Opening Reception

Opening Reception: February-March Exhibits

Cotuit Center for the Arts welcomes you to the Opening Reception for three exciting new exhibits:

2020 Virginia Mahoney

Vested Interest, works by Virginia Mahoney

Vested Interest focuses on Virginia Mahoney’s ongoing series of sculptural/conceptual garments primarily in vest form. Her work incorporates sewing, recurrent clay forms, and handwriting. For Mahoney, building and making are sources of comfort and self-definition, unlocking ideas and pathways to discovery. Mahoney’s garment forms embody doubt, uncertainty, and thoughts that hang in the background, weighing us down with questions, thwarted progress, and second guessing. A vest might suggest protection, uniform, identification, accessory, warmth, or utility, but these garments manifest the discomfort of struggle.

Virginia Mahoney’s works have been shown in juried and invitational exhibits nationwide and are in the collection of the Lancaster Art Museum (PA). Recent shows include “Between the Lines” (Fountain Street Gallery, Boston) and “New England Thread” (Brookline Arts Center).

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STORY ART: The Text-Image Art of Karen LaFleur

Story Art is a retrospective exhibition of artist Karen LaFleur’s creative journey into the visual language of storytelling. Lyrically written and vividly rendered her artwork takes the audience to places in the human heart they instantly recognize but seldom articulate.

The exhibit consists of digital narrative prints with embedded micro-stories, examples of digital book art, and animation artwork, as well as working drawings, storyboards, and visual language fine art. Themes such as what constitutes love, reflections on fate, or the simple need to be recognized are rendered with candor.

Karen LaFleur has exhibited her artwork nationally including at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, The Cape Museum of Fine Arts, MA, Union Square San Francisco, CA, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, and can be found in many public and private collections worldwide.

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CCftA Educators' Showcase

Cotuit Center for the Arts is incredibly proud of the talented artists who make up its teaching faculty. In 2020, our teachers offered over 250 different classes to over 2,400 students and in 2021 we’ll offer even more classes in even more subjects. However, we’d like to give our teachers a break from instructing and allow them to wow you with some of their visual arts skills as they occupy our downstairs gallery in February and March. A passion for art is at the core of any good arts instructor and our teachers would love to show you what makes them tick!

Opening Reception February 15, 2020
5:00pm–7:00pm
Artist Talk at 5:20pm
Free admission!


Exhibits on view February 15-March 14