OPENING October 25: Fly By: The Bird at Press

Fly By “Everyone keeps asking us, ‘Why the bird?’” said MCLA assistant professor of art Melanie Mowinski, PRESS founder and curator. “The bird is part of the experience of PRESS: LetterPRESS as a Public Art Project, ever present in the gallery from displayed prints to monthly postcards, even finding a new spot to perching in the vinyl of the latest show.”

This exhibition showcases the letterpress prints and postcards that feature the familiar silhouette of a bird or birds created at PRESS by Mowinski, as well as bird images by C. Ryder Cooley and PRESS interns.

“My bird imagery relates to ideas of nesting and rebirth,” Mowinski said. “I imagine the womb as a nest and an incubator for creative ideas, not just babies. I also see it as a gestation place for learning, gaining strength and life. The nest/bird/baby/idea that grows there then must come out somehow–through song, creation, and birth.The bird inside and outside of the body outline tries to express this.”

OPENING November 29: Captured Life

This exhibition showcases the works of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) four graduating Art Majors: Adriana Alexatos, Sarah Howard, Kimberly Lavigne and Julia McDonald. Every graduating art major creates a final exhibition as part of MCLA’s Senior Art Project.

This thesis show is coordinated by MCLA Assistant Professor of Art and PRESS founder Melanie Mowinski. PRESS is pleased to host the sixth installment of the senior art show since the art major’s inception four years ago.

Captured Life, features a spectrum of mediums from photography, printmaking, mixed media collage, charcoal drawings, paintings as well as sculpture. The artists express a multitude of subject matter, from the humorous to the macabre.