Past Exhibits

Henry Olds Retrospective

On View: August 1 - September 20, 2019

Closing Reception: Thursday, September 19, 7-9 pm

Discover the symmetry of the natural world through the lense of artist Henry Olds. The work displayed in this exhibition relfects the years of exploration Henry has pursued in artistic photo manipulation and the innovative ways he has captured natural world. 


"For many years, I was a professional educator.  However, as an avocation, photography has always been part of my life. Recently, in my retirement, I have had time to try some photo-artistic ideas.  Building on explorations I tried when younger, I have explored various forms of artistic photo-manipulation -- photo-montage and photo collage. I particularly enjoy finding patterns in nature and building on them."


- Henry Olds

All works in this exhibition are available for sale for $100 each. Thanks to the immense generosity of artist Henry Olds, the proceeds from the sales of all artwork in this exhibit will be donated directly to the Arlington Center for the Arts.

Featured Artists 

Kimberly Becker | Patricia Bigness 

Eva Camacho | Stephanie Cave | Nancy Crasco

 Adrian Cronos |Tricia Deck | Alexis Deise

Angela DeVesto | Christie Gilliland

Amy Goldstein | Kristina Goransson

 Luba Grenader | Gini Holmes | Ruth Lieberherr 

 Lestra Litchfield | Sandra Mayo | Alanna Nelson

Julie Neu | Cha-Ling O'Connell | Jane Paulson

Nita Penfold | Allison Rabin | Minna Rothman Adrienne Sloane | Kathy Spoering 

Lorraine Sullivan

UNRAVEL: Fiber Art for Our Times

Juried by Virginia B. Johnson of Gather Here

On View: May 17 - July 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 7-9 pm

An exhibit of fiber arts of all kinds, UNRAVEL features artists whose work sheds light on tangled issues of our contemporary times.  From pink hats for marches to quilts for social justice, fiber arts have moved out of the home to become an impactful vehicle for conversation and dialogue.


ACA is delighted to partner with Virginia B. Johnson to highlight meaningful work by local fiber artists.

Christine Hagg, Winter Trees 2

Phil Young, Cascade

Safe Passage 1, Katrina Carye

Henry Olds,  On the Pond

SPARK! Members Show 

Curated by Jeremy Angier and Ann Hirsch

On view February 14 - April 30, 2019

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, February 14, 7-9pm


What sparks your creativity, ignites your curiosity and brings you joy? 


See how 40+ member artists responded to that question, in ACA's annual members show, which kindles a little light in the dark of winter, and celebrates the creativity in our community.


Exhibiting Member Artists:

Alice O'Rourke - Aneleise Ruggles - Anne Briggs - Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio- Becky Holmes-Farley - Betsy Rodman - Cathy Garnett - Christine Hagg- Christopher LeGare - Dan Cianfarini - Debby Lewis - Duck Watson - Emile Tobenfeld - Henry Olds - Jane Spickett - Janet Smith - Jennifer Ingram - Jhilam Sanyal - Joan Robbio - Jonathan Donahue - Karen L. McCarthy - Kathleen McNeil - Kecia Ali - Kevin Duffy - Lala O'Neil - Lee Paradis - Lidia Kenig-Scher - Linda Jung - Linda O'Connor - Lorraine Sullivan - Lynne Yansen - Marjorie Coello - Moira Lynch - Nancy Blasi - Nilou Moochhala - Patricia Bigness - Patricia Denn - Philip Young - Ruth Lieberherr - Sally J. Naish - Sara Egan - Stephan Miller - Sybil Solomon - Timothy Wilson - William Reiman

From curators Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier:

"For at least 70,000 years humans have expressed themselves using color, line and shape. Though the media have changed over the millennia - flaming torches and ground earth have given way to electric spotlights and polymer paint formulations - the works in this exhibition still rely on the same essential elements of color, line and shape to give voice to our dreams and memories, vocabulary for our thoughts and ideas, and ignition to spark our imaginations.

"As collaborative artists and arts educators, we are continually struck by the incredible range of expressive potential accessible to us all with today's materials and processes. From wool felt collage to tile mosaic, from ink drawing to jeweled construction, from traditional media like watercolor to contemporary digital photography, each piece in this exhibition can stand alone as a testament to individual expression. Taken as a whole, the collection of work in SPARK! presents a diverse tapestry of the enduring creative spark and reflects the myriad ways ACA nourishes our community. Read more...

About the Curators:

Ann Hirsch has completed numerous public art commissions of scale across the U.S. In 2013, she gained wide recognition for the Bill Russell Legacy Project at Boston City Hall Plaza, a public artwork that is part sculpture and part interactive playground. Other recent commissions include large format bronze wall sculptures for the east entry to Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery, FL and Grand Rapids Community Legends, MI. She teaches at Rhode Island School of Design and in 2017 was an Artist in Residence for the City of Boston.

Jeremy Angier is a Somerville painter and sculptor who also heads machinegraphics, a 3D animation firm which creates animations and visualizations for documentary films and museum exhibits. Jeremy teaches Figure Drawing at Arlington Center for the Arts.

Together, Ann and Jeremy run A+J Art+Design, a multidisciplinary public arts collaboration committed to the idea that public art can provoke and entice while also inspiring civic engagement.

Passage,Katrina Cayre

The Wall, Minna Rothman

I'm New Here: Perspectives on Migration
juried by Boriana Kantcheva

in the Shaira Ali Gallery

Gallery Talk with Boriana Kantcheva 

Thu, 1/10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

free and open to the public

On view until January 18, 2019

I’m New Here seeks to inspire dialogue and learning about issues of migration and immigration as they apply in our community and in the world at large. The show features artwork by 33 artist and highlights diverse expressions of migration by groups of people, in the natural world, and in the small intricacies of daily life. Artwork addresses the themes and experiences of migration, asylum and assimilation, borders and boundaries, citizenship and crossings, identity/identities, and acceptance. 


As we celebrate a new home for Arlington Center for the Arts, and with an eye on larger themes of migration in our broader world, we invite you, our community and supporters, to help mark this transition with an exhibit of artwork reflecting on themes of migration, change, transformation, and the meaning of home


Participating Artists:


Leah Bedrosian Peterson | Anne Briggs | Nancy Hall Brooks | Katrina Carye | Elaine Crowder | John Doyle | Kevin Duffy | Johanna Finnegan-Topitz | Catherine Garnett | Shawna Gibbs | Wendy Gonick | Christine Hagg | Paula Herman | Al Hiltz | Susan Lottler | Lewanda Lim | Karen McCarthy | Bonnie Newman | Ted Ollier | Jane Paulson | Heidi Reynolds | Minna Rothman | Alexandera Rozenman | Dina Shaposhnikov | Nomi Silverman | Joanne Simon | Betty Stone | Lorraine Sullivan | Barbara Trachenberg | Kim Triedman | Timothy Wilson | Philip Young 


About the Juror:

Boriana Kantcheva, originally from Bulgaria, has lived and worked in the Boston area for over 18 years. She has received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University joint degree program. She has worked as an assistant teacher at the Carpenter Center for Visual and Environmental Studies where she has received several Harvard University Certificates of Distinction in Teaching awards. She currently holds a position of Gallery Coordinator at Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts Center, in Cambridge, MA. Boriana is a member of Bromfield Gallery and her work can also be seen at 13 Forest Gallery. 






This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council,
a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


The Immigrant, Kim Triedman

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