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Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown hosts summer show of landscape paintings

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Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown hosts summer show of landscape paintings

Art by Tracy Baker-White is on display at Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown through September 2019.

Art by Tracy Baker-White is on display at Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown through September 2019.

Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown, MA hosts local artist Tracy Baker-White for a summer show of landscape paintings through September 2019. For the last several years, Baker-White has focused on landscapes from New England and Ireland.

She writes: “It is humbling, really, to stand in a landscape and listen to the quiet… to understand the land, and its interaction with the human hands that have shaped it. My work explores the importance of landscapes in human consciousness.”

Baker-White paints with oil on linen or gessoed wood panels with an orange ground. She relishes the visual effect of complementary orange peeking through the green, blue and gray. She often works in a series, starting with small studies, then developing large scale pieces.

“I am always attracted to the tension between real and abstract shapes. Mark making has always been important to me, and my goal is to develop a rich surface that allows for depth, perspective, and fullness of form while retaining the character of marks.”

Baker-White’s summer landscape show runs through September 2019 and all work is available for purchase.

Words courtesy of Tracy Baker-White and Tunnel City Coffee/photo courtesy of Tracy Baker-White

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Summer art show on display at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA

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Summer art show on display at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA

Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA displays a summer show with art by Viola Moriarty and her daughters Anna Moriarty Lev and Phoebe Moriarty Lev through September 2019. The show features a collection of still lifes and portraits–a variety of bold and colorful pieces by a family connected through art.

Viola Moriarty’s work includes portrait pieces and still lifes that capture simple and beautiful everyday moments, painted both inside her studio and outside. She started painting in oils in 2002 and it changed the way she saw the world. Viola’s art lives on through her daughters and her collection of personal, compelling work.

Phoebe Moriarty Lev lives and works in southern Chile, painting on canvas and anything she can find, including blank walls for her mural work.

Art by Viola Moriarty, Anna Moriarty Lev and Phoebe Moriarty Lev is on display at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA through September 2019.

Art by Viola Moriarty, Anna Moriarty Lev and Phoebe Moriarty Lev is on display at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA through September 2019.

Anna Moriarty Lev is a cartoonist and figurative painter, focusing on people and daily rituals. One of these rituals, coffee, is a recurring theme in both her art and family life. After her first child was born, she found some peace in walking to and visiting Tunnel City Coffee. Anna sends bags of Tunnel City Coffee’s dark roast Sumatra coffee beans to her sister in Chile, where instant coffee is the more popular choice.

“That cup of coffee in the morning is one little connection between faraway siblings,” says Anna.

Their artist statement reads: “This exhibit is about more than just women and coffee. It is about bold and intense women and what fuels us, about the art that connects us to the mother we so deeply miss, and about the little inspirations that come from living a full creative life, which can be anything from an intense sense of loss to a beautiful mug filled with cafe con leche.”

Viola, Phoebe and Anna’s summer art show at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA runs through the end of September 2019 and many pieces are available for purchase.

Photo courtesy of Anna Moriarty Lev

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Celebrating connections in specialty coffee

Celebrating connections in specialty coffee

Learning coffee origins through farmer-roaster relationships

This is an exciting time for specialty coffee roasters because of our deepening relationships with the farmers who produce our coffee. Our connection with farmers is a crucial partnership built on trust and trying new things to achieve great results, and what we do would not be possible if not for the growers.

The Triunfo Verde Co-op in Jaltenango, Mexico grows coffee that thrives in the lush climate of the Triunfo Biosphere Reserve.

The Triunfo Verde Co-op in Jaltenango, Mexico grows coffee that thrives in the lush climate of the Triunfo Biosphere Reserve.

With these stronger relationships come transparency and traceability, which allow us to to learn the story behind each coffee before we roast it. Our Mexico Jaltenango Chiapas is a microlot coffee produced by the Triunfo Verde Coop, whose farmland is situated near the largest cloud forest in mesoamerica, an ideal growing climate for coffee. In Chalatenango, El Salvador, farmer Jose Armando Portillo grows coffee that we love for its balance of bright citrus and sweet, creamy flavors. We know that he comes from a long line of coffee farmers with traditions so powerful that they have “coffee in their blood.” These are the farmers we want to support, who take care of their natural environments and fold coffee farming deep into their family histories.

This knowledge informs the decisions we make while roasting, from differences in farming and processing techniques to climate and experiences with roasting past lots from farmers. Though roasting is an incredibly important part of the process, appropriate brewing techniques ensure that we realize the true potential of every coffee. Baristas at our newest coffee bar, Uptown Tunnel Coffee, prepare all drip coffee as individually brewed pour overs to bring out the best possible flavors in each cup. With this slower, manual brew, we can more easily pick out the flavors that make each coffee special, and start dialogues with customers about the stories behind our coffee.

With coffee consumers increasingly interested in where their coffee comes from, attention shifts to coffee farmers and their individual stories, as well as the growing techniques that make their crops unique. Specialty coffee today feels like a celebration of coffee and its providers, connecting us all in a way not previously possible. We are proud of its evolution so far and excited to be part of where it is headed.

From Joshua Tree National Park to the northern Berkshires: Christie Allen of Hudson Road Photography and Robert Lafond show landscapes this winter at Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown

From Joshua Tree National Park to the northern Berkshires: Christie Allen of Hudson Road Photography and Robert Lafond show landscapes this winter at Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown

Bob Lafond paints natural landscapes of the Berkshires, as well as scenes from Brooklyn streets, with a clear sense of season and light.

Bob Lafond paints natural landscapes of the Berkshires, as well as scenes from Brooklyn streets, with a clear sense of season and light.

Photographer Christie Allen and painter Robert Lafond present photographic and painted landscapes this winter at Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown, MA. Allen’s photographs of Joshua Tree National Park at night offer vivid perspectives on an iconic place, while Lafond’s paintings of the Berkshires provide a clear sense of time, place and light.

The show runs through early April 2019 and all work is available for in-store purchase.

“I paint both landscapes and cityscapes, mainly of the Berkshires and Brooklyn,” says Lafond. “A painting will start with some experience of a place. I will stop working on a painting when I think it says what I want, but the places keep offering more experiences to paint.”

Lafond attended the Boston Museum School and has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Princeton University, where he studied under painter Esteban Vicente. Lafond then worked at the Princeton University Art Museum for almost twenty years.

Christie Allen of Hudson Road Photography seeks out wild landscapes and up-close encounters with wildlife.

Christie Allen of Hudson Road Photography seeks out wild landscapes and up-close encounters with wildlife.

Christie Allen is a nature and wildlife photographer, getting up close with some of the most striking landscapes and animals. Allen took courses at the International Center for Photography in New York City and attended seminars and workshops to push herself further and find her niche as a photographer.

“Photography has been an outlet and passion for me since I was a teenager,” says Allen. “Learning from a variety of instructors has given me a unique perspective. Through photography, I have met many creative people who both teach and inspire me.”

Tunnel City Coffee’s winter show runs through early April 2019 and all work is available for purchase. For more information about the winter show or art at Tunnel City Coffee in general, please contact Sydney Lester at sydneylester@tunnelcitycoffee.com.

Artist JD Logan shows treescapes at Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA

JD Logan focuses on elements of nature in his work for a calming effect.

JD Logan focuses on elements of nature in his work for a calming effect.

Local artist JD Logan returns to Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA for a fall show of surreal tree and moonscape paintings through December 2018. His work evokes vivid memories of the outside world through paintings of skies and trees at different times of the day. By excluding animals or people in his paintings, he creates calming scenes that make elements of nature the focal points.

“I have been focusing on trees as my main subject matter,” says Logan in his artist statement. “They constantly change, and no two are alike, much like people.”

After working the art festival circuit for 12 years, Logan now spends more time in his studio creating work for smaller galleries and shops in Massachusetts and Vermont. He has shown at the Good Purpose Gallery, the Birdhouse Gallery, Robert Paul Galleries, and most recently, at Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA.

Logan’s work is on display and available for purchase until the end of December 2018 at Tunnel City Coffee inside Mass MoCA.