Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fantastic Grit

FANTASTIC GRIT

ON VIEW: January 8 - January 31, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: January 8th, 5:00 - 8:00pm




The Gallery at Porter Mill is pleased to present Fantastic Grit, an exhibition featuring artwork by Ron Beek III and Dana Robinson. It will be on view in The Gallery at Porter Mill (Beverly, MA) for the month of January. The opening reception will be held on January 8th, from 5 - 8pm.

Ron Beek III's contribution to the show will consist of illustrations depicting the nature of the world we inhabit; a world where good and evil hold hands.

Dana Robinson's work explores organic and geometric forms through both 2D and 3D media. Highly influenced by her book-arts training, the pieces explore the contrast between nature and geometry, as well as the marriage of these elements visually. Strong moments of intense detail and pattern are contrasted with flat, minimalist undertones.

Ron and Dana are both recent graduates of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. For more information about these artists please visit www.ronbeekiii.com and www.danarobinsonart.com.


The Gallery at Porter Mill is open from 5 - 7 on Thursday and Friday, and 12 - 4 on Saturday and Sunday. For more information about Porter Mill, visit www.PorterMill.com.


Friday, December 5, 2014

4th Annual Small Works Exhibition

Exhibition dates: November 6 - December 21, 2014
Open Studios Event: December 13th, 11 AM - 6 PM



It's that time of year again! Porter Mill Studios in Beverly is celebrating its 4th annual Holiday Open Studios Day and Small Works Exhibition.

Through the end of the year, the Gallery at Porter Mill will host the Annual Small Works Exhibition, featuring work from a broad range of artists, with one common theme: all of the artwork is 12 x 12” or smaller. The exhibition showcases talent and creativity from all over the country. The Gallery is free and open to the public between 5 - 7 PM on Thursdays and Fridays, and 12 - 4 PM on weekends. 

The Small Works Exhibition leads up to Porter Mill's annual Holiday Open Studios event on Saturday, December 13th, from 11 AM - 6 PM. Porter Mill will open its doors for a day-long celebration of the 50 artists who work in the building. The public is invited to view the studios, meet the artists, and purchase unique, locally-made gifts for the holidays! Porter Mill is home to painters, photographers, jewelers, ceramists, and more, so there is sure to be something for everyone. The day ends with a celebration in the Gallery from 4 - 6 PM, featuring live music, food, and raffles.

Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly MA. For more information, please visit www.PorterMill.com.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tiny Thursday!

Tiny Thursday: December 4th, 5:00 - 8:00pm
Small Works Exhibition dates: November 6th - December 21st




Missed the opening reception for our 4th Annual Small Works Exhibition? Never fear -- this month at Porter Mill we are celebrating our love for all things Fun-Sized! Join us for a special First Thursday event on December 4th from 5 - 8pm to celebrate the big things that come in small packages. We'll be serving tiny delicacies and reminding you to "shop small" this holiday season!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Small Works Exhibition + Open Studios

Exhibition dates: November 6 - December 21, 2014
Opening reception: Nov. 6th, 5 - 8 PM
Open Studios Event: December 13th, 11 AM - 6 PM

It's that time of year again! Porter Mill is celebrating its 4th anniversary with the annual Holiday Open Studios Day and Small Works Exhibition.

For the months of November and December, the Gallery at Porter Mill will host the Annual Small Works Exhibition, featuring work, from a broad range of artists, with one common theme: all of the artwork is 12 x 12” or smaller. The exhibition showcases talent and creativity from all over the country. The Gallery is free and open to the public between 5 - 7 PM on Thursdays and Fridays, and 12 - 4 PM on weekends. The opening reception for this exhibition will be held on Thursday, November 6th, from 5 - 8 PM. All are welcome to attend.

The Small Works Exhibition leads up to Porter Mill's annual Holiday Open Studios event on Saturday, December 13th, from 11 AM - 6 PM. Porter Mill will open its doors for a day-long celebration of the 50 artists who work in the building. The public is invited to view the studios, meet the artists, and purchase unique, locally-made gifts for the holidays! Porter Mill is home to painters, photographers, jewelers, ceramists, and more, so there is sure to be something for everyone. The day ends with a celebration in the Gallery from 4 - 6 PM, featuring music, food, and raffles.


