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Inebri-Art Life Drawing
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Inebri-Art Life Drawing

Start your month off with beautiful models, delicious craft beer, and drawing alongside art enthusiasts and professionals. Life Drawing is Inebri-Art’s premier art event on the South Shore. Join us the first Monday of every month at The New World Tavern, 56 Main St., Plymouth, MA. Whether you’re life-long doodler or the next Van Gogh, Life Drawing is a fun and inexpensive way to improve you skills in a casual, constructive environment. The fun starts at 7 pm and ends at 9pm. Admission is only $8/ person. Welcome back Alessandra Grima. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have......please share and invite your friends.

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YES, COMICS ARE ART II Featuring David J. Leblanc
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

YES, COMICS ARE ART II Featuring David J. Leblanc

PR : Yes, Comics ARE Art II — The Community Comes Together at Gallery Sitka to Celebrate Great American Art

Contact: Tamar Russell Brown — 978.425.6290

Comics Are Art!—The Community Comes Together at Gallery Sitka to Celebrate Great American Art

FITCHBURG, Mass. — Long before Roy Lichtenstein ever painted the glamorous young women he found in the Sunday funny papers or before Andy Warhol made paintings and lithographs out of the labels of Campbell’s soup cans, versatile illustrators were creating great art on newsprint and on pulp paper for pulp fiction. Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg will present artists in a community show of great American popular art by more than a dozen talented painters, sculptors and graphic artists.

Curating much of the work for the show is Jerry Beck, an artist in his own right and the creator of the Revolving Museum. As Founder and Artistic Director of what he calls “the ever-evolving” museum, Mr. Beck has worked with many communities to create “green art” (environmentally safe artwork), art-wear, video art, and other innovative kinds of expression.

Mr. Beck has a clear vision of the inspiration behind this show. “With the revolution of the medium in American popular culture, artists are being inspired by how comic-style impacts such dualities as the sacred and profane, the humorous and serious, the personal and political,” he explains. “This group art exhibition represents artists, youth, and the community — people who have used visual art as a means to expand the graphic and storytelling power of comic books.”

Artists showing at this event who are associated with the Revolving Museum are J. James Forsythe, Jerry Beck (both curating and exhibiting), Helen Obermeyer-Simmons and Steven Chabot.

Founder of Gallery Sitka Tamar Russell Brown is bringing talented people together not only to show art, but to bring the community around Fitchburg together. “At Gallery Sitka, community shows — especially like our upcoming comics show — are very important to us,” she says. “They engage the younger population and aspiring artists near the gallery. They also provide a platform for works of art that some people might not necessarily consider art, but which many other people appreciate and love outside of the traditional fine arts world. The comics show will showcase some lifelong professional artists as well as some young, local, up-and-coming talents.”

Artists in this show who regularly work with Gallery Sitka are Ekaterina Abramova, Jen Hemenway, Andre Mills, David L. Smith and Jonathan Route.

Other artists participating in this exhibit are Sarah Benson, Eduardo Cabello, David Leblanc, Christa-Belle Marlie, Matt Vaillette, Ruth Vega and Wren Curewitz. Artist PJ Bergin, based in Colorado, is also participating.

Steven Chabot is a folk artist who creates memorable comic book art in paints as well as sculpture from wood. Classical American illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth seem to live on in Mr. Chabot’s painting. His wood sculptures are meticulously carved pieces of found wood, raising images in high relief and then painted with watercolors.

Mr. Chabot re-imagines several characters in his comic book cover paintings. One of Batman’s (and Batgirl’s) most formidable enemies is Poison Ivy, the mad scientist (a botanist, of course) turned eco-terrorist and irresistible temptress. In Mr. Chabot’s rendition, she seems even more exotic and dangerous that the images of her in the original DC comic. She’s all green — all leaves and vines — from the neckline down, cream-white above, and topped off with a luxuriant head of hair of an impossibly bright shade of red. (We might call the color the artist has created “electric” red.) Poor Batgirl is overcome by the villainess’ herbal toxins and tied up in cords of dark green. She fades away into her uniform’s black and grey tones, and almost seems to disappear next to Poison Ivy’s shocking green and red. In a sense, Mr. Chabot has outdone other artists rendering this character and perhaps made Poison Ivy more powerful than her creators ever intended her to be.

