current alumni news

Jun 30, 2015

Montserrat College of Art Photography alumnus Leonard Greco ’03 had an opening at Mingo Gallery in Beverly on Friday, June 26 for his exhibit – Dizzy Moods: A MODEST INQUIRY INTO THE ART OF STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH.

Greco has recently been featured in several publications including:

The New York Times Style Magazine blog

“Black Out” New Watch story he shot for The New York Times Style Magazine

Portraits and Video of KHole trend agency in the new Fast Company

Product photography for Dennis Hopper’s daughter’s luxury handbag line, Hayward.

He shot the new cover story for Metropolis Magazine and  is shooting for Converse and his first national campaign for Alex and Ani will be out this summer!

Jun 27, 2015

We are so saddened to share the passing of Kate Guillette, a 2003 Montserrat graduate and talented photographer. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and loved ones.

Guillette majored in Photography while she attended Montserrat. She had her own photography business, while also working as a graphic designer.

Services for Kate: The Wake will be Monday, July 6, 5 – 9 pm at Cebula Funeral Home, 66 South Street Ware, MA. Funeral will be on Tuesday, July 7, 9 am at Cebula Funeral Home and 10am service at All Saints Church. Lunch to follow at Hardwick Vineyard. The family will be having a celebration of her life in Lowell on Wednesday, July 8 at Kate’s condo.

Above photo taken at Montserrat’s 2015 Alumni Show at 301 Gallery.

Jun 24, 2015

Montserrat College of Art Photography alumnus Leonard Greco ’03 has recently been featured in several publications including:

The New York Times Style Magazine blog

“Black Out” New Watch story he shot for The New York Times Style Magazine

Portraits and Video of KHole trend agency in the new Fast Company

Product photography for Dennis Hopper’s daughter’s luxury handbag line, Hayward.

He shot the new cover story for Metropolis Magazine

Also, he is shooting for Converse and his first national campaign for Alex and Ani will be out this summer!

Greco has an opening at Mingo Gallery in Beverly on Friday, June 26, 6 – 9 p.m. for his exhibit – Dizzy Moods: A MODEST INQUIRY INTO THE ART OF STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH

Jun 23, 2015

Montserrat College of Art alumni Sam Donohoe ’07 and George Frary III ’07 are exhibiting new paintings in Permanent Gesture at Visionspace Gallery, 16 City Hall Sq, Lynn, MA.

There will be an Opening Reception: Saturday, June 27 at 6 pm

Jun 23, 2015

We caught up with alumna Jennifer Clement ’98 as she was teaching her monthly Artist Bar night at Seaglass in Salisbury. She will be showing her fine art at the Lexicon Gallery in Magnolia with a show opening and reception Saturday, June 27, 15 Lexington Ave., Magnolia, MA.

Jennifer Clement is a Fine Artist (Painter) who has exhibited her work in numerous galleries throughout New England. Clement’s dreamlike paintings are evocative, emotional, and deeply rooted in her passionate love of Clement holds a BFA in painting and a Teaching Degree of Advanced Standing from Montserrat College of Art. There she graduated Summa Cum Laude. In addition, Clement holds an AAS in Marketing/Communication from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, New York. Additionally, she holds an AAS in Interior Design from Newbury College in Boston, Massachusetts. There, Clement graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Today, in addition to working at her Western Avenue studio in Lowell, Massachusetts, Clement has been introducing the magic of creating art during public and private painting events. She has conducted instructional team building events with some of largest corporations and institutions in the country via The Artist Bar,Clement’s traveling paint and sip studio. Her teaching style is as passionate as her painting.

Jun 16, 2015

Recent graduate Deanna Jacome ’15 was featured in Creative Salem.


Deanna, a recent Montserrat grad, is a multifaceted artist with a booth at the Salem Arts Festival focused on her marbled pieces. She got her start as an artist skilled in the process of Turkish marbling when she discovered a unique book in the Harvard library. “I looked at the flyleaf…the first page of the book…and I saw this amazing pattern with the most intricate design,” she said of her inspiration. After learning this design was created through Turkish marbling and further researching the design, Deanna taught herself the traditional process of creating it.

In the couple years since then, she has developed her own unique spin on the marbling process, and it’s apparent in her work. Each piece is like a snowflake – no two are quite the same! At the Arts Festival, Deanna was selling everything from marbled notebooks with handmade paper to marbled framed art, standalone pieces, shirts, kitchen utensils and more. Deanna also makes whimsical floral crowns that were spotted on many festivalgoers.
As a recent art school graduate, the Salem Arts Festival is integral in allowing Deanna to connect with the community and make an impression with her work and talent. “This is my first real chance to get myself out there, and this is such a nice opportunity. I appreciate so much that Creative Salem gave me this tent and this exposure and the ability to share the things that I want people to get to have. It’s a confidence boost. It makes going into the real world a little less scary when you have the warmth of Salem.” To view Deanna’s work and background, visit

Jun 16, 2015

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Andrew Houle ’00 was invited by the iartcolony owners, Bob Armstrong and Jill Whitney Armstrong, to represent Montserrat in the exhibition Motif 2015 on view May 16 – July 31. Learn more at

This exhibit is the first curated by Bob and Jill Armstrong in partnership with the town Festival Committee. It presents an eclectic mix with paintings, conceptual images, the work of a video artist and a sculptural component built in the backyard at the gallery.

In planning for the show, the couple reached out to alumni and faculty of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Montserrat College of Art in Beverly. Of the 15 artists, 10 are from the Museum School. But it was the paintings of Motif No. 1 by artist Molly Segal that inspired the couple to embark on this path. Among the local artists will be Les Bartlett, Jill Whitney Armstrong, who became an artist member of the Rockport Art Association this past year, and Andrew Houle, a graduate of Montserrat.

Read the artyicle that Houle is featured in at

Jun 15, 2015

Montserrat College of Art alumna Alyssa Watters ’07 has been chosen to be the featured artist at Beverly’s Arts Fest 2015. Please join the annual Arts Fest Opening Night Party at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, on Friday, June 19, 5 – 7:30 pm where Watters will be recognized. This is always a fun night as we kick off Arts Fest and celebrate the local talent we have here in Beverly. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be available for your pleasure! No RSVP is necessary.

As The Arts Fest Featured Artist, Watters will be given a prominent space at the Arts Fest Exhibition at the Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from Wednesday, June 3 – Friday, August 14, 2015. Gallery hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm, Friday, 9 am – 12 pm, Closed: July 3.

This beautiful painting is by the 2015 Arts Fest Featured Artist, Alyssa Watters. Alyssa is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art and just opened a new studio space at 110 Cabot Street. Several of Alyssa’s works will be on view at the party and all summer long at the Arts Fest Community Exhibition which Endicott College hosts in the Carol Grillo Gallery.

The Arts Fest 2015: Community Art Exhibition is a juried exhibition, open to all artists who live in Beverly, work in Beverly, go to school in Beverly, or have an affiliation with an arts organization in Beverly. Young artists are given the opportunity to exhibit their works alongside professionals.

Watters is an oil painter/entrepreneur living and working in Beverly. Originally from Ledyard, CT, she moved to Beverly in 2003 to attend Montserrat College of Art, and has been there ever since. She graduated in 2007 and has gone on to create and run her own company, artbyalyssa. As a painter, designer, and entrepreneur Watters is an inspiration to all artists who are established and upcoming. Her work is an excellent representation of the fine art that is created in Beverly. A multi-talented artist, she has been successful not only in the fine arts, but has created her own gift product line that is available for wholesale and retail across the country. Using her original images she creates calendars, coasters, magnets, and cards. Watters recently teamed up with Holly from The Salty Cottage, to share a studio work space at 110 Cabot Street. The pair plans to use the space to produce their products and fulfill orders, meet with clients by appointment and host pop-up shopping events at different times throughout the year. To learn more about what Watters does visit:

Jun 5, 2015

Alumnus Richard Pawlak ’81 will be showing his new works at the Pearl Street Gallery as part of the 2015 Chelsea Art Walk on June 13 – 14.

“I have been blessed by studying drawing and painting under the tutelage of the late Oliver Balf and Paul Scott,” said Pawlak. “Both were students of Hans Hofmann and were exacting and proficient mentors.”

The Pearl Street Gallery
100 Pearl Street Chelsea, MA
Hours are June 13 – 14, 12 – 6 pm

Located in the shade of the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea Massachusetts, the Pearl Street Gallery showcases seasoned and emerging artists in every medium.

For more information, visit

Pawlak was born in Chelsea, MA. He attended New England School of Art in Boston and graduated Montserrat School of Art in 1981. He developed a mastery of many artistic mediums and approaches to achieve an end result. Consequently the combination of technical skills, life experience and the good fortune of learning under excellent teaching, has emerged in the production of a growing body of work. His paintings have been on display in galleries on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, and Chelsea. They are also included in many private collections. Richard and his wife Jan live in Mashpee on Cape Cod. They have two children, Jesse and Hannah, and granddaughter, Aliyah.

Jun 4, 2015


Hello! This month I am excited to share that several of my pieces have been curated into a couple of BWAC’s Spring exhibitions and my painting won Best of Show Gold. A View of the End is still on view until June 7th and I’m excited to share with you that the exhibition went viral and was covered by numerous publications around the world including The Daily Mail in London, Vanity Fair Italia and El Universal in Mexico!

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition’s (BWAC) is currently exhibiting Wide Open 6, curated by Rujeko Hockley, curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Out of the 100 pieces in the exhibition, my painting “Red Window” was chosen by Hockley as Best in Show Gold! Two of my Letter Collages were also juried into their Recycle exhibition, juried by Elissa Goldstone, Director of Exhibitions, Socrates Sculpture Park. The exhibition focuses on art which has been created using recycled materials. Both exhibitions run between May 9th – June 14.

View of the End

April 3 – June 7, 2015

If you did not get a chance to see A View of the End it will still be up until June 7th! The works in the exhibition have been extremely well received, they even went viral spreading from New York, to London, Mexico, Russia, Thailand and Italy!

To accompany the exhibition A View of the End, a book has been created which includes over 30 reproductions of my miniature paintings, a transcribed conversation with art historian Joachim Pissarro about the history of butts in art and almost 15 responses from various art historians and curators answering the question “What is your favorite art history butt and why?”

The book can be purchased directly from SHAG or my online etsy store for $25

Excerpt from Joachim’s Transcribed Conversation:

“I just adore the painting Three Graces by Raphael, it´s just so beautiful. It´s entirely subjective of course, but why did he have them hold these balls? Maybe like the apple of Paris? Each one of the graces is going to be judged by Paris and is holding these apples, gazing at the viewer to decide which one is the most beautiful, and only one of them turns her face away from us and instead shows us her butt. It’s interesting; maybe the one who is showing us her butt instead of her face is the winner.”

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May 28, 2015

Montserrat College of Art Illustration alumna Shepard Reid (Megan Hermey) ’13 designed the poster (above) and pitch book on the new NBC television show Aquarius while it was in pre-production. Both the poster and book will be displayed by ITV and NBC at Cannes in the fall of 2015.

Aquarius stars David Duchovny (of X Files & Californiacation) as a Los Angeles policeman in the 1960s investigating  Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). For more information about Aquarius visit

Hermey has also been working on pre-production work for NBC/Universal and providing graphic design services for the upcoming major motion picture ‘Trumbo,‘ a biography of Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten.

Hermey had done an internship for the Blank Theatre, right after finishing Air Force basic training, and was introduced to John McNamara, who wrote and is executive producing both Trumbo and Aquarius. After conducting several research projects for McNamara, he asked Hermey to make an ad poster for Aquarius as a pitch and the rest was history.

May 5, 2015

Montserrat College of Art alumna Nichole Walker ’13 is the manager of Roost & Company’s new Beverly location at 284 Cabot St.

“So far, the feedback’s been awesome,” she said of the response since opening two weeks ago. “For some people who’ve been to the Salem store, they see us passing by and it’s surprising to them because they don’t quite know we’re here yet. But they’re excited and we’re excited.”

Apr 29, 2015

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Roy Scott ’76 was commissioned by Miller/Cox Design to illustrate the entire Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s 2014 Annual Report. This year’s themes include: Risk, Transparency, Complexity and “Too Big to Fail” deconstruction policies.

Scott illustration and graphic design are a provocative hybrid of digital and mixed media mash-up. His award winning work communicates innovative visual solutions with bold color, typography, rich textures and intricate compositions. His imaginative conceptual approach to problem solving is a perfect fit for editorial, corporate, branding, advertising, design and publishing venues looking to add originality to the mix.

Scott’s design and illustration techniques have been written about in leading industry journals and on-line publications such as Step by Step Design and Photoshop User. Roy has been a guest lecturer at Temple University, Bryn Mawr College, and other venues.

He graduated with honors in illustration and Design from Montserrat College of Art.

Apr 21, 2015

Heidi Daub ’82 is venturing on a four week fundraising campaign to help produce an artist catalog in conjunction with a solo exhibit entitled “Pieces Of Prayer” featuring both paintings and poems, that will be shown in Powers Hall Gallery, Aug. 7 – Sept. 30 2015 at the University Maine Machias campus.

Her target goal of $4,500 will cover documentation, graphics work and printing. She is offering perks for varying levels of donations, and is excited to be able to share this venture.

She has set up a page on her website that shows a short video, describing the details of the exhibit, the perks and a link to donate through Pay-Pal. She will be posting updates weekly through e-mail contacts and her FB page.

Spreading the word is powerful, so please share with friends you think may be interested.

Good Luck, Heidi!

Apr 21, 2015

Paintings by Montserrat College of Art alumna Marcia Hermann ’83 will be on display at the She-Bear Gallery, 650 Congress Street, Portland ME, May 1 through June 28, 2015.

Opening Reception: May 1, 5 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 11 am – 6 pm
(207) 874-5000

Hermann is also currently showing at the Connor Summers Gallery, 48 Market
Street in Newburyport, marcia

Gallery Hours: Tue – Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sun noon – 4:30 pm, Monday by appointment, (978) 462-9196.

Apr 14, 2015

Congratulations to Montserrat College of Art alumni Erik and Mariah (Newton) Johnson, both class of ’00, who just welcomed their first child. We’d like to introduce their daughter Rae Hill Johnson, born April 11. The happy family is living in Seward, Alaska.

Apr 11, 2015

Ania Gruca & Markie Remien, A Natural Order, 2015
On View: March 29 – May 1, 2015

Montserrat College of Art
alumna Ania Gruca ’14 and Markie Remien ’14 are North Shore based artists whose installation A Natural Order is currently on view in the Frame 301 Gallery through Friday May 1st. A Natural Order is a site-specific environment assembled from found and fabricated objects. The work depicts an elapsed period of time in which nature reclaims an abandoned dwelling. The objects are chosen for their symbolic identity, whether dealing with nature or domesticity and through that selection emanate a feeling of place and sentimentality. A sense of uncertainty comes into play as the deserted structure begins to decay without the care and upkeep of those who once inhabited it. Gruca & Remien’s work is concerned with the significance of place and the ability it has to influence those who exist within it.

Ania Gruca & Markie Remien graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2014. Gruca was born in Warsaw Poland, moving to the United states at a young age. She grew up in New Jersey until moving to Beverly to pursue a BFA in Sculpture. Her work is concerned with domesticity and personal experiences associated with being an immigrant and Polish-American woman. She explores such themes through multiple disciplines ranging from sculpture and installation to photography and film. Remien was born and raised in a small community in northern New Jersey. Growing up she was surrounded by lush environments, and found a sense of deeper connectivity in it. Her work deals with an admiration for the natural world, and a strive to create a deeper understanding of it in relation to herself. Using digital and traditional methods of photography, sculptural installation, and ceramics she creates ethereal moments and dream like scenes of fantastical environments.

Mar 18, 2015

Montserrat College of Art alumna Alyssa Watters ’07 has been chosen to be the featured artist at Beverly’s Arts Fest 2015, which will take place June 3 – August 14, hosted by Beverly Main Streets at Endicott College.

Watters is an oil painter/entrepreneur living and working in Beverly. Originally from Ledyard, CT, she moved to Beverly in 2003 to attend Montserrat College of Art, and has been there ever since. She graduated in 2007 and has gone on to create and run her own company, artbyalyssa. As a painter, designer, and entrepreneur Watters is an inspiration to all artists who are established and upcoming. Her work is an excellent representation of the fine art that is created in Beverly. A multi-talented artist, she has been successful not only in the fine arts, but has created her own gift product line that is available for wholesale and retail across the country. Using her original images she creates calendars, coasters, magnets, and cards. Watters recently teamed up with Holly from The Salty Cottage, to share a studio work space at 110 Cabot Street. The pair plans to use the space to produce their products and fulfill orders, meet with clients by appointment and host pop-up shopping events at different times throughout the year. To learn more about what Watters does visit:

As The Arts Fest Featured Artist, Watters will be given a prominent space at the Arts Fest Exhibition at the Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from Wednesday, June 3 – Friday, August 14, 2015.
Gallery hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon., Closed: July 3.

Watters will be recognized at the opening reception on Friday June 19, 5 – 7:30 p.m. Her images will be used for promotional materials and she will receive a booth space at the Arts Fest 2015 on Cabot Street on Saturday, June 20. Stop by and see her! Watters and the work that she does in Beverly prove that Beverly is and will continue to be a thriving arts district.

The Arts Fest 2015: Community Art Exhibition is a juried exhibition, open to all artists who live in Beverly, work in Beverly, go to school in Beverly, or have an affiliation with an arts organization in Beverly. Young artists are given the opportunity to exhibit their works alongside professionals.

If you are interested in submitting your work for Arts Fest 20wat15 Community Art Exhibition, please contact Kathleen Moore, coordinator of visual arts at Endicott College. Her contact information is 978-232-2655 or

Mar 13, 2015

SenseDriver Technologies, Headquarters: Beverly

Description: This automotive tech startup aims to curb texting and driving with a voice-activated, hands-free display that will debut online and at retailers this summer. The product, called SenseHUD, is a voice-activated, hands-free, transparent and portable display that connects with a mobile app to allow drivers to get information about text messages, navigation and driving speed. SenseHUD will be shipped to customers this summer and retails for $130. The idea for the hands-free display came about in 2010 when SenseDriver Technologies co-founder and Montserrat College of Art alumnus Michael Amaru ’05 was knocked off his motorcycle by a car whose driver was distracted by her phone. Officially founded in late 2013, SenseDriver Technologies is now backed by an undisclosed amount of funding from KICventures, a private equity firm.

Driving innovation in the Bay State by Sara Castellanos and David Harris, Boston Business Journal

Advances in sensors, computer chips, Big Data and speech-recognition technologies are making the world’s automobiles safer, smarter and more user-friendly. By all accounts, the modern car is now a computer on wheels, and more than a few Massachusetts companies are at the forefront of those technological advancements.

More than a dozen companies in Massachusetts are working on next-generation technologies for all components of automobiles, from startups such as Cambridge Mobile Telematics, SenseDriver Technologies and Verdeva to established companies such as Agero, Skyworks Solutions and semiconductor maker Analog Devices, which has almost 20 percent of its revenue coming from the automotive sector.

In addition to helping improve audio quality and stability control in vehicles, Norwood-based Analog also has developed sensors that can monitor batteries in electric cars. But the company is looking even farther into the future than the electric car, instead focusing on the next wave of “smart cars.” In a presentation last year to analysts, Analog Devices executive Mark Gill said cars of the future will be far-more interactive with both their drivers and surrounding environments — creating “a future where not only are accidents rare and emissions negligible, but one where we’re challenging the very fundamental concept of driving a car.”

To get there, advancements large and small will need to converge around a handful of focus areas with aims to make cars smarter, safer and impenetrable to thieves, both on the street and behind a computer.

To be sure, the auto industry’s stakeholders are of the opinion that technology has the power to positively influence the way we drive. Even the U.S. Department of Transportation is now advocating for increased communication technologies in cars. Late last year, the department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would be taking steps to mandate cars to communicate with one another, exchanging data such as speed and position to help avoid crashes.

According to one expert, there already are hundreds of millions of lines of code across dozens of processors in a typical car. But those lines of code that aim to make us safer are the same ones that could also cause cars — and their drivers — to be vulnerable to cyber attacks. The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. in Cambridge is quietly working on finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities in vehicles as part of a $7 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help better-secure various Internet-connected devices used by the military.

“As attackers target the components in the car the way they target the PC, those classes of attacks on the desktop could wreak havoc on the vehicle,” said Brad Gaynor, the associate director of cyber systems at Draper.

But thosem aren’t the only ways local companies are infusing technology into cars. Here are a handful of firms that have the most potential to improve the way we drive today and the ways our cars will function in the future.

View full Boston Business Journal article at

Mar 12, 2015

Since Montserrat College of Art alumna Lindsey Parker ’09 graduated, she has been building UnchARTed, a vibrant, active art gallery and a multi-use entertainment venue providing unique cultural experiences for resident artists and the public. Though Michael Dailey and Lindsey Parker co-founded and jointly manage the venue by curating exhibitions, booking bands, and subletting studios, countless others have played an integral role in the success of UnchARTed. Customers visit UnchARTed to see, feel, hear and experience art, music, and live performance. It is this combination of varying cultural mediums—offered in a warm atmosphere that differs from the perceived gallery experience—that makes this gallery so special.

The potential is undeniable when reviewing UnchARTed’s consistent growth and the community feedback received over the years.  We have recognized the opportunity to nearly double in size by leasing a new gallery space at 103 Market St. and the additional artist studio space on the second floor of 99 Market St. We have already secured a lease on the property but now require some additional start-up money to outfit the space with the proper equipment for a small cafe and bar. As owners of the dream, we and other generous donors in the past have put in any and all spare money and time into this project to get this far. So, for the first time, UnchARTed will venture out in a profit seeking direction with the hope to better facilitate the artists, musicians, and performers who make our community exciting to live in.  We need your help turning this new page.


Re-opening the gallery as an LLC in a larger space with a new bar and cafe aspect will allow us to generate the extra income to be allocated for traveling musicians and exhibiting artists alike thus feeding the creative economy of downtown Lowell.

UnchARTed gallery & bar seeks to be a venue that differs greatly from the current bar-live music standard Lowell offers. UnchARTed would reach a larger and more diverse audience while remaining an active, community-oriented space dedicated to supporting artists of all ages from the Merrimack Valley and beyond. The new space would take advantage of visibility provided by the Market & Palmer intersection and the Market St. parking garage across the street. We plan to maintain our storefront gallery-first philosophy that’s proved so successful, while filling a void in downtown Lowell by providing additional entertainment options for all ages. Continuing to keep commission percentages and door covers low or free will surely encourage more artists and community members to become creatively active.

Currently, regional artists—along with those from New York City, Boston, Portland, Maine, and Chicago—regularly perform and show their work in our gallery. Touring musicians from as far afield as Florida, Oklahoma and Sweden have performed in our space. David Letterman-featured comedian Jon Fisch and Comedy Central’s Val Kappa performed stand-up and showed their artwork in UnchARTed. Musicians connected with major independent record labels are regularly featured in our gallery as well.

The newest addition to our all-inclusive business model will be our rotating selection of craft beers on six taps as well as an array of classic, affordable beer and a comparable selection of wines in a storefront gallery setting. The food we offer will be fun but simply prepared—funky paninis, appetizers, snacks and café fare.

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Mar 10, 2015

Graphic Design alumna Nicole Reilly ’14 has recently started working at Puma SE as a Junior Production Artist.

“So far it has been incredible,”
said Reilly. “I get paid to do what I love and am surrounded by an energized and amazing creative team.”

She has already been working on a campaign to re-size and adjust aspects of the print collateral pieces, that are to be printed and installed in NYC subway cars. “It’s so exciting to be a part in designing a piece that will be placed for thousands of people to see daily,” she said.

“I am so glad I stuck with my gut in career choice and continued putting myself out there, I couldn’t be happier.”

Mar 3, 2015

Congratulations to alumna Bianca Picozzi ’13 who has just accepted a full-time position teaching art at Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson, CT!

Picozzi received her BFA and Art Ed Certification at Montserrat in December 2014.
In a message to Montserrat, she shared, “thank you so much for preparing me for this wonderful teaching job.”

Above photo: Montserrat’s Chair of Art Education Assoc. Prof. Rébecca Bourgault, Bianca Picozzi ’13 and Paula Borsetti ’97 at the 300 Hours: Art Education Thesis Exhibition this past December.

Mar 2, 2015

Alumna Olivia Boi ’13 is currently exhibiting in “Circle the Wagons” at Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. This is her fourth year in the show with work from over 500 artists based in and around NYC. The show runs until March 15th.

Learn more at

Check out Boi’s work at

Feb 16, 2015

‘Comically Speaking’ shows the humorous side of art

Thursday, February 5, 2015, By Terry Date Staff Writer

As a boy growing up in Andover, the first thing that Don Mathias (’98) would do each day was tear open the newspaper to the comics. Favorites included “Bloom County,” “Peanuts” and “Garfield.”

Today, his online comic strip, “Peanizles,” draws inspiration from them. The urban strip, which has been published by Skope Magazine since 2002, also plays with meta humor, a comic twist tinged with irony. Characters step out of their roles to make light of their presence in a comic strip — an additional layer of humor, an inside joke that everyone is in on.

The 43-year-old freelance illustrator and cartoonist who once published a weekly family comic strip in The Andover Townsman is among five artists who are showing their humor-driven illustrations and drawings in a new exhibit that opened last month at Essex Art Center in Lawrence.

In the years since graduating in 1998, Mathias has been producing a variety of freelance illustration in all aspects of publishing, the film industry and theater. His cartoons and comic strips have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers across the globe.

Entering Andover,” a family strip, appeared in The Townsman for about 10 years.

Mathias, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration and graphic design from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, is well-acquainted with the Essex Art Center, where he teaches comic illustration, said Sara Hildago, director of the center’s Sidell Gallery.

Hildago said Mathias is successful in presenting the world through children’s eyes in “Peanizles.”

He reminds me of a kid,” she said.

Mathias said he is good friends with his fellow exhibitors in the Essex Art Center show — David Sullivan, Sage Stossel, Mark Parisi and John Klossner. The artists draw on their lives and observations for inspiration, he said, and their works blend words and graphics in interesting ways, presenting a range of comedic approaches.

Take Stossel, of Cambridge, a cartoonist who recently became a mom. Some of her cartoons reflect on new motherhood, an often frazzling adventure of 24/7 baby care including bouncing, feeding and cleaning. The executive editor of The Atlantic Online, she is showing a mix of work at the exhibit — pieces on parenting, current events and more.

Sullivan, of Dracut, makes caricatures of real people, and tends to be more political, Hidalgo said. His clients include national publications, textbook publishers and Web designers.

Political cartoonists were once a media staple. Sullivan’s work continues the tradition, drawing on local humor and issues and thought-provoking items, Mathias said.

It’s neat to see somebody be able to do that,” Mathias said.

Parisi, a Gloucester native who now lives in Melrose, does single-panel comedic drawings. His humor is all over the place. His characters are new creations each day. “It’s really good stuff,” Mathias said.

Klossner’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. The Maine resident does fine-line work, New Yorker-style social commentary and technology cartoons.

Mathias said New England is full of cartoonists. It’s a region of creative and independent thinkers ready to push the boundaries of their work. And the exhibit is illustrates that well, he said.

What: “Comically Speaking,” an exhibit of cartoonists’ works

When: Through March 6. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence

More information: Call 978-685-2343 or visit For more on Andover artist Don Mathias’ work, visit

Courtesy of The Andover Townsman

Feb 11, 2015

“It sounds cliché, but my education provided me with a tool box. Once I had that box, it allowed me to go out in the world and fill it with the tools I would need to attempt art as a career.” - Adam Miller ‘00

Adam Miller ‘00 was the Creative Director for Terminal Press, a new York based comic book publisher. He co-created the ZombieBomb! Comic Anthology in 2009 which became the company’s largest selling title. With other alumni, he is involved in the publication of the Chroma series of art annuals featuring New England’s most talented underground artists. He also works with agencies in the city of Lynn to promote the arts. Recently, he dove back into exhibiting his photography, one of his first loves. His work is a combination of painting, drawing, photography and collage.

Miller is part of Montserrat College of Art Galleries’ SEVEN exhibit where seven artists are invited to draw directly onto the seven walls of Montserrat Gallery over the course of seven weeks. The gallery will act as an open studio over the course of each artist’s week-long residency, students and guests are welcome to come in.

Adam Miller’s SEVEN Reception: Friday, Feb. 13, 7 – 9 pm
Montserrat Galleries, 23 Essex St, Beverly, MA

Feb 6, 2015

Dreamers + Doers: Secret Holiday

Courtesy of Urban Outfitters Blog

Initially, Montserrat College of Art alumna Ashley Brown ’07, owner Secret Holiday & Co., created work for self-assurance, “a reminder to keep moving forward.” The Massachusetts-based designer today makes a series of minimal yet historically-informed pennant banners inspired by the Woman’s Suffrage Movement emblazoned with reminders of affirmation — “It’s Ok,” “Wild and Free,” “Let It Go.” This January, Urban Outfitters (UO) collaborated with Ashley on a series of exclusive banners. They caught up with her as a part of UO Dreamers + Doers series, which explores the stories of inspiring artists, designers and makers who are doing things their own way. Read on for a look at her studio and to hear more of how she turned her love of DIY art and traditional craft into a full-fledged business.

Feb 4, 2015

“Montserrat attracted me with its small size, yet big possibilities.”

Cory Wasnewsky ‘14 had no idea that his internship at Hatch Show Print would turn into his first job only a few months after graduating in May 2014 with a focus in Book Arts. As a student, “there was always a running joke that I lived in the [Montserrat] printmaking basement,” he said.

A year after completing a highly competitive two month internship in the summer of 2013, the Hatch Show Print manager offered him a job as a production designer and printer. Hatch Show Print is a 136-year-old printing company in Nashville, TN, and is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. They created many of the posters of great jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll entertainers like Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

Feb 2, 2015

Kathleen Gerdon Archer: As Above, so Below
The Kingston Gallery 
450 Harrison Ave #43, Boston Ma. 02118
February 4 – March 1, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, February 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s work considers the accumulated effect of place, genetics and history on the individual and the family. This series is a momento mori for her family history and echoes Archer’s interest in the geological evidence shaping the coastal New England landscape. She collects stones, seeds, family photographs and personal ephemera from a particular location. These collected elements are arranged in receptacles and frozen, layer by layer, to build conglomerate structures. After removal from the containers, she photographs the icy constructions at intervals, as they disintegrate. It is a constant surprise that these layers of common elements, held together by such a fragile architecture, reveal such an intricate configuration of content. The final images, presented in large format here, are those which have the greatest personal meaning for the artist.

The first Friday of each month is an evening when the galleries and shops of the SOWA District stay open late allowing visitors to drop in and view their work.
It’s a fun way to spend an evening in Boston.

Jan 12, 2015

Montserrat College of Art alumnae Taylor Clough ’14 and Sarah Krizon ’13 are exhibiting at Mingo Gallery this winter in their very own show, HEAVY STILL: New work by Taylor Clough & Sarah Krizon. Please show your support and stop by for the Opening Reception Saturday, January 24, 5 – 8 pm. This exhibit is not one to be missed! HEAVY STILL will remain on view January 13 – February 21.

Taylor Clough graduated with a BFA in Painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2014. Taylor’s painting, “Couch” was a top seller in last year’s Artrageous!28 live auction. She currently creates acrylic paintings that explore bold colors, shape and space through recognizable objects and interiors. Each painting goes through its own intimate process of combining representation and abstraction, but they all share a physicality of paint and moments of reflection.

Sarah Krizon graduated with a BFA in Painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2013. One of Sarah’s works on paper started an infamous bidding war in the Artrageous!26 live auction. She now creates works that depict figurative scenes with both oil paint and drawn charcoal line. Her narratives are painted, erased and re-drawn to create a sense of movement across the canvas.

Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing
284 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Jan 5, 2015

Montserrat College of Art alumni Dana Robinson ’13 and Ron Beek III ’13 will be having a gallery show at The Gallery at Porter Mill in January. The show is called Fantastic Grit and will have an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 8, 5 – 8 pm. The event will remain on view Jan. 8 – 31, 2015 at 95 Rantoul St, Beverly, MA.

Ron Beek III’s contribution to the show will consist of illustrations depicting the nature of the world we inhabit; a world where good and evil hold hands.

Dana Robinson’s work explores organic and geometric forms through both 2D and 3D media. Highly influenced by her book-arts training, the pieces explore the contrast between nature and geometry, as well as the marriage of these elements visually. Strong moments of intense detail and pattern are contrasted with flat, minimalist undertones.

Learn more at

Jan 2, 2015

“The skills I learned and developed at Montserrat were the start of a great career path for me. I developed my own aesthetic, which became my brand, but also learned the basics of entrepreneurship, and now my business sells in gift shops in seven states.”

Alyssa Watters ‘07 is the definition of an entrepreneurial artist. She has been running her own company, artbyalyssa, in Beverly, since 2008. She contacts shops throughout the country to wholesale her products, attends craft fairs, runs her own solo fairs and art shows, along with the day-to-day business responsibilities. Since graduating, Watters has managed a stationary and gift shop in Hamilton, where she designed many of their print products. After working there for more than three years, she decided to combine her ‘real life’ education with the knowledge she gained from Montserrat, to create her own business,

Dec 19, 2014

"Today I use the skills I honed at Montserrat to think creatively when problem solving and to appreciate how many different viewpoints people in my industry have."

Originally from Elmira New York, Jeremy Schmidt ’03 lives in Lynn with his girlfriend Katherine, their rabbit named Salem and their pug Hermione. Schmidt received his BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2003 with a concentration in Sculpture. After spending five years managing the water and sewer departments in Chelsea, he became an Assistant Operations and Maintenance Manager at the environmental consulting firm Weston and Sampson.

Most of Schmidt’s time is spent working pursuing an MBA from UMass Lowell, but in his spare time he decorates his house by turning old vending machines into works of art. “I like to take non-traditional objects and rework them to turn them into something functional for the home,” said Schmidt 

“Over the years my work has gone from the abstract to more towards functionality. The work I created at Montserrat gave me a launching off point creativity-wise to be where I am today.” After finishing his MBA Schmidt plans to open a tattoo business in the North Shore area.

Dec 18, 2014

Heather Reid Studios: Unconventional Creations with Illustration, Fine Art, & Photography

By Keith Spencer, North of Boston Magazine

A girl with a brush and a million dreams, Heather Reid is a self-described jack of arts, working out of her home studio in Salem and collaborating with numerous local arts organizations including Creative Salem.

Since graduating from Montserrat College of Art in 2007, Heather has been on an adventure to share her unconventional creations with the world, gathering much of her inspiration from the natural world.

She loves spending her free time combing North of Boston beaches, walking the nature trails of the Ipswich River, and capturing the wildlife she often encounters in her own backyard. Her work has been presented in more than twenty recent exhibitions, magazine features, and news articles.

Heather’s artwork and jewelry are both subtle and striking, and would go great with nearly anyone’s decor or wardrobe. From photographs to jewelry to mixed media, her works are individually created by her in her home studio, and absolutely guarantees their quality.

