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Artist-Led Gallery Talks with Jasmine Baetz and Lisa Houck

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Boston Athenæum and Nichols House Museum Members $15 and Non-members $20

In Partnership with the Nichols House Museum

Lisa Houck, Swooping and Swirling, 2015. Linocut. Purchase, Frances Hovey Howe Print Fund, 2016
Lisa Houck, Swooping and Swirling, 2015. Linocut. Purchase, Frances Hovey Howe Print Fund, 2016

Artist-Led Gallery Talks

Jasmine Baetz and Lisa Houck

Two vibrant special exhibitions at the Boston Athenæum and the Nichols House Museum explore the work of regional contemporary artists. New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenæum’s Prints & Photographs Collections at the Athenæum presents a selection of works on paper that reveal artists’ responses to New England’s landscapes, built environments, and culture. The works, acquired through the Frances Hovey Howe Print Fund, relate to and complement the Athenæum’s existing holdings of historic graphic material documenting New England culture.

Makers’ Marks: Art, Craft and the Fiber of Change at the Nichols House Museum showcases the Nichols sisters’ accomplishments and tells the story of craft from the Progressive Era to today by exhibiting contemporary craft in the museum’s historic rooms. The exhibition expands the museum’s interpretation of the Nichols family’s history and the role of craft as a platform for activism in contemporary society.

Among the artists whose work is featured in the two exhibitions are Jasmine Baetz (Makers’ Marks) and Lisa Houck (New England on Paper). Spend the afternoon exploring Baetz and Houck’s works in the context of the two exhibitions. At 3:30 p.m. Baetz will lead a 30-minute gallery talk at the Nichols House Museum as she discusses her work and its placement in Makers’ Marks. We will then walk through historic Beacon Hill to the Athenæum for light refreshments. And at 4:30 p.m. Lisa Houck will offer a 30-minute gallery talk to share insights into her work and its inclusion in New England on Paper.

Courtesy of Jasmine BaetzJasmine Baetz is an artist, student, and teacher. She holds a BA in religious studies from the University of Toronto, a diploma in fine arts from Langara College in Vancouver, and a BFA in ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She will attend the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall for graduate studies in ceramics. She uses clay to investigate history, repetition, belief, and identity. Baetz’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada, including Artspeak in Vancouver, British Columbia; Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario; MassArt in Boston, Massachusetts; and The Packing Plant in Nashville, Tennessee. Baetz’s work is featured in Makers’ Marks: Art, Craft and the Fiber of Change at the Nichols House Museum.

Lisa Houck is a Boston-based artist who works in watercolor, oil on wood, ceramics, mosaics, and etching. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Working in a variety of mediums allows her to invent new ways to express her view of nature through color and pattern. Houck’s artwork has been exhibited widely, and is in numerous public and private collections, including the Boston Athenæum; Boston Children’s Hospital; Fidelity Investments; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and four libraries in Broward County, Florida. Her work is featured in New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenæum’s Prints & Photographs Collections at the Boston Athenæum.

Want to learn more about Baetz and Houck’s work? Join both artists for a conversation about their studio practices and the development of concepts and ideas in their work at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at the Boston Athenæum. For more information or to register for the evening event, visit Contemporary Art + Craft.

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