Jerry Beck’s “Cowboy Boot” series is inspired by the art of graphic novels and comic books. Beck tries to reach the viewer in ways that “history and spirituality merge in a playful but provocative social commentary.” The cowboy boot does dominate the image of the pictures in this series. One notable example has two figures — they may be lovers — seated on a gigantic cowboy boot perhaps three or four times their size. The disjunction in scale does not end there. The lady “wears” on her head another figure who looks for all the world like a gunfighter from “Once Upon a Time in the West.”

J. James Forsythe is a technical virtuoso whose canvases weave together politics, cartoon characters, and persons with secret identities. His “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” features figures familiar and strange. The viewer recognizes Sleepy (of “Seven Dwarfs” fame) and a cat who may be a close relative of Tom (the cat who’s always chasing Jerry and never catching him). But who the cowboys spoiling for a gunfight may be is anybody’s guess. Another vibrant painting blends explosively bright colors with drawings of a ’50s-style dad lecturing his little ones and an immense TV screen sporting enormous apple (or are they cherry?) pies.

Helen Obermeyer-Simmons explores the comic strip narrative in order to tell stories about the important men in her life. She employs alternative photographic processes to powerful effect.

Andre Mills is a portraitist and cartoonist based in Westford, Mass., where he operates his own firm, AKM Graphics. He does most of his work today in digital format. One good example of this is a digital rendition of a skateboarder leaping, completely upside down, his feet on the skateboard the highest part of him. Another picture takes the long view, so to say, of this same theme, by imagining a skateboarder leaping a couple hundred feet or more into the sky against the backdrop of a gigantic moon. Both the moon and the skateboarder’s altitude are completely fictional, of course. But this kind of approach is the essence of the art of the comics: both artist and viewer get to throw reality to the winds and see a world much bigger, more impressive, and in many ways much more fun than the humdrum, day-to-day world most of us live in.

Jen Hemenway has been doing comics of her own since establishing a magazine — or what people used to call a “zine.” Her paintings are stark and provocative, and consist mainly of fascinating faces. Some of her images are downright nightmarish. For example, in one, something like a title card, or legend, appears in the painting. The words are just as conspicuous as the image, the head and hands of one of the artist’s unnamed characters. The phrase in large block letters reads: “Art becomes the poetry you cannot speak.” The face is a stark and frightening one. He has large X’s in his eyes, which everyone will recognize as the universal comics shorthand for death. He also has his mouth sewn shut with stitches. This is appropriate, seeing as how the legend tells us that art is sometimes a message “you cannot speak.” The character quite literally cannot speak, much though he might want to. His torment seems even more severe when we see his hands on either side of his head, as if he’s about to bury his face in his hands. Yet for all this portrayal of agony, the message here is rather optimistic. After all, the legend states that visual art can communicate many things that words cannot. The picture that’s worth a thousand words gives the artist a way out, a means of expression that simply can’t be reduced to the superficial logic of spoken or written language.

Eyes also figure prominently in another painting. Here the green eyes of a beautiful woman appear to be cut out and pasted on to a face that is barely recognizable as a face. In fact, the face seems more like that of a bull, strangely in a glorious yellow rather than black. This jarring image is accompanied by a “cartoon” heart which seems to be radiating heat, and within which is another eye, this one perhaps that of a house cat or a lion. The overall effect is to blur the lines between human and “animal,” between intriguingly exotic and just plain scary.

PJ Bergin is an artist well-known for her work in a Korean technique called Joomchi, which employs mulberry (Hanji) paper, as well as beeswax (encaustic) and acrylic used to fortify and seal the surface for long-term stability. It is a form of sculpture that creates surprising surfaces and textures.

Her submission to the show is a collage on Hanji paper displaying raspberry, cobalt, rich yellow and other colors, with single panels of comic strips interspersed. She also uses snippets of Asian calligraphy in her Joomchi pieces. Her working method is based more on instinct than on preconceived notions. “I trust in the discovery process and follow a kind of sensory intuition, letting my hands and eyes guide me, uninhibited by conscious thought,” Ms. Bergin explains.

