Source: OPEN STUDIO season!
What an exciting Spring !
I’m just back from a trip to Cuba which was so inspiring, I’ve already made new 2 pieces. Including this one that includes images of the neighborhood covered in mosaic.
I received a grant from the Artisan’s Asylum to start a line of work to market specifically to funky art gallery shops. After Open Studios, I will start learning to use the Shop Bot (CNC Gantry Router) to drill shadow boxes out of a 2 ” solid piece of wood. If you know of any funky art gallery shops, similar to where I current sell work, Blue Cloud and Uni-T please let me know.
First weekend of May you can visit me at The Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler St Somerville. The largest Maker Space on the East coast with 40,000 Square feet of workshops, studios, classrooms and community space. Parking in the lot off Dane St. Learn about all the classes you could take.
Come to Space #10 and see all my new work! You also get to check out all the old technology that has been donated to me and my organizational system that goes up 10 feet, requiring a ladder to reach the top! You can also make a pin or necklace.
Additionally, there is the SOS First Look show at the Somerville Museum, One Westwood Ro. Every SOS artist has been invited to submit one work. Open April 27-29: Thurs 2-7pm, Fri 2-5 pm, Sat noon-5pm & SOS weekend May 4-7: Thurs 2-7 pm, Fri 2-9 pm, Sat and Sun 11am-6pm.
MAY 6 & 7
The Atrium 100-200 Technology Square on Main Street at the railroad tracks, in Kendall Square. Refreshments will be served.
The Second weekend of May is Cambridge Open Studios where I will be displaying my work along with 9 other artists: Jose Estrela, Shin Maeng, Melissa Glick Seeds of Joie, Deborah Peeples, Carlos Arzaga, Alice Kovler, Rebecca Scott, Rhia Swyers & Julia Blake.
Check out this awesome bike tour map! Our Open Studios Launch Party and Artist Showcase will be Thursday, May 11th from 6-8pm at The Cambridge Art Association 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge. Open to the public.
Lots of people have expressed interest in taking my fun workshops…..but I haven’t managed to get them all in the same room! If you would like to join and give it a try, please email me: and let me know what days/times work best for you and we will make it happen!
LONG LIVE HACK!!!
Where to begin? I haven’t traveled in a while so please excuse my excessive gushing about how good it is for the mind & soul! I came home inspired, motivated to make art. I loved it and here are some of the things I learned:
1. Cuba is a beautiful country with decaying Colonial Spanish architecture, undeveloped rural land, blue ocean, sunny skies and beautiful, creative people.
2. People to people which is one of the required travel visas, is something I excel at, I was told. I would talk to anyone. I started many of my interactions with Cuban people by saying, “Trump es diabalo.” To which they would smile and we would both shake our heads in agreement. Then I would say, “I hope it doesn’t change here.” Many said, “We don’t want it to change.” Others said, “It will take a long time to change.” (Just today someone told me about what it was like there 15 years ago. A lot has changed!)
3. The group I went with was lead by Syliva of Colibri Travel out of Cambridge MA. She is an awesome person & tour guide. Our Cuban guide, Jorge was also awesome and very guapo.
It was really nice to be in a small group of eight. We began to act like a family, with Tlak and Iruna as Mom & Dad, I was always running to catch up with the group. There were the girls, Diana, Joan and Cindy; and Linda & Dick, who I coincidentally know from Cambridge.
For my travel partner, I had the honor of being accompanied by one of my oldest and best friends, Karen R. Even though Karen and I first became friends on a 10 day bike trip when we were 13. It took some getting used to the close quarters. I haven’t shared a room with anyone (of my own gender)… since my sister moved out to college in 1974! Thanks for coming KR.
In the 3 days we spent in Havana, we visited National Museo of Fine Art & Revolution Museums, “Squares” of Old Havana (De Armas, de la Cathedral, de San Francisco, Vieja). I attended a Flamenco performance at the beautifully restored Teatro de la Habana. We walked to Hotel National along the Malecón the 5 mile long seawall which stretches from Old Havana to the Vedado neighborhood where we stayed at the awesome Vintage Casa.
