Spoke Gallery

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Medicine Wheel Productions and its Spoke Gallery are proud to present
“27” a solo show of work by John Provenzano.

For his first solo exhibition, “ 27”, John Provenzano is showing a
selection of his vibrant multi-layered large scale acrylic paintings.
In these abstract works, he combines symbols, patterns, and text that
he has collected in his visual travels. He is deeply inspired by
music, literature, and the minutia of everyday life. His works are
needed poetry for the eyes.

He states, “Combining social media with painting, two forms of
communication, one ancient and one new, has inspired my work for
several years. Text, portraits, bar codes and a screen pattern are
some of the elements I’ve collected over the years and continually use
and reuse.

Reworking familiar themes into compositions that echo the original
source, but look, sound and feel different, is a process inspired by
musicians like artists, J. Dilla and John Coltrane. I use recognizable
images and literal references as a bridge between something seen
everyday with something less familiar and more instinctual. The
paintings have many layers, some built up over several years, in a
search for a particular rhythm, creating an undeniable physical
presence and aiming at the tension between the business of our
everyday lives and the need for something
meaningful.”

The title of his show directly references the last two digits of the
02127 zip code that has been Provenzano’s “home” on several levels. He
was born and raised in South Boston and has his art studio at the King
Terminal complex in 02127 since the 1990’s.*  He currently lives in
Dorchester and teaches art at Boston Renaissance Charter Public
School.

Provenzano has both a MFA and BA from Boston University. He has
exhibited his work at the Danforth Museum, Emerson College, the
Flaneur Gallery  and at the legendary Judi Rotenberg Gallery. Most
recently, he created a piano for 2016 Street Piano Celebrity Series
“Play Me I’m Yours”. His paintings are in numerous notable private
collections (his paintings were shown by Channel 7 News when it
featured Julianna and Manny Ramirez’ residence and art collection).
He also has along history of painting commissions and was commissioned
by Orion Pictures to paint fourteen paintings for the Hollywood
production of “Mermaids.”

* this is also where Medicine Wheel Productions and its Spoke Gallery
are located.

spirits

October 15 to December 10th 2016
Reception, Saturday, October 15th  5 to 7pm
Gallery talk: Saturday, October 15th 6:30pm

Spirits is a group show featuring four artists whose work in some way references “spirits” whether in the form of deities, angels, ancestors, imagined mythological animals, and/or other aspects that populate the “sprit realm”.

The four artists in the show are: Wendy Ellertson (Roxbury), Robert Peters (Mattapan), Susie Smith (Dorchester), and Michael Dowling (South Boston).

Wendy Ellerston and Susie Smith are premiering new sculptural figurative works for this exhibition. Robert Peters is showing recent paintings from his two series entitled: “13 Moons”  and “Year of the Red Forest” and Michael Dowling is showing a combination of new and recent work.

This show is also a component of Medicine Wheel’s multi-year Brooch Project that is engaging and connecting the communities along the finished and unfinished links of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. The Emerald Necklace is part of the National Park System which is celebrating its centennial this year.

The gallery and its connected events are free and open to the public. Normal gallery hours are Wednesday – Fridays 12 to 5pm. Saturdays by appointment -(For a Saturday appointment-email at least two days in advance: kbitetti@mwproductions.org)

Street address: 110 K Street, Second Floor, South Boston MA 02127
Directions: http://mwponline.org/wordpress/contact-us/directions/

 

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02127/02210 is Medicine Wheel Productions’ annual summer exhibition featuring the artists who live and/or have their art practice based in one of the two zip codes of South Boston.  This year’s annual is focusing entirely on photography and photographic based practices. It is honoring the inspiration of this important annual show.

 

The annual’s inspiration comes from MWP’s 2011 photo exhibition entitled, Southie is My Home Town.  It was a show of portraits of the diverse and amazing people who call South Boston their home. The images were taken by South Boston residents and Medicine Wheel affiliated photographers Richie Dinsmore and Brian McCarthy.

This is the fifth annual 02127/02210 and it is featuring the work of eight outstanding photographers: Dirk Ahlgrim, Don Eyles, Peter Harris, Michael Indresano, Deb McCarthy, Michael Warren, P.T. Sullivan, and Jenn Wood.

