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PHOTOS: ReachArts ’emerging’ exhibit focuses on local artists

Scott Walker

A recent graduate from Parsons who is living in New York City. He works in fiber art mediums, especially hand embroidery, quilting, and macrame. His work explores themes of sexuality, gender, and masculinity.

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Claire Weaver-Zeman

The independent women in Claire Weaver-Zeman’s work are in the process of recognizing their power and authority through rituals, animal familiars, and powerful talismans. The imagined festivities that occur focus on finding innate creative power inside of yourself that is not outwardly defined by a social institution or a god, but is strengthened by joy, pleasure and determination.

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Daniel Brenton

Graduated in 2012 from Salem State University with a BA and a concentration in printmaking. Whether in his prints or his current watercolor paintings, Dan’s work alludes to a larger narrative that typically deals with an interaction between a person and the unknown forces in their environment.

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Haley McDevitt

An artist from Nahant who primarily works in gouache, acrylic, and oil paints with collage elements on various surfaces. McDevitt received a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting, a minor in Art History, and a certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst this spring.

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Vincent Comeau

A medical microbiologist/mycologist who lives in Marblehead. Shortly before completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Salem State University, he spent five months living in Australia where he was introduced to aboriginal art. He combines the aboriginal art that has influenced him with the repetitive geometric patterns of the organisms he routinely observes under the microscope.

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Melissa Wyner

A recent graduate of Dean College, Melissa is fascinated by the complexity of both the universe and the human brain. Inspired by the intense struggles and great accomplishments she experienced growing up with ADHD, Melissa wishes to find a way to show that we do not live in a simple, one-dimensional world.

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Hannah Carroll

Graduated from Milton High School in 2016 and is attending the University of Maine as a Zoology major with a Studio Art minor. She paints under the name, Red. Watercolor paint and felt tip pens are her two most common mediums.

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Michael Aghahowa

Graduated from Montserrat College of art in 2017. He is a figurative artist who uses a range of mixed media as a form of expression. Michael’s work aims to bridge the gap between the viewers' experiences and his own.

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Bradford Lyon

A recent graduate of Montserrat College of Art. He is a painter and a mixed media collage artist. His work explores the relationships between spaces and the figurative presence.

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Lauren Hussey

"As a senior at Swampscott High School, I've been trying to push my limits when it comes to art in trying new styles that I have not really been exposed to throughout my art career. This piece, "Skull of Life" was a completely new type of art experience for me. This piece involved paper cutouts that I chose to take to a different level and make more of a 3D piece. I have always loved drawing skulls and flowers with how different each one is. Overall, I guess you could say this piece was very different and different is what I enjoy art being, especially my art. I hope to continue working with paper cutout art, as well as other new types of art, in order to step out of my boundaries."

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SWAMPSCOTT — ReachArts will present “Emerging,” a young artists exhibition that will feature recent works by Michael Aghahowa, Daniel Brenton, Hannah Carroll. T.E. Boyles, Vincent Comeau, Lauren Hussey, Bradford Lyon, Haley McDevitt, Scott Walker, Claire Weaver, and Melissa Wyner. Themes in the exhibition include, but are not limited to gender, race, sexuality, patterns, chaos and disorder, psychological as well as illusionary space. These artists boldly step into contemporary art.

The exhibition is curated by Tereza Swanda, and will be on view June 1-17. An opening reception will be held at Reach Arts, 89 Burrill St., June 1 from 7-9 p.m. You can see some of the artists’ work above. Not pictured is work from T.E. Boyles, who writes under the pen name “Teb.” When Teb writes, he seeks to motivate, enlighten, challenge and  change perspectives, and awake dormant souls to shine their grace on the world along with him.

For more information, go to reacharts.org.

 

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