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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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… you will find the works of over a dozen photographers. From night blooming cereus, spring buds and insects draped in pollen to statuary, historic architecture and rooftop views of cities, Eyes On: Nature || the Urban Landscape is an eclectic yet cohesive expression of nature and the urban landscape. Please join the Riverside Arts Group at the Riverside Gallery, hosted at the Cambridge Community Center, in celebrating these unique thematic explorations.

Opening Reception, Sunday September 11, 3:00-5:00 PM

Closing Party, Sunday October 9, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Music and tasty snacks provided at each of these two events. Please drop by, meet the photographers and view these wonderful works. Located at 5 Callendar Street, Cambridge, MA.  Co-curated by Derrick Z. Jackson, Carol E. Moses and Cynthia Staples.

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The Beebe Estate is a historic house located at 235 W. Foster Street in Melrose, MA.  A lovely example of Greek Revival architecture built in 1828 as a home by William Foster, it is now an arts and cultural center. It is my pleasure to have three framed photographs appearing in Nature: Our Most Precious Resources, an arts exhibit hosted at the estate this September by the Friends of the Middlesex Fells. The opening reception was held September 2nd and it was a well attended gathering as you can see in the embedded video. Throughout the three remaining Saturdays in September you have the opportunity to visit and peruse the beautiful works on display. Enjoy. 🙂

Friends of the Fells; Exhibit; Opening Reception; Sept 2, 2016 from Julie Kelleher on Vimeo.

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Eyes On: Nature || the Urban Landscape

Stand still in a meadow. Look up as you pause at a street corner. What do you see? In either landscape there is beauty to be found, complexity of forms and the rich display of life. In Eyes On: Nature || the Urban Landscape, over a dozen emerging and professional photographers exhibit works exploring their experience of the natural world and the urban landscape. Two oftentimes contrasting themes are brought together in one remarkably diverse show.

From September 11 to October 9, 2016,  photographs will be on view at the Riverside Gallery hosted at the Cambridge Community Center in Cambridge, MA. Featured artists include Colin Buckley, Beverly Fisher Crawford, Lois Fiore, Anton Grassl, Linda Haas, Cedric Harper, Michelle Hogan, Derrick Z. Jackson, Carol E. Moses, Andrew McPhee, Seacia Pavao, Ted Prato, and Cynthia Staples. Curators: Derrick Z. Jackson, Carol E. Moses, and Cynthia Staples.

Key dates …

  • Opening Reception Sunday, September 11, 2016, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.
  • Closing Party Sunday, October 9, 2016, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.
  • Light snacks and beverages provided at reception and party.

More details in the coming weeks!

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In September, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells presents Nature, Our Most Precious Resource, an exhibit of artwork celebrating the beauty of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. I’m honored to have three pieces in the show, 12 x 12 prints capturing the bright-hued beauty I’ve experienced in the Fells over the years. The event is hosted at the Beebe Estate in Melrose with an opening reception scheduled for September 2nd, 7-9 PM. Further details can be found below or by calling 781-662-2340.

Learn more about Fells at Friends of the Middlesex Fells: http://www.friendsofthefells.org/

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Exvoto Family by Adriana Prat, image courtesy of the artist

Ex-voto Family by Adriana Prat, image courtesy of the artist

After an extremely successful opening reception in February, the Riverside Gallery will be extending the Words in Our Work Exhibit into early April with a closing reception scheduled for Sunday, April 10th, from 3:00-5:00 PM.  The distinctly different works of 9 fine artists are on display, all of whom weave words into their visual arts.  In February, it was my pleasure to share a conversation with one of the featured artists, Cedric Harper.  Images in this post are provided by another featured artist, Adriana Prat. Originally from Argentina and now living in Cambridge, I first met Adriana through the Riverside Gallery at the Cambridge Community Center where she is the gallery co-director as well as co-curator of this exhibit.

Exvoto Saint N by Adriana Prat, image courtesy of the artist

Ex-voto Saint N by Adriana Prat, image courtesy of the artist

Over the course of several previous exhibits, I’d come to admire the beauty of Adriana’s bright-hued paintings often in oil and acrylic. So when I walked into the Words in Our Work Exhibit I was immediately struck by the difference of these works, the ephemeral nature of layered and textured papers, floating in their frames, and throughout Adriana’s beautiful handwritten script. When I asked her about the inspiration for these works, this is what she shared:

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Ex-Voto Cosmos by Adriana Prat, image courtesy of the artist

The pieces installed at the WiOW show were inspired by nostalgia and gratitude.  Nostalgia because they are pieces specifically composed of “treasures” found in my studio: past paintings, materials, forgotten “souls” at some point considered inadequate, neglected or that were simply waiting for their opportunity to belong in a more introspective collection which comes up from meditations about time passing.  Things that were lost that brought much needed found to my life.”

Ex-Voto Cosmos by Adriana Prat, image courtesy of the artist

Ex-Voto House of My Dreams by Adriana Prat, image courtesy of the artist

“Why gratitude? Inspired by my attraction to ex-votos which are votive offerings made to a saint or to a divinity, in fulfillment of a vow or miracle.  I first discovered them in my beloved Mexico. My small collection of abstract “ex-votos” stretches the boundaries of the traditional narrative images telling a personal story of a miracle or favor received, and therefore rendering my own vision to express my appreciation to the world that surrounds, nurtures and inspires me.

It is a delight to interact with Adriana, to talk about art and her unique perspectives of the world. Learn more about her at www.agprat.com.  Meet her and several other fine artists in person at the closing reception for Words in Our Work, Sunday, April 10th, 3:00-5:00 PM at the Riverside Gallery.

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… gearing up for the various open studios and spring exhibits. The greater Boston area is rich with opportunities and it has been a pleasure taking part in different ways from volunteer to exhibitor. Here are some of the venues where you’ll find my work alongside the work of many other fine artists, and other publication news.

Somerville Open Studios Volunteer Exhibit @ Diesel Cafe, Davis Square, Somerville, April 8 – May 20, 2016, 11 x 14 framed print of a scene along the Mystic River

Cambridge Open Studios @ Riverside Gallery, May 15 – 16, 2016, 12-6pm, 11 x 14 framed metallic print of a sunlit Torch Lily

This 11 x 14 framed metallic print of sunlight flowing over water has been submitted for an upcoming exhibit. More details if it is accepted.

And I’m happy to report that I have four grayscale images appearing in the Winter 2016 Issue of The MacGuffin, a respected international literary magazine based out of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. One of those four images will be featured on the cover of The Mini-MacGuffin, a best of issue that editors will hand out as part of their participation at the upcoming AWP Conference & Bookfair in Los Angeles. More details as the publications become publicly available.

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