Sofar at Beacon Gallery

We were lucky enough to host a “secret show” at Beacon Gallery last night.

Sofar Boston brought in three amazing musical acts to the gallery for a 2-hour performance.

Like all their events, the neighborhood was advertised, but the actual location was only revealed to winners of the tickets on the day of. About 30 individuals joined us at Beacon Gallery for a sold-out performance.

Three diverse acts performed 20-minute sets each. With a break between each, and Caron Tabb’s installation art on the walls, it certainly made for an interesting and stimulating evening for the visitors!

Alexus Lee

Gorgeous, soulful voice and thoughtful lyrics

Alper Tuzcu and Lasya

Two incredibly talented musicians who wowed the crowd with their musical prowess.


Strong command of lyrics, fabulous instrumental backup on sax and keyboard… straight from Brooklyn to Beacon.

A fantastic evening lasting from 8-10, this was a perfect night out for those looking to discover some amazing new musical talent in an unconventional space.

Make your sofar account today and get ready for another show at Beacon Gallery… sometime before the end of the year!

Beacon Gallery in the media

We were delighted to have a couple of mentions in Art New England’s September/October 2019 edition!

Caron Tabb’s solo show, Of Two Places, received a preview in the magazine.

Beacon Gallery’s September show was also listed in the Destination Boston section.

Owner and Gallery Director Christine O’Donnell was also tapped to jury Artscope’s centerfold contest for the September-October issue. The theme was climate change.

It’s always a delight to see artists getting attention in the media, especially if those artists are associated with Beacon Gallery.

Lost & Found: Sofia Plater’s Cultch



1. (US, New England) An accumulation of small items of little value.

“Cultch is the New England word for that clutter of partly worn-out or obsolete objects that always gathers…there’s everything there- old bolts, old wrought-iron cut nails, bits of unrelated metal, old wood, wiping rags, coffee cans, broken hacksaw blades, a divorced work glove or two, parts of a dog team harness…it’s a mess, but it’s better to have this one big mess in the corner of the kitchen than a patina of messiness spread all over the house.”

Louise Dickinson Rich, We Took to the Woods, 1942
Cultch @ Webster Court

In September, Beacon Gallery welcomes the work of Sofia Plater as well as that of Ari Hauben and Sam Belisle for “Lost & Found”

One of the showstoppers (at least in this writer’s opinion!) is Plater’s Cultch installation piece.

This room-size installation is on view at the enclosed area at the back of the gallery. We are delighted to feature such an exceptional and original piece of artwork, and one with such layered roots and meanings, relevant both to New England and our time in history.

The Cultch is made up of pieces spanning the 19th through the 21st century, and is an installation of found objects integrated with Plater’s unique textural artwork. It’s truly a meditation on our throwaway culture and ways in which objects we may ignore or discard can be turned into artwork.

Time lapse video of the installation

The final product

Here are some photos of the show

Cultch artist Plater (front) with two visitors (Photo Credit: Juliet Lockwood)
Artist and visitors discussing the Cultch (Photo Credit: Juliet Lockwood)
Former Beacon Gallery intern Melissa He and owner and director Christine O’Donnell at the entrance to the Cultch (Photo Credit: Juliet Lockwood)

Material Origin List

no 1. Art piece: Grey Pyramids(2019) 12”x18” $350

no 2. By-product from manufacturing poster tubes (Rhode Island Recycle Center)

no 3. Electrical filter (Mission Hill Recycle Center)

no 4. Art piece: Glue Tubes (2018) 18”x24” $1000

no 5. Cast-iron heating grate (late 1800s, donated by B. Amore)

no 6. Styrofoam packaging for Christmas ornaments (Home Depot)

no 7. Foam packaging from shipped Georgia peaches (2010)

no 8. Wood from PopPop’s barn (Kintnersville, PA. 2011)

no 9. Plastic vacuum-formed over a blanket (SMFA)

no 10. Cast-off honeycomb cardboard packaging (Rhode Island Recycle Center) 

no 11. Lego mat found during Allston Christmas (Donated by Cal Rice, 2018)

no 12. Sound-proofing foam (Side of road; Allston, MA)

no 13. Insulation spray foam mistake (SMFA, 2018)

no 14. Repurposed art piece, Enveloping Moss(2018) 

no 15. Art piece: Shards and Shavings (2018) 30”x40” $3000

no 16. Art piece: Tar Rings (2017) 18”x24” $900

no 17. Old fashioned contact lense cases (donated by Fran Nussbaum, 2015) 

no 18. Bose speaker packaging (donated by Beacon Gallery, 2019)

no 19. Rusty sewer grate found buried in the sand, reformed (Provincetown, MA)

no 20. Foam by-product of jewelry packaging (Rhode Island Recycle Center)

