Featured Artist – Derek McGearty – Scrapsapien – Studio A210

We have so many different types of Artists at Western Avenue! Check out metal worker & welder Derek McGearty! You can visit him in Studio A210!

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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: Originally from Ireland I came to the US in 2000. I work in engineering mostly Hi-Tech manufacturing which drove me to travel quite a bit. I always liked working with my hands and had always been a bit of a tinkerer. About 10 years ago I bought a welder and started making pieces. I have no formal art education.

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

A: It was not art. It was an electronics/kinetics experiment; an alarm system for my bedroom in a Rube Goldberg vein.

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Q: What do you love most about your art?

A: It can be challenging to represent an activity that is already small in an even smaller scale and still manage to convey the meaning. I love to go to my studio put on my work gear, some music and see what happens. It’s a great feeling to create a piece that you have pride in and that you can see improvement in from the last.

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: Typically I am more productive with minimal distraction, but I love interacting with folks. I will usually turn on some classic rock and just go at it; the music sometimes sends a piece in a different direction. Because my parts are based on the human form I tend to pose myself in various action stances so as to understand the positioning I need to represent. I’m sure it looks great, me in my studio, work gear on, respirator on my face, welding mask on my head and welding gloves on my hands, posing like I am riding a motorbike or playing a trumpet.

Q: How does your personality translate into your art?

A:Subtle details in my pieces like the faces and 90% of the poses are based on me.

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A: No not at all. I used to love to draw and paint. My mother and Grandmother both of whom are/were very creative with brushes and pencils rubbed off on me. I always loved woodwork but my career brought me a different direction. The welder was picked up more as an opportunity to learn something that had always interested me. The art came from living in the Southwest and being inspired by others.

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 had made this hot dog cooker set (R Rated) It was hugely popular and a bit raunchy, I made so many pairs I can’t even count. I wanted to stop making them but materials and rent aren’t free. If you want to support your art you have to work or sell it. Great painters and sculptors all did commission work on subject matter that they most likely had no interest in but, it paid. This allowed them to work on things they were passionate about. Everything you do, if you do it for a long time, will have a certain amount of monotony, throw on some great music or an audio book and plug through it.

Q: Describe your favorite way to spend a Sunday morning.
A: Sleeping in, Coffee, hearty breakfast

*You can meet Derek in his Studio A210 on First Saturday Open Studios. Stop by and say Hello!!

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WAS This Weekend 9/25-9/27

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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.

livan150Western Avenue is thrilled to announce that traditional Cambodian ceramist Yary Livan will receive the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Award. The award will be presented in Washington, DC at festivities on October 1st & 2nd. Yary’s family, several Lowell Artists and his Western Ave Studio mates Samantha & Barbara of Muddy Girls will be on hand to help celebrate this tremendous achievement! Congratulations Yary!
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This weekend catch Denise Rainis & Rebecca Kileen-Brown at the Beaver Brook Association 35th Annual Fall Art & Photography Show.
Saturday & Sunday from 11am-5pm

DHCJewelry@ HashTagWhat Studio will be at Stoneham American Legion Post 11 Common St. in Stoneham, MA on Saturday the 26th from 10-3.
Register now for “Mind Your Beeswax” A week long Encaustic Painting Class by Nancy Tobey! The class is at Snow Farm New England Craft Program in Williamsburg MA from October 4 – 10.
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Robert Crooker and Valerie Borgal have their art showing at the Tewksbury Library through Nov. 10. at 300 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA Check website for Library hours.
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Another BIG Congratulations goes out to the lovely Cheryl Polcaro! Cheryl was just juried in as a member of the Galatea Fine Art Gallery in SoWa! Way to go Cheryl!

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Now at the Loading Dock Gallery! FORM AND COLOR/FELT PAINT STITCH featuring Ann Lee, Susan Garry & Maureen Baker This beautiful show runs from September 2nd through September 27th Reception: Saturday, September 12th 4:00 – 6:00 PM LAST CHANCE!
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Diana Zipeto’s solo show “When You Put It That Way, Collage and Object Paintings by Diana Zipeto” will be at the Carry Out Cafe Gallery in Newburyport MA from September 12th through October 31st

Roddy15The 16th Annual Roddy Show at the Concord Art Association runs from September 17th through October 21st. This year’s participants include WAS Artists Cheryl Polcaro, Bethany Peck-Kalabokis, Laurie Simko, Priscilla Levesque and Janet Wolahan.
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Ilene Richard
‘s fabulous painting “Hoops” is included in the Rockport Art Association 2nd Juried Exhibition in Rockport, MA from August 29th through October 5th Don’t miss it.
0809151926il_570xN.419619779_6hzjDerek McGearty and Regina McGearty both have work in Ayer Lofts Gallery Members Show “People & Places” through the month of September. Gallery Hours are weekends 12-4pm LAST CHANCE!
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Blurred Lines ongoing at The Gleason Library in Carlisle, MA August 1st through October 1st View the latest works by Barbara Guilmet and Samantha Tucker of Muddy Girls Studio Pottery, Leslie Zelamsky and Dana Talbot. LAST CHANCE!
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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 LAST CHANCE!
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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. 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. LAST CHANCE!

