Saturday, August 13, 2016

Women Artists & Writers: Compassion, Creativity, and Courage


It's been an exciting few months, and we're back with a new show in our gallery! The Compassion Anthology has worked with us to host a truly inspiring show on women artists and writers, with paintings, collages, installations, apparel, ceramics, and poems adorning our walls from various women artists and women writers. The show is on view from August 5th - August 27th, during our normal gallery hours. 

This show includes work by three of our current studio tenants, established artists, and writers! The proceeds go to the artists and Amirah, a refuge for exploited women.

The show's reception was on August 5th, and included refreshments, live music, and live readings. We had such a great turn-out, and a few of the pieces in our gallery already sold! The night was filled with inspiring words and solidarity, and a whole lot of applause for some talented and amazing women! 



Want to purchase the work in our gallery, and support Amirah? Please stop by the gallery to see the show, during our regular gallery hours! Email compassionanthology@gmail.com to inquire about a specific piece, or to make a donation to Amirah!

Our gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 5 - 7 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 - 4 PM, or by appointment! Email studios.portermill@gmail.com if you have any questions about the show! And please, stay tuned for more coming events!!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

OPEN STUDIOS is coming... TOMORROW!


Everyone's been working hard here at the Porter Mill, getting ready for our Open Studios, and tomorrow, we'll be open from 11-5 PM! Artists will have their studios open while they work, so you can come by, walk through our four floors of artist studios, purchase unique works of art, explore our building, and see our brand new gallery show, "The Art of Porter Mill"! We will also be having a reception for the new exhibition from 5-7 PM, with refreshments, good company, and lovely art directly from our Porter Mill artists! Come on down and say hi, fall in love with a new piece of art and talk to artists about their work! We can't wait to see you there!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

OPEN STUDIOS IS COMING, JUNE 4TH!

Get Excited! Open Studios at Porter Mill is June 4th, from 11 AM - 5 PM! 



Our Open Studios is coming to Porter Mill! Come in and explore the historic Porter Mill building- see the studios of a multitude of amazing artists of various media, purchase unique works of art, and stop by our gallery to see the "Art of Porter Mill" show! Porter Mill is located on 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly MA 01915! 

Have any questions? Email us at studios.portermill@gmail.com!  

Saturday, May 7, 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Women Artists and Writers - A Fundraising Exhibit to Benefit Amirah


Women Artists and Writers: Compassion, Creativity, and Courage

A Fundraising Exhibit to Benefit Amirah


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Event: Women Artists and Writers: Compassion, Creativity, and Courage; A Fundraising Exhibit to Benefit Amirah, a refuge for exploited women

Type of Submissions: artwork, poetry, short essays, and short fiction

Submission Time Period: November 15, 2015 to July 15, 2016

Exhibit Dates, Place: August 4 to September 2, 2016 at Porter Mill Art Gallery, (95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915)

Entry Fee/Donation: minimum of $15


Email: compassionanthology@gmail.com

See www.compassionanthology.com/submission-guidelines.html for details. Monies (submission fees and 40% of sales) go directly to Amirah, a refuge for women who want to break free from exploitation. Artists receive 60% of sales. This event is supported by the Beverly Arts District.

North Shore Comics Mayhem! May 6th - May 28th




“North Shore Comics Mayhem”  features original comics and cartoon artwork from local independent comic artists Eric Boeker, Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline and Dirk I. Tiede.  Be prepared for zombies, werewolves, giant monsters & robots, sci-fi action, and sweeping fantasy adventures.

Eisner Award-winning team Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline have been creating comics professionally since 2008. Coming up through the indy small press scene, they made a name for themselves by working on such high-profile series as “The Muppets” and “Adventure Time”, while continuing to create their own personal work.  They live and work in Salem.

Beverly-based artist Eric Boeker’s unique style is both comedic and thought-provoking. His “Commute of the Living Dead" has been in Dig Boston’s online comic section since 2010.  His work has adorned the walls of local hot spots such as the Atomic Cafe and the Gulu Gulu, and can be found at local art fairs.

