Local Events

Wondering what’s going on in the Boston arts community over the next few months? Check this calendar of events, and you won’t miss a thing. 

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Special Events/Workshops

Advanced Location Lighting Workshop
Sunday, September 29, 10:00am-5:00pm
Rick Friedman Photography Studio, South End, Boston 

Description: "1 day intensive Advance Location Lighting Workshop. This workshop will concentrate on multiple speed lights, studio strobes and adding color to your images. Space is limited to 9 participants. Register by contacting [email protected]." 

For more information, click here.

Portfolio Review
October 16 

Description: “We are busy organizing a portfolio review for our members. Stay tuned for more information.”

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Bill Cramer from Wonderful Machine
December 12, 2:30-5pm
EP Levines, Waltham, MA

Description: “Changes in how photography is licensed and used have left even veteran photographers scrambling to calculate the true market value of their work. With prices all over the map, how do you figure out what to charge?

"In this practical and incisive interactive seminar, Bill Cramer draws on his experiences as a photographer and founder of Wonderful Machine to help photographers answer this critical question. Using real negotiations, estimates and invoices from real photographers and real projects, Bill walks you through the process of identifying key negotiation points, leveraging opportunities to showcase your value, and calculating what the market will bear.”

For more information, click here.

American Society of Picture Professionals

Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World- Private Tour and Curatorial Presentation
Wednesday, October 20
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Description: “’She Who Tells a Story’ introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian.

“These prominent photographers have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. Their provocative work ranges from fine art to photojournalism and provides insights into political and social issues, including questions of personal identity and exploring the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions in images of great sophistication, expressiveness, and beauty." 

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Art in the Park, Worcester
July 27- October 15
Elm Park, Worcester, MA

Description: "The Art in the Park exhibition was created to present public art to a broad community, promote works by artists from the region, enhance outdoor spaces, and enrich lives. Since its premiere in 2008, this public, outdoor exhibition of 20-25 large-scale sculptures has been organized by a dedicated group of volunteers and community supporters, in conjunction with public art professionals."

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Nonprofit Incorporation Seminar
September 17, 4:00-6:30pm
Goodwin Procter, 53 State Street, Boston

Description: “This two-hour seminar is designed to provide nonprofits with the information they need to proceed with the legal process of incorporation. Topics covered include the benefits of being a nonprofit (versus a for-profit business), incorporating and structuring the nonprofit, state and federal reporting and regulation, fiscal agency, and completing the Form 1023 for federal tax-exemption. Time is set aside for general questions.”

For more information, click here.

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Unlikely Pairings- Gallery Artists
September 4- 24
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 6-8:30pm

Description: “In media that ranges from video to printmaking, and from sculptures to books, as well as painting and drawings, works by Bromfield Gallery Artists are paired in surprising ways.”

For more information, click here.  

Reverse- Julie Weiman
October 2-26
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 6:00-8:30pm

Description: “I have a thing for stripes and another for reduction. I walk a fine line between minimal and not.

“For a while, my work involved painting lines and layers of color, removing them almost entirely, and doing a dance with the rest.  A labor-intensive process with an uncertain outcome.  A combination of intent and chance. Elegant, controlled, surfaces. A nod to my modernist roots.”

For more information, click here.  

Cautionary Tales- Elizabeth Strasser
October 2-26
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 6:00-8:30pm

Description: "These paintings explore the unconscious, with its cast of characters that can haunt us or illuminate our inner wishes. With claws and teeth and strange protuberances, these creatures are joined by shapes that resemble fantastic machines or surreal plants.

“Although brightly colored and humorously odd, the paintings touch upon our hidden fears.”

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Make-Believe- Boriana Kantcheva
October 2-26
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 6:00-8:30pm

Description: “My work has always been about a varied cast of characters form hybrid shapes to fictional personages that exist somewhere between reality and imagination. 

“As long as I can remember, creatures both terrifying and humorous have always been a part of my life. Monsters, ghost stories, horror movies and dreams have fascinated me since childhood.”

For more information, click here.

Savage Beauty—Photographs by Alicia Savage
October 4- December 6
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 6:00-8:00pm
Digital Silver Imaging 

Description: “Alicia Savage explores time, place and person through this series of self portraitures.”

“’Photography has opened my mind and heart to understand myself and the world beyond what is assumed; to always be inspired by my curiosity and imagination of what is and could be,’ says Alicia Savage.

