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!


Creaticity: Lowell Art & Maker Festival

The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) is excited to announce Lowell’s first Art & Maker Festival will be happening this weekend, September 16-17, 2017 in downtown Lowell. CREATICITY will fill Market Street with art and culture of all types – artists and makers, writers, performers, music, interactive public art, and so much more.

Many of the artists, writers, and makers of Western Avenue Studios will be featured at this event. WAS artists vending on Market Street will be:

WAS artist Lisa Hertel will also be doing a free workshop, “Grow Your Own Wire Tree,” on Saturday at 4:30. Stephan Anstey is doing a workshop at 4:30 on Sunday entitled, “Coming Unstuck through Poetry.”

Creaticity is free and open to the public.Visitors can expect to see over 50 booths lining Market Street exhibiting fine art and artisan goods for sale, featuring works by local artists. Makers will showcase their creations or projects promoting science, technology and art. Stage and street performers will delight young and old alike, with music, theater, and dance. Free interactive workshops and demos will be held throughout the two-day festival, allowing visitors to learn and create their own art. Visit the writers corner to speak with local authors and listen to their works. The Revolving Museum will be creating a large public art piece, where the public can join in making the artwork over the course of the weekend. Walking tours will be led by members of the community, allowing visitors to learn more about Lowell’s public art scene, dance in Lowell, and innovation & invention.

A New Look for the Old Ball Game

Sports fans and art lovers unite! Western Avenue Studios and the Lowell Spinners continue their partnership this August 11th with “Art in the Park,” a unique chance to browse and purchase creative works by Western Ave Artists at LeLacheur Park, and with a Silent Auction, the proceeds of which will go towards Spinners charities and Loading Dock Arts, a  501(c)3 charity that supports art education and resources in Lowell.

Up for auction will be original works of art created using Spinners baseballs and other gaming equipment. Check out a sneak preview below of some of the works of baseball art that will be for auction at the August 11th game at LeLacheur Park, and get your tickets to the game online here to be part of the action! The game will be followed by fireworks.

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!

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.

WAS this Weekend

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.

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 8/28-8/30

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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.


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!

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.
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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Cheryl Polcaro’s
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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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.