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August 1 - November 16, 2012

The Medium is the Message

Worcester Windows Curatorial Committee is delighted to announce  The Medium is the Message exhibition, curated by First Night Worcester Executive Director Howard McGinn and UMASS Hampden Gallery Director, Anne Seuthe. The exhibit is comprised of ten artists whose work engages with materials that start with the familiar paint and canvas and that stretch to the unexpected: wax, buttons, plastic mesh, filament, mylar and more.

The title of the exhibition is a riff on the phrase coined by Canadian philosopher and educator Marshall McLuhan in the 1960’s.  The artists in the exhibition use materials in ways that support their conceptual concerns. 

The Community Gallery footprint includes the City Hall Gallery, at 455 Main Street, where the Worcester Alliance of Photographers will be showcasing works by 22 photographers in a related exhibition titled Signs of Worcester County.

A sampling of some of the works available for view offered below. The Fall 2012 Worcester Windows exhibit features the following artists and organizations: 

  • Worcester City Hall, 455 Main Street, featuring works of the Worcester Alliance of Photographers under the theme of Signs of Worcester County. There are many, many signs around Worcester that are interesting and unique to our little piece of the world. Photographers were invited to submit images that show off Worcester's interesting signage or unique type styles or any "writing" you may find around Worcester County.

Andy Davis, Diner and Woo in Winter; Carol Morrocco, W6; Cheryl Belanger, Mac’s Diner; Dana Lane, Lucky, Dog; Dick Tranfaglia, Novelty; Don Ricklin, No Working; Emily Daly, Our Lady of Spain; Jeff Baker, One Hour Photo; John Belawski, Coney Island 3; John Daly, City of Worcester; Kirsten Creighon, Davis; Marla Zeneski, 50 Franklin St; Melissa Borgenson; Coney Island and Ralph’s Diner; Mike Zeis, 95 Cent Store; Mike McCool, EM Loews; Norm Eggardt, Sovereign Bank; Rebecca Weiner, Portrait of a Man; Russ Garre, Pho Hien; Scott Erb, Pie; Sharon Freed, Aurora and Crown Bakery; Tim Stistis, Quinsigomond Village; Judy Tyler, Recyclers


  • Union Station (west side), 2 Washington Square, featuring works of Deborah Baronas

Deborah Baronas graduated from RISD in Textile Design and has worked in the textile industry since 1979. Currently, she works as an artist and designer out of her studio in Warren. Her work springs from her interest in the historical mills of New England. The work merges her  own experience with that of the memories of past lives in the textile industry.

  • The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, featuring works of Sue Swinand

Sue Swinand has taught at the Worcester Art Museum, Clark University and Wellesley College. She graduated from the Moore College of Art. About her work she says: “The process of painting is a metaphor for life and creation. I think the content of the work has to do with the idea that the universe is one vast continuum of 'cosmic soup' that continues to unfold as it should, and that we, as matter and nature ourselves, are part of it. Since I am a part of nature, authentic form results if I can allow my energy to flow unfettered into my materials.” 

  • Franklin Street, featuring works of Nina Fletcher

Nina Fletcher was born and brought up in the in the Boston area. After a liberal arts education she lived in Africa for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, then migrated to Berkeley California where she became a Nurse Practitioner and practiced for several years. Returning to New England she changed course. Following a long and latent passion, she went to art school at Massachusetts College of art, where she majored in painting, studying under the late Rob Moore.

Fletcher’s work moves between two and three dimensions and with a variety of media including old clothes, shoes, roofing lead, aluminum screening, wire, bones, nails, pins, buttons, Kleenex, to name a few. Within this array of materials, her art is about the transformation of the commonplace—the retelling of those histories into more modern parables.

Much of her art draws on the human body and its many layers. Her background in medicine remains an important reference for her inquiries into the body and beyond-- namely, into that which makes us human.

  • Baystate Savings Bank, 32-26 Franklin Street, featuring works of Bethany Strothers

A recent graduate of WSU’s Visual and Performing arts major, Strother’s  is a painter who keeps a sharp focus on the subject of water. About her work, the artist says: “Water intrigues me. It is so molecularly simple, yet it possesses  universal  visual, spiritual, and emotive qualities. I’m captivated by the contradiction between its simple structure and its capacity to express complex concepts.”

Stothers also served in the capacity of graphic designer for the “Medium is the Message” exhibition.



