In 2007, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority created a Community Arts Program and since has featured work from various communities within the Greater Boston area, showcasing hundreds of local artists at the Boston Convention & Exhbiition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston.
In 2013, Global Spectrum, along with the MCCA, brought the same Community Arts Program to the Pioneer Valley and plan to showcase the artwork of local artists throughout Western Massachusetts on the walls of the MassMutual Center.
The first art exhibit opened in April 2014 and was titled “5 Narratives”. “5 Narratives featured the following five artists Tom Wyatt, Lydia Nettler, Faith Lund, Laura Radwell and Imo Nse Imeh.
In April of 2015 the second exhibit, titled “A Walk Through Western MA”, opened and featuring the works of Michelle Iglesias, Beth Reilly, Louise Minks and Priya Nadkarni.
February 2016 we opened the third art exhibit titled “Creation” with works from Frank Carter, Jacque Roach and Andrae Green.
If you are interested in being a part of the MassMutual Center Community Art Exhibit, or have any questions please contact Richard DeCusati at email@example.com
Circles of Life - July 2016 - December 2016
“New English” is the remarkable body of work, which until now has not been formally exhibited. “New English” challenges traditional attitudes towards art. The work is both socially and politically charged.
Seymour abhors to be identified with other artists, but the imagery in “New English” and the heavy influences of crowns alone with music brings to memory the works of Jean-Michael Basquiat.
The heavy influence of crowns is often interpreted as a statement of the artist’s power. The crown references the existing hierarchies within the hip hop movement. The crowns to the artist represent legitimacy, triumph, honor and righteousness, thus encouraging the viewer to find an inner interpretation and experience. “New English” is not one of a new language versus image, conceptualism versus expressionism or even intellect versus instinct.
“New English” requires viewers to de-center familiar concepts of linearity and empirical meaning and recognize that the boundaries of pictorial representation, like language can be redefined and reformed. The works indeed are a New English.
Ms. Flowers, the leading Woman of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Springfield is known as a gracious, warm, creative and stylish woman. She personified divine beauty, spirituality and physically in her early life serving as the host of the former “Windows on the World” on the 110th floor of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. She earned a BS in Behavioral Science from Mercy College (NY).
Volunteerism and community organizing became the hallmark of Ms. Flowers’ life, leaving impressions on the lives of many students she taught in Harlem, Brooklyn and Westchester County. She began to shape her painted art as owner and floral designer of the former radiance Eclectic Floral Design business which specialized in creating stunningly gorgeous environments by floral enhancements. As a result, she received several awards including Entrepreneur of the Year by the national Association of Negro Business and the Professional Women Society.
Ms. Flowers is a prolific artist whose art is showcased through Renee’s Visuals Three and Artistic Expressions business. She is featured on the third floor gallery at Baystate Medical center Springfield and African American Point of View magazine constituting a transformable and transient gallery available to church & civic functions taking place in the local area. Her works emphasize a dramatic fusion of bright, colorful oil & acrylic on canvas with effective motifs warmed by her experiences over the years. Ms. Flowers is totally committed to God, her family and community.
Each of us views his/her existence through a very private lens. Art may be considered an attempt to make the private vision visible to all. My personal view is somewhat chaotic. It is at times reality distorted in size and/or color. At other times it shows up as abstract color and design, with no physical reality being represented at all.
I am never sure which of these polarities will show itself as I work. I believe I am as surprised as anyone with what happens. Sometimes I think it is a matter of balance. Mostly, I just accept it and keep painting.
I use materials in much the same way. I have tried to acquaint myself with a number of mediums, since each idea I begin with seems to require a “look” which one medium best provides. I don’t believe I am controlling that “look” any more than the other aspects of my work.
The Navaho have a saying that one must “walk in beauty”. That saying probably comes as close as anything to explaining what I am trying to do with my art. I claim no great philosophical or moral weight beyond that. It is rather what is inside me seeping out because it just has to.
*CALL FOR ART*
We are now accepting submissions for our Community Arts Program.
We will be seeking large scale artwork to be displayed in our Convention Center.
For more information on requirements, deadlines, and timeline, please see: MassMutual Center Art Gallery Information.pdf