The ODE Gallery is not Your Average Art Gallery
WALTHAM — Art in Suburbia, a local Waltham nonprofit, is bringing more than just art to the suburbs, emphasizing local cultures and important social issues
After noticing a lack of art in her community and throughout many Massachusetts suburban areas, Linda Ferrer, a post-graduate from Brandeis University, decided to found the nonprofit arts organization, Art in Suburbia, with the intent of bringing more art into areas outside Greater Boston. But it’s not just art she’s bringing into the suburbs. She creates a unique space as a platform to raise awareness of important social issues, local cultures, and diversity of thought.
“We utilize local art as a communicator— ‘this is our narrative’ as well as the connector that brings people together; to find that commonality amongst ourselves to help improve the human condition. We’re mediators of ideas and artists are our educators,” explained Linda.
The mission-driven program is known as Open Doors Exhibitions, or The ODE, which is a traveling themed pop-up gallery showcasing local artworks from different cultures, identities, and social perspectives.
This coming month, AIS will host a lively series starting with, “The Female Spectrum: Evolution of Feminism.” The opening reception is first Friday, July 6, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at 681 Main Street in Waltham, Massachusetts, and is free and open to the public with refreshments. The Exhibition focuses on showcasing local female artists while creating dialogue about the varying aspects of feminism and women’s issues today. The Exhibition runs from July 6 to July 28 with a Silent Auction and artworks available for purchase. The ODE Gallery is open Thurs- Sat from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. and by appointment.
Throughout the month of July, AIS will also be hosting free workshops and art collaborations for the community, known as the People’s Collaborative. This project is open to all residents of Waltham, providing people a way to express themselves as a collective of identity and community. In order to further support local artists and their voices in suburban communities, you may donate by visiting their website at www.artinsuburbia.org.