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Issue 1 • March 2018 •



Supporting Local Arts and Culture

From the Editor: ART is important for hu-

man existence on so many levels. It nourishes our souls both as self expression and as a way to learn about other ways to see and think. I cannot imagine a day for me without some interaction with art - doing, seeing, being, hearing, promoting, etc. For over 20 years, It’s All About Arts, cofounded by Glenn and Janice Williams has created an environment where artists could have multiple platforms to share their creative endeavors. Whether as performing artists, visual artists or word artists, all have been encouraged to share via television, web sites, open studios, exhibits and special events. Now in our 21st year, we work to find more and more ways to explore and share the bounty of art in the Greater Boston area. This magazine is a new way to deliver and share local art news. Glenn Williams now has a FM radio show and podcast on arts, education, and rock & roll. Through our nonprofit, Roslindale Arts Alliance, we have started a youth scholarship program and in April will be awarding our first vouchers for art classes. We encourage you to embrace and support local arts. Read this publication. Share this publication. Advertise in this publication (20% of profits will go to the Youth Scholarship fund). Watch our television show. Follow us on social media. Listen to the radio show and podcast.

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Dan McCole by Janice Williams Suzanne Schultz by Mary Ellen Gambon Ed Morneau by Curt Naihersrey BuyArt Random

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A South Boston Tradition by Janice Williams

Dan McCole is a professional and prolific watercolorist as well as a visual historian for Boston and beyond. McCole brings to life and captures iconic neighborhood activities and people in vivid, detailed watercolor paintings. South Boston residents find an immediate bond with his work such as St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Southie Gothic, Sledding at Farragut, the Tree of G or Segal the Potato Man to name a few. McCole has traveled the world and has paintings from all his travels including wonderful images of Key West, Ireland, Israel, France, Cuba, Jamaica and Sicily. His seascapes and harbor views capture seaside living in all its beauty including sail boats, sunsets and my favorite - Winter Clam Diggers at Wollaston Beach. He enjoys painting celebrities and sports figures and his painting of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick proudly hang over the bar at West End Johnnies in Boston. Another popular painting The Wollaston Movie House was commissioned by a movie producer who is a former resident of Wollaston with fond memories of the “Wolly”. The painting now hangs in Hollywood. His detail painting from the Boston Irish Famine Memorial Sculpture (pictured on the cover) was awarded a ribbon in an annual South Shore Art Show. McCole founded a weekly newspaper (the Weymouth News in Weymouth, Massachusetts) and served in all related capacities: publisher, editor, news reporter, photographer, ad sales, circulation delivery, bookkeeper, etc. After ten years he sold the Weymouth News but remained engaged in similar newspaper related enterprises with other local publications. He retired from the Boston Herald where he was employed as production news editor, late news deskman, as well as an occasional columnist and feature writer. During his newspaper career he was honored with a first place award for the Best Column in the New England Press Association’s annual newspaper competition. A graduate of Vesper George School of Art, McCole teaches his technique to young and old out of his studio in the Distillery building in South Boston. He is the Founder and President of the South Boston Arts Association (SBAA). In that role McCole has been a tireless community advocate to bring arts and culture to the South Boston community. Established in 2001, the SBAA has offered free monthly art demos and discussions to the community as well as children’s and teens art classes and art activities such as an annual holiday (continued next page) It’s All About Arts Magazine March 2018

A South Boston Tradition by Janice Williams continued

gingerbread house decorating event at the South Boston library. One creative and worthwhile activity has been the “Young at Arts Lighthouses on Broadway” project with teens run in partnership with the South Boston Community Health Center and Artists for Humanities. His work with the Health Center’s Young at Arts program morphed into character building ‘Spring Break’ trips for local youths working on annual disaster rebuilding projects starting in New Orleans and Mississippi after the Katrina hurricane.In 2016, the SBAA under his direction created a majestic mural on the side of the Harry McDonough Sailing Center at Castle Island. The mural is a replica of the painting ‘Landing the Curragh’ by Irish artist John Skelton. Unfortunately his mural painted on an old Andrew Square garage wall of the Street Cars leaving the original Andrew Square ‘T’ station was a victim of ‘Condo’ building, however the developers have installed a photographic image of the mural outside the building at the original site. Under his direction and management SBAA members have a location to display and sell their art work at the “Arts Around the Corner” Gallery located at 317 E. Street. There is a thriving SBAA writer’s group that meets regularly and has quarterly events open to the public at the South Boston Library. McCole is a strong advocate for his hometown residents and for the past two years, McCole has tirelessly worked with local government and community art groups to advocate and speak out for a permanent home for arts and culture within the South Boston community. Recently the SBAA has worked with the developers (Hillco Redgate) of the closed Edison Power Plant on L Street to advocate for permanent arts and culture space there. During the summer of 2017, the SBAA ran free youth art classes out of the Edison administration building compliments of the developer. The SBAA also applied for space with a new proposed arts and culture development at the Seaport District building on the South Boston waterfront. According to McCole, “The citizens of South Boston deal with a neighborhood density that increases every year. Space will always be at a premium but the community and local government needs to find a way to fund and create a permanent arts and culture location so all residents young, old and of varying economic situations can participate within the neighborhood in healthy creative activities.” McCole is also an associate member of New England Water Color Society and a member of the Quincy Art Association. His work is for sale and images can be viewed at

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Suzanne Schultz, an art promotion strategist who finds unique opportunities for her clients By Mary Ellen Gambon

Suzanne Schultz didn’t like to follow the rules, especially when it came to her career. She didn’t just break the mold – she pulverized it. The Boston-born art promoter created Canvas Fine Arts in 2007 to assist visual artists with their careers. Schultz knew she had an innate passion for art and the skill to direct the right audience to a particular medium. She has been wildly successful, working with high-end clients including Revlon International and the Legal Seafoods Group. Her artists have received national and international exposure, adorning magazine covers and exhibiting all over Boston, New York, Spain, Israel and even Bermuda. “I took a few art history classes in my 30s,” said Schultz. “Basically, everything I do is intuitive.” Schultz began her career by visiting an artist in his Lawrence, MA gallery that she read about in the Boston Globe. After listening to his story she realized that she could and would promote artists. Her career skyrocketed from there. “It’s been fun,” she said. “Most of my clients are 2nd career artists who have had high profile careers and now are returning to their first love, art.” Schultz also relishes working with local and young artists as a mentor, primarily with fine artists and other mediums. “I also have young clients just getting out there,” she said. “They are not quite sure what they are looking for yet. I sign a contract for a year. I want to have time to work with them and direct them.” Schultz specializes in finding creative locales to exhibit her client’s work. “I try to find alternative venues in the community,” she said. “I exhibit some work in SoWa. I’ve also had exhibits in City Hall and the Strand Theatre. I have a dedicated gallery on Beacon Hill and one in New York.” “The field is highly competitive with more artists than buyers. So it is critical to find the precise market for each artist,” she explained. “You really have to engage people. You have to design eye-catching shows and give artists deadlines. If you only work when you’re motivated, that’s not good. I try to counsel artists on creating a mystique.” In addition, Schultz has become an expert in her field. During this interview, she was preparing to give a lecture at Sotheby’s Art Institute at their Manhattan campus. It’s All About Arts Magazine March 2018

Schultz has become a popular fixture in Boston. She is a former co-host and a guest recruiter for the 20-year arts public access cable show, “It’s All About Arts” on BNN-TV. She has a weekly column in the Boston City Paper and contributes to many local and national publications to broaden her artistic scope. She also has been featured in The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, The Bay State Banner, Art Beat and on National Public Radio. Most recently, Schultz began teaching a threehour seminar called, “Exposed – Getting Seen and Getting Sold” to encourage artists to get out of their studios and embrace the marketing opportunities in their trade. She has been invited to speak at Boston’s prestigious Copley Society, Art New England Magazine, Providence Art Club and Newbury College. What is equally impressive is the work she does away from her artists. Schultz is a devoted philanthropist in Boston. She devotes much of her time to the Women’s Lunch Place on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Schultz said she remains pragmatic but hopeful about the future of the art market and her work helping artists. “I don’t need for my clients to be starry-eyed. It’s my job to keep them focused. I need them to realize that’s the only way their dreams will come true.” For more information, contact Suzanne Schultz at or 617.470.1889.











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ED MORNEAU - A Man on a Mission By Curt Naihersey

I first met Edward Morneau when he was working as a barista at Perks Coffeehouse in Norwood. As a traveling musician performing in a smalltown coffeehouse, any kindred spirit caught our attention. After our sets, he would comment on our material, reflect on our similarities with other favored, more well-known talents, and occasionally offer critique and commentary. Of course, he didn’t just do it with us, as I often observed him reflecting on other acts that were booked. After a while, it was common to sit over a cappuccino and chat about music, art, writing, and teaching. It was a fine introduction to a long-lasting friendship. It seems this renaissance man has found his mission and his quest. Edward Morneau brings creativity, perception and wit to any task set before him. A now retired teacher of English, Film, Media and Theatre Arts in both Dedham and Norwood for thirty five years, he has taught and practiced all levels of communication — artistic, educational, and commercial. His early career reveals a background in journalism, and throughout his teaching career, Morneau designed extensive educational curricula, including a highly-touted published comprehensive study guide on George Orwell’s 1984. For most of his life, Morneau has been a collagist, assembling collages using paper and other two-dimensional objects. For the past five years, he has been experimenting in digital collage-making, using Photo by Ms. Donna his own art and photography (also with some collaborators) to create abstractions and evocations of universal themes. He currently has an exhibit of these works hanging at the afore-mentioned Perks and at The Ugly Mug Coffeehouse in Salem (where he now lives). In matters of music, during the past twenty-five years he has released several excellent albums of challenging, progressive, socially provocative folk music: Flying Fan Modules, Trepanning, Before the Rooster Crows, and especially Jacquerie. All of Morneau’s later work reflects an emotional consideration of how America’s shift to the Right threatened aspects of its democracy, its cultural beliefs, and a moral corrosion of its institutions and the media. The specific focus of most of the songs concerns the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the heartbreak of 9/11, the distortions of faith through the exploitation of religion, the nation’s response to those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and an examination of the soul and its capacity for self-deception. The dark matter of its lyricism is countered by the sweet melodies Morneau creates and the attendant pop-folk and sometimes avante-garde musicality he combines to soften these hard observations. The topics may be difficult and dated - the risk of any artist to anchor his work in history - but Morneau explicitly thinks that it is the responsibility of artists to characterize their era through artistic expression and give meaning to their times. Most recently, to offset these hard-edged themes, he has formed an acoustic Beatles cover band, Glass Onion, as well as submitting tribute material to a few compilation projects. Hmmm - all you need is diversity. A global traveler, Morneau is comfortable in any challenge that demands detail, research, an appreciation of subject material, a writer’s voice, and audience’s sensitivity to content. In matters of business and labor, Morneau has been a leader (President of the DEA Teachers Union) for which he authored proposals and contracts and has arbitrated disputes. As a human rights activist, he has participated for four straight years in Salem State University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies travel program, and has visited Poland, Germany, the Balkans, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. A recent written work in this area is a graduate study curricula entitled “War & Conscience in Contemporary Film.” He recently followed that with The War Prayer - Mark Twain’s brief, but scathing indictment of war and its attendant themes of patriotic and religious hysteria, which remained unpublished until after his death. What inspired Morneau to revisit this work was an adaptation published in 1971 by artist John Groth, whose evocative, minimalist pen and ink illustrations put to image what is suggested by Twain’s words. Page after page consists of unforgettable, chilling representations that deliver a visual anti-war manifesto. For his book, Morneau uses digital collages (original art, photography, and public domain material) to provoke more contemporary (continued) It’s All About Arts Magazine March 2018

Ed Morneau - a Man on a Mission by Curt Naihersey continued thoughtful reaction to Twain’s themes. The Syrian-crisis images he chose are sure to cause controversy - all which should denounce war unceasingly. As an self-publishing author, Morneau has been releasing his writings at a rapid rate. Over the years, Morneau has authored several books of literary hijinks and some of serious consequence: Willy Loman, Nosferatu (or Biffo, the Vampyre Slayer); Billy Budd, WTF?; the original novel Teacher on Rye; Complete Book of Guitar Transpositions; and Pineapple Hands (with Warsaw Santiago). His most recent releases include The Tangles; Tumbleweeds; and any day now (or later this year), Igloo [Poems & Lyrics]; The Strawman and Other Short Stories; and Horseshoes - the first collage/poetry collaboration with Californian artist/photographer, Allison Fairfield. Here are a few quick overviews of some of his works: ”Willy Loman, Nosferatu (or Biffo, the Vampyre Slayer)” is a parody of two of the most beloved American stage classics, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” In this book Morneau hilariously blends Death of a Salesman with the classic vampire tale. Morneau’s special brand of mash-up humor is not so much a tour of the characters’ psychological landscapes, but a rich amalgamation of metaphors, references and inside jokes (it helps to know the play) via the twisted highways of Morneau’s imagination. If you like one or both of these stories, spend some time with this funny book. “Teacher on Rye” is part satire, part essay, part inquiry - a passage through a profession that is misunderstood, but revealed in Morneau’s most complete book with a wry tenderness, a bit of lunacy, a critical eye, and a loving embrace of children’s capacity for change. Anyone who has ever taught will love this teacher’s travails during his potential final year in the classroom. His diction is crisp and his characters are intriguing - just the right mix of humor and cynicism. He presents the content of faculty meetings and administrative memos and allows the reader to come to his own conclusions, ones which are surely aligned with his main character’s. There’s also a little romance and lots of food - lots of food! “Pineapple Hands” is a volume of poetry and prose by Norwood appliance repairman Warsaw Santiago. Using the ancient koan as a framing device, Santiago explores exotic themes and Life’s riddles as varied as ‘Beauty’, ‘Truth,’ and ‘The UPS.” Morneau’s various collages complement the mystery of the Polish-Bolivian poet. Those in the winter of their discontent will love these musings. “The Tangles” is a novella about hope, discovery, and memory. It is a sci-fi story for both young and adult readers. There are no monsters or episodes of violence in this story. It is built around tender tribute to the human imagination, to a benign theory of the universe, and to the power of Love. For further info of Ed’s rigamarole, contact: <> or his publishing house: <>. It’s All About Arts Magazine March 2018

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