Gallery @ BMC
The Gallery@BMC is a community-centered multi-media art gallery located in the Belmont Media Center. Our gallery space encourages, supports, and promotes the work of local artists in Belmont and surrounding communities. As a vibrant community media center with extensive hours open to the public, BMC is an excellent venue for local art exhibits.
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If you are interested in showing your work at the Gallery@BMC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
"A Marginal Existence"
I’ve named my art show ‘A Marginal Existence’ taking the name from a collage I made in the 1980’s that consisted of an ornate border surrounding the phrase, ‘A marginal existence is better than none.’ It’s a pun on the fact that designing the margins is a significant part of my artwork.
The central images in my collages are often photocopies of late 19th, or early 20th Century advertisements known as ‘trade cards’. I love resurrecting these precursors to contemporary ads so they may be once again appreciated for their artistry and wit. These images are supplied to me by relatives who deal in rare books and also, with permission, from the Baker Library collection at the Harvard Business School.
I studied art briefly in college before withdrawing due to mental illness. Afterwards, I continued making graphic art such as birthday cards and posters. I came to like working with paper simply because there’s less of a clean-up involved than there is with paint. But in many of my collages I still strive to achieve the effect and look of paint. I purchase the marble paper I use locally from Chena River Marblers in Amherst, Massachusetts.
If you’d like to send me a comment, or have any questions regarding this show feel free to email me, Aaron, at aaron.needle@gmail .com.
Friday, May 2nd @ 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Gallery@BMC, 9 Lexington Street
"Low Art Tiles"
Richard Pennington, 63, a former Boston Globe reference librarian, received his Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College. He and his wife lived in Chelsea from 1992 to 2005, in an 1886 Victorian house with two Low tile fireplace surrounds.
Tuesday, February 25th @ 6:30pm to 8pm
Gallery@BMC, 9 Lexington Street
Richard Pennington will also give a presentation
in Studio A, to be recorded for television on
Thursday, Feb. 27th at 6:30pm
The public is invited, and Mr. Pennington
will be signing copies of his book:
LOW ART TILE: John Gardner Low &
The Artists of Boston's Gilded Age
Richard Pennington moved to Belmont in 2005. He has been intrigued by the history of Low's art tiles since 1997, and his research in ongoing. He is the author of the 244 page, full-color book, Low Art Tile – John Gardner Low and the artists of Boston’s Gilded Age.
Anne S. Katzeff / Works
Nov. through Dec 31, 2013
I have been drawing and painting since I was a child. I would sit for hours drawing mandalas with my colored pencils, entranced by the geometric shapes and rich colors. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I started to call myself an artist. That self-defining moment coincided with my falling in love with pastels. I began working with pastels right after I began swimming with wild dolphins. I wanted to be able to convey through my art the emotional, ethereal quality of this deeply spiritual experience.
The vibrant colors and wonderful textures of pastels drew me right back into that ocean world as I painted.
Soon I was led to paint other “landscapes” in nature that moved and inspired me. The Earth is sacred to me. When I begin a painting, the moment the pastel touches the paper, my mind slows down, and I enter a peaceful, meditative state. As I paint, I become deeply immersed in my surroundings, and the joy of playing with color and light fills me. These are sacred moments—when I feel both awe at the beauty around me and humility at being part of something greater than myself.
What I try to do with my paintings is evoke the richness of a particular moment, with all of its sensations and emotions. Art is my way of honoring a special place or experience, usually in the natural world, and of celebrating the wonders of the universe. In my artwork, I step away from my rational mind and allow my spirit to create the art. The completed painting is about what is in my heart as well as what I see with my eyes.
In Vacuo: A show by Julie Chen Merritt
September 1 - October 31, 2013
Tao Te Ching-
The wall all around
A clay bowl is moulded:
But the use of the bowl
Will depend on the part
Of the bowl that is void.
My father suffered a stroke just as my first photography show was to open in Boston in 1991. It was a very difficult, bittersweet time, and I was young and irrational - angry at him for “ruining” my time to shine. My accomplishment felt empty. My heart felt empty. My expectations of a career felt empty. Was this another sign of his disapproval?
I slowly worked through my disappointment and the grief after his death. Soon after, I began to see the many valuable things that emerged from this emptiness, from the vacuum that had consumed my world, and the vacuum into which my father had disappeared. This series of images were what came out of that period of uncertainty, and my glimpse across that void.
