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:

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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

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

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

Artists of Western Ave Studios rule “Kingdom Animalia”

The Whistler House Museum of Art has given their 2016 juried members exhibit a “wild” theme this year – and many of the artists at Western Avenue Studios have been included in the show. “Kingdom Animalia” shows off the animal loving side of art with more than eighty original pieces in a variety of mediums.

“The Kingdom Animalia exhibition came out of discussions of people’s love for pets, and we chose to expand the subject to include all animals,” says President and Executive Director Sara Bogosian. “The result is a wondrous array of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and fiber art of creatures large and small. It is an overwhelming and lovely exhibition that all ages will enjoy.”

Among the many works on display are several by WAS artists. Valerie Borgal, Joe Lapiana, Jack Homes, Art Ferrier, Kathy Lennon Clericuzio, Nita Leger Casey, Laurie Simko, Suzanne Hodge, Margot Mam Thach Ilene Richard, and Denise Rainis all have works represented in the show. Congratulations to Laurie Simko, who has three pieces in the show, one of which earned her a Whistler Award.

The “Kingdom Animalia” exhibit runs through June 18th. The museum is open to visitors Weds through Saturday, 11:00 to 4:00. Or visit the artists themselves in their studios the first Saturday of every month during Open Studios to see more of their work.

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  www.BJDnerds.org

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.

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Mark your calendars- 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 continues to feature “Fresh Visions,” an exhibit with over a hundred works created by Lowell High School student artists.

 

Garry D. Harley, in studio #310, is featured in the anniversary issue of Art Tour International.

“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.


Copies of “The Alice in Wonderland Anthology” featuring artwork and a story by Renee Mallett are now available at the “Love & Murder: Art to Die For!” exhibit at the Ayers Loft Gallery and online from Amazon.

 

 

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

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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
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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.

 

4017336_origNow at the Loading Dock Gallery! Summertime Blues, a juried show which runs through August 30th, in its showcase gallery. This show is its first event for which a national call for art was issued and the first that will award a “Best in Show” monetary prize. Juried by Kate James, director of the Concord Art Association, the show features work from Western Ave Artists as well as pieces from around the country.

 

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. After 7p show on August 30th stay for an Artists’ Reception!

 

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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 with an Artist Reception Sunday – August 16th 4-6pm.
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Tom and Val Borgal are in the Tewksbury Library Monthly Art Show 300 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA The show, Sticks and Stones, Shells and Bones runs from August 11th – September 1st – during Library hours. LAST CHANCE!
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piece “The Dance” is in the upcoming show “New England Collective 6” at Galatea Fine Art in Boston. The show opens this Friday August 7th and the reception is from 6-8pm that evening. The show runs through August 30th. If anyone is in the area for SOWA Sundays the gallery is right there 🙂 LAST CHANCE!
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Now at the Ayer Lofts GalleryYou’re Living All Over Me, with Nikki Giraffo, Markus Haala, Robb Sandagata, and Emily Sandagata! Show runs through the month of August! LAST CHANCE!

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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.
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WAS this Weekend – Folk Festival Edition

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The largest free folk festival in the country is happening in Lowell this weekend! WAS artists will be representing themselves and their community in these locations:

  • Look for the WAS tent at Destination Lowell on Merrimack Street. Artists will rotate in and out all day long. Keep your eyes peeled for the plein air painters, too!

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ForceofNatureFORCE OF NATURE is a national exhibition juried by Judith Brodsky and sponsored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. The exhibition runs through August 14, 2015 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Silver Center for the Arts located on the campus of Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. WAS artist Darcy Schultz will have work in this exhibition – stop by the opening reception this Saturday from 5-7PM!
RoberetCrookerThe Tewksbury Community of Artists is currently exhibiting “Shadows And Sunshine” at the Tewksbury Library.  The show is open during library hours and will be on display through August 11. Be sure to see work by WAS artist Robert Crooker!
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FINAL DAYS – SHOW CLOSES SUNDAY! The Human Condition exhibit at the Loading Dock Gallery is a collaboration of 10 artists that focuses on the differing and unique aspects of what being human entails. This is an amazing show that you should definitely come and see. Here’s a sneak peek! The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 12-5:30PM and Sunday from 12-4PM.
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EXTENDED THROUGH MID-AUGUST! WAS artist Jennifer Clement‘s oil paintings join Karen Orsillo’s Color Pattern & Play: Neriage Inspired Porcelain Treasures in the perfect pairing. Visit the Lexicon Gallery in Magnolia, MA to see this beautiful show! The gallery is open Fri-Sun 12-5PM.
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The Isles Arts Initiative is a summer long public art series on Georges, Spectacle islands and Boston Sculptors Gallery that will capture the intrinsic beauty of the 34 harbor islands. Cove will transform Georges Island into an outdoor gallery, as eleven regional artists and collectives create site-responsive contemporary installations that will activate all 41.3 acres from the parade group to the dark tunnels and bastions, to the shoreline. View work by WAS artists Amy Archambault and Elizabeth Alexander! This exhibition runs thru August 26.
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FINAL DAYS! See one of Ilene Richard’s paintings in “Painted, Printed, Folded, or Torn” at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA. The show runs thru July 26th.

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has a photograph featured at the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 80th Regional Art Exhibit. The exhibit runs all summer!
Mollie.wedding.present[1]Girl with Marionette copyLaurie Simko & Cheryl Polcaro will both be featured in the Annual Juried Exhibition “Off the Wall” at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. The show runs through August 2.
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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.
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‘s work will be at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. Her illustration “Boy Scouts” will hang in the children’s gallery show “Picture This” thru September 20.
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You can also view Ilene’s beautiful painting “A-La Mode” on exhibit in “Women of Vision”: Artwork by the National Association of Women Artists, MA Chapter in East Cambridge MA thru August 28.
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Opening August 6 at the Ayer Lofts GalleryYou’re Living All Over Me, with Nikki Giraffo, Markus Haala, Robb Sandagata, and Emily Sandagata! Join them on August 6 from 5-8PM for an opening reception.
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WAS This Weekend 5/1-5/3 Open Studios Edition

It’s May Open Studios! One of the best of the year!!

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Western Avenue Studios and Lofts presents Spring Art Thing. Guests are encouraged to visit during the Open Studios on May 2nd between 12-5pm to visit artists, browse the art, buy unique gifts, collect fun facts, and tips, as well as stickers for a chance to win prizes. Flower door tags will mark the entryways of participating studios and lofts.

 

1456025_496652433853568_1017901978421781795_nTickets are ON SALE NOW!! Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2nd, The Wearable Arts Extravaganza will take place in the Onyx Room! The Miracle Providers Spring Fundraiser taken to new heights! Featuring handmade wearable Art from the Artists of Western Ave, performances by the Miracle Providers & more! Co-Sponsored by The Miracle Providers Northeast and the Loading Dock Gallery! All proceeds go to MPNE!

 

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will be out in Holyoke this weekend at the Alchemy Artisan Fair! Looks like lots of fun! Saturday May 2nd 10am -6 pm and Sunday May 3rd 11am -4pm Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race St, Holyoke, MA

 

 

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Muddy Girls
are moving their studio from the 4th Floor to the 2nd Floor! Help them lighten the load! 20% off select pottery now thru May 2 in Studio 405

 

 

 

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

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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! Opening Reception Saturday May 2nd from 5-7pm

 

 

 

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Regina McGearty
will be featured in the Ayer Lofts Residents’ show “The Other Element” The show runs May 3rd through May 31st with an Opening Reception on Thursday May 7th from 6-9pm. 172 Middle St. Lowell.

 

 

 
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Garry 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!!

 

 

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You’ll find Barbara Fletcher in The Birds and the Bees” at The Nave Annex Gallery
53 Chester Street Somerville, MA Exhibition dates April 17th through May 10th

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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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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Valerie Borgal
is in the Tewksbury Library Monthly Art Show – “HOLES” Sponsored by the Tewksbury Community of Artists – Open Library hours from April 7th to May 5th
LAST CHANCE!

 

 

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Photographer Daniel Mathieu is in the show Art unites Communities Group Show at the Attleboro Arts Museum. The show runs through May 9th



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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!

 

 

 

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r will 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!

 

 

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Rebecca Killeen-Brown
has two of her beautiful works featured in the show “Bloom” at The Wild Salamander 30 Ash St. Hollis NH The show runs through May 9th

 

 

 

WAS This Weekend 4/3-4/5 First Saturday Edition

Spring is here! & lots of fun activities are happening! This weekend kicks of Downtown First Thursdays & of course its another AMAZING FIRST SATURDAY at Western Ave!

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Join Denise Rainis for her Spring cleaning sale in Studio 404! Half price on select paintings during April Open Studios.

 

 

 

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Muddy Girls are moving their studio from the 4th Floor to the 2nd Floor! Help them lighten the load! 20% off select pottery now thru May 2 in Studio 405

 

 

1456025_496652433853568_1017901978421781795_nTickets are ON SALE NOW!! Coming in May, The Wearable Arts Extravaganza will take place in the Onyx Room! The Miracle Providers Spring Fundraiser taken to new heights! Featuring handmade wearable Art from the Artists of Western Ave, performances by the Miracle Providers & more! Co-Sponsored by The Miracle Providers Northeast and the Loading Dock Gallery! All proceeds go to MPNE!

 

 

Ongoing Exhibitions: Now Showing

5331915_origAnother Stunning show opens at the Loading Dock Gallery! “Layers and Light: Where Sky Meets Sea” Glass work by Aron Leaman and paintings by Bethany Peck! I had a sneek peek already and this show is out of this world!! The show runs now through April 26th with an opening reception Saturday April 4th from 5-7pm

 

 

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Deb Bretton Robinson
has a one woman show “Follow the River” at the Newton Public Library. The show features contemporary river and lake scenes of Northern Mass and Northern NH. and runs through April 29th with a public reception Thursday April 2nd from 7-8:30pm

 

 

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Celebrating Cambodian Ceramics from the studio of Yary Livan & the Lowell Schools will be on display at the LTC Gallery through April 21st with an Opening reception on Thursday April 2nd fro 5-7pm The show features work from Yary Livan and the Muddy Girls (Samantha Tucker & Barb Guilmet).

 

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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 and Margot Stage! Opening reception, Friday April 3rd 5:30-7:30pm

 

Fruit of my Mind SquareIMG_0263Ayer Lofts Gallery will be featuring several WAS artists in the show “Form, Function & Fantasy” Ann Lee & Tarja Cockell will be featured along with Barbara Poole & Roneld Lores!

The show will run through April 26th with an Opening on Thursday the 2nd from 6-9pm

 

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r will 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!

 

 

 

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Ilene Richard
‘s painting “Birthday Bouquet Two” will be on display at the Rockport Art Association from March 15th through April 9th. Rockport, MA

 

 

 

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Rebecca Killeen-Brown
has two of her beautiful works featured in the show “Bloom” at The Wild Salamander 30 Ash St. Hollis NH The show runs through May 9th

 

 
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Laurie Simko will be in a show at the Copley Art Society.”Un·ex·pect·ed: Winter Members’ Juried Show” March 5th through April 16th 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA