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This Thursday through Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM, is the last opportunity to view the interactive exhibit Peace: Cutting through Turmoil, curated by Lois Fiore. Doug Holder, arts editor for The Somerville News, spoke with Lois about the origin of the show. You can read his review here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/06/somerville-artist-lois-fiore-speaks-of.html

The exhibit can be seen in the Brickbottom Artists Gallery located at 1 Fitchburg Street in Somerville, just outside Union Square. Hope you have a chance to visit! It was a pleasure to be one of the participating artists and I look forward to future installations.

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detail from sermon on the mount, 1902

It was a quick visit but well worth it to see the interior of Arlington Street Church in Boston. The church has sixteen stained glass windows designed by Tiffany Studios of New York at the turn of the 20th century. Here are details from just a few.

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detail from john the baptist, 1905

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detail from jesus in the temple, 1903

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detail from the good shepherd, 1900-1905

More pictures in the future. View for yourself generally between 10-3. Learn more online at http://www.ascboston.org/about/building.html

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photo by patricia cobb

I feel I honored the memories of the children like Willis Cofer. 🙂

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I have received many encouraging words about the installation. For me it was a truly collaborative process where people around me helped bring to life the picture in my head. I am thankful. We’ll see what the future holds in terms of future installations. Meanwhile, I do hope if you’re in the area you have a chance to walk beneath these branches.

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The opening reception for Peace: Cutting Through Turmoil at Brickbottom Artist Gallery was a powerful night. What a treat to have my work featured next to such wonderful artists. Each shares work — from paintings to sculpture to video — that is quite different and yet the whole comes together quite cohesively.  Each artist telling a different story. Kudos to curator Lois Fiore for her vision.  The exhibit will be on view Thursday – Saturday noon – 5pm until July 1st.

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Lois Fiore, Curator: http://loisfiore.com/pages/artist.html

10 Patricia Cobb: https://www.brickbottomartists.com/artist/227

Cedric Harper: https://edward-film.squarespace.com/about/

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cedric harper

Riki Moss: http://www.rikimoss.com/

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Jose Santos: http://joselsantos.com/about_jose.htm

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Brynmore Williams: http://brynmore.com/

 

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Tomorrow night, June 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, is the opening reception for Peace: Cutting Through Turmoil at the Brickbottom Artist Gallery in Somerville. Good food, good drink and great art with a story to tell. I’m one of seven proud participants, debuting my first installation, Mussel ‘Em. Hope to see you there, and FYI, the show will run through July 1, 2017.

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Learn more at  https://www.brickbottomartists.com/gallery_future

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the completed trough

Nope, that is not the opening to one of my fairly gentle political posts. Just breathe. Those are the words I repeat to myself the night before I attempt to set up my first installation for the exhibit Peace: Cutting through Turmoil. My contribution to the show I guess I can say is a three dimensional representation of my artistic and emotional experiences after chancing upon 1930’s Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives in the public library, and then later reading more narratives online. It was a short paragraph that set me on this path, a recount of childhood memories of eating from a trough with a mussel shell. Shells pulled from the branches …

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What I am creating is ephemeral. Paper, prints, words produced to physically be on display for a little less than a month. A contribution that I think will be part of a powerful whole when viewed in the company of the works by the other participants who have esteemed careers in the arts. I feel a bit like the new kid on the block. A little scary but freeing too.

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It will be an assemblage of pieces and parts, words and images, some culled from nature, some acquired collaboratively with the aid of friends. The least ephemeral of the whole is the trough. While he did let me hold a chisel or two, it was Steve who carved the trough for me using a fallen tree, and a pivotal tool, both shared by friends.

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Shared by friends. No matter what happens with this project it has been a wonderful collaborative effort. I was even able to involve one of my littlest friends, aged 9 and going on 21, who agreed to hold a mussel shell for me.

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Hmmm. What else is there to say? Before this night is done, I have a few more shells to drill holes in and string, and I still need to discuss with Steve how to hang … oops, I can’t tell you what I intend to hang or from what. At least not yet. Meanwhile, I just breathe. 🙂

Peace: Cutting through Turmoil

Brick Bottom Artists Gallery, Somerville, MA

Opening Reception Thursday June 8, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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Shells are being strung,

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a felled tree has become a trough,

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and photos have been selected as have words. Next steps? Put all the pieces together and then you can see the whole for yourself, along with the work of six other fine artists at Peace: Cutting Through Turmoil, June 8 – July 1, 2017 at Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville. Stay tuned for further updates.

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