/// ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION
ArtsWorcester West Gallery
November 16 through December 17, 2023
Reception: Friday, November 17, 6:00-9:00 PM /// Learn more.
To round out the year, all artist members were invited to participate in this non-juried exhibition of small work with no theme and no media limitations. Come see a showcase of works by 124 artist members whose creations push the limits of their small scale--and prices perfectly sized for holiday gifting. Prize winners selected by Chris Michelotti (independent curator and creative director) will be announced at the public reception on Friday, November 17.
Chris Michelotti is an independent curator and creative director interested in nontraditional spaces for the visual arts and making art more accessible. After spending his early career focused on graphic design in Seattle, he transitioned fully into the arts after serving as a designer for an indie board game. Since relocating to Massachusetts in 2020, Chris has curated and produced over 25 exhibitions and community-based projects in the city of Worcester. Through his company Panduh Productions, he works with local businesses to provide emerging and working artists unique spaces to present their works and engage with audiences outside traditional galleries. His own works have been selected for two city of Worcester projects – Give Me a Sign & I Voted and have been featured in shows at the JMAC, Artifakt Supply, Electric Haze, and CNCPT6. Chris holds a BA in Media and Communications from Asbury University. He is a member of the Worcester Bid’s Beautification and Placemaking Committee and a member of the leadership team for the Worcester Bazaar.
Lizzie Abelson, Wayne F. McCallum WMA, Westborough (plein air)
acrylic on tempered hardboard, 7.25" x 8.25", 2023, $275 (sold)
This painting was done on-site and finished minutes before the rain began to fall. I treat the landscape as I would a gesture drawing: breathing, shifting, undulating. The trees sway, the shadows chase the light, and the stillness hums.
Lily Audette, A Multitude Of Meows
watercolor and ink on paper, 9.7" x 6.7", 2023, $175 (sold)
The world needs more color, and everyone loves cats. I had a fun time making this piece with a neon watercolor set. One cat led to another, and then well...I just could not stop!
Brooke Bailey, Intersect
digital print, Processing programming language, 5" x 7", 2022, $168
Developed from an interactive algorithm in the graphical programming language Processing, Intersect explores the synergy between human movement and mathematical pixelation. The two concepts converge in a computerized vision of geometric form and vibrant hues.
Amanda Baldwin, Lover's Eye
digital painting, 3.5" x 3.5", 2023, $150
Ann Barrett, Whale-Time
beads, embroidery floss, box, Closed: 9" x 6" Open: 9" x 12", 2019, Not For Sale
Each bead represents 300,000 years. The light and dark blue beads represent the number of units of 300,000 years modern whales have lived on Earth. (114 units) The red bead represents how long Homo sapiens have lived on Earth (1 unit). Homo sapiens evolved in Africa 300,000 years ago. Modern whales were living in the oceans 34 million years ago. Whales have lived on Earth 114 times longer than humans have. What could we learn from mammals with much more experience living on our shared planet?
Heather Barros, Can
oil on wood, 8" x 6", 2023, $120 (sold)
Ricardo Barros, Two Nudes (Backs)
photography, 3.75" x 5", project completed 2020, image printed 2023, $350
FIGURING SPACE: I used the figure in a constrained environment to explore how one might photograph “space.” My space was a box exactly matching my viewfinder proportions. Knowing that space can’t be seen or touched, I used my box as a delimiter manifesting a particular space, models as my avatars, and space as a metaphor. The images were ultimately assembled into a short video. The prints have not yet been exhibited.
Lisa Barthelson, aii 50, art in isolation, family debris
monoprint with mixed media: printed collage and thread, 8" x 8" x 1.50", 2023, $450
My ‘art in isolation’ pieces re-use family debris monoprint remnants created by layering inked printing plates with my family's ephemeral and permanent cast-offs, recording the mundane and obsolete. The compact scale enables me to hold the prints in my hand as I stitch and collage on each piece. The aii pieces feel reminiscent of ‘at home’ domestic arts and offer the same devotion and comfort in the making. In the end, the work is meditative, providing the opportunity to pursue sustainability and to re-use and re-work while following my mantra: waste not, want not.
Claudia Bauman, Bohemian Rhapsody
altered book journal, 9.5" x 6", 2023, $125
Recycled magazines, book pages, napkins, and junk mail repurposed into a dreamy journal. The base is a discarded book. Collaged ephemera combined with acrylic paint, various inks, and sprays, as well as water-soluble crayons, create a visual cornucopia of journal inspiration.
Eugenie Lewalski Berg, Between Us
This piece is from my body of work, combining my 2-D printmaking and drawing with my 3D concrete sculpture. The thin Japanese washi allows the beauty of the concrete to speak.
Ray Bernoff, Trash Painting #11
mixed media art waste (acrylic, Mod Podge, metal leaf, plastic film, and styrofoam) on canvas board, 4" x 4", 2023, $100
In my series 'Trash Paintings,' I only use materials left over from other art projects—unused acrylic paint lingering on the palette, sheets of half-dried glue from the morning after a papier-mache session, snippets of cardboard picked off the floor. I assembled Trash Painting #11 using waste from a series of small clay wall ornaments I made in 2023. Creating with waste emboldens me to explore textures and compositions I'm scared will be ugly. What's the worst that could happen? It's already trash.
