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[sticky post] June 5th, 2012 (12:16 am)

Hi All,

I'm so sorry if LJ is your favorite way to follow my exploits. If it's your only way, you might have thought I'd fallen off the planet. 

Your best bet for keeping up to date with my shows, etc. is to sign up for my mailing list here. Or via my website www.rachelmello.com.

I also post events and updates to Mello Arts on Facebook, and theoretically to MelloArts on Twitter, but I'll be honest, I'm really bad about keeping Twitter updated. Let's just call it an embarrassment of riches, in that I have too many options for social media available to me, and I just can't do them all.

So look for me in one of those other places, and I hope to see you at Somerville Open Studios each May, and other times throughout the year.


rachel mello [userpic]

Art Reception and Party; also, new gallery representation

June 19th, 2007 (01:13 pm)

I've been really happy to have my work in four shows in the past month or so. This one has been open since January and will be closing shortly. The reception, then, is a closing party. There will be catering, cash bars, and live music.

It's this Thursday, June 21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
at the new(ish) Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street; Boston, MA

If you've been curious what the convention center is like, this would be an easy way to get a peek at it.

For more info, and to see the invitation/show card, see the news entry on my website

Maybe I'll see you there?

Also, if you happen to me in Medford, there's a new gallery there called "13 Forest" (www.13forest.com). They're a mixture of fine art, and artful crafts, in a model like the Blue Cloud Gallery next to True Grounds. 13 Forest has just recently picked up some of my work (my first gallery!) and later in the Fall I'll have a show there. If you're in the area, or it's not too far out of your way, stop in and tell Marc I sent you.

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Upcoming Shows

April 26th, 2007 (07:38 am)

I've been so busy I've forgotten to announce the up-coming shows I'm in! Here are the next three, listed in order of Opening Reception date. I hope to see at one or more of them.

All of this is also detailed on my website, www.rachelmello.com

The Green Line at the Nave Gallery 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA
Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 6pm – 8pm
I'll also be sitting gallery-hours Saturday, April 28, 1pm – 3pm
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Imaging Somerville: Discovering a City Through Art at the Somerville Museum 1 Westwood Road, Somerville, MA (at the corner of Central St., one block off Highland Ave.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12 (hours forthcoming)
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The Fourth Annual Juried Summer Exhibion at the Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University Medford, MA
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 31, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
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Somerville Open Studios VOLUNTEER CREW

April 3rd, 2007 (11:48 am)

Somerville Open Studios is coming in just about a month, and we're looking for help getting the word out. If you're a big fan of SOS, we could really use your enthusiasm, and if you've never been before, you're in for a treat.

I am looking to build a small volunteer force of art-lovers who will help distribute the Event Maps to the map-stands and retail locations, the week before the event, the morning before the event and during the event (while you're out visiting studios). Your "SOS VOLUNTEER CREW" badge will identify you to the artists you're visiting as a dedicated supporter and a member of the Crew.

SOS takes place the first weekend in May--Saturday and Sunday May 5 and 6. Over 300 artists in over 100 locations will open their studios and homes to the public to show and sell their work. It's really quite the event! This year we will have free Trolleys running through Somerville, with live entertainment on-board, as well.

If you are interested in committing as little as 2 hours to help make the event the best it can be, please write me at:

rachel (at) rachelmello (dot) com with SOS in the subject line. Tell me when you might be available and how I can best reach you.


I look forward to hearing from you!


rachel mello [userpic]

Thanks, everyone!

March 2nd, 2007 (12:05 am)

Thanks to everyone who came by the reception at CCTV tonight. I appreciated all the support, and had a great time. It was great to see friends, and wonderful to meet new people.

If you didn't get by there tonight, that gallery is open to the public any time that the CCTV is open (you can check the hours on their website), and that the room is not in use.

Thanks again, everyone!

rachel mello [userpic]

Show and Reception

February 28th, 2007 (01:09 am)

I have a small show of a works in the Cambridge Community Television "Drive-By-Gallery" hanging from now until March 27. The set-up of the gallery is such that you can see all the works from the street as you walk by, or you can come in and look closer if you want.

This Thursday, March 1, I'll host a reception there from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Please drop by and see the newest pieces, and just say hello!

The gallery is on Prospect Street in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. If it had an address it would be 41 Prospect Street (in case you're GoogleMaps-ing it). The actual address for the television studio is on Mass. Ave, but this is where the entrance and the gallery is located.

You can read more about the show and the space on their website at
or on my brand-spankin', new website at www.rachelmello.com (still very much a work in progress!).

The new website has space for comments throughout, including on al the images, so if you feel moved to respond to anything you see there, I'd love to read your thoughts.

Hope to see you on Thursday!

rachel mello [userpic]

Upcoming Events

September 17th, 2006 (07:41 pm)

Hello all,

It's been a while since I've updated here. Sorry 'bout that.

I wanted to write now to alert y'all to a great event coming up in a couple weeks.

The 3rd Annual Art House Auction will be held on Thursday, September 28 6:30p – 9:00p, in Cambridge, MA. One of my pieces will be up for auction at this benefit to raise money for the Brattle Film Foundation.

It only costs 15 measly bucks to attend, and you can buy your tickets in advance. (Which is recommended, as they have a max.cap. of 125 people).

This is a GREAT way to buy art. Especially if you have any pending birthdays or holidays coming up. The organizers were very clear that they wanted art that was priced affordably, and requested that artists submit pieces with a value of less than $1000. Some work is as low as $35! Many of us artists will be there to chat with and answer any questions. You can buy art, meet artists you like, and support the Independent Theater all in the same night! (I'll make a wild guess that you can drink some wine and eat some cheese while you're at it, though they haven't specifically said as much in their publicity).

Hope to see you there!

rachel mello [userpic]

Up Coming Shows

June 19th, 2006 (10:24 am)

This weekend I got two pieces accepted into a juried gallery show, and received an "Honorable Mention" for one of them. The show is at the Lynn Arts Center (www.lynnarts.org), and the opening party/reception is this coming Saturday, the 24th, from 2pm to 4pm. I would be *very* psyched to see people I know there, (though if you were at Somerville Open Studios this May, you saw the pieces).

If you didn't make it to SOS, this will be the last public showing of my newest big piece, because some folks who saw my work at Open Studios are already offering to buy the piece as the show opens. (The piece will hang through the show, with a "sold" indicator next to it.) I am so pleased it will go to someone who has been thinking about it all this time. I put so much effort into my pieces it means a lot to me that they make it to appreciating homes.

I also submitted to another jury, and another of my pieces was accepted for that, The Summer Street Solstice II show at the Mass. Convention Center. The show, however, has two parts; the first part is opening this Wednesday, and running through December, and the second part is opening in January. My piece will be in the January portion. I'll post more details as the date approaches.

I have an offer for a small show in the corner gallery at CCTV in Cambridge in February, and if things keep going at this rate I'll need all new work to put in it. That's not a *bad* thing at all, of course, but still, it's a little daunting.

I started this summer with a goal of lining up 5 shows by the end of summer. I've got three down and one more I'm ready to submit a piece to as soon as I can figure out how to write my artist-statement about it.

It takes time every week to cull through the Calls to Artists, write letters, visit galleries, etc. It's all part of the business and keeps me involved with what's going on all around. I find it stimulating to see other people's work and talk to other people about thier shows, as long as I keep time for studio as well. It's a juggling act, but it's also enlivening and envigorating, and makes me feel connected a greated whole when I'm working in my studio alone.

Hope to see you at the Lynn Arts show, and around town!

rachel mello [userpic]

Process Work

June 12th, 2006 (06:42 pm)

During open studios I had a lot of questions about how I go about cutting the boards that I use for my paintings.

Recently I got a few pictures while I was working. If you haven't seen the recent work, the piece on the wall behind my head in the first shot is a finished, painted piece in the same series as the one on the table which I'm working on:

As you can see, I've got the image drawn on the board—eucaboard, made by the eucatex company out of Brazil—first sketched in charcoal, then hardlined in marker. Mostly I've been using a selection of Dremel tools to cut. In these images I'm using the 561, general purpose cutting blade, but I also have been using the diamond-carbide shaping tool, and the mini-circular saw adapter.

Once the rough cut is made throughout the whole image, I go back with a cut-off wheel and an engraving tip to get sharp edges in the places where the blade left a rounded end where a sharp point is desired.

The cut-off wheel and engraving tip, particularly, let off a lot of smoke and gave me some nasty allergic reactions. At this point I think the mask is pretty necessary to me for cutting. I've also got goggles, ear-protection, and the ever-important hair-restraining device. You only have to be told one horror story of someone's hair getting wrapped around a spinning blade shaft, to be very, very careful about it.

I'm done cutting this piece now, so I'll start gessoing it and getting ready to paint now. The top picture shows a finished cut and painted piece in the background.

rachel mello [userpic]

The Art of Studying the Art of Selling Art

June 5th, 2006 (04:09 pm)

The funniest ('cause it's true) article I've read in a long time about the business of art, has got to be You Can't Sell Your Art Until You Learn How to Sell It, by Alan Bamberger found on artbusiness.com.

The author responds to a query purportedly received in email:
Q: I'm a visual artist networking and marketing my own work. I'm looking for resources and references. … Please visit my website and have a look at my art, and if you have a moment, I could use feedback. Thanks for your time.

If this sounds like a question you might have (it's one I have, which is why I'm out reading up on the business of art, like a good little doobie, instead of drinking absinthe and complaining about how nobody appreciates my work), I recommend this website and this article.

Bamberger replies:
I don't know how many people you've sent this email to; I'm sure I'm not the only one. … If you're taking shots in the dark like this, you need professional help.

The article is not all snarky retorts, though. Bamberger gives specific advice regarding the value in seeking a consultant, an agent, or a rep., (though, perhaps out of the scope of this article, no specifics in how to go about doing so) all with a clarity about the business behind art that is honest and refreshing.

He continues:
Am I supposed to take an hour or two or three of my time to study and critique your work, put my thoughts into writing, and email them to you? Am I supposed to go through my contact list and give you a bunch of names so that you can ask them the same questions you're asking me? Am I supposed to offer whatever additional help I can to advance your art career?

Assuming I am supposed to do any or all of these things, what's in it for me? Am I supposed to do it for free? …

Art galleries, agents, and artist reps sell art for a living. If they can't make their livings selling art, then they have to get real jobs like the rest of us. In order to avoid such a fate, they carefully evaluate every artist who presents them with art, and decide to work only with those who demonstrate, one way or another, that their art is not only salable, but that it will sell.

At this point in my artistic career, I'm done with worrying "whether my art is good enough," or even "what I should be making," (at least for now), and I'm onto the task of placing myself in the art world. I know this is a tricky sea to navigate, and I hope I'm up to the task. Right now I am setting aside 10 – 20% of my art-making time a week for research and professional development. If you're in this boat, too, feel free to drop me a line, and we can share charts and oracles.

What's your favorite art-business related website?

See ya' at the openings!

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