Online Exhibition Part One
Part one of a four-part exhibition series.
Enjoy the possibilities here in this four-part series. New works will be posted every two weeks.
MICHELA ZACCAI. CITYSCAPE. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS.
RUSSELL MCNAUGHT. UNTITLED. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS.
NANCY SAMPSON. UNTITLED. WATERCOLOR ON PAPER.
LEAH DUNN. UNTITLED. GRAPHITE AND MARKER ON PAPER.
HABIB PLASENCIA. UNTITLED. WET MEDIA ON PAPER.
PAT PETER. UNTITLED. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS.
KENNETH REYNOLDS. UNTITLED. DRY MEDIA ON PAPER.
PARKER STALLWORTH. UNTITLED. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS.
FARAH FAUSTIN. UNTITLED. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS.
CHUCK JOHNSON. VIOLET EBONY SPECTRE. MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER.
PATRICK SHEA. UNTITLED. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS.
CHRISTINA TAYLOR. UNTITLED. MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER.
SUSAN JEAN SEMPLE. UNTITLED. ACRYLIC AND WATERCOLOR ON PAPER.
CHARLENE MURPHY. TWO DOGS. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS.
MICHAEL OLIVEIRA. UNTITLED. MIXED MEDIA.
GABRIELLE SICHEL. UNTITLED. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS.
CHERYL RUSSO. UNTITLED. WET MEDIA ON PAPER.
MATTHEW TREGGIARI. GIRAFFE. MIXED MEDIA.
ROTIMI OSINUBI. UNTITLED. WET MEDIA ON CANVAS.
Nancy Sampson (1941-2007) was at Wrentham State School from age nine to seventeen.
After that she lived with family members, worked at a variety of jobs, and had two children. In 1990, after a series of physical ailments, Sampson began attending Gateway Arts. She had always liked working with her hands, and at Gateway, a whole new world of making art and hand-crafted items opened to her. At Gateway, she always showed interest in knowing more about being an artist. She drew and painted even in her spare time at home. She became a proficient weaver and made wonderful pieces in the pottery studio.
Sampson was a friendly person, well liked by many of her colleagues. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was not only a self-advocate, but an advocate for others. She enjoyed relating her experiences to others and wrote a number of articles for “On Our Own,” a past Gateway publication. She also gave talks at Pierce School in Brookline about what it meant to be a person with a disability and shared her ability to create art and crafts. She had many fans who loved her depictions of cats and personal experiences. She will be sorely missed and her memory will live on through the work she created.
Sampson won a number of awards for her artwork from The Ebensburg Center in Pennsylvania and showed her work nationally in Virginia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, and internationally in Cambridge, England. Her work was shown and sold in the Gateway Gallery and the Gateway Store as well as the Mall at Chestnut Hill.
Susan Jean Semple was born in Oklahoma in 1949. She attended Gateway Arts from 1997 until 2006.
At the age of eighteen, Semple began painting in oils and attended the University of Oklahoma where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. For a number of years, Semple led the life of a vagabond. With her second husband she traveled all over the United States while simultaneously raising a family. To earn money, she set up shop as a portrait artist, drawing peoples’ likenesses for two dollars apiece. Ultimately, Semple made her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Semple is a versatile artist whose creativity shines through in many mediums, including: painting, drawing, print making, pottery, sculpture and quilting.
Semple was a featured artist in the Gateway Gallery and her work has been shown extensively in the U.S., especially Washington State and New York.
Patrick Shea was born in 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts, and began working at Gateway Arts in 2015.
Shea spent thirty-five years of his life living in Winthrop, Massachusetts where he was very active with hockey, soccer, and the boy scouts. Since joining Gateway Arts Shea has actively pursued his interest in drawing. Often, Shea can be found working with paper and pencils, alternating working freely and using rulers—he creates works that are both abstract and figurative. Shea has also expanded his artistic practice to include both ceramic and fiber outputs.
Shea’s work has been exhibited at the Gateway Gallery.
Gabrielle Sichel graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1986, Tufts University in 1989, and came to Gateway Arts in 1997.
Gabrielle Sichel grew up in rural Connecticut, her mother an artist and her father a writer. Throughout her life, Sichel has seen the process of art making as a necessity, and has studied formally and independently. In 1989 she graduated from SMFA/Tufts University. Though painting and drawing have been a constant, Sichel works in an expansive variety of mediums culminating in the publication of several artist books, site-specific installations, wood carving, and a current focus on fiber art-based pieces.
Sichel’s work has been exhibited locally and nationally, including at Margaret Bodell Gallery in New York and the Berenberg Gallery in Boston. Sichel has had her work reviewed in the Boston Globe, Arts Media, and the Boston Herald. She is a three-time scholarship recipient for the Medicine Wheel Artist Retreat, and has received fellowships to attend The Vermont Studio Center five times. Additionally, Sichel has written and illustrated a book of poetry called Sees and Hears and her poems have been published in For Crying Out Loud. Her current project is an artist’s book with poems, entitled Chance.
Parker Stallworth was born in 1991 and lives in Malden, MA. He began working in the Gateway studios in 2020.
Stallworth has a twin sister who, along with himself, sometimes figures into his playful, cartoon-style pen-and-ink-drawings. Stallworth has a strong interest in all still drawing media, including digital and watercolor, and his work also manifests in careful, astute graphite drawings of the animal kingdom. Stallworth’s sensitivity and attention to detail are notable in his approach.
Stallworth’s work is available in The Gateway Store.
Christina Taylor was born in 1983 in Boston.
Taylor had a prolific career as a Gateway artist from 2006 to 2013. She has a wonderful eye for color, perspective, and shape. Christina has a very meticulous and precise work method, which distinguishes her work in all media. She creates jewelry, weaving, drawing, pottery, and stunning embroideries. Christina was always seen smiling and diligently working while at Gateway Arts.
Taylor has exhibited her work in the Phoenix Gallery, Berenberg Gallery, Gateway Gallery, the Mall at Chestnut Hill, and Barney’s New York retail stores.
Matthew Treggiari resides in Salem, MA and has been attending Gateway Arts since 2005.
He enjoys painting, drawing, sculpting and making craft items. Treggiari draws on anything, including napkins and paper towels. One of his favorite subjects is cats, inspired by his pets Moey and Zoey, he often transforms everyday objects into cat hybrids. Treggiari is captivated by a rotating array of subjects, often derived from movies, television and video games. Not content with the existing roster of characters, he introduces scores of his own characters into these fantasy universes. Creativity could be Treggiari’s middle name. He is never at a loss for ideas and finds fulfillment by using art as a medium for communicating his ideas to the world. Treggiari works in many mediums, both 2 and 3 dimensional, including paint, clay and fibers. Treggiari is an exciting emerging artist, devoted to his work.
Treggiari’s work has been shown at the Gateway Gallery, the New Art Center in Newton, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Drive- by Projects in Watertown, and at the Mall at Chestnut Hill in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Michela Zaccai joined Gateway Arts in 2019.
Fluent in English and Italian, Zaccai travels frequently. Her colorful, primarily two-dimensional work is inspired by her visits to Europe, her life in Boston, her love of animals, and her interest in movies and pop culture. While at Gateway, Zaccai explores painting with acrylic; drawing with markers, colored pencils and graphite; and jewelry making. Her work is characterized by bright colors, organic lines, and expressive feeling.
Zaccai’s work has been exhibited in the Gateway Gallery.