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

Sophia Ainslie and Mira Cantor at Northeastern University

Sophia Ainslie's work at Northeastern University.
Sophia Ainslie’s works on paper at Northeastern University.





Mira Cantor's work at Northeastern University.
Mira Cantor’s paintings at Northeastern University.

Sophia Ainslie and Mira Cantor are in a three-person “Faculty Focus” exhibition curated by Bruce Ployer at the 360 Gallery, Northeastern University, Boston, through April 17. More information here:

Sophia Ainslie in Conversation With Curator Leonie Bradbury

Sophia Ainslie (left) in conversation with Montserrat College of Art curator Leonie Bradbury.
Sophia Ainslie (left) in conversation with Montserrat College of Art curator Leonie Bradbury.

Last night during Beverly’s First Thursday Art Walk, Sophia Ainslie spoke about her current exhibition Interstitial to an audience of Montserrat students, faculty, and visitors with curator Leonie Bradbury. Seated in front of her wall painting “Fragments – Wall – Montserrat”, Sophia spoke about the development of her current body of work as a way of processing her mother’s illness and death, the evolution of her wall paintings, and future directions for her work.

Review of “Sophia Ainslie: Interstitial” on

Sophia Ainslie — Fragments - Wall - Montserrat, latex on wall, 2013
Sophia Ainslie — Fragments – Wall – Montserrat, latex on wall, 2013

Sophia Ainslie‘s exhibition Interstitial, on display through Saturday, April 6 at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MAwas reviewed by Kingston’s Emerging Artist Member Céline Browning on UK-based blog

The public is invited to a reception for Interstitial on Thursday, April 4, 6–8 pm, which will include a gallery talk by Sophia and curator Leonie Bradbury from 6–6:30 as part of Beverly’s First Thursday Art Walk.

Thinking About Art Out Loud

Installation view of "Sophia Ainslie: In Person".
Installation view of “Sophia Ainslie: In Person”.

The work up in the Kingston Gallery through February 24 — paintings by Sophia Ainslie, Stacey Alickman and Lynda Schlosberg — bring to mind the current interest and the many discussions inspired by Raphael Rubenstein’s seminal article which appeared in Art in America in 2009, “Provisional Painting”, and the superb show Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher, curated by Dina Deitsch and Evan Garza now at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.

Their work is part of this ongoing conversation about the way artists both pay homage to and challenge painting and its history, and the delight in that dichotomy — for both the practitioners and viewers as well. To see a painting of enormous scale inscribed on a wall, as is the case with Ainslie’s “In Person”, and to know that it is temporary, alerts the viewer to the challenge the artist presents — in questioning the value of the work and how one is to perceive it. Stacey Alickman literally takes the detritus of a work as she recycles oil paintings by peeling the paint off of its canvas and using the resulting paint-laden chips for other projects. Lynda Schlosberg’s work is characterized by a relationship between form and formlessness — even as the work is circumscribed by relatively conventional means, acrylic on panel, she is attempting to push against what might be expected from the materials themselves.

Lynda Schlosberg and Stacey Alickman
Left: Lynda Schlosberg
Right: Stacey Alickman