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Thought-Provokers: Cambridge

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 Cambridge that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Shannon Forrester

I am a second generation American artist, grandchild of immigrants from different countries, and I grew up in and around the greater Chicago region. During childhood, I moved every couple of years and never fully settled at any of the schools or neighborhoods I lived in, I was always just passing through. Art however offered an amazing world that I could always access, it seemed to provide unlimited potential for my imagination to consider ever-expanding ideas about meaning and images, it was my closest most constant associate. Read more>>

April Rew

My photography journey has actually been quite abrupt and sudden. I have always been passionate about the arts and spent most of my high school and college days in the music hall with my trumpet rehearsing or fiddling with a guitar at home. Read more>>

Bénédicte Verley

I took a photography class and fell in love with the medium. I then went on to a master’s program in photography. After my studies, I moved to Paris and Amsterdam where I started my career in the world of fashion photography. Read more>>

Brett Johnson

Playing around with people I’ve always enjoyed as a way to connect with someone from a different context (and it makes authority figures act less like authority figures) and that playing eventually turned into doing comedy. Read more>>

Michael Magee

I have always loved being behind the lens. From 6 to 15 years old, I was strictly making films and then I was introduced to photography by one of my high school teachers. She suggested that taking pictures would be good for me because I have always looked at the world in a unique and weird way. Read more>>

Marcelo Brociner

Being a member of two such vibrant environments has always inspired me to build community. There’s also a lot of history in Somerville and Havana, both politically and within my own family, so I’m always in close contact with my roots and the energy that nurtures them. Read more>>

Todd Bartel

During my MFA work at Carnegie Mellon University in the late 1980’s, I focused on concept and symbolism and since earning my degrees, I actively push at collage possibilities and have expanded my approach to include sculpture, installation art, digital art, and an insatiable interest in any possibility of combined media. Read more>>

Alex Keown

This grew from a desire to continuously be creating stories in the comfort of my bedroom, free of scheduling stresses of live-action production. I now enjoy both a professional motion-graphics career, while also working on personal art pieces and collaborating with other local artists. Read more>>

Marisa Adesman

I started taking local art classes at a very early age and continued to do so all throughout high school. As a teenager, I was so excited to go each week to the Huntington School of Fine Arts where I learned to paint, draw, and sculpt from the live model. Read more>>

Cara Marchetti

I have always enjoyed being able to create with my hands, and jewelry has been an excellent outlet to satisfy that craving. When I was young, I learned the basics of beading by flipping through craft books. As I was searching for my first part time job, a bead shop opened up in my hometown. Read more>>

Clem Lo

Clem evolved through the Parisian Jazz scene as a drummer, and the Hip-Hop scene as a rapper, drummer and producer. Currently getting a degree in Electronic Production and Sound-Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, his projects keep growing. Read more>>

Viktor Butko

To compete with my interest in art could only be my passion for learning different technologies, mostly electric. A victim of this passion was my grandmother’s vacuum cleaner. I had long wanted to see what was inside of it… Read more>>

Monique Aimee

I wanted to step up my typography skills and travel so I went to Melbourne, Australia to study typography. I’ve learned a lot since then and have caught the travel bug. But the great thing about illustration and lettering is that you can work anywhere in the world! Read more>>

Eelco Maan

Deep down inside, I have always known I would become an artist. At the age of thirteen, I discovered the rapture and bliss of poetry, literature, painting, and music all at once. Art as a way out from the dread of puberty. I wrote horrible poems and did some clumsy drawing. Read more>>

Sylvainson Gelin

My love for photography started and blossomed from there. After dealing with many different hardships like health, family, and relationships which took me off my path as a photographer. I have finally found the strength to pursue my true love and passion. Read more>>

Juliet Degree

The root of this artistic practice begins in my native Vermont. I was fortunate enough to go to a high school that still used a darkroom. Because of this, I developed a passion for an older form of the photographic medium. This led me to go to college at Lesley University College of Art and Design. Read more>>

Chico Colvard

I didn’t set out to make my first feature-doc. The journey inadvertently began with visits to the south and mid-west; watching a family drama unfold and attempting to understand why people accommodate those who betray them. Read more>>

T Lawrence-Simon

I’ve definitely always been a creative mind. When I was little, I was into magic and playing the flute, a love of theater sparked very early, and has never gone away. In high school, I added juggling and dance to my world, and then finally in college, I started learning circus arts. Read more>>

Gaye Korbet

To me, figurative art has some of the qualities of prose because it has a story or narrative. Abstract art is more like poetry in the sense that it is less literal and more associative. The nature of abstraction is that it asks that the viewer bring something more to the experience of looking and seeing. Read more>>

Dub Apocalypse and Tommy Benedetti

We have become a pretty full on working band in the last few years, playing all over New England, releasing 2 records, holding down a Sunday night residency for eight years at Bull McCabes in Somerville, and winning a couple of Boston Music Awards. Read more>>

Carol Basserman

To this day fashion colors/vivid are my passion; bright reds, purples, blues, all of them! And I’m so incredibly lucky to have a job now that allows me to continue my passion in coloring hair and really experiment with color pairings and placement. Read more>>

Ashley Diabo

In 2017, I launched my very first business, “Ashley Diabo Photography”. I spent a few months building my portfolio and before I knew it, business was booming. After almost a year of being in business, I decided it was time to rebrand and name the company after my dad, who passed away in 2015. Read more>>

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