Like in the past four annuals, the 2016 annual highlights the breadth of talent we are so lucky to have in South Boston’s two zip codes. Many of the artists in the show have exhibited and/or had their work commissioned locally, regionally, nationally, and/or internationally. Each of these eight artists have their own defined signature visual vocabulary. All of the those exhibiting are good neighbors and give back to the community in which they live and/or work.

This is not the first time, however, the summer annual or the Spoke Gallery has featured acclaimed photographers from our community. Spoke has featured to work of  Walter “Rusty” Crump, Jesseca Ferguson, Jeffrey Heyne, James Montford, and Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano. Like the wonderful eight photographers in the 2016 annual, these photographers are also well known for their art work and are respected for their commitment to our community.

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment (For a Saturday appointment-email please at least two days in advance:  kbitetti@mwproductions.org)

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Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the healing and transcendent power of public art.  MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation. 

MWP receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

 

MWP-OnTheLine-FBimage-v2BFEBRUARY 3RD TO APRIL 16TH 2016

Opening reception: Friday, February 12th, 5pm to 7pm

Gallery Talk: Feb 12th 6pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Fridays 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment (For a Saturday appointment-email please two days in advance: kbitetti@mwproductions)

Events for On the Line:

Thursday, March 24th 7pm

Conversation with Dr. Barbara Lewis – director the UMB Trotter institute & Noah S. Berger- Special Advisor for Transportation for The Boston Foundation. Moderated by Medicine Wheel Chief Curator Kathleen Bitetti  Free & open to the public

Saturday, April 16th-Closing reception & performance by Charlot Lucien

 5 to 7pm reception
7pm -7:30pm Performance: Can I Come Out and Play”- A recital of (Haitian) Poetry and Storytelling by Charlot Lucien
  (The performance will be followed by Q & A)
Both free & open to the public

“On the Line: Change, Connection, and Challenge in Boston”

“On the Line” is a group exhibition featuring and celebrating the work of Boston artists who live and/or work geographically along the MBTA’s Fairmount-Indigo commuter rail line.  It is a curatorial collaboration by Medicine Wheel Productions’ Spoke Gallery and UMass Boston’s Trotter Institute. The original foot print of this railroad line extended into South Boston.  The historical Fairmount train line, when it began over hundred years ago, was very close to Medicine Wheel Production’s first home in South Boston on A Street. The current Fairmont-Indigo line, refurbished in 2012, with another station to be added on Blue Hill Avenue,  now goes as far as South Station and reaches into Boston’s neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park.

The artists featured in the exhibition (in alphabetical order): John Crowley, Kate Gilbert, Kenyatta, Kalamu E. Kieta, Rob Larsen, Sasja Lucas, Charlot Lucien, Franklin Marval, A Michel, and Brent Ridge. The art work on display ranges from installation, video, painting, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, and photography. Many of the exhibiting artists work in several disciplines/media. Several of the artists featured are involved with key arts organizations and the majority of these organizations are artists founded.  All of the featured artists are active with building and sustaining the communities they are connected to.

Boston, like a living organism, is always changing and connecting, meeting new challenges.  It is an old city with revitalized vision, which is updating itself for new times, new people, and new habits. but it must also make peace with and celebrate its deep and prismatic history.  This city has many parts, some more visible than others. The MBTA’s Fairmount-Indigo commuter rail line, despite the poetic draw of its name, was the least traveled and maintained of all the routes out of and into South Station. Renewed interest and investment are now revitalizing this line, which connects lively Boston neighborhoods once separated from the whole. It is a train line that touches several  of  Boston’s neighborhoods that have not had direct rapid public transportation access for years.

On a larger level, “On the Line” also raises important questions:  After the Boston’s bicentennial year of 1976 why did this line and the area lose luster to neglect and get disconnected from the center? How will this new investment impact the neighborhoods, customs, businesses, churches and schools, people and populations that congregate along the station route of the Fairmount-Indigo Line? What kind of change does the recreation of the Fairmount Line signify?   Is the City ready to repair old errors and extend its inclusive quota? Given its reputation for being tied to the past, will Boston move to constructively link its past and future?

This group exhibition is also a continuation of Medicine Wheel Productions’ multi-year Brooch Project “that is engaging the communities along the unfinished link of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace” park system. The Brooch project is building links and dissolving barriers between communities historically separated by the boundaries of geography, race, and economics. Brooch explores crossing boundaries, which keep our communities separate, bridging these communities by sharing in the experience of the creative process and engagement in cultural action.