“Savage’s photographs explore time, place and person through this series of self-portraits. Inner landscape is inspired by physical settings of locations such as the Nova Scotia farmhouse of her maternal grandmother, a lake front family homestead, and an odd hotel room encountered on her journeys.”

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8th Annual Focus Awards
October 19, 6:00-10:00pm
Griffin Museum of Photography

Description: “The Griffin Museum created the annual awards in 2006 to recognize individuals and institutions who have made critical contributions to the promotion of photography. They are one of the few to recognize the work of those who have been instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public.”

For more information, click here

69th Annual Fall Salon (Members Non-juried Show)
September 6-26
Reception: Thursday, September 12, 5:30-7:30pm

Description: “In honor of Mary Schein.”

For more information, click here.  

Portfolio Review Workshop
September 15

Description: “A workshop presenting tips for presenting your portfolio. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.”

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Third Thursday: Preparing Files for Digital Submission
September 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Kathryn Schultz Gallery

Description: “Tips on photographing/editing your digital files/Entering Slideroom.

“Nature of digital files (pixels, ppi, dpi, demystified). Preparing a file for submission using PhotoShop Express (on the web).  Bring files on thumb drives or cd’s and we can work on them.”

Free for CAA Members, $5 per person for Non Members.

RSVP TO CAA OFFICE: [email protected]

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Create It!: Painting Landscaped with Reference Photos
Monday, September 23, 6:15-8:30pm
Kathryn Schultz Gallery 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge MA

Description: “Using reference photographs to create studio landscape paintings can be tricky. In this Create-It Night, artists will first learn how to select good reference photos to work from, and discover ways to adjust composition, color and value to create powerful landscape paintings. Artists should bring a few possible photos to work from.”

CAA Members: $30
General Public: $35

To sign up, click here.

For more information, click here.  

69th Members Prize Show (Members Juried Show)
October 3- November 2
Reception: Friday, October 11, 6-8pm
University Place Gallery

Description: Juried by Kate McNamara, Director & Chief Curator, Boston University Gallery.

For more information, click here

Silent Noise
October 4- November 2
Reception: Friday, October 4, 5:30-7:30pm  
Kathryn Schultz Gallery

Description: Small group show featuring work by Noelle Fiori, Asia Kepka, and Sydell Masterman. 

For more information, click here

Living a Photographic Life- with Paul Giguere
October 6 & October 20 

Description: “This two-session workshop will include a lecture/presentation and discussion followed by a group portfolio review for each participant during the first session. Based on the portfolio review, each workshop participant will be given an individual photographic assignment (along with readings) to be completed over the course of the week and will then bring in prints or files for discussion and feedback at the next session. In addition, over the course of both sessions, there will be mini-lectures/discussions which focus on topics of interest to participants (e.g. deciding what to photograph, working on photo projects, editing/selecting your photos for a portfolio, how to price photos, how to market photos, etc.).”

For more information, click here

Portfolio Review
Saturday, October 19, 10am-4pm
Univeristy Hall, 1815 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA

Description: “Cambridge Art Association is pleased to announce our 2013 Portfolio Review in partnership with the Art Institute of Boston and Lesley University!”

CAA Members: $65 per review, up to 6 reviews
General Public: &80 per review, up to 6 reviews
Art Institute of Boston Students (4th year BFA candidates, MFA candidates): $30 per review, 1 review

Online registration will begin on Tuesday, September 2 at noon.

For more information, click here.  

Oana Lauric at Boston Private Bank
June 26- September 17 
Boston Private Bank and Trust at the Prudential Center

Description: “The Copley Society of Art presents an offsite exhibition at the Boston Private Bank, located at the Prudential Center at 800 Boylston Street. The ninth installment at this exhibition space showcases a collection of summer scenes by Copley artist member Oana Lauric.”

For more information, click here

Laurie Brown at Boston Private Bank
August 23- October 30
Boston Private Bank and Trust at the Prudential Center

Description: “The Copley Society of Art presents an offsite exhibition at the Boston Private Bank, located at the Prudential Center at 800 Boylston Street. The tenth installment at this exhibition space showcases a collection of greek amorphae lithographs by Copley artist member Laurie K. Brown.”

