WAS This Weekend 8/28-8/30

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SAVE THE DATE!
Western Avenue Studios Artist Assocation, The Loading Dock Gallery, and The Miracle Providers NorthEast invite you to ARToberfest, a traditional Bavarian-themed Oktoberfest Saturday, October 3 and Sunday October 4, 2015
* Open Studios on both days, with art-themed activities and demonstrations (12-5pm Saturday and Sunday)
* “Artful Biergarten” with local craft beer/mead tastings
* Loading Dock Gallery hosts a new art exhibit opening reception with a Poetry Convergence (5pm-7pm Saturday, Oct. 3)
* Saturday evening – Oom Pa Pas play in The Onyx Room at Western Avenue benefitting the Miracle Providers NorthEast (7pm-11pm, Saturday, Oct. 3). Ticket information will be available soon.
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Register Now! Jennifer Clement of the Artist Bar will be Hosting a Paint & Sip Fundraiser for the Lowell Human Society! The event will take lace on September 10th from 7-9pm.

 

4017336_origNow at the Loading Dock Gallery! Summertime Blues, a juried show which runs through August 30th, in its showcase gallery. This show is its first event for which a national call for art was issued and the first that will award a “Best in Show” monetary prize. Juried by Kate James, director of the Concord Art Association, the show features work from Western Ave Artists as well as pieces from around the country.

 

lionWestern Avenue Studios Artist Association is pleased to announce an ongoing partnership with Merrimack Repertory Theatre! WAS Artists will showcase work in the MRT lobby Gallery for each show this season! The first show The Lion runs from August 26th through September 20th. After 7p show on August 30th stay for an Artists’ Reception!

 

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Fiber Artist Margot Stage‘s fiber sculpture “Umbilical” is in the show Images of Grief and Healing at Maud Morgan Arts, 20 Sacramento St in Cambridge, MA from August 10th through September 11th!

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Two of Garry Harley‘s pieces were selected by a new gallery located in Littleton, MA Gallery 529 – Artist cooperative at 529 King Street, Littleton, MA, for their juried show — DISCOVERY. Show runs August 9th through September 27th with an Artist Reception Sunday – August 16th 4-6pm.
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Tom and Val Borgal are in the Tewksbury Library Monthly Art Show 300 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA The show, Sticks and Stones, Shells and Bones runs from August 11th – September 1st – during Library hours. LAST CHANCE!
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Cheryl Polcaro’s
piece “The Dance” is in the upcoming show “New England Collective 6” at Galatea Fine Art in Boston. The show opens this Friday August 7th and the reception is from 6-8pm that evening. The show runs through August 30th. If anyone is in the area for SOWA Sundays the gallery is right there 🙂 LAST CHANCE!
Youre Living All Over Me

Now at the Ayer Lofts GalleryYou’re Living All Over Me, with Nikki Giraffo, Markus Haala, Robb Sandagata, and Emily Sandagata! Show runs through the month of August! LAST CHANCE!

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Rebecca Kileen-Brown
has a photograph featured at the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 80th Regional Art Exhibit. The exhibit runs all summer!
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Opening July 21 is Summer Selective at NewTV Gallery in Newton, MA. This is an exhibit drawing from the artists that participated in the 2015 Newton Open Studios. See work by WAS painter Deb Bretton Robinson! Show runs through September 30.
68935danielRobert Crooker & Daniel Mathieu will both be in the exhibition Art in Motion at Audio Concepts, 870 Comm. Ave., Boston thru September 28. So cool! On display during business hours.

Featured Artist – Ron Weed – akaWeed Studios – Studio 205

We have so many different types of Artists at Western Avenue! Check out Airbrush Artist & Pinstriper Ron Weed!! You can visit him in Studio 205!

