Featured Artist – Peter Kalabokis (Peck Kalabokis Studio) – Studio A417

Meet Mixed Media/Digital Artist Peter Kalabokis!

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Q: Tell us a little bit about your background. Where are you from? Where did you study? How long have you been an artist?

A: An Illustrator since 1989, my clients have included Adirondack Life Magazine, Byte Magazine, Sun Expert Magazine, East West Journal, The Rising Sun Café, and the English rock band “HOUSE OF X” (former members of UFO and The Michael Schenker Group )
Over the years I primarily have been an editorial illustrator using watercolors and mixed media for my illustrations. My current work stems from that same formula of mixed media as a primer in which a digital image is the final result. I enjoy mixing the styles from my fine art education at Montserrat College (Beverly, MA) with my work experiences as a desktop publisher dealing with digital imagery.
Currently I have been working with Logo Design, Album Art, and works for private collectors.

Q: What is the first thing you remember making/creating by hand?

A: I was self taught in my art all the way up to my senior year in High School (where by the end of the year I was awarded the “Most Improved” award by my art instructor at Chelmsford High) I was always drawing when I was a kid and the first things that I remember doing was copying anything I saw. Magazines, game board covers, etc. Which gave the “feel” of using a pencil as well as the sense of line and shape.

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Q:  What do you love most about your art?

A: I love that, in the process, it takes a course of it’s own and becomes something different than what I first set out to do. I enjoy how the piece evolves while I’m working and teaches me something new.

Q: Describe a typical art creativity session. What is it like? For example, do you work in silence, or do you work to music? Do you prefer to be alone, or do you need people around?

A: I prefer to work alone while listening to music.

Q:  Did you always know you wanted to make the art you make today? Did you start out in a different medium in the early days?

A: I was influenced by Degas while in college. I was always creating with pastels. Then came N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and Matt Mahurin as influences. By my senior year I was able to bring all those influences into my own style through a mixed media of pen and ink, water color, and colored pencil. Today I use Photoshop as a replacement for watercolor in my process.

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Q:  What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an artist?

A: People will always give you unwanted advice, critiques, etc. “Filter” what’s being said to you and keep what you feel will make you a better artist. There will always be someone better or worse than you so don’t compare. You want to have your own “voice” when you create a piece so don’t think of your work as better or worse than someone else’s. One flower is not “better” than an other flower. They’re all beautiful in their own way.

Q: Tell us about some of your goals for the next 6-12 months.

A: My goal for the next 6-12 months is to carve some time in my schedule to create a series of new work.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the arts community?

Camaraderie. We all have mundane “day jobs” that aren’t related to what we do as artists so we have that understanding and support to encourage each other.

Q: Do you have a big seller? What do you think people love about it? And be honest…are you tired of making it?

A: I’m no longer in the phase where I want to create something that’s a “seller”. Straight out of college I wanted that because I wanted to be a full time illustrator but now that I’m in my late 40’s I just want to create work on my own terms and let the rest be what it will be.

Q: Describe your favorite way to spend a Sunday morning.

A: Having the family together.

You can meet Peter and see more of his fantastic work on the First Saturday of each month, in his Studio A417 at Western Ave!

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WAS This Weekend 3/27-3/29

Spring is on its way! & lots of fun activities are just around the corner!

1456025_496652433853568_1017901978421781795_nTickets are ON SALE NOW!! Coming in May, The Wearable Arts Extravaganza will take place in the Onyx Room! The Miracle Providers Spring Fundraiser taken to new heights! Featuring handmade wearable Art from the Artists of Western Ave, performances by the Miracle Providers & more! Co-Sponsored by The Miracle Providers Northeast and the Loading Dock Gallery! All proceeds go to MPNE!

 

 

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

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Another Amazing show in the Loading Dock Gallery! Degringolade is a beautiful collaboration between Janet Wolahan & Renee Mallett! The show runs from March 4th through March 29th It’s a MUST SEE! LAST CHANCE!

 

 

 

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Robert Crooke
r will be in the exhibition Art in Motion at Audio Concepts, 870 Comm. Ave., Boston from March 31st to September 28th So Cool! On display during business hours!

 

 

 

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Ilene Richard
‘s painting “Birthday Bouquet Two” will be on display at the Rockport Art Association from March 15th through April 9th. Rockport, MA

 

 

 

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Several Western Ave artists including E Scott Phillips, Kay Wray and Kathy Clericuzio will have work on display at the Westford Regional Art Exhibition at Parish Center for the Arts. 10 Lincoln St. Westford Reception and Awards are Friday, March 20, 7:00-9:00 PM. The show will be on display until March 29. LAST CHANCE

 

Barb Cone will be showing at the Thos. Moser Boston Showroom, 19 Arlington St, Back Bay, Boston MA. The shw runs through March with an Artist Reception on the 28th from 2-5pm

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Elizabeth Alexander
& Alicia Renadette are excited to annouce their show “Merged” at Mill No. 5 The show runs from March 14th through the 29th. LAST CHANCE

 

 

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Rebecca Killeen-Brown
has two of her beautiful works featured in the show “Bloom” at The Wild Salamander 30 Ash St. Hollis NH The show runs through May 9th

 

 
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Laurie Simko will be in a show at the Copley Art Society.”Un·ex·pect·ed: Winter Members’ Juried Show” March 5th through April 16th 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

 

 

 

WAS This Weekend 3/20-3/22

Spring is on its way! & lots of fun activities are just around the corner!

1456025_496652433853568_1017901978421781795_nTickets are ON SALE NOW!! Coming in May, The Wearable Arts Extravaganza will take place in the Onyx Room! The Miracle Providers Spring Fundraiser taken to new heights! Featuring handmade wearable Art from the Artists of Western Ave, performances by the Miracle Providers & more! Co-Sponsored by The Miracle Providers Northeast and the Loading Dock Gallery! All proceeds go to MPNE!

 

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March 1st-22nd Mill City Glassworks will be hosting a beginners glass blowing weekend! So cool!
Sign up for your spot!

 

 

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Eling Chang of Migration Goods will be at the Spring Artist & Craft Fair at Frobie’s Cafe, 101 Broadway Rd, Dracut, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 21st from 9am to 2pm Stop by and say Hello!

 

 

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Lakota Sandoe
in Studio A516 is happy to offer weekly Yoga and Meditation classes to the community beginning this Sunday! These classes are open to all regardless of experience, age, ability, flexibility! The Gentle class is a great place to start if you’re not sure. No fancy yoga gear required. Check out her website for schedule.

 

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

4998181_orig
Another Amazing show in the Loading Dock Gallery! Degringolade is a beautiful collaboration between Janet Wolahan & Renee Mallett! The show runs from March 4th through March 29th It’s a MUST SEE!

 

 

Birthday BouqetTwo2
Ilene Richard
‘s painting “Birthday Bouquet Two” will be on display at the Rockport Art Association from March 15th through April 9th. Rockport, MA

 

 

 

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Several Western Ave artists including E Scott Phillips, Kay Wray and Kathy Clericuzio will have work on display at the Westford Regional Art Exhibition at Parish Center for the Arts. 10 Lincoln St. Westford Reception and Awards are Friday, March 20, 7:00-9:00 PM. The show will be on display until March 29.

 

Barb Cone will be showing at the Thos. Moser Boston Showroom, 19 Arlington St, Back Bay, Boston MA. The shw runs through March with an Artist Reception on the 28th from 2-5pm

Merger II
Elizabeth Alexander
& Alicia Renadette are excited to annouce their show “Merged” at Mill No. 5 The show runs from March 14th through the 29th. There will also be a panel discussion on the 25th from 6:30-8:30pm

 

 

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Rebecca Killeen-Brown
has two of her beautiful works featured in the show “Bloom” at The Wild Salamander 30 Ash St. Hollis NH The show runs through May 9th

 

 
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Laurie Simko will be in a show at the Copley Art Society.”Un·ex·pect·ed: Winter Members’ Juried Show” March 5th through April 16th 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

 

 

 

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Regina McGearty of Walk on the Moon Jewelry will add some sparkle to the Ayer Lofts Resident Show which has been extended through March! “A Foot in the Door” features 12″x12″ or smaller works for cherishing and gifting. The Gallery is Open Weekends 12-4pm

 

 

leetarjacCheck out Ann Lee & Tarja Cockell in the exhibition Blue – The Sky’s The Limit at League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Headquarters Gallery, 49 South Main St, Suite 100, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 Now through March 20th!
LAST CHANCE!