For more information, click here

Fall Members’ Show: The Sound of Color
September 12- October 31
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 3:30-5:30pm
Upper Gallery

Description: “This year's Fall Members' Show: The Sound of Color is in response to this past spring’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Symphony Hall. Co|So will further explore the connections between art, music and the senses as artist members were asked to submit works based on one of the five senses.”

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Co|So Artists’ Small Works: Night & Day
September 12- October 31
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 3:30-5:30pm
Lower Gallery

Description: “The Copley Society of Art is proud to present Co|So Artists’ Small Works: Night & Day, an exhibition of artworks by our membership. Dozens of artists' small paintings and photographs are for sale - perfect additions to growing art collections. Work from all media is represented, and styles range from traditional to contemporary.”

For more information, click here

Matt Miller Portrait Demo
Saturday, October 5, 1:00-4:00pm

Description: “Stop by the Copley Society of Art on Saturday, October 5th, for a portait painting demonstration by artist member, Matt Miller. Matt will demonstrate his technique of painting portaits while creating one of his popular paintings. He currently has work on display in our upper gallery as part of the Fall Members' Show: The Sound of Color. This event is free and open to the public. View the entire exhibit online HERE. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!”

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Cambridge on Canvas: Copley at the Harvard Club
Thursday, October 17 6-8pm
Main Clubhouse, 375 Commonwealth Ave
There will be an extended viewing of this show in the Red Room Gallery at the Copley Society October 18 - 31

Description: "The Harvard Club of Boston and the Copley Society of Art collaborate to celebrate the Head of the Charles, Harvard and Cambridge.  The Copley artists will create original works of art to be viewed at the Harvard Club on October 17th.  All works will be for sale.  This is sure to be one of the most vibrant events of the year, the evening will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. A portion of the profits will be donated to the United South End Settlement House Children's Art Program.”

Tickets: $30

For more information and to register for this event, click here

Unite @ Rose Kennedy Greenway
September 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Rose Kennedy Greenway—Atlantic Ave and Mercantile St., Boston

Description: “Join Design Museum Boston for a social evening of food, drinks, and fun at UNITE @ Rose Kennedy Greenway on September 19 from 6:30-8:30pm. UNITE is a collaboration between Design Museum Boston and local organizations, with events hosted at unique locations throughout the city — at the same time you get to hear from design experts. For the first time ever we’ll be uniting outside on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.”

For more information, click here

Street Seats Kids
Next Workshop: Sunday, September 29, 11am, 1pm, & 2:30pm
Workshops are on the following Sundays at 11am, 1pm, and 2:30pm: 10/6
Fort Point Channel Harborwalk next to Boston Children’s Museum 308 Congress St. Boston, MA 02210 

Description: “Street Seats Kids is a child-centered walking tour of our outdoor exhibition: Street Seats: Reimagining the Public Bench — with a special Street Seats activity book — and a hands-on workshop session where children have creative freedom to draw and build their own street seat from a variety of materials.

Street Seats Kids educates children about the role design plays in the community and environment, as well as its value functionally and aesthetically. Children will be encouraged to create environments and stories surrounding their seats so they can better understand the process of executing a design with intent. The process is facilitated and nurtured through discussions and interactions with Design Museum Boston and Boston Children’s Museum staff, cultivating creative thinkers for a more beautiful future.”

For more information, click here.  

CreativeMornings with Bostonography- Get Inspired, Before Work
September 20, 8:30-10am
Grand Circle Gallery, 347 Congress St. Boston, MA 02210

Description: “Bostonography & Infinite Mapping. There are infinite geographic stories to tell about a city and city life. Bostonography, besides being a simple blog about Boston maps, is a project that attempts to use maps and design to discover new geographic tales and bring light to those tales we all knew but never paid much attention. Boston is city with unique culture, history and physical form—and one full of creative minds. Turning those minds’ excitement and creativity toward the city through maps, and now through participation in the mapping process, is one small way of maintaining and expanding what makes the city and interesting place to live in and visit. From buses to booze to radio waves, see how maps might inspire thought, discussion, and even real change.

"Our September presenters are Tim Wallace & Andy Woodruff of Bostonography."

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Boston NAACP Young Professional Mixer
Thursday, September 12, 6pm

Description: “Join the NAACP, The Afterwork Network, Future Boston Alliance and Robert Lewis for the ultimate networking event! Mix and mingle with business people representing hundreds of industries and companies in and around the Boston area!” Pop over to the Facebook event to get more information.”

