Press release for MALDEN ART NOW
Strengthening The Role Of The Arts
We need an artist’s community in Malden. A community that would play a significant part in vitalizing the City, create art-related businesses, generate more income to local businesses. The 24-hour working habits of artists would help to keep our neighborhood safe, create educational partnerships with local institutions and school programs, and to enrich the art and cultural life of our community.
In the ongoing effort to revitalize Malden's downtown area, Mayor Richard C. Howard and the Malden Redevelopment Authority are hoping to reach out to members of the Malden artists community to get their collective thoughts of creating housing and business opportunities for artists in the Malden Square area. All artists interested in engaging in this discussion are invited to attend the meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb 26, 2003, sixth floor conference room, Malden Government Center, 200 Pleasant St., Malden.Refreshments will be provided. For additional information, persons can call Sand T or Deborah Burke, Mayor's Office, 781-397-7000.
“I have had the opportunity to encounter artists who live or work in Malden. They have been expressing their desire for an artists community in Malden,” says Sand T.
In a response to this subject, artSPACE@16 has invited Stephanie Mahan Stigliano to jury its 14th exhibit in all media featuring visual artists who live or work in Malden. The show is called MALDEN ART NOW 2003. This exhibit aims to reach out to Malden artists and join with others to celebrate the spirit of creativity in Malden. Artists residing or working in Malden can use this show to seek support from one another and contribute to the community -at -large in a creative form.
Malden Art Now 2003 opens on February 15. A potluck reception will be held for these stunning artworks by Malden artists on Saturday, February 22, noon-3pm. Sand T decided not to use a specific theme for this exhibit. The works are to represent an individual’s aesthetic manifestation. The juror, Stephanie Mahan Stigliano has selected excellent work submitted by all artists age 18 or older who live or work in Malden. The jurying was done based on overall quality, artistic expression and presentation.
Stephanie Mahan Stilgliano has been a Malden resident since 1991 and has served on the Malden Cultural Council. Stephanie teaches in the Visual Arts department of Pine Manor College in Newton. Her artist's books and prints are included in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has exhibited at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA, PROJECT of Wichita, KS and the Society of Functional Arts, New York, NY.
Sand T and her husband Wesley Kalloch moved to 16 Princeton Road in 2000. Shortly after the move, they transformed their garage into a non-commercial, humble yet modern art space. "Established as a non-commercial artist funded artist operated art space, we hope to provide an open ground for local and regional artists, both emerging and well established to display their work. By way of these gatherings, we seek to strengthen the role of the arts in the community, provide support among fellow artists, encourage art dialogues, exchanging thoughts, informing of exhibition opportunities and networking for future collaborations in the community. We want to do our part as Malden residents to endorse the arts." Sand T states.
Besides organizing contemporary art exhibits at artSPACE@16, Sand T also works in collaboration with individuals and community organizations to promote art at other exhibition venues. “I’m aspiring towards a vibrant artist’s community in Malden.” She hopes her long-term endeavors will encourage a spirit of partnership between the artists, public and private cooperation, and the City to emphasize the importance of the integration of art and community. “We are awaiting more art studios, artists live/work loft spaces, art related businesses, art galleries and a contemporary art center to benefit our community.” She says these engagements have a potential long-term benefit to the community in artistic and development endeavors.
Last year, Sand T curated AMBIANCE, a premier exhibit featuring nine local artists at MATV Art Gallery recently opened at Malden Access TV. She encourages everyone to experience today's art starting in our homes, our neighborhood, community centers. Adding these often overlooked venues to our visiting list of the standard commercial galleries and art museums. Her hope is that through organizing exhibits and collaborating with community centers, the positive changes to the City of Malden that have been occurring will continue. And these ventures strengthen the partnerships in our community that have been forged for the greater good of us all.”
"Home, is where the art is cherished "
The Malden Art Now 2003 Exhibit is on display from February 15 till March 15. Viewing hours are 2/22 and 3/15, from noon - 5pm. Monday through Friday evenings are open by appointment by calling ........... or by sending an email to ...........