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#12 Carmen Martinez. Untitled (tungsten lightbulb diagram). Oil pastel on paper. 12 x12 inches. 2012.
#14 Cathy Anderson. Untitled (figure with color spots). Watercolor on rag paper. 11 x 15 inches. 1994.
#16 Charles Ellsby. Untitled. Pencil and colored pencil on paper. 13.875 x 11 inches.
#17 Charles Hurvitz. Clarinet. Cardboard, glue and acrylic. 35.5 x 6 x 4 inches.
#21 Darryl Brooks. Untitled. Ink, pencil and acrylic on paper. 19 x 24 inches.
#24 Debra Belsky. Untitled. Mixed mediums on Gordon Lightfoot LP. 12.5 x 12.5 inches.
#25 Dominic Tufo. Untitled. Ink and crayon on paper. 8.5 x 11 inches.
#29 Evelyn Gero. Untitled. Pencil and watercolor on paper. 10.25 x 15.5 inches.
#33#33 Habib Plasencia. Star Wars. Pencil and watercolor on paper. 12 x 9 inches.
#41#41 Johann Leroux. Untitled. Watercolor and pencil on paper. 10.875 x 15 inches.
#46 Kathleen Wells. Untitled. Oil crayon on wood panel. 12 x 12 inches.
#47 Kenneth Reynolds. Untitled. Crayon on paper. 11 x 14 inches.
#48 Kristina Barney. Untitled. Watercolor On Paper. 12 X 7 inches. 2021.
#51 Maria Covino. Untitled (with blue and orange). Mixed mediums on paper. 14 x 11 inches.
#52 Maria Covino. Untitled (with red, green & orange). Ink and pencil on paper. 14 x 11 inches.
#54 Maria Fulchino. Clowns. Crayon and watercolor on rag paper. 11.25 x 15 inches.
#55 Maria Schlomann. Untitled. Acrylic on canvas. 6 x 6 inches.
#56 Mary DeCesar. Untitled. Acrylic on panel. 8 x 10 inches. 2014.
#58 Mary Skinner. Untitled (diagonals). Mixed mediums on rag paper. 15 x 18 inches.
#61#61 Michael Oliveira. Untitled. Mixed mediums on paper. 18 x 15 inches.
#62 Nancy Cunningham. Untitled. Permanent ink and watercolor on paper. 11 x 15 inches.
#65 Patrick Shea. Untitled. Mixed mediums on paper. 12 x 12 inches. 2021
#66 Ray Salter. Max Ernst. Mixed mediums on heavy paper. 10 x 8.25 inches.
#70 Roger Swike. Untitled. Mixed mediums on paper. 11.875 x 15.25 inches. (recto)
#70 Roger Swike. Untitled. Permanent ink and watercolor on paper. 11 1/4 x 15 inches. (verso)
#73 Sidney Perry. Untitled. Permanent ink on paper. 9.875 x 12.5 inches.
#77 Abdel Michel. Untitled. Pencil on paper. 7 x 11 inches.
#79 Emmanuel Preston. Untitled. Acrylic on canvasboard. 11 x 14 inches.
#80 Evelyn Gero. Untitled (flower bouquet). Pencil and watercolor on paper. 14 x 11 inches.
#82 Joe Salonis. Untitled (pink). Acrylic on paper. 11 x 15 inches.
#84 Nancy Sampson. Untitled. Watercolor on paper. 11 1/4 x 15 inches.
#85 Robert Kirshner. Untitled. Pencil and crayon on paper. 13 x 19 1/4 inches.
#86 Sanders Paul. Untitled. Pencil and marker on paper. 14 x 16 1/2 inches.
#87 Sonia Borges. Boy + Girl Will Kiss. Ink and watercolor on paper. 22 1/4 x 15 inches.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Abdel Michel lives in Milton, Massachusetts. He has attended Gateway Arts since 2008 and is a highly gifted, self-taught artist.
Michel is interested in forms of transportation, especially public transit, and enjoys making very intricate drawings of the MBTA subway system. He prefers to work on a small scale, often overloading paper with marks made, erased, and redrawn. He then combines these elements to create a congested view of Boston landmarks. When working larger, he makes self-directed choices in regards to omitting data, leaving room for one’s eye to rest in the rendering of the work. Michel applies his detailed practice to jewelry making as well. He enjoys using a palette of vivid hues, combining beads of different colors and textures to create intricately strung designs.
Carmen Martinez was born in 1978, and lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
She has attended Gateway Arts since 2000. Martinez is prolific in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, fabric arts, weaving, drawing and painting. Her unique style is characterized by layering text and appropriated imagery of her favorite animals, comic book and video game characters, baseball players, and athletic teams. Her subject matter comes from her experiences of playing the drums, playing Nintendo games, and watching movies and WWE wrestling.
Martinez has participated in exhibitions in Massachusetts at The Gateway Gallery, the Barneys NY Windows at Copley Place Mall, The Children’s Museum, the Arnheim Gallery at MassArt, the Elizabeth A Beland Gallery at The Essex Art Center in Lawrence, and in New York at Copacabana in New York, NY.
When Cathy Anderson died in December 1995 she was only 29 years old.
As a person with autism born in 1966, she had probably spent her life trying to reconcile the differences between her personal experience of the world and the generally agreed upon reality to which most people subscribe. By modifying her behavioral responses through her observational skills, Anderson came a long way toward functioning successfully in society. Observation also played an important part in her life as an artist, and through her work she was able to communicate in ways that she could not communicate verbally. She had found her voice.
She attended Gateway Arts from 1993-1995. Her approaches to art were fascinating to observe. She enjoyed experimenting with color and creating spatial illusions with an intuitive form of perspective drawing. If Anderson needed more surface area to complete a work in progress, she would add more paper. Or, if she wanted to change an image, Anderson might have glued a piece of paper over the original image. Sometimes she would attach tape or other materials to her work just for the delight she found in their tactile qualities.
Her work has been exhibited at the Clark Gallery and Brandeis University in Massachusetts. In New York her work has been shown at the Outsider Art Fair and Bridges and Bodell Gallery. She has also shown at the Very Special Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 1996, her work was featured in an exhibition at the Fuller Museum of Art entitled From the Outside In.
Charles Ellsby was born in Chelsea, MA, in 1971.
He began drawing in elementary school. Shortly after that he received a scholarship for the summer to attend the Museum of Fine Arts. Ellsby attended Gateway Arts from 1996 until 2014. During his time at Gateway, Ellsby loved to draw while listening to music, especially spiritual music and soft rock. Although Ellsby has tried his hand in a variety of art media, he preferred working in graphite and colored pencil on Bristol board in the studio. Ellsby’s subjects are derived from his imagination, dreams, and unusual photographic images. He is driven to perfect his skill at rendering two-dimensional imagery that looks exact to life. Ellsby is an effective salesman of his work and is able to captivate an audience through his narratives and explanations of his art and its meaning.
Ellsby’s work has been exhibited in Massachusetts at The Gateway Gallery in Brookline, the Christopher Brodigan Gallery in Groton, and the Cambridge Artists Cooperative in Cambridge. He published Charles Ellsby’s Dream Book, which he wrote and illustrated.
Charles Hurvitz was born in 1962 and lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. He began attending Gateway Arts in 2001.
Hurvitz loves music and always has a season’s ticket to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and his artistic expression follows his love for music. He creates 3D interpretations of musical instruments using found materials, paper mache and paint. His 2D works are expressive as well, and he is able to unconventionally capture movement and personality. Hurvitz is also a prolific writer, and has created several small publications at Gateway.
Hurvitz’s work has been shown at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Drive-by Projects in Watertown, Barneys NY and the Berenberg Gallery in Boston, and at The Gateway Gallery.
Darryl Brooks was born in Arlington, Virginia, and moved to Dartmouth, Massachusetts at the age of two.
