Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring Trunk Show Fever!

by Cristina Hurley

Spring is coming, and what better time is it than to get out and go check out some great art, while mingling with friends? Two of our members, Cristina Hurley and Liz Stewart, will be having trunk shows for Boston Handmade artists through the Spring and Summer. This month, check out beautiful 2D art by Jessica Burko and Jewelry by Liz Stewart. Light refreshments will be served at both events. Feel free to bring friends and family, all are welcome.

Jessica Burko will be doing a trunk show this Saturday, April 6th, at Liz's Shop Lush Beads in Lowell, MA. Jessica Burko has been a working artist since 1985 and an independent curator and arts marketer since 1997. Burko’s artwork has been exhibited in venues including the Danforth Museum, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, NH and Samson Projects Gallery.  Jessica is originally from Philadelphia, and currently works from her studio in Boston’s South End.

Boom Boom, 2012, Encaustic mixed-media collage by Jessica Burko

Using encaustic, mixed-media, and paper quilts, Burko explores non-linear, autobiographical narrative created through upcycling and combining found ephemera with original imagery. The stitched, collaged, layered aspects of life, pieces of domestic space, and non-traditional portraits, are both real and imagined. Through this work discarded materials are unified as a way to reclaim the past and blend it with the present.

Do You See, 2012, Encaustic mixed-media collage by Jessica Burko

Lush Beads is located at:
122 Western Avenue, Studio A-313
(In the Western Avenue Studios building)
Lowell, MA 01851
Perch, 2012, Encaustic mixed-media collage by Jessica Burko

The second show happening this month will be for Liz Stewart of Lush Beads. This show will be at Cristina Hurley Gallery on Friday, April 12th from 4-7pm.

 "Simplicity" Necklace and Earrings, 2013

Liz has been making jewelry since 2000. What started out as a stress-relieving hobby turned into a full-time job in 2004 when she opened Lush Beads. She is mainly self-taught.  She is an active member of her artist community at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, and is the chair of the Lowell Open Studios committee.

Liz creates work to suit many tastes - from delicate and romantic to sleek and modern. Her Industrial line of pieces made with new and repurposed hardware are sleek and modern, and a nod to her geeky past as a Computer Science major at WPI.  Her Morse Code necklaces and bracelets combine the past with the present and create a unique piece of jewelry with a secret message.

Cristina Hurley Gallery is located at:
554 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021

Hope to see you at these exciting events!

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