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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 Name is Ron … I started being creative and drawing as soon as I could hold a crayon… I was born here in Lowell and spent most of my life here. Going to Old Orchard Beach, Maine every summer is where I was first exposed to airbrush at 7 or 8 years old. I grew up watching painting shows on television and learning to oil paint from that. I sold paintings as a kid, but when I finally got to high school that’s when I really got interested in airbrush and illustration. I took commercial art, though I taught myself just about everything by reading as many books on subjects as I could. My first job was at a sign shop in Tewksbury where I worked for a couple of months, but I was not quick or experienced enough at the time so I was let go; that’s when my dad had an apartment over his shop for rent. So he asked his landlord if I could rent it. It changed the course of my life. I started in my own business, making signs and airbrushing different projects. Everything was hand painted back then. I’ve been doing my own thing ever since.Learning, making mistakes and growing in my field. I stumbled on a western ave artist named Bill Bradbury. He told me about western ave. I never knew this place existed. I literally worked across the street for several years not knowing about the great community of artist that reside in the big building across the parking lot. From the day I was toured through the building I knew I wanted to be a part of the artist community. And here I am two years later… if it weren’t for the chance meeting Bill I may have never know about western ave artists. Now I’m enjoying being a part of this great community of people who just happen to be artists. It’s great.

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

A: I used to draw cartoon characters I had watched on tv. My parents thought I had traced them…lol.. later was oil painting like I would watch on television. . Those were my first experiences in making stuff by hand… boy did it segway into something different.

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Q: What do you love most about your art?

A: I like making something that people like and enjoy looking at and making things that are meaningful to my customers. The technical and creative side of being a good draftsman. Doing something well. To satisfy my own need to learn and create. Now that I’m exposed to all this great art at Western Ave I am going to experiment with new stuff. I love learning about art… I feel like a kid again… this place has put the fun back into art and learning for me.

Q:  What is your biggest obstacle with your art?
Being in a business of commercialized artwork, it makes it more like a job sometimes… deadlines are my biggest obstacles. It sometimes doesn’t lend to creating the best piece  possible which is why I’m going to start making artwork for just me, like I used to when I was a kid, before I started my own business. I found that I would never do anything unless I got paid to do it.. sounds like some artists dreams , but it can take the fun out of it sometimes.

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 like it all. I now love the fact that there are other artists around me all the time. I used to be alone on all of my jobs the majority of the time and loved when I was asked to do work with other people in my industry. The only time I would socialize is when I was out selling my artistic services. Now I prefer having people around who are artists; it makes things more fun in my opinion. And other times I just need to shut the door and work..

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 wanted to be a painter, then as I got more exposed to airbrushing kind of went in that direction. Once I started lettering I knew I would like to do that also. I actually hated lettering at first. It wasn’t airbrushing so I wanted no part of it, but the first time I was told I needed to make a sign with a brush for the lettering instead of a marker I was hooked. I also always wanted to paint on race cars because I was exposed to this stuff from an early age. All the cool race cars at the drag strip when I went with my uncle, I knew I wanted to do something with cars and that’s what married my two interests together. .

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

My new goal is to make my own art, just for me, and expand my current business in different directions. . Opening up new places to sell what I currently do,  travel and do my work not letting my past inhibitions prevent me like they have previously. Experience new art forms and see where it takes me. I feel like a person who just got into college for the first time. While I’m here I am leaning new things about art that I was never exposed to or even knew existed. It’s awesome.. plain and simple.

*You can meet Ron in his Studio 205 on First Saturday Open Studios. Stop by and say Hello!!

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WAS This Weekend 8/22-8/24

Artoberfest Image
SAVE THE DATE!
Western Avenue Studios Artist Assocation, The Loading Dock Gallery, and The Miracle Providers NorthEast invite you to ARToberfest, a traditional Bavarian-themed Oktoberfest Saturday, October 3 and Sunday October 4, 2015
* Open Studios on both days, with art-themed activities and demonstrations (12-5pm Saturday and Sunday)
* “Artful Biergarten” with local craft beer/mead tastings
* Loading Dock Gallery hosts a new art exhibit opening reception with a Poetry Convergence (5pm-7pm Saturday, Oct. 3)
* Saturday evening – Oom Pa Pas play in The Onyx Room at Western Avenue benefitting the Miracle Providers NorthEast (7pm-11pm, Saturday, Oct. 3). Ticket information will be available soon.
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You can catch Tarja Cockell at the Portland Fine Craft Show on Congress Street, Portland Maine
Saturday August 22, 2015 9am-4pm Rain date: Sunday August 23.