We then drove east to the rural area where we visited a Tobacco Farm, we ate the most amazing vegetarian lunch in history at a “finca” farm. Not only did we count 45 different vegetables but the view was breath taking. Coconut drink with herbs, magical! The largest flan ever! Literally 12″ in diameter!
A night in Vinales at a Casa where we ate breakfast on the roof terrace.
A night at the amazing Moka hotel at Las Terrazas, eco community, artists, swimming, trees growing thru the hotel!
Its hard not to take a good photo in Cuba. Note to self: don’t delete folders trying to make more room – due to lack of internet, they haven’t been backed up. Thankfully, my travel mates shared their best photos which I were way better than ones I lost.
We then headed west, our tour bus sharing the highway with horse and buggies. After visiting Che’s memorial in the heat, we headed to Unesco-protected town of Trinidad. Our final day was spent in Cienfuegos.
Post Script: I’ve been back in Trumpland for two weeks – what a contrast. And to dampen my mood even more, I just watched the documentary, “Cuba Fatherland or Death: Unvarnished look at contemporary Cuba through the eyes of its people” by Patria O. Muerte, which shows Cuba very differently from the one I saw as a tourist. Especially shocking were images of people being taken away by police, as Obama disembarks from his plane. In the film, Fidel triumphantly announces “Cuba is not under anyone else’s sovereignty!” This was a great accomplishment but what followed did not provide the strong foundation, spirituality or shared values needed to succeed.Cuba is now faced with the challenge of building a society & economy to support their people. In that sense it is time for big change.
On a positive note, Cuban artist, Tania Bruguera has started the INSTITUTO DE ARTIVISMO HANNAH ARENDT . Perhaps the arts will help Cubans have a say in what’s to come. “Here Cubanos de a pie (everyday Cubans) will use Art-activism to wish, think and do, in order to build a real democracy in Cuba.”
So many hours I spent in the library at SUNY Purchase when I wrote art history papers. Getting swept up in my imagination trying to understand what artists works were saying. Somehow I missed Charles Sheeler. Sheeler was a painter and photographer in New York at the beginning of the 20th century. He was a colleague of Alfred Stieglitz. (Stieglitz the most famous of the Photography is Art “movement” and married to Georgia O’Keefe.)
Maybe I am just now ready to see what is important about Sheeler’s work and how it relates to mine. The manner in which he saw geometry in the world and captured it with his camera, reminds me to slow down and focus on what attracts me to particular pieces of cruft. The ones that make me stop and say, “Wow, that is beautiful.” Often it is the contours of a shape, the folds in metal or the way light reflects. That is why I try to take pictures of my best finds each day.
“A picture could be assembled arbitrarily with concern for design and the result could be outside time, place or momentary considerations…. ” Sheeler’s words and those written about his work, it help me to explain the universal qualities of my work to others.
In Charles Sheeler The Photographs, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1987-88, Ted Stebbins and Norman Keyes Jr. write:
Intentional reverse of perspective, using powerful diagonals that extend across the surface to present a deep spatial recession. …enabling him to fill the space with flat masses of shadow contrast with textured sunlit on ones, repeated rows of windows and the subtle textures of shingles create complex patterns against smooth passages. the smoke offers visual relief, creating amorphous white shapes against slate-like masses of black.
This is the way I want my work to be seen! I am inspired to try a “color study” and be more conscience of “verticals” and to find my own vocabulary.
Charles Sheeler had friends he created art with. He made friends with people who would give hims shows. He worked for people who collected art. His connections brought his work to the world. He also wrote about photography which was a new art form at the time. When he described an image as being “rhythmic and emotional forms like a painting”, Stiegliz severed their friendship.
Sometimes I wonder if there is an audience for my work. It’s hard to promote and sell my work on the internet and at craft shows. Being an artist entrepreneur is not what I had in mind. The only thing that has really changed in 100 years is that there is exponentially more competition.
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News about Hacker Creations by Melissa Glick
Cambridge Art Share
It has been an honor and challenge to be chosen to participate in The Cambridge Arts Council’s Art Share program. Like a “farm share” you can jump start your art collection with 9 different works of art by local Cambridge artists. You are invited to see a sample of each artist’s work on the website. Order your SHARE today! They make wonderful holiday gifts!
Life After Art Share: Here are some of my upcoming Fall and Holiday events. I love this time of year when I get to share my work see all kinds of interesting reactions. After 5 years my dream of running an art business is alive, evolving & going strong. Thank you for helping to get the word out about Hacker Creations that make great gifts for friends in the tech industry or not. My bold abstract work makes for unique home decor and will always be a conversation starter.
Sun: Nov 20
Trash Bash 4th Annual Recycled Art Show
Noon -6 PM
14 Tyler Street, Somerville
Join us as we dance, drink, and celebrate sustainability in Somerville. This year’s show will support Somerville Local First. All profit will go to support their amazing work in our community!
Nov 20 – Dec 17
Union SquarePop-up mall Somerville
337 Somerville Ave Somerville
Open daily from:Mon – Thurs: noon – 6:30pm
Fri: noon – 8:00pm
Sat & Sun:10:00am -8:00pm
I will be covering Tuesday, Nov 22nd 12 – 3 pm and Thurs. Dec 8th 12 – 3:30 PM
SLAM is the newest Holiday Arts Pop Up in the heart of Union Sq (next to PA’s). Check out a maze of shops by over 20 different artists. 10 Artisan’s Asylum Inmates are in room 18 & 19… all the way in the back. Dont stop till you reach us!
Sat: Nov 26
Somerville High School Craft Show
9 AM to 3 PM
Somerville High School Atrium
81 Highland Ave, Somerville
A local favorite with over 100 vendors!! Enjoy a fun filled day with lots of raffles, door prizes and refreshments.
Thurs, Fri: Dec 1st & 2nd
MIT Winter Craft Fair*
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Whitaker Atrium, E25, 45 Carleton Street,
& Stata Center Bldg 32 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02142
9 am – 5 pm
Taking Hacker Creations to NERD central. Lets see if they can identify the parts!
Sat: Dec 3
JP Craft Fair
11 AM – 5 PM
First Church Jamaica Plain
6 Elliot Street
Held in a beautiful historic church, this show is packed with creative & unique vendors, refreshments. Check out the Boston Art Makers on the stage!
Fri: Dec 9
Argenziano School Craft Fair
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
290 Washington Street, Somerville
The third annual PTA craft fair featuring jewelry, scarves, hats, greeting cards, homemade bread, and more! Admission is free.
Sat: Dec 10
Artisan’s Asylum Winter Open House
11 AM – 6 PM
10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA
Come see where the magic happens! Always new and fun things to be seen at the Asylum. Dedicated to teaching, learning and practice of fabrication.
Sun: Dec 11
11 am to 5 pm
Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Ave, Worcester
Worcester Roller Derby’s alternative holiday craft fair!
Admission is free! Tons of local artists and crafters! Jewelry, Fine Art & Photography, Vintage goods, Home Décor, Handbags, Bath & Body, and MORE!
Sat & Sun Dec 17 & 18
Union Square Pop Up
Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM & Sun: 10 AM – 5 PM
Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Somerville behind The Independent Restaurant.
An annual show that is a gathering of the craft community of Somerville!
Noon- 6 PM
Westin Waterfront Hotel
425 Summer St, Boston
As part of New England’s largest most diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention
I will be displaying and selling work in the Art Show! Register Here!
My etsy store is always open and being updated:
Hacker Creations can be found at these find establishments:
Blue Cloud, Ball Sq Somerville
Uni-T, the lovely shop at the Natick Mall.
Custom pieces are always welcome. So if you have an near and dear piece of technology that is ready for the junk heap, don’t toss it, transform it into something you can hang on your wall or display on your self… and remember all you’ve been through together. Contact me and will can discuss it. firstname.lastname@example.org or come visit me at the Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler St. Union Sq, Somerville, MA USA.
Visit my website www.melissasglick.com to see more of my work.
Thanks for your interest and support.
When I first learned about the Community Supported Art Share, I thought, there was no way I could make 50 pieces by a deadline. But once I realized I had no other plans, I took on the challenge and I am so happy I did. Since agreeing I have met some wonderful new colleagues, participated in the Cambridge River Festival, attended a photography workshop, a swanky cocktail party in Kendall Sq and have started getting my Instagram pictures liked by members of the Cambridge Arts Council.