Darryl Brooks has been drawing since he was a child. He won contests and competitions while in grade school and was even featured as an artist of the month at Dartmouth Town Hall. In Brooks’ early twenties, he took classes in media such as charcoal and paint. Brooks joined the Artist Training Program at Gateway Arts through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission after leaving school. Darryl continues to attend Gateway today, and has expanded his portfolio from drawing to jewelry making and fabric work. Brooks’ chosen imagery is primarily focused around action figures, imagined characters, and animal drawings.
Brooks’ work has been exhibited at The Gateway Gallery.
Debra Belsky was born in 1961 and has been working at Gateway Arts since 2007.
Belsky makes colorful, introspective work on themes dealing with her life and interests; often these are infused with her unique sense of humor and order. Her deliberate choice of materials lends a certain playfulness to her work. Additionally, dark humor allows the viewer to realize the depth of the artist’s anxieties. She illustrates her inner turmoil and desires in a primitive form of portraiture. Brightly colored backgrounds bring one’s attention to the emotionally charged characters. Belsky often refers to these characters as ‘me’, making it apparent that the works are self-portraits.
Belsky has exhibited her work in Massachusetts at The Gateway Gallery, Drive-by Projects, the Fuller Craft Museum, Barneys NY retail outlet and the Mall at Chestnut Hill.
Dominic Tufo was born in 1945, and has been attending Gateway Arts since 1994.
Tufo enjoys process-based art making, including both three- and two-dimensional works. His sculptures vary from soft weavings and embroidered forms, to wrapped metals and painted wood assemblages. His paintings are much more gestural and impromptu, while Tufo’s drawings are focused and allow him to create structured compositions.
Tufo’s work has been exhibited at the Gateway Gallery, the New England Outsider Artists with Disabilities Exhibition in Boston, Barney’s NY in Boston, the Federal Reserve Bank Gallery in Boston, The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the Margaret Bodell Gallery in New York, NY, and the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center Gallery in Johnstown, PA. Tufo has received an award for Excellence from the Ebensburg Center in PA, a MENCAP award from London, and an award at the 6th National Juried Art Exhibition for People with Learning Disabilities. In 2018 Tufo was selected to to be featured in The Gateway Gallery’s annual solo exhibition. The solo exhibition is a career accomplishment celebrating the artist’s development of a significant body of work and distinct artistic point of view. View Tufo’s solo exhibition here.
Emmanuel Preston has been attending Gateway Arts since 2006.
Though he applies his images to ceramics, clothing, wooden plaques and other items, what he enjoys most is drawing and painting images of angels on paper or canvas. Preston’s work often depicts heavenly scenes combined with other imagery; particularly dream-inspired. Sometimes muscular men will appear, and he will occasionally add in imagery from cinema or another unexpected source. Preston is dedicated to perfecting his craft and visually realizing his internal thoughts, desires, and philosophies. He is comfortable working in many scales, from the intimate to the imposing.
Preston’s work has been exhibited at Drive-by Projects in Watertown, and at The Gateway Gallery.
Evelyn Gero (1921-2015) was born in Boston, MA.
Her mother emigrated from Ireland and her father was from Leominster, MA. She was the second oldest of five siblings. Gero was placed at the Wrentham State School when she was 6 years old and resided there until 1950; when she was transferred to Dever (Myles Standish) State School where she worked in the Beauty Salon until 1965. After completing school Gero was placed with a family in Brookline, MA to take care of their children and clean their house. She remained working for and living with them for 25 years. This was her first experience outside of the state school system. Gero was a vivacious woman with a love for life and a wonderful sense of humor. She began attending Gateway Arts in 1989. Over the course of her tenure through 2015, she worked in multiple media including ceramics as well as painting and drawing. Gero’s art work has a strong narrative base and allegorical presence; depicting religious scenes and symbols.
Gero’s work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally.
Habib Plasencia was born in 1976 and lives in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. He has attended Gateway Arts since 2008.
