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    East Boston artist’s work featured in City Hall gallery

    Chantale, by Colette Bresilla
    Chantale, by Colette Bresilla

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Friday that the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will feature new works of art by Colette Bresilla of East Boston.

    Her exhibition “Borderless Bird” is about Bresilla’s experiences as a Haitian-American, the mayor’s office said in a statement. Bresilla said she concentrates on the female figure and tries to explore the traditional conceptions of women and how to break those boundaries.

    “The drawings and lush paintings convey the undeniable realities of women’s struggles across national and cultural boundaries,” Bresilla said.


    Her works will hang in the Mayors Gallery on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall from April 6 to May 15. Bresilla’s paintings range from women smoking pipes to groupings of abstract figures.

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    “I am proud to feature artwork from a member of Boston’s Haitian community,” Walsh said. “Colette’s remarkable paintings will undoubtedly inspire the public, and I hope everyone has an opportunity to stop by and visit.”

    Bresilla said her paintings are her responses to the world, socially, politically, and economically.

    “My paintings are the result of such realities, which convey the sweetness and the bitterness of our everyday life,” she said. “My inspirations are drawn from meditation, certain genres of music, reading, and observing people interact.”

    The galleries are open to the public free of charge.

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