Posts Tagged ‘shows’

No You’ve Got, Yes You Can Get

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by jmbroekman 5 Comments

Da Foligno A Firenze
Mixed media on board
9″ x 8.5″

Wise words from Oma Jo

Whenever I tell someone that my grandmother always said “No you’ve got, yes, you can get” they respond with a quizzical look. It means just keep trying. It means, the answer to any unasked question is bound to be no; but if you actually ask the question, well, the answer might be no, but it might also be yes. It’s an important lesson to keep in mind as an artist.

I generally get more rejections than acceptances, which often has me reconsidering whether or not to bother submitting an application. So, I was somewhat reluctant when my friend Marcy encouraged me to apply to a juried show at the Fountain Street Studio Gallery in Massachusetts. Then I heard Oma’s voice whisper in my ear: No you’ve got, yes you can get. I got yes!

Terrain: Finding Elusive Ground;
Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery, Framingham, MA;
November 19, 2015 – January 10, 2016;
Opening reception November 21st

Cafe Nomad

Posted on: August 6th, 2012 by jmbroekman No Comments
Picking up the Pieces, #54

Picking up the Pieces at Cafe Nomad

Almost three years ago I started this series of collages – Picking up the Pieces – when I could no longer find the surface of my drawing table, covered as it was with myriad leftover pieces of prints. I’ve written about this work, and the process here and a little later here. To date, I’ve completed more than 80 of these collages; and I still have drawers filled with additional scrap material. It looks like I will always have plenty of puzzle like pieces to rearrange into some workable configuration – both literally and metaphorically.

Today my friend Diana Arcadipone and I put up about 45 of these collages on the gallery wall at Cafe Nomad. The work will be up for the rest of the month of August. So if you are headed into the Western hills for a hike (or lake swim, or whatever), stop at the Cafe for a great breakfast or lunch, and check out my work on the wall! If you can’t get there, you can see a selection on the collage page of this site.

For the Cafe hours: or you can find them on FaceBook:

Open Studio

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

Open Studio

My studio is finally in presentable shape, the work is unpacked and ready to be seen. So, I’m havin’ an open studio – albeit a brief one

Saturday, July 14th from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

If you can’t make it or you want an on-line peek at the work from the eight months spent in Italy, you can check out the link below.

I look forward to seeing you Saturday!

Un Giro Dietro le Mura

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012 by jmbroekman 7 Comments

A Journey Behind the Walls

I’m having a show of recent work here in Foligno. Imagine that!

30 March – 1 April 2012

Palazzo Pandolfi Elmi
via Cesare Agostini, 19 – Foligno (Pg) Italia

Inaugurazione: 30 Marzo 18:00 – 20:00

You can see some of the work on the Italy sketch page of this site (click those words“Italy sketch” to get there). There will also eventually be a little information on the PrimoSpazio gallery website (, and we’ll try to take a bunch of photos and post them soon after the big event!


Posted on: February 28th, 2012 by jmbroekman No Comments

Print/Counter-Print at Rose Contemporary

March 2nd through April 13th, Rose Contemporary in Portland, Maine is hosting a show featuring the work of artists from Peregrine Press and Zea Mays Printmaking Studios as well as introducing Maine College of Art Printmaking Students. Although I am across the pond, I will have work included in this show from the series of work shown at left (though not this particular piece). The show will travel to Zea Mays in Florence, Massachusetts in April.

Opening reception: Friday March 2nd, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Free public lecture: “Growing a Sustainable Printmaking Community” by Liz Chaflin, founder of Zea Mays, Saturday March 3rd, 6:30 PM in the MECA Osher Lecture Hall. This talk is sponsored by the Kate Mahoney Memorial Fund of the Peregrine Press

Rose Contemporary
492 Congress Street
Portland, Maine

Wednesday – Saturday, 1:00-6:00PM

Check it out if you are in the area!