If you make a purchase on her Etsy shop, all items are shipped in a plastic protective sheet with a cardboard backing to prevent bending, and sent in rigged cardboard envelopes or tubes to prevent potential damage. All photography is professionally printed on premium quality archival photo paper.

To learn more or purchase Heather’s work, visit:
Etsy Shop

Dec 11, 2014

Alumna Yetti Frenkel ’85 has just finished a big mural and mosaic project in Central Square, Lynn, working in partnership with artists David Fichter and Joshua Winer. The project took six years and includes mosaics created by students in all of the middle and high schools in Lynn. The mural is designed in a series of painted arches surrounding a mosaic gateway, that shows scenes of contemporary and historical Lynn places and characters. It’s 45′ high x 64′ wide.

Frenkel’s mosaic sculpture Bunny Bench is also included in the Fuller Craft Museum’s Biennial member’s exhibition.

Public murals are a specialty for artist Yetti Frenkel. She has painted murals for nine public libraries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, several of them on the North Shore, and for numerous schools and communities. Her images depict nature, seasons, animals, children, memorials and community history. She has created murals with children in public and private schools during residencies and workshops, and is on the Creative Teaching Partners Roster of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

See more of Frenkel’s Educational Murals here:

Dec 10, 2014

Montserrat College of Art Graphic Design alumna Lara Maville ’89 designed the winning logo for Friends of Mascoma Foundation logo and branding contest in Canaan, NH. The foundation “strives to raise and appropriate funds to foster educational advancements within the Mascoma Valley Regional School District.”

Lara Maville Design is a New Hampshire based graphic design studio offering a full selection of custom graphic design services including websites, logos, brochures and print advertisement.

Learn more here:

Dec 3, 2014

Artist Interview: Mike Ryczek – Oil Painter - Published on Jung Katz

Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?

I’m Mike Ryczek and I grew up in Wallingford, CT. I studied at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA and graduated in 2006 with a BFA in Illustration. I primarily use oils to create slightly abstracted realist paintings that often vary in terms of subject matter, and I use Photoshop to make digital collages that I then translate into paint. I also work as a freelance web designer to deal with the financial roller coaster that comes along with being a painter.

How did you get started doing what you do?

I would draw all the typical things a child of the 80’s would draw: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, various Nintendo inspired things and many, many Jaws’s eating people. I guess I always had an appreciation for art, but I don’t think I ever had that moment as a child where I simply knew that I wanted to be an artist as an adult. I can, however, remember going to an art show at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford with my parents when I was really young. The show must have been for kids slightly older than I was at the time, maybe 5th or 6th graders, and I spotted some pencil drawing (that was probably terrible) of a gothic looking figure with long, flowing black hair perched on a gravestone, and I remember thinking “that’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and I want to be that good”. Around grade school I had a fascination with comic books. I would obsessively copy drawings of my favorite characters with Micron pens and sell them to relatives, who’d humor me and other kids at school, for ten or fifteen cents each. I remember that being a great source of pride for me. I had very little painting experience by the time I got to Montserrat, and this is where I used oil paints for the first time. I jumped all over the place in terms of style and subject matter throughout school and around the middle of senior year I stumbled upon the work of the British painter, Phil Hale. I had never seen such beautiful, skillfully executed paintings done in a classical medium that dealt with surreal concepts in a contemporary way. If you haven’t seen Phil’s work before, imagine that after Vermeer finished “Girl with a Red Hat”, he decided to slap a sparkly unicorn sticker on her cheek and draw red X’s over her eyes with chalk ­ that’s essentially the effect. He was effortlessly matching the skill level of the greats and then pissing all over them. Phil was someone who I imagined to be almost bewildered and amused by his own talent, and this would show itself in a somber, expertly rendered, muted palette painting with a tiny pop of cadmium somewhere to draw your eye in or a precious, dreamy CConstable Esquecloudscape painted over a filthy garage door in the background or contained in a sketchy speech bubble carved with an X­ Acto knife. Everything was a disposable masterpiece and a total contradiction. Occasionally it felt like he was just flexing his muscles and I wondered how sincere he actually was about his work, but in the end I didn’t really care. He was the first artist I felt a genuine kinship with. I was more passionate about painting than I ever had been and I think that was when I finally settled on a recognizable style. This led to a series of paintings that I’ve heard loosely described as “constructivist”, melding heavy symbolism and flat, out of place graphic elements with intense realism and then dividing it all into rigid sections (essentially aping Hale’s style but not very successfully). Looking back on these never fail to make me cringe a little, especially considering that many involved mixing oil paint with paper collage and spray adhesive (not the most archival combination of materials) and I also didn’t really know what I was doing construction wise They were, to my credit, certainly eye-catching and I can see a logical jump from my old style to what I do now.

What is art to you?

My very broad definition of art is anything created by someone with the intent of communicating or provoking a thought or an emotional response. However, my definition changes drastically depending on the mood I’m in when you ask me. Somedays, everything that wants to be art has a place under the big art umbrella, and on other days art has a very narrow definition and I hold everything up to a very high standard. Just as easily as I can look at something and say “This doesn’t make me think or feel anything, but it doesn’t mean it’s not art it just means it’s not for me”, I can find myself filing through paintings and asking: “Why is there so much bad art in the world and why are so many people content with it?” I’ll get irritated when I see a new artist being championed by the art world simply because they did something novel that I see as requiring little skill, thought or emotional depth, and instead of “I don’t like this” my first thought is “this is not art”. I climb up onto my little throne and rail against it all. I guess my point is that I can’t definitively tell you what art is to me, and also that I’m a total hypocrite. On the bright side, I think there are plenty of kind, encouraging and humble artists / interpreters of art out there who want to support one another and try not to degrade other people’s work because it’s not what they think it should be. When I left school, I had a pretty bleak outlook on what it was to get along with other artists in the real world. Now I realize that we were all still kids and that most people in their late teens / early twenties are seself centeredicks whether they’re an artist or not (I’m not excluding myself). Ultimately, I want to be someone who can find at least one thing in every piece of art that I appreciate, regardless of whether or not I would own it or make it, and try to rid myself of the black and white “this is or is not art” mentality. That doesn’t mean lying to people’s faces and holding back all of my criticism, but it means not letting the criticism turn unnecessarily cruel. One of the biggest turnoffs for me is to find out that an artist I admire is full of themselves and totally dismissive of other people’s work. Most artists are already insecure enough about their stuff ­ they don’t need someone else twisting the knife just for kicks.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

I don’t know if this really counts as advice, but I distinctly remember showing my Illustration work during an end of semester critique at Montserrat, and one of the teachers saying “It’s not bad, but you know this isn’t you”. I remember feeling resentful because I interpreted it as “you’re trying to be something you’re not and no one’s buying it”. In hindsight, I realize that it was probably because I had already committed myself to an Illustration major by changing all my classes, but I knew she was right and I just didn’t want to have to change direction again. I probably would’ve ended up leaving Illustration behind anyway after graduating, but that comment always stuck in my mind and likely reinforced my decision.

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?

Try not to to constantly compare yourself to others and certainly don’t let the fear of “stealing” someone else’s style limit your own work. I can remember so many instances where I’ve scrapped ideas or stopped myself from painting a certain way out of fear that I was making trendy paintings. When I look at old sketches or photos of half finished paintings now 5 or 6 years later, I’m like “”What was I thinking? Why did I think these were unoriginal? This stuff is way too fucking bizarre to be trendy!” (granted it wasn’t always in a good way). Or I shelved some idea I jotted down in my sketchbook that I at one point saw as being profound because I thought “this is actually really obvious and a billion people have probably already made this observation ­ why make a painting about it?” or the other extreme: “it’s only you who thinks this, it doesn’t really make sense and other people won’t get anything from it”. There are definitely instances when you should reexamine what you’re trying to say, and to be honest there are some ideas I’m glad never saw the light of day. However, most of the time I’ve regretted not following an idea through to the end and I’ve often seen a similar concept executed by another artist somewhere down the line and regretted that I hadn’t given myself a chance. Make sure you’re only giving the hyper­critical voice in your head enough power to improve your work, not to destroy it before it even starts (which is easier said than done). There’s the old “nothing’s original” maxim, which I think is true and should be used during times when the fear of being derivative paralyzes you, but there’s also definitely a lot of work out there that’s (and I know it may sound hubristic of me to say this) not even remotely trying to be original. There’s a quote by Jean­Luc Godard (which I found buried within a quote by Jim Jarmusch, which somebody else found and designed a poster around, which was then force­fed to me by Facebook, so odds are it’s probably so obscure you’ve never heard it before): “It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to”. I think this is a very important companion to “nothing’s original”. Yes, all art has been at least somewhat inspired by previously made art, but there’s a huge difference between someone who makes something relatively fresh with only slight traces of their influences and someone who worships the “old masters” and consciously strives to make carbon copies of what has come before them. I don’t want to sound like I’m condemning a group of artists here, and one could argue that some of my portraits have a classical feel to them. If something’s unoriginal but still beautiful, I can appreciate it for that, but I suppose in my own work I aim to make something beautiful as well as unique. I’m not interested in carrying on a tradition.

What are your thoughts on art school?

I have mixed feelings about art school. I was lucky enough to have my tuition paid for so I’ve never had to deal with the crippling student loan debts that I’ve seen many other students inherit. I think, and I’m guessing this is the general consensus among most of the American population, that the average tuition cost in this country is insanely exorbitant. It’s hard to see the reasoning behind attending an institution for four years if you know you’re going to graduate with such bleak prospects in terms of getting a steady, well paying and chained to debt for the rest of your life.

On the other hand, I don’t regret my time spent in art school because it gave me the chance to develop along with other artists who were also still in their formative years, and it all ended up leading to something. You inevitably evolve as an artist by constantly being exposed to the work of other students, having the ability to try new mediums and methods, and just by having most of your day revolve around art. My biggest regret is that I didn’t take full advantage of the resources I had available to me: the museum trips, free workshops, exhibition opportunities, etc. In all fairness to myself, I don’t think that many people between the ages of 18 and 22 are able to fully realize these opportunities or care about them (which I suppose is why graduate school exists for those who are lucky enough to attend). They’re far too busy dealing with their personal dramas and social lives to focus on their future careers. But, as with any school you attend, it’s up to the student to take advantage of these things while they can and make the most out of their experience. I remember this being a mantra among the faculty at Montserrat whenever we had to go out of our way and voluntarily sign up for something, but I always tuned it out.

Any other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
Yes, please check out: Sangram MajumdarPhil HaleNicola SamoriJudy ChungEdwin Dickinson,Diarmuid KelleyAlexander TineiAndrew Fish, Simon Shawn Andrews, Nicole DuennebierSusan Jane Walp, and Catherine Mulligan.

Follow artist, Mike Ryczek on Facebook to see more of his amazing paintings!

Nov 21, 2014

Alumnus Andy Curlowe ’06  is currently exhibiting in The Insistent Now, an exhibition of Cleveland area artists whose selected works command attention to the here and now.  Whether it’s through interpreting elusive experiences, creating spatial interventions or constructing idealized perennial landscapes, these artists explore, address and confront the demands of the ever-expanding present. Curated by Michael Abarca of Forum Artspace, Curlowe’s work is featured alongside work by Lane Cooper, Sarah Kabot, Liz Maugans, Michael T. Meier, Dante Rodriguez, Royden Watson and Nikki Woods. Visitors may visit the gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 am – 3 pm through the months of November and December.

Sullivan Family Gallery
On View: Nov. 14 – Dec. 24, 2014
28795 Lake Road, Bay Village, OH

Also, Curlowe will be SPACES next resident artist. Learn more here: 

A N D Y   C U R L O W E
Nov 20, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumna Loren Doucette ’13 is included in the group event Dance in Dialogue on Saturday November 22, 7:30 pm, at Trident Gallery,189 Main St. Gloucester, MA.

Dance in Dialogue features two original performance works, followed by conversation and refreshments.  Free, donations encouraged.  Space is limited so please reserve a seat at or by calling 978-491-7785.

Loren Doucette (visual artist) and Sarah Slifer Swift (dancer) will show a segment of their collaborative project “Unravelling,” to be premiered in full in early 2015.  The piece explores the building of a framework within which a relationship is contextualized.  Through dance and visual art created in the live moment, they inhabit the possibilities of unravelling the self from the frame.

Kate Tarlow Morgan (dancer/writer) recently returned from a midwest pilgrimage to bury her father’s ashes with a dramatic story of relatives unknown to her. She will report this intense personal story with the aid of artifacts, photographs, and a movement score created especially for the walls of Trident Gallery.

Doucette lives and works as an active member of the arts community in Gloucester, MA. Her paintings and drawings have shown in solo and group exhibitions on the North Shore regularly since 2006. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2013 from Montserrat College of Art. In 2011, Loren participated in Montserrat’s study-abroad program in Viterbo, Italy where she further intensified her fascination with landscape painting. Her work is currently installed at her showroom and studio on One Center Street in Gloucester, MA.

Nov 20, 2014

Joe LoVasco ’07: From (Up) Here

Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery

Reception: Thursday, Nov. 20, 6 – 8 pm

From (Up) Here will feature sculpture alongside a new body of mixed media collage. LoVasco uses both mediums to explore the departure from detailed depictions of architecture and cityscapes to simplistic, minimal geometries. LoVasco’s scored, drawn and painted marks highlight the tension between man-made precision and the malleable curves found in nature.

LoVasco’s collages are minimal expansions of landscapes inspired from daily observation of place. From this, LoVasco creates unique faux scapes that remove all ornamentation and detail of a structure or landscape. In its place, he uncomplicates the form and reduces it to a plane of minimal geometry. Compositionally, many of LoVasco’s collages draw immediate connection to how we might view a landscape if viewing from above. Although the visual relationship to aerial views are not something the artist intentionally creates, it is an aesthetic connection that plays into his use of minimal shape and joined angles. Minute details viewed by close proximation are swallowed by the silent simplicity of detachment. That’s what LoVasco’s work evokes; a still, total clarity achievable only from remote observation.

On view through December 19, 2014
Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 10 am – 5 pm, Fri. 10 am – 1 pm
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

Above: Joe LoVasco, Time Spent, 2014, Mixed media collage / Promo Design by Josh Ramsey

Nov 20, 2014
“I got my first freelance illustration job a couple of weeks after graduating Montserrat, and have been going on from there.”

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Drew Baker ’00 is an award winning artist and illustrator. Over the past twenty years he has done work for some of the most demanding and best known brands in the world, including Star WarsDungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering. Baker has cultivated a fan base with appearances across the US, Canada and Europe. He was the Guest of Honor at OSFest this past August in Omaha, NE.

To see Baker’s artwork visit:

Nov 19, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Michael Grimaldi ’05 is exhibiting in Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, NY.

 Reception: Thu., Nov. 20, 6 – 8 pm
On view through Dec. 20, 2014
Joshua Liner Gallery
540 West 28th St.
New York, NY
Gallery Hours

Tue. – Sat. 11 am – 6 pm

Nov 17, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumna Kate Sullivan recently authored and illustrated On Linden Square. On Linden Square is about a city filled with people that ignore each other after a snow storm. It was published by Sleeping Bear Press.

Sullivan was trained as a linguist and is also an award winning composer and performer. Her one-woman theatre piece about Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill won the Independent Reviewers of New England prize and her Fugitum Est was premiered by The Kremlin Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has also given many solo performances, from Sculler’s Jazz Club in Boston to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in New York, always singing and playing anything from the piano to the musical saw.

Sullivan and her husband live in Newburyport, Mass. On Linden Square is available here.

Nov 12, 2014

Maine Designer Finds Inspiration and Connection in Portland’s Lively Art Scene

By Kristin D’Agostino

Being in art school offers artists a close connection to a creative community. But, what happens after graduation? For Lana Wheeler moving to Portland, Maine a lively city with a bustling art scene has

helped her stay inspired and connected to fellow artists. The graphic design major moved home to Maine after graduating in 2012 and says living in a funky seaside city has been great for her career. She has built up steady work as a freelance designer, working with clients ranging from brides-to-be to a local app company where she designs animation and typography for video games.

It seems the salty air is good for the soul. “I grab most of my inspiration being outdoors,” Wheeler says. “I like to get ideas from architecture, trees and nature.”

Since graduating, Wheeler has explored many areas of design and has specialized in logo creation and company branding. She hopes to find work in the future at a small studio or design firm where she can be part of a creative team.

In the meantime, she is taking advantage of Portland’s lively arts community, which includes and regular cultural events and open studios.

Her advice to grads: Stay connected - “A sense of community, connection and support means all the world after graduating.”

Nov 7, 2014

Montserrat College of Art painting alumna Carly Brasier ’14 has her paintings and sculptures on display at Atomic Cafe in Beverly for the month of November.

Make sure to check out her work at 265 Cabot Street next time you’re in downtown Beverly for a hot cup o’ Joe!

See more of her work at

Nov 5, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumnae Donna Baldassari ’83 and Marcia Hermann ’83, join Steve Negrón, Montserrat’s former director of admissions, for an exhibit at the Hall-Haskell House at 36 S Main Street in Ipswich. There will be an opening reception Friday, Nov. 7, 5 – 8 pm.

Exhibit Dates: November 5 – 9Wed. – Sat. noon – 5 pm & Sun. noon – 4 pm

Donna Baldassari has been most recognized for her luminous landscapes.  As a child of the 50’s she embraces her love of nostalgia and has extended her portfolio to include quintessential painterly portraits of vintage bicycles and campers.  Summering in Wellfleet MA has provided the inspiration to capture the quiet beauty of simplicity, when life moved at a slower pace.  Baldassari is currently represented by the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown MA and was featured in a Two Woman Show June 2013 entitled “Déjà Vu.  She is also represented by Chameleon Gallery of Newburyport, MA.

Marcia Hermann: Originally from Speedway, Indiana, Marcia is known for her tongue-in-cheek vignettes of her kooky yet prosaic personal life.  She has recently been spending summers in Indiana with her niece Emily and Emily’s golden retriever, Tucker.  Not a natural pet lover, Marcia has been completely won over by Tucker, and he and Emily loom large in her recent paintings.  An award-winning painter, she is currently represented by Chameleon in Newburyport, MA.

Steve Negrón’s paintings express desires, fears and mischievous intentions. “There are running themes in many of my paintings of intimacy, betrayal or something sinister about to happen.” A mild-mannered college administrator by day, he is otherwise found in his small home studio in Lynn.  Negrón is represented by Chameleon Gallery in Newburyport and was the featured artist in the October 2012 edition of North Shore Art*Throb

Nov 5, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumna Bea Modisett ’07 was interviewed by Free People writer and fellow alumna Julie O’Boyle ’06 for a recent feature on Free People‘s blog. Modisett reflects on how her time at Montserrat, living in Beverly and her travel experiences through Montserrat’s study abroad trips to Italy and Africa, have impacted her painting.

Richmond. A city that has certainly left an impression on me, and a city that I anticipate returning to. Not exactly top of mind when one imagines the great artistic hubs of the world, but that’s just another reason to love it.the full version.

Not boastful in its beauty, the artistic side of Richmond has a way of popping up unexpectedly. Turn a corner and you might find yourself face to face with one of the boldest murals you’ve ever seen, or glance skyward for a glimpse of a street artist’s wheat-paste masterpiece adorning the side of an old building. It’s only then that you might realize, this city is brimming with artistic flourish. Tucked away in one of those buildings is the painting studio of recent Richmond transplant Bea Modisett.

I’ve known Bea for a long time, first as a classmate at the small fine arts college we attended, and later, as a close friend and collaborator. She is easily one of the most driven and accomplished artists that I know, and a seasoned veteran of the road. Speak to her for ten minutes, and I can guarantee you’ll leave the conversation day dreaming of cross-country road trips and sojourns to Africa, India, and Thailand. The spaces and landscapes depicted in her varied body of work invite exploration, often eliciting vastly different reactions from those who view it. While in Richmond for our recent FP Me event, I had the opportunity to tour Modisett’s studio and talk about her travels, her art, and the challenges that come with being a full-time artist:

Could you tell me about your background?

“Well, I was born in Washington, DC, bounced back and forth between DC and Rhode Island as a child, finally settling in Rhode Island for high school. I attended a small fine arts college in Beverly, MA — Montserrat College of Art — which I graduated from in 2007. This past summer I relocated to Richmond, VA to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where I’m working towards my Master’s.”

Did you always want to be an artist?

“I remember, in the 3rd grade we made a yearbook, they took our picture and in this box they instructed us to draw what we wanted to be when we grew up; kids were drawing themselves as astronauts and doctors, I drew myself in a beret with a paintbrush.”

I imagined myself similarly as a kid — the artist in the beret with the easel and palette — how has your perception of what an artist is changed in recent years?

“I’m learning that artists have a huge responsibility and potentially a lot of power. It’s not just about me expressing myself – obviously it is, in a way — but I’m also realizing that as an artist you have a responsibility to try to make people understand that there are different ways of seeing and experiencing the world. My work isn’t political but you can see the power of artists who do political work. I’m recognizing that art can really shift perspectives. So I think it’s gone from my younger self being like, “I’m expressing myself and being an individual!” to feeling as if this is a legitimate tool that can do some good in the world.”

Travel is a big part of your life and your work, do you think your time spent moving back and forth between DC and Rhode Island as a child inspired your later wanderlust?

“Moving, sure, but it was also my parents. Our family vacations were unconventional — never Disneyland — we were always visiting historic battlefields or camping; my parents taught us that it’s important to move and to always be looking. So travel, to me, is me looking for something, searching for something, not necessarily home, but just searching, looking, exploring. I think it’s important to be exposed to everything this world has to offer. That can mean physical exploration, but also exploration within your own mind. Don’t just accept what surrounds you.”

Can you pinpoint a moment when your desire to travel went beyond those family vacations? A breakthrough moment when you realized that travel was going to become a huge part of your work?

“I went to Italy and Africa with Montserrat, which was incredible. Looking back on those experiences… they were pivotal but also felt a little surface. When I returned home, the patterns and the energy of the people I met all made their way into my painting. I painted the patterns of the dresses I saw women wearing, the patterns of the fabric. It wasn’t until I drove solo across the country — from Boston to San Francisco on a month-long journey — that’s when I felt a really incredible connection to traveling alone, to being in those landscapes, it was intense. I remember being like “Julie, I just want to get in my car and drive to California,” do you remember that? And then I did it! I planned my trip and I went.”

Knowing how often you moved and how much you crave travel and new experiences, it’s interesting that up until recently you were so firmly anchored in Beverly, MA. Can you tell me about the decision to stay there?

“The four years at Montserrat, I look at it as four years of building a community and after graduation I stayed with that community. I continued to cultivate relationships, which lead to opportunities. By staying in Beverly I was able to teach at the college, run a gallery, I was working for artists and showing my work. The community kept offering me support, and I was able to actively live as an artist because I had ties there. I knew it was time to go, though, when the painting wasn’t keeping me from feeling under-stimulated. Beverly is amazing — you know that — but I wanted to be surrounded by people who were devoting their lives to it. I needed that intensity around me.”

Do you have any advice for aspiring painters?

“I was taught that the only way you’re going to be really good at something, is if you do what you really want to do. Find a way to do it, don’t make excuses, and say yes to opportunities. And realize that you may have to make some sacrifices along the way.”

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Nov 5, 2014

Alumnus Dan DeRosato ’14 and alumna Jill Hedrick ’14 will be exhibiting Parallel Frontiers  for one night only at Find & Form Space on Friday, November 7, 6 – 9 pm at 524 Harrison Ave. in Boston during Boston’s November First Fridays. The exhibit was curated by Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Campanaro.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to exhibit in Boston, and showcase some of my recent work,” said DeRosato.

Parallel Frontiers reveals the aesthetic likeness between two unlike methods of making.

“I’m excited for them both,” said Campanaro. “It’s a big step for each of them to showcase new work, and their first large exhibition post graduation.”

Parallel Frontiers expands the dimensionality of line in both digital and handmade practices. Line is an abstraction, perceived more than actually viewed. We cannot see a line’s infinite extension or its complete measure. We recognize its one dimension or “flatness”. DeRosato and Hedrick compositionally challenge these rules, making their work the exception.

DeRosato and Hedrick’s work intersect thematically commonly referencing themes of failure, instability and relationships. Layered (literally) with information and memory from appropriated data, they hijack the original and reconstruct it to tell person narratives. Materially, their work is parallel; DeRosato glitches data, a digital technique used to error images. The act of glitching is destructive in that it “breaks” an image revealing flaws, line interruption and random abstraction. Hedrick is more invested in the manipulation of something tangible, in her case photo clippings, to void a snapshot of its memory.

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Nov 4, 2014

Alumna Allison White ’08 has had three of her pieces accepted to the Annual Small Works Exhibition at Porter Mill in Beverly. There will be an opening reception Thursday, Nov. 6th, 5 – 8 pm and the exhibit will remain on view through  Dec. 21. See more of White’s work at

All of the artwork is 12 x 12” or smaller. The exhibition showcases talent and creativity from all over the country. The Gallery is free and open to the public between 5 – 7 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 12 – 4 pm on weekends.
Nov 3, 2014

Originally from Elmira New York, Jeremy Schmidt ’03 lives in Lynn with his girlfriend Katherine, their rabbit named Salem and their pug Hermione. Schmidt received his BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2003 with a concentration in Sculpture. After spending five years managing the water and sewer departments in Chelsea, he became an Assistant Operations and Maintenance Manager at the environmental consulting firm Weston and Sampson.

“Today I use the skills I honed at Montserrat to think creatively when problem solving and to appreciate how many different viewpoints people in my industry have,” said Schmidt.

Most of Schmidt’s time is spent working pursuing an MBA from UMass Lowell, but in his spare time he decorates his house by turning old vending machines into works of art. “I like to take non-traditional objects and rework them to turn them into something functional for the home,” said Schmidt 

“Over the years my work has gone from the abstract to more towards functionality. The work I created at Montserrat gave me a launching off point creativity-wise to be where I am today.” After finishing his MBA Schmidt plans to open a tattoo business in the North Shore area.

Oct 30, 2014

Montserrat College of Art’s Illustration alumnus Edward Brillant ’00 is an instructor in Southern New Hampshire University’s Game Development program. He teaches classes on creating game assets, building game environments, character animation, creature design, concept art and game interface design.

Brillant has served more than 10 years in the 3D industry, recently as Art Director at Seven45 Studios in Boston. He has published nine games for the iPhone, iPad, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and has also worked on children’s television shows (lead animator for ‘’A Very Wompkee Christmas,’’ seen on ABC and PBS).

To see Brillant’s work, visit

Oct 29, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumna Bea Modisett '07 was interviewed by Free People writer and fellow alumna Julie O’Boyle ’06 on Free People's blog. Modisett reflects on how her time at Montserrat, living in Beverly and travel experiences through Montserrat's study abroad trips to Italy and Africa have impacted her painting. Click here to read the full version!

What is the most challenging aspect of being a working artist?

Constantly questioning yourself and self doubt. To want something so badly, and not know if you’ll ever achieve it is hard. The broad lifestyle of an artist is hard, you’re constantly searching for something, and there’s no single answer. There’s no one question and there’s no one answer to what you’re looking for.

What do you hope to ultimately convey to people when they’re viewing your work?

I’m still working on figuring it out, but I want to make paintings that make me and other people feel the way that I felt when I saw Colorado. When I saw something I had never seen before and there’s a shift that occurs. I want to make paintings that shift how people feel, even for a moment.

Do you have any advice for aspiring painters?

I was taught that the only way you’re going to be really good at something, is if you do what you really want to do. Find a way to do it, don’t make excuses, and say yes to opportunities. And realize that you may have to make some sacrifices along the way.

To see more of Bea’s work, visit her website.

Oct 29, 2014
Artist business owner, entrepreneur and Montserrat College of Art alumna Rena Masson ’11, 29 of Dayville CT, is embarking on a new business venture. Tunk City Revival at 10 Center St. in Danielson CT, brings a pop of color and life to historic downtown Danielson and is a handmade marketplace for artisan quality  gifts, art and home decor.

“It has the Etsy feel without paying for shipping,” said Masson.

Masson represents local artisans and crafters allowing them a space to showcase and sell their wares, and further the mission of the buy local spirit  Her slogan says it well “Buy Local Buy Small Support Your Creative Community.”  Bringing the artist to the community, you bring heart back into the community.

The shop had it’s Grand Opening this past weekend.

Oct 20, 2014

Alumnus Colin McGuire ’13 has been busy teaching weekly art classes on Cape Cod and looking ahead to starting classes to earn his MFA soon. He is also planning to teach some art classes  in Puerto Rico this upcoming February.


“I realize more and more how much Montserrat has helped me become who I am today,” reflected McGuire.
To see McGuire’s work visit
Oct 17, 2014

On January 2015, Montserrat College of Art alumna Tiffany Laurencio ’05 will debut at Printsource New York. Printsource is a trade show where artist from around the world come together to sell and license their artwork and product designs to manufacturers. She’ll be showcasing her textile designs and illustrations featuring her characters and trend-focused patterns.

See more of her work at

Oct 16, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumna Shepard Reid (Megan Hermey) ’13 created the poster (above) and pitch book on the new NBC television show Aquarius while it was in pre-production. Both the poster and book will be displayed by ITV and NBC at Cannes.

Aquarius stars David Duchovny (of X Files & Californiacation) as a Los Angeles Policeman investigating Charles Manson in the 1960s.

For more information about Aquarius visit

Oct 16, 2014

Montserrat College of Art’s Former Trustee and alumna Janice Colby ’94 will be showing her summer paintings in an exhibit at Zenobia, 38 Essex Rd., Ipswich, MA.

Opening Reception: Fri., Oct. 17, 5:30 – 8 pm

Oct 15, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumna Erin Wolf ‘13 is now living in California and has a job as an ACE Worker at a private school called Westside Neighborhood School. ACE Workers monitor lunch and run the after school care program which they are trying to add an art program to. Westside Neighborhood School focuses on social learning.

“The school is really focusing this year about how all the teachers can work collaboratively together,” said Wolf. ”I’m learning a lot.”

Oct 15, 2014

Montserrat College of Art’s Illustration alumnus Edward Brillant ’00 is an instructor in Southern New Hampshire University’s Game Development program. He teaches classes on creating game assets, building game environments, character animation, creature design, concept art and game interface design.

Brillant has served more than 10 years in the 3D industry, recently as Art Director at Seven45 Studios in Boston. He has published nine games for the iPhone, iPad, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and has also worked on children’s television shows (lead animator for ‘’A Very Wompkee Christmas,’’ seen on ABC and PBS).

To see Brillant’s work, visit

Oct 15, 2014

Originally from Elmira New York, Jeremy Schmidt ’03 lives in Lynn with his girlfriend Katherine, their rabbit named Salem and their pug Hermione. Schmidt received his BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2003 with a concentration in Sculpture. After spending five years managing the water and sewer departments in Chelsea, he became an Assistant Operations and Maintenance Manager at the environmental consulting firm Weston and Sampson.

“Today I use the skills I honed at Montserrat to think creatively when problem solving and to appreciate how many different viewpoints people in my industry have,” said Schmidt.

Most of Schmidt’s time is spent working pursuing an MBA from UMass Lowell, but in his spare time he decorates his house by turning old vending machines into works of art. “I like to take non-traditional objects and rework them to turn them into something functional for the home,” said Schmidt 

“Over the years my work has gone from the abstract to more towards functionality. The work I created at Montserrat gave me a launching off point creativity-wise to be where I am today.” After finishing his MBA Schmidt plans to open a tattoo business in the North Shore area.

Oct 14, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumna Leah Rafaela Ceriello ‘12 will be performing at Galerie Labyrint in conjunction with Lublin Performance Platform In Lublin, Poland, October 16 – 18. Lublin Performance Platform is one of the only international festivals for emerging artists under 35 working in the discipline of performance. Ceriello will present a new long durational work entitled ‘The Movement of Grief (After R. Hass)‘ in response to the text of ‘Variations on a Passage in Edward Abbey’ by the Poet Robert Hass. She is the only American in the live portion of the festival!

“I feel very much like I am representing all of my artistic training at Montserrat and SMFA,” said Ceriello

For documentation of the festival and Ceriello’s work, please visit / and

Oct 13, 2014

Montserrat alumnus Jeff Seaberg ’93 has been making a new painting every day and gives 10% of the profit to the World Vision Charity, an organization dedicated to preserving children’s lives worldwide. Seaberg gives to this charity in memory of his friend, fellow artist and Montserrat College of Art alumnus Jim Falck ’91. So far he has made several dozen paintings.

In 1999, Jeff became a volunteer with a non-profit group called WorldTeach, teaching English in a small town called Pueblo Nuevo de Abangares in Costa Rica. He used art and song to help educate the children in learning English.

He works mostly in acrylic, moving paint across the canvas in an expressive and fluid manner that is bold and dynamic. Interviewed by South Shore Living Magazine, Jeff describes his artwork as “Abstract Realism.” The subjects he chooses are places or objects seen through Jeff’s perspective, albeit abstracted with vibrant color and enthusiasm. He’s married with four children, raises alpacas and runs a bed and breakfast in Pembroke, MA.

See more of Seaberg’s prints and originals at

Keep up with his daily paintings on his facebook page

Oct 9, 2014

After graduation from Montserrat College of Art, alumnus Howard Kline ’77 did what most artists only dream of. He opened his own gallery where people could buy directly from him and created his own art style. “The style is borne from the highly emotional Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940′s,” he said. “This painting style has strong emotional content that captures the essence of the moment by purely visual means.”

After thirty years painting in New England, Kline wanted to be in a less conservative environment and reach a wider audience with his art. After a detailed search of the art colonies of the United States, he decided to move his studio and gallery to Cambria, one of California’s art colonies by the sea. “I was delighted to find the perfect building to buy in the west village on the highly traveled Route One,” said Kline. “This happened in the year 2000 and another decade of my art career was in the making.”

In 2013 he discovered Bisbee, AZ and resettled in a perfect building on the sunny side of the Main Street. “Bisbee is filled with art galleries, whimsical cafes, fine dining, brew pubs and hosts a robust nightlife featuring muses, musicians, dancers and divas, painters, poets, authors, and actors. And maintains a comfortable year-round average temperature of 78 degrees.”

Visit Kline’s Gallery at

Oct 8, 2014

Alumna Janice Eaton Updike ’91 joins Jeanette Griffith for an exhibit at the Hall-Haskell House at 36 Main Street in Ipswich.  There will be an opening reception Friday, Oct. 10, 6 – 9 pm.

Janice Eaton Updike is an artist residing in Newburyport. Trained as a  designer and graduating from Montserrat College of Art, she has always been drawn to painting. For the past twenty years she has been working with pastels, exploring landscapes, still lives and interiors. Walks along the marshes and beaches of the North Shore have inspired her landscapes.

Eaton Recently exhibited include The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA, Stonewall Studios, Kittery, ME,and the Hall-Haskell House, Ipswich, MA.  She is represented by Chameleon at 22 Liberty Street in Newburyport, MA

Oct 6, 2014

Congratulations to Montserrat College of Art alumna Alyssa Coffin ‘14 who now works as a production artist at Sherle Wagner International in Fall River, MA. Sherle Wagner International makes luxury hardware in furniture.

“It has been great for developing my fine motor skills and attuning my eye to detail,” says Coffin. “I love the environment.  have my own desk in a studio setting and work with two other art school grads striving to make their own work on the side. So I have the benefit of mutual motivation and feedback of like-minded artists.”