I wanted to explore the body in abstracts. It reflected the way I felt then about my body, and myself…not fully whole. Additionally, this work explores my journey to see what I missed when seeing something whole instead of in detail. I had the realization of how fragile life is and how life is made of many stages and parts; and how often we don’t reflect on the important details of someone until they are no longer there. As Kafka said “We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds.” “He should know that true empty space is where the clouds of uncertainty have completely dissipated.” -- from Miyamoto Mushashi’s The Book of Five Rings-The Scroll of Heaven.
Connections: A Tribute to Paula Lerner
Belmont High School Photographers Show
August 1 - August 31, 2013 & Reception on August 1 at 6:30pm
In the winter and spring of the 2012 - 2013 school year, the students in Belmont High School's Photography III Honors class undertook a group project to shoot in the style of the late Belmont photographer, Paula Lerner. Each student studied Ms. Lerner's photography through her publications and chose an aspect or aspects of her portfolio to explore and attempt to emulate. Each student wrote reflectively on Ms. Lerner's style and worked with her or his peers to evaluate the progress made from frame to frame and roll to roll. As they worked to understand another photographer's style, the students gained insight into the development of their own vision and voice. The images are the culmination of this exercise as well as the beginning of a tribute to its source - Paula Lerner.
This exhibition of student work, "Connections: A Tribute to Paula Lerner" is the result of the generosity of many parties. It began with the donation of a collection of camera and darkroom equipment to the Belmont High School photography program by Paula Lerner. Ms. Lerner, a Belmont resident, gave her equipment to the student photographers at Belmont High School shortly before she passed away, and in an attempt to both acknowledge and honor her generosity, Andrew Roy, one of the photography teachers at Belmont High School, wrote a grant proposal to the Foundation for Belmont Education to supplement the donated equipment as well as pay tribute to the life, work, and generosity of Paula Lerner. The Foundation for Belmont Education approved the grant and through their funding and support, the students created a new collective body of images inspired by Paula Lerner's photography and, in some cases, photographed with her equipment. The administration of Belmont High School further supported this endeavor and, finally, the Belmont Media Center has provided additional support through the promotion and hosting of this exhibition. Without the generosity and support of so many, the work you see today would not exist, but it all began with the selfless gift of Ms. Paula Lerner. It is in her memory and in tribute to her life that we present "Connections: A Tribute to Paula Lerner". Thank you for becoming part of this ongoing gift.
A Debut for Marina Massida
June 1 - July 31, 2013 & Reception on June 5 at 6:30pm
Local painter, Marina Massidda’s colorful work - featured in her debut exhibition, located at the Belmont Media Center - spans countries, culture and time. Her favorite subjects come from traveling far and wide, and often involve people. She loves “to capture interactive scenes” that depict a “very humane aspect of a [particular] culture”; looking for moments that are too often overlooked in the bustle of everyday life. Ms. Massidda uses a vibrant and alluring color palette to harmoniously integrate her subjects into each piece.
Beginning young, Ms. Massidda has developed what she calls a “lifelong hobby” into a passion that she hopes to continue when she begins her undergraduate studies this coming fall. She can’t remember a time where art wasn’t an integral part of her life – starting with beginner’s painting lessons at the Museum of Fine Arts during middle school, then summer painting academies, and most recently, three years of AP Art at Belmont High School. Ms. Massidda intends to major in fine art, but has not yet publicly decided at which college or university.
Any inquiries can be directed to Ms. Massidda at email@example.com.
How I See It: A Hipstamatic Photographer's Journey
April 1 - May 31, 2013 & Reception on April 4 at 6:30pm
BMC is proud to present local photographer Diane Hardy from April - May 2013. The photos for "How I See It" were taken over the course of the past 2 years at locations in New England, California, New York, Florida and Belize by Ms. Hardy. Each photo was taken with her iPhone - yes, her iPhone!
Images 2 Di 4
The photos for "Images 2 Di 4" appear as Ms. Hardy captured them. The featured images have not been altered in any way with post-processing, giving each image a distinct look in this age of photoshop.
Ms. Hardy has always had an interest in capturing beautiful, well-balanced and inspiring images. While she has never pursued photography in the classical sense, by using fancy cameras, lenses and processing methods, Ms. Hardy has always been interested in capturing captivating and intriguing images. It was in 2010, that Ms. Hardy came upon the iPhone app, “Hipstamatic”, which then truly ignited the desire to pursue photography.
Hipstamatic is an app that simulates an “old school” analog camera that allows you to select from a variety of digital lenses and films for capturing dramatically different images. Being able to have all of this flexibility in the compact size and portability of an iPhone is a bonus!
When Ms. Hardy is not spending time capturing on photography, she pursues the art of balance as a yoga teacher at boutique yoga studio, Find Your Balance Yoga in Lexington, as well as offer bookkeeping services to creative companies.
