Community Gallery

 

The Community Gallery is located in the lobby of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Emory Street entrance.  For over a decade the Museum has been pleased to offer this prominent gallery space as an exhibition opportunity for both promising and professional artist members. By showcasing one or more member artist(s) per month, the Community Gallery maximizes the exposure of unique art and contact with Museum viewers. 

To learn more about exhibition opportunities in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Community Gallery contact office@attleboroartsmuseum.org or 508-222-2644 x15.

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“Ungrant the Granted”

A Drawing & Watercolor Series by Eileen McAllister

Exhibition: January 8th – 29th, 2021

Museum Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat from 10am-5pm

Exhibition closes at 3pm on Friday, Jan 29th

 

Artist Statement:

“Many years ago, a favorite teacher in an art school course aptly called ‘Originality,’ gave our class an assignment called ‘Ungrant the Granted.’ Adrienne Leban suggested it was one we might be able to work on our whole lives, and in my case, she was right. My interpretation of ungranting the granted – looking at the overlooked, studying details and enjoying the little things that I encounter –continues to motivate and inspire me and fostered the direction of this new collection of paintings and drawings,” remarks Eileen McAllister.

 

Working in watercolor and pencil, Eileen chose three themes for her exhibition “Ungrant the Granted” – Nature, Structure, and Design. In Nature, she offers a sampling of the uncountable shapes and infinite markings that grace beach rocks, as well as the delicate opening of a Red Twig Dogwood leaf. In Structure, an aged, uneven window shutter and its worn and burnished hardware accompany a church-turned-condo’s copper-clad bell tower, hinting at the labor and craft married to its construction more than a century ago. In Design, bakery cases entice with color and variety that mimic a jeweler’s display, while the illustrator’s hand and the typographer’s skill playfully mingle in a stack of Panettones. For the artist, to “Ungrant the Granted” means continuing to take note of the ever-present opportunities for observation, curiosity, and wonder.

 

Biography:

Eileen McAllister began her art career with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. In the years following graduation, Eileen worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and art director for a number of corporations and agencies and continued with freelance work when her children were young. As they grew, she expanded her fine art competence with courses at RISD and classes with local artists. Additionally, she broadened her calligraphy skills with workshops through Masscribes.

 

Eileen has served on the boards of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and Masscribes. She has exhibited at the Attleboro Arts Museum, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, the Next Door Gallery, and at events sponsored by Masscribes.

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Images:

  • “Which One First?” (top)
  • “Versailles Shutter”

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