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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.

Amanda Grenier

I became a product photographer for Rhode Island Novelty and It was not where I wanted to be forever but at the time it got a camera back in my hands and got me back to shooting. Since then, I haven’t looked back! Read more>>

Amy Parker

In it’s most eloquent posture, creativity is simply making connections. For some of us, these connections are constantly firing, interrupting idea after idea, and cause a rebellion against stagnation by way of making. Read more>>

Barbara Fokos

I’ve always had an appreciation of photography so while I was studying graphic design at college in RI I decided to take some photo classes and learn the basics including how to develop film in a dark room. Read more>>

Amanda Cronauer

I have always been wanting to hold onto memories and preserve them. At a very young age I was diagnosed with spinal meningitis which left me without hearing in my left ear- I think it makes me look at life differently, fragile. Read more>>

Christine Irvin

Received my first camera as a teenager and have not put one down since. It is like an extension of both my eyes and my right arm. For a large part of my life I worked, in addition to being an artist, on Wall Street and my creativity and design sense allowed me to be outside the pack in work. Read more>>

Veronica Van Jura

I don’t have much memory of coloring in a traditional coloring book – these large pieces of paper encouraged me to just create on my own and explore my own ideas from about the age 5-6 onward. I continued to be constantly drawing and painting, and my parents were very encouraging. Read more>>

Bob Bass

Two things changed my hobby to a passion: 1) the advent of digital photography, providing immediate feedback, and 2) an affiliation with a Center for the Arts where I first hear the word “art” applied to my work by others. Read more>>

Patricia Czepiel Hayes

Art now connects me to people. No longer a total introvert, I show my paintings publicly, love talking about art at my receptions, and I share my method of painting without solvents by teaching beginners who can’t draw. Read more>>

Kelly Krowne

When I posted my pictures on instagram I discovered a whole community of other people who photograph abandoned buildings. I learned my adventures are called “urban exploration” or “urbex” for short. Read more>>

Marisa Longolucco

Creating work has always come so natural for me – it has been the one thing that I have felt comfortable doing and makes me feel most myself. It was not until college where I realized that I could use my art to say what I feel is important. Read more>>

Brenna Kalicki

I grew up always having my hands in something creative, whether it was painting, drawing or sewing. So it didn’t surprise my family when i told them i wanted to go to college for art when i was only 13. Read more>>


I’m A 25 yr old recording artist/rapper from Worcester,MA. I’ve been writing music since I was 7 yrs old and really recorded for the 1st time at 15 yrs old an started focusing on it more when i turned 18 yrs old. Read more>>

Ellen Schiffman

I have no formal art training and am largely self-taught. Over the years I have attended workshops led by some of the finest contemporary artists and crafts people working in the field, which has helped guide my artistic journey. Read more>>

Ashley Wonder

Poetry became a life saving outlet for me battling depression, suicide ideation as a teen and young adult. I found hope in Faith and poetry in playing music to help express and find myself. Read more>>

Alex Cruzvergara

I was lucky to work for a Police Department that encouraged creativity and pursuing interests in other areas. They invested in me, giving me the opportunity to work on tactical teams, develop instructional programs, and even go to Bomb School! Read more>>

Sara Lyons

As a kid, my first camera was a Kodak Disc that took relatively lousy photos but I was hooked. I spent a lot of time trying to make powerful, artsy shots of strawberries and water spigots. Read more>>

1 Comment

  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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