WAS This Weekend October 9th through 11th

This Saturday October 10th from  9-4 Sukey Blake of DHC JEWELRY @ HashTagWhat Studio will be at Tyngsboro American Legion 90 Pawtucket Blvd. in Tyngsboro along with fellow studio  folks Barbara Newman & Kristian & Konner Crewe
This Sunday 2pm at The Loading Dock Gallery, 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Cambodian Ceremaist Yary Livan will be giving a lecture entitled How I Became an Artist. Yary’s story is fascinating. This lecture is FREE and open to the public.


Now through October 31st at the Loading Dock Gallery. Collaborative show Harvest! Check website for Gallery Hours!

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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 with an Opening reception October 9th, 6-8pm

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.
“When You Put It That Way”, is a solo show of collage and object paintings by WAS artist Diana Zipeto. Check it out at the Carry Out Cafe Gallery in Newburyport MA through October 31.
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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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.

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
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.

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.

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!

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.  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!

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.

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Join your favorite Artists for some Springtime fun!


You can now find work by Priscilla Levesque on sale in the Gift Shop at the Newburyport Art Association. If you’re in the area, stop by and have a peek!



This weekend, Lisa Hertel and Mary Dumas will both be in Provincetown on Cape Cod with Mary Dumas at Nauticon. Memberships available at the door.



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Congratulations to Daniel Mathieu whose work was prized at the Whistler House “Lowell as We See It” exhibit. You can find more info about the full show below!




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The ever fabulous Bruce Wood will be giving a lecture “Unlocking Your Creative Mind” at the Loading Dock Gallery on Sunday May 17th at 2:00pm It should be full of wonderful insight!





Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

An amazing collaborative show is opening at the Loading Dock Gallery! “Down to Earth: Clay, Paper & Wood” featuring Barb Guilmet, Samantha Tucker, Laura Doran & Kevin Connolly! This one is a must see!



Lepidoptera copyCheryl Polcaro & Tom Veirs are both part of the Cambridge Art Association 14th National Prize Show at Cambridge Art Association.  Locations will be at the CAA’s Kathryn Schultz Gallery (25 Lowell St Cambridge) and University Place Gallery (124 Mt Auburn St. Cambridge) which are within walking distance of each other.  May 15th- June 25th Opening reception Friday May 15th 6pm-8pm at both gallery locations.


Laurie Simko, Daniel Mathieu and several other WAS Artists are featured in the incredible show “Lowell as We See It”. View their work at the Whistler House from May 6th through June 13th This show is a must see!




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Bruce Wood of the Glass Ingot will be showing his 2D work at Frobies Cafe, 101 Broadway in Dracut throughout the month of May!





Rufiya Blank-Mathieu will be exhibiting in “Arts in Bloom” at THE HOPKINTON CENTER OF THE ARTS from May 8th through June 5th




11149806_974824949197162_9216123470007871950_oThe group show “Traveling Artists Roadshow” at the Westford PCA 10 Lincoln Road, Westford MA runs May 1st -31st PCA gallery hours are noon to 2pm on Sundays. This curated show features an eclectic blend of more than 20 artists who reside in a number of cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, all of them share one thing in common, they either work or live and work on Western Avenue in Lowell.



Jewelry from Regina McGearty, based on the elements Fire, Water & Earth will be featured in the Ayer Lofts Residents’ show “The Other Element” The show runs May 3rd through May 31st at 172 Middle St. Lowell.




Karen PURPLE HOPEGarry Harley’s image titled KAREN’S PURPLE HOPE (dedicated to his daughter) is ready to ship to Tokyo. This image is one of 80 selected (out of 737 entered) in NYC judging. In Tokyo it will hang with 80 images also selected in Paris and 80 from Tokyo for final judging and awards by 14 judges from NYC, Paris and Tokyo – final judging on June 10th. Show will hang as part of ART OLYMPIA 2015 competition, at new Toshimau-Ku office building June 15-28, 2015. Good Luck Garry!!



fletcher303Barbara also has a solo exhibition “Menagerie and Myth” at Habitat Gallery Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 10 Juniper Road Belmont, MA
Show runs May 1st through the 31st with an Artist Reception May 14th 6-8pm




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One of Garry Harley’s photographs has been accepted into the Arts League of Lowell (ALL) up-coming show titled EXPOSED 2015 / Open Juried photography show. Show ‘hangs’ April 17th through May 31st with an Artist reception April 26th from 4-6pm



You can catch Laurie Simko, Tom Veirs, Adrien Bisson, Gillian Frazier Barbara Guilmet & Janet Wolahan at The Brush Gallery Massachusetts Artists 2015 – Contemporary Art April 18th through June 6, 2015 with an Opening




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The Garden in the Gallery exhibit at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts runs April 3rd through May 17th and features the work of several WAS artists including Kathy Clericuzio, Denise Rainis, Laurie Simko and Margot Stage!




