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.
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>>
Everyone around me was always making, fixing or preparing something needed for our lives. My grandmother made quilts while my great aunt was making lace. Food was being canned or frozen for future consumption. Hands were always busy. These humble beginnings shaped my belief that you could always be creative with whatever materials were around you and that this kind of industry was useful and necessary. Read more>>
I studied art in high school and college with my mind set on becoming a fine artist, but, as these things sometimes go, majors were changed and I ended up working as a field archaeologist. I initially used photography as a way of taking visual notes and for producing the necessary graphics for archaeological reports, but since we were often located in scenic rural New England. Read more>>
Catherine (Cat) Huang
Since childhood, I’ve always had a keen interest in the arts. Particularly, I always loved making comics, though I didn’t know at first that that was what I was making. When I was around ten, I received a diary where I wrote and drew about my daily life. Of course, this activity was only fun because I would push the exaggeration of everyday occurrences. Read more>>
As a designer, I am very interested in manufacturing processes from the ground up. I took it upon myself to visit a footwear factory in China last summer to see footwear production as it is carried out in the real world in many places. I was very taken by the amount of toxic exposure workers sustained in the production of shoes. Read more>>
Dan Portello, Nick Oliveira, John Oliveira and Kevin Hickey
Savannah originally started in 2016 as a side project between Dan and Nick. Nick’s brother Jon quickly jumped into the mix on bass and we began recording our first EP Mercy. Once we had a what we believed was a solid set, we started looking for a drummer. Read more>>