Oct 2, 2014

Montserrat College of Art and Endicott College’s faculty and students have collaborated yet again in the exhibit Synthesis II.  The show will be on view October 2 -26 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.

A public opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2 – 4 pm.

Montserrat staff members that are exhibiting are Judith Brassard Brown (artwork seen above), Greg Orfanos, Justin Gagne, Gabrielle Keller, Lisa Perkins, Robert Roy, Julia Shepley, Blyth Hazen and Len Thomas-Vickory.

Endicott College faculty exhibiting are Meg Black, Krystal Demaine, Mari LaCure, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean – Mark Towner, and Miles Warner.

Montserrat students that are exhibiting are Adam Kooken, Mike Outhouse, Anthony Corrado, Katherine Roldan, Rory Bastille, Kerry McDermott, Alecia Parent, Rebecca Segar and Chelsea Nee.

The student’s work is from a semester-long documentary project of the plant and workers at the Salem Harbor Power Plant which was on display last June. The structure is now being demolished to make way for a new, smaller power plant. The project was funded by Footprint Power.

Endicott students that are exhibiting are Stephanie Alvarado-Ross, Samantha Hensel, Kayla Hodgetts, Alicia Luong, Suzie Newman, Kara Summerly, Graham Swayze, and Ruby Wallace-Ewing. Endicott staff that are exhibiting are Meg Black, Krystal Demaine, Mari LaCure, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean – Mark Towner, and Miles Warner.

For more information, contact the Cultural Center at 978-515-7004.

Oct 1, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumnus John Joseph Hanright ’97 is newly represented by Studio E Gallery in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

He was also the featured artist for the Liberty Hotel’s Tuesday Night Gallery Series on Sep. 16Click here to learn more! 

Hanright describes his work as “thought provoking, sometimes sexy and inspired by experience and visuals lost and found. This mixing of imagery and symbols in paint and/or mixed media combine to form pieces with a twist and discovery.”

Visit to see more of his work!

Sep 30, 2014

Montserrat College of Art photography alumna Claudia Saimbert ’07 is a Photo Editor at QVC.

She conceptualizes and produces photography content for, Inside Q and Q In digital magazine. She also coordinates and initiated set up of in-house photo and video studio.

To see more of her work, visit

Sep 29, 2014

Alumna Heidi Daub’s (’82) collaboration of paintings and poems The Shelter is being released in the literary magazine Split Rock Review. The Shelter contains paintings by Heidi Daub and poems by Leonore Hildebrandt. Last fall Daub displayed this work in a slide show while the poetry was read  at the Belfast Poetry Festival. They are both happy that their work will now be seen by a larger audience.

The Blue Hill Library is currently hosting a benefit exhibit featuring the artists who participated in this past summer’s Paint The Peninsula show.  Daubs painting Shell’s Breath will be exhibited and sold. She also has paintings on display throughout fall at Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay, Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, and online through Art Collector Maine.

Heidi Daub Studio/Gallery
P.O. Box 1471, Blue Hill, ME

Sep 25, 2014

Montserrat alumna Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s GEOLOGY  opened with a reception on Sept. 21 at The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead.

“[GEOLOGY] highlights Archer’s latest photographs, a series of abstract portraits referencing the haphazard collision of genetics and environments which shape and give form to each of our individual lives.”

The GEOLOGY exhibit runs through November 2. Archer will also participate in a panel discussion regarding photographic composition on Oct. 2 at 7 pm.

Additional information at 781.631.2608

Sep 22, 2014

Alumnus Andy Curlowe ’06 exhibited in at Pendulum at Mingo Gallery (284 Cabot St, Beverly, MA) this summer alongside Dante Rodriguez. Learn more here:

Pendulum explored the multiplicity of image and identity, with Curlowe focusing on “the intersections of the natural landscape with that of the manmade.” His paintings seeked to demonstrate the destruction, innovation and layered heritage of our landscape. Rodriguez’s work explored abstracted portraiture, focusing on the capricious nature of personal identity as influenced by time, environment and culture.

Many towns have been damaged by natural disasters and by human exploitation. Curlowe’s adopted town of Cleveland along with the other rust belt towns were left abandoned. Cleveland was eventually resettled by artist. It shows same cycle of overuse and fallowness as his art. Curlowe describes his work as “referencing the landscape of both his present and past.”

Curlowe also exhibited Bad Land will inaugurate Galerie D’Este’s new location in Canada. The name Bad Land refers to Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The Exhibit focuses on “the consequences of human presence in the natural landscapes.” The Badlands of South Dakota are hostile to humans and this makes them ideal for wildlife. Curlowe works on canvas with acrylic paint and graphite to capture small mining towns across the country.Curlowe and Rodriguez shared some stylistic similarities in both palette and technique, their work remains distinguished from one another through the ways in which they use layered information; through concealing, revealing, obscuring or all together deleting information in order to create a complex narrative and evoke sentiment.

Galerie D’Este, 4396 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Canada
September 4 – 28

Curlowe has exhibited extensively across Ohio and Massachusetts. His work appeared in issue #89 of New American Paintings. In 2013 Curlowe received a grant to build and install 35 red tents in selected locations across the U.S, titled the “Tent Project”. He was born in upstate New York and has lived in Cleveland for the past six years.

Sep 16, 2014

Alumna, painter and sculptor Allison Hornak ’09 is the owner of MINE ART! Gallery, the space is formerly known as Migrant Salon in downtown Sandy Hook, CT. Hornak is hosting an event this Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 pm at 117 Church Hill Road, Suite D, Newtown, CT.

PREPARING FOR ART: A Conversation with Artists


Montserrat Alumna Leah Rafaela Ceriello 12 - Providence, RI -

Jessica Gaddis - Boston, MA -

Montserrat Alumna Jessica Lee Hughes ’07 - Lynn, MA -

Montserrat Alumna Elizabeth Sultzer ’13 - New York, NY -

Please join MINE ART! Gallery for a riposte to the recent institution, ‘National Preparedness Month’. I will talk with dedicated artists about how they ready their studio, and themselves, to do the work of making meaningful things. You are welcome to attend, listen and, if you wish, participate in the conversation.

Sep 5, 2014

Alumna Melissa Silveira Guimaraes ’03 is a Peabody resident who graduated from Montserrat College of Art with a major in Illustration and Minor in Art Education in 2003. By September 2004, she was teaching visual arts at Peabody High School, the same high school she graduated from, and has been teaching there ever since. She is currently enrolled at Salem State University and has almost completed her Masters in the Art of Teaching with a concentration in Visual Arts.

Guimaraes has started a traveling paint party business, Melissa’s Budding Artists, that focuses on kids and teens. She throws parties hosted by local family-friendly venues and offer private parties, too. While she’ll be focusing on Budding Artists, kids and teens, she welcome and encourage artists of all ages to create!

Sep 5, 2014

Alumna Cynthia Woehrle ’93 is exhibiting her artwork at Old Sculpin Gallery in Martha’s Vineyard this month. If you happen to be on the island this weekend, please join her for a reception on Sept. 7, 5-7 pm. Also on view will be four other solo exhibits as well as the members gallery.

The exhibit will highlight several landscapes and new paintings of the recent Supermoon, which she was fortunate to watch rise over Chappaquiddick Island this summer. Coincidentally, while this exhibit is on view, the final Supermoon of the year will rise!

“I am honored and proud to have been accepted by the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association as an exhibiting artist and to have the opportunity to display in Edgartown, MA.” - Woehrle

On View: Sept. 6 – 13, 2014
Old Sculpin Gallery
58 Dock Street, Edgartown, MA

To keep up to date with Woehrle, visit her links:


Sep 3, 2014

Porter Mill and Tryptic Press will be hosting a special book signing on September 4th to celebrate the long-awaited release of CHROMA: VOL 2! For one night only, CHROMA 1 & 2 will both be available to purchase, and featured artists from each volume will be in attendance. This event is free and open to the public, as a part of Porter Mill’s monthly First Thursday series.

The book, released in August 2014, is the second collection of exclusive artist interviews released by Tryptic Press. Featured Volume 2 artists who will be appearing at this event include Tom Torrey, Amanda Beard, Bob Packert, Meghann Brideau and Forrest James. Several artists featured in Volume 1 will also be present, including Andrew Houle ’00, John Cardinal ’99, Michael Crockett ’97, Adam Miller ’00 and Emily Dumas.

The signing will take place at the Porter Mill Gallery located at 95 Rantoul St, Beverly MA, between 5 and 8 pm. During this time, the art studio building will also be open to the public.

More info about Tryptic Press and CHROMA can be found on

For more information about this or other events at Porter Mill, visit or email

Alumnus John Cardinal ’99 also had a new children’s book come out recently from Evolved PublishingThomas and the Tiger-Turtle.

When Thomas finds a talking turtle in his yard, he’s amazed and surprised—especially when the turtle insists, “I’m not a turtle. I’m a tiger!” After a visit to the zoo and a fun chase, the turtle—or is it a tiger?—discovers an important truth and makes a fast friend.

Aug 28, 2014

Alumna Loren Doucette ’13 and Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal are currently exhibiting in the group show “afloat” at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester. The Opening Reception is Saturday, August 30, 6 – 8 pm and the exhibit will remain on view through September 28.

Included in the show are: paintings by Shaun McNiff, sculptures by Caroline Bagenal, photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg and collages by Loren Doucette

77 Langsford Street,Gloucester, MA
Hours: Thu – Sun 12 – 5 pm or by appointment

Bagenal also has a solo show at Winfisky GalleryHouse of Words:
 Sculpture by Caroline Bagenal
, Curated by Professor Ken Reker. On view: Sept. 3 – Oct. 1. Reception: Wednesday, September 17, 2 pm at Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St. Salem, MA.

Caroline Bagenal’s sculptures express the idea of the printed word as a shelter and a refuge. In several pieces she evokes architecture by balancing books on stilts. Another series is inspired by African meeting houses called Toguna, translated as “House of Words”. Using reeds that she collects from the marshes near her Newburyport home, Bagenal creates works that draw upon forms found in the rural and seaside landscape such as bird blinds, haystacks, fences and lobster traps. Marsh reeds do not grow in straight lines and this imbues the geometric forms which she creates from these materials with a distinctive, hand-drawn quality.

Aug 19, 2014

Alumna Ellen Topitzer ’13 is now the Concept Artist at Ding! Games in Springfield, MA! She is responsible for the visual development, concept design and character creation as well as generating visual representation for objects and environments.

She also recently announced that she will be illustrating her second children’s book this summer for self publishing author Deby Gervais!

Topitzer is a freelance illustrator living in Western Massachusetts. She graduated from Montserrat College of Art, where she received her BFA in 2013. Drawn to children’s books from a very early age Topitzer has an incredible passion for art and storytelling. She has already illustrated one children’s book.

Congratulations, Ellie!

See more of her work at

Aug 19, 2014

Alumna Ania Gruca ’14 will be in a group show at gallery 263 in Cambridge called folk which is up till the end of August. She is also doing an installation for the Ellis Square Performance Series on Friday, August 22 at 7pm on Cabot Street in Beverly. She will be playing with fellow band so sól.

Learn more here:

Congratulations, Ania!

Aug 19, 2014

Alumna Mori Clark ’12 is currently employed at the Akron Art Museum as a Visitor Services Associate! Her piece Coyote + The Columbia” (left) was selected to be apart of the Group 10 Gallery’s first regional juried exhibition! Learn more here:

Clark’s piece “Where I Was/Am/Will Be” (right) was selected to be shown in this year’s Akron Art Museum’s annual juried Staff Show, Working Artists! Learn more here:
Congratulations, Mori!

Aug 15, 2014

Alumna Kerry Karner ’96 is currently working as the Senior Graphic Designer at Omega Engineering, a temperature measurement, flow, pressure and data acquisition instrumentation company in Stamford CT. Kerry works in the in-house creative department, made up of two senior graphic designers, two graphic artists, a proofreader and an advertising coordinator. Her office does all the creative services (catalogs, handbooks, etc.) for the company and for more than 20 of their international sites.

Kerry also does some of her own creative work on the side. She’s currently working on branding for a new company who will be manufacturing liquid for e-cigarettes.

She also has an ongoing project she calls ‘my heart phenomenon‘. For the past 16 years she has encountered hearts in everyday situations, in her food, out in nature, on others. “You wouldn’t believe the situations where they appear to me,” she said. She has photographed 95% of the hearts she has come across. Kerry self published a book four years ago with these photographs. “I’ve since gotten a following on facebook where if someone finds a heart they photograph it, send it to me and I post it in an album which I tag them in. That’s been going strong for quite a few years now. I love that people share with me. Makes me realize that love is surrounding us at all times. And funny enough they usually pop up whenever I seem to be needing them most!

Jul 14, 2014Alumna Rebecca Skrabely ’13 is officially a teacher in the Enfield Public Schools System! She will be teaching at the middle school at John F Kennedy, grades 7th and 8th.

“I have to say that finding and landing a long term substitute position was the best thing that has happened to me and I landed my foot in the doors of a great opportunity. The school year ended in late June and I packed up the classroom I was teaching in, but leaving my belongings behind, in hopes that they would hire me as a contracted teacher and luckily they did! …I’m so thankful for this opportunity and to be a part of this school system, especially Enfield’s Visual Arts Department. I’m 1 of 3 new hires in the Visual Arts Department in Enfield, so changes are happening and that is exciting!” - Skrabely

(In above photo: Rebecca Skrabely ’13 and the Chair of our Art Education Assoc. Prof. & Rébecca Bourgault, EdD. at Crayons to Acrylics: Art Education Thesis Show in 2013 where our Practicum students presented the artworks of their students and celebrated the completion of their Pre-K-12 Initial Licensure requirements. - See more photos here!)

This summer, Skrabely is working as an Art Specialist at a summer camp in Longmeadow, MA which she has found to be extremely rewarding being able to work with younger children, ages 4 – 10. In August, she will begin to plan her lessons, make the classroom her own and meet her new students come this fall!

“I’m extremely excited for this upcoming fall, feel accomplished, proud and can’t wait to start my teaching career!” - Skrabely
Jul 10, 2014Alumnus Craig Schaffer ’98 (BFA Illustration) recently won two Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for his exceptional visual journalism work! The association awarded him 1st place for his illustration work on the Reading Eagle’s 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg series “Hell and High Water.” The historical series by reporter Ron Devlin, photographer Jeremy Drey and artist Craig Schaffer also won 1st place. Schaffer has previously won five Keystone awards for his illustration and graphic design work for several suburban PA newspapers.

Schaffer has worked for the Reading Eagle Company for the past 10 years as a designer and illustrator and was recently promoted to visual journalist in 2013. He illustrates a statistical weekly column, Snapshot, for Business Weekly and draws another column, Sketchbook, about wildlife for “Berks Country.” Both are Reading Eagle publications. Schaffer’s position as a visual journalist is rare in the industry and no other artist is known to have an illustrated column in a US newspaper. His work can be found on his website

- Courtesy of Craig Schaffer
Jul 8, 2014Asst. Prof. Timothy Harney and alumna Loren Doucette ’13 are exhibiting showing their work this summer at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester. The galley is hosting its first in a series of summer garden parties, Sunday, July 13th at 5pm. The evening will begin with a guided tour of the gallery, and a brief discussion of their works, by artists Len Richardson, Tim Harney and Loren Doucette. At 6 pm, in the garden, they have the pleasure of presenting guitarist Andrew “Hacksaw” Harney with a repertoire of Blues, Fusion and Funk. A young north shore talent known for being “a ‘fearless’ multi-instrumentalist dedicated to his craft.” He has played with Darrell Scott from the Band of Joy (featuring Robert Plant fronting the band), The James Montgomery Band, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Harper and Midwest Kind, just to name a few.

Light refreshments will be offered, but we encourage you to bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy some great music in the garden!
Jul 8, 2014Successful Graphic Designer Shares How to Balance Your Dreams with Real World Demands

by Kristin D’Agostino

Though it’s been twenty years since he graduated, Swampscott-based graphic designer Steve Dariotis recalls how idealistic he was as a young artist. Art students, he says, often have their own set of dreams that have to be adapted to fit the needs of the real world. For Dariotis this lesson came while he was still in school when a Montserrat professor gave him a job lead that wasn’t quite what the young student had in mind.

“It was to design a hospital brochure,” he recalls. “I could’ve said I didn’t want to design a silly hospital brochure; I had my own interests.” But, luckily, Dariotis took the job because that “silly” hospital brochure was the first step toward a successful career designing websites and graphics for the medical industry.

In the world of graphic design, Dariotis says, medical jobs are some of the most secure. “While other industries come and go,” he reflects, “the hospital stuff never goes away.” Specializing in a niche industry is a great way for a new graphic designer to secure his or her career. In the medical field, one job often leads to another because in the Boston area there are “a million hospitals” that are all connected through the Partners healthcare system.

But, doesn’t specializing in one kind of client get dull after a while? Dariotis says no. He enjoys the variety in his work, everything from company logos and brochures to web sites and three-dimensional exhibits used for trade shows. And, though he primarily works on the computer, Dariotis keeps his drawing skills fresh by sketching illustrations and maps for healthcare magazines.

As for his days at Montserrat, Dariotis says, though he enjoyed the chance to work on in-class projects, it was an internship that proved the most useful after graduation. Working in the college print shop gave him a strong foundation of skills he has drawn upon throughout his career. “It gave me experience working with a printer and doing other pre press stuff,” he says. “It definitely helped me going into the real world.”
Jul 8, 2014Render Coffee is owned by Montserrat College of Art alumna Alison Dadey ( Mayo ) ’03 and her husband Chris Dadey. It was recently featured as one of America’s 50 Best Coffee Shops on!

43. Render Coffee — Boston “It seems Bostonians have grown to love craft coffee almost as much as they love their Red Sox (almost). Render is a great establishment amongst the exploding Boston coffee scene, serving up Counter Culture and some guest roasters with finesse.” — Bill Walsh of The Pure Coffee Blog
Jun 24, 2014Maine Designer Finds Inspiration and Connection in Portland’s Lively Art Scene

By Kristin D’Agostino

Being in art school offers artists a close connection to a creative community. But, what happens after graduation? For Lana Wheeler moving to Portland, Maine a lively city with a bustling art scene hashelped her stay inspired and connected to fellow artists. The graphic design major moved home to Maine after graduating in 2012 and says living in a funky seaside city has been great for her career. She has built up steady work as a freelance designer, working with clients ranging from brides-to-be to a local app company where she designs animation and typography for video games.

It seems the salty air is good for the soul. “I grab most of my inspiration being outdoors,” Wheeler says. “I like to get ideas from architecture, trees and nature.”

Since graduating, Wheeler has explored many areas of design and has specialized in logo creation and company branding. She hopes to find work in the future at a small studio or design firm where she can be part of a creative team.

In the meantime, she is taking advantage of Portland’s lively arts community, which includes and regular cultural events and open studios.

Her advice to grads: Stay connected - “A sense of community, connection and support means all the world after graduating.”
Jun 24, 2014Alumna Olivia Boi ’13 is having a show at Plum Island Coffee Roasters in Newburyport, MA for the whole month of June. Anyone can stop by during the business hours of the shop! Learn more here:
Jun 18, 2014Montserrat College of Art is honored to have presented its first ever Summer Immersive Educator Fellowship and Summer Alumni Fellowship programs to five deserving recipients: Alyssa Coffin, Daniel Burns, Kimberly Batti, Margaret Noble and Kristin Osiecki. Montserrat’s Summer Immersive Workshops has entered its fourth year of operation. Since its inception it has nearly tripled in size, workshops expanding from traditional topics and media to now include a diverse range of intensive courses. From painting to mixed media, digital photography to paper sculpture, the Summer Immersive program brings together a unique community of instructors and students engaged in creative inquiry.

The Summer Immersive Educator Fellowship is a competitive award given to a High School educator of exceptional merit who would benefit from taking part in a studio program for one week of intensive study. The award is meant to provide these outstanding educators with the opportunity to earn Professional Development Points as well.

The Summer Alumni Fellowship is likewise given to an alumnus of extraordinary artistic merit whose practice would be enhanced by the experience of participating in a Summer Immersive workshop. Fellowship recipients receive full tuition remission for one of our Immersive courses as well as free accommodations in our eco-friendly Student Village. The recipients are also given the opportunity to present an artist talk to their community of peers. This award is valued at $1,300.

Summer Alumna Fellowship Recipient:

Alyssa Coffin graduated from Montserrat College of in the spring of 2014 where she received a BFA in illustration with a fine art emphasis and an independent study in creative writing. She spent a semester studying abroad in Ireland in her junior year to take some time to explore her work more independently. She is primarily a mixed media painter. Her work incorporates elements of collage to build texture and to use the object to create metaphor. She is interested in the ritual of narrative and the possibilities of conceptual illustration when ideas are constructed to create a juxtaposition that raises questions.

Summer Immersive Educator Fellowship Recipients:

Kimberly Batti“When I grow up, I will be an artist by day, magician by night,” announced Kimberly to her first grade classmates. Every day since, Kimberly has been making art with the same enthusiasm she shared with her peers long ago. While these days Kimberly is not making rabbits appear from top hats, she has a knack for conjuring characters from the empty pages of her sketchbook and captivating art classes with the visual illusions and other drawing techniques. Kimberly graduated from RISD’s Illustration Department, received a MFA from WPUNJ, and now teaches art courses at Indian Hills High School in NJ.

Daniel Burns earned his MFA from the Catholic University of America. He also holds certificates in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction and a degree in Art Education. Mr. Burns has been the recipient of a Fulbright Memorial Award to travel to Japan. Additionally, he was a member of a team of educators who traveled to Russia on a Fulbright grant to develop curriculum based on Russian studies. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hungarian Multi-Cultural Foundation in Balatonfured, Hungary, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Woodstock Artist Colony and Wilson College. He has an international exhibition record.

Margaret Noble was born in Texas, raised in San Diego and received her artistic training primarily in Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Sound Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Margaret Noble came to education from industry as a professional artist and since her start at High Tech High she has consistently supported students in producing meaningful and cutting edge professional work. Margaret’s own artistic works resides at the intersection of sound, installation and performance. More information on her work and teaching can be found at: or

Kristin Osiecki is a Graphic Designer and Arts Educator living and working in the Boston area. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from RISD in 2005 and has been working as a designer ever since. In July of 2009 she returned to RISD for a Master of Arts in Teaching and graduated in June of 2010 with honors and a RISD Graduate Studies Grant. Currently, she teaches full time and freelances as a graphic designer and photographer.

For more information visit or contact Montserrat’s Director of Continuing & Professional Studies Shelton Walker at or 978.921.4242 x1202.
Jun 5, 2014By John Laidler | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT

Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll recently named the seven members of the new Salem Public Art Commission. The panel is charged with implementing the city’s public art initiative. Outlined in the Public Art Master Plan completed last year, it calls for the city to commission and acquire public art; act as a steward of the city’s public art collection; and engage the public in collection. The commission members are Montserrat College of Art alumnus Victor Miguel Cruz ’13, a freelance designer and illustrator; Juliette Fritsch, chief of education and interpretation for the Peabody Essex Museum; Norene Gachignard, president of the board of directors of the Salem Theatre Company and a former School Committee member; Ellen Hardy, a visual artist who is a member of the city’s Public Arts Master Plan Working Group and a board member of the Salem Arts Association; Lillian Hsu, director of public art and exhibitions of the Cambridge Arts Council; Claudia Paraschiv, an architect, public artist, and lecturer at Boston Architectural College who is on the Salem Arts Festival Committee; and J. Michael Sullivan, a licensed architect who is filling the seat intended for a member of the Design Review Board. All the appointments are subject to City Council confirmation.

Victor Miguel Cruz holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and is a freelance designer and illustrator. He brings the fresh enthusiasm and perspective of a younger artist who is at the start of his artistic career.

Learn more here!
Jun 5, 2014Alumna Leah Ceriello ’12 has just received a travel grant from the Montague Fund at the MFA for a two week residency in Skomvaer, Norway! She is trying to crowd fund the rest of her expenses. Learn more here:

In August of this year, on the tiny island of Skomvćr, a group of artists and theoreticians are gathering at Skomvćr Lighthouse for a 14-day interdisciplinary laboratory on site-specific art in nature. The goal of the residency is to create site specific works with sustainable ideas and conscious presence in nature as a theme on all levels- with equal weight to culture and nature, environmental politics and aesthetics.

Skomvćr is located just below the Arctic Circle, in Nordland county, Norway. It has a rich and varied history, including evidence of a large Iron Age settlement, extensive maritime activity (including shipbuilding and fishing), and a culture of sustainability through environmental stewardship and subsistence agriculture.

Any and all contributions you can make will be incredibly helpful! Please visit Ceriello’s gofundme page for more information!
Jun 5, 2014Alumnus James B. Campbell ’73 was awarded the Rene Phillips Featured Artist Award from Manhattan Arts International for his entry “Installing the Sundogs” in The Healing Power of Art Exhibition. Now available for viewing online through July 17 at Manhattan Arts International. Learn more here:

This afforded Campbell the opportunity to be a featured artist on the Artsy Shark web site. Several works are on display here where he shares insights into his mixed media sculptural work and the creative process. See his work here:

Now in it’s third year, the Bloomington, Indiana Bloomington Open Studios Tour artists again open their studio doors to the public on June 7th and 8th. Campbell is a participating artist and as a member of the steering committee is responsible for developing the new 44 page Studios Tour booklet, a guide to the 40 participating artists in 20 locations around the city. Visitors will get to see first hand what goes on behind the scenes in the process of the creation of some of their favorite artworks and talk with artists one-on-one.

See more of his work here:
Jun 5, 2014Defining Moments | Reflections on the Magic of the Journal Gallery, From the Artists Who Show There CULTURE By BEN BARNA MAY 28, 2014

Julia Dippelhofer had come to the United States from Germany to work as an au pair when she met Michael Nevin ’04 in a photography class at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass. Then 19, Nevin had recently started a photocopied zine out of his dorm called The Journal that was dedicated to his twin passions: snowboarding and art. The two formed a bond based on their shared aesthetic sensibility, and soon moved to New York and turned The Journal into an effortlessly stylish publication at the crossroads between the city’s downtown fashion and art worlds.

As it grew in both recognition and reputation — contributors included names like Juergen Teller and Terence Koh — Dippelhofer and Nevin became champions for the artists they featured, who often created work specifically for the magazine. The next logical step was to transform their East Village production office into an event space that could showcase works from emerging and established talent. In 2004, the Journal Gallery was born. “The magazine, along with the gallery, created a certain energy that we found inspiring,” Nevin says. “We wanted a space in which we could connect with readers and contributors to create a dialogue.”

They later relocated to Williamsburg as a full-fledged gallery representing artists that quickly established itself as a bastion of taste and creativity across the river from New York’s traditional art epicenter. “To the New York art world, that’s like opening on Mars,” Nevin once said. To celebrate the Journal Gallery’s 10-year anniversary, the Manhattan gallery Venus over Manhattan will be staging a retrospective that will include works from the artists that defined it, including Rita Ackermann, Brian Belott, Daniel Hesidence, Sarah Braman, Graham Collins, Peter Demos, Chris Succo, Michael Williams and more. Five of those artists wrote in to share their thoughts on what makes the Journal Gallery one of a kind.

See full New York Times article here:
Jun 2, 2014Recent Montserrat graduate Massiel Grullon ’14 and current student Daniel Stone will exhibit their work in the Summer Solstice Art Reception, Thursday, June 19, 5:30 – 8 pm.

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center with a full-building public art reception. This event is FREE and open to the public. Light snacks will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

Click here to RSVP by June 13, 2014.

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210

For more information visit: or email:
Jun 2, 2014The above piece by recent graduate Michael Concepcion Velez ’14 has been selected for the ArtsFest 2014 Exhibition this summer.

Arts Fest 2014: Community Art Exhibition On View: June 4 – August 15 Reception: Friday, June 13, 5 – 8 pm Carol Grillo Gallery & Desnoyers Overlook 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915 Leighton O’Connor, Featured Artist Free and open to the public.

A juried exhibition, artists from the Beverly area, students from Endicott College, Montserrat College, Beverly High School, and students who live in Beverly but attend private schools are invited to submit images for jurying for this exhibition. This exhibition is the celebration of Beverly Main Streets, Arts Fest Beverly, and will also have a featured artist who is chosen by committee. The reception is the official opening for Arts Fest Beverly, and artists will be on hand to discuss and sell their works.

Gallery hours: Mon. – Thu. 9 am – 5 pm, Fri. 9 am – 12 pm, Closed on July 4th.

This reception is the official start of Beverly Main Streets Arts Fest in downtown Beverly on Saturday, June 14, from 10 am – 4 pm.
May 29, 2014When recent Montserrat graduate Caitlin Hatfield had to choose an internship her junior year, the 22-year-old artist admits she was “nervous as hell”. Torn between her passion for sewing and graphic design, Hatfield settled on a seamstress job working for the Boston Ballet. Though she enjoyed her creative time behind the scenes, by the time the internship ended, Hatfield felt ready to try something new. A college talk by Brookline designer Jan Moscowitz from Moore Moscowitz Designs inspired her to send an email requesting to work with the firm. Moscowitz accepted her request on the spot, which Hatfield says, was a proud moment in itself.

“That was the first time I’d put my work out there,” she sais. “It was an amazing feeling that someone outside the school saw potential in my work.”

The semester that followed proved both exciting and challenging. Though she was nervous at first, Hatfield quickly fell into the flow of things, helping to design boxes, bumper stickers, catalogues and post cards. Moscowitz was a natural mentor, equal parts teacher and coach. “She questioned every step I took,” Hatfield says. “She exposed an entire world to me, but also I appreciated how tough she was to impress… She wanted me to design with the entire picture in mind. She wanted reasons and support for my designs.”

A year later, Hatfield was busy this past spring working on her senior seminar project- hand sewing hats made of paper. Looking back on her intern experience, she says dabbling in sewing and graphic design helped her to clarify her goals. She feels certain she’s meant to be a graphic designer, and is thrilled to have a portfolio of impressive designs-which includes Montserrat’s lime green 2013-2014 course catalogue- that will speak volumes about her talent.

- Kristin D’Agostino
May 23, 2014Alumna Lindsay Desrosiers ’01 will be exhibiting her work this Sunday, May 25, 2 – 7 pm at 13 Ash Street # 2, Danvers, MA

Decadence Celebrated features paintings and collages by Lindsay Desrosiers. Set on a backdrop of apocalyptic landscapes the work makes broad connections between subjects that range from pop culture to child soldiers. Themes of defiance, dominance, and desolation are moderated by Desrosiers cheeky perspective and sardonic wit.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
May 21, 2014Alumnus Bradford Rusick ’08 has announced and invited the Montserrat community to his next show Joyland presented by Voltage Coffee and Art in Cambridge, MA. The show will feature a host of new large works on paper and panel that he’s excited to share.

Joyland goes up June 8, a reception will follow on Friday, June 13, 7-9 pm and it will remain on view until July 27.

Voltage Coffee & Art
 295 3rd St. Cambridge, MA 02142
 (Near Longfellow Bridge and the Kendall T Stop)
May 21, 2014Alumna Heidi Daub ’82 is happy to announce her inclusion in several galleries in Maine this May and June.

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, ME presents the first show of the season, Welcome Spring featuring her work in addition to painters Jacob Cooly, Jessica Ives and Karen Tusinski. The show runs now through June 18, with an opening on June 6, 3-5 pm.

Island Artisans of Bar Harbor, ME is showing her work now through mid July. Contact Abigail Goodyear for more information.

And in the southern part of the state, the Kennebunkport Festival, runs from June 1 – 8, and will host a variety of culinary, visual and musical offerings. Her work, among other Art Collector Maine Artists, will be on exhibit June 6 – 23.

Art. Works. Opening: Friday, June 6, 5 – 7 pm 39 Western Ave, Kennebunk Live music and light fare will be provided at this event from Kitchen Chicks Catering.

Thursday, June 26th the Blue Hill Library, will host an art talk from 7-8 pm with painters Louise Bourne, Richard Wands and myself presenting our paintings and the varying ways landscape informs our work. Come by and join the discussion!

If you have any questions with regard to her work or the scheduled shows above, please feel free to contact Heidi at or 207-374-5417.

Heidi Daub Studio/Gallery P.O. Box 1471, Blue Hill, ME
May 12, 2014

Alumna Morgan Dyer '13 will be exhibiting her new paintings in a solo show at Mingo Gallery this summer!
Opening Reception: Sat., May 17, 5 - 8 pm
Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing
284 Cabot St., Beverly, MA

This exhibition will be on view from May 13 - June 21

Dyer is a 2013 graduate of Montserrat College of Art, whose work is rooted in landscape abstractions. Dyer creates these landscapes based on memories; through exploring the shifting qualities of both landscape and memory, she seeks to understand a connection with the past

See more of Dyer's work here:

May 7, 2014

Olivia Boi is an artist whose work hinges on the emotional abstraction of the human form. Boi has exhibited in The Last Brucennial and multiple exhibitions in Sideshow Gallery as well as a wide variety of local galleries throughout Massachusetts. Having recently graduated with a BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2013, she attended the New York Arts Practicum at the same time as fellow Critique Collective interviewee, Corey Dunlap. Boi’s work is also available for view on her website.

Paul Weiner:
Given the rise of new media artists working with all kinds of digital tools, how inclusive does the art world seem for young painters like you right now?

Olivia Boi: 
Well, it is challenging for myself and my friends as recent graduates of art school. Mostly, I believe it is important to be consistent with the motivation in your process as a painter. You have to continually put yourself in a position to be aware of what is going on around you in the art world. It is crucial to share your work with the public and talk about it with as many people as possible. That being said, I strongly feel that there is an urgency for painting in the art world today, and artists will respond to that. The success of the artist is based on the artist’s needs and goals, whether they are new media artists or painters, and it is always a struggle.

Paul Weiner:
Tell us a little bit about how you begin a new work of art both conceptually and physically.

Olivia Boi:
I start a new work when I feel compelled to relay something I have experienced or seen into a more permanent state. It all starts out pretty overwhelming, but it is a familiar chaos that is my starting point. I get this feeling, and I don’t want to do anything else except to start figuring out this painting, to work. I first ask myself about the scale, and then I usually mix a palette based on my sensations to start at that. I lay out some general lines and movements from which I’d like to build. It is a really intuitive process that is different every time I start or revisit a piece. I work in layers according to color, to work out some internal logic of the painting. Lately, I have been favoring paint heavily, making up most of my practice. I am inspired by the figure and how it can be abstracted and reinterpreted. Currently, I am working on a series of scrolls that are meant to hang all together, and right now I have about 9 of them, each 43” x 84”. Usually, when I am considering a painting, I think of myself physically in my studio. My space is an area where I can leave everything the way it is as I am done working. I am very particular about my work environment in order to set up my work ethic. It needs to feel lived in, to generate a fluid spatial movement that allows a sort of meditative quality to my work. When I paint, I feel like I come in contact with another side of myself that is never brought out otherwise.

Paul Weiner:
To what extent do you find art education important for contemporary artists, both on the undergraduate and graduate levels?

