Welcome to the Painters Walking Tour.

Western Avenue has such a diversity of artists and our painters cover a broad range of materials from oil, encaustic, acrylic, watercolor to ink. This page will take you on a self guided tour with each floor’s artists in numerical order by their Studio or Loft number.

Take the Tour.

The Studios cover five floors, but please note that the first floor is not accessible by the elevator. Please use the stairwells for first floor access. At this time the Lofts are not open to the public – 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 the tour.

  • Studios: First Floor

    The first floor is home to Navigation Brewing which is open Thursday – Sunday, as well as Refuge Lowell – an after school arts program for teenagers.
    Studio: 187

    Artist: Gary Destramp
    Studio Name: Destramp Art

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    Gary has been an artist his whole life, working at various regional newspapers including the Lowell Sun. His renderings of local scenes, buildings and daily life are imbued with humor. Gary receives commissions from business owners to portray their stores as well as realtors to welcome new homeowners to their new home.

    Studio: 189

    Artist: Lisa Marie McManus
    Studio Name: Lisa Marie McManus Fine Arts

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    People tell me that when they look at my landscape paintings they feel like they are in that landscape. Good! Because I’m pulled, over and over again, to build a place on the canvas, to remember and feel what I felt in that place. I push and pull color, light and dark, line and shape until the image matches my experience of that place. For that reason it’s rare that I completely invent a landscape. Without a memory to reference, I can come up empty. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the occasional fantasy landscape. Then I draw on my visual memory; instead of painting one place I’m painting many all at the same time.

    Recent paintings are more graphic, more design, a sort of in-your-face color splash. I’m experimenting with how much line I can get away with before the image completely flattens out. I’m also experimenting with glazing, a method of adding color on top of other colors in ways that let you see both. I’d like to see if I can get the colors underneath to glow up through the colors on top.

    Painting is not me just recording my visual experiences. It’s an emotive and cognitive dance of imagination and experience that adds intrigue and surprise to my daily life. If you are interested in seeing it for yourself, stop in during Open Studio Saturdays or make an appointment to come visit my studio. I love to have visitors.

  • Studios: Second Floor

    The second floor also is home to Tiny Arms Coffee which is open Friday – Sunday and the Loading Dock Gallery which is open Wednesday – Sunday.
    Studio: 207

    Artist: Wendy James
    Studio Name: Wendy James

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    Everyday “in between” moments offer subject matter for my paintings. Heightened hues and contrast encourage seeing our common scenes in a new way. The black and white photomontages depict our almost plausible world with a twist, using skewed perspective, altered proportions, and surreal transitions. The surreal images intend to transport the viewer to inner dream worlds or memories. The ceramic sculptures and pottery are playful, often including an element of surprise.

    I live and work in Lowell, MA, with my artist husband, John Brickels. We welcome visitors at the Western Avenue Studios #533. Our studio is open most First Saturdays each month and by appointment.

    Studio: 211

    Artist: George Middleton
    Studio Name: George Middleton

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    Being in the landscape- and nature in general, inspires and restores my spirit. I want to share this feeling in painting- that sense of connection, of transformation. In the light of a scene, I imagine the setting for a human drama, a resurgence of awareness for the magical living earth, a renewed perception of the sacred.

    I paint with acrylics or watercolor, and make fine art print reproductions of my artwork using digital techniques. I work from the tradition of realism- the picture as a portal in depth, and from the visionary tradition- a narrative representation of spiritual ideas through imagined abstract forms. My workflow is strongly focused on methods, techniques, and continual experimentation- both material and behavioral, to best serve a reflection of this experience.

    My career includes many commissioned art projects, ranging from backdrops for trade shows and advertising photography, murals in restaurants, and decorative painting inside private spaces- including imitation and faux finishes. I am also an illustrator, specializing in food and florals for product packaging.

    In addition to Outdoor Art Markets and virtual Open Studios, my work is available on my website, on Facebook, and on Instagram. I’m available by appointment, call (508) 254-5489 or email info@georgemiddleton.com.

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    Outdoor Art Markets, Virtual studio tours, and Facebook Live demos

    Studio: 241

    Artist: McKenzie West
    Studio Name: McKenzie West

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    McKenzie West is a Boston-based painter and draftswoman. She attended Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut and graduated with a BFA in Painting in the spring of 2018.

    Studio: 251

    Artist: Priscilla Levesque
    Studio Name: Priscilla Levesque

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    I have been involved in art since I was a small child. I loved pencils, crayons, paint, clay, papier mache and all other art supplies. The medium which I now use is casein, an opaque water-base paint. I like it because it dries fast, does not require solvents, and the opacity allows me to cover up and change colors very easily.

    My technique is pointillism, the art of painting with small dots [points], invented by the French painter Georges Seurat in the late 19th century. He influenced other artists such as Camille Pissarro to use the pointillist technique. Many pointillist works emphasize surface texture and decorative pattern more than three-dimensional space. This trend was carried on by the Nabis painters in France around the turn of the century. I like to remind myself of a quote by Maurice Denis, one of the Nabis group in 1890: “Remember that a picture, before being a battle horse, a nude, an anecdote, or whatnot, is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order”.

    Studio: 269

    Artist: Beth Campbell
    Studio Name: Beth Campbell Arts

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    My main Concentration is Oil Paintings and I’ve worked with Oils since 2006. My passion is creating portraits with paint that capture a sculptural yet expressionist style using palette knives. I work with other 2D media including Oil Pastels, Colored Pens, Watercolor Pens Colored Pencils, Charcoal and Graphite.

    Studio: 271

    Artist: Bill Reedy
    Studio Name: Bill Reedy Art

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    My focus is mainly oils, but I also work with mixed media as well. Many of my works are landscapes and inspired by my travels.

    Painting allows me to bring harmony to our everyday chaos. I believe art should allow us to express and cope with our emotions. Bringing peace to our souls. When looking at my work I try not to copy what I see but to incorporate the feelings it brings forth in me. Many of my landscapes are calming as well as provoking. Allowing you to bring back memories you may have of places you have been.

    Studio: 275

    Artist: Tracy Levesque
    Studio Name: Tracy Levesque Fine Art

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    Tracy Levesque (aka “the birch lady”) is the one-woman-show behind every piece of art at Tracy Levesque Fine Art. She is a self-taught artist who was raised by wolves (ok fine, parents) and tree fairies (a few choice exceptional old ladies who instilled in her an obsession for trees and flowers) in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. She got her start with crayons and coloring books, drawing over used dot matrix printer paper her mother brought home from the supermarket, painting marker murals on herself and the walls of her family’s home and by winning cash prizes in local art contests.

    She went to college for various subjects and graduated a year early with a double bachelors degree and high honors, but none of that matters in the grand scheme of things. What is important is that she did not study art, but indeed, art made a study of her. Painting at this point was more like a love affair straight out of the Thorn Birds, but as you will surely note, with a much happier ending.

    Studio: 279

    Artist: Bethany Peck
    Studio Name: Bethany Peck Art

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    Bethany Peck is a contemporary landscape painter with a BFA from Monserrat College of Art in Beverly Massachusetts. Her award-winning work can be found in many private and corporate collections. Her primary media are oils and watercolors. She uses a variety of different substrates, most notable: copper plates, linen, birch panels, ampersand panels, cotton canvas, and a variety of papers.

    Galleries

    Stamm & Black 525 Mass Ave, Unit 100 Acton Ma

    The Village Studio, 43 High St. Suite 110c, North Andover, Ma

    Bowersock Gallery 373 Commercial Streer, Provincetown Ma

    Gallery Z 167 Market Street, Lowell Ma

    Paper Moon 1 Merrimack Street Newburyport Ma

    Loading Dock Gallery 122 Western Avenue, Lowell Ma

    Bethany is also available for commission work, contact the artist for details

  • Studios: Third Floor

    Studio: 342

    Artist: Deb Banerjee
    Studio Name: Deb Banerjee Studio

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    I paint vintage spacecraft that are historical missions. These paintings are based on the spacecraft built by Jet Propulsion Lab during the 20th century.  They were sent out into the solar system on science missions.Occasionally I venture out into the world and paint. Long walks lead to interesting sites on the edge of where people and wildness meet. I use painting, collage and installations to explore the culture of science, medicine and the body. My work often involves viewing devices, perspective, viewpoints and shifts in perception. I use mirrors, lens and anamorphs to create a double entendre of looking. One looks at oneself looking.

    Studio: 373

    Artist: Eling Chang
    Studio Name: Migration Goods

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    Migration Goods aka Eling Chang makes tiny + adorable gifts and art.

    Studio: 375

    Artist: Gillian Orlinsky
    Studio Name: Gillian Orlinsky

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    In painting, I do not have a pre-conceived end-point. My goal is to connect with something outside and inside and let it inform my creative process using intuition and sense-making to represent visual connections. Based on solid foundations in drawing and painting, my work continues to evolve through practice, experimentation, and discovery.

    Studio: 375

    Artist: Ivan Orlinsky
    Studio Name: Ivan Orlinsky

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    I am a lifelong artist who has focused on watercolor for the last few years.

    Studio: 379

    Artist: Carolyn Lee Cook
    Studio Name: Carolyn Lee Artist

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    Carolyn is a multifaceted artist and creator of all things colorful. This is reflected in her mixed media paintings, beaded jewelry, quilts, and art journals. She also enjoys crocheting, knitting, bead crochet, printmaking, sewing, and soapmaking. Her artwork is influenced by her family, children, nature, travel, and everyday life. Paintings and greeting cards are available at the Loading Dock Gallery or contact her directly. She shares studio A203 with her daughter/artist Vivian Rosalee.

