Thursday, March 31, 2011

Marijuana and Such

So now looking back, one of the more fun times in my life was when I dated a drug dealer (a minorly reformed one). Sure he was fat, and at times annoying, but the weed was good. I liked weed. Although it made me a total waste, laughing and undesirable, it was fun. I didn't worry about much. Life consisted of finding a nightly party and drinking. It's a wonder I ever got my ass up and finished college. Truth be told, I had to drop it all to get things done. But that's boring...

What was not boring was being young and carefree. I haven't touched weed since I won't tell you when-- it's been that long.

So if you are out there smoking your bowl or eating a brownie-- I hope you are being productive. And puff one for me!


I'd Like to Thank you, The World, The Academy

For everything.  I accept this awkward stereotypical award with open arms and deep panting breaths.   I am nothing without my paint, my canvas, my toothbrush and occasionally my lint roller. 

It is because of you that I have leapt across the space and time continuim, bounding forward in my ever present quest for greatness.

With my eyes shining wildly and my tongue wagging-- I smile through.

Clint Scism Rants: Tracers

According to sources, some of the entries in the Hunting Art Prize trace photos with their paint to achieve photo realism. Why does this bother me so much? I guess I should expect that all values degrade as time marches on. In my opinion, it's the mark of someone pretending to create art.

    • SOnia Semone They don't even trace it-- the paint is applied by a machine.

    • John Logan TRACERS!

    • Clint Scism The info I had was on images passed off as hand painted when they are actually traced and painted by number in a way. The guys who created his own printer is pretty lame as well... for this specific competition. At least he admits how his was made instead of passing it off as talent.

    • SOnia Semone Oh Gosh! Another one!

    • Clint Scism
      We have these tracers embedded in the art scene and in my opinion they are just profiteers masquerading as artists. It really degrades the value of real art that is created with talent. Instead we have images that are borrowed/ stolen. We report these people due to the fact that most of these photos that they trace are copyrighted. If you don't change your trace art enough then you could face prosecution. Most of the tracers usually splash a bit of extra paint on the piece to original-it-up or they simply change a few colors and then celebrate their tiny decisions as artistic choice. lolame! The "Artists" who created the Obama poster by tracing a photo from the Associated Press, got a wake up call. He also traced the face of Andre the giant and gained trace art popularity. I hate hearing him described as an artist on the news. If you trace photos or other people's art at any point in your "artistic" process then do the world a favor and stop calling yourself an artist. If not let's begin calling Xerox machines artbots.See More

    • SOnia Semone I could not agree more-- and I'm glad was prosecuted. Although a deal was made with associated press. It makes me cringe to when I see trace artists. It is blatantly obvious -- and now they have used the phrase hyper realism to make their work sound legit. I had a long discussion on this with a friend the other day. Disclosure should be made at the very least.

    • Travis Rex Clint, any articles on this?

    • SOnia Semone Can I post this thread about Tracers? S

    • Kevin Meeker I guess paint-by-numbers is out too. Philistines!

    • Clint Scism But you don't stay in the lines so your paint by numbers are acceptable. lol

    • Clint Scism SOnia... sure. Post away. I've got rants.

    • Brian Keene Photographs are for photo realism....what's the point of painting it?!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Real Life - Send Me An Angel

I'm making a painting

It is Yellow

Yellow like the sun
...Yellow not so mellow
Yellow on a Tuesday
Yellow takes your Blues away :P

Oxide Gallery Night Event Denton Texas

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Grand Opening Steez Gallery Nashua New Hampshire

Come join us for the grand re-opening at The Steez Gallery on 4/20/2011 at 85 W Pearl St in Nashua, NH! 

We will be a hosting a salon style showing of artwork along with a pizza/Dance party, 42.0% off On almost everything (Some headies excluded), giveaways all day, free Raffle, beats, a new store a facelift, and more!

