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Thought-Provokers: Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire

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 Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Michael Cardinali

My first love of art was drawing and painting, which I entered Purchase College to study. Somewhere along the line I switched to graphic design, thinking it was a more practical, employable approach. Read more>>

Alisha Harris

Photography is what I knew I wanted to do with my life since my first class in High School. It was not just something I loved to do, it was the only thing I could imagine for my future. Read more>>

Lynne B. Mehlman

Throughout my life I have always desired to create art and to paint the beauty of nature. My earliest such memory dates back to the age of six, while my family lived in Japan, when I painted the abundant, captivating cherry blossoms. Read more>>

Elle Byers

I’ve always been a maker and a lover of art in all forms. I used to tell my friends that I was going to make pottery for a living and sell it on a cart outside Faneuil Hall. Read more>>

Katie Prall

I have spent years with mentors, invested thousands into new equipment and props and I recently just opened my first studio in North Reading, MA, just twenty minutes north of Boston, It is a very exciting time for me and I look forward to what the next three years will bring! Read more>>

Shaina Gates

I grew up in Groton, MA, playing in the swamp behind my house with my two brothers. We could figure out the time of day or the way home based on the direction of the shadows. Read more>>

Cassandra Fulford

My relationship with photography began while I was young, like many others. Working as an editor at my high school’s newspaper, I soon realized the excitement that comes from catching the perfect moment at the right time on film. Read more>>

Jaime Stockton

I’ve always loved photos. I will pour over albums, beg for people’s vacation photos, and stare at old family photos while taking in every detail. I began taking my own photos in high school after a friend got me into the art. Read more>>

Ron Phillips

I got into photography in 2004. I traded in my sketchpad for a Canon Rebel XT DSLR and quickly fell in love with digital photography. In the early days of my photography, I explored film photography, but I didn’t pursue it. Read more>>

Jon “Tall Jonny” Linger

I started playing music when I was about five years old. I would come back from church, and poke out the melodies I heard on the piano. From there, I went on to study classical music, jazz, and funk all through high school and college. Read more>>

Julie Laukkanen

I am an unusual artist because I wasn’t exposed to the arts as a child except for the new box of Crayola crayons that I got each year. I can’t say that I was raised in a creative or stimulating household, and I didn’t study art in college. Read more>>

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