Changing each day, and sometimes each hour, the art world has been digitally revolutionized as discoveries are made and challenges met within this new world we are all experiencing. We had been thrust into the virtual world before the pandemic, but it has been gaining ground because of our required online interactions due to pandemic isolation requirements. Over the past year, we’ve all come together virtually, learning new ways to form communities, have our art seen and support ourselves as artists. The newest medium for selling art work is the digitally- centered “non-fungible token,” better known as a NFT, authenticated by a blockchain that keeps track of who bought and owns the file. (To read more, pick up a copy of our latest issue! Find a pick-up location near you or Subscribe Here.) … [Read more...] about THE NEW WORLD OF DIGITAL IMAGERY: WILL NFTS MAKE TRADITIONAL GALLERIES OBSOLETE?
Nestled between a candy shop and an upscale eatery in downtown Keene, New Hampshire, The New Leaf Gallery inhabits a sun-drenched single room on the second floor of a shared office building, the gallery’s temporary home while a spacious, completely remodeled new location is readied a block away. Epitomizing the resilience and determination required in the post-pandemic economic landscape, The New Leaf Gallery is a rising phoenix, thanks to the vision and dedication of its co-founders, Taryn Fisher and Matt Brown. Taryn Fisher is introspective about the challenges of the past year. Following the closure of the Keene Fine Craft Gallery in May, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fisher consulted privately with almost all of the artists represented by her established venue. “I recognized this would not only pummel my own income but also the livelihood of the 150 artists whom I had been … [Read more...] about A PASSIONATE OPENING: KEENE’S NEW LEAF GALLERY FILLS A REGION’S NEED
On the day after Patriots Day, 14 months after my last visit to Newbury Street, there’s a small sign of pre-Covid life as outside restaurants are busy and visitors are entering galleries, albeit in ones and twos. But the street feels alive. “We’ve had a nice April,” said Guild of Boston Artists gallery director Alex Ciesielski. ”We’re seeing a nice turnaround. It’s tentative, but you can feel it.” Visitors to the gallery have been appreciative. “People felt we were producing substance here and thanked us for being open,” Ciesielski said. “One woman told us she saw us as essential because we were providing a spiritual essence. She hadn’t seen any fine art in a year because of Covid.” May will see the Guild holding its Annual Members Exhibition. “I asked my artists for as much new work as possible for our spring show as it felt like a renewal,” Ciesielski said. “Right now, I … [Read more...] about CAREFUL RAYS OF COLORFUL LIGHT: NEWBURY STREET RETURNS TO WHAT THEY DO BEST
A click of a Zoom link and a question of whether the video would stay on and I was in to view the online closing celebration for the “We Heal” exhibition and book release coordinated by sculptor Nora Valdez in collaboration with patients from the Cancer and Sickle Cell Support Programs at the Boston Medical Center and Dana Farber Cancer Institute and youth from the Urbano Project. The project was an encouraging and inspiring workshop that allowed those going through hardships to experience the creativity they have. As everyone rolled in for the March 19 event, I sat and waited for the presentation of what would be beautiful art from people who do not consider them artists. It started with a warm welcome to show how much of a community had been built through this exhibition. The exhibition mimicked the feeling of healing and the work resembled places that feel good to those who … [Read more...] about URBANO PROJECT CELEBRATES THE WARMTH OF WE HEAL’S ART WORKSHOPS
Forty-four Presidential portraits hang in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., each unique, reflecting stylistic and political preferences and concerns as visual art codes and signals points of view of society at the time it is produced. Recent events in our nation’s capital have drawn attention to recognizing the artist’s role as documentarian and interpreters of society’s views and preferences. Where a camera is aimed and what a videocam records is dependent on the stance of an artist and their courage to be in a place and time. That has been proven in the videos of the Capitol riots that numerous people have seen on TV and computer screens. Painters and sculptors observe the same requirements and parameters in creating their work. The stance and mind of a sculptor or painter, and the artist’s view of the President, was responsible for the artist’s unique vision and … [Read more...] about A LASTING IMPRESSION: STUART KNEW THE PROPAGANDIST VALUE OF SYMBOLS
Founded in 1935, Lexington Arts and Crafts (LexArt) continues to service the community and expand in resources and innovation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last 86 years, the educational non-profit collaborative has undergone many intentional and inevitable changes, but the ones enacted in the past year are completely reshaping LexArt to even further “encourage and inspire artisans at all stages of their journeys” and “enrich lives through the power of art and craft,” quoted from their vision and mission statements. In November 2020, Matthew Siegal, former Chair of the Department of Conservatism and Collections Management at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was officially appointed as Executive Director and President of LexArt. Prior to Siegal, the organization was entirely volunteer run until March 2019 when the organization overhauled its internal structure and … [Read more...] about A NEW APPROACH TO PROGRAMMING: LEXART’S BROADER OUTREACH, RENOVATED GALLERY