Traditionally, a "salon" style event was an annual exhibition of the work of living artists held by the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris, originally in the Salon d'Apollon in the Louvre in 1667. Today, we celebrate a "salon style" showing as an event where artwork is hung from ceiling to floor, fitting as much artwork as can be shown on each wall. 

Some of the many great artists who will be exhibiting are:

Carol Whalen
Sammy Johnson
Alex Brizicky
Jason Shulkin
Courtney Elwell
Kaitlyn Chapman
Aimee Cozza
Patrick Termini
Gabriel Wells
Rachael Gottsche
Deana Del Vecchio

3rd Ward Open Call Ends TODAY New York

EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:59PM EST

March 21, 2011, NYC: Artists Wanted is pleased to announce the latest edition of The 3rd Ward Open Call, scheduled to launch online this week. An acclaimed art and design center based in Brooklyn, 3rd Ward will offer a live/work residency to the Grand Prize Winner, culminating in a solo exhibition on-site. The competition is open to all artists around the world. 3rd Ward is searching for all types of innovative work including: Sculpture, Installation, Painting, Drawing, Photography, Design, Illustration, Film, Video, Animation, Performance, Sound and everything inbetween. Conceptual proposals are also welcome.

All participants in The 3rd Ward Open Call will be considered to receive The Grand Prize: a solo exhibition in New York City, a 3-month live/work artist residency at 3rd Ward, a $5,000 cash grant, airfare and shipping to and from New York City (for non-NYC residents), NYC-wide exposure and an online feature promoting the artist's work internationally.

Additionally, the public will cast their vote and the highest rated portfolio will receive the People's Choice Award: $1,000 cash and an online feature promoting the artist's work internationally.
The top 25 runners-up will receive online features, gaining worldwide exposure!

Previous Open Call Winners, Carrie Shaltz + Zach Hyman were sent on a spontaneous art-making  roadtrip, courtesy of 3rd Ward. Debuting at 3rd Ward’s gallery this Spring, Shaltz + Hyman's Preyground, is a narrative documentation of the duo's journey through desolate and forgotten regions of the United States, with no location scouting, no assistants, no crew, and most importantly... no rules.

For more information, please visit

3rd Ward is a member-based art and design center for creative professionals in New York City. Committed to providing resources, opportunities and a dynamic-creative network, our space houses four gorgeous photo studios, a professional wood & metal shop, a fully loaded digital media lab, shared & private work space and a large selection of interdisciplinary art classes.

Daria Brit Shapiro
Head Curator + Director of Outreach
Artists Wanted
mobile: 917.215.9039

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ArtHash Is Accepting Artists and Galleries for Interview

Hit us up with your Folio!

Artist Interview: Eileen Neacy

What is your name:   Eileen Neacy

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist:   I have taken several courses, but for the most part I am self taught.

What is the style of your pieces:   I mostly work on impressionistic landscapes -- creating visual movement in the images.

What is the medium in which you work:  Mostly, I like acrylic on canvas - or canvas board. 

What started you on your path as an artist:  From my earliest memories I have always enjoyed art -- all types, from the balance of images created with black and white photographs to more traditional painting formats and newer mixed media to sculpture, visual installations, architecture, graffiti, etc.

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: One of my favorite saying is "The difference between life and living is art".  I believe creative expression through any medium -- visual, performance, music, etc. -- defines "human-ness".

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: This is a hard question - as I like so many -- but I have a warm spot in my heart for portraits.

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: I have done a lot of different showings from street fairs to gallery shows to private events.  It is wonderful to meet people.  It is fascinating to see how people respond to different pieces.  At a show this week, one young women said "I saw that piece from across the room and was instantly drawn to it".  It is statements like that that make doing art showings interesting for me.

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: Preferably something that already has paint on it -- it's a large collection.

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist?  Not having enough time to do all the projects that I want to.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time:  Smoked turkey, brie cheese on an everything bagel - with some thinly sliced green apple.  Delicious!