  • 60 Franklin Street/corner of Portland Street, featuring works of Alexia Cota

Alexia Cota's will be showing paintings from her body of work entitled “ Proceed With Caution” The work  is fabricated from warning tape used at crime scenes, demolition sites, and for other hazardous situations. Through a weaving process, Cota strips the material's meaning and creates a layered aesthetic experience that packs a graphic punch.

Cota holds a BFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts and is the Gallery Manager at Augusta Savage Gallery.



  • 60 Franklin Street/corner of Portland Street, featuring works of Adele Mattern

Mattern uses elemental materials: charcoal, string, wax, brick, leather, linen, paper, cardboard, but holds no loyalty to any one material. Through pattern, repetition and the accumulation of gestures, the act of making in all materials serves as a connective thread between the artist and her subject matter.  Mattern holds a BA in Art and an MFA in Sculpture.







  • 60 Franklin Street/corner of Portland Street, featuring works of Lisa Barthelson

Lisa Barthelson works from her studio in the Sprinkler Factory and is a member of the Blackstone Print Studio cooperative, Worcester and Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham.

Originally a painter, Barthelson now embraces printmaking, mixed media/collage, encaustic, found object assemblage, and environmental and site specific sculpture and installation as integral parts of her practice. Barthelson re-imagines and re-composes alternative materials such as household objects and personal cast offs in combination with traditional materials and processes. A 'materials junkie', Barthelson looks at everything as a potential art medium, including the debris generated by her family of five, to inspire and challenge her art making. Barthelson seeks the confluence of multiple methods and mediums to create unexpected opportunities for re-interpreting and transforming the everyday world around us.

Barthelson has exhibited her work throughout New England and in NY. She was the recipient of the Juror's Choice Gold Award for her site specific sculpture 'water rings', part of the 2010 Art in the Park Exhibition in Worcester MA.




  • 60 Franklin Street/corner of Portland Street, featuring works of Candace Bradbury Carlin

About her process, Bradbury-Carlin says, “It is crucial for me to use materials that might normally be discarded. Preventing the inflation of landfills, even in my small way, brings levity to my conscience. Objects that are considered plain and therefore overlooked are of great value to me as a creative challenge. There is a visceral thrill in transforming a paper towel roll or grocery bag into something wild and alive.”

Bradbury-Carlin holds a BA in Environmental Design and is a mixed media artist and independent curator.








  • 60 Franklin Street/corner of Portland Street, featuring works of Nikki Rosato  

About her cut map work, Rosato says “Our physical bodies are beautiful structures full of detail, and they hold the stories that haunt and mold our lives. The lines on a road map are beautifully similar to the lines that cover the surface of the human body.In my work involving maps, as I remove the landmasses from the silhouetted individuals I am further removing the figure’s identity, and what remains is a delicate skin-like structure. Through this process, specific individuals become ambiguous and hauntingly ghost-like, similar to the memories they represent."

The figures in the Connections series find themselves bound by the roads that both separate them as well as lead them to one another. People are often separated by distance, and these connected lines represent the roads that are either explored to bring these figures together or left untraveled, further symbolizing not only their physical distance but also psychological and emotional space.

Rosato is a third year MFA Candidate at the Museum School in  Boston.





  • 60 Franklin Street, featuring works of Rachel Grobstein  

Rachel Grobstein is a 2013 MFA candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Rachel Grobstein's  work often presents provisional outposts and vulnerable fortifications composed of collections of objects arranged according to narratives or logics with varying degrees of transparency. She is interested in how collections of objects form portraits of an individual, in the experience of discovery, and in cabinets of curiosity. Her choice of working with gouache on cut paper is partly an attempt to create fragile objects that exist in the world of the viewer, not just the illusionistic space of the picture frame, and engage with notions of preciousness and sentimentality.


  • 60 Franklin Street, featuring works of Chris Page

Page’s Sky Paintings evolved out of his investigation of the sky as pictorial experience. Combining gesture and field into a unified whole, the physicality of the canvas surface is subsumed by movement. Space becomes surface and surface space. Movements arise and disappear in a constant exchange of dynamic energy. 

About the work on exhibit, Page says,  “Gesture is one of paintings most primal elements, and the act painting is fundamentally moving colored earth across a flat surface. My working process typically includes many layers of paint application, via brushing, dripping, sponging and scraping the paint into or off of the surface. Often I use gesture to articulate an underlying field structure which is then radically transformed. I typically spread the paint across the surface until it spills off the edge. This spreading begins to lead to a monochromatic emptiness. It is from this point of emptiness that form and/or an energetic direction emerges.

Page has been an artist for over forty years. His  work has been an ongoing exploration of the intersection of nature and process based painterly abstraction.