WAS This Weekend 5/22-5/24

Join your favorite Artists for some Springtime fun!

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You can now find work by Priscilla Levesque on sale in the Gift Shop at the Newburyport Art Association. If you’re in the area, stop by and have a peek!

 

 

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Congratulations to Daniel Mathieu whose work was prized at the Whistler House “Lowell as We See It” exhibit. You can find more info about the full show below!

 

 

 

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

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An amazing collaborative show is going on at the Loading Dock Gallery! “Down to Earth: Clay, Paper & Wood” featuring Barb Guilmet, Samantha Tucker, Laura Doran & Kevin Connolly! This one is a must see!

 

 

Lepidoptera copyCheryl Polcaro & Tom Veirs are both part of the Cambridge Art Association 14th National Prize Show at Cambridge Art Association. Locations will be at the CAA’s Kathryn Schultz Gallery (25 Lowell St Cambridge) and University Place Gallery (124 Mt Auburn St. Cambridge) which are within walking distance of each other. May 15th- June 25th

 

 

 

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Laurie Simko, Daniel Mathieu and several other WAS Artists are featured in the incredible show “Lowell as We See It”. View their work at the Whistler House from May 6th through June 13th This show is a must see!

 

 

 

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Bruce Wood of the Glass Ingot will be showing his 2D work at Frobies Cafe, 101 Broadway in Dracut throughout the month of May!

 

 

 

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Rufiya Blank-Mathieu will be exhibiting in “Arts in Bloom” at THE HOPKINTON CENTER OF THE ARTS from May 8th through June 5th.Her piece “Dreaming Summer” was awarded 2nd prize!! Congrats Rufiya!

 

 

 

11149806_974824949197162_9216123470007871950_oThe group show “Traveling Artists Roadshow” at the Westford PCA 10 Lincoln Road, Westford MA runs May 1st -31st PCA gallery hours are noon to 2pm on Sundays. This curated show features an eclectic blend of more than 20 artists who reside in a number of cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, all of them share one thing in common, they either work or live and work on Western Avenue in Lowell.

 

 

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Jewelry from Regina McGearty, based on the elements Fire, Water & Earth will be featured in the Ayer Lofts Residents’ show “The Other Element” The show runs May 3rd through May 31st at 172 Middle St. Lowell.

 

 

 

Karen PURPLE HOPEGarry Harley’s image titled KAREN’S PURPLE HOPE (dedicated to his daughter) is ready to ship to Tokyo. This image is one of 80 selected (out of 737 entered) in NYC judging. In Tokyo it will hang with 80 images also selected in Paris and 80 from Tokyo for final judging and awards by 14 judges from NYC, Paris and Tokyo – final judging on June 10th. Show will hang as part of ART OLYMPIA 2015 competition, at new Toshimau-Ku office building June 15-28, 2015. Good Luck Garry!!

 

 

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Barbara also has a solo exhibition “Menagerie and Myth” at Habitat Gallery Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 10 Juniper Road Belmont, MA
Show runs May 1st through the 31st

 

 

 

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One of Garry Harley’s photographs has been accepted into the Arts League of Lowell (ALL) up-coming show titled EXPOSED 2015 / Open Juried photography show. Show ‘hangs’ April 17th through May 31st

 

 

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You can catch Laurie Simko, Tom Veirs, Adrien Bisson, Gillian Frazier Barbara Guilmet & Janet Wolahan at The Brush Gallery Massachusetts Artists 2015 – Contemporary Art April 18th through June 6, 2015

 

 

 

68935danielRobert Crooker & Daniel Mathieu will both 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!

 

 

 

 

Featured Artist – Cheryl Polcaro – Studio 323

The most fantastical Cheryl Polcaro is our Featured Artist! Take a peek into her world!

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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 grew up in a small town in rural Connecticut. I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t completely immersed in art. One of my earliest memories was intently sketching Saturday morning cartoons in front of the TV when I was little. I started taking private art lessons at age 11 and I was working mostly with soft pastels at that time. I continued pursuing art through high school with as many classes as were offered and then attended Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. I graduated in 1999 with my BFA.

Q: What do you love most about your art?

A: I love getting lost in my messy process. From the birth of an idea to finding the perfect image or images to work with. Piecing together the image and the entire photo transfer process. Then finally painting into the image and transforming the piece entirely. It is such an amazing gift to be able to bring an image in my head to life for others to see.

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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?

