By Abi Brown & Rachel Shepard – Arts Editor & Copy Editor
The Wedeman Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Yamawaki, but is often overlooked.
When people come to Boston looking for attractions such as museums, they typically drift to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) or the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). However, there are plenty of opportunities for student artists and art lovers alike to get involved with their local art community at Lasell.
This month, the Wedeman Gallery in Yamawaki featured “Wellness: Art for Physical and Emotional Healing.” This exhibit featured artists from Unbound Visual Art based in Allston-Brighton. Artists featured in this exhibit live and create in the Greater Boston area including Newton, Chestnut Hill, Brookline, and Cambridge.
The art reflects different interpretations of wellness. According to the National Wellness Institute, there are six dimensions of wellness: emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and occupational. The artists depicted various concepts of wellness for themselves such as nature, nutritious food, anxiety, and others.
Executive Director of Unbound Arts, Inc. John Quatrale curated the gallery. “We want people to think about the various aspects in their own life. What aspects of wellness are they good at, which ones are they not so good at, and this gives them a reminder ‘oh yeah I have to get outside more’ or ‘I need to have more relationship.’ But you can also just look at it for its beauty,” he said.
“Reflection, a Self-portrait” by Dianne Freeman created a memoir through art. According to Quatrale, Freeman was homeless for many years, but holds an art education. The piece tells the story of how she reconnected with a past lover “who stirred in me part of my womanhood I had been denying.”
“Wellness” puts the meaning behind a picture holds a thousand words. Each piece holds a unique understanding of the aspects of wellness through art. “I think [wellness] is more important than happiness, when you get right down to it. Wellness will create happiness,” Quatrale said.
This was a brilliant exhibit to schedule for this time of year as the days grow shorter and colder. Students are drowning in the midst of mid-semester activities and the Wedeman Gallery provides avisual “Wellness” space for students. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 1-4 p.m.
On Saturday, November 4, Brianna Tepper’s exhibit titled “Reactions” opened at the Wedeman Art Gallery. The artist’s reception featured various performers who shared their poems, songs, and stories with the audience. Continue reading ““Reactions” provokes thoughts”→
On Sunday, September 20 Wedeman gallery held the opening reception for “Le Lam: Sketches from the South”. Artist Le Lam’s work reveals what everyday life was like in Vietnam from 1965 to 1974 in the form of portraits and battlefield scenes. This is the artist’s first showing in the United States and will remain in the gallery until Saturday, October 3.
On Sunday, September 20 the Wedeman Art Gallery held the opening reception for “Le Lam: Sketches from the South”. Refreshments were provided for those in attendance while director Vladimir Zimakov introduced the exhibit and head curator, David Thomas. Continue reading “Vietnamese artist debuts at Wedeman Gallery”→