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Hubris (Louis-Vuitton Gas Mask with Blue Jay), 2017, soot and acrylic on panel.


SPAZUK PLAYS WITH FIRE Molly Hamill I ran down the streets of Boston’s SOWA district on a chilly night in early April, heading to the opening reception of “Spazuk: Hubris, Beauty & Greed.” The Adelson Gallery on Harrison Avenue was buzzing, but the work on the walls immediately commanded my attention more than the colorful, […]

Winged Victory, 2017, oil on board, 36” x 36”.


KAT O’CONNOR IN NEW HAVEN Brian Goslow The idea for Kat O’Connor’s current series of “Water: Pools/Figures” oil paintings came to her at a hotel in Marfa, Texas. “We were sitting around at night, watching bats diving into the pool for drinks in the middle of the desert,” she explained. “Somehow, the reflection of figures […]

Shelley Reed, Tiger (after Janssens and Landseer), 2017, oil on paper, 90” x 88”; White Horse (after Grant and Stubbs), 2016, oil on paper, 90” x 132”; City Bound (after Ward and Breenbergh), 2014, oil on canvas, 48” diameter. Installation view, A Curious Nature: Paintings by Shelley Reed, Fitchburg Art Museum. Courtesy of Danese/Corey. ©2017 Charles Sternaimolo.


A GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT Donna Dodson I do not think I am alone in thinking Shelley Reed has “made it.” I admire her, look up to her and respect her work. She makes no secret of how hard she works or how serious she is, but she is also approachable, generous and kind. She has […]

Wayne Montecalvo, Mat, 2017, photo silkscreen, stained papers, digital image, and wax, 20” x 22”.


A SYNERGISTIC BLEND IN PTOWN Laura Shabott In concert with the International Encaustic Conference hosted annually by the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, artists/curators Lia Rothstein and Sherrie Posternak are bringing their weeklong “Photosynthesis” exhibition to Julie Heller Gallery East. “Encaustic is a translucent material that can be used in many ways, […]

John Buron, Toothpaste Americano (still), video.


NBMAA’S 47TH MEMBERS’ SHOW Kristin Nord The New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) is serving up a lively stew of works by 90 emerging artists from throughout New England in an exhibit running through May 28. Sarah Fritchey, full-time curator and gallery director at Artspace New Haven, set aside her normal duties to serve […]

Michael Mansfield outside the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

Cornered: Michael Mansfield

Michael Mansfield Eric Taubert As the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) prepares to open the doors for its 64th Season on May 1, a new executive director stands at the helm. After a nine-month nationwide search, the museum board selected Michael Mansfield, former curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art […]

Valeriya Lakrisenko, Freyja.


YOUNG RUSSIANS AT SHATTUCK Don Wilkinson During a recent press conference in Moscow alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that he told Vladimir Putin that relations between the United States and Russia had reached “a low point.” It’s hard to argue with that observation. Between rumored Russian […]

Mountain View, Lincoln, New Hampshire, 2004, acrylic and mixed media carved wood, 28” x 20” x 12”.


GOING WITH THE GRAIN Beth Neville Coming full circle in his long life as a sculptor, Nick Edmonds creates sculptural worlds filled with people, boats, clouds and rocks. Each carefully carved wood sculpture takes the viewer to a extraordinary place. “Crystal Creek Pond” depicts his childhood memories of swimming in his grandfather’s trout pond. Small, […]

ID-entity series (RBGrOY), 2013, sign vinyl on mylar, 40” x 30”.


MICHELMAN MAKES SPACE Marguerite Serkin It is not often that the creative output of an artist matches her intellectual capacities. For Elizabeth Michelman, there is context and conceptual reasoning behind her creative choices as an artist and in exhibition design. She is able to convey the impetus behind her multi-faceted implementation through words and visual […]

Thibault Roland, Prudential, 2015, inkjet print.


BOSTON ATHENAEUM’S WORKS ON PAPER Franklin W. Liu Nestled with quiet dignity on Boston’s bustling Beacon Hill since 1849, and just a stone’s throw from the Massachusetts State House, is the Boston Athenæum, one of the oldest, manifestly resourceful, independent libraries in the United States. Walking within its hallowed halls, with no need for reminder, […]