It came as a surprise to me when I visited the Children’s Museum of Boston to stumble across an art gallery. Quaint but functional, it’s still a lovely place to check out artist’s work. If you don’t want to pay the $12 to check out the exhibits (which are quite entertaining even for adults might I add) you can get a discount on Fridays for $1 during the summer. When I visited there was a stop motion film of small vinettes, paintings and mixed media.
FYI – For those of you who don’t have children be warned that they will give you a special “visitors badge”. It’s not as bad as it sounds it’s just a little sticker badge but it does feel a little weird to be labeled as someone who doesn’t have children.
It might not be your community but if you understand the essence of graffiti art, you should probably support by at least signing the petition. The great thing about 5 Pointz is that it brings people of varying skills and walks of life. The great concept of the space is that pieces are constantly rotating. The images located in less visible areas rotate on a more regular basis since that space is usually reserved for beginner artists while more visible areas are given to more experienced artists. Artists usually request space by contacting the curator and providing examples of their work and sketches. Unfortunately, they aren’t accepting new submissions for this season until final conclusions are made about the ground it sits upon.
I’ve noticed I have a knack for stumbling upon free things. The Honan-Allston Library is just another example. I’d only visited the library about once or twice but never actually explored it until a few days ago. Considering I’m only about a 10 minute leisurely walk away, I’m slightly ashamed at how long it took me to figure out there was an artists gallery inside. You wouldn’t know it was there unless you’re a little nosy. Walk past all the books towards the back room and you’ll stumble upon the gallery space too. The installations vary depending on availability. Currently exhibited is the Allston-Brighton Art Exposition. A group of local Allston artists a showcase their artwork in multiple mediums. Usually the current schedule lives on the BPL Honan-Allston library calendar. It’s a free space for artists to exhibit their work. There’s even a auditorium that holds 80 people where receptions can be held. I’ll definitely keep the library in mind when I’m looking for a gallery space to exhibit my next photo project. Organized by the Friends of the Library and the head librarian, the gallery is truly a community space. Stop in next time you’re ready to check out a book or movie!
300 N Harvard Street
(between Oxford St & Brainerd Rd)
Allston, MA 02134
What a great place to start a First Friday! I went to Galatea Gallery on an invite by one of my wonderful roommates. They told me I had to meet the Director of Galatea Gallery, Marjorie Kaye, because she was a pretty cool person. Who doesn’t want to bump into more pretty cool people in the day-to-day life?
GALVIN-ized Headwear is probably one of my most interesting gallery finds in Boston thus far. During one First Fridayartist open studios night I came across this boutique. It was filled with women and a few men. It was obvious that this boutique was popular considering the fact hats and headbands were flying off the stands and the air was buzzing with voices. Marie Galvin and her work are known both nationally and internationally. She’s graced the covers of various magazines and television programs.Not only does she have a boutique full of beautifully designed hats but she also makes custom hats for customers who have the perfect outfit which they want to compliment with a Marie Galvin hat. Filled with hats, headbands and other accessories, the store has something for fashionistas.
I personally enjoyed the aesthetics and artistic nature of the hats.The hats create beautiful silhouettes and shimmered in the overhead lights. I’d definitely recommend stopping in to see what might interest you!
Location: 450 Harrison Avenue, #67 Garden Level, Boston MA 02118
Andy Zimmermann’s, Where Am I?
Andy Zimmermann used basic mediums to create his installation for his Where Am I? exhibition. Mirrors are something most of us use every day. Whether to check ourselves before we present ourselves to the world or while we’re driving around town. Reflections play an important role in Zimmermann’s pieces. The arrangement of the mirror encourages the viewer to be contemplative and playful. His installations fill negative space in creative ways. With long spindly pieces of metal cleverly attached to speakers that emit various levels of sound from multiple speakers which are timed to go off at different intervals. He creates a feeling of movement from every direction of the room. A soft voice drifts from the speakers, metal leaves rustle and bounce off of one another and you are here, there, and nowhere.
I loved the fact that his installation incorporated both sound and silence between the different elements of his installation. Something I also liked about this installation was that he reinterpreted a piece for another exhibit, Pflanze, into his current exhibit, Where Am I?. Lastly, Andy was there to talk with my friends and I about his pieces, giving us a in-depth perspective how he created his pieces. In my personal opinion, there is very little things more valuable in an artistic experience other than speaking with the artist.
Benjamin S. Cariens, Repair
How would I describe Benjamin Cariens’ installation? Beautifully constructed raw emotion. Some of the pieces are cathartic while slightly disturbing. Cariens’ usage of both positive and negative elements in his work creates a ghostly type of presence. He most effectively integrated reconstruction with deconstruction. It almost feels as though each piece reflects a different event or moment in his life that he’s responding to. You can’t help but lean in close to check out the fine details of his pieces. Take your time to absorb each component of his installation. I can ramble on and on about my interpretations but it’s best you go see for yourself. Both installations are up until May 22nd!