Artweek, Artist Demos, Spring Themed Show, and More at Our May Open Studios

As part of our May Open Studios, we are thrilled to announce that Western Avenue Studios and Lofts is participating in ARTWEEK.  Over 1,000 unique art events are taking place throughout Massachusetts during ARTWEEK, and we have several of those events happening right here at 122 and 160 Western Avenue in Lowell, MA.

Raffle. You’ll also have an opportunity to enter a raffle, being held by the Lowell High School Latin Lyceum, for a chance to win one or more of 19 prizes.

Loading Dock Gallery.  This month, the artists of The Loading Dock Gallery and Western Avenue Studios will be partnering with Mother Nature in the most beautiful artwork of all … Spring and all it’s glory!  Full Bloom Too! is a beautiful collection of artwork that embodies all things found in nature.  Come immerse yourself in works that conjure up the splendor and beauty of Mother Nature.

Artist reception. Saturday, May 4 at First Saturday Open Studios from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Loading Dock Gallery.

Artist demonstrations. Come down and check out the special ARTWEEK demos that many of our artists are hosting and get involved in making art where art happens!


JOHN BRICKELS – Studio 533

You’ll find a special talent in studio 533.  This studio is where artist John Brickels works his magic in clay.  He will be working on a building during the May Open Studio ArtWeek Event.





Visit Tarja Cockell in studio A412 to see the process of how she creates images and patterns into her woven pieces.



SUZANNE HODGE – Studio 417

Make a set of two coasters in studio 417.  Suzanne Hodge just moved into this studio and is celebrating by inviting visitors to create a piece of art during the May Open Studios. Workshop times are 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Make one or two coasters as time allows.

CAROLYN LEE – Studio 327

Make a Watercolor Greeting Card in studio 327 on Friday, May 3 from 10am to 4pm and Saturday, May 4 from Noon to 5pm.  First card per person is free. Additional cards are $2 each (while supplies last).



Glass fusing is working with compatible glass that can be fused together, shaped and/or cast in a kiln.  Come by to learn how to cut glass and see what glass fusing is all about. This demo will be on-going, stroll by anytime.



This charming collage was created by Linda Branch Dunn in Studio 305.  Linda will be doing a miniature collage demo during the May Open Studios, it’s a demo you are sure to enjoy!



MARILYN ROOT – Studio 306

Drop in on Marilyn Root in 306 for a fused glass show and prep.  Fun studio!






Lynn Mohney of Prunella’s Workshop in Studio A202 is doing a demo titled “Chasing and Repousse: A Demo of the Ancient Technique”.  This demo is a rare opportunity to see this ancient form of artwork in process.




There will be an ongoing spoon-carving demo in the John Francis Designs Studio 200 during our ArtWeek May Open Studios.  This demo is a great opportunity to see a master craftsman at work and to find out about carving classes that are offered by this artist.




Here, Yari Levan is working on a large pot.  If you stop by Muddy Girls Studio you are apt to catch him at work and might also meet Samantha and Barbara, the other engaging potters in Studio 228.


EIR’S GARDEN – Studio 124

Eir’s Garden in Studio 124 will be doing a soap making demo all day.  This luscious soap is called Beach Day. It has sea salt, sea clay, and spirulina in it. It smells like coppertone and sunshine.




Drop in to the Cogitation Zone in studio 109.  Make a unique piece of art in a few minutes that you can take with you! Yupo is a special paper made to work with alcohol inks, the latest media sensation. Suitable for ages 3+. Cost is $1.



AMY ROBERTS – Loft 124

Inside a Painter’s Studio: Drop in to Loft 214 and see a fine art painter in her natural habitat, living and working in an open loft space. 1,500 sq. ft serve as a work studio, viewing gallery, and home to the artist and two shy cats.  Open Studio days at Western Ave are about the creative act of making and sharing, where artists and non-artists come together over works in progress.

