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Virtually Speaking: ART Off the Wall

Thursday, August 20 | 7:00PM


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Join us in celebrating South Shore Art Center's 65th anniversary with an unforgettable art adventure

Virtually Speaking: ART Off the Wall.


This fun, fast-paced evening will offer art, chance, and good-natured rivalry—and it will all be ONLINE.
Guests attending as "Collectors" are guaranteed to go home with an ORIGINAL WORK of ART,
valued at $250 or greater!



VIP Collector’s Ticket $500 • Collector’s Ticket $200 • Guest Ticket $50


  • Collectors guaranteed an artwork valued at $250.
  • VIP Collectors guaranteed an artwork valued at $250 AND guaranteed to be among the top 20 to select works. Limit 10 VIP Collectors.


South Shore Art Center’s “Off the Wall Collection” will feature 100 works of original art by local artists. The event’s 100 Collectors will select works from this collection, but when they choose is literally up to when the emcee pulls their name from the hat.

All available artwork will be visible on event website. VIP Collectors can view art in person before the event, through timed appointments.



Wendy Badia • Audra Boyle • David Cucinotta • Susan Etkind • Megan Fales • Kate Farrington • Annie Ketchen

Patrice Maye  • Tracey Merrill • Frank Neer • Lorna Newman • Suzanne Norris • Alison Sheffield • Erin Sunday • Mark Tosi


Special thanks to Annie Ketchen & Suzanne Norris, who transformed our original ART Off the Wall concept into the dynamic event it became in 2017, who reprised and perfected the event in 2019, and who helped us migrate the party online as part of our 65th anniversary celebrations.


Limited tickets available. This event sells out fast!
To reserve tickets CLICK HERE, call 781-383-2787, or email info@ssac.org



Art Off The Wall — Participating Artists Click on images to enlarge


Kim Alemian
Island Cottage, 2015
oil on linen, 12 x 12 in


Kim Alemian is an award winning artist who works primarily in oil paint though she also works in cold wax and watercolor. Her subject matter includes landscape, interior/still life and her Ocean series which embeddes scientific data within paintings of the conditions of the day, sometimes including figures. She works and teaches at South Shore Art Center.Alemian holds a BFA from Mass. College of Art and an MFA from Boston University with continued studies at the New York Studio School.



Robert Beaulieu
Gulf River, 2019
oil on canvas, 12 x 16 in


Robert G. Beaulieu, is a graduate of the Paier School of Art in Hamden, CT and continued his education at the Museum School of Fine arts in Boston.

Beaulieu was president/owner of his own design and advertising agency in Boston for a number of years until “semi-retiring” to devote more time do his painting. Primarily a Plein Aire painting, Robert has combined his ability to capture detail, atmosphere and light with the disciplines he learned through his foundation of academic work. He teaches at South Shore Art Center.



Rita Berkowitz
Autumnal Equinox
soft pastel, 18 x 12 in




Matthias Bodnar

Vino No. 205,2020
mixed media, 24 x 12 in



Susan Denniston

Infinity Net Homage:2020, 2020

oil on canvas, 12 x 24 in

Susan Denniston is a painter, printmaker, and mixed media artist living near the ocean on Boston's South Shore.  Her work contemplates the ambiguity of an uncertain world in which things are not always quantifiable and clear, acknowledging our fragility, vulnerability, and certain impermanence.  The inherent messiness and imperfection of human connection is often imbedded in her process of layering, piecing together, scrubbing away, revealing glimpses of what lies beneath; making marks, making corrections, making connections, making amends.  Leaving a trace.

Denniston was born in Pittsburgh, PA and received her BA from Bates College, Lewiston, ME.  In 2000, after 20 years in the hi-tech medical software field, she left to pursue her interest in art.  She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Mass College of Art; the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA; and the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA.



Mike Dick

3 Score Acres, Cohasset, 2019

color photography, 16 x 20in (framed)


Mike Dick

Untitled (window study,) 2018

color photography, 20 x 24 in (framed)


Joan Drescher
Night Messenger

monoprint collage, 27 x 15 in


Joan Drescher attended Parsons School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Art Students League in New York. She is a fellow at the Institute for Body, Mind and Spirituality at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., and Spiritual Director from the Claritas Institute. She works primarily with printmaking and collage and is a Gallery Artist at South Shore Art Center.