Susan Black, Captive
painted clay, 4" x 4" x 4", 203, $125
Ready to hold, or being held?
Carol Bloomfield, Mae'n BWRW Eira
digital, 5" x 7", 2023, $200
This Christmas scene is from a children's book (I'm working on) called Farland, Land of the Fairies. It's a combination of handmade and digital imagery from a series of four (for every season). Handmade items such as doors, windows, window boxes, flower pots, water buckets, garden carts, wheel barrels, wreathes, tables, chairs, shovels, and brooms are pinned on or placed around a tree, photographed then edited in Photoshop.
Scott Boilard, Cover
acrylic on wood, 9" x 5", 2023, $125
The concept behind "Cover" is the struggle between wanting to be accepting of and comfortable with ourselves and projecting confidence while still feeling a need to hide our own self-image. What we project to the public becomes a thin veil over our true selves, a reality that would still be presentable and relatable but still makes us uneasy in revealing.
Thierry Borcy, Birds of the Night
photography, 10" x 10", 2023, $300
When I make a photo I want the person looking at it to be transported (almost like time travel) to a location. I wish the viewer to be there, to smell the smells and to hear the sounds of nature. The story unfolds before the spectator or better within you in a surreal moment. Your presence and your soul are there. Photos are stories and your imagination creates them.
Sally Bowditch, Class is in...
mixed media, 9 1/4" x 9 1/4", 2023, Not For Sale
Leslie Breault, Chasing the Blues 2022-13
acrylic on canvas, 6 1/4" x 6 1/4", 2022, $110 (sold)
Aaron Brodeur, Black Swan Stare
oil on canvas, 7" x 5", 2018, $150
Matthew Burgos, A Pair of Great Tits
colored pencil on paper, jar, key, ribbon, 4" x 2", 2023, $100
Come one, come all, and take a peak at this pair of great tits! For the discerning viewer only!
Joseph Cantor, Color as a Storyteller - Yellow Rowboat
photograph on canvas, 8" x 10", 2023, $150 (sold)
This is part of my Color as a Storyteller series, focusing (pun intended) on representing a scene by highlighting a single color. In this image, a lone yellow rowboat sits moored amid a group. I love the pop and vibrance of the yellow set against the dark waters and the black and white of the other boats.
Aisena Cekrezi, The Gift
acrylic, 8” x 8”, 2023, $150
My work is inspired by scenes of country life and my early memories of European summers. These happy memories caught on canvas are small but powerful. They beg the viewer to come closer and take another look. My work is a take on a romanticized perception of country life, one that is balanced and exquisitely vivid. The colors, textures, and content form images of a life I have longed for since I was a child. This feeling of longing is able to live on in my art as a physical homage to the beauties of my childhood home, Albania.
Ben Cline, Woodland Fairy (Fada Sylvestra)
@clinecraft ; /clinecraft
hand-detailed prop in a hand-crafted wooden display box, 9.5" x 8.25" x 3", 2023, $150 (sold)
The Woodland Fairy (Fada Sylvestra) piece was created using multiple disciplines, such as a hand-crafted wooden display box, custom-designed labels, and realistic modeling by utilizing weathering techniques. Both traditional hand tools and digital equipment were used to create this piece. The entire piece was crafted with attention to detail, and the intention is for the viewer to discover something new each time they view the piece. In line with the attention to detail, there are many references from the world of H.P. Lovecraft.
Christiane Corcelle, Mon Petit Prince
mixed media collage, 10" x 10" x 1.5", 2023, $400
In my work I enjoy experimenting with layering techniques to convey a sense of history, while employing expressive lines to capture the essence of energy.
Carrie Crane, Portal
graphite, film, polycarbonate, acrylic paint on paper, 6.5" x 8" x 6.5", 2023, $700
This piece is part of the Platonic Solids Deconstructed series of sculptures, which are an extension of a series of paintings. Each piece is based on one or more of the Platonic solids. Editing the shapes, I eliminated sides, created protrusions, and stretched walls. I added trompe l'oeil drawings and reflective film to render the inside and outside ambiguous. This is a mysterious object with an uncertain function, letting the viewer come up with the story.
Carlos Crespo, Whips: The First Stage
oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2019, $700
A child's dreams are simple. Time complicates everything.
Christine Croteau, Passages
sculpture found object - piece of old stair case., 9.5” x 5” x 2.5”, 2023, $108
This is part of a very old and crumbly staircase. It was unearthed on Bancroft Hill in Worcester, MA, while new hiking trails were being blazed in 2023. I enjoy the shape, colors, and textures of its natural decay and its anthropomorphic elements. Staircases symbolize a passage to, from, or through something. Currently, I, my friends and family, and the world seem to be on a very precarious staircase leading to unknown ends. Yet we exist and live our lives in the passage. Neither at the beginning nor end. This piece is about finding beauty in the passage.
