Arsenal Center for the Arts

Visual Arts


June 16 – August 26, 2016
Thomas A. Pannesi Lobby (1st Floor)
Watertown Savings Bank Gallery (2nd Floor)


Opening Reception Thursday, June 23, 6:00-8:00pm
Featuring live music by acoustic indie-pop duo FBGM


An exhibition of young, emerging artists from the Greater Boston area. It is designed to display and encourage the dialogue of young artists while presenting a diversified look at emerging artistic talent in the region. Juror: Cindy Cuba Clements – Artist, Massachusetts Cultural Council Board Member.


Participating artists: Taylor Apostol, Nathan Bentley, Molly Blumberg, Emily M. Boucher, Emily Brodrick, Carolyn Burns, Leila Byron, Mia Cross, Lizzy Dargie, Elle DioGuardi, Kate Drewniak, Kim Foley, Elizabeth Hatke, Jamezie Helenski, Erika Hess, Jenn Houle, Alexandra Kim, Cassandra Klos, Natalia Leginowicz, Jessica Liggero, Lizzy London, Samantha Loos, Aaron Morse, Evan Morse, Jessie Nickerson, Ella Nicole, Hannah O’Toole, Olga Prushinskaya, Emilie Puttrich, Chelsea Revelle, Steve Sangapore, Rachel Schwemin, Brendan Totten



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This exhibition is generously supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through their Peers Program.


Sponsored by The Sloane Family Scholarship Fund.


Reception sponsor: Small Town Brewery, makers of Not Your Father’s Root Beer









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June 7 – August 26, 2016
Site-specific Installation on Stairs


Opening Reception Thursday, June 23, 6:00-8:00pm
Featuring live music by acoustic indie-pop duo FBGM


Matt Jatkola & Aneleise Ruggles created this site-specific installation on the main stairs, using colored tape. It will be on view all summer. Check out this time lapse video of the installation below.


Sponsored by Bart’s HomemadeBarts Ice Cream





Call to Artists

Call to Artists: Small Works

Small-Works-11x17The Arsenal Center for the Arts is seeking the work of artists from the Greater Boston area for our annual Small Works exhibition happening November 10 – December 30, 2016.  The work will be exhibited in our first and second floor galleries and will be on display throughout the holiday season. Works must be 12” x 12” or smaller and can be 2D or 3D but must be priced under $300. Arsenal Center for the Arts will retain 40% on sale of works.

All media is accepted 2D and 3D – 
a maximum of 4 pieces per artist will be chosen, but up to 10 pieces can be submitted for consideration. Please submit all works in JPEG format (images no larger then 300dpi- jpeg). 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 October 1, 2016.

The jury fee for submission is $20 and can be mailed to:

Arsenal Center for the Arts
Attention: Aneleise Ruggles
Small Works Submission
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

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

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,

The jury fee for submission is $20 and can be mailed to:

Attention: Aneleise Ruggles
Arsenal Center for the Arts
Installation Submission
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

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.”