Showing in the Art Gallery: Paintings by Linda Collins

On exhibit from May 2 – June 20 June 17 in the RSM Art Gallery is an installation of dog portraits and Cape Cod landscapes by artist Linda Collins.

The series of dog portraits on view includes Kodiak, one of the handsome and huggable therapy dogs that visited the library last semester. Kodiak and his canine friend Athena are returning to the library on Thursday, May 5 (Reading Day), from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., for another Take a Paws stress relief session

In lieu of a formal opening reception for the exhibit, Linda Collins will be present at Take a Paws on May 5.  If you would like to meet Ms. Collins or learn more about her artwork, please visit the gallery during that event.  You can also see more of the artist’s work on her website and her blog.

Linda Collins
Inspirations
May 1 – June 17, 2016

Painting of Kodiak, a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Painting of Kodiak, a Bernese Mountain Dog.

About the Artist

Linda Collins, a Cape Cod resident, has been painting for the past ten years. She began by taking portraiture classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. “If you are going to take up something new, why not start with the most challenging subject matter!” From people she moved on to painting pets, still life, and more recently, landscapes. “The dogs are always what I go back to though. If I am struggling with something else, painting a dog always gets me in a happy place.” This show represents the full range of her painting, with the large canvas landscapes being her most recent.

Linda, the Assistant Director of the Falmouth Public Library, is a member of the Falmouth Artists Guild and the American Impressionist Society. She has had her work in juried shows both locally and nationally, including the “6 Inch Squared Exhibit” at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA and the “Best and Brightest” at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale, AZ.

“I work full time as a librarian but it is wonderful to have found this creative outlet that has become a full time passion.”

Art Gallery Exhibit: Welcome to the Crowd | Miranda Updike

Opening in the RSM Art Gallery on April 2nd, Welcome to the Crowd is an installation of paintings by artist Miranda Updike.  All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Wednesday, April 6, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Miranda Updike
Welcome to the Crowd
April 2 – 29, 2016
Read Artist’s Statement

Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Miranda Updike painting, "Black Cloud"
Black Cloud | 2015

Artist Statement

Miranda Updike picture
Miranda Updike

These paintings are from a series on the subject of crowds. In our times of technology, there is little online substitute for a public gathering of bodies and souls uniting in a common cause.  My paintings represent human bonding and interacting in a hi-tech era that tends to foster isolation: People joining together to share ideas, physical space and sentiments.

Many of my crowd paintings are viewed from the aerial perspective.  I use photographic references to abstract the idea of human movement.  I’m attracted to the decorative quality of clustered people or when they are haphazardly separated, like dropped gems, confetti or beads. There is loveliness to the accidental placement of people in the streets seen, say, from the fourteenth floor of a skyscraper – A littering of colored shapes and shadows, which move above asphalt and street lines, express a brand of contemporary splendor.

In tandem with the aerial crowd paintings, I have been working on a mixed media sub-series. These works resemble uncertain seascapes of elliptical shapes that jut forward in space, then recede, and end below a moody sky at the horizon line. I want the viewer to feel like they are part-of-the-pack, and to experience the weight, the mass, and the muscle of a crowd.

– Miranda Updike

To view more works by Miranda Updike please view her Facebook page and visit her website.

Art Gallery Exhibit – The Work of Maurice M. Lindsay

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery at the Bentley Library is a collection of paintings by the second president of Bentley College, Maurice M. Lindsay:

Scholarship Paintings: The Work of Maurice M. Lindsay
February 5 – March 30, 2016

Opening Reception with Bentley University President Gloria Larson and the current Lindsay Scholarship Recipients:
New date! Thursday, February 18, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks by President Larson  at 5:30 p.m.

Lindsay in the studio
Maurice M. Lindsay in the art studio.

Following his retirement as Bentley College’s second president in 1961, Maurice M. Lindsay (1886-1975) expanded his avocation as a painter to support the growth of the Maurice M. Lindsay Scholarship Fund. Lindsay happily extended his connections with Bentley which started in 1920 by creating paintings for donors to the Fund to help deserving students pay for their education.

Lindsay studied painting with Giragos Der Garabedian at the Fenway Art Center on Gloucester Street, around the corner from the College’s Boston location at 921 Boylston Street. He painted in the morning in Der Garabedian’s studio (where he is seen in the photograph above), and in the afternoons and some evenings in a studio he built at his home in Arlington. Donors to the Scholarship Fund could select a painting size corresponding to the size of their donation (initially $100 and up, but later for a wider variety of donations). Favorite scenes were often repeated with variations from one painting to the next, as shown in three versions of “T Wharf, Boston” included in the exhibition.

When interviewed about this work by the Boston Globe in 1963, Lindsay reflected that painting for the Fund gave him another career following his retirement. “Painting is a wonderful outlet because it is a challenge. And we need a challenge in life at every stage, no matter what our age.”

Art Gallery Exhibit: Underwater Photography by Joshua Boger

Updated 04/13/2015:  As part of Bentley University’s #EarthDayatBentley celebration, Joshua Boger will be in the McGladrey Art Gallery on Wednesday, April 22nd from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Stop by to meet Dr. Boger and view his exhibit of underwater photography.

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Now showing in the McGladrey Art Gallery is an exhibit of underwater photography from the reefs of Wakaya Island, Fiji, by Joshua Boger. The exhibit will be on view February 18 – April 25, 2015. More information about the artist and the exhibit is available via Xconomy, MassBio and the Lowell Sun.

All are invited to attend an opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, February 19th, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Joshua Boger, Ph.D.
Wakaya

Fish, Nudi’s & Other Creatures
February 18 – April 25, 2015

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 19, 2015  |  4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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New Exhibit Marks Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Please join us in the McGladrey Art Gallery for the opening of an exhibit commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall:

The Virtual Wall: A 25th Anniversary Commemoration of the
Fall of Communism in Germany

Monday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m.

Introduction by Dan Everett, Dean of Arts and Sciences
Opening remarks by Rolf Schütte, German Consul General of New England

This exhibit includes two pieces. One piece is the “Virtual Wall”, an interactive art installation created by Tamiko Thiel and Teresa Reuter, which allows viewers to walk along the Berlin Wall as it was in the 1980s. The accompanying piece is a series of original 1989 photographs on loan from the German consulate depicting scenes of the days that the wall came down. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Department of Global Studies, the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Northeastern University and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany for New England.

Please note that the “Virtual Wall” portion of the exhibit will be available Monday, November 17 through Thursday, November 20, 2014.  The photographs will remain on display through December 17, 2014 [note: date extended from 12/9 to 12/17].  For more information, please visit http://berlinwallexhibitionatbentleynov2014.wordpress.com.

artist-berlin-wall-exhibition
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