Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 is pleased to announce that it will present the collaborative exhibition “Biotope: Friends, Life Forms, Landscapes” featuring the artwork of accomplished artists from several regions across the United States.
The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at MCLA Gallery 51. The exhibition will remain on display until Sunday, April 9, 2017.
“Biotope: Friends, Life Forms, Landscapes” showcases the creative output of over a dozen artists. The exhibition, which is being organized by Richard Harrington, a visual artist from North Adams, features works from a wide range of artistic mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture and printmaking.
All of the work exhibited as part of “Biotope: Friends, Life Forms, Landscapes” engages in some way with a particular living environment. These regions of the earth, or biotopes, have a recognizable uniqueness which has inspired each individual artist to depict or capture the spirit of these places.
While planning the exhibition, Harrington “immediately thought of several friends who’ve done very different things,” but each of whom at one time or another in their artistic trajectories “was involved with living things and places.” According to Harrington, “Biotope isn’t an exhibition about abstraction. It also isn’t specifically a show about painting, photography or the other disciplines of my exhibitor friends.” Instead, Harrington envisioned an exhibition that maintained “a balance where no approach would dominate, but where some threads of continuity would be recognizable.”
In addition to Harrington, participating artists include Larry Alice of North Adams, Mass., Peter Boudreau of North Adams, Mass., John Cooley of Chatham, N.Y., Joanna Gabler of North Adams, Mass., Rick Harlow of North Adams, Mass., Jennifer Maestre of Maynard Mass., Kevin McLatchy of New Wilmington, Pa., Michael Miller of North Adams, Mass. and New York, N.Y., Ron Morris of Louisville, Ky., Steve Quinn of South Shore, Mass., Rachel Cheetham Richard of Philadelphia, Pa., Dan Rose of Philadelphia, Pa., Martha Rose of Philadelphia, Pa., and Greg Scheckler of Williamstown, Mass.