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"Entanglement," an oil painting by Hannah Earley, is one of many works being displayed at the Nave Gallery in Somersville, Mass., through Nov. 22. Earley is a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School.

SOMERVILLE, MASS. >> Since the 1960s, when the feminist art movement can be said to have emerged during one of America's most turbulent and evocative periods, women have been particularly interested in what makes them different than males — what makes women artists and their art different from male artists and their art.

This November,through Nov. 22, Somerville, Massachusetts' Nave Gallery explores this topic by presenting the "Reclamation: Emerging Female Artists."

"Following in the footsteps of women's rights leaders, activists and makers, today's female artists are reclaiming feminism, reclaiming domesticity, and reclaiming their roles as makers and creators. Through art, women are reclaiming their powerful place in society," states a press release from Nave Galley, about the exhibit. "Reclamation" examines the themes, narratives and perspectives that make artwork by women unique and powerful.

As the first of two consecutive exhibits focusing on the talent of local female artists, the exhibit encompasses over 50 artists and provides a stage for new and upcoming artists in the New England Area. One of these new talents is Brattleboro-native and Boston-based visual artist Hannah Earley. Earley is an alumni of Brattleboro Union High School as well as a recent recipient of a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


The passion she brings to the canvas is a raw talent, a natural response to the world around her and also a refuge during hard Earley's portraiture is an investigation into the female psyche and the way that both psychological and spiritual currents play out on the emotional plane. Through the exploration of light, space and color, her work explores the themes of emotional violence, the relationship to the body and the subconscious relationship with the idea of self. Meant to expose the visceral, original emotions, the work is a primordial one which runs as an undercurrent with a fresh, modern face.

The Brattleboro native demonstrates her shrewd understanding of the spiritual themes hidden within the portraits, as she uses muted and limited pallets of color to force an exploration of value and illicit multi-layered fullness of meaning within each observer. "When I'm making art, I try to strip back the layers and capture the primal, basic energy of psychic connections from a vast ocean of archetypical themes such as the connection between a mother and child or women's intuition," stated Earley.

The effect of the original energy translated to a modern face is the beginning of this artist's signature and one of many reasons her work is among those being highlighted. According to Earley, the interpersonal connections within humanity which drive her passion for her art can also be seen firsthand as she walks around Boston, especially after witnessing the spiritual reconstruction of a city who experienced deep tragedy after the Boston Marathon bombings.

"We all have those unbreakable threads which bind us all together."

The Nave Gallery will be showing the exhibit until Nov. 22, with a public reception on Nov. 14. For more information on the Nave Gallery, contact and for more information and portfolio of Hannah Earley visit

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