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they:  This year has been about -- larger and smaller.  A lot of my work in the last three years has been on a 18"x24" format.  This year I have completed a number of small pieces (for a specific show) on a 5"x7" format and much larger 48"x96" format for a specific installation.  These new formats have been fun and challenging -- adding new elements to my work.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Only must be kidding!  I love John Singer Sargent -- but many, many others as well.

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person:  "Irises" by van Gogh

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: I have three dogs -- however one is dressed as a cat.  All are Facebook fans -- although the cat-like creature would like to see more feline subject matter incorporated - soon.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: Nothing slated for the next 4 weeks, but I keep my site up to date with upcoming exhibits.

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Jim Lambie Exhibition at The Goss-Michael Foundation Dallas Texas

Who:                           Jim Lambie, Featured Artist
Aphrodite Gonou, Curator, 
Goss-Michael Collection
Kenny Goss, Co-founder, 
The Goss-Michael Foundation
Joyce Goss, Executive Director, 
The Goss-Michael Foundation
                                    James Cope, Curatorial Associate, 
                                    The Goss-Michael Foundation

When:                        Wednesday April 6, 2011
                                    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where:                       The Goss-Michael Foundation
1405 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 696-0555

What:                         The Goss-Michael Foundation will premiere a new exhibition by prominent artist Jim Lambie. The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, April 7, and continue through September 3, 2011.

Interview opportunities will be available with all spokespersons noted above.

The Goss-Michael Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a forum for British contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, programs and resources to educate, engage and inspire youth and adult audiences in Texas, the United States and around the world. Earlier exhibitions have featured Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Sarah Lucas, Marc Quinn and Michael Craig-Martin.

For this exhibition, the front gallery space has been taken over and transformed by Zobop, one of Lambie’s famous floor pieces, which has been devised in relation to the architecture of the gallery space. The colorful floor is made from vinyl tape, and the process by which Lambie’s floor-works are made is highly physical and labor-intensive, taking up to several weeks to complete. He refers to these works as sculptures, equating them with his more conventionally sculptural pieces and suggesting that they serve in an equivalent way to occupy and transform space.


Lambie’s playful use of everyday objects and strong musical references has grown to become his signature mark as an artist. Many of his titles frequently refer to iconic bands and song lyrics. The Doors, Morrison Hotel (2005), which consists of several doors reconstructed into one large zigzagging pink door, and Careless Whisper (2009), which depicts the 1984 collaged image of The Goss-Michael Foundation co-founder George Michael, are perfect examples of the themes and wordplay recurring in his work.

Exhibition Dates:                      April 7 – September 3, 2011


Who:                           Hung Liu, Featured Artist
                                    Tonya Turner Carroll, Owner, Turner Carroll Gallery
                                    Benji Homsey, President, Z Resorts Management 
                                    and Development LLC
                                    Charlie Givens, Owner, Hotel ZaZa

When:                          Wednesday April 6, 2011
                                    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
                                    Lite bites will be served.

Where:                       Hotel ZaZa
Stay ZaZa Art House & 
Social Gallery
2400 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 468-8399

What:                         Hotel ZaZa Dallas has announced its second collaboration with Turner Carroll Gallery and Art Advisors to bring Hung Liu, one of the most critically acclaimed female artists of our time, to the Stay ZaZa Art House & Social Gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public beginning April 6 and running through May 6, 2011. Interview opportunities will be available with all spokespersons noted above. 

                                    This exhibition will include Hung Liu's resin and oil paintings, video works and tapestries. It will feature a broad overview of the finest elements of Hung's artworks.

The Dallas Museum of Art was the first museum in the U.S. to acquire one of Hung's paintings for its permanent collection, with the major museums of the world following suit.

Exhibition Dates:     April 6 – May 6, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Front 242 - Headhunter

dr Lektroluv - emolotion

What's Going On With the Hunting Prize in Texas?

An artist recently sent me an email about the Hunting Prize in Texas.  If you are not familiar with Hunting, it is an art competition that awards $50,000 to one winning Texas artist annually. It's a big deal.

If you read the guidelines all artists must be a Texas resident, and no computer generated work is accepted.

Rules Cited:

Participants must be a legal resident of Texas.

The 2011 art prize is limited to paintings and drawings. No printmaking, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture, relief, found object or computer-generated works will be accepted for this competition.

But... An Artist that is not from Texas made it in to the pool, and so did an artist that does computer generated work.

Runcie Tatnall is a Miami Based Artist.

William Betts uses a computer program to make his work.

[ William Betts describes his process as follows:

"Having spent several years working professionally in the software business, I draw on a deep understanding of technology to develop new techniques of making paintings that reinvigorate the traditional craft and allow me to create paintings that could not be made until very recently. For this series of paintings based on video surveillance images, I used advanced computer controlled linear motion technology and a proprietary software system of my design to precisely apply thousands of drips of paint. The individual drips of high gloss acrylic paint catch the light and give each drip its own dimensionality and further mimic video. I developed a color palette based on RGB additive component video to create ‘black and white’ images using only colored paint. A typical painting has between 30,000 and 40,000 individually applied drips of paint." ]

So the questions are:

Does this bother anyone that the guidelines were not met by these two artists?

Why were two artists that do not meet the criteria let into the artists pool?

Wouldn't it have been better for Texas Artists, that meet all the criteria, to be chosen?

If this very high profile competition does not follow criteria, then who else doesn't?

Why do they even have criteria?

Is this just another example of the political game of art?

Do you care...

Let me know what you think!

Artist Interview: RoByn Thompson

What is your name: RoByn Thompson

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: I am primarily self taught

What is the style of your pieces: I don't know that there's really one style. I think there are different elements of various styles in different pieces.

What is the medium in which you work: My media include paint, photography, body art and collage.

What started you on your path as an artist: It's just what I've always wanted to be. My mom has a self portrait I painted in 3rd grade where I'm at an easel painting and simultaneously wearing a baseball glove as I'm also an outfield for the Mets. I'm expecting that phonecall from the Mets any day now.

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: Art gives me a way to express myself when word fail. It has also been very healing for me.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in:  love graffiti, especially wheat paste.

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: I had been doing shows but am now rethinking that and planning on focusing on online sales. I like the energy involved when live people interact with the art but I've had too many negative gallery experiences as of late.

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: I wish I did. I'm too spontaneous.  Most of my clothes and much of my skin has paint stains.

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? Trying to have my voice heard/ get my work seen.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: Avocado, tomato and Munster cheese on crunchy oat bread.

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: I'm more focused on my work this year. I'm also being less self-censoring and more fearless.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Jame Fry. He's my hubby and the best artist who's willing to rub my feet. :)

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person:

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: Gizmo, the cat is largely indifferent. He does however think that a work in progress is the optimal place to nap and the path that leads through the wet paint is the shortest route to the litterbox.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: Nope. Not doing exhibitions anymore, but I'll have an open studio in the summer. Email me if you'd like an invite.

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum Forum Lounge: Eric Lindley, with Chi-wang Yang and Yelena Zhelezov

Thursday, April 7, 7 pm

Forum Lounge: Eric Lindley, with Chi-wang Yang and Yelena Zhelezov, The Live-Long Day

The Live-Long Day is a collaborative musical and object play performance that traverses into bleak territory exploring the lives of submarine inhabitants who have lived underwater for generations.  The performers highlight and include techniques of theatrical and popular music, abstract object play, experimental text, theatrical arcs of movement, and audience relations into the story.

