Oct
28
7:30 pm19:30

Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film presents an exclusive screening of THE SAVER

  • Uforge Gallery

Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film presents an exclusive screening of THE SAVER

Screening begins at 7:30 PM
Followed by a post-film reception from 9 – 11pm

Suggested donation: $10 at the door - RSVP

The Saver (88 min.), directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld

Based on a novel by Edeet Ravel, this Canadian film stars Imajyn Cardinal as Fern, a teenaged girl who finds herself orphaned in the middle of a harsh Montreal winter.  Determined to avoid her mother's tragic fate, Fern sets out to build a new life for herself. When Youth Protection comes looking, she bolts. At one of her mother's cleaning jobs, she finds the book 50 Ways to become a Millionaire. 'All you need to do is save,' it promises. Fern decides to do just that, replacing her grief with the quest to become a millionaire. Wiebke von Carolsfeld (MARION BRIDGE; STAY) creates a dramatic, and thought-provoking film with touches of gentle humor featuring a breakout performance from a talented young actress.

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/158518777

Oct
14
7:00 pm19:00

Mr. Hip Presents: A Special Farewell to Uforge!

  • Uforge Gallery

Suggested Donation: $8 at the door - RSVP

Come join Mr. Hip Presents Reading Series as they wish Uforge Gallery a farewell by celebrating with a very intimate poetry reading with a light touch of jazz music. We will have an open mic to start off the evening. Please arrive early to sign up. We hope to see you on Friday
 night. Visit mrhippresents.com for more information. 

Featured Readers:
Tommy Pico
Heather Hughes
Adam Grabowski
Shari Caplan


Music provided by: Reggie's Revs

Oct
6
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Noir with featured artist, Beverly Arsem

About Beverly Arsem: Thread Topologies:
Creating and contributing something to the world every day has been an underlying component of Arsem’s life. This includes making a home, cooking a meal for others, performing music, and creating artwork. She considers this an integral part of living, not an optional activity or hobby. After many years working in the construction and architectural design fields, Arsem realized that she wanted to shift her focus more to fine art. She redirected herself, endeavoring to explore the yearning to be working with fabric, colors, textures, patterns, sewing, and quilting.

She often plans meticulously in advance, but not so with her fiber work. She loves to look at things upside down or reversed, chancing meetings, trying “what­ifs,” mixing techniques and disparate ideas. Currently the tools and techniques she utilizes include: painted, dyed, and printed fabric, hand­stitching and machine sewing, plus folding, pleating, and otherwise manipulating fabric. In this newest body of work, Thread Topologies, she adds another element to the pieces, diversifying the materials used as thread to include twine, wire, cables, and rope.

Oct
6
Oct 30

Exhibition" Noir with featured artist, Beverly Arsem

Join us for the opening reception for Uforge Gallery’s final exhibits at its Jamaica Plain location: a group show entitled “Noir,” and “Thread Topologies” with featured artist Beverly Arsem, sponsored by the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts.

About Noir:
French for “black,” the term noir commonly relates to films with stark black and white lighting, hard­boiled detectives, sexy femme fatales, and dangerous back alleys, plus murder, mayhem, and other dastardly deeds. For this open call exhibition, Uforge encouraged artists to make work that was inspired by these concepts, from high­contrast photography and smoky portraiture to bold abstractions in grayscale. Some artists have drawn from noir films, murder plots, and mystery novels, or more abstract concepts of light/dark and cinematic composition.

Exhibiting Artists:
Leah Abrahams, Daniel Breslin, Quenby Bucklaew, Maggie Carberry, Yvonne Christian, Sandrine Colson-Inam, Jack Dillhunt, Nathan Evans, James Flynn, Jannine Fonte, Mary Fries, Arthur Grau, Marnie Jain, Alex Kittle, Anne McCaffrey, Michelle Mendez, Karen Merritt, Heather M. Morris, Lior Neiger, Cristina Rosa Nelson, Carlyn Peters, Remi Pico, Eli Portman, Tamara Rohrer, Paul Shelasky, Michelle Stevens, Paul Theriault, Matt Towler, Ginny Zanger

About Beverly Arsem: Thread Topologies:
Creating and contributing something to the world every day has been an underlying component of Arsem’s life. This includes making a home, cooking a meal for others, performing music, and creating artwork. She considers this an integral part of living, not an optional activity or hobby. After many years working in the construction and architectural design fields, Arsem realized that she wanted to shift her focus more to fine art. She redirected herself, endeavoring to explore the yearning to be working with fabric, colors, textures, patterns, sewing, and quilting.

She often plans meticulously in advance, but not so with her fiber work. She loves to look at things upside down or reversed, chancing meetings, trying “what­ifs,” mixing techniques and disparate ideas. Currently the tools and techniques she utilizes include: painted, dyed, and printed fabric, hand­stitching and machine sewing, plus folding, pleating, and otherwise manipulating fabric. In this newest body of work, Thread Topologies, she adds another element to the pieces, diversifying the materials used as thread to include twine, wire, cables, and rope.

Sep
17
Sep 18

Jamaica Plain Open Studios

Come out and support!  
The gallery will be open!
 

Often called one of the most Family Friendly arts events, The Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS) is an annual celebration of the arts in Jamaica Plain that gives the public and artists an opportunity to connect, converse and deal in art works. Learn more at www.jpopenstudios.com

Sep
2
Oct 2

Exhibition: Member Collective Showcase

Join us this month as we highlight the work of our current working members.  September is one of our favorite month's as it includes our local Open Studios, sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.

LEAD SPONSOR:
Trisha Solio, Unlimited Sotheby's International Realty JP

Additionally supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.

Sep
2
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Member Collective Showcase

Join us this month as we highlight the work of our current working members.  September is one of our favorite month's as it includes our local Open Studios, sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.

 

LEAD SPONSOR:
Trisha Solio, Unlimited Sotheby's International Realty JP

Additional support in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.

Aug
7
6:00 pm18:00

Chlotrudis Society Summer Film Series: PROOF

  • Uforge Gallery

Screenings will start at 6pm, $5 donation at door
run time: 1h 26min

Popcorn provided

For the 'Before They Were Famous' series closer on August 7th, the setting shifts Down Under, for a 2-for-1 early breakout film, PROOF, starring Russell Crowe and Hugo Weaving. The 1991 film follows the life of a blind photographer (Weaving) who is looked after by a housekeeper; their lives are disrupted by an earnest new friend (Crowe).  Janet Maslin described the film as “a darkly clever Australian drama focusing on brilliant, wickedly manipulative characters whose attachment to one another is matched only by their mutual loathing.”

Celebrating its 22nd year, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a Boston-based non-profit group devoted to honoring and supporting independent and foreign films and their audiences.  Over the decades, the group has worked with film festivals, local art-houses and theatres, production companies, directors and actors to bring creative, quality films to the attention of audiences and film-lovers.  Visit our website, www.chlotrudis.org, for announcements of upcoming events, and for regular weekly independent film listings, and join our Facebook page, or follow @chlotrudis on twitter, to get updates and the latest news.

Aug
5
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Juror's Choice

Join us for the opening of "Juror's Choice," with juror Elizabeth Devlin in attendance!

Uforge Gallery is pleased to announce its third annual juried exhibition, "Juror's Choice," with FLUX. Boston founder Elizabeth Devlin acting as our special guest juror. Her experiences as an artist, curator, and critic give her a balanced, thoughtful, and enthusiastic perspective on the local contemporary art scene. Pulling from over 230 artwork submissions, she has assembled a diverse group of works in painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media, ranging from minimalist abstraction to satirical digital illustration.

About the Juror:
Elizabeth Devlin is an independent curator, art consultant, and founder of FLUX. Boston, an online resource for artists and art enthusiasts in the Boston area and beyond. Her writing has been featured in Art New England, New American Paintings, and Art21 Magazine among others. In 2015 she was the organizer and curator behind the Isles Arts Initiative, a summer-long public arts program on the Boston Harbor Islands, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and in venues across the city. As a trusted resource and friend to the arts community, a certified Boston Redevelopment Authority artist, and curator of several critically acclaimed exhibitions to-date, Elizabeth strives to make the art world more accessible and to champion the endeavors of Boston's creative community.

