Category Archives: Exhibit

Exhibition by Audrey Diallo at ROOTED Armory Café on view until September 17, 2022

You are invited to a reception on August 13th from 4-6pm with Somerville artist Audrey Diallo whose work will be exhibited at ROOTED Armory Café from August 8th – September 17th. 

Born in the 1970s in Berlin, Germany to an American mother and German father, Audrey Diallo spent her entire life immersed in multicultural communities. Developing a love for all things creative, she pursued a degree in Graphic Design  at the Atlanta College of Art, where she graduated with a BFA in Illustration.

She spent most of her career working as a graphic designer both in Germany and in the US. 

While in Africa, she was deeply moved by the beauty, magic, and meaning present in African art. She was impressed by the beauty of day to day objects, the elegance of people’s day to day activities, and the grace with which people moved through even the most difficult circumstances. The artist uses her paintings to build visual bridges from her experiences in Africa to the viewer who is invited to hear the sounds, imagine the faces, and feel the connections we all share.

Audrey lives and paints in Somerville, MA with her 2 children. For more information about her work, please visit her website here.

Exhibition by Pauline Lim at Rooted Through August 29, 2021

Pauline Lim (aka @lim_pauline) is an artist living and working in the Boston area. As a Korean Harvard graduate with a degree in studio art and environmentalism, her driven upbringing influences her aim to engage in activities that are fun and refreshing, while also satisfying her need to be productive. This view emanates in her addition of three-dimensional items to the surface of her emulations of Old Master paintings, resulting in the mosaic techniques that frequent her work.

About herself and her art, she says “I am a fear-driven person. I am always freaking out about the fact that we all have to die, so a lot of my paintings have to do with the frustration of being trapped in a mortal existence.  The increasing aches and pains of aging underscore this dilemma to me every day, and make me seek out color and beauty, as well as the relief of laughter alongside the recognition of despair.

“In my work I started off exploring the themes of dreams and illness. Then I was drawn to Medieval and Renaissance images of saints. I also like playing with scale– giant cat heads on human bodies, or tiny humans intermingled with items on a tabletop landscape. Basically, I just create paintings that I would want to see—that recognize the truth and folly of our existence, that are visually stimulating, perhaps gorgeous, frequently funny.”

Learn more about Pauline through her website:

(Painting shown is “Libera Nos, Salva Nos”, 2020 by Pauline Lim.)

Cara Foster Karim Exhibit: Closing Reception June 30

Stop by the Armory Cafe to check out our current exhibit, a solo show by local artist Cara Foster Karim. For years, Cara has been using her art to celebrate ordinary neighborhood scenes. She creates her unique paintings with a mix of techniques from traditional oil painting to experimental mixed media collage. Her work explores the beauty and diversity of urban landscapes through color and texture, creating layered cities that represent the diverse people who live in them, create them, and give them meaning.

Closing Reception will be from 2:00pm-3:30pm on Sunday, June 30. Join Armory staff and Cara Foster Karim in the Cafe for light refreshments and to enjoy the final hours of this beautiful solo exhibit.

The exhibit is open to the public during all Cafe open hours!

Call for art

We are now accepting artist submissions for our June 2019 Solo Exhibit in The Armory Café. All mediums are welcome!

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Show Dates: May 29 – June 28 (Reception: TBD)

For more information about our upcoming exhibit and submitting to our call to art, visit the our exhibits page

Call for art

We are now accepting artist submissions for our March-April Spring Exhibit in The Armory Café. The theme for our exhibit will be Motion.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 24th, 2019

Show Dates: March 18 – April 26 (Reception: March 20)

For more information about our upcoming exhibit and submitting to our call to art, visit the our exhibits page