‘A Woman’s Place’ Opening Wine Reception Sat. Jan. 13; Gallery Talk Sunday

Photo: Poster for the show

The Belmont Gallery of Art, located on the third floor in the Homer Building in the Town Hall complex, is hosting a wine reception on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the exhibits “A Woman’s Place” and “The House Dress Project”

The special exhibit of feminist and women’s stories by 14 women artists who address being female in the 21st century will run from Jan. 13 to March 10.

There will be Gallery Talk with Kimberly Becker, the special guest curator of the exhibit, on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m.

The gallery is located in the Homer Municipal Building, third floor, 19 Moore St., in Belmont Center.

House Dress by Kimberly Becker
Art by Eva Camacho

Belmont Gallery’s Opening Reception for ‘Family Ties/Memory’ Friday, April 8, 7-9

Photo: Painting by Stephanie Stigliano.

The Belmont Gallery of Art will be holding an opening reception for the exhibit “Family Ties/Memory” tonight, Friday, April 8, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gallery located on the third floor of the Homer Building in the Town Hall complex, 19 Moore St. in Belmont Center. 
The show runs from April 3 to May 8.
Family Ties/Memory” exhibit is inspired by author Anita Diamant’s “The Boston Girl,” this year’s selection for the One Book One Belmont town-wide read.
Diamant’s best-selling novel tells the story of 85-year-old Addie Baum, recounting her life growing up in Boston’s neighborhoods in the early 20th century. The novel touches on several themes with memory, family,  and family relationships central to the story. It was left up to each of the “Family Ties/Memory” exhibit’s approximately 30 participating artists to interpret the theme of family and memory.
Artists in the show include Kathy Lobo, Christiane Corcelle, Janis Wisneiwski, Iris Chandler, Ruth Segaloff, Susan Tornheim, Ottavio Forte, Pamela Goody, Dilla Tingley, Susan Jones, Lisa Gibalerio, Joanna Dunn, Hellen Lee, Kwan Kew Lai, Cara Fitzgibbon, Teddi Wise, Chris Carter-Husk, Sharon Whitham, Anastasia O’Melveny, Helen Morse, Nicole Bernstein, Judi Babcock, John Williams, Erika Hartwieg and Theresa Monaco, Stephanie Stigliano, Darisse Paquette, Anne Katzeff, Richard Hill, Kay Hudgins and Louise Halstead.
Regular gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are also welcome to visit other weekdays after 10 a.m.

Open Reception for ‘Printmakers of Cape Cod’ at Belmont Gallery Sunday

Photo: “Kayak at Rest” Color Woodcut by Evan Charney.

An opening reception for Printmakers of Cape Cod, the new exhibit at the Belmont Gallary of Art, will be held in the gallery on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Belmont Gallery of Art is located on the third floor of the Homer Municipal Building in the Town Hall Complex at 19 Moore St.
Printmakers of Cape Cod, at the BGA from Nov. 6 to Dec. 11., features work by 25 members of the arts group Printmakers of Cape Cod. Techniques displayed include linocuts, screen prints, etchings, monotypes, photogel transfers and woodcuts. There are more than 50 works hanging in the show and a number of other prints are available for purchase in the BGA’s print bins.

Regular gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss The Boston Printmakers‘ 2015 North American Print Biennial at Lesley University, Nov. 8 to Dec. 12 at the Lunder Arts Center, 1815 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge.

Belmont Gallery of Art Celebrating Tenth Anniversary with Retrospective

Photo: The Belmont Gallery of Art. 

In July 2005, the Belmont Gallery of Art opened its doors to the public for the first tinmevc                                                                                                   exhibiting in the past decade more than 60 unique, compelling, inspirational shows and serving as a catalyst for raising the visibility and importance of the arts and artists here in Belmont and elsewhere. 

To mark its milestone anniversary, the BGA will stage a special 10 Year Retrospective Show, “10!” in September 2015, to honor the work of the many artists who made the gallery’s first ten years such a wonderful success. The exhibit will feature one work from each participating artist.

