TEN Kingston Associates: Our Voices

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Ten Kingston RM_400px Our Voices, a group exhibition by Kingston Associate Members Jamie Bowman, Jane Lincoln, Nat Martin, Laurel McMechan, Rachel Mello, Laurie Miles, Wendy Seller, Rachel Sevanich, Rachel Thern, and Anne Sargent Walker.

Kingston Gallery
450 Harrison Ave | Boston, Massachusetts 02118

Opening Reception: Friday, Aug. 5, 2016
5:30pm – 8pm

Exhibit Dates: August 3 – 28, 2016
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 12 – 5pm and by appointment

This is my first show as a Kingston Gallery Associate. I’m delighted and awed by the work in this group show and the inclusion of my own cut-silhouette paintings in such company. I’m so honored to be calling this group of artists my colleagues.

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Save the Date: That Space Between Flying and Falling

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Please take a moment to mark your calendars now: This Fall I’ll be opening my first solo show in the City of Boston, an installation of all new cut-silhouette paintings. That Space Between Flying and Falling, seeks to evoke a simultaneous engagement in urban and emotional landscapes.

Laconia Gallery
433 Harrison Avenue | Boston, MA 02118

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
5:30pm – 8pm

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 4 – Dec. 18, 2016


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Catch ’em All?!

Ha ha! Well that’s a fun little twist!
It seems that two of my pieces of public, or publicly viewable art have become Pokestops. I’ll have to admit, I’m not entirely clear what that means, not being a Pokemon GO player myself, but people seem to be having a lot of fun with it. If you’re playing in Somerville, MA look for my work on Elm St., and on Highland Ave. Players of Ingress will (so I’ve been told) recognize these as portals from that game.


Felicia Fiona Fox

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single kit 02_400px Arlington Public Art commissioned me to make a family of foxes for Spy Pond Park as part of the 2016 Fox Festival. The fox is a mascot for the neighborhood of East Arlington and the East Arlington Library, and there are still some wild foxes in Arlington thanks to habitat provided by Spy Pond and other green spaces.

Because of the value East Arlington places on stewarding the environment, it was important to us that we create the fox family out of reclaimed materials. Used and discarded vinyl advertising banners were pieced together like a quilt, then sewn around a core of reused plastic signs. Most of the materials were provided by local Arlington business owner Jan Whitted of ArtBeat Creativity Store. Arlington Public High School student Reese Green helped extensively with the patterning, piecing, and installing of the foxes.

Felicia Fiona Fox was created by a join effort of civic groups, business owners, residents and students coming together to support an art installation for the neighborhood.

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Tiny Tall Ships Festival

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Tiny Tall Ship Hibiscus Print Tiny Tall Ships to Color and Build — a community art project
Union Square, Somerville
Sat., May 14, 2016

festival created and directed by Greg Cook, sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council

Yesterday I had a great time with a project I brought to the Tiny Tall Ships Festival! Visitors of all ages stopped by to color the model pieces for a miniature ship they could then build and take home. I created the design based (loosely) on Galeón Andalucía, a 16th-17th century galleon, which sails from Sevilla, Spain to Tall Ships Festivals around the world.

The Somerville Arts Council sponsored the cost of laser cutting dozens of pieces from illustration board. Kids and adults colored with pencils, markers, stickers, and washi-tape. It was wonderful seeing all the wild and colorful creations.

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Somerville Open Studios, Artists Choice, and the Volunteer Show

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(photo credit: Christina Tedesco)

(photo credit: Christina Tedesco)

It’s time for Somerville Open Studios again, and along with that, the several group shows which highlight the event.

I’ll be opening my studio at:
Mad Oyster Studios
2 Bradley St., Somerville
Saturday and Sunday, April 30th + May 1
12pm – 6pm
Visit somervilleopenstudios.org for more details on the hundreds of participating artists and sites.

Additionally, you can find my work in the Inside Out Gallery exhibit windows in Davis Square, the Artists Choice Exhibit at the Somerville Museum, (opening reception, Sunday, Apr 17) , and in the SOS Volunteer Show at Diesel Cafe in Davis Square, all through mid-May. See the SOS website for details.

