SPOKE Gallery

Spoke Gallery is honored to present a solo show by internationally acclaimed Boston-based photographer Lou Jones. For his exhibition at Spoke, Jones is drawing photographs from five of his series: Cuba, Olympics, panAFRICA project, COVID-19, and Every Color Has a Different Song.

The panAFRICA project’s goal is to dispel the negative western media perceptions of Africa. Jones is planning to document all of the 54 countries in contemporary Africa – one by one. Thus far he has completed 15 to date. Jones’ series entitled, Every Color Has a Different Song, are photographs he has taken in 61 countries while he was on assignment. The images in this series “transcended the original reasons for taking differences both monumental & sublime.” His Cuba series draws from images that he took on a few visits to the island both when it was closed to Americans & after. The Olympic series draws from images he took at thirteen winter and summer Olympics. For his COIVD-19 series, he documented the unusual way many creative people were coping with COVID-19.

He shares, “I set out early in my pursuit of photojournalism & documentary photography to carry two Leicas on my shoulders & cure the ills of the world. That was a naive notion at the time but after years I can give voice to many peoples who otherwise would have none. 

Having visited so many foreign countries on assignment I have amassed an enormous collection of the eclectic way the world looks. Fleeting moments may be spectacular captures but have limited relevance on their own. However as an amalgamation we can glean an amazing preview of the way that humanity exists. 

The ensemble not only encapsulates fugitive moments that are synergy but gathers very divergent times into our collective history. With today’s fast pace, as the world gets smaller, photography has become the default “universal Language”. Because photos do not need translation or Rosetta Stone to decipher what we can see with our own eyes, we are bound together through television, computers & social media. It has become a new form of communication. Everyone can experience what other cultures experience through the magic of the camera.”

About Lou Jones

Photo Credit: Mannequins
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | February 2017
Photo courtesy of Lou Jones

Lou Jones’s eclectic photography career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement & technological change. He has photographed for Fortune 500 corporation, international companies & local business including Federal Express, Nike, Aetna, Major League Baseball, AFL-CIO & KLM; completed assignments for magazine & publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic & Paris Match; initiated long term projects on civil wars in Central America, death row, Olympic Games, tall ships, Japan & pregnancy; published over a dozen books. His photographs have been exhibited in Smithsonian, DeCordova Museum & Griffin Museum of Photography. Currently he has been documenting all 54 countries in Africa for his www.panAFRICAproject.org.

Jones has served on the boards of Photographic Resource Center, American Society of Media Photographers & currently Griffin Museum of Photography. He has photographed & authored more than a dozen books, taught at Mass College of Art, Art Institute of Boston & helped found Center for Digital Imaging Arts.  He has work in the permanent collections of: Harvard University; Wellesley University; Texas Tech University; Boston Atheneaum and the Boston Public Library.

He has an extensive exhibition history and his most recent solo exhibitions include: Griffin Museum of Photography- Distressed: memories; Boston City Hall Gallery-Changing Skylines; DeCordova Museum-Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row; Bridge Gallery -Higher, Faster, Stronger: Olympic Games; Worcester Art Museum-Descendants; Roxbury Community College-Every Color Has a Different Song; and the Cape Cod Museum of Art- panAFRICAproject.

Some of his Awards & Honors: Nikon-Legend of the Lens; Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition-Champion of Artists; United Nations-Professional Photography Leadership Award and the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty- Ehrmann Award.

For more information, visit his websites: www.fotojones.com  and www.panAFRICAproject.org

SPOKE Gallery hours are Wednesday – Friday
12:00pm – 5:00 pm
Saturdays by appointment
* For Saturday appointment, Please email at least two days in advance: info@spokeart.org
or call 617.315.7318

Join Panelists Artist Liliana Folta, Lead Ranger Boston National Historical Park Julia Mize, and Curator Kathleen Bitetti for the a discussion on Wednesday October 19th 7:00 pm 

Spoke Gallery is proud to present solo exhibition by Liliana Folta entitled, I Am the Observer and Nature is My Teacher.  The exhibition dates are September 12th to October 22nd, 2022.  The reception is Wednesday, September 14th 6 to 8pm and the hybrid Gallery talk Wednesday September 14th 7pm. The gallery and both events are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays – Fridays 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment (For a Saturday appointment email info@spokeart.org  at least two days in advance). In October, there will be a free evening zoom panel that will discuss the importance of and how to support native plants in the ecosystem. Panelists, Date and Time TBA.

Read more about Liliana Folta

curatorial essay by Kathleen Bitetti

Boston Globe Review 

Virtual Opening, February 9th, 2022 6:30 pm 
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The quilts present four scenes from the artist’s Barricades series: The Mathematics of Racism: Living in the Calculus, Who is Barred Today, People Before Highways, and How Many More? Each urges viewers to consider space through the lens of social conflict and resolution across varied times and places. “The journey here is localized geographically in its particular presence,” says Frazier (right), “yet global in universal location of human activity.” The Scene/Seen opens to the public next Monday, Jan. 31 at SPOKE Gallery, 840 Summer St., S. Boston MA 02127. The artist will discuss the work with exhibition curator Kathleen Bitetti as part of a virtual opening Wednesday, Feb 9th,  at 6:30 pm. Register for this event online here. The exhibition runs through Friday, march 18m 2022. “L’Merchie Frazier’s career is a testament to the power of art to expand our vision of humanity and its potential,” says Greg Liakos, SPOKE Executive Director. “The Scene/Seen is a resonant, timely, and thought-provoking exhibition.”


L’Merchie Frazier is a Boston-based multimedia artist, educator, and consultant, known for her evocative fiber and metal sculptures, innovative installations, and stunning hand-crafted jewelry. A recipient of the Boston Foundation’s 2021 Brother Thomas Fellowship, she is also a Boston artist-in-residence with the Office of Recovery Services/Office of Women’s Advancement, and Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, creating programs that expand the American historical narrative. She is represented in numerous private collections and the permanent collection of the University of Vermont, the American Museum of Art and Design, New York, and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Exhibition sites include the Museum of Afro-American History Boston; the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston; New England Quilt Museum; and the permanent collection of the White House. She is also a member of Women of Color Quilters Network(WCQN) a national African American Quilters Guild. She was also an advisor to Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Across the work is the thread of the power of individual and collective memory to know and to heal. As Forbes stated in a review of her work last year, “Whether L’Merchie Frazier is creating poetry, performance, holographs or quilts, she is doing it to save herself — and all of us — from our amnesia.” The artist has worked with SPOKE (formerly Medicine Wheel) over several years, most recently on a documentary film “Witness,” and has exhibited her work in the SPOKE Gallery. Last spring SPOKE honored her with its Annual Artist/Activist Award. SPOKE Gallery is open by appointment. (Starting Jan. 15, to address rising COVID-19 cases and encourage vaccination, individuals will be required by the City of Boston to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter. People working in those locations will also be required to have received their vaccines.) The Gallery is open by appointment: email info@mwproductions.org to schedule a visit. Following Scene/Seen, the SPOKE Gallery will present an exhibition of new work from Destiny Palmer, and shows commemorating LGBTQ Pride, and Hispanic Heritage Month, among other shows.

About Spoke Gallery:

The medicine wheel, originating from a Native American tradition, is also referred to as Sacred Hoop. The medicine wheel represents the sacred circle of life, its basic four directions, and the elements. It is a symbol of balance, symmetry, healing, and oneness. “It teaches us that all lessons are equal, as are all talents and abilities. Every living creature will one day see and experience each spoke of the wheel and know those truths. The Medicine Wheel is a pathway to truth and peace and harmony. The circle is never ending, life without end.”

MWP’s philosophy and values are deeply entwined with that of the medicine wheel. We too believe that every person has talents and abilities to share with the world and that, through art, they can unlock them. By participating in the art—whether that’s creating the art, experiencing the art, or taking a cultural action in response to the art—we believe that community members are taken on a transformative journey that helps them gain a deeper understanding of themselves, of others, and the overall human condition. This is the phenomenon of art. It engages all people (the creator and observors) in dialogue and takes them to a place of endless possibilities.

Artists of all disciplines are interested in starting a new dialogue about the role of art in culture. Over the years, art has come to be seen as a commodity, not an essential part of everyday life. Art is so much more than that though—it helps individuals access the hidden world of thought, feeling, and meditation. It is a tool that draws humanity together, guiding people towards a greater understanding of self and the overall human condition.

MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative new program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation. We realize that many artists lack the networks, support, tools, and/or resources to progress the dialogue forward on their own. By creating a network and space dedicated to redefining the role of art in culture, we hope to provide a support system and home for artists, so that they can grow, learn, and put into practice this exciting and significant concept.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events. It is also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.