 

Featured Artist – Lisa Hertel (The Cogitation Zone) – Studio 109

Step into the creative mind of Lisa Hertel!

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Q: Tell us a little bit about your background. Where are you from? Where did you study? How long have you been an artist?

A: My mother–and her mother before her–are amateur artists; my mother used to do the craft show circuit with her jewelry (mostly beading). My daughter is also an artist. As a kid, I was always drawing and making things. At eight, I took my first pottery class, and continued through high school. When I became a mom, I took up pottery again. In addition, I took other art classes, including several drawing courses, both in college and afterwards. When I decided to leave pharmacy, art seemed like a natural choice; it makes me happy. I really enjoyed watercolors, and have always liked clay, so I concentrated on those, but sometimes dabble in other things. I’m always learning!

Q: What is the first thing you remember making/creating by hand?

A:  I remember drawing a lot as a kid, favoring the usual subjects, like houses and rainbows. I also played a lot with Plasticine–it ended up a dirty brick red. I was forbidden Legos (though I have a good collection now), so I had to make do with Tinker Toys (real wood!), blocks, and other things. I lusted after my brother’s Erector Set. I still have some of my earliest clay creations, including my first wheel-thrown bowl, my first coil work, and some early slab work.

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Q: What is your biggest obstacle with your art?

A: I am sometimes hampered by the limits of the materials, but I am more often hampered by my own abilities. That’s why I got a studio at Western Avenue; to both learn from fellow artists and to make me do art. I don’t sell much at Western Avenue–my stuff is a bit too far from the norm–but I do well at science fiction conventions. I would love to make more money and be self-supporting.

Q: Describe a typical art creativity session. What is it like? For example, do you work in silence, or do you work to music? Do you prefer to be alone, or do you need people around?

A: I get more work done when I’m alone, but I get more ideas when others are around. I don’t usually put on music, but I don’t mind it in the background. (I will occasionally put it on when the place is eerily empty.) I’ll occasionally work on several things at once; for example, I can only work on a large pencil for an hour or two at a time, so I will switch off to other things. I get a lot done during Open Studios, and I think people enjoy watching me at my kickwheel.

Q: How does your personality translate into your art?

A: I love science fiction, fantasy and myth, and it inspires a lot of my work. I’m also an innate doodler–my friend Scott McCloud (author of Understanding Comics) once said I was one of the best doodlers he’d even seen–so I tend to go for all those little details: tree branches, the textures of the rocks, which way the fur grows. I actually envy the people who are more abstract, since my perfectionism is a bit of a madness. I’m also fond of animals–as a little girl, I was horse-crazy, and I’ve had lots of pets over the years–so I tend to draw animals a lot. I don’t anthropomorphize them, but they do seem to come out cute.

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Q:  Tell us about some of your goals for the next 6-12 months.

A: Practice, practice, practice. Also, I am working on getting my own kiln installed, which will be very exciting. My next watercolor project is The Frog Prince–I’m still working on the composition. I would also like to make some things to go into the wood-fired kiln that Yary Livan runs.

Q:  What is your favorite thing about the arts community?

That there is a community at Western Avenue. Sure, I could do clay in my basement, and watercolors in my kitchen. But by wandering about, chatting with different artists, even just seeing what’s up on the walls, I get so many ideas, and have made so many friends. And we are all supportive of each other.

Q: Describe your favorite way to spend a Sunday morning.

