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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.

Renee Newman

I was always into visual arts, dabbling in painting and ceramic sculpture in High School. But what really got me into photography oddly enough was music. Seeing the photos professionals took at the shows i went to when i was younger, seeing the beautiful lighting and the memory attached to them made me want to be a part of it. Read more>>

Scott Raymond

It all started with my Mom! She ALWAYS had a video/camera in her hands when my siblings and I were growing up. I still love looking back on all of those memories. When I was 17 years old I worked as a sales person in a camera store and made my first big purchase! Read more>>

Courtney Hizey

Photography had always been a hobby for as long as I can remember. I would invest in cameras rather than purses or shoes. It was when I was pregnant with my son, Chase, that I purchased a semi-professional camera and started to experiment with the more technical aspects of the camera. Read more>>

Lisa Barthelson

I’ve made art for most of my life. My parents were artists, and as a result, art making materials were ever present and an appreciation for making art was the norm. I always assumed that I would go on to study for a BFA in college. Read more>>

Katie Nowicki

After being offered an apprenticeship twice, I decided to fullfil my dream of becoming a tattoo artist. I tattooed for about 5 years in CT, before I decided to give up my dream for the man I thought I was going to marry. I lost myself and started to become a stranger to my own self. Read more>>

Shay Fitzpatrick

When I was little, my dad gave me my very first camera and told me to show him how I saw the world. He was a journalist and would bring me along on his assignments, telling everyone I was his photographer. Read more>>

Ashley Bonina

My love for photography started when I was around the age of 12. My oldest brother bought me my first digital camera. I went around and took pictures of anything and everything. My family spent the summers in Maine, so most of the pictures were of lighthouses, the ocean and sunsets. Read more>>

Wendy Birchmire

Creating art has always been part of my life. My mother was an artist so, from an early age, she enrolled me in art classes. As a youngster, I took courses in pottery, painting, drawing, enameling, and welding found objects. At a very young age, I designed children’s fabric patterns for a well-known material manufacturer. Read more>>

Tom Godfrey

I got my start as a photojournalist. I am still a working photojournalist. I am really drawn to things that can tell a story through photography. I have dedicated a massive portion of my life to travel. In a way everything that I do is about travel- whether getting ready for a trip or so that I can afford to travel. Read more>>

Lorenna Gomes

I’m a perfectionist and I always put 110% in everything I do because I’m so passionate about everything I do. I feel like if you do something with love it comes out so much better. I want to make myself and others happy with my work. Read more>>

Kelsey Bosselait

After college, I went to work for a home decor company doing copywriting, blogging, photography, and videography. My passion for visual media blossomed in that position. I had a lot of freedom to explore my style and create the types of videos I loved to watch. Read more>>

Tracy O’Donnell

Growing up as a dancer, I was introduced to makeup at a very young age. After practicing and “playing” with makeup in my early teens, I remember having my first client when I was 16. It wasn’t until after graduating from college and leaving my teaching career that I decided to pursue makeup as my profession. Read more>>

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