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Treasuring Talent at Gateway Arts

Gateway Arts recently wrapped their Winter art exhibit, Treasures. The exhibit was open from January to March with an opening reception in mid-February. Treasures was curated by Beth Kantrowitz and Kathleen O’Hara, co-founders of Drive-by Projects. Beth and Kathleen selected and curated the pieces in the exhibition, which included work by Gateway artists alongside pieces by artists who show and sell their work at galleries in the Greater Boston Area. This was a wonderful community integration opportunity as pieces in the show were by people of all abilities.

At the opening reception, Vinfen Chief Operating Officer Sophie Jones met artists from Gateway Arts to learn more about their stories. Alison, a Gateway Arts artist, created an embroidered canvas work, which was available for sale during the exhibition. Her piece depicted the glass encased rose from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

“I’ve been interested in Disney, and I did a series on it and some stuff sold, so I’ve been making more,” Alison explained.

Gateway Art’s Marketing Specialist Justine Portmann Katz mentioned “We had a great conversation about how Alison’s entrepreneurial spirit is a driving force for her as she focuses on her career aspirations through increasing her sales.” Alison has a very strong understanding of color, and creates visually engaging pieces on many different types of mediums. She has been working at Gateway since 2013.

“Making things makes me happy and when other people like it I feel good about myself,” Alison added.

Pictured above is Alison, her artwork, and Sophie.