A: I tend to spend my Sunday mornings with the family and the Sunday Globe–reading the comics, doing the crossword and sudoku in the Globe Magazine, reading Parade, and cutting out the coupons (I’m not one of those crazed people, but I do organize and use coupons.) The actual paper may get a glance, but the bulk of it ends up in recycling, or at the studio to wrap things or be used for clay projects. Mostly, I treat my studio as a job, and am in on weekdays. Weekends are for family.

You can meet Lisa and see more of her beautiful work on the First Saturday of each month, in her Studio 109 at Western Ave!

 

WAS This Weekend 3/13-3/15

Check it out!

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Lakota Sandoe
  in Studio A516 is happy to offer weekly Yoga and Meditation classes to the community beginning this Sunday! These classes are open to all regardless of experience, age, ability, flexibility! The Gentle class is a great place to start if you’re not sure. No fancy yoga gear required. Check out her website for schedule.

 

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

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Another Amazing show in the Loading Dock Gallery! Degringolade is a beautiful collaboration between Janet Wolahan & Renee Mallett! The show runs from March 4th through March 29th It’s a MUST SEE!

 

 

Merger II
Elizabeth Alexander
& Alicia Renadette are excited to annouce their show “Merged” at Mill No. 5 The show runs from March 14th through the 29th with an opening reception on the 14th from 3-6pm There will also be a panel discussion on the 25th from 6:30-8:30pm

 

 

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Rebecca Killeen-Brown
has two of her beautiful works featured in the show “Bloom” at The Wild Salamander 30 Ash St. Hollis NH The show runs through May 9th and there will be an opening reception March 13th from 5-7pm

 

 
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Laurie Simko will be in a show at the Copley Art Society.”Un·ex·pect·ed: Winter Members’ Juried Show” March 5th through April 16th 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

 

 

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Margot Stage will be at the Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA in the exhibit BITE! The show runs from February 14th through March 14th LAST CHANCE

 

 

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Regina McGearty of Walk on the Moon Jewelry will add some sparkle to the Ayer Lofts Resident Show which has been extended through March! “A Foot in the Door” features 12″x12″ or smaller works for cherishing and gifting. The Gallery is Open Weekends 12-4pm

 

 

leetarjacCheck out Ann Lee & Tarja Cockell in the exhibition Blue – The Sky’s The Limit at League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Headquarters Gallery, 49 South Main St, Suite 100, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 Now through March 20th!

 

WAS This Weekend 3/6-3/8 First Saturday Edition

It’s First Saturday and that means Open Studios! Stop by for these fabulous events and more!

rufiyaSaturday, March 7th 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Make Your Artistic Beauty Statement with Fresh Flowers!
Sponsored by DeveZon Floral Design & Creation
160 Western Avenue, Loft #218
Connect colors, flowers and smells in your unique design. Learn from floral artist Rufiya Blank of DeveZon Floral Design & Creation as you create a stunning custom centerpiece using fragrant fresh flowers and other decorative elements. Participants will learn some historical facts about floral design and go home with a stunning centerpiece. Pre-registration required! RSVP via email to: info@devezon.com with subject line “March 7 Workshop.”

 

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Saturday Mill City Glass Works will be offering Make your own Paperweights from 11:30 to 5:30. We hope to see you there. Please click on the link to pre-book your time. https://k.youcanbook.me/v2/jsps/cal.jsp?cal=DbgRPJ75KRGv2ZTw9TkZ&noframe=true&

 

 

loominationteaLoomination Annual Studio Sale at the Loomination Studio, Western Avenue Lofts #116, 12-5pm, Saturday, March 7th. Shop our original handwovens at sale prices from 30-50% off and preview our spring collection. Free gift with every purchase! Additional discounts for Western Ave artists (just come by right before or after open studios).

 

 

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Saturday the 7th in the Onyx Room stop by the NEW ENGLAND RESIN DOLL SOCIETY DOLL SHOW AND MEET-UP from 12-5pm More info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-resin-doll-society-swap-and-meet-up-registration-15314432881

 

 

ldgSunday, John Wren will be talking in the Loading Dock Gallery about how to photograph your art for submission to galleries, exhibitions and competitions. He will talk about resolution, using easily available equipment, and more. Please join us at 2pm on Sunday, March 8th in the Gallery, and feel free to bring your friends.

