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Rachel Mello http://www.rachelmello.com visual artist & arts educator Wed, 02 Nov 2016 05:04:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 That Space Between Flying and Falling http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/that-space-between-flying-and-falling/ http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/that-space-between-flying-and-falling/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 21:05:06 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1523 signs_400px Opening Friday, November 4, That Space Between Flying and Falling. Cut silhouettes hang from the ceiling and cast shadows to create an installation simultaneously evoking an emotional landscape and a tangible cityscape. Here are painted clouds and skies in rich hues, on free-hanging cut silhouettes of urban forms.

They’re paintings, but they present themselves in space without a frame. They’re sculptural objects casting shadows, but they’re flat. They’re conceived of and created together, in a way that an installation is not usually composed of paintings. You are invited to find your own way to experience That Space Between Flying and Falling.

Laconia Gallery
433 Harrison Avenue | Boston, MA 02118

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

Artist’s Talk: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
6:30pm – 7pm

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 4 – Dec. 18, 2016
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TEN Kingston Associates: Our Voices http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/our-voices/ http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/our-voices/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:36:37 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1480 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 http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/save-the-date-laconia/ http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/save-the-date-laconia/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:18:18 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1492 LG logo2_400px
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?! http://www.rachelmello.com/uncategorized/pokestops/ http://www.rachelmello.com/uncategorized/pokestops/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:55:30 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1501 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.

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Felicia Fiona Fox http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/fox-family/ http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/fox-family/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2016 02:23:19 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1474 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 http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/tiny-tall-ships/ http://www.rachelmello.com/news-events/tiny-tall-ships/#comments Sun, 15 May 2016 17:01:03 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1444 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 http://www.rachelmello.com/uncategorized/sos-2016/ http://www.rachelmello.com/uncategorized/sos-2016/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:20:40 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1465
(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.

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Sketchbook Show 2016 http://www.rachelmello.com/uncategorized/sketchbook-show-2016/ http://www.rachelmello.com/uncategorized/sketchbook-show-2016/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 23:23:25 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1454 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.

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Kingston Gallery Associate http://www.rachelmello.com/uncategorized/kingston-gallery-associate/ http://www.rachelmello.com/uncategorized/kingston-gallery-associate/#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2015 19:07:38 +0000 http://www.rachelmello.com/?p=1488 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.

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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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