For more information, please visit PorterMill.com or email studios.portermill@gmail.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

CONFLUENCE IV

Confluence IV

October 2nd - November 1st, 2014


Glacial #1, Mixed Media on Masonite, 24"x18", 2014
The Gallery at Porter Mill is pleased to announce it's latest Exhibition, “Confluence IV,” featuring artwork by resident artist Jessica Hartley. Her work will be on display through November 1st, with an opening reception on October 2nd from 5 - 8 PM. The reception will open to the public and will feature a live DJ, as well as a performance by Sea Change Theatre Co. Guests are also invited to tour the art studios at Porter Mill during this event. Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul St, Beverly MA.

** ONE NIGHT ONLY: Jess Hartley will be leading an abstract painting workshop in the Gallery on Saturday, October 25. Follow the link for more info and to sign up:
http://www.jesshartleyart.com/ArtLab/

Jess Hartley is a young abstract artist from Boston, MA who has received many distinctions for her artwork. Her paintings are treasured in numerous private collections, including Tsvetaeva Museum's permanent collection. She has recently returned to her hometown to focus on studio art after living in the Middle East, NYC and traveling overseas. Her travels and experiences have translated in to new and exciting paintings that she is thrilled to share.

Ms. Hartley's otherworldly paintings become gateways to enlightenment and celebrations of the inward journey of thoughtful introspection. Her thought-provoking canvases strike emotions buried deep within the psyche, stirring the soul and uplifting the spirit. Her energetic panels break free of the boundaries of their two-dimensional planes and confront the viewer with bold colors, expressive paint application, and incredibly dynamic shapes. Ms. Hartley’s kaleidoscopic paintings boast of the artist’s mastery over medium and color palette as her broad poured color fields combine with strategic brush strokes to communicate sentiments and ideas.

For More information about the Gallery at Porter Mill, please visit www.PorterMill.com. Fore more info about Jess Hartley and her artwork, visit www.jesshartleyart.com.


Gallery hours:
Thursday and Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
And by appointment.

Contact Val Toukatly (studios.portermill@gmail.com) for more information.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Help Porter Mill earn a Mission: Main Streets Grant!


Your vote can make the difference! Porter Mill has applied for a grant to help improve our facilities and expand our public events, but WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need 250 votes for our cause by October 17th.


It's free and only takes a second! We thank you for supporting Porter Mill and the Beverly Arts District!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Keepers of the Earth

Keepers of the Earth: 
New works by the Bad Apple Artist Collective
August 7th – September 28th



The Gallery at Porter Mill is pleased to announce it's latest Exhibition, "Keepers of the Earth." The Opening Reception will be held at the gallery 5 - 8 PM on August 7th, and the works will be on display through September 28th. Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915.

"Keepers of the Earth is the fourth group exhibition from the international artist collective known as The Bad Apples. Featuring new pieces from fifteen different artists, each individual has explored their own personal relationship with the earth, and created artwork to reflect this bond. Though this collection of artworks displays a broad range of styles, it is united by the theme of earth and spirituality in nature.
Established in April of 2012, the Bad Apples began showcasing their work as a group throughout various social networking communities online. In 2013, they had their first of many group exhibitions. Though the artists are from different parts of the world, and all have different backgrounds, educations, and ages, they share a common bond in their love for dark and fantastical pop surrealist art."

The artists featured in this exhibition are Anita Inverarity, Brittany Hanks, Candace McKay, Carla Wyzgala, Dalton Carpenter, Heather Rose, Jinx in the Sky, Kim Turner, Lea Barozzi, Leilani Joy, Lesley D. McKenzie, Raul Guerra, Stephanie Allison, Tammy Mae Moon, and Terra Bidlespacher.

For further information about The Bad Apples, please visit www.BadAppleArtists.com or email BadAppleArtistCollective@gmail.com

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Gallery hours:
Thursday and Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
And by appointment.

Contact Val Toukatly (studios.portermill@gmail.com) for more information.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

CHROMA BOOK SIGNING!

