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Visiting Artists

 

Mary Russell

Location:
Jamaica Plain

Website:
maryrussell-painter.com

 

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Mary Russell: ARTIST STATEMENT


"Going into 8th grade" is scrawled on the back of my first landscape, which marked the beginning of my commitment to painting grounded in an innate love of the outdoors, light and strong visual dynamics. My paintings are reflections of the dynamics that arrest my eye in everyday life whether on a hillside or a cheekbone. I love to use the physicality of paint and the wonder of color to capture the interplay of light and darkness.

My professional career in community public health honed a deep belief in using science for social justice and the visual and justice impulses have linked up in my second career as a painter. While I love to paint plein air landscapes standing in front of Nature, I am moved by the beauty of what is slowly and inextricably being lost and paint these images from photographs and scientific journals. I hope my paintings evoke a sense of awe at the world's beauty and call for justice and living lightly on the earth. These paintings are part of my activism - letting the power of paint communicate directly to peoples hearts so we can, as Pope Francis wrote in Laudato Si, "become painfully aware to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it" (No. 19).

As I increase my commitment to painting and indulge my love for the fabulous qualities of paint, I find I see more and more - a gift of the work.

 

Mary Russell

maryrussell-painter@comcast.net
maryrussell-painter.com

 


 

 

Michelle Stevens

Location:
Davis Square

Website:
michellejstevens

 

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Michelle Stevens

I am a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design working on my BFA in Illustration. My work has been exhibited at City Place Boston, was displayed during the September 2014 Boston Calling Music Festival in city hall plaza, and I have had multiple pieces at Boston City Hall for the Boston Scholastic Art Awards. I will be featured in the Jamaica Plain uForge Gallery "Noir" show throughout the month of October. Beyond that, I have completed both solo and participated in group murals, including Franklin Park Zoo.

When I'm not busy with school, I work as an Instructor's Assistant at the Worcester Art Museum or at Frog Pond in Boston Common.

Constant exploration of different mediums is important to me, but my core skills are in ink, oil, graphite, and pastel. Conversations, faces, music, stories, and nature are common inspirations for my artwork. Above all, my passion for portraiture is evident - my personal work is almost always about my relationship with a specific person, whether the piece features a human figure or not. I enjoy exploring experiences and my understanding of people I have encountered throughout my life and what impact they've had.

 

 

 

Mei-Ling Ellerman

Location:
Wellesley Sq

Website:
MEI-LINGELLERMAN


 

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Mei-Ling Ellerman

Over the last 25 years, she has explored many forms of art including photography, painting, printing, drawing, figure-drawing, sculpture, portraiture, henna painting, and jewelry-making. Mei-Ling has taken multiple trips around the US to photograph wildlife. This photographic exhibition highlights birds that migrate to the Everglades and the Bolivar Peninsula/Galveston coastal area of Texas. The Great Egrets display spectacular feathery breeding plumage and green lores which occur only during breeding season. In August, she will take a trip to Utah and Yellowstone National Park to photograph landscapes and wildlife such as bison, bighorn sheep, and bear. New photographs will be posted on the website.

Inquiries and to Buy: meiling.ellerman@gmail.com

Website: WWW.MEI-LINGELLERMAN.COM

 

Roberta Diamond

Location:
Legacy Place

Website:
robertadiamond.com

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Roberta Diamond

My bold floral images evoke a connection to the works of famed painter Georgia O'Keefe; the focus is on the inner beauty of the flower itself, When looking carefully, one is able to see natural forms within the flowers - the fresh artistry of this collection revisits the pioneering "blossom" series by botanical photographer Imogen Cunningham, and softly-abstracted floral images by nature photographer Mary Ellen Schultz. Enjoy!


My digital color photography concentrates on the inner works of a flower and its magic. As a local Boston Artist, I try to bring beauty to the inner city as well as to the suburbs.


This is a sampling of my portfolio. Pricing and sizes to be discussed. I also can take the images and make greeting cards. You can view my images at www.robertadiamond.com or contact me at 617-417-4150

 

Thomas Durand

Location:
West Roxbury

Website:
monkeysox.com

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Thomas Durand

Thomas H. Durand, originally from New York City, is a graduate of the Museum School of Fine Arts and an active painter and photographer in the Boston area. In addition to producing his own work, Thomas curates shows at JP Licks, public art locations, and sits on the board of JP Arts Council.

The sock monkey doll became Thomas's photographic subject after a particularly personal time of crisis. At the time these, hand made, depression era dolls were perfect figures to express the seemingly never-ending, raw emotions he was experiencing. Thomas's images are simultaneously playful, hopeful and even comforting. Between the images, their titles and the human experiences they evoke, there are often multiple ways of entering and engaging his work that bring tears to some and laughter to others. "My inspirations come from many places, which incorporate my thoughts on the human condition generally - on religion, nature, music, art history, American icons, social and current issues in addition to my own emotional demons and delights."

The black and white images are gelatin silver prints, hand printed by the photographer from the original negative. Each image is a limited edition and printed to archival standards on double weight fiber paper signed and numbered on the back. The color images (except the painted images) are similarly from original negatives printed by a professional color lab to archival standards.

No monkeys were harmed in the making of these photographs. More images and information can be viewed at www.monkeysox.com
thomas@monkeysox.com

 

 

Jamaal Eversley

Location:
Harvard Square

Website:
jamonit.carbonmade.com

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Through the use of minimalist pop abstractions, the goal of Jamaal's current series of paintings is to unlock the mind and arouse youthful emotions. He wants to challenge the viewer to be independent of thought and prejudice, and become audacious in allowing his or her inner emotions take charge. His hope is to help each Harvard Square J.P. Lickian reconnect with the innocence and freedom of their inner child and let their imaginations soar. After years of self discovery and an arduous search for the "Keys To Life", Jamaal has taken this turn towards straightforward conceptual designs to break art down into its simplest form and bring out the power of its relatability.


All art is for sale. You can contact him at 617 930 0275 or jmlevs88@aol.com and see more of his work at jamonit.carbonmade.com

 

 

Eli Portman

 

Location:
Boylston St

 

Website:
eliportman.com

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Eli Portman

Eli Portman was born and raised in the Greater Boston area. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors Degree in studio art in the spring of 2014. Primarily focusing on drawing, Portman also experimented with oil painting and woodblock printmaking.

Since then Portman returned to the Boston area, where he currently lives. He has taught art to children grades K-8, and has hung his work in galleries, shops and cafes throughout Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Newton, Boston, Dedham, Chelsea and Quincy.

Portman has also done private commissions, and illustrated a children's book in late 2014. He currently sells his work daily from his storefront in the 'Out of the Blue Gallery' collective at 541 Mass Ave, Cambridge.

 


 

 

   

 

 
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