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Open Door Gallery at VSA Massachusetts

The Financial District probably isn't your primary gallery-hopping destination, but next time you're near South Station, be sure to check out the Open Door Gallery. Located in a first floor space at 89 South Street (corner of Essex), it's the gallery of VSA Massachusetts, the State Organization on Arts and Disability. I happened to have a meeting in the building last week, otherwise I may never have discovered this great resource.

In addition to providing exhibition opportunities for artists with disabilities in the gallery space, VSA promotes cultural inclusion state-wide through resources and programs focusing on accessible performances; professional development for teachers and teaching artists; inclusive, arts-integrated instruction; and career development for artists with disabilities.

The current exhibit, "Creative Valor: Recent Work by American Veterans," features selections from a juried show of work by veterans from across the country, curated by Jeff Melzack and exhibited earlier this year at the Massachusetts State House. The pieces at Open Door gallery, mostly figurative, span a wide range of media and subject matter, and offer straightforward flashes of the artists' experiences and inspirations, both military and civilian. These glimpses of moments at once universal and unique read like tiny slivers of time, and, seen together, hint at a vast and varied collective memory.

Artists, performers, and others interested in learning about the services VSA provides can attend a one-hour "tour" at the gallery to learn more about the organization's work toward educational and cultural inclusion in the arts. Complete info, including upcoming dates, is available on the VSA web site.

Creative Valor: Recent Work by American Veterans is on view through November 9 at Open Door Gallery.

Image courtesy of VSA Massachusetts.

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Bonnie B enjoys talking with non-artists about art. She excels at non sequiturs, has a last name no one pronounces correctly, and tweets as @6x6pix and can be found here - https://instagram.com/6x6pix/.

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