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Lighthouses in South Boston

Posted by admin on December 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Young painters wanted for ‘Young at Arts’ Lighthouses on Broadway Program


Two Young at Arts painters working on a lighthouse panel

Young artists and artists of all ages are invited to participate in Phase 2 of the ‘Lighthouses on Broadway’ street-art program in a kick-off drawing and painting session next Monday at 4 p.m. at the Artists for Humanities facility at A and Second streets. In the Spring of next year … 2017 … the streets of South Boston will again be awash with lighthouses … representing colorful beacons of light to warn and guide local youth of the perils of today’s life. Paintings and other visual images created by local youth on boards shaped like lighthouses. The boards, 8 feet high and 2 feet wide will be designed and executed by teen teams. Local youths will be matched with painters from the South Boston Arts Association and advanced student members from the Artists for Humanities. The project began in 2005 as a cooperative effort between artists from the South Boston Arts Association … the South Boston Community Health Center’s Young at Arts group … and the Artists for Humanities. The goal is to have from 50 to 100 painted lighthouses ready to be bracketed to light poles along West and East Broadway and Dorchester Street for exposition during the summer and fall of 2017. Susan Rodgerson, director of Artists for Humanities, signed on immediately as she did in 2006 when the first phase of the program was executed. And once again volunteered EpiCenter studio space and their student members to pair up with youth from the Young at Arts group The program will be inserted into their regular curricular. For more information about the Young at Arts Lighthouses on Broadway street-art project contact Myra Rodriguez Howard, 617-464-7423 or Linda Doran, 617-464-7463 or Dan McCole, 617 464-4237.

Poetry Event at Library 10.22.16

Posted by admin on October 12, 2016 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The South Boston Arts Association will sponsor a semiannual neighborhood poetry reading Saturday, October 22,, 1:30 p.m., South Boston Library, E. Broadway, South Boston. The event is free and open to the public. The poetry reading will be chaired by Dorothy Morris, local poet. You are invited to read one or two poems of your own or of a favorite poet. Refreshments will be served.

Mural Dedication - 9/22/1026 at 5 pm

Posted by admin on September 25, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On September 22, 2016, SBAA members and Billy Higgins, Center Director dedicated the mural created at the Harry McDonough Sailing Center at Castle Island by artists: Janette Chaparro, Paul Conley, Claire Conway, Dennis Conway, Billy Frew, Dan McCole, Don Mejra, Debby O’Toole, Patti Steiner and Tom Steiner. The painting is a replica of the painting 'Landing the Curragh' by Irish artist John Skelton. The work is in keeping with the mission of the members of the association to advance all phases of 'the Arts' for the enjoyment of the residents of South Boston and the many visitors to our community.

Saturday 9/10 Meeting 9:30

Posted by admin on September 7, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)


South BostonStreet Festival Sept 17

Posted by admin on September 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Street Festival will be from 11-4 on Saturday, September 17th. Great day, great entertainment, great art.

Stop by and have your photo taken at the photo booth with a painting courtesy of the South Boston Arts Association

Hope to see you there!

Art Show and Book Sale At the Library

Posted by admin on July 10, 2016 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

12 to 4 pm is the art festival.

Drop off paintings Saturday morning 9am to 11am. Then pick up the painting in the afternoon....

Help is needed in setting up 11am, manning the refreshments during the Festival,

and breaking down @ 4pm when the show is over.

Book Sale

16 July 10 am to 3pm

Art Show and Book Sale at the Library

Posted by admin on July 10, 2016 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 12 to 4 pm is the art festival.

Drop off paintings Saturday morning 9am to 11am. Then pick up the painting in the afternoon....

Help is needed in setting up 11am, manning the refreshments during the Festival,

and breaking down @ 4pm when the show is over.

Book Sale

16 July 10 am to 3pm

Myron Mouse Belfast Visting artist 7/9

Posted by admin on July 3, 2016 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Mural at Castle Island

Posted by admin on July 1, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

For the past six or seven days … up until the end of last week …members of the South Boston Arts Association spent a few hours each morning painting a mural on the side of the Boat House at the Harry McDonough Sailing Center at Castle Island.

 

 

There’s a simple answer for why we spent just a few hours in the mornings … the sun … and we all know, “… only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon-day sun.” … well that’s according to Rudyard Kipling or one of those other British writers.

 

 

And the space between the Painting wall surface and the railing was just about 2 and one half feet. It’s kind of difficult to step back and check on the progress. Had to run out the gate and down the walk towards Sully’s to get a look at what we were doing.

 

 

The full size of the mural is 30 feet by 9 feet. Actually the siding is ten feet high … but nine was about as high as we wanted to go. The Lagoon water temperature being below a reasonable comfort level.

 

 

The mural a replica of a painting by the late Irish Painter John Skelton, called ‘Landing the Curragh’. The ‘curragh’ being sort of an Irish dingy.

 

 

The Southie Arts Association’s mural was duly recognized at the official opening of the Sailing Center last week. All aboard seemed to like the look.

 

 

Three or four years back painters from the Southie Arts Association painted a mural on a storage unit at L Street Bath House beach. Only thing is … the mural faces Dorchester Bay and perhaps the only ones who could enjoy the look are people from UMASS and the Kennedy Library … with spy glasses.

 

 

The painters who worked on the Boat House mural are: Janette Chaparro, Paul Conley, Claire Conway, Dennis Conway, Billy Frew, Dan McCole, Don Mejra and Debby O’Toole.

 

 

The boat house mural will be seen by thousands and admired by all. That’s nice.

 

 

Dan

 

 

 

Dan McCole, president

 

Mural on Castle Island Painting

Posted by admin on June 19, 2016 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Southie Arts Association -  third day of painting

The South Boston Arts Association's artists continued the painting of a mural on the Harry McDonough Sailing Center boat house wall at Castle Island for the third morning (Saturday).

The wall is 30 feet wide and 10 feet high, but the artists decided that nine feet high was enough. The space between the mural wall and the saw-tooth rail fence is two and a half feet ... restricting a reasonable ladder angle for safety ... as well as making it impractical to step back and check the progress. .

The mural is a salute and replica of the painting 'Landing the Curragh' by Irish artist John Skelton. The volunteer work on the mural is on keeping with the mission of the members of the South Boston Arts Association which is, in part, to advance all phases of the 'Arts' for the enjoyment of the residents of South Boston and the many visitors to our community.