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GALLERIES | Cate McQuaid GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  JUNE 01, 2017

GALLERIES | Cate McQuaid GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  JUNE 01, 2017

Sarah Alexander, Backstage, ink with watercolor.

Sarah Alexander, Backstage, ink with watercolor.

In April, the old mill building that Fountain Street Fine Art had called home for six years shut down abruptly when the city of Framingham determined the building was unsafe. The April exhibition had been up for all of two hours. Co-owners Cherie Clinton and Marie Craig quickly found a new space in Boston’s SoWa gallery district. They changed the gallery’s name to Fountain Street and had it up and running in time for May’s First Friday openings.
 

The first, deceptively frothy show features work by Tatiana Flis and Sarah Alexander, and moody, ethereal sound by Todd Bowser.
 

Flis’s surreal drawings and sculptures juxtapose miniature buildings on stilts with rippling washes of graphite and casts of hands. The immaculate shack in “Refraction Arises” perches on a blot of liquid graphite, as precarious as a beach house during a nor’easter. The house, precise on spindly legs, stands in for any one of us. It’s the earnest, flimsy structure we present to the world, built over — or amid — the seething unconscious.

 

Tatiana Flis, (An)Obsidian Return, graphite and gouache.

Tatiana Flis, (An)Obsidian Return, graphite and gouache.

In “(An)Obsidian Return,” vapor forms a roof over a brick cell. Bitty flames erupt at the top, their orange and yellow splitting open the drawing’s quiet gray. The tiny nightmare tenses between containment and explosion.

 

Alexander’s drawings and paintings spin with coils and strands. Some works are frenetic and lusciously layered (for “In Flux,” Alexander tosses in shreds of aqua netting amid sepia loops for a dense, swirling, underwater effect). Like Flis’s works, Alexander’s imagine an inner world: thoughts endlessly unspooling.

 

She’s at her best when all that activity coalesces into something larger. “Backstage” looks like the remains of an opening-night after-party. Boxes add structure; breathy, inky strokes in the background add depth. Threads from spilling coils form a border. Here thoughts don’t merely natter and whirl; they create a space for themselves.

 

Fountain Street’s next show, featuring Denise Driscoll and Kay Hartung, resurrects the one that was shuttered in April. Onward and upward.

SCARCELY AWAKE: Sarah Alexander/Tatiana Flis

At Fountain Street, 460 Harrison Ave., through June 11. 617-292-4900, www.fsfaboston.com


By Nancy Shohet West GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  DECEMBER 29, 2016

By Nancy Shohet West GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  DECEMBER 29, 2016

"Contraposition" by Chelsea Bradway at Fountain Street Fine Art.

"Contraposition" by Chelsea Bradway at Fountain Street Fine Art.

ON EXHIBIT Fountain Street Fine Art in Framingham will host its tenth juried show, “Divergent Thinking,” from Jan. 5 through 29. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The title, “Divergent Thinking,” refers to the idea of the creative process as allowing thinking to occur in a spontaneous, free-flowing, non-linear manner, so that many ideas are generated in a very short time. Keeping this concept in mind, artists were invited to submit their most outrageously innovative work in any medium. Juror Jane Young of Chase Young Gallery in Boston chose 36 pieces by 34 artists for the exhibit. Fountain Street Fine Art is located at 59 Fountain St., Framingham. For hours or more information, go to www.fsfaboston.com.

"Oscillate" by Sarah Alexander at Fountain Street Fine Art.

"Oscillate" by Sarah Alexander at Fountain Street Fine Art.


November/December 2016

 

Flora, Fauna and Fantasy:

It’s All Natural At Fountain Stree

Monday, October 31st, 2016, 1:53 pm

 by Meredith Cutler

Anne Sargent Walker, Mullein with Goldfinch, oil and acrylic on wood panel, 16” x 16”.

Not 48 hours after an editorial obituary for the Great Barrier Reef sent viral waves of indignation through social media, I found myself staring into the flat depths of artist Mary Spencer’s imaginary oceans. The news story turned out to be an exaggeration; the Great Barrier Reef is not quite dead — just “almost” dead. But the damage was done. Visions of over a thousand miles of bleached coral left a collective retinal impression, the tipping point of Mother Nature rendered in textured bone-whites and rippling blues.

On exhibit at Fountain Street Fine Art, as part of its “Wind and Water” exhibition, Spencer’s strangely flat “Fossil Fantasies” are undersea views with luminous, matte background blues strung with low relief, reef-like details. Some incorporate actual plant matter, like her painting “Squid and Coral Fan,” whose foreground
peninsula includes an embedded skeletal fan-like flora.

Drifting silently in these flat environments are multitudes of sea creatures. Long, thin squid, mysterious chambered nautili, sand dollars, octopi and trilobites. These life forms look ancient, caught motionless in stark black and white, as if a flash bulb or flare has momentarily illuminated their silent life in the depths. Spencer explains that her denizens of the deep, rendered in acrylic on panel, are imagined from parts of creatures, while some are “pure fantasies.”

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Fountain Street Fine Art to host 'Wind and Water' exhibit

Posted Sep 27, 2016 at 1:08 PM Updated Sep 27, 2016 at 1:08 PM

 

   FRAMINGHAM — Fountain Street Fine Art will host a two-person exhibit titled

“Wind and Water” from Oct. 13 through Nov. 13 at 59 Fountain St., Framingham.

Using acrylics, Natick resident Mary Spencer paints a fossil fantasy world with realistic drawings of primitive life-forms. Newton resident Anne Sargent Walker’s mixed media paintings explore the beauty, complexity and fragility of the natural world, and our complicated relationship with it.

Mary Spencer, Lying in Wait

Mary Spencer, Lying in Wait

Spencer received her Bachelor of Science from Nazareth College of Rochester, New York and her Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She taught at Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Spencer has been the recipient of numerous art fellowships and awards. Her work has been shown throughout New England, New York, the Midwest, Cuba and South Africa, and is included in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, the deCordova Museum, and the Boston Public Library, as well as corporate and private collections. She is a core member of Fountain Street Fine Art.

Anne Sargent Walker, Right Now

Anne Sargent Walker, Right Now

Walker grew up in the Boston area and in Vermont, and has degrees from Connecticut College and Tufts University. She has had residencies in Ireland, Italy, Vermont and has been awarded a Berkshire Taconic Foundation Artist’s Resource Trust grant. Her work has been shown throughout New England. She is represented by the Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet and is an Associate Member of the Kingston Gallery.

Fountain Street Fine Art is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays and by appointment. For information: fsfaboston.com.


GALLERIES | CATE MCQUAID

Developing ideas


By Cate McQuaid GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  JUNE 14, 2016

 

One-two punches

There are two electric two-person shows up, full of thoughtfulness and sparky conversation. … Encaustic painter Tracy Spadafora and mixed-media artist Carrie Crane have a show at Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery.

Carrie Crane, LSPSD: Parental Complexity.

Carrie Crane, LSPSD: Parental Complexity.

Crane and Spadafora use scientific rubric to uncover metaphors and allusions — to induce, rather than deduce. Crane wittily roots her works in the clinical visuals of infographics, then fills them in and opens them out with a painter’s sensibility.

Her “Longitudinal Study Psycho-Social Development: PARENTAL COMPLEXITY ,” based on the work of a 19th-century scientist who attempted to measure consciousness, has the underpinnings of a chart. The circles that rise over its surface grow bigger and more formally complex, like a single cell evolving into an organism.

Spadafora’s “Collection,” a series of nearly 90 discs on the wall like planets and stars, feature lettered DNA sequences, real pine cones, a bar code, milky Rorschach blots, and more. They reference systems and patterns — not ones we associate with one another. Yet there are echoes, and together they make a layered net that holds knowledge itself, and the way we make sense of the world.

Tracy Spadafora, Collection, installation view.


 

 

 

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THE INFORMER By Bailey Putnam GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MAY 20, 2016

Carrie Crane’s Instrument Nautical will be on display as part of a new show at the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery.

The Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery is presenting the work of Carrie Crane of Boylston and Tracy Spadafora of Westborough in a collection titled “Systematic Ambiguity, from May 21 to June 19 in Framingham.

Tracy Spadafora, Alter, encaustic mixed media, 12x12 in.

Tracy Spadafora, Alter, encaustic mixed media, 12x12 in.

Spadafora will be showing pieces from two of her recent series, “DNA” and “Evolve,” which feature images that speak to environmental concerns. Crane’s work follows themes of diagrams and maps and makes a commentary on infographics and how the public absorbs data contextually. The opening reception will be held at the gallery, located at 59 Fountain St. in Framingham, May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. The artists will also hold a talk about their art June 12 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.fsfaboston.com.

