Friday night, from 6-8PM at the newly renovated West Cambridge Youth and Community Center/VFW Post, there will be a reception for a contemporary project in portraiture by artist Michael Oatman. His talent was commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council to innovate a community-oriented installation at the long-awaited opening of the center.
This spring I had the pleasure of assisting Oatman with this project. Before he arrived in Boston to create portraits of residents from the West Cambridge area, I biked around the area posting advertisements serving as calls-for-participation. Once the creating began, my role changed from that of errant poster-courier to that of studio assistant and gopher. Both experiences taught me much about my own neighborhood.
The address of the center/ VFW post is at:
680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA
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Say hi if you stop by : )
Cheers - J.