Part of what makes a neighborhood great is a thriving art scene. For decades the East Boston Artist Group and the
Atlantic Works Gallery have fostered the creative spirit in the neighborhood. The result has been the expansion of art across Eastie with Zumix, HarborArts, the Veronica Robles Cultural Center, the new ICA Watershed and the future artist live/work spaces on Condor Street being developed by NOAH.
The newest addition to Eastie’s growing art community officially opened last week at the Boston East, the new, luxury-apartment community on Eastie’s waterfront down on Border Street.
The Boston East Gallery, run in collaboration with the neighboring Atlantic Works Gallery (AWG), will be open to the public seven days a week and will also be available for events, art exhibits and community meetings.
The first exhibition at the Boston East Gallery, “East Boston – Past and Present” features 31 pieces of artwork by 21 artists that either capture Eastie or were created by artists living in the neighborhood.
The event last Thursday evening included the awarding of prizes for the opening show.
“What an exciting time for art in East Boston,” said Rep. Adrian Madaro. “We recently opened the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Watershed, we are currently celebrating the 15 year anniversary of the Atlantic Works Gallery next door, we have other artist work/live/sell artists spaces being developed along Condor Street and now we are opening this space at Boston East with some of the best views in the City of Boston. I remember during the planning stages of this project and Trinity expressing the desire to have an art gallery included in the design and it really came out great. The best thing about this gallery is that it is highlighting East Boston residents and their art.”
Vice President of Development at Trinity Financial Abby Goldenfarb said Eastie has a strong history of supporting artists and Trinity is proud to continue that tradition at the Boston East Gallery.
“Boston East is in the heart of this dynamic and diverse neighborhood, and we are pleased to work with the AWG to showcase a range of artists and art forms that truly represent the community,” she said.
Member of the Atlantic Works Gallery, Diane Modica, said Trinity Financial reached out to members of Atlantic works to collaborate on this exciting new gallery with its stunning view of the waterfront.
“The art submitted showcases East Boston and recognizes the talent, beauty and vitality of our neighborhood,” said Modica. “We are excited to work with Boston East and welcome them to the growing arts scene in our neighborhood.”
The 2,340 square foot waterfront art gallery will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy the views of the harbor and the Boston East outdoor courtyard while visiting. The Gallery has comfortable social spaces selected by the Cortney and Bob Novogratz, whose unique style has been showcased on HGTV’s Home by Novogratz and Bravo’s 9 By Design, and in collaboration with companies such as CB2 and Momeni.
“When Trinity Financial reached out to members of AWG to collaborate on organizing an inaugural art exhibit for their Boston East gallery space, it was thrilling,” said Atlantic Works member Anna Salmeron. “They went out of their way to recognize artists’ long history in, knowledge of, and dedication to East Boston. They even came to several of AWG ‘s reception to get to know us! They were wonderful to work with from start to finish as we together curated a rich exhibit showcasing art about the area by local artists. The whole process was a great experience, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Located directly on Boston Harbor and in close proximity to Downtown Boston and the MBTA, Boston East is a boutique, mid-rise residential community that features 200 units, including six artist live-work-sell units. Boston East is the first new development on the Boston waterfront to incorporate these unique live/work/sell spaces into its ground floor programming.
“Incorporating original art into our gallery and building really adds to the experience of living a boutique apartment building,” said Goldenfarb. “The gallery allows us to make connections and relationships with our neighbors, and it is a place that people really want to relax in at the end of a long day.
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Artists Philip Young and Joe Saint Surin talk with Trinity Financial’s Allison MacMartin during the opening of the Boston East Gallery last Thursday evening.