Bobby Brown

Masks, sculpture, mixed media


A lifetime Cambridge resident (though I recently relocated to Shutesbury, MA), I was educated in the Cambridge Public Schools and at Umass Amherst, with graduate courses at Wheelock and Lesley Colleges. I taught pre-school and elementary school for 20 years. For much of the last 40 years, I have been involved with the operation of EXCL, Extras for Creative Reuse, a resource center for teachers, with a focus on professional development training workshops. These workshops, led by me, are hands-on; participants interact with a variety of reusable resources with the goal of enhancing the classroom curriculum, bringing concepts to life in three dimensions. Working with recycled materials, and teaching young children, I discovered the artist in myself. I have exhibited my art at two solo shows at the Multicultural Arts Center (Cambridge), and through Cambridge Open Studios, North Cambridge All Arts Organization and at Somerville Open Studios.

Artist's Statement

Explore and see what happens. That's the process that young children use in their art-making and it is how I approach mine. Joy and play have always had major roles in my art-making. Natural materials particularly inspire me so I use wood, sea shells, bark, etc. I allow myself to go in whatever direction calls to me, meaning that I make many kinds of work, work in many mediums and have a basement full of collections of this and that waiting for their moment to be incorporated into my art. It is my hope that the joy and play that produces these works is shared with the people who see them.

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