The Tinderbox Circus Sideshow Returns! Once more, the Tinderbox Circus Sideshow, one of the last of the traveling 10-in-1 Sideshows of old, is pitching their tent at the Larcom Theater! Their edgy act is part carnival freak show, part burlesque, and will leave you on the edge of your seat and resisting the urge to cover your eyes, whether it's pounding nails into their face, walking across broken glass, swallowing things they probably shouldn't or plenty of other sideshow stunts in a show that combines a vaudevillian vibe with a punk rock soul. This roving band of tattooed carnies is not for the faint of heart.
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 Suzannah Grace Huskins. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have......please share and invite your friends
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. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have......please share and invite your friends
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 for our quarterly nude session. Whether you’re life-long doodler or the next Van Gogh, Life Drawing is a fun way to improve you skills in a casual, constructive environment. The fun starts at 7 pm and ends at 9pm. Admission is only $25/ person. Seating is Limited so please contact us to purchase a ticket. Welcome back Alessandra Grima. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have......please share and invite your friends.
New Fieldworks in Oil by Adam O’Day
Reception: Friday, May 4th, 2018, 5-9 pm
Kevin Day Studio / Gallery SoWa
460 Harrison Avenue, Unit B-17, Boston, MA 02118
As I travel from Boston to Jersey City, Downtown Manhattan, Midtown, Upper West Side, Long Island City, and Brooklyn, I find myself transforming into a raw version of myself. You take yourself out of your comfort zone, and you start to be influenced by different elements, in turn affecting your creative output. I’m away from my wife and daughter for the first time in a while, and it’s the last trip I’ll take before our 2nd daughter is born. I’m staying with a dear friend in Manhattan and he’s letting me use his art studio too. It’s mid September and it’s really hot, getting into the high 90s every day. I’m going to try to explain why this trip was so important and why this body of work is special. It’s a collection of paintings from Boston to New York City, telling the story of my late summer trip, 2017.
When I graduated college in 2005, I hated art and I hated that I went to art school. I was working at Shaw’s and Great Scott Bar when I got a job at 48hourprint.com. When I look back at my sketchbooks from that time, I find a few pages where I lay out my plan to create an art movement called “Don’t Give a Fuck Art Movement.” I would just pour my materials onto found objects and trashy canvases. I was in a low place in my life, living in an attic of a house, just barely getting by. The artwork I made was really fueled by rage and frustration. There were hard scratchy marks on the paintings and I would just walk right on top of a canvas with no regard for it. Sometimes I would pour beer and spit on them too. I really had no plan to be an artist in life. There was a turning point when I saw beauty in this out of the box “technique.” I applied this messy rage painting technique to a cityscape composition. As I watched the paint run down the canvas, I felt something real happen. I felt that I had found something that said exactly what I wanted to say with paint and collage. There was a section in my DGAF manifesto that said “The first idea is always the best.” And then it just said “If you don’t like it, paint it black.”
For a few years I used my manifesto as a guide to make wild artwork with messy paint drips and I didn’t hate art anymore. I tolerated it. People started to ask me to contribute to art shows. I’d show anywhere, because the manifesto was against snobs. And us DGAF artists help each other out. We get each other into art shows without taking the credit, without claiming “curator.” I started to see people move away from Boston because they couldn’t find a place in the art world for themselves here. But I stayed, doing over 100 art shows from 2007-2017 in the Boston area. I’ve heard feedback from friends and enemies alike, stating “You’re saturating Boston. You need to take a break from showing in Boston every now and then.” Perhaps they were right. But guess what? DGAF.
That brings me back to present day, where I’m painting in Long Island City with the homie, Sean Flood. He’s one of Boston’s greatest artists and an unknowing member of the DGAF movement. I’ve seen him punch holes in his paintings and smash bottles against them when a piece isn’t going his way. And I love it. I love knowing that those are knuckle marks on his canvases. So we painted, biked around NYC, drank cold beer, took photos, and just laughed a lot. It brought me back to my early days of painting, when I would just pummel the canvas with paint haphazardly. When the first idea was king.
This series is the culmination of all these years of developing a style, started by hating art and turning into what it is today. It’s something that I love deep inside my soul. I embrace it.
