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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.

Brian Hubis

Everyone finds happiness in something. Whether it’s art or music or anything, there’s something for all of us. Something that makes us forget about the world going on around us and lose yourself for a while and come out smiling. For me, it’s tattooing. Read more>>

Katie Salerno

We’re in a creative space and we all start at the same place. Do what you love and create the imagery that you’re drawn to. Oh, and find purpose in your work. Read more>>

Marco Cerullo

I also think it is important to surround yourself with people who inspire you, and want to see you flourish. I am very happy for the community of artists that I get to call my friends. In a way, I’m hoping to both document in an artistic way, and evoke emotion in people looking at my photos; if I don’t try to do so with my work, what would be the point? Read more>>

Fazdlee Isa

My advice would be, never try to copy any famous photographer’s style, find your own unique style, whether where it comes to editing style, shooting style and the way you tell your stories through your photography. Read more>>

Nicole Errico

I’ve wanted to be a tattoo artist my whole life, but it had always been a daunting career to get into for me knowing I had lupus and my joints would suffer tremendously. But with the invention of the rotary tattoo machine which is significantly lighter, I was able to finally have a shot at my dream and I’ve been tattooing ever since. Read more>>

Lauchie MacDonald

I like showing people, especially kids, that you can do what you love and make it your life. We didn’t have much growing up, and most people encourage you to take the safer route, but I wasn’t willing to do that. It’s not easy but we live in a time where you have a lot of opportunities if you’re willing to work hard for them. Art is what I had so I went for it and it’s given me everything I have. Read more>>

Arthur Halvorsen

My work is a reflection of what kind of world I want to live in. Life can be dark at times or just not going your way. I find, when I’m in my studio, it is my sanctuary. A place to escape. I fill it with what I want to project out into the world. Read more>>

Kelsey Converse

Growing up in New Hampshire, I was always up for an adventure. Whether it was snowboarding with friends, going camping in Maine with my family, hiking on the weekends or playing basketball with the guys – I was forever saying “yes”. Travel, however, didn’t start until my senior year when my mom signed us up to go to Italy for 10 days with my high school. Read more>>

Aliona Kuznetsova

I was born in Kiev on Nov 25th, 1985, in a family of geologists. As a proper Soviet kid, I was taught to use science, reason and common sense and try to be good and useful – only to see how all these things did not work out for my parents later in the 90th. At 17 years old, I went to Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology to start my own life. Read more>>

Nancy Winship Milliken

I am an environmental visual artist. I create site-specific work in urban and rural landscapes using natural and industrial materials such as horse hair (re-claimed cello bow strings), raw wool and century-old barn beams. This unique and textural work stems from an interest in rural art, agriculture, and sustainable living. Read more>>

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