla’s paintings often depict coastal settings in a minimalist style; ever-present in the majority of his works is a transfixing blue, assigned to sea and sky, with a depth so imposing that one feels able to … [Read more...] about GOING FORWARD: PEDULLA AND DEVRIES ADAPT TO CHANGING ART MARKET
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, galleries and cultural institutions found themselves migrating online. The transition to virtual has been a mixed bag: some galleries made the move smoothly, while others have struggled. Many have upped their social media presence and outfitted their websites with new, interactive features. We have watched an entire industry expand beyond brick-and-mortar frantically, out of necessity. Michael Rose, the current gallery manager at Providence Art Club, found himself ahead of the virtual curve. “In the fall of 2019, I think I realized in earnest that in addition to my blog and other assets included on my freelance advising and appraisal website, I could use my platform to create virtual exhibitions.” As an appraiser and art historian, along with his work at the Art Club, Rose was in a unique position, “Because my day job is managing the … [Read more...] about WILL VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS REMAIN ONLINE WHEN GALLERIES REOPEN?
It can be difficult visiting familiar locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Well-trodden streets are empty — major avenues, such as Commonwealth Avenue here in Boston, have limited auto traffic to allow more pedestrian and bike access. Local shops and restaurants are running on curb pick-up only, and galleries are just beginning to work out appointment only viewings — all dependent on space and safety. But all over, dotting businesses, apartment windows and sometimes stapled to telephone-poles are handmade hearts. Some are painted on wood. Others made of paper in a style most of us learned in kindergarten. It is a strange, albeit uplifting, sight. The phenomenon is a show of support for essential workers — the nurses, doctors, grocery store staff, MBTA drivers, postal workers, paramedics and others — who have kept daily life running as close to normal as possible during the … [Read more...] about THE HEARTS FOR HEALTHCARE AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS PROJECT
The revolution will be televised and it has begun, with apologies to Gil Scott-Heron who thought it wouldn’t be, although it was also, as he wrote, live. We are changing society for the better, and creatives who can imagine a better present and future, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and staggering unemployment amid a catastrophic economic depression are leading it. The video of George Floyd’s murder makes clear what happened. It cannot be denied nor termed fake news. Video is art, the documentary presents the raw and despicable manner in which his breath was slowly eked out of him. We all watched in horror and reacted, marching, peacefully demonstrating with signs, artfully composed to reflect the rapid reaction to this killing, with letters and torn cardboard signs as rough as the murder itself. As the White House perimeter was extended for the President to walk to St. … [Read more...] about EDITORIAL: LIVE FROM WASHINGTON: THE REVOLUTION WAS TELEVISED