Joan Drescher
Summer Dreams
monprint collage, 16 x 33 in




Lisa Goren
Broken Ice, Frozen Ghosts of Autumn
watercolor on handmade paper, 10 x 10 in


Lisa Goren was born in California and raised in NYC. And yet she has dreamed of Polar landscapes since she was in her teens. Her first trip took her to Antarctica where she was inspired and captivated by the landscape. Later travels to Iceland, Alaska, increased her love for the Polar Regions.



Denise Byrnes Graham
Sunset Point, 2020
Acrylic, 16 x 16, 1 1/2 in, gallery wrapped


Denise Byrnes Graham grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts. After graduating from New England School of Art and Northeastern University, she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. Her paintings are primarily pastel, though she also works with oil and acrylic paint. The changing seasons of New England with their beautiful light, color, and texture are the inspiration for her contemporary landscapes. Her award winning paintings have been described as having an atmospheric quality with a sense of place.


Sara Holbrook
My Funny Vanentine
photography, 9 x 7.5 in

Virginia Holloway

Golden Gate
quilt, 34 x 28 in


Sue Hoy

oil on panel, 8 x 8 in


Using a variety of materials, Hoy strives to bring vibrancy and energy into her painting through colorful and deliberate mark making. With bold strokes, she simplifies her subject down to the essential elements. The viewer is invited to see the energy of the brush mark or the line of charcoal in her process.


Sue Hoy has a BFA in Visual Design. She worked as a graphic designer for many years before moving to painting and teaching. She has been involved in numerous public art projects including murals and painted sculpture.



Lisa Daria Kennedy


acrylic, 12 x 12 in


Lisa Daria Kennedy grew up along the northeast edge of the Hockomock Swamp in Massachusetts.


Since 2009, she has committed to an on-going daily painting project. After 4000 paintings, she has no intention of stopping. As a young adult cancer survivor, she discovered living is not just surviving and each painting seeks to give a voice to the fiber of the everyday.


Kennedy received a BA from Roger Williams University, and a BFA and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Currently she is the Design Editor for the literary publication, Mount Hope and an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. LisaDariaKennedy.com

Peggy Roth Major

New England Weather, 2019
color photography, 19 x 22 in (framed)


Peggy Roth Major has shown her work in many local and national arts festivals and exhibits over the years and received numerous awards including Best of Show, Awards of Excellence and Blue Ribbons. She has a B.S. in Art, Cum Laude and is currently a member of the North River Arts Society as well as a gallery artist at the South Shore Art Association.


For me, the camera offers the opportunity to preserve a moment that is often overlooked so that it is embedded in the eternal motion of life. When I successfully communicate the world as I see it, hopefully it will awaken in you a desire to tread more gently on this delicate Earth. If I can influence even one person to take a closer look at the diversity of life, all of which depends on our respect for its survival, I will perhaps have served as a catalyst for others to also become aware, and in turn to be part of the dynamic process of truly making a difference. This is my greatest inspiration.



Marguerite Moore


Marguerite Moore is an oil painter living on the South Shore of Boston, MA. Her painting subjects consist of New England elements including seascapes, marshland, boats and blooms. She achieved Copley Artist status in 1992 and has been an art educator, working in public and private institutions. Her paintings stress a sense of time, place and perspective.









John Neidecker

Marsh Twilight Spring, 2020
oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in




Laurinda O'Connor
Waters Edge
soft pastel, 8 x 8 in


Laurinda Phakos O'Connor, award-winning artist and educator, is a member of the Copley Society, a Gallery Artist at the South Shore Art Center, a Signature Member of Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and a member of several local art associations. She teaches art to adults and children of all ages privately and at St. Mary of the Hills School, Milton Art Center, North River Art Society, and the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset. O'Connor holds one-day workshops in the New England area and is represented by several galleries. O'Connor holds a BFA from UMass and an MFA from Boston University.



Susan Page-Thompson

Ode to Peter, 2019
oil paint pens, acrylic paint , 8 1/2 x 8 1/2, (Framed)


Marie T. Peters

Projects (part of the series called “Gatherings ), 2017
Artists Proof, 16” x 20”
Edition of 50 plus 10 Artists Proofs


The series of photographs called "Gatherings" attempt to give visual voice to the gathering of different nationalities together for the common good.


For me collage and text best represent the age we live in. I made a ball of "yarn" by carefully stringing a variety of languates together. From there I envisioned all sorts of combining and joining. The subsequent series of photographys included in "Gatherings" record my musings.



