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On Thursday, October 18, I had the distinct pleasure of accompanying the extremely talented Rachel Meuler to the Wallace L. Anderson Gallery at Bridgewater State University for her artist talk at the opening reception of the four person show “Animal Magnetism”.

The show’s theme addresses artists who use animals, or animal components, as a major tool for creative expression. The unique and well crafted menagerie on display allows viewers to have an adventurous and playful dialogue through worlds of wonder and mystery.

Below are some images of the work I viewed at the show:

Andrian Arleo
Clay,Glaze, Gold Leaf
20 x 27 x 12″

Andrian Arleo
Crouching Crow Ba
Clay, Glaze, Encaustic
9 x 9 x 10″

John Pusateri
South Island Kokako
6 Color Lithograph
52 x 20″

Larassa Kabel
Any Minute Now – the Black
Colored Pencil
96 x 96″

Rachel Meuler
Natural Order
Gouache on Silk
144 x 45″

The Wallace L. Anderson Gallery was a beautiful space for the finely selected work showcased. The main doors of the University’s Art Department lead up a short staircase to the almost twelve foot wide entrance to the gallery. Upon entering I felt very welcomed and drawn to the work immediately. As you’ve seen from the images above the show was extremely well curated by Professor Leigh Craven, and installed to create a beautiful linear composition for viewing experience by Director of Collections and Exhibitions Jay Block. If this show is any indicator, the University will certainly meet its ambition to position itself as a cultural center between Boston and Providence.

Information about the show:
Animal Magnetism
October 9 – November 8, 2012
Wallace L. Anderson Gallery
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm (except holidays)
508 531 1359


On this day in 1904, Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Geisel, who used his middle name (which was also his mother’s maiden name) as his pen name, wrote 48 books–including some for adults–that have sold well over 200 million copies and been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Seuss books are known for their whimsical rhymes and quirky characters, which have names like the Lorax and the Sneetches and live in places like Hooterville.

Geisel, who was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was editor of the school’s humor magazine, and studied at Oxford University. There he met Helen Palmer, his first wife and the person who encouraged him to become a professional illustrator. Back in America, Geisel worked as a cartoonist for a variety of magazines and in advertising.

The first children’s book that Geisel wrote and illustrated, “And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” was rejected by over two dozen publishers before making it into print in 1937. Geisel’s first bestseller, “The Cat in the Hat,” was published in 1957. The story of a mischievous cat in a tall striped hat came about after his publisher asked him to produce a book using 220 new-reader vocabulary words that could serve as an entertaining alternative to the school reading primers children found boring.

Other Dr. Seuss classics include “Yertle the Turtle,” “If I Ran the Circus,” “Fox in Socks” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”

Some Dr. Seuss books tackled serious themes. “The Butter Battle Book” (1984) was about the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “Lorax” (1971) dealt with the environment.

Many Dr. Seuss books have been adapted for television and film, including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “Horton Hears a Who!” In 1990, Geisel published a book for adults titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” that became a hugely popular graduation gift for high school and college students.

Geisel, who lived and worked in an old observatory in La Jolla, California, known as “The Tower,” died September 24, 1991, at age 87.

-info courtesy of history.com


Ira Cummings is a printmaker, designer and cyclist. An initial infatuation with the German Expressionists’ woodcuts became a love-affair with a medium. Ira’s current body of work focuses on merging the careful practice of printmaking with the immediacy and visceral qualities of drawing. He can be found most weeks working on a wonderful Takach etching press larger than a European compact car. He has worked and taught in Vermont and Massachusetts. He is also the Founder and Co-Editor of WorkingProof.org – a resource for printmakers.

Click to see more prints by Ira Cummings.

Ira Cummings is a new addition to the Boston Drawing Project. In October ‘010, Ira was interviewed by Art @ SCATV Host Janet Cormier. Art @ SCATV is a show about the art that is featured in the SCATV (Somerville Community Access) gallery each month. She speaks with Cummings about his work: