6th Annual Spring Show
The Artists’ Group of Charlestown’s Sixth Annual Spring Show opened on Friday, April 9th with an international flair that was bursting with color, many new artists, and over 90 works of art.
This year’s chairperson, Dick Emrich, was thrilled to greet more than 30 artists from Charlestown and surrounding communities including Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Boston’s North End. The range of work that was entered varied from 4”x 6” to 4’ x 6’…beautiful still-life oil paintings…bold life-size figure paintings…quietly imaginative photographs, and unique handmade paper collages.
Laura Montgomery, the gallery director of Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery,
judged this year’s art exhibit. She awarded first place to “Returning Home” by Kanak Chanpa Cakma and second place to “Charukoloa” by Ariful Islam. Kanak and Ariful
are artists from Bangladesh who are represented by a local organization, Artist Trekker.
The directors Rezaul Haque, an artist himself, and Fatema Choudhury, began showcasing art from their native South Asia in 2009 to bring the artists some much needed exposure in the U.S., “the inspiration came from the rich but little known history of visual art in Bangladesh”. The third place prize was awarded to Charlestown’s Didier Delepine for his rich charcoal and pastel rendering of “Men Smoking at the Burlesque”.
In addition there were four honorable mention awards for Tom Holdcamper’s "Found Art”, a brightly colored mix of recycled plastics; Peter Aldrich’s oil painting "North Station Drawbridge"; Peter Pizzi’s pair of stark photographs "Black Tank", "White Tank"; and the very bold oil painting, "Thinker" by Chelsea artist William Osorio.
The Artists’ Group of Charlestown wishes to thank all the participating artists who exhibited their work, the volunteers and AGC members who contributed their time and effort to coordinate the show, and residents and friends in the Charlestown community who attended and expressed their support of our mission to bring visual arts to the community.
written by Jeanne Finnerty