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Past Exhibits


October 12, 2023 - January 10, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 26, 6-7:30pm

Future: Illustrated welcomes digital illustrators and sequential artists whose work drifts into the future, inviting us to dream with them. This dynamic mix of artists employs a synthesis of technologies- new and old- to create images of days to come. Where one artist feels worry and skepticism, another feels wonder and a sense of possibility. Future: Illustrated is a collection of local artists' work balancing anxieties with hope and fantasies with action. Arlington Center for the Arts welcomes the public to explore the films, animations, and digital illustrations envisioning individual and collective moments hereafter.

Exhibiting Artists:

Jerel Dye | Owen Flores | Kelly Hansen | Brian Hoffman | Bruce Hoppe Shirley Liu | Allison Power | Isabelle Rousseau | Molly Scannell  Brandon Strathmann | Nadege Tessono | Lee Williamson 


A triptych displaying artwork from a show at ACA with overlaying text that reads "Future: Illustrated October 12, 2023-January 10, 2024."

REUNION: 10 Iranian Artists 10 Years Later

April 27 - June 8, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 6-7:30pm

Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to present REUNION: 10 Iranian Artists 10 Years Later, curated by the Safarani Sisters. One decade after graduating from art school at Tehran University, artist and curator duo “Safarani Sisters,” sought connection with their former peers. From their thoughtful questions, exchange of art, and reflections came a reinforced understanding of art and its ability to speak beyond language itself. 

REUNION assembles these artists, passionate in supporting one another and making the world a happier place to live. Through their unique identities and journeys arises anchoring experiences in shared educational and environments. With the passage of ten years, REUNION celebrates these foundations and new discoveries in each individual artist and in the group as a community- catalyzing thoughtfulness about the artists’ themes and challenging monolithic perspectives. REUNION is a continuation of the artistic careers these artists embarked on 10 years ago, brought back into the same space for continued growth and learning with the greater community and exploring the impact of a shared educational experience on their own artmaking as individuals and as a community of learners.

Exhibiting Artists:

Ziba Bideh زیبا بیده

Kajal Fakhri کژال فخری

Mahdi Mahdian مهدی مهدیان

Qader Mansouri قادر منصوری

Delaram Marouf دلارام معروف

Saeedeh Mighani سعیده میقانی

Mahboobe Parniyan محبوبه پرنیان

Safarani Sisters خواهران صفارانی

Anali Vakili آنالی وکیلی

Ladan Zolfaghari لادن ذوالفقاری

A ten picture collage including gallery artwork overlayed with text that reads "Renuion / 10 Iranian artists 10 years later / April 27 - June 8, 2023"
A blue and orange logo for the Mass Cultural Council.

This exhibit is made possible in part thanks to a generous Projects Grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Gallery artwork of textiles overlayed with text that reads "Labor of Life / Textiles + Fiber / February 2 - March 30, 2023"

Image Credit: Echo by Lis Sartori

Labor of Life: Textiles + Fiber
February 2 - March 30, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 9, 6-7:30pm


Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to present Labor of Life: Textiles + Fiber, curated by fiber artist and educator, Kristina Goransson. Historically, textiles have been a part of what moves cultures forward: Innovations like spinning fibers together to create thread have been instrumental in survival from the beginning of human existence. Cultures around the world have used textiles as currency, to show wealth and power, and as an everyday tool. In today’s world, we may take for granted the impact textiles have had on every aspect of our lives but there is a resurgence of textile art that is honoring this history. 

The artwork in Labor of Life: Textiles + Fiber showcases the diverse techniques that encompass the world of textiles. From intricate tapestry weaving to paper sculpture, the exhibit hopes to engage the viewer in possibilities. Artists are using traditional techniques to speak of contemporary subject matters while others are using new innovations within textiles, pushing the medium forward. Textiles will always be part of human evolution as it is elemental to our survival; It is used as an aesthetic tool to express our ideas and identities as well as improving life with innovative new technologies. The art in Labor of Life: Textiles + Fiber is a slice of what is possible.

Participating Artists:

Chelsea Brown | Tina Chavera | Cari Clemen | Nancy Crasco | Brooke Doherty | Kendra Dowd | Ania Gilmore | Malika Green | Hilde-Kari Guttormsen | Charlotte Hamlin | Kimberley Harding | Kerstin Katko | Rachel Liberman (1942-1999) | Virginia Mahoney | Katherine McClelland | Charlotte Moore | Joy Muller-McCoola | Alanna Nelson | Nita Penfold | Amy Pett | Stacey Piwinski | Edwige Raimbault | Amy Ropple | Evan Rosenberg | Minna Rothman | Lis Sartori | Anastasia Semash | Teresa Shields | Adrienne Sloane | Dayna Talbot | Anna Thai | Cynthia Walat | Suzanne Watzman | Irmandy Wicaksono | Emily Williams

Labor of Life on ACMi News!

