Rifrákt Artist Collective will join local artisans and crafters for this fun, festive event, featuring handmade crafts, jewelry, artwork, photography, clothing, baked goods, and much more. This is a great way to purchase some holiday gifts while supporting your local artist community!  This is also the first time Rifrákt will be hosting a photo-booth!  Make sure to come over and get your picture taken!  

This event is Sunday, December 9th between 12noon- 6pm.

There will be FREE wine & coffee for all our guests.

This is an all ages event. NO cover.

Live music will be going on all afternoon.  See our music schedule below:
1-2pm : Amy Alvey
2-3pm : Mike Crockett
3-4pm : Kristen Ford
4-5pm : Patrick Coman
5-6pm : Dan Blakeslee

This annual event is hosted by local singer/songwriter Audrey Ryan at her loft on Somerville Avenue, Union Square.  This brick loft building is home to many artists and musicians and is adjacent to Market Basket supermarket.  Please enter through the rear doorway.  Signs will be posted.
Parking is available in the supermarket lot, behind the loft building, or on the street.  It is also convenient by MBTA bus and Red Line.  See Google Maps for more info here.

Come one, Come all!

- Rifrákt

Weekly Wrap-Up for November 12, 2010


(Nora Richardson of Rifrakt, showing at Voltage Coffee & Art)

Hope you enjoyed your day off yesterday.. if you had it.  

If you didn’t, I’m not here to brag since I had a 24 hour cold where I watched Grandma’s Boy and ate Lorna Doones under an electric blanket the.entire.day.


Wish I was kidding.  


Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Burlesque Life Drawing Session

When: Sunday November 14, 2010 2.30-5.30pm

Where: Great Scott/ 1222 Commonwealth Ave Allston (at corner of Harvard) 

 How: Official Website 

Cost:$8 2.30-5.30pm 18+ (bring your ID, this is a bar)

What/Why:Truth Serum is hosting a concert after this Sketchy…so we might run a bit long this month…maybe a bit of rock n’ roll theme…we’ll work it out! Our model this month is usually a statue out in public. She’s good at holding a pose and I’m pretty sure we can get her to wear less make-up than usual…the costuming is going to be amazing! it’s Sarah Paterson! Dr. Sketchy is the life drawing session you dreamed of in your deviously creative art school head. Hot models with crazy costumes, sometimes genderbending antics, poses that keep your interest for hours, nice folks around you, drinks, and it’s cheap. The models talk and keep you entertained, there’s good music, you could win prizes for good and bad art! You don’t have to be a good artist, or someone who draws everyday. Dr. Sketchy is a great place to start back up with your practice, or to try to pick up a new creative outlet. We start with short poses to get you warmed up and then move on to longer and longer poses, but that’s about where the traditional life drawing session stops…”

Not from Boston? Learn more about a Dr. Sketchys in your city/or how to start your own session here.


Voltage Coffee & Art - Inaugural Show

(Rifrakt Artist Collective)

When: Saturday November 13th at 6:00PM

Where: Voltage Coffee & Art/ 295 3rd Street Kendall Square Cambridge, MA

How: Official Website  

What/Why: The amazing ladies over at Voltage Coffee & Art are hosting their first inaugural show and Gala this Saturday November 13th at 600PM: You are all cordially invited to our gala opening reception on Saturday, November 13th, from 6-10 in the evening.  We will be serving snacks and drinks, and would love to see you there.  There will be music from our house band, good art and fun people to talk to.  We are also celebrating our first art show, which consists of selections from the Rifrakt art collective.  Please come!”

Such a great addition to Cambridge and definitely my pick of the week, show this budding business some love! ♥



When:  November 11, 2010 - November 21, 2011

Where: Paramount Center- 559 Washington Street, Boston

How: Official Website

What/Why: "Known the world over for his astonishingly innovative puppet shows, master puppeteer and Guggenheim Fellow Basil Twist spins new magic around the legendary Ballets Russes production. Set to Stravinsky’s classic score, Petrushka tells of a tragic love triangle between the clown Petrushka, the alluring Ballerina, and the dashing Moor, three magical creatures whose stories emerge amidst the swirl of the Russian carnival.The program opens with an abstract fantasia of puppetry set to Stravinsky’s Sonata for Two Pianos, performed by Russian identical twin pianists, Julia and Irina Elkina. Nine hidden puppeteers combine Czech and Japanese traditions in a tour de force of music, movement, design and storytelling.“