Adam Cutler, Haunted Heart
pencil on bristol, 5" x 7", 2023, Not For Sale
Expressing love for my forever home and my family in the best way I know how. This piece is a return to form for me as most of my work in recent years has been digital, so approaching a subject so near and dear to me in a more traditional fashion only felt right.
Jennifer Davis Carey, Pedernal
vitreous enamel on copper, 8" x 10" x .05", 2021, $220
If our species could regularly witness the majesty of the night sky, we would exhibit less hubris, and the earth would be a better place. Pedernal is part of a series called Nightscape, exploring the sky after sunset and without a trace of humans.
Jessica DeHaemer, Autumn
mixed fibers on wood dowel, 10" x 9", 2023, $125
Expanding weaving into three-dimensional pieces, the artist uses wire and mixed fibers to create sculptural woven wall hangings inspired by nature.
Lawrence DeJong, Wall Fragment # 24: Environmental Interaction
clay, 8" x 4", 2016-23, $275
This Wall Fragment piece explores the relationship between the human species and the planet we live on. I form the 'wall fragment' by beating the clay (earth) with angle irons, watching the form take shape, creating allusions referencing human habitation and its destructive impact on planet Earth.
Ella Delyanis, The Break in the Wall
oil on canvas, 6" x 6", 2022, $375
This is a plein air piece that I did from my back porch. The late afternoon light in the summer is always spectacular. I have done pastels and paintings of this spot many times.
Alice Dillon, Rattus rattus
embroidery thread on cotton fabric, 4" x 4", 2023, $175 (sold)
Kristi DiSalle, Blossoming
@kristileighcreations, @kristileighgillustration, /wonderandwhimsy
alcohol markers and colored pencil on bristol; cinnamon sugar, 10" x 10", 2023, $200
Personal trainer Brett Hoebel has said "Food is a lot of people's therapy- when we say comfort food, we really mean that. It's releasing dopamine and serotonin in your brain that makes you feel good." This piece is all about comfort. The recognizable, repeating image of the blossom cookies is meant to kindle thoughts of the holidays. I used warm colors for the cookies and contrasted them with the blue background to emphasize the warmth of the comfort food. The implied and real texture is meant to make the viewer feel like they can pick them up and eat them.
James Disilvestro, Boxed Rose
hand formed steel, 4" x 4" x 4", 2019, Not For Sale
This piece is one of a series of roses made from steel shop scraps. The flower is constructed of 16 gauge sheet metal, the central bud is 1/4 inch steel rod, the frame is a remnant of 4 inch square tubing.
Pamela Dorris DeJong, Field Study
cold wax, oil, on braced birch panel, 8" x 8", 2023, $200 (sold)
Inspired by the Boston Nature Conservatory Program for preschoolers, this piece depicts children searching for special things to collage later. It reminds me of days looking for pussy willows and milkweed, playing with dandelions and pebbles. Children bring hope for our future. At this young age, they are focused on the environment. Let us not let them forget the glimmers of joy and beauty of our local green spaces and outdoor habitats as they progress through their busy lives.
Annie Dubois, Le Bugue
acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6", 2023, Not For Sale
Joseph Dunn, Fantasyscape-1
acrylic, 8" x 10", 2021, $200
Madge Evers, Black and White Creeper
cyanotype on altered book page and cold wax on cradled board, 8" x 10", 2022, $300 (sold)
I am an avid composter (33% of our waste is compostable!). Real plants grow from my efforts. Paper is compostable too, so from my shelves, I gather images on pages of scarcely opened books that will eventually be discarded. I began with the salvaged work of John Audubon. It felt strange to alter the birds, covering the painter’s carefully rendered habitats in cyanotype chemistry. In this image, I used chervil grown in my garden with compost made from household waste. Once complete, I mounted the image on a cradled board and finished it with cold wax.
Jakob Fioole, brother
oil on canvas panel, 8" x 10", 2023, Not For Sale
Kerry Fitzgibbons, Felt Dream
felt fabrics, 9” x 11” x 2.5”, 2023, $250
I love the textures of autumn and had an idea (dream) of using a soft medium such as felt to capture that feeling.
I wanted to experiment with depth and play with colors, creating an abstract (Felt-stract) landscape that would capture that warm and cozy fondness I have for the season.
Melody Fortier, For Naomi
acrylic and mica on wood, painted wood molding, glass dome, millinery netting/trim, found garter, 10" x 6" x 2 1/4", 2023, $250
For years, I have been salvaging vintage hose garters from old sewing boxes. I am mesmerized by their lovely little shapes as well as their hidden history. This piece is one in an ongoing series, each enshrining an individual garter. Each garter has an anonymous past, something for our imaginations to ponder. To me, they are dear and intimate objects to be treasured. I dedicated each piece to a person from my life who has passed on, whose own old garters are now lost to time. This piece is for Naomi.
Owen Gaffney, Unremarkable Stevie Crumb
mixed media sculpture, 7" x 8" x 10", 2023, $150
Unremarkable Stevie Crumb is an original character created by Artist Owen Gaffney with resin and a silicone mold. He's a nice guy when you get to know him.
Suzanne Gainer, Chat de Chefchaouen
archival ink jet print, 9.625" x 7.5", 2023, $110
Chefchaouen, nicknamed 'The Blue City,' is a town in northwest Morocco known for its blue-painted buildings. I traveled there in March 2023 and fell in love with the endless photographic possibilities. Narrow cobblestone streets, ornate doors, figs and olives, the sounds of Arabic, Berber, French, and everything awash in shades of blue. This photograph depicts one of a myriad of cats roaming the streets against a carefully composed geometric background.
Timothy Gannon, Me
oil on canvas, 10" x 10", 2022, $400
Alana Garrigues, The Cells Know the Way
watercolor on bristol paper, 6" x 6" x .75" (framed), 4" x 4" (unframed), 2022, $225
This watercolor piece on paper is created with Daniel Smith Primatek watercolors, made of natural pigments from the earth. Soil and minerals mixed with water represent a cross-section of a tree trunk. Part of the "Mother Tree Holds the Stories" series, this small painting is one of several 4x4" paintings that explore tree rings and biodiversity and invite the viewer to consider in quiet reverence our deep connection to those who clean our air, provide shade and beauty, invite play.
Amanda Gibson, Lift Off
super sculpey, tin foil, acrylic paint, felt, 5” x 4.5” x 5”, 2023, $250
I've been thinking about taking up space and expanding outward.
Henry Glennon, Hanging Marble Portal
graphite pencil, 10" x 10" x 1/2", 2023, $200
Pencil rendering of concept for a garden portal, suspending an immense stainless steel ball bearing in a metal cradle above the passage. Freehand drawing based on a partially complete computer model, likely to be completed as a digital painting. Influenced by the architecture of Carlo Scarpa and the video game Venineth.
Gloria Goguen, Hardy Sour Orange
@gloriajgoguen_art; /Gloria J Goguen Art
color pencil and watercolor, 8" x 10", 2023, $125
Imagine my surprise to find this cold, hardy orange growing wild in the woods of the Catskills, New York. The perfume from the fruit is intoxicating. A sweet, tart, bright sensation of musky floral essence. Poncirus trifoliata, known in Asian countries as Flying Dragon for its fruit born in a tangle of thorny branches.
Miranda Greenhalgh, Eastern Grebe
ink and watercolor on rice paper, 5" x 7" (unframed), 8" x 10" (framed), 2022, $150
A quick study of a Pied-billed Grebe, a common waterbird in New England. Painted with watercolor and sumi ink on double shuen rice paper.
George Hancin, Uxbridge Farm
watercolor, 9" x 9", 2021, $150
A plein air watercolor looking down my street. The bright summer morning light angles across the yards and frames the houses.
Samantha Hansen, A Little Bit of Everything, Version 2
heavy texture acrylic paint on stretched canvas, 8" x 10", 2023, $275
Lisa Hayden, Holding the Ocean
sculpture from wire, encaustic, paint, repurposed fabric, 7” x 7” x 7”, 2023, $750
As a painter, I often approach representing the ocean in abstract ways. With this sculpture, I took a 3D journey into an abstract painting, capturing the feel with color and texture in all dimensions.
Nikki Howland, Goddess
soapstone, 4” x 3.5” x 3”, 2022, $180
Ancient statues depicting females have always been described as “some sort of fertility figures”, as if the only role women could have ever played throughout history is bearing children. This is a narrow minded view of ancient cultures as it imposes modern misogynistic and patriarchal values. However, it is becoming more widely accepted that these forms were representations of Mother Goddesses, the Creators and Destructors of the Universe, the Earth and all Life contained within.
This sculpture is an abstract representation of a Mother Goddess. The red stone flowing with Her life-giving blood, reminds us of Her everlasting, elemental powers.
Elijah Johnson, Steiff Bear
acrylic on teabag, 5 1/2” x 7 1/2”, 2021, $200
Knopf Im Ohr.
Jerry Keefe, One Chill Mushroom
polymer clay, 2.5" x 2.7", 2023, Not For Sale
Made of clay, One Chill Mushroom was created as a reflection to relax, enjoy the fun intricacies that life has to offer, and not take anything too seriously. I decided to create a form from an organic subject of the mushroom and give it a very human pose in order to portray a relaxed energy through the clay. This piece is a reminder to those who are feeling off to not lose sight of the enjoyment and tranquility that life has to offer by sitting and enjoying whatever makes you feel the most joyful.
Patti Kelly, Pink Sky
acrylic mixed media, 8" x 8", 2022, $300
With the world forever changing and with the division of people, my process starts by seeing and feeling for hours outside my protected space. By going on walks around my neighborhood, on paths in parks and woods, driving by open spaces and vast skies, dreaming about what is beyond the sky and what is underneath the ground. The sounds and smells of the ocean and what lives around this open scene. My work is an abstract expression with color and mood as my focus. I hope the viewer will feel that space and step into their own reflections and memories.
Kristen Kieffer, HEY LADIES!
hand-built mid-range porcelain with underglaze, slip-trail, and inlay deco., 7" x 7" x 2 1/2", 2023, $350 (sold)
This wall pillow is a nod to mod and features four ladybugs meandering around very cherry environs. The song title “Hey Ladies[!]” by the Beastie Boys adds another layer of pattern and speaks to my love of text, lush vintage ads, and the importance of pollinators.
