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In Flawed Abundance

In Flawed AbundanceRunning from April 7, 2017 to May 6, 2017 in the Main Gallery.

The International Encaustic Artists (IEA) and the New Art Center in Newton (NAC) join together to present In Flawed Abundance. Juried by Miles Conrad of Conrad Wilde Gallery and organized by IEA Exhibitions Co-Chair Lola Baltzell.

This exhibition explores the riddle of living, the struggle to be content with the moment, with what is. Rather than wishing things were different -- not wanting what we have, wanting what we don't have, Mr. Nepo points to the deep truth that everything we need is right before us. Encaustic painting lends itself perfectly to this concept of here and now. There is an immediacy to encaustic which suits an intuitive style of working and its inherent translucent characteristics readily express a wide range of subject matter.

About the Juror: Miles Conrad is an artist, educator, and curator who has been active in the encaustic community since 1992. He was recently awarded the IEA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 La Vendéene Awards Banquet. Mr. Conrad is the founding Director of Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, AZ. Since 2005, his gallery has been host to nationally acclaimed exhibitions celebrating abstraction and innovation; including an esteemed Annual Encaustic Invitational. He is the creator of Miles Conrad Encaustics, an internet-based supplier of encaustic paint, tools & supplies based in Tucson, AZ where he also teaches comprehensive workshops in encaustic technique.

Miles currently works from a studio granted by the Artist-In-Residence program at Process Museum in Tucson, Arizona. He received the Tucson Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Society ’Award of Excellence’ for his work in the Arizona Biennial 2011. His work is included in the Occupy Museums project, Debtfair, to be exhibited at this year's 2017 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-9PM

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Interplay: The Arts of Engagement

Interplay: The Arts of EngagementRunning from April 7, 2017 to April 22, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery.

The New Art Center (NAC) is pleased to partner with Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media, and Design to showcase the work of four graduate student artists: Mark C. Aylward, Aiwen Cheng, David Cohn, and Hannah Groudas. Working across sculpture, drawing, installation, video, and animation, these artists playfully illustrate the broad scope and unique sensibility of this new program.

This exhibition serves as a capstone to the students’ first year in the program. Each student visited NAC and worked with their advisor to propose a project responding directly to both the site and the community. Their proposals were reviewed by guest curator Susan Metrican who helped them refine and scale their projects for exhibition.

About the Guest Curator: Susan Metrican is the Rosalie and Jim Shane Curator and Director of the Arts at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center where she develops exhibitions for the Kniznick Gallery and creates educational programs to enhance exhibitions. Susan is a co-founder of kijidome, an experimental project space and collaborative based in Boston’s South End, and maintains a studio art practice. Her work nationally and throughout the Boston area. She holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-8PM

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Art from Nea Kavala

Art from Nea KavalaRunning from April 25, 2017 to May 6, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery.

The New Art Center in Newton (NAC), in collaboration with guest curator Mia Rosenblatt Tinkjian and founder of Love Without Borders Kayra Martinez, is pleased to present Art from Nea Kavala: Paintings and Drawings by Refugee Children in Northern Greece.

About the Exhibition: Featuring drawings and paintings by displaced children living in the Nea Kavala refugee camp in Northern Greece, this exhibition stands as a powerful testament to the transformative power of art. Created by untrained children using limited materials, the artwork elegantly communicates the experience of transition. Some pieces relate to journeys, many of which are still ongoing; airplanes, boats, and roads stretching endlessly towards the horizon are common themes. Other works express a longing for normalcy with images of brightly colored sunsets, birthday cakes and animals that represent a desire for place to call home and feel safe. All works in the show are available for sale. Proceeds will directly benefit the children and their families.

About the Curator: Mia Rosenblatt Tinkjian is an artist and independent curator living in Newton, MA. She holds an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Rosenblatt Tinkjian first connected with Martinez through NeedsList, an app that connects humanitarian groups with volunteers and donors. Hoping to raise funds and awareness for the refugee crisis, Martinez was looking for a curator to organize shows of the artwork by displaced children and Rosenblatt Tinkjian was drawn to the project. The bright colors and bold strokes of the children’s artwork spoke to her. “Children are just children, no matter their circumstances,” says Rosenblatt Tinkjian. “These are just kids, and they are stuck. They long for shelter, food, clothing, a place to call home, and peace.”

About Love Without Borders: Kayra Martinez, founder of Love Without Borders, has actively volunteered to help families fleeing Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq since 2015. While based in Germany for work, Martinez began volunteering at the Hauptbahnhof-Gleis 24 train station in Frankfurt, handing out food, translating, and sorting donations for refugees arriving at the station. An avid traveler, her desire to assist soon took her to Leros, Greece, a port of entry for refugees crossing the Aegean Sea. As part of her humanitarian efforts there, Martinez holds art classes for children living in the Nea Kavala refugee camp. These classes provide a safe space for children to express their emotions and escape the harshness of their everyday realities. “The children are at their happiest when they can draw and paint,” says Martinez, describing the workshops as a form of therapy for the displaced children. “They draw about the sadness and also the happiness of life.”
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The Creative Process 2017

The Creative Process 2017Running from May 20, 2017 to June 17, 2017 in the Main Gallery.

The Creative Process is the New Art Center’s annual student and faculty exhibition featuring work by artists of all ages. Anyone who makes art at NAC is encouraged to contribute a piece! Submissions for the 2017 exhibition are due by Saturday, April 29 at 5PM.
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