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Night Owls- Annual Moondance Gala
Friday, September 20

Description: “The Esplanade Association will host our annual Moondance Gala. Over 500 of Boston’s leaders are expected to attend this magical evening on the Charles River Esplanade to celebrate and raise valuable funds for the park. The Night Owls “after party” portion of the event is a great way to meet new people, give back to the community, and have a great time!

“You are cordially invited to kick-up your heels and join us for this amazing, one-of-a-kind party at the park. “

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Home Sweet Home 2013
Saturday, September 28, 7:00pm
Cambridge Hyatt Regency

Description: “Home Sweet Home Dessert Competition and Wine Tasting VI, with music, art (provided by Future Boston Alliance), and magic (Chris Bolter) is benefiting Community Call.

“This popular culinary competition features top dessert chefs from Greater Boston competing for your vote and the top award from the panel of Celebrity Judges including Jill Epstein – Publisher of Where to Eat & Drink Boston, Jordan Rich of WBZ Radio, Andrew Rimas – Editor of Improper Bostonian, and Aimee Seavey, Assistant Editor of Yankee Magazine. Music by the fabulous Love Dogs and veejay Rick Hodgkins.

"Josh Zakim will be presenting our Greater Boston Young Leader Award to an outstanding philanthropist/social entrepreneur. Eat, drink, dance, and have an amazingly good time while giving back to the community!”

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Perceptions—Photographs by Miah Nate Johnson
July 3-September 20
Digital Silver Imaging 

Description: “Miah Nate Johnson finds art in routine aspects of everyday life.”

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Horn Pond
Photographs by Sean Gold
August 15- October 22
The Griffin Museum at Cambridge Homes

Description: “Horn Pond in Woburn, MA. has been influential in Sean Gold’s life and evolution as a photographer.

After moving from the city to the suburbs in third grade, Horn Pond became his refuge. More than a decade later, he would roam the woods near the pond taking pictures. After he became a professional photographer, he returned to the pond to measure his photographic achievements.”

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Photography Atelier 18- Photographs by Class Participants 
September 10- September 29
Griffin Main Gallery

Description: “The Photography Atelier 18 will present an exhibit of student and faculty artwork. The Atelier is a course for intermediate and advanced photographers offered by the Griffin Museum of Photography. Photography Atelier, in its seventeenth year, is a unique portfolio-making course for emerging to advanced photographers. In addition to guidance and support in the creation of a body of work, the class prepares artists to market, exhibit and present their work to industry professionals.”

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Re-Imagining Eden- Photographs by Bremner Benedict
September 12- November 10
Opening Reception: September 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Griffin Museum at the Stoneham Theatre

Description: “Bremner Benedict has been photographing her daughter moving from youth to maturity in settings that portray her on-going experience with the landscape.”

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Intimate Details—Photographs by Vicky Stromee
September 12- November 7
Reception: October 8, 6:00-7:30pm
Aberjona River Gallery

Description: “After her career as a psychotherapist, Stromee found refuge in the natural world and through photographing, turned chaos into satisfying connections.”

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Lalla Essaydi
September 6- October 22

Description: “This exhibition brings together six large-scale photographic works made from 2009 to 2012 and spanning five major bodies of work by Lalla Essaydi. In the earliest body of work, Les Femmes du Maroc, Essaydi establishes the primary conditions of her aesthetic investigations: she photographs women elaborately adorned in henna script. These works highlight the importance of writing in the creation of the self and of femininity, while exploring the passive eroticism of Orientalist painting. In her later series, Harem and Harem Revisited, Essaydi examines the relationships of women, privacy, and the fantastic architecture of the harem. The complex patterns of the tiled interiors, additionally adorned with elaborate fabrics, lend an air of display to these intimate spaces.” 

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Imi Hwangbo
September 6- October 22

Description: “Imi Hwangbo’s current work explores the notion of constructed drawings. The pieces are fabricated with translucent mylar that is colored, cut in elaborate patterns, and layered in such quantity that sculptural forms are created. Her imagery is based on the ornamentation of Buddhist temple doors and Italian cathedrals. In her work, these traditional patterns are reconfigured and expanded into space. Light is used a medium to convey the image, with patterns gaining depth through the translucent layering of light and shadow. As art critic Lilly Wei has written: ‘Hwangbo's geometric motifs and lacy botanicals are related to traditional designs, filtered through a modernist syntax of diamonds, circles, and squares configured as infinitely expandable systems in which solids and voids are similarly important and mind and dream intertwine.’”