Karen Pinard

Tulips, 2018

oil, 14 x 11 in


‘The connection between art and nature has always been inspirational. My art/design background includes Associate Master in Ikebana, a small landscape consulting company, Art of the Garden, and an interiors company, KMP Designs.
I delight in teaching Watercolor Color classes, am past board member of Printmakers of Cape Cod and Cahoon Museum, Gallery Artist at SSAC, and Juried Artist at Cape Cod Art Center. 
My studio is in Osterville, Studio off Main Thru the Garden Gate.


Anthony Pilla
Eugene O’Neil-Desire, 1990
woodcut, 22 x 14 in


Anthony Pilla is an exhibiting artist and printmaker whose medium is woodcut. Over the years his award-winning work has been selected for group exhibitions at the Art Complex Museum in the Duxbury Art Association Winter Juried Show, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Evos Gallery in Lowell, Concord Art Association, Artica Gallery in Duxbury, and South Shore Art Center in Cohasset. He is urrently Education Coordinator at South Shore Art Center in Cohasset where he also lectures on art history.



Anthony Pilla
In the Beginning, 2019
woodcut, 11 x 9 in













Dorothy Amore Pilla

Blue Morning, 2015
digital image, 30 x 22 in


Dorothy Amore Pilla's photographic digital compositing is the medium that brings to life her encounters with commonplace things. Her work deconstructs and transforms reality from mundane representation to complex images that embody the essence of the subject. Dorothy is a full time exhibiting visual artist and, with her husband, own and operate Night and Day Studio.



Lynn Ray

Summers Cup, 2019

oil on canvas, 30 x 24


Lynn Ray is a contemporary painter who prefers the pure color and luminosity of oil paint. Her paintings explore the push and pull of light, form and space. Whether inspiration takes place indoors or out, the focus of her work celebrates the moment-to-moment experience of seeing the world through a sense of enchantment. Serving as a graphic artist for the Marine Corps. she spent time in Okinawa, Japan, where she absorbed the culture and the Japanese aesthetic. After her military service, she studied commercial art at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.


Sheryll Reichelt

Escape Route 3

pastel on paper, 16 x 16 in


Sheryll Reichelt's love of nature inspired her to express this feeling through art. She was drawn to pastel as a medium after taking several classes. She loves experimenting with color, style and technique. Her use of pastel sticks with water creates a more fluid style not currently available in most pastel works.


Reichelt's current work conveys the unbalance that surrounds us. There is a static charge in the air caused by extremes. This vertical excess, positive and negative energy, tears at the soul of the Earth.  Her more muted color palettes infused with bright colors represent the thought that even though we may be surrounded by ugliness at times there is still hope, beauty and goodness if we choose to see it and change.



Stephanie Roberts-Camello

Mark of Time, 2017

encaustic releif over ecoprinting on silk, 8 x 8.5 x 2.5 in


Discovering a box of old family letters in my family's basement would change the way I painted and how I thought about my work. There were stacks of letters bound with twine according to who sent them. They dated back as far as 1919 through 1946. Many of these letters reference the dust bowl days of Texas and the Great Depression. I come from a family of cattlemen and farmers who were dependent on the weather for their survival. Loss of crops due to droughts and tough conditions in raising cattle are common themes coupled with money problems. These problems are not mine, but I couldn't help relate them to obstacles and set backs that we all have.

Encaustic is a medium that can be worked flat or sculpturally. One of its many attributes is it can retain any stress mark or scrape once it cools. It has an innate feature for documentation. These letters; represent a period of suffering, loss and endurance in our country, and for me, the intricately-worked encaustic shrouds became metaphors for struggle and change. Layers of wax literally cover up the past. I peel them back to reveal a portion of what once was. Revealed, exhumed, manipulated, up-ended, exposed-all of these actions give me a sense of freedom, and the ability to step outside myself. Seemingly destructive to the surface, the peeling plays a positive role in removing a build up and seeing what has been lying dormant. It holds a stratum of time much like the earths core. The depth created working this way is jarring to me, confrontational, alluring and frightening.There is risk involved, but the presence of this relief work conveys a sense of resilience and life which keeps me returning. It speaks with a boldness and beauty that is also fragile. This opposition between image/content and material is the catalyst for the development of my encaustic relief series. This work continues to evolve as I find new ways to shed light on the past that enlightens and informs the future.



Donna Rossetti-Bailey

Sunset Rhythm

soft pastel, 12 x 12 in


The beauty of nature: the seasons, the weather, and the transitions of the landscape have always been an inspiration for my artwork. For me, nature and art go hand in hand. There are remarkable sights all around us that we sometimes take for granted, or unfortunately just never notice. The days pass so quickly and our lives can be so busy it is easy to miss how beautiful our surroundings can be. Since the South Shore is my home, I feel a special connection to our spectacular “vistas” and to the little “jewels” of natural beauty tucked away in unexpected places.