Sketchbook Show 2016

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postcard front for sketchbook show The Sketchbook Show 2016
opens Friday, Jan 29th
the Nave Annex
Davis Square, Somerville, MA

Opening Reception: Friday, January 29, 2016; 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Poetry Reading with Gary Hawkins and Afaa M. Weaver: Saturday, January 30, 7pm

Exhibition Dates: January 28 – March 3, 2016

Ellien Laramee-Byers and I have co-curated a second sketchbook show, building on the successes of last year’s popular show. Once again, we have artists from around the country, as well as many from our own ‘hood here in Somerville. The show features sketchbooks, process drawings, and studies from artists, utilizing a broad range of materials and techniques.

Gary taping cat The work of poet and artist Gary Hawkins, who works with washi tape in his writing and sketch journals, inspired us to create a three-person collaborative wall drawing in the Nave Annex entry hallway. Gary was generous enough to join us from North Carolina and we had a blast further expanding our own notions of sketching.

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On a personal note, creating the wall drawing for the Sketchbook Show 2016 was a fulfillment of a long-standing wish of mine. Working with Ellien and Gary just made it even better. As always, I am deeply indebted to the Nave Gallery and Susan Berstler for making shows like this possible in Somerville.


Kingston Gallery Associate

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kingston_logo_address_400px I’ve just received word that I’ve been accepted as an Associate Member of the Kingston Gallery, an artist-run alternative space founded in 1982 on Harrison Avenue in Boston. As an associate member I’ll participate in an annual group show and assist in gallery sitting and other tasks related to the operation of the gallery. It’s a huge honor to be accepted into this group, and I’m looking forward to spending more time in the SoWa area, connecting with more artists and seeing more exciting work.


Somerville Toy Camera Festival


Toy Camera Logo The third annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival is approaching, celebrating the particularly quirky and creative results that come from embracing the uncontrollable and the accidental in photography. The 2015 Festival features work by nearly 100 artists from 5 countries and 26 US states in three concurrent exhibits across Somerville, MA. Related programming throughout the month of September includes a street-shooting-with-toy-camera workshop, a darkroom day, the STCF Lo-Fi Lounge, and an artists’ panel.

Locations and Receptions:

Nave Annex (Davis Sq)
53 Chester Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Exhibit dates: September 10-27, 2015
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 6-8, Sat 2-8
opening reception: Thursday, Sept 10, 6-8 pm
This is location where my piece will be. I shot “Bike Lights” this summer in Jamaica Plain on 35mm Fuji-chrome using my P-Sharon paper pinhole camera.

Washington Street Gallery
321 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Exhibit dates: September 12-26, 2015
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 12-4pm
opening reception: Saturday, Sept 12, 7-9pm

Nave Gallery (Powderhouse)
Exhibit dates: September 13-27, 2015
Gallery Hours: Sat-Sun 1-5pm
155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA 02144
opening reception: Sunday, Sept 13, 3-5pm

See the Toy Camera website for Additional Festival Events

If you’re a fan at all of off-beat photography, you’ll definitely want to check out all three locations.

Sky Cranes at Harbor Arts

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Boston Harbor Arts has installed my pair of Sky Cranes as part of their permanent collection in the Outdoor Gallery. The fit could not be more perfect.

The mission of Harbor Arts is to embrace the unique challenge of transforming Boston’s historic, working shipyard into a meaningful space for creativity, discovery, inspiration, and education within East Boston’s economically and ethnically diverse community. Cut by an industrial water-jet process out of cold rolled steel, then painted using sign enamels, my Sky Cranes explore a relationship between a working, industrial form—the shipyard cargo crane—and a natural landscape as might have once been found along these waterways.

Overlapping social, political, and environmental forces shift how we use and view waterfronts over time. A working water front can represent one important aspect of a thriving coastal city, while recreational use of the waterfront can represent another important civic use, and both of these exist in a context of heightened residential development pressure for desirable high-end luxury condos. With my Sky Cranes I’m using the language of my painted silhouette pieces that overlaps landscape and form, to bring multiple perspectives of various interests and pressures forward.

