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Boston Art Windows presents
$ome ©olor

Sophia Ainslie, Kathleen Bitetti, Magda Fernandez, Linda Price-Sneddon,
Cristi Rinklin, Meg Rotzel & Jae Rhim Lee, Liz Nofziger & Rachel Perry Welty

August 1st – October 31st, 2005

(Boston, MA) $ome ©olor is a group exhibition of site specific installations created by local artists and curated by Camilo Alvarez. The works are on view in the Downtown Crossing area across from the Boston Common on Avery Street, Washington Street and Bromfield Street.

Sophia Ainslie’s installation, on Avery Street, consists of a hanging sculpture made of recycle-able materials and charcoal drawings. Machine-made color is juxtaposed with the artist’s rendering of the materials used. Anslie is a Professor of Art at Northeastern University.

Kathleen Bitetti’s How to be a princess kit- not all princess are waiting to be saved, at 24-26 Bromfield Street, is for those princesses who are not waiting to be saved, but are taking their safety into their own hands”. Bitetti has been a Boston area curator, artist, and arts activist since 1989. Her work was recently featured in the DeCordova Museum’s, Pretty Sweet - Sentimentality in Contemporary Art. She is the Executive Director of the Artists Foundation, a Boston artists’ organization, and is currently an artist in residence for the City of Quincy, MA.

Magda Fernandez’s Mars Inc. is a lightbox image that imagines the development of Mars in the image of a bland American resort. Fernandez recently had a solo show at Allston Skirt Gallery.

Linda Price-Sneddon will gather materials from the surrounding area to transform the storefront at 34 Bromfield into a landscape of wonder and whimsy. Terrarium is “an emergent landscape that suggests both natural and human-made structures”. Her multi-media installations have been experienced at MASSMoCa and the Boston Center for the Arts.

Cristi Rinklin’s Io shields the windows at 24 Bromfield with a highly colorful painting. This abstract painting on mylar is translucent and engages the viewer in depth-play with a mythological bent. She recently had a solo exhibition at the Green Street Gallery in Jamaica Plain.

Meg Rotzel & Jae Rhim Lee will collaborate on Service: Me for You. It serves as a tribute to all the women and men working in the area. The artists will perform errands and services for each other in uniform and document their actions. The uniforms with photo and video documentation of the process will be on view on Avery Street. Meg Rotzel is a Founder and Director of the Berwick Research Institute, a Boston based arts non-profit, and is a staff member at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Jae Rhim Lee is a graduate student in the Visual Arts Program at MIT.

Liz Nofziger’s Oasis at 345 Washington Street thrusts the viewer into an unexpected environment twisting scale and perspective. House plants and magic gardens will be fed from IVs for pedestrian pleasure. Nofziger’s work was included in the Boston Cyber Arts Festival and recently received her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art.

$torefront by Rachel Perry Welty is a large site-specific Duratrans print of price stickers. $torefront grew from one family’s collection of grocery store price stickers over the course of several years. The price-sticker is used as universal symbol and comments on the necessity of our daily activities as consumers. Welty recently had a solo show with Barbara Krakow Gallery.

Curator Camilo Alvarez was asked by the Boston Redevelopment Authority to curate this newest series of windows. He is Owner and Director of Samson Projects, an art gallery in the South End.

The Boston Art Windows is an integral part of Mayor Menino’s Downtown Crossing Economic Initiative, which aims to revitalize the area as one of the city’s premiere shopping destinations. Mayor Menino called upon the BRA to work with multiple city departments and private sector stakeholders to focus attention on returning the Downtown business district to its early days of prominence as a retail destination. The BAW initiative has successfully enlisted partners from the private sector, namely property owners Millennium Partners, the Druker Company, and Commonwealth Holding LP, who are funding the costs of the installations and donating their storefronts. The exhibits will remain on display through October 31st or until the space is leased.

“Boston Art Windows is a fantastic project. Art Windows gives local artists a unique opportunity to present their work to a large and diverse audience. It is a great way to tie together our thriving retail businesses with Boston’s growing creative community.” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

“The concept of this program is to bring new audiences to these dynamic, creative artists because art is not something only to be accessed in a museum. Boston Art Windows shows that art is part of our streetscape, part of our communities,” said Cecile Lemley, one of the founders of the Boston Art Windows. “This program illustrates the power of art in bringing people together to not only see it, but to also experience it.”

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