Art and the Self
The Gateway Gallery exhibition Art and the Self, juried by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, is comprised of work by artists from Gateway’s Studio A, where artists with psychiatric disabilities, head injuries and others work. Some Studio A artists have art school degrees, or if self taught, their work appears more like work from the contemporary mainstream art world. Therefore, from its inception in 1997, Studio A has been a place where artists with psychiatric disabilities have the opportunity to build an identity as an artist without the constraints and stigma of disability.
Art and the Self features and celebrates the work and artists of Studio A, and the achievements possible when using art as a vehicle to create a new self. Their approach and practice is like that of any artist. They grapple with formal issues of composition, color, design, and content. They share their work and ideas and give each other feedback. Their goal is to be professional working artists, and their success is certainly evident. We congratulate them for their focus, determination, and perseverance toward adding their voices to the world of art.
— Stephen De Fronzo, Art Director, Gateway Arts
This exhibition was supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, supports.
Join us for an Opening Reception on Friday, September 14th, 2018, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The reception will feature a gallery talk by exhibiting artists, beginning at 6 PM, as well as complimentary wine from Brookline Fine Wine and Spirits and refreshments from Trader Joe’s – Brookline, MA.
SEPTEMBER 10 – NOVEMBER 3, 2018
This exhibition image gallery showcases the complete exhibition. To inquire about artwork available for purchase from this exhibition, please email The Gateway Store Manager Loel Westermann at email@example.com.
The opening reception for Art and the Self was held on Friday, September 14th, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The event was well attended by approximately 65 artists and their family and friends, Gateway Advisory Committee members, and Brookline community members. Guests enjoyed light refreshments generously provided by Trader Joe’s Coolidge corner and Brookline Fine Wine and Spirits, and gallery talks by Gateway artists. During her talk, artist Ruby Pearl shared “I realized that I’m becoming a real person not a damaged person, I’m no longer a damaged person. I wanted to recreate the woman not just who I am, but I wanted to do the image of all the women in the world that needed to stand up and feel like they were living also.”
Read more about the reception here.