The Nave Gallery will host a group exhibition From August 10-31 in its annex gallery space in Davis Square. Featuring 12 Somerville-based artists, Entering Somerville showcases art inspired by or created from the people, events and geography taking place in the 4.2 square miles that make up the City of Somerville, MA.
This group exhibition is juried by printmaker Ted Ollier and Brian and Steven Beaucher of Boston Coasters and Wardmaps. The exhibition presents work by Cathy Piantigini, Seth Berkowitz, Grace Durnford, Stan Eichner, Pauline Lim, Suzanne Lubeck, Leonardo March, Rachel Mello, Peter Murphy, Catie Nasser, Rachel Strutt and Marshall Zidel.
“Somerville is an interesting mix of many worlds,” Ollier states. “On one hand, it is a hotbed of creativity. From visual art to music to public festivals, this city revels in artistic expression. But there is still something very old-world about it. Maybe it’s the prevalence of yard shrines that hold fast amidst the condo-izing of triple deckers; or the fact that you’ll likely run into your neighbor at a square nearby—no matter how hip it’s become. It’s one of the densest cities in the US, and it still retains a small-town feel. People live here because it strikes a chord. So, why not have a show celebrating it?”
Ollier collaborated with the brothers Beaucher—Brian and Steven—of Boston Coasters and Wardmaps to put on the show. “It was a perfect fit for us,” says Steven Beaucher. Our businesses focus on geography and place and the emotional response that people have to the space they call “home.” Somerville is one of our most sought after subjects. People connect with the city and its people in a very meaningful way.”
Entering Somerville also spotlights the city’s musical talent. A compilation of music from musicians who have influenced the Somerville scene will be played on a loop during the exhibit. The soundtrack features: Abbie Barrett, Audrey Ryan, Banditas, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, Dan Blakeslee, The Dents, Faces on Film, Gem Club, Ghost Box Orchestra, Hands and Knees, Magic People, Movers & Shakers, New Dog, Quarterly, Ryan Lee Crosby, Sleepy Very Sleepy, Tim Gearan, and the Tony the Bookie Orchestra. Jenn Harrington, a Somerville resident who has produced numerous art exhibitions and events throughout the city, organized the soundtrack for the show.
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester Ave, Somerville, MA 02144 Exhibition Dates and Hours: August 10-August 31, 2013, Wed-Fri 6-8, Sat 2-8, Sun 2-6