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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Wall Street Journal, November 4th, 2018
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The Today Show, November 5th, 2018
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New York Times, November 5th, 2018
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New York Times, November 7th 2018
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PBS News Hour, November 8th, 2018
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NBC Local News 4, November 13th, 2018


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.

An invitation to write for “Nature & Vitality” Beacon Gallery’s November/December 2018 show

This is last minute, but if you want to participate, get your works in quickly! You have until Monday October 22nd.

Beacon Gallery’s upcoming show is “Nature & Vitality” – if you would like to write a poem or creative piece to accompany any of the works, below is a selection of the pieces featured in the show.

Similar to with our show “Synaesthesia” you are invited to look at these works and see what moves you to write. You can write about anything you want, in any style you want (poetry or prose). This is not meant to be artistic criticism but more of a creative activity in how you experience the work. If the “spirit” doesn’t move you, there’s no obligation to submit anything, or you can write about multiple pieces. As of now, there is no limit to your submissions.

While we will only publish some of the work that is submitted, we appreciate everyone’s participation in this experiment.


Deadline for submissions is October 22nd 

Show opens November 2nd at Beacon Gallery 524B Harrison Ave Boston MA 02118

There will most likely be an opportunity for a live performance of selected works, please make a note if participation is something that interests you.

Format: Please submit a word document or similar (no PDFs) to

Include the artist’s name and image number in the subject line of the email

In the word document: please include the artist’s name, title (check the captions – select image/hover your mouse if you can’t see them) as well as a copy of the image (to avoid any confusion). Put your full name (as you would want it to appear in the show) and the title of your work (if there is one). No need to format your work in any specific way unless you have a formatted vision for your work. If that’s the case, please provide a PDF or jpg in addition to the word document.

Caveats:  Written work submitted may not be selected for printing, but all submissions are greatly appreciated!  All written work remains the property of the original author and cannot be reproduced outside the gallery without express written permission.

Submit your work to referencing the artwork it’s meant to accompany by October 22nd. We’ll let you know if your work is selected by the 26th. 

Nature & Vitality 

Myra Abelson 


Betty Canick

World's End
World’s End


Malcolm Montague Davis

Massif Blue Rim


Andrew Wei Huang (sculptures)


Etched Knight
Etched Knight


KY Huang (sculptures)

“Having Fun Series” (2 pieces)


Swimming Water Buffalo

Jean Sbarra Jones


Anya Leveille


Lori Mehta

L to R: Run with the Wind, A Stones Throw, Unplugged


Thomas Miller


Adrienne Shishko

James Varnum

Jack of Hearts
Jack of Hearts
James Varnum Ancient Path 22.5 x30
Ancient Path
James Varnum Break Away 22x30
Break Away
Shore 25.5 x20


That’s everything! There are a few more great pieces to be added in the show, but above are all the pieces to write on for now! Enjoy and we look forward to hearing from you!

Green Crabs

We were lucky enough to have marine scientists come and speak to us on Saturday October 15th about green crabs and seagrass – particularly eelgrass (the species most prevalent here in the northeast).

One of the most memorable pieces of media shown was the 3-minute video preview below, talking about the impact of the European Green Crab on the local marshlands.

It’s definitely worth a look!

Go to Walker Creek Media (creators of the video) to learn more