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EXHIBITS 2017



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"Artful Giving"

It’s all about gift giving at Main Street Gallery’s much anticipated holiday exhibit, “Artful Giving”. In November and December the gallery’s 13 member artists will be in the holiday spirit, adding to their stable of artwork, smaller, more affordable 8” x 8” artworks. These little gems are perfect for those wanting to give a unique, hand made piece of art as a gift for someone special. The artists are creating beautiful one-of-a-kind paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and even three-dimensional pieces in the 8” x 8” format. These special works of art will be priced at just $64 each. Demand will be high so come early to get your first choice.

In addition, the gallery will be giving back to our community by raffling off a beautiful, 24” x 36” acrylic painting done on canvas by the gallery artists. The painting will be on display in the gallery starting in November so come in and buy a chance to win. All proceeds will go to to Anchor Point, Inc., a local charity that operates a thrift store and provides education, mentoring and job skills for youth and adults.

“Artful Giving” will open on Friday, November 3 and will run through Monday, December 31 with the exception of Christmas and New Years Day. Hours of operation are from Friday through Monday from 11-4 pm. There will be two artist’s receptions on Second Saturdays, November 11 and December 9 from 5-8 pm at the gallery. Both receptions are free and everyone is invited. Light refreshments will be served. Main Street Gallery is located at 518 Poplar St. in Cambridge directly across from Jimmie and Sooks Restaurant. There is free parking on the street and behind the gallery.

For more information, please visit the website at www.mainstgallery.org or call the gallery at 410-330-4659.

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Fran Saundersimage Diane Stoecker image



In addition, Main Street Gallery will be raffling off a Paul McGehee signed and numbered, professionally matted and framed print “Gloucester." All proceeds will go to Anchor Point, Inc., a local charity. The print will go on display and raffle ticket sales will start this second Saturday, November 11. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. A representative from Anchor Point will be at the opening with literature and he will give a brief talk about the charity. The winning raffle ticket will be pulled on Second Saturday, December 9. The value of the print is approximately $350.

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Past


"Six Years and Counting"



Come join in a fun night of art-making in the alley as Main Street Gallery, Cambridge's only artist-run co-op, celebrates its 6th anniversary on second Saturday, September 9 from 5-8 pm. The gallery and the alley are located at 518 Poplar St. and guests can channel their inner artist by taking part in an "anything goes" collaborative painting or by trying their hand at drawing with colored chalks on the wall! There will also be a dynamic demo by painter Kathy Flament of her "Paint Toss" technique. The fun continues inside the gallery where guests can have refreshments while enjoying the works of the gallery's 13 members plus the art of many former members who were invited back to join in the celebration!

Main Street Gallery co-op began six years ago when an eclectic group of artists took the baton from the original Main Street Gallery, which operated under Cambridge Main Street, and started the city's only artist-run cooperative. Keeping the original Main Street name and its location on Muir Street, the group elected a board of directors and set about owning and running the gallery. "We have thrived in a positive environment thanks to a wonderful group of artists," says the current assistant director, Linda Starling. "Our artists have exhibited an outstanding spirit of cooperation, and that's what you need to run a co-op," she continues. "There have been challenges over these six years for sure, but we have been able to meet them and here we are still going strong!"

The past six years have seen the gallery move twice, finally settling in its current location at 518 Poplar St. and it has seen new members come and others go. "Our celebratory exhibit called 'Six Years and Counting' will be a kind of homecoming," according to Starling. "We've invited all our former members to hang a work with us. We are very excited to see old friends, each of whom is an integral part of our gallery's history, and we're looking forward to seeing their new work."

"Six Years and Counting" will run from September 1 through October 30. In addition to the gala reception on second Saturday, September 9, there will be a second reception on second Saturday, October 14 from 5-8 pm. Both receptions are free and open to the public.

Main Street Gallery is located at 518 Poplar St in Cambridge, directly across from Jimmie and Sooks Restaurant. Parking is on the street or behind the gallery. For further information please visit our website at: www.mainstgallery.org or call us at: 410-330-4659.

Laura Hofherr image Phyllis Jaffe image

Toni Burnsimage Lesley Giles image

"Humanity" (July/August 2017)

According to a Wikipedia definition, "Humanity" is simply “the condition of being human”. The word can also refer to “a set of strengths focused on “tending others” “ or it could reference the human species as a whole. "Humanity" is a broad subject open to many artistic interpretations and for their July/August show the artists of Main Street Gallery will share their very personal visions of this theme through their drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, fiber and mixed media works.

”Humanity,” which will be on view from June 30 through August 28 was inspired in part by the 50th anniversary of the racial disturbances in Cambridge and in part by Barbara Lockhardt’s moving novel, ”Elizabeth’s Field,” about a freed slave woman who owned a farm in Dorchester County.

The artists are very excited to announce that on second Saturday, July 8, Barbara Lockhardt will do a book signing at the gallery from 5-8 pm.

