Material Needs 2018

Nathan Fiske, Amanda Gibson, Tom Grady,
Kat O’Connor, Donna Rudek, and Neil Wilkins

Opening Friday, September 7, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 PM
660 Main Street

Join us in September to kick off our 2018-2019 gallery season, and to celebrate the opening of Material Needs 2018. This group exhibition showcases new artwork created in Worcester County by the 2017-2018 cohort of Material Needs Grant recipients: Nathan Fiske, Amanda Gibson, Tom Grady, Kat O’Connor, Donna Rudek, and Neil Wilkins.

This year’s exhibit includes photographs of icy landscapes with intentionally misleading perspectives (Fiske); a vibrant menagerie of mixed-media puppets (Gibson); large scale realist oil paintings (Grady); portraits of women swimmers that float between realism and abstraction (O’Connor); concrete sculptures that investigate the limit of the material as well as the human form (Rudek); and encaustics that expand on the symbolism and universality of circles (Wilkins). Roaming puppeteers will activate the gallery for the opening reception as part of Amanda Gibson’s installation.

Amanda Gibson’s puppets will roam the gallery during the opening reception. Live music will be provided by José Castillo. The reception is free and open to all. Parking is available in the two paved lots off Ionic Avenue and Beacon Street, one block away from 660 Main Street. Material Needs 2018 is on view through September 29, 2018. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 12:00 – 4:00 PM, and by appointment.


Images: Neil Wilkins, laminae/Re:18 (detail), encaustic mixed media on birch panel, 18″ x 18″ || Amanda Gibson, Englet, mixed media body puppet, 5′ x 3′ x 5′ || Kat O’Connor, Hold, oil on panel (detail), 32″ x 43″


Coming Soon to the Aurora

A Matter of Perspective: A Members’ Exhibition
in collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum
Opening: Friday, October 12, 2018
October 12, 2018 – November 3, 2018