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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.

Sara Johnson Allen

I think what it comes down to is this. For some of us, it just takes a long time to both understand and accept who we really are. It took me until last year, when I turned 40, more than a decade after I finished my M.F.A. in Creative Writing, to really understand that being a writer is at the absolute core of my identity. Read more>>

Colette Bresilla

Being born to a very strict family with parents who plan one’s future career without one’s consent was immensely difficult. I lived as a “hidden artist” as I tried to obey my parents’ orders to study to be a doctor or a lawyer. I was constantly taking refuge in a miniscule corner in the house or under an isolated tree to draw. Read more>>

Ali Bolsinger

It started with taking photos of anything that was in front of me and then evolved to taking photos of people. In a time where I was very sick, it gave me a passion and a way to enter into people’s stories and capture that time of their life. Read more>>

Julian De La Garza

I began working in the industry for Tiffany & Co., and then model making for David Yurman, Tiffany, and various other jewelry labels. I left the industry after realizing I needed the freedom to create whatever works I wanted to make. Read more>>

Amanda Duchen

Art has always been part of my life and as a child, I took it for granted, but now appreciate how much it has enriched and molded me who I am today as an artist. I was privileged to be educated at an art school where I had the opportunities to learn about design, painting, sculpture… Read more>>

Candice Dodd

Photography is a fun hobby for me and it opens a creative outlet for me to explore. I’m still learning and wanting to grow more with advancing my skills so that one day, I can get a dope camera and really start shooting amazing photos! Read more>>

Christy Sverre

My studio looks out to sea so my inspiration comes from what I observe on the water which I abstract to suit the mood. The distant horizon is always a draw for me too and you will find it in many of my paintings. I love to use oil and cold wax but will start out with a very abstract acrylic under painting. Read more>>

C. A. Stigliano

I have always been very happy teaching, and now I was also making  sculpture that meant something to me. I really believe that working with students taught me how to be an artist. I’ve been at MassArt since 1984, and many of the things that have come out of my studio would not have happened without the discussions in the classrooms. Read more>>

Eva Ilg

It all started with a piece of birch bark found on the ground. I picked it up and tried to sell it as a supply for someone else. When it didn’t sell, I decided to paint a moose and log cabin on it. I mounted it and framed it and put it up in my mother’s store, within a few days, it’s sold. Read more>>

Thor Maillet

I’ve always been involved in music since I can remember, whether that be watching MTV obsessively as a toddler or making up little songs on my tiny Casio. I got involved in writing *about* music in high school, which spread to checking out the live local scene (early-late 1990s Boston) with fervor. Read more>>

Sacha Richter

After finishing art school in Boston, I returned to Provincetown where I have been working as an artist ever since. I also have a home in the West Indies where I paint as well. I have shown my work in Boston, Provincetown, West Indies and in the Hamptons. Read more>>

Brian Baker

Most of my shows have been in the Baltimore area, including the Whole Gallery, Metro Gallery, and Art Scape. My artwork is mostly large-scale acrylic and mixed media canvases, with mythological and spiritual subject matter done in an experimental, fantastic realist style. Read more>>

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>>

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