A special thanks to the folks at Arlington Community Media Inc (ACMi) for their piece on Labor of Life: Textiles + Fiber and for talking to our exhibit curator, Kristina Goransson!

Artwork of a deep blue sea with a shark opening it's jaws to bite a submarine with dispersed text that reads "I have no idea what's coming next."

ArtLinks Arlington Annual Collaborative Exhibit

February 1 - 28, 2023
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 1, 7-8:30pm

The theme for this year's ArtLinks Arlington's Annual Collaborative Exhibit is Perseverance. Each year this exhibit presents artwork from local ArtLinks members, where one art discipline informs the others. This year's collaboration is inspired by Oktapodi, an award winning animated short film. The exhibit was curated by award winning artist Kristina Goransson.

Image Credit:  I Have No Idea What's Coming Next by Pauline Lim

A quadtych of vibrant gallery artwork with overlayed text that reads "Members show: Courageous Colors / October 13, 2022-January 11, 2023"

Featured Artists (from top left): Bekka Teerlink, Janet Smith, Yildiz Grodowski, and Betsey Cogswell

Members Show: Courageous Colors

October 13, 2022 - January 11, 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 27, 6-7:30pm
ACA Annual Member Meeting + Celebration: Wednesday, December 7, 6-8pm

Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to present our annual Members Show: Courageous Colors. Courageous Colors is a show for the bold, experimental, and vibrant works of art that illuminate our world. Works in this exhibition strike imagination with saturation and explore hue, chroma, and value in expressive or inventive ways. This exhibition celebrates our artist members and the ways they use color to enhances the energy of their subjects, alter the message of their work, and illuminates possibilities!

Participating Artists:

Kim Alexander | Lauren Bessen | Nancy Blasi | Marjorie Coello | Betsey Cogswell | Patricia Crotty | Glenn Davis | Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio | Jonathan Donahue | Linda Dunn | Massoudeh Edmond | Nancy French | Cathy Garnett | Yildiz Grodowski | Maryann Hondo | Martha Ingols | Jennifer Ingram | Lidia Kenig-Scher | Audrey Labbe | Jess Lawrence | Alexandra Lee | Claire Lima | Kathy Lobo | Ricardo Maldonado | Karen McCarthy | Suzanne McLeod | Michelle Mendez | Lisa Nelson | Suzanne Owayda | Vicki Paret | Jacky Pullman | Karen Roop | Minna Rothman | Vanessa Schukis | Rach SebellShavit | David Sizemore | Janet Smith | Jane Snedeker | Sybil Solomon | Karen Stark | Elena Stone | Bekka Teerlink | Leona Tevari

A pentaptypch of gallery artwork with overlayed text that reads "Integrated Cycles: Artists respond to our changing earth / March 3 - June 9, 2022"

Integrated Cycles: Artists Respond to Our Changing Earth

Richard Alan Cohen | Cedric Harper | Shelby Meyerhoff | Ponnapa Prakkamakul | Stefanie Timmermann

Curated by Emily Belz

March 3 - June 9, 2022

Opening Reception: Thur, March 10, 6-7:30pm

Panel Discussion: Sun, April 3 at 3pm

(Panel Discussion will feature curator Emily Belz and Select Artists)

As humans we are interdependent and intertwined with nature. Our shared home on Planet Earth is not simply a backdrop for our existence, but the fabric of our existence itself. This concept is interwoven into the work of the five artists that comprise ACA’s newest exhibit, Integrated Cycles: Artists Respond to Our Changing Earth, curated by Emily Belz. The artists— Richard Alan Cohen, Cedric Harper, Shelby Meyerhoff, Ponnapa Prakkamakul, and Stefanie Timmermann—invite viewers to consider topics ranging from climate change, to our interconnectedness to animal species, to how we form more purposeful relationships to landscapes and space. Part reverie, part warning, and part call to action, the artists and artworks in this exhibit summon the richness and diversity of our Planet and the role each of us plays in shaping its future.

Artwork of birds in flight with a pink and blue background.

Image Credit: Fall Migration IV by Susan Hagner

Nature in a Balance

Artlinks Arlington Collaborative Member Exhibit

ACA Hallway Gallery

On view February 1 - March 24, 2022


Artlinks Arlington is delighted to present Nature in a Balance, the second annual ArtLinks Arlington collaborative members show. This exhibit is curated by Kristina Goransson, an Arlington artist, teacher, and curator.


