WAS this Weekend November 27th through November 29th

“Shop Small Saturday” kicks off in a big way at the BUST Craftacular in Boston, MA. Shop from more than 100 artists and artisans including Western Avenue Studios artists Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps, Heather Wang Jewelry, migration goods, and Lush Beads at the Cyclorama Building at 58 Tremont Street in Boston, Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 6.


Gallery Z in downtown Lowell will be featuring artwork and giftable items from Western Avenue Studio artists Katherine DuBose Fuerst and Renee Mallett of Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps for the holiday season. Gallery Z is located at 167 Market Street.

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Last chance to see Natural Selection: Selected works from Jack Holmes, Photographer & Laurie Simko, Painter at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios.

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Daniel Mathieu & Rufiya Blank have collaborated to bring you the show “Double Vision” through December at the Ayer Lofts Gallery in Downtown Lowell. There will be an opening reception on December 4th from 6-8pm

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Jennifer Clement’s show “In-between” is at the Flaneur Gallery in Wenham from December 1st through January 8th with an opening reception on Friday December 4th.
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Kathy Clericuzio’s colored pencil artwork titled “Ears Two You” is part of the Invitational Members Exhibition at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell from November 18th through January 16th.


The Gallery at Loft 27 on Jackson Street in Lowell are featuring jewelry and artwork from Sukey Blake and Jean Sulecki throughout December.

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Last chance to see work by Angela Ales and Cheryl Polcaro in the small group show “The Human Condition” at Galatea Gallery in Boston. 

Painter Laurie Simko (Studio A512) is part of the New Members’ Show at the Rockport Art Association. This show runs until Dec. 6th.

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Abundance: A solo show featuring encaustic paintings by Nancy Tobey will be at the Mandarin Asian Bistro in Lowell from November 3rd through January 2nd

Featured Artist – Art Ferrier – Studio 503

Our newest Featured Artist is Photographer Art Ferrier! Learn a little bit more about him!

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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 Lowell, and spent my first 35 years in and around the city. I’ve always been interested in art, and took drawing lessons at the Whistler House when I was small. Photography had a special fascination for me, but it wasn’t until 1974 that I could afford a real camera. A friend showed me what an f-stop was and how to develop and print black & white, and that’s all the instruction I’ve ever received. From that point on it was sort of an obsession, and I taught myself everything from more advanced shooting techniques and theory to color printing.
In the early 80’s I was involved with Art Alive, an artists’ cooperative in Lowell, and showed my work everywhere in the area that I could. In 1985 I had a solo exhibition at the Whistler House, and soon after left the area to live in northern New Hampshire, where photography, both shooting and custom printing, became a major part of my livelihood.

Q: What do you love most about your art?

A: Seeing. I am an intensely visual person, and am constantly scanning the visual environment for details. Most of my influences are painters, largely abstract painters, and my great joy is finding combinations of forms, colors, textures and light around me and creating my images from them. Some of my most successful images have come from junkyards, random walls and shadows, and the side of a dump truck.
I believe that we are constantly surrounded by beauty, if we take the time to look closely for it. The highest compliment and satisfaction that I receive is when folks have told me that after looking at my work they are seeing things that they have walked by for years without noticing.  My other great love has always been printing, in the darkroom for years and now digitally. Making the final decisions about resolution of angles, tonal relationships and so many other things are very exciting. I use Photoshop sparingly, not doing things with software that I could not have done in the darkroom.

window-haikuQ:  What is your biggest obstacle with your art?

A: Probably time, although being at Western Avenue has helped a lot with that. Aside from that it’s the limitations of subject matter. Because I do not generally set things up, but extract all of my images from the environment, I can get frustrated by random things: If a building were just a bit more to the right, if a sign had not been repainted, or if I could just stop in the middle of the highway at rush hour, life would be so much nicer. There have been times when I have come back to a specific building hoping for better light and found that in the interim it had been built next to, had scaffolding put up on it, or torn down.

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:  When shooting I generally like to work alone, often with music to focus my attention. Most of my work is urban, and I wander cities for hours scanning for potential images. If I see a building or scene that interests me I might walk around it for awhile, or maybe just sit and think, looking through the camera occasionally. As I walk I am looking up, down, into alleys and sometimes windows, mentally editing my field of vision and imaging more contrast or saturation. Because I was pre-digital I still shoot pretty much the same as I always have, not hitting the shutter till I’m pretty sure, and not shooting more than I need to.
When printing there is always music, usually some type of thoughtful jazz. I get lost in printing for hours at a time.

