Artoberfest at Western Avenue Studios and Lofts

Letting go of summer can be difficult especially in New England.  But, there is an incredible silver lining that comes with this annual change: the Fall.  For most of us, Fall brings forth an array of exciting stimuli such as: the crisp autumn air, aromas of all things apple, spectacular leaf displays, the soaring cheers of football fans, and all kinds of pumpkin flavored treats.  For Western Avenue artists, fall is also a very special time because we hold our annual Artoberfest!

Here’s what’s happening during Artoberfest this year…

  • Artists open up their studios and lofts to the public for two days ─ October 6th and 7th from 12-5 p.m.
  • Our historic mill buildings are the home of over 300 artists and have many corridors you can weave your way through – embark on your own art maze adventure.
  • Artist demonstrations will be held in a range of mediums so you can see how art is made.
  • Our artist designed pumpkin contest will once again delight visitors with the unusual and unexpected.  In addition, you can vote for your favorite pumpkin and be entered in for a chance to win a gift certificate.
  • The Loading Dock Gallery will be hosting a New England Regional Juried Show with Annual Poetry Convergence ─ not to be missed.
  • Navigation Brewery and Food Trucks (Phoenix Rising Pizza – October 6th; Chicks and Dogs – October 7th) will be onsite ─ enjoy a tasty snack and a handcrafted cold one.
  • The Onyx Room will be open for viewing if you are looking to rent a venue for an upcoming event.

Bring your family and friends ─ there is something for everyone to love!

Because our artists use a variety of mediums, there is bound to be something in our complex that will speak to every member of your family.  Both admission and parking for this event are free.  So, save the date for this awesome autumn celebration and join us for an artful experience your senses will surely not forget!

Check out our Facebook Event Page for further details!

Enhance Your Back to School Experience at Western Avenue Studios and Lofts


It’s that time of year again.  Stores are awash with families preparing for the upcoming school year.   Don’t forget to put Western Avenue Studios and Lofts on your shopping itinerary.  Here are 11 ways you can leverage our next Open Studios event on September 1st (Noon – 5 p.m.) to enhance your Back to School experience:

  1. Spruce up this year’s wardrobe with a new wearable handmade piece.
  2. Find colorful artwork for dorm rooms, homes, offices, or apartments.
  3. Treat a favorite teacher or coworker to something unique.
  4. Get inspired – see over 50,000 works of art in our complex and attend the Loading Dock Gallery’s Of Earth and Air show (4 – 6 p.m.).
  5. Learn some tips and tricks by watching demonstrations or chatting with a fun mix of friendly creative people.
  6. Find a photographer to capture your special family moments.
  7. Have a favorite book that’s falling apart rebound.
  8. Check out the Onyx Room if you are looking to rent a venue for an upcoming event.
  9. Freshen up every bedroom with a cozy quilt.
  10. Enhance family meal prep with a handcrafted cutting board from one of our talented woodworkers.
  11. Tell us how you heard about us on an Orange Survey Card and you will be entered in for a chance to win a gift certificate.

These are just a few reasons for attending our September event.  However, don’t take our word for it.  Come and check it out for yourself!  Admission and parking for this event are free.  Navigation Brewery will be open and Chicks and Dogs food truck will be on site that day.

Check out our Facebook Event Page for further details!

Spring Art Thing at Western Avenue Studios

Join the artists of Western Avenue Studios for Open Studios the first Saturday in May- and don’t forget to take part in the Spring Art Thing, our free drawing for a Western Ave gift certificate!


Primped Out Pumpkins: and the winner is . . . .

Each year during ARToberfest weekend, Western Avenue Studios artists transform simple pumpkins into dramatic works of art! From fanciful fairy tale pumpkins to fretfully frightful abstractions, you’d be amazed at how a building full of artists use their creativity in an effort to win the coveted “People’s Preferred Pumpkin” prize. During ARToberfest weekend visitors were invited to wander the hallways and vote for their favorite creation.

This year the winner of the contest was in line to recieve The Great Pumpkin Trophy, created by artist Bruce Wood of studio #427, a $50 COOL gift certificate, and a Pumpkin Spice & Chill gift set, created by Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps, of studio #A302. Most importantly the winner would earn bragging rights for the next year.

Here are some of the creations that were entered into the contest:


The winners of the 2016 Primped Out Pumpkins Contest are . . . . . .

Third Place: Cheryl Polcaro, studio 323, with her Caterpillar Pumpkin

Second Place: Bruce Wood, studio 427, with his Scary-Go-Round


And our first place winner: Derek McGearty, studio A210, with his Scrapsapien Workers


Congrats to everyone who took part in this year’s contest!

WAS this Weekend – March 5th Edition

Come visit the largest artist studio building of it’s kind on the east coast during March Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios  Open Studios is March 5th from 12:00 to 5:00 and is free to park and attend.