For more information, click here.               

Exhibit Preview & Reception | Native New England Now: Celebrating 6 Years of NEFA’s Native Arts Program
October 4, 5-7pm
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338 | 860.396.6800

Description: “Join museum leaders, NEFA staff and board, and artists for a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit, Native New England Now: Celebrating Six Years of NEFA’s Native Arts Program

Meet some of the Native artists whose works are in this exhibit as we celebrate the artists, our collaboration with the museum, and the Native Arts' program.

Enjoy hearty appetizers with a cash bar. In the Mashantucket Gallery and Atrium.”

RSVP by September 13 to [email protected] or call 617.951.0010 x533

For more information, click here

Special Exhibit | Native New England Now: Celebrating 6 Years of NEFA’s Native Arts Program
October 5, 2013- January 4, 2014
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338 | 860.396.6800

Description: “NEFA's Native Arts program is proud to partner with the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center to present Native New England Now: Celebrating Six Years of NEFA’s Native Arts Program. The exhibit will celebrate the artistic vitality of the region’s Native American communities and the program’s six years of grantmaking activity, showcasing the work of more than 20 artists working across a range of media from among the over 80 artists and organizations who have received Native Arts grants.  The exhibit will be accompanied by a catalog featuring the work of each artist and the contributions of the program to date.”

For more information, click here.

Native Arts Community Gathering
October 5, 10:00am-4:00pm
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338 | 860.396.6800

Description: “An important element of NEFA's Native Arts program, gatherings are day-long convening centered on artist professional development, discussion around Native arts topics, and opportunities for networking and sharing artwork."

This session will take place in the museum's gathering space and focus on:

  • Program updates
  • Artist discussion and feedback
  • Creative Ground update and preview

For more information, click here

Gourd Bowl Family Workshop- Hosted by MPMRC
October 12, 1:00-4:00pm
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338 | 860.396.6800

Description: “In conjunction with the exhibit, Native New England Now: Celebrating Six Years of NEFA’s Native Arts Program, exhibit artist Jeanne Morningstar Kent (Nulhegan Band, Coosuk Abenaki of Vermont) leads a 3-hour workshop for families to create a work of art. This is a wonderful project for parents to do with children ages 10 and older. Gourd art is an ancient tradition among indigenous peoples of the Americas; gourds have been used to carry water, store foods, as bird houses, and fashioned into rattles for ceremonies. After a 1-hour presentation about gourds and how to work with them safely, participants decorate a six-inch gourd bowl prepared by the instructor; bring a design or use one provided by Jeanne. The dyes are permanent – wear appropriate clothing.”

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NEFA’s 12th Annual Idea Swap
November 7, 9:30am-4:00pm
Mechanics Hall | 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Description: “The Idea Swap is an annual event for New England-based nonprofit presenting organizations to network and share project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA’s Expeditions grant program. Each year NEFA’s Idea Swap attracts over 150 participants. Together with Expeditions grant funding, Idea Swap stimulates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in arts touring and presenting while broadening the range of arts projects and activities available to New England communities.” 

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Quarterly Conversations: Native New England Contemporary Art
November 16, 2:00-4:00pm
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Fleet Room
110 Pequot Trail | Mashantucket, CT 06338 

Description: “Quarterly Conversations is a new series of informal gatherings of experts who share their stories and knowledge with us. This quarter, Native artists featured in the Mashantucket Gallery exhibit, Native New England Now: Celebrating Six Years of NEFA’s Native Arts Program, talk about Native art today – how it inspires, how it evolves, and how it keeps cultural heritage and artistic traditions alive.” 

For more information, click here.      

Winter Moon Market: Native Arts Artisan Market
November 30, 12:00-4:00pm
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Gathering Space
110 Pequot Trail | Mashantucket, CT 06338

Description: “Hosted by the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and in partnership with NEFA, the Winter Moon Market will feature arts and artists from throughout the six New England states. Come for early holiday shopping from  numerous artists - participants of NEFA's Native Arts program - who will represent wampum jewelry, pottery, weaving, gourds, painting, and more. 

"At 2:00, we roll out the red carpet for a fashion show featuring wearable art and accessories from our Market artists." 

For more information, click here.                

