Diana Weiske: "Petals & Places" and Heidi Lee:"Inner Journeys" (Public Reception 9/26 7pm)
Presented by Unbound Visual Arts, Inc.
September 18 - November 3, 2013
Unbound Visual Arts is sponsoring two new exhibitions at the Harvard Allston Education Portal. Diana Weiske: Petals & Places, curated by Ruth Rieffanaugh, at the Harvard Allston Education Portal Art Galleries is a lively colorfest in oil on canvas. Impressionistic florals and picture-postcard scenes in luscious, bold hues with active brushstrokes that keep the viewer engaged. Diana Weiske, a member of Unbound Visual Arts, is an artist residing in Brighton, MA. She came to live in Brighton as a graduate student at Boston College (MA, Biology), and decided to make Brighton her home. She has taken studio-painting courses during the past 10 years. Her work is influenced by the bright colors of the expressionist artists, particularly the Blue Rider Group. Diana paints primarily in oils. This is her first one-person exhibition. Heidi Lee: Inner Journeys , curated by John Quatrale, also at the Harvard Allston Education Art Galleries, is an exhibition in which the artist takes us on a personal spiritual journey. Her paintings focus on vivid images of “healing and redemption” in an attempt to visualize the unseen soul that manifests inner peace and happiness. It is “a search for truth and hope within the context of false realities and deceptions.” Her mostly oil paintings “often take the form of surrealist paintings that juxtapose figurative and contrasting levels of space, which are represented by strong diagonals and planes” in seas of symbolism, fear, chaos and confusion. Through her emotion-filled paintings, Heidi seeks “to communicate the concepts of judgment, falsehood, and selfishness versus grace, mercy, and hope. “ She also leaves many unanswered questions for the rest of us to contemplate: “What do we idolize, worship, or treasure beyond all other things? Which path do we choose when we are confronted by good and evil? and What do we hold back that darkness cannot hide?” Heidi Lee, a member of Unbound Visual Arts, resides in Jamaica Plain. She is the Artist in Residence for the Common Art Program, where she guides and instructs the participants. She also coordinates many exhibits for the Program throughout the Boston area, including Common Art’s involvement in City HeART, a citywide art fair and sale for homeless and low-income artists. She also teaches at Boston Trinity Academy, a middle to high school for urban teens. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Gordon College and a Master of Education with a concentration in Visual Arts from Lesley University. Her art studio is in Watertown and she creates a wide variety of artworks and plans exhibits for Common Art artists. She will be installing a sculpture in Charlton, MA which she designed and built with artist Katie Schultz for the Midstate Trail Art Project this September.This is her first one-person exhibition. A public reception for both exhibitions at the Harvard Allston Education Portal is Thursday September 26th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. The Education Portal is located at 175 North Harvard St., Allston, MA. Public transportation is available through MBTA buses (#66, 70, 70A, 86 to Western Ave/North Harvard St.). Automobile and bicycle parking is also available and a Hubway Station is on site as well. The public hours for the two exhibitions are Monday - Friday from 3:00 -7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 -5:00 pm. Both exhibitions run through November 3, 2013.