Here is a slideshow of our artists’ work. Below, find more about each artist and their artist statements.
ABDUL DULI WILKINS
Ahlycea Faye is known by many as Alyce the Peace: I am a Boston born artist, excited to begin sharing my work with the world. It brings me great joy to express myself through any art form available to me. I never know where inspiration will come from and enjoy exploring the beautiful and darker sides of our existence. Through my art, I hope to offer you a peak into my perspective. Thank you.
Alvan Long creates captivating 2D and 3D mixed media art in which found objects are resurrected and assembled discerningly to tell affecting stories and make powerful statements about our culture. He attributes much of the inspiration for this body of work to growing up in Detroit. As a child he absorbed this environment. Laden with pollution, crumbling factories and piles of debris, remembers becoming aware of the beauty that lies in degradation. Every found object, however seemingly mundane, contains a story worthy of being told. With the magic of one with this sensibility, he unites relative objects to tell a larger story. Using polyurethane he cements these objects into magnificent and elaborate assemblages. The subject matter is predominantly urban and most often illustrates an event or person in history. Street signs, advertisements, pop culture icons and beauty queens interspersed among scraps of metal, wood, splashes of paint and stencil. The canvas could be anything from a car bumper to an ornate mirror frame to a cabinet door.
This piece varies in topics – from the drug war to the Martin Luther King assassination, CIA and FBI cover-ups, the deception and worship of television, and South American revolutionaries. Puppets are posing as politicians on the chains of fat business pigs. An upside-down flag represents distress and a scull burns through the cloth with money in its eyes. It eats stars from the flag that represent states being engulfed by government waste. A cowboy kicks out an Indian while he drags in a black slave. Uncle Sam, depicted as a fat pig, holds a noose while the justice system is shown as racist and brutal. The clown the pops out of Uncle Sam’s hat and missiles shoot out of his head to show this country’s thinking – not with brains but with weapons.
I am a Savin Hill resident and have had a studio at Out of the Blue Gallery for 22 years. My 3D images are created in various photographic mediums that I hand cut out, especially the windows in the scene of a photograph, and insert a completely different view behind the “glass” of a window. I enjoy exploring the juxtaposition of 3-dimensional views within a two-dimensional medium. In exploring the 3D experience I have created a series I call “A Whole from A Half.” I hope you do enjoy my views of the world that we live in. Thank you!
DYANNE MARIE DELLA-PASQUA
Lowell based mixed-media artist, Dyanne Marie DellaPasqua, has been creating art since she was a teenager. Dyanne blends her love of dance, glitter, and disco balls into her expressive pieces. Her supportive friends and family inform her artistic choices, and keep her laughing.
Jymi Cliche has battled PTSD and many other demons in his life. He’s felt the weight of the world for as long as he remembers but has been working hard to make progress and stay positive. His art is his expression of what’s going on inside. Nothing is really planned. He picks the colors that are speaking to him and throws them onto the canvas however his gut/soul wants it done. Very little thinking is involved. It’s done in a mostly mindful state. The goal in his process is expressing his feelings in a way he can look at after and analyze like a dream. It’s his subconsciousness speaking for a part of him that he has no words for.
Kris Ringman is a deaf artist, author, and wanderer. Her paternal family came from Sweden and Finland before they immigrated to America, so the title of her art business draws upon these origins as well as her studies in Norse shamanism and the fox as one of her animal familiars. Acrylic paint is her current preferred medium, and she loves to paint on wood panels and wood rounds. Kristin uses 16 gauge copper wire for hanging most of her paintings and leather cording for the smallest ones. Kristin is also the author of two Lambda Literary finalist books: I Stole You: Stories from the Fae (Hand Typed Press, 2017), Makara: A Novel (Hand Typed Press 2012). She writes lyrical, comical literary fiction novels that play along the boundaries of magical realism, fantasy, horror and which always feature deaf/disabled/LBGTQ/marginalized main characters.