Dirk Tiede cut his teeth in the independent comics world with a successful self-published graphic novel series and webcomic called “Paradigm Shift”.  More recently, his first all-ages comic, “STRANGER” was published last fall. He has been honing his skills as an illustrator and painter with a series of paintings that mimic classic animation production art, using several layers all traditionally.  Tiede uses a combination of materials both digital and traditional in his work to great effect.  Dirk also calls Beverly home.
“North Shore Comics Mayhem” runs from May 6th though the 28th at Porter Mill Gallery.  The opening reception is from 6-9pm on Saturday, May 7th. There will be refreshments, live music, books and prints available for purchase, and tons of amazing work to look at! Please contact the gallery for more information! 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Porter Mill Studios: 4 WEEK ART CHALLENGE: Week 3 (and 4! Sorry!)



Hello, all! It's been a very busy last few weeks at Porter Mill as things are exchanged from one director to another. Unfortunately this came at a time when everyone is starting to think about our annual Open Studios, and of course the 4 week challenge that our former gallery director Will had started!

While becoming acclimated to the gallery space, the studios, making various introductions and planning meetings and doing a lot of re-organizing, we've dropped off the schedule a bit with the 4 week challenge! Apologies for that! It's a bit late to give you the 3rd week's theme, as we're almost at the 4th week! However, as the work won't be hung for another month, hopefully we can extend the challenge a week!

So, here are the themes for the next two pieces:

"HOME"

"COURAGE"

Just a reminder of what this entails for anyone who might not be sure! For four weeks in April (extended into May), we're challenging the artists of the Porter Mill to produce a new piece every week based a theme. After the challenge is completed the work will be collected and displayed for our June show, "The Work of Porter Mill Studios" to coincide with our big Summer Open Studios on Saturday June 4th! This challenge is going out to Porter Mill artists exclusively, and will be a great chance to create some new pieces and represent your art in the building! If you did not have time to do the challenge, that's alright! The show will still be featuring Porter Mill artists' work- submit 4 pieces even if they don't adhere to the words- your work will still be accepted! As long as you're a Porter Mill artist you're in! This challenge is just encouragement to push yourself creatively and produce some new art to share and sell! 

Drop off for "The Work of Porter Mill Studios" will be held in the Main Gallery on May 26th. This is a fun challenge that we encourage all Porter Mill artists to take part in, challenging yourself to make some new great work at the Mill to submit for an exciting show and reception on June 4th! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Porter Mill Studios: 4 WEEK ART CHALLENGE "Week 2"

I wanted to thank everyone who has participated so far in the building on this challenge and want to apologize for the lateness of this post for this week's new theme. Saturday we had a great night with Nick Pinciaro's first show in the building "The Drip Room", we had a wonderful turnout for one of our newest and youngest artists here at the Porter Mill!


Now let's get to it! Week 2 of the Porter Mill Studios 4 Week Art Challenge might have started late but it doesn't mean you can't still be apart of this fun community challenge!

This week's theme is:   "MISCHIEF"


I want to give everyone the run down again just in case you missed the last post! For four weeks in April we're challenging the artists of the Porter Mill to produce a new piece every week based a theme given every Saturday. After the month is completed the work will be collected and displayed for the our June show "The Porter Mill Studios: 4 Week Art Show" to coincide with our big Summer Open Studios on Saturday June 4th. This challenge is going out to Porter Mill artists exclusively and will be a great chance to create some new pieces and represent your art in the building! It's okay if you can't do every week or if you're too busy to participate whatever you want to submit will accept in this show, as long as you're a Porter Mill artist you're in! This challenge is a fun encouragement to push yourself creatively and produce some new art to share and sell! 

Drop off for "The Porter Mill Studios: 4 Week Art Show" will be held in the Main Gallery on May 26th. This should be a fun challenge that we encourage all Porter Mill artists to take part in, challenging yourself to make some new great work at the Mill!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Porter Mill Studios: 4 WEEK ART CHALLENGE


April is crazy busy month for us here at the Porter Mill Studios. With Beverly Comic Con 3 coming up this weekend on Saturday April 2nd 10am - 6pm and our newest gallery show "The Drip Room" coming up next week on Saturday April 9th 6pm - 9pm things are shaping up to be great month at the building. Lets keep up the work this April with a fun new community art challenge for the Porter Mill artists!

Introducing for the first time "The Porter Mill Studios: 4 Week Art Challenge"! For four weeks in April we're challenging the artists of the Porter Mill to produce a new piece every week based a theme given every Saturday. After the month is completed the work will be collected and displayed for the our June show "The Porter Mill Studios: 4 Week Art Show" to coincide with our big Summer Open Studios on Saturday June 4th. This challenge is going out to Porter Mill artists exclusively and will be a great chance to create some new pieces and represent your art in the building! It's okay if you can't do every week or if you're too busy to participate whatever you want to submit will accept in this show, as long as you're a Porter Mill artist you're in! This challenge is a fun encouragement to push yourself creatively and produce some new art to share and sell! 

