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Tunnel City Coffee welcomes spring with surreal art and rural photography

New art can be found this spring at Tunnel City Coffee’s flagship shop in Williamstown, MA, with work by Vermont photographer Seline Skoug and landscape paintings by Marilyn Cavallari. The show runs until the end of June 2018 and combines bright, surreal paintings with color-rich rural photography. 

Seline Skoug displays her photographs taken around the world and in her own home of southern Vermont at Tunnel City Coffee through June 2018. 

Seline Skoug displays her photographs taken around the world and in her own home of southern Vermont at Tunnel City Coffee through June 2018. 

Diversity in style is the goal for Tunnel City Coffee’s art shows, which aim to give skilled local artists the chance to display their work in alternative venues where people gather every day. This season’s show reflects on different ways of looking at the environments in which we find ourselves every day, as interpreted by Skoug’s evocative photography and Cavallari’s surreal landscapes that play with memories of familiar scenes. 

Both artists create a space of serene calm for onlookers hoping to enjoy a peaceful break with a mug of coffee or tea at Tunnel City’s 100 Spring St. shop. “I use true colors that are bright and happy,” says Cavallari. “What I do see is happiness in the deepest sense and share it with all who have an interest.” 

Skoug’s landscape photography similarly awakens deep nostalgia, recalling quiet moments of discovering our relationship with the world. 

Marilyn Cavallari's paintings celebrate color and lyrical landscapes from fall in New England to afternoons in India. 

Marilyn Cavallari's paintings celebrate color and lyrical landscapes from fall in New England to afternoons in India. 

Skoug’s photography and Cavallari’s landscapes are on display and available for purchase at Tunnel City Coffee’s flagship shop in downtown Williamstown until the end of June 2018. For more information about art at Tunnel City Coffee, please contact Sydney Lester at sydneylester@tunnelcitycoffee.com. 

'Soul-bending magic' in stained glass and surreal moonscapes at Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA

'Soul-bending magic' in stained glass and surreal moonscapes at Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA

This winter brings compelling color to Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA with surreal tree and moonscapes by artist JD Logan and “soul-bending magic” in stained glass by artist Joseph Tracy

Tracy’s inspired work blends deep mystical themes with tangible elements of the natural world to build powerful narratives in glass. “I try to do bit of soul-bending magic, where the viewer feels worlds colliding and marrying,” says Tracy. “The ancient and mythic and scientific compressed into compelling interaction, the inside and outside meeting, a child-like pleasure in kinetic translucent colors and textures.” 

Logan’s playful portraits of natural figures entice from another world. “I find trees extremely interesting to observe at different times of the day and of the year,” says Logan. “They constantly change and no two are alike, much like people. In that way, to me, they have personalities of their own.”

The satellite shop of Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA presents its winter art exhibition through March 2018. Art at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA and at Tunnel City Coffee at 100 Spring St. in Williamstown, MA, is available for in store purchase. Please contact Sydney Lester at sydneylester@tunnelcitycoffee.com with questions about art at Tunnel City Coffee. 

Tunnel City Coffee is a specialty coffee roasting company located in the northern Berkshires. Its flagship store on Spring Street in Williamstown features a full-service espresso bar, whole bean coffee, loose tea and pastry. Since its establishment in 1992, Tunnel City’s operations have grown to include a coffee bar on the Mass MoCA campus, an expanded coffee roasting facility in the Norad Mill of North Adams and Uptown Tunnel at Williams College. To purchase products or learn more, please visit TunnelCityCoffee.com or call 413.458. 5010. Follow Tunnel City Coffee: facebook.com/TunnelCityCoffee, @tunnelcitycoffee on Instagram, @TunnelCity on Twitter

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Tunnel City staff look forward to showcasing art to community

Tunnel City staff look forward to showcasing art to community

A handful of staff artwork –– photography, sculptures, paintings and other mixed media –– will make a home in the rotating gallery at 100 Spring St. this winter.

One of the more well known painters is Jean Bourn of Williamstown. She’s painted acrylic on canvas professionally for 10 years, but initially fell in love with it as a child during elementary school.

Tunnel City Coffee employee and local painter Jean Bourn will sell work in the winter art exhibit at 100 Spring St. Photo by Makayla McGeeney

Tunnel City Coffee employee and local painter Jean Bourn will sell work in the winter art exhibit at 100 Spring St.
Photo by Makayla McGeeney

Formerly a receptionist at the Williamstown Savings Bank, Bourn’s animal and landscape photos of northern Berkshire County circled around the world over the years. In 2011,12 of her paintings were printed as part of the bank’s complementary calendars. Students and professors from Williams College brought the calendar on their travels to various countries such as England, Australia, and South America. Bourn said it was even shown to the Dalai Lama.

“I like making people happy,” she said. “The reaction they get when they see the painting… that’s the best payment right there.”

She also illustrated the children’s book “Thank You Harry, Love, Max.” in 2015 by local author Jennifer Holey.

Bourn’s winter gallery pieces will include one seascape and a variety of animals –– she paints mostly from images.

John Ryan, a jack of all trades, considers his style of art as illustrational expressionism with mild surrealism. His skills encompass puppetry, sculpting, writing, illustrating, performing and traveling the world.

“I want my work to come alive for my viewers. I mean that literally. Whether it is a sculpture, illustration, or puppet, my goal is to have the audience relate to the piece as though it were another living creature, if even for the briefest of moments,” Ryan writes in his artist statement.

For the winter gallery Ryan will display miniature sculptures and pencil sketches.

“If the piece makes someone’s day better and makes them think, it is a success,” he said.

Tunnel City’s employee art show runs from Jan. to March 2018 and can be viewed during store hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

An owl drawing by John Ryan

An owl drawing by John Ryan