A: I love to work in my studio and it depends where I am in my process as far as whether I like to chat with others in the studio or work alone. Transferring my images onto canvas can be time consuming and I am often waiting for my transfer to dry so at that time I am often chatting with my studio friends or playing with my dogs (or studio assistants if you prefer). Once my transfer is dried and I begin to paint my canvas I definitely get into a zone and I need to work alone. I do have music on in the background which can range from Broadway to rock depending on my mood.

 

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 had absolutely no idea I was going to end up with the style of art I work with today. I went through every media you can imagine throughout art school from graphite to oils and beyond. I never strayed very far into abstraction. I wanted to develop a strong foundation in realism initially and develop my own style from there. I discovered photo transfer as part of a class called “Art and the Photograph” as a Junior at Montserrat and I was hooked. I still use many different methods of photo transfer but in the last five years or so have landed on the method I use now which involves layers of acrylic medium on photocopies from an old copier that still uses powdered toner rather than ink.

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

A: Designate a space to work in, even if you only have a small apartment. Having a separate space to be creative and work is essential.

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

A: This is impossible to summarize! I suppose it comes down to being among like minded people. People who stray from the 9-5 routine and are very unique and often a bit “odd”. Not only do I not feel isolated as an artist, but I am constantly inspired by the artists around me. They make me want to be my best. When I came to Western Avenue Studios 4 years ago, I knew nothing about getting by in the world of Fine Art. Now with the support of other artists in the building who shared their professional experience with me, I have had the honor of showing my work in the most competitive juried art exhibits not only in Massachusetts but nationwide. I also have a website where I sell original work, limited edition archival Giclee prints, and note cards. I am so very grateful to be part of the arts community in Massachusetts and WAS.

*You can meet Cheryl in her Studio 323 on First Saturday Open Studios.
*Check out more of here work and items for sale on her website: http://cherylpolcaro.com/

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WAS This Weekend 5/15-5/17

Join your favorite Artists for some Springtime fun!

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You can now find work by Priscilla Levesque on sale in the Gift Shop at the Newburyport Art Association. If you’re in the area, stop by and have a peek!

 

 

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This weekend, Lisa Hertel and Mary Dumas will both be in Provincetown on Cape Cod with Mary Dumas at Nauticon. Memberships available at the door.

 

 

Merrimack Street

Congratulations to Daniel Mathieu whose work was prized at the Whistler House “Lowell as We See It” exhibit. You can find more info about the full show below!

 

 

 

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The ever fabulous Bruce Wood will be giving a lecture “Unlocking Your Creative Mind” at the Loading Dock Gallery on Sunday May 17th at 2:00pm It should be full of wonderful insight!

 

 

 

 

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

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An amazing collaborative show is opening at the Loading Dock Gallery! “Down to Earth: Clay, Paper & Wood” featuring Barb Guilmet, Samantha Tucker, Laura Doran & Kevin Connolly! This one is a must see!

 

 

Lepidoptera copyCheryl Polcaro & Tom Veirs are both part of the Cambridge Art Association 14th National Prize Show at Cambridge Art Association.  Locations will be at the CAA’s Kathryn Schultz Gallery (25 Lowell St Cambridge) and University Place Gallery (124 Mt Auburn St. Cambridge) which are within walking distance of each other.  May 15th- June 25th Opening reception Friday May 15th 6pm-8pm at both gallery locations.

 

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Laurie Simko, Daniel Mathieu and several other WAS Artists are featured in the incredible show “Lowell as We See It”. View their work at the Whistler House from May 6th through June 13th This show is a must see!

 

 

 

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Bruce Wood of the Glass Ingot will be showing his 2D work at Frobies Cafe, 101 Broadway in Dracut throughout the month of May!

 

 

 

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Rufiya Blank-Mathieu will be exhibiting in “Arts in Bloom” at THE HOPKINTON CENTER OF THE ARTS from May 8th through June 5th

 

 

 

11149806_974824949197162_9216123470007871950_oThe group show “Traveling Artists Roadshow” at the Westford PCA 10 Lincoln Road, Westford MA runs May 1st -31st PCA gallery hours are noon to 2pm on Sundays. This curated show features an eclectic blend of more than 20 artists who reside in a number of cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, all of them share one thing in common, they either work or live and work on Western Avenue in Lowell.

 

 

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Jewelry from Regina McGearty, based on the elements Fire, Water & Earth will be featured in the Ayer Lofts Residents’ show “The Other Element” The show runs May 3rd through May 31st at 172 Middle St. Lowell.

