chris nau

Lucky Seven

The Washington Street Art Center presents "Lucky Seven," a show of SAC 2006 LCC visual arts fellowship award artists, including, Lee Kilpatrick, Surendra Lawoti, Lauren O'Neal, Chris Nau, Isabel Riley, Tracy Spadafora, Ryan Takaba.

Lee Kilpatrick creates candid panoramic photographs of people. His work has been exhibited at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Willoughby & Baltic Gallery in Davis Square, the Diesel Café and the Washington Street Art Center. He has been Director of the Washington Street Art Center since 2002.

Surendra Lawoti, a native of Nepal, received his MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art in 2005. Lawoti has received awards from Cambridge Art Association, Somerville Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago and Artadia Foundation. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Photographic Resource Center at BU, Tufts University Art Gallery, Kingston Gallery, and Somerville City Hall. Currently he teaches at Montserrat College of Art and his work is available at The Boston Drawing Project at Bernard Toale Gallery.

Chris Nau's abstract works are about boundary disputes and identity confusion. He works in drawing, installation, printmaking and painting. Nau's work has been shown in the Boston area at the Green Street Gallery, Studio Soto, the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury and the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts. His drawings can be seen at the Bernard Toale Gallery and bf Annex in Boston. He has also shown in Memphis, Seattle, Atlanta and London. Nau received an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2001, and currently teaches drawing as full-time visiting faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Lauren O'Neal works in two- and three-dimensional media including sculpture, video, and drawing to investigate states of absurdity, longing, and frustration. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, the Mills Gallery, and the Copley Society of Art, among others. She has received grants from the Somerville Arts Council and the Malden Cultural Council, and was an artist-in-residence at the Nelimarkka Museum in Finland this past spring. She holds an MFA from Maine College of Art. O’Neal is an assistant professor in Fine and Performing Arts at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA.

Isabel Riley makes sculpture and site-specific installation work that is inspired by traditional craft, architecture and industry. She graduated from Mass College of Art and is represented by Genovese/Sullivan Gallery in Boston. She is also currently in "Crafty" at the Bakalar Gallery at Mass Art, an exhibition of contemporary artists who use traditional craft processes in their work.

Tracy Spadafora is a painter who teaches studio art classes at colleges and museums in the Boston area, and private painting instruction in her studio in Somerville, MA. She specializes in an ancient wax-based painting technique called encaustic and has given workshops and demonstrations in this technique at locations throughout the northeast, including Peter's Valley Craft Center, the Worcester Art Museum, DeCordova Museum School, Women's Studio Workshop, and R&F Handmade Paints, Inc. Tracy has received grants from the Frances A. Kinnicutt Foundation, the Blanche E. Colman Foundation , the Somerville Arts Council, and the St. Botolph's Foundation. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the U.S.

Ryan Takaba explores the abstract energy that resonates between people. Continuing to flow and change, this energy moves like the clouds and the sea. Being raised in Hawai`i and surrounded by an array of color, he is influenced by the subtle beauty of the ocean and sky. These changes in form and color allude to the elusive connections between people. It is a representation of the ephemeral through a physical form, ever changing in its beauty.