4017336_origNow at the Loading Dock Gallery! Summertime Blues, a juried show which runs through August 30th, in its showcase gallery. This show is its first event for which a national call for art was issued and the first that will award a “Best in Show” monetary prize. Juried by Kate James, director of the Concord Art Association, the show features work from Western Ave Artists as well as pieces from around the country.
garry
Two of Garry Harley‘s pieces were selected by a new gallery located in Littleton, MA Gallery 529 – Artist cooperative at 529 King Street, Littleton, MA, for their juried show — DISCOVERY. Show runs August 9th through September 27th with an Artist Reception Sunday – August 16th 4-6pm.
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Tom and Val Borgal are in the Tewksbury Library Monthly Art Show 300 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA The show, Sticks and Stones, Shells and Bones runs from August 11th – September 1st – during Library hours.
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Cheryl Polcaro’s
piece “The Dance” is in the upcoming show “New England Collective 6” at Galatea Fine Art in Boston. The show opens this Friday August 7th and the reception is from 6-8pm that evening. The show runs through August 30th. If anyone is in the area for SOWA Sundays the gallery is right there 🙂
Youre Living All Over Me

Now at the Ayer Lofts GalleryYou’re Living All Over Me, with Nikki Giraffo, Markus Haala, Robb Sandagata, and Emily Sandagata! Show runs through the month of August!

Island Arts InitiativeThe Isles Arts Initiative is a summer long public art series on Georges, Spectacle islands and Boston Sculptors Gallery that will capture the intrinsic beauty of the 34 harbor islands. Cove will transform Georges Island into an outdoor gallery, as eleven regional artists and collectives create site-responsive contemporary installations that will activate all 41.3 acres from the parade group to the dark tunnels and bastions, to the shoreline. View work by WAS artists Amy Archambault and Elizabeth Alexander! This exhibition runs thru August 26. LAST CHANCE!
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Rebecca Kileen-Brown
has a photograph featured at the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 80th Regional Art Exhibit. The exhibit runs all summer!
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Opening July 21 is Summer Selective at NewTV Gallery in Newton, MA. This is an exhibit drawing from the artists that participated in the 2015 Newton Open Studios. See work by WAS painter Deb Bretton Robinson! Show runs through September 30.
CubScouts5 A-La-Mode croppedIlene Richard‘s work will be at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. Her illustration “Boy Scouts” will hang in the children’s gallery show “Picture This” thru September 20.
You can also view Ilene’s beautiful painting “A-La Mode” on exhibit in “Women of Vision”: Artwork by the National Association of Women Artists, MA Chapter in East Cambridge MA thru August 28. LAST CHANCE!
68935danielRobert Crooker & Daniel Mathieu will both be in the exhibition Art in Motion at Audio Concepts, 870 Comm. Ave., Boston thru September 28. So cool! On display during business hours.

WAS This Weekend 8/14-8/16

Come see where our artists will be this weekend!

Artoberfest Image
SAVE THE DATE!  Western Avenue Studios Artist Assocation, The Loading Dock Gallery, and The Miracle Providers NorthEast invite you to ARToberfest, a traditional Bavarian-themed Oktoberfest Saturday, October 3 and Sunday October 4, 2015
* Open Studios on both days, with art-themed activities and demonstrations (12-5pm Saturday and Sunday)
* “Artful Biergarten” with local craft beer/mead tastings
* Loading Dock Gallery hosts a new art exhibit opening reception with a Poetry Convergence (5pm-7pm Saturday, Oct. 3)
* Saturday evening – Oom Pa Pas play in The Onyx Room at Western Avenue benefitting the Miracle Providers NorthEast (7pm-11pm, Saturday, Oct. 3). Ticket information will be available soon.
RxJ_ACT1_SITE_pg003On Monday August 17th, Mary Dumas will be at CARNIVAL 2015 PROVINCETOWN at the Hubba Bubba Vendor Fair, at the Bas Relief behind Town Hall! You can catch her from 12-4pm!
4017336_origNow at the Loading Dock Gallery! Summertime Blues, a juried show which runs through August 30th, in its showcase gallery. This show is its first event for which a national call for art was issued and the first that will award a “Best in Show” monetary prize. Juried by Kate James, director of the Concord Art Association, the show features work from Western Ave Artists as well as pieces from around the country.
garryTwo of Garry Harley‘s pieces were selected by a new gallery located in Littleton, MA Gallery 529 – Artist cooperative at 529 King Street, Littleton, MA, for their juried show — DISCOVERY.  Show runs August 9th through September 27th with an Artist Reception Sunday – August 16th 4-6pm.
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Tom and Val Borgal are in the Tewksbury Library Monthly Art Show 300 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA The show, Sticks and Stones, Shells  and Bones runs from August 11th – September 1st – during Library hours.
The Dance copyCheryl Polcaro’s piece “The Dance” is in the upcoming show “New England Collective 6” at Galatea Fine Art in Boston. The show opens this Friday  August 7th and the reception is from 6-8pm that evening.  The show runs through August 30th.  If anyone is in the area for SOWA Sundays the gallery is right there 🙂

Youre Living All Over MeNow at the Ayer Lofts GalleryYou’re Living All Over Me, with Nikki Giraffo, Markus Haala, Robb Sandagata, and Emily Sandagata! Show runs through the month of August!
ForceofNatureFORCE OF NATURE is a national exhibition juried by Judith Brodsky and sponsored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. The exhibition runs through August 14, 2015 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Silver Center for the Arts located on the campus of Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. WAS artist Darcy Schultz will have work in this exhibition – stop by the opening reception this Saturday from 5-7PM!
RoberetCrookerThe Tewksbury Community of Artists is currently exhibiting “Shadows And Sunshine” at the Tewksbury Library. The show is open during library hours and will be on display through August 11. Be sure to see work by WAS artist Robert Crooker!
EXTENDED THROUGH MID-AUGUST! WAS artist Jennifer Clement‘s oil paintings join Karen Orsillo’s Color Pattern & Play: Neriage Inspired Porcelain Treasures in the perfect pairing. Visit the Lexicon Gallery in Magnolia, MA to see this beautiful show! The gallery is open Fri-Sun 12-5PM.
Island Arts Initiative
The Isles Arts Initiative is a summer long public art series on Georges, Spectacle islands and Boston Sculptors Gallery that will capture the intrinsic beauty of the 34 harbor islands. Cove will transform Georges Island into an outdoor gallery, as eleven regional artists and collectives create site-responsive contemporary installations that will activate all 41.3 acres from the parade group to the dark tunnels and bastions, to the shoreline. View work by WAS artists Amy Archambault and Elizabeth Alexander! This exhibition runs thru August 26.
Fitchburg Art Museum 80th Final Final Call Cover
Rebecca Kileen-Brown
has a photograph featured at the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 80th Regional Art Exhibit. The exhibit runs all summer!
DbrettonRobinson
Opening July 21 is Summer Selective at NewTV Gallery in Newton, MA. This is an exhibit drawing from the artists that participated in the 2015 Newton Open Studios. See work by WAS painter Deb Bretton Robinson! Show runs through September 30.
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Ilene Richard
‘s work will be at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. Her illustration “Boy Scouts” will hang in the children’s gallery show “Picture This” thru September 20.
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You can also view Ilene’s beautiful painting “A-La Mode” on exhibit in “Women of Vision”: Artwork by the National Association of Women Artists, MA Chapter in East Cambridge MA thru August 28.
68935danielRobert Crooker & Daniel Mathieu will both be in the exhibition Art in Motion at Audio Concepts, 870 Comm. Ave., Boston thru September 28. So cool! On display during business hours.