 


Metrowest Daily News- Posted Mar. 17, 2016

 

FRAMINGHAM — Fountain Street Fine Art, 59 Fountain St., Framingham, will host an exhibition titled “Systematic Ambiguity,” featuring work by Tracy Spadafora, of Westborough, and Carrie Crane, of Boylston, on display May 19 through June 19.

Spadafora, an encaustic painter, will show pieces from two recent series, “DNA” and “Evolve.” Both series speak to issues of environmental concern such as global warming and genetic food modification. With the “DNA” series, she uses DNA sequences to provide visual patterning and symbolic reference. The “Evolve” series departs from the more cognitive aspects of her work and employs the nature of wax as a medium, resulting in meditative landscapes.

"My work in ‘Systematic Ambiguity’ suggests a dubious relationship between humanity and the environment — systems that are continually in flux as they create, destroy and reassert themselves,” she said. Crane’s work, while not media-specific, is held together by the common theme of the diagram and map. The paintings, constructions and books presented in this exhibit are a comment on the nature of scientific knowledge visualization (infographics) and the tendency for the public to imbue these systems and symbols with great authority regardless of their context. In her work, Crane removes the diagram or map from any associated data allowing for intended ambiguity and an invitation for interpretation.

“In my work I adopt and capitalize on the informative and authoritative quality of knowledge visualization to tease out its subjective nature and draw attention to how we apply meaning to what we are told,” she said.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 21 and an artist talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 12. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and by appointment.

Fountain Street Fine Art exhibits contemporary work by emerging and mid-career artists. Solo shows by member artists alternate with collaborative projects, installations and group shows.

For more information, call 508-879-4200 or visit FountainStreetFineArt.comtracyspadafora.com orcarriecrane.com.


Michelle Albert's "Series 1-3" oil, encaustic, hair, toys, 12 x 12 

Michelle Albert's "Series 1-3" oil, encaustic, hair, toys, 12 x 12 

Fountain Street Fine Art presents three alumni of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design who have strengthened their abilities as painters and strengthened their bonds of friendships since their undergraduate work in the early 1990’s. Artists Michelle Albert, C. Clinton and Nicole Maynard-Sahar convey their experiences over the previous twenty years through their dedication to art. Though each artist has a unique style and conveys their experiences differently, the exhibit functions as a cohesive body of work in which the differences illuminate the individual artists technique and the content of the work unifies the pieces. The artists note the importance of perception on their work, with Clinton stating “The transformative power of light and water on our perception of the world, and the magical, often mysterious effects on what we see, are the elements I strive to embody in my work.” Since their time at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design the individuals have continued their desire for knowledge and have become accomplished in a variety of mediums including printmaking, ceramics and digital art, featuring work in a variety of shows and being the recipients of several prestigious awards. Working with encaustic, acrylic, oil and mixed media, Albert, Clinton and Maynard-Sahar create distinct pieces reminiscent of experience and passion. 20 Odd Years is exhibited at Fountain Street Fine Art at 59 Fountain Street in Framingham, Massachusetts and runs through May 15, 2016 with a reception on April 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
— Artscope e-blast, April 21, 2016
Two great events inspired the “Nan Hass Feldman: Antipodes: Paintings Inspired by Mexico and the Southern Pacific” show taking place from March 10 through April 10 at Fountain Street Fine Art, 59 Fountain St., Framingham, Mass. — Feldman’s “falling in love” with a small lily pond north of Boca de Tomatlan (near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) while on vacation, and seeing a contemporary exhibit of Aboriginal paintings in Brisbane, Australia. Feldman’s colors are always among the most magnificent in any gallery, and her grabbing additional inspiration for this series from Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh guarantees that making the early spring drive to see this show will be well worth your trip.
— Brian Goslow, Capsule Previews, Artscope Magazine, Mar/Apr 2016