Exhibiting Artists:
Jamie Andrade, Rose Bennett, David Buckley Borden, Jenny Brown, Quenby Bucklaew, Jessica Burko, Jenna DeLuca, Kate Drewniak, TD Heavican, Amy Hitchcock, Dylan Hurwitz, Karen Hurvitz, Lydia Kinney, Sean Kinsky, Jennifer Layzer, Sean Mick, Heather Morris, Lior Neiger, Cristina Rosa Nelson, Remi Pico, Keith Plummer, Eric Pow, Bryan Ramey, Mallory Rice, Judith Robichaud, Jeff Stauder, Vanessa Thompson, Maureen Ton, Sophy Tuttle, Harry Yu

Jul
10
6:00 pm18:00

Chlotrudis Society Summer Film Series: OUR SONG

  • Uforge Gallery

Screenings will start at 6pm, $5 donation at door
run time: 1h 35min

Popcorn provided

On July 10th the 'Before They Were Famous' series will present another star’s debut film.   Kerry Washington’s first film, OUR SONG, was also her first costarring film.  She plays Lanisha, one of 3 teen aged girls, all members of a high school stepping/marching band, during a hot Brooklyn summer. The film follows along these young women, for a day in the life character-driven tale.   Roger Ebert praised the 2000 film saying it “ has the courage to work without a net, aware that when you're a teenager, your life is not a story so much as a million possible stories.”

Celebrating its 22nd year, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a Boston-based non-profit group devoted to honoring and supporting independent and foreign films and their audiences.  Over the decades, the group has worked with film festivals, local art-houses and theaters, production companies, directors and actors to bring creative, quality films to the attention of audiences and film-lovers.  Visit our website, www.chlotrudis.org, for announcements of upcoming events, and for regular weekly independent film listings, and join our Facebook page, or follow @chlotrudis on twitter, to get updates and the latest news.

Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Cultivating Individual Donors & Launching Your Crowdfunding Campaign

  • Uforge Gallery

Everyone is using crowdfunding to raise money for creative projects, so how can you ensure the success of your campaign? In this workshop, we’ll address how to prospect for donors who will actually give, how to set the game plan for your crowdfunding campaign, and how to build and run a knockout campaign. This workshop is for individual artists and arts organizations and will cover the following:

• How to build your audience and prospect for individual donors
• Determine how crowdfunding fits into your overall fundraising strategy
• Tactics for laying the groundwork before the campaign launches
• Tips and tools for developing an amazing campaign
• How to build buzz, approach media, choose your platform, and develop your rewards

The workshop will be led by Dianne Debicella and Theresa Hubbard of Fractured Atlas.

Wine and snacks will be served.

Uforge Gallery is a member gallery and shared creative space located in Boston’s, Jamaica Plain neighborhood, volunteer-managed and operated since 2011. We are committed to showcasing both professional and emerging contemporary artists in a fun, inclusive environment. Our innovative exhibits feature a range of artwork in different media and our Member Collective provide new opportunities and events. For more information, please go to http://www.uforgegallery.com/

Jun
12
6:00 pm18:00

Chlotrudis Society Summer Film Series: MARION BRIDGE

  • Uforge Gallery
Marion Bridge - Uforge Gallery

Screenings will start at 6pm, $5 donation at door
run time: 1h 30min
Popcorn provided

The 'Before They Were Famous' series will kick off on June 12th with 2003’s MARION BRIDGE, a Canadian film which first showcased the talents of a young Ellen Page.  The New York Times called it “a small, exquisitely acted Canadian film”, which “takes the raw ingredients of soap opera and spins them into something truthful and quietly compelling”. Starring Molly Parker (House of Cards), MARION BRIDGE tells the story of 3 grown sisters gathered together again in their small town to be with their dying mother, and the emotions arising out of that reunion.  In her film debut, Ellen Page is Joanie, a young girl drawn into the drama involving one of the sisters, part of a badly kept family secret soon to be revealed.

Celebrating its 22nd year, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a Boston-based non-profit group devoted to honoring and supporting independent and foreign films and their audiences.  Over the decades, the group has worked with film festivals, local art-houses and theatres, production companies, directors and actors to bring creative, quality films to the attention of audiences and film-lovers.  Visit our website, www.chlotrudis.org, for announcements of upcoming events, and for regular weekly independent film listings, and join our Facebook page, or follow @chlotrudis on twitter, to get updates and the latest news.

Jun
10
Jun 12

The Opposite of People: Homemade Fusion

  • Uforge Gallery
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The Opposite of People is thrilled to present the Boston premiere of Homemade Fusion, a series of musical snapshots from the imaginations of Michael Kooman (music) and Christopher Dimond (lyrics). Each snapshot tells a different story - being true to oneself, misinterpreting signals, how we connect with others. At once dangerously cynical, desperately romantic, and alarmingly humorous - it is a tale of love, loss, and candy bars.

CREATIVE TEAM: Directed By – Meghan Edge, Musical Direction – David Scott Wright, Producer – Cara Guappone, Stage Manager – Monika Oum, Publicity – Kristie Norris

CAST: Vanessa Calantropo, Corey Exline, Kaila Frymire, Asha Hirsi, Nicholas Mann, Kara Nelson, Eric Rehm, David Rodrigues, Todd Sandstrom

A production conceived to adapt to the venue and audience - we're partnering with two local art galleries to bring you an intimate and interactive evening of theater. We invite audiences to join us early or stay late, mingle with the cast, and enjoy an open bar.

Questions? Contact email theoppositeofpeopleboston@gmail.com

UFORGE GALLERY
767 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02310
June 10th & 11th (8 PM), & June 12th (2 PM)

STOVE FACTORY GALLERY
523 Medford Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
June 16th, 17th, & 18th - 8 PM

Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

Papercuts JP: SEX OBJECT: Jessica Valenti, interviewed by Rachel Hills

  • Uforge Gallery

Presented by Papercuts J.P. and Uforge Gallery: a discussion on feminism and modern womanhood with Jessica Valenti, founder of Feministing.com and author of SEX OBJECT, and journalist Rachel Hills, author of THE SEX MYTH.

In the bold and honest new SEX OBJECT, Jessica Valenti explores drugs, sex, harassment, assault, bad boyfriends, too-nice boyfriends, abortions, birth, class anxiety, impostor syndrome, work, death threats, resistance, and family. Illuminating the contemporary female experience, and the woman who is helping to shape itSEX OBJECT is a must-read of 2016. 

Tickets: $7 admission, $25.99 book + admission // BUY

Jun
4
5:30 pm17:30

Opening Reception: Deborah Liljegren: Me, Myself & I

  • Uforge Gallery

A one-woman exhibition featuring the recent work of Framingham-born artist Deborah Liljegren is opening on June 2, 2016 at Uforge Gallery in Jamaica Plain. Titled, “Me, Myself and I,” the show has three distinct themes and, as Liljegren observes, “it seems like the work of multiple artists…or perhaps multiple personalities.”

Included are paintings that make use of glass, light and changing points of view to create a visual experience that morphs from the obvious to the unexpected. This theme is titled “Symbology.” The second, “A New View,” is composed of archival pigment prints of her recent photographs. The third theme, “Miss Pickford,” is a series of mixed media shadow boxes that tell a story woven from history and whimsy.   

Liljegren believes photography is in her blood: her grandfather was a photographer and her parents met as photography students, she grew up surrounded by  cameras and film. She learned that she enjoyed the challenge of working with limited light, such as her underwater series, and translating it through her lens to scenes with a calming effect. After graduating from UMass Amherst and living in Boston, Liljegren currently resides in New York City where she has participated in a number of gallery shows at venues such as the Sragow Gallery, 380 Gallery and the Eostre Art Collective.

“Me, Myself and I” will be on view from June 2 to July 3, 2016 with a reception on Saturday, June 4 from 5:30-7:30 PM.

Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 PM or during special weeknight/weekend events located at 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain.

May
28
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series

  • Uforge Gallery

$8 admission at the door

We have been both honored and delighted to have Mr. Hip Presents as part of the gallery's lineup of events over the past few years.  There are no words that can truly sum up Donald Vincent's (a.k.a. Mr. Hip) love and enthusiasm for poetry and the spoke word, but one thing we do know is he will be missed!  We wish him continued success on new ventures and look forward to collaborating with him again!  

Please join us for this special evening featuring some phenomenal poets, prizes, surprises, and all-around fun. Come celebrate the man, Donald Vincent, as he says adieu during his final Mr. Hip Present: Reading Series, one of Boston’s most interactive and engaging poetry reading series.

Live music provided by Jordan Carter, DeShawn D'Vibes Alexander, and Craig Hill. Poets that will be reading at this event are Sandra Simonds (Virtual), Rebecca Morgan Frank, Chris Hosea, Megan Grumbling, and Daniel Wuenschel.

May
27
8:00 pm20:00

Loki String Quartet

  • Uforge Gallery

Come join the Loki String Quartet for its first performance in Boston at the Uforge Gallery in Jamaica Plain. Free and open to the public.

