Archive for April 19th, 2017

Artist Opportunities Get Schooled

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Call for Artists The Attleboro Arts Museum is currently accepting entries for their national juried exhibition LINE. Open to all mediums, sizes & concepts that relate to, or include, a line. Imagine … a chorus line, signing on the dotted line, horizon lines, jump ropes, a police line up, waiting in TSA lines, cross-hatching, long and winding roads, zip lines, crossing the picket line, lines in the sand, tally marks … where and how do you draw the line? Line will be on display at the Attleboro Arts Museum from June 15 – July 15, 2017. Six prizes of $100 each will be awarded. Learn more.
Deadline: April 25, 2017

Documentary Filmmaking Training for Immigrants and Refugees Community Supported Film of Boston is offering free documentary filmmaking training to ten new immigrant and refugees in the Boston area. The training will take place over 15 weeks starting in June, culminating with each participant producing his or her own short film about the challenges faced or contributions made by their community. Learn more.
Deadline: April 28, 2017

Call to Artists The Cultural Center of Cape Cod invites artists worldwide to submit images for their UPLIFTING ART 2017 elevator door competition. Three images will be selected, one for each elevator door in the Cultural Center’s Education Wing. The images, provided as high resolution digital files, will be reproduced on material to be affixed to the elevator doors for one year. The Cultural Center directors will jury. Learn more.
Deadline:  May 5, 2017

Call to Cape Cod Artists The Cultural Center of Cape Cod has announced a call for a pop up exhibit. Eleven images will be selected for display on the windows at Wings on Route 28 in Yarmouth. The theme is open but a Cape Cod and/or Yarmouth theme will be given priority. All media is welcome. The images, provided as high resolution digital files, will be reproduced on material to be displayed at the site until the building is demolished in Fall 2017. Each artist will receive a $150 stipend and acknowledgement with contact information at the site of the installation. No entry fee. Artists may submit as many images as they wish. Open to local Cape Cod artists. Learn more.
Deadline: May 5, 2017 (11:59pm)

Muralists Beyond Walls is a group of Lynn residents, business owners, and public art/placemaking enthusiasts using grass roots efforts to create a sense of place and safety in the heart of Downtown Lynn. They are currently seeking mural artists to partake in their 10 day mural festival from July 13 – 23, 2017 in Lynn, Massachusetts. Learn more.
Deadline: May 8, 2017 (received by 5:00pm)

Exhibition Proposals ArtSpace Maynard invites artists in all media (except video) to submit proposals for one month solo or group exhibitions for the 2017-2018 season. The proposed exhibit should be based on a unifying concept that is social, historical, philosophical, cultural, political or other. The ArtSpace Gallery is one of the largest nonprofit exhibition spaces in Massachusetts. Preference will be given to New England artists. Learn more.
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Call to Artists The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA is calling on artists working in all media to create a new work inspired by the theme of the Four Freedoms or the meaning of freedom today. Approximately 30 works in all media will be selected by jury for inclusion in the Museum’s upcoming international traveling exhibition, Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. Additional submissions will be available on the exhibition website and in other online media. The exhibition will be on view from June 2018 through October 2020 at several United States museums and one international museum, including the Norman Rockwell Museum; New-York Historical Society; Henry Ford Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The George Washington University Museum; and at Caen Memorial Museum, France, among others. Learn more.
Deadline: May 26, 2017

Call for Artists The Eighth Annual New England Collective Juried Exhibition at Galatea Fine Art in Boston’s SOWA Art District. August 2-27. All media accepted. Juror: Charles Giuliano, Publisher/Editor of the Berkshire Fine Arts Journal; Critic, Writer, Teacher, Curator, Artist. Questions, call 617-542-1500. Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2017

Call for Artists The Newton Free Library is seeking proposals of two-dimensional, original work by local artists for January-June 2018 shows. Questions, contact Ellen at emeyers@minlib.net or call 617-796-1410. Learn more about the exhibiting policy.
Deadline: July 14, 2017 (12:00 pm)

Playwrights Nylon Fusion Theatre Company in New York is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects. Learn more.
Deadline: August 8, 2017

Image credit: Photograph of first grade at the Atherton School, 1944. From the Grove Hall Memory Project.

Myrna Balk: 50 Year Retrospective at Piano Craft Gallery

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Mixed media artist Myrna Balk is exhibiting at Boston’s Piano Craft Gallery (5/5-5/28, opening reception 5/7, 3-6 PM, artist discussion 5/21, 3 PM) in Connecting the Dots, encompassing 50 years of her artistic output.

Here, she discusses the exhibition, how a life of social work affected her art, and highlights and surprises from 50 years of working in clay, steel, wood, etching, and more.

Sculptural work by Myrna Balk

You work in a range of materials and processes. What makes you select one material over another in the creation of a new work?
When I choose a new subject, I instinctively decide on the material I think will work best. There is not much inner conversation. It just feels right. I usually focus on one technique at a time. Other times I feel like working in a specific material, and it is only after it is finished that I know if there is a meaning or not.

How has your career as a social worker impacted your art?
It exposed me to many intense social situations, and these experiences inspired the subject of some of my art. For example, in 1998 I was invited to Kathmandu, Nepal to consult on domestic violence and teach at a school of social work. Once there, I was introduced to the victims of sex trafficking. Because of my experience in working with groups, I was comfortable in meeting with women and girls in seven shelters. I gave them the opportunity to have fun and to draw. I did not expect them to want to tell me their stories and to take their experiences home with me. Thus I was exposed to situations that most people do not encounter, firsthand. This led to my doing my own large body of etchings about trafficking. Eight of them were shown at the United Nations in New York City.

Etching by Myrna Balk

How do you know when your work is done?
When I went from welding to etching it was hard for me to know when something was done. This was because I was not secure with the new material. As I became more confident I let the piece speak for itself and knew when it was finished.

Your exhibition at the Piano Craft Gallery is a 50 year retrospective. Any highlights (or lowlights) that stand out from those decades?
At one point, when I was welding, I had 7 unfinished pieces of sculpture. I was stuck on one so started another. When the number got to 7, I was in despair. I just sat in a rocking chair and read in my studio waiting for the ideas to start coming again. Then one day I looked up and there was the piece of steel that would fix one of the unfinished pieces. After that all of the work was finished within a few hours.

Steel sculpture by Myrna Balk

What artist do you most admire but work nothing like?
Ben Shahn is at the top of my list of admired artists. Others, in no special order, are Käthe Kollwitz, Anthony Caro, Alice Neel, and Anselm Kiefer.

What’s the most surprising response to your art you’ve ever received?
The most wonderful surprise that I had was Anthony Caro inviting Clement Greenberg to meet me. Greenberg then came to my home to see my work. He was extremely complimentary and encouraged me to continue sculpting.

What do you listen to while you create?
I usually focus on my inner voice. Sometimes I listen to Amy Goodman from the radio program DEMOCRACY NOW. She keeps me up on a lot of the political issues.

What are you currently reading?
Out Stealing Horses by Per Peterson, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

How many revisions does your work typically go through?
I do not work and rework my pieces. I work fast and usually am satisfied with the first results. In the case of outdoor installations, the work is meant to be adjusted when it is in a tree or on the ground or in the water.

Sculptural work by Myrna Balk

Sculpture by Myrna Balk


Myrna Balk: Connecting the Dots
Piano Craft Gallery
May 5-May 28, 2017
Opening reception: May 7, 2017, 3-6 PM
Artist Discussion: May 21, 2017, 3 PM

Images: all images courtesy of the artist.


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