Christopher King, Cherry Stick Mobile
cherry tree sticks tied with half knots in waxed black cotton cord, 10” x 10” x 1/2”, 2022, $100
Trimming trees around a home in the city is necessary to keep them from becoming overgrown, and happily yields fresh supplies for weft in woven and macrame mobiles. The rich bark color of the cherry tree inspired me to create this piece, reminiscent of the Mandarin character for beauty.
Patricia King, Sew Many Projects
acrylic on canvas with fabric scraps, thread, needles, and pins, 8" x 8", 2023, $100
Sew Many Projects was created using "leftover" fabric scraps and other sewing supplies that have accumulated over many years. Some of the unique items it includes are an embroidered piece of lace from my 1970s wedding dress, buttons from my grandmother's button box, and a snap (can you even buy snaps anymore?). This piece is a reminder of the things we hold on to because we expect them to be useful someday.
Lydia Kinney, Card
acrylic on panel, 10" x 8", 2022, $200 (sold)
Roy Knight, Orchard II
watercolor and ink on paper, 8.25" x 6.25", 2023, $100
Oleksii Kradetskyi, Piranha
oil on canvas, 6” x 6”, 2023, $210 (sold)
Fish have unique facial structures. I want to show their beauty to the world.
Stephanie Krist, Party Kids
acrylic on canvas, 10" x 10", 2020, $130
"Party Kids" was born during the lockdown era. It, and 19 other pieces made during that time, eventually became the Burst Collection, full of fresh energy and bursts of much-needed color. "Party Kids" is one of the remaining 3 from the Burst Collection, ready for its forever home.
Stephanie Krist creates wild abstract art from her basement studio with a gorgeous view of the washing machine.
Denise Lafer, I Choose Hope
acrylic on canvas panel with antique style frame, 9” x 7”, 2023, $200
Teresa Lamacchia, 1969
acrylic paint, photograph, and etching collage on canvas, 10" x 8", 2023, Not For Sale
Finding a photograph from 1969 led me to reminisce as the younger me stares into the distance.
John LaPrade, Trinity
copper, oxidized sandpaper, acrylic paint, mica, and glitter on canvas, 5" x 7", 2023, $250
Stevie Leigh, Self Portrait 2023
upcycled denim scraps, yarn, metal zipper scraps, 11" x 7" x 1", 2023, $299
Dolls were my first introduction to the art of fashion. As a child, I had many dolls of all mediums: porcelain, rag, Barbie, and even a My Twin doll. It is only fitting that this self-portrait is a mini 3D doll made of the material that I use for all my artworks: upcycled denim scraps. From my blue hair to my favorite jacket to the doll stuffing, which is also upcycled denim, Self Portrait 2023 is a representative of how I've grown and who I currently am, not only in looks but also in what I am made of.
Edward Lilley, Colorama 2
acrylic on deformed paper, 10" x 10", 2023, $200
Deep-textured abstract color mix. This is the third one of my 3D paintings shown at ArtsWorcester this year.
Meghan Littlefield-Whitston, Cakes & Pies
polymer clay, 3.5" x 7.75" x 2", 2022-2023, $250
Emily Long, Bun Turns One
acrylic on stretched canvas, 8" x 10", 2023, Not For Sale
Madeleine Lord, Rough Road
welded steel, 12" x 10" x 9", 2023, $600
We all have a rough road ahead, but together, we plod onward. The base scrap covered with lumpy practice welds paired with the "A" shaped scrap led me to this composition.
Natalie MacKnight, Erratically Small
gouache on paper, 6" x 6", 2021, $120
This very small artwork celebrates the very large presence glacial erratics hold in the forest where I walk.
Virginia Mahoney, Detritus Square #11
cloth, thread, 8" x 8", 2020, $100
During the pandemic, I stitched and stitched. As a saver of scraps, I decided to create small squares with the tiny scraps and thread ends left over from the sculpture I had made. It was comforting to make these during that over-stressed time.
Alexandra Martin, Becoming...
burlap and plaster sculpture, 10" x 10", 2019, $250
WAS, IS, WILL BE...Becoming...
Everyone is always in a state of change.
Vernon McClish, Benji
archival injet, 4" x 5" (unframed), 8" x 9" (framed), 2023, $150
Portrait of one my my favorite cats, Benji. He was a long-haired beauty! Cats are the most majestic domesticated creatures and Benji was a prime example.
Rebecca McGee Tuck, Brushwood 224
sea debris, wire, 10" x 4" x 10", 2023, $300
This small sculpture, crafted from the discarded remnants that washed ashore, stands as a testament to the impact of our actions on the environment. From the debris emerges a sculpture where discarded plastic, metal, and wood find new purpose and beauty. This piece serves as a reminder of our responsibility towards the planet, urging us to reconsider our habits and protect our oceans. Each piece of flotsam narrates a story of neglect turned into redemption, demonstrating the transformative power of creativity and our ability to make a positive change, one fragment at a time.