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Here Then Gone

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Inside-Out Gallery at CVS, 1 Davis Square, Somerville, MA
On view 24/7
August 4 – 31, 2015
Inside-Out is sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council

This Spring I purchased and built a paperboard kit pinhole camera and I have been exploring its capacity to create painterly and expressionistic photographs ever since. Two of my pieces are included in this exhibit juried by Gary Duehr.

“Here Then Gone” features photographs that comment on the temporality of existence and of the medium of photography itself. Images range from abstractions to street photographs, from vivid color to moody black and white.

Preview the exhibit and read more from artists Lois Fiore, Hilary Hughes, Judith Prager, Doug Richardson, Kat Rosaen, and myself at Duehr’s The Floating Gallery.

Somerville Open Studios 2015

It’s Springtime which means Somerville Open Studios! Every year, the first weekend in May hundreds of artists across the city of Somerville open their doors to share their work. Come see what’s happening in all these creative spaces.

Friday, May 1 | 6pm -9pm Preview night
     (only my studio will be open in Mad Oyster! If this is the only night you can come, please do, but Sat or Sun are recommended to enjoy the whole building)


     Saturday + Sunday, May 2 + 3 | 12 noon – 6pm
Enjoy over 20 artists, plus live music, a bake sale & more!

When you’ve seen all that Mad Oyster has to offer, hop on the free SOS Trolley to take you to your next destination.
Browse the hundreds of participating Somerville artists at SomervilleOpenStudios.org.
Use the mobile-optimized site to save artists to your personalized itinerary.

Mad Oyster Studios | 2 Bradley Street, Somerville, MA 02145
We have limited free parking off the Pearl St side of the building, as well as street parking (resident parking restrictions are lifted during SOS). [Map and Directions]

I have eight new cut silhouette pieces in the “Instinct to Dream” series begun last year. My studio is full with hanging city vignettes. In addition, I’ve suspended my tiny watercolor maquettes in frames, and will be hanging scores of sketchbook sketches from my “Thursday Sketch Day” practice.

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This year I’ll be experimenting with sliding scale pricing on most work. I would love to make my work available, as best as I’m able, to anyone who wants to take it home.

I hope to see you this weekend!

Call and Response at VSC

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Gary Hawkins at the Firmaments

Gary Hawkins at the Firmaments

Call and Response at Vermont Studio Center
As my residency at Vermont Studio Center draws to a close, we’re preparing for the final Open Studios of the month. Artists throughout the center are setting up work to share with the rest of the residents. Our particular cohort this March, perhaps influenced by the extreme cold huddling us for warmth, has created several collaborative projects.

Tonight a most wonderful thing happened. A group of 14 visual artists and writers, being supremely generous with their time and creativity, participated in a collaborative project I coordinated. I offered them each their choice of miniature cut-silhouettes, the ones I cut at Danger!Awesome to use as studies for my larger pieces. Asking them to use it in any way they wanted to make a new piece, and knowing what an outstanding group of people this is, I still could not have imagined how each person would put themselves into the project. If my work involves world-building, these artists showed me 14 new countries in this world. I’m blown away.

As my new friend Gary Hawkins said, “Better Art Together.”
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The Sketchbook Show

Ellien Laramee-Byers and I are co-curating The Sketchbook Show.

Artists use sketchbooks for as many different reasons as there are artists. Maybe it’s a daily practice, maybe it’s a planning book. It could be a travelogue or a dream journal, sketching from life, memory, or ideas.

What distinguishes sketchbook work from other artists works is the connection, one piece to the next, building on or exploring visual, compositional, or mark making ideas: the sense of a thought being puzzled out by process of sketching, a problem being explored. Usually (but not always?) sketchbook work is done in one moment, and the next time the sketchbook is opened, a new pieces is begun.

