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August’s Artist – David J. Leblanc

Superman-ArtArt Opening on August 11, 2016 @ 8:00PM


Since I was old enough to hold a book, I have been fascinated with comic books. Captain America, Fantastic Four, and Batman posturing, the explosion of color on every page, and the ferocity of the action roared through my mind, and stimulated my imagination. Frequently, my father would pick me up from elementary school, and I would delve into the worlds of Marvel and DC comics. As my mother was a registered nurse at the time and her shifts would often run long, I would have a good deal of time to read. When dusk fell over the hospital where my mother worked, it was a magical time as the pages were illuminated by the glow of the street lights dotting the parking lot.

Years later while pursuing my BFA in illustration at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass/ Dartmouth), I discovered painting. Shortly later, I was devouring the works Egon Schiele, the German Expressionists, American Abstract Expressionists, and Jean Basquiat .

After several years of abstract painting, I was convinced that I needed to do something to create a truly unique artistic identity by interweaving the elements of abstract painting with those of comic book art. The first painting was inspired by the cover art of Action Comics No. 1 (1938) which was the first appearance of Superman. In the process of creating Action Abstraction No. 1, I conceived the title, Action Abstraction Studio, as an umbrella for all future work.

Paintings from my Action Abstraction series, as well as, other recent work have been exhibited by several venues through galleries, group and juried shows, and at a variety of comic book conventions. I was briefly represented by the NK Gallery in Boston before they closed their doors. I am now proudly represented by The Blue Wave Gallery in Amesbury, MA, and recently participated in their Science Fiction/ Horror/ Gothic/ Comic Book Art exhibit, Vast and Strange: Visions of the Uncanny.

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Art Opening on June 9, 2016 @ 8:00PM

“Beware the Skies!”
The Corey Press – Handcarved Madness from Salem, MA

Drew Meger is a librarian who lives in Salem with his wife, child, and wayward rabbit. The only reason he has not seen a UFO was Sasquatch standing in the way.

My work focuses on the weird and forgotten. I combine classic medieval woodcut images with modern strangeness, yielding Lovecraftian nightmares and alien visitors bedeviling medieval people. Knights ride to battle mounted on dinosaurs and messages of hope take on sinister meaning when combined with aliens. Each image is hand drawn and carved before being inked and pressed to wood – it’s image manipulation the hard way.

By combining the fantastic with the historical and then pressing the result to wood, I dose weirdness with a bit of truth, a heft of being an actual thing rather than a digital dream. This grounds the viewer in the actual while tempting their imagination with the potential. What if our ancestors were visited by travellers from the stars? Beings from outside time and space? What if we just forgot? What if we remember?

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Art Opening on May 14, 2016 @ 7:00PM

Tryptic Press and the Gulu Gulu Cafe proudly presents “This Is Now”, a two-man exhibition featuring paintings by American-realist ANDREW HOULE & Boston fine artist ADAM O’DAY.

The exhibition runs the month of May with an artist reception on Saturday May 14th from 7pm-close featuring killer music from:

Scott D Buchanan, organizes music events and is the owner of Rythmus Records and RSVP Tapes. As a DJ he has performed around New England with countless artists and shared stages with electronica, noise and chiptune acts. Scott will be bringing his knowledge of djing and improvisation to the table for a special set spinning everything from skweee, juke, dub & acid.

FORREST JAMES (live set)
Forrest James is an American Dream Wave recording artist, producer and composer. Forrest’s sound is most associated with ambient electronica, chillwave and experimental dub. Previously, he was a co-founding member of world-electronic group Machine 475. Forrest’s work has been featured on Gizmodo, RSVP Tapes, Secret Boston, exhibitions & podcasts at the Peabody Essex Museum, Trtptic Press, Lab De Loops (Brooklyn), Lynn Museum and the MassArt Film Society.

QWILL (live set)
Jesse Ciarmataro, aka Qwill, is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and multi-genre music producer currently based in Salem, Massachusetts. Qwill is supporting his most recent self-produced EP entitled “Phoenix” on his own label, Simple Truth Records.

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April’s Artist – Raashaad Jones

Art Opening on April 14, 2016 @ 8:00PM

Raashaad Jones is a Connecticut born artist with a passion for fantasy, lore and gaming. During his younger years, he fell in love with the various illustrations in trading card games. Seeking an outlet for his imagination, he would often be seen drawing in his sketchbooks everywhere he went. Being the “art kid” growing up, he decided to venture to Beverly, MA and attended Montserrat College of Art in 2012.​ Having little to no painting skills yet always determined to improve, he delved into various mediums to find what resonated with him most. Raashaad eventually discovered digital painting in his junior year of college. With a humbled ambition and support from instructors, he honed his skills with recognized merit. Raashaad found his voice in being a fantasy artist focusing on serene, boldly colored, figurative illustrations. He dreams of a life making monsters, dragons, wizards and other fantastical creatures.


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January’s Artist – Heather Meri Stewart

Art Opening on January 14, 2016 @ 8:00PM

Heather Meri Stewart’s art work has appeared in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States, including exhibits at the National Arts Club, the Colby College Art Museum, the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and the Boston Center for the Arts. She has acted as a juror, curator and critic for exhibits at Harvard University, Arsenal Center for the Arts and Wentworth Institute. She holds certification as a Massachusetts art teacher and has taught at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp for seriously ill children, the Boston Architectural Center and Girls Rock Campaign Boston.