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Naomi Nevo Ben-Ari, Something is Going on Under My House, oil


LIVE AND LEARN: DRAWING ON HISTORY IN CT

by J. Fatima Martins In News & Views, the Mystic Museum of Art’s (MMoA) newsletter, Dawn E. Salerno, MMoA’s deputy director for public engagement and operations, asks in her “Art Education and National Welfare” essay, “Can a museum teach empathy or inspire good citizenship?” She goes on to reference a study that found that “even […]


Bud Vase, 2017 milk glass bud vases; and Mandoria in Ebony and Milk, 2017, glass steel and mixed media


COWAN’S RE/COLLECTION: AN UPDATED GLASS MENAGERIE

by Beth Neville Among contemporary young artists, it is unusual to find someone in full control of her medium, with the emotional maturity and imagination to produce art that is both decorative and deeply emotional. This is even more unusual in the burgeoning field of American crafts over the past 50 years. Amber Cowan is […]


Rolling Surf, 2017, oil on canvas, 12" x 24"


NO PLACE LIKE HOME: BLACKWOOD IN PORTSMOUTH

by Linda Chestney So often we are compelled to leave home. The further the better, right? Yet there remains in our cultural DNA a pair that brings us back home. According to T.S. Elliott, “…and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first […]


Half Dollar Chair in Welded Half-dollars and Stainless Steel, 2013, number 36 from an edition of 50, 46" x 32" x 32.25," courtesy Joe Kramm/R&Company


TO COIN A CHAISE: FUN MEETS FUNCTION IN VT

by Elayne Clift Johnny Swing was fortunate enough to have a mother who was an artist. She inspired and encouraged his interest in welding which led to him sculpting metal into functional art, something he said he knew he wanted to do from the age of three. By the time he was 13, he was […]


(l to r) Breathing Trash Bag-Pair (13 gal); Vertical Tentacle-36; Breathing Trash Bag Nest; Vertical Tentacle-34-Breathing Trash Bag (blue angel eye), 2017, computer cooling fans, plastic bags, plastic sheets, plastic cake container, LED lights, mixed electronics, photograph by Stephen Briggs, copyright Worcester Art Museum.


WORCESTER ELECTRIFIED: HUANG MOVES THE IMAGINATION

by Brian Goslow Nearly 50 years ago, the Worcester Art Museum hosted “Light and Motion,” a groundbreaking exhibition in which the participating “new kineticists” turned to “light and movement to produce a new sensibility.” This summer, just as those artists used the latest “electrical elements, lenses, Polaroid filters … and other non-traditional media” to modernize […]


Dancing Guardian, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 50” x 98“, courtesy Grace Hopkins.


HOPKINS COMES FULL CIRCLE: AWESOME ABSTRACTION IN PTOWN

by Laura Shabott “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.“ — Henry David Thoreau Budd Hopkins (1931-2011) was a highly complex, remarkable artist. His unique vision, a melding of […]


Dr. Seuss, Lark’s Graduation, May 11, 1975. One of many drawings by Dr. Seuss donated by Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, step-daughter of the late Theodor S. Geisel. Courtesy Springfield Museums.


SEUSS ON THE LOOSE: HOMAGE TO A STORYTELLER

by James Foritano I have to admit that my awakening to literature didn’t arrive through the genius of Theodor Seuss Geisel — known the world over by his pen name Dr. Seuss — but through the “Dick and Jane” elementary school reading series, a post-World War II depiction of the traditional two parents, two children […]


Brenda Cirioni, Dream House, Night, mixed media, 38” x 34”.


CREATIVE TRIFECTA: TRANSFORMATION AT THREE STONES

by Flavia Cigliano Walking into the Three Stones Gallery on a late spring afternoon in the village of West Concord was a pleasure. Full of light and airy, with a high ceiling, the space provided excellent viewing for the artwork on display. Artist/owner Jennifer M. Johnston established the gallery three years ago with the goal […]


Anne Ward, The Apothecary Shop, Keene, New Hampshire (detail), 2017, oil on panel


CONSIDERING PLACE: JUROR’S CHOICE AT KEENE

by Marguerite Serkin A regional exhibit of juried works may suggest a circumspect, homogenous collection. Such is far from the case in the collection on view through the Biennial Regional Juror’s Choice Exhibition at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery in Keene. Drawing upon a large pool of local talent, the myriad pieces included in the exhibition […]


John Lennon, Time, oil on canvas, 36” x30”.


WILL TO SURVIVE: DANIEL MAFFIA IN WELLFLEET

by Suzanne Volmer “Art for Survival,” a portrait exhibition of paintings by Daniel Maffia, opens on August 19 at Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet. The artist makes narratives that rely on appropriation or remix as a method for sourcing content. He includes recognizable images from pop culture and film noir, as well as familiar art historical […]