“fanfare of clouds”

The Harvard Square Business Association, in partnership with Intercontinental Management, is pleased to announce “fanfare of clouds”, the latest installation at the 25/8 artspace project located at 2 Linden Street in Harvard Square. 

Behind VA Shadows presents the works of Cameron Boyce and multiple artists from Gateway Arts on view from December 18th to March 1st, 2024. Organized and curated by Yolanda He Yang, “fanfare of clouds”, creates a vibrant capsule packed with delightful colors, shapes, and images, reminding viewers of the universal realm of hope through paintings, sculptures, and installations.

Based in Brookline, Massachusetts, Gateway Arts is an internationally acclaimed studio art center, gallery, and store supporting meaningful lives and careers in art for adults with disabilities. For nearly fifty years Gateway Arts has nurtured the creative talents of artists with diverse diagnoses, strengths and needs. This exhibit features Gateway Arts artists Betty Antione, Yasmin Arshad, Madison Wang, Josie Sosa, Kayla Johnson, Barbara Brown, Chelsea von Harder, Heather Osborn, S.C. Maher, Dominic Tufo, Lucy Watkins, Leah Dunn, Carmen Martinez, Melissa Berman, Michael Natale, Debra Belsky, Emmanuel Preston, Michela Davidson, Joshua Adams, and Amy Caliri.

Denise Jillson, executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association, commented, “We’re so pleased to continue our collaboration with Intercontinental Management and Yolanda He Yang on this, our third art installation at the 25/8 artspace. This popup gallery exhibits beautiful artwork that is to be enjoyed “from the street” in an unexpected location in Harvard Square. We’re delighted that this particular display also provides last minute holiday shopping opportunities!”  

Deriving from the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s prose “August Bank Holiday”(1954), the exhibition title “fanfare of clouds opening” illuminates a layer of human experience beyond the sense of nostalgia and relaxation expressed by the prose. Yang’s curatorial vision lies in creating a metaphor for the human experience through the exhibition: “a narrative of resilience, renewal, and the unwavering pursuit of hope against life’s inevitable challenges,” “a lullaby,” “in the cradle where is safe and warm.” Reflecting on these themes during the season of celebrations, the exhibition brings together “a collective yearning for optimism, beauty, and the indomitable spirit encapsulated in Thomas’s ‘Do not go gentle into that good night.’