Framingham's Fountain Street Fine Art to host 'terrain'
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Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery to exhibit 'All Boundaries Are Imagined'
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Fountain Street Fine Art to showcase Wellesley artist Roy Perkinson
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Korean Sculptor, Jewish Painter Explore Ancient Roots
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Two Sudbury Artists Explore their Legacies
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Who sat here? Marie Craig's chair photos intrigue
by Chris Bergeron, Metrowest Daily News, May 25, 2015
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Artspace Maynard artists to exhibit in Framingham
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Common Thread at Fountain Street Fine Art
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Drawing Together
by Nancy Shohet West, The Boston Globe, March 8, 2015
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Area artists look 'far and near' into nature in Framingham exhibit
by Chris Bergeron, Metrowest Daily News, February 15, 2015
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Artistic 'alchemists' get creative at Fountain Street Fine Art
by Chris Bergeron, Metrowest Daily News, January 18, 2015
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Alchemy in a mix of mediums
By Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe GALLERIES, January 7, 2015
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MULTIPLICITY at Fountain Street Fine Art
by Brian Goslow, Artscope ZINE, November 29, 2014
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Foundation for Art: Sculptor to debut work at gallery exhibition
by Josh Farnsworth, Millbury Sutton, September 25, 2014
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An artist's exposition
by Nicole DeFeudis, Worcester Magazine, October 2, 2014
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Wellesley Family Showcases Art Together in Unique Exhibit
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by Meredith Cutler, Artscope Magazine, July/August 2014
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Exhibit highlights work of Fountain Street Fine Art founder 
By Chris Bergeron, Metrowest Daily News, May. 25, 2014
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Framingham exhibit features encaustic art
by Nancy Shohet West, Boston Globe West, March 6,  2014
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Encaustic artists are "Breaking Boundaries" at Fountain Street Fine Arts
by Chris Bergeron, Metrowest Daily News, January 12, 2014
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DRESSED FOR SUCCESS: In the studio with Virginia Fitzgerald
by Meredith Cutler, Artscope Magazine, January/February 2014
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Local artists’ work on exhibit
by GateHouse News Service, November 21, 2013
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New exhibits at Framingham's Fountain Street Fine Art
by The MetroWest Daily News, November 5, 2013
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Fitzgerald collaborates on ‘breaking open’ exhibit
by GateHouse News Service, October 5, 2013
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Bee Buzz
by Meredith Cutler, artscope magazine, September 2013
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Gallery owners are buzzing over Scout Austin's art
by Chris Bergeron, MetroWest Daily News, September 8, 2013
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‘Bee Buzz’ at Fountain Street
by The MetroWest Daily News, August 9, 2013
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Ashland's Boyer, DeJong exhibit at Fountain St. show
by Ashland Tab, July 24, 2013
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Biological impulses
by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, June 18, 2013
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Acton artist's work on view
June 8, 2013
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'Family debris' makes good art, according to Rutland artist
by Melissa McKeon - Worcester Telegram & Gazette, April 17, 2013
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Two artists exhibiting can be better than one
by Nancy Shohet, Boston Globe West, May 16, 2013
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13 for 2013: Roy Perkinson
by Linsey Davis - Artscope March/April 2013
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'Sight Lines' at Fountain Street Fine Art will make you take a second look
by Chris Bergeron - The MetroWest Daily News on March 31, 2013

At Fountain Street Fine Art, Holliston painter explores the spectrum of color
by Chris Bergeron - The MetroWest Daily News on March 17, 2013
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Two local artists find inspiration from unusual spaces
by Brian Benson on February 8, 2013
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Threads of creativity run through 'Cotton' exhibit
by Chris Bergeron - Metrowest Daily News on January 13, 2013
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Fountain Street Fine Arts Hosts Exhibit 'The Balance Between'
by Wellesley College News
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The Balance Between: James Wilson Rayen and Cheryl Clinton
by Meredith Cutler - Artscope Sept/Oct 2012

An eclectic menu
by Chris Bergeron - Metrowest Daily News onSep 26, 2012
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Industrial strength art exhibit in Framingham
by Chris Bergeron - MetroWest Daily News on July 8, 2012
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China dreams: Nan Hass Feldman paints a many-splendored Land
by Chris Bergeron - MetroWest Daily News on Mar 18, 2012
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Boston-area galleries show innocence and experience
by Cate McQuaid - The Boston Globe  on April 4, 2012

Artists Grignaffini, Lougee to show at Framingham gallery
by Staff Reports on Feb 09, 2012
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Holliston artist's abstract paintings on exhibit in Framingham
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Industrial Strength
by Meredith Cutler - artscope magazine: July/August 2011
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'Industrial Strength' exhibit at Fountain Street Fine Art
by Metrowest Daily News on June 26, 2011

Calendar Industrial Strength
by Metrowest Daily News on June 26, 2011
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Roy Perkinson, One-Man Show
by Sara Farizan - artscope magazine on Friday, May 6th, 2011
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Making a home for art, too
by Megan McKee - The Boston Globe on March 6, 2011
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Art at the heart of new Fountain Street Fine Art
by Chris Bergeron - Metrowest Daily News on Feb 3, 2011
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