This event will take place at Gallery Sitka, 454 Main Street, Fitchburg, Mass., on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2 – 4 p.m. Visit the therevolvingmuseum.org and gallerysitka.com to learn more about the work of these remarkable artists.

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Inebri-Art Life Drawing
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Inebri-Art Life Drawing

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Start your month off with beautiful models, delicious craft beer, and drawing alongside art enthusiasts and professionals. Life Drawing is Inebri-Art’s premier art event on the South Shore. Join us the first Monday of every month at The New World Tavern, 56 Main St., Plymouth, MA. Whether you’re life-long doodler or the next Van Gogh, Life Drawing is a fun and inexpensive way to improve you skills in a casual, constructive environment. The fun starts at 7 pm and ends at 9pm. Admission is only $8/ person. Welcome back Amber Moses. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have......please share and invite your friends.

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Paper Asylum presents: CASTLE-CON
Dec
3
11:00 AM11:00

Paper Asylum presents: CASTLE-CON

  • 240 Rantoul Street Beverly, MA, 01915 United States (map)
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Castle-Con, save the date! Sunday December 3rd 11am-4pm, come do some holiday shopping, and support some of your favorite local businesses and artists. featuring Laser Wolf Attack, Shelli Paroline Lamb and Braden Lamb, Declan McCarthyRon Beek IIIEric BoekerAshlee BeadleTaylor PopekDirk TiedeShuttle Press & Bindery, Three Fates Apparel,Stega Clothes, and MHB ZINE

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Grand Opening of The Book and Board
Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

Grand Opening of The Book and Board

Meet Don Mathias! - Start your Holiday shopping off early by coming out to the grand opening of The Book and Board In Winchester, Mass.There will be plenty of Peanizles books, shirts, hats, along with games and cookies. So stop on by and share in the fun from 10:30 -5:00 Saturday November 18th At The Book and Board, 626 Main Street, Winchester, MA.

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Americana Revolution
Nov
11
6:00 PM18:00

Americana Revolution

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House of Roulx is proud to announce "Americana Revolution," our first ever group exhibit featuring some of the most celebrated and influential fine artists in the North East. Please join us and artists Cey Adams, Robert Mars, Jessica Brilli, Andrew Houle, Markus Sebastiano and John Joseph Hanright in our studio space at 430 Maple Street in Danvers, MA on Saturday, November 11th from 6pm to 9pm for the opening reception and artist meet and greet. Each artist will be in attendance showing multiple original works, exclusive pieces and limited print editions. Free and open to the public and press. Please RSVP at info@houseofroulx.com and follow us on all social media @houseofroulx for advanced looks and additional announcements.

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Robert Gill Signing! Totally Awesome Hulk! Iceman!
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Robert Gill Signing! Totally Awesome Hulk! Iceman!

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Hot off the Weapons of Mutant Distruction crossover, local artist Robert Gill (Iceman, Totally Awesome Hulk, Batgirl, Valiant Comics) will be here to sign, sketch and chat with fans!

About Robert: 
Robert Gill is an illustrator based north of Boston whose comic work includes titles such as Batgirl from DC Comics, Book of Death and Eternal Warrior from Valiant, and Transformers from IDW. Having recently transitioned over to Marvel starting with Totally Awesome Hulk's Weapons of Mutant Destruction crossover event, he is now currently the series artist for Iceman

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Pop-Up exhibition at the Tusinski Gallery
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Pop-Up exhibition at the Tusinski Gallery

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POP-UP Reception for Andrew Houle

Announcing a new series of original works on display for a special pop-up exhibition at the Tusinski Gallery in downtown Rockport, MA. 

Please join us on Saturday Oct. 21st from 2pm-5pm for the opening reception. 
Open to the public with light refreshments served. 🍾🧀

Exhibition dates running from Sat Oct. 21st through Monday Oct. 30th. 
Tusinski Gallery
2 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966
978.546.2244
www.tusinskigallery.com

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The Underburbs Signing, featuring Speakeasy Donuts!
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

The Underburbs Signing, featuring Speakeasy Donuts!