 

 

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

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Another Amazing show in the Loading Dock Gallery! Degringolade is a beautiful collaboration between Janet Wolahan & Renee Mallett! The show runs from March 4th through March 29th with an opening reception Saturday, March 7th after Open Studios

 
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Laurie Simko will be in a show at the Copley Art Society.”Un·ex·pect·ed: Winter Members’ Juried Show” March 5th through April 16th with an Opening reception on Thursday, March 5th 5:30 – 7:30pm 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

 

 

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Sergio Velazquez
‘ exhibit Boys of Ramalho’s will be on display at Skylight Gallery, 538 West 29th Street, New York, NY from January 29th through March 6th LAST CHANCE!

 

 

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Margot Stage will be at the Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA in the exhibit BITE! The show runs from February 14th through March 14th

 

 

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“Local Roots” – local scenes by Mark Fountain can be seen at Lawrence Library Art Gallery, 15 Main Street in Pepperell, MA. The show runs from February 7th to March 7th
LAST CHANCE!

 

 

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Regina McGearty of Walk on the Moon Jewelry will add some sparkle to the Ayer Lofts Resident Show which has been extended through March! “A Foot in the Door” features 12″x12″ or smaller works for cherishing and gifting. The Gallery is Open Weekends 12-4pm

 

 

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Denise Rainis will be featured in the show “Summer Dreaming” at Gallery 529, 529 King Street, Littleton, MA 01460 Chase the Winter Blues away!

 

 

 

leetarjacCheck out Ann Lee & Tarja Cockell in the exhibition Blue – The Sky’s The Limit at League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Headquarters Gallery, 49 South Main St, Suite 100, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 Now through March 20th!

 

Featured Artist – Liz Stewart (Lush Beads) – Studio A205

Meet jeweler Liz Stewart! Find out what makes her so fabulous!

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Q: Tell us a little bit about your background. Where are you from? Where did you study? How long have you been an artist?

A; I’ve been creative since I was a child. I grew up in Connecticut and went to college in Worcester where I studied computer science at WPI. I worked in the IT field for 9 years before I was laid off. I’ve been making jewelry since 2000, selling it since 2002, and for 10 years I owned a retail beading supply shop.

Q:  What is the first thing you remember making/creating by hand?

A: I made those potholders using a loom and nylon loops. I switched to cotton loops because it didn’t shrink as much when you took it off the loom, thus making it a more useful potholder. Even as a child, I was a perfectionist.

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Q: What do you love most about your art?

A: Currently, I love playing with objects that people don’t expect to find in a piece of jewelry, and creating something lovely to look at. Then when you take a second look, you realize what the objects are and you say, “Wow!” I also love taking a pile of small beads and stitching them together to make a piece of jewelry. Not everyone has the patience to do that (including me sometimes!)

Q: What is your biggest obstacle with your art?

A: Jewelry is a hugely competitive field in the artisan world, so it is difficult to get into shows and galleries with my work. I’m still finding where my market is with my Industrial line. When it comes to my beadwork, many people are uneducated about the time and skill it takes to weave a piece, so it is difficult to sell my work for what it is worth.

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Q: Describe a typical art creativity session. What is it like? For example, do you work in silence, or do you work to music? Do you prefer to be alone, or do you need people around?

As a beading instructor, I have gotten used to working with other people around and I really enjoy it. If I am working on a new design or a new piece and need to concentrate, I work better alone. I like to listen to music or have the TV on in the background when I am doing production work.

Q: Do you have a big seller? What do you think people love about it? And be honest…are you tired of making it?

My Morse Code jewelry is a big seller for me, because it is interesting and fun to do. I do get bored making the same bracelet over and over again, but I get over it pretty quickly. 🙂

Q: Describe your favorite way to spend a Sunday morning.
Asleep, to be woken up by the smell of frying bacon and toasting bagels.

You can meet Liz and see more of her beautiful work on the First Saturday of each month, in her Studio A205 at Western Ave! She also offers private lessons!

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