Spying on the Past: Declassified Satellite Images and Archaeology

When: On view now through January 30, 2011

Where:  Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

How: Official Website 

What/Why:Using declassified U.S. government spy satellite and aerial images, Harvard student archaeologists explore sites in Northern Mesopotamia and South America. These images are both visually arresting and potent archaeological tools. Four case studies in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Peru reveal complex early cities, extensive trackways, intricate irrigation canals and even traces of nomadic journeys.“


Carnival of Ink-The Art of the Tattoo

When: Friday November 12, 2010 – 8:00PM (doors) (VIP reception from 9pm to 10pm for advance ticket holders only)  

Where: Middle East Downstairs

How: Official Website

Cost:    $13.50

What/Why:Carnival of Ink- The Art of The Tattoo :: Tattoo Contest, Live bands + more! (A benefit for the FutureArts Foundation) Friday, November 12, 2010 at 10PM @ The Middle East DownstairsLive, on stage, Iron Maiden tribute band Beast over Boston! Win $1,000 in prizes in the Tattoo Contest!! Judges are Scruffy from The Dropkick Murphy’s, Jimmy Johnson from Hourglass Tattoos +Sarazah Deetz from Skin Art Tattoos Categories are:Best color work, Best Black + Grey,Best joke/funniest tattoo and magic by Eduardo the Great!“ 


Final-Freeky Friday Night at Space 242

When: Friday, November 12, 6-8pm (No RSVP required)

Where:  242 E. Berkeley St 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: The exhibition features new spooky artwork by Mister Reusch, Amanda Clarke, Derek Ring, Shannon Orcutt, Alex Carlson, Felisia Sainz, Tom Torrey, Walter Sickert, Nick Demakes, Scott Murry, Scott Holloway, Patt Kelley, Nicole Johnson, Eric Bornstein, and Bonnie Thomas.”


Wilson Hunt at Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum

And finally, I wanted to mention a local exhibiting artist who opened his workspace to FLUX. and allowed me to chat his ear off about his art.

(Wilson said he wanted to look like a serious artist, I believed he achieved such a look. ALL.BUSINESS.)

I met Wilson Hunt last month at South End Open Studios and he was kind enough to invite me over to his Roslindale studio to check out his latest projects, learn about his process, and find out a bit more about the man behind the beautiful splashes of color.


Wilson took to painting at an early age, mostly working with acrylics, gouache, and watercolors.  After graduating from Harvard in the late 60s, and still unsure of what he wanted to be when he grew up, Wilson chose to pursue the most logical career path for the indecisive-A Career Counselor at Harvard!  Somewhere along the way life/marriage/children happened the artist took a 25 year break from the craft.  It has only been within the past few years that he has picked up a paintbrush again, and rekindled his love affair with the abstract. 

(From the walls of Wilson’s Studio, apologies for poor quality-IMNOTTHESELBY)

It was great to have the opportunity to peruse the archives and see the evolution of an artist’s style through the years.  In much of his earlier coursework, there was a greater emphasis on representational forms and as the years went on, there is an observable shift in style and influence.  Wilson used to paint while listening to jazz, and letting the brushstrokes come to life on their own much like the improvisational elements of jazz.  After his hiatus, the artist realized he was able to get into the zone and let the colors and brushstrokes build upon eachother without background noise.  Influenced by the work of Wolf Kahn and De Kooning, you can almost feel a hat tip to these masters in much of his work.

In addition to working on paintings in his studio, Wilson continues his education by exploring photography and participating in continuing education courses like Photography Atelier offered by Lesley University.


Wilson will be showcasing his work alongside nine others in an exhibit entitled “Exuberance” at the Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum.The opening reception is this Friday November 12th from 6:00-8:00PM and will be on view until December 30th, 2010. For more information on the event go here.

To learn more about Wilson Hunt and view more of his portfolio, be sure to check out his site.

Such a wide variety of events for you to enjoy this weekend, stay sweet!♥