Global Perspectives, Social Responsibility, Local Identity: A Belmont Student Show
March 1 - 28, 2013 & Reception on March 11, 2013 at 6:30pm
BMC is proud to be presenting a show with the Chenery Middle School art students in March 2013. Chenery Middle School has a skills based visual art curriculum, informed by global art and social awareness.
This diverse and expansive show features how students learn big picture concepts like social acceptance and activism, how art works in industry, how cultures are connected by the art making that they do, and many further concepts. Additionally, the teachers develop students' 21st century thinking skills, creative problem-solving, teamwork, and generation of art around conceptual ideas.
This show is a culmination of that curriculum "thus far" in the 2012-13 school year, with an emphasis on the global and social work we do locally.
Edibles by Amantha Tsaros
January 1, 2013 - February 28, 2013 & Reception on January 17, 2013 at 6.30pm
Oh, the magnetic power of cake. They help us mark major events, celebrate a special occasion or even drown our sorrows. In her new series, Amantha Tsaros has used cake flavors and descriptions as an emotional trigger to explore the sensual qualities of paint on canvas.
The inspiration came the cakes of Mama Bakes Cakes of Winchester, MA. Using the recipes, titles and flavors as a starting point, Ms. Tsaros created works that are sweet, bold and stormy depending on the mood or qualities that the individual cakes inspired.
Amantha Tsaros was born in Boston, MA. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she earned a BFA and MFA. During this time, her artwork focused on dramatic black and white printmaking and watercolor. After moving to the superbly green suburbs of Lexington, MA in 2006, Ms. Tsaros was seduced by the beauty of the lush green forest and vibrant flowers surrounding her studio. She picked up brushes and has since focused on bright and dramatic color combinations in her paintings. Her works have been featured across Massachusetts and US, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. To learn more, click here.
BMC Holiday Art Exhibit featuring landscape, portrait and still life paintings of Linda Christian Herot, David Covert and Marcia Cooper and Diane Covert. Gallery @ BMC Reception on December 6, 2012 at 6.30pm at the center.
Marcia Cooper has produced a collection of contemporary landscape and portrait paintings that capture a sense of well-being, often with figures places within the surrounding scenery. There is a subdued thythm in the playful shapes and earth tome colors of the natural land formations in her landscapes. To learn more, visit http://www.marciacooperart.com.
Linda Christian-Herot has focused on oil paintings in recent years. She enjoys plein-air painting as well as still life and figure. "It is all about having a passion for color. This gives one an unlimited vocabulary." - Ken Kewley, an inspiration for Ms. Christian-Herot.
David Covert paints landscapes as a point of departure. They are each strongly based on actual places and time. He reduces the amout of detail in the work, so the viewer is encouraged to apply their experience to fill in the scene with recollections of places that are significant to them. To learn more, visit http://www.dcovert.net/gallery
Friday Figures | An Exhibit by Billie Bivins
July 20 - Aug. 24, 2012
Artist's Reception > Friday, August 3rd @ 6pm to 8pm
While studying to become an art therapist, I enrolled for my first oil painting class. Immediately I was drawn to this medium. Oil painting is forgiving and readily adapts to whatever you bring. I think of oil painting as a 3-dimentional medium – sculpting with paint – particularly when you use a palate knife rather than brushes. The palate knife also keeps me from obsessing over details, an easy opening for my internal critic, since I am not accomplished at rendering.
For several years I have worked with David Andrus at the Cambridge Center on Brattle Street. He has a great studio oil class on Friday nights, painting from live models, which adds a powerful aspect to making art. My process is typically the same, where for three hours I move through a variety of emotions, including, but not always, enthusiasm, trepidation, frustration, horror, criticism, excitement, discovery, despair, and, if I’m patient and push through, accomplishment and satisfaction.
Bruce Moon, a pioneering art therapist and writer who inspired me early in my studies, states, “If you are an art therapist you must make art.” In my work where I counsel clients and support them in their emotional and life journeys with talk therapy and non-verbal processes, it is vital that I stay connected to my process and allow myself to be as open and vulnerable to growth as I encourage my clients to be.
Billie Bivins is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In addition to working at the Guidance Center in Cambridge, where she provides therapy for teens and adults, she also has a private practice in Belmont. At the Belmont Media Center Billie has produced over 50 shows of Make Art…Feel Better, a show which examines, extols and exhibits the creative process.
Lisa Gibalerio: A Study in Portraits
May 12 - June 16 , 2012
Artist's Reception: Thursday, May 17th, 6 - 8 PM
"Shortly before my third birthday, my mother became gravely ill with Lupus, a chronic and debilitating illness. It follows that the most central figure in my world was a person whose health was constantly vulnerable. I grasped early on a sense of how fleeting life is.
