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Mary Kocol, "The Photographer's Garden on August 2." (Courtesy the artist and Gallery NAGA, Boston, 2011, Mary Kocol.)

Mary Kocol, "The Photographer's Garden on August 2." (Courtesy the artist and Gallery NAGA, Boston, 2011, Mary Kocol.)


Dreaming Gardens at Suffolk University Art Gallery

At “Dreaming Gardens,” the summery inspiration of a well-kept garden comes to life within Suffolk University’s gallery. Above the hustle and bustle of Newbury Street, the small space is like a quiet moment in a private garden, where you can stop and breathe some fresh air.


Image of the show, now over, provided by Touch Gallery.

Image of the show, now over, provided by Touch Gallery.


Alex Khomski, Food for Thought

Drive down any highway in America and you’re bound to come across the famed golden arches. They hover high above other businesses, striking a dark sky with their bright yellow light. In the stillness of midnight, McDonald’s is not alone in its representation of the American appetite. It is accompanied by other brands, whether they fall under the category of fast food or processed food.


At the studio of Boston sign painter Josh Luke.

At the studio of Boston sign painter Josh Luke.


Sign Painters: a Sign of the Times

Worn-down signs adorning factories and buildings may be wondered about from time to time, but rarely are they looked into for their meaning and history. Not much thought is given to those who have painted these signs, nor to the meticulous work that the painters have put into them. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, gives depth to the long-standing tradition of sign painting.


"North of Hveravellir, Iceland," Karen Halverson, 2012.

"North of Hveravellir, Iceland," Karen Halverson, 2012.


Karen Halverson: Survey at Robert Klein Gallery

In the neat and elegant Robert Klein Photography Gallery on Newbury Street, Karen Halverson’s “Survey” exhibit opens windows into the wide landscapes of the American West, with a smattering of Icelandic countryside. Each image depicts a vibrant natural vista with at times subtle, and at times very clear, indications of human influence interrupting the scene.


"Black Hole Sun," 2011, slate, 23 x 17.5 x 4.5 inches.

"Black Hole Sun," 2011, slate, 23 x 17.5 x 4.5 inches.


Slate Valley Museum: More Than Just Tiles

In our daily lives, we are constantly surrounded by material that we overlook. Slate is no exception. It is used in roofing, walkways, tile-work, and even, at one point in time, electric switchboards. Its history is less prominent in our society, but the Slate Valley Museum makes the education of slate history its mission. Located in Granville, New York, the road to the museum is riddles with small mountains of collected slate. It is hard to imagine the slabs as anything other than rocks, but the museum brings to the forefront a history filled with rich stories.


The Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Transport Bus, or M.U.S.C.R.A.T. Bus.

The Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Transport Bus, or M.U.S.C.R.A.T. Bus.


Artbeat 2014 Hatches in Somerville

A day both sunny and cool is a rarity during a New England summer. Last weekend falls under that magical category, which was lucky for Somerville’s Artbeat 2014, which has been occurring annually for 25 years under the direction of Somerville Arts Council.


The Headlands of Monhegan Island

The Headlands of Monhegan Island


Jamie Wyeth: Retrospective at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The acquisition of Jamie Wyeth’s “Portrait of John F. Kennedy,” announced by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at the press preview for its recently opened Jamie Wyeth Retrospective, is a true coup. Their gain is a historically relevant portrait painted by the artist as a young man, and adds contemporary dimension to their Collection of American Presidential Portraits.


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CRLS Alumni Photo Show at the 344 Gallery

At the Cambridge Arts Council’s 344 Gallery through July 29, the “CRLS Alumni Photo Show” showcases the achievements of former Cambridge Rindge and Latin School photography students. A part of Cambridge’s Art City program, the exhibit is not only about how far these artists have come individually, but a community experience that brings together art lovers in the Cambridge.


Connector

Connector


Maggie McCauley: ‘Scapes at Galatea Fine Art

  By Puloma Ghosh Boston, Mass. – At the Galatea Fine Arts Gallery on Harrison Ave., Maggie McCauley’s “’Scapes” exhibits detailed, and at times, haunting black and white photographs of urban and natural landscapes from around New England. At first glance, they appear to be just black and white photographs of landscapes you see every day. […]


Pippip Ferner, Urchin Anatomy, acrylic and ink, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4.

Pippip Ferner, Urchin Anatomy, acrylic and ink, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4.


Pippip Ferner: Sjø at Copley Society of Art

“Sjø,” sea in Norwegian, is Pippip Ferner’s exploration of the flora and fauna of the deep in detailed linear illustrations. The highlight of this exhibition in Copley Society of Art’s small back room Red Room Gallery is a sprawling, imaginative mural that, having been drawn directly onto the wall by Ferner in the days leading up to the exhibit, will disappear forever after its closure.