The Gallery at Spencer Lofts announces BIRDS ON BROWN PAPER, a solo exhibition of recent works by painter BRENDA WRIGLEY SCOTT. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 21, 3:00-6:00PM. The artist will hold gallery hours as noted below.
The subjects of Wrigley’s colorful and vivid acrylic-on-paper works are wild or companion animals; her most recent work focuses exclusively on birds, especially those found in marshes and on beaches. Often initiated in the field and expanded upon in the studio, Wrigley’s paintings are influenced by the avian illustrations of Audubon. Wrigley carefully prepares her paper with nuanced surfaces which serve as ground for her images of birds. A nationally exhibited and award-winning artist, and currently a resident of Little Compton, RI, Wrigley is most well-known for her four decades as a ceramicist whose works, both decorative and functional—including mural installations and custom interior tile—have been shown and sold at galleries and shops nationally.
The Gallery at Spencer Lofts is pleased to present SURFACE, a 3-person show featuring works by Ruth LaGue, George Shaw, and Dominick Takis. Their paintings focus on landscape, highlighting the diversity of texture and surface present in the natural world. Each artist seeks to impart a sense of depth, meaning, and mystery in their works--a direct influence of their individual observations and experience. LaGue, Shaw, and Takis each assert a direct correlation between consciousness and the material universe: "Our focus is harmonious. Our use of texture and color highlights our different approaches to a similar subject."
Opening Reception: July 8th, 6-9PM
Closing Reception: August 16th, 6-9PM Artists' Talk: Date to be announced
Ruth LaGue, Man Tor (2017). Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
George Shaw, Untitled (2017). Oil/cold wax on panel, 24 x 48 in.
Dominick Takis, Prayers for Rain (2013-2016). Mixed media with lichen on canvas, 42 x 56 in.
Our hidden gem, the Gallery@Spencer Lofts!
Founded in 2004, the Gallery was initially co-directed by Spencer Lofts residents Maryellen Cahill and Darlene DeVita. The Gallery's launch was enthusiastically supported by Chelsea City officials, including Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, now the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development in the administration of Governor Charlie Baker. The Gallery paved the way for CHARCOLL (Chelsea Artists Collaborative) and the Annual Chelsea Art Walk.
Since 2004, the Gallery has continuously hosted scores of exhibitions and events, despite a brief closure over several months for repairs in 2014-2015. A re-opening gala was held in May of 2015.
Our past shows of 2015-2016:
VICTOR BAILEY: THE ART OF JAZZ May 2015 (Re-opening gala featuring exhibit and performance by Victor Bailey and colleagues)
ARTWALK: SPENCER ARTIST-RESIDENTS GROUP SHOW June 2015
MYLES CARTER: PAINTINGS 2015 Sept 2015
JASON PARRIS FITZ-GERALD: VISUAL POETRY IN LIGHT AND LIFE Oct 2015
MARTHA BOURNE BAND, BRITT CONNORS & TRIO Oct 31 2015
Jason and Dar . . . resting from a day of hanging!
Ron helping Jason hang his AMAZING work!!
Jason's opening reception
Victor Bailey, Legendary Bassist and Painter
Sadly, among all the other amazing artists we lost in 2016, we lost our dear friend and neighbor, Victor Bailey, to Charcot Marie Tooth/ALS. Victor lived at Spencer Lofts for 2 years before his illness overtook him and he had to leave us to get 24/7 care. Victor wanted to so much to move back the Spencer; he loved it here, and we loved him!