Appreciating Deborah Davidson

Two years ago, Deborah Davidson originated this Kingston Gallery blog, Thinking About Art Out Loud. At the end of February, she left her position at the gallery as we welcomed Shana Dumont Garr as our new director.

For those two years Deborah reflected on the work hanging on our gallery walls with thoughtfulness and insight, linking her observations to the work of other artists and to trends in the art world altogether. Month after month she widened the conversation while truly considering what each Kingston artist was saying in their work as it was presented. During her tenure, she organized events and curated our September 2013 members’ exhibition, Gifted. Behind the scenes, her publicity work with our member artists made it possible for us to take this next step in our evolution.

Deborah is a valued member of the greater Boston art community. She can be found spearheading Catalyst Conversations, putting together shows as an independent curator or as the gallery director at New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, mentoring graduate art students at Lesley University, and engaging in her own studio practice. She will always be a friend to Kingston members and we appreciate her contributions to us and to the gallery.

Kingston Gallery Emerging Artist Program Welcomes Eugene LaRochelle

From the series, “What Choice Do I Have?” Now, Digital Print, 42.5 x 31”, 2011–2013
Eugene LaRochelle — from the series, “What Choice Do I Have?”
Now, Digital Print, 42.5 x 31”, 2011–2013

Since 2005 Kingston Gallery’s Emerging Artist program has offered recent MFA graduates the opportunity to be part of an artist-run gallery for a year, without the financial contribution such memberships usually require. Emerging artists get the experience of being part of a gallery, fulfilling all the aspects of membership, including gallery sitting, monthly member meetings, and inclusion in group shows, and are rewarded with a one-person show in our Center Gallery at the end of their tenure. The gallery benefits from the diversity that a younger, recent graduate brings to the mix, and welcomes their energy to the running of the gallery.

The first two Emerging Artist members, Hilary Tolan and Sophia Ainslie, have gone on to become long-time Kingston members. Other Emerging Artist members have included Christopher Kane Taylor, Brian Corey, Stephanie Cardon, Ingrid De Aguiar Sanchez and Celine Browning.

This year we welcome Eugene LaRochelle as our newest Emerging Artist member. Eugene is a recent MFA graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

— Mary Lang