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"Forty Years Later, Stow Painter Unleashes the Fire Hidden Within" Boston Globe, June 7, 2012
Brenda Cirioni was 16 when she came home from school to discover her house had burned to the ground. Forty years later she has let loose a powerful body of work now on exhibit in 8 Visions at the Attleboro Arts Museum, MA 8/21-9/15. Artist Talk 9/8
By: Brenda Cirioni
The artwork of eight juried member artists will be on display during the Attleboro Arts Museum’s “8 Visions” Exhibition from August 21– September 15, 2012.
Opening Reception: August 22nd: 7 - 9pm, Open to the public
Gallery Talk with 8 Visions Artists: September 8th, 2-4pm, Open to the public
For the past ten years the Attleboro Arts Museum has presented a “Visions” group exhibition in late summer featuring the work of select member artists. The exhibiting artist selection process for “8 Visions” began during the Museum’s winter 2012 Members’ Exhibition. Sixty‐three artists applied to be considered for this premiere exhibition opportunity. Members’ Exhibition juror Clara Lieu, Director of the Jewett Art Gallery, Visiting Lecturer in the Wellesley College Art Department, and Critic in the Division of Foundation Studies and the Printmaking Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, carefully reviewed their work and the field was then narrowed down to twenty artists. Two new jurors reviewed portfolios from those remaining twenty artists – and the final eight rose to the top.
“The work featured in the 2012 8 Visions exhibition has a very distinct voice,” comments Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum. Fawcett continues, “Seth Rainville, Curator at the New Bedford Art Museum and active ceramics artist, and Robert J. Totaro, Director of J. Todd Galleries in Wellesley, MA, were the final round of jurors to indentify our eight member artists for this prestigious show. For the first time – and simply by chance – all of the artists selected for “8 Visions” this year are women.” Exhibiting artists (in alpha order): Patricia Berube – Cohasset, MA; Brenda Cirioni – Stow, MA; Susan Denniston – Scituate, MA; Virginia Fitzgerald – Natick, MA; Sand T Kalloch – Malden, MA; Niva Shrestha – Franklin, MA; Mary L. Taylor – Marshfield Hills, MA; Felicia Touhey – Portsmouth, RI.