Bertolon Art Gallery

The Bertolon Family Art Gallery at Pingree School mounts several shows each year, often featuring the work of local artists. The Gallery is open free to the public Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 Paradise Lost: Views from the Promised Land

James McLeod 

On display February 2–March 28

Reception with the artist on February 23 at 4:30 p.m.

This series is informed by photographs from McLeod’s travels through Israel and the Palestinian Territories from 2012–2016. McLeod translates his photography into silk-screened imagery printed on glass, hand painted and realized through multiple kiln firings. The focus of the work is to present the viewer with an intimate perspective of a historically war-torn region through the eyes of the artist. In the series, the geo-political lines are obfuscated and each image is left to tell a story of a place that could easily exist on either side of the line. Below the surface of every conflict is a complex narrative with multiple perspectives where the participants and observers often have more commonalities than they care to admit.

About the Artist

James McLeod is a professor of 3D Fine Art / Glass at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he has been teaching since 2006. McLeod earned his MFA in Sculpture from New York University and BFA in Glass from the California College of Art. McLeod has studied and taught at the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Glass, The Glass Furnace Istanbul, and Corning Glass. 

In addition to his work as a professor, McLeod is the owner and Executive Director of the Bubble Factory Inc., a multimedia glass studio that specializes in architectural glass installations and high-end glass products for the home.