This year, visual artists, poets, writers and musicians were inspired by cellist Miranda Henne, who  debuted Cello Invention by composer Flynn Cohen, exclusively written for her and this event and sponsored by the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture (ACAC). 

Artwork of green, pink, and yellow waterlillies on blue water with overlayed text that reads "Real! / October 21, 2021-January 14, 2022"

Featured Artwork: Andover Waterlillies by Theresa Gambardella

Participating Artists:


Julie AngelaTheresa | Nancy Beams | Paul Beckingham | Sue Colozzi | Kathleen Connors | Katie Cornog | Michael Costello | Joanne Donovan | Kevin Duffy | Linda Dunn | Sue Funk | Teri Gambardella | Catherine Garnett | Nelson Hammer | Linda Hefner | Maryann Hondo | Jodie Kain | Judith Kamm | Lorraine Karcz | Michele Leary | Debby Lewis | Dorothy Lorenze | C.J. Lori | Katherine McGough | Suzanne McLeod | Vicki Paret | Adrienne Paskind | Kristin Petrillo | Sandra Pirie-St. Amour | Judith Plotz | Anna Papok | Ponnapa Prakkamakul | Minna Rothman | Nicci Sevier-Vuyk | Katlin Spang | Karen Stark | Delaine Strandberg | Aimilia Tsolia | Julia Yoshida | Mark Zieff


October 21, 2021 - January 14, 2022

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 21, 6:00-7:30pm

Panel Discussion + ACA Annual Meeting Celebration: December 3, 6-8pm


Please visit our COVID-19 Updates Page for all information on our requirements for visiting this exhibit. 

The Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to present its Fall exhibition REAL! This exhibit celebrates the beauty, technical precision, and advancement of the realism art canon through a variety of creative perspectives. Co-curators and artists, Gwen Chasan and Dan Cianfarini incorporated works selected by juror Phil Young to create an intricate tapestry of local artists’ subjects. 


The artwork in REAL! ranges from exuberant photorealism to quiet studies produced with subtle lines and muted colors. The variety in this exhibition bears witness not only to the continuing appeal of artistic realism, but also acknowledges the difficulty of defining "representational art." While highly representational art has fallen in and out of popularity, it has enjoyed a continuous following of those who find pleasure, value, and meaning in seeing "what is" through the eyes of another artist.


Arlington Center for the Arts invites the public to join us in the celebration of our greater community members’ masterful interpretations of the world around them.

Orange and red artwork of a city grid overlayed with text that reads "Member Show / You + Me"

Featured Artwork: Ayer to Melrose by Lisa Nelson

2021 Members Show: YOU + ME 

On View: March 11 - June 4, 2021

Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, March 25, 6:30-7:30pm

After a year that has divided and disconnected many people, we remain humbly grateful for the community in which we serve. Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to be presenting our annual Members Show 2021: YOU + ME. This celebration of artistic membership at the ACA presents artwork in a variety of media that address concepts of connectivity and togetherness.

This exhibit honors the diversity of experience and expression, seeking pieces that speak to the various ways we can experience togetherness now and envision future possibilities. These concepts include, but are not limited to community, family, love, ecology, friendship and their struggles and triumphs.  Subjects are realistic, abstract, human, environmental, calculated, and experimental.

Participating ACA Members:


Barbara Baskin | Eliza Burden | Glenn Davis | Jonathan Donahue | Steven Edson | Claire Forrest | Wendy Gonick | Gary Hawley | Jennifer Ingram | Lidia Kenig-Scher | Debby Lewis | Claire Lima | Katherine Lobo  Michael Manning | Karen McCarthy | Nilou Moochhala  Sally Naish | Lisa Nelson | Linda O'Connor | Katherine Oh | Henry Olds | Claudia Ravaschiere | Joanne Rothstein | Molly Scannell | Alice Sipple | Catherine Solovay | Betty Stone | Karen Yi

A vibrant blue and purple information graphic with overlaying text that reads "Poetry Collaboration / Artlinks Arlington & Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner."

Poetry Collaboration

On View: February 5 - March 31, 2021

Virtual Opening Reception: March 3, at 7pm

We're happy to currently be hosting Art Links Arlington as they present their first annual Members exhibit in our hall gallery February 5 through March 31! This unique exhibit prompted ArtLinks members to collaborate with Arlington’s Poet Laureate, Steven Ratiner by creating works in response to several of his poems!