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

A: In my other life I’m a high school Social Studies teacher, and spend a lot of time talking to teenagers about creating art. I tell them that if they have any inclination toward art then they should be creating. Expose themselves to different media, different styles, and different approaches to the creative process, but all through it be creating. It builds the human soul. Young artists should not be in a hurry to exhibit, or to define their own styles. Always be open to new ideas, and experiment a lot. My advice to young artists headed for art school is to be sure they pick up some practical skills that they can earn money from, along with developing their creativity and technique. As saxophonist Dewey Redman said long ago, the starving artist is a nice romantic notion, but it’s hard to create when you’re hungry.

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

A: I retire from teaching next June, so plans and goals abound! I’ve just purchased a 44″ wide-format printer and plan to spend a good deal of time getting to know it. A big priority is building the business side of what I do. Part of that is photographing artwork and printing for my fellow artists, and another is doing more promotion for commercial shooting.  Artistically, I have a solo show coming up in February at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell that I’m excited about. They have a wonderful gallery space that I hung 61 photos in four years ago. That show was very successful, and they invited me to do an encore. I’m hoping to have between 40 and 50 recent pieces, including some large prints. Aside from that I look forward to more time to visit new places and explore new environments. I’m also thinking seriously about translating my love of form and color into other media, probably pastels and paints. Western Avenue does inspire things like that.

*You can meet Art in his Studio 503 on First Saturday Open Studios. Stop by and say Hello!!

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WAS This Weekend November 20th through November 22nd

KIMG0007Lisa Hertel will be at the Philcon Art Show. Philcon is one of the oldest science fiction conventions in the world; it is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. She will also be on several program items during the weekend. Last year, she received an award for her art there. The show is at the Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill, NJ this Friday through Sunday!

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Fashion Designer Jacki Robichaud of Jack Attackk Clothing will be at Shawsheen Tech 8th Annual Fall Fair at Shawsheen Technical High School, 100 Cook Street, Billerica Saturday, November 21st from 9 am – 3 pm

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Now through November 29th at the Loading Dock Gallery. Natural Selection: Selected works from Jack Holmes, Photographer & Laurie Simko, Painter Opening Reception this Saturday November 7th from 5-7pm

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Kathy Clericuzio’s colored pencil artwork titled “Ears Two You” is part of the Invitational Members Exhibition at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell from November 18th through January 16th. Artist Reception, Saturday, November 21st from 2-4 pm.

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Wood Sculptor David Crane has a solo exhibit at The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Mass Ave in West Acton, MA There will be an Artists reception on Friday, November 13th from 6-7:30pm

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Angela Ales and Cheryl Polcaro both have pieces in the small group show “The Human Condition” at Galatea Gallery in Boston. The show opens on Saturday November 7th and runs through the end of the month.

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Abundance: A solo show featuring encaustic paintings by Nancy Tobey will be at the Mandarin Asian Bistro in Lowell from November 3rd through January 2nd

WAS This Weekend November 13th through November 15th

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THIS WEEKEND! October 13th & 14th in the Onyx Room! Happily Never After! Tickets on Sale Now!
Cash bar Doors open at 7pm Show begins at 8pm All proceeds to benefit The Miracle Providers NorthEast, helping children affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Now through November 29th at the Loading Dock Gallery. Natural Selection: Selected works from Jack Holmes, Photographer & Laurie Simko, Painter Opening Reception this Saturday November 7th from 5-7pm

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Wood Sculptor David Crane has a solo exhibit at The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Mass Ave in West Acton, MA There will be an Artists reception on Friday, November 13th from 6-7:30pm

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Angela Ales and Cheryl Polcaro both have pieces in the small group show “The Human Condition” at Galatea Gallery in Boston. The show opens on Saturday November 7th and runs through the end of the month.

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Abundance: A solo show featuring encaustic paintings by Nancy Tobey will be at the Mandarin Asian Bistro in Lowell from November 3rd through January 2nd

harleyGarry Harley has 3 pieces in the Arts League of Lowell Juried Show Abstractions 2015. The show runs October 9th through November 15th. His work

MALE BONE MAN / from ALIENATION SERIES was awarded THIRD PLACE! Congratulations Garry!!

