The Orris: A Cultural Journal

Artist Profile: Hilary Emerson Lay

My advice to someone just starting out on their journey to become a successful artist is to treat your art like a job right from the get-go. You’d never slack off at your day job; apply the same work ethic to your art.

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April 1, 2013

Spotlight: Joshua Baptista

“I don’t want to tell people what to think with my work. I feel that there is enough white noise out there. I don’t expect people to have the same relationship with the work that I do”: The Orris asks mixed media artist Joshua Baptista about art, death, and inspiration.

September 28, 2012

 The Orris Book Swap @ Allston Village Street Fair

The Orris is hosting a book swap at the Allston Village Street Fair this Sunday, September 23 from 12-6. The Allston Village Street Fair is an all-ages, free event featuring live music, street performances…

September 21, 2012

Artist Profile: Ernest Williamson

I’ve always been fascinated with visual art and poetics; however, I came to the realization that I was an artist at the age of nineteen. After a nervous breakdown, I began to create visual art at a feverish rate and interest in my work grew rapidly.

September 7, 2012

Farmers Markets In Your City

We love the harvest season, that period of late summer and fall when the crops have ripened, the bounty picked, and the bushels are brought to market to share. The vibrancy and tenacity of the harvest is best showcased at local farmers markets.

August 10, 2012

Spotlight: The power of “o-c-O-C” : Environmental Organizing

Trevor Lovell, the environmental program coordinator for Public Citizen’s Texas office and co-founder of ReEnergize Texas, speaks on the power of “o-c-O-C” (pronounced “aukuh-aukuh”).

August 3, 2012

Spotlight: The Maine Farm Chick

There’s this bumper sticker I keep seeing, “No Farms, No Food.” I guess that’s the basic nature of it. But beyond that, people tend to see neatly packaged food in the supermarket and forget where it came from.

July 31, 2012

Allston D.I.Y Fest and The Orris Book Swap

Allston D.I.Y Fest is a free celebration of Do-It-Yourself ingenuity and creativity taking place this Saturday, July 21 in Ringer Park, Allston, MA. The festival is organized by a collective of Allston locales, promoting participation from the community at every level.

July 20, 2012

Artist Profile: Roeya Amigh

“I want the viewer to come close to my paintings. To look at my paintings.” The Orris sat down with painter Roeya Amigh to discuss her work, her Iranian home, and the necessarily fine line between beauty and darkness.

July 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Holiday Gift Guide

Instead of guiltily shopping at the giant corporate stores and regretting it, rethink your spending habits and invest in small businesses, artisans and craftspeople, or just make gifts yourself.

December 15, 2011

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