ArtLinks is hosting an opening reception for this exhibit on Wednesday, March 3 at 7pm, and attendees may RSVP by emailing!


We are permitting in-person visits to this exhibit by appointment only due to Covid-19 restrictions. Guests may view the exhibition in-person Monday-Friday 10am-2pm only and need to request an appointment in advance by emailing

A quadriptych of gallery artwork with bottom text that reads "Created Equal / September 25 - November 6, 2020"

Augustine Chavez | Olga Chekaryeva

Meseret Desta | Barry Duncan | Jessica Ethington | Mia Fabrizio | Jen Flores | Yetti Frenkel | Mekbib Gebertsadik | Wendy Gonick

 Siena Hancock | Tom Mahin | Virginia Mahoney Karen McCarthy | Julie Neu | Claudia Ravaschiere | Joan Ryan | Melissa Scheid Frantz Laura Scheuerell | Pamela Shanley | Lisa Shea 

Shana Sood


On View: September 25, 2020 - January 15, 2021

Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, October 8, 7-8pm

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment and the successes of the Suffrage movement, the Arlington Center for the Arts in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Arlington present Created Equal. This exhibition showcases artwork that exemplifies the mosaic of voices that contribute to our society and the equal weight all voices carry. Artwork in this exhibit address concepts of fundamental rights and freedoms in our society through a variety of subjects and mediums.

This exhibit honors the Suffrage movement and the passing of the 19th Amendment, but it is not limited to this historic moment. It serves as a reminder that these rights are hard won and need to be protected and not taken for granted. The Suffrage fighters give us inspiration, courage and hope to move forward and face the struggles we see in our community, our country, and our world today.

This subject and dialogue are as important now as they have ever been and we welcome the opportunity to provide a platform of inclusion and equity to all artists. We are committed to presenting this exhibition opportunity as a way to amplify voices of those most marginalized by societal oppression, racism, and discrimination of any kind.


The Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome Jill Harvey, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator for the Town of Arlington and Boston-area artist Liz Shepherd as our jurors for this exhibition.

Many thanks to Created Equal sponsor and partner League of Women Voters of Arlington for their support of this exhibition.

A political cartoon detailing a woman's difficult journey up a latter with bottom text that reads "1920 - 75th Anniversay of Woman Suffrage - 1995"

Blanche Ames Political Cartoons

On View: September 25 - January 15, 2021

Virtual Opening Reception: October 8, 7-8 pm

The Arlington Center for the Arts in pleased to be presenting a selection of political cartoons created by artist and activist Blanche Ames. These large scale prints are reproductions of published cartoons Blanche created in 1915 to support the suffrage movement and to criticize those who opposed women’s right to vote. Also included in this exhibit are excerpts from the Arlington Advocate from 1915-1920 documenting the suffrage movement through the lens of Arlington residents.


Many thanks to Oakes Plimpton, poet, author, and editor, Arlington resident, and grandson of Blanche Ames for providing all of the content and documentation for this exhibit,to Smith College for use of these images, and to the League of Women Voters of Arlington for their support of this exhibit and Created Equal.

About Blanche Ames: Blanche Ames was an artist, feminist, suffragette, and political activist who used her position and esteem to champion local, state, and national efforts to secure women the right to vote. Blanche earned a degree in History and Studio Art from Smith College and applied her art training to further the suffragette cause, drawing political cartoons for publications such as Women’s Journal and Boston Transcript. As a member and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Women’s Suffrage Association, Blanche invested a great deal of time, energy, and creativity in the efforts of women’s rights in the United States. Even after the 19th amendment was ratified, Blanche used her platform to continue to advocate for women’s issues including access to contraception and affordable medical care.

A black and white photo of a birch forest with overlayed text that reads "Nurture / Nature"
Focus logo.jpg


On View: February 6 - March 31, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 27, 7-9pm

Given the closures and precautions surrounding COVID-19, we are pleased to be able to provide the public a virtual tour of the exhibition! Check it out here. 

The Arlington Center for the Arts and Century 21 Adams is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition in our biannual photography exhibition series, FOCUS. The 2020 theme, Nurture/Nature invites artists, and in turn audiences, to explore their individual relationship with nature, as well as our collective impact on the natural world.


This exhibition features 36 photographs which investigate how human and natural evolution influence each other, as well as the human responsibility to others, the future, and nature itself.


