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Thought-Provokers: South Boston

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.

Erika Rachel

I truly believe there is an artist within each of us, but everyone can share a story about a time in school when they decided art wasn’t something they were good at, and I’m no different. I thought to be an artist you had to paint bowls of fruit, horses in fields, landscapes and flowers like the masters did. Read more>>

JoBeth Umali

I studied this incredible instrument throughout high school and eventually moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Since graduation, I’ve been recording albums with different artists, playing various gigs, touring & teaching private lessons. Read more>>

Bryan Randa

Glass art became a priority and I knew it was what I wanted to do. I studied at a cape cod glass studio under David McDermott before continuing on with my own business as an independent glass artist. Working in two different forms of glass making. Read more>>

Rickelle Tavares

I genuinely had no clue what I was doing most of the time but the local photography community was amazing and extremely helpful. Eventually, I outgrew publications and tried my hand at freelancing and I haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Cora Harrington

I am always keen to learn new techniques and challenges and this year, I took part in Art2Life an intensive 12-week online course led by Californian artist Nicholas Wilton. This encouraged me to paint for myself and enjoy the freedom to fully express myself through my paintings. Read more>>

Teddy Benfield

After discoveries in print making and painting inspired me to create a new body of work, I enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University where I completed my MFA this past May focusing on Painting, Print making and Photography. Read more>>

Sterling Mulbry

And despite a very checkered teenage-hood, I was lucky to go to two alternative colleges that encouraged a kind of interplay among the arts. Though I graduated with a BA in Comparative Literature, I took many art classes along the way. Read more>>

Thomas Buildmore

When I returned to the U.S., I began my fine art career, painting graffiti, and fine art paintings. My graffiti paintings and fine art paintings inform one another. They are vital to each another. When I recognized this aspect of my art, things started to click. Read more>>

Kimberly Gatesman

I had always been a creative person who would tinker with whatever my curiosities lead me to, but my childhood definitely played a big part in who I am as an artist. I’m an early eighties kid, and I belong to that last generation of children to grow up without computers and the internet. Read more>>

Holly Popielarz

I wanted to be happy too… and enjoy what I do. So, I continually searched for ways that I can make a living using my hands. Using your hands is so satisfying and rewarding. I went to art school in Chicago, Boston, and Province town and never really settled on what I wanted to do when I grow up. Read more>>

Daniel Warren

My love for photography started from my work as a graphic designer. Currently I run the gambit of shooting a various amount of styles from the risqué to fashion to more of an urban look. I enjoying learning new things to present to the models I work with. Read more>>

Basil El Halwagy

In 2005 I was widely exhibiting large scale drawings which I called my black drawings series, and in one of those drawings there was a character called The Untitled Man. These drawings were a little larger than life size, about 9ft tall by 5ft wide. Read more>>

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