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The Lure of the Local

The Lure of the Local exhibit at Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) looks to showcase local artists and their favorite local places and people. Paintings and photographs filled the gallery with images of downtown, Lynn Woods, and more to celebrate each artists’ “special local place”. The exhibit displays works in many mediums and styles.

My piece in the exhibit is Marsh Reeds, acrylic, 16×20″ and was painted en plein air at the marsh behind Woodman’s in Essex. A delightful lunch at Woodman’s obviously followed!


For more information please visit galleriesatlynnarts.org. Galleries at Lynn Arts is located at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901. Telephone: 617-909-9211

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Wednesday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Friday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday: By appointment or by chance

Exhibitions

Inspired By Word Exhibit

Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) offers a new exhibit of work inspired by written, sung, and spoken words. My entry in the show was inspired by one of my favorite songs, Deep Purple. I have always liked the soft, relaxing sound of the music and the romantic lyrics which were written in the 1930s and covered by many musicians since then. My painting, Purple Twilight captures the magic of a warm spring evening as the sun sets and the full moon rises, reflecting in the gentle ripples of the water and glowing through the emerging leaves on the trees. It is done in acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas and is 16″ x 20″.

Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) presents an opening reception Friday, September 1 from 5:30-7:30 for “Inspired by Word” Exhibit. GALA openings are open to the public and offer beautiful art, good conversation with interesting people, music, food, and usually other surprises. The show runs from September 1 through October 22, 2023. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Sundays by appointment. GALA is located at 9/1-10/22/23. GALA’s lovely galleries are located at 25 Exchange St., Lynn, MA www.galleriesatlynnarts.org

Exhibitions

Wonder & Whimsy 7/21-8/19/23

Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA) have invited member artists to exhibit work that fits the theme, Wonder & Whimsy: Portal to the Fey Realm. They sought artwork hat represented powerful feelings and deep yearnings, as well as subjects that are highly prized in the Fey Realm such as mushrooms, flowers, etc.

I was happy to have three paintings juried into the exhibit, all very small acrylic paintings which fit the fairy theme: Moondance, Fairy Garden, and Honeysuckles.

Moondance, acrylic, 6 x 6” This happy little painting was inspired by Van Morrison’s song of the same name. It has always been a favorite of mine; when I hear it I am transported to a dark, moonlit summer night where anything wonderful can happen, where fairies dance on trees and the summer breeze makes me want to dance too.

Fairy Garden, acrylic, 6”x 6”. My garden is one of my favorite places, and I spend many hours there planting flowers and tending to them. It seems the fairies also spend hours there because I constantly find lovely compositions of graceful ferns, mysterious mushrooms, and tiny wildflowers popping up overnight. Here is one, I was inspired to go outside and paint.

Honeysuckles, acrylic, 6” x 6”. It has been said that good fences make good neighbors. Well, I guess it is true because my good neighbor is growing the most gorgeous honeysuckle vine that drapes over her fence into my garden. This magnificent plant attracts legions of butterflies and hummingbirds giving endless pleasure to me and my grandchildren. They youngest ones believe that fairies sew dresses from the petals, and what fashion-conscious fairy wouldn’t do so? I was inspired to create this little outside in my garden one fine day.

The exhibit will run from the opening reception on Friday, July 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. until August 19, 2023.

The reception is open to the public, donations are requested to help support the work of GALA in the community. There will be food and music and all-round merriment! 

As a nonprofit, GALA depends on your generous support to continually produce exceptional art events that benefit artists, businesses, students, visitors, and the City of Lynn. Something amazing has been created here two years ago! $5, $10,  $15 … anything helps.

GALA’s beautiful galleries are located at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. Call us at 617-909-9211.

Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday — 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Sunday : By appointment or by chance

Saturday — 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Environmental Awakening Show

My small painting, Nasturtiums (watercolor & ink, 10″x12″) has been curated into the GALA Environmental Awakening exhibit! The show will be up 4/1 – 5/12/22 at Galleries at Lynn Arts, 25 Exchange St., Lynn, MA 01901.

The curators were Emmanuelle Le Gal, Stefanie Timmermann and assistant curators Nathan Hammerschmitt Le Gal and Nathanial Boyd. Many thanks to all the behind-the-scenes volunteers as well as the cleaning and hanging crews!

The Opening Reception for Environmental Awakening is Friday, April 1st from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Three special guests will be attending. The first two, Lisa Wallace and Richard Valine, are founders of The Community Path Coalition. The association gifted us a bench made out of 100% recycled plastic waste that can be purchased at the exhibit. All proceeds will support GALA. Our third guest is Nathan Gray, owner of House Factory US, who worked with The Community Path Coalition. He’ll show us how he recycles plastic waste by shredding it, melting it, and then molding it into new objects. Creating small gifts made on-site to take home, Nathan will be located in the back of the LynnArts building (parking lot), so make sure to stop by! At 6:30PM all special guests will share insight on their collaboration and what’s coming next for them.

Additionally, Curator Stefanie Timmermann will present a unique installation out of recycled materials. She built an igloo-style prototype out of all the recycled milk and juice cartons donated by members of the community. At nearly 6 feet across, this dwelling is big enough to crawl inside, and once installed, she invites you to do just that… She’ll even provide a blanket!”

Due to Covid restrictions this will be a casual drop-in affair with no refreshments or food. We’ll return to our usual lively fun filled affairs as soon as we are able! Masks are strongly encouraged.

We’re asking attending guests (not artists) for a suggested donation of $5 if they are able. These funds help keep our ALL-volunteer organization going! Please invite family and friends and help spread the word about the show.

Exhibitions

Duality Exhibit: 2/11-3/26/22

The GALA Call for Art described the theme for their current show this way:

“In this exhibit we are looking for submissions that question or describe duality. 
There are always two sides to every story. Most people have two sides to their personality. You might want to suppress the so-called “bad” side. This leads to repression. Are you angry, sad, disappointed in life, love, etc. What are your conflicts and how do you resolve them? How do you find balance in your life and find joy? At certain points in our lives we have to decide: Should I leave or stay? Should I change my profession? Should I leave a relationship? We are conflicted. How do we resolve these conflicts? There are also broader entry-points to the theme of duality such as: yin and yang, night and day, good and evil, right and wrong, hot and cold, which you could explore. Let’s see how you work this out as a visual artist. Express yourself and it might resolve some issues or connect with your viewer about a deep iconic duality.”

Could there be a more timely theme for today’s crazy world? Artwork in the exhibit will include photographs, painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, and electronic art. All mediums are included: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and more. My entry in the exhibit is titled Cadillac Mountaintop View. It was done on location at Acadia National Park one sunny day that turned cloudy in the middle of my painting. So the painting shows the duality of the weather as I worked!

The Opening Reception will be held Friday, February 11th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. And the exhibit ends Thursday, March 24th. Galleries at Lynn Arts (GALA), 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901, 617-909-9211