Maya Kabat’s Artwork

We at Beacon Gallery are lucky enough to have two of Maya Kabat’s pieces as part of the Analog | Digital show.

Here are her two “Time is Asymmetrical” pieces


Here’s what Kabat says of her work:

“My experimental drawings and mixed media works on paper appropriate concepts from a variety of sources: nature, natural laws and patterns, physics, mathematics, metaphysics and computer coding. Interested in the hidden systems, structures and energies we sense (or even know through science) but cannot see, I explore a world where these alternate realities are made visual. What does digital space look like? How do we understand and visualize time that isn’t linear? These questions provide a starting point for exploration and experimentation.

In my series of works about nonlinear time, for instance, I use binary code to reference the alternate reality that is digital space. Imaginary notions of nonlinear time are translated into binary code and stenciled onto paper using a variety of water-based inks. The ink was then dispersed with water and additional layers of text were then added. Each title refers to the text coded into each piece.

For me, investigating the poetics of digital space is very exciting at this particular moment as we as a culture spend so much of our time on computers. I’m a materially oriented, process-based artist. I’m rooted as a maker in the analog world. However, exploring digital space a metaphor for other kinds of space and other realities is very intriguing and continues to inspire new work including this series of drawings put forward here.”

And check out this cool video about Maya and her paintings!

Maya Kabat – Collaboration with the paint from Mark Altenberg on Vimeo.

Kabat’s Website:

Kabat’s Instagram: @mayakabat

Analog | Digital Artists Announced!

Beacon Gallery is pleased to announce that the following artists will be featured in the upcoming Analog | Digital show, opening January 11th. Join us for the opening that Friday evening starting at 6 pm!

We were overwhelmed by the quality of the work submitted and can’t wait to see how everything comes together.

Thank you again to Chris Lee of the Boston Group and Kimberly Johnson Panay of The Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum as well as Beacon Gallery owner and director Christine O’Donnell for jurying!

Alphabetical Artist List

Andrew Au,  Cincinnati, OH

Jenny Balisle,  Richmond, CA

Dylan Brams,  Portland, OR

Gerry Chapleski,  Broomfield, CO

Christine Chin,  Ithaca, NY

Glenn Church,  Marlboro, MA

Santiago Echeverry,  Tampa, FL

Bill Hecht,  Reading, MA

Dee Hood,  Ruskin, FL

Faith Humphrey Hill,  Oak Park, IL

Maya Kabat,  Berkeley, CA

Arturo Mejia,  Los Angeles, CA

Meghan Mirasolo,  Melrose, MA

Nilou Moochhala,  Arlington, MA

Remi Picó,  Boston, MA

Muzi Rowe,  Sacramento, CA

Eleanor Sabin,  Fort Collins, CO

Sharon Schindler,  Newton, MA

Lydia See,  Sylva, NC

Chaucer Silverson,  Bozeman, MT

Michael Spillers, Kansas City, MO

Jason Wagner,  Golden, CO

Nicole Woodbury,  Centerville, UT

Adrienne Shishko’s wrapped buildings adorn Crystal City, VA & the news!

With Amazon’s choices for its new headquarters being the talk of much of the news media, Adrienne Shishko’s Crystal City buildings have illustrated many of the printed and television pieces discussing the company’s selection.

While the many articles don’t mention her brightly colored fabrics (alas!), clearly Shishko’s pop of color lends interest to what would otherwise be a mundane city streetscape. As Shishko herself said, “Public art disrupts and animates urban spaces, enabling people to see and experience the built environment in a new way. I believe the colorful building wrap I did in Crystal City became an iconic image of the Amazon story because it symbolically captured the energy and appeal of the neighborhood that ultimately won the Amazon bid.”

Take a look at just a sampling of the articles from sources such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, PBS News Hour and the Today Show, where you can find Shisko’s wrapped buildings – all featured in just the last couple of weeks – and click on the images to be brought to the articles!

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Washington Post November 3rd, 2018
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Luckily, the Washington Post actually did write an entire article on Shishko’s wrapped buildings, which you can read here.

One of the works by Massachusetts artist Adrienne Shishko features impressionistic colors. (John Kelly/The Washington Post)

Check out this news report on the buildings as well as an interview with Shishko as well!

What’s the deal with all these colorful buildings popping up in Crystal City?

Wrapped from A Shishko.


Uprooted in the Boston Globe

Beacon Gallery was delighted to be featured in The Boston Globe’s October 14th issue. Anything that can be done to spread the message of Nedret Andre’s work to bring awareness to the importance of seagrass along our coastlines is appreciated!

If you are interested in learning or doing more, please visit: to see Andre’s interviews with marine ecologists or to help protect our waters by contacting your congressperson.

You can also find links to conservation organizations you can donate to by going to Andre’s ‘about’ page at



Online Odes to Myra Abelson’s Floral Triptych

We received these lovely poems too late to include in our show, “Nature & Vitality” but we figured we would share them online instead!

To remind you, here are photographs of Myra’s three pieces:



Barbara Varanka wrote the following poems for Myra Abelson’s pieces:



Seeds flying through the park
peak heat in the middle
of summer again

Reclined in this soft bed
I’m looking up to study the light
the blue of the sky

the way the pine needles fan
over my head. My limbs
stretch and bend, lean

and fold. I let the wind
tousle me. My stem
is steady. I love

when you visit me
in the morning, sun
already melting us.

Sweat softens our faces.
You lean in to breathe me.
Our Saturday morning encounter

we repeat each week
like a sacred ritual.

You, the guest, and me,
your temporary host.



Blush-white skirts
rustle in the wings
of a theater. The dancers
wait to go on, and then the light:
blue against a rising curtain,
the springboard floor
conjuring order & chaos
with limbs that raise
like doves. Wings repeat
from holy centers,
each her own blooming
bird among the satin
flock. The best fly as if lost,
pretending to be unaware
of any audience. They’ll never see
how brightly they glow,
how the pastel palette mists
when the young & old girls watching
feel overcome by the gloss,
the way the spotlight strikes
the fabric, the way it radiates
as they fly.



I may not be your favorite
but I raise my face to the sun
anyway. The light hits me
and I am pure and white
and intoxicating to bees.
They arrive at my face
for the miracle of honey.
In my center I keep
the powder they need. I belong
to flocks of wildness on Mexican hills.
My name is native.

You would pluck me
to carry me to your love, bee
still buzzing inside. I expire
in a gesture. The magic
of my long, slender fingers
a now withering fringe.
The height of my youth
suspended for a moment.