When I was 12, I received my first camera as a Christmas gift. Then as now, taking pictures was about preserving memories and freezing images.
I remember realizing long ago that while the people I love will not always be around, I can cherish the photographs I have taken of them. Photos became a source of comfort in the face of permanent separation.
So, I guess you could say, that death has been a driving force for me as a photographer. But I prefer to think of photography as a quest to capture life, to seize a moment in time, and hold on to it forever.
These portraits of my family and friends represent such moments in time.
I hope to see you at the exhibit."
Aaron Needle: Collage Degree
Monday, April 2 to May 4, 2012
Artist's Reception: Thursday, April 5: 6 pm - 9 pm
"I am the youngest child of a literary family from Newton. I've loved making collages since the 5th grade when I pasted a simple loop of figurines encircling the title of the Beatle's song, 'Come Together' to a piece of construction paper. My recent collages were actually intended as preliminary images to print greeting cards from, but have come to be main focus of what I do.
Essentially my art consists of photocopied old and rare printed advertisements and old book covers and blending them with my own borders composed with high quality marbled paper. I am striving to creatively enhance these treasures of early graphic design while resurrecting them from relative obscurity.
My collages were made to be appreciated as art, but also to hopefully inspire viewers with the rich content of their written words and imagery."
Art Night: Home and Away
January 23 - February 24 2012
A multi-media exhibit exploring both home and away
Read about this exhibit on Belmont Patch
The Legacy of Ski History
Focusing on Austria’s Influence on American Skiing
A BMC Interactive Free ExhibitNov. 19 - Jan 20th
Prepared & presented by Ian Scully
Featuring award-winning documentary film series, photographs & written works. With emphasis on the birth and development of the 10th Mt. Division, the United States’ first division of mountain troops, and some of New England’s iconic ski areas: Franconia and the Mt. Washington Valley in New Hampshire, Stowe, including the Trapp Family Lodge and Cross-Country Ski Center, and Stratton, Vermont.
For more information about Ian Scully, go to: culturefilms.com
Diane Covert : The X-Ray Project & Why They Left
Exhibit: September 12-October 21, 2011
The X-Ray Project is an installation of radiographs, x-rays and CT scans, of survivors of terror attacks. All of the radiographs were provided by the two largest hospitals in Jerusalem, Hadassah Ein Kerem and Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Jerusalem is an international city and people from all walks of life are represented here. They are Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and atheists; they are old and very young, some are well-off and some are poor; they are from various ethnic backgrounds.
The X-Ray Project has traveled to more than thirty colleges, universities, medical schools, galleries and hospitals in the United States. This is a partial installation of the exhibit. You can learn more at x-rayproject.org
Why They Left is a project that has to do with why groups of people sometimes flee their host country. The first phase is focused on the experiences of Jews in Eastern Europe during the latter part of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century. There were three major waves of pogroms, violent anti-Jewish riots, which led to loss of life conservatively estimated in the tens of thousands. I have documentary photographs of the largest wave of pogroms (1918-1921), images made by the perpetrators, by surviving relatives, by town officials, and by medical staff. These images make it clear why Eastern European Jews fled. Most American Jews are descendants of individuals that left Ukraine and other parts of greater Russia in the pogrom years, roughly 1880 through 1921.
Exhibit: Late July - September 2, 2011
Artist Reception: June 11th @ 4pm to 6pm
Exhibit: Tuesday, May 31st - Friday, July 15 2011
MGNE Annual Meeting: Saturday, June 11th @ 11am
Tuesday, April 19 - Friday, May 20th
Opening Reception: Friday, April 22nd 6-8 PM
Fairley & Ford - February 2011
People, Places, and Patterns
In this exhibit, Fairley is featuring her printmaking.
Some of the monotypes and solar etchings are based on freehand drawings from life, while others derive from landscapes she observed or photographed on her many walks around New England or her travels abroad.
The works on display show her focus on both natural and urban landscape, as well as her continued interest in the human figure.
Fences and Other Landscapes
The landscape of the Antrim Coast and Glens in Northern Ireland is at times so wild and forbidding as to seem devoid of human life.
But there are signs that its human inhabitants are close at hand.
There are fences that keep people and their animals in (or out); gates through which they may pass; telephone poles and wires through which they maintain their contacts with others; roads and paths that enable their passages.
These paintings develop that theme: essentially, the landscape, rugged and compelling as it is, but bearing the unmistakable signs of human habitation.