Arsenal Center for the Arts

Visual Arts

Fiber in the Present Tense 2016

sda-195x293(2)Fiber in the Present Tense 2016
Surface Design Association, MA/RI Chapter
September 7 – November 3, 2016


Opening Reception Saturday, September 10, 3:00-5:00pm


Fiber in the Present Tense 2016 is a juried exhibition to showcase the fiber artwork of the MA/RI Chapter of the Surface Design Association (SDA).


Juror: Marcia Young, Editor, Fiber Art Now Magazine


Featured artist image: Jackie deRuyter


How To Be Friends

bennett-stern-195x293How To Be Friends
Cat Bennett & Maggie Stern
September 7 – November 3, 2016


Opening Reception Saturday, September 10, 3:00-5:00pm


How To Be Friends is an exhibit by Cat Bennett and Maggie Stern of painted wood and clay objects, stitched drawings, paintings and digital posters. Click here to read Cat Bennett’s account of how this exhibition came together and what the work means to the artists.









Color Meditation

Goransson-195x293Color Meditation
A. Kristina Goransson
Site-specific Installation on Stairs
Felted and dyed wool
September 7 – November 3, 2016


Presented as part of the Surface Design Association Fiber in the Present Tense 2016 Exhibition


This artwork was created by wet felting wool to make one, interconnected piece that was then dyed in many different stages. Wool is a unique material in many ways…it can be matted together to create a strong fabric, it can be dyed vibrant colors, it is water and fire resistant, and it is light-weight. These qualities along with its softness makes it a perfect material for creating bright, large scale works of art.


Visit A. Kristina Goransson’s website




Call to Artists

Call to Artists: New Visions

new-visions-cuba-clements-195x293The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking the work of local artists for the relaunch of our exhibition series, New Visions. This upcoming exhibition will combine the work of two or more artists within one exhibition space with the intention of creating a dialogue through visual representation. Artists are asked to submit a range of work, all completed within the last year. This should be a cohesive body of work that represents a clear vision or aesthetic.


All media is accepted in 2D or 3D formats. Please submit up to 15 but no less than 5 pieces for consideration. Please submit all works in JPEG format (images no larger then 300dpi). Include name, address, phone number, and email address on corresponding numbered sheet with title, medium, size and price of each piece. Please also include resume and artist statement.


If you are interested in submitting for this exhibition please send all application materials via email to: Aneleise Ruggles at no later than November 15, 2016.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 617-923-0100, ext. 8304 or via email.


Image Credit: Cindy Cuba Clements

Call to Artists: The Shop

Arsenal Center for the ArtsThe Arsenal Center for the Arts seeks artists in the Greater Boston Area to exhibit and sell their fine arts and crafts in The Shop. The Shop features fine arts and crafts from over 40 artists at any given time. We open our doors to thousands of employees at the Arsenal on the Charles Complex, patrons from the New Repertory Theatre and the Watertown Children’s Theatre, patrons at Panera Bread and La Casa de Pedro, and other shoppers the opportunity to purchase beautiful, handcrafted artwork. All items must be original, hand-crafted work and each artists may offer a wide variety of items. The number of items accepted will be determined by the Program Director and factors considered will include size of work, price point, quantity of inventory, diversity, and space availability.

We invite artists interested in participating in this opportunity to submit 3- 5 examples of your work via email for consideration (many more than 5 pieces will be required for inventory from selected artists). We are looking for quality, consistent, diverse artwork and craft suitable for people of all ages.  Deadline for submissions November 1, 2016.

Selected artists will share a 40% commission on their work to benefit the Arsenal Center for the Arts.

How to submit your work:
Please email 3-5 images of your work (in JPEG format, 300dpi) along with name, phone, website (if available), medium and price range to: 

$20 Jury Fee is required for submissions and can be paid via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted) in person Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm, via phone (617) 923-0100 x8304, or a check, made out to the Arsenal Center for the Arts and mailed to:

Beverly Snow
Shop Jury Fee
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown. MA 02472

Call to Artists: Site-Specific Installation

visual-shiroito-stairs-installation195x293The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking proposals from installation artists and sculptors in the Greater Boston area for a site-specific installation on our main staircase to be exhibited in the 2016-2017 Exhibition Season.

We require all applicants to come in and view the space before submitting any proposal materials if they have never been to the center before.  Images and dimensions of the space are available upon request. All proposals must include images of past work/installations (images no larger than 300 dpi), as well as a written proposal of how you would configure your work to the space.

If you are interested in submitting an installation proposal please send all application materials via email to: Aneleise Ruggles,


Any questions or concerns please contact Aneleise Ruggles, Exhibitions Coordinator (617-923-0100, ext. 8304 or via email)

Resident Studio Artists

Cat Bennett is an artist, writer and teacher. She has exhibited her art in various venues in Montreal, Boston, New York and Tokyo. In 2003, she turned her focus to independent projects and teaching drawing as a way to grow the creative self. Her book, The Confident Creative (Findhorn Press 2010), inspired by her Saturday Morning Drawing Club at the Arsenal Center, was a gold medal winner of the Nautilus Book Awards 2011. In her own words, “I try to make the improbable appear possible. My art sometimes appears funny or fantastical (can wearing a Mahatma Gandhi hat really create peace?), yet I ask us to consider new ways of thinking and being. I believe if we want to see peace in the world, we must first find it in ourselves.” Her blog, Cat Bennett art+writing is at

Cat grew up in Canada. After graduating from McGill University, she worked at The National Film Board of Canada in Montreal for five years making animated films. After moving to Boston, she worked as a freelance animation filmmaker, illustrator, and designer for more than twenty-five years. Her film clients include: CBC-Sesame Street; Nickelodeon; WGBH-TV (Nova); WHDH-TV. Her illustration clients include: Time Magazine, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic, The Montreal Star, Premiere Magazine; Polaroid, John Hancock, Bloomberg, Harcourt Brace, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Sundance, Prentice Hall, among others. Her design clients include: Ginn and Company, Houghton Mifflin, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Nick Portnoy Builders, and Findhorn Press.

Dawn Evans Scaltreto
 is a professional illustrator, designer and muralist whose clients include Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Museum of Science, and Illuminations, Inc. She has been a resident of Watertown for 24 years and is active in many local arts organizations, having also served as a board member of the Arsenal Center for the Arts. A past President of the Watertown Art Association, Dawn teaches watercolor, acrylic and oil painting at the Watertown, Waltham and Brighton Senior Centers, and many adult, youth and intergenerational arts programs and courses. Her recent projects include creating 5 cows for Boston Cows on Parade to benefit the Jimmy Fund and new installation artwork at the Boston Children’s Hospital Waltham facility.

Catherine Garnett
 lives in Newburyport and Arlington, Massachusetts. For as long as she can remember she has wanted to paint. She studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Michigan and the DeCordova Museum School. Cathy received a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts and is a registered Landscape Architect. Her recent awards include: The Newburyport Area Industrial Development Foundation Award for Watercolor, NAA Members Winter Juried Show, 2006. First Place in Watercolor, River Art at the Forbes Museum, Milton, MA 2003 and 2004. She is inspired by the abstract aspect of landscapes, claiming “nature and landscape has been a constant source of inspiration for the many forms of art work I create- whether design for the land of for a painting. I try to capture nature’s everyday beauty with color, light and a sense of the place.”