EXHIBITION JUROR: Laura McPhee, Photographer & MassArt Professor

About our Juror: Laura McPhee was born in Manhattan and grew up in central New Jersey. She earned her BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She lives in Brookline, MA. She is noted for her stunning large-scale landscapes and portraits of the people who live and work in them.  She is currently working in the desert west of the United States where she is chronicling visual stories about time, both geologic and human. A serpentine river cuts deep incisions in the land over ages. A gold mine on the edge of the Black Rock Desert has the earth slashed open and its ruddy interior revealed.  A still-life found at the edge of an alkali flat reveals intricate details of daily life—a tiny plastic toy among shards of glass and rust, a penny, machine parts, and desert varnished tin cans.  All contemplate the unintended consequences of humanity’s attempts to control and manage nature and how we use the earth and to what ends.   A meditation on our material lives and on climate change, the images depict our paradoxical approaches as we at once protect, alter, and extract from the land.

Special thanks to our Nurture/Nature Sponsor

FOCUS is a biannual photography exhibition series presented by the Arlington Center for the Arts and Century 21 Adams

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A photograph of an ocean at an orange sunset.

Everything is Alive: My Search for God in Nature

Photographs by Roy Crystal

On View: February 6 - April 30, 2020

Opening Reception: February 27, 7-9 pm

"Much of my work has been in natural places in New England and the American West.  My work explores natural processes of change, growth, decay, death, and renewal.


In this show I bring together mages taken over more than fifty years where I felt something undefinable.  I  find it in sacred places where people have felt a sense of spirit or God in the landscape, when special light transforms an ordinary place, when I see the weight of millions of years of geologic time in the rocks, and when I can feel the beauty and conciousness of an animal.  


In this show I want to share some moments with you where I felt a sense of spirit, of God, in nature, and in the city, since it is all one.  I want to offer you encouragement in this dark time that there is beauty and profound meaning in the world.  Have you felt something similar?  If so please share it with me.  I would love to hear it." - Roy Crystal

A red informational graphic with many small picture frames and overlayed text that reads "Small works Members Show / December 6, 2019-Janurary 22, 2020"

Small Works Members Show


On View: December 6, 2019 - January 22, 2020

Opening Reception & Annual Meeting: Thursday, December 6, 6:30-9pm

​Arlington Center for the Arts is presents artwork that is small in scale, but large in impact for our annual Small Works Members Show!  It’s a great opportunity for our member artists to be part of the holidays at ACA, including ACA’s annual meeting and holiday reception. This exhibition features artwork created by our talented member-base and all work is less than 16” in dimension. Just in time for the holidays, this exhibitions is a wonderful opportunity to support local artists and find unique holiday gifts.  For this show only, artwork will be sold off the walls and replaced as needed to keep the exhibit exciting and dynamic.

We're inviting all of our members to join us at the event to partake in our annual meeting and celebrate our year together! Please help us in:

  • Voting in new Board Members

  • Appointing new officers to our Board 

  • Saying THANK YOU to departing Board Members


ALSO -- you'll hear from our new Executive Director, Tom Formicola, about some of the highlights of 2019!

A detailed painting of dying flowers with overlayed text that reads "Very Supersitious / October 11-November 8"

Very Superstitious


On View: October 11 - November 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, October 25, 7-9pm

The writing’s on the wall in Very Superstitious, a unique new art exhibit presented by the Arlington Center for the Arts. This autumnal gallery show presents artwork of all types and mediums, which explore themes of signs, symbols and superstitions, as well as omens and totems of all kinds. Just in time for the Halloween season, Very Superstitious asks each of us to stop and consider the signs and symbols, both mystical and slightly more mundane, present in our own lives and in the world around us.


Be sure to mark your calendars for our Opening Reception and SPOOKY SPECTACULAR on October 25, 7-9pm! We'll have festive and fantastical treats, spooky music, and perhaps even a ghoul or two! Costumes are optional but encouraged!

We're very excited to welcome our juror for Very Superstitious - 
Caitee Hoglund, Gallery Director of 13Forest Gallery!

Artwork of three symetrical  flowers with overlayed text that reads "Henry Olds / Retrospective / August 1 - September 20"

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.

A circular pentaptych of gallery artwork.

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.

Artwork of trees bare in winter with a gray sky in the background.

Christine Hagg, Winter Trees 2

Blue, green, and tan abstract galleryartwork.

Phil Young, Cascade

Gallery artwork of a pond's edge with golden light.

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.

Black and white gallery artwork depicting images of nature and hands reaching upwards.

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

Passage,Katrina Cayre

Vibrant, geometric abstract gallery artwork.

The Wall, Minna Rothman

Gallery artwork depicting a view of a man sitting seen through a window frame.

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.

A blue and orange Mass Cultural Council logo.

The Immigrant, Kim Triedman

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