68935danielRobert Crooker & Daniel Mathieu will both be in the exhibition Art in Motion at Audio Concepts, 870 Comm. Ave., Boston from March 31st to September 28th So Cool! On display during business hours!





WAS This Weekend, July 12-14

Summer is in full swing and WAS artists are out meeting and greeting art lovers. Here are some places to see WAS work in the area:

Shows/Events this Weekend:
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Metalsmith Heather Wang, painter Tracy Levesque, and fiber artist Arlette Laan will be at the Greenway Open Market in Boston this Saturday from 10AM-6PM!

Lush Beads IndustrialJeweler Liz Stewart will be at the Boston Handmade Marketplace on Saturday from 3-7PM! Find her and 20+ other artists at Union Square in Somerville, MA. There will be demonstrations, DIY activities, and music too! Boston Handmade promotes local independent businesses and individuals creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade works in small studio environments.

Tracy LevesqueOn Sunday, catch Tracy Levesque at the SoWa Open Market on Harrison Ave in Boston from 10-4!

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Also on Sunday, see jeweler Liz Stewart at the Dover Arts Market in the Cocheco Millyard Courtyard in Dover, NH from 9-3!

Sunday from 4-5PM: The Loading Dock Gallery Artist Lecture Series continues this month with “Making Art All Day, Every Day? National Park Residencies” by Michal Truelsen. Michal will share her five week artist residency at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She will share the experiences and outcome of total immersion in this idyllic setting. She will also give an overview of the NPS artist residency program and explain how to apply for the opportunities at some of the most beautiful places in the US, such as the Grand Canyon, Bar Harbor, Maine, or the Florida Everglades.

Ongoing Exhibitions: Last Chance!

Last weekend to see “Windswept” by Don Ouelette at Centro on Market Street in Lowell!

This is the final weekend for “Exposed”, a group photography exhibition being held at The Arts League of Lowell gallery on Market Street. Check out work by WAS photographers Jack Holmes and Kate Ternullo. Weekend hours are Friday and Saturday 12-6, and Sunday 12-4.

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing
Ongoing at The Loading Dock GalleryImaginations Unleashed! This show features new work by Jean Curley and Bruce Wood. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10-5:30, and Sunday 12-4.

Head to Concord, NH and check out “Fashion Statement”, a group show at the Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Park. Painter Ilene Richard has work being featured in this show.

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Congratulations go out to printmaker Markus Haala, co-curator of “Who am I: An International Print Exchange Exhibit”. The event is a an international collaboration between Willem de Kooning Academie (Rotterdam), Galerie Atelier Herensplaats (Rotterdam), Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris) and The Art Institute of Boston. This exhibition can be seen at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University now through July 28th. Opening reception is on July 17th!

WAS photographer Meghan Moore‘s work is featured at LTC Lowell at 246 Market Street. The exhibition, Mill City Grows Stories, features video interviews with gardeners as well as Meghan’s great photography.

Work by Sergio Bautista
WAS artist Sergio Bautista is currently showing work as part of “Community of Artists”! This exhibition can be seen at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, which is open Wednesday through Sunday – check their website for hours.

WAS This Weekend – June 7-9

There’s so much WAS art to see in the wild this weekend! You will find WAS artists at local Lowell events, Boston-area events, and events in MetroWest, the Berkshires, and as far out as Maryland!

Be sure to check out the Acre Festival from 11AM to 4PM on Saturday at the North Common Amphitheater off of Fletcher Street in Lowell! This free event includes food, entertainment, and fun for the kids. This event is put together by Western Avenue Studios and The Acre Coalition to Improve our Neighborhood.

Tarja Cockell, Betsy Keeney, Jeanne Osborne and Ann Lee will be exhibiting “Art to Wear” at The Art of Fashion Interlude 2013 on Saturday evening at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell. For details, call 978-452-7641.

coolidgeWAS will be represented at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival this Saturday from 10AM to 6PM in Brookline. Make sure to visit Liz Rodriguez Ceramics, B.felt (Susan Lichter Jury Prize winner!), Heather Wang Jewelry, and Tracy Levesque. Over 75 artists are participating in this festival’s 35th year.

Nikki Giraffo‘s work can be seen at Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus in Lowell this Friday – stop by for a cup of joe and enjoy the artwork!

Work by Diane Zipeto and Ilene Richard.

