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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.

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>>

Katie Busick

I have always been, what I would describe as, a hyper-visual person. I think in images. Growing up I spent many hours sketching, painting and learning calligraphy. My younger sister and I were always playing around with the Polaroid Presto camera we had. Read more>>

Kara K. Bigda

While I’m always trying to challenge myself as an artist, to be become better at my craft, I’m usually pretty inspired and excited to paint. These days I struggle most with the business aspect of being an artist. Read more>>

zack benjamin

My life has been a rollercoaster more than you would ever imagine but It will all be worth it if I can make my dream of becoming a rapper into a reality. I want to be at a place where my mom and I don’t have to worry about if we have a place to live. Read more>>

Rich Gastwirt

I snuck my camera into a few subsequent shows and realized that concert photography was a great distraction for me, at a time in my life when I needed a great distraction, so I didn’t miss an opportunity to photograph live music. Read more>>

Jerry Kaba

I make experimental music with modular synthesizers and perform regularly. For the past two years I have hosted Modular on the Spot (MOTS) events in Philadelphia. MOTS is a monthly modular synthesizer outdoor free picnic series started by Bana Haffar and Eric (rodent) Cheslak in LA. Read more>>

Amy Borezo

I knew I would be an artist from a very young age, but it was not until I visited a rare book collection as an undergraduate studying painting and printmaking that I truly discovered what medium I wanted to work in – the artist’s book. On a table in a library, a special collections curator brought out book after book. Read more>>

Scott Boilard

Over the years my training as an illustrator came in use working for ten years as a graphic artist for Checkerboard Ltd. a stationery company, and currently for Serrato Signs, designing commercial signage, but I continue to paint my own personal works and seek new avenues and places to show my drawings and painting. Read more>>

Amy Vensel

I’d say creativity was part of my life from a young age. My grandfather was a hobby painter, and we had his paintings all over the house. He had a little studio space set aside in the basement so I assumed making art was something everyone did. Read more>>

Robin Hackett

From a young age my parents nurtured my sister and I to be artists; they would take us to the art supply store each week and we could pick out “whatever we wanted”. I think them encouraging us to make art and having materials accessible played a large part in my journey. Read more>>

Mariella Bisson

I start my work with drawing and painting outdoors on site. I hike into the forests to find my locations. I use the field works as a basis for more experimental approaches to painting in mixed media on linen. I love to take a small composition and then expand it to a large-scale painting. Read more>>

Casey Williams

The towels, the house, the yard, the town of Athol itself, the whole area. I wanted to know everything again. So I began reaching out to people. I made connections. I was researching my next phase of work without even realizing it. And that’s how I started making maps. Read more>>

Linda MacDonald

Aging tourist attractions still dotted the main highways. They portray the grandeur of the redwoods of yesteryear but are in disrepair and beckon to a healthier past. Ninety-five percent of all the virgin redwoods have been cut in the past 170 years. Read more>>

Jeremy David Bouchard jdBouchArt

Art also forces me in the spotlight which I have avoided all of my life, I definitely prefer to fly under the radar but as I age I am realizing those feelings of being uncomfortable are positive ones and not negative. Read more>>

Monotype Guild of New England artist organization

Founded in 1985 on Cape Cod by a group of local artists, MGNE has grown into a national nonprofit organization with members throughout the United States. We welcome accomplished professionals, passionate beginners and everyone in between. Read more>>

Jared Hancock

Among a Portfolio of globally imactful works, accompanied by a handful of award recognitions, including European Classical Crossover, Dove, BET, Soultrain & Grammy Award nominations… are the memories, stories & lessons that guide me. Forever a student. Read more>>

Jodi Swartz

Jodi combines her knack for creativity with her business acumen and design talents to fashion inspirational homes for her clients. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Jodi has lived in Massachusetts for the past 30 years. After a career in sales and sales training, Jodi switched gears after remodeling 11 of her own homes. 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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