Working “plein air” or at my studio from my reference photographs, it is an exciting challenge as an artist to communicate how and what I “see”. Sometimes my paintings seem to magically appear on the page and almost paint themselves, while other times I struggle with the frustration of capturing what I want and it is difficult to know where I am going. Just like life. Through my pastel paintings I encourage the observer to stop for a few moments and view my impressions of the environment. My intent is to invite the viewer to experience the world through my eyes. My goal is that the work will speak to them, they will be drawn in and connect with it.







Jess Hurley Scott

Moonrise (pendant)
A golden moon rises on a clear evening while waves lap the shore on a 2.5” piece on a 30” 14k gold filled chain with a blue lapis stone.


Jess Hurley Scott is a contemporary painter of land and seascapes. Her dimensional paintings of multiple layered, individually painted acrylic panels deal with light, illusion, and perception.  Scott plays with the intricacies of the natural world, digital technology, and translucency in her work. The result is bold realism and a unique interpretation of landscape in paint and pane. Her scale ranges from near miniature scale vignettes to dramatic, sweeping seascapes.


Born in New York in 1978, raised there and later outside of Boston, she started muraling as a teenager. Scott studied illustration at Syracuse University under Robert Dacey, Murray Tinkleman, Rodger DeMuth, and John Thompson where she received her BFA in 2000. After graduating, she lived in New York City and later Boston working as a designer for 14 years in home product ranging in materials from textiles, to metals, wood, and glass. This experience taught her how to build not only composition, but how to develop the frame and weave the canvas. At the Art Students League of New York, studying with Hugo Bastidas in 2003, she started experimenting with some of that knowledge and began painting on glass and later acrylic. Later in Boston, she further developed her technique to the dioramic panels that they are today.



Maureen Spinale

Winter's Song, 2017

soft pastel, 18 x 22 in


 "I have a passion for painting trees and am drawn to the complexities of tangled branches and fractured light beams through the forest. Trunks twisted, bent and straight, sort of like human beings. They teach us about life; strength, fragilities, endurance, and weathering the storms.


  Maureen was born in Portsmouth, VA but has lived most of her life in the Boston area. Her  love of drawing and painting began early in childhood. Her father was the creative soul in the family, and she believes that the artist in him was passed on to her. She spent a lot of time in the south , when she was a child, playing in Alabama's woods and creeks. There began her love affair with trees and the woodlands. Growing up was hard in those days, and with the loss of her father, she found refuge in those woods. Today she is a painter of trees.


Vcevold Strekalovsky

Butch and Sundance, 2019

oil on canvas, 6 x 8 in


A third generation painter of Russian heritage, Vcevold Strekalovsky graduated from Middlebury College in 1960, where he studied with noted Vermont watercolor artist Arthur K. D. Healy. In 1963 he received a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He draws and paints primarily from life and his subject matter includes rural and urban landscapes, seascapes, figures, portraits, still life, sports, wildlife and livestock.
Strekalovsky exhibits at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT, Old Main Gallery in Bozeman, MT the Copley Society of Art in Boston, and the Salmagundi Club in New York. He is president of Strekalovsky Architecture in Hingham, MA.


Vcevold Strekalovsky

Fish Beach—Monhegan, 2019

oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in

Vcevold Strekalovsky

Southwest Harbor Afternoon, 2017

oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in


Vcevold Strekalovsky

Monhegan Harbor, 2019

oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in


Jane Tracy
Untitled (diptych)

acrylic on canvas, 20 x 40 in (20 x 20 in each panel)



Betty Tufankjian



Valerie Forte Vitali
Thaw, 2020

oil on board, 24 x 24 in

Tina Watson

Sunlight, 2020
oil and cold wax, 10 x 10 in


Award winning artist Tina Watson lives on a salt marsh in a small town south of Boston. Creavitity has been a way of life for her from an early age. A plein air artist, she is inspired by her surroundings and loves everything about the ocean. She has worked with clay, watercolor and currently works with acrylics and encaustic.


Watson graduated from Endicott College and attended the Boston Museum School & Massachusetts College of Art. Over the years her art has been exhibited at many art shows and exhibitions on the South Shore and Cape Cod. She currently exhibits at her studio in Cohasset Village and at Artisan’s in Hingham Square.