Thursday, May 29, 2014

Save the Dates: “Song Cycles” to Open at the Honan-Allston Library Art Gallery

Baul minstrels singing & dancing in rural Shantiniketan
Unbound Visual Arts, an affiliate of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & Development, is excited to announce its upcoming exhibit “Song Cycles” curated by Julia Ryan, which will open on June 4 and run until July 30. The exhibit will feature a rich array of artwork and photography around the theme of music “as an agent with potential to permeate all moments and media.” The work of seventeen members of Unbound Visual Arts (UVA) will be featured, including founding Board member Christine Winship, founding Council of Advisors member Brenda Gael McSweeney, and Council member Heidi Lee. 

Incorporating UNESCO’s international focus, the exhibit will include Brenda's story in photographs of West Bengal’s traditional Baul musicians. Capturing the rich cultural heritage of this Indian folk tradition, which UNESCO has classified as a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” these photographs highlight the cultural and artistic influence of the musicians. Chandana Dey, a Founding Member of the UNITWIN Network residing in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, has contributed one of the exhibit's storyboards.

Christine Winship's entry is titled "The Dude from Phantom Glue" and Heidi Lee's is "Mendelssohn's Concerto." 

An opening reception will be held on June 18, from 6-7:45 PM at the Honon-Allston Library Art Gallery. For more information and a 'coming attraction' preview of the exhibit, please visit Unbound Visual Arts’ website

The Guest Curator, Julia Ryan of Jamaica Plain, has strong experience and knowledge in the history of art, visual arts, performance art, education, and the French language.  She has worked directly with artists in museums, including The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and other non-profits and colleges to support them in actualizing their exhibitions and performances. About Song Cycles, Julia writes: "In my selection, I hope to represent the many ways one can interpret music through painting, sculpture and photography, whether that be through vibrancy of color, undulation of form or literal experience." (Source: UVA website)

Gender Group girls dancing to Baul-inspired Tagore music
Sudhir at a Baul musical performance organized by Krishno Dey,
Founding UNITWIN Member, at Mitali  the "Abode of Peace"

Friday, May 2, 2014

Save the Date: Presentation on The Brighton-Allston Women's Heritage Trail


On Thursday, May 22, 2014, a Women's Heritage program sponsored by the Brighton-Allston Historical Society (BAHS) will begin at 7:15 at the Brighton-Allston Congregational Church, 404 Washington Street, Brighton Center. The BAHS is an affiliate of the UNESCO/UNITWIN on Gender, Culture, & Development.

Do join to learn the stories of some of the distinguished (and often overlooked) women who helped build the social and cultural fabric of Allston-Brighton.

This unique program will feature fifteen local women and women’s organizations of distinction. Presentations by members of the Women’s History Group of the BAHS will highlight the extraordinary lives, struggles and achievements of Brighton-Allston women spanning three centuries. This PowerPoint event will also showcase the historic and often magnificent architectural sites where these remarkable women wrote best-selling novels and newspaper broadsheets, produced world-famous Paul Revere pottery,and advocated successfully for women’s rights. An interactive discussion and refreshments will round out the evening.

For further information contact the Brighton-Allston Historical Society.
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Famed Brighton author Fanny Fern circa 1880

Mary Ann Faneuil Bethune, embattled heiress 
Hannah (Webster) Foster, novelist 
Sarah Worcester, de facto postmistress 
Sarah (Willis) Eldredge – "Fanny Fern", journalist
Elizabeth (Rowell) Thomson, philanthropist
Mary Jane (Kingsley) Merwin, historian

Harriet (Hollis) Baldwin, educational reformer, second President of the Brighthelmstone Club
Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and Mt. St. Joseph’s Academy for Girls
Ellen (Marrett) Gifford, Philanthropist, Founder of the Ellen M. Gifford Sheltering Home for Animals
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and School of Nursing
Edith Guerrier / Edith Brown / Helen Osborne Storrow, Paul Revere Pottery and The Saturday Evening Girls
Jennie Loitman Barron, first full-time woman judge in Massachusetts
Alice Gallagher, namesake Alice Gallagher Memorial Park
Veronica Smith, namesake of the Veronica Smith Senior Center
Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND, educator, author, researcher, committed social justice activist