Likewise, this exhibition is a continuation of the important work the Trotter Institute has been embarking on in the Boston area. This year, the Trotter partnered on Art Grove 2015, at Olmsted’s Franklin Park.  In addition to choosing the project’s public art theme of endurance, the Trotter included the vision and voice of Boston’s youth of color in Art Grove 2015 through a summer art workshop led by artist L’Merchie Frazier.  Thanks to the collaboration between L’Merchie Frazier and the Trotter, the UMass Boston Harbor Gallery featured Ms. Frazier’s Quilted Chronicles: Targeted Populations in the Fall 2015 semester. In May 2014, the Trotter designed a Greater Boston Cultural Convening at Dorchester’s Strand Theater to highlight a growing urban arts focus on social justice inequities. https://www.umb.edu/trotter

Co-curators: Kathleen Bitetti (Chief Curator, Medicine Wheel//Spoke Gallery) & Dr. Barbara Lewis (Director, Trotter Institute)

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Hand in Hand is a new model of inclusion that uses cultural action to facilitate moving from resistance to reconciliation by creating public art together.  This work explores and challenges the capacity to humanize “the other” in our lives.  The result of this experience is the recognition of our common stories.  This project will create bridges between populations, which typically experience conflict with one another.  The current focus of the Hand in Hand project is bringing Boston Police officers and young community members together in an all-day workshop.  Each participating young person is paired with a police office for the day.

Each workshop begins with an informal introduction.  Young people and police officers are then guided through a meditation, as an icebreaker.   Each pair is then guided through molding and casting each other’s hand with quick-set molding and casting materials.  They unmold their cast hands together, sharing the experience of discovering an exact duplicate of their hands cast in plastic.  At a later time the hands will receive an aged bronze patina.

Following a shared lunch, the pairs of young people and police officers are brought to a commercial photo studio to have their portraits taken.  Portraits are both individual and as pairs.  As a closing to the workshop all participants are invited to spend some time in quiet reflection by writing a facilitated “I Am” poem.  They respond to a series of prompts, which encourage sharing of their experiences and insights of their lives.  The poems will later be recorded into an audio narrative.

The art-work created through these workshops will become the components to an installation piece, which will be displayed publicly at different locations across Boston.

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Mapping the Dorchesterway-Part  Three

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July 8th to September 5th,  2015

BOSTON CREATES MEETING

August 1,  10:00 AM  

Boston is a city of innovation, diversity and collaboration. A city where creativity thrives. We see it in every neighborhood and community and it is among our most powerful assets. Boston Creates, under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, is a community-wide effort to harness this creativity, to build a shared vision for arts and culture. read more……

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment 

(For a Saturday appointment-email please at least two days in advance:  kbitetti@mwproductions.org)

Gallery and connected events are free and open to the public

02127/02210

02127/02210 is Medicine Wheel Productions’ annual summer exhibition featuring the artists who live and/or have their art practice based in one of the two zip codes of South Boston.  This year’s annual is part of Medicine Wheel’s  multi-year Brooch project “that is engaging the communities along the unfinished link of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace”. Those communities are: Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester, and South Boston.

This is the fourth annual 02127/02210 and it is featuring the work of six outstanding artists:Nicole Aquillano, Bebe Beard, Linda Leslie Brown, Susan Hardy Brown, G. Maxim Burdett, andMichael Mullaney.

Like in the past three annuals, the 2015 annual highlights the breadth of talent we are so lucky to have in South Boston’s two zip codes. Many of the artists in the show have exhibited locally, regionally, nationally, and/or internationally. There is also a wide range of media in the show: encaustic, site specific work, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, video, and mixed media. Each of these six artists have or use their own defined visual systems in their art work. Their works clearly reflect their own unique private worlds/universes. However, these individual worlds coexist in visual harmony. Many of the artists share similar conceptual frame works, imagery, and color palettes.

The annual’s inspiration comes from MWP’s 2011 photo exhibition entitled, Southie is My Home Town.  It was a show of portraits of the diverse and amazing people who call South Boston their home. The images were taken by South Boston residents and Medicine Wheel affiliated photographers Richie Dinsmore and Brian McCarthy.

The Brooch project is building links and dissolving barriers between communities historically separated by the boundaries of geography, race and economics. Brooch explores crossing boundaries, which keep our communities separate, bridging these communities by sharing in the experience of the creative process and engagement in cultural action. This project is connecting Joseph Moakley Park in South Boston, with Franklin Park in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, by following one of Boston’s central travel routes, Columbia Road. Columbia Road is also the unfinished segment of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. The Brooch Project is highlighting the “gems” of the communities that comprise the unfinished link of Olmsted’s Necklace. These six artists are some of those many “gems”.

Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the healing and transcendent power of public art.  MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation.

MWP receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

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Mapping the Dorchesterway 

Part  Two

April 22nd to June 20th,  2015

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment 

(For a Saturday appointment-email please at least two days in advance: kbitetti@mwproductions.org)

Reception: Saturday, May 16th from 5 to 7pm * Gallery Talk: Saturday May 16th 6pmPerformance:  Saturday, May 16th 7pm- “Everything but the Spice”by Helina Metaferia

 Gallery and connected events are free and open to the public

* Proof Gallery, one of our neighboring galleries at 516 East Second Street, is also having a reception on May 16th from 6 to 8pm http://www.proof-gallery.com/

The group exhibition, Mapping the Dorchesterway Part Two, features nine artists from Mattapan and Roxbury* and is part of Medicine Wheel Productions’ multi-year Brooch Project “that is engaging the communities along the unfinished link of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace” park system.

Both Mattapan and Roxbury are home to many acclaimed artists working in all disciplines (visual, literary, performing, etc.). This exhibition is highlighting a very small fraction of the accomplished visual artists who live and/or work there. Almost all of the artists featured in this show all create their work in one of these beloved neighborhoods and they are all also very active in working to making their neighborhoods, and by extension Boston, shine. Many of the artists in this exhibition are teaching artists. The majority of the them run, serve, work, and/or participate in arts based organizations that support other artists and provide needed cultural and arts programs for the City of Boston.

The featured visual artists (in alphabetical order): Ekua Holmes, Maddu Huacuja, Lana Jackson, Carolyn Lewenberg, Derek Lumpkins, Cagen Luse, Helina Metaferia, Hakim Raquib and Kristen Belton Willis. The art work on view ranges from installation, video, sculpture, painting, mixed media, photography, textiles, to performance. Many of the artists in Part Two have shown their work nationally and/or internationally.

The Brooch project is building links and dissolving barriers between communities historically separated by the boundaries of geography, race and economics. Brooch explores crossing boundaries, which keep our communities separate, bridging these communities by sharing in the experience of the creative process and engagement in cultural action. This project is connecting Joseph Moakley Park in South Boston, with Franklin Park in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, by following one of Boston’s central travel routes, Columbia Road. Columbia Road is also the unfinished segment of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.  The Brooch Project is highlighting the “gems” of the communities that comprise the unfinished link of Olmsted’s Necklace. These nine artists are some of those many “gems”.

Special thanks to Maddu Huacuja for helping with the installation of the exhibition. Medicine Wheel would like to thank the United Brotherhood of Carpenter’s Local 33 for  building the new gallery wall and Home Depot for the donation of the wall building materials. We would especially like to thank: Joe Byrne, Rile Rhodes, Dave, Brian and Terry all of Local 33 and Assistant Manager Yeelay, Paul Berry, Charles Kirkland, and Suelly Doveiga all of Home Depot in South Bay.

*In Fall of 2013, Medicine Wheel’s Spoke Gallery featured the Indigo Project – a solo show by  Roxbury-based Ife Franklin.

Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the healing and transcendent power of public art.  MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation.

 

MWP receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

 

MWP-MappingDorchesterway-FBimg-2015-v3[1]Mapping the Dorchesterway EXTENDED to March 28 

Medicine Wheel Productions’ current show in its Spoke Gallery, Mapping the Dorchesterway Part One, has been extended to March 28th. On Saturday, March 28th rom 5 to 7pm, MWP will be hosting a closing reception and a thank you event for the exhibiting artists and to thank the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and HomeDepot for their gracious help in renovating the Spoke Gallery.

Part One

January 28th to March 28th 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 7th, 5 to 7pm*

Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 7th, 6:30pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment 

(For a Saturday appointment-email please at least two days in advance:  kbitetti@mwproductions.org)

Gallery and connected events are free and open to the public

The group exhibition, Mapping the Dorchesterway Part One, features ten artists from Dorchester** and is part of Medicine Wheel Productions’ multi-year Brooch Project “that is engaging the communities along the unfinished link of Olmstead’s Emerald Necklace” park system.