Eric Lindley is an artist, writer, and musician primarily active in LA and New York. His work explores the ramifications of scientific and social research on personal human relationships with other individuals, societies, and selves and has been performed internationally at venues such as The Knitting Factory (NYC), REDCAT, and The Royal College of Music (UK). Yelena Zhelezov is a Belarusian-Israeli visual artist and puppeteer based in Los Angeles whose work has shown at such venues as the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Hammer Museum. Chi-wang Yang is a Los Angeles-based theater director and interdisciplinary artist, and founding member of video performance collective Cloud Eye Control. His work has been presented internationally, including the Fusebox Festival, EXIT Festival (France), and the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Support for Forum Lounge is generously provided by: Andrea Lang Fund, Endevermusic Productions, the Franciscan Inn, KCSB, Santa Barbara Winery, and the Santa Barbara IndependentForum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s 1st Thursday. 

CAF  |  653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA  93101   |    Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace   |
p: (805)966-5373  |   f: (805) 962-1421   |

Interview: Clear Productions

What is your name: Clara A. Jackson

What field are you in: I am the Director of the Artist Collective, Clear-Productions

What motivated you to get in the line of work you are in: I live and breathe arts, but have no talent. My talent is in my eye. I found my niche as an agent in New York at a large agency at a young age. I learned to earn a living doing what I love.

What's the best thing about your job: Developing my talent. It makes my world complete.

You have a passion for the arts when did that start: As a young child. My home was filled with it on every level. Books,music and fashion also facilitated my passion.

You feature artists, what prompted that: Gut feelings about how far they can evolve artistically.I believe their potential is unlimited if they do their own thing. Not try to turn them into a throwaway product.

What has the response been: Great! However, I have been accused of being "too safe". I don't care, these people have to make a living! However, I do have a new trick up my sleeve as we speak.....

What is your favorite genre of art: #1-Photography #2 Raw, intellectual street art #3 Outsider art.

What is the most moving piece of art you have seen in person: The Little Dancer, by Degas

Are there any new exhibits you are interested planning on seeing: The Alexander McQueen Costume Institute Show at The Met.

Who is your favorite artist of all time, and why:
Dilemma: Claude Monet/ Walker Evans/ Julius Schulman/ Iggy Pop/Hunter S. Thompson/ Coco Chanel/ Our Earth/ Mahalia Jackson/Edward Gorey. They are all originals!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Opus III - It's A Fine Day

Artists in Dallas -- GET FREE STUFF to to make Artwork!

 This is Just too good to pass up! 

New Location

MARCH - FREE give-away is Everything WOOD – big, small, dowel rods, knobs, clothes pins, boxes, blocks, chips, golf tees, cubes, buttons, die cut, scrap, frames, sticks, hearts, beads, cut pieces, spools, twigs, shola slices, bamboo sticks, woven wicker balls, and more…

3309 Elm Street Studio 2W5, Dallas 75226 in the Deep Ellum Artists District. Sunday, March 27, Noon-5p…This is a locked bldg, so call or text the message center (214-839-7689) upon arrival, to be escorted upstairs…

Visit for more details and upcoming give-aways.


Artist Conversation at Haley Henman Gallery, Dallas

Jonathan Stewart   New!   3D screenprint

New & Improved

Join the conversation with
Saturday, March 26, 2011,  3pm 

As Mr. Stewart states:  "It's not the steak that interest me, but rather the box the sizzle comes in"
What do you think about the "sizzle" in art?
 free and open to the public 
Haley-Henman Gallery 2235 Hardwick Street, Dallas, Texas 75208  gallery hours:  Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 5 pm, and by appointment, 214-749-1277 

Call for Entries - New Texas Talent XVIII Submission Deadline June 3 - Exhibition Opens August 13, 2011

Conceived in 1994, New Texas Talent is designed to introduce and promote emerging visual artists in the commercial market. Each year hundreds of images are submitted for review by a gallery selected juror. The juror then independently selects artists to participate in the New Texas Talent exhibition. Through their participation in the show, some artists have been offered representation by galleries and/or have been extended invitations for inclusion in future exhibitions. The exhibition and its participants have also received media exposure in such publications as D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The Observer and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram 

