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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.

Marie Antuanelle

Antuanelle’s artworks spark conversations about the importance of marine conservation—her paintings connect people to the pure beauty of popular beaches and ocean reserves, depicting them as if they were completely untouched by human presence. Read more>>

Christine Bell

The healthy meals I had once had time to plan and prepare simply weren’t feasible in this new life where I was spending most of my waking (and non-waking) hours caring for a newborn or trying to complete the daily tasks that used to seem so simple and mundane were now new daily milestones. Read more>>

Steven Schultz

My mom is the reason I am a photographer today. As a kid, I noticed that she always kept a camera with her to record significant moments for our family. Every year, we would dust off old photo albums and relive those moments together. Read more>>

Steve Bjork

Over the years, I’ve done crisscrossing tours of the United States, playing in comedy clubs, colleges, corporate events, and fundraisers. I’ve worked with many of the biggest names in comedy. No matter what the venue, I’ve received rave reviews. Read more>>

Elizabeth Kirby Sullivan

The violence and velocity in this kind of mark making is what makes graffiti and abstract expression worth looking at. I like to tease out aspects of my graffiti work and bring it into my gallery work-the wild immediacy of graffiti is quickly lost when transported into a gallery space fully formed. Read more>>

Haley Flight

Between dabbling in creative writing, singing in the a capella choir, creating album artwork for friends’ bands, and writing for a music magazine, I definitely veered towards creativity in school and hobbies. Read more>>

Lucas O’Neil

Art has been part of my identity since I was very young. I was an avid drawer up until middle school as I was discouraged at how my hand, due to being a lefty, would always smudge whatever I drew. Read more>>

Laura Morrison

I began with creating collages and assemblages, often incorporating fiber into the artwork. Over time, fiber has become my primary medium. New Hampshire opened my eyes to the beauty of nature which serves as the primary point of inspiration for all of my work. Read more>>

Kayla Joliat

I was bound to end up creating. When I was young I always looked up to those in my family and was greatly influenced by what they did. Of course, like many younger siblings I wanted to copy my older brother, so not only did I wear his hand-me-downs, but I also followed in his footsteps when I gravitated towards art making. Read more>>

Susan Garry

As a girl I took various plein air painting classes, worked to teach myself fashion illustration, and redesigned the numerals 0-9, as well as a number of alphabet letters. At college, I majored in Studio Art and spent the next twenty-five years as an art director and graphic designer at various advertising agencies in New England. Read more>>

Taylor Mirabito

I’ve been drawing and creating for my entire life, and have always been ready to leap into action whenever anything needs painting, crafting, or making. As a child, aside from drawing all over everything I could get my hands on, I loved to read (and still do). Read more>>

t.m. nicholas

Studied watercolor with my father and several California artists including Millard Sheets, Jade Fon, and Morris Shubin. Taught Plein air painting in Hawaii, California, Italy Portugal most New England States. Read more>> 

Loren Doucette

As early as I can remember, I was transported to another world when my crayons were in hand. As a child, I was always building elaborate play houses and forts that were a fortress for my imagination to soar. Today, I call that fortress my art studio. Read more>>

Firsth and Supply, Josh Hester and Filipe Inacio

The goal was to create a product made from clean ingredients that actually worked. Filipe spent about a year and over 50 iterations working on what became the very first product; the Water-Based Pomade. Read more>>

Lauren Schaller

Photography then came into my life as a matter of necessity. I needed product images for my ecommerce site and set about to produce them myself. The progression from photographing products to photographing people came soon after and is infinitely more enjoyable. Read more>>

Theara Var

I had a friend who had a SLR and that was the first time I discovered different angles and different ways to manipulate your photos to make it the way you wanted it to. I’m inspired by editorial work, so I look at magazines like Vogue or CQ for inspiration and often look at work from Richard Avedon. Read more>>

Remi Thornton

Growing up I was always considered the “creative” one. I excelled in art classes and I even got into trouble in the most creative ways possible. Let’s also establish that I didn’t always excel academically. So, when I announced that I was applying to the Rhode Island School of Design. Read more>>

Aaron Slater

I was looking for a hobby, but, the moment I melted glass I knew that this was what I was meant to do. I learned the basics from my mentor but that shop was a very unhealthy environment so after a few months I set off on my own and I’ve taught myself from then on out. Read more>>

Amanda Merrifield

I feel like as with many artists, my journey began as a child. My father is a talented illustrator and photographer and my mother is an educator. I was equally motivated to make beautiful things and work with children and families. Read more>>

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