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Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is an active site for both art making and art exhibition, a fact that is showcased each year when the BCA’s Mills Gallery presents work by artists with studios in its Artist Studios Building. This year, work by 27 artists – working in media including painting, performance, installation, printmaking, photography and drawing – is on view in a show that highlights the individual voices as well as points of community and interplay among this varied group.

The exhibition explores and celebrates the many places that art comes from. It draws its title from an essay by poet Richard Hugo (1923-1982), who recognized a deep interconnectedness between art’s reflection on the internal region of the individual and the external region of the natural world. This resonates with the BCA’s commitment to sharing the intimate spirit of art with our community.

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For many artists in this exhibition, the experience and memory of place can be seen as a jumping off or triggering point for the artist’s imagination. Chelsea, MA in the 21st century, Leningrad in the early 20th, Provincetown any time and the moon light years in the future are only a few of the places that are represented here, with landscapes that remember the past, fear the worst, link geography with text or lines to field studies.

It is the landscape of personal imagination that precipitates work by other artists, places where horses balance on swings and angels smoke. Social and political concerns, fascination with the lives of found objects and dedicated exploration of media from silk to cardboard also spur some of the work on view.  For each of these artists, the studio is a point of commonality, and also a point of singular departure.

Leika Akiyama, Jon Amburg, Edie Bowers, David Lloyd Brown, Silvia Lopez Chavez, Basil El Halwagy, Aileen O. Erickson, Ruth Ginsberg-Place, Rebecca Rose Greene, Gisela Griffith, Alex Khomski, Kathleen A. Kneeland, Alexander Korman, Georgina Lewis, Marilyn Mase, Carol Monacelli, Lazaro Montano, Selina Narovlansky, David Reichert, Robert Rovenolt, Rani Sarin, Miriam Shenitzer, Konstantin Simun, Beverly Sky, David Addison Small, Sophie Truong and Deborah Van Auten

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 12 | 6pm

Totems, Images and Constructions:
Chart your New Year’s Resolutions
Workshop with David Reichert
Saturday, December 13 | 1-3pm
Mills Gallery

Visualize your intentions for 2015 in this multi-media workshop led by BCA artist David Reichert.  Create a large-scale, collaged poster representing your year ahead, inspired by your personal aspirations and inspirations as you reflect on the changing seasons. A variety of materials will be provided, including decorative papers and magazines. Feel free to bring additional materials that you want to include – photographs, magazine or newspaper clippings, or small objects – to ring in the New Year in a creative spirit.

Free and open to the public.  All ages and skill levels welcome.

Paper Cuts/The Urban Environment
Workshop with Silvia Lopez Chavez
Saturday, January 10 | 1-3pm
Mills Gallery

How does your city inspire you? Express yourself, learn new skills and create a cut-paper artwork inspired by the urban environment in this hands-on workshop led by BCA artist Silvia Lopez Chavez, who will demonstrate a variety of techniques to help inspire you and explore the possibilities of collage.

Free and open to the public. All ages and skill levels welcome.

We are grateful to the Joan Mitchell Foundation for its support.



National Endowment for the Arts

Institutional supporters

Massachusetts Cultural Council


Liberty Mutual Foundation

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