Dorchester, one of Boston’ largest neighborhoods, is home to many acclaimed artists working in all disciplines (visual, literary, performing, etc.). This exhibition is highlighting a very small fraction of the accomplished visual artists who live and/or work there. The artists featured in this show all create their work in this beloved neighborhood and are also very active in working to making this neighborhood, and by extension Boston, shine. Several of the artists have founded needed studio spaces and/or galleries in this neighborhood.

The featured visual artists (in alphabetical order): Judith Brassard Brown, Leah Craig, Masako Kamiya, Destiny Palmer, Laurence, Pierce, Joel Jean-Pierre, Joanna Tam, Johnetta Tinker, Joseph Wheelwright, and Thomas Willis. The art work on display ranges from installation, video, sculpture, painting, mixed media, photography, to artists books. Many of the artists in Part One have shown their work nationally and/or internationally.

The Brooch project is building links and dissolving barriers between communities historically separated by the boundaries of geography, race and economics. Brooch explores crossing boundaries, which keep our communities separate, bridging these communities by sharing in the experience of the creative process and engagement in cultural action. This project is connecting Joseph Moakley Park in South Boston, with Franklin Park in Roxbury/Dorchester, following one of Boston’s central travel routes, Columbia Road. Columbia Road is also the unfinished segment of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.  The Brooch Project is highlighting the “gems” of the communities that comprise the unfinished link of Olmstead’s Necklace. These ten artists are some of those many “gems”.

Medicine Wheel would like to thank the United Brotherhood of Carpenter’s Local 33 for  building the new gallery wall and Home Depot for the donation of the wall building materials. We would especially like to thank: Joe Byrne, Rile Rhodes, Dave, Brian and Terry all of Local 33 and Assistant Manager Yeelay, Paul Berry, Charles Kirkland, and Suelly Doveiga all of Home Depot in South Bay.


**This is not the first time Medicine Wheel’s Spoke Gallery has featured the work of  Dorchester-based artists. Most recently in 2014, the gallery featured the work of Marlon Forrester, Susan Thompson, Jamal Thorne, and Ann Wessmann.

Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the healing and transcendent power of public art.  MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation.

MWP receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.


Earth to Heaven

Earth to Heaven

September 20 to November 21, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 20, 5 to 7pm

Gallery Talk: Saturday, September 20, 5 to 7pm

Performance: Saturday, Sept. 20,  7:30pm- Doñagdeo*: Mapping the Unseen- created by Basil El Halwagy & performed by Wendy Jehlen

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Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Fridays 12 to 5 pm and Saturdays by appointment

(For a Saturday appointment-email please at least two days in advance:  kbitetti@mwproductions.org)

Gallery and connected events are free and open to the public

The group exhibition, Earth to Heaven, investigates several big/timeless questions individuals, civilizations and societies have been asking for centuries:

Where do we come from? Is there an afterlife? Are we alone in the universe? How do we grieve for, remember and/or honor those we have lost? 

One of the main inspirations for this exhibition is Medicine Wheel’s annual installation and 24 hour vigil held since 1992 on Dec 1st- World AIDS Day. The 36 portable shrines, currently installed in a grid outside the gallery’s doors, are what first greets visitors to  this exhibition and by extension to Medicine Wheel. http://mwponline.org/wordpress/projects/medicine-wheel/

The featured visual artists (in alphabetical order): Basil El Halwagy, Jesseca Ferguson, Claes Gabriel, Katina Spileos Hayward, Robin Shores, Susan Thompson, Kurt Tong, Dorothea Van Camp, and Ann Wesssmann.

The art work on display ranges from installation, video, sculpture, painting, printmaking, mixed media, performance*,  photography, textiles, to artist books and many of the artists in Earth to Heaven have shown their work nationally and/or internationally.

*Doñagdeo: Mapping the Unseen uses dance and visual art to explore how humans probe the impenetrable and diagram the unseen. This performance draws inspiration from 19th century astronomer Caroline Herschel (1750 – 1848), and 8th century Syfu Mystic Rabaa Al Adawaya. Doñagdeo is the avatar of transformation. Through this fictional character, and guided by the stories of Rabaa and Herscel, Basil El Halwagy and Wendy Jehlen explore how one’s self transforms as they peruse the unseen, whether within or without.

Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the healing and transcendent power of public art.  MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative  program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation.

MWP receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.

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June 21st to August 22nd 2014

Gallery Hours are Wednesdays-Fridays from 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment. 

(For a Saturday appointment-email please at least two days in advance: kbitetti@mwproductions.org)

02127/02210 is Medicine Wheel Productions’ annual summer exhibition featuring the artists who live and/or have their art practice based in the two zip codes of South Boston.

This is the third annual 02127/02210 and it is featuring the work of ten outstanding artists: Walter Crump, Laura Davidson, Jane Deutsch, Josh Falk, Liliana Folta, Jeffrey Heyne, James Montford, Kenji Nakayama, Kurt Reynolds, and Mary Sherman.

The annual’s inspiration comes from MWP’s 2011 photo exhibition entitled, Southie is My Home Town.  It was a show of portraits of the diverse and amazing people who call South Boston their home. The images were taken by South Boston residents and Medicine Wheel affiliated photographers Richie Dinsmore and Brian McCarthy.  

Like in the past two annuals, the  2014 annual highlights the breadth of talent we are so lucky to have in our two zip codes. Many of the artists have exhibited locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally. There is also a wide range of media in the show: encaustic, found object based work,  color photography, ceramc sculpture, painting, site specific work, and mixed media work. This is a show not to be missed.

Special thanks to the all the artists loaning their work for this exhibition, to the MWP team, and to participating artist, Josh Falk for his help with the install.

Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the healing and transcendent power of public art.  MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative new program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation. 

MWP receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.

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By Land, By Sea- Hidden Histories

April 5th to June 6th 2014

Reception: Saturday, April 5th 5 to 7pm

Gallery talk: Saturday, April 5th 7pm

Free Documentary Film Screening: Thursday, May 22nd, 7pm -16 Photographs at Ohrdruf by Matthew Nash.  Click here to learn more 

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Save the Date: June 6th- Closing Reception 6:30pm and at 7pm A Conversation with

Artist & Gay Rights Activist Michela Griffo

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Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri Noon to 5pm & Saturdays by appointment (email two days in advance for an appointment kbitetti@mwproductions.org)

Gallery and connected events are free and open to the public.

By Land or By Sea- Hidden Histories is a group show that features the recent and/or new work by Huaiyu Chou, Michela Griffo, Meredith Morten, Matthew Nash, Dave Ortega, Annee Spileos Scott, and Jamal Thorne.

This exhibition was inspired by Medicine Wheel’s project, The Tonnes, in Ireland that supports the post peace process dialog. This project “engages the residents of the area along the Foyle River on both sides of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland….Such experiences are one way to build lasting changes in attitude, laying the groundwork for peaceful coexistence and productive social relations.”

More info on the Tonnes project: http://mwponline.org/wordpress/?page_id=668

All of the work in the By Land, By Sea investigates and/or is inspired by history. Some of the artists reference very specific points of history in their art work.  Several of  the art works in the show  highlight war or post war/conflict issues. It is important to note that some are declared /recognized wars, while others are unofficial wars and/or social change movements. All of the works underscore the often forgotten fact that all societies/civilizations are built on past ones. Many of the artists have a direct personal and/or family connection to the history they are referencing.  It is often these personal stories or connections that last in our hearts and minds and are passed down from generation to generation.

More info on the artists exhibiting:

Huaiyu Chou- http://blogs.bentley.edu/intheknow/2013/12/01/art-gallery-exhibition-huaiyu-chou-white-terror/

Michela Griffo-http://www.postroadmag.com/9/art/MichelaGriffo.phtml

Meredith Morten- http://www.hallspace.org/mMorten11.html

Matthew Nash- http://www.16photographs.com/

Dave Ortega- http://www.vivaortegacy.com/

Annee Spileos Scott- http://www.anneespileoscott.com/

Jamal Thorne- http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2012/05/thorne-mfa/

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Preparing For Flight: Exploring Ritualistic Symbols in Basketball

January 18th to March 15th 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18th,

5 to 7pm.

Performance by the artist:  January 18th 6pm

Image courtesy of the artist:

Instructions for Flight #2, Sharpie on paper

10″x10 2013

The gallery, performance, gallery talk reception and connected events are all free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays from 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment

(For a Saturday appointment- email please at least two days in advance: kbitetti@mwproductions.org).