WAS This Weekend 9/18-9/20

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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.

livan150Western Avenue is thrilled to announce that traditional Cambodian ceramist Yary Livan will receive the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Award. The award will be presented in Washington, DC at festivities on October 1st & 2nd. Yary’s family, several Lowell Artists and his Western Ave Studio mates Samantha & Barbara of Muddy Girls will be on hand to help celebrate this tremendous achievement! Congratulations Yary!
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Register now for “Mind Your Beeswax” A week long Encaustic Painting Class by Nancy Tobey! The class is at Snow Farm New England Craft Program in Williamsburg MA from October 4 – 10.
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Robert Crooker and Valerie Borgal have their art showing at the Tewksbury Library through Nov. 10. at 300 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA Check website for Library hours.
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Another BIG Congratulations goes out to the lovely Cheryl Polcaro! Cheryl was just juried in as a member of the Galatea Fine Art Gallery in SoWa! Way to go Cheryl!

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Now at the Loading Dock Gallery! FORM AND COLOR/FELT PAINT STITCH featuring Ann Lee, Susan Garry & Maureen Baker This beautiful show runs from September 2nd through September 27th Reception: Saturday, September 12th 4:00 – 6:00 PM
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.
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Diana Zipeto’s solo show “When You Put It That Way, Collage and Object Paintings by Diana Zipeto” will be at the Carry Out Cafe Gallery in Newburyport MA from September 12th through October 31st with an Opening Reception Sunday September 20th from 2-4pm

Roddy15The 16th Annual Roddy Show at the Concord Art Association runs from September 17th through October 21st. This year’s participants include WAS Artists Cheryl Polcaro, Bethany Peck-Kalabokis, Laurie Simko, Priscilla Levesque and Janet Wolahan. Stop by the opening recption tonight, September 17th from 6-8pm
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Ilene Richard
‘s fabulous painting “Hoops” is included in the Rockport Art Association 2nd Juried Exhibition in Rockport, MA from August 29th through October 5th Don’t miss it.
0809151926il_570xN.419619779_6hzjDerek McGearty and Regina McGearty both have work in Ayer Lofts Gallery Members Show “People & Places” through the month of September. Gallery Hours are weekends 12-4pm
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Blurred Lines ongoing at The Gleason Library in Carlisle, MA August 1st through October 1st View the latest works by Barbara Guilmet and Samantha Tucker of Muddy Girls Studio Pottery, Leslie Zelamsky and Dana Talbot.
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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
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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 – Sukey Blake – DHC Jewelry @Hashtag What Studios – Studio 122

Read and learn about the multi-talented Sukey Blake! Swing into Studio 122 to see all of her fabulous creations!

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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 was born in Troy NY grew up in the burbs of Philadelphia, spent 30 years living in Illinois, moved to Lowell Ma. in 2009. My educational background is not in art, but in social work and library science. I have always been creative and crafty. I have been beading and making jewelry since 2011, my daughter needed jewelry for a wedding found nothing in the stores, found loose beads that we liked , and thereby my obsession with beading bloomed into DHC (Drive Husband Crazy) Jewelry.

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

A: Restringing my mother’s broken necklaces into new creations, until this question was asked had not thought about having done this as a child. I was about 4 or 5 years old and my older sister and I had a shoe box with all my mothers broken necklaces in it, we would sit on the bed and bead new creations, wish I had some of those beads now.

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Q: What do you love most about your art?

A: I love to bead as I can do it anywhere, with any object that has a hole in it.

Q: How does your personality translate into your art?

A: My jewelry is unique and whimsical.

blue-crystal-knockerQ: 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: No I did not know I was going to make art I always thought of myself as creative, but my mother was an ARTIST and had been asked at an early age why I was not making work similar to hers, guess I just needed to find a medium that she did not work in.

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*You can meet Sukey in her Studio 122 on First Saturday Open Studios and at the Tyngsboro American Legion Post Fall Craft Fair October 10, 2015 9-4 Stop by and say Hello!!

