The Arsenal Center for the Arts is now The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts!
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Mosesian Center for the Arts

Visual Arts

New Visions: Steve Sangapore & Diego Velez

New Visions: Steve Sangapore & Diego Velez
January 5 – March 3, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, January 12, 5:30-7:30pm


An exhibition series designed to inspire dialogue through visual representation featuring the exciting and vibrant work of Steve Sangapore & Diego Velez.











Vanessa Irzyk: Fixed Point

IMG_20160826_091242-195x293pxVanessa Irzyk: Fixed Point
January 5 – March 3, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, January 12, 5:30-7:30pm


Solo show featuring new work by Vanessa Irzyk.











Marc Morin: 100 Twenty Minute Portraits

100-twenty-minute-portraits-195x293-webMarc Morin: 100 Twenty Minute Portraits
January 5 – March 3, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, January 12, 5:30-7:30pm


This body of work includes portraits of family, friends and acquaintances who agreed to sit as live models for twenty minutes as Marc completed their portrait.  While the project initially aimed to improve his technical skill in regard to portraiture, it evolved into an exploration of the relationship between the sitter and the painter. This project includes 100 portraits painted over the span of approximately 3 years.







Wen-ti Tsen: Home Town

hometown-195x293Wen-ti Tsen
Home Town: Re-Presenting Boston’s Chinatown
as a Place of People – Then and Now

January 5 – March 3, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, January 12, 5:30-7:30pm


This art project was originally set up in the streets and public spaces in Boston’s Chinatown to draw attention to the developments and gentrification of the last 40 years that threaten the historical nature of Chinatown. It’s goal is to emphasize, to the community, and the public at large, the importance of maintaining a home for the Asian Americans in the Northeast.


Wen-ti Tsen is a painter and public artist.  He was born in China, lived in Paris and London before coming to the U.S. to study at Boston Museum School. Since the mid-1970s, he has been engaged in making art that explores cultural connections. It takes the forms of paintings and sculptures in the studio, large-scale works in public places, and graphics, exhibitions, theater sets and publications working with communities.

Belmont World Film: Refugee Crisis

Belmont World Film presents
A Community Responds:
Three Films On the Global Refugee Crisis

at West Newton Cinema & Belmont Public Library

















February 2: SONITA
West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street, West Newton
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, SONITA tells the story of an 18 year-old Afghan refugee living in Iran with dreams of being a rapper. Not only is it illegal for women to sing in public in Iran, but her family also wants to send her back home where she is worth $9000 as a bride.
Speaker: Nano Raies, originally from Homs, Syria, and a voice student at Berklee College of Music.


February 9: AFTER SPRING
West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street, West Newton
Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart executive produced this timely documentary that follows the daily lives of two families living in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, the largest refugee camp for Syrians, waiting to find out where and when, if ever, they can find a permanent home.
Speaker: Omar Salem, chairman of the board of the Karam Foundation.
February 16: ALL OF ME
Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont
The women of La Patrona explain why they stand at the railroad tracks every day, tossing water bottles and food they have prepared to the immigrants riding the rails through Mexico, desperate for a better life.
Speakers: representatives from International Institute of New England and from the Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center.


Presented by Belmont Public Library, Belmont World Film, Beth El Temple Center, and First Church of Belmont.


Proceeds benefit International Institute of New England and Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center


Partners: Belmont Against Racism, Belmont Religious Council, Human Rights Commission and Mosesian Center for the Arts


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The Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston

Worldwide Cinema Frames presents
The Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston
March 9-12, 2017
Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont


The Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston (GCFF) in partnership with WCF studios/films and under the direction of multiple award-winning Documentarian Raouf J. Jacob and award-winning Executive Producer Lara M. Moreno are committed to bringing the best of global cinematography to Boston. Our unflinching mission is to give filmmakers an opportunity to spotlight stories that deserve global attention. We believe that your lens is the most powerful witness to the human condition.


Our global event includes over 28 independent films, director Q & As and critically acclaimed Official Selections that have been featured in major award competitions, including BAFTA, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival & More!


Visit The Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston website for passes, tickets, and details.

Call to Artists

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: Kimberly Thompson Panay,



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.”