 

 

 

Karen PURPLE HOPEGarry Harley’s image titled KAREN’S PURPLE HOPE (dedicated to his daughter) is ready to ship to Tokyo. This image is one of 80 selected (out of 737 entered) in NYC judging. In Tokyo it will hang with 80 images also selected in Paris and 80 from Tokyo for final judging and awards by 14 judges from NYC, Paris and Tokyo – final judging on June 10th. Show will hang as part of ART OLYMPIA 2015 competition, at new Toshimau-Ku office building June 15-28, 2015. Good Luck Garry!!

 

 

fletcher303Barbara also has a solo exhibition “Menagerie and Myth” at Habitat Gallery Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 10 Juniper Road Belmont, MA
Show runs May 1st through the 31st with an Artist Reception May 14th 6-8pm

 

 

 

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One of Garry Harley’s photographs has been accepted into the Arts League of Lowell (ALL) up-coming show titled EXPOSED 2015 / Open Juried photography show. Show ‘hangs’ April 17th through May 31st with an Artist reception April 26th from 4-6pm

 

 

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You can catch Laurie Simko, Tom Veirs, Adrien Bisson, Gillian Frazier Barbara Guilmet & Janet Wolahan at The Brush Gallery Massachusetts Artists 2015 – Contemporary Art April 18th through June 6, 2015 with an Opening

 

 

 


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The Garden in the Gallery exhibit at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts runs April 3rd through May 17th and features the work of several WAS artists including Kathy Clericuzio, Denise Rainis, Laurie Simko and Margot Stage!
LAST CHANCE!

 

 

 

68935danielRobert Crooker & Daniel Mathieu will both 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!

 

 

 

 

WAS This Weekend 5/8-5/10

Join your favorite Artists for some Springtime fun!

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You can now find work by Priscilla Levesque on sale in the Gift Shop at the Newburyport Art Association.  If you’re in the area, stop by and have a peek!

 

 

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This weekend, Lisa Hertel and her daughter will both be in Albany NY, exhibiting their art at Albacon, the Capitol region’s leading science fiction convention.

 

 

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will be at the Watch City Steampunk Festival in Waltham on Saturday May 9 from 10AM-5PM (rain date Sunday May 10)!

 

 

 

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E Scott Phillips of Totally Wired will be at the1st Annual Billerica Festival for the Arts on May 9th in Billerica MA

 

 

 

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Tarja Cockell will be at Crafts in the Park on the Town Common, Andover MA on Saturday May 9th form 10am to 4pm This is a really fun show featuring some great artisans!

 

 

 

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

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An amazing collaborative show is opening at the Loading Dock Gallery! “Down to Earth: Clay, Paper & Wood” featuring Barb Guilmet, Samantha Tucker, Laura Doran & Kevin Connolly! This one is a must see! Opening Reception Saturday May 2nd from 5-7pm’

 

 

 

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Rufiya Blank-Mathieu will be exhibiting in “Arts in Bloom” at THE HOPKINTON CENTER OF THE ARTS from  May 8th through June 5thReception and Prize Announcements: May 8, 2014, 6:30 – 8pm

 

 

 

11149806_974824949197162_9216123470007871950_oThe group show “Traveling Artists Roadshow” at the Westford PCA 10 Lincoln Road, Westford MA runs May 1st -31st PCA gallery hours are noon to 2pm on Sundays.  This curated show features an eclectic blend of more than 20 artists who reside in a number of cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, all of them share one thing in common, they either work or live and work on Western Avenue in Lowell. Meet the artists at the opening reception May 8, 6-8:00 pm.

 

 

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Regina McGearty
will be featured in the Ayer Lofts Residents’ show “The Other Element” The show runs May 3rd through May 31st with an Opening Reception on Thursday May 7th from 6-9pm. 172 Middle St. Lowell.

 

 

 

Karen PURPLE HOPEGarry Harley’s image titled KAREN’S PURPLE HOPE (dedicated to his daughter) is ready to ship to Tokyo. This image is one of 80 selected (out of 737 entered) in NYC judging. In Tokyo it will hang with 80 images also selected in Paris and 80 from Tokyo for final judging and awards by 14 judges from NYC, Paris and Tokyo – final judging on June 10th. Show will hang as part of ART OLYMPIA 2015 competition, at new Toshimau-Ku office building June 15-28, 2015. Good Luck Garry!!

 

 

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You’ll find Barbara Fletcher in The Birds and the Bees” at The Nave Annex Gallery
53 Chester Street Somerville, MA Exhibition dates April 17th through May 10th LAST CHANCE!

 

 

 

fletcher303Barbara also has a solo exhibition “Menagerie and Myth” at Habitat Gallery Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 10 Juniper Road Belmont, MA
Show runs May 1st through the 31st with an Artist Reception May 14th 6-8pm

 

 

 

GDHarley_Exposed_Concord Veterans Marching Into Memory
One of Garry Harley’s photographs has been accepted into the Arts League of Lowell (ALL) up-coming show titled EXPOSED 2015 / Open Juried photography show. Show ‘hangs’ April 17th through May 31st with an Artist reception April 26th from 4-6pm

 

 

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You can catch Laurie Simko, Tom Veirs, Adrien Bisson, Gillian Frazier Barbara Guilmet & Janet Wolahan at The Brush Gallery Massachusetts Artists 2015 – Contemporary Art April 18th through June 6, 2015 with an Opening

 

 

 

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Photographer Daniel Mathieu is in the show Art unites Communities Group Show at the Attleboro Arts Museum. The show runs through May 9th LAST CHANCE!



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The Garden in the Gallery exhibit at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts runs April 3rd through May 17th and features the work of several WAS artists including Kathy Clericuzio, Denise Rainis, Laurie Simko and Margot Stage!

 

 

 

68935danielRobert Crooker & Daniel Mathieu will both 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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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
LAST CHANCE!

 

 

 

Featured Artist – Denise Rainis – Studio 404

The multi-talented Denise Rainis is our Featured Artist! Learn more about her and her work below:

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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 am so lucky! After over three happy decades as a High School French teacher turned Middle School Principal, I now have the freedom to throw myself into the world of art. Although I have no formal training, I have enjoyed taking workshops from local artists, many of whom continue to offer valuable support. As a sophomore at Wayland High School, I remember the classes when my French teacher showed slides of the chateaux of the Loire Valley and paintings by the French impressionists…and I was hooked. I majored in French and Russian with a minor in Spanish and after many years of teaching French, I am now enjoying painting and teaching art to adults and kids in my studio and in the greater Lowell area.

Q: What do you love most about your art?

A:  I named my studio “Denise Rainis Fine and Fun Art” because although I am serious about my work, I am much more interested in having fun and enjoying what I am doing. I am devoted to improving my painting, but am not interested in focusing on one medium and I also enjoy taking time to develop other ideas. As a flea market aficionado, I have acquired quite a collection of vintage jewelry pieces and am amused by the challenge of recombining the pieces to create new wearable and frame-able art. I love my art…but I don’t take myself too seriously.

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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?

A: I love painting with others, but I am far more productive when I am alone, especially late at night. Some good blues (and sometimes heavy metal), and NOT having to get up early in the morning are good motivators. Over the last three summers, I have had the privilege of spending a week or two in DownEast Maine with 7 other artists. During the day, I was off on my own, alone (and I do mean alone…so much unpopulated natural beauty north of Acadia) on a beach, a trail, a cliff or a jetty with my pastel set, a chair, and a backpack. The crashing waves, shore birds, and breezes made great music and freedom to create. How can you be uptight in such glorious circumstances!

Q: How does your personality translate into your art?

A:  I have always been drawn to nature, the mountains and seashore, rustic beauty, and all things antique and vintage. Most of my paintings feature the great outdoors in all seasons (I’m pretty sure I was or will be a tree in another life) and I love to paint on natural surfaces such as birchbark and smooth stones. Recently, I have started a jewelry line made of birchbark. and I cannot help myself from constantly collecting rocks, many of which I adorn with vintage jewelry pieces.

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

A: One of the many great advantages of the Western Ave Community (beyond the daily inspiration and support from so many artist colleagues) is the opportunity to meet aspiring artists during open studios. So many art admirers have dabbled in the past but don’t know how to continue. My advice is always: Find a small space where you can leave your materials, find a small chunk of time here and there and try working for 10 minutes (which usually turns into an hour or more) and keep reminding yourself that the most you have to lose is a canvas/paper and some paint!

*You can meet Denise in her Studio 404 on First Saturday Open Studios.
*Her work is also currently at Wild Salamander Gallery, Hollis, NH “Bloom” Through May 19th.
*Check her website for special classes and workshops: http://deniserainis.com/workshops-and-classes/

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