Thank you, Aaron Sagers, for the mention in the Huffington Post!
Off Season of the Witch: Reasons to Visit Salem in Late Winter
“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).”
“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.
Art opening: March 16 at 8pm
I 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!
Mix media works:
Artist Juleen Jones
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.
I 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.
In 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.
Chris Ferrino is a practicing mixed media artist that grew up and currently resides in Winthrop Massachusetts. He earned his B.A. in Art from Salem State College. Chris’s art has been featured on two records from the band Jukebox the Ghost, “Everything Under the Sun” and “Safe Travels”. He has shown in several galleries in the Greater Boston Area, is the Director of the haunted attraction The Terror on Temple, and the co-curator of the online horror themed art gallery Reaper Madness.
This series of works is over 30 pieces and assemblages that create haunting, dark humored and abstracted personal journal entries. He combines different media incorporating themes of nature, horror, punk rock and personal philosophy. In his spare time he enjoys bad horror movies, coffee, cartoons, loud music, cemeteries and cat videos.
Michael Crockett is a Painter, Illustrator and Graphic Designer living in Somerville, MA.
My life has been a wonderful Whirlwind lately and I’ve barely been able to share news about projects I have been a part of the last few months.
My publishing/production team at Tryptic Press finished our 3rd and 4th local artist catalog called Chroma. We were behind on our yearly schedule due to a high demand for us to show off 1-2 at art shows and conventions so we have chosen to create two companion books at the same time! Look for Chroma volumes 3-4 on July 30th when we launch them in the main gallery at Montserrat College of Art!!!! Visit Event page
Also on the docket is a book MCA commissioned from us. Since 2012 they have had a summer series called “Seven” where 7 artists spend a week painting a wall in their main gallery. We were commissioned to design a book based on this series, spanning the years 2012,2013,2015. The release will be on the same day as CHROMA 3-4 Visit Event Page
This month I am honored to be featured in the comic book “The Accelerators” released by Blue Juice Comics. I will have a pin-up illustration in the back of issue 12. This was a great project as the Accelerators is a wild story of time travel told in gripping chaos and suspense. I highly recommend it. Check it out here
I’ve also been selected, once again, to paint a piano for Boston’s second installation of Luke Jerrum’s, play me I’m yours. See my web site for the story behind my first time. It’s an honor to be involved again as I eagerly await the day! Visit Event Page
2016 has been a productive year for me. Many changes have happened to me in the last year but nothing can stop my passion for making art.
SLAM! BAM! BOOM!
Since I was old enough to hold a book, I have been fascinated with comic books. Captain America, Fantastic Four, and Batman posturing, the explosion of color on every page, and the ferocity of the action roared through my mind, and stimulated my imagination. Frequently, my father would pick me up from elementary school, and I would delve into the worlds of Marvel and DC comics. As my mother was a registered nurse at the time and her shifts would often run long, I would have a good deal of time to read. When dusk fell over the hospital where my mother worked, it was a magical time as the pages were illuminated by the glow of the street lights dotting the parking lot.
Years later while pursuing my BFA in illustration at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass/ Dartmouth), I discovered painting. Shortly later, I was devouring the works Egon Schiele, the German Expressionists, American Abstract Expressionists, and Jean Basquiat .
After several years of abstract painting, I was convinced that I needed to do something to create a truly unique artistic identity by interweaving the elements of abstract painting with those of comic book art. The first painting was inspired by the cover art of Action Comics No. 1 (1938) which was the first appearance of Superman. In the process of creating Action Abstraction No. 1, I conceived the title, Action Abstraction Studio, as an umbrella for all future work.
Paintings from my Action Abstraction series, as well as, other recent work have been exhibited by several venues through galleries, group and juried shows, and at a variety of comic book conventions. I was briefly represented by the NK Gallery in Boston before they closed their doors. I am now proudly represented by The Blue Wave Gallery in Amesbury, MA, and recently participated in their Science Fiction/ Horror/ Gothic/ Comic Book Art exhibit, Vast and Strange: Visions of the Uncanny.