Anne McNevin, A Dog and His Man
digital photography, 6" x 10", 2018, $125
Different interests, equal passion. From a moment in Paris.
Parker Milgram, Whale Grief Study - Gray Scale
acrylic, ink, and colored pencil over graphite, 5.5" x 7", 2022, $300
Study for "Whale Grief," an illustration in my most recent picture book titled "I Live for the Sun."
Kait Moran, Self Portrait
porcelain, mixed media, acrylic paint, 8" x 8" x 1", 2023, Not For Sale
A portrait of my heart as if seen through a botanists eyes.
Heather Muenstermann, Closed Chapter
mixed media (beeswax, cardboard, photography, copper wire, jute), 6" x 9" x 2", 2023, $100
In this piece, I've revisited the use of beeswax in my artwork. In addition to the olfactory indulgences, I find the ethereal, foggy effect of the wax very appealing. While it's been some time since I've used encaustic methods, cardboard has been a favorite material as of late. In Closed Chapter, layers are secured between covers holding snippets of photographs, all of which are tightly bound with copper and jute. This piece is a nod to a chapter, tightly closed yet still present; covered in pattern and color, it gives little indication as to what's held inside.
Callie Mulcahy, Tulip Cup
stoneware with underglaze and glaze, 3" x 4" x 2.5", 2023, $100
Diane Mulligan, The Moat Garden
watercolor on ampersand aquabord, 8" x 10", 2023, $150 (sold)
The Moat Garden inspires this field of poppies and blue cornflowers at the Tower of London. On a recent visit to London, I fell in love with this oasis of wildflowers in the middle of the bustling metropolis. This painting was made from location sketches and photographs I took during my visit, when common poppies, California poppies, blue cornflowers, and Queen Anne's Lace overflowed the beds. It's always a good idea to stop and enjoy flowers wherever we may find them.
Brian Murphrey, Main & Pleasent / Front Streets
black and white photography, 8" x 10", 2019, $100
When Covid-19 hit Worcester, I was commissioned to shoot photos of the city by a friend opening up a new dental office. I'm the type of person who is creative and thought what a perfect opportunity to shoot our city in all its glory. It turned out to be an unbelievable experience as the streets were empty, with no people, and few cars. This photo is one of my top 50 B&W’s of the Woo.
Ed Murphy, Sunflowers
@ed.murphy28; /Ed Murphy
acrylic on canvas, 8” x 10”, 2023, $125
Sunflowers on a table.
Kathy Murray, Cloud Samples
oil and acrylic on canvas, six 3" x 3" canvases: 9" x 6", 2022, $400
These six small paintings represent some of my daily “art exercises” designed to maintain spiritual and mental health during lockdown.
Vernita Nemec, Sailing Away
discarded and recycled plastic, 5" x 5" x 7", 2023, $125
I am deeply troubled by the environmental destruction caused by plastic pollution. Our oceans and landfills are drowning in plastic waste, endangering wildlife and even infiltrating human organs. To combat this, I've turned to artmaking as a solution and use plastic discards as my primary medium. By transforming these otherwise discarded plastic objects into meaningful artworks, I'm giving value and purpose to plastic, urging society to reconsider its habits. Art can ignite change. I create this art to serve as a reminder that we must act now, embracing sustainable practices and responsible consumption to safeguard our planet and its inhabitants.
Luca Nova Webb, Money Mantra
mixed media assemblage of acrylic, paper, ink, gel medium, copper, and US currency on recycled canvas, 5" x 5", 2023, $333
Karen Nunley, Out of the Loop
mixed media on wood, 10" x 10", 2023, $175 (sold)
I'm excited to mix layers, texture, line, and color. When using an orbital sander, a textured piece appeared in the upper right corner. My favorite spot seemed out of the loop, giving a name to the piece.
Kat O'Connor, Just the Dress
acrylic, watercolor, and graphite on wood panel, 9 1/2" x 4 3/4", 2023, $395 (sold)
Just the Dress is part of a series exploring the idea of clothing hiding or exposing the body beneath. It takes its cue from Greek sculptures of women, where thin drapery allowed the artist to explore the human form. In order to create a diaphanous, ethereal quality to the fabric, I repeatedly layered paint on the wood surface, rolled over it with a portion of the pipe, and then scraped, rubbed, or washed it off. The body exists only where the dress exists, and all other figurative elements are reduced.
Lisa Osmolowski, Resonance
mixed media collage, 6" x 8", 2022, $100 (sold)
Like people, the landscape responds to what happens to it. The sunlight, the temperature, the air, and the atmosphere contribute to the feeling and emotion a landscape evokes. With various media, I attempt to capture the memory of a special moment in nature. It is my hope that "Resonance" echos a particular memory of your own.
Stacey Parker, Impact
laminated soap stone, 4" x 3" x 2", 2020, $400
Carving stone is a challenging and often times frustrating process, but when it comes out right, it is one of the most rewarding materials to work with. When I work with stone, I spend time with the raw stone, studying the color, form, and size and sometimes laminating multiple small pieces together before I begin to develop an idea for the final sculpture. Often, I start with a basic idea that is developed as I get deeper into the carving. This allows for flexibility and a conversation between the material and myself as I create the final form.
Sophie Pearson, Worrier
oil on wood, 4" x 4" x 1.5", 2023, $100
Gyani Pradhan Wong Ah Sui, The Empty Chair
silver gelatin print, 8" x 10", 2023, $200
Returning to my hometown of Curepipe in Mauritius after more than 4 years, I found myself confronting countless images and scenes that I had witnessed as a child through my matured eyes. The world didn't quite shine with the same wonder and the colors that used pop with vibrance turned into scales of grey. This chair caught my eye immediately, connoting the presence of a person despite being empty. And that's really what it felt like to come to this home of mine again.
Deepthi Ravi, Bluejay
acrylics, 10" x 10", 2023, $150
Acrylics on canvas using both brush and fingers.
Danielle Ray, Floral Echos
found metal, Queen Anne's Lace, 10" x 10" x 3 1/2", 2023, $150 (sold)
Karen Reid, Pond At Snow Farm
oil on panel, 10" x 10", 2023, $250
"Pond At Snow Farm" was painted on sight on a very warm day in early September. I was interested in the light and heat of the morning, using warm and cool colors to express the essence of the area. Using varied brush strokes, washes of color, and texture I played with these elements to access the peace and tranquility of the moment.
Joanne Roach-Evans, Sandwich Salt Marsh
watercolor on paper adhered to a cradled board, 8" x 8", 2022, $125
This little watercolor painting of the Sandwich Salt Marsh is part of a series that I did using different media. I adore the colors of the grasses in fall and thus wanted to paint them.
Ann Rosebrooks, Kaleidoscope Garden
acrylic on canvas, 10" x 10", 2023, $100
I was inspired by a Garden Tour and a gift of a small kaleidoscope.
Gina Russo, Beyond The Stars
layers of oil pigment sticks, acrylic paint, water color paint and vitrail paint, over canvas, 10" x 8", 2021, Not For Sale
I have a love affair with the sky. Be it a sunset, interesting clouds, and the night sky in general. My dad has a telescope, and the first time I saw the Orion Nebula, I was amazed by its beauty. "Beyond the Stars" is my tribute to that first deep sky view.
Jessica Sadlier, An Inkling
mixed media - paint and fibers on canvas panel mounted over wood and glass, 7.75" x 7.75", 2023, $150
Mari Saxon, Increased Self Portrait
photography on paper, ink, 8" x 10", 2023, $200
At the crest of this era shift, where AI displaces the Artist from all the obvious mediums, I'm seeking new methods at the intersection of different forms of visual arts that will allow me to remain competitive for some time against this new challenge for humanity.
Almicar Seelig, Next Stop to the Destination
acrylic on canvas, 8" x 10", 2023, $120
For many of us, people come and go into our lives at different stages of our lives. This is also true of material things...people move, we see different things in different ways based on what is happening at that point in time. We encounter numerous experiences along each of our journeys through life. We are truly pilgrims on the way to some final stopping place. I call these myriad of experiences “the next stop on our way” to that final destination.
Herman Servatius, Big Family, Small Breakfast
digital archival print, 10" x 11" (eight 4" x 3" photographs), 2019, Not For Sale
"Big Family, Small Breakfast" is a set of 11 photographs arranged in a circular pattern. The pictures tell a story of siblings dealing with the void left by traveling family members of a large family. This is a participatory art piece where every place it is installed chooses a picture to remove when the artwork is taken down. So far, it has been installed at a public space in Boston, a private home in New York, and an exhibition at Worcester State University. The artist does not have a choice as to which photo gets eliminated.
Lyn Slade, Pine Grove
needle felting, 6” x 6”, 2022, $110
This little needle-felted piece was created in front of a warm fire last winter.
John Wesley Small, Night Light
oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2023, Not For Sale
Edwin Smith, Gristmill at Sunset
digital photography, 8" x 10", 2023/2021 capture, $145
Sunset over the Gristmill at Moore State Park in Spenser was captured in February, 2021. I have photographed here in all seasons over the years.
Tracy Spadafora, Growth
encaustic paint and oil on gessoed wood panel, 8" x 8" x 1.5", 2023, $200
This painting, from my Evolve series, departs from the more cognitive aspects of my work and employs the organic and playful nature of wax to render dramatic, mysterious, and meditative landscapes. With the intuitive vision presented in the paintings from this series, I seek to express the grandeur and fragility of the natural world. The addition of organic materials combined with the wax helps to enforce the connection to the natural environment.
Karen Stokke, George Bailey's Dream
found objects with acrylic paint and jute twine on antique books, 11.75" H x 9.25" L x 7.25" D, 2023, $100
In the film It’s a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart’s character, George Bailey, aspires to go to college and explore the world but then sacrifices his dreams in order to take on necessary responsibilities. I created this piece to honor those ordinary individuals who, like George Bailey, place the needs of others above their own, living extraordinary lives as a result. My great-uncle Dean, whose textbooks are used in this work, was one of those heroes.
