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Opening Reception: Wen-hao Tien: Weed Out

Wen-hao Tien: Weed Out
September 22 – October 19, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 22, 6-8PM


Wen-hao Tien has spent countless hours looking for traces of wilderness in the city, namely, plants that normally go unnoticed—or, if noticed, are usually pulled out or mowed over. She transplanted what many consider unsightly weeds from across New England, combining them into a living sculpture.

The seeds of these plants, transported by wind and birds, flourished in a wealth of unexpected habitats—the wall of a canal lock, a sidewalk, the unseen edge of a landscaped garden. During outings with a “weed-mobile” that she built, she encountered curiosity and varying perspectives from neighbors and strangers. One person’s discarded plant is another’s crucial ingredient in a recipe, she learned. In the audio recording, she draws attention to what she calls “weed words” in various languages in order to surface linguistic habits that align with the treatment of weeds. What are “pure” words and plant species, versus “invasive”? How do powerful forces such as migration, rejection and assimilation affect the norms of culture as well as natural world?

Tien’s work asks us to contemplate ideas of wantedness and unwantedness, control and letting go, alienation and belonging, and fundamentally, the tension between wholeness and persistent transformation within our society. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the installation by weeding-out or weeding-in plants.

September 22, 2017 from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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Artist Talk: Beth Plakidas

October 5, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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Opening Reception: 2017 Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellows

The Mass Cultural Council and the New Art Center join together to present the 2017 Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellows Invitational in Photography, Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. By bringing together Artist Fellows from different disciplines, the exhibition will demonstrate the inventiveness and vitality of today’s Massachusetts contemporary artists and photographers.

October 27, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Opening Reception: Jeanne Gugino & Meirav Zaks-Zilberman

Jeanne Gugino & Meirav Zaks-Zilberman
On View: October 27 – November 30, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery
Reception: Friday, October 27, 6-8PM

The two painters in this exhibition both convey poetic insight into the ways we experience the world around us through making art. Taking inspiration from nature, history, and culture, NAC faculty member Jeanne Gugino uses layers of translucent color to achieve an expressive depth in her abstract watercolors. NAC and SMFA student Meirav Zaks-Zilberman, drawing on her background as a dancer and a scientist, discovers the beauty within moving bodies, by exploring the interactions with light, form, and energy in her oil on canvas paintings.

October 27, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Newton Art Association Reception & Holiday Sale

Newton Art Association James King Bonnar Exhibtion
On View: December 8, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Opening Reception & Holiday Sale: Friday, December 8, 6-8PM

The Newton Art Association (NAA) and the New Art Center present the NAA 2017 James King Bonnar exhibition, showcasing the work of over eighty Newton artists in a variety of media. Join us as we celebrate the winners of this year’s Bonnar Awards. Looking for a truly special gift this year? Enjoy browsing a selection of work by local artists, priced at $200 or less, at the NAA Holiday Sale where you will find art for all the loved ones on your list.

December 8, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Opening Reception: Grey & Leslie Held

Grey & Leslie Held
On View: December 8, 2017 – January 4, 2018 in the Holzwasser Gallery
Reception: Friday, December 8, 6-8PM

This exhibition features fabric collages made collaboratively by Grey Held, Collaborative Drawing instructor at NAC, and his wife Leslie Held, an award winning theatrical costume designer. Leslie’s collection of fabric scraps, ribbons, and salvaged sections of embroideries are the basic materials Grey and Leslie use to construct their various fabric collages, each with its own color palette and emotional temperature. The pair describe their work as something that emerges and evolves through the process of collaboration; they never know how a piece will turn out, but must surrender to the collaborative process that has its own trajectory, its own unfolding story.

December 8, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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