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Thought-Provokers: MetroWest & Worcester

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 MetroWest & Worcester that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Lacie Kraich

I came out of the womb holding a pencil. That might be a lie but all I know is that I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. For me, there was no question about what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve always been interested in art and storytelling, so it made sense for me to pursue animation. Read more>>

David Long

I started photography in 1970 with my first Canon FTB. I enjoyed traveling and beautiful natural areas and the camera seems as natural to carry as a back pack. I was active in photography until I got married and had a child. I probably did not pick up more than a point and shoot for 20 years. Read more>>

Kelly Clark

I started re-thinking about what I was meant to do and decided to start painting again. I made a studio space on the 3rd floor of our house. I began freelancing instead of working full-time, to open my schedule up. I craved time to myself—to crank music and retreat into my painting-zone. Read more>>

Caroline Wampole

Started painting portraits of expats. That led to portrait commissions, art shows, and years of painting and teaching in Paris and San Francisco. I returned to Massachusetts in 2016, after most of my adult life spent elsewhere, and I love being back in New England for family and all sorts of reasons. Read more>>

Isabella Frayne

I’ve always been drawn to art. I feel at home in an art gallery or a museum, it’s honestly my favorite place to be. I wouldn’t say my story is unique, most people just want an escape from life’s daily stresses and mine so happens to be art. Read more>>

Lindsey Sweeney

For me, photography really became my passion during college. I began my education as a Fine Arts major at a local community college close to my hometown, and at the beginning of my second year there, I took my first photography class. Read more

Hannah Verlin

With art, meaning was conveyed through image not speech. Art never demanded a single “right” answer. It gave me an identity that helped me navigate social interactions. Shallow reasons, perhaps, but by the time I had caught up with words, caught up with school, and even made a few friends, art had become a passion. Read more>>

Missy Stevens

Fabric and thread have called to me since I was young. I was a long, slender girl. Pants legs and sleeves always fell short, so in fifth grade, my friend and I taught ourselves to sew clothes. Sewing and embroidery felt like second nature to me. Read more>>

Rachel Chambers

I always liked building things outside, and I taught myself a lot outside of school. I applied to an Art Education program, and was accepted as a freshman. During my first three years, I spent time in the studios, never really focusing on my practicum classes. Read more>>

Holly Lombardo

I use the tagline “I’ve always been a painter, I just didn’t know it” because I went to college to become a scientist – I have an M.S. in Cell Biology from WPI – so I didn’t take art in high school or college even though I have always dabbled in painting and crafts. Read more>>

Craig Lupien

I simply continued making art as it fit into my life. I’ve shown in numerous galleries and was a member of a gallery for a while. But I find I like to make art on my terms, when I’m inspired, for the pleasure and possibility of surprising myself. Read more>>

Paul Sticca

To change things up, I started rehearsing and performing live with local singer-songwriters Dawn Lepere and Jeff Starns as a trio and something just “clicked.” We were influenced by many of the same bands over the years and tend to write songs in a similar genre – Americana, aka a blend of roots, folk, rock and blues. Read more>>

Tracey Maroni

I followed my artistic passion into college, learning from some wonderful art faculty, while earning a BFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I found beauty in simplicity and was able to critically reflect upon what I saw. Read more>>

Rosa Beryl

Painting is a way for me to escape to my imaginary utopias. I weave together the beauty that I find in nature with the visions that I see in my head to create colorful, peaceful moments of joy transcribed onto canvas. I often use lots of light surrounding different plants as a way to honor the light. Read more>>

E. Alvin

I had no intention of getting into music. I originally wanted to be a filmmaker. I’m heavily inspired by cinema of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Particularly John Carpenter. His use of synth and bass had always resonated with me so it’s no surprise that I use those two sounds heavily in my music, today. Read more>>

Jose Ariel Diaz

Styling is something I enjoy doing as well. Let’s just say I love to work in anything and everything that requires boosting people’s confidence! I was told to sum it all up, I’m a lifestyle blogger I guess. I have a campaign that raises awareness for Autism. Read more>>


  1. beth kantrowitz

    July 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    I’m a curator and the co-director of an art gallery in Watertown called, Drive-By Projects.
    We would love to talk with you about what we do as a way to introduce you to the gallery
    and to artists we love.
    Hope to hear from you,
    Beth Kantrowitz

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