The Belmont Gallery of Art presents Off the Clock, a show of work by Belmont art teachers, running from Sept. 20 to Oct. 20.
An opening reception for the exhibit will take place in the gallery Friday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.
Off the Clock offers a unique glimpse at the work of artists who share a common thread in their dedication to teaching art to students in Belmont schools. The show features work made these teaching artists in a variety of media including oils, acrylics, ceramics, fibers, printmaking, photography, sculpture and collage.
Initially conceived of by Burbank School artist/teacher Nicole Pond in 2008, the first "Off the Clock" show was seen as an opportunity for people in the community to see what art teachers were creating as individual artists. This year’s BGA Off the Clock exhibit continues to showcase such work.
“I thought it was important for people to physically see what you create,” says Pond.
“Here we are, teachers with all these credentials, discussing art history, color mixing, and art-making techniques with our students, but without their seeing how we use the same information. I thought it was time to let people see what we were creating as artists on our own time — off the clock.”
Belmont Gallery Committee member Rebecca Richards agrees.
“I think it’s important for Belmont students and their families and other gallery visitors, to see the art created by our community’s dedicated art teachers.”
Artists participating in "Off the Clock" include Andrew Roy, Kathleen Byrnes, Danette English, Regina Kalajian, Katherine Kelley, Catherine Larkin, Mark Milowsky, Kristen Ripley, Sarah Libertini, Nicole Pond and Kathy Jo Solomon.
The Belmont Gallery of Art is located in the Town Hall Complex, 3rd floor of the Homer Building.