If your work has been shown in the BGA any time in the last ten years, we invite you to submit new work for inclusion in the anniversary show. We invite the Belmont Gallery of Art’s supporters to join us in celebrating the first ten years of what’s become one of Belmont’s most important cultural assets.

Please visit the BGA’s website at www.belmontgallery.org for more detailed info and art submission guidelines.

Key Dates for the “10!”show.
  • Deadline for submission: Aug. 31.
  • Announcement to artists of works selected: Sept. 4.
  • Drop-of of selected works at the BGA: Thurs., Sept. 17 and Sun., Sept. 20.

An Intimate View of Cuba and Its People at the Belmont Gallery of Art

Photo: Works in “Cuba From a Different Angle”

With US/Cuba relations undergoing rapid and transformative changes, a new photography exhibit opens tonight, Friday, April 10, at the Belmont Gallery of Art that explores the intimate lives of the Cuban people as well as the country’s architecture and geography. 

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 7.56.28 AM

The opening reception for “Cuba From a Different Angle” by photographer and Harvard lecturer  Jonathan Hansen, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the gallery located on the third floor of the Homer Municipal Building, 219 Moore St., in the Town Hall complex.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 7.58.58 AM

“As a historian, I am drawn to the sedimentary quality of private lives, public spaces, and political and cultural institutions. The collection of photographs, … represents my attempt to capture the geological layers of Cuba’s built environment, while conveying the dynamism and exhuberance of its social life,” said Hansen, a lecturer and senior faculty associate at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard. 

The Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4.

This Weekend: Karen K & the Jitterbugs Saturday, Vanessa Trien also Saturday, Battling Robots Sunday, The Art of Teabags

Karen K & the Jitterbugs will be giving a free concert from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday March 14 at Chenery Middle School, sponsored by Belmont Savings Bank.  The show is ideal for kids ages 2 to 7 and their parents. Karen K & the Jitterbugs have been delighting audiences up and down the east coast with their crowd-engaging, theatrical show. Hear some of the music of Karen K & the Jitterbugs here.

Karen K and Belmont Savings request that guests bring a non-perishable food item to the concert for the Belmont Food Pantry.

In addition, parents can enter their kids to be honorary Jitterbugs by uploading a photo of them at the concert to Instagram with the hashtag #belmontsavingsbug. The Instagram post with the most likes will win free Karen K and the Jitterbugs CD and a $25 iTunes gift card. The post with the most “Likes” by 10 a.m. on Monday, March 16 will be the winner. To participate in the bank’s Instagram contest, post settings must be “public,” and participants must be 18 years or older to enter.

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys will be in concert supporting the Belmont Coop Nursery School at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 in the Social Hall of St. Joseph Church, 130 Common St. There will be great music, an auction, pizza, a bake sale and more. $10 per person with a $30 max for a family. Kids under 2 are in like Flynn. 

• Belmont artist Christiane Corcelle will give a talk on her show (which has been receiving great reviews in arts publications)  Kaleidoscope: The Art of Tea at the Belmont Gallery of Art on Sunday, March 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This eclectic and unique exhibit includes both two and three-dimensional objects created using the common tea bag and its components. The Gallery is located on the third floor of the Homer Building located in the Town Hall complex off Concord Avenue in Belmont Center.

• Don’t miss Lexington High School Robotics’ presentation on the challenging, exciting world of teen competitive team robotics, taking place Sunday, March 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. See robots in action, try your hand at building-block robotics, and learn how to start your own team from veteran FIRST competitors.

A Lens into the Lives of the ‘Disempowered’ at the Gallery of Art

In a partnership with Belmont’s McLean Hospital and the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, the Belmont Gallery of Art is holding an opening reception this evening, Jan. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for its latest exhibit, “Photovoice: A Lens into Our Lives.” The exhibit runs from today, Jan. 8 to Jan. 31.

The gallery is located on the third floor of the Homer Building in the Town Hall complex at 19 Moore St.

Photovoice is a public research process that gives cameras to people who have been disempowered, to take photographs of their communities. These photos are narrated with the goals of promoting critical dialogue and knowledge of personal and community issues and to promote possible solutions to policy makers.

