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Maud Morgan Arts comprises a full arts program of classes and workshops for all ages, the Chandler Gallery, and a collection of original art by noted artist and community resident Maud Morgan (1903-1999). The agency works to reflect the diversity and talents of the community, bringing people together to make art, share art, and support visual arts education. Maud Morgan Arts is a program under the umbrella of the Agassiz Baldwin Community, a private non-profit organization that has provided quality programs and services in Cambridge for over 40 years.

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The saying goes “one man’s trash is another’s treasure,” but for Woomin Kim, it’s more than that: it’s art yet to be created. Her unique use of found and discarded fibers, such as glass from littered broken bottles or even old hair extensions, will be featured in an upcoming installation at the Chandler Gallery entitled “Urban Nest Project: Greater Boston.” Kim’s work is part of the 2017 Spirit Awards honoring Jason Weeks, Executive Director of the Cambridge Arts Council, to benefit Maud Morgan Arts.

Artist Alexandra Sheldon’s sketches of Cambridge speak to locals. In “Sketches of Cambridge,” her upcoming show at the Chandler Gallery, Sheldon eschews city squares and tourist hot-spots and finds beauty in the paved streets, traffic cones, bare tree limbs, and power lines of residential neighborhoods.

For 30 years, artist Bill Flynn has been collecting crushed gloves. He is fascinated by the way the random creases reshape each glove into a visually exciting flat piece. Flynn’s glove collection served as a major influence for his latest show at the Chandler Gallery: Each drawing borrows the techniques of folding and flattening to incorporate fortuitous rips and edges as part of the finished work.

 

At dusk, a figure creeps through the bushes toward the open window of a house. The legs are visible, but the figure’s head and torso are hidden in a mass of white strands, like yarn or fur. Sarah Wentworth’s photograph, “Rugosa Window,” is one of the pieces in the Chandler Gallery’s 2017 Small Works Salon.

Artist Gerry Bergstein uses his studio floor as “an archaeological site in which to explore my own mind.” For over a decade, he has added paint and collage to an ever-evolving studio installation that serves as a figurative and literal starting point for his artwork. The pieces in Bergstein’s upcoming show at the Chandler Gallery combine photographs of his studio collage with additional visual elements, intentionally blurring the lines between photography, painting and collage.

 “Any successful photograph is a gift,” says photographer Robin Z. Boger. “A gift of place, of people and of spirit.” In an upcoming show at the Chandler Gallery, Boger’s photographs of city and rural life in Cuba appear alongside Sean Kernan’s photographs taken at a boxing club in Kampala, Uganda. “We both went into other universes than our own,” says Kernan. “But our responses were quite different.”

 

 

Through January 6th, “Drawn From Within: Work by ABC and MMA Staff and Faculty” is at the Chandler Gallery. The show displays the hidden talents of the people who work behind the scenes to run children’s programs, art classes, community activities for seniors, and a neighborhood council. The variety of artwork (including prints, sculpture, drawings, paintings and more) affirms that creativity takes many forms and springs from many sources.

 

‘Tis the season of giving and you’re invited to this December’s 30th Annual Kids Only Holiday Sale! Agassiz Baldwin Community staff members and student volunteers will be on hand to help kids browse and purchase fun and inexpensive gifts for someone they love. Most items cost between ten cents and five dollars so that everyone can find something special to give to family or friends.

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“Birches have nearly taken over my studio,” says artist Marja Lianko, whose upcoming show at the Chandler Gallery features paintings and sculpture depicting—and, in some cases, made of—trees, bark and branches. Lianko is a fixture in the Boston art scene. She taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts for 23 years, and has shown her work at the MFA, the Fogg Museum, the DeCordova, the Rose Museum, and the Art Complex Museum. This past spring, she took first prize in the Chandler Gallery’s Small Works Salon.

Join us for the Maud Morgan Arts HONK! Parade Mask Workshop and create your own mask with glitter, paper, paint and assorted baubles. Then join the HONK! Parade to “reclaim the streets for horns, bikes and feet” as it winds its way into Harvard Square. Add your voice to the HONK! celebration of social justice as activist street bands and community groups will protest political apathy with music, humor and outrageous costumes. Workshop begins at 11am on Sunday, October 9. Pizza lunch will be served.