A cigar box holding postcards and notes found in a garage in Orlando found its way to Lowell. In the cigar box, bare bones hint at the story of a young man traveling across the U.S. 90 years ago. Lots of questions to be answered . . . Who was the young man? What was our country like 90 years ago? Western Avenue Lofts artist Maxine Farkas invites patrons of the Chelmsford Public Library to join her in putting together a narrative about this journey.
This exhibit will run throughout the month of April at the Chelmsford Public Library
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.
TheLoading 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-658-4693 to make an appointment.
Western Avenue Studio’s artists are starting the new year off right with a host of new work, new shows, and new opportunities for art lovers.
Don’t forget to join the artists of Western Avenue Studios this Saturday for the first Open Studios of 2016. The studio building will be open to the public from noon to 5:00. Free parking and no cost to attend the event.
This monthLoading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios features “Fresh Visions” over a hundred works created by Lowell High School student artists.Reception to be held on Saturday January 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00
Renee Mallett (studio #A411) has both artwork and a story included in a new anthology that has just been released this past week. The “Alice in Wonderland Anthology” features a collection of work by dozens of writers and artists that were inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll books “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.” The new Alice anthology can be purchased online on Amazon in both a deluxe full color version or a black and white edition. Copies will be available soon in the studio.
Walk on the Moon Jewelry will be debuting their new “October’s Tale Candleworks” line of small batch, hand poured, all natural Soy Wax Candles! This month’s fragrances include Lemon Pond Cake, Lavender, Coriander & Tonka, and Unscented! Stop by Studio A206 each month for new fragrances & original blends!
Nan Hockenbury has an exhibit of her work “Myths of Creation” at the Groton Library, 99 Main Street, Groton until January 17th. Nan will be speaking on Sunday, January 10th at 3pm, the reception is from 2-3:30.
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
Linda Branch Dunn, in studio #512 is having an excellent sale in her studio this Saturday. 50% off of all Christmas items.
The Onyx Room, Western Ave Studios premier event space, is showing artwork by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell through January 22nd. A reception for the show will be held in the Onyx Room on January 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00.
Happy New Year from all of us at Western Avenue Studios!
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.
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.
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.