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Samuel Rowlett: Itinerant Painter


Artist Samuel Rowlett, whose work mines the relationship between studio practice, community engagement and exploration, is hitting the streets today with his mobile portrait painting studio. Taking inspiration from peripatetic painters of the 19th century who roamed the rural Northeast, Rowlett will be walking through the Newtonville neighborhood between 11am-8pm as part of his piece Itinerant Painter. Previously performed last year at Nuit Blanche Toronto and in 2013 across New York City in an exhibition for Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Itinerant Painter sees Rowlett backpacking to locations with a collapsible painting studio and painting free portraits of any willing passersby.

Today's performance is part of the new exhibition of Massachusetts Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres at the New Art Center. The portraits that Rowlett creates will be on view in the gallery during the length of the exhibition, and are available for pickup on October 20. A copy of the estimated times and locations of his trek are posted below, culminating at the New Art Center for the opening reception of the exhibition from 7-9pm.

We are also pleased to announce that Samuel will be bringing his mobile studio to the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts on October 1st for our Big Red Shindig! Come get your free portrait painted by Samuel during our VIP event from 6:00-7:30pm or our main event from 7:30-10pm while enjoying the music, dancing and libations. Tickets are still available to purchase in advance, with limited availability at the door, and all proceeds go to ensure that we can provide you with continued coverage of Boston and New England.

Documentation of Itinerant Painter included in Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014 (Photo by A. Williamson)

Documentation of Itinerant Painter included in Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014 (Photo by A. Williamson)


11:00 Newton Senior Center
12:00 Newton North High School
1:00 Walnut St. near Cabot St.
2:30 Newton Free Library
3:30 Newton City Hall
5:30 Walnut St. near Newtonville Ave.
7:00 New Art Center

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.

The Big Red Shindig is on October 1st at the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts with a VIP reception from 6-7:30pm and a main event from 7:30-10pm. Invite your friends on Facebook and purchase your tickets at bigredandshiny.org/tickets

About Author

Brian is an artist, educator and Boston-native and is the Managing Editor of BR&S, coordinating the editorial activities of the publication. He has a BFA from Tulane University in New Orleans and his MFA in Sculpture from MassArt. Brian is also an Assistant Lecturer and the Instructional Media Specialist for the Sculpture and Digital Media disciplines at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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