2011 New Texas Talent Juror: Marcie Inman

About the Juror: As Director of Exhibitions for the Irving Arts Center, Ms. Inman is responsible for all aspects of the visual arts programming and permanent collection for the center's four galleries and Sculpture Garden. In addition to the supervision of annual community programming and exhibitions of student artwork, Ms. Inman has curated/organized over 200 original and touring exhibitions that have contributed to the IAC's growing regional and national reputation as a unique and exciting venue for the visual arts. In 2007, the Irving Arts Center became an official Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. This designation has opened the door to long term loan of two monumental sculptures by Rueben Nakian from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. that are on display in the IAC's Sculpture Garden, along with other loans and special exhibitions planned for the future enjoyment of local residents and visitor.


Call to Artists Rowlette Texas

ARTISTS ROUND TEXAS is calling for entries for their 9th Annual Small Works Juried Show, with take-in, Saturday, April 30 at the Rowlett Public Library. 

Carlos Rovelo, Professor of Art Appreciation, Mexican-American Art, Cedar Valley College is the selected juror. The different categories allow artists to submit a variety of art; paintings, drawings, prints, photography, pottery, digital art, and art jewelry. This art show is supported in part through a grant from the Rowlett Arts & Humanities Commission. 

You can down load a prospectus
at;, visit the club's facebook page, or call 972-475-1836 for more information.

Gumbo Ya-Ya is an initimate communal table at BECA benefiting the new BECA initiative: ART + ANIMALS New Mexico
BECA: Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art    
           Global HQ = Albuquerque, NM                 

Wednesday Evenings at 7pm Beginning April 6, 2011:
Gumbo Ya-Ya is an initimate communal table at BECA benefiting the new BECA initiative:

Dine with guests at a communal table of six and enjoy a delicious New Orleans meal with new friends.  All dishes are presented home-style with family recipes and prepared by native New Orleanians and BECA directors, Kurt Schlough and Melissa Roberts.
Ticket price is $50 per person.

Salad of mixed baby greens
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with white rice and french bread
Dessert of Bread Pudding
Your choice of 2 glasses of wine or beer

Wednesday, April 6, 13, 20, 27
Wednesday, May 4, 11, 18, 25

There are 4 available reservations per seating.  Reservations are available by clicking onto the ticketing image below. Thank you and we look forward to dining with you soon!

Joshua Baptista Art Opening Exhibition Cambridge Massachusetts

Voltage Coffee & Art from Extraneous Noise on Vimeo.

Joshua Baptista attended the Accademia di Belle Arte in Viterbo, Italy, in 1998 before earning a bachelor's degree in art from the Montserrat College of Art. In 2005, he attended the Massachusetts College of Art, and in 2009 he earned a master's of fine arts from American University.

In recent years, his work has been exhibited by Enclave Arts, the Katzen Museum, Space 242 in Boston, the Fuller Museum, the Warehouse in DC, as well as RFD Gallery in Swainsboro, Georgia. Since 2007, his work has appeared in over ten different shows, seven different publications, and it is included in two permanent collections. Baptista's work has earned him three different awards, including an Award of Excellence from Montserrat College of Art in 1998.

Since then, Baptista has progressed into the exploration of a world inhabited by zombies, unicorns, and collapsing structures. And yes, it is just as intriguing as it seems and will be on display for all beginning with an opening on April 1st at Voltage Coffee and Art on 3rd Street in Cambridge, MA until May 13th.

Joshua Baptista is a Boston based artist possessing a BFA and MFA who has had his work exhibited in multiple museums and galleries along the East Coast. His work has appeared in over ten different shows, seven different publications, and it is included in two permanent collections. Baptista's work has earned him multiple awards, including an Award of Excellence from Montserrat College of Art.

Since then, Baptista has progressed into the exploration of a world inhabited by zombies, unicorns, and collapsing structures. And yes, it is just as intriguing as it seems and will be on display for all beginning with an opening on April 1st at Voltage Coffee and Art on 3rd Street in Cambridge, MA until May 13th.