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Rachel Mello http://www.rachelmello.com visual artist & arts educator Wed, 04 Nov 2015 23:41:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 Somerville Toy Camera Festival http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/somerville-toy-camera-festival/ http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/somerville-toy-camera-festival/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:04:24 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1398 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.

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Sky Cranes at Harbor Arts http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/sky-cranes-at-harbor-arts/ http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/sky-cranes-at-harbor-arts/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:44:32 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1392 Sky Cranes Over Boston_400pxSky Cranes InstalledSky Cranes in permanent collection
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.

Sky Cranes w Window_640

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Here Then Gone http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/here-the-gone/ http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/here-the-gone/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:37:44 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1388 Here The Gone Here Then Gone
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.

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Fractured http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/fractured/ http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/fractured/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:10:43 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1287 Fractured


pinhole camera photography (35mm FujiFilm)

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Ferris http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/ferris/ http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/ferris/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:07:49 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1285 Ferris


pinhole camera photography (35mm FujiFilm)

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Carnie http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/carnie/ http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/carnie/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 05:38:25 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1348 Carnie


pinhole camera photography (35mm FujiFilm)

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Beach Day http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/beach-day/ http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/beach-day/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:01:12 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1283 Beach Day

Beach Day

pinhole camera photography (35mm FujiFilm)

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Out From the Garden http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/out-from-the-garden/ http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/out-from-the-garden/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 05:11:53 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1335 Out From the Garden

Out From the Garden

pinhole camera photography (35mm FujiFilm)

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Lines http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/lines/ http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/lines/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:04:53 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1331 Lines


pinhole camera photography (35mm FujiFilm)

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Willow Ave http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/willow-ave/ http://www.rachelmello.com/artwork/willow-ave/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:00:35 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1329 Willow Ave

Willow Ave

pinhole camera photography (35mm FujiFilm)

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