    Studio: 379

    Artist: Vivian Cook
    Studio Name: Vivian Rosalee

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    I am continuously exploring many art mediums, including acrylic, gouache, ink, digital, and even a little bit of ceramics. I travel to a variety of art markets to sell my art, occasionally traveling out of state. I share my studio space A203 with my mother- Carolyn Lee- at Western Avenue Studios. We like to collaborate on some of our creations.

    My favorite subject to include in my artwork is animals of all kinds, especially birds. I take commissions for custom pet portraits, too! I’ve always been an animal lover, but my fondness for birds started when my family found (and later adopted) a lost cockatiel. I also enjoy painting landscapes, plants, and fantasy creatures like dragons and mermaids, but I alway returns to birds. When I’m not doing art, I am talking to my pet budgies, or birdwatching on a local trail.

    I donate 10% of my profits to the Central Food Ministry in Lowell, MA, as well as to Happy Wings Sanctuary in Orange, VA.

    Studio: 380

    Artist: Jacob Giberson
    Studio Name: Jacob Giberson

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    I am a painter who studied at Mass Art, and graduated with a BFA in Painting in 2013. I paint oil and acrylic on canvas. I think about stories and themes of the human experience across time paired with the present, and based on my personal journey.

    Studio: 397

    Artist: Joe Lapiana
    Studio Name: Sunset Art studio

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    Joe’s work is inspired by local scenes, European travel, and a wide variety of objects, animals and people. His studio #326 has many styles and subject matter. He does not paint in one style or one type of subject.

  • Studios: Fourth Floor

    Studio: 401

    Artist: Angela Alés
    Studio Name: Alés at Ales-Lores Studio

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    Angela Alés is an artist born in Barranquilla, Colombia, of Andalusian and Lebanese descent. Alés moved to the United States in 1984 and graduated from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York City. She received her MFA from the Miami International University of Art and Design. She is a dedicated student of philosophies and world religions and her spirituality has emerged as central themes in her work. She has participated in over 30 collective and individual exhibitions in the US and Central and South America. She is also an accomplished Educator with 20 years of teaching experience. She specializes in teaching Drawing and Painting as well as preparing students for acceptance into top ranked Universities and Art Magnet Programs.

    Studio: 401

    Artist: Roneld Lores
    Studio Name: Lores Studio

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    Roneld Lores is a sculptor and painter living in Lowell. He has been an active part of the artist community for over 20 years. Originally from Cuba, Mr. Lores moved to the United States at the age of eight and studied Fine Arts at New World School of the Arts and Florida International University, where he received a BFA in 1994 with a major in Ceramics & Sculpture. One of Mr. Lores areas of concentration is the female figure. Strongly rooted in a classical foundation, his sculpture’s and paintings, abstract and fragment the female figure to conform to his own aesthetics. His style is loose and dynamic with an evident grasp of realism. His work has been exhibited and is in private collections throughout the Americas and Europe.

    Studio: 415

    Artist: Debra Bretton Robinson
    Studio Name: Bretton Arts

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    Debra Bretton Robinson is a Massachusetts artist and a participant in the vibrant Lowell art scene. Debra’s acrylic paintings on canvas concentrate on the natural landscapes and architecture of New England in vibrating colors, Most of her work is done “en plein air” Her style borders between representational and abstract. The colors and lines of her paintings are inspired by Matisse during the Fauvist movement. The talents of several other artists she continues to draw upon are: William Henry Johnson, “The Seven” (a group of natural Canadian landscape painters from the 1920’s), Alice Neel, Emily Carr and Edward Hopper. Jazz and Blues music continue to be a force in her work.

    Debra currently has her work in several online galleries including the Saatchi Gallery in London. She teaches art full time at Lawrence Catholic Academy, Lawrence, MA

    Studio: 437

    Artist: May DeViney
    Studio Name: May DeViney

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    I am a local artist living in West Chelmsford. I have exhibited work internationally and have won awards for my work, and it has appeared in national and international publications. My media is varied, including sculpture, paintings, mixed media, installations and art furniture. My work often includes found objects and recycled items.

    Studio: 454

    Artist: Laurie Simko
    Studio Name: Laurie Simko

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    Laurie Simko is an oil painter and mixed-media artist mainly focused on the interconnection with the natural world that offers a wealth of visual and metaphorical inspiration.

    Simko is a member of the Arts League of Lowell, Cambridge and Concord Art Association, Rockport Art Association, National Association of Women Artists in NYC and has exhibited in many juried shows in the Greater Boston area.

    Studio: 456

    Artist: Ellen Grandpre
    Studio Name: Ellen Grandpre Fine Arts

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    I paint from life using a direct approach, often “en plein air”. I seek to respond to life, observing and interpreting the natural world through relationships of color, value, shapes and brushstrokes. I am inspired by the visual world around me: the effect of light, color relationships, relationships of shapes. Landscape, the human form and portraiture are the specific types of imagery that inspire me.