no 21. Insulation foam and sound proofing foam (Side of road,  Allston, MA)

no 22. Discarded trellis from my childhood best friend’s house (Sondra Saporta. Newton, MA) 

no 23. Art piece: fiberglass Strips 1 (2019) 28”x22” $850

no 24. Art piece:Pyramid Push Through (2019) 19”x12.5” $1000

no 25.  Painted window blinds under louver (donated by Doug Breault)

no 26. Wood model airplane wing (Makerspace, Rutland, VT)

no 27. Shattered glass from Real Art Ways (Neil Daigle Orians, Hartford, CT)

no 28. First ever welding experiment (SMFA, 2016)

no 29. Knife block insides (donated by Kathy Gearon)

no 30. Art piece: fiberglass Strips 3  (2019) 20”x20” $1000

no 31. PVC flanges from garbage (Somerville, MA)

no 32. Plastic flooring for mold prevention in antique box (Mission Hill Recycle Center) 

no 33. By-product from manufacturing poster tubes (RIRC)

no 34. Vacuum-formed plastic over by-product from manufacturing poster tubes (RIRC)

no 35. Wacky wood scrap (donated by Dave Macdonald)

no 36. Found spray paint caps (SMFA spray booth, 2017) 

no 37. Board game card cutouts (donated by Aaron Girelli) 

no 38. Screen (attic of Webster Court. Newton, MA)

no 39. Stick curtains (from my tree house; 1998)

no 40. Art piece: Remnants #1(2018) 30”x40” $2000

no 41. Insulation spray foam mistake (2019)

no 42. 1920’s metal sign hanger my PopPop found (Kintnersville, PA)

no 43. Art piece: Fiberglass Strips 2  (2019) 18”x24” $850

no 44. Art piece: Cement Circles(2019) 15”x15” $400

no 45. Wood scraps from the laser cutter (Makerspace, Rutland, VT)

no 46. Barn wood frame with by-product from manufacturing poster tubes (Kintnersville, PA)

no 47. Vacuum-formed plastic over by-product from manufacturing poster tubes (RIRC)

no 48. Cast-off honeycomb cardboard packaging (Rhode Island Recycle Center) 

no 49. Perforated metal sheeting (Rutland Steel, VT)

no 50. Vacuum-formed plastic over by-product from manufacturing poster tubes (RIRC)

Dylan Brams’ unique photographs of handblown glass

Beacon Gallery is pleased to soon feature the work of Jerusalem-based glass artist Dylan Brams, both online as one of our gallery artists and in our November 2019 show, entitled “Depth”. 

His most recent series, “The Ampolina Project,” merges decorative art history with modern computer programming (doubling as a computer engineer, Brams describes himself as “an engineer with a glass habit.”) For this series, Brams begins by photographing the ampolinas he has made, then applies a proprietary computer program to create a digital-composite image of a series of the vessels. The emergent photograph is an improbable and diaphanous image of glass art. 

A large print of Dylan Brams’ work from Beacon Gallery’s Analog | Digital show in 2019

You may find yourself asking, what exactly is an ampolina? What is it used for? How is it made? 

As stated on the website, the “ampolina” is a Venetian take on the amphora, a jar with two handles, only slightly smaller and with a spout. Brams tells me they were often used as olive oil pitchers. He sculpts each piece of the vessel with molten glass: the body, pitcher, foot, handle, spout, and decorative elements. Collaborating with various partners over 15 years, Brams has created over 330 different ampolinas!

In addition to Brams’ recent lecture on the Ampolina glass form at Hebrew University, the Corning Museum Rakow Research Library’s website offers some valuable insight into the vessel’s history and making process.

Be sure to watch the Corning Museum’s positively mesmerizing video of ampolina glassblowing to fully grasp the skill and precision required to create Brams’ beautifully ornate glass art.

In addition, the prestigious Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY) is currently showing Dylan Brams’ work in a competitive 9-month long group exhibition entitled New Glass Now which showcases experimentation and innovation in contemporary glass art.

New Glass Now documents the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers, and architects around the world working in the challenging material of glass. A global survey designed to show the breadth and depth of contemporary glassmaking, the exhibition features objects, installations, videos, and performances made in the last three years by 100 artists of 32 nationalities working in more than 25 countries.

– Corning Museum of Glass

Given that there were submissions by over 1,400 artists from 52 countries, it is truly an honor that Brams’ work was accepted into this selective show. Clearly, his unique style of work and artistic vision take his glasswork and photography beyond traditional “craft” and into the realm of innovative artistry.

Check out the blog again soon for more information on artists being featured this fall!

And Dylan’s work will be online for purchase soon – in multiple sizes. Email for more info!