'Capturing The Beauty And Romance Of Coastal New England— recent watercolors and oils by Kristina N Occhino Nov 13 • Dec 4
On Saturday, November 13th, from 6-8pm, True Grit Art Gallery will host an opening reception for a solo art exhibit entitled ‘Capturing The Beauty And Romance Of Coastal New England— Recent Watercolors And Oils by Kristina N Occhino’. The gallery invites the public to come and view Kristina’s latest watercolor and oil paintings, enjoy complimentary adult refreshments, and support an extremely talented local artist. This event is free and open to everyone.
For this exhibition, Attleboro artist Kristina Occhino has selected to exhibit seascape, landscape and marine art scenes from around New England. Her aim is to use light, color and careful rendering to capture the atmosphere and romance of the areas she paints. Kristina really enjoys painting skies and water. She has portrayed skies and bodies of water that are quiet and others that are dramatic. Kristina finds painting the movement and reflective quality of water both challenging and fun.“I hope the viewer will feel transformed and uplifted by my work,” she says.
Kristina N Occhino holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Art from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY and a Masters in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been accepted into several national and international exhibitions. She is a Signature member of the Northeast Watercolor Society and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Kristina also hold Associate memberships in the New England Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society.
‘Capturing The Beauty And Romance Of Coastal New England’ runs from its opening night through December 4th. True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro, MA. Regular gallery hours are Tues 11-4, Wed thru Fri 10-5, and Sat 10-3.
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Join us Saturday, Oct 9, from 6-8pm for the Opening Reception to popular gallery artist Tatiana Roulin's upcoming show, 'Inspirations'. Come meet the artist herself and enjoy some complimentary adult refreshments while you socialize with other local art enthusiasts.
Tatiana Roulinis an award-winning, internationally renowned representational painter who has been working in New England as a full time artist for the past 20 years. Currently Tatiana is primarily working in oil and pastel but she is proficient in all fine art mediums. Her credentials include being a juried member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and Pastel Society of America (PSA). She is also a member of many art associations in NewEngland. Roulin’s approach combines the classic atelier training, largely based ontechniques used by the Old Masters, with her own personal style expressed through the harmony of design, color and light. Her art is in many private, corporate and public collections worldwide, including many European countries, Canada, Australia, South America and China. A few major collectors in Massachusetts include: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center; Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office of Boston; The Department of Youth Services; Unquity House; and Suportel Portuguese Supermarket Chain
The COVID pandemic has changed our lives and affected us globally and individually, bringing loss, uncertainty and separation, making many people feel devastated and unmotivated. It encompassed our lives and suppressed many positive things, bringing to the surface the darkest feelings. The world we live in changed and not for the better. Yet it still has glorious beauty that can heal and inspire. As a person and an artist, I want to stay focused on the positive side and translate it through my creative work. Art is a great and unique form of communication that has no borders or limitations. For me personally, art has always helped me to overcome any life circumstance. I called my show 'Inspirations' because this is about things and places that moved and inspired me. There are many locations I painted during the pandemic, including Cape Cod beaches and the surrounding areas, several locations of New York State (New York City, Ithaca & many other upstate NY locations), many local areas of Southeastern Massachusetts (World's End of Hingham, locations of Marshfield, notable locations around Sharon, my home town), and more.
As a full time artist I am used to painting a lot, both outdoors (en plein air) and in my studio. I mainly work in oil and pastel. As a representational painter, I find it important to catch the interaction between light and shadow and how it affects whatever I paint, conveying the atmosphere of the place when it comes to landscapes. Accuracy of translating this interaction is a key to any successful painting in my opinion. I aim to capture the momentum, translating the physical appearance of reality while also reflecting my own personal vision. That vision is expressed through the harmony of design, color, and light.
Whenever I paint, I try to make people see the ordinary in a new perspective. A reminder that beauty is all around. It is just a matter of stopping for a moment to see it. People find that my paintings 'can evoke feelings of calm happiness and joy', can 'light up the room', and 'enable us to stop and appreciate a view we may see everyday'. — T.R.
