Art News – October, 2013

Bedford Center for the Arts' Mapping Project - Image (c) BCA, 2013
Bedford Center for the Arts’ Mapping Project – Image (c) BCA, 2013

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Citizen highlights Bedford Center for the Arts’ Mapping Bedford project; current exhibits by Bedford photographers Mark Bailey and Astrid Reischwitz; a call for artists for the Bedford Library’s 2013 open competition and show; Middlesex Community College’s World of Music concerts; and the the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society’s monthly meeting, and the Bedford Center for the Arts photography group.

Bedford Center for the Arts’ Mapping Bedford Project
The Bedford Center for the Arts has launched a “Mapping Bedford” project.  Multiple individual portraits of Bedford will be compiled into a book. Individuals or groups are invited to customize a map with meaningful events or memories, and favorite places or landmarks. Some ideas already in the works are maps about favorite dog walks, a morning in the Hartwell Town Forest, and projects done by service organizations.  A copy of the map can be downloaded at

The current deadline for dropping off your map is September 29 at the Bedford Public Library on the ground floor to the left of the Returns Desk, but look for more information for a later deadline. For more information, email

Bedford photographer Mark Bailey’s show Balances
Images from Mark Bailey’s well-regarded presentation on the dual arts of photography and balancing rocks at a recent Bedford Center for the Arts photography group meeting are included in his exhibit Balances, on view at Cambridge Health Associates through October 15. There will be an Artist’s Reception this Sunday, September 29, from 4 to 7 pm.  Details are here: Cambridge Health Associates is located at 335 Broadway in Cambridge.

Bedford photographer Astrid Reishwitz’s current exhibits
Astrid Reishwitz’s new series The Bedroom Project “brings intimate spaces into public view and creates portraits of couples and individuals through their private rooms, their sanctuaries.” Work from this series is included in three current shows:

  • The Atelier 18 group show at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, through September 29
  • Silent Noise, a group show at the Cambridge Art Association, through November 2 (artists’ reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on Friday, October 4 at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell Street in Cambridge)
  • The New England Photography Biennial at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, through November 3

Click here to visit Astrid’s website and learn more about her work.

Portraits: Face to Face At the Atrium Gallery in the Bedford Free Public Library
Portraits: Face to Face illustrates the rich variety of method and style in portraiture, from painting to sculpture, contemporary to Early American folk art. Artists are Meg Birnbaum, photography; Dianne Levine, painting; Zoe Perry-Wood, photography; John Kirk Smith, pastel; Nicole Stewart, Early American Folk Art painting; Delanie Wise, ceramics;  and John Wood, painting. The exhibit will be on display through November 6.

Call For Entries: The Bedford Free Public Library’s 2013-14 Biennial Community Art Show 
The Bedford Library Art Steering Committee has announced a Call for Entries for the The Biennial Community Art Show, a juried exhibit of art by people who live or work in the Bedford area. Art and craft in all media is eligible.

Work must be original and not shown before in the Library. 2-D work must be framed and ready for hanging with wire; work with sawtooth hangers cannot be considered. Limited to two entries (or series) per person. There is no entry fee.

Entry drop off will be on Thursday evening, November 7, from 7 to 9 pm, and on Friday afternoon, November 8 from noon to 2 pm.
Additional submission information, show dates and entry forms are available at the library website. Click here to download and print the entry form.
Hours and directions to the library can be found on its website:

World of Music Concerts on the Bedford Campus of Middlesex Community College: A New Season Begins
The Concert Hall on Middlesex Community College’s Bedford Campus will resound at 8 pm on Friday, October 11 when the World of Music Concert Series resumes.  Organized by Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, these concerts bring live music to Bedford several times each year.

The opening concert in the Fall 2013 series features virtuoso pianist Artem Belogurov who will present a recital featuring works by late 19th and early 20th Century New England composers. On Sunday, November 3 at 3 pm the Boston Saxophone Quartet will perform a varied program ranging from the Renaissance to the present. The final concert will take place on Friday, November 22 at 8 pm. World Music’s program director and pianist Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta will be joined by additional MCC music faculty members  Mark Berger, violin/viola; Adam Levin, guitar; and Anna Ward, soprano.

Admission is free for all of the concerts, and each will take place in the Bedford campus’s Concert Hall, located in Building Six. For information about MCC’s World of Music series please visit:

Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Monthly Meeting and Demonstration
The first meeting in the Bedford Arts & Crafts Society’s program year will take place in the meeting room of the Bedford Free Public Library at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 15. Refreshments will be served before the meeting begins. The speaker, Bedford jewelry designer Laurel Huggins will demonstrate her craft.

Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group
The Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group meets monthly to learn more about the artistic and technical principles of digital photography. Wedding photographer Jay Philbrick will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, October 1; Philbrick and his wife Vicki produce images characterized as “not your parents’ wedding photographers.” The Photo Group also offers a technical session led by Dennis Rainville on the third Tuesday of each month.

Meetings take place from 7 to 9 pm in the BCA space on the ground floor of Old Town Hall, 16 South Road, Bedford; guests are welcome.  For more information visit or contact Bob Bass at or by calling 781-275-5230.

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