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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.

Janet Lynn Galvin

I have always enjoyed meditative creative processes that require patience and focus. I graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in Art and a concentration in design. During my senior year, I studied abroad in Orvieto, Italy, to learn about the Italian tradition of painting as a practice of prayer and meditation. I documented the colors and textures of the ancient cities in rich acrylic color. Read more>>

Traci Brinling Osowski

I took my first After Effects Course at NYU. I was hooked! I knew from that point on, this is what I wanted to do. However, back then, there was no course or major for motion design, you had to either make your own major or go to art school. Art school was not my route, Umass Amherst was, so I tried to create my own major. Read more>>

Lynne Tobin

I immersed myself in painting, drawing, and ceramics. Organic forms, inspired by nature, and by my love of growing vegetables in my backyard, emerged in my work. Over time, the forms in my drawings and paintings became more abstract. After college, I went on to get a doctorate in psychology. I returned to my art practice when I moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 2003. Read more>>

Jill M. Pottle

Today, my studio is in Lunenburg, MA and is filled with art books, art materials, kitsch, popular culture, and retro still life objects that I have collected throughout my life. People who visit are mesmerized by the number of objects that are on shelves, corners, and tables. I need a variety of subjects in order to find the correct one for that unique composition. Read more>>

Allison Coelho Picone

Raised by scientific and philosophical parents, I always knew that I would be an artist. My desire to unite aesthetics, science, and spirituality inspires my painting. I am particularly influenced by artists who take on light as a subject of inquiry in itself: Turner, Monet, and Van Gogh, for examples. Degas’ dynamic compositions are also an influence. In September of 2010 an art retreat in Cape Cod reawakened my sensitivity to nature. Read more>>

Kimberly Becker

I will stitch, paint, and sculpt artwork to carry what I believe to be a very important message. Women have stories and need to be heard. I also love telling stories, meeting new people, and traveling. I work in a studio, but much of my inspiration comes from the interactions I have in the world through politics, friends, and travel. I started with an intense education at Rhode Island School of Design. Twenty-five years later, I returned to school to work toward my MFA at Heartwood College of Art in Biddeford, ME. Read more>>

Tina Bell

I found performance art an escape for my troubles. I would make-believe with my siblings or alone in my basement with my over-active imagination. To help with my speech impediment, my mom would have me read to her nightly and before Google, I would rewind and pause my favorite speeches from movies and rehearse them for an audience of stuffed animals. I was weird–you’re thinking it, it’s okay, I said it. Read more>>

Eric Broudy

Photography captured me early. It was on tiptoes that I first witnessed the magic within the developing tray of my father’s darkroom. And it was only recently that I reluctantly put those trays away to breathe the cleaner air of ink jet printing and digital image making. Read more>>

Michael Walden

I guess the uniqueness of my story might be that I always considered myself an artist/painter, but it took some time realizing how important it was. Just out of college, after studying art, I decided to do an MFA program at Boston University specializing in Art Education. In my mind, it was a way of supporting my art. I didn’t expect that when I did get a position teaching in the Worcester Public Schools that for a while. Read more>>

Christopher (ARTmuffin) Gendron

I earned a degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, have taken a handful of painting classes since then, and have studied with Alex and Allyson Grey in their Visionary Art Intensive at Omega Institute. I am a self-taught artist in regards to the medium in which I create most of my current work, which is primarily acrylic and ink on watercolor paper and canvas. Read more>>

2 Comments

  1. beth kantrowitz

    July 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Hi,
    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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