Thursday, December 13, 2012

Reconstructed: My Hands, Our History

Reconstructed: My Hands, Our History
January 2nd - January 27th, 2012
Opening Reception/First Thursday: Thursday, January 3rd, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Leisure Art, in collaboration with the Gallery at Porter Mill, is pleased to announce it's first exhibition of the new year, Reconstructed: My Hands, Our History. The show includes assemblage and installation work by Brian Thomas and Sarah C. Rutherford. 

Sarah Rutherford

Both Thomas and Rutherford offer the viewer an intimate journey into the past, while at the same time consider future ideas and generations through installations, delicately cut paper, softly lit viewing spaces, and an appreciation for re-purposing.

Brian Thomas
If you would like to donate reproductions of your personal photography from the early 1900s to be included in this exhibition please contact curator Sarah Johnson at or call (802) 999 – 5506. This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural council, a state agency. 
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
First Thursday Opening Receptions are held the first Thursday of every month form 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

For more information contact

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Friday, December 7th 5:00pm - 9:00pm

The Fall 2012 Body as Art Class of Montserrat College of Art taught by Sandrine Schaefer, is pleased to announce their final performances to take place on all four floors of Porter Mill. Please join us for a night filled with performance art, food and drink, and support these young up and coming performance artists.

Performances by:

Small Works Exhibition

2nd Annual Small Works Exhibition
November 29th - December 20th

In case you missed the opening reception, the 2nd Annual Small Works Exhibition will be on display through December 20th. These small works, all under 12" x 12", are priced accordingly and perfect for the art lover on your holiday shopping list. Once paid for, your art can be wrapped up on the spot and brought home immediately!

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The Gallery at Porter Mill happily accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards.

Please contact Bea Modisett with any questions.

Monday, November 5, 2012

2nd Annual Holiday Open Studios at Porter Mill
Saturday, December 1st 10:00am- 7:00pm

10:00am - 4:00pm: Explore the studios of fifty ceramists, painters, photographers, jewelers, musicians, printmakers and more! Meet the artists, ask questions, and purchase original works of art from the people who make them, where they make them. Pick up something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! 

4:00pm - 7:00pm: Join us in the gallery for a festive evening celebration and the opening reception of the 2nd Annual Small Works Exhibition featuring artists from around the region. Enjoy art, music and seasonal refreshments while mingling with the artists. 

Both events are free and open to the public. 

Email Bea Modisett for more information.

Design Credit: Jennifer Toler

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

All Mixed Up
October 31st - November 25th 
Artist Reception: Thursday, November 8th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

For the duration of November, the Gallery at Porter Mill is pleased to present All Mixed Up, an exhibition of ten artists working in mixed media. The work in this exhibition explores materials from oil paint, to wax, to tar to common household shingles. These works come alive with color, texture, subtlety and a mastery of materials. Join us in the gallery for not one, but two, celebrations of this exhibition to meet the artists, explore the artwork, and enjoy refreshments.

All events are free and open to the public. Contact director Bea Modisett with any questions.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Monday, October 22, 2012

Beginning on Thursday, November 1st, Beverly will play host to a city wide art walk the first Thursday of every month. Grab a map (found at participating locations listed below), or follow it on your smartphone (soon to be online at, and tour the cultural destinations that Beverly has to offer every first Thursday from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Each location is offering extended hours, refreshments, special exhibitions and more to encourage people to participate and return each month. After
wards, join everyone in the Gallery at Porter Mill (95 Rantoul Street) for a BYOB celebration. Feel free to bring your dinner and be prepared to hang out with some cool folks. 

Participating Locations:

17 Cox
Gallery & Studios at Porter Mill
Clay Dreaming
Atomic Cafe
Montserrat Gallery
Mingo Gallery and Framing
LPF Studio (film screening begins at 7:30)
Sea Change Theatre
301 Gallery
Wallpusher Guitars (by appointment)

If you would like to participate in the next First Thursday, contact or

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Steez and So-Gnar Present 25: The Issue Release
October 3rd - October 27th
Release Party: Saturday, October 27th 6:00pm - 10:00pm

For the month of October the Gallery at Porter Mill will be exhibiting the large scale original photographs and screen prints featured in the 25th edition of Steez, a magazine that highlights the talents of some of the best snow and skateboarders in the country and explores this subculture through editorials and interviews. Artists from across the country will be represented. This exciting exhibition will culminate in a release party at the end of the month. 

Join us on Saturday, October 27th to view the exhibition, experience outdoor movie premiers, and enjoy drinks, food, and prizes from the event sponsors: Vitamin Water, Kind Snacks, Narragansett and Deep Eddy Vodka. 