Plasencia is inspired by the movies and TV shows he has recently seen, and he loves to draw in his sketchbook. Plasencia’s work is very reactive to his surrounding; over the years he has developed a unique drawing style that combines elements of nature and existing anime characters. Recently, Plasencia has expanded his use of materials and has become more confident in his own drawing skills, moving away from anime as his main source. These new drawings are quite striking and have a resemblance to indigenous or aboriginal portraits.
During his time at Gateway Arts, Joe Salonis (1931-2017) worked prolifically on woven tapestries, as well as in watercolor on paper, in an abstract style.
Salonis lived and worked on a farm in Massachusetts for 40 years before he began attending Gateway in 1985. A talented and prolific weaver, he wove yardage for scarves, table runners, placemats, pillows, baby blankets, and handbags using a variety of materials such as tencel, cotton and rag. Salonis also created whimsical sculptures out of found objects and clay. He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed listening to his extensive record collection of Country and Western music and Polkas.
Salonis’ work has been exhibited in Massachusetts at Brookline Town Hall and The Gateway Gallery in Brookline, Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge, Lincoln Gallery at the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, the New Art Center in Newton, the Bridges and Sherrill House and the Federal Reserve Bank Gallery in Boston, as well as the Brodell Gallery in New York, NY.
Johann LeRoux was born in 1955. He currently resides in Framingham, MA. LeRoux has been attending Gateway Arts since 2004.
Interested in landscape, animal life, and abstraction, his art is as multi-faceted in its subject matter as it is obsessed with detail and small moments. Most of LeRoux’s art represents the nature that he loves: birds, animals, flowers and scenery. He has always been close to nature, and from early youth has enjoyed hiking and camping. LeRoux was an avid bird watcher. By reproducing live creatures through art, he gets to know them better – it brings him nearer to them and he is able to share his love of nature with people around him. LeRoux also enjoys drawing old and interesting buildings. He loves the balance, perspective, interesting lines and details, and the way these man-made creations blend into the environment. Because of his engineering background, LeRoux is detailed and exact, yet he also loves the range of interpretation that is possible with color. By working creatively with color, LeRoux is able to express the feeling things evoke in him. By using unusual colors, LeRoux challenges his viewers to look at old things through new eyes.
LeRoux has exhibited his work at The Gateway Gallery, in Brookline, MA and at the Mall of Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, MA.
Kathleen Wells was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1964; grew up in rural Michigan, and settled in the Boston area in the late 1980s; and began working in the Gateway studios in 2005.
Wells’ childhood was marked with traumatic experiences, and a spirit of creativity carried her through difficult times. Throughout her life she has struggled with a number of health and psychological challenges, and making art has been a central part of her healing process. Wells works in several styles and media (acrylic paints, pastels and printmaking), always with bold use of color, line, and texture and with emotional intensity. Her art can be characterized by a spirit of experimentation and resourcefulness. In her paintings and drawings, Wells explores psychological states by using the human figure, landscapes, and resonant objects to create magical worlds, ask questions, and tell stories. Currently she is investigating working in series.
Wells’ work has been exhibited at The Gateway Gallery and TILL Wave Gallery, and her works are held in private and public collections.
Kenneth Reynolds was born in 1966 and currently lives in Belmont, Massachusetts. He has attended Gateway Arts since 1990.
Reynolds enjoys being busy in his various art studios which include jewelry, paper, fabric, pottery, and folk art. His primary activities in these studios are beading and drawing. Reynolds shows much focus when doing his artwork, especially while methodically beading yards of wire. His beaded creations are transformed into sculptural jewelry and also adorn dresses, bags, and ornaments. The beauty of Reynold’s artwork is it’s truly all about feeling. He chooses a theme of each piece, inspired from seasons, holidays, or people he knows. Acting off his prompts, he will then be given wire and a box of beads, thread, or wax crayons. As he feels for each material he carefully places them where he wants, manipulating the media consistently creating and end result nearing sculpture. Reynolds has a very complex style that is truly original.