The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios will be having an opening night reception for it’s latest exhibit. “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” features three different visual artists work inspired by the Wallace Stevens’ poem of the same name.

Amaranth and Rue Handmade Soaps, in studio #A411, will have several items from their new line of petcare items for sale in their studio. Dog shampoos and pet nose & paw balms will be debuting this weekend.

October’s Tale Candlewicks, part of Walk on the Moon studio in #A206, is featuring their new Gentlemen’s Candle Collection. The handpoured, small batch soy candles come in manly scents like Elementary (Hints of Tobacco & Cherry), Sparrow (Clean Bay Leaf and a spike of Caribbean Rum), Johnny, Jack & Jim (Bourbon Whiskey & Vanilla), Barbershop (like a real old time Barbershop)!

The Tewksbury Public Library will be showing “Landscapes,” an exhibit featuring artwork by local artists, including Western Avenue Studios artists Tom Borgal (studio 504), Val Borgal (studio 504), and Robert Crooker. The exhibit begins March 3rd and will be on display through April 5th.


Take a trip to Maine’s Monhegan Island without ever leaving Western Ave Studios. Val Borgal will be showcasing six years worth of watercolors of this beautiful Maine island in studio #504 for the next two months. Unable to make the Open Studio event? Contact or call 978-658-4693 to make an appointment.

WAS this Weekend- February 6th edition

February Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios not only comes at a great time to pick up a few things for your Valentine but also features our Gifts from the HeART event. Visit participating studios, collect stickers, and enter for a chance to win a Western Ave Studios gift card. Open Studios is Feb 6th from 12:00 to 5:00 and is free to park and attend.

The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios is pleased to announce it’s latest exhibit- “The Painted Lady & The Glass Man: A Modern Fairytale.” The reception for this exhibit of works by Tracy Levesque and Peter Zimmerman will take place this Saturday immediately following Open Studios.

Art Ferrier, of studio #503, will be hanging his latest color photography at Bishop’s Legacy Restaurant in downtown Lowell this Sunday.

“Love & Murder: Art to Die For!” an exhibit featuring work from more than two dozen Western Avenue artists, curated by Liz Stewart and Regina McGearty, with an interactive storyline created by Renee Mallett continues at the Ayers Loft Gallery. There will be a special Valentine’s Gift Shopping event held at the gallery on February 11th, starting at 5:00.

Renee Mallett of Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps (available in studio #A411 and the Loading Dock Gallery) and Liz Stewart of Lush Beads (studio #A205) will be sharing a space at the 10th annual Great Burlesque Expo in Cambridge, MA this weekend.

Walk on the Moon jewelry, in studio #A206, has two great specials this weekend for Valentines. All heart jewelry will be 15% off. And limited edition Creme Brulee candles will be debuting this weekend in the studio.

On March 5th Pop Culture Place (studio #108) will be hosting the 2nd Annual Doll Show and Meet-Up in the Onyx Room. They currently have vendor tables available for people who make or sell doll specific items. You can find more info about being a vendor at the Doll Show at

Jack Attack Clothing will be having a prom dress sample sale this weekend in studio #223. Long and short prom style dresses will be on sale with prices starting as low as $85! The sale will run for 12 to 4.

Diana Zipeto, of studio #A505, is currently showing her collage paintings at Brew’d Awakening on Market Street in Lowell. The show continues through Feb. 19th.

The COPPER MINE COLLECTION has moved across the hall into studio A315, combining space with WREN & ROSE STUDIO.  Please stop by and see our newly arranged accommodations for our JEWELRY and PHOTOGRAPHY. Mention that you saw the WAS this Weekend blog and take 10% off any purchase greater than $50.

WAS this Weekend Holiday Edition

Don’t forget to join the artists of Western Avenue Studios this weekend for Holiday Open Studios Weekend #1. In honor of the gift giving season December Open Studios is both Saturday and Sunday 12 to 5 for the first two weekends in December.

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.

“Winter Lights” kicks off this weekend at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios. This show features giftable items made by gallery members. Reception to be held on Saturday December 5th from 5:00 to 7:00

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

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.
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.

Daniel Mathieu and Rufiya Blank will be showing their works at the Ayer Lofts Gallery in December. “Double Vision” will pair his black and white photographs of New York City with her floral imagery to produce unique vision. The exhibit begins December 4th with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Ayers Loft Gallery on Middle Street in Lowell.

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

Renee Mallett of Amaranth & Rue Handmade Soaps will be selling her soaps, lip balms, and other bath and body products at Winter Giftopolis in Concord, NH from 6:00 to midnight on December 4th.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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

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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.
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.
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.
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.




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!

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!

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.