Visit us. Artists open their studios doors to the public from Noon-5 pm.  There is free on-site parking and a free shuttle bus for any over-flow parking.  Don’t forget to stop by Navigation Brewing Company on the first floor to check out what is on tap. North American Catering (NAC) food truck will be serving up burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches for your dining pleasure.



Architectural Paintings with a Twist. Featured Artist: Mike Gruber. Western Avenue Studio: 112.

Experimental, Whimsical, & Lighthearted – Western Avenue Studios Artist Association (WASAA) member Michael Gruber enjoys distorting architectural compositions.  This father of two received his architectural degree from Iowa State.  Born and raised in Lowell, he enjoys painting local scenes and iconic buildings that evoke nostalgia.  Approximately 10 years ago, he started taking art lessons at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.  Prior to joining the Western Avenue community in July 2018, he painted above his garage in Lexington and in a small commercial space in Arlington.

His Process of Manipulation – Mike begins each piece by experimenting with various compositions through a series of thumbnails in his sketchbook.  Once a strong distorted composition emerges, he begins his oil painting process by transferring his sketch onto a black canvas using a grid system.  Using a reduced color palette, he develops sweeping curves or focal points that create unique architectural perspectives. While painting, Mike likes to listen to podcasts.  Once a piece is finished, Mike encloses the canvas with a white or black wooden frame that he makes himself. 

Significant Influences – During his childhood, Mike’s parents encouraged him to pursue art by enrolling him in art classes.  In high school, he took drafting classes and spent a lot of his free time drawing buildings and city scenes.  According to Mike, Linda McCluskey and James Michalopoulos are the two artists that have influenced his work the most.

Visiting Western Avenue Studios and Lofts – Mike is often in his studio Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  He will also be open during our next Open Studios on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 12 – 5 p.m.  Stop by and see his pieces for yourself!


Painting with Heart. Featured Artist: Debra Bretton Robinson. Western Avenue Studio: A409.

Painter and Art Educator– Western Avenue Studios Artist Association (WASAA) member Debra Bretton Robinson has been a part of the Western Avenue community for more than 10 years.  This mother of three graduated from Mass College of Art with a degree in Painting and Art Education in 1991.  Since then, she has been sharing her love for art with young people as a K-8 educator.  She is currently serving as a special education paraprofessional in Georgetown, MA.  Deb began painting at the age of four, and to this day she can clearly remember the moment she learned what an easel was in nursery school.  Having the opportunity to paint standing up using an easel was a formative moment for this Plaistow, NH native.

Bright, Playful, and Graphic – Deb’s colorful compositions capture various moments of her life in New England on canvas in a bold and graphic way.  Her preferred medium is acrylic paint, but she originally started out using watercolor.  When painting in her studio, she enjoys listening to jazz and blues.  During the warmer months in New England, she leaves her studio behind and joins her husband on their 1974 Glastron boat with paints and canvas in hand.  While her husband is fishing, she paints en plein air, portraying scenes from local sites such as: Lake Massapog, Long Sought Pond, Merrimack River, Nashua River, and Gloucester.  In addition to her On the Boat series, she has renderings of local birds, architecture, and landscapes.  Her latest work includes a flower series.

Deb’s Advice to Young Artists – “Don’t stop painting or creating.  Keep going!  Ignore anyone telling you differently, even yourself.”

Visiting Western Avenue Studios and Lofts – You can see Deb’s work for yourself at our next Open Studios on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 12 – 5 p.m.  Her fine art is also visible at: or fineartamerica/   Her work is also currently on display at the Essex Center for the Arts in Lawrence and Merrimack Reparatory Theatre in Lowell. 





The Art of Bookbinding: Learn More at Artoberfest. Featured Artist Todd Davis Western Avenue Studio: A314


Our previous featured artist is not the only Western Avenue Studios Artist Association (WASAA) member gearing up to go back to school.  Book binder, Todd Davis, doubles as a receptionist at the North Bennet Street School, his alma mater.