If you have a sketchbook practice, and would like to take part in the Nave Gallery’s first Sketchbook Show, please visit: navegallery.org/wp/the-sketchbook-show-cfe

DEADLINE: Sunday, November 16, 2014

EXHIBITION DATES: January 7 – 30, 2015

LOCATION: Nave Gallery Annex | Davis Square, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

Illuminated: A Photographic Essay of Holiday Lights

For a slight chance of pace—and media—three of my photographs will be exhibited as part of this fun upcoming show.

Each year, the cold and dark of the winter season is brightened by lights of celebration. From quiet displays commemorating religious celebrations to grand designs that flood the senses, these lights invite us to contemplate and be cheered as we make our way through short days and long months. This exhibition will be juried by the staff of the Somerville Arts Council, who are holiday light experts in their own right.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
3:00 pm-5:00 pm

LOCATION: Nave Gallery (Teele Square),
155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

EXHIBITION DATES: November 15, 2014-December 14, 2014; Closed Thanksgiving weekend
GALLERY HOURS: Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-5:00 pm


While primarily a painter and printmaker, I do as well like to try my hand at photography from time to time. My household works every year to bring a little light and warmth into the winter with our tropical lights. As a Somerville resident for over 25 years, I come honestly by my desire to light up the whole street! As a working artist for that long as well, I come similarly to my desire to document each year’s installation.

The Giraffe Stands Alone, digital photograph print, 8″h x 5″w, 2014

Will Draw (For) Food

Harvest Special!
Many of my Somerville Local community have vegetable gardens that are o’er brimming this time of year.

You who are ripe with tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, peas, and yes, even zucchini… would you like a small ink and watercolor drawing of your garden in exchange for some of your harvest?

Drop me a line! I’ll come sit in your garden and draw. You’ll get a sketch, and I’ll fill up my basket with produce.

The Deal:
You get: one 4″ x 6″ work in pen, watercolor, and/or graphite wash (my choice, based on what I see and how I feel I want to draw it). Sketches will be on 140lb watercolor paper, protected in an archival acetate bag. Suitable for framing, or sturdy enough to just stand on a mantel.

I get: to pick for myself up to one bag of produce (a basic, standard, reusable grocery-store bag). You can set parameters as needed such as “please leave me a few of these, don’t take these others, have all the x you want, but leave me the y…” etc.

Subject to conditions of weather, availability, my happening to like the food you’re growing, and your garden or farm being within a reasonable biking or driving radius of Somerville, MA. (If you’re not sure, ask. I might be in the mood for a road trip to the country).

Offer not limited to summer produce! If in the dead of winter, you have a beautiful pantry full of home-canned pickles, tomatoes, or fruits and jams, I’m all for it! If you home-brew hard cider, let’s talk!

Use the Contact page linked here, and let the bartering begin.

Installation in Red Hook’s BWAC

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Exciting news! My “Sky Cranes” have been installed in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition gallery on the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn. Similar to the Instinct to Dream series, the Sky Cranes are cut silhouette shapes of elements of the city and industry, painted with sky, clouds, and in this case a little bit of tree tops.

OPENING RECEPTION: Sat., Sept. 27 | 2:30pm – 5:30pm
499 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, 11231 by the ferry to Manhattan
I’ll be there; hope to see you!

show runs Sept. 27 – Oct. 26; open weekends only

This project moves my installations forward in the direction of connecting elements of built urban environments with images and color of the natural world. So of my favorite responses to previous cut-silhouette work have been when viewers tell me that they see some aspect of the city that they previously saw as ugly, or tried to ignore, as now beautiful. If art can bring us to appreciate our world in a new light, I think we’re doing something worthwhile.
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Art for Cancer Research at ArtBeat

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Well that was fun! I got a last minute call to participate in an chalk art fund-raiser to raise money for the Pan Mass Challenge and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A group of artists gathered in the morning before ArtBeat began, gridded off the closed street, and each of us took on a square. Local businesses sponsored the project to have their logos included and kids were invited to continue the art down the block after the sponsored portion. It was a beautiful day and much great fun and beautiful work was created.

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Get ready for Somerville Open Studios!

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Somerville Open Studios 2014 is approaching!
Save the date now for the first weekend in May, when you can visit over 400 artists across 104 locations. Also mark your calendars for the several group shows connected to and leading up to SOS.
Get all the details at SomervilleOpenStudios.org

This year I am creating an installation piece in my studio, involving a set of all new hanging pieces and the shadow play they create. Please come see my newest work and let me know what you think.

Volunteer Show—April 2 through May 16
Bloc 11 Cafe | 11 Bow Street | Union Square Somerville
opening reception: Wednesday, Apr. 2 5:30pm – 7pm
An exhibit of the work of the generous volunteers who make SOS happen. In the spirit of community and volunteerism, Bloc 11 is donating food and delicious coffee along with their venue. Come meet the people behind the event and get involved. I’ll be showing a brand new piece, part of my first ever lithograph set. Come see!

Artist Choice Exhibit—April 11 through May 9
Somerville Museum | 1 Westwood Road | Somerville
Overview the entire SOS event, all together under one roof. Curator Mara Brod does artistic vision magic pulling together the most diverse group of work into a show that shines every year. Preview the event and decide which studios you’ll visit. Again, I’ll have brand new work in the show this year.

Somerville Open Studios—May 2, 3 + 4
CITYWIDE | City of Somerville
Please be sure to include my studio in your weekend art journeys!
Mad Oyster Studios | 2 Bradley Street | Somerville, near the SOS trolley stop in Gilman Square
The Mad Oyster Studios community of artists range from emerging, mid-career, to established on the national level, and work in a wide range of media. During SOS we’ll host our musician friend Yanni Batteaux ranging through the building free-styling on her banjo, and a bake sale to benefit Pets in Need animal shelter. Limited off-street parking is available. MadOysterstudios.org.

Somerville Homeless Coalition Fundraiser

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Meet Mark Alston-Follansbee, Executive Director of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, and hear for an informal presentation about their programs that help prevent people from becoming homeless or help people figure out where to go next if it does happen. Learn more at Somerville Homeless Coalition.
See a collection of my Somerville based art, along with work of other local artists in an exhibit hung in conjunction with this talk.

Thursday, February 6
At the offices of Thalia Tringo & Associates Real Estate.
drop in any time between 6:30pm and 8:30pm for Indian food buffet
catch Mark’s talk at 7:15pm.
128 Willow Ave., (on the bike path), Somerville, MA, 02144

They will not be asking for any monetary donations at this event, but if you purchase any artwork there, including mine and several other of your favorite local artists, the portion of the sale that would ordinarily be a gallery commission will instead be donated to SHC’s programs.

If you’re in the Greater Somerville Area, you’re probably already familiar with Thalia Tringo & Associates Real Estate. Thalia’s office has deep roots in the area, and in addition to making donations to local non-profits for each closing they make, they also host community supporting fund-raisers such as these in their offices.

Tool World visits Arisia 2014

    Arisia 2014

January 7 – 20 | Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel | Boston, MA.


The Tool World series is making an appearance again! If you have a taste for surrealism, magic realism, fantasy and science fiction, you may enjoy the art show at Arisia 2014, one of the largest regional speculative media conferences in the world. Tool World is a playful, surreal envisioning of tools as living, animate creatures.

Toolips II, Collographic monoprint, 15-3/8″h x 10-1/8″w

This Is A Long Distance Call – sidewalk reception Sunday, Oct. 27


front view of "This Is A Long Distance Call"My newest installation in the City of Somerville:

This Is A Long Distance Call.

Join us for a sidewalk reception, Sunday, Oct. 27.

Gather by 2pm on Highland Ave by Vinal Ave to join Mayor Joe Curtatone as he kicks off a roving reception touring from phone box to phone box, where each participating artist will be on hand with refreshments.  The Phone Art Box Project is a joint venture of the City of Somerville and the Nave Gallery.


While finishing the installation of this piece, I had a conversation with a four-year old who happened by.

“What’s this?” he asked, pointing to a cow.

I told him and then asked, “Did you know that Somerville used to have lots of cows? Somerville used to be mostly farms, and there were cows all over the place. They used to be really important here.”