Joanne Stowell, Morning Sun
oil on canvas, 6" x 6", 2022, $300
I love it when it is just the right temperature to leave our front door and windows open. Especially our front door. My desk is directly across from our front entry way, and I love watching how the morning sun spills right in through the open door. It feels so warm and welcoming, a feeling that I wanted to capture in this painting.
Jacob Strock, Yrcelium
@jacobsalad_ and @cobelisk
analog magazine collage on mixed-media paper, 6.5" x 9.75", 2023, $100
Memento mori and you will feel alive. Memento mori and you will live forever.
Susan Swinand, The Blue Note, III (Dancers)
oil on wood, 6.5" x 8.25", 2022, $450
I was thinking about blue and trying to use the colors and brushstrokes like building blocks, varying the brushstrokes to create a dynamic, rhythmic equilibrium. I thought the complex structures looked like dancers on a crowded floor.
Cathy Taylor, Emerge
archival inkjet print, 8" x 6.5" x 6", 2023, $100
I've been on guard, holding back, but now slowly emerging. Though at times, looking from another angle, it appears I'm just receding back again. Covid days/daze have been disorienting.
Pamela Taylor, Jill's Flowers
oil on panel, 8" x 10", 2023, $500
While we all struggle with the difficulties of the world and our lives, I am hopeful that the colors, shapes, and textures of this simple painting can offer some personal peace or joy.
Winifred Tickner, Love not Hate
wooden box, shells, three rocks, paint, epoxy gloss, 7 1/4" x 6 3/4" x 2 3/4", 2023, $150
In this world we need love and not hate.
Trevor Toney, Tiny Secrets
oak veneer, Baltic birch plywood, acrylic paint, 10" x 10" x 2", 2023, $450
My objects are all constructed with Baltic birch plywood and veneered with wood. I do this in a way that allows me to add acrylic color and finishes to create different sheens, opacities, and compositions that interact with the natural color and grain of the veneer. I view the wood as a main character and not just a surface for supporting other materials. I use the grain pattern and color to inform the compositions and think of my pieces as a collaboration between the natural qualities of the wood and my artistic expression.
Ian Trask, Target
framed vaccine vials, paper, and plexiglass, 9" x 9", 2023, $500
Gabriella Trznadel, Girl in Bread
linocut print, ink on newsprint paper, 5” x 7”, 2023, $100 (sold)
This print was created in a series of prints based on the story “Fitcher’s Bird” that were later put into an artist's book.
Katie Voyt, Wake Me Up
acrylic on canvas, 10x6.5, 2023, $100
As if waking up in the morning. Fresh, cold hued tones.
Jill Watts, Random Thoughts Escaping
raku clay, glazes, wood, metal rods, epoxy, polyurethane, 9" x 9" x 8", 2019, $450
As I have tried to meditate or practice mindfulness, I have become acutely aware of thoughts tumbling over each other as they leave. My lack of ability to focus often astounds me. These thoughts swirl around me like birds circling. While I recognize them slightly sooner, I can still find myself engaged in following one for far longer than I would like. Creating a concrete image of what happens allows me to laugh at myself and my foibles.
Betty White, Nautical Nook
roombox with all items crafted, sewn, printed or sculpted by hand using beads, foam core, fabric, clay, wood, card-stock, and found objects (shells, flowers, netting, ping pong ball), 8.5" x 7.5" x 11.25", 2023, $350
Nautical Nook is a 1:12 scale miniature room box inspired by a children's book about a lighthouse, a trip to a whaling museum, and tiny shells found on the beach. It is a lit dining scene decorated with a variety of textures and nautical details, including lobster traps, candles made from shells, and two copies of Moby Dick.
Margaret Wild, Crooked Leaf
acrylic paint on canvas, 10" x 10", 2019, $100
Neil Wilkins, laminae/Re:23
@neil_wilkins_art; /neil wilkins art
encaustic mixed media on birch panel, 8" x 8", 2018, $250
This series of works explores the nature of boundaries: how relationships between objects and shapes become defined and altered by proximity as they flow across a picture plane. They present impermanent, elusive qualities that symbolize passing moments and act as physical representations of transition. They inhabit a space where change is not sudden or abrupt. The unhurried fluid motion drifts, emphasizing new relations and possibilities. Working in layers of wax and a variety of mixed media, I fuse the materials into rhythmic impressions and create new visual associations in each piece.
Brenda Yates, The Night
ceramic bowl: raku process with mica slip, 5" x 5", 2023, Not For Sale
The Night - A ceramic piece fired with the raku process. Raku is always an experimental process, the results of which are often unpredictable. The coloration of this pot is achieved with smoke (the darkened clay) and micaceous materials.
Yihong Zhou, White Light (View from Rogers Estate)
oil on shellacked cardboard, 4" x 5" (unframed), 8.5" x 9.5" (framed), 2022, $350
Plein air painting of the view of Clinton, New York, as seen from the Rogers Estate. Choosing to use white as light and eschewing black in favor of saturation as a shadow rather than faithfully depicting what is seen with the eye, this palette choice pushes the use of paint as a more symbolic medium for depicting the world around us. The painting is framed in a style to replicate the interior of the Rogers Estate library, the room in which it was painted. This piece is both the painting itself and the whole object as an artifact.