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June Artists – Will Pottorff & Andrew Houle

Will Pottorff is a New Jersey born illustrator living in Beverly Massachusetts. He graduated Montserrat College of Art in 2014 with high honors and continues to work in the Montserrat art community.

Will is currently the Gallery Operations Administrator at Martin Lawrence Galleries in Boston. Having also worked at the Porter Mill Gallery and Studios as the Gallery Director for a few years, as well as working with Alumni on various projects like the Beverly and Boston Comic Con. He has a range of experience working with a number of different clients include the Peabody Essex Museum Group, the independent video game company Lunch Time Studios, and the board game developer Champions of Hara.

A hard worker and skilled artist who explores many of his favorite subjects including science fiction, fantasy, and the weird.

http://www.willpottorff.com/

 

IMG_2133Andrew Houle.  I was born in Massachusetts and then after kindergarten promptly thrust all over the world with a parent in the Air Force.  My early childhood years were spent in Weisbaden, Germany where I saw just about all of Europe with eager eyes that were not quite ready to appreciate what was in front of me.  From learning to ski on the Swiss Alps to visiting the Berlin Wall,  I knew my childhood was just different for lack of a better word.  Living ‘off-base’ it was somewhat natural to feel isolated from the neighbors, the language barrier left me drawing cartoons and reading Hardy Boy mysteries most nights. Once our stationed time in Germany expired, it was then off to St. Louis, Missouri, where I would purchase my first comic book in the summer of 1989 at the age of 11.  It was a “giant-sized spectacular” issue of the Silver Surfer featuring page after page of interstellar action illustrated by Ron Lim. After that moment, the imagination of a displaced New Englander found common ground in the stories, magic and wonder of comic books.

http://www.andrewhoule.com/

By in News, Previous Artists Comments Off on May Artist – Benjamin Stebbings

May Artist – Benjamin Stebbings

IMG_2027Benjamin Stebbings studied at the Art Institute of Boston and Montserrett College Of Artgraduating with a BFA in Fine Art with a concentration in painting.  His work spans many different mediums and techniques, applying influences from one to another.  Benjamin’s recent works focus on the organic process of painting. With a new body of work inspired by nature, Benjamin embraces the organic process.  His pieces are characterized by striking color and bold brush strokes that capture the essence of the subject.

https://www.benjaminstebbings.com/

By in News, Previous Artists Comments Off on April Artist – Tom Torrey

April Artist – Tom Torrey

File Apr 14, 4 58 24 PMTom Torrey is a Boston based artist and is best know for his found object sculptures made from discarded and repurposed everyday items. The work gathers the strength of seemingly unrelated objects and combines them into visually pleasing arrangements. His subjects draw from the world of fantasy and science fiction while portraying familiar human emotional themes. In contrast to his  B.F.A. in illustration he received from Mass College of Art he tries to live the life on an outsider artist free of the rules and confinement of a traditional higher art education. The Altar pieces that have been produced in the last couple of years are his attempt to house the memories and things that he finds most important to him as he matures as a person and artist.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gammaraybots/

By in News, Press Comments Off on Huffington Post Mention 03.07.17

Huffington Post Mention 03.07.17

huff post imageThank you, Aaron Sagers, for the mention in the Huffington Post!

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“Accurately described by the Boston Globe as a “bohemian outpost,” the Gulu Gulu Café is a chilled-out, delightfully quirky spot with live music five nights a week, and hard-to-find beers (with an impressive Belgian selection served up by a staff that knows their beers).”

By in News, Previous Artists Comments Off on March Artist – Ashley Provencher

March Artist – Ashley Provencher

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Ashley Provencher

“My interest is landscape, emphasizing the colors and energy that come from the space. I’m inspired by the friction and layers where surface planes meet –where     colors meld and clash, flowing back and forth between movement and stability – 

where land, sea, and sky are all encompassed.
I’m not trying to capture the physical likeness of a space but rather the space your memory and imagination takes you to.  I want the viewer to experience the moment as if they are standing there with me.
I paint because it makes me feel alive. It challenges me, surprises me and allows me to release creativity into something beautiful.”

