WAS this Weekend, May 31 – June 2

First Saturday Open Studios is this Saturday at Western Avenue! The building will be open from 12-5PM. As areas outside the building are under construction, just follow the signs to make your way into the building. There will be plenty of art and artists to see! Pick up something for Dad or the graduate in your life.

  • David Leblanc in studio 420 is giving 20% of all sales made on Saturday to The One Fund Boston. David does expressive comic book-inspired paintings, prints, magnets, and bookmarks. You can contact him at actionabstraction@gmail.com.

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Stay for the opening reception for “RHYTHM & RHYME PATTERN & TEXTURE”, featuring fiber work by Ann Lee and Elaine Perra Renault. The reception will be on Saturday evening from 5-7PM at The Loading Dock Gallery on the 2nd floor. This is your chance to meet Ann and Elaine and discuss the inspirations behind their pieces. Light refreshments will be served.
 


JJLongPainter JJ Long will be part of an exhibition at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA during the month of June! Stop by the opening reception on Sunday from 1:30-4:30PM in the Pierce Gallery on the lower level and get a chance to meet JJ. Weekend gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 9AM-5PM and Sunday 1-5PM.


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Painter Tracy Levesque and fiber artist Arlette Laan will be at stART on the Street in Worcester this Sunday from 11AM to 5PM.

 
 


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A little further out – check out “Eye of the Beholder”, a found objects exhibition featuring work by WAS artist Bruce Wood. It will run through June 22nd at the Circle Gallery of the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, MD.

WAS This Weekend – Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Come to these great events to see WAS artists and their work.

Tracy Levesque
Painter Tracy Levesque will be at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, MA on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Hours are Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, and Monday 10am-4pm.

Heather Wang JewelryQuirky doll by arlette laan

Dollmaker Arlette Laan and jeweler Heather Wang will be at the opening day of Greenway in Boston this coming Saturday. The show is along the Wharf District Parks on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston, and runs from 11AM-5PM.

AboutFaceCardWAS artists Glenn Szegedy and Janet Wolahan are currently showing at The Brush Art Gallery on Market Street in downtown Lowell. The show is called “About Face:Compelling Portraits” and runs through June 1st. The Brush is open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-4 pm and Sunday 12 noon-4 pm.

Several WAS artists have work showing in the Arts League of Lowell‘s new gallery in the Gates Block! The show is called “The Collectors”. The ALL Gallery is at 307 Market Street in Lowell, and is open Wednesday – Saturday 12-6 PM and Sunday 12-4 PM.

You have one last chance to go see Art in Bloom at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Be sure to see Laurie Simko‘s piece “Lush Life #2, The Hunter”. The center is open from 1-6PM this Friday.

See “Impressions; Near And Far” by photographer Jack Holmes at the Topsfield Town Library through May 31st! The library is open noon to 5 on Friday and 10-5 on Saturday.

Zeitgeist Gallery in Lowell is currently featuring “Moonlighting Festival: The Photography Show”. See work by WAS photographer Jeff Engel. The show runs through May 31st, and the gallery is open Friday and Saturday from 12-7PM.

muddydirtymarvelousThe Loading Dock Gallery will be open all weekend showing “Muddy Dirty Marvelous” by Samantha Tucker and Barbara Guilmet. The gallery is open 11AM-4:30PM Wednesday through Sunday. This is your last chance to see this great exhibition!

WAS this weekend – May 16-18, 2013

Check out these WAS artists at various shows and exhibitions this weekend! Of course, you can always stop by The Loading Dock Gallery, where Muddy Dirty Marvelous by Samantha Tucker and Barbara Guilmet is showing through May 26th. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11AM to 4:30PM.

Laurie Simko Painting

Drop by the Hopkinton Center for the Arts to see Art in Bloom! Painter Laurie Simko has work featured there. The gallery is open today from 1-6PM, and by appointment on the weekends.

Quirky doll by arlette laan

If you are up in Concord, NH, swing by Heritage Harley Davidson at 142 Manchester Street for “Bikes, Bands, Burgers, and Brews” on Saturday from 11AM-3PM. This event is a fundraiser for the Granite State Music Festival. See Industrial and beaded jewelry by Liz Stewart, and adorable sock dolls by Arlette Laan.

See “Impressions; Near And Far” by photographer Jack Holmes at the Topsfield Town Library through May 31st! The library is open noon to 5 on Friday and 10-5 on Saturday.

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Zeitgeist Gallery in Lowell is currently featuring “Moonlighting Festival: The Photography Show”. See work by WAS photographer Jeff Engel. The show runs through May 31st, and the gallery is open Friday and Saturday from 12-7PM.

Tracy Levesque

Last but certainly not least, Boston folks can see painter Tracy Lévesque at the SoWa Open Market on Harrison Ave from 10AM to 4PM on Sunday!

And if you are an artist looking to build your own website, stop by our FREE lecture on Sunday from 4-5PM: Websites for Artists: Why & DIY. Lectures are held at The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Ave.

Websites for Artists: Why & DIY

Loading Dock Gallery Lecture Series

Loading Dock Gallery Lecture Series

Websites for Artists: Why & DIY
Karen Bettencourt & John Wren
May 19th at 4PM
The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios
Karen and John are teaming up to present Websites for Artists: Why & DIY. The presentation may be geared towards artists, but is applicable to anyone looking to hire someone to create and maintain a website or for those who want to create their own using free DIY sites.
This will be an information packed lecture/demonstration that we are hoping you will attend. Please share this newsletter with your friends, members, blogs and email lists. All are invited and welcome.

Karen Bettencourt
Why Artists need Websites
In the first of two lectures on websites for artists, Karen Bettencourt will explain the benefits of having a quality website and de-mystify the creation process and costs. From a marketing perspective an online presence has become imperative as media moves from away from traditional forms such as newspapers, magazines, television and radio to newer forms of direct marketing. A good website validates the artist and provides evidence of professionalism.
Karen Bettencourt is a collage and fiber artist who designs/maintains professional websites for many of the WAS artists and others.

John Wren
DYI – Web Design for the Starving Artist
In the second of the websites for artists series, John Wren’s proposition is “Create your own professional web page, just drag & drop.” He’ll review an online service that allows amateurs to create and host their own sites including e-commerce pages. Areas covered will include Photo Galleries, Slideshows, Audio, Video, Online Polling, Forms, and more.
John Wren is a photographer. For the past 13 years he has worked at UML giving workshops in technology and digital imaging to teachers. He also designs and maintains dozens of websites at the University.

Muddy Dirty Marvelous

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Muddy, Dirty, Marvelous!
Presented by Muddy Girls Studio
May 1 – May 26, 2013
Artist Reception May 4th 5pm-7pm
The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios 122 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA

The Muddy, Dirty, Marvelous! show is a culmination of years of work by Barbara Guilmet and Samantha Tucker (aka, The Muddy Girls). Barbara and Samantha have created sculpture, vessels, collaborative pieces, and a mixed media display of clay on wood. The pieces feature high-fire stoneware and glazes that are created and mixed by the Muddy Girls themselves. Both women studied with famed master potter/glazer and author John Britt in North Carolina. Guilmet says, “We make all our own glazes. We spent over a year studying, testing formulas, and customizing glazes. Each is unique.”

Barbara Guilmet has been playing with clay all her life. “I spent a lot of time outside, turning small rocks into powder with a hammer. I made many mud pies and played
with Play-Doh. But I really fell in love with pottery making in college.” Starting with a B.A. degree from Plymouth State University and continuing to learn though additional classes at the Museum School in Boston and with master potter Yary Lavin, Barbara now plays at Western Avenue Studios. About her medium, Guilmet says, “I love the way it makes me feel, that you can start with a hunk of mud and wind up with something functional or beautiful, or both. I like the process.”

Joining Barbara in 2008, Samantha Tucker is always learning. “Much of what I have learned is from Barb, she’s a great teacher.” says Tucker. “I’ve learned I am capable. I love getting dirty.” When drawing inspiration, Samantha looks toward the natural world. “I tend to draw from nature. I love trees and the natural curves of the body. The human form can be found in many of my pieces, sometimes I set out to be literal and other times the forms just appear.”

The Muddy Girls would like to thank Yary Livan, master potter and teacher, for his mentoring and unbridled enthusiasm for life and clay.

The show includes original pieces by both artists and runs from May 1 through May 26 at The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, MA The opening reception will be held at the Loading Dock Gallery on May 4 from 5-7 pm.

 

WAS this Weekend – May 10-12, 2013

Come see WAS artists “in the wild” this weekend!

Andover Crafts in the Park

 

Stop by Andover Crafts in the Park on Saturday the 11th from 10AM to 4PM (rain or shine) and visit with fiber artist Arlette Laan, jewelry designer Liz Stewart, and painter Tracy Lévesque.

 

Drop by Zeitgeist Gallery in Lowell to see “Moonlighting Festival: The Photography Show”, featuring work by WAS photographer Jeff Engel. The show runs through May 31st, and the gallery is open Friday and Saturday from 12-7PM.

Swing up to Manchester, NH on Saturday for Art Fest at the Currier Museum of Art and visit glass artist Aaron Slater! The event runs from 10-3.

And remember, you can always shop at The Loading Dock Gallery from 11AM to 4:30PM. Our entrance is under construction, so just head over to the door on the far side of the loading dock – there are signs on the door. Enter the loading dock and walk through it towards the gallery.

WAS This Weekend – First Saturday Open Studios and More

First Saturday Open Studios is this Saturday from 12-5PM, and we have a lot of events happening in the building that day!

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Spring Art Thing is happening from 12-5PM. Visit studios, collect stickers, and enter for your chance to win one of 3 gift certificates!

 

 

LushBeadsLogo-FBStoreLush Beads, Studio A-313, is having its 9th Anniversary Sale and Celebration from 10AM to 5PM.

 

 
Legendary Locals of Lowell
The Loading Dock Gallery will be hosting a book signing with Richard Howe from noon to 4:30PM.  His book is titled, “Legendary Locals of Lowell”, and it is for sale in the gallery.

 

 

 

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Muddy Dirty Marvelous has its opening reception at The Loading Dock Gallery on the 2nd floor from 5-7PM.  Come see some lovely clay work by Barbara Guilmet and Samantha Tucker!

 

 

Outside of WAS, you can find artists showing their work at the following events:

Head on down to Providence, RI, where jeweler Heather Wang will be at the RISD Spring Alumni + Student Art Show on Saturday May 4th from 10AM to 4PM.

Get your art on this weekend!