Welcome to the Illustration and Graphic Arts Walking Tour.

Drawing a line and turning that into a logo, an animation, an anime character, a super hero, a children’s book character – we have talent and independent businesses here.

Take the Tour.

The Studios cover five floors, but please note that the first floor is not accessible by the elevator – use the stairwells for first floor access. At this time the Lofts are not open to the public except for special events. We encourage you to view the loft artist profiles and make a private appointment to see their work. Only artists who have a profile on our website are listed on this tour – but there are many more so please explore.

  • Studios: First Floor

    The first floor is home to Navigation Brewing which is open Thursday – Sunday.
    Studio: 189

    Artist: Andre K Mills
    Studio Name: AKM Graphics LLC

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    I am an illustrator and comic artist. Most of my work is digital today. I like to people watch and view my surroundings, to see what story I can tell.​ Most of my work consists of logo designs, caricatures, portraits, house sketches, character design, book illustration, animation and other commissioned works.

    Studio: 187

    Artist: Gary Destramp
    Studio Name: Destramp Art

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    Having spent decades in the newspaper industry, Gary now focuses full time on his art and is best know for his colorful and humorous rendering of real estate, buildings, landmarks and scenes of city life.

  • Studios: Second Floor

    The second floor also is home to Nibbana Cafe which is open Thursday – Sunday, the Loading Dock Gallery which is open Wednesday – Sunday, and Refuge Art School.
    Studio: 247

    Artist: Lynn Mohney
    Studio Name: Prunella’s Workshop

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    While mostly known for her jewelry making, Lynn is a talented children’s book illustrator.

    Studio: 217

    Artist: Katren Cleo

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    As a charcoal portrait artist I am drawn to capturing the essence of emotion and gesture through meaningful connection.  A simple gaze that reveals a moment, private or shared, that connects the viewer to the subject’s spirit. I have always been drawn to portraiture. First with photography and now with charcoal.  The medium has evolved but the connection in how I see and interpret has not.  My work over the last 25+ years has always been an exploration of individual emotions through expressive soulful representation.  Portraiture is the enduring art form by which I describe, and celebrate the uniqueness of the individual soul. My motivation for drawing is to evoke a feeling, a shared and recognizable feeling that connects the viewer to the subject in a moment that allows expressions and gesture to narrate.  I strive for an unfinished quality to my drawings and, in some way, that is symbolic of the continuation of life’s journey from the moment.  My drawings are messy and somewhat abstract in their marks but the most important quality is truth of myself that I find in them.

    I Graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in Photography in 1995 while raising 4 children as a single mom. The last 3 years have proven to be decisive in that I moved from Florida back to my home state of Massachusetts.  My work has been in Portrait Photography in Florida and more recently in Charcoal Portraits in Lowell, Massachusetts. I joined Western Ave Studios in January of 2022 and I’ve seen my work evolve and grow exponentially from being a part of this community of artists.

    Instagram: @katrencleo

  • Studios: Third Floor

    Studio: 373

    Artist: Eling Chang
    Studio Name: Migration Goods

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    Eling’s illustrations are fun, fanciful, humorous, and work their way into all her creations and tiny gifts.

    Studio: 379

    Artist: Vivian Rosalee
    Studio Name: Vivian Rosalee

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    My favorite subject to include in my artwork is animals of all kinds, especially birds.  I’ve always been an animal lover, but my fondness for birds started when my family found (and later adopted) a lost cockatiel. I take commissions for custom pet portraits. I also enjoy painting landscapes, plants, and fantasy creatures like dragons and mermaids, but I alway returns to birds.

  • Studios: Fourth Floor

    Studio: 480

    Artist: Joe Farnham
    Studio Name: Draw to the Game

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    In addition to my focus on vintage baseball art I am an editorial illustrator as well as a plain air painter and instructor.

    Studio: 483

    Artist: Karen Ancas
    Studio Name: Karen Ancas Design

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    As a designer specializing in branding, I delve into the essence of what makes clients unique. I deliver creative, sophisticated, conceptual design approaches to marketing and promotional communications with a complete respect for branding.

    Studio: 495

    Artist: Daniela Gamba
    Studio Name: Daniela Gamba Art

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    Daniela Gamba is a Colombian-American illustrator and digital artist. With a focus on fantasy and science fiction concept art, she grew up inspired by tales of adventure and discovery, and approaches her art-making with the same sort of joy.

    Studio: 495

    Artist Name: Emily Muller

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    Emily Muller is an artist from Massachusetts with a BFA in Illustration from MassArt. Primarily working in acrylic, she specializes in pet portraiture – channeling her passion and appreciation for all animals into her work.

  • Studios: Fifth Floor

    Studio: 537

    Artist: Rachel Covel
    Studio Name: Moon Signs Modern Calligraphy

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    After providing signage for various weddings, showers, and holiday events, she was encouraged by friends and family to pursue her creativity and make it a more consistent presence in her life. Moon Signs is a way for Rachel to make sure she keeps her promise to herself to keep creating.

    Studio: 76

    Artist: Tim Palin
    Studio Name: Tim Palin Creative

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    I have three dogs and a husband . . . and will walk hot coals for chicken wings.

    (mmm…chicken wings)

    I was born a small baby in Salem, Massachusetts. I’m not a witch.

    I promise.

    But it’s true. I grew up in Peabody a few minutes down the road from the witch gallows. To avoid public shaming, don’t pronounce it “Pea-Body,” but rather PEEbuhdee.

    I was a creative little tyke, drawing monsters and dinosaurs and monkeys…lots and lots of monkeys. I drew sad self-portraits that I would slip under the door to the outside world when I was sent to my room. (They had to know how sad I was, right?) From elementary school all the way up through college, I took as many art classes as I could find . I wasn’t a math whiz. And I certainly wasn’t taking the science world by storm. But, hand me a ball of clay, or a sketchpad, or egg cartons and Popsicle sticks and suddenly I could create the world that was inside my head. I loved it all. I loved making stuff.

    At Salem State College I discovered the glamorous and dangerous world of graphic design. After graduating, I began my design career in event and marketing agencies in greater Boston, mostly for the free trips and parties. I did it all: brochures, ads, brand identity, custom packaging for promotional mailings. I even designed a custom-wrapped ice cream truck for Hawaiian Punch. Ya know, as one does.

    Then all heck broke loose.

    In 2005 I moved from Boston to NYC to become Promotional Art Director for ELLEgirl Magazine, working with fashion brands including America’s Next Top Model, Marc Ecko, TJMaxx and Baby Phat. Janice Dickenson kissed me on the mouth.

    Eventually, after a couple of years of photo shoots and cocktail parties, I moved into book publishing as Senior Designer for Disney Editions/Disney Press. Later I designed for PlayBac Publishing and Bill Smith Group.

    Now I am primarily designing and producing books for both the children’s and adult contemporary markets for publishers including Scholastic Books, duopress, Blue Apple Books, Little Bee/Buzzpop/Bonnier, Albert Whitman & Company, Enchanted Lion Books, PrintMatters, Capstone, The Book Shop Ltd. (for Race Point Publishing, Sterling Innovations, Thunder Bay), and Octane Press. All the while, I still get to have the branding, identity and promotional design fun with a variety of clients.

    But after many years of lying dormant, the monkey-drawing kid in me has re-emerged with a vengeance. I’ve dusted off my sketchbooks and pencils (real and digital) and begun to indulge my passion for drawing even as I continue to do the design work I love. I’m art directing and illustrating for the children’s and tween book markets and my inner little Timmy Palin is having a blast illustrating books for Penguin Random House, Bharat Babies, duopress and Cardinal Rule Press. How can you not have a blast drawing a rhino in a tutu?

    Professionally, I’ve navigated almost every aspect of the creative services and publishing industries. I bring to every client and partner a very adaptable design sensibility with focus and a commitment to making things beautiful. Whether it’s a book publishing project, magazine layout, identity piece, marketing design or the cutest, fuzziest bunny I can muster, I do whatever it takes to achieve the perfect finished product. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a finicky perfectionist and your projects will benefit from that.

    But most important to me is that we have some fun together . . . and make fantastic stuff!

    Studio: 580

    Artist: Crissie Murphy and Tom Mulrey
    Studio Name: One Ear Up Studios

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    We are classically trained artists who also adapt our talents to the world of design. Our work is in the collection of the United States Air Force, US Coast Guard, The National Museum of Naval Aviation, National Museum of the USAF, and others.

    Studio: 593

    Artist: Kirk Wallace
    Studio Name: BoneHaus

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    BoneHaüs is the commercial freelance creative studio of Kirk Wallace and his paraphysical manifestation, Skülly.  Specializing in the world of illustration fused with graphic design among thousands of other ingredients, there’s always a strong focus on strategic solutions executed in an unexpected, unique, and exciting way.

  • Lofts

    The Lofts are only open to the public during First Saturday or other special events as posted.
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