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Library Exhibit Previews New Art Coming to Brookline Art Center

Library Exhibit Previews New Art Coming to Brookline Art Center

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Library exhibit previews new art coming to Brookline Art Center
Wicked Local photo by Mark Thomson
Brookline artist Evelyn Berde has her work on display at the Gallery inHunneman Hall at the Public Library of Brookline as a part of a group show of upcoming installations at the Brookline Arts Center.
By Laura Paine/staff writer
 Wicked Local Brookline Posted Aug 26, 2010 @ 06:57 AMLast update Aug 26, 2010 @ 06:03 PMBrookline ² A new installation at theBrookline Public Librarygives visitors a preview of contemporaryartists who will be exhibiting at theBrookline Arts Center in the coming years.Emerging and established contemporary artists from eastern Massachusetts have providedglimpses of their art in a variety of media, from painting, drawing and photography to ceramics,collage, jewelry and cast metal sculpture in ³Attractions: New Art Coming to the Brookline ArtsCenter´. Susan Navarre, executive director of the BAC, said this allows for art to become a partof residents¶ everyday lives.
³There are some people who make art each day,´ she said. ³Many of us do not make art butenjoy going to see it, and may only get to a museum once in a while. I think it is a terrific thingthat when you are going to the library, you end up being able to see the artwork that¶s beingmade right now, by your neighbors in the community. It is so neat to see people living at thesame time you¶re living and experiencing the world ² the same news, culture and issues ² andthey¶re responding to what they see by making their artwork and communicating something toyou.´Gerald Shertzer is a watercolor artist who moved to Brookline 10 years ago upon retiring fromhis teaching position at Phillips Academy in Andover. He is exhibiting a variety of pieces in theBrookline Public Library, including a piece he painted a few years ago, entitled ³Brick City.´³It¶s a painting of an idea of Boston both as harbor and as a collection, originally of mostly brick  buildings going back to the 17thand 18th century,´ Shertzer said. ³Behind the brick of the older  buildings are glass and steel. I like that painting because it shows a history as well as a moderninterpretation of the history.´³Brick City´ is reminiscent of a series of paintings on which he is currently working, which wasinspired by his move from the suburbs of Andover to the cityscape of Brookline, which he said islike coming back home.Two other pieces featured in the gallery preview include works that he described as being ³very blue and white.´ One is of a winter mist, an image of blue mist lifting off buildings, giving off acold feeling between the blue and white colors. The other painting has a similar ³icy-cold´feeling of blue and white, entitled ³Cascade.´³I grew out of what I was doing at the time,´ Shertzer said. ³I was experimenting with all one-color backgrounds, and I hit upon a dark blue and blue background to then work on. I hit uponwhite to work on the blue and it just turned out that way. It was kind of an experimental series of  paintings based on the backgrounds.´Evelyn Berde has been a resident of Brookline for more than 26 years and said she has raised both of her children in a ³great, connected neighborhood´ in town. She grew up in Boston¶sWest End, where she was acutely aware of being an artist from an early age. Her paintingsresemble a mix of her childhood and adult life in the many roles she performs, including artist,mother, wife and teacher.³My pieces as the library are a part of a large installation of work called, µLeaving the River,¶´Berde said. ³The whole exhibit is still developing as a memoir.´The installation had its premiere at the Massachusetts College of Art in November 2009 in theArnheim Gallery. Her piece, ³Madonna in Pincurls,´ can be seen as a part of the exhibit in thelibrary. It is a portrait of Berde¶s mother, holding one of her babies on her lap. The painting isdone in acrylics with a number of other materials added for the finished worked.

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