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Thought-Provokers: Brookline, Brighton, Allston

Boston has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Back Bay, Beacon Hill & South End that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Chomz

After high school, I enrolled at MassArt to study illustration, which I enjoyed. Illustration is about creating pictures that make sense in some way, that have a goal in mind. Over time, I realized that pictures didn’t have to make sense. They were also a way for me to express ideas I didn’t have the language for. In college I discovered oil painting: I became obsessed. Read more>>

Ronald Delorme

I moved to Boston as a young kid, about five years old. I am originally from Saint Louis Du Nord, Haiti. My father believed that opportunities were slim where I lived and decided to fly me out to Boston to live with him. In the process, I left my mother behind and once I arrived in Boston, I realized all the family I had, migrated here already. As a youth, I was a cartoonist. I found myself drawing a lot of anime pretty often. Read more>>

Elizabeth Thach

Throughout my life, I have repeatedly been told that “you don’t talk like an artist”; in 2012, I got tired of fighting it, and decided to become a curator/promoter type. I founded the HAMMER collaborative and spent the next couple of years showing the work of Ed Teach and Liza Kara. I have a love/hate relationship to painting; it was easier just to table the question for a while. In 2016, the political situation seemed to make modernism relevant again. Read more>>

Colin Bell

I was super lucky in that I was able to get lots of hands-on experience learning how to make videos. At the time, the local cable access channel in my town had gone through a total refresh after years of inactivity. The channel moved into a new studio space, purchased all new equipment, etc. — it was great. Myself, along with a few other folks, were really able to take the reigns and make whatever we wanted. Read more>>

Kat Kennedy

I realized I loved the rush of performing and slowly became more certain that I wanted to pursue music seriously. I knew I had to work past my stage fright and play catch up if I wanted to make music my career. I practiced, pushed myself to perform as much as I could, and was accepted to Berklee College of Music in 2011. I worked tirelessly to learn all the things I had missed by being self-taught and starting late in the game. I quickly learned that songwriting was my passion. Read more>>

Laurel McMechan

I use collage as a metaphor for the overlap of virtual and visceral parts of our daily life. I start a painting without knowing how it will end up… the discovery and challenge of the process are what I love about making art. My goal is for the viewer to discover connections across color, pattern, and space in the imagery in my work. I approach each piece like I am creating a look into a yet unknown world. Read more>>

Nathan Ernce

I had seen tattoos on strangers before and passers-by, my uncle had a mavin the Martian tattoo but for the most part, I wasn’t around them much as a kid. But some of my classmates had hood tats or homemade tattoos or ones they had gotten with fake IDs. I graduated young, so I wasn’t old enough to get tattoos right away like all my friends, but for a whole year waiting to turn 18, I would hang out in tattoo shops and watch my friends get tattoos. Read more>>

Daly Sanford

My favorite part is being able to assist the wedding couple during their wedding. After working for a catering company for a few years, I figured let me try this on my own. I decided to start my own business as an event planner. One thing I love to do is stay at the event until the end. It’s great to see the entire event unfold from start to end. Read more>>

Bonnie Bastien

I design, install, and administer programs that foster artists’ creative processes. I am most interested in creating artist residencies embedded in compelling and rich contexts, which has recently included community art organizations, and public institutions. I grew up in Southbridge, a small town in south-central Massachusetts on the border of Connecticut. I graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2001 with a BFA in illustration. Read more>>

Michael Monaco

My interest in photography began accidentally when I, without much thought, enrolled in a black and white photography class sophomore year of high school. What began as no interest quickly grew to a complete love and infatuation with photography. I then knew that this is what I wanted to pursue as my future, though it took me a few years to figure out exactly how or what that meant. Read more>>

Dan Murphy

It was a Saturday afternoon in September when Tommy May came through the door. He frequented the place, but I hadn’t really met him because I was just starting to work the front counter. He commented on the artwork, so we started talking as I heated up a slice of pizza for him. “You should join our art group. Read more>>

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