Word of advice – believe the hype. When I first started seeing the advertisements around town for the Chihuly Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston I thought, “gotta see.” I’ve been a fan of glass art since discovering one of my favorite stores in Huntingdon, PA, Vintage Art Glass. Over the years, I’ve collected a handful of beautiful pieces and even tried my hand at making my own glass pieces. Now, I didn’t create beautiful blown glass pieces like Chihuly, but I did make a few pieces of jewelry and even a small plate like dish. I thought going to the exhibit would be interesting but didn’t realize the level of glass work Chihuly did. The first attempt to see it was unsuccessful because my friend and I attempted to pay a visit during the Free Wednesday’s after it had only been on exhibit for a month. The exhibit had reached maximum capacity =(. I didn’t give up though. The next two times I visited the museum I made sure swing on by. As a person who enjoys beautiful, vibrant colors and funky shapes I was intrigued by the work that the artist did. I believe some of the pieces are quite playful and the variance of the colors are meant to evoke a cheerful response. Most of his pieces are massive in size and comprised of different sizes, shapes, and colors. My favorite part of the exhibit was being able to lay under the roof of glass and gaze at the work from different angles. My friend, seeking a true artistic experience laid down on the floor, soon, myself and other museum visitors spent time diving into the mass of glass. People all around the world get to see various collections of Chihuly’s artwork. The exhibit in Boston includes pieces that probably aren’t in other Chihuly exhibits you might come by. Point is, you should stop by the MFA to check out this exhibit before it leaves on August 7th. A regular museum visit for a non-member adult is $22, students and seniors $20, and youth under 6 are free!. When organizing your visit remember that “due to the gallery capacity and fragility of the objects, access to “Chihuly” will be limited during high traffic periods, including weekends and Wednesday evenings. Consider a weekday visit!”
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.
As you know by now, I love art and try to consume it for free as much as possible. I recommend visiting the MFA as an activity you should include in your life at least once a month. Ok, so that might be a little ridiculous but you should at least check out the MFA of Boston at least once. This Friday – July 1st for the first Free Fun Fridays of 2011. Each summer, the Highland Street Foundation helps to fun FREE opportunities at local area institutions of culture. Find out about Free Fun Friday at the MFA here.If you can’t catch it next month, there’s always Wednesday’s when admission is free!
I’ve actually be able to see a traveling exhibit or two on Free Wednesday’s. Donation is requested but not necessary. I recommend donating even if it’s a pocket full of change because it’s free opportunities like these that allow everyone to appreciate the value of a local cultural institution.
I’ll be sharing some of my experiences at some of these institutions of the next coming months. Stay tuned! Until then, Download the Free Fun Friday event schedule!
I met this gentleman when I was visiting 5 Pointz one day with my best friend. I revisited the same spot a week later and his piece has disappeared. =/ ‘Tis the life of a 5 Pointz artist.
Graffiti is “the biggest art movement the world has ever seen.” – Lady Pink, Graffiti is Legal Documentary. Found probably in every part of the world, it’s great to have such a large and free establishment that artists have access to. 5 Pointz is the “largest aerosol art exhibit space in the United States.”
The powerful thing about 5 pointz is that people from all over the world come to express themselves. One afternoon I was wandering around the area I found Pim making his mark on 5 Pointz, he was from Germany and was really exited to make it onto the wall. Next post I’ll share some photos from Pim’s experience. I’ll also raise a controversial question I hope you’ll weigh in on.
Check out this video until then:
Here’s where I’m going to climb onto my soapbox .. * clomp clomp clop, shuffle papers, ahem * Honestly, I think 5 Pointz sealed my love of graffiti culture. A respected institution where artists can legally practice their craft, 5 Pointz carries years of history along it’s walls. To knock it down for the purpose of creating more dwellings in an already congested city is disrespectful. Reducing the building to anything less than it already is will be removing a legal and constructive opportunity for artists in the city. More likely than not, the city will pay the consequences by seeing a rise in illegal taggings. Please keep 5 POINTZ!
How can you help save 5 Pointz? For one, blog about it. After you reblog my post, go one step further and sign a petition!
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