Adam J. O’Day
March 29th, 2018
2 SHOWS: SAT, APRIL 28th – 8:00pm | SUN, APRIL 29th – 4:00pm
Thurs., April 26th at 7:30 PM
For over 30 years the Steps have been a Washington, DC institution, providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy to the Nation. American politics has reached new heights of absurdity, and The Capitol Steps will be singing all about it. Learn More
The Art Incubator
Tues., April 24th at 8:00 PM
Artists get an opportunity, space, and audience to perform their works-in-progress. You are welcome to submit your work! After the performance, all participating artists will stay to give and receive feedback. Or be part of the audience and support your local artist. Learn More
A powerful and moving vocalist, Miranda's performance centers on nuanced treatments of an eclectic range of favorites from Cole Porter to Richard Thompson. Critics have routinely praised her dynamic interpretation and delivery of the American Songbook as well as her mastery of contemporary songwriters like Paul Simon and Gillian Welch. Learn More.
Larcom Theatre - We're so excited to be hosting the Official After-Party and Cosplay Contest of Beverly Comic Con! After enjoying a fun-filled day at Porter Mill, come over to the after-party at the theatre for a one of a kind Vaudeville show. You will see your favorite characters like you've never seen them before!
Cosplay Burlesque | Contortion | Aerials | Cyr Wheel | Live Art and More
Come in costume! Prizes awarded to the best cosplay costume!
Full bar and concession stand. 18+
For Tickets and more information: https://www.thelarcom.org/comiccon
Beverly Comic Con 5
Join us on Saturday, April 14th for the fifth 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 5
Saturday, April 14th.
Studios at Porter Mill 10am-5pm
95 Rantoul Street
Beverly, MA. 01915
Special Guests -
Robert Gill - DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics
Andrew MacLean - Head Lopper, Image Comics
MC Esoteric & 7L - Czarface
Live music -
DJ Noel Snow
DJ Radio Scotvoid
Artists and vendors -Adam Miller
Artists and vendors
Caroline Saccone Third Floor (3-7)
Clay Venture Fourth Floor (4-6)
Heidi Decker First Floor (1-7)
Homeport Model Shipyard Third Floor (3-5)
Inebri-Art Podcast Third Floor
Jenn Toler Fourth Floor (4-12)
Kay’s Stained Glass First Floor (1-3)
Meredith Gisness Fourth Floor (4-5)
Michele Kenna Fourth Floor (4-8)
M.P. Carver Fourth Floor (4-6)
Nancy Priest Fourth Floor (4-2)
Patricia Bene Fourth Floor (4-10)
Sandra Belock_Phippen Third Floor (3-6)
SpeakEasy Donuts Fourth Floor
Stephanie Williams Second floor (2-8)
Suburban Bohemia First Floor (1-1)
Sydney Smith Second floor (2-6)
…and possible a few more!
Don’t Give Up The Ship 2
Legend Of The Narwhal
Rob Vaughn Guess
A follow up to 2012's exhibit, Don't Give Up The Ship 2, Legend Of The Narwhal, showcases original art by five artists working through current events and the accompanying emotional baggage. From the zen geometry of Chasse and Darling, to the moody, illustrative paintings of Hart, Guess and O'Day, visitors will experience a wide range of work, connecting our humanity through humor and drama. Please join us at the reception, and stay vigilant.
Sat. March 24th, 7-10 pm
ORCHARD | Extension Gallery
156 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
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 Jennifer Evie. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have......please share and invite your friends.
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.
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.
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 McCarthy, Ron Beek III, Eric Boeker, Ashlee Beadle, Taylor Popek, Dirk Tiede, Shuttle Press & Bindery, Three Fates Apparel,Stega Clothes, and MHB ZINE
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.
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 email@example.com and follow us on all social media @houseofroulx for advanced looks and additional announcements.
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!
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
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.
2 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966
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.
Don Mathais joins us for a fun day celebrating his comic Peanizles!
We couldn't be happier to host Don and celebrate his work!
Also we have the return of Speakeasy Donuts to Paper Asylum!
About Peanizles: Peanizles is a comic strip about a group of sarcastic, snarky, kids from your neighborhood.
Woodman/Shimko Gallery presents
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.
398 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Reception: Friday, August 18th, 6-10 pm, Free and open to the public