Panopticon Gallery

On First Contact
September 12, 2013- January 14, 2014
Main Gallery

Description: “A group exhibition of contact prints and oversized sheets.

"On First Contact is not a sci-fi themed exhibition, rather an exhibition of film-based images much smaller than the contemporary norm. Panopticon Gallery will be hosting this exhibition from September 12 through January 14, 2014 which will feature many local, national and international artists including Agnieszka Sosnowska, Neal Rantoul, Stephen DiRado, Brian Kaplan, Frank White, Cheryle St. Onge, Herb Greene, Stanley Forman, Douglas Prince, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Ivana George and others to be announced. The exhibition will give viewers the opportunity to see the exact, uncropped and unmanipulated view that the photographer saw when creating their images.”

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation
September 12, 2013- January 14, 2014
The Private Room

Description: “What I Did On My Summer Vacation is a group exhibition juried by Jim Fitts, Founder of PhotoWeenie.com and Anne DeVito, Co-Owner of Panopticon Gallery.”

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No Thoughts Magazine
September 12, 2013- January 14, 2013
In the Emerging Artist|Featured Corner

Decription: "From the Founder and Editor of No Thoughts Magazine, Michael J. DeMeo has curated a group of photographers that will be on display in the Emerging Artist FEATURED corner from September 12 - January 14, 2014.

"Founded in August 2009, the magazine features emerging and established photographers from around the world and strives to be an influential voice in the international photography community."

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Summer Spent: A Film by Stephen DiRado
Fall of 2013

Description: “Panopticon Gallery will be hosting a film screening of Summer Spent by Stephen DiRado. Summer Spent is a deeply personal documentary film that portrays the daily efforts of a photographer who, for 25 years, has strived to record beach goers on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Check out the film trailer on YouTube

“Some of Stephen's images will be in our exhibition On First Contact from September 12 - January 14, 2014.” 

For more information, click here.

Panopticon Gallery Photography Salon
Fall of 2013

Description: “Panopticon Gallery continues to host photography salons in the gallery room. These events will be the first of many opportunities for the gallery to showcase work by our artists to local collectors, art patrons, designers, art buyers, curators, critics, publishers and printers. If you are interested in attending a future salon, please contact the gallery or consider joining the Panopticon Gallery e-mail list.”

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In Conversation With | Henry Santoro
This October

Description: “Henry Santoro, an icon in the Boston radio industry will be giving a talk at Panopticon Gallery this fall recounting his famous interview with Andy Warhol in 1985. Warhol was on a book tour and was slated to visit 3 Boston radio stations. After a disastrous day of promotional appearances where Warhol refused to be interviewed, Santoro turned the tables and suggested that Andy interview him. This interview is featured in the book, Image Machine: Andy Warhol & Photography. This book accompanies an exhibition that will be on display at The Rose Art Museum, opening September 17th.”

For more information, click here.

Photographic Resource Center

Framed: Identity and the Photographic Portrait
September 3 – October 12
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 6:30-8pm
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

Description: “Portraiture has been a part of photographic representation as early the announcement of photography’s invention in the 1830s. With the rise of the profession of photography and establishment of portrait studios by John Plumbe and Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Hawes (known as “Southworth and Hawes”) in the 1840s, Boston, in particular, distinguished itself as a leader in the field of studio portraiture. Though not limited to artists practicing in Boston, Framed returns to the popular subject of portraiture and features contemporary photographic portraits.”

For more information, click here

Collier Heights: Lydia A. Harris
September 3- October 12
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8pm
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Ave, Bosotn, MA 

Description: “For the past four years, Lydia A. Harris has been photographing Collier Heights, a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia that was developed, financed, designed, and constructed in the 1950s and 1960s predominantly by and for African Americans. This exhibition features Harris’s portraits of the Collier Heights residents and photographs of the interiors of their homes. Harris’s intimate portraits show the proud homeowners of Collier Heights, from the original residents to the second and third generation residents and newcomers. Through photographs of the interiors of the residents’ homes, Harris reveals not only the individual personalities of residents, but also the popular design styles of the 1950s and 1960s. More broadly, Harris’s photographs of rooms reflect the social, historical, and cultural uses of space.”

