Photo: Grow Gallery, Shelburne Falls
Massachusetts’ art and craft galleries are as eclectic as the art itself. La Galeria Cubana, Boston and Provincetown, showcases paintings, prints, and mixed media works by artists currently living and working in Cuba. Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet and Orleans, is brimming with paintings, prints, sculpture, mobiles, and an extensive collection of American functional pottery. The artist owners of Grow Gallery, Shelburne Falls, don’t have far to look for fellow artists and craftspeople; 75% of the work in the gallery comes from studios in the surrounding towns. The Mercury Gallery, Rockport, exhibits paintings, works on paper and sculpture by over thirty established artists, whose work has received national and international recognition. Fire Opal, Jamaica Plain and Brookline, stocks ceramics, jewelry, glass, prints, and women’s apparel. Be sure to visit the new Gallery of African Art in Clinton
Boston’s SOWA district (South of
Washington Street) is packed with galleries, artist studios,
restaurants, and cafes. Catch the buzz at SOWA’s First Fridays when
dozens of galleries swing open their doors.
The Massachusetts College of Art & Design is the nation’s first independent public art school. MassArt's seven gallery spaces showcase work by internationally acclaimed artists and designers as well as emerging artists. The galleries also routinely feature work by MassArt students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
MCLA Gallery 51, run by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, presents work from a wide range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. Just down the street, of course, is the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Located on the campus of Phillips Academy, the Addison Gallery of American Art presents approximately twelve shows a year, both from its extensive collection of American art, and major traveling exhibitions.
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