Ashley was born in Beverly, MA and was constantly by the ocean or beach,

the peacefulness and movement of the ocean is a big influence in Ashley’s Work. 

In May of 2012, Ashley graduated from Montserrat College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. That summer she lived in New Orleans for three months; helping in charter schools, rebuilding houses, and working on urban farms. She was inspired by the people, culture, and vivid colors the city had to offer, as well as the calm and serenity outside the city in the bayou. “The colors, depth and layers of New Orleans really transformed my way of painting. I work with multiple layers of paint; I want the viewer to look at my paintings and notice something new and exciting each time they see it. ”

Ashley is represented by L’Attitude Gallery in Boston MA. Her artwork is hung in distinguished hospitals and coperate collections, including The Children’s Hospital in Boston, The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and The Allston Brighton Health Center. She has also had her artwork shown in the 301 Gallery in Beverly, MA, The Till Wave Gallery in Watertown, MA and L’Aroma Cafe in West Newton, MA.

 

https://www.ashleyprovencher.com/

Art opening: March 16 at 8pm

 

By in News, Previous Artists Comments Off on February Artist – Rozy Dahlstedt

February Artist – Rozy Dahlstedt

Rozy DahlstedtI FIRST PICKED UP A PAINTBRUSH WHEN I WAS FOUR YEARS OLD. I EVEN REMEMBER WHAT I PAINTED. IT WAS A MINIATURE CERAMIC CIRCUS DOG. MY MOTHER CAME FROM AN ARTIST FAMILY, AND OPERATED A CERAMIC STUDIO IN OUR BASEMENT. I’D ACCOMPANY HER DURING DAILY CERAMIC CLASSES AFTER SCHOOL. THAT’S WHEN I FIRST FELL IN LOVE WITH PAINTING. I ALWAYS HAD A FASCINATION FOR EYES, AND HOW THEY WERE KNOWN AS THE WINDOWS TO THE SOUL. MY MOTHER WOULD SHOW ME HOW TO DETAIL THE EYES. THERE WERE THESE WONDERFUL CERAMIC MASKS THAT I’D PAINT ELABORATELY AND EMBELLISH. THE GLAMOUR AND DRAMA OF THE MASKS INTRIGUED ME AND I WAS HOOKED. GLAMOUR, FASHION, SELF-EXPRESSION, AND MYSTERY. THAT’S WHAT MY WORK IS ABOUT. GOOD MONSTERS, EXOTIC ALIENS, AND INTERDIMENSIONAL BEINGS. I LET MY ARTIST CHILD PLAY, WITH NO BOUNDARIES. MY WORK IS A FASHION SHOW OF BEINGS FROM DREAMS. MY IMAGINARY FRIENDS BROUGHT TO LIFE. I WANT THE VIEWERS OF MY WORK TO SMILE, LAUGH EVEN. INTERDIMENSIONAL GLAMOUR ART IS ABOUT HAVING FUN, LETTING YOUR INNER CHILD RESURFACE, WATCHING AN OTHER WORLDLY FASHION SHOW. WHEN I CREATE I HAVE FUN. AS EACH BEING IS BROUGHT TO LIFE, I IMAGINE HIM OR HER PROUDLY STRUTTING DOWN THE INTERDIMENSIONAL CATWALK. THE EMBELLISHMENTS I ADD ARE A CHILDHOOD JOY. LIKE A PIRATE I’D COLLECT JEWELS OF ALL SORTS, AND KEEP THEM IN A TREASURE CHEST. THERE’S SOMETHING MAGICAL IN THE WAY THE JEWELS CAPTURE THE LIGHT. I PUT MY HEART, SOUL, AND HAPPY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES INTO MY WORK. INTERDIMENSIONAL GLAMOUR ART IS WHO I AM.

         I DEDICATE MY FIRST COLLECTION TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:  MY FATHER DOMINIC, WHOM PASSED ON TO THE SPIRIT DIMENSION. TO HIM I’M A PICASSO. MY MOTHER NANCY WHOM INTRODUCED ME TO PAINTING. MY LOVING AND SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND CHRIS. MY SISTER RITA FOR HER WONDERFULLY DARK HUMOR AND BELIEVING IN ME. MATT TOWLER FOR PHOTOGRAPHING MY WORK. THANK YOU AGAIN. MY CANINE SON SHERLOCK FOR HIS COMPANIONSHIP DURING CREATING SESSIONS. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…TO THOSE WHOM NEVER LOST THEIR INNER CHILD. DON’Y LET IT FADE AWAY, EMBRACE IT!

— ROZY

http://rozy-dahlstedt.squarespace.com/

By in Current Artist, News Comments Off on January Artist – Juleen Jones

January Artist – Juleen Jones

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Mix media works:

Artist Juleen Jones

Statement:
The work displayed here have two themes; one that uses symbolism of eyes; eyes are a window in the soul so to speak, past lives, and images of buddhas to imply a practice of being enlightened and invoke memories of dreams.

The expressive mixed Media found object art has been developed over a decade. I like collecting objects that I come across in daily life and things I find decorative and textual. Art that appears to be organic and evokes emotion is what I like to achieve in the end.

Biography:  Juleen Jones got her BfA from Montserrat College of Art, 98′ and has a custom painting business for over 17 years ” The Artist Touch” Juleen has done large outdoor murals as well as furniture refinishing and restoration. She has a private paint party business for children and corporate events called “Creative Soul Paint Party” and teaches art for Boston Parks n Recreation. Currently she lives in Salem Ma.

Contact: 978-204-6168
Email: juleenartist@yahoo.com
www.juleenartist.wix.com/juleentheartist

By in News, Previous Artists Comments Off on December Artist – Patt Kelley

December Artist – Patt Kelley

pattkelleyI once had an art director remark that she was always blown away with what people could do with a plain white sheet of paper and some paint. How they could turn nothing into something that pleases the eye.

I’ve drawn ever since I could hold a pencil, and when I look back on it I think that art director was onto something. I grew up obsessed with cartoons and comics. As a child I wanted to put on paper with my own hand what I saw on TV and in the pages of books. I would sit on Santa’s lap every year and say that all I wanted was crayons and coloring books. Since then I’ve moved on from crayons to watercolor. (Thankfully! There doesn’t seem to be much of a market for illustrators who work in crayon.) That penchant for arranging marks on paper to make something beautiful is still a major part of my life. I’ve managed to turn my passion into a career.

I attended Massachusetts College of Art and graduated in 2002 with a BFA in Illustration and have been working as an illustrator ever since. My editorial work has been seen in various magazines and newspapers all around the world. My comics have received accolades from The Society of Illustrators and Publishers Weekly. I’ve also had the opportunity to do concert posters for the likes of Fred Armisen and Neutral Milk Hotel. I’ve done background design for a Nickelodeon short, and designed Halloween waterglobes for TJX.

I absolutely love what I do, and am honored to have had so many great opportunities over the years. I hope that one day an illustration I created leaves such an indelible mark on someone else that they pick up a crayon or a pencil or anything that leaves a mark and creates something beautiful.

www.pattkelley.com

By in News, Previous Artists Comments Off on November Artist – Joy Campbell

November Artist – Joy Campbell

joy-campbellIn my art I try to explore the various impulses or recurring themes in my life, using a very free-associative process. Often I begin a picture only to find the piece painting itself, changing its composition, making improbable choices that surprise and please me.

I employ  a lot of personal symbolism, again, not always premeditated.  I seem particularly drawn to the house, which for me symbolizes not just a dwelling but an ongoing meditation on what it means to be home: is home a physical place? A sensation of belonging and community? Is it self-awareness?  Is it something we can ever attain? Or is it something we have within us always, waiting to be discovered?

I hope my art connects with you on your own journey.

www.joycampbellart.com