Adversity can test one’s resolve and you either sink or swim. Artist and curator of Art 100 Boston, Pares Mallis, definitely swim and have done so beautifully since childhood.
“When times are dark, I just want to make things pretty.” said Pares when asked about her creative process.
She studied at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania then continued her studies at New York University where she received a Masters of Arts in Arts Administration. She lived in Greece for over 20 years and battled breast cancer before returning to the United States. A survivor in more ways than one, art has been the one constant brightening star in her life. Her big heart found a beautiful way to foster artist growth, art appreciation and philanthropy.
In 2014, Pares founded Art 100 Boston as a way to give back to the art community and breast cancer research and programs. Through the exhibit, she helps new art lovers navigate the art world by listening and helping them understand or find art they may enjoy in their home or give as a gift. Also, the Susan G. Komen (originally known as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) will receive in donation 14% of the artist participation fees to help further breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.
Through Art 100 Boston, Pares has created something like a mentorship in which she grants artists a platform to introduce their work to a broader and diverse audience. They gain exposure to promote and sell their work professionally in a gallery setting. More importantly, they gain business knowledge including contracts and pricing.
Following the success of last year’s exhibition, the list of participating artists has increased to 68 artists with paintings, sculptures, mixed media, prints, collages and photographs created just for the exhibit.
“Entering the art world can be intimidating especially financially. So much of the art world is elite. This is not the way it is supposed to be.” Pares Mallis shared Art 100 Boston makes art more affordable. All art exhibited at Art 100 Boston are temporarily sold for $100 each and after the exhibit return to the original higher price.
Free and open to the public, ART 100 Boston exhibition will be at the Piano Craft Gallery. The exhibit will open on Friday, December 4 from 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. The gallery will be open Tuesday through Friday, December 5 – 19 from 3:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 P.M – 6:00 P.M.
For more information, please visit ART100Boston.com or call (617) 595-5638.