Connected by Pierce Boshelly

in the Nicholson Gallery


Boshelly_eyes almost shut


Pierce Boshelly is known for several distinctive styles in both painting and sculpture.

This exhibit explores one theme that runs throughout all these styles: the way all things
in nature are interconnected and how they are constantly changing.


Some examples of the FLAT MINIMALIST style are “Holding”, “Clutching”, and “On knees”, all done in marble.  The aim is to express something fundamental about our existence in the simplest, most elegant way. By having the human figures emerge from the abstract, the artist shows our connection with all things in nature. Some of these figures also have the property that they appear to be different human figures when viewed from different angles. This reveals how we, as a part of nature, interact to interpret nature.


Boshelly_spring    Boshelly

In the CURVILINEAR EXPRESSIONIST style, (e.g. “holding hands”), the human figures are drawn with ONE SMOOTH CONTINUOUS CURVE which forms a LOOP.  The work may appear to be abstract at first glance, but it isn’t. To aid the eye in identifying the figures, sometimes some portion of the figure is painted in. The work shows how everything in the universe is interconnected and how things are constantly changing.


In FRACTURED REALISM: (e.g. Man with eyes nearly shut), the face of the person is realistic but the body is formed with smooth curves or line segments. In most cases, the
smooth surface of the face is painted with layers of varying thickness that give it a 3-d effect.




Opening Reception: Friday, May 13th, 6-8pm in the Nicholson Gallery and will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The exhibit will be on display May 1-31.

Blurred Lines – Modern Paper Quilts 

by May’s Emerging Artist Lisa Parrott

in The ArtsCenter’s Corridor


What marks the line between paper and cloth?


In 2011, I started gluing scraps of my hand-printed papers into a sketchbook. These stacks of colorful patterns were clogging my work table and I was looking for a useful way to reclaim the space. The printed pages were my first experiments with gelatin plate printing, a type of monoprinting which quickly and easily allowed me to produce rich, deeply layered prints on paper that resembled hand-dyed batiks, screen-printed motifs, and other artful cloth creations.


And then the scraps moved off the page. I began fusing them down onto felt and stitching over their collaged surfaces. The more I sewed, the more they resembled fabric. As a textile artist, this made me a little uneasy. I had intended the gelatin plate prints as practice for the REAL THING, printing on fabric! I almost felt guilty that the textured prints seemed to just fly off the gelatin plate. But then I started asking myself, what marks the line between paper and cloth?


This series of modern paper quilts explores that question. Their vibrant textured surfaces, geometric piecing, and repetitive linear stitching straddle that line, standing with one foot firmly in the realm of paper collage and the other in the world of cloth quilts.


Opening Reception: Friday, May 13th, 6-8pm in the Nicholson Gallery and will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The exhibit will be on display May 2-31.


If you are interested in exhibiting in the Nicholson Gallery at The ArtsCenter, click here for an application. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for the Nicholson Gallery. Applications for the Emerging Artist Series will be accepted during select periods. The ArtsCenter will be accepting EAS applications again in the Spring 2016. For more information, contact the Gallery Coordinator Heather Gerni at hgerni@artscenterlive.org.



  • Annual ArtsCenter Exhibits:

    • Student Exhibit (March)
    • Instructor Exhibit (September)
    • Community Art Exhibit (December)



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