Hands-on and Technically Challenging – A lover of history and old crusty books, Todd became interested in how books work during the many hours he spent among the stacks while pursuing his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  A former software consultant of 30 plus years, he likes that book binding is a technically challenging, hands-on process that doesn’t require a keyboard or computer.

Nomadic – Todd was born in Texas, raised in Ohio, and lived in Florida before moving to New England to work for Wang Laboratories in 1982.  After living in Nashua, NH, he moved to Medford, MA, then finally settled in the South End of Boston.  Each time he comes to work at Western Avenue Studios, he commutes an hour and a half by commuter rail.

Right Place at the Right Time – Establishing a bindery can be very costly and time consuming.  However, fate was hard at work the day Todd came across a mailing list announcement about a binder in Norwich, VT who was looking to sell his entire bindery before he retired.  It was an all or nothing acquisition.  So, Todd plunged head first into his new mid-life career.  After a good deal of searching, he decided to set up shop here at Western Avenue a little over two years ago.  Getting the equipment into his studio was a great feat, as some of his equipment fully assembled weighs 1000 lbs or more.

Restoration & Repairs – Besides commissions and workshops, Todd provides book repair services.  Each repair project presents various obstacles, but Todd loves the challenge as well as the mystery and history involved in taking a book a part.  He usually has an old time radio show playing in the background when he’s dissecting book structures, except in July when he faithfully watches the Tour de France.  Some of his past repair projects include: a family bible, a Roman Missal, a 50-year-old wedding photo album, and a private library’s circulating collection.

Visiting Western Avenue Studios During Artoberfest – Like several other Western Avenue artists, Todd will be conducting demonstrations on his latest projects during Artoberfest (10/6, 10/7). In addition, you can find Todd in his studio sometime between 9am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during a typical week.  Walk-ins are always welcome.

For more information on the Middlesex Bindery, check out Todd’s website: and his Facebook page:

Check out our Artoberfest Facebook Event Page for further details!


Back to School Featured Artist: Susan Drennan. Western Avenue Studio: 221



Resilient, Determined, Competitive, and Disciplined – Western Avenue Studios Artist Association (WASAA) member Susan Drennan is diligently getting ready to go back to school on August 29th.  A non-traditional student, Susan is a retired mother of four from Danvers who is currently a junior (majoring in painting and minoring in curatorial studies) at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.  This semester, she will be enrolled in a painting class, an art history course on Greek and Roman Art, and an independent study.

A Love of Painting – Susan started painting when she was 20 years old and enjoys the “different state of mind” she reaches when she’s focused on painting.  She usually has multiple projects going at once and she likes to work in the following four mediums: oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor.  A lover of the outdoors, she often engages in plein air painting and when the weather doesn’t cooperate, she retreats to her quiet studio.  Because she believes in using her God-given talent, Susan paints every day.  As a goal-oriented person who likes a challenge, she hopes to get into a plein air art festival as well as teach painting classes one day.  Lately, she’s been working on loosening up her style by engaging in timed painting exercises.  This lover of cartoons, color, and coffee provided the following advice for young artists: “Practice drawing (perspective, value, composition) as much as you can.  Paint what you want, and don’t be afraid to fail because every time you paint you learn.”

Varied Work and Life Experiences – Susan has been a homeschooler, a technical illustrator, a cake shop owner, a clown, a metal chipper and grinder, a New England School of Art & Design (NESAD) student, a kitchen worker at Gordon College, a personal trainer, a competitive body builder, and a portrait artist.  She moved into Western Avenue Studios approximately 18 months ago.  Her first studio was located on the fourth floor, but she recently moved down to the second floor C/D mill.  An advocate for repurposing and reusing, Susan often checks out Western Avenue’s Free Cycle area for materials she can put to good use.  For example, the beautiful wood portion of her studio floor came from Free Cycle as did her work space cabinet and table top.

Visiting Western Avenue Studios and Lofts – If you come by to visit Susan, a comfy chair awaits you on the far side of her studio, and provides a great view of her salon-style gallery.  Her fine art is also visible on her website: and her Facebook page:  In addition, Susan plans to have a 20% sale in her studio during Artoberfest (10/6, 10/7) and Holiday Open Studios (12/1, 12/2, 12/8, 12/9).


Featured Artist – Bruce Wood – Studio 427

You’ve seen Bruce Wood’s creations all over Western Ave & even outside our walls, now find out what makes him tick!

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 Massachusetts. After graduating High School I attended Arizona Western College on an athletic scholarship. Then transferred to Northern Arizona University to study art. I have received a Bachelor of Science with an extended major in ceramics. I transitioned directly in to graduate school and received a Master of Arts in art education. Creativity has always been in my life. I have expressed it through building furniture, making pottery, fabricating jewelry, designing digital imagery, photography, and now through found object sculpture.

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

A: As a kid I remember building tree houses and forts. I once found an out-cropping of raw clay and turned it into pottery.

Q: What do you love most about your art?

A: I love the challenge of putting things together that don’t belong together and making them look like they go together naturally. I also enjoy using everyday objects in a design and hiding them in plain view.

Q:  What is your biggest obstacle with your art?

A: Time. I have a multitude of ideas that I want to attempt, and not enough time to tackle them all.

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 work on several ideas at once. Each project spins off ideas for something new. I am torn between finishing an existing project or starting a new one. I jump from one thing to another and am always challenged to make my next piece better than the last.
When I am in the zone all existence is blocked out except the tasks at hand.

Q:  How does your personality translate into your art?

A: I like to make things that please me. I like to continually improve my skills and talents. The thought of failure rarely enters into the equations.
I am comfortable spending time by myself, living inside my head.

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 never imagined making the art I do today. I always believed I would be a potter. I like trying new things which has lead me to new art, media and skills.

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

A: Make a lot of art and always try to improve. Don’t worry about the opinions of others. We are all in a growth process with our art.

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

A: I love being around a community of artists. For a long time I made art by myself. I learned that using myself as my own inspiration eventually stifled my artwork. My art has grown exponentially since I have moved into Western Avenue Studios.

You can visit Bruce in his Studio #427 on the First Saturday of each month at Western Avenue Open Studios!


Featured Artist – Laurie Simko – Studio A512

Our newest Featured Artist is oil painter Laurie Simko! Here’s her story!

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 Needham, MA and went to California Institute of the Arts to get a BFA degree. I’ve drawn and painted throughout my life though not much when I was working full-time as a graphic designer, and as a mother of 2. My children are now self-sufficient and have tapered off my graphic design work. I devote most of my time to art-making which has been a life-long dream.

Q:  What do you love most about your art?

A: Art-making for me has elements of joy and struggle, satisfaction and frustration, confidence and doubt, which I think reflects the macrocosm of life. It’s a worthy and engaging struggle though and very much a part of my life. The best part of art-making for me is the mental challenge and contentment I feel producing my work.


Q: What is your biggest obstacle with your art?

A: One aspect I find difficult is the marketing and promotion of my work. It’s hard to both create and market one’s art. I’m not that good at it but am trying to “get out there” more in social media, galleries, etc.

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 almost always have music to listen to when I work. I love all kinds of music – it both sets the mood and inspires me. After working alone for many hours it’s nice to have a break and chat with neighbors. Then you can go back to look at your work and say, Wow, what a mess, or Hmm, looks okay.


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: One painting leads to and informs the next, so it’s an ever-evolving process that unfolds organically. I couldn’t predict where I am now and have no idea where I’ll be in 5 years with my painting. I try to stay positive – hopefully growing and in a very good place.

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

A:  As with anything you want to do in your life one needs to be persistent – keep at it, stick with it and work hard through all the ups and downs. And always come back to what joy you had when you started out.

*You can meet Laurie in her Studio A512 on First Saturday Open Studios. Stop by and say Hello!!