FIRST THURSDAYS AT PORTER MILL:
CHROMA BOOK SIGNING
Thursday, September 4th 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Porter Mill and Tryptic Press will be hosting a special book signing on September 4th to celebrate the long-awaited release of CHROMA: VOL 2!  For one night only, CHROMA 1 & 2 will both be available to purchase, and featured artists from each volume will be in attendance. This event is free and open to the public, as a part of Porter Mill's monthly First Thursday series.

The book, released in August 2014, is the second collection of exclusive artist interviews released by Tryptic Press. Featured Volume 2 artists who will be appearing at this event include Tom Torrey, Amanda Beard, Bob Packert, Andrew Maclean, Meghann Brideau, Haig Demarjian, EyeFormation, David Leblanc, and Forrest James. Several artists featured in Volume 1 will also be present, including Andrew Houle, John Cardinal, Michael Crockett, Scott Mulcahey, Adam Miller, Mike 'Sherpa' Doherty, and Emily Dumas.

The signing will take place at the Porter Mill Gallery located at 95 Rantoul St, Beverly MA, between 5:00 - 8:00 pm. During this time, the art studio building will also be open to the public.

More info about Tryptic Press and CHROMA can be found on www.TrypticPress.com.

For more information about this or other events at Porter Mill, visit www.PorterMill.com or email studios.portermill@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Open Studios

Open Studios
Saturday, June 21, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Reception: 4:00pm - 6:00pm



It's that time again -- join us at Porter Mill on Saturday, June 21st for our annual all-day Open Studios! From 11 AM - 4 PM, our building of 50+ artists will be opening its doors to the public. Porter Mill is home to a wide variety of talented artists, including designers, photographers, musicians, ceramists, sculptors, and more. Take advantage of this special day to meet the artists, check out their studios, and purchase unique works of art made right here in downtown Beverly. The event is free and sure to have something for everyone!

After the main event, join us in the Gallery from 4:00pm – 6:00pm for a reception with music, snacks, and art!



Gallery hours:
Thursday and Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
And by appointment.

Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Contact Val Toukatly (studios.portermill@gmail.com) for more information.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spatial Considerations


"Mayaland," Donovan; "Big Horn," Cobb

Spatial Considerations
May 1 - June 1, 2014 
Reception: May 1, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

"Spatial Considerations" features paintings in several media by Jeannie Donovan and photographs by Pamela Cobb. This show is the examination of the unique perspectives and environments in each of their lives. Each piece explores a personal response to the landscape, architecture, or natural forms. The every day things we look at and see as ordinary or mundane become extraordinary in the work of these artists who are both concerned with preserving the natural environment.

Jeannie Donovan is a painter, papermaker, and graphic designer who has a BA in Art from Emmanuel College and an MFA from U Mass Dartmouth. She grew up on a small farm in western Massachusetts where she formed deep connections with and reverence for nature. She paints primarily in watercolor, acrylic, and ‘pulp painting’, a technique she learned as an apprentice at Rugg Road Handmade Paper Studio formerly in Allston, Mass. The process involves using beaten paper fibers that are pigmented prior to creating the piece, layering the sheets onto a thick base sheet. The imagery is then drawn on the wet surface using finely beaten liquid pulps applied with plastic bottles or spoons, no actual ‘paint’ is ever applied. 

Donovan describes her work as ‘semi-abstract realism’ because though the imagery is realistic, some areas evolve as pure color and shape. These areas are derived from her memory of the experience: a house in Mexico, the Big Dig road constructions, her high school classroom, a stone wall at the edge of a farm. Ordinary scenes re-examined as extraordinary. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in the Boston area, New York, Nantucket, Beverly, and Cape Cod. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections and she is a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony and a life-long member of the Artists Association of Nantucket.

Pamela Cobb is a photographer who grew up in New York City and lived in northern California for eighteen years before moving to western Massachusetts in 2006. She has a BA in Art History from Kenyon College and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Her photographs examine the perception and experience of the landscape and the illusions of place. She seeks to portray the mood or spirit evoked by light, shadow, and scale. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in the collection of the San Francisco MoMa Artists’ Gallery. It has been purchased for the Hyatt Pritzker Collection and for numerous private collections including that of architect Frank Gehry and sculptor Jamie Carpenter. Cobb has been awarded residencies by the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and the Blue Mountain Center in New York.