Medicine Wheel’s Spoke Gallery is proud to present a solo show by Marlon Forrester: Preparing For Flight: Exploring Ritualistic Symbols in Basketball. Marlon is exhibiting new and recent work for this show in a variety of media. Some of the threads of investigation found in this new work are: black male identity, body as commodity, heroism, corporate sport industrial complex, structural racism, rituals, symbols, myths, and archetypes.

The word flight and its definitions are a key thread for this show:

1. the action or process of flying through the air. “an eagle in flight”

 synonyms: aviation, flying, air transport, aerial navigation, aeronautics

2. a group of creatures or objects flying together, in particular.

3. an act or instance of fleeing or running away; hasty departure.

Marlon states, “As a student, I was both an athlete and an artist. Thus, it isn’t only the black male body as symbol that interests me, but my own body and the impositions both history and the present make upon it. … Flow. Rhythm. Space are qualities found in my work and basketball. Their combined effect provides the perfect backdrop for the ambulatory bodies that populate my work. …..Bodies. Black bodies, male bodies, broken bodies, serve as the pillars atop which I attempt initiate a discourse on heroism. The black male body has been crafted into a warring body “under constant assault by history, by the market, and in the art world.” This highlights the paradoxical trope of a broken hero in order to make visible this multivalent assault. Concerned with the corporate use of the black body, or the body as logo, my paintings, mixed media, video reflect meditations on the exploitation implicit in the simultaneous apotheosis and fear of the muscular black figure in America. For me, phrases like “fast as a leopard,” used to describe contemporary heroes (sports stars), reassert animalistic monikers that served to describe African warriors as “wild or indigenous.” Emptied by historical manipulations and refilled by contemporary needs, in effect, the Black Hero is always a paradox bound to definitions not meant to include myself.” 

Marlon was born in Guyana, South America and moved to the U.S when he was three years old. He currently lives in Dorchester, MA and spent most of his “formative years” in that neighborhood of Boston. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts (painting/printmaking) from Yale and he has a BA from the School f Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He will be having a solo show in February 2014 entitled, Up in the Air, at the City of Boston Mayor’s Gallery.  In 2013 his work was included in the critically acclaimed group show entitled, Timehri Transitions: Expanding Concepts in Guyana Art at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba House in NYC. In 2012, he had a solo show at the National Center for African American Art and has shown his work locally in group shows at HallSpace, GASP, Samson Projects, MassArt, Bunker Hill Community College, and the New Art Center.

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September 21st to November 22nd, 2013

Opening Reception, Saturday, September 21st, 5 to 7pm

Gallery talk: Saturday, September 21st 7 pm

Save the Date: Wednesday, October 23rd 7pm  A conversation with Ifé Franklin and Jennifer Pustz, Member of the Royall House and Slave Quarters Board of Directors

(Medford, MA  http://www.royallhouse.org/)

The gallery, reception and connected events are all free and open to the public.

Spoke Gallery @Medicine Wheel Productions

110 K Street – 2nd floor, South Boston, MA 02127

(617) 268-6700www.mwproductions.org, Email: info@mwproductions.org

MBTA: Redline Broadway Stop- no 9 Bus to K St.

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays from 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment

(For a Saturday appointment- email please at least two days in advance: kbitetti@mwproductions.org).

Free and open to the public (gallery and all connected events)

Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project provides a historical, artistic, and cultural context to the important cultural aspects of the life of the enslaved and the artistic production of Adire textile making. Components of her Indigo Project, sculptures, small installations, textiles and 2d works, will transform the Spoke Gallery. During the course of  the exhibition, the creation of a wooden structure resembling a slave cabin will occur. The structure will be completely covered inside and outside with Aso Adire (indigo textile) that was produced by a group of volunteers that the artist taught the traditional techniques of Adire from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria, West Africa. Medicine Wheel Production’s Spoke Gallery  is the first site it to show one of the cabins of this project.

For Ifé Franklin, this is a project that is a living testament honoring those who lived and died producing these two materials she works with closely- plantation grown cotton and indigo. She states, “I want to share this art with people that are interested in the history of enslavement and the collective healing that needs to take place to bring forth remembrance and reconciliation. Without forgetting the unspeakable violence and dehumanization the system of slavery perpetrated, I also want to look at their lives as larger than the tragic ugliness of their situation. I want us to see them as more than just slaves. I know that our ancestors shared a great love with one another in the ways that they could, for as long as time would allow, since they never knew just how much time they had with family members and friends. The Indigo Project challenges us to dare envision an experience of slavery where beauty and love were possible. Our ancestors simply would not have survived if they also had not loved and created beauty even in the most inhumane conditions. Theirs is the story of America, of Americans, a nation and its people.”

