2017 Artists

Meet the artists participating in the 2017 Community Supported Art program. 

Work by Nancy Beams

Nancy Beams


Using the sunflower as a metaphor, Nancy Beams explores expressions of trauma, recovery, and hope. A print maker and painter Nancy did an exhibit, talk and presentation for her graduating Independent Project at the SMFA (’15). She has also exhibited with Arches Sixth Biennial Student Print Exhibition, Boston, MA (’09); Violence Transformed, Boston, MA (‘09, ’15); Featherstone Center for the Arts “Now and Zen”, Edgartown, MA (’15); SMFA Graduating Student Exhibition, Boston, MA (’15) ; ARCworks, Peabody, MA (’16); Concord Art, Members Juried 2: Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media, Crafts, Graphics, Concord, MA (’16), the Martha’s Vineyard Artist Association at the Old Sculpin Gallery, Edgartown, MA (’15,‘16); Boston Printmakers Members Exhibition, A State of Mind, Lamont Gallery, Exeter, N.H. (’16); and Three Stones Gallery, The Emerging Artist Show, Concord, MA (’17). She currently is a member of Concord Art, Cambridge Art Association and the Boston Printmakers . Nancy received her Diploma (2015) and Post Baccalaureate Certificate(2014) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, and a M.Ed. from the University of Maryland.

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Work by Cicely Carew

Cicely Carew


Cicely Carew is interested in connection; it is a powerful energy. Color and structure lend themselves to circulating this flawed, risky, yet beautiful experience. She is drawn to materials, but it’s the unfolding of ideas that brings her excitement. Art is hope.

She is interested in engaging the viewer in a conversation around connection, energy transference, celebration and healing. She wants to expand on this idea by creating a body of work that draws from her experiences as a single mother of color living in a society and under a dictatorship that does see value in what she regards as sacred work: service (as a wellness instructor), artist (creating outside the box imagery), and motherhood.

As a community supported artist, she wants to continue to develop monotype print techniques that merge her prints with other mediums such as painting and collage.This series is her resistance to giving into the darkness that threatens our collective well-being, joy and light.

She feels lucky to live in this glorious bubble referred to as The Republic of Cambridge and draws inspiration from her community and surrounding Cambridge neighborhoods and communities.

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Work by Nancy Hart

Nancy Hart


Nancy Hart’s practice is articulated with non-monumental materials brought into the “mind” of the studio; they are creative antidotes of solace. Nancy privileges logic sourced from memory to allow her constructions to fly beyond formal boundaries.

She has been slowly building a body of work of still lives; they incorporate traditional subjects such as living matter and also non monumental mundanity. This work is drawn and painted as a further exploration and distillation from her installation arrangements. This convergence satisfies the desire to activate art historical contexts. Inspiration for the art shares comes from this new trend of her work still beyond formal boundaries.

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Work by Tanya Hayes

Tanya Hayes


Tanya has been an artist since she was 5 years old—and probably well before then, but memory fails. An abiding love of structure, form and meaning led in other directions as well – to a writing career, a stint as a graphic designer and nearly 20 years as a journalist, but at the heart of it all was a compulsion to order the world – to create the world – in a way that she could understand.

Words, however, exist in black and white, metaphorically at least. Color is the element that is unique to the visual realm, and painting is the medium Tanya has chosen to integrate color into her world. Color as structure, form, meaning and the fundamental and exquisite ordering of the world in its own terms. Tanya paints New England landscapes. She begins a painting using reference photos she takes herself and then lets paint, hand and heart go where they will to create a piece more impressionistic than literal. She paints in oil on canvas.

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Work by Boriana Kantcheva

Boriana Kantcheva


Boriana Kantcheva, originally from Bulgaria, has lived and worked in the Boston area for over 18 years. She has received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University joint degree program. She has worked as an assistant teacher at the Carpenter Center for Visual and Environmental Studies where she has received several Harvard University Certificates of Distinction in Teaching awards. She currently holds a position of a gallery coordinator at Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts Center. Boriana is a member of Bromfield Gallery and her work can also be seen at 13 Forest Gallery. For Community Supported Art, she would like to create a body of work that utilizes two print making processes- intaglio and screen-printing.

Printmaking has been a part of her artistic process for a number of years. She have used etching for its unique line quality and screen-printing for its bright, bold, flat color. This body of work will be a further exploration of ideas she has worked with in the last two years. Natural forms, seeds, rocks, the forest floor have provided inspiration. In addition, examining the complex relationships in different ecological systems have made Boriana aware even more of both the fragility and resilience of the natural world, of its diversity and its beauty.

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Work by Shin Maeng

Shin Maeng


Shin Maeng
hails from Jersey and New Haven and just started drawing again recently after an eight-year hiatus. He started seeing faces and profiles in knotholes 25 years ago. He draws his inspiration from comic books, the pictures he sees as he prays for his community and the city, and video games.

Shin usually works with his wife Sarah Shin as a combo that likes to draw together. They both have created the collective Shin Happens.

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Work by Judith Motzkin

Judith Motzkin


Judith Motzkin studied Asian Studies at Cornell University ’76, focused on Asian Art, History, and Chinese. It was there that she began working with clay while studying the history of ceramics in Asia. Influenced by travels to Mexico and China, while at Clay Dragon Studios (1977-1985), she began to experiment with smoke and fire on polished classical, sensual clay forms. She went on to establish her own studio in an old stable next to her Cambridge home. Over time, her work has expanded to include mixed media, assemblage, installations and photography.

Judith’s work is in collections of Boston MFA, Fuller, Danforth, Crocker Art and Jingdezhen Ceramics Museums. She was the founding director of CAOS. She aims to tread lightly on the earth.

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Work by Hiroko Okahashi

Hiroko Okahashi


Hiroko Okahashi has been creating and inventing her own original art to combine the classic traditional Asian arts culture with modern photographic techniques and different media for 30 years.

She likes to show movement in her photographs. She used to use the brush strokes to show flowing lines. Recently, she uses computer technology to manipulate her photographs. She takes self-portraits in dance and then makes slide shows of photographs and films combined with music.

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Work by Nancy Pattek

Nina Pattek


Nina Pattek comes to art by way of graphic design. Her early training in design and in practice, and as an educator for many years, has informed her personal aesthetic explorations including art history and cultural inspirations. She has followed the modernist principles of abstraction in exploring the interaction between emotions, ideas and perceptions.

Her materials are color, forms, grids, various markings including handwriting, human fragments to achieve visual effects through association or resemblance to the familiar and to strike a chord of mystery; does something here resonate? She believes art tries in the organization of its forms to give an assurance that is understandable to us. Art comes from the desire for such a stabilizing reassurance, finding your way within art, whether as the creator or the viewer is a joyful, complicated, searching experience.

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