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Gallery hours: 
Thursday and Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm 
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm 
And by appointment. 

Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915 

Contact Val Toukatly (studios.portermill@gmail.com) for more information.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Memoraphilia


Memoraphilia
Montserrat Senior Thesis Exhibition
April 16 - April 27, 2014 
Reception: April 17, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

This is the second of two Montserrat Senior Exhibitions that will be hosted by the Gallery at Porter Mill


"The Gallery at Porter Mills proudly presents Memoraphilia, a senior thesis exhibition consisting of Montserrat College of Art B.F.A. candidates: Emily Fung, Ania Gruca, and Elizabeth Paddock. This exhibition consists of three large scale installations which act as interpretations of the various memories and relationships which objects hold in the human consciousness. Memoraphilia will be on display from Wednesday, April 16 – Monday, April 21 2014 with a reception taking place on Thursday, April 17 from 5:00–8:00pm.

The exhibition’s title Memoraphilia can be literally translated to mean “an abnormal liking, or tendency towards memory,” a theme that runs constant across the works presented. It is of no surprise that these three artists use objects as their chosen medium in creating the installations, as each and every human being associates objects with their own personal memories and narratives which are influenced by the “things” which surround them. The installations presented are not meant to be solely viewed, but to be experienced. Viewers are encouraged to draw their own connections, and to create their own narratives based on the scenes built before them.  

In Gruca’s work, the domestic setting of home is a recurring theme. Objects are placed in and surrounding a shack-like home constructed in the gallery space. Gruca incorporates found objects which feel at home within the quaint domestic setting, yet upon further inspection not everything is as it seems. In a surreal twist of perception, once recognizable objects and domestic furniture become altered versions of themselves. An axe outside of the home splits braids of hair; a lovingly baked cake is mutilated by nails; a bed becomes a coffin. Playing on a juxtaposition of what is traditionally considered “feminine” or “masculine,” Gruca references the histories ingrained into objects, but alters them thus creating new memories. In a sense she uses objects and the domestic setting to create an exaggerated narrative which plays off the viewers perceptions of the scene laid out before them.

Paddock’s installation presents viewers with an historical shrine suggestive of a bedroom. This intimate space focuses on the way rituals and memories transform the spaces around us, specifically with the sacred bedroom. Her installation analyzes the relationships and bonds we hold with the objects in our lives and how they become relics of our identities. Every object is painstakingly placed, evoking the ritualistic organization of bedroom spaces and memory. From scrawled notes and photographs hidden within drawers, to a weeks worth of outfits assembled in advance, Paddock encourages viewers to explore her installation in order to both experience the assemblage of her own identity while simultaneously drawing connections to that of their own.

In Fung’s installation, viewers are guided through an enclosed narrow corridor full of wrapped and concealed objects. The forms presented were created by building a mold of objects given to her, destroying them, and bandaging the shattered pieces in order to bring to fruition a new dialogue with what the objects once were. In a sense Fung is much like an alchemist; from the objects she copies, destroys, and recreates she is able to transmute new meanings onto the obscured remnants of the objects created while still retaining the integrity of what they once were.  Although, viewers cannot necessarily see it - the objects she binds and wraps have come full circle. They are simultaneously no longer what they once were, but something completely new, made from the ashes of their former selves. Ambiguity and arrangement are Fung’s formal tools in order to present these keepsakes to viewers and to encourage them to challenge the meaning of the objects before them."



Gallery hours: 
Thursday and Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm 
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm 
And by appointment. 

Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915 

Contact Val Toukatly (studios.portermill@gmail.com) for more information.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Art Fair



Spring Art Fair
Sunday, April 27th, 10 AM - 2 PM
Affordable art and gifts from local designers, jewelers, and more! Just in time for Mother's Day, stop by our Gallery for the Spring Arts Fair where you'll find unique artwork, prints, and gifts from the artists of Porter Mill Studios.  




