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Specificity, The Art of Brett Mason and Hannah Lawler on Exhibit at Endicott

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Beverly, MA- Endicott College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts and student Art Club will be hosting a reception for the exhibition Specificity, the Art of Brett Mason and Hannah Lawler  in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicottt College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly. The exhibit is on display now through November 25, 2013.  Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-4:00 pm.  A reception will take place on Monday, November 11 from 6-8 pm. The two artists will give an informal presentation of their work at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and many of the works of art are for sale. The exhibition, reception, and gallery talk are free and open to the public.

Hannah Lawler’s work deals with the built world, referencing a vocabulary of New England architecture. Stoically presented, these structures exist within the picture plane’s foreground. This close cropping lends itself to a sense of disorientation, making the viewer reconsider their relationship to time and space. According to Ms. Lawler,  “Sometimes ominous, sometimes whimsical—often both, my images strive to make my audience look twice at the spaces around them”.  Hannah Lawler was born and raised outside of Boston and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 2012. She is currently working at Muzzy Lane Software as a 3D video game artist, creating 3D characters for educational games.

Brett Mason’s work, Life and the Imagination is a series of paintings that reflect on world travel photographs taken by Richard E. S. Maxson -- once an artist, world traveler, and museum curator. “At first these paintings show the everyday life of various people and places in many parts of the world. As a serendipity of expression and realism with paint emerges, a nostalgic presence for something that I personally will never experience in my life time is stirred within. Only through Maxson’s photographs I am able to invent my soulful experience through paint. Uniqueness and unity of humanity is what allows us to build up an empire from almost nothing, see beyond our senses, and imagine things that the mind could only conceive. With that being expressed, it is important to see how for me these paintings go beyond the photographic realm to a more intuitive view of life’s beauty and sacredness.” Brett Mason was born in Beverly, Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2012 from Montserrat College of Art, majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts with a minor in art history. 

The Art Club is a student run organization with faculty advisors. This is the second of six exhibitions this year to highlight up and coming artists, established artists, as well as a call to artists from our school. The Art Club students are in charge of facilitating all aspects of running a gallery from start to finish including the reception. It is a great learning experience for the students to work with both student and emerging artists.

If you have any questions regarding Specificity, the Art of Brett Mason and Hannah Lawler or any of the programming at the Center for the Arts, please contact, Kathleen J. Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at kmoore@endicott.edu or 978-232-2655.  For a complete schedule of events visit www.endicott.edu/arts or www.facebook.com/artsendicott.

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