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Barry McGee: Bringing Graffiti Indoors


A San Francisco native, McGee's radical installations are making a splash in Boston Harbor!

*Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art for free on Thursdays, 5-9pm

Full coverage of the exhibit via the ICA and New York Times

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Boston Contemporary Art Spotlight: Adria Arch - Force Field


I've been a Boston-based artist for many years. My MFA in painting is from Mass Art, and I have taught printmaking and drawing at Montserrat College of Art among other venues. A solo exhibit at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham in May of 2011 led to site-specific collaborative paintings there and also at Lesley University in Cambridge.

My exhibit at the Bromfield in October 2011, Brain Storms, featured an installation involving free hanging sculptures and painted wood boxes.

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My painting grows out of the abstract expressionist tradition of mark making, with graffiti art its most current manifestation. I am drawn to the expressive lines I notice in unselfconscious pencil doodles - some I find and some I elicit from people. I change the scale of these tiny marks by supersizing them. I project them onto my canvases and paint the marks exactly as I see them. It looks like a giant was doodling. These overlapping, largescale lines are metaphors for boundless energy spinning through space.

I want viewers to feel as if they are physically experiencing a different world, so large scale canvases are very important for my work.

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Zippity, shown above, is acrylic paint on canvas, 40" x 80".

I show my work regularly at the Bromfield Gallery on Harrison Ave. in the SOWA Arts District where there is a collection of exciting galleries featuring Boston based artists and beyond.

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Above: Lavender Ball, acrylic on canvas, 40" x 80"

View the following video of a collaborative painting project with teens at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA.

Adria Arch's website

I am a Certified Working Artist for GOLDEN Artist Colors, which means that I was trained to teach others about how to use their many acrylic products. Contact me if you are interested in a free lecture demo for an artist group, or a hands-on workshop.

I am also leading a push to bring contemporary public art to my hometown of Arlington, MA. I am the curator of Chairful (Where You Sit), a pop up installation of painted chairs on the Minuteman Bike Path in Arlington, now in it's second year and scheduled for the summer of 2013.

I will be showing my work in a group exhibit at Brickbottom Gallery in January, Surface Matters,  and at the Concord Art Association, A Room Of Our Own, in March of 2013.

Look for my upcoming solo exhibit at the Art Complex Museum opening in May of 2013.

Boston Artist Emmaline Payette's Landscape Show at Thayer Gallery

EMMALINE PAYETTE at Thayer Gallery
October 15 - November 8, 2012
Opening Reception: FRI, OCT 19, 6 - 8 p.m.

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Emmaline Payette is a young emerging artist from the Boston Area.  The artist is currently exhibiting her work in a solo show at Thayer Academy’s Thayer Gallery in the Braintree, MA. She is primarily a landscape painter and works mostly in oil.  Payette is exhibiting her most recent landscapes of Zimbabwe and her linear starscapes. She began painting and exhibiting work at a young age, and in recent years exhibited in Rockport, Provincetown, and Dedham, Massachusetts; Upstate New York; and Brittany, France.

After graduating from Union College with a BA in anthropology, Payette studied painting and drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art with a Brown and RISD summer-abroad program. The artist also did environmental work with Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife, and volunteered at a lion preservation in Zimbabwe in 2011.  Her academic background in environmental anthropology directly influences her art. 

Payette uses linear forms over naturalistic landscapes to convey Western culture’s imposition of a linear way of thinking onto the natural environment. Through her art, she aims to invoke compassion for the natural landscape and hopes to inspire thinking about one’s own relationship with the environment.

Thayer Art Gallery at Thayer Academy, 745 Washington Street, Braintree, MA 02184. For more information visit:

Thayer Art Gallery



Boston Artist Spotlight: Cheryl Weissbach


Happy Wednesday, everyone!  

This time each year, once the craziness of summer has subsided, and the cooler weather makes staying indoors a more attractive option, I look into pursuing a new class/workshop, ideally in a medium where I have less experience.

So this week, I've been researching encaustic classes in the Boston area.  One search led me to this great-looking piece by Cheryl Weissbach (below), who works out of the SoWa District. 

Lynnette Haggard recently did a terrific interview with Cheryl.  You can see more of her work, and access the full Q&A here: Boston Artist Cheryl Weissbach - September 2012 Interview.

This blog will start to include more regular "Artist Spotlights", on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  If you'd like to be featured - or have an artist recommendation - just contact me through the blue 'Ask Sam' button to the right.


Boston Artist Opportunities on the Greenway


Well, it's about time a public art program in Boston got more attention and funding!  

Last week on October 2nd, this finally happened, when the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has completed a planning process for a 5 year vision for getting public art installed on the Greenway.  

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 This effort is largely thanks to the Boston Art Commission,  spearheaded by Boston Mayor Tom Menino and  Chair of the BAC, Carol Burns. 

Most exciting perhaps, is that the associated fundraising (budget  exceeding $300,000) will open up a range of opportunties for local (multi-disciplinary) artists to submit project proposals.  

(And to light your way along the Greenway for a night tour, check out the awesome candles from our friends at Ella Long!)


How do I Find Free Museums in Boston?


Looking to enjoy Boston's modern art scene, but operating on a tight budget?  There are some great resources for gaining discounted or free access to the best Boston has to offer!

  • The best one I could find, which spans a broad range of art types and locations, is on this site:  
  • Harvard University also has a vibrant Arts scene, and posts a regularly updated calendar of events: Harvard Arts

Especially of note, is the FREE last-Saturday of every month at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art in the up and coming Innovation District.  And when you're done checking out the ICA and ready to refuel, right next door is an awesome New England themed restaurant called Sam's.  Check out Sam's lunch, dinner and brunch menus HERE.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates and tips!


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New Wing at the MFA - Bringing Contemporary Art to Boston


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The Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art is a new and amazing addition to the Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Ave.  Over 12,000 square feet of exhibition space, across seven galleries throughout the Linde Wing, display a diverse selection of media and artists.  From video installations to wood sculptures and acryilic paintings, there is definitely something for everyone, no matter your taste or background.  

Click here to check out a great summary of the New MFA Wing.

Or, take a Video Tour of the Linde Wing with the Boston Globe:


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