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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.

Evelyn Cormier

Music has always been a part of my life. I started playing violin at the age of 5 and continued for seven years, I was actually horrible at it! I really wanted to sing so I hung up the violin and started singing lessons. Read more>>

Kid Dream Coffee

We got married a little over a year ago; right off the bat, we talked our dreams out loud of realllyyyy wanting to start a coffee company. Both of us have worked in coffee for many years now doing all sorts of jobs in the industry- roaster, barista, manager, even marketing and social media. Read more>>

Erin O’Brien

After years of playing and practicing (and making all of my friends’ model for me!), I knew I had finally found my creative passion. I continued on to attend college at the New England School of Photography. Since then I have had many incredible experiences in the world of art. Read more>>

Jay Philbrick

My wife Vicki and I began our photography business about 15 years ago. It’s our full-time business and it’s all that we do. We did our first cliff side session in 2008. It was inspired by the fact that before going full-time into photography, I was a professional climbing guide. Read more>>

Amanda K Hawkins

I’ve never been able to quench my thirst for art, I am continuously practicing, pushing, evolving. Some say it’s an entrepreneurial spirit, but I say, to quote Henri Matisse: “[I was] driven on by something, I do not know what, by a force that I see today as being alien to my normal life as a man.” Read more>>

Joëlle Dinnage

Dutch award-winning Entrepreneur Joëlle Dinnage, “inspirational businesswoman” and International Art Dealer. She first showed her business skills at the age of thirteen when she successfully started selling Art and has since continued an ambitious road to success. Read more>>

Mister Reusch

I’ve done a lot of different kinds of illustration work since then. Hundreds of editorial assignments for the Boston Phoenix helped me think clearly and quickly since a full-color cover or 10+ interior illustrations would often be needed in 24 hours. Read more>>

Suellem Gontijo

Photographing has always been one of my biggest passions. However, working in this field didn’t seem like a possibility. When I decided to move to Massachusetts to live new experiences, I also realized that I had the opportunity of learning and perfecting my techniques so that I could grow as a professional. Read more>>

Erin Rosa

I began taking art classes at Kidcasso Art Studio in Wakefield. I was lucky enough to be exposed to art at such a young age, and that my creativity had the chance to grow in such an accepting environment. For the past eleven years of my life, I have grown up with Kidcasso. Read more>>

Lucica Ciuc

What I love about photography is the ability to capture those special moments whether its a smile, a soft kiss or even someones newborn who is smiling in there sleep. Every picture I take has a story, I guess the old saying that “a picture is worth a 1000 words” is totally true. Read more>>

Lisa Graham

My love of photography began when I started developing my own photos in high school after my Dad gave me my first manual camera. It wasn’t until 15 years later that I had the chance to pursue my passion professionally, though. Read more>>

Robert Hare

I became enthralled with photography after my father purchased my first film camera on my 12th birthday. Every day since I’ve been captivated by all kinds of photography but my passion has always been portraits and beauty photography. Read more>>

Kristen Momoko Schafer

Kristen Momoko Schafer, better known as Momo, has explored ideas around humans as creatures of habit, and as creatures of the night. At night many of us reveal parts of ourselves that may be considered closer to our true personalities. Read more>>

Jackie Vlahos

My dad introduced me to photography at a very young age. When he was in college he did a lot of experimental photography and developed his own film, which is so cool to me. As great as digital photography is, I still love that old school film. Read more>>

charles Jones

My photography grew as a hobby and passion in the gym and watching the stage. The gym where athletes strained and sweat, the stage where my girlfriend at the time was beginning to perform in the blossoming burlesque scene. Read more>>

Larry Cultrera

I became the first regular contributor to the SCA publications with my Diner Hotline column at the end of 1988. I retired the column in August of 2007 and started the Diner Hotline Weblog on October 31, 2007. In 2011, I was approached by The History Press to write what would become my first book. Read more>>

Damion Silver

Since I was 12, art, skateboarding and music have been everything. I had a great art teacher in 8th grade Mr. Johnson. He was cool, he always pushed me and my ability to be creative. When I went to High School, I took intro to Industrial Arts, which was wood shop, automotive, drafting, electronics and graphic arts. Read more>>

Gamuchirai Dhliwayo

I never thought I would a designer just like almost every African child I was told that being artists do not make enough money to lead a comfortable life and I school aspire to become a lawyer or doctor. I used doodle all the time for fun when I was young. Read more>>

Grant Drumheller

painted and exhibited, doing part time teaching to live. My work got some attention and I showed in New York in 1985. I received grants and my work was featured in museum group shows. I moved to New Castle, NH, and started teaching at the University of New Hampshire where I am a Professor of Art. Read more>>

Rachelle Beaudoin

I started to seriously study feminist art and performance art along with digital media. Since then I have worked in performance and video because I find it best communicates my ideas and I like the immediacy of the media. Read more>>

Jan Roy

My interest in art started when I was very little, tagging along with my Mom to fashion showrooms in NYC where she whipped up perfect drawings in record time. If she finished work early, we would go to her favorite art galleries. Read more>>

Jack Holmes

My extensive photographic travels have been both domestic and international. This year’s travels include Hong Kong, Cambodia, Faroe Island, Iceland, and Corsica. My images are taken and processed for presentation as framed wall art, competition images, digital travelogues, and my own pleasure. Read more>>

Nita Leger CASEY

I am an Artist who has painted most of my life and enjoy every minute of it .Born and raised in France where my journey into the Art world started when I attended to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in my home town of Orleans. Read more>>

Shaun Terhune

Artists are born, but they’re also made. As a kid I remember knowing I was an artist, but didn’t know what kind – and I never applied myself to the pursuit of art in any serious way. I eventually pursued other things, like rocks and mountains and wild landscapes as I grew in my career as a geologist. Read more>>

Jonah Faigel

I was introduced to balloons in elementary school, but never did much with them until high school. In high school I took a community education course that connected me to local resources. I was then asked how much a charge by an event organizer. Read more>>

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