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For its fall 2013 exhibition, Worcester Windows is delighted to announce the opening of On Being Human.

The exhibition features large scale paintings by Tom Grady and Chris Lamb Toubeau along Portland and Franklin Streets; works by Bethany Strothers in the windows of The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street; as well as a photography exhibit by more than a dozen area photographers, presented by the Worcester Alliance of Photographers in the City Hall Gallery, 455 Main Street, Worcester. Exhibition was curated by Howard McGinn and Anne Seuthe, along with Donna Dufault and Scott Erb of the Worcester Alliance of Photographers.

Click here to see images from the On Being Human opening reception held on Thursday, September 19th.

Tom Grady

Portland & Franklin Streets


About the Artist:

Tom Grady lives in Worcester with his wife and two young children.  He teaches at Assumption College as Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art and at the Worcester Art Museum.  He holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

Grady’s award winning paintings and drawings have exhibited in various galleries throughout the New England region including The Copley Society of Art, The Gallery at Worcester State University, Art Advisory Boston and Arts Worcester.  His most recent exhibit 101 Portraits: A Lifetime at a Glance, was recently on view at the Sprinkler Factory Gallery in Worcester.

Artist statement:

Influenced by 16th and 17th century European painting my interest is in the construction of these images and the layering of paint.  Over time the layers fade and at times reveal the underpanting or artist’s corrections.  These corrections are called pentimenti.  Using classical painting techniques I am exploring this in my own work as a symbolic tool to create meaning intentionally layering multiple images on a single surface.  The layering of paint acts as a disruption of a seamless interpretation of reality.  There is a search for how the physical properties of paint can reinforce the narrative.  They are images within an image and the interference of layers becomes symbolic to the paintings meaning.  I am drawn to the duality of paint and image of material and illusion.  Painting is like magic both eternal and temporal exerting its contemplative force upon the viewer. 

Chris Lamb-Toubeau

Portland & Franklin Streets

About the Artist:

Chris Lamb Toubeau is artist living in Pelham, MA .  She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts in CDP ( Computer Photography Design) and a BFA in Design and Illustration from   Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA

Artist statement:

I come from a family of artists. Growing up with an artist father and siblings, I always saw life outside the house through a filter of abstracted shapes and rules of aesthetics; looking to find beauty patterns and the organization of symbols to create order of some kind in my view.

This way of thinking contributed to my oil paintings of robots interacting with the fragile, yet unstoppable human figure. How will we retain our balance when faced with machines who will act as important partners accompanying us into our future. I see the advancing technology in our world as a challenge.

My paintings combine my love of drawing with the fluidity of paint in order to better view of my ideas in concrete form. What place have machines made for themselves in our lives?

I agree that artists are the ‘avant garde’ for society. We are the most sensitive to changes and patterns. And we have a need to express through our use of symbols what we are seeing and feeling long before the general society comes to focus on these shifts in living. What will the world look like with machines increasingly sharing our lives?

Zehra Kahn

Bay State Savings Bank, 32-36 Franklin Street

Acrylic on paper

Gary Fisher

Bay State Savings Bank, 32-26 Franklin Street

Acrylic on paper

Bethany Strothers

The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street

About the Artist:

Bethany Strothers will be showing work from her water series paintings. In this body of work, Strother's style moves between realism and abstract as she embraces the subject of water, intrigued by its transcendental nature. With special attention to focus and rhythmic patterns, what we commonly experience in our every day lives is transformed into something extraordinary.

Worcester Alliance of Photographers

City Hall Gallery, 455 Main Street

About the Artist:

The Worcester Alliance of Photographers is a place where both amateur and professional photographers meet to talk about technical aspects of photography, be create and share ideas. The WAP meets the last Thursday of every month. Additional details available online.

Tthe On Being Human exhibit features the work of the following photographers: A Fox, Contemplating and Leila; Kathleen Hannon, Twilight Stroll; Dana Lane, Dancer; Dennis Ditto, Mind the Gap and Playing with Fire; Dennis Ditto, Solace; G. Pierce D38A0333, Unidentified Male (Playing Cello) and Unidentified Male (In Hat); Heather Liolios, Soldier Resting and Chief and Baby; Kirsten Creighton, Jumping Ball; Russ Garre, Storm Chaser1; Monica Alley, Blue Yonder and Communter Rail; Sherrie Haber, NewBorn; Susan Page, Smiling Faces; Susan Sabino, Heart and Soul; Tyler Trahan, Out of the Cold and Sharing Passion; Rebecca Weiner, Bugeyed; Mike McCool, Veteran; Melissa Borgenson, Her Sunset Alone; Sheila McDowell, Red Coats; Troy Thompson, Super Wife

Artist Statement:

All interpretations of Being Human were welcome in this exhibition - as long as the human figure played a clearly defined role in the work's composition or subject. Responses were realistic and expressive, all in the medium of photography, and certainly showcase many aspects of being human.

Worcester Windows is a community gallery program which uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the Citys downtown and to provide display opportunities for local emerging and established artists. Originally intended simply as a means to provide exhibit opportunities, Worcester Windows has grown dramatically, successfully raising the awareness of Worcester as a Creative City by not only bringing artwork to the public and showcasing local talent, but in also establishing itself as a true community gallery through which many of the exhibiting artists have sold works.

Download a walking map of the Fall 2013 On Being Human exhibit.