Coffee Shop Artists latest exhibit Radiance is now on view weekdays from 8am-6pm at Commerce Place Malden through March 29th.
Radiance is often defined as light or heat emitted or reflected by something and the exhibit, juried by a committee led by Maria Kennedy and Carianne Roche, displays each artist’s individual exploration through photos, paintings, and mixed media. The work, hung by Beth Copp, Jim Smith and Sally Gordon, collectively gives a warm glow to the gallery lobby at Commerce Place.
Viewers mingled with the artists at the opening night reception on Friday, March 1st. Music for opening night was provided by Sixteen Strings Quartet with Nicola Tysall and Maddie Weaver on violin, Gabriella Merullo on cello and Henry MacDonnell on viola. All members of Sixteen Strings are seniors at Melrose High and members of the Melrose High School Orchestra under the direction of Luke Miller. For more information on the quartet go to sixteenstrings.wordpress.com.
Coffee Shop Artists, brain child of art enthusiast Mike Oliver, includes artists from Malden, Medford and Melrose. The group searches out opportunities for local artists to exhibit their work and sponsors several exhibits every year.
Commerce Place, 350 Main Street, Malden, owned by Preotle Lane & Assoc. Ltd is one of the few office buildings in the area that has a gallery in its lobby. John Preotle is a major supporter of arts in the region. Each year he and his building staff host shows by the Malden Sketch Group, Malden High school, Medford Arts Center and other groups.