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.