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
By appointment.

Contact gallery director Bea Modisett for more questions or information. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Spontaneous Order: Mary O'Malley and Lynda Schlosberg
August 29th - September 28th
Opening Reception: Thursday September 6th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Lynda Schlosberg & Mary O'Malley (details)

The Gallery at Porter Mill is pleased to present “Spontaneous Order”, a two-person exhibition featuring the paintings of local artists Lynda Schlosberg and Mary O’Malley. Both Schlosberg and O’Malley maintain working studios at Porter Mill. Their work is linked both visually and conceptually and is bound by an exploration of color, mark making, labor-intensive processes, and a play with scale. On their own, these works are powerful and visceral, when paired together they create a dynamic visual and transcendent experience. Porter Mill artist and fashion designer Ashley Conchieri will have her designs on display in Porter Mill’s alternative Three Pane Display Space for the month of September as well.

Join us for the opening reception to meet the artist and enjoy refreshments and music!

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
By appointment.

Contact gallery director Bea Modisett for more questions or information. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Open Forum-State of the Art Scene - A Recap

Curator of the Lily Pad, Bradford Rusick (left) and Gallery Director of 17 Cox, Lucas Spivey (right)

On Saturday, August 18th, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm the Gallery at Porter Mill hosted “Open Forum: State of the Art Scene” organized by local artist collective [Space]. With close to thirty artists, gallery owners, cultural council members, curators, business owners and community members in attendance, this event was a huge success. During this lively discussion a number of concerns and questions about the local Beverly art scene were brought up, and about twice as many solutions were presented. Attendees made connections with each other and discussed future collaborations including a city wide art walk, more public art, utilization of empty storefronts as gallery spaces, and increased communication between artists and community members who may have no comfortable ties with the artist community, but would like to support it.  Discussion of the National Endowment for the Arts grant that Beverly was just awarded was met with equal parts confusion and optimism. All attendees agreed that the upcoming leaders of the art community needed to be in better communication with Beverly Main Streets, and vice versa.

Riding high on this productive energy, members of the group proposed monthly meetings to discuss relevant issues held at rotating local establishments.

State of the Local Art Scene was organized by local artist collective [Space] and held in the Gallery at Porter Mill in Beverly, MA.  To be notified of upcoming forums, or to suggest your business as a host space please contact [Space] at or Bea Modisett at

Big thanks to all who attended this forum, we hope to see you, and others, at future events.

To see more photos of the open forum, please check out our Facebook.

All photos courtesy of Porter Mill intern, Tom Maio.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

[Space] & One Animal: Celebrating DIY Initiatives and Artist Collectives

Installation Shot of One Animal's All Things Are

[Space] & One Animal
August 1st - August 25th
Opening Reception: Saturday August 4th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
State of the Art Scene Forum: Saturday August 18th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sometimes artists need to take things into their own hands. Many times, people imagine artists live a solitary life, spending hours alone in their studio working hard to create the next masterpiece. What most artists really are doing though, is reaching out to other artists, banding together, and taking a whole new approach to “putting themselves out there.” Artist collectives and DIY (do-it-yourself) initiatives are growing ever popular as exhibiting in traditional, commercial galleries becomes more and more competitive, and consequently, less desirable. For the month of August, the Gallery at Porter Mill will highlight the efforts of two such collectives; those who have decided not to go it alone, but instead choose to celebrate their community and their fellow artists. Beverly based [Space] and Brooklyn based One Animal will be exhibiting concurrently in the Gallery at Porter Mill from August 1st – August 24th.

On Saturday, August 4th from 6:00pm – 8 :00pm enjoy refreshments and meet the artists during the opening celebration of this exciting exhibition. 

On Saturday August 18th [Space] will be hosting “State of the Art Scene” from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, an in gallery conversation between artists, galleries and community members about what is happening in the local art scene, and how it can grow.

All events are free and open to the general public. The Gallery at Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street Beverly MA. Contact Bea Modisett at for more information and additional gallery hours. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

2nd Annual Open Studios at Porter Mill – A Recap

Saturday’s Open Studios event was a huge success! Thank you to the hundreds of you who came to explore the studios of our forty-eight resident artists.  The support we received from the community on this day was incredible. From 10:00am - 4:00pm, the public was welcomed in to explore the studios, and from 5:00pm - 7:00pm we enjoyed an evening reception with music, food, and drinks to celebrate our community. 

For those of you who were unable to make it, below are a few photos to recap the day. More can be seen on our Facebook page.