Reynolds’ artwork has been exhibited at The Gateway Gallery, the Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, and Boston College in Chestnut Hill. Additionally one of Reynolds’ designs was the poster art for the Governor’s Commission on Employment for People with Disabilities in Boston.
Kristina Barney has attended Gateway Arts since 1993.
Barney never tires of drawing distinctive images of houses, trains, flowers, and animals, with her trademark rainbow sky. Barney also works with fabric and ceramics; she is a jeweler, weaver, and an actress.
Barney has shown her work throughout Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and England. Her work has been exhibited at the Arnheim Gallery and the Children’s Museum in Boston; the Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge; the Outsider Art Fair and the Margaret Bodell Gallery in New York; and the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center Gallery in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Barney has also received an award for art excellence from the Edensburg Center in Pennsylvania and MENCAP in London, England.
Maria Covino was born in 1969. She attended Gateway Arts from 1993 until 2016.
While at Gateway Arts, Covino enjoyed working in different art studios, although her work always presented a constant aesthetic. At Gateway, Covino would continuously carry two pens and a specific drawing. This drawing she held on to could take up to a year to complete; over time she would reinforce the piece with tape and found scraps of paper. Although this specific work is visceral, Covino’s primary body of work is quite structured and organized.
Covino’s artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout the northeast including at the Outsider Art Fair in New York, the Very Special Arts Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Sawhill Gallery in Harrisonburg, VA. Additionally, Covino has been represented throughout Massachusetts at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Drive-by Projects in Watertown, The Mall at Chestnut Hill in Newton, the Open Door Gallery in Boston, the Berenberg Gallery in Boston, and The Gateway Gallery.
Maria Fulchino is a talented and hardworking artist who has worked at Gateway Arts for over 30 years.
Fulchino’s work is generally saturated with bright colors and repetitious imagery. While these days she prefers to draw what she refers to as ‘small flowers’; Fulchino has a terrific sense of color and when provided calming support is able to reproduce various flora and fauna. Additionally she is a skilled jeweler and utilizes her small flower motifs on pottery and fabric.
Fulchino’s work has been exhibited extensively in Massachusetts including at The Gateway Gallery in Brookline, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, the Mall in Chestnut Hill in Boston, and the Children’s Museum in Boston.
Maria Schlomann was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1981. She lived in Pennsylvania and Connecticut before moving back to the Boston area in 1993.
Schlomann’s artwork mixes the psychological with dark humor. It is often imbued with personal references and deals with the experience of living with mental illness.
Schlomann has exhibited her work at The Gateway Gallery, and at Barney’s NY at the Chestnut Hill Mall in Brookline, MA. Her work has also appeared in Art New England magazine.
Mary DeCesar, born 1950, has been a dedicated Gateway artist since joining the program in 2005.
DeCesar creates beautiful self-portraits, often in the form of meticulously constructed embroideries. DeCesar’s fiber works vary in size and inspiration, ranging from small daisies to large self portraits. She places the same care and attention to her 2D works on paper and canvas; her application of paint and pencil mimic the repetitive nature and focus displayed in her embroideries. Her intricately detailed works of art are admired by many and she gets a true sense of fulfillment in defining herself as an artist.
DeCesar has exhibited her artwork in Massachusetts at The Gateway Gallery, the Boston Children’s Museum, Drive-by Projects, the Water Works Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, and Barneys NY.
Born in 1959, Mary Skinner lived in Brighton, Massachusetts for many years.
Mary Skinner began working at Gateway around 1982, honing her skills in pottery, silk screen, weaving, and watercolor, until 1999. Skinner is a happy and joyful person who is a natural artist. Talented with color and composition, Skinner dove into her work at Gateway and took great pride in her finished creations. Skinner also likes to dance, play the guitar and sing. With a great sense of humor and a joyful disposition, she could commonly be heard at Gateway singing “Beat on the Brat” by the Ramones.
Skinner’s work has been exhibited at The Gateway Gallery. She was the winner of the International MENCAP Art Competition in 1992.
Michael Oliveira has been working at Gateway Arts since 2000.
While he works in a variety of materials, Oliveira’s stylized drawings constructed with paint markers and sharpies are his most sought after works. The cohesion between Oliveira’s two dimensional work centers around portraits of others. Oliveira’s ability to capture key features and isolate them in his drawings is quite remarkable. The intention with which he makes every mark is seen in his work, no matter the material or subject matter. Oliveira’s dedication to his work is apparent and part of what makes it so visually appealing.
Longtime Gateway artist Nancy Cunningham (1950-2014) was born in Boston, MA.
A very prolific writer, Cunningham published several novels through the Gateway Arts in-house publication arm, Agent X Press. Her stories, including The Anonymous Alien, The Unemployed Cat that Goes Out of Control, The Secret Storm of the Rabbit, and The Ups and Downs of Talking Back, Scratching Your Teacher, and Doing Drugs, were always well received. A lover of animals, stories, humanity, history and culture, Cunningham worked in many media. Her ever-changing subject matter moved from aliens to cats to historical figures to ancient populations. Cunningham enjoyed a special friendship with fellow Gateway artist Elaine Abboud.
Cunningham exhibited her artwork at a variety of locations, including the Berenberg Gallery in Boston’s South End, and Barney’s Department Store at the Mall of Chestnut Hill in Brookline, MA.
Nancy Sampson (1941-2007) was at Wrentham State School from age nine to seventeen.
After that she lived with family members, worked at a variety of jobs, and had two children. In 1990, after a series of physical ailments, Sampson began attending Gateway Arts. She had always liked working with her hands, and at Gateway, a whole new world of making art and hand-crafted items opened to her. At Gateway, she always showed interest in knowing more about being an artist. She drew and painted even in her spare time at home. She became a proficient weaver and made wonderful pieces in the pottery studio.
Sampson was a friendly person, well liked by many of her colleagues. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was not only a self-advocate, but an advocate for others. She enjoyed relating her experiences to others and wrote a number of articles for “On Our Own,” a past Gateway publication. She also gave talks at Pierce School in Brookline about what it meant to be a person with a disability and shared her ability to create art and crafts. She had many fans who loved her depictions of cats and personal experiences. She will be sorely missed and her memory will live on through the work she created.
Sampson won a number of awards for her artwork from The Ebensburg Center in Pennsylvania and showed her work nationally in Virginia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, and internationally in Cambridge, England. Her work was shown and sold in the Gateway Gallery and the Gateway Store as well as the Mall at Chestnut Hill.
Patrick Shea was born in 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts, and began working at Gateway Arts in 2015.
Shea spent thirty-five years of his life living in Winthrop, Massachusetts where he was very active with hockey, soccer, and the boy scouts. Since joining Gateway Arts Shea has actively pursued his interest in drawing. Often, Shea can be found working with paper and pencils, alternating working freely and using rulers—he creates works that are both abstract and figurative. Shea has also expanded his artistic practice to include both ceramic and fiber outputs.
Shea’s work has been exhibited at The Gateway Gallery.
Ray Salter was born in 1945 in London, England, and currently resides in Salem, MA.
Salter originally studied Drama at Emerson College in Boston and was an actor throughout his twenties and thirties. During the Vietnam War Ray served as a photographer in the Armed Forces. Salter began studies at the Butera School of Art in 1979, followed by training at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1982. His interest in portraiture, in part due to his work as a photographer, led him to apprentice under Warren Prosperi in Newton, MA. Salter has been greatly influenced by the work of Toulouse Lautrec, Edward Hopper, and Mucha. He prefers to paint his portraits on paper or board isolating within the edges of the surface and stray paint smudges.
Salter has exhibited his work locally in libraries in Salem, MA, Lynn, MA, Cambridge, MA and at The Gateway Gallery. Several of Salter’s works are owned and internationally exhibited by the Museum of Everything in London, England.
Robert Kirshner (1955-2009) lived in the Boston area all of his life. He began drawing in the early 1960s after seeing the Prudential Center construction site in Boston’s Back Bay.
Kirshner used drawing as a means of communication in part due to a language deficit. Drawing was a way for him to record and share his awareness of the fluctuations in the weather, seasonal transformations, the upheaval and reconstruction of the urban landscape, the expansion of the public transportation system and the ever changing fate of the Boston Red Sox and Celtics. He was very curious, and could be found daily, coffee and bagel in hand, perusing the newspaper and asking for explanations of the phenomena taking place around him.
Kirshner’s work has been shown and acclaimed nationally and internationally at the Berenberg Gallery in Boston; the Fuller Museum of Art in Brockton, MA; and the Outsider Art Fair, Margaret Bodell Gallery and the Phoenix Gallery in New York. He has won awards from MENCAP in London, England and the Edensburg Center in Pennsylvania. His work has been reviewed by Christine Temin in the Boston Globe and Stacy Soave in Art.
Roger Swike (1962-2020) was born in Boston. He began attending Gateway Arts in 1995.
Swike had unique interests and abilities as an artist. During his 25 years at Gateway, he worked often with a pen, paper, and crayons in hand. Swike typically worked on no less than three pieces simultaneously, moving rapidly, looking off to the side and mapping out the composition with his fingers in the air. Basing his work off a grid, Swike envisioned the entire piece before making a single mark. He was fascinated by numbers and created representational colors and images for the ten numerical digits. Swike had an uncanny visual memory and replicated pop cultural icons, as well as television character names and product logos in his artwork. Once pieces were complete, Swike would arrange multiple drawings into a distinct order, creating new compositions.
Swike’s work has been shown nationally and internationally at the Berenberg Gallery in Boston and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA; and at the Outsider Art Fair, the Margaret Bodell Gallery and the Phoenix Gallery in New York. Swike also won a MENCAP award in London, England. Read about Swike on the online journal ‘Disparate Minds’ here.
Sanders Paul was born in New York City in 1978. He attended Gateway Arts from 2001 to 2019.
Paul enjoys playing the drums, loves the Beatles, and is very devoted to his Jewish heritage. Paul’s most recognizable works are his drawings of people from his life, all standing in a row and engaged in dialogue. These seem to be a way for Paul to comprehend and critique everyday realities. He also draws animals, Israeli flags, and visual chronicles of his annual trips to Israel. He also applies his imagery to ceramics and clothing, weaves scarves, and makes jewelry.
Sanders has shown his work at The Gateway Gallery, the State House in Boston, the Mall at Chestnut Hill, the Outsider Art Fair in New York, and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, among other places.
Sidney Perry was born in Alabama in 1943. He began attending Gateway Arts in 1983.
Perry is a quiet individual, but enjoys making jokes. He is talented and produces an array of art and craft items, always in beautiful colors. He creates well-crafted rag rugs in Gateway’s weaving studio, as well as hand-built vessels using very thin coils in the pottery studio. Perry’s paintings truly exemplify his love of color; his work is non-objective and often made up of undulating bands of color.
Perry’s work has been shown in Massachusetts at The Gateway Gallery, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Mall at Chestnut Hill, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, the Lincoln Gallery, the Zeitgeist Gallery, the Starr Center at Brandeis University, and the Concord Center for the Visual Arts. Additionally his work has been exhibited at the Waldorf Astoria in NY; the Bottisham Village College in Cambridge, England; James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; the Very Special Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland; and the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center Gallery in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He also received MENCAP awards in fine arts from the Ebensburg Center in Pennsylvania in 1994 and 1996.
Sonia Borges attended Gateway Arts in the 1990s.
At Gateway, Borges worked prolifically in watercolor and mixed mediums, with themes highlighting her interests in fashion and narrative.
Borges’ work has been exhibited at The Gateway Gallery.
Banner image: Evelyn Gero. Untitled. Pencil and watercolor on paper. 10 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches.