“Chance Encounter”
Artwork by Kamil Abdushukur and James Blandini

Abstract by Kamil Abdushukur (left). “The Morning Moon” by James Blandini (right).

The current exhibit (July – September 2018) at the MATV Gallery at Malden’s Media Center will mark a first-time meeting of local artists James Blandini and Kamil Abdushukur. The two men hail from different cultures and parts of the world and their art shares little by way of style and content. But an unexpected opening at the MATV Gallery and a desire from both to exhibit their work formed the basis for this exhibit. Despite this random pairing, the exhibit took shape in a way that complimented and supported their creative styles, while also creating something new as a unified whole.

According to artist James Blandini, a Boston area native and second generation Italian American, his paintings and drawings are an exploration of the human condition and the search for spirituality through realistic portrayal. He is drawn to the rich visual imagery found in the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible, mythology, other spiritual traditions and works of literature. Often using his own image as the subject, Blandini explores how these paths connect with him both visually and emotionally. He is most inspired by the drawings, composition and color palette of the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque periods, as well as the German Expressionists movement. He feels grateful and blessed to carry on the tradition of expressing ideas and emotions through pictorial images, one of humanity’s most fundamental and ancient means of expression and communication.

Painting by Kamil Abdushukur

Kamil Abdushukur was born in the city of Qomul, Xinjiang China, and was a professional painter with the Xinjiang Art Academy. His art has been exhibited widely in Northwest China, as well as in other parts of his home country. By invitation, he has also exhibited his work in Osnabruck, Germany, at the Morgenland Festival and in Malaysia at the Langkawi Art Biennale.

Abdushukur immigrated with his family to America in 2015 and is now living in Melrose. He left most of his body of work up until that point in China, much of it very large pieces, and has since created new work. He does not feel he has a specific style but likes to continually explore different media and techniques. The work displayed in the MATV Gallery exhibit features two distinct styles of the artist’s current body of work. His abstract acrylic paintings are created with kitchen tools and window ice scrapers, rather than traditional brushes. Abdushukur says he loves the abstract style because it does not limit his imagination and simply allows him to express what he is feeling.

Print by Kamil Abdushukur

His prints incorporate a Turkish style of marbling art known as Ebru, which is then transformed into a pattern with a mandala quality, though rectangular in form. The work begins as drops of color designed on oily water from which a print is made. The print is then imported into Photoshop where it is digitally enhanced to create the new print. The artist loves the freedom of painting and exploring through this creative process.

Abdushukur’s work has been shown in Miami and locally here in Malden, most recently at The Gallery at 480 Main Street.

“Pilgrimmage to Karbala” by James Blandini

Though both men were somewhat involved in the installation process, they have not yet had a chance to meet. That opportunity will come at the public reception on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. All are invited to attend. A variety of summer salads will be served, along with other refreshments, and there will be a time for gathering and a chance for participants to express their reaction to the exhibit, and also allow the artists to share their thoughts.

The MATV Gallery is located at 145 Pleasant Street in Malden. Exhibit hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The facility will be closed to the public the week of August 27. The exhibit “Chance Encounter” will run through Sept. 28, 2018.

Previous Exhibits –
Artwork by Ilya Staskevich

The MATV Gallery is pleased to present the artwork of Ilya Staskevich through February 28, 2018.

Painted mostly in oils, the beautifully framed artwork features a variety of subjects including portrait, landscape, still life and abstractions. Staskevich states, “The artwork depends on my soul and spirit condition, on my mood and what God puts in my heart during the process of creation.”

Born in Belarus, Staskevich studied art at the Minsk Art School, served in the Soviet army, and later worked on artistic design for industrial engineering plants in Moscow. In 1985, he migrated to the United States and has since created art as a hobby.

Staskevich says of his process, “Each work must be a reflection of a divine harmony, that is, the ratio of parts to the whole. The artwork is considered finished if nothing can be taken away or added.”


“CELEBRATION” Artwork by Efon Elad

Cameroonian-born Efon Elad presents his paintings in the MATV Gallery, June – September 2017. Much of his artwork has a narrative style, presenting a glimpse of traditional cultures in Cameroon and other parts of West Africa. Other paintings depict snapshots of the artist’s life in the Boston area, where he has lived for over 30 years. Still others are inspired by stories and songs that have captivated his imagination. Several of his abstract paintings are also included.

Despite adverse circumstances in his life, Elad chooses to approach living as a celebration, in the way he has known and learned from childhood. Daily rituals, simple moments, dreams, stories and songs inspire in him a sense of gratitude and jubilation. It with these deep feelings of gratitude and jubilation that the artist shares his work with our Malden community. Stay tuned for a reception with the artist, sure to be a celebration in itself.

The MATV Gallery is located at MATV, Malden’s Media Center, at 145 Pleasant St. in Malden. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm, Friday, 10am – 6pm, and Saturday, 10am – 2pm.

More info about the artist and the background of this exhibit can be found here.




“Embroidery Work by Anna Thai” is on exhibit at the MATV Gallery through April 21, 2017. A closing exhibit with the artist will be held on Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 – 8:00pm.

The MATV Gallery is open Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Friday, 10am – 6pm; and Saturday, 10am – 2pm. For more information, call 781-321-6400 or visit




Pictures at an Exhibition: A Tribute to Friendships Nov. 9 2016-Jan 12, 2017

The MATV Gallery at Malden’s Media Center is pleased to display this community art event inspired by Modest Mussorgsky’s musical tribute to his artist friend Viktor Hartmann. A recording of the Pictures at an Exhibition: A Tribute to Friendships concert on November 5th is available via QR code on site. Come check out the pieces and listen to the recording for a multi-media arts experience.

A reception with the artists will be held on Thursday January 12th, 6:30-8:30pm.

Truth of Life, Sept. 26th- Nov. 4th, 2016

Boston-based artist Youngsheen Jhe is intrigued by mannequins. These lifeless figures are juxtaposed with the daily life of real humans in nearly every painting featured in this exhibit.

Jhe, a South Korean native, says, “My work derives in part from my first experience as a foreigner in the United States.” The mixing of inanimate models with the modern life of people reveals insights into the human condition on a number of levels. The artist adds, “I have a strong desire to describe the unfiltered story of everyday humans.”

In exploring her subject matter, it’s the similarities between these two forms that often appear, both haunting and ironic, or at times, peaceful and contemplative. Jhe’s paintings have been widely exhibited in the Boston area and New York City.dsc_0144

The MATV Gallery at Malden’s Media Center is pleased to display the stirring art of Youngsheen Jhe in the exhibit “Truth of Life” through November 4.

A reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Hours for the MATV Gallery are Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Friday, 10am – 6pm; and Saturday, 10am – 2pm.

“SUMMER MASH-UP” July 11 – August 26, 2016

The MATV Gallery is pleased to exhibit a variety of artwork from a group of local artists through August 26th, 2016 at MATV, Malden’s Media Center.

The exhibit showcases a mashup of artwork from select members of the Malden Sketch Group. Rod Peterson captures local buildings and environments in his beautifully rendered watercolor landscapes. Cambia Davis’ etchings of rabbits engaged in a variety of human-like activities, in her “Lapinville series,” are delightful and whimsical. Nick Palky’s eclectic selections vary from ink on paper to oil paint. Judy Greulich’s oil portraits are coated in elegance and stir in its observer a reciprocated presence. Elizabeth Scorsello’s sketches are engaging as they are vulnerable, capturing the essence of nude figures or passengers on a train. And Sharon Santillo collage and mixed media result in playful silhouettes of the active human form.

As one of the longest-running life drawing groups in the Boston area, the Malden Sketch Group is comprised of artists who meet twice a week to sketch live models. This exhibit is a chance to see a more extensive display of artwork from select members.

The MATV Gallery will host a reception on Wednesday, July 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. View the exhibit, connect with the artists and take part in a discussion around local art, while enjoying a variety of summer salads prepared for the mashup evening.


Middle School Art Exhibit: May 10 – June 17, 2016


Together Apart: Slicing and Dicing Ideas and Images

MATV presents two local artists in the exhibit “Together Apart: Slicing and Dicing Ideas and Images,” which runs through April 15, 2016.

austin-open-door_searsLisa L. Sears, currently based in Malden, is a vibrant and eclectic artist whose work spans many realms of art expression. Sears is featuring both collages and black and white photographs in this exhibit. Sears’ photographs are thoughtful and inspiring, and her collages portray dream-like scenes that feature the deconstruction and reintegration of images in a way that creates an interesting balance between fantasy and objectivity.

Jen Moltoni, based in Melrose, is a collage artist and painter, who is featuring both paintings and collages in this display. Moltoni’s ocean- inspired paintings are assembled using several canvases to reconstruct the images that inspire her. Her collages are composed of hand-painted papers and photographs that have be cut up and then reassembled into scenes of nature and whimsy.

moltoni_mussel3Originally from Maine, and currently settled on a lovely tree-lined street in Melrose, Jen Moltoni is a collage/mixed media artist and painter with no formal training. She draws inspiration from her numerous trips to beaches throughout New England. Her collage process is simple. She takes pictures of the beach, the sky, found objects, trees, she paints various weights and types of paper, finding joy in the swirling and mixing of color, and then cuts it all up. Her blank canvases a then become a playground of form and shape, eventually featuring scenes inspired by nature. She feels that the empty space is as important as the colored pieces of her work. She is also pleased to be including some of her paintings in this exhibit. Inspired by the ocean and seashells, each painting is composed of several connecting canvases, giving each a puzzle-like quality. Jen is an emerging artist who regularly shows her work in and around Melrose, as well as in many locations across the greater Boston area.

MATV, Malden’s Media Center, is pleased to present the works of these talented and emerging artists in this thought -provoking and colorful display. The MATV Gallery is located at MATV, 145 Pleasant Street. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The facility is handicapped accessible.

A Lifetime of Art: Brunnhilde S. Costanza
Formerly at the MATV Gallery through January, 2016

The MATV Gallery is pleased to exhibit a lifetime survey of the work of Brunnhilde S. Costanza (1924 -2008) through January 30, 2016 at MATV, Malden’s Media Center. The mother of Suzanne Costanza, a Malden resident, the exhibit is the first solo exhibit of the late artist’s work.

Stein Costanza lived and worked in New York City, throughout her life, raising a family of three children and teaching art in the New York City public schools at the junior high and high school level. Throughout her life, she explored ways to make art materials and the artistic process accessible to her students, to whom she taught in an often financially and time-challenged setting. Her commitment to public art education was expressed through her own experimentation with art forms that were relatively simple and inexpensive, yet were imbued with creativity, strong technique and varied expression.DSC_0004

Exhibit hours are Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Fridays, 10am – 6pm; and Saturday, 10am – 2pm. The gallery is located at MATV, Malden’s Media Center at 145 Pleasant Street.

The MATV Gallery in collaboration with Malden Arts will host a combined reception and art salon on Thursday, December 10 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. View the exhibit, meet the artist’s family, connect with other artists and art appreciators in the community and take part in a discussion around public art education and what happens to one’s artwork after one dies.

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