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work by Rick Dorff, John Greiner-Ferris, and Joan Ryan
March 2 – 30

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2, 2-6 pm
Third Thursday Reception: March 21, 6-9 pm
Stations of the XX: Saturday, March 23, 3 pm

Atlantic Works Gallery’s March exhibition will be Contemporary Dialogues, a group show of three of the gallery’s newest members, Richard Dorff, John Greiner-Ferris, and Joan Ryan. The exhibition examines multiple forms of artistic dialogue, and opens Saturday, March 2 with a reception from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and closes Saturday, March 30.  There will be an AWG traditional “Third Thursday”—the gallery’s friendly, cultural community get-togethers—on March 21.

Dorff is a visual artist and set designer who works in sculpture and installation, and in this exhibition his primary interest is with the space his work occupies and how that space and the objects themselves interact with one another. “By making these connections primarily through lighting and placement, objects and space create installations that extend beyond their own physical dimensions,” he explained.

On Saturday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m., in conjunction with Dorff’s work, Fort Point Theater Channel, where Dorff is co-artistic director, will present Stations of the XX , a work-in-progress performance piece using sound and movement.

Greiner-Ferris, a politically motivated visual artist who is informed by the theater, combines his love of images and words in assemblage. “You don’t lean back in a theater seat and say, ‘Entertain me.’ For the actors to do their jobs well, the audience has to be just as involved as the actors to give the actors something to respond to,” he said. “Nor do you walk into a gallery and just look at pictures on a wall. Pictures are something you engage with. The worst thing I could think that could happen to my art is if someone leaves the gallery and says, ‘Well, that was nice. Do you want to get some ice cream?’ I want people to discuss and fight about art.”

Ryan uses painting and drawing as a critical language to explore contemporary society, politics, and concepts of identity. In her most recent works, she incorporates a wide variety of images, cartoons, fairy tales, and political iconography combined with heightened color to confront the viewer at an intersection of a broad range of cultural moments. “This junction of imagery creates dynamic interplay and peculiar juxtaposition with the past and present,” she said. “We no longer live in a world of neat patterns , and my work imitates the way knowledge often comes to oneself, which is by fits and starts and indirection.”


work by Renato Viganego
February 3-24

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 6-9 pm
Third Thursday Reception: February 15, 6-9 pm

As part of Atlantic Works Gallery’s traditional new year’s focus on its newest members, Renato Viganego will have a solo show: Lo Inmenso…Cotidiano. Bodegones. The Immense…Daily. Still Lifes. Viganego will show work that revolves around the still life and human figure where the oil paint on the canvas plays an essential part of the piece. The show will open Saturday, February 3 and will run until Saturday, February 24. There will be an opening reception on February 3 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and a “Third Thursday” reception at the gallery on February 15, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

“My inspiration comes from emotion,” says the Columbian-born artist. “From my emotion, the line is infinite, the drawing is my language and the drawing is a faithful response of emotion and nothing can be truer.”

Viganego’s compositions, painted in oil on linen, focus on everyday objects: jars, vases, vessels, dishes, cups, sugar bowls, milk pitchers, crystal plates. “For me it is important to always keep smaller details in context of the larger forms,” he said.

December 15, 2023 – January 27, 2024
The Winter Show

Opening Reception: Thursday, 12/21, 6-9 pm, featuring music from Zumix 
Closing Reception: Thursday 1/18, 6-9 pm
Gallery Hours: every Friday and Saturday 2-6 pm
or by appointment:

80 Border Street, East Boston, 02128

NOTE: Gallery will be closed December 29 and 30.

The Winter Show, featuring a wide selection of members’ work, will be opening Friday, December 15, and closing Saturday, January 27. The opening reception will be at the gallery on Thursday, December 21, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Most of the artwork will be for sale, in time for holiday gift-giving.

The gallery’s traditional “Third Thursday” receptions—friendly, cultural community get-togethers—will take place on December 21 and January 18, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The gallery is including live music and poetry reading to these two “Third Thursday” events.

East Boston musicians Brandon Anorga and Nora Janjar, members of the Zumix rock ensemble, Beware of Denise, will perform on the third Thursday in December—December 21.

On the third Thursday in January—January 18—gallery members B. Amore and John Greiner-Ferris will riff off each other in a poetry-reading duet called “A Baker’s Dozen.” Amore and Greiner-Ferris will read for a total of13 poems, improvising and building on each other’s written work. The poets will also provide pastries, hence the name, “A Baker’s Dozen.”

November 5–25, 2023
From Life: Drawings by Dan Hofstadter

Opening Reception: Sunday, 11/5, 2-5 pm
Third Thursday Reception: 11/16, 6-9 pm
For private viewing:

The urge to draw, every day if possible, is a compulsion common to many artists. I have drawn very regularly since childhood, doubtless as a way of maintaining some perceptual grip on the outside world. Though my painting is abstract, I have retained the habit of drawing from life. I try to achieve some sort of graphic, arguably “abstract,” image without forfeiting the observation of reality. Articulation – how things or their parts (human joints, tree branches, building elements, etc.) meet and act in concert tends to claim my attention.

Artist Statement by Dan Hofstadter

Screening begins at 7:00 pm (screen time, 1 hr. 5 min.)
Ten minute introduction by Mitchel Ahern
Q & A post screening
Costumes encouraged
Light refreshments served

For its October exhibition, the Atlantic Works Gallery (AWG), a collaborative of contemporary artists located in East Boston now in its 21st year, is inviting the public to a special cultural event: The screening of a remake of the campy, American filmmaker Ed Wood’s iconic 1957 cult science fiction/horror film, Plan 9 From Outer Space with an introduction and Q&A with the filmmaker.

In May of 2014, Atlantic Works Gallery artist Mitchel Ahern was scheduled to exhibit a solo showing of his artwork in the gallery. Rather than hang a traditional gallery exhibition, Ahern enlisted artist members to build sets in the gallery, and casting gallery members and friends, he lovingly reshot Edward Wood’s cult masterwork

In the original film, space aliens seek to stop humanity from destroying itself by implementing Plan 9, calling for the resurrection of the dead. Plan 9 From Outer Space attained cult fame when it was dubbed “the worst film ever made” and “cinema so bad it’s good.”

But Ahern disagrees. “I think it’s one of the greatest films of all times, and I mean that unironically,” said the Boston-based visual and performing artist. “I think Wood’s filmmaking is extremely direct, improvisational, and flows out of a community. The dialogue is pure poetry.”

Nine years after its completion, Ahern’s remake is having its world premiere at the Atlantic Works Gallery. Ahern’s film serves not just as a tribute to Wood’s original film, it documents the 2014 Atlantic Works gallery, its members, visitors, and especially the East Boston neighborhood where much of it was filmed.

September 8 – 30, 2023

Tesserae: locus, tempus (part 2)

paintings by Dominick Takis and Diane Teubner

Opening Reception: September 10, 2-5 pm
Third Thursday Reception: September 21, 6-9 pm

Two painters continue their exploration of place and time in their work.

Dominick Takis interprets the land and texture of Sicily, and the ancestral feelings he experienced during a trip to his grandparents’ birthplaces in October 2022. Using paint, lichen, branches, caulking, and mixed-media tesserae, his work reflects his intense appreciation of the mosaics and art of all the peoples who marched through and settled Sicily.

Diane Teubner explores time as it is experienced rhythmically by the grid of color blocks and lines within and between her paintings. She attends to the felt and visual sense of interval and measure, which in turn, gives her a sense of being in place.

20 Years on the Edge

July 15 – August 26 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 20, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, August 17, 6-9 pm

Atlantic Works Gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exhibition showcasing member artists throughout its twenty-year history. From its founding members to new members, our gallery represents artists from diverse backgrounds of art and culture.

The Atlantic Works Building on Border Street was built in 1893 and was used to build and repair naval ships. In the 1990s the building was gradually taken over by artists looking for affordable studio space. In 2003 the occupants of the building rented a top floor studio as a space for art and ideas, naming it Atlantic Works Gallery. This evolved into a cooperative gallery with member artists doing all the work of running a gallery, with new exhibitions each month.

In 2006 the building was purchased by the East Boston Community Development Corporation who gutted and rebuilt the old leaky, but colorful building providing the Atlantic Works Gallery with a larger and improved space. The EBCDC has now, in our twentieth year, built a sparkling new space for Atlantic Works Gallery on the ground floor. This old marine building is located on the edge of the Boston Harbor and has dramatic views of the Boston skyline.

The arts community is an integral part of the East Boston community as a whole and 20 Years on the Edge is a celebration of that relationship.

20 Years on the Edge will also celebrate AWG’s new ground floor gallery space in the Atlantic Works building at 80 Border Street. We would like to thank the EBCDC for creating this new space, as well as the East Boston Foundation for their continued support over the years, enabling our artists to continue to share their work with the community.

June 3-30 2023

Opening Reception, Sunday, June 4, 2-5 pm
Third Thursday Reception, May 18, 6-9 pm

You may have already stopped by but we just opened our brand new Boston Harbor-level gallery and it is spectacular! We’re thrilled to invite you to come on over to 80 Border Street to take a first look.

During June you’ll step into the buzz, light, and warm sensations created by two accomplished Atlantic Works artists, Charlene Liska and Christine Palamidessi.

Charlene Liska is presenting A BLINDING FLASH OF LIGHT, which explores through mixed media and video her lifelong personal and artistic experience with epilepsy.

Christine Palamidessi’s lighthearted SUMMER installation builds upon her fascination with miniature sculptural swim suits, the black and white moods of South Italy in June, and large projections from her Street Art collection.

In her Border Street studio Liska makes abstract urban and natural landscapes, using photography, video and painting. For many years, she lived off the grid in the subarctic wilderness of northern Canada, which contributed to her perception of disordered light.

Palamidessi has a studio in Somerville and a summer studio in Puglia, Italy. Her creations with paper—monotypes and figurative sculptures—have been exhibited worldwide. She studied the high art of paper mache— cartapesta—with artisans in Lecce, Italy.

May 4-27

Opening Reception, Thursday, May 4, 6-9 pm
Third Thursday Reception, May 18, 6-9 pm

Eric Hess is taking the meaning of M’aidez as the literal translation of ‘help me’ tying it in with traditional European Mayday when humans salute the earth. 

Humans dancing around a maypole adorned in flower crowns might not have the impact that is needed now that our planet seems to be dying. Hess will explore through photography, video and objects how people celebrate and the consequences of human actions and demonstrate how nature usually wins in the end.

Ian Babylon has prepared a collection of works where both mortal and divine are asking for help, assistance, intercession, intervention. 

Using classical & contemporary visual elements Babylon recomposes collaged works into newly cast surrealist mythologies familiar yet novel for today and tomorrow to come.

April 8-29

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 8, 6-8 pm
Third Thursday Reception, April 20, 6-9 pm

We all have challenges to overcome, from getting to work to bringing food on the table to dealing with health or mental health issues. Artists often use their art as an outlet for their own challenges and a means of expressing not only their own soul but the human soul. In this exhibit, Kristen and Sandrine use colors and various artistic techniques to express their inner demons as well as hopes. They will let these fly away on the canvas or other supports to liberate their souls and attempt to create their own world of happiness.