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Monday Sep 13, 2010 6:00pm
Opening Reception - Claudine Bing and Christine O’Brien
Galatea Fine Art is located at 460B Harrison Ave., #B-6


Claudine Bing: The Galapagos Suite

Galatea Fine Art presents an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Claudine Bing entitled The Galapagos Suite. Ms. Bing spend four months traveling around the world as an art professor on a program called Semester at Sea. During that time she became intrigued by the movement of continents and the ocean floor and the subsequent islands created by volcanic activity: the relationship between geologic time and human time.

She was then awarded a months residency to work and study near Volcano National Park on the big island of Hawaii. It was there that she made the connection between the movement of the continents and personal feelings of unpredictability of life events.

These journeys led to a trip to the Galapagos Archipelago in Ecuador, where she observed the forming of the several islands in a different time; each remained an isolated world surrounded by the ocean. It was here that she gathered and researched differentiation of scale of the sea and volcanic islands to produce the oil pastel drawings and acrylic paintings in the exhibition.

The work is about tectonic plates, volcanoes, shifting continents, and how our human personal concerns are dwarfed by lava flows and geologic landscapes. They are about psychological isolation and are meant to convey the vulnerability of the individual in comparison to all that surrounds him/her.

Christine O’Brien - Respite: Patterns and Places Real and Imagined

O’Brien’s solo exhibit combines pixels with traditional fine art materials. The hybrid artworks incorporate digital imagery and photography with acrylics, collage, and other media to create layers of texture and abstract meaning. O’Brien combines diverse materials through an intuitive process of experimental and alternative printmaking techniques. In each piece there is a unique surface, and a synergy between materials not evident until all of the pieces of the puzzle are in place.

I want to create art that allows my eyes to follow their own path, to formulate my own thoughts, and find my own meaning. I want to get lost in a visual where I can hear myself think, where there is no specific agenda."

The Galapagos Suite will be at Galatea Fine Art from September 3 - 27, 2010, with an opening reception on Friday, September 10 from 6-8pm. Call (617) 542-1500 for more information or visit

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