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Paper Asylum welcomes Joe Haley and T.J. Dort creators of the Underburbs! The new issue is out now and they will be signing copies and talking comics! Come on down and hang out!
We will also have our buddies from Speakeasy Donuts feeding your face!

About Joe and T.J. and The Underburbs:
Joe Haley and T.J. Dort are both graduates of Montserrat College of Art's illustration program, and have been self-publishing their all-ages book, The Underburbs, since 2006. The Underburbs follows the story of Angela Morgan, a 13-year-old girl who is home sick on Halloween night. A portal to the monster world of Underborough opens in her backyard, and from that portal emerges the Countess Winifred Pale. When Angela learns of Winifred's plans to conquer the human world by turning its people into monsters, she poses as Winifred's friend and volunteers to become a witch in order to stop her. She soon learns that foiling a world takeover is complicated, and being Winifred's friend is even more so.

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Woodman/Shimko Gallery presents O'Day
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

Woodman/Shimko Gallery presents O'Day

Woodman/Shimko Gallery presents

O'Day

Featuring a new body of oils by Adam O'Day, award-winning, expressionist painter. Zooming in and zooming out, the experience intensifies as it calms. Some aspects of humanity are vast and immeasurable; while others are more intimate and personal. One day a person walks down a dark road alone, reflecting on their experiences here. While other times that same person finds themselves dizzy, looking out over a vast expanse of overpopulation, overwhelmed by their interpretation of this chaotic world. Reflecting on our past lives and wondering about our futures, we ultimately feel hope.

You are warmly invited to join Adam at the reception.


Woodman/Shimko Gallery
398 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Reception: Friday, August 18th, 6-10 pm, Free and open to the public

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SCENE's Sunset HANG 2017
Aug
13
3:00 PM15:00

SCENE's Sunset HANG 2017

SALEM'S CHIPTUNE, ELECTRONICA & NOISE EXTRAVAGANZA

Our 7th event combining the skills of local vj's, dj's & live electronic musicians. The extravaganza’s purpose is: “to showcase talent right here in Salem, the North Shore & Boston. To give a stage for new music that might otherwise be overlooked by the mainstream.”

...2017 line-up....

SUN RAD aka J BAGIST [BOSTON] LIVE
A CAMPBELL PAYNE [BOSTON] LIVE
PANDACETAMOL [SCOTLAND] LIVE
EMOTION SYSTEM [TEXAS] LIVE
SAM MULLIGAN [BOSTON] LIVE

DJs
NOEL SNOW
ORLANDO BOOM
& RADIO SKOTVOID

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*Lights by Retonica
*LIVE Modular Visuals by C K
*Reinforced Bass by Leonwons Systems
 

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Ambient Night / SCENE Kick-Off!
Aug
11
9:00 PM21:00

Ambient Night / SCENE Kick-Off!

A PRE-CURSER TO THE BIG EVENT ALL DAY SUNDAY ON SALEM WILLOWS --- Friday brings together friends and family of the Salem electronic music scene with a dj night of ambient electronic music playing music from artists such as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and chill vibes all in between. 

++We will have Chris K on live video synth from Shwwaaa creating other worldly shapes for your eyeballs. 

+++ a few guest ppearences from acts playing on Sunday such as Pandacetamol & Emotion System...come hang

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Beverly Comic Con 4 - Saturday, April 8th
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Beverly Comic Con 4 - Saturday, April 8th

Join us on Saturday, April 8th for the fourth annual Beverly Comic Con hosted at Porter Mill Studios!

Free to the public, family friendly and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

Free admission with plenty of parking across the street at the garage. 
Doors open to the public at 10am.

Beverly Comic Con 4
Saturday, April 8th.
Studios at Porter Mill 10am-6pm
95 Rantoul Street
Beverly, MA. 01915

Special Guests-
Robert Gill - DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics
Braden Lamb - Boom Studios, First Second Books
Shelli Paroline - Boom Studios, First Second Books

Live music -
DJ Noel Snow
DJ Radio Scotvoid
Qwill

Live art -
Michael Crockett

Magic Show -
The Impossible Ivan Demarjian

Artists and vendors -
Adam Miller, Andrew Houle, Dana Robinson, Daniel Kern, David J. Leblanc, Desmond Reed, Dirk Tiede, Do or Diecast, Don Mathias,  Eric Boeker, Finar Comics, Flying Saucer Pizza Company, Gregory Moutafis, House of Roulx, Jason Casey, Joe Haley & TJ Dort, Joshua Beckett, Josh Morrissette, KC Creations, Keith Gleason Mary Curtin, Montserrat College of Art, Paper Asylum Comics and Collectibles, Renee Mallett, Robbie Short, Ryan Santos, Ryan Valentine, Ryn Grant, Scarlett Shiloh, Standup Comix, Sunstone Audio Series Team, Tom Torrey, Tony Sedani, Whalom Painting & Woodcraft

…and possible a few more!

Please join us in welcoming this year's special guests! Local superstar artist Robert Gill (Valiant Comics, DC Comics) and our favorite dynamic duo, Shelli Paroline Lamb and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Muppets) All three creatives will be live and in person signing and sketching for the masses at Beverly Comic Con 4!

Please join us in welcoming this year's special guests!

Local superstar artist Robert Gill (Valiant Comics, DC Comics) and our favorite dynamic duo, Shelli Paroline Lamb and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Muppets)

All three creatives will be live and in person signing and sketching for the masses at Beverly Comic Con 4!

We're excited to start our rolling lineup of vendors & artists for this years Beverly Comic Con 4 & we couldn't be more excited to welcome back DJ Noel Snow. Noel will be spinning tunes throughout the day plus welcoming in some surprise guest sets to be announced as well!  #BeverlyComicCon #DJNoelSnow  📷 credit to John Andrews of Creative Salem — with Noel Snow at Studios at Porter Mill.

We're excited to start our rolling lineup of vendors & artists for this years Beverly Comic Con 4 & we couldn't be more excited to welcome back DJ Noel Snow.
Noel will be spinning tunes throughout the day plus welcoming in some surprise guest sets to be announced as well! 
#BeverlyComicCon #DJNoelSnow 
📷 credit to John Andrews of Creative Salem — with Noel Snow at Studios at Porter Mill.

Magician Ivan Demarjian will perform feats that both amaze and astound! Live magic at Beverly Comic Con 4 (no really). Show times to be announced. #MasterOfTheMysticArts #DrStrangeWho

Magician Ivan Demarjian will perform feats that both amaze and astound! Live magic at Beverly Comic Con 4 (no really). Show times to be announced. #MasterOfTheMysticArts #DrStrangeWho

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Porter Mill Open Studios this Saturday!!
Nov
19
11:00 AM11:00

Porter Mill Open Studios this Saturday!!

This Saturday is Open Studios at Porter Mills! I'll be releasing some brand new prints of recent paintings for the first time (Beacon Marina, The Paint Factory & Steve's Quality Market) along with fresh copies of Chroma 1-4. Tons of great vendors setting up, live music, food and more. Come on out and start your holiday season by shopping local. #BevArts #OpenStudios#BeverlyMA

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Ticketed Preview Reception
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Ticketed Preview Reception

Montserrat College of Art is hosting its newest community-building, fundraising event, the Montserrat ART Sale! This is a chance to buy original art created by students, alumni and established artists while also helping support the next generation of Montserrat artists!

50% of the sale proceeds raised goes directly to participating artists. The other 50% will fund student scholarships, programs, exhibitions and other creative initiatives. You get the art, they get the education! Choose from hundreds of works by the Montserrat community and artist friends. #MontserrARTsale

Ticketed Preview Reception: Fri, Nov. 18, 6-9pm >> Learn more + Reserve Tickets @ montserrat.edu/art-sale
Free/Open to the Public: Sat, Nov. 19 1-7pm + Sun, Nov. 20, 1-5pm
For more info, visit montserrat.edu/art-sale or call 978.867.9620

You get the art, they get the education! Choose from hundreds of works by the Montserrat Community and artist friends.

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