We’d like to extend special thanks to Beverly Main Streets and Endicott College Center for the Arts for collaborating to make this day such a wonderful event. Huge thanks to intern Tom Maio and to Val Toukatly and Lori Packert. 

In case you missed it, don’t worry, we are planning to have a closing reception/summer celebration for The Artists of Porter Mill, our current gallery exhibition, at the end of July. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events!

All photos courtesy of Porter Mill intern, Tom Maio.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Open Studios

Please join us on Saturday, June 16th from 10:00am - 4:00pm for our 2nd Annual Open Studios event in collaboration with Beverly Arts Fest and Endicott College Center for the Arts. Explore the studios of fifty ceramists, painters, photographers, jewelers, musicians, printmakers, and more! Meet the artists, ask questions and purchase original works of art. A free trolley will be running all day to take you between Porter Mill and Beverly Arts Fest on Cabot Street. 

From 5:00pm - 7:00pm join us in the Gallery at Porter Mill for an evening celebration filled with art, food, drinks and live music by Ali Manion and Friends.

We hope to see you there!

The Open Studios at Porter Mill is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural council, a state agency. 

Graphic Design by Christine O'Brien. Image detail by Lynda Schlosberg.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


May 1st - May 29th
Opening Event and Art*Throb Issue Launch Party: Tuesday, May 1st 6:30 - 8:30

Erin McCarthy, Last Night at W. 49th Street New York, NY. Digital Photograph

Join us on Tuesday, May 1st from 6:30 - 8:30 to celebrate the opening of upcoming gallery exhibition Transformation. This exhibition, juried by Susan Halter of Lynn Arts, exhibits the artwork of forty North Shore Artists. Porter Mill has teamed up with the North Shore Art*Throb who will be celebrating the launch of their May publication that follows the theme: Transformation. Enjoy the art, nibbles by Chive Sustainable Catering and Events, drinks provided by Cody Brewery, and live music by Patino Vasquez.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Friday, April 6, 2012


April 1st - April 29th
Reception: Saturday, April 28th 4:00 - 8:00
Andrew Houle 'Twas the Night - Page 8 Mixed Media

Installed to coincide with the Boston Comic Con, Zombiebomb'd presents seventy original pieces of artwork published in and inspired by the renowned ZombieBomb! Comic Anthology. On Saturday, April 28th we will be hosting an Artist Reception. Music for this event will be provided by DJ Noel Snow, ZBTV! film maker Tom Bennet will be there shooting footage for the next episode of ZBTV! and photographer Jesse Stansfield will have his photobooth set up to document the night (costumes encouraged.) There will be a meet and greet with the men and women behind ZombieBomb! and an opportunity to ask questions and get your favorite issue of ZB autographed by the artists gracing it's pages, and our gallery walls. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Opening Reception for Birds 2012

Beverly resident and artist Alyssa Watters, owner of artbyalyssa, is known for doing two things really well: turning her backyard garden into an art gallery each summer and curating an annual exhibition of her own beautiful and colorful oil paintings of birds. Since 2008 this entrepreneurial painter, who makes a living selling her original oil paintings and line of gifts, survives the New England winter by creating these colorful paintings. She displays them each spring in a much-anticipated solo exhibition. This year, Watters is bringing the exhibit to Beverly’s Porter Mill, the newest and largest artist studio building in the area, to celebrate five years of “Birds.” Works of art by Alyssa will cover the walls of Porter Mill’s spacious gallery this March.

Join the artist for wine and hors d’oeuvres on Thursday, March 1st from 6:00 – 9:00 to celebrate the opening of “Birds 2012.” All original paintings will be available for purchase as well as additional products from the artbyalyssa line.

This event is free and open to the public. Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street Beverly, MA. “Birds 2012” will be on display through March 31st.  Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 11:00 – 2:00 with evening hours of 5:00 – 7:00 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and also by appointment. 

Email manager Bea Modisett at for more information.  Preview this exhibition on Alyssa’s blog:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Open Call to North Shore Artists (Deadline Extended!)

The Gallery at Porter Mill and North Shore Art*Throb are teaming up! We're calling on all artists who currently reside on the North Shore of Massachusetts to submit their work to the juried, co-sponsored spring exhibit: Transformation. Susan Halter, Executive Director of LynnArts, will be jurying submissions and curating an exhibit that embodies the idea of transformation. Additionally, all submitting artists have the chance to be featured on the cover of North Shore Art*Throb's May issue! For more information about the Gallery at Porter Mill and to read the prospectus, visit the Gallery tab. To download the prospectus and learn more about this collaboration click here

We look forward to your submissions!

For this call, the following cities are considered the "North Shore":

The new deadline for submission is Thursday, March 29th!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In the Gallery: Bound and Written

The Gallery at Porter Mill will be hosting an exhibit in collaboration with Montserrat College of Art's student run Bear Gallery titled "Bound and Written." This exhibition features book arts and letterpress work from the students at Montserrat's celebrated and inventive Book Arts and Printmaking program.

Join us on Thursday, February 2nd from 6:00 - 8:00 to celebrate the opening of this exciting exhibition. Exhibit runs through February 26th. 

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 5:00 - 7:00pm
Saturdays 11:00 - 2:00 
And by appointment.

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Montserrat College of Art is a four-year, residential college of art and design offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A 2011 Year End Re-cap

2011 was a big, b­ig year for Porter­­­ Mill – mainly because it was our first! Here’s a recap of the year.

January – The 1895 factory building located at 95 Rantoul Street Beverly, MA and formerly known as RedBrick Art Center is purchased by George Vernet of Vernet Properties, located in Salem, MA Options under consideration include conversion of the entire building to condominiums.

Porter Mill, before it was Porter Mill in 2008. Photo Credit Unknown.
February – George reconsiders the condo option in favor of turning the building into a vibrant artist community.  Construction and cleaning begin. Bea Modisett is hired to manage the artists’ studios.  The name of the building is changed from Red Brick to Porter Mill – a throwback to Porter Sewing Company, which occupied the building in the 1980s.

March – Lease signing begins! Artists from throughout the area begin to hear about this exciting new project and commit to being a part of it. 

April – Workers scramble to get the building up to code. Walls are built, wiring is updated, and installation of an elevator begins.  A goal is to fill the first floor with artist related businesses, and Pressbound, a letterpress shop, agrees to be the first! Mystic Athletics soon follows. Three-quarters of the studios are already leased – word is spreading quickly!

May – The original move-in date of May 15th has to be postponed; elevators are tricky business. Workers continue to clean and renovate the building to get it into shape. The last of the studios is leased and we are officially at full capacity! The first floor now has a Barber Shop and a group of three artists committed.

June – The studios are ready, with fresh coats of paint and renovated bathrooms, but we are still waiting for the city to grant us our occupancy permit.  This comes at the end of the month when the building is declared up to code.  Porter Mill artists participate in Beverly Arts Fest and continue spreading the word about our beloved building.

July – Artists move into Porter Mill!!! The studios are filled with energy as keys are handed out and people start to bring in their paintings, sculptures, art supplies and furniture. Doors and hallways soon fill with art, and the artists meet new friends and many realize they are now neighbors with artists they already know. The elevator is finally completed at the end of the month.

AugustWe have our first artist meet-up. Porter Mill artists get the chance to officially meet each other and see inside their neighbor’s studios.  September 25th is set as the date for the 1st Open Studios and Grand Opening Celebration.

September – Porter Mill artist Adam Ziskie revitalizes the artist entrance with a beautiful mural. The gallery is installed with Inaugural: The Artists of Porter Mill – a group exhibition. The building and the upcoming event are featured in an article in the Salem News. On September 25th over 250 people attend the Open Studios Event and Grand Opening Celebration. SWAY provides live music while we celebrate in the gallery.

October/November – Artists continue to settle into their spaces and ready themselves for the upcoming Holiday Open Studios. Owner George Vernet begins talks with an architect to build out the undeveloped second floor into 13 additional studios and a classroom. The waiting list for a space at Porter Mill continues to grow.  The first Open Call to artists to participate in the upcoming small works exhibitions in the Gallery at Porter Mill is sent out. Maggie Cavallo of the galleries at Montserrat College of Art agrees to jury the submissions. Two new beautiful awnings are put up on the building and the words “Porter Mill” and “Artists” are finally there for all to see! Jesse Stansfield Photography moves into the first floor.

December – The 1st Annual Small Works Exhibition is installed in the gallery.  Juror Maggie Cavallo combs through over 200 images and narrows them down to 45 to create a beautifully coherent and exciting exhibition. On December 1st over 80 artists and art supporters attend the Opening Reception for the exhibition. On December 3rd the public is welcomed once again into the studios to see what the artists of Porter Mill have created and to celebrate the holidays.

This was a fantastic year, and everyone involved in the project is eagerly looking forward to what 2012 will bring. The gallery is booked with exciting exhibitions through September, planning is already in full swing for a June Open Studios Event, the classroom will be up and running, the new studios will be complete and 13 new artists will be joining us!

So here’s to an exciting and art-filled 2012.

Happy New Year!!!