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About the Gallery

The Towne Art Gallery is a professional space that showcases the work of New England artists in a variety of media.

Gallery Hours:
Tues. - Thurs., 1 - 5 p.m.
Sat., 2 - 5 p.m. or by appointment

Admission: Free and open to the public

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Lower Level of Wheelock Family Theatre
180 The Riverway
Boston, MA 02215


For More Information
Erica Licea-Kane, Gallery Director

See our past exhibits:

2014-2015 Archive
2013-2014 Archive
2012-2013 Archive
2011-2012 Archive
2010-2011 Archive
2006-2009 Archive

Nurturing the Artist in Each Student:
Art from Boston Public Schools

March 1 - 31, 2016
Reception: March 19, 1-3 p.m.
Gallery is closed March 5-15 (Wheelock's Spring Break)

Melissa's Fall TreeThis exhibition highlights the work of students from 10 Boston Public Schools from grades K-12. It was made possible through the generosity of the Gary Silverstein Memorial Fund.

Melissa's Fall Tree


Urban Ecology

Silvia López Chavez

January 27 - February 18, 2016
Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 11, 10-11 a.m.
Gallery Closed: Saturday, February 13

Urban Harmony by Sylvia Lopez Chavez

In this solo exhibition, Boston-based Artist Silvia López Chavez explores the delicate balance of the human coexistence with its immediate natural water resource in the urban and industrial setting. The body of work looks at the relationship between land and water along with their living organisms in a diverse and complex relationship of disturbance and resilience.

The pieces combine a series of mediums, starting from gelatin monoprints, which are then layered with collage, watercolors, gouache and ink. The colorful imagined habitats of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, make reference to the evolutionary processes that keep them functioning as they also change and adapt.

"The history of life on Earth has been a history of interaction between living things and their surroundings... Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species man acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world." - Rachel Carson, from her book Silent Spring, 1962

Urban Harmony, 2015, 5.5x6ft, mono-print collage, cut paper, acrylic paint, gouache, watercolors mounted on wood, vellum, plastic mesh and dried jello.


Student Show

December 4 - 14, 2015
December 14, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.: Arts Performance Evening

Wheelock Student Art ShowThe Student Show highlights the work of Wheelock students who participate in our studio program. The exhibition features a range of media that includes drawing, painting, ceramics, digital works, and mixed media.

The Arts Performance Evening includes both the art exhibit and performances by students in our performing arts program. The evening begins in the Gallery at 7 p.m., then moves into the Wheelock Family Theatre from 7:40 - 8 p.m., and then concludes in the Music Listening Room with performances beginning at 8:10.


From the Surface: Stitched, Painted and Mixed Media Works

Elaine McBride and Dominick Takis

October 27 - November 19, 2015
Gallery Talk:
Wednesday, November 4, 3:30-4:30pm
Gallery Closed:
Wednesday, November 11

These ShadowsThis exhibition explores the use of combining both traditional and unique materials to build interesting surfaces that represents personal narratives for each of these artists.

Dominick Takis uses acrylic, oil, paper cutouts, photography and organic materials to create engaging visual abstractions that shift depending on the viewer's imagination and physical perspective.

Elaine McBride layers and tightly embroiders her exquisite surfaces using representational imagery in small formats that invite close exploration. Both artists live and work in the Boston area.

First, Second, ThirdImages:
(top) Dominick Takis: Pierced Like Splinters, 2014, 32"X22", tempura, acrylic, mixed media, lichen, silicone caulking
(bottom) Elaine McBride: First, Second, Third, 2011, 7.5"x 12.5", stitched on fabric


Out of Print:
Collages and Assemblages Made of Vintage Book Parts

Conny Goelz-Schmitt

September 15 - October 15, 2015
Gallery Talk:
Thursday, October 1, 3 - 4 p.m.
Gallery Closed: Saturday, October 10
Opened for: Opening Our Doors Day, October 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Out of PrintDue to the passage of time books have become almost obsolete. On the brink of losing their utilitarian purpose they are treated ever more as mere artifacts. The purpose for the physical book continues to decrease, but their shapes and forms still resonate deeply within our culture.

In her work, Conny Goelz-Schmitt explores, deconstructs, and reallocates printed matter to create new objects for the viewer's mind. Faded colors selected from old tomes remind us of a time long passed. Distorted letters seem to hint at the invention of a new language.

Through collages and book sculptures a new era for the books begins.


After Winter Must Come Spring, Collage, vintage book parts, 36"x48"x1", 2015


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