I call my work Hacker Creations, because a hacker is someone who takes things a part and puts them back together in new and interesting ways. I combine 2D color and pattern with 3D computer parts in compositions that are lively, decorative and fun. My work contains a child-like sensibility of experimentation and “seeing beauty in unusual places” and has been described as being “structural poetry”.
Whether it is copper that conducts electricity or glass that insulates the design and material of all technological components is determined in order to do a job. My creative impulse is stimulated by the multitude of variations. Intuitively, I want to arrange them into eye catching ways- employing positive and negative space, mirroring, repetition, scale and pattern. I create interaction using contrast- black against white, round against square, small pattern against… whatever seems to make it pop!
My creative process is one of experimentation and discovery! We all know the role serendipity plays in discovery! I have experimented with size in pieces measuring 5 ft x 4 ft made from multiple sheets of wood hung together. I have powered moving gears and fans using batteries and inserted working clocks early on – as in my Victorian Girls. I produce unusual earrings and necklaces and a line of “Steampunk” inspired work including broaches that adorn bowler hats.
The piece that inspired my Art Share series came about organically and turned out to be perfect for this project because it provided a framework of limited elements that could be fulfilled in unlimited ways. Composed within a black & gold, 5″x 7″ thrift store frame, it has a pallet of black, white, silver & gold and contains a clock face.
I once read some where, you have to go to the studio every day, not because you will be inspired every day, but you have to be in the right place, when it reveals itself. So I began to assemble the parts I needed. I became focused on collecting small picture frames at the thrift store I routinely visited. I made a special trip to an antique store in Waltham, MA to see their inventory of old watches. I purchased supplies off ebay for the first time (porcelain faces with Roman numerals), and explored the Jewelry Building on Washington Street.
I began taking the necessary steps of painting frames, cutting wood, adhering backgrounds. Being organized and having all the parts is all well and good, but that is not how art is made. I know that when my hands working, that part of my brain, that always distracts me with ideas… starts begging for attention. When I’m cleaning up the studio and sorting thru parts, it says “that one, that’s the piece you need” or “that one reminds me of the swirly pattern.”
So yes, the Community Art Share program has given me a wonderful, challenging learning opportunity which has made me realize and try many new things from organization and systems to making pieces marketable. – Perhaps inserting my nontraditional technique into a conventional frame, as well as the diminutive size will be something people would like to buy? – It has certainly shown me how to mass produce a product which I plan to offer the shops that carry my work. I have 105 more days to complete this project and I am sure to make many more new discoveries. Since I have no idea what will transpire. I can only plan, prepare and keep at it.
By Melissa Glick of Hacker Creations
Green grass, apple trees, wispy clouds in a beautiful blue sky are framed by Big Red Frame, one of the many large sculptures you will see following the paths at the Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton MA. It was a perfect day to be walking around the working orchard where they grow many different types of apples as well as pears, berries and pumpkins.
Along the half-mile long, self-guided trail we saw sculpture made of all sorts of materials. Including a big ceramic pig, sleeping figures made of mounds sprouting grass, glass bottles suspended from a tree branch and a merry-go-round made from bikes.
At the end we were asked to vote for our favorite piece. We split our votes between the rusted metal and rough squares of colored glass. (I wish I had the opportunity to see it at night, illuminated by solar powdered lights) and the majestic prancing horse made entirely from branches and sticks.
Another of my favorites appeared to be a mirror covered shed set between the trees. When you go inside and close the door it is pitch dark. Once you see light streaming in through a small hole you realize you are INSIDE a pin hole camera. The light casts a upside down image on a white surface hanging from the ceiling. You can make out the horizon, trees and sky.
The sculpture walk got its start in 2011 when Jean-Pierre Pasche, an Easthampton gallery owner, joined forces with orchard owners Alane Hartley and Russell Braen. This is the third time the orchard owners have hosted this biennial event. As indicated in the signage, it is funded by the Mass Cultural Council. It really is a good use of public funding and does an exemplary job highlighting the large artist population in and around the Easthampton area! This is how they roll in the Happy Valley!
