has a MSLIS from Simmons College and works at Clark University in Academic Technology. He is also a part-time MSIT graduate student interested in cyber security, 3D printing, cryptocurrencies, crowdsourcing, digital archives, ICT decentralization, libraries, and VR. http://akamarkman.tumblr.com
Untitled Drone Photograph, Worcester
s work is an introspection of identity formation. Multiple viewpoints of identity are engaged, including societal facts, cultural references, family identity and community relations. He promotes viewer participation, involvement, and interaction in the creative process as crucial in shaping, organizing and addressing the realities and identities of Latino and African American communities. The work serves as a portal to discussion and communication about issues relating to violence, health, culture and economy.
"My work is about observing and documenting the present. I am influenced by the local and global news. I get my concepts to create by doing informal and archival research on social, economic and environmental issues that I deeply care about." Victor Pacheco http://www.vicpacheco.com/
Section of Shale, 2014, 50" x 30" x 20"
is an artist living in Gardner, Massachusetts. Kate's vibrant mixed media paintings reveal complex yet ambiguous narratives of a cubist reality. "Through abstract symbols, figures, and ideas I want to offer a sociological perspective on different issues. My artwork often represents those who are most often unheard in our society; giving voice to those who are misjudged or labeled." -- Kate Murphy, http://katedawnmurphy.wix.com/katemurphy
Watermelon Blues, 38 x 48
is a freelance multimedia artist with over ten years of experience in graphic design, creative writing, videography, sales and marketing, photography, copywriting, audio production, and music performance. http://www.mauromultimedia.com/
Holland Tunnel, Vector Ilustration
is a graduate student at Clark University studying Communityity Development and planning. As a Studio Art major in her undergrad years Berry focused extensively on sculptural pieces, installation art and graphic design. Her sculptures are often very participatory, eliciting a strong connection between the viewer and the piece.
Traces of a Hider
is a studio art major with a concentration in sculpture at Umass Amherst. With a Background in drawing and painting Jenny now works with welding and woodworking to create sculptures. Her works play with the effect of color, questions of scale, and commentary on sexualization and awareness. The process of the trade and its consequent discoveries about materiality fuel her exploration. http://cargocollective.com/JennyHersh
Look With Your Eyes, Not With Your Hands
is a visual artist whose works often explore the linkages between the natural landscape, emotions and perception. Her work has been displayed in many galleries, juried shows and solo shows. She is affiliated with the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton and the Surroundings Gallery in Gardner (both MA). http://joanneholtjeart.weebly.com/
Ascent no 1, 2015, 36 x 48, oil
draws from Abstract Expressionism in her creative process-- focusing on the use of different compositions, marks and colors. Reid has exhibited her work extensively throughout New England in several galleries. She also has experience as an art teacher, gallerist and designer. http://www.klreidart.com/
work often explores the delicate balance between order and chaos. Reynolds paintings are often situated in the middle of abstract and representational styles. The artist has shown her award-winning work widely across the nation, from New England to New York to Texas. http://www.robinlreynolds.com/
Sunny Tidepool, 24" x 24", oil on panel
"I begin my sketches by following certain natural gestures. These tend to form curved lines and rounded shapes, organic in nature and reflective of natural phenomena. I work these elements into compositions which are sometimes spontaneous and sometimes visualized beforehand. Through repetition and interaction, the individual parts often form an emergent pattern."
Rachel Thern was born in Philadelphia in 1975, but grew up on Long Island, New York. She studied for two years at the Maryland Institute College of Art and then completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo where she also received a BA in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. She has traveled to China and spent time living in San Diego, California, and Baltimore, Maryland. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts. Visit her website http://rachel.thern.
Knots and Arcs
"I trace my life with cloth. My love affair with cloth began as a grammar school student when I hand-made aprons. I learned to knit at my grandmotherʼs knee and to use my motherʼs sewing machine in junior high school. This was difficult as I was easily frustrated by the sharp learning curve presented by this technology. It was a challenge learning to thread the machine, manage the bobbin tension, and control the speed of the machine while sewing a straight line. I did master it and, in 1969, acquired my own Singer. This machine was my best friend, offering a focus and a respite when times were hard and I was alone. I made my own clothes well into my twenties and wore them proudly especially knowing the challenge it had been to bring them to life."
"My name is Judy Belben, and the medium I create in is photography. I have enjoyed taking pictures most of my life. My style of art is realism. I continually develop my skills and knowledge through local artists and instructors, alike. Nature, and our historic resources inspire me. Each day offers another opportunity in photography, and our changing seasons in New England are unmatched anywhere. I hope to inspire all artists at all levels to enjoy the experience of creativity."
The Pemi at the Basin
Luis Fraire is a drummer, percussionist, electronic beat maker, synth player, recording artist, video artist, painter, curator and enthusiast of various art forms. His studio is in the Sprinkler Factory in Worcester Ma. He is also is the Gallery Manager for the Artists Group of the Sprinkler Factory.
"I guess I have always needed a creative outlet in one art form or another. These days, I find that getting from point A to point B is a very relaxing experience and the journey gives me a chance to unwind. Ultimately, the images that I capture or create feel like personal attachments and I hope that people that see them can get some measure of enjoyment out of them, whether through reflection, excitement or just comfort."
So and So So and So
"For the past year, I have been visiting diners from Portland, Maine to Pawtucket, Rhode Island. I love diners! Each one is unique. I really had no particular agenda. My artist's method...'sit and counter and see what happens.' Something interesting always happens!"
Rain Glides Down the Window
No Ones Gonna Love You
"The direction of my current work follows two opposing influences: my love of Abstract Expressionism and my ability to render representational subjects. With each piece, I aim to reconcile the two a little bit more to create interesting images, to try and understand what each end of this spectrum can share and how they can complement each other. I have always loved the freedom of abstraction, but will always want to stretch my imagination to depict physical entities both familiar and unearthly. These can be human and or animal forms, sometimes in a hybrid or as something as simple as shapes, surfaces and textures that serve as a vehicle for rendering and experimenting."
Scott Erb is a nationally published and collected artist from the central New England area. His work has been exhibited at the Center for Creative Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the Spectrum Gallery in Rochester, NY, as well as many local New England shows since 1997. His work has received numerous awards and honors including Best Photo Studio for 5 years running and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant to publish a show and book entitled 20 Artists of Worcester. Specializing in figurative imagery, He utilizes classical lighting techniques and modern premise. He studied photography in Daytona Beach Florida at the Center for Photo/Graphic Studies where he developed his first figurative portfolio. Please check out www.scotterbgallery.com
He continues to create fine art figurative images while at the same time engages in a flourishing commercial photography career, which specializes in hospitality and food imagery. Check out Foodies of New England Magazine at www.foodiesofnewengland.com
to see more of his work.
"Artistic Voyeurism is a self-defined definition for my license to passionately observe and photograph life as it unfolds around me. I drift in and out of each area I’m in, studying the social dynamics of individuals in front of me. My technique is to shoot fast, while people are unguarded. They usually do not see me with my camera in hand and the results are always a surprising microsecond of activity not fully perceived before-hand. My style captures and uncensored reality of this life scene as I interpret it."
Lukas Godaire interprets the colors and shapes of life to create an image that forms as the painting progresses through layers of texture and vibrant color to catch the human eye. Abstract qualities found in natural forms suggest atmosphere, textures, and color schemes as his main focus while creating a sense of wonder among his artwork.
Aaron James Powers
Though the illustration of Aaron James Powers can be viewed simply as a figurative blend of fauna and synthetics, there is also an opportunity to project one’s own personal narrative on the subject(s) layered within. A pensive thousand-yard stare or the intent with which a figure cranes its neck while searching its surroundings invite the viewer to question what it is that the subjects are looking for. Where some find regret in the hand-screened layers of ink, others can find an opportunity for hope.
His Name Was Elliot
In an economy no longer dependent on the manufacturing industry as a source of income, many of Worcester’s most characteristic structures, its factories, are abandoned. Slowly they’re torn down or converted into other more profitable spaces such as studios and apartment buildings.
Brick & Glass is an exploration of Worcester’s changing architectural landscape—a once-prosperous mill town, slowly rebuilt with modern glass and steel structures. The old buildings are dying. They're decomposing, crumbling under their own weight as they sit immobile, sad and neglected. They watch as the city that they worked so hard to shape is populated by alien structures. The new buildings stand helpless as they witness the foundations of their grandfathers rotting, anticipating the day that they're finally pulled down by a backhoe.
Brick & Glass attempts to capture the souls of these buildings, and the dramatic, dissonant transition between the old and the new.
Bayda is an emerging visual artist who is interested in many genres of art and specifically Asian & Middle Eastern arts due to the simplicity of the line and dot they manifest. Bayda works in the traditional way as well as having liberties in expressing her artistic vision in other mediums such as weaving in the Japanese style (Saori) and/ or using mixed media and collage.Visit her website: www.baydasart.com
Brian Burris paints in a style known as automatic painting coupled with a technique known as ‘aleatory’, which is governed in part by, or allowed to proceed through, chance which manifests through non-traditional methods of working with acrylic that allow the characteristics of the paint itself to play a considerable role in how the painting develops and comes to completion. On the side, he’s a professional firefighter who also served years as an EMT as well as having been a behavioral specialist prior-to (the basis for his paintings-as-psychological-construct). His works and curriculum vitae can be viewed at www.burrisworks.com
James Dye is a Massachusetts based artist working in acrylic ink and wash. His tools are a dip pen and brushes. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston where he majored in printmaking and painting. If you asked James where his inspiration comes from, he would smile very politely, snap his fingers, and vanish in a cloud of white moths. This is a common ability of all artists. Visit his website: www.jamesdye.org
Vision of Nod
Allison Coelho Picone is an award winning painter who specializes in embracing Nature’s beauty and uplifting properties. Her artwork has received many accolades and awards, including being chosen for exhibitions at Hope Gallery in Bristol, RI, Alta Luna Gallery in Bristol, RI, ArtsWorcester in Worcester, MA, and Unum in Worcester, MA. She has received Awards of Excellence from Manhattan Arts International's juried competitions. Visit her website: www.allisonpicone.com