Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Press Release: NOW! new work * new artists

For Immediate Release
Juliet Feibel, ArtsWorcester
508-755-5142 and
Honee Hess, Worcester Center for Crafts
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(Worcester, MA)—ArtsWorcester and the Worcester Center for Crafts announce NOW! NEW WORK, NEW ARTISTS, a juried exhibit of the next generation of regional artists that expands across two spaces. The exhibit, running simultaneously at both ArtsWorcester and the Craft Center from March 19 to April 16, 2016, opens with public receptions Friday, March 18. At the Worcester Center for Craft, 25 Sagamore Road, the reception will run from 5:30 to 7:30 PM; at ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street, between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.  Both receptions are open and free to all; people are encouraged to visit both venues.

“Neither of us see an important distinction between fine art and fine craft,” says Juliet Feibel, Executive Director of ArtsWorcester. “Similarly, there’s no distinction between the mediums of the works here and those with our friends at the Craft Center. You have to see both parts to get a sense of the whole.”  Artwork in the exhibit includes multiple media, including painting, ceramics, drawing, enamels, and sculpture.

“Both the Craft Center and ArtsWorcester want to give visibility to quality, and to create a marketplace for artists,” says Honee Hess, Executive Director of the Craft Center.  “And what a pleasure it has been to discover so many younger talents in the area—it bodes well for Worcester.”

The exhibit was juried by Roger Hankins, Director of the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. In addition to a cash prize of $250, the First Prize winner will be given the opportunity of curating a show or having a solo exhibit at the Worcester Center for Craft. Prizes will be announced simultaneously at both galleries at 6:30 the evening of the opening reception.

All artists are under the age of 40 and reside or work in Central Massachusetts.  They include Loretta Adams, Jennifer Amenta, Jessikah Ann, Ryan Arruda, Tess Barbato, Amanda Bastien, Matthew Burgos, Melanie Christopher, Deanna Degon, James Dye, Katie Dye, Christian Farren, Sharon Freed, David Gates, Amanda Gibson, Leslie Graff, Ben Gragen, Marissa Grossi, Katie Lee Haley, Meaghan Hardy-Lavoie, Anne Harris, Alisa Harrison, Scarlett Hoey, Sarah Hudson, Molly Jackson, Rey Jay, Timothy Carney Johnson, Nicholas Kantarelis, Nastasia Lawton-Sticklor, Marybeth Lensel, Sarah Margolin, Kate Murphy, Nina Nguyen, Sean O’Gara, Irina Parfenova, Desiree Petty, Cesar Rodrigues, Emily Sandagata, Robb Sandagata, Brittany Severance, Justin Sliwoski, John Wesley Small, Rebecca Smith, Pamela Stolz, Joanne Stowell, Terrasa Ulm, Hank VonHellion, Lauren Walsh, and Sarah Williams.

Gallery hours at ArtsWorcester are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, and by appointment.  At the Worcester Center for Crafts, the Krikorian Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Cash prizes are underwritten by the Davis Art Gallery; the media sponsor is Worcester Business Journal.

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