By Melissa Glick of Hacker Creations
Since 2004 the Nave Gallery in Teele Square has been the public face of ARTSomerville, a nonprofit, loosely knit volunteer group of artists and arts enthusiasts with the mutual goal to create new space(s) to present art in Somerville. In 2013 we added a second exhibition space, the Nave Annex in Davis Square. The Nave Gallery and the Nave Annex provide space for the collaboration and presentation of art of all media. Work that is non-commercial and is a commentary on contemporary culture is especially encouraged. Artists shown to date have been local, national and international, emerging and established.
It’s really quite mind boggling when you look at the list of shows founder/director Susan Berstler has brought into being. Unlike a community gallery with a membership, the topics and concepts for shows at The Nave have been all encompassing. They range from the poetic to the inspired, profound & evocative. For example: Corrupt Susceptible Hearts, Oct 2010, Ghost Town Planet, Feb 2008, The Beast in me, April 2010. Not to say they are all so dark, there were fun ones like: Picnic 2014, Play 2004, Rise Up, 2006 and Doodle, 2014. Mysterious ones: Surprise the Tender Alphabet, June 2009, The Secret Knowledge of Water, July 2008 and Contain, Keep Cradle, 2014. The variety of media has been extensive: in addition to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation and printmaking there have been shows of encaustic, ceramic, fiber, books, experimental, multimedia work, installations, mini golf & cartoons.
Support the Nave by eating Pizza!
The Nave exists because of volunteers and donations and on Tuesday, June 30, Flatbread Pizza (617) 776-0552. Located at 45 Day Street, Somerville, will be donating a portion of the money spent on EVERY pizza sold after 5 pm, in the restaurant, ordered by phone or online to Nave Somerville! Make next Tuesday June 30th pizza night! Please show your support!
Nave Somerville relies on a number of dedicated creative folks. Everything we do is volunteer run and there are no paid staff members. We are always looking for volunteers to get involved. Additionally, The Nave has thought up some very unique fundraising ideas such as Flea Markets and art auctions of commissioned work including, Preserving Summer in a Jar and another involved painted rubber ducks.
Tori Costa initiated The Wrap Around Project in 2009 with a few yarn storming events around the city. Now it not only includes an annual Fiber Swap and frequent meetups for knitters and crocheters, it has become an annual sale of knitted goods to benefit Somerville Homeless Coalition. The Wrap Around Project has grown into a yearlong campaign that combines art and activism to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in our area.
Our priorities are community relationships and using the arts to influence those who come into contact with it, to examine their own worlds. Mark Alston-Follansbee, Executive Director of the Somerville Homeless Coalition put into words how the arts can effect the world around us when he said, “ We are so grateful not only for the significant funds that the Nave has raised on our behalf, but also for all of the awareness that they have raised about our organization and what we do. Through their ways of engaging the community we have been able to expand our network of supporters; which is truly invaluable.”
HackCycle celebrates recycled art of the 21st century, examining the transformation of bits, bytes, cruft, e-waste, circuits, doodads, odds & ends and more into objects of art, and is open at the Nave on Powderhouse Blvd. Sat and Sun 1- 5 pm. This Sunday, curator and featured artist Melissa Glick will be offering a free workshop in Hacker Junk Mosaics at 2 pm. Folks are invited to make collage on a wooden surface and adorn it with old computer parts. All materials will be supplied.
At the Annex will be Survey Without Surveillance which explores the insidious and persistence of mass surveillance and how the act of observing or being observed changes us. The Opening reception is tonight at 6 pm, Friday June 26th – 53 Chester St. Davis Sq Somerville. Followed by a concert at 8 pm.
In conjunction with the show will be a Privacy Salon, an immersive conversation attempting to locate and find ways to redraw our personal boundaries, Fri. July 10 at 7:30 pm. Please take our Privacy Questionnaire to participate in an experiment being conducted by the artists.
It’s impossible to convey how many amazing shows and events have taken place at the Naves in this short blog, visit this Photo Stream to see more images.
There are so many ways to get involved
You can get involved by submitting to an open call, gallery sitting, doing publicity or assisting with installation. Current Open Calls are: Who Might I Be?: Pretending, Disguise & Elusion and 2015 Somerville Toy Camera Festival both have deadlines of July 1. Full list of upcoming Open Calls. Proposals for curatorial opportunities, group shows & artist in residences are also welcome. For more info please contact: email@example.com
How do you want to get Involved?