The exhibit was created as part of a “peer-led anti-stigma program” which was implemented at Waverley Place, the community program of McLean Hospital located in the heart of Waverley Square at 12 Church St., and was developed by BU’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Hours for the show are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bridging Cultures at Belmont Gallery’s ‘Continental Drift’ Exhibit Opening Friday

The print above is a detail of Iréne Jensen, Troðnar slóðir l /The Paved Way 1, Etching

The Belmont Gallery of Art invites the public to the opening of its latest show: “Continental Drift: Printmakers Converge,” an exhibit of work by members of the Boston Printmakers and the Icelandic Printmakers Association.

The reception takes place this Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will run from Oct. 24 to Dec. 5.

The Gallery is located on the third floor of the Homer Building in the Town Hall Complex, 19 Moore St., right off Leonard Street in Belmont Center behind the Belmont Savings Bank building.

The 60-plus prints showcase a variety of ancient and modern printmaking techniques including etching, Chine-colle, silkscreens, monoprints, woodcuts, intaglio, lithography and digital and electro-photo processes.


This cross-cultural show was inspired by the Boston printmakers’ August 2014 trip to Iceland and the resulting collaboration between the two groups of artists.

“Continental Drift” showcases the similarities as well as the differences that exist between the two printmaking groups, but ultimately forges a bridge between the two cultures. “Continental Drift” showcases the art that was created during that process — first exhibited in Reykjavik two months ago and now displayed in Belmont and Newton.

The Scandinavian Cultural Center’s Nordic Hall in West Newton hosts a “Continental Drift” companion exhibit through November with a collection of recent prints by Icelandic artists “inspired by landscapes and human nature.”

The Belmont Gallery of Art will host an Artists Print Talk with American and Icelandic printmakers on Nov. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Scandinavian Center’s Nordic Hall will host its Artists Reception and Talk, Thursday., Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Society has long embraced the printed image: from the earliest depiction of saints in medieval woodcuts through Andy Warhol’s Pop Art silkscreens of modern day symbols. Printmaking as an art form is practiced around the globe—with the images as varied as the regions and cultures that practice the craft.  “Continental Drift: Printmakers Collide” gives art lovers the opportunity to celebrate printmaking traditions—new and old–from two unique–yet connected–world cultures: the US and Iceland.

Please visit the BGA’s website for gallery hours and directions and for more information. Nordic Hall Icelandic Prints exhibit/Artists Talk information can be found at www.scandicenter.org

Animals in the Belmont Gallery’s Opening Reception

DaVinci’s horses, Rousseau’s primitive wildlife, Picasso’s bulls and even Dogs Playing Pokeranimals have been a presence in the works of artists since the first cave paintings.

This afternoon, a menagerie of pets and animals will be present for art lovers and animal lovers to see when the Belmont Gallery of Art holds an opening reception for its latest exhibit “Animal Art” today, Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gallery located in the Homer Building in the Town Hall Complex in Belmont Center.

Prizes for ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Best in Breed’ will be awarded by jurors and veterinarians, Dr. Suzanne Kay and Dr. Dawn Binder, from Belmont’s Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic.

The exhibit features animal artworks in a variety of media — painting, sculpture, photography collage, fabric art — by more than 50 local and regional artists.

And visitors can help homeless and abused pets at the same time as ten percent of all sales of artwork will be donated to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell to support its mission to find loving families for abandoned and mistreated pets.

Light refreshments – maybe animal crackers – will be served. 

Photo: Timothy Wilson, Three Bills.

Town-Wide Student Art Show Up and Running

The Belmont Public Schools Fine Arts Department has announced the opening of the town-wide K-12 Art Show at the Belmont Gallery of Art, running from May 22 through June 8.

The goal of the exhibit is to showcase a sampling of work from the visual arts program and curriculum within the schools, featuring artwork in a wide range of media including watercolor and tempera paintings, ceramics, prints, drawings and three dimensional works.

The exhibit will have its official opening on Wednesday, May 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery.

The gallery is are located on the third floor of the Homer Municipal Building, 19 Moore St., in the Town Hall complex in Belmont Center.  The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.