    I was born in western Massachusetts and have been living in eastern Mass since 1988. I love to paint outdoors and am also working within a studio environment to further develop landscape and figurative paintings.

    Studio: 460

    Artist: Becky Kisabeth Gibbs
    Studio Name: Becky Kisabeth Gibbs, Fine Artist

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    Becky Kisabeth Gibbs is a noted Boston area painter whose work focuses on the natural world. She is best known for beautiful realistic seascapes and ocean field paintings, in which the compositions appear to extend beyond the edges of the picture frame and contain no reference to humans or scale. Gibbs spends many hours near the sea, photographing it at myriad times and conditions. Back in the studio, these images become her source material.

    Gibbs’s paintings and works on paper are in private and corporate collections in America, Canada and South America. Gibbs is also available for commissions. Her most recent commission, a large painting of the ocean, was installed in the lobby of a JGB Smith building in Crystal City, VA.

    Gibbs has exhibited her work extensively in New England, and served on the Board of Directors of Galatea Fine Art, a cooperative gallery in Boston, MA.

    Born in Sandusky, OH, Gibbs received her BFA from Bowling Green State University and studied further at The DeCordova Museum School. She currently works and lives west of Boston. Always drawn to water, she is inspired by the Atlantic Ocean and shore.

    Studio: 467

    Artist: Michele Boll
    Studio Name: Michele Boll Art

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    My work is about those moments when light reveals what is beautiful about ordinary places and things. I am generally attracted to run-down buildings, simple objects, alleys glimpsed in passing, or the way light caresses moldings on an old house. My goal is to capture the feeling of a place and moment in time and communicate that through my work. My final composition is never a rendering of an exact scene but rather a reflection of my connection to it. I’ll often remove or add objects to a composition in order to balance and complete the story I want to tell. Somehow, in the spaces between light and shadow, I see reflections of the people who inhabit or built the structures: a hint of the human condition. The presence of the individual is always there –even when absent.

    My work has been exhibited at the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) Gallery in New York City, the DeCordova Museum (City Views, Landscape Seen and Imagined), the Whistler House Museum, the Danforth Museum, the Rose Art Museum, and is in many private and corporate collections. I am a past recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, now the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In 2017, I was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. I maintain a studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA.

    Studio: 475

    Artist: Suzanne Hodge
    Studio Name: Suzanne Hodge

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    I’m mainly an oil painter whose favorite subject is cityscapes. Nighttime reflections in the city often evoke a feeling of mystery and possibility that speak to the artist in me.

    My first foray into painting was in 2011 on a three-month stay in the market town of Tralee, Ireland. My sister and I rented a little stone cottage and would ride our bikes out to neighboring towns every day and in the evening we would walk down to the bay on the road that passed by our cottage. It seemed I had no choice but to buy some paints and try, in my rudimentary way, to capture the beauty of that place.

    That first painting I did in 2011 was pretty stiff and simple. Since then, I have taken some courses at the NH Institute of Art and specifically a studio class with Patrick McKay who has helped me to find my artistic voice/style.

    In 2013, I rented a space here at Western Avenue Studios and haven’t looked back since. I paint either in the studio from a photo reference or out in the town.

    Studio: 476

    Artist: Arlene Hammel
    Studio Name: Arlene Hammel Art

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    A little bit about me. My creative interests started early and continued to be reflected throughout my career. Now, I’m pursuing my passion for painting full time and draw ongoing inspiration from being part of the vibrant artist community at Western Avenue Studios.

    My representational and abstract paintings are created with dynamic brushwork that delivers an energetic visual experience. Using both bold and subtle color palettes, my art explores the world around us to bring that excitement in to all the special places where we live and work.

    I really enjoy meeting visitors during Open Studios, hearing about them and learning how my artwork speaks to their interests. It’s a special adventure for people to explore Western Avenue and it’s great being part of their journey!

    Studio: 477

    Artist: Denise Rainis
    Studio Name: Denise Rainis Art

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    My interests are varied and I have been influenced by many genres and artists. Currently, the subjects of my paintings are inspired by the humbling colors and beauty of nature, the ever-changing weather and seasons of New England, and the occasional dramatic light that allows transcendence from an ordinary scene to one of extraordinary and breathtaking beauty. I also love to paint on non-traditional canvases including birch bark, stone, and glass.

    My first love is pastel, but I have recently branched into watercolor, oil, and mixed media and I am intrigued by the endless possibilities in all mediums.

    Studio: 479

    Artist: Wanda Metcalf
    Studio Name: Orneryments

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    A mix of watercolors, jewelry and computer-manipulated photographs.

    Studio: 483

    Artist: Karen Ancas
    Studio Name: Karen Ancas Design

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    I am an artist and creative designer.

