As executive director Barb Seese explains, “We remain steadfast in our dedication to empowering and inspiring others to live creative and vibrant lives.” To that effect, the Dorchester Center for the Arts in downtown Cambridge presents new exhibits this month, featuring Nico Gozal and Eric Sahler. Exhibits change monthly in the galleries of the Dorchester Center for the Arts and showcases all types of art from local and regional artists throughout the year.
From July 2 through 31, the front gallery features the exhibit by Nico Gozal entitled “Aqua/Terra,” which is a collection of two- and three-dimensional paintings inspired by the nature of the land and the sea. Concurrently in the main gallery, “RETROspective: Erick Sahler” highlights a wide range of Erick’s work from over his career, including more than 20 silkscreen prints as well as a selection of commissioned illustrations, editorial cartoons and commercial graphics. A Second Saturday Artists’ Reception will be held in person on Saturday, July 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Erick Sahler is an Illustrator Member of New York’s distinguished Society of Illustrators and an American Screen Printing Association certified graphic artist and screen printer. He has created and published thousands of illustrations, graphics, and cartoons in the mid-Atlantic region since 1983. In July 2011, he launched Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. and began producing limited-edition hand-pulled silkscreen print editions of nostalgic images of the Delmarva Peninsula. His work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBS Baltimore, and Washingtonian and Chesapeake Bay magazines.
Nico Gozal explains, “I have been fascinated with the endless possibilities of colors since I was a child. I find colors a very exhilarating element that inspires and brings so much joy to my life. Combining my academic training in Fashion Design and my love of the art of Silk Painting, I hope to transpose what color means to me.”
Nico continued, “I use bold and vibrant tones and hues which are commonly found in nature around us to create a brightly colored world. With this body of work, I aspire to create a sentiment of whimsy and childlike merriment for all ages. I hope each piece brings a sense of wonderment as I do when I look at fireworks or kaleidoscope.”
Nico’s cross-cultural art training is rooted from his country of origin, Indonesia. He moved to the United States in 1990 to pursue a degree in design. Mentored by a successful artist in Tampa, Jane Murray Lewis introduced him to the world of Gutta/Serta Silk painting. He uses lush white silk and the application of vibrant fabric dyes on his paintings. In some of his paintings, he assembles hand dyed and hand cut silk to create a bas relief/three-dimensional surface.
Nico brings to life in his paintings the sights, texture, and rich multicultural heritage of his equatorial roots from Indonesia. A love of music, dance, languages, and literature also intensely influences him and his work.
For more information, visit dorchesterarts.org/exhibits.
DCA Announces Summer Fun for Children
Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) in downtown Cambridge will be presenting creative summer fun for youth this summer. Five weeks of onsite experiences and learning at DCA will provide enriching, creative fun. All materials are provided for each session. Children must be the ages stated on the class descriptions. Grouping is designed according to attention span, hand size, and manual dexterity, not creative maturity. Camp meets daily from noon to 2:30 p.m. Each week is $75 for DCA members, $90 for non-members. Scholarships are available by calling 410-228-7782.
Week 1: “Face It!” Experiments in Portrait Art (July 19 – July 23). Youth will spend the week experimenting with all things portraiture. For ages 9 and up.
Week 2: “It’s A Jungle Out There!” (July 26 – July 30). Youth will take a summer journey into the animal kingdom through a variety of visual art projects. For ages 6 to 8.
Week 3: “Wild Things” (August 2 – August 6). Discover imaginary creatures, strange new worlds, time travel, and more. Ages 9 and up.
Week 4: “Artsy Upcycle” (August 9 – August 13). Students will create wonderful, whimsical art with found objects and repurposed materials. Ages 7-10.
Week 5: “Exploring the Classics” (August 16 – August 20). Students will explore the works and techniques of the great artists of the world as they make their own masterpieces. Ages 9 and up.
Artful Interest Groups
Additional ongoing groups for adults at DCA are as follows:
Fridays • 10:30 a.m.-Noon.
It’s much more fun to share your ideas and experiences so bring whatever project you are working on, from knitting to rug hooking to needlepoint, all are welcome. This group is facilitated by advanced needle artist Windy Karpavage who is always willing to offer help. Free. Contact Windy Karpavage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baywater Camera Club
Wednesdays • 6 p.m.
Friendly and supportive environment for photographers of all abilities. The mission of the club is to provide opportunities for members to learn and enjoy the art and science of photography, to present lectures, courses of study, demonstrate techniques, participate in exhibitions and contests. Dues and DCA membership. To get involved, contact David Todd at email@example.com.
Wednesdays • 3-5 p.m.
The purpose of this group is to encourage all genres of writing; to provide a setting for sharing those writings by giving one another helpful feedback and to promote our community’s wealth of knowledge. New members are welcome. Free. Contact the coordinator, Judy Holland, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date: Showcase, DCA’s annual outdoor art walk and street festival, cancelled last year due to the pandemic, and scheduled this year for Sunday, September 26.
There are ongoing adult and multi-generational classes, including basket weaving, knitting, up-cycling crafts, painting, and stain glass to name a few. For more information, and to view a full program guide, call 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org.