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Rania Matar: What Makes a Good Portrait
September 15 and September 22, 9am-1pm
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
Limited to 8 participants

Description: “Don’t miss your chance to learn portraiture from Rania Matar! The first session will focus on looking at what makes a good portrait. The class will look at samples of work by master portrait painters and photographers. The class will discuss composition, lighting, and environmental portraiture vs. close-up portraiture. Most importantly, students will focus on more than the obvious to get past the expected portraits by learning to really see the sitter/model, to observe the subtleties, to notice body language, personal expressions, hand gestures, and learning to grasp those in a unique and personal portrait. The class will discuss how to work with the person being photographed, how to make him/her be comfortable so the session is cooperative and the portrait authentic. An assignment will be issued for the following week.”

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Nights at the PRC: Portrait & Identity Night
Wednesday, September 25, 6:00-8:00pm
Guest Host: Lydia Panas

Description: “Open to all photographers and photo enthusiasts interested in portraiture and the study of identity through visual imagery, in celebration of Framed: Identity and the Photographic Portrait in the PRC’s gallery this fall.” 

For more information, click here.                

Lecture- Mary Ellen Mark
Thursday, September 26, 6:30pm
BU College of General Studies, Room 129, 871 Commonwealth Avenue

Description: “Mary Ellen Mark has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions, and editorial magazine work. She has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. Her images of our world's diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. Her portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay were the product of many years of work in India. A photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the academy award nominated film STREETWISE, directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell. She also has published eighteen books.” 

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Vivian Maier: A Woman’s Lens
October 6- December 18
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 6, 4:00-7:00pm
Kniznick Gallery, Women’s Studies Research Center
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Description: “A quirky nanny with a Rolleiflex camera garners posthumous acclaim for her poignant street photography, thought by some to place her in the ranks of Lisette Model, Leon Levinstein, Weegee, and other notable greats of the 21st century. This is the story of Vivian Maier (1926-2009), raised in France and New York, an elusive caretaker who took thousands of photographs—including many of New York and Chicago in the 1950s and 60s—most of which she never printed in her lifetime.”

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Vision and Voice: Master Class with Lisa Kessler
Eight Mondays: October 7- December 2, 6:00- 9:00pm
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

Description: “Whether you attended Lisa Kessler’s spring master class, or are starting new with Lisa, this class will challenge you to advance your work to a new level. Class size is limited to eight students to allow a greater focus and time on each individual’s work.

“This class will focus on producing a project photographed in the material world. Emphasis is placed on content and the process of articulating one’s own vision— whether fine art or documentary—and honing one’s individual voice. Participants may work on an on-going project, or begin a new one. The class will include group and individual critiques, and culminate in a final edited sequence of photographs.”

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Lou Jones: Designing Your Life
Thursday, October 10, 6:30pm
BU College of General Studies, Room 511
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Description: “The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your life? We as photographers are often “hired guns,” putting the finishing touches on other creative peoples’ fantasies – but many of us desire to be proactive and initiate our own projects. We have ideas to produce books, exhibit our work, publish magazine articles, or travel to exotic places. The “real” world strives to squelch creative thought and independent adventures and puts pressure on artists/photographers to conform. Lou Jones will draw upon his extensive work experience to show you how to enlist the element of time as an asset to your creativity, craft, and pocketbook. Your photography can initiate a lifestyle as well as be a source of revenue. This lecture will demonstrate how Jones integrates and aligns his interests and resources to design his life.”

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Nights at the PRC: Surreal Night
Tuesday, October 22, 6:00-8:00pm
Guest Host & Lead Presenter: Stephen Sheffield

Description: “Open to all photographers producing work with a disorienting, hallucinatory, or dream-like qualities, unreal imagery, or inspired by Jerry Uelsmann and/or Man Ray. Come join us for a truly mind-bending Night! Five presenter slots available.” 

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PRC 2013 Gala Preview Exhibition/Marie Cosindas: A Life of Color
October 22- November 1
Reception: Wednesday, October 23, 6:30-8:00pm
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA

Description: “On display in the PRC Gallery will be a preview of work donated to the PRC that will be in the auction at the PRC 2013 Gala on Saturday, November 2. Work includes photographs by Nick Nixon, Larry Fink, Richard Misrach, Rod Dresser, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Kenro Izu, Marie Cosindas, Chris Enos, and Gunnar Plake.

"Also on display will be a small sampling of a life time of groundbreaking photographic work by Boston-native Marie Cosindas. Marie will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PRC at the Gala on November 2 and will be at the opening reception on October 24.”