Thursday, March 20, 2014

DÉRIVE


DÉRIVE
Montserrat Senior Thesis Exhibition
April 2nd - April 13, 2014 
Reception: April 3rd, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

This is the first of two Montserrat Senior Exhibitions that will be hosted by the Gallery at Porter Mill. DÉRIVE features work by Alyssa Coffin, Ariel Durkee, Corynn Larkin, and Markie Remien.
Artists' Statement:
 DÉRIVE- (n.) (French) lit. "drift"; a spontaneous journey where the traveler leaves their life behind for a time to let the spirit of the landscape and architecture attract and move them.

Our work touches upon the theme of personal narrative spaces. Some people find themselves lost in reality, while others become lost in their own mind; collectively, we hope to provide a place for viewers to think and reflect.
We want to explore the use of narrative environments to form the juxtaposition of confronting reality and escaping it; of construction and deconstruction, and the tension formed by the use of line, whether it be text, wire, charcoal, or string.
Ariel Durkee is exploring the fictional world she has created known as Ismenara. Through writing and visual art, she hopes to pull viewers into a space, and propose a discussion on what it means to use, alter, and connect with flora and fauna. Alyssa Coffin’s work addresses ideas involving personal life narratives, deconstructing to reveal and the hand written word as an expression of these stories. She will be creating an installation of a dissected “book” with pages composed of transparent sheets of overlaying handwriting that the viewer can walk between. Collage paintings illustrating more specific narratives and identities will hang on the walls surrounding the central installation. Corynn Larkin, explores the transformation of ordinary man-made materials into forms that convey and embody organic growth and change. There is a linear component as well as an intuitive physicality to her forms by using wire for a structural drawing element. She combines materials to create versions of biomorphic abstractions. Markie Remien is creating a utopia and dystopia installation. Extracting from her own dreams, experiences, and personal emotions, she is welcoming you to see a glimpse of a microcosm suspended in time. She is inspired by the natural world and the spiritual connection that you can find within the ecology of this planet.
Our work relates both aesthetically and conceptually. It connects through a muted color palette, reference to natural forms, and the use of text and language. While differences in our art create contrasts, the similarities evoke a sense of place, whether that be a mind space or an alternate reality. 

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Gallery hours: 
Thursday and Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm 
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm 
And by appointment. 

Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915 

Contact Val Toukatly (studios.portermill@gmail.com) for more information.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

FIRST THURSDAYS AT PORTER MILL!

We are very proud to announce that coinciding with the First Thursday Beverly Art Walk, Porter Mill will now be opening its doors on a monthly basis. Join us from 5-8pm on the first Thursday of every month to meet the artists and see what makes Porter Mill a staple of the downtown community!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DEPTH OF FIELD

Photo credit: Stephanie Rosseel, Nancy Priest, Randa Dubnick, Bob Packert, Amy Friend Roberts.


Depth of Field: The Photographers of Porter Mill
February 5th – March 30th 2014
Opening Reception: February 6th, 6:00 – 8:00pm


The Gallery at Porter Mill is pleased to present “Depth of Field: The Photographers of Porter Mill,” an exhibition featuring the work of Elise Donoghue, Randa Dubnick, Heather Dubnick, Danielle Dugan, Amy Friend Roberts, Elisabeth Neville, Bob Packert, Nancy Priest, Stephanie Rosseel, Jesse Stansfield, Allison Stansfield, and James Vaughey. “Depth of Field” is a celebration of the vast diversity of this art form, with works ranging from commercial images to the avant-garde. These twelve artists are united under the roof of Porter Mill, where they each have chosen to cultivate their work.

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Gallery hours:
Thursday and Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
And by appointment.

Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Contact Val Toukatly (studios.portermill@gmail.com) for more information.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Porter Mill in Art*Throb!


Porter Mill in Art*Throb!

This week Porter Mill was profiled in a three-part piece by North Shore Art*Throb's Chris Ricci. The articles examine different aspects of Porter Mill, and what make us unique! Links to each article are below.

Porter Mill #1: Symbiosis in Beverly


Porter Mill #2: Managing the Change



Porter Mill #3: Paints, Drinks, and Fun

All photos provided by Chris Ricci.