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 South Boston that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I went to Boston University for my undergraduate degree in History; and after graduation, I had successful careers as a music writer/producer for film and TV; an audiobook director for NY Times bestsellers; a primetime independent TV producer for Boston’s ABC affiliate, Channel 5, and an educator. Read more>>
Coming back to the states, feeling like an outsider, music naturally became a way to connect with people. Over time, the interest I had in music became my primary ambition, and here we are today! I am most proud of my most recent release, Forgive the Birds. We released that in April, and will continue taking it on the road this fall. Read more>>
I completely fell in love with not only posing for artists, but drawing the nude human body. I only used pencils and markers for a long time, then pencils and inks. Painting made me uncomfortable. I loved looking at it, watching artist push paint around. It made me want to paint. But once I did, I hated it! Read more>>
I have been working in the arts for as long as I can remember. I always loved smushing paint around and welding things together. I had a small acetylene torch at home when I was a kid, possibly an odd toy, but it got a lot of use without burning down the house. I was never particularly encouraged but not discouraged either. Read more>>
Music wasn’t something I took too seriously until college. Going off to school gave me a kind of independence I never had. I was far enough away from home to have the freedom to embarrass myself in front of strangers. You have to at first. It’s definitely worse to perform in front of people you know, or who know you, when you’re starting out. Read more>>
Hollis Brown Thornton
Half way through my junior year I decided to change to art. In the spring of 1999, I received my BFA and for the next year I occupied a studio space in Columbia, SC. I then spent a year at our family lake house. In the summer of 2001 I moved to Chicago, where I lived for four years. I was gallery director at Mongerson Gallery and Installation Assistant at Russell Bowman Art Advisory. Read more>>
My love for branding and design actually started back in the MySpace days! Back then, I was teaching myself basic HTML coding to create cool layouts and banners for my friends and I; who would have ever thought that I was learning a technical skill that I’m still using to this day. Read more>>
Nicole DeRosa Cannella
I am a five times published children’s author/editor who has been featured in The NY Times alongside my muse, a little boy who passed away from a rare form of cancer. The threads that bind my books, my photos and my overall life view are those of gratitude and empathy; it’s evident in my work creatively and as a mom. Read more>>
I started painting as a kid with my grandmother on her porch. She was so kind and encouraging and somehow put up with my need for perfection and the crying when I couldn’t make it happen. So many things about my childhood were incredible but it was also quite difficult. My family and the town are very conservative and growing up I never really felt like I could be myself or even figure out who that was. Read more>>
I had always been interested in taking photos, so I thought – if I’m going to be taking care of baby sloths and monkeys, now is probably a good time to buy a camera and learn how to use it! So, I learned the basics and hopped on a plane. The trip was great, but I didn’t come home with the sense of direction I was hoping for. Read more>>
I made the official decision to pursue my dream job in my junior year in high school. I dropped out when I was sixteen and wasted no time to sign up for a three week GED prep course, within the month I had my GED and was enrolled in the New England Hair Academy. By the age of seventeen, I received my barbering license and was working full time before I was even supposed to graduate high school. Read more>>