The Tourist from Myth Makers Avian Avatars on Broadway

The Tourist: A Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Boston-based sculptors Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, both members of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, have been collaborating on snow sculptures, public art projects and fire sculpture performances for the last five years as the Myth Makers.

Last year, at an opening reception for sculptor Chakaia Booker’s “Sentinels on Broadway” summer 2014 installation in Manhattan’s Garment District, these two myth makers met Garment District Alliance Vice-President Gerald Scupp. Scupp had seen their work before, liked their aesthetic, and invited Dodson and Moerlein to propose an installation of their own work on Broadway.

Their proposal for “Avian Avatars” was accepted as the Garment District Alliance’s first winter installation of public art in the pedestrian plazas along Broadway.

Dodson and Moerlein built five glorious birds – made from branches and some trash – at the Save That Stuff warehouse in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston. Working as Artists in Residence in Save That Stuff’s CHaRM Center (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials), they created the Avian Avatars, incorporating found objects into their work for the first time.

Says Dodson, “With the city streetscape, our materials had to evolve and encompass new ideas.”

The five bird sculptures were installed on Broadway, between 41st and 36th Streets, situated one per block, on January 3, 2014.

These towering bird pieces are up through April 24, 2015. If you’re in New York City between now and then, go visit the Avian Avatars!

The Tastemaker Avian Avatar by Myth Makers

The Tastemaker: A Falcon

You can follow what Myth Makers Dodson and Moerlein are up to here on their Facebook page. And you can also visit the Myth Makers blog.

If you’re in Boston, you can see Donna Dodson’s Mighty Lioness sculpture gracing the courtyard at 500 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s SoWa District, situated just behind Cinquecento restaurant.

Kaji Aso Studio 12th annual public art exhibit

“Galaxy and Fireflies, Mississippi River” watercolor and gouache by Kaji Aso 1984

The Kaji Aso Studio is having its 12th annual public art exhibition at the Prudential Center featuring the work of 19 artists. I happened upon it a few days ago while walking through the skylit arcade, and found it just as beautiful and captivating as prior shows they’ve had there. If you are in Boston and get a chance to visit it before it ends November 15, it’s well worth seeing.

The opening reception is today, Saturday, November 1, 3-5 pm!

There will also be an evening of music accompanying the show on Friday, November 7th, 7:30-9 pm.

You can learn more by visiting the Kaji Aso Studio’s Facebook Page.

Making Art a PracticeCongratulations to Cat Bennett, author of the encouraging and inspiring book, “Making Art a Practice,” which has just won a gold medal from Foreword Reviews, the go-to indie book review for libraries and bookstores.

One of the main understandings nourished in me by this book is that we all have our own expression and vision within us, and we have only to engage with them to find them. One of my favorite things about the writing in this book, as well as in Cat Bennett’s previous book, “The Confident Creative,” is the soothing and matter of fact approach to opening one up to their own creative energies.

See Forward Reviews’ review.

If you haven’t been to Cat’s The Company of Artists Facebook page, I encourage you to visit. It’s a great resource for connecting with the ideas and works of artists around the world.

Paula Ogier artist studio 450 Harrison

A creative corner of my studio at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s SoWa arts district

I moved in to Studio 203 at 450 Harrison Avenue very recently – on May 1 – so I am just starting my second month here. My furnishings are still a little bare bones but I’ve moved a lot of my supplies and furniture in and actually managed to do a little work here already. I’m still figuring out how to best use the space, so it may see some changes as my work habits take shape here.

I’m really pleased to now be included in the SoWa Artists Guild’s directory (top left on their page).

The SOWA Artists Guild at 450 Harrison Avenue is a non-profit association of professional studio artists. From their website: “The Guild’s purpose is to promote the diversity and individuality of the artists working in this flagship space, the center of the SOWA Art District.”

There are about 70 artist studios in this building, with mediums that include drawing, fiber arts, mixed media, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation and jewelry.

The first Friday of every month, from 5-9 pm, 450 Harrison Avenue artists open their studio doors to the public. Unfortunately, I can’t be here on Friday nights (my studio mate, jewelry maker Barbara Goldberg is likely to have the studio open, however), but I’m usually here 1-5 pm on Sundays. You can come to this art + design district for SoWa Sundays and make a whole day of visiting the outdoor art and craftspersons’ tents, the farmers’ market, vintage market, food trucks, and of course the artist studios inside 450 Harrison Avenue. And not only does our building have artists – it has bathrooms!  These Sunday events run from May-October, they are free and parking is available.

Learn more about the SoWa Artists Guild.

Directions to 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.


Mixed Media art by Paula Ogier

“Back Bay Bossa Nova,” Copyright © 2014 Paula Ogier

One of my newer pieces, Back Bay Bossa Nova, involved the use of 23 different layers. I painted this using an electronic pen and pad in conjunction with Photoshop, starting with a photograph I took in Boston’s Back Bay as my template for the buildings. I introduced some of my hand-drawn pattern designs, scaling and skewing them to fit the exteriors of the buildings. The background sky evolved from finger-paintings I made on my Samsung tablet. I added those paintings as back layers.

I’m self-taught at digital drawing/painting and in using Photoshop as an art medium. I have experimented for over a dozen years with digital painting, discovering many new possibilities for creativity over time. I often begin with my own photos or my cut paper collages, and then build upon them in layers with my Wacom brand Intuos digital pen and pad. When I first started playing around in this medium, I never really imagined all I might one day do with it. I use a somewhat older version of Photoshop (CS3), which gives me plenty of tools and potential for expressing my imagination.

In short, this is how I like to imagine my beautiful city of Boston. Not that it isn’t beautiful as is, but I have my own way of seeing it, which I hope reflects my mood and passion for this unusual American city I have called home for 21 years.

450 Harrison Avenue Paula Ogier in studio 203May 1 brings a new phase for Yours Truly.  I’ll finally have an artist studio at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End. I’ve long fantasized about being there one day, and now here it is. My studio mate is jewelry maker Barbara Goldberg. The building is just down the street from my home and provides an opportunity to further grow my both my art and my art business.

I’m also pleased to be joining the SOWA Artists Guild. I look forward to having a dedicated art studio and to being part of the 450 Harrison community of artists.

A little bit about the SOWA Artists Guild from their website:
“The SOWA artist district of Boston has developed into a major artist community with hundreds of artists’ studios and dozens of galleries. At the center of SOWA, 450 Harrison Avenue is home to 15 galleries and over 70 artist studios. The members of the SOWA Artist Guild are an eclectic group – from different parts of the world, working in different mediums, each with a unique approach to creative expression. What they share is dedication to their work and a serious pursuit of artistic quality.”

Come visit me in Studio 203!


For a lovely interplay of words, language and art, check out this video about Miami-based artist Jose Parla’s “Nature of Language” wall mural for the Hunt Library in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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