Featured Artist – John Welch – John Francis Designs – Studio 102

Our newest Featured Artist is woodworker John Welch! You’ve seen his beautiful work, now learn a little bit about the man behind John Francis Designs!

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 a native Lowellian and still live in Lowell with my wife Kara. I’ve always been a maker and doer of sorts, though the type of woodworking I’m doing now has developed over the past few years. My interest in carving began with making cooking spoons in our garage. I enjoy cooking and I thought it would be great to be able to cook with a spoon I made by hand. It grew from there, until I ran out of room in the garage and rented a studio at Western Ave in September 2014.

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

A:  I am fortunate to have grown up in a very hands on environment. I remember making Christmas ornaments with my parents when I was about 5 year old. They saved the metal lids of frozen juice containers, my mother would make dots with a marker in the shape of snowflakes, trees, etc, and I’d use a hammer and nail to punch out the pattern. That was one of the many creative activities my family would do together. I’ve been told a lot of family and friends still hang them on their trees!

Q:  What is your biggest obstacle with your art?

A: I would have to say time! I have more ideas kicking around than I have time to make. I try to work as efficiently as possible, and I’m slowly working my way down the list. I’m always discovering new techniques and directions I’d like to take my work, but my biggest obstacle is always time.

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 typically work alone, but I almost never work in silence. I listen to a lot of audio books and podcasts which sometimes help inspire my creativity. If I am doing any work that requires measurements or I’m feeling a little burnt out, I’ll switch over to music to help me zone in…or out.

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

A:  Start making art! It doesn’t matter what your medium is, just start creating. Chances are it won’t be great to start, that’s OK! That is good, that shows you that there is room to grow. For me that is where the fun is, growing from one piece to the next.

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

A:  Currently I tend to make functional pieces. I’m planning on dedicating some time for purely sculptural pieces. I really want to explore some free form carving and experiment with different carved textures and see where that leads me.

*You can meet John in his Studio 102 on First Saturday Open Studios. Stop by and say Hello!!





Featured Artist – Nancy Tobey – Studio 104

Our newest Featured Artist is Encaustic Painter & Glass Bead Maker Nancy Tobey! Here goes…


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: Maybe I was born an artist, but I didn’t really get my first big break until the mid ’90s when I first learned how to use a torch to melt glass. That is when I began my journey into the world of glass beadmaking. I was primarily self taught – reading books, and eventually meeting up with other beadmakers enhanced what I knew and moved me forward in my work. Being a full time beadmaker has been an incredible experience in my life – I truly loved going to work. But several years ago, I decided I needed a hobby and took up painting – starting off with watercolor but quickly moving into encaustic (painting with hot wax) painting. Me and the torch just could not separate! That hobby quickly turned to an obsession, and I am happily wearing two ‘artistic’ hats right now.

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

A: I am pretty sure that the first thing I made were those woven cotton pot holds – made on a steel loom in all kinds of colors…..loved them! I was a lucky kid, in that my birthday gifts were almost always arts and craft related.
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Q: What do you love most about your art?

A:  Would it be corny to say “just doing it?” Truly though, my joy is in the making. Each time I try something – a new technique or new material – I get a rush of adrenaline. Of course after I make something, I kinda love just looking at it too!

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:  If I am making glass – I cannot listen to music. I usually listen to audible books – and find it very easy to concentrate. But painting is different. It is much more physical – I am always moving around the studio and music works really well for me. In both cases, I am at my best when I am working solo.


Q: How does your personality translate into your art?

A: Short story – its colorful!

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: My big seller – its still glass and in particular a bead style called Milano Leaf. Im not tired of making it, though I don’t make as many as I used to — now a days I make maybe 2 -3 a month. In the past I would make 3-5 in a day!

*You can meet Nancy in her Studio 104 on First Saturday Open Studios. Stop by and say Hello!!






Featured Artist – Art Ferrier – Studio 503

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


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.


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!!