Olivia Boi:
It is important to have an education about art so you can understand the context your work exists in. There is so much to know. You can go to school and study contemporary art theory and history or you could choose to not go to school and try to educate yourself in the same topics. I think it would be really challenging to learn everything school has to offer on your own. Either way, it is up to your personal motivations because there is so much to learn, even for people who have completed both undergraduate and graduate studies. It is important to educate yourself about everything you can as an artist, which is separate from pursuing a masters of the fine art world. But I think that education in art and studying art history is crucial to a career. It is necessary to know about the people who have practiced this kind of work and theory before you so that your work can be included in the larger conversation. It is important to see other artists’ work
and specifically how they work; it can help shape your own practice. You really have to read and watch everything you can get your hands on, including documentaries and biographies. Education is not an option. It is expected. You need to know what you are talking about to be taken seriously.

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May 7, 2014

Montserrat College of Art alumna Nicole Monforti-Hoshi '07 has been recently was featured in SOCO, New England's south coast magazine!

See the full article in the magazine on pg. 38 here:

May 5, 2014

Alumnus Brad Silk '07 is currently working on TEN, a new curation project at Cindy Rucker Gallery, which will run May 9 - May 11, 2014, with an opening reception May 9, 7 - 11 pm at 141 Attorney St. and Stanton St., New York City, NY.

As Assistant Director and and Independent Curator, Silk is working with the gallery on this new art event that will premier during the NYC art fairs. A few Montserrat alumni will also be participating, including David Schoerner '07 and Brian Galderisi '12.

TEN is a three-day salon style art event will feature curatorial submissions of ten diverse curators and brings together one hundred artists in total, celebrating broad scope of the contemporary art world.

Learn more here:

Apr 30, 2014


Apr 28, 2014

by Kristin D'Agostino
Sometimes life (like the old U2 song says) moves in mysterious ways.  When Joe Sweeney graduated from Montserrat in 1981 with a degree in Printmaking, he never would have guessed that three decades later he’d be working in the construction business.  But, these days, Sweeney is Customer Service Manager at Windover Constructionin Manchester-By-The-Sea, a job that requires him to oversee quality control, problem-solve and communicate with customers.  Though the fields of construction and fine art may seem worlds apart, Sweeney says over the years he has regularly used his ability to work with his hands, to visualize things in 3D, and to express ideas on paper.

How did he find his way into construction?
After graduating from Montserrat, Sweeney worked for a couple of years for a friend’s printmaking studio in Gloucester, while holding down side-jobs in restaurants and construction.  After a while, he chose to pursue construction full-time.
“It felt natural because my family was in the business of restoring antique homes in Western Massachusetts,”  he says.

These days, after many years of hands-on work as a carpenter, Sweeney is happy to be working behind the scenes.  “I’m more beneficial in this position than if I had a hammer in my hand,” he says, adding, “Many years of lifting and grunting are hard on the body.”

Though it’s been three decades since he was an art student, Sweeney remembers his time at Montserrat well.  He particularly recalls Friday night critiques where students would gather to view each other’s work and offer feedback. The meetings, he says, have served him well in life.

You can either crumble, or benefit and grow [from the criticism]”
, he says.  Like a chameleon adapting to life's constant changes, it seems that Sweeney has chosen to grow.

Apr 23, 2014

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Montserrat College of Art alumna DanaMartin ’11 conducted by

Dana Martin is an illustrator and designer who was born in New Mexico and has been roaming ever since. A recent graduate of Montserrat College of Art, her work has appeared in several local shows and was recently featured in CMYK’s Top New 100 Creatives.

Her clients include the Peabody Essex Museum, Hendrickson Publishers, Chrysler, ABDO, ArtThrob Magazine and Ploughshares. The Johnstown Flood, scheduled for release this fall, will be her first illustrated chapter book.

How long have you been illustrating?
3 years professionally.

How did you decide to attend Montserrat College of Art?
Because I knew so little then about how to choose an art school, I started my search with two lists. One was of all the schools in the AICAD (Association of Independent Schools of Art and Design) and the other was of those in the NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). I wanted to go to a private college and I figured any school that made both the lists was probably pretty good (now that I know more about accreditation processes, this seems amazingly naïve). After that I just started investigating every school that was in both associations. Most of them didn’t offer illustration programs, so they were easy to cross off. Others I could tell just weren’t the right fit. I eventually applied to RISD, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and Montserrat, and was accepted into all three. At that point, the smart thing would have been to visit the campuses, but since I was in the middle of gen. ed. classes at a state university on the other side of the country, I couldn’t get away. I kept calling and emailing the admissions offices with more questions, and they all did their best to get me the info I needed. Montserrat was always the pleasantest to deal with, though, and I just started to get the sense that it was a place where I would really feel at home. This turned out to be true.

Can you tell us a bit about that school?
Montserrat is a quirky little school slightly north of Boston. They offer all the standard art school concentrations, but the illustration department is particularly strong. There’s an emphasis on building foundational skills rather than chasing the latest trends, and the learning atmosphere is great because the students and instructors are serious about their work, but not their self-image. It’s a down-to-earth and unpretentious community, something that’s not always easy to find in the art world.

What were you favorite classes?
That’s a hard choice, I had a lot of great ones. I really enjoyed the natural science illustration class, because we learned a lot about botany and insects, and there was a whole closet full of butterflies, dried flowers, stuffed birds, and other treasures that we were free to borrow for sketching. My thesis class was also amazing, because I got to plan my own assignments but was supported by everyone’s feedback. Even the classes I wasn’t enthusiastic about, though, such as typography and web design, have proven invaluable since graduation.

What did you do right after you graduated?
I continued with some of the things I’d already been doing in college – working at a library and helping with Montserrat’s summer program – but I did manage to get some small illustration jobs almost as soon as I graduated.

Do you feel that the classes you took in college have influenced your style?
One thing I appreciated about my instructors was that they didn’t steer students toward one style or another, but instead worked to help each of us sort out the voices we already had. I’ve always had an eye for detail, but when I started school, it was out of hand. My compositions were cramped and everything in the picture was competing for elbow room, so nothing could flow. The instructors helped me recognize the problem and find ways to open up the page.

When did you decide you wanted to illustrate a children’s book?
I expect from the moment I first saw a children’s book. Even before I could read them I never went anywhere without one. Come to think of it, I still don’t.

Any words of wisdom on how to become a successful writer or illustrator?

Everyone knows they have to work hard, but I don’t think everyone realizes how long they’ll be working hard. This is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s easy to neglect everything else in the pursuit of your craft, but over time that undermines you. Art has to be about something. If you cut yourself off from your friends, your hobbies, and whatever else fuels you as a person, you eventually will have nothing to say artistically. In the words of Gore Vidal, the unfed mind devours itself.

You can visit Dana at or find out what’s new with her on her blog at

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Apr 14, 2014

Carved from a Stack of Books,
Jim Campbell’s Artwork is Bound to Inspire
by Kristin D’Agostino

In looking at Jim Campbell’s work, it’s easy to see the Indiana-based artist has a good sense of humor. A cookie, baked to a golden crisp, is displayed in a lower corner of his website. But, viewers beware- this is not your grandma’s chocolate chip cookie. Baked from a mold the artist carved himself, this tasty treat resembles an ancient relic found in a museum, complete with scene straight off a Japanese vase- a woman standing in front of a temple, gazing into the distance. This cookie is one example of how Campbell, a freelance designer and painter, likes to amuse himself and stay creatively challenged.

Jim Campbell attended Montserrat in the early 1970’s. After decades working in the printing industry as a designer, in the 1990’s with the advent of digital, Campbell was forced to reinvent himself. He studied Adobe InDesign and CAD technical drawing software, and spent the next years carving out a new career for himself as a freelance designer. These days he designs traveling exhibits for commercial clients.

When he’s not working, Campbell enjoys creating multi-media paintings and sculptures from materials such as foam, PVC and lightweight concrete. His brightly colored wall sculptures are geometric in their design, like Van Gogh in 3 D.

Recently Campbell has found a way to reconnect with the printing world: He’s been carving sculptures out of stacks of old books and magazines. “It’s a type of low relief carving into the edge of the publications,” the artist explains. “It keeps the spines intact and the surface of the pages acts like a relief surface.”

In one piece entitled The Tenth Muse, a voluptuous woman looks as though she’s about to step out of a stack of magazines. This sculpture, Campbell says, took about three weeks to create through a combination of rough carving and work with a band saw. The print sculptures, the artist says, are just another way stay challenged.

As for the cookie, this blogger wants to know, are there more, and will he share?

Unfortunately, no, says Campbell; the cookies were a passing phase. The curious must satisfy their hunger by feasting their eyes on the digital version on the artist’s website. Every last special cookie edition was eaten by friends and family.

Still painting and exhibiting his work locally, Campbell says he remembers his time at Montserrat fondly. “The teachers do a lot for helping you find yourself. The requirements of the classroom, the pressure to keep working and producing is important to being an artist.”

- Kristin D’Agostino

Apr 14, 2014

Animator Chris Pianka Holds On To His Roots
while Hanging with Hollywood Stars
by Kristin D’Agostino

Being a Massachusetts kid in Hollywood has its perks: Sharing a table with Leonardo DiCaprio at an Oscars party, hobnobbing with fellow cartoonists at the local comic book shop, and taking part in the local zine scene. But, best of all, says Montserrat grad Chris Pianka, is hanging out with Ren and Stimpy, something he does everyday as a library specialist at Nickelodeon Animation Studio’s artist resource library.

Pianka, who graduated in 2011 with an animation and interactive media degree, says his transition from New England to Hollywood has been “surreal” to say the least, but he’s enjoying every minute of it. The twenty-something animator accepted the job at Nickelodeon in February. He catalogues artwork; makes sure pieces are backed up in the digital archive; and shows past work to artists who come in seeking inspiration.

“My favorite part of the job is being able to pull out Sponge Bob or Ren and Stimpy,” he says, adding, “It’s really cool to go through this stuff.”

Nickelodeon, Pianka says, is currently in the process of reinventing itself, and is looking back to the Nineties for inspiration. “It’s about remembering that vibe and the roots of the art,” he says. “It’s a great time to be here.”

Landing a job at a Hollywood studio did not come easily to Pianka. He attributes much of his success to a junior year internship he had with filmmaker Daniel Sousa where he worked on the animated film “Feral”. During this time, Pianka contributed some of his own drawings to the film, which went on to receive an Oscar nomination. The internship helped to land him another one at Nickelodeon the following summer. And, when Sousa came out to California to attend the Oscars for his film nomination, he invited Pianka to come with him to a week’s worth of events where Pianka made valuable industry contacts.

After the summer internship ended, Pianka returned home to the North Shore and life got decidedly less exciting. He moved in with his parents, got a coffee shop job, and began a third internship in Boston. But, the whole time he was in New England, Pianka worked hard at maintaining his connection to Hollywood life by reading animation blogs, and keeping in touch with people he’d met there. And, when a position opened up at Nickelodeon in February, Pianka was called in for an interview. The rest, as they say, is history.

In the future, Pianka would like to work as a storyboard artist and character designer on a cartoon show or to direct and produce his own show. But, for now, the young animator is content to act as a link between the artists of today and the artwork of the past. “I’m going to hold off pitching a show until I have a strong voice,” he says. “I want to develop a sense of who I am as an animation director. I want to have an idea to pitch that they won’t be able to resist.”

To other students who might want to follow in his footsteps Pianka has this advice: “If you’re going to make something your life’s work, you have to make it your life’s work. Put your work out there; meet people. Know your industry inside and out. It may take years to get there, but you can’t give up.”

- Kristin D’Agostino

Apr 2, 2014

Alumna Margaurita Spear ’09 has a couple April fundraiser she is involved in.

The first is a workshop in April at the Wenham Museum.
Wool Felting Fun
Friday, April 18; 1 – 3:30 pm
Members: $20, Non – Members: $25
Register by: Sunday, April 6

Learn to craft a palm–sized felted animal to take home, along with some tools and instructions so you can continue to craft with confidence. Art instructor Margaurita Spear will teach you how to work with unspun wool roving and a few other easy to find materials. Ages 8+

Register at: 978-468-2377

Also, the Marblehead-Salem School of Music is donating their spacious Salem location and Spear is donating her time as an instructor to offer two classes during April Vacation Week. All proceeds will help fund the Danvers Dog Park.

Mar 25, 2014

Artist Talk: Jennifer Riley
Wed., April 2, 11:30 am
23 Essex Street, Beverly, Hardie Room 201

Recognizing the history of storytelling, myth, cultural lore and icons from differing centuries and cultures, Jennifer Riley works towards an understanding of how the past is comprehended and experienced in this moment.

Mar 24, 2014

UnchARTed gallery shaping up in Lowell as place for artists to show their creativity
By Samantha Allen, Lowell Sun

Montserrat College of Art alumna Lindsey Parker ’09 remembers when her concept of a group of local artists coming together and collaborating in Lowell was just an idea in a cramped space filled with trash.

Five years ago, she set out with some friends to open artist studios on Merrimack Street under the name UnchARTed. Originally, they rented a space for free at 126 Merrimack St., as the crew of artists banded together to clean out cluttered rooms and make space for themselves.

“It was literally just heaps of junk,” Parker recalled.

Today, the group is now at 66 Merrimack St., in a spiffy gallery space with hardwood floors and simple white walls they renovated and repaired themselves. Parker, a Chelmsford High School graduate, was joined by local artist and musician Michael Dailey Jr. in continuing to lead the group’s efforts.

“What you see here is really just friends and beer,” Dailey said, of the current space.

Parker, 26, and Dailey, 40, have about 20 artists in their guild, though they say they’re anything but pretentious when it comes to their group or their semiunderground “brand.” They market their gallery, and studio space for rent above, as a place where any artist, starting out or longstanding, can get a start in the art world.

“I look at us like we’re just a resource in the community, the creative community, and we’re just facilitating artists who are either very sure of themselves … or they’re not so sure of their creative abilities and they want to take a whack at it,” Parker said. “I feel like we’re providing a space that’s low maintenance, low stress. It’s an open forum for anyone to try their creative urges.”

The gallery is hosting, through Sunday, an exhibition by Rachel Napear called “Dedicated to the Proposition: The Civil War Recreated.” Napear, a photographer who traveled with Civil War re-enactors and took photos documenting their anachronistic creations, said UnchARTed gave her space to host her first show ever.

Occasionally, the gallery will host joint shows with the artists who spend their time upstairs, too. Local artists from across Greater Lowell spend their days working in the small rooms, which are available for rent at a rate of $155 to $205.

Corey Luebbers of Chelmsford is working on a mural that spans almost the entirety of one wall in his small studio with a window looking over downtown.

And Roy Hawes, a 2002 Lowell High School graduate, spends a majority of his time devoted to his paintings. As Hawes walked through his studio, which he said had just been rearranged, dozens of his works covered the walls and spots of paint covered his workspace.

“It just happened, really,”
he said. “A person that I knew mentioned a couple of people were starting a studio and still looking for spots for people to take. So I jumped at it, because I didn’t have my own studio. It’s my first time having a room with a door on it.”

Giovanna Aviles, a Lowell photographer and artist, said UnchARTed gave her an opportunity to get back into the art scene after she gave birth to a daughter. She said the studio is a space where she can come and work and get inspired, and she’s also working to convert one of UnchARTed’s rooms into a community darkroom open to the public.

“The great thing about UnchARTed is, they give people an opportunity,”
Aviles said. “They base it on potential.”

She said that after graduating from UMass Lowell, she missed the experience of receiving feedback and critiques from her peers. That’s why Parker, who graduated from Montserrat College of Art, hosts monthly meetings with the group for UnchARTed artists to inspire one another.

The UnchARTed project is Parker’s full-time passion away from her full-time day job as a screen printer. She and Dailey and the group pour themselves into helping fellow artists put on shows.

Parker said that though they’re not officially nonprofit, any money raised goes back into developing shows or offering space to renters.

When Parker gets a moment, she comes to her sun-drenched studio to work on her own pieces and to experiment with her large, antique printing press. She said she met Dailey at 119 Gallery, another Mill City artist venue on Chelmsford Street, to which she credits much of UnchARTed’s success.

“It organically formed into, now, this living organism,” she said. “This combination of weird people are making it happen and keeping it interesting. … I’m not sure what will happen in the future because I never even expected it to be this. I don’t even know where we could take it.”

UnchARTed Gallery is located at 66 Merrimack St. The closing reception for Rachel Napear’s Civil War-themed exhibition is scheduled for Sunday, starting at 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 31, the gallery will host the second annual Mill City Skillshare.

Mar 21, 2014

This year Beverly Main Streets received more than 25 entries as part of our “blank canvas” light pole banner design competition. They are pleased to announce local artist and Montserrat College of Art alumnus Brett Mason‘s unique watercolor design was chosen for the 2014 summer banner. Fifty banners will be installed by the City of Beverly on Cabot and Rantoul Streets, along with tags clearly displaying the name of the sponsor. The banners provide visual impact and highlight our local arts community.

Brett grew up in Beverly and graduated from Montserrat College of Art. When asked about his design, Brett said, “The design is from an abstract watercolor on paper piece I did 3 years ago, which was right around the time when abstract expressionism became a growing interest for me as a painter…When brainstorming ideas I knew that painting would be perfect for the banner design. It is also interesting that the color scheme matches the logo for Beverly Main Streets.” You can see more of Brett’s work at

When asked about downtown Beverly, Brett said, “There’s always something to do downtown whether it be checking out the galleries, grabbing a bite to eat or simply walking around. It’s also nice seeing the growing potential since I started college in 2008. It’s a great place to be!”

Beverly Main Streets would like to thank Brett and all of the talented artists who submitted their designs for the competition, the City of Beverly for installing the banners and the sponsoring businesses.

Learn more here:

Mar 21, 2014

Alumnus Neil Wilkins ’97 is bringing a wide range of his work to Natick for a solo show in two locations! Confluence opens for the month of April in the Summer Street Gallery at The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) and continues at Renew Arts & Industry. Both venues are just steps away from each other in downtown Natick.

He’ll be hosting an opening on Saturday, April 19, 2 – 4 pm at TCAN followed by an artist talk at Renew at 4:30 pm.

See more of his work here:

Mar 21, 2014

Bea Modisett: “Field Work”
On View: March 19–April 6
Reception: Thu., March 20, 5-7pm
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Artist Talk: Wed., March 26, 11:30am

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present, Field Work an exhibition featuring painter Bea Modisett ‘07. Field Work is rooted in the artist’s passion to explore landscape. Modisett is inspired by her experiences visiting unfamiliar places such as Bangkok, Cambodia and the Western US. The artist subjectively holds on to each encounter through her paintings. This exhibition explores how travel reconstructs and impacts the remembrance of place.

The title, Field Work references the travel and experience that ultimately serves as research for each of Modisett’s abstraction. Within the artist’s practice, painting and travel are dependent parts. “They both fulfill the desires to create and overcome problems, to learn, to put myself in uncomfortable situations, to experience the intense highs and lows… It challenges me in so many ways and excites parts of my brain that may normally lay dormant. When I return from any type of travel, I seek to recreate that stimulation and excitement in my paintings – this always leads to growth.”

To satisfy a more immediate result, Modisett is currently experimented with charcoal. “Settling In”, (2014) is an abstract, modular landscape constructed in charcoal. The piece embodies the core of Field Work- provoking investigation and study. The grayscale of charcoal necessitates the viewer to linger in order to observe the surface more carefully. Unlike her work in oil, which uses color to designate sky, rock and land, charcoal negates any of these visual clues that aide in the readership of the piece. Even the title, “Settling In” reinforces its anomonity. Without these more obvious “hints” to help the viewer to read the painting, the more important it becomes to that the viewer slow down and do some examining or “field work” of their own.

Mar 17, 2014

Bea Modisett: Field Work
Reception: Thu., March 20, 5 – 7 pm
On View: March 19 – April 5, 2014
Artist Talk: Wed., March 26, 11:30 am
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery

Montserrat College of Art alumna Bea Modisett’s ’07 paintings present and preserve nature’s instability and impermanence. Her marks accumulate to take on the general shape of changing natural formations. The overall forms in the paintings also relate to cairns and piles of rocks, often found in extreme landscapes. In a sense, each painting becomes a navigational tool, both in its creation and completion.

Modisett grew up moving back and forth between her birthplace of Washington, D.C and the town of Portsmouth, RI. Since receiving her BFA in painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2007, Modisett has received fellowships to attend the Vermont Studio Center and Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA. She has exhibited her work throughout New England at locations including Kingston Gallery (Boston), 17 Cox (Beverly), HallSpace (Boston), and the New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH). Modisett currently lives and works in Beverly.

Mar 17, 2014

Alumna Cheryl Polcaro ’99 has had two pieces accepted into the exhibit Who We Aren’t at Union Street Gallery in Chicago, IL. 42 pieces were chosen from hundreds of entries. The exhibit is on view through March 29.

Polcaro shows regularly in local galleries and has recently started to enter juried competitions nationwide. She also has an art studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA (#323). Polcaro graduated from Montserrat with a BFA in Illustration in 1999.

Further information can be found on her website:

Mar 11, 2014

Alumnus Brett Mason ’12 is having his first solo exhibition at the Gulu Gulu Cafe in Salem, MA.

Brett Mason: Life and the Imagination
March 30 – April 25
Reception: April 10, 7 – 8 pm

Gulu-Gulu Cafe
247 Essex St, Salem, MA

Mon-Tue/Sun: 8:00 am-12:00 am & Wed – Sat: 8:00 am – 1:00 am

Feb 26, 2014

Emily Pardoe: Two Year Fugue
February 25 – March 21, 2014
Frame 301, 301 Cabot St., Beverly

The site-specific installation by Montserrat alumna Emily Pardoe '07 titled Two Year Fugue is an interpretation of the artist’s biography, displayed through snippets of text embroidered onto fabric. Each day a new segment of the piece is revealed, representing a months worth of time. The various fleeting thoughts and phrases that form the compositional elements of the piece are immediately intimate, akin to the truthful musings found in a diary. As time passes, and more of the piece is revealed, the various phrases connect and interact with one-another forming a biographical narrative which paints an intimate portrait of this two year period in time.

The title Two Year Fugue draws its name from the musical term, which can be defined as “a musical composition in which one or two themes are repeated or imitated by successively entering voices.” The period of time displayed in Pardoe’s work mimics that of a fugal composition; various voices and themes seem to repeat themselves in cycles, yet constantly move towards a clear resolution.

This exhibit will be on display until Friday, March 21. Be sure to keep an eye on Cabot Street as Two Year Fugue evolves over the course of the month!

Pardoe received her BFA in Sculpture from Montserrat College of Art in 2007 and has appeared in exhibitions locally and in Boston, Hadley, Salem and Northampton Massachusetts. She uses fabric and text as a method of communicating her feelings and observations about relationships between herself and others. Pardoe works for C.B. Fisk Inc. in Gloucester as an organ builder and currently lives in Salem.

Frame 301 is the street side window gallery located at 301 Cabot Street in Beverly, MA. The space is presented to the public through expansive storefront windows and encourages large-scale, site-specific works from emerging and established artists. Frame 301's exhibitions change monthly and the space is open 24/7 offering anyone traveling along Cabot Street the potential to experience the site-specific artwork on display.

*Frame 301 is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Feb 19, 2014

Animation and Illustration alumna Ethel Glover ’13 is currently doing freelance animation work under the name, xD Apiphany Studio, which she started in May 2013.

She is also doing volunteer work at a non-profit organization called Hands On Atlanta. Through them, The South Metro Scholastic Fund  founder is having Glover take on some small design tasks!

See her work here:

Feb 18, 2014

Conceptual portrait illustration and fine art alumna HeatherRose Anair ’06 is having a show opening Friday, February 21 at Voltage (coffee & art) in Cambridge, MA.

Her exhibit “Bruin-A-Day” features 31 hockey portraits of Bruin players runs through April 5.

See more of Anair’s work at

Feb 14, 2014

Alumna Sharon Love Cook ’83 would like to share that her second Granite Cove Mystery, A Deadly Christmas Carol, by Neptune Rising Press, has just been released in e-book format; soft cover to follow shortly. She also illustrated both mystery book covers.

Here is a link to her latest book:

Feb 12, 2014

Bill graduated from college with a degree in civil engineering and after serving in the U S Army as a First Lieutenant began a career in the construction industry.He subsequently started his own company and was able to retire at an early age allowing him to pursue his life long interest in the arts. He then attended Montserrat College of Art as a full time student. This was a wonderful experience and a life changing decision.

Bill paints using palette knives instead of brushes which creates a painting with vibrant colors and a richly textured surface.The spontaneity and immediacy of this type of painting captures a true sense of place. Plein air painting was a natural choice as it combined his love of nature and the outdoors with his passion for painting.

Feb 12, 2014

Drawing Is Instrumental: A Workshop of Grand Proportion

Wednesday, February 19th from 10am – 1pm at the Salem School of Music

Please join Marblehead / Salem School of Music for “Drawing Is Instrumental” — an exciting large-scale drawing class led by instructor and Montserrat alumna Margaurita Spear '09

This one day workshop is open to everyone ages 9 and up who wants spend a day creating art in a BIG way. A gigantic still life filled with musical instruments and other objects will be arranged in the center of the room from which students will be able to choose their favorite vantage point.

Participants will:
Learn about cropping and composition
Explore shape, color, and line
Discover the work of famous inspirational artists
Receive tailored one-on-one instruction, in addition to whole group instruction
Create an 18 x 24” original full-color work of art
Participate in a group feedback session

Please bring along:
Bottled water
Snack (peanut free please)
Your own instrument/object to include in the still life (optional), or use one of ours.
This workshop is limited to 12 students. Register by February 14th.

Cost: $55 (includes $10 materials fee)

Find the Drawing Class Registration Form here or, contact

To learn more about Spear, visit:

Feb 10, 2014

Alumna Olivia Boi '13 currently has her work in a group show Nation II at the Alamo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NYC in Sideshow Gallery, along with more than 200 artists. This is her third year in the show. The exhibition will remain on view through March 3.

Visit for more information!

Feb 9, 2014

Alumnus Colin McGuire ’13 will be having a father-son show his father, Michael McGuire, at Gallery Galleon, located in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

The show will be preceded by a plein-air painting class, which Colin and his father will be teaching.

More info on the gallery and our upcoming show and class can be found at

To see more of McGuire’s work visit

Feb 9, 2014

Alumna Juleen Jones ’98 is pleased to announce that she is entering into her 15th year with her painting business!

“I'm very thankful for all the years of loyalty and support I've received over the years,” she said. “In efforts in keeping my business strong and to show you how i appreciate you, I'm offering my special clients a onetime limited offer.”

For every painting of $500 or more, you will receive an extra gift of art from Juleen or discount!

$500-$1200=large print of her original work/photography or 10% off project
$1200-$1800=small original painting/ large print or 15% off project
$1800-$2500=18x24 pencil/charcoal portrait or 20% off project
$2501+=18x24 portrait painting or 25% off project

In addition, consultations are free of charge (color/finish & design fees will apply)

This offer is valid now through March 31, 2014 so book a free consultation with Juleen soon!


Jan 29, 2014

January 28, 2014 - Beverly, MA - Montserrat College of Art Galleries is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring small works created by alumni in the 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA. NOWWHAT?  will be open to the public February 1 - 14, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 1, 4 – 6 p.m.

Drawing its name from the ambiguities associated with life after art school, NOWWHAT? features works of art created by more than sixty Montserrat College of Art alumni. From recently graduated to established artists and curators; the alumni featured in NOWWHAT? all find themselves in various stages of their careers, looking towards the future. This multi-disciplinary exhibition is a reunion of sorts, bringing alumni of all ages and from all across the country together to bond over shared experiences as artists.

301 Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment. Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For additional information please contact Montserrat College of Art Galleries’ Assistant Curator of Exhibition, Pamela Campanaro at 978.967.9604 or

Participating Montserrat Alumni: Jack Moffitt, Kevin Duffy, Ivy Fowler. Brett Mason, Nicole Kircher, Amanda Halsdorff, Jessica Grace Brooks, Stacey Ludwig, Carrie Green, Erika Buschmann, Rosy Farnaan, Alex Comfort, Kathryn Brown, Paula Borsetti, Bea Modisett, Ron Beek III, Christopher Stepler, Suzanne Papin, Sara Santarsiero, Chelsea Sams, Catherine Morris, Kristine Roan, Jackie Musto, George Frary III, Reagen Elizabeth O'Reigaekn, Jacob-Michael Corvelo, Stacy Thomas-Vickory, Megan Deede, Emily Pardoe, Sara Mari Benson, Olivia Boi, Larissa Tapler, Daniel Ceritto, Sam King, Tom Maio, Taylor Clough, Kathryn Gesner, Anthony Palocci Jr. & Devon, Jessica Thayer, Andrew Houle, Heather Reid-Barratt, Ariell Jones, Allison Hornack, Halley Murray, Cataina Viejo Lopez de Roda, Brittany Carr, Claudia Marchand, Alyssa Watters, Emily Chesley, Paul T. Demakes, Elizabeth Sultzer, Stacey Durand, Richard Pawlak, Juleen Jones, Soks Gemma, Lisa Hersey, James Campbell, Drew Baker, Sarah Maeder, Amanda Gunness, Margaurita Spear, Zachary Goldstein, Brendan McCauley, Bethany Peck, Kyle "Jules" Gibson, Rena Masson, Pretty Bad Girl, Ariel Grosvenor, Adam Miller, Suzy Evans.

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for youth, teen and adults, and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, intended to offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.  Visit for more details.

Jan 8, 2014

The Art of Relationships
Jan. 8 - Feb. 2, 2014
Symbiotic: The Art of Relationships is an exhibition of local illustrators, featuring the work of Peter Bergamo Jr. '12, Paul Demakes '11, Ewelina Kara, Jordan Pomazon'11 and Corinne Reid '11 . The exhibit explores various kinds of relationships created through and within art, revolving around the common themes of interaction and conversation. Each artist examines a different kind of relationship in their work, expressing their unique perspective to create ultimate harmony throughout the exhibit.

Gallery hours:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 5 – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 – 4 pm
And by appointment.

Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA

Content and photos courtesy of Studios at Porter Mill

Dec 12, 2013

Artwork by alumna Heidi Daub '82 will be on display at the 14th Annual 10 x 8 Art Show and Sale on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Emlen Hall (the Bay School), in Blue Hill, ME. Preview at 9:30 am and sale 10 am - 2 pm.  This is a one day only small works exhibition and sale featuring 10 works by 8 artists, including paintings, sculpture and ceramics in an approx. 10 x 8 size.  All work is priced at $150.

Daub will also be showing paintings at Tarratine Gallery in Castine, ME though the Holiday season along with many wonderful artists.

Heidi Daub Studio/Gallery
P.O. Box 1471
Blue Hill, ME 04614

Dec 12, 2013

Montserrat College of Art Galleries is happy to welcome all former graduates to participate in NOWWHAT? an exhibition of small works in all media to be held in the 301 Gallery. This is a fun opportunity to connect with both new and familiar faces and to share your current work with the greater Montserrat community.
We will be accepting all entries and will fit as much work as possible onto the walls. Please encourage fellow alumni to join by submitting work or simply coming to celebrating with your peers at the Opening Reception: Feb. 1, 4 - 6 pm.
The reception will be followed by an "afterparty" at Blyth Hazen and Jen Hall's home, 19 Abbot St. Beverly, MA 6-10pm. Join us to hang-out, talk art, argue theory, dance, or simply share whatever you're into now. All are welcome! Just let us know you're coming.
To participate, complete and send the entry form to along with a .jpeg image of an image representative of your work (4 x 6" 72 dpi <1mb file size). We will be accepting all work that does not exceed 18" in any dimension.
Be sure to ship, or drop off, your work at Montserrat Galleries (23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915) before January 29 or join gallery staff and other alumni to install your work in person on February 1.
Entry Form
Hope to see you and/or your work in February!
Warm wishes,
Leonie Bradbury
Director, Curator

Oct 18, 2013

Alumnus Neil Wilkins ’97 is exhibiting at Renew Arts & Industry this weekend at 19 South Main St, Natick, MA.

Renew is a gallery shop situated inside the design studio of ONE80 Visual. Patrice Pressler Goldman, Marcia Brooks, and Diane Brooks Ring hunt & gather to bring to market art & products for the home & soul. They curate a collection of original artwork, ceramics, hand-made cards, artisan jewelry and vintage mid-century furniture and decor to enrich the environment.

See more of his work here:

Oct 17, 2013

Alumna Janice Eaton Updike ’91 joins Jeanette Griffith for an exhibit at the Hall-Haskell House at 36 S Main Street,  Ipswich, MA. There will be an opening reception Friday, Oct. 18, 6 – 9 pm.

Exhibit: Oct. 15 – 20

Janice Eaton Updike is an artist residing in Newburyport, MA. Trained as a designer and graduating from Montserrat College of Art, Janice has always been drawn to painting. For the past nineteen years she has been working with pastels, exploring landscapes,still lives and interiors. Walks along the marshes and beaches of the North Shore have inspired her landscapes. In her paintings, Janice is interested in the interplay of light and shadow on color. Her still lives and interiors are studies of natural light transforming objects as it peers inside of them. She chose pastels because of their versatile qualities that produce a range of effects from vibrant solids to translucent subtleties. It is her masterful interpretation of this range that makes Janice’s pieces so luminous. Recent exhibits include The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA and Stonewall Studios, Kittery, ME. She is represented by Chameleon at 22 Liberty Street in Newburyport, MA.

Oct 17, 2013

Alumna, painter and sculptor, Allison Hornak ’09 is the owner of Migrant Salon, which just recently opened its doors this past October. Here is a note from Hornak thanking visitors for their support and announcing her upcoming exhibit, Hold Your Breath:

It has been a joy to connect with you during these first three months at Migrant Salon. Thank you for your interest and support. You are a significant reason why the beginning of this endeavor has been successful and so personally rewarding. The next presentation in the gallery space is kicking off this Friday, Dec. 13, and I encourage you to stop by to see it.

 You are invited to visit Migrant Salon to participate in an ongoing, cumulative, community-based artwork. For five weeks in the space I will present an installation titled, Do Hold Your Breath. The art piece involves a camera, computer, some cloth, nails and ten minutes of your time. To make this piece I need your trust and partnership. If you are interested please stop by the salon during its open hours, Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Please come willing to have your picture taken. It must be noted, though, this will be portraiture with a twist. At the end of five weeks there will be a closing reception where it will be viewed, face to face, what came of our—you, the visitor, and me, the artist (in this case)—joined risk. All ages are welcome.
“The photographer’s intentions do not determine the meaning of the photograph, which will have its own career, blown by the whims and loyalties of the diverse communities that have use for it.”   - Susan Sontag
“The greatest art is to sit, and wait and let it come.”   - Yogi Bhagan
Do Hold Your Breath is underway now through Jan. 18. The doors are open to all who simply wish to view the work in progress, as well as to those who want to volunteer to assist in its progression.
I look forward to sharing this project with you.
Allison Hornak

Migrant Salon
117 Church Hill Road, Suite D
Sandy Hook, CT 06482

Oct 10, 2013

Alumna Nichelle Whalen ’04 will be exhibiting her Checkered Roses series for the month of November at Witch DR Class Blowing Studio and Artisan Gallery at 109 Lafayette Street in Salem, MA. The Opening Reception will take place Nov. 7, 6 – 9 pm.

