Framingham: City of Dreams & Under the Same Flag Exhibits Open May 12

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FRAMINGHAM – Two new gallery shows open this month at the Project B Gallery at The Mill Contemporary Art.

Produced by Framingham Latina artist Claudia Ruiz Gustafson, these exhibitions have been funded in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council.

The exhibits Framingham: City of Dreams and Under the Same Flag both open on May 12 and we be available for viewing through June 7.

There is an in-person reception on Friday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 2 Central St, Mill #1 (Door #36) Framingham, MA, 01701

Framingham: City of Dreams was curated and produced by Ruiz Gustafson. The exhibit features photography from four Framingham High juniors. They are Anton Bica, Fiona Burke, Casey Corcoran and Lucas Gustafson. The photo exhibit features 16 residents of Framingham, who have contributed to making the city a better place for all of us.

The photographs in this exhibition and the words that accompany them aim to celebrate the contributions and life stories of these neighbors, many of them immigrants, as integral members of our community,” said Ruiz Gustafson.

The Under the Same Flag exhibit was juried by Ruiz Gustafson and Angela Ackerman. Participating Artists include Alan Strassman, Bayda Asbridge & Lynn Simons, Cathy Weaver Taylor, Iris Grimm, Joni Lohr, Maria Servellon, Marissa Burns, Melvin Markowitz, Neil Horsky, Nicci Meadow, Nilou Moochhala, Paul Angiolillo, Siddharth Choudhary and Zammco.

The exhibit is a multi-disciplinary art exhibit that addresses concepts of identity, belonging, community, diversity and other pressing contemporary issues. This exhibit also aims to celebrate America as a mosaic of the world’s cultures.

The community is invited to participate in an interactive art project at the exhibit.

Along with the exhibitions Framingham: City of Dreams and Under the Same Flag, we will have one wall where visitors can post their messages. Have something to say? Say it!

Individuals can bring a poem, a letter, a song, a message, a note that expresses your feelings, your wishes and dreams for you, your family, friends and for the future of our country.

Ruiz Gustafson is a fine art photographer based in Massachusetts with a background in photojournalism. She currently runs her own portrait and event photography business while teaching creative photo workshops in the Boston area. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

She holds a BA in Communications from Universidad de Lima, and a Professional Photography Certificate from Kodak Interamericana de Perú.

Ackerman studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and completed her Masters in Education at Framingham State University.

She’s currently an art teacher at Christa McAuliffe Charter School where she is Artist in Residence to help all students and all faculty create high quality products in their Expeditionary work as well as their classrooms.

She is a two-time Fund for Teachers grant recipient and she recently participated in a Photojournalism Workshop with Maine Media College in Crete summer of 2018.

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