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NEPR Showcase
November 14- December 20
Reception: Thursday, December 5, 6:30-8:00pm
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 

Description: “From the 54 photographers who registered for the NEPR Portfolio Walk, the staff of the Photographic Resource Center and the Griffin Museum of Photography selected six artists to exhibit in this year's iteration of the NEPR Showcase. We were all thrilled with the creative, dynamic, and inspiring photographs on display during the Portfolio Walk. This exhibition, team curated by the PRC and Griffin staff, is just another way that we continue promote the talented photographers of New England!”

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Celebrating Photography: PRC 2013 Gala
Saturday, November 2
Boston University Trustees Ballroom, 1 Silber Way, Boston

Description: “On November 2, 2013, the PRC and the New England photography community will come together to celebrate photography and celebrate New England's most venerable center for fine art photography, the Photographic Resource Center.

“Following an elegant reception in the lobby of the Boston University Trustees Ballroom will be a seated dinner during which Peter Galassi, former Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, will speak on ‘Robert Frank in America.’

“The PRC is also delighted to be presenting a lifetime achievement award to Boston native and photography luminary Marie Cosindas for her pioneering work in color and Polaroid photography. The award will be presented by Tom Wolfe, one of America's leading cultural critics, the subject of Marie's early portrait work, and the author of the essay to Marie's book, Color Photographs, published in 1978 by New York Graphic Society, Boston. 

“An exclusive live auction will cap off the evening featuring work by Bruce Davidson, Nick Nixon, Kenro Izu, Elliott Erwitt, Larry Fink and many other leading figures in contemporary American photography."

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Ron Rosenstock: Working Towards Your Highest Potential
Saturday, November 16, 10:00am- 4:00pm (1 hour lunch break)
BU George Sherman Union Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

Description: “Do you set expectations only on what YOU think is possible? In this seminar, Ron will help you shoot for your highest potential and show you how to listen to your inner voice. He will share many of the creative techniques he learned from Ansel Adams and Minor White. You will get to know your inner artist and how to be definite about goals. In addition, Ron will help you explore how to become known for your "special talent." Through a slide show of work by masters of photography, you will explore what can be learned from the masters’ work. You will then explore with Ron how to become known for a style and an approach to subject matter.”

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Nights at the PRC: Food Night
Tuesday, November 19, 6:00-8:00pm
Guest Host & Lead Presenter: Michael Piazza

Description: “Come celebrate the edible decadence of the holidays with us at the PRC. Open to all commercial, editorial, and fine art photographers dealing with, what else, FOOD! Five presenter slots available. Culinary concoctions encouraged – bring a snack to share.”

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Boston Street Photography with Essdras M Suarez
Saturday, December 7- Sunday, December 8, 9:00am- 4:00pm

Description: “Don’t miss this exciting weekend street photography workshop. You will experience the thrill of seeing our city of Boston in a way you’ve never seen it before: through the eyes of photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner Essdras M Suarez! Learn from Suarez the meaning of the mantra he uses when working either in the streets of Boston or far-flung places around the world: ‘Keep moving, keep shooting, keep adjusting.’” 

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David Hilliard: A Certain Distance
Wednesday, December 11, 6:30pm
BU College of General Studies, Room 511
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Description: “In this talk, David Hilliard will provide a brief overview of his photographic practice and working methodologies. He'll then speak in depth regarding certain bodies of photographs that tackle personal and cultural sentiments of masculinity and the environmental context in which they unfold. From boyhood to manhood, he continues to explore a testosterone soaked world, often examining his own concepts of human frailty, resilience, and perseverance. From the most personal of relationships, to confronting total strangers in the public realm, much of David’s studio practice has been, and continues to be, dedicated to looking at the many nebulous physical and emotional aspects of men.”

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Earthdance: Informal Showing
September 27-29, 2:00pm
Plainfield, MA

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Boston Children’s Museum 100th Birthday Celebration
October 4-5
Children’s Museum, Boston, MA


Friday, October 4: The Ultimate Kid’s Jam

Saturday, October 5: Company Performance

Saturday, October 5: “Up Too Late: The Unexpected Part of a Century”

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Bach and Stravinsky
January 11, 2014
Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

Description: “Combining classical music with contemporary movement, Urbanity is participating in a unique collaboration with A Far Cry, the official chamber orchestra in residence at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, for an unforgettable evening of live music and dance.”

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