Taline Megherian, Zeitun (Well Series), gouache, ink, liquid watercolor, Strathmore Beau Brillant, 12.25 x 19.75 in., 2016

Galatea Fine Art Presents ‘Resiliency and Resistance;’ Works by Four Armenian Women Take Center Stage

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BOSTON — Beginning September 4 and running through September 30, Galatea Fine Art in Boston’s South End will present “Resiliency and Resistance”, paintings, laser cuttings, and mixed media by four Armenian women.

The works on exhibit include gouache and watercolor paintings by Talin Megherian, onionskin dye and acrylic paintings by Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, hard wood and acrylic laser cuttings by Jessica Sperandio and mixed media assemblage by Arevik Tserunyan. The exhibit explores identity, history, displacement, fantasy and protest through the artists’ rich and complex Armenian culture. Through their work, the artists embrace strength and question stereotypes of Armenian identity.

Jessica Sperandio, Crooked, acrylic on laser-cut hardboard, 32 x 32 in., 2017

A gallery talk and reception featuring the artists and sponsored by the Armenian International Women’s Association New England Affiliate will take place on Sunday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave., #B-6.

The exhibit will also be open during gallery hours, Wednesday to Sunday 12-5 and on First Friday in the South End on September 7, when galleries and boutiques in Boston’s South End are open to the public in the evening hours for shopping and artistic inspiration.

Talin Megherian, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian and Jessica Sperandio are familiar to the New England Armenian community from the 2015 exhibit “Kiss the Ground: A New Armenia” at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, which sought a new Armenian aesthetic in the context of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Odabashian has also recently exhibited solo at the Armenian Museum of America; her show Skins examined the relationship of people, animals, and terrain, using paint, clay, and onionskin dye. Arevik Tserunyan is artist-in-residence at the Armenian Museum of America, where she teaches studio classes and recently exhibited The Lost Empire, a series of mixed media works exploring Armenia’s political culture through the lens of a surreal folk tale. An exhibit of her new work Clouds will open at the Armenian Museum of America in September.

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The “Resiliency and Resistance” exhibit is sponsored by the Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) New England Affiliate. Art work, postcards, posters, and scarves will be for sale at the gallery. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of artwork from the exhibit will go to support the Women’s Support Center in Yerevan, Armenia.

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