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Thought-Provokers: North End & Downtown

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 North End & Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Claire Desjardins

Since those early days, I’ve participated in a number of art fairs in Canada and the US, I’ve led painting workshop, and I now paint most days in my studio in the woods, located in the Laurentian mountains, an hour north of Montreal. Read more>>

Michael Calabro

Creating is what I know. I was born in northern New Jersey into an immigrant mentality family of Musicians, actors, hard workers and loving parents. I knew from the first time I painted a classmate’s hair green in kindergarten, which had crawled under my easel. Read more>>

Shana Levenson

I’ve one best of show in an online women’s artist organization, gold medal in the Allied Artists of America annual competition, been in several group exhibitions and am planning my first solo show at the gallery that represents my work, McLarry Fine Art, in Santa Fe, NM for May 24, 2019. Read more>>

Preston Trombly

In my thirties there was another “I don’t know why I said it” moment, parallel to the one in the fourth grade. I was having lunch one day with a friend of mine, NYC and Provincetown artist Arthur Cohen, after which we went to his studio to see some recent paintings. Read more>>

Franco Zacharzewski

I first started making art when I was very young. We had a tiny, glass desk by the T.V. where I would spend hours making up little projects to pass the time. That is when, using old cardboard boxes and markers, I began to dabble in the arts! Drawing quickly became one of my biggest pastimes. Read more>>

Jana Lamas

I have over 23 yrs. of experience in makeup. I received my training from one of the worlds most sought out makeup college. C| MU in Toronto. CA. Originally from Brazil I have worked for Brazil’s National TV Globo on telenovela and two sitcoms. Read more>>

Samantha Matos

Ever since I can remember I was always interested in makeup. I remember my mom always taking me into Sephora with her and I would play around with all the samples and I also used to collect lip-gloss as a kid. In high school I never really wore makeup. Read more>>

Shari Lyon

Becoming an encaustic artist has been a very round about journey for me. I started as a dancer, I loved to create through movement! Music filled my soul and I loved stirring emotions through my dance in others. But my body didn’t support my love. Read more>>

Lauren Marttila

I’ve been into photography since I was a child. I still remember learning to develop my own photos. (I would love to get into film again!) But it was my husband who encouraged my photography as an adult. He is an avid surfer, and I frequently tag along on his early morning surf sessions. Read more>>

Deborah Randall

I have a distinct memory of seeing an exhibition of Franz Kline paintings and thinking I understood them in a corporeal way; the physicality of the paint evidenced in layers of color spoke to me even as an eight year old. Read more>>

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