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Thayer Art Gallery

Located in the lower level of Thayer Academy’s Southworth Library, the Thayer Gallery has been showcasing student, faculty, and professional artists for over 40 years. Renovated in 2011, the Gallery area is a beautiful, bright, and open 1200-squarefoot space. “Every year the Thayer Gallery displays some of the finest artwork in the local area, while also allowing for students and faculty to showcase work,” notes Thayer Gallery Director Karen Koskores. “We have a wonderful mix of media and styles each year, which helps to enlarge the minds and creative possibilities of all who visit.”


Thayer Gallery Hours

Mon - Fri • 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (When school is in session)

If you are interested in displaying your work, or if you have any questions about the Gallery, please contact Gallery Director Karen Koskores. (kkoskores@thayer.org / 781.843.3580)

Schedule of Events 2014-2015
September 8 to October 10  CHRISTINA BEECHER
Opening Reception Wed, Sept 10  |  6 - 8 p.m.

Christina Beecher received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art studying industrial Design and Graphics. She was first employed at Nottingham & Spirk Design in Cleveland, Ohio focused on designing products for Fortune 500 companies. She moved in 1988 to the east coast to work for Hasbro Toys. She spent 13 years developing a number of toys for Hasbro, Milton Bradley, and Playskool. Her ambitions, however, had always been to focus on the fine art side of her training. In 2001, she made a decision to leave the corporate world and focus on developing her fine art craft.

After leaving the corporate world, she began studying painting mediums settling into oils after training under Joseph McGurl and William Davis. She also began to study the Tonalists, and in particular George Inness and Ralph Blakelock. After coming across an article in American Artist that featured New Hampshire artist, Dennis Sheehan, she knew she had to try his method. Beginning her paintings in dark browns and wiping off the image was refreshing but the most important thing she took from Sheehan is the ability to trust herself and her understanding of composition and value. She no longer painted from photos, or painted from what she had seen, and instead began to paint what she felt.

Christina paints spaces that bring peace and a special quietude. She focuses her serene landscapes on the extreme times of day and night, when the light has its greatest impact. “I want to create the places in my paintings that are in other people’s minds, or places that they may want to witness themselves.”

Christina participates heavily in the local art scene. She is a trustee at the Attleboro Arts Museum; she chairs the Mansfield Cultural Council, and Co-Chairs the Mansfield Artist Association. She teaches students privately in her home studio, has worked in the public school system and is a guest teacher of oil painting at the Huanaki School of Art in Foxboro, MA. Christina continually participates in several group shows at area galleries and recently participated alongside Dennis Sheehan in The First Invitational Landscape Exhibition. She has been honored with a retrospective at Wheaton College in 2010 and was one of eight artists selected to participate in the 2007-08 Visions Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum. In April 2013, she had a large collection of new work at Attleboro Museum’s Community Gallery. She is represented by The Next Door Gallery in Mansfield, MA, The Preservation Framer in North Attleboro, MA and has recently been accepted as a gallery artist at the Galatea Gallery of Fine Art in Boston, MA.


October 14 to
November 14 

Opening Reception Sun, Oct 19  |  3 - 5 p.m.

My recent work has focused on landscape embellished by light, movement, and subterranean rock forms. The goal is to provide viewers with a sense of the wholeness of nature while living indoors. “Parachuting into New England” is the beginning of this journey or exploration of the Northeastern United States landscape and its rocks, mountains, oceans and farms.

The mountains are about the spirit of ascension and uplift. Rocks help the vertical movement in these pieces as rows thrusting upward in the mountain sculpture of Mt. Lafayette or as forms in the autumn and winter mountain sculptures. The rocks in my sculptures establish tensions paralleling Japanese Zen rock gardens.

The Farm sculptures celebrate the will to continue working the land and two of these pieces are from personal experiences. “Sunset at Black River Farm” in Boonville New York is where I spent many summers growing up. Lighting on this piece depicts the end of the farmer’s day when he is bringing in the last load of hay. When I was 16, my parents moved to “Andover Farm.” It was here that I had my first sculpture studio which is depicted in this piece. “Massapoag Farm” is my vision of how a farm would have been near Sharon’s Lake Massapoag a long time ago.

“Aquinnah” and “Cape Storm” are the first two of my Atlantic Ocean Celebration series. The focus is looking at the sweep of ocean and shore from Florida to Maine that funnels our storms and hurricanes northward. These sculptures depict the vastness of the ocean as seen looking from the shore. In both these ocean pieces, the way the sun faces the viewer is unique. To capture this energy, the sculpture is backlit as the shadows on the base come at you. The sun is casting shadows towards you in your face.

In “Cape Storm” I have incorporated a weather map and isobars. The theme is around seeing complex movement of weather from East to West and South to North which creates the cyclical Cape Storm. “Aquinnah” is of the incredible Aquinnah Cliffs and Moshup’s Beach on Martha’s Vineyard.

I first envisioned making a sculpture that could be thought of as a small garden inside a house while studying wood joinery in Japan in the 1970’s. The profusion of gardens to be walked through and the many environments of stone and gravel meant to be viewed while stationary were overwhelming and I have sought to recall and utilize some of this energy as I understand it in this recent work. The work is all carved wood forms that are assembled and then painted. The painting of this work strives to recall a particular light and color scheme consistent with the original landscape inspiration. Color and a linear type of organization drawn onto the form give the illusion of the movement of light and the ongoing eccentricity of nature.

November 17 to
December 17
Reception Sat, Dec 6  | 5 - 7 p.m. 

I never thought of myself as an artist. I’ve always loved to draw and paint and create things, and people always seems to be entertained by what I put down on paper. But calling my Mad magazine influenced doodles art with a capital A always felt sort of like wearing a tuxedo T-shirt . People would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had a vague feeling that I wanted to be someone who made pictures for a living, but artist just didn’t seem quite the right word for what I wanted to be.

In my 20s, I was fortunate to find a way to make a living by drawing pictures for newspapers and then later on, magazines. I haven’t stopped since. That vague image I had of being a grown-up and being paid to draw and paint is what I now know is called Illustration. It’s a job. There’s no mystery to it. I’m not some starving artist in a loft painting obscure pictures no one will ever see. I make art when I know I’m going to be paid, just like anybody else who shows up for a job every day. The only real difference is at the end of the day instead of having oil or dirt under my fingernails there’s paint. I love what I do and I hope that comes through in the pictures.


7 - 29
Pottery Workshop Thurs, Jan 15 | 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

“I hope the viewer enjoys their own interpretations of natural influences in my pots. People have said my work reminds them of many things including water flowing across glacial ice, patterns on the insides of flowers or old pier posts in the fog.

I get my inspiration from walks in the woods and beaches of coastal Maine. I am influenced by simple things—the growth rings on a mussel shell, the underside of an osprey in flight or the stones and leaves at the bottom of a creek. In my clay work I try to suggest subtle gestures of my natural experiences.”


4 - 13
Reception Thurs, Feb 12 | 5 - 7 p.m.
An exhibit displaying a collection of student work - including paintings, drawings, and photographs - inspired by last summer’s Artists-in-Residence Trip to Italy.
February 18 to March  5  
Closing Reception Thurs, March 5 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Reception Thurs, Mar 5 | 3:30-5:30 p.m.
A multimedia exhibition showcasing the various creative talents of Thayer Academy faculty members. This show is a beautiful compilation of paintings, photography, pottery, and unique mixed media creations.

Painting at left by
Painting & Drawing Teacher
Karen Koskores


 March 28 to April 23  

Reception & Demo Thurs, Apr 23 | 6 - 10 p.m.


The Braintree Art Association has been participating in group exhibitions for over 40 years, with a membership of over 200 amateur and professional South Shore artists. This exhibition - an annual Thayer event for over 30 years - represents a broad scope of subject matters and various media and techniques.


May 4 - 18   
Opening Reception Thurs, May 7 | 3:30 - 6 p.m.

An annual representative showing of artwork completed by students (grades 6-12) during the school year. Media and processes represented include painting, drawing, printmaking, pottery, photography, 3-D design, and architectural design.

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