“I went to a farm once!” His eyes were wide while he asked his grownup if she had seen cows here.

I created the installation referencing color pencil sketches I made on residency in Wyoming. The phone lines across the countryside felt to me like Ariadne’s thread, connecting me and my life in large cities cities, to another world, intertwined, and yet too, separate. We have to remember how farms and farmers, cities and technology– we’re all interdependent and interconnected.

Someday soon, the phone lines may go away as we switch to mobile technology. Already the idea of a “pay-phone” is all but meaningless.

This piece is a scrap-book of sorts, connecting far away places and times. This is a long distance call.






Entering Somerville

Entering Somerville, August 2013


curated by
Brian Beaucher, Steve Beaucher, and Ted Ollier
August 10 – 31 | Nave Gallery Annex
53 Chester Street | Davis Square, Somerville.

Opening Reception:
Friday, Aug. 9 | 6pm – 9pm


I have some new work in the show: one cut silhouette piece, one painting on canvas, and one drawing on paper. All work is of or pertaining to Somerville, at Davis Square’s new art gallery. Drop in, see a great show, then pop next door for some Redbones. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Nave Gallery Annex yet, this is a great opportunity.

In addition to the opening reception on Friday, Aug 9th, I’ll be sitting gallery hours on Sunday, Aug 11 from 2pm to 6pm. If you can’t make the opening, or want to sit down for some more extended conversation, come by on Sunday.







H is for Home at Boston Children’s Museum

An Alphabet of Inspiration: Artists Celebrate 100 Years of Collections
Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston MA
installation date of my piece: May 22, 2013 (on view through May of 2014)

This Spring I’ll be adding a letter to “An Alphabet of Inspiration,” a Boston Children’s Museum exhibit celebrating the Museum’s centennial,  the letters of the alphabet, and local artists. Look for ‘H is for Home’ on the first floor of Boston Children’s Museum. Installation is scheduled for May 22, and the piece will be on view for a year.
Check out the whole alphabet! Museum Website: BostonChildrensMuseum.org

Blog Post about exhibit: BostonChildrensMuseum.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/l-is-making-me-hungry

Cities and Shadows at the Hynes Convention Center

Rachel Mello, Cities and Shadows, at the Hynes Convention Center Apr - Aug, 2013 April 22 – August 24, 2013 EXTENDED through late September.

Cities and Shadows

Hynes Convention Center

Rotunda Gallery

900 Boylston Street, Boston MA

Artist Reception

Thursday, May 16: 6pm – 7:30pm

On view at other times by appointment

This solo show show features a wide selection of my cut-silhouette city paintings, my woodblock print silhouettes, and my woodblock print patterned collages.

While not generally open to the public outside of the reception, the Hynes Convention Center will see tens of thousands of convention-goers during the run of this show It’s great to be sharing my work with such a wide range of people from around the country and around the world. Come join me for the catered reception provided by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. To view the show at times other than during the reception, just drop me a line and I can put your name on the list for access (and perhaps join you there and for coffee afterward).


Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show

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Cambridge Art AssociationJoin me Friday, June 8,  5:30pm – 7:30pm at the reception for the Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show. My diptych from Ucross will makes its debut in a setting outside of the Mad Oyster Studio building this summer in the Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, 02138.

I’m honored to have my work in such excellent company in this recognized group show.  If you get a chance, go check out the show, see lots of great art, and see my piece “Knowing When” and “The Secret” exploring connections between inner landscapes and outer landscapes.

Through July 5, 2012.

More info at www.cambridgeart.org.

TEDxSomerville Artist

TEDxSomerville Artist If you’re familiar with the global TED Talk series, you might be also aware that there’s a new spin-off of independently organized local TED-affiliated events. “TED” originally stood for “Technology, Entertainment, Design,” in the early days of the talk series, but they became much larger, much more in-depth, and more complex than that. TED Talks now, available on YouTube, can be a world-view-changing 10 minute break in the day.

TEDxSomerville, then is very, very exciting: the potential for view-shifting talks, here in Somerville, around Somerville related issues. The theme for the TEDxSomerville talks is “Creative Economy, Sustainable Community.” As you can imagine, these are ideas near to my heart.

The TEDxSomerville talks will be hosted at the Arts at the Armory on Sunday, March 4th.

During the talks there will be a show of works of local artists, and my work will be included in that show along with many other fine, fine Somerville artists.

You can apply to attend the TEDxSomerville talks here. It’s not a big deal to apply, don’t let the process intimidate you! You’ll hear some excellent speakers, meet some wonderful people in your community, and get to see a fine art exhibit, all on the same day.

 Hope to see you there!

Nominated, Best of Boston 2012

Hey! It happened again! My name has ended up on the Boston Phoenix’s Best of Boston ballot for “Best Artist.” This is a tricky category as it seems to include performers and photographers and a very popular web comic creator. But if you’re inclined to put in a vote for me, you can vote once per day per IP address, so go for it! And in any case, if you participated in nominating me, THANKS!

Aliza’s Brain Trust: Fundraiser at TraniWreck, August 28


On Monday, July 25, Aliza Shapiro, the big brains behind Truth Serum Productions, was admitted to the hospital for a stroke caused by a cerebral hemorrhage. She currently has motor and vision impairment on the right side as well as language impairment, and will have a long challenging road back to full recovery. We know she will get there with the love and support of her family, friends and various creative communities.

And this is where “community” in the “arts community” and “queer community” comes in.

As a self-employed event producer, artist, and activist in the Boston music and queer arts communities for over 15 years, Aliza has neither employer benefits nor deep resources to support her during this rehabilitation time. Aliza’s Brain Trust is a way to help support her by raising money for her treatment and expenses during her recovery, as well as fostering the amazing community connections Aliza has created and is a vital part of.

You can make a direct contribution at http://alizabraintrust.org, and/or you can participate in the raffle at TraniWreck at club Oberon on the 28th; buy tickets here: http://www.cluboberon.com/events/traniwreck-gold-0.

The raffle will raise money for the Brain Trust and you could win contributed one of my woodblock print collages. And TraniWreck, as always, will be amazing.





Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Solo Show

Selection from my Cities and Shadows series will be on display in Brooklyn, NY for a small, solo installation. The Soapbox Gallery is a converted loading-dock, visible through plate-glass to passers-by. In this space I’ll be experimenting with a new way to hang and view my work, layering pieces such that one cut-silhouette is view through another, with more of an emphasis on layering and less on shadow. We’ll see what happens!

Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY

July 8 through July 20, 2011

Please join us for a “Sidewalk Soiree” on Saturday, June 9th 5pm – 7pm

Crest Hardware Art Show, Brooklyn, NY

I imagine DuChamp jumping up and down in his grave, squeeing in delight. The premise of the Crest Hardware Art Show is simple: art inspired by and/or involving hardware is displayed within and throughout the Crest Hardware store in Brooklyn.  Given that, I know I’ll love it, and am excited to have my own piece School of Pliers in Peril included.  There’s a big opening party on Sat., June 18, with bands and DJs, food and vendors. If you can’t make the CREST FEST party, though, the show will be up through the end of July.

Crest Hardware, 588 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Multiple / Unique @ Washington Street Art Center

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Friday, June 10 6pm to 9pm.

At Mastwood Press Ira Cummings, Rachel Silber, and I work independently in a collective environment that allows for interchange of resources and ideas. This show at the Washington Street Art Center highlights our separate, related viewpoints and approaches to printmaking.  I’ll be showing my newest series, Tool World in which I am animating hand-tools as a playful way to continue my explorations of the  man-made and natural worlds.

Ira Cummings uses form and color to invoke order and structure, balanced with chaos. Drawing on a vocabulary of techniques from both modern and traditional printmaking, his works are formal without being austere. Rachel Silber combines images in drypoint or woodblock with unrepeatable imagery directly from the monotype plate to elaborate on one central image through a series of prints.

Multiple/Unique runs from June 4 to June 25, with gallery hours
Saturdays from 12noon to 4pm.

Artist Residency at Ucross Foundation

I got fantastic news today! I’ve been accepted as an Artist in Residence at the Ucross Foundation in Sheridan, Wyoming for this Fall.

From September 12, through October 7, I’ll be living on a 20,000 acre cattle ranch in a community of passionate artists, supported by an organization dedicated to providing time and space for artists to work.  It is simply impossible for me to overstate the value of this opportunity to me.

I’ll try to update my Mello Arts page on Facebook occasionally while I’m there, but mostly I’ll be treating it more like a retreat and will avoid being distracted by too much internet connectivity. In the mean time I have more than enough work to do over the summer to keep me busy, both in wrapping up projects I’m working on now, and in preparing to start new work while I’m out there.

Thank you, Ucross, I can’t wait to get there!

Somerville Open Studios, Apr. 30 & May 1

Somerville Open Studios is coming soon, and I hope I’ll see you here! It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Visitors come from all over New England for the largest Open Studios event in the country. There are free trolleys looping Somerville just for the weekend, and free parking all over the city. Saturday and Sunday, April 30th and May 1st, 12noon to 6pm each day.

I hope you’ll come visit me in my studio at the Mad Oyster Studios building.  We have fifteen of our artists participating, representing a range of media. We’ll have a bake-and-snack-sale to benefit the Pets In Need animal shelter. 2 Bradley Street, Somerville. Site #85E on the SOS Map , available at businesses and map-stands throughout the city and for download on the SOS website.

Miller Street After Dark, Apr. 29th

I’ll be participating this year in the Friday night After Dark open studios soireé at Miller Street Studios. I’ve been a member of the Peggy Badenhauser Press since last fall, and on Friday, April 29th, I’ll show the beginnings of my newest body of work that I haven’t exhibited anywhere yet! At the end of the night, I’ll move these newest prints over to join the rest of my work in my own studio at Mad Oyster Studios for Somerville Open Studios on Sat. & Sun.

Friday night, April 29th, 6pm – 10pm at Miller Street Artist Studios, 11 Miller Street, Somerville, Site #55B on the SOS maps. Saturday and Sunday, April 30th and May 1st, 12pm – 6pm at Mad Oyster Studios, 2 Bradley Street, Somerville, Site # 85E on the SOS maps.

Phoenix Best of Boston?!

I’ve been nominated in the Boston Phoenix Magazine’s Best of Boston 2011 poll in the category “Best Artist.” This is a pretty catch-all category since “artist” wasn’t specifically limited to visual artist, or to any media, so really whatever happens with the voting, it’s pretty amazing to be one of the top six artists in Boston across any definition of “artist.” Wacky!  Results will be posted on the Phoenix website on April 21, and possibly shouted from rooftops.

Cities and Shadows: Solo Show, Newton Free Library


March 2 through March 30
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 3rd, 7pm -8:30pm

A solo show of urban woodblock prints, print collages, and cut-silhouette paintings in the spacious, light and airy gallery of the Newton Free Library.

The opening reception will be a joint reception with the Newton Camera Club’s annual exhibition in the Main Hall of the Newton Library. Come see two show in one evening!

Newton Cities and Shadows show postcard- front

Newton Cities and Shadows show postcard- back

Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Finalist


I am delighted to announce that I have been selected as a Massachusetts Cultural Council 2010 Artist Fellowship finalist in Painting!

In addition to the cash award, I and my work will be included in MCC publicity and shows, including one scheduled for July on Cape Cod Details to follow, closer to the date.

I’m quite honored and delighted by this award.

You can view an on-line gallery of all of this year’s Fellows and Finalists at www.massculturalcouncil.org/gallery.asp

SAC Grant Winner

The Somerville Arts Council has announced their 2011 grant winners, and I’ve been awarded a Fellowship Grant!  It’s hard to over-state how much these grants are appreciated. Funding gets tighter each year, as artists’ needs increase. The Fellowship Grant will be a great help in continuing to do my work, and is equally a greatly valued nod of appreciation from my city. To see all of the 2011 grant winners visit: http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/grants/grantwin11.html