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!

The Art of Bookbinding: Learn More at Artoberfest. Featured Artist Todd Davis Western Avenue Studio: A314

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Our previous featured artist is not the only Western Avenue Studios Artist Association (WASAA) member gearing up to go back to school.  Book binder, Todd Davis, doubles as a receptionist at the North Bennet Street School, his alma mater.

Hands-on and Technically Challenging – A lover of history and old crusty books, Todd became interested in how books work during the many hours he spent among the stacks while pursuing his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  A former software consultant of 30 plus years, he likes that book binding is a technically challenging, hands-on process that doesn’t require a keyboard or computer.

Nomadic – Todd was born in Texas, raised in Ohio, and lived in Florida before moving to New England to work for Wang Laboratories in 1982.  After living in Nashua, NH, he moved to Medford, MA, then finally settled in the South End of Boston.  Each time he comes to work at Western Avenue Studios, he commutes an hour and a half by commuter rail.

Right Place at the Right Time – Establishing a bindery can be very costly and time consuming.  However, fate was hard at work the day Todd came across a mailing list announcement about a binder in Norwich, VT who was looking to sell his entire bindery before he retired.  It was an all or nothing acquisition.  So, Todd plunged head first into his new mid-life career.  After a good deal of searching, he decided to set up shop here at Western Avenue a little over two years ago.  Getting the equipment into his studio was a great feat, as some of his equipment fully assembled weighs 1000 lbs or more.

Restoration & Repairs – Besides commissions and workshops, Todd provides book repair services.  Each repair project presents various obstacles, but Todd loves the challenge as well as the mystery and history involved in taking a book a part.  He usually has an old time radio show playing in the background when he’s dissecting book structures, except in July when he faithfully watches the Tour de France.  Some of his past repair projects include: a family bible, a Roman Missal, a 50-year-old wedding photo album, and a private library’s circulating collection.

Visiting Western Avenue Studios During Artoberfest – Like several other Western Avenue artists, Todd will be conducting demonstrations on his latest projects during Artoberfest (10/6, 10/7). In addition, you can find Todd in his studio sometime between 9am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during a typical week.  Walk-ins are always welcome.

For more information on the Middlesex Bindery, check out Todd’s website: https://middlesexbindery.com/ and his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MiddlesexBindery.

Check out our Artoberfest Facebook Event Page for further details!

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

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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!

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Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios (Lowell, MA)

On the first Saturday of every month, Western Avenue Studios & Western Avenue Lofts artists open their doors to the public so that you can come browse their latest works. Come take a peek inside their work spaces and learn more about our artists.

We will be open on Saturday, July 1st, 2017, from 12-5PM.

Our artists always have new work to show, and new artists are opening, some of them for the first time. This is a great place for browsing art, chatting with the artists, and purchasing unique gifts for all.

Gift certificates available too!

This is a free event. Free parking available right next to our building.There will also be a new show in the Loading Dock Gallery with a reception from 5-7pm.

See you there! Invite your friends!

Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios (Lowell, MA)

On the first Saturday of every month, Western Avenue Studios & Western Avenue Lofts artists open their doors to the public so that you can come browse their latest works. Come take a peek inside their work spaces and learn more about our artists.

We will be open on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, from 12-5PM.

Our artists always have new work to show, and new artists are opening, some of them for the first time. This is a great place for browsing art, chatting with the artists, and purchasing unique gifts for all.

Gift certificates available too!

This is a free event. Free parking available right next to our building.There will also be a new show in the Loading Dock Gallery with a reception from 5-7pm.

See you there! Invite your friends!

Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios (Lowell, MA)

On the first Saturday of every month, Western Avenue Studios & Western Avenue Lofts artists open their doors to the public so that you can come browse their latest works. Come take a peek inside their work spaces and learn more about our artists.

We will be open on Saturday, mAY 6th, 2017, from 12-5PM.

Our artists always have new work to show, and new artists are opening, some of them for the first time. This is a great place for browsing art, chatting with the artists, and purchasing unique gifts for all.

Gift certificates available too!

This is a free event. Free parking available right next to our building.There will also be a new show in the Loading Dock Gallery with a reception from 5-7pm.

See you there! Invite your friends!

Create More

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Create more love. Create more understanding. Create more peace.

Create more ART.

Best wishes from all of us at Western Avenue Studios to all of you, and yours, in the coming new year.

Open Studios at Western Ave Studios (Lowell, MA)

On the first Saturday of every month, Western Avenue Studios & Western Avenue Lofts artists open their doors to the public so that you can come browse their latest works. Come take a peek inside their work spaces and learn more about our artists.

We will be open on Saturday, August 6, 2016, from 12-5PM.

Our artists always have new work to show, and new artists are opening, some of them for the first time. This is a great place for browsing art, chatting with the artists, and purchasing unique gifts for all.

Gift certificates available too!

This is a free event. Free parking available right next to our building.

We will also be joined by Mill City Grows this month who will be selling fresh fruits and vegetables from the C/D Mill Loading Dock.

There will also be a new show in the Loading Dock Gallery with a reception from 5-7pm.

See you there! Invite your friends!

Exhibit – Size Matters (Lowell, MA)

Size matters, in some things more than others!  When it comes to making art, working small can be as challenging and exciting as working big. This August, artists of the Loading Dock Gallery will have a chance to strut their small stuff in the exhibit Size Matters: Small Works by Loading Dock Artists.

 

All work in the show — both two-dimensional and three-dimensional — will be no larger than 12” in any direction. Artists working in photography, collage, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, fiber art, acrylic, watercolor and oil painting will all be included. The work will be priced according to its size.

 

“Small is beautiful,” says Loading Dock Gallery curator Laurie Simko. “This is a show for art lovers who may want to add to their collection, and for those just purchasing their first piece of original art.”

 

Many great thinkers and creative minds have addressed the issue of small. “Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional,” said actress Liz Vassey. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together,” according to artist Vincent Van Gogh.  And Sister Theresa said, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

 

Size Matters, Small Works by Loading Dock Gallery Artists runs from August 3 to August 28 at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, Lowell MA, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 6 from 5 to 7 pm, immediately following First Saturday Open Studios (from noon to 5pm). The Loading Dock Gallery, a part of Loading Dock Arts, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5:30 pm, Thursday evenings until 8:30 pm and Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 978-656-1687 or visit theloadingdockgallery.com.