    My art is inspired by architecture, nature, travel, and quantum physics. My mediums include oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, and pastel. Some samples of my work are shown here. Please visit my studio to see what I am currently working on and how it is developing.

    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. I provide responsible project management from concept development through delivery with timely, efficient production, precise file creation, accurate pricing, and effective budget control. Please visit my website for samples.

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    I feature occasional events for Open Studios, the First Saturday of each month. 2020 dates: March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, September 5, October 3-4, November 7, December 5-6 and 12-13. Check instagram for details.

    Studio: 486

    Artist: Nan Hockenbury
    Studio Name: Nan Hockenbury

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    As a young learner, I was captivated by the colorful illustrations and bold black sentences in my elementary school reader Dick, Jane, and Sally. The spare white pages only enhanced my desire to color and draw instead of doing schoolwork. I’m sure this is the foundation of my becoming an artist.

    Now I use paint to picture narratives based on creation myths, different opinions of history, and my own stories or point of view.

    Studio: 491

    Artist: Gwen Cory
    Studio Name: Gwen Cory

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    Painting for me is freedom. My creative process is about observing nature and intuitively painting expressive, bold, and moving colorscapes. Sometimes I like to start with very little reference in mind, play with color, paint thickness, shape relationships, and watch my paintings spontaneously evolve. Other times, I take photographs and visualize what I want to paint. My paintings reflect love of and concern for the environment. I live in the Boston area and paint in my fourth-floor studio here at Western Avenue Studios. I enjoy being part of this large diverse artist community.

    Studio: 493

    Artist: Patricia Nolan-Brown
    Studio Name: Patricia Nolan-Brown (Troods)

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    I have an intuitive/impressionistic style using rich impasto oil paint and walnut oil.

    I have been working as a visual artist most of my life.

    I received a BA in Art from Framingham State University.

    I have been accepted and attended several artist residencies in France where I was a featured artist.

    My creativity has taken me on an interesting and wonderful journey thus far.

    In addition to being a prolific painter I am a noted inventor and author of Idea to Invention.

    I have taught and guest lectured at universities and businesses here and abroad regarding creativity, entrepreneurship, and product development.

    I hold 5 patents and several registered trademarks.

    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.

    She is a Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduate.

    Studio: 497

    Artist: Katie Blue Nagy
    Studio Name: Katie Blue Art

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    Hand-Painted Jackets and Accessories (Denim and Leather) Custom Designs & Limited Editions.

    Studio: 498

    Artist: Dave Ruckle
    Studio Name: Dave Ruckle

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    Dave Ruckle is multi talented artist, who gains knowledge from all forms of art and design. Constantly Dave push’s the boundaries of all art materials conventional and unconventional. For the past 15 years He’s been working with Insulating Foam Sealant, building landscape dioramas, sculptures and currently uses it as a base, to texturize his most recent series of otherworldly, abstract paintings.

    Classes Offered:
    Dave Ruckle Art, is offering one on one art lessons, Thursday and Friday 12:00pm to 7:00 pm. All skill levels and ages welcome. As each student learns differently, I try to craft classes that improve upon the individual students existing skills. The first lesson is free, this is a way for a potential student to meet me and see if I would be a good fit for their artistic needs. For more information and pricing contact me at evad0072@yahoo.com

  • Studios: Fifth Floor

    Studio: 500

    Artist: Heidi Jackson
    Studio Name: Heidi Jackson Fine Art

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    “I call myself an expressionist.” ~ HSDJ

    Heidi is a professional New England artist. Inspired by the ever-changing landscape & her love of nature & the sea, she paints life’s ‘fleeting quality’ with bold, generous strokes of delicious color; a romance between movements of line vs. volume is her passion. Layering captured light between glazes images gently rises to the surface exposing a whirlwind of emotion. By sharing her view of the world, she harnesses a little piece of her soul in each composition. Insisting the viewer experience ‘this’ window of the world, offering a language without words, where others can create their own story.

    Fascinated with many art forms, harvesting new concepts; combining drawing, painting and sculpture. She is in love with the secrets within the paint, paper, graphite, wood, stone, clay, iron, and bronze; all sharing possibilities residing within her pencil, brush, chisel, file, fire, hammer, hands and imagination.

    Studio: 501

    Artist: Diana Zipeto
    Studio Name: Diana Zipeto Fine Art

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    My folded paper paintings investigate issues of freedom and equality. The paintings express these ideals as both formidable and fragmented, and attempt to engage with them in a new way.

    Starting with paper photographs, I fold the images to give them a new 3rd dimension. The ability to fold, refold, and reconfigure uncovers new meanings in familiar images. I make large paintings of the fragile paper constructions to fix transitional moments in a solid form.

    As an American female raised in the 1980s, I grew up in a time when liberty and equality seemed inevitable and always advancing. My paintings question that inevitability, and look at the uncertainty and possibility in our new era.

    Diana Zipeto studied painting and illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, including the Ceres Gallery in New York, the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, and numerous galleries and museums across the United States. Her work is in private and public collections. In 2017, she received an artist grant from the Lowell Cultural Council to produce the exhibit, Women Looking at Women. Diana lives in Lowell, MA, and works in Lowell’s energizing artist community at Western Avenue Studios. See more of her work at www.dianazipeto.com

    Studio: 510

    Artist: Margarita Krylova
    Studio Name: Margarita Krylova

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    Hi! I’m a painter that loves the fantastical as much as the every day – after all, there is no true distinction between them.

    I take portrait and mural commissions and am open to discussing a variety of projects and collaborations. Feel free to contact me!

    Studio: 511

    Artist: Teo Pique
    Studio Name: Teo

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    Acrylic and Oil Paintings. Buddhas, Japanese Ensos, Japanese Kimonos and Abstracts. See items on Loading Dock Gallery Online Store. All orders can be processed here: https://store.theloadingdockgallery.com/artists/new-category/ or contact me directly at 510-332-1819 or at OriginaArtbyTeo@gmail.com

    Studio: 520

    Artist: Jessica Jarva
    Studio Name: Jarva Land

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    Jarvaland is a mixed media multi-part life installation in interrelated media; paintings drawings sculpture collage music video objects fashion poetry youtube! Interactive & multitiered

    Studio: 527

    Artist: Dina Mordeno
    Studio Name: Dina Mordeno Studio

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    Ever so slightly, yet dramatically, each hour of the day, the sun alters the light and color of the landscape. My work focuses on the simplification of the color to create peaceful images for meditation and contemplation. Increasingly, I find it difficult to cut through all the stimuli coming from the media and needed to create images that allow a moment of stillness. Recently, I have been focusing on creating compositions that open the space through an expanding horizon and color palette that works to soothe. Looking at landscapes and translating them colors that vibrate and blend with each other to create distance and light is the focus of the paintings. Beginning with small watercolor studies that I create on location, and then return to the studio to develop them into more specific larger detailed work made using watercolor, oil or acrylic on paper, canvas or wood.

    Studio: 533

    Artist: Tara-Mae Richards
    Studio Name: MASARAT Studios

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    MASARAT Studios features an exposition of past custom works on one wall and a mish mash of various individual projects tackled on the second wall. The studio is both filled with color and whimsy but also starting to be filled with the monochromatic faces of pets and people loved by those who have asked for them to be recreated.

    Opened originally as a “watercolor and acrylic painting” studio, you’ll now find graphite and colored pencil pieces adorning the walls. I particularly thrive off recommendations from the people who come in to drive me to challenge myself again and again for the next piece, the next series, the next study or.. the next piece of commission work I am lucky enough to work on for those folks that trust me with their loved ones, pets or places.

    Studio: 541

    Artist: David Van Ness
    Studio Name: Gilded Obscura Arts and Design

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    My art, decorative & and more. I find a certain beauty in things others might find morbid, & it’s enjoyable to create in that vein. Most pieces are for sale, & I’m enthusiastically willing to work out trade/barter with other artists & crafters

    Studio: 542

    Artist: Gillian Frazier
    Studio Name: Gillian Frazier Fine Arts

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    The focus of the artwork in this gallery is about water reflections. Using nature as the springboard, I love to use the abstract nature of “water reflections” as a design element & subject matter. There are endless possibilities of how to interpret “water reflections”. The paintings are from a series I have been working on for the past 4-5 years. I live on a river in Lowell and have a view of water from my home.

    I like to experiment with pattern, line, color and value and try to capture the essence of this subject matter. I like to incorporate images of water lilies, trees & other elements of nature that can be reflected in the water. I typically work in oils & I enjoy the luminosity of color and the many possible application techniques.

    When creating paintings, I usually take a theme from nature and focus on abstracting the elements that I see in the natural environment.

    I have been working as a visual artist all of my life. I have exhibited in the Boston, New England & New York area for over 50 years and have shown my work in juried group shows & one-person shows in several art galleries, art centers, business facilities, on-line galleries and art museums.

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    I offer private lessons and small group classes in drawing, painting and mixed media

    Studio: 548

    Artist: Peggie Bouvier
    Studio Name: Peggie Bouvier

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    I went to MassArt as a “non-traditional” age student. I have a BFA in Painting and was the Studio Manager in that department for many years.

    I paint in oils, applying the paint with a palette knife. I love the physicality of the paint, and often make small (6×6″) paintings to explore texture and mark-making.

    I keep a sketchbook for drawing. My work in it can range from color charts to studies for paintings to drawings of random objects on my desk.

    Studio: 560

    Artist: Dave Drinon
    Studio Name: Drinon Studio

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    Dave’s own approach to painting comprises a blend of academic training along with the influence of the Cape Ann School and the Boston School of painters of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

    Dave’s passion is painting outdoors, on location in all seasons of the year throughout New England. He then continues to work and complete his paintings in his north light studio.