We're coming up to the first Saturday in April so we're going to give everyone the first week's theme: 

"INDEPENDENCE"

Drop off for "The Porter Mill Studios: 4 Week Art Show" will be held in the Main Gallery on May 26th. This should be a fun challenge that we encourage all Porter Mill artists to take part in, challenging yourself to make some new great work at the Mill!


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Porter Mill Studios Proudly Presents: "The Drip Room" A street art show by artist Nick Pinciaro


Things are really heating up at the Porter Mill for 2016! We've got a booked schedule of shows and events that we're really excited to have in our main gallery and building, including Beverly Comic Con 3 happening here on Saturday April 2nd! If that doesn't excite you enough we're having an exhibition this month of April with one of our newest and youngest artists here at the Porter Mill Studios.




We're very pleased to present the work of graffiti and street artist Nick Pinciaro in his first show in our main gallery "The Drip Room". 22 year old Beverly native, Nick is an Endicott student who is an up and coming east coast artist looking to make a mark on the North Shore with his street art. Using his stylized drips and vibrant colors Nick takes pop culture and subverts it into his own unique vision. With spray paint, acrylics and paint pens he creates his own distinctive view on pop art and graffiti. A new artist and voice here at the Porter Mill Studios that we wish to highlight and share with the artist community here in Beverly.

"The Drip Room" will be up this April 6th to April 30th with a reception on Saturday April 9th 6pm to 9pm in our main gallery. With Music and free refreshments being provided, along with a pop up shop only for that Saturday open selling exclusive apparel designed by the artist himself. A great show with a great new artist, come on down to the Mill!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

BEVERLY COMIC CON 3! at the Porter Mill Studios


Oh man it's back, again. How can you not be excited?! Beverly Comic Con 3 is coming back this April. Join us on Saturday, April 2nd for the third annual Beverly Comic Con hosted at Porter Mills! Free to the public and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

Live music, art, performances and special guest announcments coming soon.

Full list of artists & vendors to be announced so stay tuned!

Alongside our partners at Wicked Art Bar, Porter Mills, Montserrat College of Art and the newly formed Beverly Arts District, we bring you a fantastic day of comics, art & pop culture!

Plenty of parking across the street & super kid friendly.
Free admission
Doors open at 10am-6pm
Brought to you by Tryptic Press and States of Terror Vol. 2

Friday, February 12, 2016

Off The Wall in the Porter Mill Gallery



“Off the Wall” is a month-long exhibition featuring work by contributors of the guerrilla art operation, Pig Kicker Stickers. This exhibition celebrates the creation and mobility of vinyl artwork, with the intention of making beauty affordable and accessible. Featuring original pieces and never-before-seen production sketches alongside finished products, “Off the Wall” offers new insight into the making of durable, stickable art.

check out the art of Pig Kicker Stickers here: http://www.pigkicker.com

The opening reception will be held on Thursday March 3rd from 6pm to 9pm with wine and hor d'oeuvres being provided free for attendants. An exciting show with great art, great music, at one great local gallery. Come on down to the Mill!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Porter Mill Studios Presents: "COLORBLIND" Saturday February 13th 7pm-9pm



We're still getting ready here at the Porter Mill for the "Sillage" reception this Thursday February 4th 6pm - 8pm but we've got something else special planned this February in the gallery as well. Coming this February 11th we have the artist collective The Collab hanging their first show "COLORBLIND". This exciting new show highlights the artwork of the illustration group along as acting as a launch party for their publication. Colorblind; a bi-annual art zine— the first publication of many. Witness the beginning of a documented collection of beautiful and grungy Illustration and Photography. Featuring the talented works of Haig Demarjian, Adam Miller, Peter Bergamo, Will Pottorff, Rory Bastille, Val Toukatly, and Krista Perry. 

The opening reception will be held on Saturday February 13th from 7pm to 9pm with wine and hor d'oeuvres being provided free for attendants, along with live music being performed by local musician Mean Teeth. An exciting show with great art, great music, at one great local gallery. Come on down to the Mill!

Meet some of the artists here: