? Sidewalk Graffiti

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I’ve become a fan of sidewalk graffiti since I’ve been in Boston. Rather frequently, I’ll find a stencil or random tag while meandering the streets. I found this one as I was headed to find some grub for lunch today in Chinatown. I like it, simple.


450 Harrison Gallery – Galatea Fine Art Gallery

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Galatea Gallery
Galatea Gallery

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?

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Get ‘er done!

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On my usual weekend adventure, I discovered something that I should have concluded a long time ago. I was sitting on a bench after a nice walk along the Charles River this weekend enjoying the beautiful weather and some time alone. It’s a great place to gather your thoughts and come to a conclusion or two about your life (if you let it happen). I sat for a while watching various couplings of people boating by. Some where in single person kayaks, others were in small speed boats, and then there were a few in canoes. One particular family of 5 (two little ones included) in one canoe struggled for 5 or more minutes to coordinate their efforts to move. Just move. What neither of them realized was that none of their paddles where in the water. They were going nowhere fast.  What I realized is: there are some moments in life when you have [the people], the boat, the paddle, and the water; but the paddle’s not in the water, so you’re not going anywhere.

How many times have we felt like we have all the necessary tools in life but we’re just not getting anywhere? Let’s make moves people! If you’ve got all the necessary tools at your disposal. What are you waiting for?

“Get things done!”

Boston Skyline

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One of my favorite recurring moments in Boston is riding on the Redline between Downtown Boston and the Hahhhvad Yahhd. I love experiencing the skyline on different days, in different lights, and under varying weather conditions. I always take a few moments to check out the skyline right before the Charles MGH stop on the Redline. On a day like this, 70 degrees, mostly sunny with a light breeze, it’s beautiful! Unlike the NY, NY skyline which I’m pretty familiar with as a native New Yorker, it’s quaint and just right. With the Charles River in the foreground it’s a pretty sweet site to behold. What’s your favorite spot to check out the Boston skyline from?

Cyberarts Festival

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As is the case with most weekends,  I gave myself an order – “Go outside and explore somewhere new with your camera.” However, unlike most times, this adventure had a predetermined goal of attending the Boston Cyber Arts Festival. To be fair, I didn’t come up with this idea on my own. I hadn’t heard the concept of cyber arts until a friend and fellow consumer of the arts invited me to go with her and a group of friends. At the end of the day, I was happy I didn’t miss out. I’d say take a trip over to some studios and check it out what you can before new exhibits take the place of old ones.

Since the meet up started in Somerville we hopped the Redline downtown from Davis Square station to Broadway station and walked to Harrison Ave. You may want to consider taking a bus or taxi if the weather or the hike isn’t in your favor. I was able to check out 4+ gallery spaces in the span of a few hours.

Zimmerman and Cariens

First Stop:

@ Boston Sculptors GalleryAndy Zimmermann’s Where Am I? and Benjamin S. Cariens Repair, April 20 – May 22, 2011

Two words, loved it. The first installation, by Andy Zimmermann, was playful in a few ways. The combination of mirrors and sound in Zimmerman’s installation created a playful and reflective environment. While Benjamin Carinen’s exhibit exuded a more eerie atmosphere.  See more of my review here.

Jim Campbell

Second Stop:

@ Howard Yezerski Gallery – Jim Campbell’s Recent, April 22 – May 31st, 2011

I loved how Jim played with the shadows, technology, lights and camera. Jim definitely explored multiple mediums in his installation which allowed visitors to have different visual experiences. Read more about my experience here.

Paula Hunter

Last stop:

@ Mobius – Michele Darling & Terry Golob with vade, Sheila Gallagher, Dennis Hlynsky, Brian Kane, Ducnan Laurie, Rupert Nesbitt, and Erik Sanner, A Tool Is A Mirror, April 22nd – May 8th, 2011

There is so much I could say about the artists that were featured at the Mobius exhibition. Each artist combined different artistic mediums with technological facets. Whether the artists added additional sensory elements to their work or explored scientific technology there was much to see at Mobius. I reviewed my top installations here.

Overall what I like about the Cyberarts Festival was that it expanded my mind to a whole new form of artistic expression. Also important was that it was more than affordable, it was free! The people I met were open and engaging. And lastly, I could share it with a few good people on a lovely Saturday afternoon.

My Tribute to Street Artists

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It’s hard for me to walk by a street performer and not tune into their melody. Something about playing for the world despite who’s listening is romantic and noble. To see people dedicated to their love of the arts is beautiful – so I honor them in my own little way.

Sax Artist
Sax Artist
Street Painter
Street Painter
Hempfest Artists
Hempfest Artists
Hempfes tArtist
Hempfest Artist
Back Bay Artist
Back Bay Guitarist

Graffiti Alley, Central Square

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As a supporter of graffiti art, I had to pay homage to the 5 Pointz of Boston – Graffiti Alley. Now I’m not sure if it carries the same status as that of 5 Pointz but it’s still worth a mention.  If you’re going to check out Graffiti Alley, take your time getting it to it because you might pass it. Located in an alleyway near Libby’s Liquor Mart, you might feel a little apprehensive about walking down a random alley a stranger tells you to visit. But there’s a pleasant surprise, especially during the day. There are transparent, colored awnings over-hanging the alley. On a clear sunny day the sun casts colorful hues across the artwork. The day I visited the alley, a handful of eccentrically dressed young people were posed alongside the wall while a photographer was preparing to roll by on a skateboard while taking their photographs. Sensing that their work in progress was more important than my explorations, I continued along my journey; planning to come back later.

Patience sometimes yields good rewards. Some of those rewards happen to be nature itself. When I went back to take some photos of the alley, the moonlight was shining brightly in the background. It was one of “those moments.”

Located @: Alley off of Libby’s Liquor Mart

Sign of the times
Moonlight Graffiti Night
Classic D oh F