RACHEL SHATIL: POINT OF DEPARTURE, X BONNIE WOODS: INK RISK
NEW: RACHEL SHATIL ARTIST'S TALK, SATURDAY OCT 28, 4:30-7:30PM. REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED; ON-STREET PARKING. ALL WELCOME.
The Gallery at Spencer Lofts announces two simultaneous solo exhibitions: Rachel Shatil:POINT OF DEPARTURE& X Bonnie Woods: INK RISK. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, Oct 15, 4:00-7:00PM.
Israeli-born Brookline resident Rachel Shatil’s POINT OF DEPARTUREfeatures surreal figurative sculptural work, powerfully and poignantly evoking memory, loss, and dream-like states. Says Shatil, “The ‘point of departure’ is when memory breaks from reality to become an image. It is the moment when you uproot yourself from your past to an unknown future . . .” A former theater director, Shatil’s works are infused with drama and theatricality, and each piece invites a range of interpretations.
Dividing her time between Chelsea and Berlin, andmaintaining studios in both cities, X Bonnie Woods’ INK RISK presents new works on paper, continuing her signature exploration of sumi ink as a medium for painting and block printing on heavy and intricately folded paper. Folds often pop into three dimensions or wrap around a corner, rendering the piece uncontainable by a frame. Collaged industrial tape suggests the risk of transgression of forbidden spaces, while hinting at the boundaries of map-like memory.
Rachel Shatil:POINT OF DEPARTURE& X Bonnie Woods: INK RISK together make up the Gallery at Spencer Lofts’ fifth exhibition of 2017. The Gallery is a unique exhibition space within Chelsea’s Spencer Lofts condominium complex.
Reception and admission to the Gallery are free and open to the public. Rachel Shatil:POINT OF DEPARTURE& X Bonnie Woods: INK RISK exhibitions will run through Thursday, Nov 30 2017. Reception is free and open to the public. Hours are otherwise by appointment—feel free to email the Gallery to request a convenient time to view the exhibit: email@example.com
The Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Limited accessible parking in the lot is available; other visitors, please use on-street parking only.
X Bonnie Woods, Barrier 3. 2017.
Rachel Shatil, Sleep. 2017
Victor Bailey Memorial Show and Sale
SAVE THE DATE: December 10, 2017. Gala and special sale of selection of Victor's artwork. Music performances to be announced. Details coming soon. Watch this space!
Victor (Randall) Bailey (1960-2016) was a jazz musician and bassist with far-reaching standards about how jazz should be played. His numerous solo and ensemble recordings beautifully demonstrate these standards.
Victor equally enjoyed good design in his colorful painting.
He created portraits of his favorite jazz legends, including Charlie “Bird” Parker, Sonny Rollins, Lenny White, and many more. His painting method, in which he graphically defined each color, each musical instrument, and other compositional elements, while leaving a graphic, seamless overall design, demonstrates to perfection the visual integration of musician and instrumentality.
It is our hope that those with a delicate eye for detail will enjoy “hanging” with their favorite musician via a painting on the wall, while enjoying the fact that Victor, a fellow musician, created it.
Victor leaves behind a loving family, many friends, Berklee students, neighbors at Spencer Lofts, and countless fans who still play his music, speak of his legacy, and hold him in high regard. They have followed his journey on Facebook and on his website (victorbailey.com), while looking to the future for opportunities to honor his memory, including a Victor Bailey Day, a street named after him in the neighborhood where he grew up, an art exhibit at the Clef Club of Jazz (scheduled for spring 2018), and a star on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia—and this exhibition and sale here at the Gallery at Spencer Lofts in Chelsea, MA.
Victor’s family hopes that there is a space in your heart and in your home for one of Victor’s remarkable artworks. Special thanks to outgoing Gallery Co-Director Darlene DeVita for organizing this gala in Victor’s honor.
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 2015-2017:
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!