Suzan Baldoumas, Jewelry and Mixed Media I love to bring new life to old gems. Most of my jewelry is made with semi-precious stones but I never worry about mixing them with less expensive materials. This approach has allowed me to create pieces that are one of a kind and won't go out of style. I have made jewelry for several years now but have also begun to apply my style to alter art, furniture, lampshades and other items that might otherwise be tossed away. For me, an object is most interesting if it comes with a little history.
Françoise Bourdon "I like painting with watercolors, because the technique is transparent and each gesture of the painter is visible in the final painting. There is no wrong way to paint with watercolor paints, I am free to experiment with techniques and concentrate on the art. I also appreciate the eco-friendly component of watercolors." Françoise captures the essence of objects, like exotic or bold flowers, with strokes of paint.
D'Ann Brownrigg, Watercolor Painter Through painting with watercolors, D'Ann brings personality to her subjects by using beautiful colors and patterns that express the natural world with a heightened 'reality'. She finds excitement in helping the paint and paper interact to emphasize the spirit and recognizable truth of her subjects. D'Ann teaches watercolor at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society where she is a member. She is also a member of the Concord Art Association and the North Shore Arts Association. D'Ann frequently exhibits her paintings at these locations and elsewhere, and one of her watercolors earned the 2009 Charlotte and Alfred Movali award at the North Shore Arts Assoc.
Tarja Cockell, Weaver I enjoy the process of weaving and the unique textures that it creates. Choosing and mixing colors is the fun part of my work. I make use of dyes, paints and threads to achieve my subtle color palette. I work with different textile mediums, which I apply to my art and functional accessories. My studio is located at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell. www.tarjacockell.com
Cynthia Craft, Fiber I love the process of transforming raw wool into something beautiful warm and useful. I am a hand spinner, knitter, and felter. My daughter Sarah who works along side me is a knitting pattern designer,dyer and soap maker. Between the two of us we make truly local original design handmade garments and home accessories. www.subitofarm.com
Laurie Engdahl I have always found a visual treasure in the rural landscape of New England and the Northeast. I cannot remember a time when I did not want to capture in paint the essence of a rare day in June, or the history reflected in a weathered barn. Recording these images allows me to refocus on the simple pleasure of being aware of the light, color or quiet, at a particular moment in a particular place. My only goal in painting is to bring joy to the viewer. www.laurieengdahlgallery.com
Nancy Fohl, Quilting "I’ve been sewing all my life and have always loved fabric and color and the different shapes of things. My favorite toy was a kind of spirograph (called a HootNanny in those days!), a brand new box of Crayolas was pure joy, and geometry was the only math class I wasn’t hopeless at. But I never thought of quilting until almost 20 years ago, when a sales associate in the fabric shop asked me what I was going to make. When I answered, "A dress", she laughed and replied, "You should try quilting. You’ll never go back." She was right. "
Rebecca Fortier The natural beauty of Carlisle’s woods and meadows have long been a source of inspiration for Rebecca’s creative pursuits. Now, from her studio in historic Lowell, Massachusetts, Rebecca chooses precious metals, natural gemstones, sea glass and pearls to create each of her hand fabricated jewelry designs. Frequently influenced by shapes and textures found in nature, the artist’s designs reflect her appreciation for the gift of the earth’s richness and diversity. A juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen since 1997, Rebecca’s work can be found in fine craft galleries throughout New England.
Margot Frost-Stuart, Potter
Louise Hara, Jewelry The process of making defines the object. It also defines my relationship with the material at the moment of its creation. Metal, fire, earth, wood and water are my companions on this journey. "As an architect, I worked in housing, large public buildings including schools, aquariums and shopping malls and later specialized in hospital planning. I no longer practice architecture, but design and function working together still brings joy. Over time, my earlier artistic inclinations reemerged. I have pursued painting, photography and now metalwork. I currently work primarily in silver and copper to create jewelry and small sculptures. www.louisehara.com
Priscilla Levesque, Painter - casein My work is inspired by the late nineteenth century pointillists such as George Seurat and Paul Signac. Seurat invented the technique of pointillism, which means painting with tiny dots which merge into a hazy color when seen at a distance. He called this effect “optical mixing”. Casein is an ideal medium for pointillism because it is thick and opaque and dries quickly. I usually apply multiple layers of dots in order to achieve the best color effect. My paintings are small because the work is time-consuming. I have a studio at Western Ave. in Lowell. www.priscillaart.comwww.facebook.com/Priscillaar
Barbara Lewis, Handcrafted Fabric Accessories and Apparel I find joy in transforming fabulous fabrics into handy everyday things that provide pleasure through beauty and function. Most of my products are made from what I refer to as rescue fabrics - pieces that others are delighted to find a good home and purpose for. Purses, tote bags, card holders, wine and gift bags and more. My designs are unique. I also enjoy working with customers to create custom pieces that will turn their vision into a reality. www.fullmoonfabricsewlutions.com.
