Arts



From The Boss to Boston, Ron Pownall Recorded Rock History

Can’t make it out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Photographer Ron Pownall’s Somerville studio is a pretty solid substitute. The walls of his loft at the Brickbottom Artists Association are lined with decades of rock history. Here’s the guys in Boston, passed out in their tour bus as they travel between cities. […]


Meet Tamar Avishai, Podcast Producer Behind “The Lonely Palette”

Somerville resident Tamar Avishai has two longtime loves in her life: art and public radio. You can often find her at the MFA, giving 15-minute lectures in which she expertly ropes unsuspecting people into a painting’s context, with all the intrigue and human connection that history can offer. Her bi-weekly podcast, “The Lonely Palette,” was […]



Art For All: Finding Eye-Catching Works in Shared City Spaces

Suspended in a bright, open corner of Somerville Hospital is a 25-foot, wavelike structure. It wraps just slightly around the corner of the stairwell wall, with strains of blue and gold running through it, gently pushing outward from the wall and then sinking back. Somerville artist Resa Blatman created “The Water Project/Rising Tide 3” by […]


ReelAbilities Film Festival Brings Experiences of the Differently Abled to the Screen

For the past week, theaters and event spaces throughout Greater Boston have been sharing oft-overlooked on-screen perspectives thanks to the 2017 ReelAbilities Film Festival. Hoping to highlight diverse voices from the differently abled, organizers debuted ReelAbilities in New York City in 2007. The festival has grown over the last decade, and now, many major cities—from Pittsburgh to Portland to […]


Artist Julie Ann Otis On Reframing As Opportunity

There was a time when Julie Ann Otis would deny that her art is political. But when a colleague put the question to her several years ago, she had to face the truth. “Every single piece that I went back and read … I was like, ‘Oh, that is so political,” the Somerville-based artist and […]


This Somerville Woman Is Making Incredible Cat Houses From Upcycled Wine Crates

A little over a month ago, Lisette Tamkei had just put the finishing touches on a set of shelves, and she wasn’t quite ready to set down the paint brush. The Davis Square resident realized she missed the feeling of painting, so she turned to the house she’d recently built for her kitten, Calypso, out of upcycled wine crates. “I was like, […]



The Inside Out Gallery Inspires “Art Moments” in Davis Square

You might not even notice it as you hustle through the doors of the CVS in Davis Square to pick up toothpaste or toilet paper, but the building is home to a beloved, hidden-in-plain-sight art exhibition space known as the Inside Out Gallery. Introduced more than eight years ago as an arrangement between the building […]


Five Fun Facts With ‘Fluff’ Author Mimi Graney

To Mimi Graney, Marshmallow Fluff isn’t just a whimsical condiment. As the founder of the annual What the Fluff? festival in Union Square, where the pillowy product was invented in 1917, she says the story of Fluff is a uniquely American one—as much a tale of innovation and modernization as it is a desire to […]