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On Saturday, July 31st, from 6-8pm, True Grit Art Gallery will host an opening reception for ‘Stories Through Pop- Surrealism’— a solo exhibit of works created by Middleboro-based artist Michael Doyle. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary adult refreshments will be served.
Michael Doyle is a self-taught artist living in Middleboro with his wife and three children. “For the past few years, I have found my niche in pop surrealism and continuing my passion for illustration”, says Michael. “ My work starts and ends with the pen—what happens in between is where I am most comfortable, where art mends with poetry (my other passion).”
‘Stories Through Pop-Surrealism’ runs from its opening night through August 21st. True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro, MA. Regular gallery hours are Tues 11-4, Wed thru Fri 10-5, and Sat 10-3.
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Join us Saturday, June 26th, from 6-8pm, as we host an opening reception for ‘BEing’— a solo exhibit of artwork by Boston-based artist FJ Rod. Enjoy complimentary adult refreshments, and socialize with other art enthusiasts while viewing and enjoying the work of an emerging local talent. This event is free and open to everyone.
“As a self-taught, mixed-media artist, I hope to embrace the viewer on a visceral level with works that explore the most beautiful, raw parts of life,” says FJ. “ I push myself incessantly to discover a part of me that I didn’t think could exist. With every brushstroke, I learn something new; gaining the ability to face my fears and break through limitations. Art has taught me that the world is without limits. My mission is to explore the most beautiful and raw parts of life through my work. In doing so, I hope to inspire others to do the same.”
“The mediums I use depend on what phase I’m currently going through,” the artist explains. “I will work in oils through one phase, then move onto a different one when I see fit. I enjoy popping colors, especially contrasting ones, as well as using varied textures. My process is to start a painting using a brush, then turn to a palette knife for movement and texture. I also love to scratch at a nearly finished painting to give the work more texture and life. My goal is to draw someone in for a closer look, and to feel the urge to touch the piece”
“Being self-taught, I see my work as outside the mainstream. It was never my intention to pursue painting, but art came to me when my life was in crisis and it proved therapeutic beyond my expectations. I learned about myself: my talents, my drive, and my work ethic. Art has become a major focus of my life. It enlightens me. It entertains me. It deepens me. I hope it does the same for others.”
‘BEing’ runs from its opening night through July 24th. True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro, MA. Regular gallery hours are Tues 11-4, Wed thru Fri 10-5, and Sat 10-3.
Join us Saturday, May 22nd from 6-8pm, for the opening reception of Jonathan Small's 'Catching the Light' Enjoy complimentary adult refreshments and view the recent paintings of a talented local artist.
Jonathan Small has studied at the University of Colorado, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass Art and the Rhode Island School of Art and Design. “The primary thing I focus on with every painting is to capture the play of light on the scene.” says Jonathan. “It could be the warm low angle light near sunrise or sunset, the harsh light of mid-day when shadows are reduced to a minimum, or the diffuse light of a cloudy or foggy day; in every situation there is something beautiful to observe in how light illuminates the landscape. The challenge of catching that particular light in mixtures of paint is what keeps me coming back to my easel.” In regard to his upcoming show in Middleboro, Jonathan states “The places shown in this exhibit include Maine, California, England, and locations in southern New England nearer to my home inRhode Island.”
This show runs from it's opening night through June 19. True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro, MA. Regular gallery hours are Tues 11-4, Wed thru Fri 10-5, and Sat 10-3.
Join us Saturday, April 24th, from 6-8pm as we host an opening reception for "House", a solo exhibition of recent works by Middleboro resident Darren Morris. Enjoy complimentary adult refreshments and meet the artist. Free and open to the public.
Darren is a 2018 graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a BFA in painting. Besides his thesis exhibition , this is his first solo showing. This body of work shows domestic objects viewed through the eyes of an isolated individual. The objects become personified and take on new meaning that goes beyond their basic function. Darren achieves this personification through the use of acrylic paint applied in an expressive and simplified manner.
This show runs from it's opening night through May 15. True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro, MA. Regular gallery hours are Tues 11-4, Wed thru Fri 10-5, and Sat 10-3.
Join us Saturday Evening, Dec 12th as we host a staggered reception for our upcoming exhibition of smaller, more affordable artworks for the holiday season. COVID19 has wreaked havoc on small businesses throughout the nation and support for local artists is more imperative now than ever before! The foundation for every thriving community is built upon the arts and culture of that community. We appreciate your continued support in these trying times. And tradition is important as well! That's why we're moving forward with our holiday show. Help to keep it safe by reserving your spots to this great holiday tradition here!
On Saturday, October 24th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, True Grit Art Gallery will host an opening reception to launch a solo exhibit by a very talented local artist. “The Assemblage Art of L.E.Ashley” features fine artworks by Middleboro resident Lori Ashley meticulously crafted by combining small, exquisite oil paintings of abandoned area buildings, local landscapes, and animals with found objects such as antique wood and other odds and ends. She also works with old photographs.
Lori grew up in Middleborough. She studied painting under Middleborough's Leland Smith in the 1980s, and obtained a degree in Illustration from UMass Dartmouth. Passionate about the deep history flowing through Massachusetts, she gravitated to adding found objects and antique architectural elements to her assemblage art, using them to surround her focal point of a small oil painting or an antique photograph. Her pieces are mostly miniatures, designed to draw the viewer in for a very personal, nostalgic, and sometimes bittersweet experience. Lori can usually be found with her eyes to the ground looking for materials, or out in the cemeteries or wooded trails of Middleborough, breathing in the antiquity and feel of the area for inspiration.
The gallery invites the public to come and meet this extraordinary local talent and view her works while enjoying complimentary single- serve, sealed refreshments. Face coverings are required and social distancing will be observed. This event is free and open to the public. The show is on view from its opening night through November 21st.
True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro MA. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays 11am - 4pm, Wednesday thru Fridays 10am-5pm, and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. The gallery hosts bi-monthly special exhibits but also boasts a myriad of original artworks from regularly represented local and regional artists.
On Saturday, Sep 19th, beginning at 5:00pm, True Grit Art Gallery will host a staggered opening for a solo art exhibition from Blackstone, MA artist Mike Perron entitled ‘Where We Were— Paintings From Before Now’ . In accordance with social distancing guidelines, and in order to limit the number of occupants at one time, the gallery requests that attendees reserve spots to attend the event during one of three spaced 50-minute intervals throughout the evening. Attendees can reserve their spots at here or by calling the gallery at 774-419-4160. Attendees will enjoy complimentary wine, beer, snacks and hear from the artist himself as he speaks about his paintings and the experiences that inspired them. The gallery has taken a number of precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable evening experiencing the local arts. A limited number of free tickets to the reception are available.
Mike Perron is a special educator and part-time art instructor teaching oil painting techniques to teens at Hunakai Studio in Foxboro, MA. Mike has trained in myriad of pursuits including painting and drawing, sculpture, furniture design, ceramics, metal work, and stained glass. “To me, art speaks to a culture, it tells a story of where we are, and where we have come from, perhaps imagining where we are going to be.” says Mike. Channeling Proust, he exclaims, “I have found that a color or an object can sometimes transport our imaginations to where we have been. A certain color can remind me of a glass I used to drink from on a warm summer day, or the hazy sun on a picture plane might trigger a specific memory of a trip to the beach with my pepere as a child.”
‘Where We Were— Paintings From Before Now”’ is on view from it’s opening night of Sep 19th through Oct 10th.
True Grit Art Gallery is seeking artwork and photography for an upcoming exhibition focusing on artwork created during quarantine amidst the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Possible themes explored could be isolation, anxiety, loneliness, despair, grief, loss, boredom, or could go the opposite direction and explore themes of hope, admiration, care, support, heroism, etc. Creativity and meaning are inextricably linked and can provide a deep catharsis in times of chaos and disorder.
This exhibit is open to any artists interested in participating.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: July 20th, 2020, 11:59pm
View submission guidelines here
'Artful Journey— Paintings by Joli Ayn Wood' Jun 20 through Jul 18— Request FREE tickets to the opening reception!
**REQUEST FREE TICKETS TO OUR NEXT EVENT— Sat, Jun 20, 5-8pm**
Things are looking up. And respectfully, we MUST start taking steps to plan our next event. We anticipate the reopening of retail stores in Massachusetts within the coming weeks. We also expect there will be limits on capacity levels. For that reason, we will STAGGER our next opening reception, letting in a limited amount of people within several time-frames throughout the evening. Request your FREE tickets at the following link and we will let you know when to arrive. https://www.truegritartgallery.com/request-tickets.html
So join us Saturday, June 20th as we host an opening reception for 'Artful Journey— Paintings by Joli Ayn Wood'. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and snacks. Meet the artist and marvel at a vast array of her compelling plein- air paintings. Previously hailing from Virginia, Joli is a recent arrival to Massachusetts' North Shore. Her exhibit reflects how this transfer has affected her artistic pursuits.
Social distancing guidelines will be in place!
Virtual Reception: in addition to our regular opening reception, we will also be hosting a virtual reception on both our Facebook and YouTube pages on Saturday, June 27th at 7pm. Patrons will be able to live comment with the artist and also purchase show pieces online.
The Art of Painting with Alcohol Inks--
Saturday, March 21st, 2020, 10am- 3pm
at True Grit Art Gallery
Join North Attleboro artist Mary Wojciechowski for this exciting workshop. Alcohol inks are highly pigmented and quick drying. They differ from other fluid mediums as they flow, intermingle, and create unique texture with often unexpected results. This five-hour workshop is designed for all levels of experience and offers students opportunities to explore the characteristics of these inks and the accessories and tools used in the process. There will be ample time for creating many paintings to discover the endless possibilities of this exciting and unpredictable medium.
Join us Saturday, Dec 14, from 6-8pm as we host an opening reception for our holiday small works show 'Small Wonders 2019'. Lots of new local artists exhibiting! Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and snacks. Free and open to the public. This show runs through Jan 18th, 2020.
Give art...or better yet, GET ART!
True Grit Art Gallery is seeking entries for their upcoming 'small works' show for the holidays. Open to all artists interested. Please read submission guidelines carefully.
Some of you may have recognized the style of artwork depicted in the company logo of Google's homepage this past November 11th— Veterans Day! Well, it may be because gallery co-owner and represented artist Peter Damon was commissioned to paint it. We were so excited and honored to be a part of celebrating this special day. Some of you may know that Pete is a retired disabled Vet of the Iraq War, 2003. Art played a major part in his recovery and continues to be his passion. Google is known for marking special dates and occasions with stylized, illustrated versions of their logo called Google Doodles. The Doodle's reach, depending on the occasion and its relevance worldwide is massive. Google receives over 63,000 searches per second on any given day. That's the average figure of how many people use Google a day, which translates into at least 2 trillion searches per year, 3.8 million searches per minute, 228 million searches per hour, and 5.6 billion searches per day. Again, those are the worldwide figures. We tried to get the figures for just the USA, but were unlucky in that respect. Whatever the case, it's a huge number! Read more about Pete's thoughts on the Doodle here.
'Out of Sight' — a dual exhibition of fine art photography by Rebecca Skinner and Peter Jardim— Oct 19 • Nov 16
"Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever." — Goethe
On Saturday, October 19th, from 6:00pm until 8pm, True Grit Art Gallery will host an opening reception to launch ‘Out of Sight’’ — a dual exhibition by local photographers Rebecca Skinner and Peter Jardim. The exhibit features fine art photography focusing on abandoned or out-of-the-way places and objects.
Rebecca Skinner is a contemporary photographer, living in Franklin, MA. She is a core artist member of the Fountain Street Gallery in Boston and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Abandoned buildings serve as the focus of her most recent series of photographs. She portrays these facilities not only as a preserved instance of a forgotten time, but as the summation of the place’s history and beauty.
Peter Jardim currently resides in Scituate, Massachusetts. From a young age he has had an interest in art, engineering, and history. He attended the Massachusetts College of Art where he majored in painting. Near the end of his education he transitioned to photography and developed an interest in old shipyards, airfields, and former industrial sites as subject matter. Photography became a way of helping to tell stories of the past through visual means.
The gallery invites the public to come and meet these great local talents and view their works while enjoying complimentary refreshments and socializing with other local art enthusiasts.This event is free and open to the public. This show is on view from its opening night through November 16th.
True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro MA. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays 11am - 4pm, Wednesday thru Fridays 10am-5pm, and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm.
The Art of Painting with Alcohol Inks— October 26th, 2019, 10am- 3pm at True Grit Art Gallery
Join North Attleboro artist Mary Wojcheichowski for this exciting workshop. Alcohol inks are highly pigmented and quick drying. They differ from other fluid mediums as they flow, intermingle, and create unique texture with often unexpected results. This five-hour workshop is designed for all levels of experience and offers students opportunities to explore the characteristics of these inks and the accessories and tools used in the process. There will be ample time for creating many paintings to discover the endless possibilities of this exciting and unpredictable medium.
On Saturday, September 7th, from 6:00pm until 8:30pm, True Grit Art Gallery will host an opening reception to launch ‘Journeys: Studio & Plein Air Paintings’ by noted Cape Cod artist Betsy Payne Cook. Betsy paints exclusively with pastels. She is a Juried Associate Member of the prestigious Pastel Society of America, a signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and a Juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. Betsy is on the faculty of the Falmouth Arts Center, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and Sandwich Arts Alliance where she teaches pastel and plein air (outdoor) painting classes and workshops. Betsy also organizes her own local and destination plein air classes and workshops. The success of her travel painting workshop to Wales, has led her to partner with Renegade Travels to plan a Painter's Retreat in Italy for the spring of 2020.
“A journey can happen just outside my doorway or send me to a destination far from home. I paint locations that invite me to stay awhile, turning the ordinary into a painting. The journey also happens in the moments that I am painting; taking my time to explore the nuances of the scene, the light and color, what may be hidden in the shadows. I seek out a thought, a story for myself and one I can share with the viewer.
This collection of ‘Journeys’ was painted both on location, en plein air (outdoors), or in my studio. These paintings transport you to Cape Cod, through New England, New York and to Nova Scotia; from sandy dunes to mountains, from harbors and small towns to isolated landscapes. A little bit of me comes back with each place I visit.’’ — Betsy Payne Cook
The gallery invites the public to come and meet this great local talent and view her works while enjoying complimentary refreshments and socializing with other local art enthusiasts.This event is free and open to the public. The show is on view from its opening night through September 28th.
True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro MA. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays 11am - 4pm, Wednesday thru Fridays 10am-5pm, and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm.
August 1st through 31st
Opening reception- Thursday, Aug 1st, 6- 8:30pm
Join us THURSDAY, Aug 1, from 6-8:30 pm as we host an opening reception for 'Two From Middleboro', a dual exhibit featuring 2 emerging artists with roots in Middleboro, MA. Middleboro is celebrating its 350th birthday this year! Come on down to the center of town on the eve of Middleboro's Krazy Days street fair and enjoy some local art. Enjoy complementary wine, beer, and snacks. Free and open to the public! True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro,MA.
Alison DeArruda- "Since earning my degree in Illustration from UMass Dartmouth in 2013, I’ve taken more of a fine art approach with my work while still incorporating some illustrative qualities. I paint an array of subject matter including landscapes, sea life, the human form, and introspective abstract pieces. My creative goal is to intuitively observe life and to capture the essence of the moment."
Michael Zimmermann- "Making art brings me satisfaction, enjoyment, and a sense of vocation; it's something that centers me. I'm a fan of painterly realism.
Favorite artists are too many to say, but Chardin, Wayne Thibeault and other great still-life painters inspire me. I am currently following Sherrie McGraw and David Leffel on their livestream, and Paul Foxton on his blog. Lately I've been dropping in on local teachers."
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