 

 

 

 

Featured Artist – Nooshin Manoochehri – Studio A303

Introducing the lovely Nooshin Manoochehri! You can visit her in Studio A303!

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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 have worked with clay for over 40 years. I studied industrial design at university of Bridgeport where I learned how to make molds and do production. I furthered my education with an art degree at San Jose State University. With my passion in clay I have been involved in many large events and production. I shared my passion for 14 years with children of all ages in northern California schools. I love to create with clay, this joy always shows in my work.

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

A: A pair of horses heads made in to book ends.

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Q: What do you love most about your art?

A: The softness of my clay, also the bright colors that I use.

Q: What is your biggest obstacle with your art?
I have to have it all perfect. Will do something that didn’t work over and over till it’s done right.

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 working in the middle of the night over looking at the view from my apartment. Love the peace and quiet of the night. If I put music on it will be very soft.

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: As far back as I remember myself I wanted to be an artist and make things with my hand. When I was very young, I used to mix dirt with water, turning it in to mud, then make bowls and statues with it.

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A: Now that I’m all settled in to my space. I like to be able to share some of my technique with the people in the east coast. I also have all these new designs in my head that I like to be able to create with clay.

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

A: How every one has their own individuality.

*You can meet Nooshin in her Studio A303 on First Saturday Open Studios. Stop by and say Hello!!

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WAS This Weekend 9/11-9/13

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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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The Loading Dock Gallery Presents “Welcome to the Visual World of Angela Alés”. Angela Alés will be talking about very intimate aspects of her life, growing up, and what she believes has formed her artistic language and the subject matter of her art work. Sunday the 13th at 2pm in the Gallery
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The Miracle Providers NorthEast will be hosting their 6th Annual Charity Yard Sale this weekend. Stop by 332 Clark Road, Lowell, MA 01852 from 8-4pm on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th All proceeds go toward helping children & families affected by HIV/AIDS.
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Art Ferrier will be at the Nashua Art Walk. You can find Art on the second floor at 30 Temple St. Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 4 with photos, cards etc.

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Lush Beads Industrial will be at the Springfield Steampunk Festival on Saturday and Sunday! Join her at the Hartness House Inn from 10-7 on Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday. She will be on the lawn of the Inn with her fabulous Industrial line of jewelry.
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John Welch of John Francis Designs will be at the Farm Market at Mill No. 5 on Jackson St in Lowell this Sunday from 10-2pm! Swing by and say Hello!

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Now at the Loading Dock Gallery! FORM AND COLOR/FELT PAINT STITCH featuring Ann Lee, Susan Garry & Maureen Baker This beautiful show runs from September 2nd through September 27th Reception: Saturday, September 12th 4:00 – 6:00 PM
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.
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Ilene Richard‘s fabulous painting “Hoops” is included in the Rockport Art Association 2nd Juried Exhibition in Rockport, MA from August 29th through October 5th Don’t miss it.
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Derek McGearty and Regina McGearty both have work in Ayer Lofts Gallery Members Show “People & Places” through the month of September.  Gallery Hours are weekends 12-4pm

garden-teapot-blue-birdBlurred Lines ongoing at The Gleason Library in Carlisle, MA August 1st through October 1st View the latest works by Barbara Guilmet and Samantha Tucker of Muddy Girls Studio Pottery, Leslie Zelamsky and Dana Talbot.
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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! LAST CHANCE!

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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
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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.

WAS This Weekend 9/4-9/6 First Saturday Edition

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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.
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Now at the Loading Dock Gallery! FORM AND COLOR/FELT PAINT STITCH featuring Ann Lee, Susan Garry & Maureen Baker This beautiful show runs from September 2nd through September 27th Reception: Saturday, September 12th  4:00 – 6:00 PM
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.
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Ilene Richard‘s fabulous painting “Hoops” is included in the Rockport Art Association 2nd Juried Exhibition in Rockport, MA from August 29th through October 5th Don’t miss it.
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Derek McGearty and Regina McGearty both have work in Ayer Lofts Gallery Members Show “People & Places” through the month of September. Swing by the Opening Reception on Thursday September 3rd from 5-9pm. There’ll be cupcakes. Gallery Hours are weekends 12-4pm

garden-teapot-blue-birdBlurred Lines ongoing at The Gleason Library in Carlisle, MA August 1st through October 1st View the latest works by Barbara Guilmet and Samantha Tucker of Muddy Girls Studio Pottery, Leslie Zelamsky and Dana Talbot. Meet the ARtists at an evening reception on Friday, September 18, 2015 7-9pm
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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
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.
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.