Event Reviews

Slummer Camp

This past weekend I made it to the opening reception of "Slummer Camp," which is the current exhibit featuring works by some of my good friends - KDONZ, Adam O’Day, and MRNVR. It is up from August 2 – 24, 2013 at the The Distillery Gallery. The gallery is located in The Distillery Building at 516 East Second Street in South Boston, MA, and it is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday - Saturday, and by appointment. Here are a few images from the opening reception: scamp2WEB

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If you have a chance to stop in I recommend seeing this show.

Art Crank

This past Saturday, July 20th, I attended the first ever ARTCRANK show in Boston, a one day event at the Fourth Wall Project near Fenway. ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art. Since their 2007 debut in Minneapolis, they have held shows in many bike enthusiast cities like Portland, San Francisco, New York, Austin, Los Angeles and London. This year, they will visit 14 cities in three countries, including this show in Boston. Here is a link to this event and information - ARTCRANK - Boston. Proceeds from the event will help fund LivableStreets, a non-profit organization working to improve biking, walking, and transit — creating safe streets and vibrant communities to make the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play.

Here are a few images from this one day event; artcrank4

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Being a Boston cyclist, I thought this was great idea to bring awareness to the use of bikes in Boston.  I hope this event continues in Boston next year, and I hope to be able to contribute to it as well. I recommend checking out the event if you're in any of the other cities hosting upcoming shows.

SoWa First Friday

HAPPY 4th of JULY. I hope everyone enjoyed a fun and relaxing vacation. sowa2

Last Friday, July 5th, a group of friends and I attended First Friday in Boston's SoWa district. First Friday is an event where the galleries at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston open their studio doors to the public for an evening of culture and inspiration. Typically, these open receptions will present the new exhibits in the participating galleries. It is a great event, along with the many other art events and activities hosted by the SoWa organization. For more information and calendar events check out these links.

SoWa Artists Guild SoWa Art Walk

SoWa stands for "South of Washington," which is an area in the city where there is a high volume of galleries and artist studios. A few of the galleries that I always like to check out include Carroll and Son's, Howard Yezerski Gallery and Chase Young Gallery.

As it was a holiday weekend in the summer, it was not as busy with foot traffic as it usually is, and many of the galleries presented group shows. Typically, as the city becomes more populated in the fall and throughout the winter and spring months, the event it much busier and hosts more solo shows. It was nice to see the more laid back atmosphere of the event in the summer, though the busier events are also a great time. If you have happen to be in Boston on the First Friday of the month try and swing by the SoWa area.

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Provincetown Trip

ptown2WEB This past weekend I made a trip to Provincetown, MA from Boston with my girlfriend, Jenna. We left early Saturday morning on the Boston Harbor Cruise Fast Ferry with our bikes. Upon our arrival, we found our bed and breakfast and then familiarized ourselves with Commercial Street and other local landmarks. Provincetown is dense and full of rich culture. Every restaurant and store front has paintings or art in them, and we saw many artists creating work around the town. This is along with the multitude of unique galleries within this small area.

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As we walked through the town, gallery hopping, we came to the Kobalt Gallery, where we found the work of a fellow AIB alum and friend, Sean Flood. It was great to see his gritty urban landscapes. His skill and execution in his paintings allowed for a unique and dynamic view of familiar metropolitan areas, including New York and Boston. If you are in P-town on August 2nd, check out his opening from 7-10pm at the Kobalt Gallery. It should be an exciting show and I hope to make it for this event.

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Being in this artistically inspiring town made me eager to paint. I was able to complete a few small paintings from my pochade box (small painting sketch box, photograph above) while we were there, and an image of one of these paintings of the Provincetown harbor is below.

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It was a fun and relaxing trip that was also artistically motivating. If you ever have a chance to visit, I highly recommend it.

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