    He studied studio painting at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

    Dave is a juried member of the Northshore Arts Association in Gloucester, The Rockport Art Association and Museum in Rockport MA and the Copley Society of Art in Boston MA.

    He was selected as a featured artist for the 2020 and 2021 Cape Ann National Plein -Air Art Festival.

    Dave was selected as the Artist-in-Residence at the Whistler House Museum in Lowell in 2015 and 2016.

    Dave’s works are owned by individual collectors as well as a number of institutions such as, City of Lowell(City Hall); Lahey Clinic; Enterprise Bank; Boston Partners Financial Group; Lowell Community Health Center; MKtix Company and Toast Vodka among others.

    Among the many venues where Dave has exhibited are: Massachusetts State House, Boston MA; Bristol Art Museum, Bristol Rhode Island; Guild of Boston Artist, Newbury St Boston; Copley Art Society, Boston; Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell MA; Andover Historical Society, Andover MA; Rockport AA and Museum, Rockport MA; NSAA, Gloucester MA and the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester NH.

    Classes Offered:
    Zoom classes via Essex Art Center and private lessons (up to three people) in studio

    Studio: 575

    Artist: Sally Twickler Johnston
    Studio Name: Sally Twickler Johnston

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    Sally Twickler Johnston, in her current work, strives to create images that speak to her life as she knows it in the second decade of the 21st century.

    Through her paintings and photographs, she explores her experiences of the everyday, while at the same time cognizant of the tradition of “recording the mundane” in the historical context of art and in our current culture.

    Studio: 579

    Artist: Sandrine Coulson
    Studio Name: Sandrine Fine Arts And Jewelry

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    My mission as an artist is “Valuing The Uniqueness In Each Of Us.” I have always imagined myself as a teller of stories except that images, landscapes, colors, flowers, mixed media, sculptures, paintings, and other ways of expressing myself as an artist are the ways I tell stories, using colors, materials and textures. I am a painter of stories. All my pieces have a story to tell, some for the viewer to find on their own, some more guided through my brush or the theme of the piece. I welcome inquiries regarding exhibitions, representation, art acquisition, custom commissions, and teaching.

    For more info contact me at sandrine.artofheart@gmail.com or sandrine.jewelry@gmail.com .

    Studio visits by appointment only.

    Classes Offered:
    Private lessons by appointment only at this time.

    Studio: 580

    Artist: Crissie Murphy & 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: 587

    Artist: Leena Cho & Sam Kim
    Studio Name: Slow Hands Studio

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    Slow Hands Studio is a creative space for two artists with slow hands—Leena and Sam. We carefully craft a mix of functional, sculptural and artistic objects with ceramics, paintings and more. We’re navigating the creative world together, one slow creation at a time.

    Studio: 591

    Artist: Cassandra Merry
    Studio Name: Cassandra Merry Art

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    Contemporary representational paintings of nature, animals & people. At times I paint copies of the Masters; Wyeth., O’Keefe & Bierstadt. I have also recently been trying some abstractions.

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    Loft: 101

    Artist: Garry Harley
    Studio Name: Garry Harley Studios

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    My work involves digital paintings on canvas and metal, fine art prints on paper, photographs, and 3-d pieces. Content includes Social Commentary, architectural photography, and abstract images suitable for hanging in residential or commercial spaces. I am a long standing member of the Western Avenue artist community and now have my studio on the 1st Floor of the Lofts Studio Building in Studio #101. I am usually open for the Monthly OPEN STUDIO event (1st Saturday of each month noon to 5:00 pm) or for pre-arranged viewings. My studio includes one entire wall displaying my recent work and a few pieces hanging in the corridor outside my studio door available for view when ever the building is open.

    Loft: 109

    Artist: George Middleton
    Studio Name: George Middleton

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    Being in the landscape- and nature in general, inspires and restores my spirit. I want to share this feeling in painting- that sense of connection, of transformation. In the light of a scene, I imagine the setting for a human drama, a resurgence of awareness for the magical living earth, a renewed perception of the sacred.

    I paint with acrylics or watercolor, and make fine art print reproductions of my artwork using digital techniques. I work from the tradition of realism- the picture as a portal in depth, and from the visionary tradition- a narrative representation of spiritual ideas through imagined abstract forms. My workflow is strongly focused on methods, techniques, and continual experimentation- both material and behavioral, to best serve a reflection of this experience.

    My career includes many commissioned art projects, ranging from backdrops for trade shows and advertising photography, murals in restaurants, and decorative painting inside private spaces- including imitation and faux finishes. I am also an illustrator, specializing in food and florals for product packaging.

    In addition to Outdoor Art Markets and virtual Open Studios, my work is available on my website, on Facebook, and on Instagram. I’m available by appointment, call (508) 254-5489 or email info@georgemiddleton.com.

    Classes Offered:
    Outdoor Art Markets, Virtual studio tours, and Facebook Live demos

    Loft: 111

    Artist: Emily Grace Sandagata
    Studio Name: Emily Sandagata Art

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    Emily Sandagata’s mixed-media work blurs the boundaries between painting, sculpture and textile art, incorporating found objects, natural materials, and earth-based pigments. Her densely layered paintings and sculptures investigate reoccurring themes of survival, growth, death, transformation and redemption.

    Loft: 124

    Artist: Wendy James
    Studio Name: Wendy James

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    Everyday “in between” moments offer subject matter for my paintings. Heightened hues and contrast encourage seeing our common scenes in a new way. The black and white photomontages depict our almost plausible world with a twist, using skewed perspective, altered proportions, and surreal transitions. The surreal images intend to transport the viewer to inner dream worlds or memories. The ceramic sculptures and pottery are playful, often including an element of surprise.

    I live and work in Lowell, MA, with my artist husband, John Brickels. We welcome visitors at the Western Avenue Studios #533. Our studio is open most First Saturdays each month and by appointment.

    Loft: 211

    Artist: Johanna Tiemann
    Studio Name: Johanna’s Dream

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    The very first time I touched silk with a brush full of dye, I was exhilarated. The color became intense and deep, and the silk did its thing, making the dye appear to glitter, adding a subtle dimensionality. I was transfixed. Over the years, I struggled to master these media. I found it challenging to control the dye and to achieve the effects that I desired.

    At some unexpected point, I had an epiphany. I realized that I was not to be master of these media. I accepted that the silk and dye interact, and that my role was to attempt to mediate between them. I am a collaborator, not the master. Once I gave up control and let the magic happen, I became more at one with my work. This was a lesson that made a major shift in my perception of what is worth trying to control, and what to let be.

    Nature inspires me, and I am drawn to paint what I see there. My eyes and mind bask in the colors while my mind analyzes the forms that hold them. I still try to control dye with resists such as wax and water-based gutta to recreate what I see, but these methods of control are no longer my “go tos.” I no longer rush to fix breaks in my lines. I now know that in nature as in life, something beautiful may happen if I stand aside and let the colors play.

    Loft: 214

    Artist: Amy R. Roberts
    Studio Name: Amy R. Roberts

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    I grew up in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Connecticut and began lessons with oils when I was nine. My chosen medium is acrylics, and has been for the past 25 years because they work well in my traveling lifestyle. My path has offered the opportunity to live in several states, the Carolinas, California, Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, Kansas, and Massachusetts. My paintings have found homes as far away as Japan, Norway, and South America. The years I spent as a linguist in the US Army and a Marine Corps dependent gave me the gift of travel. Browsing my portfolio is holding postcards from my life. Hanging my work in your space is a window to something that clung to my heart and mind long after I moved on my path.

    I explore in ever widening rings from where I am, I am a witness to that time, that place. I have moved 19 times and lived in nine states. I am about finding the small spaces, hidden places and mercurial skylines, returning at different times of day. The effect of the light is of special interest to me. Reflections in water, glass, ice, a polished floor offer the kinds of challenges I want to master. I prefer working on a larger canvas, building them to complement the subject. I want to see a very small phenomenon grow mighty and beautiful.

    WASAA Western Avenue Artists Association Artist Member
    Whistler House Museum of Art/Lowell Art Association Artist Member
    USVAA United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance Advisory Board Member
    CCY Center for Creative Youth Alumna

    Loft: 216

    Artist: Angela Alés
    Studio Name: Alés at Ales-Lores Studio

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    Angela Alés is an artist born in Barranquilla, Colombia, of Andalusian and Lebanese descent. Alés moved to the United States in 1984 and graduated from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York City. She received her MFA from the Miami International University of Art and Design. She is a dedicated student of philosophies and world religions and her spirituality has emerged as central themes in her work. She has participated in over 30 collective and individual exhibitions in the US and Central and South America. She is also an accomplished Educator with 20 years of teaching experience. She specializes in teaching Drawing and Painting as well as preparing students for acceptance into top ranked Universities and Art Magnet Programs.

    Loft: 216

    Artist: Roneld Lores
    Studio Name: Lores Studio

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    Roneld Lores is a sculptor and painter living in Lowell. He has been an active part of the artist community for over 20 years. Originally from Cuba, Mr. Lores moved to the United States at the age of eight and studied Fine Arts at New World School of the Arts and Florida International University, where he received a BFA in 1994 with a major in Ceramics & Sculpture. One of Mr. Lores areas of concentration is the female figure. Strongly rooted in a classical foundation, his sculpture’s and paintings, abstract and fragment the female figure to conform to his own aesthetics. His style is loose and dynamic with an evident grasp of realism. His work has been exhibited and is in private collections throughout the Americas and Europe.

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