Cuba From a Different Angle

April 10 – May 15, 2015
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Photographs by Jonathan Hansen

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Jonathan Hansen, Senior Lecturer on Social Studies and Faculty Associate, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, is currently working on a biography of Fidel Castro (Young Castro, to be published by Simon and Schuster). Research for the book provides frequent occasions to travel to  Cuba. While on these trips, he has become inspired by Cuban people and culture, and has taken many intriguing photographs which are shown in this exhibit.

Guest Curator: Astrid Martinez-Jones, Founder/Director of Latin Art Space.
Artist Gallery Talk: April 30, 7:30pm

As a historian, I am drawn to the sedimentary quality of private lives, public spaces, and political and cultural institutions. The collection of photographs, taken while at work on a biography of the young Fidel Castro, represents my attempt to capture the geological layers of Cuba’s built environment, while conveying the dynamism and exhuberance of its social life.”

— Jonathan Hansen

Artist Talk – April 30, 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended this fascinating mix of art, history, and culture. Pictures taken by Anne Katzeff and Rebecca Richards, BGA committee members.

Opening Reception: Thanks to All Who Attended!

Helen Morse, BGA committee member, took most of these photos. Thanks Helen!

Walking in Cuba

Historian’s photographs expose the sedimentary layers of a country in flux

The Harvard Gazette has a terrific article about Hansen and our exhibit! Read More.

Kaleidoscope

February 12 to March 27, 2015
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“The Art of Tea”

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Did you know that teabags can be used for more than just brewing delightful cups of tea?!

In this exhibit, Christiane Corcelle transforms teabags and their components into works of art. This show has many surprises and is sure to make people think outside of the box.

We invite visitors to experience the unique work found in Belmont artist Christiane Corcelle’s one-woman show Kaleidoscope: The Art of Tea. This eclectic and unique exhibit includes both two- and three-dimensional objects created using the common tea bag.

For years, the French-born Corcelle has collected discarded objects as part of her creative process. Since 2011, she has been working with used tea bags and their components, including strings and labels to create over 100 unique pieces that explore variations in composition, repeating patterns, and recurring elements in a deeper way, and from a greater variety of perspectives.

Corcelle says:

I have always been interested in the idea of re-using everyday objects in my art. Living in a society of consumption, I want to share the many fascinating aspects of what one can do with simple everyday “trash” objects such as used tea bags.”

Corcelle transformed the tea bags and labels by altering them, sewing them, rolling them, gluing them, adding found objects to them, or printing on them. The finished pieces are unified and coherent, but individually they are all unique.

After seeing this beautiful and unusual show, gallery visitors will likely never look at a tea bag quite the same way again,”

— Rebecca Richards, co-director of the BGA.

Thanks to all who attended the artist talk on Sun., March 15!

Here are some pictures from that event:

Here are some pictures from the artist reception on Friday, February 13.

Thanks to all who attended!

Christiane Corcelle’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the US, China, Vietnam and Peru. Her works are in a number of private and public collections, including the MFA, the Boston Public Library, the Vietnam Fine Arts Association in Hanoi and the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. She has taught workshops and classes at the Maud Morgan Center, Shepherd Print Studio, the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and Framingham State College. Corcelle serves on the board of the Boston Printmakers, an international association of printmakers from North America.

Since opening its doors in July 2005, the Belmont Gallery of Art has presented over sixty shows featuring the work of dozens of artists. The BGA was awarded a Gold Star Award from the Mass Cultural Council in 2007 in recognition of its support for artists in Belmont and surrounding communities.

Photovoice

January 8 to January 30, 2015

“A Lens Into Our Lives” Join Us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, Jan. 8, 5:30-7:30pm Stories matter. Photovoice is a public research process that gives cameras to people who have been disempowered, to take photographs of their communities. These photos are narrated with the goals of promoting critical dialogue and knowledge of personal and… [Read More]

Small Works Holiday Show and Sale 2014

December 12 to December 21, 2014

Holiday Invitational offers original works by local artists Small works of art, priced affordably at $200 or less, will be on display for a couple of weeks at our beautiful gallery. A great opportunity to get holiday gifts and support your local art community. Paintings, etchings, prints, fabrics, jewelry, sculptures, photographs, collage, scarves, notecards, giclees……. [Read More]

ARTIST CALL:

Small Works Holiday Show and Sale 2014 Call

December 12 to December 21, 2014

Information for Artists Participating in the Small Works Holiday Show & Sale

This is an invitational event open to artists who have previously shown at the BGA. Artists will receive an invitation directly from the BGA. The show offers small works from local artists, presented in a “purchase and take” format for holiday shopping.

Full details are on the Call for BGA Small Works Holiday Show and Sale/Application.

Continental Drift: Printmakers Converge

October 24 to December 5, 2014

Works by Boston Printmakers & Icelandic Printmaking Association   Companion Exhibit: Recent Icelandic Prints at Scandinavian Cultural Center, Newton (through Nov.) We are pleased to present “Continental Drift: Printmakers Converge”, an exhibit of work by members of the Boston Printmakers and the Icelandic Printmakers Association. This cross-cultural show was inspired by the Boston Printmakers August… [Read More]

Animal Art

September 14 to October 17, 2014

Wonderfully diverse, thought-provoking, fun exhibit We’re Kicking off our Tenth Season with a Roar Please join us in celebration of: 10% of sales will be donated to the MSPCA to rescue abandoned and abused pets. Animals — from beasts of prey to household pets — have been a staple of artistic expression since cave painting… [Read More]

Belmont Public Schools K-12 Art Show

May 22 to June 8, 2014

The Belmont Public Schools Fine Arts Department faculty has once again installed an excinting collection of works by students in grades K through 12 for the annual town wide spring art exhibit. The goal of the exhibit is to showcase a samplinig of work from the visual arts program and curriculum within the schools. Featured,… [Read More]

Books on the Charles

March 30 to May 17, 2014

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 13, 2 – 5 p.m. Books on the Charles celebrates the work of artists who have created illustrations for picture books by award-winning children’s book publisher Charlesbridge Publishing. For 25 years, this Watertown, MA-based independent publisher of children’s fiction and non-fiction has been committed to their mission: to inform and fascinate…. [Read More]

Belmont Seen

February 7 to March 21, 2014

An exhibition of the members of the Belmont Art Association Artists’ Reception: Sunday, February 9, 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday Salons: Sunday, March 2 and March 9, 2 p.m. Belmont Seen, the inaugural exhibition of the Belmont Art Association, announces the Association’s arrival to the community and offers an opportunity to meet many of the artists–both amateur and… [Read More]

B.H.S. Advanced Placement Art Students

January 10 to January 31, 2014

Paris Trip Fundraiser Artists’ Reception: Sunday, January 26, 1-4 p.m. For three weeks during January, the Belmont High School Advanced Placement Art Students will exhibit at the BGA, allowing an opportunity for the community to see the works of these gifted young artists. While at the High School, the AP students study under the guidance… [Read More]