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Catch Ilene Richard at the show Strokes of Genius: Women Artists of New England- Past and Present; Contemporary Women artists from the National Association of Women Artists. Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA October 10th-November 14th LAST CHANCE!

Featured Artist – Don Ouellette – Studio 533

Our newest Featured Artist is Watercolor & Oil Painter Don Ouellette! Learn a little bit more about him!

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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: Born in Lowell grew up in the Acre. So Western Avenue was a little like coming back home. I’ve been painting for over 35 years. It started with watercolor lessons with my Dad and became a life long desire to interpret the vanishing New England countryside. Being a painter was usually a part time pursuit due to having a job and raising a family. I studied with well known artist Jack Flynn AWS, Carlton Plummer AWS, Murray Wentwoth NA, Guy Dampier and David Lowrey.  After a layoff from work, art became a full time pursuit that eventually brought me to WAS.

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: A typical day at the studio can start at 9 am or Noon (being retired does have certain benefits) finding what excites me on a given day is usually what leads to what I will attempt to create that day. Subject matter will dictate which medium I’ll use. Some days I’ll spend time drawing sketches for the next work. I can work with music or in silence, with others or alone I don’t have a preference.

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Q: How does your personality translate into your art?

A: People have told me my work gives them peace and calm. Serenity is a good thing. Other artists will use conflict and other emotions and are very successful doing that. In a world that moves at the speed of light I try to slow down the hyper drive and find the calm in an ever changing symphony of noise.

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: If my Dad hadn’t pushed me to take his watercolor class I would not be painting today. My brothers were both artistically gifted at a young age but never pursued Art. Being the one without the gift, sheer determination and perseverance guided my choice. I knew from teaching myself guitar that practice was key to developing and making progress in Art. I worked in watercolor for a number of years before working in oils.

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

A: Take your time find a teacher that can help you reach your goals. Don’t be afraid to
fail (the best hitters in baseball fail 7 out of 10 at bats.) Early on learn enough technique
so that you will control the medium you choose. Find what you are passionate about
and begin to explore that in an artistic manner.

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 don’t have that one motif that I turn to all the time. It’s good to keep looking and be open to try new and different subjects. If you are a realistic painter try abstracts to help
you push your design skills. Try high and low key paintings. If you work small try a large
canvas. Do things to get out of your comfort zone. Never stop exploring, the next big
thing may be around the corner.

*You can meet Don in his Studio 533 on First Saturday Open Studios. Stop by and say Hello!!

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WAS This Weekend November 6th through November 8th – First Saturday Edition

WASStudiosandLofts-LogoforBrochure-300x122First Saturday is here! Visit more than 100 Western Avenue Artists who will Open their doors for browsing, shopping, learning and demonstrations. What a perfect way to spend a beautiful Saturday! See you there.

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Save the Date! October 13th & 14th in the Onyx Room! Happily Never After! Tickets on Sale Now!
Cash bar Doors open at 7pm Show begins at 8pm All proceeds to benefit The Miracle Providers NorthEast, helping children affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Now through November 29th at the Loading Dock Gallery. Natural Selection: Selected works from Jack Holmes, Photographer & Laurie Simko, Painter Opening Reception this Saturday November 7th from 5-7pm

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Wood Sculptor David Crane has a solo exhibit at The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Mass Ave in West Acton, MA There will be an Artists reception on Friday, November 13th from 6-7:30pm

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Angela Ales and Cheryl Polcaro both have pieces in the small group show “The Human Condition” at Galatea Gallery in Boston. The show opens on Saturday November 7th and runs through the end of the month.

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Abundance: A solo show featuring encaustic paintings by Nancy Tobey will be at the Mandarin Asian Bistro in Lowell from November 3rd through January 2nd with an Opening Reception on Sunday November 8th from 4-6pm

harleyGarry Harley has 3 pieces in the Arts League of Lowell Juried Show Abstractions 2015. The show runs October 9th through November 15th. His work

MALE BONE MAN / from ALIENATION SERIES was awarded THIRD PLACE! Congratulations Garry!!

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Catch Ilene Richard at the show Strokes of Genius: Women Artists of New England- Past and Present; Contemporary Women artists from the National Association of Women Artists. Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA October 10th-November 14th
crookergourds_600Robert 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. LAST CHANCE!