Freepoint Hotel Demo

There are two weeks left in ‘Freepoint Hotel X Maud Morgan Arts’ exhibition. Last week two of our participating artists, Amy McGregor-Radin and Ponnappa Prakkamul brought their materials to the Freepoint Hotel‘s ‘secret garden’ for a demonstration. A great way to show artists, and non artists just exactly what their practices are.

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Ponnapa who currently is currently participating in a residency in Watertown’s Plumbing Museum. “I call it “Unconventional Drawing Medium”. I use found materials from the scenes or places that I am drawing either as a tool or as drawing medium. The medium for each drawing changes according to the landscape condition of each place. Primary media is soil, river water, and plant material. Currently at the Plumbing Museum, I am exploring the use of different types of rust that oxidizes in varying humidity to draw. The part that I like the most is the process of finding a canvas for them. I usually start simple, using paper first and see how the materials react. Then, I move to fabric, wood, and metal. For rust, I love to see how it slowly reacts to different environmental conditions through time which is very similar to plants.” Read more about her process in this interview published by the The Plumbing Museum here.

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Amy McGrego Radin explained to our audience the origin in which ‘white line’ mono printing became popular, “Devised by Provincetown artists in the early 1900’s, the white line woodcut method involves incising wood with a design, hand-painting each shape on the board, and transferring the color to paper using a traditional printer’s barren or other tool to create pressure. While a given design can be printed many times over each print is done one at a time and is unique.” To see more examples of Amy’s work, please visit her website by clicking here!

Special thanks to Cambridge Community Television for coming out and capturing the event. We’ll keep you posted on where you can find the video!

 

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Back Yard Block Party, 2018

You’re invited! Sunday, June 3rd from 12-4pm. Back Yard Block Party at Agassiz Baldwin Community + MMA Yard!

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At 3pm we’ll be celebrating the opening of the newest play structure, “Baldwin Tower,” with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Designed by 2017 Architecture Vacation class. Students got the chance to work with architects and design the structure as a team.

Mid Spring Session @ MMA

The sun has finally decided to come out and we’re half way through our Spring session! With classes moving full steam ahead – projects have started to migrate home. Here’s a glimpse of what’s been going on in our studio:

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Mugs made by one of our independent renters (Masha), using a variety of techniques to hand build – then add decals + interesting glaze!

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And lastly portraits of our model, from an amazing workshop taught by artist Mia Cross (Artists, left to right -Seija Halva, Mia Cross, Emily Shedlock)

 

 

Ceramic Show – Office for the Arts at Harvard

Mark your calendars – because this week is Harvard’s Ceramic show! And our very own Zachary Mickelson will have work in it! See details below:

Ceramics Program Spring Show & Sale 2018

 Location: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Ceramics Program Spring Show and Sale
May 10 – 13, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 2018 4pm-8pm
Friday, May 11 10am – 7pm
Saturday, May 12 10am – 7pm
Sunday, May 13 10am – 7pm
Location: 224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134 | Directions

 

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Inspiration – Go Make Something!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Here are some remarks by former President Lyndon Johnson during the signing of the Arts and Humanities Bill in September 1965. We hope it inspires you to make something today, or this week!

In the long history of man, countless empires and nations have come and gone. Those which created no lasting works of art are reduced today to short footnotes in history’s catalog.

Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.

We in America have not always been kind to the artists and the scholars who are the creators and the keepers of our vision. Somehow, the scientists always seem to get the penthouse, while the arts and the humanities get the basement.

Last year, for the first time in our history, we passed legislation to start changing that situation. We created the National Council on the Arts. The talented and the distinguished members of that Council have worked very hard. They have worked creatively. They have dreamed dreams and they have developed ideas…

… It is in the neighborhoods of each community that a nation’s art is born. In countless American towns there live thousands of obscure and unknown talents. What this bill really does is to bring active support to this great national asset, to make fresher the winds of art in this great land of ours.

The arts and the humanities belong to the people, for it is, after all, the people who create them.

 

Teacher Feature | Kinga Borondy

How did you become involved at MMA? 
I started taking art classes at Maud Morgan in March 2011; with Erica Beade and Clare Walker Leslie. I signed up for a sketching class called Sketch the Agassiz neighborhood. I enjoyed the teachers, location and the facility and signed up for other interesting classes, including wood cut prints with Julia Talcott and a bookmaking class that evolved into Forever Creative.
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What has been your favorite project or class you have done at MMA? 
I really enjoyed learning about printmaking and exploring the different ways to make prints; from wood cuts to mono-prints. I also love teaching my kids; I like thinking about different projects that would interest them and I think that my excitement about these projects is contagious.
How do you think art education helps our community? 
Art develops brains differently; affording a different view of the world; increasing awareness of spatial relationships, color and how their world is put together. Art allows children who may not shine academically ways to express themselves and succeed. And art helps youngsters appreciate the beauty in the ordinary and in their worlds.
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Kinga Borondy, a Rutgers University graduate, spent more than a dozen years learning pottery in a New Jersey studio with potter Gert Cook. She has been working in clay for more than 20 years; exploring throwing and hand-building techniques. She enjoys every process in the craft of clay-work; from wedging to glazing. While she is currently creating new clay work in the studio, she is also exploring color, texture and perspective through water-soluble mediums and relief printing, working with local artists.

Kinga worked in New Jersey as a journalist for more than 20 years and currently is on staff in the Somerville school system.

Gracie’s Ice Cream Day!

Gracie’s Ice Cream, located in the Union Square neighborhood, will generously be donating a percentage of their proceeds on Monday April 23rd to the Maud Morgan Arts Center! Grab a cone and enjoy supporting your local community!

Gracie’s Ice Cream is located at 22 Union Square in Somerville, MA 02143.
Monday April 23rd hours: 2:30PM–10PM

Gracie’s created small batch ice cream flavors right in their shop – Couldn’t get much cooler than that…  : )

“We make our ice cream right in our shop—about five feet away from where it’s served—in tiny, tiny batches. When possible, we make our own ingredients in house, but we also use a lot of cookies, candy, and potato chips. There are always 12 flavors at a time, one of which is non-dairy. We’re still experimenting with new flavors, sometimes we make three or four new flavors in a week. We’ll update this list regularly, so you know what we’re up to!”

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If you can’t visit Gracie’s in person, don’t fret – they deliver! Check out their website for more details – or follow them along on instagram @IceCreamGracies

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