Gateway Arts recently held their Opening Reception for their May exhibit Staff Picks. This event was a fantastic opportunity to see all types of vibrant works of art from multiple Gateway artists. Many people from the community attended in support of the artists as well as Gateway staff, family, and friends.
As the sunshine started peaking its beams of light out from the clouds, attendees welcomed the chance to get some fresh air and see some stunning artwork that was selected by Gateway Arts staff. The goal of this exhibit was to showcase the broad diversity of styles, mediums, and subject matter in Gateway artists’ work.
Around 50 people attended the reception. Guests were also treated to refreshments from Sam Adams as well as burritos, chips and salsa, and fresh guacamole from Anna’s Taqueria. The event also included live music by LITTLEFOOT, whose lead singer and guitarist is Gateway’s own Studio Art Specialist Erica Sutherland. Gateway Arts Marketing Specialist Justine Portmann Katz shared, “I really enjoyed this show, it’s unique in how it presents an intimate point of view, through the lenses of each individual staff member at Gateway. The event had a wonderfully casual and intimate energy, with artists, staff, and community members enjoying art and burritos together on a sunny spring evening.”
One of the reception attendees included Massachusetts State House Representative Tommy Vitolo, who spent quality time talking with several artists about their work in the exhibit. Representative Vitolo is currently a member of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. One of these artists that Representative Vitolo spoke to was Kathleen Wells, whose painting was one of the featured images on the invitation to the reception. Kathleen’s work of art is a part of a series of artwork that deals with opposing forces at a stalemate. “I start with total chaos. I literally don’t know. I take clashing colors and get myself in a frenzy, pour paint, scrape and smear, and try to make something out of it. You’ve got to start somewhere,” Kathleen explained.
Although this exhibit has come to a close, Gateway Arts is having their Artist’s Reception for The Faces of Gateway summer exhibition on Thursday, August 8 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. This reception will offer a unique time for community members to interact with Gateway artists who are often unable to attend events, which often occur outside Gateway’s program hours.
The Faces of Gateway exhibit is currently open, and will remain available until August 31.