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New "Escapism and Adventure" painting exhibition on display at City Hall

May 12, 2015

Arts and Culture

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Arts and Culture

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will feature “Escapism and Adventure” an exhibition of paintings by Vanessa Michalak of Boston in the Mayor’s Gallery on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall from May 19 to June 27, 2015.

"I am proud we are able to display a local artist's work, creating a more welcoming public space for employees, residents and visitors to enjoy," said Mayor Walsh.

Michalak lives and works in Boston. She was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for painting in 2014.

“Ideas about escapism and adventure are explored in paintings created by the synthesis of memories, imagination and found photos,” said Michalak. ”Although my paintings depict naturalistic forms, elements of human interaction within the landscape are always present. Figures move through forests and viewers are forced to make their way through overgrown paths. Particular structures within the landscape allude to impermanence. The paintings become a reflection of my inner restlessness and my longing to reconnect with nature.”

The Galleries at Boston City Hall are open the public at no charge and are handicap accessible. Boston City Hall is accessible by T via Park Street (Green and Red lines) and Haymarket (Green and Orange lines). For further information call 617-635-3245 or visit