Maureen Farrell image Leslie Giles image

Fran Saundersimage Theresa McFadden image


"Trees" (May/June 2017)


"Trees try to reach us" says artist, Kathy Flament. "Leaves whisper and gossip. Branches clatter and groan. Roots scramble and dive." The simple, yet majestic, tree has clearly captured the imagination of this painter and mixed media artist who is Main Street Gallery's featured artist for their May/June exhibit entitled "Trees".

The arcs and intersecting lines of branches; the grays, greens, reds and golds of leaves; and even the sounds of leaves blowing in the wind have all inspired and informed Ms. Flament's colorful and contemporary artwork, she says. Ms. Flament adds that trees have also mentored her as an artist. "I take daily cues from them," she claims. "I still hold a vision of a marine pine in my mind. It was one of the first trees that shaped my personality. Its proud silhouette at the very edge of an outcropping is the image of determination and courage to me." Ms. Flament goes on to say that for her "Trees anchor life. Scientists count their rings to decipher the past. Families in New Orleans mark the present next to the Tree of Life. It has witnessed weddings, receptions and gatherings for hundreds of years."

Essentially a self-taught artist, Ms. Flament initially started painting to deal with a bout of depression. "...even now", she says, "as I paint, I can sense that something is up...pure joy comes out a lot." She credits art-making as a key tool for her self-exploration and expression.

A native of Iowa, Ms. Flament grew up in Illinois and earned a BA from Barat College in Lake Forest, IL. She went on to get her MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. When she isn't painting, she is an independent focus group moderator who now calls Rehoboth Beach DE home.

Ms. Flament has exhibited her artwork in numerous venues in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. She is also a member of the Main Street Gallery co-op. For the "Trees" exhibit, her fellow gallery members will be showing their tree-inspired artwork alongside hers.

"Trees" will open on Thursday, May 4 and run through Sunday, June 25. There will be two artist's receptions on Second Saturdays, May 13 and June 10 from 5-8 pm. Both receptions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Main Street Gallery is located at 518 Poplar St in Cambridge, directly across from Jimmie and Sooks Restaurant. Parking is on the street or behind the gallery. For further information please visit our website at: www.mainstgallery.org or call us at: 410-330-4659.

Fran Saundersimage Kathy Flament image

Deborah Haynes image Linda Starling image

Kathy Flament image Lesley Giles image


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A Change in Atmosphere (March/April 2017)

Spring is coming and the artists at Main Street Gallery in Cambridge are presenting a show that is all about change. Starting in March, each of the gallery's members will exhibit work that in some way reflects a change, either in their world or the world around them. The temperature outside is changing, the landscape is changing and certainly our country's political temperature and landscape is changing. Come see how the artists have translated the theme "A Change in Atmosphere" in their artwork.

In addition there will be a literal change in the gallery's atmosphere as visitors encounter a fresh new way of viewing each artist's work. The idea for a change in presentation came about when one of the co-op's members sadly passed away in December. On reading her obituary and talking to members of her family, several gallery artists realized how little they had known about her past as an artist. They then began to wonder what they didn't know about each other's artistic past.

To address that concern, the exhibition committee decided to exhibit the gallery member's work in a fresh, new way. For the March/April show each artist will have a section of the gallery dedicated to her or his work only. There will also be a picture and written biography of each artist as well, detailing their life as an artist, working methods and achievements. The gallery hopes that this new point of view will allow the viewer to see a larger body of each artist's work and along with reading their biographies come to a fuller understanding of their individual style and the tenor of the message they are conveying.

"A Change of Atmosphere" will open on March 2 and continue through April 30. The gallery is located at 518 Poplar Street in Cambridge directly across from Jimmie and Sook's Restaurant. There is parking on the street and behind the gallery. There will be two Second Saturday receptions on March 11 and April 8 from 5-8 pm. The receptions are free and all are invited. Light refreshments will be served. For further information please visit the gallery's website at www.mainstgallery.org or call 410-330-4659.

Lesley Gilesimage Maureen Farrell image

Linda Starling image Theresa McFadden image


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"Turn, Turn, Turn" (January/February 2017)


"Turn, Turn, Turn" is Main Street Gallery's thought-provoking winter exhibition. Gallery artists will be showing work that looks back at a tumultuous year as well as forward to the new year and all it may bring. The exhibit is a response by the gallery's artists to a 2016 filled with strong emotions brought about by, among other events, a rancorous presidential election. Works will also reflect the challenge to reenergize and deal with an uncertain 2017.

"Turn, Turn, Turn" will open on January 5 and run through February 26. There will be two artist's receptions on second Saturdays, January 14 and February 11 from 5-8 pm at the gallery on 518 Poplar St. directly across from Jimmie and Sook's Restaurant in Cambridge. The receptions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. There is parking on the street and in the lot behind the gallery.

The members of Main Street Gallery dedicate this show to their dear friend and founding member, Nancy South Reybold, who passed away on December 4 at her home in Easton. You can view Nancy's artwork at: www.nancysouthreybold.com.

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The members of Main Street Gallery dedicated this show to their dear friend and founding member, Nancy South Reybold, who passed away on December 4 at her home in Easton. You can view Nancy's artist page here. Rest in peace, Nancy, we'll miss you.

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep



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