Work by Diane Zipeto and Ilene Richard.

Swing by the opening reception of “Lowell Illustrators @ Zeitgeist” this Saturday evening at Zeitgeist Gallery in Lowell. The reception runs from 6-9PM. See work by Gary Destramp, Peter Kalabokis, Shauna Leva, Ilene Richard, and Diana Zipeto.

danforthOpening on Sunday is “Community of Artists” at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham. See work by Sergio Bautista! The show runs through August 4th and the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday – check their website for hours.

The SoWa Open Market happens every Sunday from 10AM to 4PM at 385 Albany Street in Boston. This Sunday, visit with WAS painter Tracy Levesque!

Dover Arts Market
See jeweler Liz Stewart up at the Dover Arts Market in Dover, NH this Sunday from 9AM-3PM! This is a brand new market happening every Sunday from June through October. Different vendors every week!

Copper Burn by Elaine Perra RenaultAt The Loading Dock Gallery this weekend: “RHYTHM & RHYME PATTERN & TEXTURE”, featuring fiber work by Ann Lee and Elaine Perra Renault. The gallery is open Friday and Saturday 12-5 and Sunday 12-4. Stick around on Sunday afternoon at 4PM for Learn how to juggle with Peter Zimmerman – part of The Loading Dock Gallery Lecture Series.

Have a meal or a drink at Centro in Lowell and see Don Ouelette‘s show called “Windswept”. The show runs through July 15, with a reception will be held Sunday June 23 from 1 to 3 PM. Don is an oil painter and these works represent earth, wind, and water. Enjoy!

Painter JJ Long‘s work can be seen at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA during the month of June! Weekend gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 9AM-5PM and Sunday 1-5PM. The gallery is in the lower level.

Treescapes by Tracy Levesque
A little further out – if you will be in the Berkshires this weekend, be sure to visit Gallery 25 at 25 Union Street in Pittsfield, MA for the opening of “Treescapes”, a solo exhibition by Tracy Levesque. There will be an opening reception on Friday night from 5-8PM. The show runs through July 1st.

Anywhere near Annapolis, MD? Stop by “Eye of the Beholder”, a found objects exhibition featuring work by WAS artist Bruce Wood. It will run through June 22nd at the Circle Gallery of the Maryland Federation of Art.

Websites for Artists: Why & DIY

Loading Dock Gallery Lecture Series

Loading Dock Gallery Lecture Series

Websites for Artists: Why & DIY
Karen Bettencourt & John Wren
May 19th at 4PM
The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios
Karen and John are teaming up to present Websites for Artists: Why & DIY. The presentation may be geared towards artists, but is applicable to anyone looking to hire someone to create and maintain a website or for those who want to create their own using free DIY sites.
This will be an information packed lecture/demonstration that we are hoping you will attend. Please share this newsletter with your friends, members, blogs and email lists. All are invited and welcome.

Karen Bettencourt
Why Artists need Websites
In the first of two lectures on websites for artists, Karen Bettencourt will explain the benefits of having a quality website and de-mystify the creation process and costs. From a marketing perspective an online presence has become imperative as media moves from away from traditional forms such as newspapers, magazines, television and radio to newer forms of direct marketing. A good website validates the artist and provides evidence of professionalism.
Karen Bettencourt is a collage and fiber artist who designs/maintains professional websites for many of the WAS artists and others.

John Wren
DYI – Web Design for the Starving Artist
In the second of the websites for artists series, John Wren’s proposition is “Create your own professional web page, just drag & drop.” He’ll review an online service that allows amateurs to create and host their own sites including e-commerce pages. Areas covered will include Photo Galleries, Slideshows, Audio, Video, Online Polling, Forms, and more.
John Wren is a photographer. For the past 13 years he has worked at UML giving workshops in technology and digital imaging to teachers. He also designs and maintains dozens of websites at the University.

Ongoing events for February

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At The Loading Dock Gallery:

Extended Family, featuring portraits by painter Eleanor Sackett.  Now through February 24, 2013.  The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11AM-4:30PM.

The Loading Dock Gallery Lecture Series

Nita Leger Casey: Expose Yourself! Social Media and the Artist
Sunday February 17 from 4-5PM

Nita Casey will share how she uses social media to promote
and inspire her artwork. She’ll describe the benefits of a
variety of social media—blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, You
Tube, and more—and suggest how to make the best use of

Nita Casey, a native of France, attended the famed Ecole des
Beaux Arts in Orleans and the Ecole de Dessin in Paris. Nita
has also lived in Italy, Germany and Panama before coming
to New England. For the last 28 years she has devoted her
life to painting and running her Gallery.