Spring Show '11

The Artists’ Group of Charlestown’s Seventh Annual Spring Art Exhibit opened on Friday, April 1st with many new Boston area artists showing at the StoveFactory Gallery for the first time.

This year’s tri-chairs, Marcia Crumley, Jeanne Finnerty, and Susannah Ford, organized an entertaining opening night with live music from singer and keyboardist Kacie Fodness as well as selection of appetizers generously donated from Dan and Mui, owners of Chow Thai. Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso pins were worn by all of the artists with work in the show, inviting a plethora of stimulating conversation to all those in attendance.

The AGC received a record number of over 70 submissions to the juried show which comprised of artists from the AGC as well as numerous outside artists from Cape Cod, to Beverly, and Brookline to Chelsea. The range of work that was entered varied from 4”x 6” to 4’ x 6’ including beautiful still-life oil paintings, bold life-size figure paintings, quietly imaginative photographs, and unique handmade paper collages and drawings.

Jonathan Ribner, art history professor at Boston University, judged this year’s exhibition. He awarded first place to “Full Size Curlew”, a wood with gauche decoy sculpture by John Beasley, second place to “Wooded Corner”, a watercolor drawing by Mary McSweeny, and third place to “McClellan House”, a photograph by Russ Bolt. Professor Ribner also bestowed three honorable mentions to “Two Red Barrels” by Anthony Abate, “Twin Lights” by Richard Emrich, and “Stoneware Plate with Shino Glaze” by Hollis Engley

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.

By Jeanne Finnerty