Posted by: acarlson | December 30, 2009

A look back at 2009…

Two photo fairs, a month-long installation in the Boston Public Garden, a nearly completed documentary project, workshops, and individual shows… It’s been a busy and exciting year for the BPC!

We kicked off 2009 with our very first photo fair. 30 photographers displayed and sold their work at ArtMarket Gallery in downtown Boston. For many of the photographers, it was their first time displaying and selling their work. The event was successful enough to hold another one in December.

We put a twist into our annual Boston Public Garden photo installation this summer. Instead of displaying photos taken in the garden, we created an installation, “We Are…(Massachusetts)”. The installation featured photos from our Boston Neighborhood Documentary project and visitors enjoyed hearing the stories behind each image.

Speaking of our Boston Neighborhood Project, we worked to bring the project near completion. The BPC was contacted by The Boston Foundation to feature some of the photographs in their annual report. Boston World Partnerships also approached us and will be using some of the photos on their blog, “That’s Sooo Boston”.

Many members had solo shows this year:

Gail Fischer and Katherine Kominis both displayed their work at the Illuminations Gallery at MGH.

Jeff Langevin’s work can be found on the walls of The Boston Common Coffee Company in Downtown Crossing.

Chris Engles’ “The Boston Pin Ups: Homage to the Pin Up Girl” can be seen at Out of the Blue Gallery in Cambridge.

Valentina Oppezzo had her first show at Atlantic Works in East Boston.

Alicia Carlson participated in the Melrose Window ArtWalk.

Sanjay Subbanna displayed at Starbucks in Brookline Village.

Jonathan Fine’s work appeared on the walls of JP Licks and at the Newburyport Artist Association.

Dainius Macikenas showed his collection, “Shadows of Gray” at Uptown Espresso in the South End.

Mary Schiess took part in a natural elements exhibition at the South Shore Natural Science Center, and many of our members participated in open studios around the Boston area.

We travelled to the Cape, the Berkshires, and New York City. We gathered each month to discuss photography and learn from one another. We took to the water, photographed George’s Island, and the Belle Island Marsh. We photographed The Butterfly Place, learned how to paint with light, and decided to look up for a change.

2010 looks to be another exciting year for the BPC. We’re close to securing studio space and looking forward to our Boston Neighborhood Documentary Project being on display at the Moakley Courthouse and the Brookline Library. We’ll be holding many more workshops and group shoots, and some of our members are already preparing for solo shows. Keep checking back here or on Facebook and Twitter – we’ll be posting opening dates and times as they come.

Best wishes for a fantastic 2010!



  1. Great look back, Alicia!

    Also in 2009: BPC hit the social networks with its Facebook and Twitter accounts, not to mention this very blog! Here’s to an even more connected 2010!

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