About Ifé

Ifé Franklin, who was born and raised in Washington D.C., lives and works in Roxbury. She is a teaching artist and an interdisciplinary artist who works in many mediums: drawing, collage, installation, sculpture, performance, photography, etc.  She also specializes in creating Aso Adire (indigo fabric), a traditional West African Art form. She holds a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and  she recently had a solo show at the Uforge Gallery that featured some of the small sculptural and 2-d elements of the Indigo Project. She has had solo shows in Boston at the Center for Latino Arts and at the Dillaway Thomas House. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at: New Art Center, Boston City Hall’s Scullay Square Gallery, Lillian Immig Gallery at Emmanuel College, the AAMARP Gallery, the Harbor Gallery at UMass Boston, the Cambridge Multicultural Art Center, and the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Special thanks to the Elliot House, the Royall House and Slave Quarters, Perspective Photo, and all the volunteers and collaborators who have helped to make this exhibition happen.

Image: Gracelynn D. Means’ Adire; Photo credits: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo; Design credit: Tim Spruill Creative All other photos courtesy of  Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

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June 22nd to August 23rd 2013Reception: June 22nd 5 to 7pmGallery Talk: June 22nd 7pm02127/02210 is Medicine Wheel Productions’ annual summer exhibition featuring the artists who live and/or have their art practice based in the two zip codes of South Boston.This is the second annual 02127/02210 and it is featuring the work of ten outstanding artists: Ibrahim Ali-Salaam, Bill Frew, Nathan Fried-Lipski, Vanessa Irzyk, Jacob Kulin, Joyce McDaniel, Andrew Neumann, Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano, Claudia Ravaschiere, and Christine Vaillancourt.The annual’s inspiration comes from MWP’s 2011 photo exhibition entitled, Southie is My Home Town. It was a show of portraits of the diverse and amazing people who call South Boston their home. The images were taken by South Boston residents and Medicine Wheel affiliated photographers Richie Dismore and Brian McCarthy.The 2013 annual highlights the breathe of talent we are so lucky to have in our two zip codes. Many of the artists have exhibited locally, regionally and nationally. There is also a wide range of media in the show: charcoal drawings, color photography, sculpture, paintings, site specific installations, and silver point drawings. This is a show not to be missed.Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the healing and transcendent power of public art. MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative new program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation.Gallery Hours are Wednesdays-Fridays from 12 to 5pm and Saturdays* by appointment.For a Saturday appointment-email please at least two days in advance: kbitetti@mwproductions.org


About Spoke Gallery:

The medicine wheel, originating from a Native American tradition, is also referred to as Sacred Hoop. The medicine wheel represents the sacred circle of life, its basic four directions, and the elements. It is a symbol of balance, symmetry, healing, and oneness. “It teaches us that all lessons are equal, as are all talents and abilities. Every living creature will one day see and experience each spoke of the wheel and know those truths. The Medicine Wheel is a pathway to truth and peace and harmony. The circle is never ending, life without end.”

MWP’s philosophy and values are deeply entwined with that of the medicine wheel. We too believe that every person has talents and abilities to share with the world and that, through art, they can unlock them. By participating in the art—whether that’s creating the art, experiencing the art, or taking a cultural action in response to the art—we believe that community members are taken on a transformative journey that helps them gain a deeper understanding of themselves, of others, and the overall human condition. This is the phenomenon of art. It engages all people (the creator and observors) in dialogue and takes them to a place of endless possibilities.

Artists of all disciplines are interested in starting a new dialogue about the role of art in culture. Over the years, art has come to be seen as a commodity, not an essential part of everyday life. Art is so much more than that though—it helps individuals access the hidden world of thought, feeling, and meditation. It is a tool that draws humanity together, guiding people towards a greater understanding of self and the overall human condition.

MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative new program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation. We realize that many artists lack the networks, support, tools, and/or resources to progress the dialogue forward on their own. By creating a network and space dedicated to redefining the role of art in culture, we hope to provide a support system and home for artists, so that they can grow, learn, and put into practice this exciting and significant concept.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events. It is also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.