ACAC’s 2018 Annual Report

2018 was a huge year for the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture, and we’re pleased to share some of the highlights and accomplishments in our Annual Report. We have created a solid foundation for 2019 to be our most successful year yet in our continued quest to help promote the thriving arts and culture scene in Arlington!

“Opened”, a contemporary basketry piece by Sharon Stafford, has won third place in the 2018 Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition. This award is quite special to Sharon because “Opened” is a wonderful intersection of the two main branches of her art – metalwork and basketry/weaving with metal. The textures and forms of the two work together beautifully in this piece. She’s still thrilled and amazed by the final outcome of this piece.

This is Sharon’s second recognition by the Lewton-Brain Foldform competition. In 2016 she received Juror’s Choice recognition for “Coiled Cup” another piece combining foldforming and basketry techniques.

The Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition, founded in 2012, is a survey of the evolution of foldforming as it is applied in the world today in jewelry, sculpture, architecture, functional objects, and unexpected applications. Judges look for a well-crafted use of foldforming techniques in the metal arts, in a fully realized work, with points for excellence of execution and bold explorations. Complexity carries weight, but so does creativity and fresh expression. Artists are often recognized for simple folds that are deftly repeated, used in mixed media, or combined with other metal techniques. And prize-winners from previous years are asked to introduce substantive change or evolution in their new entries.

Foldforming.Org website
Competition Results page

About this piece:
“Opened”, 2018
15”h x 15”w x 2 1/4”d
techniques: foldforming, twining
materials: copper

The four copper pods in the piece were created with the metalsmiting technique – foldforming. Sharon then wove four copper wire “petals” around them with the traditional basketry technique – twining. The pods were then sewn into the petals with copper wire.

 

The Arlington Human Rights Commission is kicking off the year with our popular community building storytelling event: Double Take: Stories That Make You Think Twice From the Arlington Community.

This year, we’re experimenting with people recording their stories on their own and submitting them to us. The AHRC Double Take Team will review all story submissions the week of January 28 and notify the selected storytellers who will be sharing their story at the community event at Town Hall on February 9th.

We are open for submissions now until 1/25. Go to bitly.com/DoubleTake2019 to learn more. If you have any questions, concerns, technical difficulties at all, please let us know; email Commissioner Kristen Bauer at kbauer@arlingtonhumanrights.org.

Use the exhibit space at the former Arlington Tailoring & Dry Cleaning (888 Mass Ave) to display your work.

Successful proposals may include any artistic medium including installation, painting, sculpture, photography, light and sound, as well as poetry or prose (for example, part of a poem or essay that is enlarged and cut out of adhesive vinyl and placed on window front). We are looking for displays that can be read from a distance as well as close up, that are visually exciting, and that show both sophistication and appropriateness for the location.

Proposals may be submitted by individuals, families, and groups, and may include any of the following:

drawing and illustration
photography and video
painting, fiber arts, and other media
sculpture and other 3D expressions

High School students in Arlington are encouraged to apply. dimensions of the window are the following: 60″ in height, approx. 8.5″ in deep, and about 51″ wide.

To submit your proposal, or for more information, contact Ali Carter, Economic Development Coordinator at acarter@town.arlington.ma.us or 781-316-3095. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 25, 2019 AT 5 P.M.

Have you noticed the large deer, bear, fish, and fox families gathered on the walls of the Fox Branch Library in Capitol Square, East Arlington? This temporary installation uses a street art technique called “wheat paste” to attach giant versions of small scale drawings to brick walls, transforming an intimate art form into the scale needed to fill a public space. The paintings of local wildlife are by Eileen de Rosas and her installation is the final project commissioned by Arlington Public to support the town’s BRT Pilot Project – which aimed to improve local public
transportation for a more sustainable world.

“In the past few years urban wildlife has made a comeback of sorts. It’s been amazing to see bald eagles and coyotes, as well as the ubiquitous bunnies. When I grew up here in Arlington, the only animals I saw were squirrels and opossum,” de Rosas explained. “Since the mural is on the Fox Library, there needed to be foxes,” she continued. Her next words reveal the deep kinship she perceives between animals and people. She could be describing any of the human families who find a second home in the welcoming spaces of this beloved branch library: “The vixen is smiling at the two kits who are running to greet her, and at the bottom of the wall, is a resting fox face. He is happy because he took the bus and now he can rest and sleep!” This is a perfect ending to the story of our BRT Public Art Project, since investing in public transport will ultimately shape a more sustainable, safe and peaceful world for all of the planet’s inhabitants.

Many thanks to the staff and Trustees of the Library for their generous support of La Passeggiata. This project, along with public art in and around five bus shelters and a mural on Za Restaurant, was made possible with a grant from the Marion Institute and Barr Foundation and organized in collaboration with the Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development.

This year’s Youth Banner Initiative winners have been selected from 95 submissions. Judging took place in mid-December with three panelists including Selectman John Hurd, Arlington artist Kate Holcomb Hale, and artist and chair of Arlington Public Art, Adria Arch. The group chose the selected artwork based on adherence to this year’s theme of trees, artistic quality, creativity, and readability from a distance. A reception to showcase all submitted art will be held in April during Arlington High School’s annual art exhibition.

Arlington Public Art’s Youth Banner Initiative aims to promote and encourage development in the visual arts and to provide an opportunity for youth to participate in temporary public art projects in Arlington. The initiative is geared to young people in grades 6 through 12 (and the equivalent homeschool level). Funding is provided by the Gracie James Foundation in memory of Gracie James, who was a beloved, artistically talented Arlington High School student. The program invites teens to submit designs relating to a specific theme to be digitally reproduced on vinyl banners which are then hung on light poles along Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center.

The following is a list of the students whose work was selected for the 2019 Youth Banner Initiative. View their artwork here.

Sean Bradley
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Cristina Nayeli Castillo
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Charlotte Cheung
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Norah Conti
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Emma Davison
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

David Delaney
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Kai Hazard
Arlington High School
Mr. Moore

Caroline Kenneally
Ottoson Middle School
Ms. McKenna

Anouk Lebrun
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Nina McNinch
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Micaela Morse
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Anoushka Oke
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Zoe Pappas
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Jennifer Park
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Mila Popovic
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Kiley Prunty
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Ben Rennella
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Finneas Avery Roels
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Ann Vaudo
Arlington High School
Mr. Moore

Lucas Wessel
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola