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Photo Credit: Alexander Lenz, “FIGMENT Boston 2010.”

Free, Creative, Interactive. The FIGMENT Festival is coming to Boston.

Describing the FIGMENT festival, Brad Cohen of Arts and Architecture writes “Everything is meant to be played with.” Join artscope’s Barbara Bausch at the FIGMENT Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway for an exciting, creative and interactive experience…

A Ball of Wax found in Provincetown gallery Windows this weekend

The International Encaustic Conference Hits Provincetown

The motto of this year’s Sixth International Encaustic Conference is “All Waxing, No Waning” and from the sound of things, there will be no waning at this year’s conference.

David Golber, VM '98 Hardanger Fiddle

David Golber, VM '98 Hardanger Fiddle

Back to Basics at North Bennet Street School

I have to admit something. Kindles/Reading tablets and their ilk frighten me. I know, one day I will probably have to use one, since book stores are closing left and right, but there is something precious about holding a book in your hands. The feel, the smell, wondering who has read the book before you, or, if you’re so lucky to have a first edition think about the history of that particular book and where it comes from. That is why I find the non-profit North Bennet Street School so fascinating.

Cornered: Interview with Marilyn Kalish of The Vault Gallery (Part Two)

The “cornered” feature in the May/June 2012 issue of artscope features J. Fatima Martins’ interview with Marilyn Kalish, owner of The Vault Gallery in Great Barrington, Mass. Space restrictions didn’t allow us to run the full interview in the issue so we’re sharing the portion that didn’t make it into the magazine here.

101 Photos for Press Freedom

101 Photos for Press Freedom

Exculsive artscope interview with Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak

The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is hosting “101 Photographs for Freedom of the Press: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Reporters Without Borders,” an exhibition of works by over 60 MAGNUM photographers to support the worldwide initiatives of Reporters Without Borders in defense of freedom of the press from March 21 through April 22 at the main gallery at Lesley University, 700 Beacon Street, Boston.

One of those participating photographers, Thomas Dworzak, who joined Magnum Photos in 2000 and became a full member of the organization in 2004, conducted an email interview with artscope managing editor, Brian Goslow.

Ben Silva at the MassArt Garden Lab

Ben Silva at the MassArt Garden Lab

My MisAdventure at the MassArt Garden Lab

Here I was, sipping a shot of wheatgrass in Brant Gallery of the Garden Lab Project at the Mass College of Art and Design. It was a giddy group and motley as today’s students, even teachers, will be. But if it lacked the decorum of dinner jackets and white tie, at least, I consoled myself, with the belief it bristled with integrity.

Brook Gruber, "Albert."

Brook Gruber, "Albert."

Eighth Annual Juried Colleges of Worcester Consortium Art Exhibit at ARTSWorcester

In the early days of February, the ARTSWorcester gallery in downtown Worcester opened its doors to the Eighth Annual Juried Colleges of Worcester Consortium Art Exhibit. This show is a unique blend of paint, sculpture and photography by a number of young artists studying at schools around the city.

A previous Providence Show Piece by Juan Pablo Bianco of the North Bennet Street School

Karla Little’s Not-So-Little Fine Furnishings Show

There’s something missing from your living space. Perhaps your tired of the sectional sofa in your living room, you’ve always hated that chair that your significant other inherited from their great-grandmother or the feng shui just isn’t doing it for you.

Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein.

Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein.

Artists use the tools of business to meet the market challenges of the economic slump

Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein are building a market for their work despite the slow economy. They are proving that they can succeed in the creative market by applying the tried and true methods of commercial enterprise: build name recognition, seek clients outside the familiar gallery setting, keep the attention of their established collector base, look for overseas opportunities, and encourage brand loyalty.

Evening exterior of the new Special Exhibition Gallery in the new wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Photography © Nic Lehoux / Renzo Piano Building Workshop).

Inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s New Wing

The press day for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s was a whirl of personalities, expectation, art, architecture and commercialism. For me, the star personality was the Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano. He charmed everyone with his eloquence and humility as he stood in the middle of the new, sleek music hall and thanked all the people who contributed to its final design from the acoustics expert to the director of musical programming, to the board.