Melinda Lindquist, Designs in Clay I am fascinated by clay and glazes, particularly Japanese high fire glazes with earthen tones that highlight texture and form. I have enjoyed working in ceramics for over 30 years, and now work principally in my home studio and at the Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord, Massachusetts. My pieces are one-of-a-kind and high fired in a gas kiln. www.melindalindquist.weebly.com
Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Contemporary Fiber Artist My work in contemporary fiber constructions began in 2009. Inspired by shapes in nature - bold vertical lines of forests or city buildings, intricate wood grains and complex ice crystals - I translate and express images through an improvisational process using hand dyed, cut and sew fabrics. The pieces currently on display at the Carlisle Artisans gallery are 12"x12" but my work is generally large, 36"x36" to 75"x75" for exhibits at large venues, such as the Fuller Craft Museum, the Brush Gallery, and art associations and librarys in the region as well as art and quilting shows across the country.
Debbie O'Kelly,Golden Girl Granola Debbie and her daughters started Golden Girl Granola which is now a thriving small business, offering creative blends, and treats. They provide granola gift baskets at the gallery as well as individual bags, all with the GGG recipe booklet and a pretty ribbon ready for giving. www.goldengirlgranola.com
Elizabeth Popolo Liz Popolo is an artist and animator who focuses on nature and animals as her primary subjects. Her work seamlessly blends traditional and digital media, and her style alludes to her background in high contrast pen and ink illustration work. She grew up in Carlisle and spends most of her free time drawing, drinking tea, doing crosswords, going for hikes, and bird-watching.
Nancy Roberts, Photography I have always been interested in recording my life. At nine, I started keeping a diary after seeing the movie “Diary of Anne Frank.” When I began photographing, I turned increasingly to making images as a visual diary. I took my first self-portrait more than thirty years ago, and I have continued to place myself in front of my camera ever since as subject, symbol, or human presence. When a husband, dog, and two children entered my life, I continued to photograph myself, (pregnancy was a terrific photo opportunity), but I also documented my family and my journey through motherhood. "My children are older now, and both have left home. I have begun to experience their childhoods as memories. In my current work, I am exploring feelings about my evolving “empty nest” years as well as my feelings about aging. Who am I now that my daily job as mother has shifted. Who am I now that my body has also shifted?" www.nancyrobertsphotography.com
Alexander Rollins Offering marvelous elixirs, tonics, tinctures, syrups, salves, balms, & essences. A carefully chosen selection of plant centric commodities formulated with Organic, Biodynamic, Spagyric, & Ethically wildcrafted practices. Dynamic combinations of Roses, Elderberries, Mushrooms, Maple Syrup, Honey, Herbs n' Roots Alexander also enjoys being a disc jockey, with a passion for nearly all forms of music.
David Schirpke, Woodworker David enjoys making trivets from 6 1/2 square inches of solid wood. They can be used in a variety of ways, and also as a piece of art.
Sally Zielinski, Painter Sally Zielinski is an artist and botanist who has been painting in oils and aqua oils for over four decades. Her work is inspired by the natural areas, rural vistas and villages of New England, France, Austria and Great Britain, rocky coastlines, our rich native flora and cultivated plants. She is a member of the Painters Guild at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society and has exhibited widely in eastern Massachusetts. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States. Drawn by the natural beauty of the town, Sally and her family have lived in Carlisle since 1968. She holds a Ph.D. in botany and ecology from Boston University. Along with painting, her career has focused on environmental protection. She is a teacher and writer, and has long studied and documented a rare Massachusetts plant. Sally welcomes commissions. firstname.lastname@example.org
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