Hi everyone! My name is Maggie and I’m a Somerville resident, public health professional, and dabbler in various artistic media. I’ve been sewing since my grandma taught me around age 8, and when the CDC recommendation came out that we should be wearing masks in public, I decided that since I can sew, and am lucky enough to have a job where I can work from home, making masks was something I could do to do my part to keep our community safe. I started with a simple rectangular mask pattern, and after a few iterations, finally landed on a fitted mask pattern that I liked (Adapted from The Crafty Quilter). I started using fabric that I had laying around from previous projects, and then, when I began running low, I asked local folks to donate fabric, and I was blown away by their generosity! I received a ton of quilting cotton, sheets, pillowcases, etc. Someone also generously donated elastic and another person donated thread, bobbins, and pins! Although I’m not the fastest seamstress around, and I do still work full-time, I’ve been slowly but surely making masks and putting them in my Little Free Library box, which I’ve had in front of my house for about a year. Being able to do what I can to help Somerville stay safe has been incredibly rewarding, and I’m very excited that I can use my skills to do something good for the community! I also make a vast array of necklaces and earrings with its own unique flair! My masks are currently being worn and displayed complimentary style by OOTB artists. As well, I have a beautiful selection of jewelry on show and for sale at the Arts for the Armory, 3rd Floor, on the primary level of the Parma Chai Gallery!
Markus Nechay is a beloved long term artist of the Gallery. He evokes biology and history in all of his pieces. Famous around Boston for his own art gallery on Franklin St and art shows around all local libraries, Markus is most incredible for being in the Boston papers as someone who truly “died” and came back after his heart ceased. Moved by returning to this earth, Markus is fascinated with the human body and its birth, death, and rebirth!
Meia Geddes is particularly fond of rendering birds, trees, and roses. Meia grew up in Sacramento, and is now based in Boston as a librarian, writer, and artist. She has written two books, The Little Queen and Love Letters to the World.
MUSEUM OF MODERN RENAISSANCE
We are so very honored to have 5 incredible floor to ceiling murals from the Museum of Modern Renaissance on display! Come check them out and look for private events you may be able to attend at their location in Davis Square!
I did not find visual art. Visual art found me. Sure, I drew some interesting abstracts in notebooks over the years, but that was my secret. I did not expect to be painting with acrylics on a regular basis until relatively recently. Showing my art to anyone other than my cat was never a consideration. What does my art fingerprint look like? Well, it is filled with textures; few of my works are completely flat. The flat ones are generally created with acrylic ink and marker rather than paint. Frequent subjects matters include cats, Day of the Dead, cosmic entities, voluptuous posteriors, and abstract oddities not easily described. I view each painting as a poem written in a language of colors and images. I hope you enjoy my art.
Rachel currently graduates with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. She has been an artistic organizer to Firefly Arts Committee as well as Section 17 for several years. Rachel works with a wide variety of sculptures drawn from oceanic mediums with LED lights as well oils and acrylics and 2-D and 3-D art with jewels and oils! She possesses a strong love of the darker artist creation, ranging from Gothic portraits of folks and darker bunny paintings!
I love pen and ink. I started using a crow quill pen originally, then moved into etching and lithography. Currently I use micron pens, Pilot G2 pens .038, .05, and pencils. I have always leaned towards pen and pencils to do my drawings. I have tried other mediums, but always revert back to pens. I have been drawing all my life. Sometimes 24/7 for months on end. Some of my drawings can take months to complete. Most of my art is about the universe and God. My favorite subjects are astronomy, spiritual evolution, and God.
SARA LIEBERMAN MATALON
Sarah Lieberman Matalon has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She composes in a wide variety of art projects, from portraits to watercolors to acrylics. She is the lovely wife of Craig Matalon, who is an excellent musician for Matalon Band with Scott Matalon, owner and CEO of Stingray Body Art. Since graduating with a BFA from Mass College of Art and Design, she has since graduated from New England Hair Academy and has worked as one of the top hair stylists at Boston Bellagio Hair and Skin Care. She currently is the loving mother of the beautiful baby Franklyn! Sara is a hip hop dancer, as a popper named LadySnake. She was part of New England’s first popper’s competition! She studied with LosstUnnown; DRoc, Fadayz and also taught by 3D (Eric Cruz). She blends all her styles of dancing including forms from figure-skating to produce a unique and vibrant flare to the dancing world…!
Sue Carlin lives and paints in Stow, Massachusetts. Her colorful florals, swirling landscapes, and vibrant portraits are reminiscent of the works of Van Gogh and Matisse. Sue is a founding member of out of the Blue Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has had many solo and group shows in the Boston area.