Program:

Beethoven: Op. 18, no. 2
Webern: Langsamer Satz
Kreisler: String Quartet

Loki String Quartet:

MacFarland Masterton, violin
Subaiou Zhang, violin
Lu Yu, viola
Seth MacLeod, cello

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May
19
7:00 pm19:00

Papercuts JP: DAVE HILL DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE: An Evening with Dave Hill & Meredith Goldstein

  • Uforge Gallery

Comedian Dave Hill (DAVE HILL DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE) & Meredith Goldstein of the Boston Globe, author of THE SINGLES

Tickets: $7 admission, $30 book + admission - BUY

Papercuts JP and Uforge Gallery - Dave Hill

Join Papercuts J.P. and UForge Gallery for another night of laughs. Dave Hill, contributor to This American Life and Comedy Central actor, will talk with Meredith Goldstein, columnist at the Boston Globe, about his new book of essays DAVE HILL DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. The book is a painfully funny series of autobiographical essays, centered around the relationship between Dave Hill and his dad, in the wake of his mother's death, as father and son redefine their relationship--and Dave, finally, becomes a man.

Dave's first book of essays TASTEFUL NUDES will soon be a Comedy Central show. Don't miss the chance to hear Dave discuss comedy, writing, and family relationships with entertainment journalist and famed advice columnist Meredith Goldstein. 

May
5
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: On the Periphery – the Edge of Sight

This exhibit features artists who play with that ephemeral line between our daily pedestrian existence and those realities that lie in the periphery. The work utilizes familiar elements as a grounding point. A familiar cue invites the viewer into the artist’s arena of thought. What happens there is between the viewer and the artwork. 

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series: National Poetry Month
Apr
23
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series: National Poetry Month

  • Uforge Gallery

$8 admission at the door

Join Mr. Hip Presents, one of Boston’s most interactive and engaging poetry reading series at Uforge Gallery. An evening infused with art, poetry/spoken word and music hosted by Donald Vincent a.k.a. (@Mr_Hip). 

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us at Uforge Gallery in Jamaica Plain with live music provided by Jordan Carter, DeShawn D'Vibes Alexander, and Reggie Mitchell with special musical guests The Love Experiment: D'Vibes & Philly-G (of Viva La Hop). Poets that will be reading at this event are Sarah Blake (Mr. West, 2015), David Blair (Arsonville, 2016), Khari Alamin (Singer/Spoken Word Artist), Kevin Cutrer (Lord's Own Annointed, 2015)

This will be a fun event for all ages, whether they like poetry or not. The evening features some phenomenal poets, prizes, surprises, and all-around fun. We can't think of anything hipper to do on a Saturday evening. Come be hip.

More information or questions, please email, Mr. Hip

Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Papercuts JP: Justin Tussing (VEXATION LULLABY) & Sara Majka (CITIES I'VE NEVER LIVED IN)

  • Uforge Gallery

Join Papercuts J.P. for a reading and discussion with these astonishing authors. Free, open to the public.

Justin Tussing's second novel VEXATION LULLABY is a humor-filled, cinematically paced novel about fame and fandom, about the families we’re born with and the families we seek and create for ourselves. CITIES I'VE NEVER LIVED IN by Sara Majka is the author's debut collection of sharp psychological portraits of characters trying to rebuild shattered lives

Justin Tussing is the author of the Ken Kesey Award-winning novel THE BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, and his short fiction has appeared in The New YorkerTriquarterly, and A Public Space, among other periodicals. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently directs the University of Southern Maine's Low-Residency MFA Program in Portland, Maine.

Sara Majka's stories have appeared in A Public SpacePEN America, The Gettysburg Review, and Guernica. A former fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she lives in Queens, New York.

More information or questions, please email: events@papercutsjp.com

Apr
1
8:00 pm20:00

Special Exhibition Launch Party w/ DJ Pace - Celebrating Uforge Gallery’s 1st Five Years!

$25 online / $30 at door

We are excited to celebrate our first five years in Boston’s Jamaica Plain and invite you to join us for an evening of good ole’ neighborhood mixing and dancing. Our friend and J.P. resident, DJ Pace will be spinning the beats for the evening while you nosh on food and drink, dance with friends, new and old.  

Your tax-deductible donation online through our fiscal sponsor will reserve your ticket to the event.  Your donation will help support our ongoing programming and community arts initiatives as we forge ahead for the next five years.


In April of 2011, Uforge Gallery enthusiastically entered the Boston arts scene, offering open call exhibitions with fun themes to inspire and challenge artists of all skill levels. Since then, the gallery’s exhibit style has undergone various changes, creating opportunities for local artists to make and share their work, through juried and invitational shows, workshops and interdisciplinary events, and the establishment of a member collective. All the while being managed and operated by volunteers, it has become an important and welcoming community art space that continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of artists. To celebrate our fifth anniversary, the gallery would like to invite the hundreds of artists who have exhibited in the space over the years to submit art for a special juried showcase during the month of April.