City Hall Galleries
The Mayor's Gallery exhibits work by Boston artists who have received recognition for their artwork through grants, awards and other types of public display.
The Scollay Square Gallery showcases the many arts organizations and artists community groups that support Boston artists throughout the city.
Escapism & Adventure/Vanessa Michalak
Location: Mayors Gallery, 5th floor (Directions)
Dates: May 22 - June 26, 2015
Escapism & Adventure
Vanessa Michalak is a painter living and working in Boston, MA. She graduated with her BSN in nursing 2004 from the University of Maine, Orono and earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2013. As a Maine native, nature and landscape have served as significant inspirations for her recent body of work. She was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in painting, 2014. Her work is included in New American Paintings #110 and her painting, “On the Way Home” was included as the cover image for Fresh Paint Magazine, issue 3. Her work was also exhibited in the MFA National Competition.
"Ideas about escapism and adventure are explored in paintings created by the synthesis of memories, imagination and found photos. Unexpected color and inventive brushwork blend representation with abstraction, constructing worlds that are dreamlike yet familiar. Although the paintings depict naturalistic forms, elements of human interaction within the landscape are always present. Figures move through forests and viewers are forced to make their way through overgrown paths. Particular structures within the landscape allude to impermanence. The paintings become a reflection of my inner restlessness and my longing to reconnect with nature."
Full Tilt Studios
Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd floor (Directions)
Dates: May 18 - June 26, 2015
Full Tilt Print Studio has 26 members who benefit by being part of a community of experienced printmakers. Members share technical expertise in a quiet, collegial workplace. As Boston’s only nonprofit cooperative printmaking studio, Full Tilt offers an open space that encourages free thinking.
Since its beginning, the studio has attracted strong, innovative printmakers. It began in 1970 as Experimental Etching Studio (EES), founded by Deborah Cornell, Jeannette Silverio, and Gretchen Ewert. By 1983, it had evolved into a cooperative, operating under the name EES Arts, which two decades later became a nonprofit. As members began exploring printmaking techniques beyond etching, the organization sought a name change. Thus, in 2013, Full Tilt Print Studio was born—a name that reflects not only the group’s creativity, but its drive and energy.
Pics in the Park
Location: Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd floor (Directions)
The 2015 Pics in the Parks series attracted photographers, of different expertise levels, to capture amazing photos at five iconic parks: Adams Park in Roslindale, Christopher Columbus Park in The North End, Franklin Park in Dorchester, Highland Park in Roxbury, and The Boston Public Garden. This series was instructed by photographer Sarah Berry.
This program is part of the Boston Parks Departments interactive photo workshop series.
Directions & Locations
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Mayor's Art Gallery:
Located on the 5th floor of City Hall. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 5th floor, follow signs to Mayor's Office: signage marks the gallery entrance. If you are planning to attend an opening you must enter from Congress Street.
Scollay Square Gallery:
Located on the 3rd floor/main lobby of City Hall. When entering from Congress St, take elevators to 3rd floor, proceed through lobby, passing the information desk on your right. The gallery is ahead of you. When entering from City Hall Plaza, proceed through lobby, passing the information desk on your right. The gallery is ahead of you. Signage marks the gallery entrance. If you are planning to attend an opening you must enter from Congress Street.
Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery:
Located on the 2nd floor near the South Elevators. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 2nd floor.