TOTEM: Animal as Symbol

Artwork by Atlantic Works Members & Invited Guests

Have you ever felt the stirrings of an animal daemon (or soul) within you? Or felt a connection to the natural and animal world which made you feel like you were remembering something ancestral, dream-like, vital, and lost in our contemporary reality of extinction, dwindling resources, and degraded landscapes?

Historically, the TOTEM — or rather the shamanistic spirit it embodies — is an object or symbol representing an animal which served as an emblem of a family, clan, or tribe of people, reminding them of their ancestry, life-force, and mythic past. In this exhibit of installations, paintings, and video, the Atlantic Works Artists explore the idea of the totem, the animal dialog and the ties that bind us to the animal world.

As wild spaces become increasingly distant, and animals increasingly threatened with extinction, the works in this exhibit present a dramatic, revelatory tour of all that is wildly alive, and an invocation of what we are missing.

Exhibition Dates: January 13 – 29, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 6-9 PM

Join us at Atlantic Work for this month’s Third Thursday Reception on September 19, aka “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

Enjoy rum drinks and pirate’s booty while checking out our current show, Through & Through.

It will also be the return of our monthly readings series, featuring poets Erica Azalone and Andrew K. Peterson.

The Boston Globe put Through & Through at the top of their to-do list today.

You should do the same and stop by Atlantic Works to see the show.



Through & Through: Inlaying, penetrating to the other side, carving, cutting; making images more durable; so they do not easily wear off.

Concepts of identity and personality, specifically the different personas that we can choose,adorn, or project. Those presentations can be fragile, ghosts of words and images appear, only to dissolve as they are glimpsed and new impressions are made. Like finding a new place, they suck you in driving to search deeper to learn more. New layers highlight words and images,
signaling pauses and turns in the narrative. They act as masks, both revealing and hiding. The process makes each representation removed from the original image so that the mask takes over. The mask confronts us. Confrontation and intimacy are an important aid in releasing, uncovering, and discovering who we are and who we can be.

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 03 – Saturday 28 Sept 2013
Opening Reception: Tuesday, 03 September, 6-9 PM
Third Thursday Reception/Reading: Thursday, 19 September, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6 PM

With a Little Help From Our Friends


This time, it’s not all about us. We at Atlantic Works are about community, and we’re inclusive. We’re welcoming. Your ideas stimulate our ideas, and the exchange goes both ways. It is the dialog between the messages of friends, family, culture, and our own internal dictates that makes art relevant. In our annual FRIENDS show, we Atlantic Works artists invite friends whose input matters to us, whose work should be seen. We ask our artist friends with the most interesting ideas to contribute, to strut their stuff, to contribute to the dialog, to keep our gallery vital and fresh. We at Atlantic Works don’t go stale. Our FRIENDS show is part of the reason why. It will delight and ravish you with something that maybe you’ve never seen before.

Exhibition Dates: July 18 – August 17, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 18, 6-9 PM

Third Thursday Reception: Thursday, August 15, 6-9 PM

Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6 PM