See more of her work here:

Oct 10, 2013

Alumna Halley Murray ’08 is in her third year organizing the international Zine Fest Berlin, Oct. 26 and 27, at the Schule für Erwachsenenbildung in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany.

“Organized by a handful of zine-enthusiasts, the Zine Fest Berlin is back for it’s third year in a row. Focusing on the subversive culture of self-made publications aka ‘zines’, the Zine Fest will provide a platform and meeting place for zine-lovers and small self-publishers across an international crowd. Zines are part of a subculture of Do-It-Yourself, an idea where the relation between production and consumption has shifted. Zines are individual autonomous voices, and the Zine Fest wants to bring them to the public and celebrate how special they are!”

Murray will be there with her Raumschiff Distro, which includes fifteen of her own self-published zines. She founded the festival in 2011 as a response to the lack of zine culture and networks in Berlin. This summer she facilitated various workshops on self-publishing throughout Germany, and has plans to go on tour with her music and distro.

See more of her work here:

Oct 10, 2013

Please join the Child’s Gallery for a reception celebrating three concurrent exhibitions Saturday, Oct. 26th, 4 – 6 pm.

RSVP by Oct. 23 to or 617.266.1108

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Giles Laroche ’81 is a renowned children’s book illustrator whose illustrations have been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, New York Society of Illustrators, the DeCordova Museum, and the Danforth Museum. He attended Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, where he studied in the abstract expressionist lineage of Hans Hofmann. As a fine artist, Laroche translates his interest in landscape forms, cityscapes, ruins, and travels into paintings, drawings, and photo-montages. Upon first look, his paintings appear as purely non-objective abstract art, but a second glance reveals formal arrangements evocative of real or imagined places, buildings, or even hints of living things. Maze-like paths, strewn with fossils of plant or animal life, convey a sense of both the natural world and the surreal. The depth achieved invites the viewer to explore the paths and make their own discoveries.

Learn more here:

Oct 8, 2013

Column: Art matters in Beverly

By Bea Modisett ’07, The Salem News

Last year, a group of poets and neighbors gathered in CitySide Diner to read poetry aloud. Over the summer, several free concerts were held on the Common, exhibits by emerging artists were curated at Porter Mill, an artist studio building on Rantoul Street, and local schools brought in professional musicians for programs that inspired children in new ways.

Besides helping secure Beverly’s place as a cultural destination on the North Shore, all of these exciting events were funded in part by the Beverly Cultural Council. Last year, the council awarded nearly $10,000 worth of grants to almost 20 worthy applicants who — like us — want to see the arts grow in Beverly. And with the application deadline for 2014 approaching — Oct. 15 — we’re looking forward to continuing the momentum we’re building together as a vibrant arts community.

Our funding priorities are simple: We award grants for arts, humanities or interpretive science projects that serve elementary, middle or high school students, families, senior citizens or the general Beverly community. About 10 council members (Beverly residents) volunteer their time each fall to carefully review the dozens of applications we receive from both emerging artists and established organizations. Then, together, we decide which can best fulfill our goals. The grant recipients are announced, funding is provided, and everyone benefits.

We can do this because we live in a commonwealth that’s made a commitment to the creative economy and the role the arts play in building our communities. In fact, the Beverly Cultural Council is only one of 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts to award funds in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

So, whenever an artist’s potential is encouraged in Beverly, we’re all better off and our quality of life is enhanced. And with so much craziness in the world, you’ve got to admit, it’s nice to live in a place where creativity thrives, where concerts are free, art is everywhere, and poetry can be heard in diners.

For more information, guidelines and applications, please visit Applicants should fill out the applications on their computer, print and mail 10 copies, postmarked by Oct. 15, 2013, to Beverly Cultural Council, PO Box 3032, Beverly, MA 01915-0897.

Courtesy of The Salem News

Oct 7, 2013

It is with tremendous sadness that I share with you the news that Beverly artist Jim Falck – alumnus, teacher, and dear friend of the College – died early Saturday morning, Oct. 5. He became ill just six weeks ago and was being cared for at home by his niece and her husband.

Jim became a renowned landscape architect for the Boston parks system before entering the fine arts concentration at Montserrat. (He was the first male student in my course Women and Art!) Later he designed the Montserrat and Carol Schlosberg Alumni galleries, showed recently in Montserrat Gallery’s SEVEN exhibition (which also starred his beloved Big Boy), and mentored many artists, young and old, in his Continuing Education course that he called “Painting on the Wild Side.” For the last decade, Jim sponsored a student from his alma mater, NDSU, to attend the summer program in Viterbo, Italy, a place he loved. Some of us remember, with amusement and horror, the time he jumped off a moving train in Orte, when he realized it was going to roll through his station without stopping. A determined, gifted and prolific artist, there is no question that he lived large and his life touched many.

No service is planned, but there will be a gathering of friends later this fall at Montserrat.The family will be publishing a full obituary and announcement of the gathering in The Salem News and The Boston Globe at that time.


Laura Tonelli

Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Montserrat College of Art

Sep 30, 2013

Some incredible artists made pieces for the seArt’s Wearable Art II Runway Show, including Montserrat College of Art alumni Janet Souza '01 and Blessing Mazarura ’98 as well as Montserrat’s current sculpture class led by Asst. Prof. Marilu Swett. The show was presented by Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) on Sunday, Sept. 29, showcasing more than 60 unique looks from local artists.

Learn more here:


Sep 24, 2013

Alumna Briana Burtsell ’04 was recently appointed to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s Educator Advisory Board for a two year term. She will be one of 20 teachers from around the state advising the museum on ways to make their exhibitions accessible to K-12 students!

Burtsell majored in Graphic Design while at Montserrat and did not consider teaching until after graduation. She is in her 10th year of teaching Design & Visual Communications to grades 9-12. She currently teaches at Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsboro, MA.

Sep 24, 2013

Montserrat College of Art alumnus and Admissions Counselor, Jonathan Bolles ’12, is having his first exhibition reception since graduating last year at Spirol Gallery at Quinebaug Valley Community College, where he had attended before transferring to Montserrat. His work will be on viewthrough October with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 – 8 pm, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT.

“One of QVCC’s most talented fine arts graduates is returning to the Danielson campus this fall.” -QVCC

Bolles explores a variety of interests through a range of painting practice—the result of his studies under several contemporary artists in the New England area. The subject matter is wide-ranging in Bolles’ work, from the facades of buildings that he has encountered personally and found visually ‘sensational’ (channeling the language of QVCC’s Eric Spencer and/or Cezanne), to the seemingly mundane and at times, dreamlike interpretations of everyday life. Tim Harney, North Shore painter and teacher/mentor to Bolles, would say, “painting is, first, a variation in sizes and shapes of color.”

Bolles says he is inspired by several artistic styles and historical periods, including but not limited to: Edward Hopper, Hughie Le e Smith, Joseph Solman, Hans Hoffman, Richard Diebenkorn, Peter Doig, Edgar Degas, Tim Harney, Susan Stephenson, Pieter de Hooch, Nathan Oliviera, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso and many more.

For additional information, contact Mark Szantyr, professor of fine arts, at 860-412-7231 or

Courtosy of Spirol Gallery.

Sep 24, 2013

Alumnus Joe LoVasco ’07 is exhibiting at Mingo Gallery this fall in If Not By Chance; Collage and Sculpture by Joseph LoVasco on view: Sept. 17 – Oct. 26. The Opening Reception will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, 5 – 8 pm at  Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing, 284 Cabot St., Beverly.

Trained as a graphic designer yet passionate about art-making, LoVasco’s work expresses this cross training. The intense swatches of color and patterning found in his work echo the modes of design seen in magazines and advertisements. Yet the addition of found paper and antique receipts offers something more. LoVasco’s arrival at these visual conclusions was no accident. One might wonder, if not by chance, than how? Practicing ones passion, LoVasco’s work represents mistakes made and overcome. An accidental paint drop here or a mis-cut there; these are the moments of heartache and creativity that sets one artist apart from another.

The same strength can be found within his wood sculptures. The viewer is introduced to LoVasco’s sculptures with striking movement and bold colors. Yet, once again, there is a practiced resolve about these structures that softens and invites. The sculptures seem to be characters found within his collages; elements extracted and exemplified to create an overall sense of LoVasco’s visual intentions.

Exhibiting within the naturally lit space of the Mingo Gallery seemed a unique fit. Within this space, located squarely on Cabot Street and steps from the ocean, the viewer begins to understand those artistic intentions. Viewing LoVasco’s work might remind you of the summer walks at dusk amongst the historic, beautiful buildings of Beverly, MA. Or, even still, that last summer swim before it all turns quiet and gray.

- Curtosey of Sarah Johnson, Curator

Want to see more of LoVasco’s work?
Find updates here:
See his work here:

Photo to the right: Your Everyday Pharmacy by Joe LoVasco

Sep 24, 2013

Some incredible artists have been making pieces for the Wearable Art Runway Show, including Montserrat College of Art alumni Janet Souza ’01 and Blessing Mazarura ’98 as well as Montserrat’s current sculpture class led by Asst. Prof. Marilu Swett. The show is presented by Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) and will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 – 6 pm showcasing more than 60 unique looks from local artists.

Learn more and order tickets here:

Sep 24, 2013

Alumnus Brett Mason ’12 is officially represented by Ernest S. Kramer Fine Arts in Wellesley. Mason is one of the first contemporary artists that the gallery has branched out to include.

“Brett is an extremely talented artist with a skilled hand, a vivid imagination, and an insightful depth of vision.” - Kramer Fine Art

Ernest S. Kramer Fine Arts & Prints, Inc. presents a vast inventory which includes works by over 100 artists. They are specialists in late 19th and early 20th century American and European fine prints, basically 1900-1950, with an emphasis on the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s. Specialties include the regionalists – Benton, deMartelly, Curry and Wood; and American Sporting Art – Benson, Ripley, and Rungius.

See more of Mason’s work here:

Photo to the right: Miles Davis, Charcoal on Paper, 20x18 inches, 2013

Sep 12, 2013

The latest project of one of Montserrat College of Art’s pioneer alumna Donna Massa-Chappee ’75 has finally come to fruition after four years. Her new book The Untold Stories Behind “The Michael Jackson Series.”

In 2009, three months after the passing of Michael Jackson, a series of unexplainable and unequivocal events compelled the author/illustrator, Massa-Chappee, to create “The Michael Jackson Series.” This unique book is a narrative of a true story of her own personal experiences that led Massa-Chappee to reveal the Untold Stories of Michael Jackson through hand illustration. This is not like any other fine art book about Michael Jackson. It is a beautiful true story about the man, the artist, his message and true legacy to be shared with the world.

You can view the paper back book at or & Kindle

The 12 illustrative stories are also her website:

*Content courtesy of Donna Massa-Chappee

Sep 12, 2013

The art work of recent alumna Loren Doucette ’13 will be on display in her studio until Sept 17. All are welcome to come and view An Experimental Journey- the works of Loren Doucette made from the past six years of study at Montserrat College of Art. It is a compilation of landscape, abstraction, portraiture and collage. After her open studio dates, she will be changing things around in preparation for making a new body of work.

End of Summer Open Studio Dates

Tuesday, Sept. 10 3 – 7 pm

Friday, Sept. 13, 3 – 6 pm

Saturday, Sept. 14, 3-  7 pm

Sunday, Sept. 15, 3 – 7 pm

6 Sargent St. 3rd Floor, Gloucester, MA
(above Mill River Consulting)

Sep 12, 2013

Alumnus Andy Curlowe ’06  has a couple upcoming shows this fall in Cleveland, OH!

CLEAVELAND: Works by Andy Curlowe
2013 AIR Exhibition at Zygote Press

Opening Reception + Artist Talk
Friday Sept. 13, 6 – 9 pm

AIR Talk | Wednesday Sept. 25, 6:30 pm
Exhibition runs through Oct. 23

Human Imprints- New Works from Kim Bissett and Andy Curlowe
Opening Reception at Survival Kit
Friday, Sept. 20, 5 pm

Curlowe’s artwork deals with the juxtaposition of nature and industry. Influenced by the mountainous landscape of his childhood, Cleveland’s industrial shadow and the sublime power of nature to both create and destroy, Curlowe’s paintings are a balance of structured lines and the ambiguity of billowing smoke. These works explore the blurred boundaries of natural forms and planes encountering the sharp geometry of human calculation.


Picture to the right features 6 Montserrat Alumni (L to R Lillian Harden, Andy Curlowe, Bea Modisett, Megan Herwig, Gian Romagnoli and Adam Kology)


Sep 12, 2013

Alumnus Brad Silk’07 graduated from Montserrat College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. A current resident of Brooklyn, NY, Silk has had a successful career as Assistant Director at Cindy Rucker Gallery, in the Lower East Side of New York City, NY, as well as working as an Independent Curator. He has also begun lending his expertise in the arts to artists as an agent or advisor.

He attributes his entrepreneurial success to the education he received from Montserrat. “The expansive and diverse education I received from Monserrat has allowed me to develop my own, unique path in the arts,” he said. “As a previous Student Liaison at MCA, I use to say, ‘you get from this school what you put in.’ Since the programs at Monserrat foster creativity and community, I was free to branch outside of my concentration and find inspiration in studio time, art history, and student programs; inspiration which has lead me to a fulfilling career in Arts Administration.”

His new project, a Queens Community House installation, is set to unveil Sept. 20 in Queens, NY. He is working with the arts non-profit, Art Connects NY (ACNY) to create a permanent collection for a Queens Community House (QCH). ACNY is a non-profit organization which connects artists and curators to other non-profits to build a private collection. By building a private collection, the organization garnishes new and exciting attention as well as is valued at a higher-level, in-turn, allowing it to request more financial backing.

Silk is excited to be a part of this project in particular, as QCH is an organization that fosters a stronger community by challenging its citizens to explore new programs and work alongside the diverse group of neighbors. This kind of program is needed around the country, more than ever, and its success is easily trackable as the organization has grown exponentially since its development in 1979. In its newest incarnation, QCH expands to over 20+ spaces and various programs: from arts to dancing and educational programs to meal assistance.

While this project is partially funded and organized by Art Connects NY, which is providing a stipend to all the artists. Many of the artists want to provide stellar work with safe, non-toxic, sustainable materials to ensure long lasting quality and health for the Queens Community House. Any additional funding will go directly to helping provide invitationals, materials, travel, and an additional stipend for the artists.

Learn more here

See more of Silk’s work at


Photo to the right: Brad Silk ’07 with work by Valerie Piraino
Photoplay at Cindy Rucker Gallery,  Sept. 8 – Oct.13 in NYC
Photo credit: Robert Dupree, Installations work: Valerie Piraino
By Proxy 2012 at Studio Museum of Harlem

Aug 28, 2013

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Shawn Salinger ’02 will be exhibiting his work titled “Pocket Full of Isms” on Saturday, September 7, from 6 – 10 pm at MedCap Advisors, 97 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square Cambridge, MA. There will be refreshments served and artists’ prize raffle.

MedCap Advisors is transforming their office into a gallery showcasing 13 of Salinger’s dynamic paintings that will dance on the office walls and serve as a gallery for the Cambridge community. MedCap Advisors values innovation in any form, and are spreading their philosophy from the biotech and medtech space to the art world.

“The Isms series was influenced by concepts surrounding astrology and cosmology. The paintings were created in an attempt to bridge a gap between the viewer and the subconscious.” – Salinger

To see more of his work visit:

MedCap Advisors, LLC provides sophisticated strategic business and M&A consulting services exclusively to the medical technology and healthcare sectors. With more than 20 years of expertise in emerging medical devices, biotechnologies, and biologics, the firm’s advisers are authorities in the full spectrum of strategic, scientific, and financial strategies that drive the medical marketplace.

Courtesy from MedCap Advisors

Artwork by Shawn Salinger
Aug 15, 2013

Alumna Cynthia Woehrle ’93 invites you to the reception of her solo exhibition Cloud Cover on Wednesday, August 28, 6 – 8 pm at The Foster Gallery, 51 Union St, Suite 208, Worcester, MA.

This exhibit will features six new paintings, works from Visceral Murmurs and the beginning of her Atmosphere Series. Grab and Go drawings will be sold that evening. This event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Visit to learn more!

To keep up to date with Woehrle, visit her links:


Artwork by Cynthia Woehrle
Aug 12, 2013

Alumnus Andy Bablo ’07, founder of Steez Magazine, an international snow, skate and culture quarterly, invites you to  it’s 28th Issue Release Party on Saturday August 17 at 17 Cox Gallery in Beverly, MA. The event starts at 4 pm and goes throughout the evening and will include an outdoor art show, live graffiti/street art wall, food, beverages, music, giveaways and a mini ramp for skating. All ages are welcome and Steez invites skaters, artists and anyone who loves the action sports culture to come and participate in the event. The newly released Issue 28 will be on hand for free and work from throughout the issue will be featured on the exterior of the gallery building. The release party is free and open to the public!

Artwork by Andy Bablo
Aug 12, 2013

Alumna Kathryn Brown ’12 is having her first solo show at the Gulu-Gulu Café in Salem, MA.

The show will be up throughout the month of August. The opening reception will be held on Thursday Aug. 15 at 7 pm.

Visit Brown’s website to see more of her work:

Artist Statement:
My current work consists of dismembering found objects into fragments in order to produce Frankenstein-like creations. The collages recreate a more dynamic scene to emphasize the impending action photography captures, while exaggerating the oddness of the images themselves. The powerful gazes, facial expressions, and expressive gestures entice the imagination into a play of characters that stirs the emotions.

Artwork by Kathryn Brown
Aug 11, 2013

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Eben Kling ’09 is exhibiting in this year’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibit  Boston Young Contemporaries at Boston University’s 808 Gallery, on view through August 24

“It was an impressive list of jurors, and it’s a great example of the quality of Eben’s work!” -Director of Montserrat Galleries, Leonie Bradbury. 

Camilo Alvarez, Curator
Meghan Brady
Fabio Fernandez

Visit 808 Gallery to learn more!
808 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA
Hours: Mon – Sat: 11 am – 5 pm, Sun: 11 am – 7 pm

Kling also just recently exhibited at Mingo Gallery and Custom Framing this past spring.

View more of his work here:

Artwork by Eben Kling
Aug 7, 2013

Alumna Margaurita Spear ’09 has been teaching a series of affordable art workshops for children of all ages through the Marblehead/Salem School of Music. The workshops have been running on various days throughout the month of August at the Salem location at 3 Pleasant Street, Salem, MA.

Art workshops include:

  • Art and Percussion
  • Easy Beading
  • Making Mobiles
  • Animal Pop Portraits
  • Fashion Designer
  • Comic Strip Design
  • Upcycled Art

For more information, visit:

Margaurita Spear @ Marblehead/Salem School of Music
Jul 31, 2013

Alumna Jennifer Clement ’93 sent a couple photos of Montserrat College of Art’s brilliant and talented Trustee Olivia Parker and her husband John, painting at her ever so popular Artist Bar at The Landing in Manchester-by-the-Sea on July 15th.

Trustee Olivia Parker with her husband John.
Jul 30, 2013

We are excited to announce that there are 30 members of the Montserrat College of Art community who’s work has been accepted into this year’s AIDS Action Committee’s ARTcetera Art Auction! “We are honored to be a part of this event, and so grateful to all the artists who donated. “ -Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Education Maggie Cavallo

The list of all participating artists includes Montserrat alumni, students, faculty and staff. Congratulations to: Taylor Clough, Aaron Bouvier, Sara M. Benson, Olivia Boi, Bianca Picozzi, Eben Kling, Morgan Dyer, Grant Thompson Archer, Barbara Moody, Bradford Rusick, Kerry McDermott, Diane Ayott, Adam Paladino, Robert James Sheehan, Ania Gruca, Conny Goelz-Schmitt, Liv Varney, Angela Ferrara, Rosy Farnan, Sarah Krizon, Devon Dunhill Clapp, Anthony Palocci Jr., Emily Pardoe, Tom Maio, Justin Anderson and Suzy Evans, who’s piece ‘She is a Beautiful and Mythical Beast‘ can be seen here.

Jul 29, 2013

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Anthony Palocci Jr. ’09 has been selected as one to the artists for this year’s deCordova Biennial.

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum announced the 21 New England-based artists and collaboratives selected for The 2013 deCordova Biennial, on view October 9, 2013 – April 13, 2014. This survey exhibition will emphasize the dynamism, variety and quality of art-making in New England. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter, The 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the region. Occurring only a year and a half after The 2012 deCordova Biennial, the second installment of deCordova’s regional showcase, The 2013 deCordova Biennial reflects the Museum’s new lengthened exhibition cycle, which is an utgrowth of deCordova’s Strategic Plan and a response to visitor demands. The extended exhibition schedule will benefit visitors, who will have increased opportunity to revisit this large-scale group show.

For The 2013 deCordova Biennial, Asst. Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan conducted more than 150 studio visits throughout the six states and reviewed the portfolios of many more artists in an attempt to explore the diverse scope of art-making in New England. Sullivan was aided in her process by an esteemed group of curators who served as Advisory Board contributors: Rachel Adams, Assoc. Curator, AMOA-Arthouse, Austin, TX; Nora Lawrence, Assoc. Curator, Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY; and Sarah Suzuki, Assoc. Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, MoMA, New York, NY.

The 2013 deCordova Biennial is made possible in part by generous support from the Deborah A. Hawkins Charitable Trust and Barbara and Jonathan Lee. Additional support for this exhibition has been provided in part by The Meredyth Hyatt Moses Fund.

Learn more here:

Artwork by Anthony Palocci Jr. 09'
Jul 25, 2013

CHROMA: A NORTH SHORE ART TRIO’S LABOR OF LOVE. – by Chris Ricci, North Shore Art*Throb

Calling Chroma just an art magazine is a terrible injustice. It’s a labor of love meticulously crafted by three former Montserrat students and their production company, Tryptic Press. It’s an evenly-distributed focus on North Shore area artists that you may or may not have heard about. It stands as more of an entity than a branded publication; the Chroma Facebook page, for example, isn’t a page you like, it’s a page you add as a friend which adds a depth of humanity to this publication. Most importantly, Chroma is an idea that hasn’t existed in this form in the North Shore area, and it’s creation isn’t only important, but also necessary.

Unlike many magazines that are graced with features on the cover to give the reader a hint as to what they want you to read, Chroma’s cover simply says Chroma. No flashy lead article, no hint as to what is inside, just the name. On the back, there are twelve untitled images representing each separate artist that is inside without any sort of name or hint as to what they’ve done or who they are. The mystery adds a dimension to this that, over time, the name Chroma will become synonymous with the prospect of viewing twelve new artists in an unfiltered and equally-spaced environment. You’ll know what you’re going to get even if you can’t see it.

Michael Crockett ’97, Andrew Houle ’00 and John Cardinal ’99 (A.K.A. MONSTA) have been friends for quite some time, and all went to Montserrat College of Art at different times. Despite the gap in time, all three of them faced similar problems in the local art scene. “I’ve grown up in Massachusetts and if there’s one thing I’ve noticed over the years is the huge focus on oceanic paintings” says Michael. “Everywhere you go, you see lighthouse paintings, the shore, clipper ships, its pretty cliché.” Though common and almost stereotypical, it proved to be problematic, particularly for budding artists. “That’s all people who visit this area see and, sadly, it’s what they expect when they think of the shore” continues Michael. “No disrespect to the lighthouses, but there’s a huge art scene that does an even better job representing the North Shore art scene that deserves the limelight as well.”

ChromaArtists The 12 Artists Featured in Chroma

John, Michael, and Andrew all found solace in reading art books which served as constant reminders that there was a vast diversity in the art world no matter how many lighthouse paintings there were. All three men longed to be featured in one of these publications, but there was a slight problem. “For one thing, some of the more popular ones were owned by big publishing houses” said Andrew, “and no matter how you slice it, they’re just so selective and are trying to make a buck in the end.” After a few years, a solution was clear; they should do it themselves. “We talked about it for a while, and really wanted to do it, but we didn’t have the means for a while” said Michael, “however, thanks to John’s experience in the publishing world, it turned out to be a lot easier and, before we knew it, the idea was off the ground.”

The idea was to make an art magazine that not only featured the North Shore exclusively, but also objectively. As Michael put it, “the first two questions we ask really sum up the magazine as a whole: Where are you from, and did that place influence your artwork?” The answers they collected formed the groundwork for Chroma, which features artists in varying mediums as well as popularity. There’s pop art, sculpture work, digital art, and many more things that are sure to please anyone’s artistic pallet, and this adds to Chroma’s brilliance. “We didn’t want one thing to outweigh the other, and we wanted to ultimately show how diverse the North Shore art scene is” said Andrew, “and, honestly, I think we succeeded.” Even though the flagship issue features artwork from the three creators, they want future issues to be comprised of new blood, and they all agree that providing the platform and the presentation for these artists is as fulfilling as creating artwork itself. “This magazine is something we wanted to be in when we were in school,” said Michael, “and the fact that we can do this for the North Shore is a gift for us as much as it is to the people around here.”

Michael, Andrew, and MONSTA are already busy working on the second issue of Chroma, and have a lot of work to do before they can get that one off the ground. “The response to issue one, so far, has been overwhelming” says Michael, “and so-far we have about 50 plus artists asking to be featured in future issues.” This is more than welcome for the trio as, if nothing else, it reassures them that there isn’t just a market for more personal artwork that reflects the North Shore as a whole, but also a myriad of artists eager to show their work in a remarkable publication that, in due time, will become a household artistic name and idea in the North Shore.

For more information on Chroma and Tryptic Press, check out their website here: and their Facebook page!

Read the full article featured in North Shore Art*Throb!

Michael Crockett ’97, Andrew Houle ’00 and John Cardinal ’99
Jul 25, 2013

Recent alumnus Colin McGuire ’13 and his father, Michael McGuire, are currently exhibiting their first father-and-son show of the summer season at the McGuire Gallery, 465 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA this July. Click here to read full article in the Provincetown Banner.

Matching brushes: Father-son painters open new show in Provincetown by Susan Rand Brown

Michael, whose glowing high-key oils of Cape Cod’s iconic cottages reflect his sure eye and practiced hand, has lived in Truro for two decades, working for a while as a builder. When he started to sell enough of his work so that painting could become his sole occupation. Michael, who graduated from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston with a bachelor’s degree in sculpture, opened his gallery in the east end of Provincetown. He chose a compact space near other galleries that had been an artist’s studio and before that a popular bar within the fondly remembered Flagship Restaurant.

Colin is an award-winning 2013 graduate of the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly. His loosely constructed paintings combine elements of realism and abstraction. In 2011, Colin started showing at the McGuire Gallery and elsewhere including New York City with his father.

Father and son also recently began showing together in Vieques and elsewhere in Puerto Rico.

To see more of McGuire’s work visit:

Colin McGuire '13 and his father, Michael McGuire
Jul 19, 2013

Recent alumna Lisa Hersey ’12 was one of our first Book Arts‘ students to graduate from Montserrat College of Art!

She had got an internship with Amy Borezo, a book artist who owns Shelter Bookworks in Orange, MA…and it became a job!

Congratulations, Lisa!

Shelter Bookworks is a full service bindery and print studio located in Western Massachusetts and operated by Amy Borezo. Amy received an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 where she studied Letterpress and the Art of the Book with Walter Feldman of the Ziggurat Press. After graduating, she worked as a specialist at a library bindery and for Master Bookbinder Daniel Kelm, focusing on the editioning of artist’s books and boxes with an extremely high level of craftsmanship. Shelter Bookworks opened its doors in the Orange Innovation Center in 2007. Amy also teaches Book Art, most recently at Dartmouth College.


Lisa Hersey '12
Jul 19, 2013

Alumnus Benjamin Stebbings ’07 has been painting, showing and teaching in and around the Boston area for a number years.

He is currently running a small art program in Salem called the On Point Program.

Stebbings currently resides in Beverly. He has done work for the YMCA as well as a home for at-risk teens.

Recently, he visited Belmonte Middle School to illustrate to the students the finer points of graffiti art.

You can view more of his work here: benjaminstebbingsart

Jul 19, 2013

Alumna Lara (Warren) Maville ’89 attended Montserrat College of Art when it was still located at the North Shore Music Theatre building, right before moving to the Hardie Building on Essex Street, where the college currently resides.

She worked as a graphic designer at an ad agency from 1997 – 2006, before opening her own business which she operate out of her home in Canaan, NH, while also homeschooling her daughter!

Lara Maville Design
is a New Hampshire based graphic design studio offering a full selection of custom graphic design services including websites, logos, brochures and print advertisement.

Learn more at

Jul 19, 2013

Alumna Allison Hornak ’09 was the first of three of The Rocky Neck Art Colony’s 2013 Goetemann artist residents. She moved into her studio in early June and worked in the colorful arts district of Gloucester, MA for the entire month.

Learn more at

Visit to see more of her work!

“Painting and building are my practice.  I have devotion toward material, and I am as devoted to aerosol paints as I am to mud.  All material is flesh and connotes promiscuously within society and nature.  Then there is the problem of the impulse to order.  As an artist I need to still stuff.  Each piece acts as a halt—a submission, as a person, to the need to resist chaos.  What chaos?  Every artwork, every mark: a deceleration.  Every one a breaking.  Since, still, at the end of the day, at a turn, rupture is in the lull.  This is my protest.  I (am) matter too.” – Hornak

Jul 19, 2013

Montserrat College of Art’s Paul M. Scott Library has several new book titles written by alumni, faculty and staff that are currently being offered at our circulation desk.

The Foreground (a collection of Poetry and Short Stories) by alumnus Grant Thomson Archer ’13 (click here to learn more)

Projecting the End of the American Dream: Hollywood’s Visions of U.S. Decline
by Prof. Gordon B. Arnold (click here to learn more)

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking
by Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne (click here to learn more)

Modern Grimmoire: a Contemporary Anthology of Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore includes a poem by Colleen Michaels

Archer and Dionne will have book signings this fall in the library!

Jul 19, 2013

Alumna Heidi Daub ’82 is happy to announce her inclusion among the artists represented by Gleason Fine Art, of Boothbay and Portland Maine. Dennis and Martha Gleason have been running their gallery for over 25 years, showing a wide range of 19th-21st century fine art. She has six pieces there, among them House Of Sun, and Where The Creek Runs with two more pieces arriving late in July.

Closer to home, the former Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill, was purchased by fellow artist and 10 x 8 member Cynthia Winings who has continued the tradition of showing contemporary fine art in Blue Hill through the Cynthia Winings Gallery.  The current show, “Beauty Abounds”, includes artists from Maine and New York. She currently is representing six of Daub’s pieces.  If you are in Blue Hill, take a moment to stop in and see the new look of the gallery!

This weekend Daub will be a participant in the Blue Hill Public Library’s third annual Paint the Peninsula event, a “fresh paint silent auction” to be held on Saturday, July 20th, from 4:30 – 7 pm, at the Library. From their promo, “Over 60 artists will start that day with blank canvases, and transform them into gorgeous views, using locations all over the Blue Hill Peninsula as their inspiration. Finished works will be brought to the Library in the early afternoon, when the library will be transformed into a gigantic art gallery.” For more information visit Paint The Peninsula

Aug 21 – 27, sculptor Goody-B Wiseman and Daub will be curating/hosting a show in Northeast Harbor.  This is shaping up to be a wonderful week long exhibit.

Looking ahead to October, poet Leonore Hildenbrandt will be teaming up for the Belfast Poetry Festival’s  9th annual “A Poem To Behold”, showcasing collaborative work between visual artists and writers. Featured will be live readings of original poetry with a simultaneous projection of original artwork onto three large screens in a fast paced (6 minutes each team) Pecha Kucha style presentation. The weekend festival will take placein Belfast, Maine, Oct. 18 – 19.

If you have questions about any of these events or want to connect with Daub about work on her website, please call 207-374-5417 or email her at

Courtosey of Heidi Daub Studio/Gallery
P.O. Box 1471, Blue Hill, Maine 04614

Jun 21, 2013

Montserrat College of Art alumna Kalimah Muhammad ’11 will exhibit at the Boston Sculptors Gallery June 19 – August 4!

Artists’ Reception: Sunday June 23, 3 – 5 pm

SOWA First Friday: July 5 & August 2, 5 – 8 pm

Defined as the course of life on earth, Muhammad’s debut exhibition Pilgrimage invites the viewer on a journey of the artist’s life through her contemporary monuments. The show combines objects, images, and text used to illuminate significant events and people of the artist’s upbringing.

Personal and attainable, Muhammad’s “modern monuments” are commemorative of the individual’s achievement in history. Using materials as common as concrete and as opulent as 23­-karat gold, the abstracted works references the collective’s desire for permanence and recognition. As definitively characteristic of Muhammad’s earlier work, Pilgrimage, is approachable in scale and understanding in material as well as execution.

Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sun. from 12 – 6 pm

486 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA

Kalimah Muhammad is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes installations, sculptures, drawings, and instructions. Her subject matter is gathered from personal everyday experiences and amplified to reference as well as reflect on the collective’s experience. This is accomplished through the simplification of processes and emphasis on the materials’ unique characteristics.

Kalimah Muhammad, "Totem"
Jun 20, 2013

Recent graduate Buddy Quinn ’13 is currently in a Art-in-Nature Sculpture Competition at the Fruitlands Museum campus. He is among ten talented sculptors. Winners will be chosen in October by a panel of jurors and popular vote. The sculptures will remain on view through Nov. 3, at 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA.

Visit to learn more.

(Buddy Quinn, Ursus – $1,800)

Buddy Quinn, "Ursus"
Jun 20, 2013

More than 25 years ago, a group of Boston-area artists came together in response to the AIDS crisis, which was claiming the lives of so many of their friends, fellow artists and colleagues. They responded by creating and organizing the first ARTcetera, a contemporary art auction. Over the years ARTcetera has grown to become one of New England’s premier art auctions and an essential funding source for AIDS Action. With co-chairs Barbara Lee and Bill Emery at the helm, alongside the AIDS Action Committee, this year will prove to be the most exciting yet!

Montserrat College of Art is proud to be an official Art Partner for ARTcetera again this year in October and is encouraging students, faculty and alumni like you to submit work to this great event! Not only is it a just cause, it is an incredible opportunity to share your work with hundreds of serious and potential collectors.

*The due date for submissions is July 1, and many alumni have already applied, so don’t waste any time! Accepted alumni and students include Aaron Bouvier ’04, Suzy Evans ’13 and Taylor Clough ’14.

To find out more and submit your work visit, click “Submit Art” and make sure you choose “Montserrat College of Art” as your Art Partner Affiliate!

Looking forward to your submissions!

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Montserrat’s affiliation with ARTcetra, please contact Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Education Maggie Cavallo at 978.867.9623 or

Jun 20, 2013

Montserrat College of Art is pleased to announce the upcoming comic inspired exhibition Capes and Crusaders in the 301 Gallery. The exhibition is co-curated by Montserrat alumni Adam Miller ’00 and Josh Morrissette ’00 and will be a compilation comic art that will showcase an impressive body of work. The exhibition will feature various techniques and styles and join together over fifty artists to bring their comic book visions to life. It will be highlighted by a selection of works from the Randy House Collection, including art by Drew Struzan, Frank Frazetta, James Jean and more.

Capes and Crusaders Exhibit: June 29 – July 24, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 4 – 7 pm at 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

301 Gallery Hours: Saturday 12 – 5 pm or by appointment on all other days. To make an appointment, call 978-867-9604 or email

In addition, Montserrat presents a panel discussion, Just Make Something! Comic Artists at Montserrat College of Art, earlier that day surrounding comic book themed art and topics such as creativity, accountability, production and networking, featuring Filmmaker Tom Bennett as moderator and six artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Panelists include: Jerry Ma, Ken Knudtsen, Adam Miller, Josh Morrissette, Andy Houle, and Dave Ferreira. This will be a unique experience for any lover of comic books, illustration, art and storytelling.

Panel Discussion: Saturday, June 29, 2 – 3:30 pm in Room 201 at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

This event is on Facebook.

"Boy with Cape," by Alumnus Adam Miller
May 28, 2013

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Gerry Tanguay III ’05 was at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as part of Samurai Saturdays. He was demonstrating how to create katanas (swords) on Saturday, May 11 in the Artist Demonstration: The Art of the Samurai Sword where participants discovered the artistry associated with the famed Japanese samurai. Click here to learn more!

Tanguay III graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2005 with a BFA in Illustration. A student of Karate and Japanese Jujutsu since childhood, Tanguay’s interest lead him to the study of swordsmanship and ultimately to the construction of the Japanese sword. A carpenter by day, he began to construct sheaths and handles from flat stock lumber. He is now able to repair many common problems that arise in swords used for practice as well as restore antique and display swords.

Tanguay is a Iaido Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) and is also an instructor at Doshikai. He began studying Kenpo Karate in 1990. He is currently ranked nidan in Iaido, Yondan in Kenpo and Yondan in Jujutsu.

May 28, 2013

Alumna Jennifer Clement’s ’93 Artist Bar is continuing to be a hit and our trustees and Montserrat Community are loving it!

In January, Clement’s Artist Bar was featured on a segment of Chronicle and in the Boston Business Journal


May 28, 2013

Three members of the Montserrat College of Art community will participate in a large-scale public art installation project at the MBTA bridge in downtown Lynn if funding can be raised through a Kickstarter campaign.

The project is being organized by the Lynn non-profit Centerboard, a downtown Lynn nonprofit organization seeking to revitalize the city focusing on creating opportunities for residents and businesses while building community.

The Montserrat artists involved are:

Adam Miller graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2000 with a BFA in Illustration. Adam has shown art from coast to coast, most recently exhibiting at the Halcyon and Genuine Artikle galleries, both in NYC.

Kerry McDermott is a student at Montserrat College of Art. She will graduate in the Spring of 2014 with a BFA in Photography.

Joshua Morrissette graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2000 with a BFA in Photography, winning his Dept. Award for that year.Josh digs his fingers into the flesh of the art world in any way he can, from photo restoration and concert photography, to fine art exhibitions and comic illustration.

This latest project is the third phase of the project, known as Public Art 3.0, which involves beautifying the neighborhood of Central Square as well as supporting independent and emerging artists. Originally started as a project with local teens in a photography class, the public art was so well received the agency decided to keep going, expanding the involvement to working artists looking to make an impact with their art.

The public art on the bridge instantly perks up the neighborhood, the residents and businesses love it and we are looking forward to getting new photos installed,” remarks Centerboard’s Special Projects Coordinator Carla Scheri. The participants in this year’s project include a mix of local and national artists. Photographers Josh Morrissette, Michael Karolemeas, Kerry McDermott, Adam Miller and Jason Taglieri are all North Shore residents. Sarah Kang is based in San Francisco. Kate Ahokas is based in Colorado.

May 13, 2013

Neil Wilkins ’97 is having an upcoming solo show at the Firehouse Center for the Arts ( in Newburyport, MA.

Artist Reception: Sunday, July 14, 1 – 3 pm
Exhibit: July 3 – 28

May 9, 2013

Recent graduate Brett Mason ’12 ( has one of his paintings in the published book, Perspectives: A Collection of Art. His artwork, “Alter of Life and the Imagination” is being published for Art Impressions.

Perspectives: A Collection of Art is a large hardcover, full color art book featuring the art of over 100 artists. Every work of art is displayed on its own page, printed on heavy coated paper stock and is distributed to top art galleries in digital format.

>>If you are interested in ordering a copy, you can order it online here.

See more of Mason’s work at

May 9, 2013

We got to sit down and chat with the ever so talented fashion designer and Montserrat alumnus Blessing Mazarura ’98 this week in his Bless by Bless fashion studio in Boston. He shared with us a sneak peak of a design he is in the process of patenting this innovative accessory, the Hood Tie! Fashion meets functionality.

Mazarura ‘s rocker-esque couture fashions will also be featured at the benefit for VNA Care Network & Hospice on May 18 at 7 pm in the home a close friend of the Montserrat community John Archer, 10 North Street, Danvers.

My mission is to create a lifestyle of love and philanthropy celebrated through fashion with a message. I am more than a designer; I feel I am a messenger of love.” – Blessing Mazarura.

Mazarura was born in 1975 in the outskirts of Zimbabwe. His first formal introduction to fashion was as a child, observing his mother using her vintage Singer sewing machine. He fell in love and began designing his own fashions at the age of 15.

In 2007, Mazarura created his label, Bless By Bless, a high-energy fusion of hourglass silhouettes, zippers, iridescent fabrics and military detail. The ready-to-wear collection features edgy dresses, high-waisted skirts and sweatshirts inscribed with inspirational messages and affirmations. Visit the Bless by Bless official website to see the entire line:

Philanthropy has always been part of the Bless By Bless mission. The collection preview will help support VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit that has brought health care into the homes of North Shore residents for 105 years.

The May 18 benefit will also feature live music by Just In Time, concert pianist Nathan Johnson and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased at or by contacting Beth Sobezenski at 888-663-3688, ext. 1361 or

>>Click here to learn more!

May 2, 2013

Alumnus James Angelone III ’04 invites Montserrat College of Art faculty, staff, alumni and student body to an art stroll in Salisbury, MA Saturday May 18th. As apart of the grand opening there will be an unveiling of 7 murals in which two of the artists commissioned for the work are alumni of Montserrat!

The Newburyport Art Association, town of Salisbury and various organizations have sponsored the reclamation of a decommissioned railroad bridge and will be having a grand opening of a bicycle trail.

Also the town of Salisbury is looking for Artists to have an opportunity to paint live on site free of charge or pay $25 for a table or tent space to sell artwork or crafts. All they would need to do is fill out an application form which can be found on their website:

This event will serve as a great opportunity to open doors for graduating students and expand publicity for the college!

Learn more about James Angelone III ’04 here:

Image: Beverly, MA, 18in x 24in mixed media, by James Angelone III ’04
May 2, 2013

Head on over to 17 Cox as part of Beverly’s First Thursday Art Walk for an opening reception for their current exhibition, Point of Sale, featuring two Montserrat alumni Lane Brandon Phelps ’05 and Mike Vance ’11.

Thursday, May 2, 6 pm
17 Cox Court, Beverly, MA

>>Find this event on Facebook!

May 2, 2013

The Gallery at Porter Mill is pleased to present it’s May exhibition, Helms of the Homunculus featuring the works of two graduates of Montserrat College of Art.

Join Beverly based painter/animator Nick Criscuolo ’03 and New York based painter/photographer and Brian Galderisi ’12 for an artist reception Thursday, May 2, 6 – 8 pm at the Gallery at Porter Mill (95 Rantoul Street, Beverly) as part of Beverly’s First Thursday Art Walk. Free and open to the public.

For more information, view this event on Facebook!

Courtesy of Gallery at Porter Mill Director Bea Modisett. Contact her at with any questions.

Apr 18, 2013

Alumnus David Schoerner ’07 new book Six Six Packs is included in the exhibition Ed Ruscha Books & Co. at Gagosian Gallery:

He also has an upcoming solo exhibition titled All my photographs as of 10/29/2010 photocopied in the order they are listed on my website, on view April 15 – May 14, at Texas Tech University:

Schoerner currently lives and works in New York City. He has participated in group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Provincetown and Paris. Schoerner participated in Pulse Art Fair Miami in 2010. He has exhibited his work in exhibitions at Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), The School house Gallery (Provincetown, MA), and the Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham MA). Recently Schoerner’s solo exhibition May All Your Dreams Come True that was presented at MELK Gallery (Oslo, Norway). His work will be presented in a curated group show Bartholomew at Gallery Steinslan Berliner (Stockholm, Sweden) this spring.

Image: Studio Mate’s Plant, Three digital c-prints, 24 x 20 inches each, 2013
Mar 29, 2013

Alumnus John Cardinal announces his first children’s book!

I am proud to present my first foray into children’s books, I’d Rather Be Riding My Bike.
-John Cardinal
Evolved Publishing, March 2013

The book takes you through one boy’s busy day as he waits and waits for the chance to finally go ride his bike. The book is full color and perfect for children ages 3 to 6. This fun outdoor rhyming adventure is the perfect story for kids just learning the joy of books. I’d Rather Be Riding My Bike, from author Eric Pinder, combines early reading with fun and colorful illustrations by artist John Cardinal.

It is available in both Hardcover and Softcover on Amazon. It is also available digitally for iPad and Kindle.

The book was written by Eric Pinder author of “Cat in the Clouds”and “If All the Animals Came Inside,” and is published by Evolved Publishing.

Check out Cardinal’s website’s Kid Friendly gallery for a sneak peek at some of the images from the book and learn more about Cardinal here:

Mar 18, 2013

Montserrat College of Art’s Paul M. Scott Library will host a closing reception for the self-titled exhibit of faculty member and alumnus Jim Falck ’91.

Wednesday, March 20, 4 – 6 pm
Montserrat’s Paul M. Scott Library
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

Falck’s exhibition includes his paintings and sculptural ceramic pieces. The exhibit will be on view in the library through March 22. Public welcome.

Contact Librarian Cheri Coe
978.921.4242 x1208

Mar 7, 2013

Alumna Judy Robinson-Cox is currently exhibiting her photographs in the Firehouse Center for the Arts Gallery in Newburyport.

Lilliputian Landscapes
Artist Reception: Saturday March 9, 4 – 6 pm
The Firehouse Center for the Arts Gallery
1 Market Square Newburyport, MA
Exhibition: March 6 – 31

Lilliputian Landscapes includes the delightful photography of Judy Robinson-Cox, which are the results of a chance encounter she had with exquisitely detailed miniature figures a few years ago. When she set them amidst the brilliant colors of ordinary kitchen tools and garden produce, vegetables were transformed and her wonderful imagination and skill as a photographer produced landscapes that will challenge the viewer on first glance. They all bring a smile and amazement when examined closely.

To see more of Judy’s work visit:

The Firehouse Center for the Arts Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday 12 noon to 5 PM, later on performance days.

For more information contact Judy Hallberg at or 978 500 5805

Mar 7, 2013

Alumnus Andy Curlowe ’06 has two exhibitions this March in the Cleveland, Oh area.

  • March 1st is the opening of a two person show with photographer Mark Slankard and Curlowe at Heights Arts on Lee Rd in Cleveland Heights, OH.
  • March 8th is the opening of Contemporaries 13, a great collection of artists at Bonfoey Gallery on Euclid Ave in Cleveland, OH.

To see more of Curlowe’s work, visit

Feb 28, 2013

seARTS welcomed President Stephen D. Immerman, Ed.D. as the keynote speaker Tuesday evening, Feb. 26, for their Annual Meeting at Gloucester Engineering.

Immerman discussed the history of Montserrat, the plan for an Arts and Cultural District in downtown Beverly with the help of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Artists Professional Toolbox, the many partnerships with Art Connection of Boston to form a new division, the Montserrat Art Connection,  on the North Shore. Other partnerships with the Beverly Y, the Glen Urquhart School, RAW Arts, Salem Cyberspace in Salem and Artists for Humanity in Boston. He also discussed the work being done at Montserrat to further CEANS (The Creative Economy Association of the North Shore), Montserrat’s initiative to expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to include Arts and Design (STEAM), and the impact CEANS and STEAM have on economic development and the betterment of the larger community. Click here to read President Immerman’s article on STEAM vs. STEM education in the New England Journal of Higher Education.

Immerman also focused on a few successful alumni and students who have used their art degree and experiences from Montserrat in so many innovative ways.

>>Click here to read full blog post!

Feb 28, 2013

Image: Anthony Palocci Jr. Installation at Lot F Gallery

Montserrat Galleries Director and Curator Leonie Bradbury has written a piece on the New American Paintings blog about alumnus Anthony Palocci Jr. ’09.


Anthony Palocci (NAP #104) is a thing painter. He likes to paint things, household objects mostly, such as phones, air conditioners and ovens. He likes to paint the things that he sees in his every day life. His latest work on view at Lot F Gallery in Boston features many items taken directly from the artist’s environment. One of the most striking paintings is a huge, blue and yellow tiled shower stall straightforwardly titled Shower, 2013. Palocci includes a bit of white tile floor and a small section of wall both of which add to the lifelike quality of the image. A perspectival tour de force, the painting’s vivid colors and irregular tile pattern invite you to step right in and get wet. Across from Shower hangs the equally graphic and large-scale Tub, 2012, which features a close-up view of the faucet, drain and knobs from inside the same shower stall. All of the elements are strikingly lit from above, the light causing brightly hued, contrasting shadows underneath each knob and faucet. The drain is painted is such a simplified, direct manner that it almost becomes a cartoon rendition.

- Leonie Bradbury

>>Click here to read the article!

Feb 25, 2013

Alumnus Michael Nevin ’04 is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal, a curated art and culture magazine, which currently circulates in more than 30 different countries. Nevin is also director of the Journal Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Below are some of his recent updates.

>>Jeff Elrod “Echo Paintings” at The Journal Gallery NY Magazine Critics’ Pick by Jerry Saltz

>>Daniel Turner at The Journal Gallery listed as one of Gallerist NY’s top 30 exhibitions of 2012

the journal
106 North 1st Street Brooklyn NY 11249
Telephone 718.218.7148

Feb 25, 2013

From Heidi: I am happy to announce the redesign of my webpage A big thank you goes to Michelle Keyo for her expertise in WordPress, and for her patience with me! The new design features an improved portfolio section, my blog, a subscribe option for contact and social link options. Take a look, and I welcome your comments. I also have a new Facebook page, which is a business page rather than a personal site.

Thank you to all my friends, family, patrons, who have supported my work in the last year. I am looking forward to a fruitful 2013, with the prospect of being in my new studio/gallery within the year. Thank you to Andrea Hendrix at the “Henhouse”…my present studio, for continuing to provide to me the wonderful “small, but with expansive view” space for the last 12 years. It has been, and continues to be, my workplace, and a haven for my soul. As always, I welcome visits to my studio in South Blue Hill, and would love to hear from you.

All best,

The Edge Of Her Wing

She arrives

as a whisper against your cheek.

Look to the upper branches of pine!

She is not only there

she is everywhere.

She comes when the stable land softens

trembles in her quake,

when the catch of breath

in the ecstatic moment

is all love, is all we have

and we conspire to hold on

or forever be swept into greatness.

But this is her reason for coming;

to take us in a circular

sweep of wing -

let go she says,

let go.


Image: Beside The Water, 22×30, acrylic on paper
Feb 25, 2013

Anthony Palocci Jr. ’09 and Kristine Roan ’11 are currently exhibiting their work in Zeitgeist Gallery’s SCORE!

From Feb. 27- March 30, 2013, Zeitgeist Gallery is excited to display the works of four Boston-based emerging artists; Francesca Caruso, Anthony Palocci Jr., Kristine Roan and J.R. Uretsky. Among the work is painting, sculpture and collage.

The Opening Reception is Sat. March 2, 5 – 8 pm
Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St, Lowell, MA
Gallery Hours: Tue. – Sat. 11 am – 7 pm

Primarily a painter, Kristine Roan’s work comes out of an engagement with her environment that seeks to see it anew. As in her arranged objects, her current paintings consist of marks like building blocks…that one can imagine being pulled apart and rearranged. Roan embraces the disparities between these two modes of seeing / making. She seeks to create a space where there can be a dialogue between the religiosity of her paintings and the unfixed, playful combines.

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Anthony Palocci Jr. paints the objects in the world around him. He builds up the surface of his paintings in layers of different colors, often starting with a warm underpainting. It is through this process of identifying how an object exists in space and in light, that the feeling Palocci is looking for in the work is expressed. Life can be ironic, depressing, or absurd, and it can quickly become fortuitous and exciting. What is consistent is the environment and the things we interact with on a daily basis.

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Feb 21, 2013

After the Illustration Department’s Annual Theme Show, Science!, chose Illustration alumnus Andrew Marathus ’07 as the recipient of the ‘Best of Show: Alumni’ award, he wrote “To Montserrat College of Art’s illustration class and faculty of 2013 – a thank you letter…” on his blog. Read it here or visit

As most other artists and illustrators similarly associated with Montserrat’s community do (whether they be former students, alum, former faculty, etc.), I find myself anticipating Montserrat College of Art’s illustration department’s theme show each year – this year has been no different. The winter months come and the theme is announced and there’s this general buzz in the community as artists prepare their efforts and bring pieces to life. It’s great! I found my standing excitement for the event made greater this year in particular by the idea that I am far enough away from my experiences taking classes in Beverly to, now, experience a different and fun level of inclusion in an show that is now predominantly hosted for students that I have no educational overlap with. Said another way – the show brings new, fresh faces of young people I have no class experiences with. You and I are from different artistic generations within Montserrat, and this is a great thing and a true joy when it comes to sharing my work.

When I was a younger illustrator within the department, the idea of showing my work on the walls of 301 with known faculty and potentially (for me) unknown alumni consistently, year after year, ended up being a real treat for reasons I didn’t pin precisely enough until months or years later, and it proved to be the base for my enjoyment of the show for years after graduating. As an illustration student at Montserrat, you’re allowed to show starting in your early years with the school in a venue that is normally reserved for external professional artists or seniors working on their thesis. The reality that you happen to end up showing with, for all intents and purposes, professionals is outstanding. You’re given a great opportunity with the idea in mind that you’re putting your work and your practice directly next to the work and practice of professional artists and illustrators that have been honing their craftsmanship, their concepts, their ability to present work. The health of this opportunity is given to by a spirit of competition, too. I can remember seeing great work by faculty and alum and considering one plain, driving idea – “I will be able to get to that point.”

As an alum, the excitements are different. The details for entering work are different. Different faces greet you and wander 301. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the way that the show suddenly acts as a kind of opportunity to either try new things or resolve traditions in work and, in a real sense, bring them back home to a safe, comfortable venue. It’s a show that I personally use as a capstone to other things I do during the year with an idea in mind that I want to show where I’ve come and gone since graduating in 2007. I get to do this and I get to show with students whose work is as exciting and fearless as I remember it being when I, as well, was a student. The show is great and it encourages the kinds of drives, examples, and excitements that help make good artistic communities great artistic communities, make hobby work meaningful work, and ultimately create longstanding traditions of staying connected with the programs your work matures in. May it never change.

So, I’d like to say thank you – that’s the idea here. Not only did I consider the show the regular kind of success that I’ve become familiar with in my years since starting participating in it, but I was also flattered. I submit my work gladly to share with others, and it’s a pleasure to hear from you – students and faculty, alike – when you respond positively to it. The treat for me is this: hop the train from North Station to Beverly, grab a coffee, snag a slice at Maria’s ($1.50?!), maybe visit Dane St. Beach, and genuinely relive a bright part of my past for a few hours before getting down to business with, honestly, one of the best illustration department’s in the country. Simple.

All my best. Here’s to next year’s show!


To see more of Marathus’ work visit

Feb 21, 2013

Eben Archer Kling: Uninhibited Behavior

Artist Reception: Saturday, March 16, 5 – 8 pm
On View: March 4 – 23

Kling’s works are about apathy and recreational distraction. There are cigarettes, beer bottles, coffee and greasy diner food everywhere. These new paintings on canvas are huge in scale and feature a loud palette, like billboards selling the lifestyle of sinister neglect for the world at large.

Originally from Connecticut, Montserrat College of Art alum, Eben Kling ’09 currently resides in Amherst MA and is enrolled as a full time MFA student at the UMASS Amherst Graduate Program. Kling has exhibited across the U.S. and his work has also appeared in several publications both online and in print.

View More of Kling’s work here.

Courtesy of Mingo Gallery and Custom Framing

Feb 21, 2013

During February vacation week, alumna Margaurita Spear ’09 will be teaching a workshop, Bring On the Bling, to coincide with the current exhibit, Spingle Spangle: The Sequin, at the Wenham Museum.

This workshop is geared to students ages 6 & up. Using decoupage, pre-fab boxes, sequins and glitter, participants will create a personalized, fun trinket box.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 am – noon
Wenham Museum
132 Main Street, Wenham, MA

Pre-registration is required. Visit for details.

Feb 14, 2013

Image: Magazine cover by Kircher for PoV‘s #4 issue

Alumna Nicole Kircher ’01 currently has some of her paintings featured in the the most recent (#5) issue of PoV, an online arts magazine based in London. She was also featured as PoV‘s cover artist for their last issue (#4). Kircher works as a painter and photographer and is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.

See more of Kircher’s work at her website:

PoV magazine:

Feb 14, 2013

Alumnus Royal Scott ‘76 is the featured artist for Illustration Source.

Roy’s illustration is a hybrid of digital and traditional media. For over twenty years he has been creating conceptual illustrations for editorial, corporate, advertising and publishing clients around the world. His award winning work communicates innovative visual solutions with bold color, rich textures and intricate compositions.

Roy’s concepts cover a wide range of topics. His work is a perfect fit for art buyers looking to add originality to the mix, no matter what the subject.

Roy’s work and illustration techniques have been written about in leading industry journals and on-line publications such as Step by Step Design, Photoshop User and Digital Design. Roy is a frequent lecturer at Temple University and other venues, where he discusses his work and illustration techniques.

View Roy’s work with Illustration Source.

The artists represented by Illustration Source are some of the best illustrators working today. In addition to a 20+ year reputation in stock illustration licensing, Illustration Source now exclusively represents a select group of artists for assignment projects through “Original Art Studios.”

To see more of his designs and illustrations visit

–Courtesy of Illustration Source

Feb 13, 2013

Alumna Alyssa Watters ’07 has an upcoming show, Birds, Etc.

Save the Date!

Please come celebrate the opening of this show and experience what Watters has been engrossed in since the start of 2013.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 6-9pm
The Gallery at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly MA
On view: March 7-30
Closing Reception: Sat, March 30th

Hours: W, Th, F 5-7pm; Sat, Sun 12-4pm

Jan 31, 2013

Alumna Hayley Perry ’06 is exhibiting Hidden Materials at Community College of Rhode Island’s Flanagan Campus Art Gallery

Hidden Material
Exhibition Dates: Jan. 21 – Feb. 15
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 31, 5 – 7 pm
Flanagan Campus Art Gallery
1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI

Gallery Hours: Tue, Wed & Fri 10 am to 4 pm and Thu 10 am – 7 pm

See more of Perry’s work at

Jan 31, 2013

In October, 2012, alumna Jennifer Clement ’93 launched her business, The Artist Bar, a traveling “paint-and-sip” party for people to come, have some cocktails and make art.

On Tuesday Jan. 22, Clement’s Artist Bar was featured on a segment of Chronicle. (Clement’s interview is 2 minutes into the video)

Clement was also featured in The Boston Business Journal this month. >>Read the article here: Art bars’ brush with success


Jan 25, 2013

Emily Chesley ’04 attended Montserrat to expand and grow her fine art background. During her process and development she decided to switch her concentration to Graphic Design. Chesley gained a lot of inspirations from her professors. She also took advantage of the opportunity to study landscape photography and journal writing during Montserrat’s Study Abroad Program in Viterbo, Italy in 2003.

After graduation, Chesley spent approximately eight years as a graphic/web designer for both publishing and printing companies. She has recently moved back to the Beverly area, where she was born and raised, and currently displays her art at her hair studio, Y lime studi O, in Beverly. As an Aveda trained hair stylist she expresses her eye for color and shape behind the chair. Artists that continue to influence her are Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Ansel Adams.

Visit her hair studio here:

Jan 18, 2013

Alumna Bettie Hamilton‘s latest book Gertie Guru’s Diet and Bird Book: Delicious Dishes for Curvaceous Chubs (Outskirts Press, Inc., Nov. 2012) is now on

It is a funny fable with animal characters and legit delicious recipes, a sort of diet spoof.” – Hamilton

“In the Great Woods Sanctuary Gertie Guru sold her recipes from her tree house on Psycho Path to help out her favorite charity, Curvaceous Chubs. Larrymore Lion and his fiancee, Lulu Llama were dismayed Gertie was plotting the murder of Alonzo Lorenzo Lizzie Ann’s best boy friend Darwin’s pet ferret. She was planning to bake him into a Ferret Wellington in Lizzie Ann’s oven and taking as her Chief Consort, Darwin. Ronald Rabbit staged a strike when Gertie hyped Rabbit Pie, her Recipe of the Week. He and Ruthie had many a child marching with signs. The single or married, gay or straight beasties of the Woods all banded together to foil the Guru’s plot. Gertie named all her recipes after birds as a tribute to the parents of all the wild bird’s eggs she stole to eat. This is a fable for all serious dieters to digest.”

>>Find here on

Image: Hamilton painted the Gertie (1/2 Puffin bird) portrait for the cover.
Jan 18, 2013

Recent graduate Randi Giles ’12, has been hired as the Graphic Designer / Web Designer at Bad Dog Tools in Bristol, RI.

Congratulations, Randi!

Jan 18, 2013

Work by faculty members Caroline Bagenal, Marilu Swett, Julia Shepley and alumna Kalimah Muhammad ’11 is currently featured in:

Height, Width, Depth, Time”
The Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Ave, Boston
Dec. 19 – Jan. 27 2013

Bagenal and Muhammad will be participating in a Pecha Kucha talk on Jan 23, 6:15 – 7:30 pm, at 500 Harrison Ave. with reception to follow at Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.

The exhibition is currently featured in the Jan/Feb Artscope issue in which Bagenal’s video and Shepley’s sculpture were singled out for favorable mention. (p.8)

>>Click here to read article

Image: Caroline Bagenal, Summer Palace, 2010
Jan 11, 2013

Although alumnus Peter Oravetz ‘04 majored in Sculpture while he was attending Montserrat, he has been gaining success in drawing and illustration. His illustration has been published on the cover as well as within the recent issue of Kugelmass, a literary humor journal.

Congratulations, Peter!

Peter Oravetz:

Jan 11, 2013

Written by Morgan Dyer ‘13 –


Image: ‘so what’ found oil on canvas monochrome painting,acrylic, 16’x20’, 2011

As I spoke with alumnus Jason Osborne ‘03, he had a lot of great things to say about Montserrat. Graduating with a painting degree, Jason has been working as a professional contemporary abstract painter. He received a grant from the Dedalus Foundation Grant program which included, “doctoral dissertation fellowships in art history; senior fellowships in art history and criticism; and master of fine arts fellowships in painting and sculpture.” (Robert Motherwell Foundation) This way Jason will be able to work as a professional artist with his grant and show more consistently in gallery shows.

Jason spoke of the things that made Montserrat great for him. He spoke about his love for the Montserrat community, very small and intimate. This way, he was able to make very strong connections with his fellow classmates that he still keeps in touch with after all of these years.

Rose Olson is one professor that Jason had connected with. She had an influence on him that went far beyond his college years. Jason talked about how she truly prepared him for the outside world of art, “She doesn’t sugar coat the process of being an artist, it’s hard work and it is not easy.”

Even though the act of being an artist is not easy, Jason has been active in the artist community since he graduated. He maintained a steady job in working with a construction business after moving back home to North Carolina. Residing there currently, he is proud of how he has managed to be a successful working artist.

For most of his college career, Jason lived off campus where he painted and had space to create artwork. He worked for the school doing maintenance work which he enjoyed doing when he wasn’t in classes. He spoke about two memorable instances he had while he attended Montserrat. The first experience he noted he will always remember; it was a time focused on a collaborative project with another student. They rolled out a large piece of canvas, “drank beer, painted and talked all night.” He then spoke about how important it is to work with another classmate, especially someone who works differently than you; “it brings out the best in both of the work artists’ produce.”

The other memorable experience he spoke of was his senior show. He spoke about the excitement and ability to manage a show with fellow classmates. In saying this, he brought out the love of community in which he felt here at Montserrat.

I asked him why he chose this small school by the sea, and he responded with, “there is just something about that place.” There was something that he thought attracted a certain group of people at Montserrat. He felt that Montserrat is not known for the protégé name or large community, but sticking to the smaller side of things became more of a positive for him. His advice to me as an artist was to keep the relationship with my paintings, and to not be afraid to get attached. He stated that it can become an even more negative thing if you distance yourself too much from your work. “It’s better to keep a relationship with your art.

Jan 11, 2013

What Are Beverly Artists Selling On
By Molly Buccini and William Laforme, Beverly Patch

See what some of these creative folks from Beverly are selling online in their shops on

A number of Beverly artists are among the thousands of people who sell hand-made crafts and other items on – and if you like to shop locally yourself, there might be some great last-minute Christmas gift ideas in here. You know you don’t want to endure another mall visit this holiday season, and there’s probably just enough time left to get a last minute gift in the mail before Christmas. With that, take a look at what some talented city residents have come up with!

LuckyMutt owner (alumna) Jenn Frankavitz ’08 has a variety of custom-made dog collars also takes custom orders. Fun fact: Jenn is actively involved in animal rescue and each collar in her shop is named after a rescue dog in need of a home.

Everything the Sewing Scientist, also known as Sarah Clark, makes, from bow ties to clutches, aims to brighten the world a little and join function with fun. Her shop features items including purses, cluthes, bowties, and headbands.

Zoogu makes original, handmade, high quality plush toys for kids of all ages. Every order is custom made, handmade by Jen and Brian Gubicza in their studio.

Donna Moody has been sewing since she was nine years old, and her specialty on Etsy is American Girl doll clothing. Shoes, hats, bathing suits, dresses–you name it!

Local artist (alumnus) Peter Mack ’03 makes paintings, drawings, music and animations.

Don and Sarah McPhee‘s shop features a variety of necklaces and bracelets. “I love beads,” Sarah said on her page. “The beauty and variety, and I particularly enjoy working with wire and getting lost in the process of bending, twisting and hammering tiny bits of metal.”

There are thousands of local items available on Etsy.
>>Click here to see more local artists!

Dec 20, 2012

Recent alumni Amy Gunness and Cecilia Major will be exhibiting a large scale installation with Boston First Night this New Years Eve! Also former Montserrat student Erin Potter will be exhibiting paintings.

The Breathing Room
Monday Dec. 31, 7:30 – 11 pm
Hynes Convention Center,
900 Boylston St. Boston, MA
Room 311

The Breathing Room is a new rendition of a piece originally shown in [Space]‘s first event ‘Big Bang’ March 2012. Enlarged and expanded, this walk through environment intends to heighten awareness of less prominent senses,with emphasis drawn away from visual stimulation and placed upon more abstract energetic feeling. Subtle, rhythmic movements mimic the continuous cycle of breath and provide opportunity to experience the calming, unifying, and healing affects of a breath shared by many.

>>Check out the event on Facebook

>>$15 First Night Buttons provide general admission into music and art exhibits across the city

Dec 20, 2012

Alumnus Andy Curlowe ’06 was one of 20 artists from Cuyahoga County to receive an award for his outstanding work and innovation in the field through the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC).

The talent of the Fellows is very impressive; many have already garnered regional and national acclaim. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a direct investment in the creative and innovative work of professional artists who have chosen to make Cuyahoga County their home,” -Jan Culver, chair of CPAC’s Board of Trustees.

>>Read more here.

Image: Vesuvius II, 2012, Acrylic, pencil, enamel and collage on canvas, 18′ x 24′
Dec 6, 2012

Alumnus Joe LoVasco ’07 is having a solo show in at Prof. John Colan‘s HallSpace Gallery in Dorchester.

Joe LoVasco: re-Froms
Opening: Saturday, Dec. 8, 3 pm
Hall Space
950 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA

Want to see more of LoVasco’s work?
Find updates here:
See his work here:

Joe LoVasco, Rain and Shadow, 2012, colored pencil and found paper, 10.25 x 10.25 inches
Dec 6, 2012

Montserrat alumna Victoria Belisle ’10 was featured in The Boston Globe as she escorted NBC’s legendary news anchor Tom Brokaw into the dinner honoring him at the Old Sturbridge Village honoring him with the Ken Burns 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

>>Visit the Globe to learn more!

Image: (Boston Globe photo by Bill Brett)
Dec 6, 2012

Alumna Heidi Daub ’82 is looking forward to Saturday, Dec. 8, for the 10 x 8 one day show and sale, preview 9:30 am, sale, 10 am – 2 pm, Emlen Hall, Bay School, Blue Hill, Maine.

Contact Daub at 207-374-5417,

For more information about the show visit Maine Art Scene.

Visit for the latest updates of Daub’s work. Also, follow up with her on her blog:

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Dec 6, 2012

Join Mingo Gallery for its First Invitational Small Works Show featuring more than 30 incredible artist, Saturday, Dec. 8, 5 – 8 pm, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA. The show will be up the whole month of December.

Come see the small, affordable, awesome work of these fabulous artists, including several artists from the Montserrat community!

Prof. Ethan Berry, Michael Crockett ’97, Andrew Houle ’00, Brendan McCauley ’07, Jennifer Sussman, Prof. Judith B. Brown, Chris Stepler ’09, Ivy Dever, Samantha Dere, Marika Whitaker, Evan Laporte ’00, Emily Dumas, S. Burbury Hanchett, Brian Maryansky, Sean Greene, Joe Haley ’00, Timothy Neill, Josh Morrisette, Stripy Cat, Anthony Falcetta
Jordan Provost, Jason Wong, Emily Pardoe ’07, Eben Kling ’09, Chelsea Granger, Chris Millette, Adam Miller ’00, Michael Karolemeas, Kathleen Speranza


Nov 28, 2012

Alumnus Michael Kahan ’08 has work featured in an upcoming exhibition in Stripe.

Reception: Fri. Dec. 7, 5 – 9 pm
Stripe Design Group Store
107 Wal­nut Ave. Santa Cruz, CA

Sarah Lesher has studied printmaking at Cabrillo College and The San Francisco Art Institute; Michael Kahan holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Montserrat College of Art. The pair has been working together for over a year and have begun to develop a brand underneath their work as fine artists. As collaborators they constantly share their interests and conceptual intentions in order to create a larger piece or topic. These works are curated to provide evidence of their search within architecture, industrial ecology, identity, pattern, love, and friendship. The nature of all these influences create an aesthetic that is simple and elegant.

Nov 26, 2012

Instructor and performance artist, Sandrine Schaefer has been featured in three publications including The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix and The Weekly Dig for the current group show she curated, INSIDER/OUTSIDER, at Lincoln Arts Project, 289 Moody St, Waltham on display through Dec. 1.

Click here to learn more about exhibit…

“Insider/Outsider, an exhibit at Lincoln Arts Project of documentation and traces left behind by performance artists, is a wonderful primer in performance art, which — let’s face it — is perplexing to many. The show is curated by artist Sandrine Schaefer, a founder of The Present Tense, a local performance art group. These pieces take place in public or in the private sphere, where the heightened metaphors of art and ritual collide with the real world.” – Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe. Read full review here…

The takeaway is that for all the social concern running through these works, most of these artists act as though convinced that they are incapable of improving the big world. They use public spaces to perform small, meditative, nearly private gestures.” – Greg Cook, The Boston Phoenix. Read full review here…

Its intent was to consider the physical form we give to gods, and how their only true physical manifestation of life is through the shadow they cast.”- Alexis Avedisian, Weekly Dig. Read full review here…

The show features artists Daniela Ehemann, Joanne Rice, Daniel S. DeLuca, Milan Kohout, Jeffrey Byrd, Vela Phelan, Jodie Goodnough, Lezli Rubin Kunda, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Joshua Schwebel, Meredith Weber & Anna Trier and Sylvia Schwenk.

Sandrine’s work can be viewed at:

Image: “Implicit” by Mary Bucci McCoy, acrylic on panel, 8 x 8 x 3.5″, 2011.
Nov 13, 2012

Alumna Halley Murray ’08 recenlty organized the event Zine Fest Berlin in Berlin this month. It took place Nov. 3rd and 4th at SFE Mehringhöfe, Gneisenaustrasse 2a in Berlin, Germany.

Murray was at the event with her “distro (Raumschiff Distro) and zine (Infecticitis),” and also gave a workshop on “How To Start a Zine Distro”.

Organized by a handful of zine-enthusiasts, the Zine Fest Berlin returned for it’s second year. Focusing on the subversive culture of self-made publications aka “zines”, the Zine Fest provides a platform and meeting place for zine-lovers and small self-publishers across an international crowd. Zines are part of a subculture of Do-It-Yourself, an idea where the relation between production and consumption has shifted. Zines are individual autonomous voices, and the Zine Fest brings them to the public and celebrate how special they are!

During the whole weekend there were various workshops on such topics as layout, writing, bookbinding and self-publishing, covering most aspects of zine-production. There were also talks and open discussions about the vast culture and history of zines, as well as 40+ tables of lovely people showcasing, sharing and selling their zines, books, comics and artwork. In the spirit of DIY, the Zine Fest provided a “crafty table” for people to create their own zines and to run wild with their thoughts and ideas.

For more info, visit

Courtesy of Halley Murray

Nov 6, 2012

One Upon a Time Machine book trailer animated by alumnus Lance Erlick ’99.

To see more of Erlick’s amazing work, visit his website:

One Upon a Time Machine
Dark Horse Books & Locust Moon Press, 2012

Click here to watch the video!

Nov 6, 2012

This past year and a half, alumna Cynthia Woehrle ’93 has been focusing on the moon as a subject. Fascinated by the often contradictory symbolism, this subject has produced continual inspiration for her. Tarot Moon was the one that started it all and is now in a private collection, all the others are on view in the Visceral Murmurs exhibit at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, which has been extended through December 2012. The exhibit features six new works by Woehrle, along with artists Brian Burris and Scott Erb. Visiting hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 5 pm. For more information, visit

Woehrle’s work will also be included in the member exhibit These Four Walls at ArtsWorcester, and features over 20 photographs of interiors. She submitted the photograph (below) that was part of the 2010 Things We Project exhibit. “That was a projected show,” said Woehrle. “…so this photograph has never been printed before, and am really pleased with how it came out–thank you LB Wheaton.” The 8×10 framed print is $65.

Local folk band Neptune’s Car featured Woehrle’s painting, “Going Home Mass Pike”, on the cover of their newest album, Letters From The Road. They have been touring this album and have show dates coming up in NH, MI, OH, NY and MD. Their tracks have gotten air play across the country as well as in Canada, Germany, UK, The Netherlands and New Zealand. Find out more and listen at:

To keep up to date with Woehrle, visit her links:


Nov 6, 2012

Current work by alumna Rachel Hegburg ’00 has been submitted to Scope Miami.

To see more of her work, visit her website here.

Nov 2, 2012

Alumnus Anthony Montuori ’09 was featured in last week’s Boston Phoenix for his his ‘retro-style video games’ filled with the legendary Sisyphus, impossible obstacles and his debt crushing version of Tetris.

Intended as jokes inspired by the 26-year-old Jamaica Plain artist’s own life, they resonate with the frustrations of Great Recession America. “I’m not that pessimistic about the world and about life,” says Montuori, whose newest game, in which you can work a virtual shift at his day job as “visitor assistant” at the Institute for Contemporary Art, debuts October 27 in the group show Ask Me (all the contributors are ICA visitor assistants) at the Howard Art Project. “I just think that these things are realities, and they’re kind of depressing, but I really want to make fun of them. I want to poke some fun at the seriousness of it all. I think that’s what makes art kind of cool. . . . You can make fun of an existential crisis or debt or futility. And it’s okay, for, like, five minutes.”

Montuori had been making conceptual gags — toilet paper for handling ‘dense concepts’ or a puzzle depicting relational-aesthetics thinker Nicolas Bourriaud — until he signed up for an intro-to-programming class at the Museum School (he received his MFA in May 2012).

…this is what I do. I play video games. I love video games. I’m entrenched in the culture, and I’m going to do that as an artist.”

Ask Me is on view at the Howard Art Project, 1486 Dorchester Ave, Boston, Oct. 27 – Nov. 11 and is featuring Montuori and Montserrat’s Director of Career Services Kirk Snow.

>>Read more here.

Nov 2, 2012

Alumna Margaurita Spear ’09 recently had a painting donated to Hope For Creativity’s Art Auction. Hope for Creativity is a non-profit organization that Spear was invited to create a painting. This organization provides art supplies to homeless children between the ages of two and eighteen. A former student of hers who became involved with this organization as part of her community service requirement for her confirmation this year and she asked Spear if she would donate her time and talents.

Spear’s Slow and Steady was available for auction on Oct. 1 – 12, with the auction wrap party in Wakefield, MA. For more information about this event or to learn more about Hope for Creativity click here.

There are so many charitable groups that provide some sort of aide to homeless families and kids, but Spear likes that this group provides art supplies because when times are tough art making can be an excellent outlet for emotions. Giving kids the means to express themselves through art is just so wonderful. And she remember how awesome it always was to get new art supplies growing up — perfect Crayola crayons and plump and juicy markers — so she is happy to support this great cause that gives kids that otherwise may not get new art supplies that same sense of joy!

For this art auction, Hope for Creativity provided participating artists with an unfinished wood painter’s palette. The theme was Hope. Create. Inspire. Three very important words indeed! For the piece Spear made, she did not want to take a literal approach, although she did consider it at first. Instead of actually incorporating the text into the painting, which she thought of doing as a fortune cookie message, Spear wanted to contemplate the meaning of the words. To her hope is about not giving in, keeping steady, and forging onward. She thought of the tortoise and the hare and the saying “Slow and steady wins the race.” For her piece, she  arranged a simple set up with a turtle figurine that her mother brought her from a Native American pow wow. This turtle would embody that message of hope. A major component of hope for her lately has been understanding that life is a journey and that eventually you’ll make it through. This has become her personal mantra, especially as she continues to hope for a teaching position in her own classroom.

Spear also has her work currently on display at VisionSpace Gallery, 16 City Hall Square,  Lynn, MA. The two pieces are pictured here.

These pieces were done with a papercraft method called quilling. They are arduous to produce despite their small size of 8 x 8″ because the designs are so intricate. Each piece is created freestyle with no pre-planning other than a general idea for the composition in my mind’s eye. Spear is excited to have these two pieces on display for their public debut.

Courtesy of

Rotational Motif #4 and #6 Copyright Margaurita Spear, 2011
Nov 2, 2012

Alumna Elise Towle Snow ’06, ArcWorks Community Art Center’s Gallery Shop Manager, was featured in last week’s Salem News in a piece about ‘Finding Peabody’s Culture’ by staff writer Alan Burke Staff,

>>Click here to read full article.

Elise Towle Snow displays a wooden bowl fashioned by West Peabody artist Alfred Newman. Alan Burke/Salem News Staff photos
Oct 30, 2012

This Thursday, Nov. 1, (6 – 9 pm) several downtown businesses and crafters will participate in the first of what will be a monthly First Thursday Beverly Art Walks will take place.

Montserrat College of Art, LPF Studio, Cabot Cinema, Clay Dreaming, Porter Mill, Wallpusher Guitars, Blue Box, Mingo Gallery and Frame Shop, the Atomic Cafe, Sea Change Theater and 17 Cox are a handful, not to mention the hundreds of professional and student artists working in the city, maintaining both public and private studios.

To the artistic population (artists, gallery directors, collectors, art students, etc) most of these entities are well known and utilized. To many others, these establishments and individuals are unknown, and attempts to publicize them and bring attention to the wealth of culture in Beverly are largely unorganized. While organizations and individuals are in conversation with each other and collaborate often, these efforts are also widely unrecognized and under utilized.

In response to this disconnect, local art activists and Montserrat alumna Bea Modisett ’07, Matthew Rogers, Margot Rogers and Montserrat Exhibitions Manager Lucas Spivey, in collaboration with the entities listed above and a handful of others, have banded together and organized First Thursday Beverly Art Walks to take place each month.

The event will be held Thursday Nov. 1 from 6-9 pm with a BYOB reception in the Gallery at Porter Mill, 8 – 10 pm. Please join in celebrating the many cultural institutions, large and small, located in Beverly.

For more information contact Bea Modisett at

A map detailing all participating groups will be distributed in the weeks leading up the event and will be available to individuals to walk the route that spans from Montserrat College of Art down to 17 Cox with more than ten stops in between. Each location is offering extended hours, refreshments, special exhibitions or other incentives for citizens to attend and to return each subsequent First Thursday. Look for the First Thursday sticker in the windows of local businesses that denote their participation.

Participating Locations: 301 Gallery, Montserrat Gallery, LPF Studio, Cabot Cinema, Clay Dreaming, Porter Mill, Wallpusher Guitars, Blue Box, Mingo Gallery and Frame Shop, the Atomic Cafe, Sea Change Theater, 17 Cox Murals and Public Art Locations: Revitalization Mural Installation (Bell Market), Bea’s Mural, Organic Garden, Cabot Cinema, Larcom Theater, Borah’s Mural.

Courtesy of Bea Modisett and Beverly Patch

Click to see Map
Oct 19, 2012

Alumnus Jeff Seaberg ’93 is currently exhibiting his work at the 4th Floor Artist Gallery in Rockland, MA this fall.

Inaugural Exhibit
On view Oct.13 – Nov. 10

4th Floor Artists, Inc
379 Liberty St.
ET Wright Building
Rockland, MA

Gallery hours: Thu – Sat 10 am – 4 pm

See more of Seaberg’s on his website:

Oct 18, 2012

Illustration and Art Education alumna Rebecca Figler ’11 was hired today for the position of Art Teacher at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School.

Figler is currently living in Ashburnham, MA.

Congratulations, Rebecca!

Oct 12, 2012

Release Party: Saturday, Oct. 27, 6 – 10 pm
95 Rantoul Street Beverly, MA
On View: Oct. 3 – 27

For the month of October. the Gallery at Porter Mill will be exhibiting large scale original photographs and screen prints, some of which are featured in the 25th edition of Steez Magazine, a magazine that highlights the talents of some of the best snow and skateboarders in the country and explores this subculture through editorials and interviews. Artists from across the country will be represented. This exciting exhibition will culminate in a release party at the end of the month. Alumnus Joe LoVasco ’07 is the Creative Director and Photo Editor for Steez Magazine.

Join Porter Mill on Saturday, Oct. 27 to view the exhibition, experience outdoor movie premiers, and enjoy drinks, food and prizes from the event sponsors: Vitamin Water, Kind Snacks, Narragansett and Deep Eddy Vodka.

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Gallery Hours: Wed, Thu, Fri 5 – 7 pm; Sat & Sun 12 pm – 4 pm; by appointment.

Contact Gallery Director and Montserrat alumna Bea Modisett ’07 for more questions or information:

Oct 12, 2012

Alumna Mattie Reposa ’06 made her TV debut on The Rhode Show where she talked about designing and illustrating iPhone applications for Glad Works in Pawtucket, RI, where she is the Senior Designer and Illustrator.

Everything starts with sketches. It’s best for us and for our client if they can see things earlier and rougher so we can get an idea for how things are going to work and how they are going to look before they are totally flushed out,” said Mattie Raposa, “It’s always really great to be able to show my friends and family too when something that I’ve worked on comes out in the store.”

>>Click here to read full feature and watch video clip!

Oct 12, 2012

Alumna Adria Sutter ’08 is the curator for the Flying Object’s Two Year Anniversary Benefit & Epic Raffle

Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 pm
Flying Object
42 West St., Hadley, MA

There will be performances, readings and fortune telling by Ca Conrad, Dorothea Lasky and Ben Hersey

Current Exhibit: Maya Malachowski Bajak : Liminal Spaces

>>Click here for more info and ticket purchasing.

Oct 11, 2012

ArcWorks Community Art Center’s new Gallery Shop Manager and alumna Elise Towle Snow ‘06 has been supervising this new program at ArcWorks called Together Leatherworks for the past three months. And now, the Together Leatherworks team is ready to throw a party to show off how far they have come and all the neat things that they have been working on! The party will be a chance to shop local and purchase ArcWork products as well as new designs from their friends at Shine Jewelry and Broomsquire. There will be a live acoustic musical performance by Clay Ventre and The Bond Girls (a great local band with a bluesy sound) and yummy cake. The event is also an opportunity to see the Family. Place. Home. show featuring the work of 27 local artists. This event is FREE & open to the public.

Together Leatherworks Party
Weds, Oct. 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

ArcWorks community Art Center
22 Foster St., Peabody, MA

A few months ago, ArcWorks Community Art Center received a generous donation of leather to use in our workshops,” said Towle Snow. “Shortly after receiving this donation, we received a grant from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission to employ three young women with developmental disabilities as part of Northeast Arc’s Employment Services. The goal of the program was to foster teamwork, craft skills and business basics in this group and we decided it would be a great use of the leather to create a product line called Together Leatherworks.”

Peabody is known for it’s leatherworking history and Together Leatherworks is a modern line with a nod to the past. We use basic techniques and minimal designs to let the beauty and variety in the material make a statement. Together Leatherworks started because of a donation of materials and we are eager to show how we have found creative ways to use every little bit. From folded nesting boxes to bold jewelry designs made from our smallest pieces, the products we designed and created will add an artistic accent to your outfit or a warm touch to your home.”

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Oct 11, 2012

Alumna Daisy Adams Ellard ’02 invites you to the opening reception of Portraits: Real & Imagined, Paintings by Abby Mariah Wentworth at Lucy’s Art Emporium, LLC. Friday Oct. 12th 5 – 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Through October, Lucy’s will feature Abby’s paintings, screen printed Earth Flags and greeting cards. Get a sneak peek at

Lucy’s Art Emporium, LLC, 303 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820

Hours: Mon: 12 – 5 pm, Tue – Fri: 11 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm

Oct 4, 2012

This past summer, alumni Katherine Romansky ’07 and George E. Frary ’00 took ownership of Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing located on 284 Cabot Street in Beverly. The duo have totally revamped the front of the store to make a new Gallery Space and they now offer a discount on all frame work to the Montserrat Community!

Mingo will continue to function as a full service custom framing shop in addition to hosting monthly rotating art exhibits. Frary and Romansky will also be networking with other downtown Beverly arts organizations to actively participate in the development of the local art scene.

The new hours are: Mon – Wed and Fri 10 – 5 pm, Thu 11 – 7 pm and Sa 11 – 4p m, or by appointment.

A grand re-opening is scheduled for mid October!

We look forward to see what these two very talented and community oriented alumni have in store for the gallery space!

Sep 28, 2012

Alumnus Joshua Baptista ’02 has work in a show at Rochester Museum of Fine Arts this fall as part of their Annual Art Stroll.

Opening: Saturday, Oct. 6, 5-7 pm
Encore: Saturday, Nov. 3, 5-7 pm

Rochester Museum of Fine Arts
1 North Main St, Rochester, NH

To see more of his work visit:

Sep 27, 2012

Alumna Shoshannah McCollum joined us for an Artist Talk and Book Signing (Sept 25) to accompany her current exhibit on view in our Paul M. Scott Library.

McCollum’s photographs are joined with Warren Boyd Wexler’s in their exhibit, Fire Island Reflections:The Photography of Warren Boyd Wexler and Shoshanna McCollum. The exhibition stems from McCollum’s recent book Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore.

The show will remain on view though Oct. 15.

Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, shops across Fire Island and the publisher’s website.

Sep 21, 2012

Recent alumna Mori Clark ’12 is currently the featured artist this month at Gulu Gulu Cafe in Salem, MA!

Clark grew up in Akron, OH, but is currently residing in Beverly and working on furthering her art as a freelance illustrator. While working digitally, she still keeps a traditional look to her pieces as well. Many of her works are inspired by different cultures around the world, and their mythology and different ways of interpreting how we came to be.

Visit her website to see more work:

“The Poppyfield”, Digital. Winter 2011
Sep 17, 2012

Alumna Shoshannah McCollum and Warren Boyd Wexler’s photographs of Fire Island will be on display in our Paul Scott Library this fall. The exhibition stems from McCollum’s recent book Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore.

The duo will also have an Artist Talk and Book Signing to accompany the exhibit on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11:30 am in our Library.

Fire Island Reflections:
The Photography of Warren Boyd Wexler and Shoshanna McCollum

On view: Sept. 24 – Oct. 15

Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, shops across Fire Island and the publisher’s website.

Fire Island Reflections is the vision of two writer/photographers who live on Fire Island, which is a barrier island about five miles off the shore of Long Island, NY. It bears many similarities to Cape Cod. Both are National Seashores, declared by Act of U.S. Congress: Cape Cod in 1962 and Fire Island two years later in 1964. Both are popular tourist destinations as well as having distinct and autonomous communities within their boundaries.

Warren Boyd Wexler a former playwright turned photographer who makes his living selling postcard and prints of the vast nature scenery Fire Island has to offer. Shoshanna McCollum a newspaper journalist who travels on assignments with camera in hand, drawn to the quiet human drama of the island’s residents.

>>Click here to read more!

Warren Boyd Wexler, “People Watching on Fire Island”
Sep 14, 2012

Art Throb‘s September Issue’s Launch Party was held in our Montserrat Gallery on Sept. 6th! Guests got a free copy of the French inspired issue, sampled French bread and cheeses and sipped on French wines.

The issue explores Salem’s French connection and shares the memories of North Shore residents who have lived, worked and played in France!

The magazine’s cover illustration was designed by Montserrat alumna Dana Martin ’11

Sep 11, 2012

Alumna Shoshannah McCollum and Warren Boyd Wexler’s photographs of Fire Island will be on display in our Paul Scott Library this fall. The exhibition stems from McCollum’s recent book Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore.

The duo will also have an Artist Talk and Book Signing to accompany the exhibit on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11:30 am in our Library.

Fire Island Reflections:
The Photography of Warren Boyd Wexler and Shoshanna McCollum

On view: Sept. 24 – Oct. 15

Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, shops across Fire Island and the publisher’s website.

Fire Island Reflections is the vision of two writer/photographers who live on Fire Island, which is a barrier island about five miles off the shore of Long Island, NY. It bears many similarities to Cape Cod. Both are National Seashores, declared by Act of U.S. Congress: Cape Cod in 1962 and Fire Island two years later in 1964. Both are popular tourist destinations as well as having distinct and autonomous communities within their boundaries.

Warren Boyd Wexler a former playwright turned photographer who makes his living selling postcard and prints of the vast nature scenery Fire Island has to offer. Shoshanna McCollum a newspaper journalist who travels on assignments with camera in hand, drawn to the quiet human drama of the island’s residents.

>>Click Here to Read More

Image: Warren Boyd Wexler, “People Watching on Fire Island”
Aug 30, 2012

Alumna Dana Martin ’11 recently had her piece "Sultan for a Day" in CMYK’sTop 100 New Creatives section of their most recent issue, #53.

She has also been selected to participate in RAW: Boston’s Ensemble show, September 13, 7 – 10pm, at The Estate, 1 Boylston Place in Boston. There will be live music and a fashion show the night of the show. Marin will be on site that night with original pieces and prints! Tickets are $10 online: or $15 at the door.

AND, her work is featured on the cover of the upcoming North Shore’s Art Throb’s September issue!

The magazine’s Launch Party will be at Montserrat College of Art Thursday, Sept. 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex St, Beverly

Congratulations, Dana!

Aug 15, 2012

An animation by alumnus Peter Mack ’03, “The Girl and Her Bag” (2012), was accepted into the Athens Animation Festival in Athens, NY.

The festival will take place on Saturday September 15th.

>>Click here to see more work by Mack.

Image: A still from “The Girl and Her Bag” (2012)
Aug 9, 2012

Alumna Sarah Whitling ’09 has recently joined Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network’s (ELAN) as their new Public Relations Chair.

She is currently in her second year in the Arts Administration graduate program at the University of Oregon concentrating in Museum Studies. Whitling has also completed two internships this past summer at the Maine Arts Commission and the Portland Museum of Art.

>>Click here to read her full feature!

Aug 8, 2012
Start Over is on view this fall at 17 Cox. Curated by 17 Cox Director and Montserrat’s Exhibitions Manager Lucas Spivey and featuring alumnus Anthony Montuori ’09 and artist Fish McGill, many of you may remember him from his classroom visits and ROBOT G.U.T.S at the 301 Gallery.

Reception: Friday, August 10, 5 – 8 pm

On View: August 11 – October 7
17 Cox Court Beverly, MA 01915
Hours: Sat + Sun 12 – 4 pm or by appt. 978.712.8858

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Dispatchers Worldwide: Sunday, Sept. 2, 12 – 4 pm
Start Over is a cross-section of ‘revisionists’: those whose occupation requires a constant striking and revising.  Artists, urban planners and gamers, to name but a few, are required to build, debuild and rebuild their skills as they adapt to new problems.  Anthony Montuori’s video games are impossible: in Debtris and Adventures of Sisyphus winning is temporary and purpose is monotonous.  In addition to four of Montouri’s video games, Fish McGill and Dave Tolmie will complete a collaborative two story mural inside the 17 Cox Gallery.  As part of the exhibition, volunteers and artists will participate in Dispatchers Worldwide, a patching of various cracks and fissures in buildings across Beverly MA, including Montserrat College of ArtStudios at Porter Mill and 17 Cox.  Contact if you would like your building to be ‘patched’.  Dispatchers Worldwide is a project of Jan Vormann.
Start Over (installation view), images courtesy of Elizabeth Woodward Photography.
Jul 30, 2012

A new painting from alumnus Neil Wilkins ’97 has been accepted into the New England Collective III exhibit at Galatea Fine Art in Boston.

The show runs throughout the whole month of August, with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 3rd, 6 – 8 pm.

Galatea Fine Arts
460B Harrison Ave., #B-6
Boston, MA 02118

Gallery Hours:
Wed-Fri 12 – 6 pm
Sat, Sun 12 – 5 pm

For more information contact Director, Marjorie Kaye,, 617-542-1500

Wilkins also had work from his propagation series accepted into the 2012 National Juried Exhibition at Boston’s NK Gallery in January.

His work was also at the Sprinkler Factory Artists Juried Exhibition in Worcester and at the Brush Gallery Members Juried Exhibit in Lowell during the month of January.

His paintings were also published in Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 16

Jul 27, 2012

Recent graduate, Ruby Martinez ’12 just began an internship last week with the Boston Opera Collaborative!

When I taught Ruby in a Comics Class in spring 2011, her passion for opera was apparent from her art,” said Instructor Greg Cook, who played an instrumental part to help Martinez find an internship that suited her best!

Martinez is working back stage moving props and scenery during performances. During rehearsals, she is also sketching the performers from a “fly on the wall” perspective.

She loves opera and is thrilled to have this opportunity to be involved with its production,” said Montserrat’s Director of Internships, Joan Milnes.

Congratulations, Ruby!

Image: Excerpt from Martinez’s Senior Thesis, THE MOON {Process Book}, 2012
Jul 26, 2012

Alumnus Joe LoVasco ’07 is showing some of his resent work this summer in Ipswich! LoVasco is the Creative Director and Photo Editor for Steez Magazine in Beverly.

Impressions / New Work by Joe LoVasco
On View: July 31 – Aug. 5
Reception: Aug. 4, 6 – 8 pm

Hall-Haskell House
36 South Main St.
Ipswich, MA

Tue – Fri: 4 – 6 pm
Sat: 6 -8 pm
Sun:12 – 2 pm

Want to see more of LoVasco’s work?

Find updates here:
See his work here:

Jul 25, 2012

Alumna Cynthia Woehrle ’83 has an upcoming exhibit this fall titled Visceral Murmers at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, alongside Scott Erb and Brian Burris.

On View: Aug 19 – Oct 28

This exhibition represents the artist’s individual metaphors for elemental beauty which all can be found at the Fruitlands Museum. The artists, independently of each other, arrived at explorations of night as the theme of their exhibition.

Visit for more information!

Watch the video of the exhibit here:

The waning moon is the anchor for my series,” said Woehrle. “The inspiration for which, came from a time that forced a reflection about the meaning of life and death. The moon makes its presence with mystery and is often contradictory in symbolism. This makes the search for absolute truths impossible; there is always another answer, another perspective. Philosophers grasp at answers in an effort to understand life but all that is true is the journey and what is discovered along the way.”

Image: Waning Moon, Waxing Eternity, 2012, oil on HD MDF board, 28” x 30.5”
Jul 20, 2012

Alumnus Craig Schaffer ‘98 recently took a trip to the island of Montserrat while him and his wife were on vacation earlier this month. The volcanic island is in the Caribbean, just off the coast of Antigua. June 28, 2012 marked the 15-year anniversary since the volcanic eruption on the island, which destroyed most of the inhabited part of the island.

>>Click here to check out his blog entry of the helicopter tour of Montserrat to learn more!

Jul 20, 2012

Alumnus Bradford Rusick ’08 has his first solo show in the Boston area starting August 2nd!

Origin Story: Paintings by Bradford Rusick Curated by: Joey Asal

Aug. 2, starting at 10 pm
Lily Pad in Cambridge

Through large-scale paintings, Rusick explores the sum and accumulation of experience. His painting’s are exciting explorations, the smallest of instances that can have the greatest of consequences. His paintings will range from 3x3ft to 8x8ft in size. The reception will feature a music performance by Now We Are Six.

The result which defines some part of who we are,” he said. “Some of the biggest influences on this body of work derive from relational art, and most of all, a great appreciation for the lives we’re given.”

Jul 11, 2012

Recent graduate, Gabrielle Pisano ’12 has designed this beautiful promotional poster for The Open Road Theatre’s upcoming production, Our Town!

For more information visit:

Jul 3, 2012

Alumni Ashley Brown Durand ’07 and Justin Brown Durand ’05 have an upcoming show Color of the Night this July at Flying Object in Hadley, MA.

Color of the Night
On view: July 5 – 29
Reception: July 12, 7 pm

Flying Object
42 West Street, Hadley, MA

Hours: Fri – Sun: 2 – 8 pm

Justin and Ashley were married in 2010 and currently live in Northampton, MA. This is their first formal collaboration!

Ashley has been making things for as long as she can remember. Quilts, miniature soft sculptures, photographs & drawings – sometimes functional or decorative, other times deeply personal, confessional and confrontational. Her strength lies in the ability to create work that is expertly crafted, yet shows the warmth of a human touch. Her personality and spirit radiate from each piece. Much of her recent work succeeds in giving comfort and inspiration to others because it is first made as a comfort or inspiration to herself and her friends. The sentiment is genuine. Ashley graduated from Montserrat in 2007, and has since participated in shows across the country. For six years, she has maintained a successful independent business handcrafting one of a kind pieces for clients all over the world. She can be found sewing every day and believes there’s nothing better than sleeping under a handmade quilt.

Justin spends countless hours in his studio drawing pictures. He imagines a world populated by grotesque humanoids that act out his darkest and most romantic visions. He works intuitively, constructing an open-ended narrative, guided by dream logic and personal mythology. Sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, always striving to present his thoughts and feelings honestly. He very literally uses his work as a tool for confronting and overcoming internal struggles, and as a way to connect with others. He graduated from Montserrat in 2004, and has shown in galleries and alternative art spaces around the United States. Justin has sold more than 400 small drawings to people all over the world, and recently had his first solo shows in Cleveland, OH, & Houston, TX.

To see more of their work:


Artwork from left by Ashley Brown Durand and “The Sky Turns Blue” by Justin Brown Durand
Jun 27, 2012

Image: Sarcia created these two mascots for the museum, Zilcho and Zilly, who are slugs that grace signage.

Alumnus Frank Sarcia ’98 was featured in the Salem Patch for fulfilling his longtime dream of creating a toy museum, which recently opened earlier this month at Museum Place Mall in Salem, MA.

The Salem Toy Museum enables you to relive your childhood, share the past with your kids and discover foreign toys such as the Cragstan Kitchen Robot, imported from Japan after WWII. The store has a wide variety of toys from the 50s – 90s that you can check out along your self-guided tour of the museum.

Sarcia started his career with a BFA in Graphic Design from Montserrat in ’98, went on to work as graphic designer at a Boston architectural firm for 15 years. He has also illustrated children’s books.

I wanted to make something I want to see,” Sarcia said.

>>Click here to read the full feature in The Salem Patch

The Salem Toy Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Admission is $6, children under 3 free.

Stop by, reminisce and discover over 5 decades of toys!

Jun 27, 2012

Alumna Heather Rose Anair ’06 made her debut in NY this week in a BIG way! Her “Apiphilia” painting was featured on a billboard in Times Square after submitting to the Art Takes Times Square contest!

To see more of Anair’s work visit


>>Click here to learn more about this project!

Jun 15, 2012

Alumna Marjorie Chisholm Crawford ’82 has an upcoming exhibition of paintings and ink drawings titled Transformations: Abstract Expressions of Spirit and Nature at the Women’s Resource Center in Sarasota, FL. The opening will take place July 12 from 5 – 7 pm. The public is invited. The exhibit will be on display from July 12 through September.

The Women’s Resource Center
340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 941-366-1700.

Crawford’s artwork explores our connection with the natural and magical worlds through abstracted imagery and color. The artist paints in multicolored layers, using layering and the scratching through of paint as a metaphor for the life cycles of laying down something new, covering it over, and breaking through, or transformation.

Juxtaposing abstracted images of trees, windows, suns, leaves, hearts and angels wings. “I have always been interested in that which cannot be readily seen,” explained Crawford. “My hope is that my paintings catch the essence of being, the magic of creation and the splendor and energetic intelligence of the universe. I offer my work as a joyous expression of creation and perhaps as an alternative approach to viewing our world.”

Crawford graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 1982, then relocated to the Sarasota/Bradenton area in 1990 where she assumed the presidency of Universal Art Images. She currently maintains a studio in Bradenton. Crawford has exhibited in solo and group shows in the Boston area and southwest Florida.

For further information about Crawford’s work please visit her website at or email Marjorie at

Left: Crawford in front of “ThreeMagic Crows and Blue Angel Wings”; Right: “Tree Spirit”
Jun 15, 2012

Alumna Crystal Blanchflowers ’06 currently has a solo show, Fallen, at Dark World Gallery in Worcester this month of June. It will remain on view through June 30.

Dark World Gallery
179 Grafton Street
Worcester, MA 01604

Blanchflowers has been producing art since a child, graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2006 and now is ready to show the world what she creates with her talent. She uses a mixed media approach by using airbrush tactics, gouache and ink on water color paper. Crystal is inspired from the likes of, Tim Burton, Brian Froud and Elizabeth McGrath. Her subject matter varies widely from myths, fairy tales, to sci-fi, tattoos and macabre, but mainly involves around her overall theme, Fallen Angels.

For more information e-mail: or call 508-459-5798

May 22, 2012

“I make works to provide experiences that allow reassessment to the ever changing world around us.” -Kevin Kremler ’01

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Kevin Kremler ’01 completed his MFA at University of Nevada at Reno. See his installation/video The Grey Area 2012 at

Congratulations, Kevin!

May 21, 2012

Former Montserrat College of Art Trustee and alumna Sigrid Olsen ’74 is featured in this month’s (May, 2012) issue of Oprah Magazine!

Olsen is featured next to three other women who “discovered youth after 30.”
Visit to read her full article!

Click here to read another great interview with Olsen.

May 21, 2012

This summer, recent graduate Chris Pianka ’11 will be packing up and heading to Burbank, California. Pianka has been chosen for an incredible opportunity to work in the library at Nickelodeon Animation Studios as an intern! Pianka is Montserrat’s first Animation and Interactive Media graduate and we couldn’t be happier for him and his many accomplishments!

Here is a link to Pianka’s blog and demo reel:

Good luck and congratulations, Chris!

May 3, 2012

Alumna Margaurita Spear ’09 will have her 4 x 4 oil painting, “Snail Mail” (2012) available for purchase as part of the upcoming fundraiser show 4 X 4 FOR EDUCATION at The Brush Gallery & Studios in Lowell, MA this May.

Tiny Works with Big Returns
Saturday, May 19, 2 – 5 pm
The Brush Art Gallery & Studios
256 Market Street, Lowell, MA

Spear is among the many artists of the Brush Gallery & Studios that have come together to help raise money for the Brush Gallery’s Alice Giavis Memorial Scholarship Fund! The artists have created beautiful, varied and creative little gems especially for this event.

Please join Spear on Saturday, May 19 where over 100 little 4 x 4 inch pieces of original art will be sold. The proceeds benefit our scholarship program. For complete details on the scholarship, visit:

One $20 ticket will entitle you to choose one piece of original art. Tickets are sold at the door and we will put your name into a basket. When your name is pulled, you may choose any 4″ x 4″ work you like.

Preview Art Work:
Friday, May 18, 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday, May 19, 11 am – 1 pm

Apr 30, 2012

Prof. Rose Olson and alumni Erika Buschman ’07, Rosy Farnan ’11 and Dana Martin ’11 will be exhibiting art work at the Studios at Porter Mill for the collaborative opening reception for Transformation and release of Art*Throb’s May issue.

Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
On View: May 1 – 29
Studios at Porter Mill
95 Rantoul St, Beverly

Come see 40 artists interpret the magazine’s Transformation theme, enjoy food provided by Chive Catering and live music by Patino Vazquez of Los Sugar Kings. Admission is free!

Gallery Hours: Wed – Fr: 5 – 7 pm, Sat: 11 am – 2 pm

Apr 26, 2012

Alumnus Bradford Rusick ’08 has curated Garden to City: An Exhibition, which was drawn together by Rusick, Harbor of Hope and Amirah to unify a surreal style and a brilliance of color!

Opening: Saturday, April 28, 4 – 6 pm
Harbor of Hope Church
68 Princeton St. North Chelmsford, MA

Artists and social activists have teamed up to explore what it means to be human, and to restore hope to survivors of human trafficking in Boston. It’s an art show with a mission–come be a part of it!

SWAY, featuring Montserrat Admissions Counselor and alumna Lillian Harden ‘08 and Catie-Rae ’08 will be performing!

We all have different experiences and investigate the world in different ways,” said Rusick. “Some of the things we experience are hard and sad. Even in the midst of that I want people to be able to answer the questions ‘what is health?’ and ‘what is beauty?’, and to be able to see these things from other people’s perspectives.” Considering the delicacy and intricacy of these art pieces while thinking about the journey that every person takes through life is what Rusick hopes will inspire people to consider their own lives and then, in turn, to see the lives of the people around them with compassion. The show will provide viewers the opportunity to learn more about Amirah, and donate their time, gifts or money to help the cause.

The exhibit features artists Bill Dunlap, Lauren Coulson, Ric Haynes, Katherine Romero and Jenn Houle.

Amirah is a Boston non-profit working to build a safe-house that provides whole-person care to women who have come out of human trafficking. It is one out of only a handful that exist in the States today.

For more information:
House of Hope:

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Click here to view the press release.

Apr 25, 2012

This April, alumni Adam Miller ’00 and Andrew Houle ’00 curated a group exhibition at the Studios at Porter Mill. Installed to coincide with the Boston Comic Con, Zombiebomb’d presents 70 original pieces of artwork published in and inspired by the renowned.

Zombiebomb’d Artist Reception
Saturday, April 28, from 4–8pm

The Studios at Porter Mill will host an artist reception. Music for this event will be provided by DJ Noel Snow, ZBTV! film maker Tom Bennet will be there shooting footage for the next episode of ZBTV!, and photographer Jesse Stansfield will have his photo booth set up to document the night (costumes encouraged). There will be a meet and greet with the men and women behind ZombieBomb! and an opportunity to ask questions and get your favorite issue of ZB autographed by the artists gracing it’s pages, and our gallery walls.

There is word that our very own Theatre FX Club will also be making an appearance April 28th!

Apr 24, 2012

Assoc. Prof. Blyth Hazen hosted a Montserrat College of Art table at Boston Comic Con this past weekend. The event turned out to be an incredible student showcase and alumni reunion extravaganza!

Asst. Prof. Mark Hoffmann printed examples of student illustration work. Dave Ferreira‘s Comics and Sequential Art class pulled together a very nice portfolio of student comics. Students Will Potroff and Val Toukatly worked the table with Prof. Hazen while Potroff did commissioned drawings!

Also, alumnus Adam Miller ’00 organized alumni, who were hosting their own tables at the event, to come be special guests at Montserrat’s table. Alumni who sat behind the table and shared their time, artwork and books included: John Cardinal ’99, Andy Houle ’00, Michael Crocket ’97, Joe Haley ’00, TJ Dort, Josh Morrissette ’00, and Miller of Terminal Press. Other alumni who were there working their own tables: Logan Faerber ’09, Jacki Musto ’05, Chris Parent ’10.

Thank you John Kotis 87, Don Raphael ’98, Peter Kalabokis ’89, Bethany Kalabokis ’90, Eric Kirchberg, Christina Coyne 11, David Snyder ’07, Kristine Cornetta ’08, Alicia Antreasian ’10, Colvis Medeiros ’09, Paul Demakes ’11 and Jon Brown ’11 for stopping by the Montserrat table! We appreciate your reflections on your positive Montserrat experiences!

A BIG thank you goes out to everyone who made this past weekend such an incredible collaboration!

We are already looking forward to next year’s Comic Con!

Alum Michael Crocket ’97 and student Will Potroff
Apr 23, 2012

Congratulations to current student Sara Benson, who has been accepted into the prestigious 2012 Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship program for the Art Division of the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, CT! The program focuses on painting, drawing, printmaking and digital photography. Only a small group of highly accomplished and diverse students are accepted from the US. The selected students are considered to be the strongest young artists in their current state of development, and who show the greatest curiosity both about the history of art and about art making now!

For more information visit

This year’s 2012 Commencement Speaker Gregory Crewdson will be one of the visitors to the program this summer! He will also be featured in Montserrat’s Schlosberg Gallery this May!

Also, several alumni and students have been accepted to grad schools: Lillie Harden ’08, MassArt; Eben Kling ‘09, UMass; Catalina Viejo ’05, Hunter College; Chelsea Sams ‘08, University of South Florida; and our 2013 Commencement speaker Arielle Winchester ’12 has been accepted into the BU Graphic Design program. Brian Savignano ’05 had his thesis show this week this month for BU Design.

Congratulations again! This is very exciting news coming from our students and alumni!

Apr 20, 2012

Boston Comic Con is coming this weekend, April 21 and 22! Come see three Monserrat alumni John Cardinal ’99, Andrew Houle ’00 and Michael Crockett ’97. They will be featuring a Con Exclusive full color sketchbook, as well as hundreds of prints, sketches and pieces of original art. If you’re anywhere near Boston come and show them your support!

Cardinal has his first published sequential work in an anthology that came out this month! Go to EOC Anthology Stuff: to order a copy today! Or visit him this weekend in artist alley this weekend!

Apr 19, 2012

Artwork by alumna Martha Bannon ’88 of Beverly is on exhibit through April 23 at Beverly Cooperative Bank at 254 Cabot Street!

You can view it during regular banking hours:
Mon – Wed, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Thu – Fri, 8:30 am to 8 pm
and Sat, 8:30 am – 1 pm.

Bannon studied at Montserrat College of Art and received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She has licensed designs for The Essex Collection.

More of Bannon’s work can be viewed at

Apr 12, 2012

Former faculty member and alumnus Nathan Walker ’02 presents a ‘Scrap Sculpture’ workshop at the Children’s Museum of NH. Fans of the Giant Blue Crab outside the Museum will have an opportunity to learn about sculpture from the crab’s creator! On Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 am – noon, Seacoast-based artist Nathan Walker (also the creator of Portsmouth’s famous Red Ant!) is offering an adult-child workshop to make Bug Bottle Bot sculptures from a variety of scrap materials.

>>Click here for more information.

Walker had a passion for art from an early age. He studied sculpture at the University of New Hampshire, pursued animation with the Associates of Art in Los Angeles, discovered environmental art in Australia, and finished his degree in illustration at Montserrat College of Art. He currently works as a freelance illustrator and visiting artist, with projects that extend from children’s books and murals to graphic design and sculpture. More information on his work can be found at

Seacoast Online features Walker’s workshop.

Apr 11, 2012

Former graduate, current Montserrat graphic design teacher and prospective 2012 MFA graduate, Brian Savignano ’05 is having his thesis exhibit as part of the Boston University MFA graphic design graduate group exhibit. The group exhibit, entitled Open Ended will showcase the work of the 14 members of MFA graphic design graduate group. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the opening April 13 from 6 – 8 pm at the Stone Gallery in Boston. On view through April 29.

Open Ended
Boston University’s MFA Graphic Design
2012 Graduate Thesis Show

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 13, 6-8 pm

The Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

I want my designs to evoke a feeling that reminds you of an atmosphere or sensation that you may have once experienced,” said Savignano. “I believe a relationship between the viewer and space can be evoked through scale, material and subject matter.”

For more information visit:

Apr 5, 2012

Looking for something fun and educational for your children to do over April Vacation?

Montserrat College of Art’s Continuing Education Department has teamed up with the Wenham Museum to hold two youth programs this April during school vacation week! Montserrat alumna Margaurita Spear ‘09 will be teaching both workshops for children ages 7 and older April 18-19th at the Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA.

Storybook Illustrations
Wednesday April 18; 10 am – 12 pm (Ages 7+)
Learn how to assemble and illustrate hard-bound storybooks using creativity, imagination and inspiration! Design the cover, create the imagery, and develop the story for your own unique literary treasure.

Hand-crafted Dollhouse Furniture
Thursday, April 19; 10 am – 12 pm (Ages 7+)
Nothing says luxury like a four-poster bed for your doll’s master bedroom. Craft beautiful 1/12 scale furniture using ingenuity, found materials and a touch of elegance. Finished pieces are suitable for placement in a dollhouse or miniatures display.

Single Sessions: Members $22.00; non-members $27.00
Both Sessions: Members: $38.00; non-members $48.00

Art instructor: Margaurita Spear

Register by April 10; space is limited!!

Visit for more information about these great workshops! Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA. Contact: 978-468-2377,

Click here to learn more about Montserrat’s Continuing Education Evening and Weekend workshops!

Apr 4, 2012

After graduating in May of 2011, Jenna Lou packed up and moved out to California! During her road trip, she hit every major city across the north of the US before settling where she currently resides in Los Angeles. After only two months of living on the West Coast, she landed her dream job as a graphic retoucher at Flash Point Graphix, a major, large scale print firm.

Jenna also owns her own photography business called Jennaration Photography, where she photographs head shots, events, set photography and fine art.

This month, Jenna will be co-opening a gallery in North Hollywood that will include the work of alumnus Adam Ziskie ’08, which opens April 14.

She is also in the process of joining Gallery Godo in Glendale, CA.

Since moving to CA, she has had the opportunity to record her music at EastWest studios, which was founded by Frank Sinatra. She recorded on a grand piano that Elton John, Elvis, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and Paul McCartney have all recorded on!

I owe so much thanks to Montserrat for giving me the tools and dedication to follow my goals and having the confidence to be working in an awesome field as a professional.” – Jenna.

Check out Jenna’s blog:

Apr 2, 2012

Vote for alumna Dana Martin’s ’11 T-shirt design (above) for Ploughshares Literary Magazine!

>>Click here to Vote!

Design inspiration: “A flock of pink flamingos moved in across the street, and set up plastic people on the lawn.” These are the first couple lines of Brendan Constantine’s poem “Difficult Listening Time,” published in Terrance Hayes’ winter 2011 issue. Ploughshares thought it was particularly vivid imagery, and commissioned Martin to paint a watercolor scene to represent it.

When she isn’t covered in ink and watercolor, Dana Martin can probably be found reading novels, newspapers, or the atlas. Her first illustrated story, written at the tender age of seven, was published in the readers’ contributions section of Highlights Magazine; thus encouraged, she has been scribbling out stories and pictures ever since.

To view more of her art, visit

Apr 2, 2012

It was a big year for Montserrat College of Art during the annual “Spectrum’s Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art” Competition!

Several members of our community were recognized as having the best “Fantastic Art” of the year including instructors Antoine Revoy, Rob Rey, former faculty Joe Quinones and alumnus Logan Faerber ’09. They will all have their art appear in the Spectrum 19 issue!

>>Click here to see the complete list of winning artists!

Art by Logan Ferber, click to see larger!
Mar 27, 2012

Congratulations to Andrew and Theresa Sinclair, both ’02 graduates, who have announced the birth of their son Ezra Greene Sinclair. Their daughter Rowan Gaele is thrilled to be a big sister!

In addition to his artistic career, Andrew is a Behavioral Interventionist with the Laraway School. Currently a staff writer with ARTisSpectrum Magazine and the Agora Gallery of New York, Theresa is a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee for her poetry.

Mar 23, 2012

Alumna Heather Reid ‘07 is featured in the newest issue of Catapult Art Mag!

Visit and scroll to page 106!

To see more of Reid’s work, Visit her blog here:

Heather Reid, “The Flock” Digital, 2011, Photography
Mar 22, 2012

Alumna Haruyo Nakanishi ’93 has one of her works in the show Roots. Jomon & Mayan Cultures Inspiring Contemporary Art at the Mexico embassy in Japan this month! This exhibition displays the works of Japanese and Mexican artists who are inspired by Maya and Jomon cultures. It is a traveling show which was held last summer at the Tobinodai museum of Jomon Ruins in Funabashi, China. Exhibition Dates: March 9 – 29.

My installation work is inspired by ancient Jomon people’s mind,” Haruyo said. “After the huge natural disaster of last year, I find primordial spirit in Japanese nowadays.”

Click here to learn more about the Jomon people that have inspired the work of Haruyo.

Haruyo has been making art and exhibiting it since she graduated from Montserrat in 1993. She also has a solo exhibit in Japan coming up this June! Stay posted for details coming soon!

Mar 21, 2012

Montserrat’s Continuing Education Instructor and alumna Elise Towle Snow ‘06 has just been announced as ArcWorks Community Art Center’s new Gallery Shop Manager! Elise already has some great ideas in mind to improve their shop and visibility in the community.

Shop Hours:
Tue: 12-5pm
Wed: 12-8pm
Fri: 12-5pm
Sat: 10am-6pm

Elise graduated from Montserrat with a concentration in sculpture, but since leaving school and crossing the bridge to Salem, her focus has shifted towards printmaking and illustration using her Japanese Gocco silkscreening device. Elise is an active participant in the craft community and has been selling her art and stationery on Etsy since 2005. Operating under the alias of Argyle Whale, Elise’s latest pursuits can be followed online through her blog.

Elise has also coordinated an Etsy Group for the Montserrat community!

Mar 20, 2012

Alumna Julie O’Boyle ’06 is the face and voice behind her fashion blog Orchid Grey. After graduating from Montserrat with the Excellence in Photography Award, O’Boyle worked in Montserrat’s Admissions Department for a while before branching off and creating Orchid Grey! Last October, she moved to Philadelphia to work at, an online retailer, where she is their Fashion and Blog Writer.

O’Boyle was recently down in Texas to make an appearance at SXSW where she discussed fashion and blogging on a panel at the Texas Style Council Conference (March 9-11).

I started Orchid Grey as a way to be more outgoing with my clothing choices and to connect with other people who had similar interests as myself,” O’Boyle said. “My blog helped me realize that I could take the leap and pursue what I am passionate about.”

Read her full feature in The Daily Texan here…

Mar 14, 2012

Looking for something fun and educational for your children to do over April Vacation?

Montserrat College of Art’s Continuing Education Department has teamed up with the Wenham Museum to hold two youth programs this April during school vacation week! Montserrat alumna Margaurita Spear ‘09 will be teaching both workshops for children ages 7 and older April 18-19th at the Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA.

Storybook Illustrations
Wednesday April 18; 10 am – 12 pm (Ages 7+)
Learn how to assemble and illustrate hard-bound storybooks using creativity, imagination and inspiration! Design the cover, create the imagery, and develop the story for your own unique literary treasure.

Hand-crafted Dollhouse Furniture
Thursday, April 19; 10 am – 12 pm (Ages 7+)
Nothing says luxury like a four-poster bed for your doll’s master bedroom. Craft beautiful 1/12 scale furniture using ingenuity, found materials and a touch of elegance. Finished pieces are suitable for placement in a dollhouse or miniatures display.

Single Sessions: Members $22.00; non-members $27.00
Both Sessions: Members: $38.00; non-members $48.00

Art instructor: Margaurita Spear

Register by April 10; space is limited!!

Visit for more information about these great workshops! Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA. Contact: 978-468-2377,

Click here to learn more about Montserrat’s Continuing Education Evening and Weekend workshops!

Mar 11, 2012

Alumnus David Schoerner ’07 had a solo show at NURTUREart March 8 – 11 at 7 W34th Street, New York, NY. His project was one of the winners of NURTUREart’s 2011 Open Call for emerging Curators and Artists. For more information visit

His work will also be on view in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery this March, in a show entitled Because of a Girl, which will be engaging the discourse surrounding text-based art and present sentences and ideas as works of art, in paint, print and video.

Because of a Girl
March 14 – April 7, 2012
Reception: Tuesday, March 20, 5 – 7 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 21, 11:30 am

Schoerner currently lives and works in New York City. He has participated in group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Provincetown and Paris. Schoerner participated in Pulse Art Fair Miami in 2010. He has exhibited his work in exhibitions at Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), The School house Gallery (Provincetown, MA), and the Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham MA). Recently Schoerner’s solo exhibition May All Your Dreams Come True that was presented at MELK Gallery (Oslo, Norway). His work will be presented in a curated group show Bartholomew at Gallery Steinslan Berliner (Stockholm, Sweden) this spring.

Right: "Montauk" (detail), 2010. Digital C Print, 30" x 36.5"; Left: "Portrait of a Woman", 2011, Digital C Print, 30" x 36.5"
Feb 23, 2012

Alumna Michele Martin was featured in Newburyport’s Daily News where she reflects upon the year she spent with the Cambodian Children’s Painting Project. Martin felt as though she had a calling to find a program in a country where her skills as an artist could make a deep and lasting impact. When she discovered the charitable organization in Cambodia, she didn’t look back!

Martin spent a year working with the project’s 150 schoolchildren who ranged in age from infants to 17 years old. Since she didn’t speak the native language, Martin used art as a tool of artistic expression in order to communicate with her students.

“What is unique about this project is it’s an art-based initiative,” Martin said. “Daily art lessons encourage a noninvasive approach to self-expression and help the children cope with trauma.”

Martin returned to the states six months ago and continues her life’s calling to inspire her students through art. She is currently working in the children’s psychiatric ward of Anna Jaques Hospital in Amesbury.

Martin has established “The Purpose Behind Every Mural is a Child” to raise funds for the Cambodian Children’s Painting Project where she donates a portion of each mural commission to help the children of Cambodia.

For more information, contact Martin at or visit

–>Read full article in the Daily News here

A young Cambodian boy works on a piece of a mural in Martin’s class.
Feb 15, 2012

Alumna Alyssa Watters ‘07, owner of artbyalyssa, will have a solo exhibit entitled Birds at Beverly’s Studios at Porter Mill throughout the month of March to celebrate five years of “Birds.” All original paintings will be available for purchase.

Reception: Thursday, March 1, 6 – 9 pm
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St. Beverly, MA

Alyssa is known for doing two things really well: turning her backyard garden into an art gallery each summer and curating an annual exhibition of her own beautiful and colorful oil paintings of birds. Since 2008 this entrepreneurial painter, who makes a living selling her original oil paintings and line of gifts, survives the New England winter by creating these colorful paintings. She displays them each spring in a much-anticipated solo exhibition. – excerpt from North Shore Magazine

Hours: Th – Sa 11 am – 2 pm, 5 – 7 pm and by appointment

Email manager alumna Bea Modisett ’07 at for more information.

Feb 15, 2012

Alumna Chelsie Sutherland ’11 has been selected for the prestigious Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition! Chelsie was one of 200 illustrators chosen from over 8,000 entries.

This is Montserrat’s third year in a row of having a student honored in the exhibition!

2012 – Chelsie Sutherland ’11
2011 – Corrine Reid ’11
2010 – Danielle Smith ’10

Click here to view Montserrat College of Art winners of Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition

Feb 15, 2012

Alumna Alyssa Watters ‘07, owner of artbyalyssa, will have a solo exhibit entitled Birds 2012 at Beverly’s Studios at Porter Mill throughout the month of March to celebrate five years of “Birds.” All original paintings will be available for purchase.

Reception: Thursday, March 1, 6 – 9 pm
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St. Beverly, MA

Alyssa is known for doing two things really well: turning her backyard garden into an art gallery each summer and curating an annual exhibition of her own beautiful and colorful oil paintings of birds. Since 2008 this entrepreneurial painter, who makes a living selling her original oil paintings and line of gifts, survives the New England winter by creating these colorful paintings. She displays them each spring in a much-anticipated solo exhibition. – excerpt from North Shore Magazine

Hours: Th – Sa 11 am – 2 pm, 5 – 7 pm and by appointment

Email manager alumna Bea Modisett ’07 at for more information.

Feb 2, 2012

Art and beauty aren’t that distant! Anthony Vitale is a past student of Montserrat, as well as a 6th-generation hairstylist! In an interview with Stuff Magazine, he discusses the many ways that stylists are also artists and how his art education has helped him realize that creating the perfect hairstyle may not be that far off from sculpting the perfect work of art.

Anthony is the owner and master stylist at Anthony David Salon in Burlington, MA where many of his own paintings are hung throughout his salon.

Does your art education enhance your styling?
Color theory from art school served me very well in hair school. Being an artist, you see different views – how color is in balance with the cut, or how the colors pick up flecks in the skin tone or irises of the eyes. You can see the symmetry of the hair or the texture movement instead of just cutting or coloring for the sake of it. An artistic mind sees the end result before it’s done.

Where’s the overlap between creating art and creating beautiful hair?
The balance of a great painting and a hairstyle are very similar. It’s all about how you want the eyes viewing it to move around the artwork.

To read Anthony’s full interview, visit

Jan 26, 2012

Alumna Yoko Kikuchi ’03 (aka Yoko O.K.) has just released a new album, Menahan Tree, now available on iTunes!

Her music is a collection of eight songs written between 2008 and 2011, with one song that was written by her friend Josh Malamy. It was recorded by Casey Holford and features lots of vocal accompaniment: by Angela Carlucci, Sara Lautman, Kate Wheeler, Christy Davis, Jenn Kelly and Joanna Kelly.

Yoko moved from New York City to California six months ago and is now residing in Oakland where she has been doing freelance work along with creating her music. Please show your support if you enjoy her music by purchasing her album, or pass along the link to someone who might! The album is also available on Amazon!

Jan 25, 2012

Congratulations to alumna Meghan Hawkes ‘10, who has been accepted into the Graduate Studies Program at University of Edinburgh in Scotland!

Jan 25, 2012

Cheryl Polcaro ‘99 has her own space in Studio #402! Stop by Saturday Feb. 4, noon – 5pm for the Western Avenue Studios Open Studios in Lowell, MA. Check out some of her new artwork and shop around for some unique gifts made by local artisans. She also extends a special welcome to any students interested in learning about having a private studio after graduation!

The Western Avenue Studios are located at 122 Western Ave. Lowell, MA.

Click here to see Cheryl’s Facebook Event!

Jan 24, 2012

Alumnae HeatherRose Anair ’06 and Heather Reid ’07 will both have their artwork in this year’s RAW BOSTON: ACTIVATE showcase Thursday, Feb. 9 at The Estate, One Boylston Place in Boston starting at 7 pm!

The evening will feature some of the best local visual artists, musical performances, and two fashion shows! The tickets are $10 via presale and $15 at the door. Last chance to purchase presale tickets is Feb. 3rd. This event is 21+ with cocktail attire.

Click here to purchase tickets to support HeatherRose“I love how RAW unites artists and gives them an opportunity to be seen!” – HeatherRose

Click here to purchase tickets to support Heather Reid and be entered to win a 24×36″ canvas print of “The Flock” (above)

"Chilopodophobia" by HeatherRose Anair; “The Flock” Heather Barratt. Click the image to view larger.
Jan 17, 2012

Alumna Heidi Daub ’82 is participating in the group show, Hidden Gems of Contemporary Art, at the KPK Gallery in London from Jan. 20 through Feb. 9. The exhibit will also include innovative New England based artists Carol Bass, Richard Garrigus, Libby Mitchell, Annette Kearney, Avy Claire, and Laurie Hadlock.

"My paintings evolve from an introspection, and are like poems to me, coming out of an awareness, a sense,” says Heidi. “How we perceive and feel, the nebulous space between the physical reality of a given situation, person or place, and the perceptions we carry, the curiosity and non-linear ways of looking at time. This comes up through everyday living, influenced by the natural forms I see daily, the actions of people in my life, my writing, and is something which finds its way to the surface through the process of painting.”

Visit for the latest exhibition updates of Heidi’s work and learn more about her upcoming events. Also, follow up with her on her blog:

For further information contact Heidi at

“She Hears Music,” Acrylic on paper, 19" x 24"
Jan 12, 2012

The art work of alumna Corinne Reid ’11 was featured on JUXTAPOZ!

Also, check out an interview that Corinne did with My Modern Met!

Corinne is currently pursuing her career in illustration. Her lush and atmospheric digital work has received awards and been featured in publications such as American Illustration, SPECTRUM, Creative Quarterly, Society of Illustrators NY, CG China and Juxtapoz.

To see more of Corinne’s work, visit her site:

Corinne Reid, "Paris"
Jan 12, 2012

Recent Montserrat alumna Kristine Roan ‘11 has a Wildly Silent: Kristine Roan Art Opening Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7pm at Atomic Cafe on Cabot Street in Beverly.

THE ARTIST: Kristine Roan is currently living and working in Beverly. She is exhibiting work that she made during her month-long residency on the tiny island of Hr í sey, (population: 200) in northern Iceland.“Iceland for me, represents an openness in both its landscape and beliefs,” said Roan, “And being on an island lends itself to the themes in my work.”

THE GALLERY: “At the Atomic Gallery we are interested in pushing the boundaries of one’s expectations. We feel that bringing together local artists, taking advantage of our proximity to Montserrat College of Art and Gordon College and their galleries, and bringing in artists from Boston and beyond New England could have a profound effect on the community.” – Valerie Rafferty, Atomic Gallery Curator

THE COMMUNITY: The event will also be collecting donations of canned/dry good items which we will be donating to Beverly Bootstraps.

Kristine Roan's "Seacup", 2011, ceramic, acrylic paint, teacup, plastic toy, 9"x 5.5"x 5.5"
Jan 10, 2012

Alumnus Sean Closson ’06 is involved in a sketch group called the Bureau of Drawers. The group is having their second live drawing show Economy of Line in Seattle, WA on Friday, Jan. 13, 6-10pm at UrbanLight Studios!

The show will have more than a dozen artists from the Bureau of Drawers creating a gallery show that very night! The evening will begin with all the walls purely bare and by the end of the night their aim is to “cover every square inch with piping hot ART fresh from the creative oven.

Sean will have matted prints for sale for as low as $20-$25.

For more information on the show visit Sean’s website The Coffee Is Black!

Jan 5, 2012

Alumna Rebecca Q Yankes ’11 has been picked up by Paper Ribbons Art! You can now order her custom-made artwork through Paper Ribbons!

Yankes is a freelance illustrator who uses digital media to build creatures out of geometric shapes and calligraphic lines. See more work by Yankes at Also, visit her new sketches/works-in-progress blog where she updates with recent sketches and step-by-step guides for her painting process!

Rebecca Q Yankes, “Swamplandia!,” 2011, Re-imagined book cover (unpublished) for Karen Russel’s novel. Digital.
Jan 4, 2012

A new painting from alumnus Neil Wilkins’ ’97 propagation series was recently accepted into the 2012 National Juried Exhibition at NK Gallery in Boston! The show opens Friday, Jan. 6th with a reception from 5-8pm and it runs through Jan. 21st.

You can also see his work at the Sprinkler Factory Artists Juried Exhibition in Worcester through Jan. 14th and at the Brush Gallery Members Juried Exhibit in Lowell through Jan. 21st.

His paintings have also been published in Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 16

Dec 12, 2011

Alumna Meagan Bruce ’08 started working at her current job a couple weeks before she graduated from Montserrat with a concentration in graphic design. She was able to land her position with the help of the Office of Internships and Career Services!

Near the end of her senior year, Bruce had responded to an email post that announced design opportunities with Julianna Rae, a company that designs women’s sleepwear, intimates and active wear. “Most helpful were the emails sent out from the Office of Internships and Career Services,” explained Bruce. “It was better than searching on craigslist.”

With the skills she learned in her classes at Montserrat and the practical experience she acquired during her internship with New England Bride Magazine, Bruce was an attractive candidate to Julianna Rae. “The work at my internship had a lot to do with it; so did my classes at Montserrat in Photoshop and Typography,” Bruce explained. “I had experience and skills that were good to have.”

At Julianna Rae, Bruce creates advertisements for ladies lingerie and leisurewear for web and print. She makes color corrections, retouches photos, and redesigns web layout for a more upscale look. Her print ads also appear in Wellesley Weston Magazine, a quarterly publication for “discerning consumers.”

Bruce’s personal work mostly consists of landscape photography, graphic design and digital imaging. To see more of what she does, visit her website

Montserrat’s mandatory internship program began in 2006 and by the end of the 2010-2011 academic year, approximately half of our student interns received offers of employment from their internship sites! Find out more at

Julianna Rae's homepage designed by alumna Meagan Bruce '08
Dec 12, 2011

Alumnus John Gambino ’05 will be performing Barty Smarty’s Christmas Caper, a live, interactive, multi-media, musical, comedy, dance along, sing along, Holiday event for the whole family at the Barrington Public Library, in Barrington, RI, on Sunday, Dec. 18th at 2pm.

“I’m trying to create a cultural event for kids that adults will enjoy as well,” said Gambino. “There will be something for everybody.” –featured in the Barrington Patch

“Barty Smarty’s Christmas Caper is a hilarious Interactive Musical Holiday Happening for the whole entire family! Join Barty as he croons to you in your seat, busts a move down your aisle, and forces you to sing along to his very own upbeat electronic versions of the most beloved Holiday tunes! Accompanying the freakishly festive music will be a visually stunning video collage of classic Holiday animations and television specials projected onto the big screen. There will also be many other surprises you will NOT want to miss!”

Dec 7, 2011

Alumnus Anthony Palocci Jr. ’09 will have his artwork in the Pratt MFA Open Studios Fall 2011 exhibit along with over 150 graduate students Friday, Dec. 9, 6 – 9 pm at the Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY in ELJ Hall (Anthony’s work: 509 a)

For more information visit Pratt Open Studios or RSVP at their Facebook Event.

Dec 1, 2011

The Maser Gallery in Falmouth, MA will present a solo show of alumnus Richard Pawlak’s ’81 work throughout December. The show offers a distinct mix of Pawlak’s Marsh Escapes and Marshbirds, as well as works from his new Bus Stop series. The theme of the show is Marshes Birds and Others.

Opening Reception: Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 – 5pm
The show will run Dec. 4, 2011 – Jan. 5, 2012
Maser Gallery: 310 Dillingham Ave. Falmouth, MA

Pawlak has also been invited to participate in the Small Treasures Exhibition at Highfield Hall where he will display 4 of his South Cape pieces alongside with 15 local artists.

Special Evening: Friday, Dec. 2, 5 – 7:30pm
The show will run Nov. 23 – Dec. 18
Highfield Hall : P.O. Box 494, Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA
Visit Pawlak’s website to see more of his work:

“South Cape Scape 2” by Richard Pawlak
Nov 30, 2011

Alumna Daisy Adams Ellard ’02 announces a Holiday Small Works Show at Lucy’s Art Emporium, LLC. Opening Reception: Thursday Dec. 1, 5-7 pm

Over 100 pieces of original artwork by 10 artists, 12″ x 12″ or smaller and all priced below $100! Meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments and browse the wonderful gift selection.  The show will run through December, but the artwork won’t stay long at such low prices, so come early for the best selection!

Stay up to date on new arrivals and specials by following Lucy’s Art Emporium on:
Facebook and Twitter: @lucysemporium
Lucy’s Art Emporium, LLC, 303 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820

Nov 23, 2011

hear.feel.fear represents collage in all forms and media.

17 Cox is proud to host the audio/visual presentations of Plastic Color//Math Magic and Nickolas Peter followed by a film screening of the cult classic Suspiria. In conjunction with ‘Continuity’, collage works by Kylie Alexander in the 17 Cox exhibition space, inspired by and appropriating film stills from Suspiria (1977), hear.feel.fear engenders the idea of collage to all forms of cut and paste media; not just 2D collage, but film, turntables, and other devices/methods that arrange prefabricated media samples like sound bites, film stills, track cuts, et al. into larger compositions.

hear.feel.fear will be introduced by Montserrat Alumnus Bradford Rusick and Montserrat Faculty Ethan Berry. 17 Cox is directed by Montserrat Gallery’s Exhibitions Manager, Lucas Spivey

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 6 – 9 pm

Suggested donation : $5
Lucas says no one will be turned away and all proceeds go directly to artists and residency programs

17 Cox Court, Beverly MA 01915

Nov 14, 2011

Congratulations to freshman Nur D. Ozkaynak and alumna Kate Weghorst ’09 who tied for the 2011 People’s Choice: Montserrat award during The Crane Estate’s Annual Art Show and Sale! Brought to you by The Trustees of Reservations.

"High Tea at Essex" by Kate Weghorst '09, and "Together" by freshman Nur D. Ozkaynak. Click to see larger.
Nov 9, 2011

Along with alumna Elise Towle Snow ’06 bringing the community together via Montserrat’s Etsy Group, she has had her own Etsy shop, Argyle Whale, since she was a student at Montserrat! Elise also has been vending at craft fairs for a few year, including this year’s Boston’s Bazaar Bizarre on Dec. 4, which she is on the organizing committee. She will also be selling at MassMarket.

Check out Elise’s Argyle Whale blog to learn more about what she has been up to!

Nov 8, 2011

Graphic artist, page designer, and alumnus Craig Schaffer ‘98 announced the launch of a new weekly illustrated report column, Snapshot, that he will be creating for his company Reading Eagle’s Business Weekly section. This graphic column will illustrate interesting statistics and facts about business and trends. Visit Reading Eagle to check out Craig’s new illustrated weekly column or follow Craig on Twitter @Eagle_Snapshot!

Nov 4, 2011

The Marblehead Arts Association November exhibit entitled Figurative Works features work from alumnus Aaron Berger ’11 and faculty member Ian Factor. Aaron will be exhibiting his  Cartography series in the Emerging Artist Gallery while Ian will display Recent Figurative Works in the Parlor Gallery throughout November.

Opening Reception: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 – 4 pm, Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Aaron and Ian’s work will be displayed along with photographer John Weidenbruch, “Drawing from the Nude” works from MAA’s weekly life drawing class, and pastel portraits from the 1930s.

Aaron’s Cartography series was created by layering hand-dyed paper, clippings from 20th century maps, typography, and even sections from The New York Times. (*Cartography is the study or practice of making maps) Aaron studies the different ways of modeling our world events and then creates a visual to demonstrate the literal or emotional distance between these events. In effect he is creating a map of time, instead of location. In keeping with the spirit of Aarons creative process he could never know where his work would end up. Rather than traveling down roads that he already knows, Aaron and his collaborators blaze trails and find new ways of connecting current events.

Ian’s exhibit includes a small collection of his recent figurative paintings and drawings. All of his paintings capture moments of human emotions, thoughtfulness, and mystery bringing his figures on the canvas to life. Ian  will also have a portrait demonstration Nov. 20 from 2–5pm.

Find out more about Aaron’s work at his website: & the MAA Figurative Works exhibit at

King Weeps by Aaron Berger '11
Nov 2, 2011

Alumnus Michael Amaru ’05, a Hamilton entrepreneur and graphic designer, was featured in The Boston Globe for his most recent project! He has been working on a prototype he founded called SmartHUD, which uses the same technology as fighter pilots to project information onto the windshield of a plane and applies it to driving a car.

Amaru has designed a prototype heads-up display that prevents drivers from having to glance down to adjust music, update GPS’s, or to check phones messages. The app will allow driver’s to hear incoming texts read aloud, select songs, use a GPS app, and make calls without ever taking your eyes off the road, or your hands off the wheel! “I think this will be a safer way to integrate the smartphone into a car,” Amaru says, “since you’re not holding it, or typing on it, or looking down to try to manipulate a Google map.”

Read full article in The Boston Globe!

“SmartHUD is a unique, all-in-one solution to current driver safety issues that integrates an easy-to-use smartphone application with a state-of-the-art laser projection technology.”– With sufficient funding, he hopes to shift into production soon!

Nov 2, 2011

Illustration Instructors Antoine Revoy and Rob Rey, along with alumna Corinne Reid ‘11 are featured in the new fall issue of Spectrum 18!

Click here for a video flip-through preview a  of Spectrum 18, due in stores this fall from Underwood Books.

Nov 1, 2011

Check out illustrations by alumna Heather Barratt ’07, which are featured in this season’s edition of Circle Magazine! To view more of Heather’s work, visit her website,!


Nov 1, 2011

John Preusch’s ’04 newest mini comic, Modern Conflict, features 28 pages of his new comics and drawings.

The book comes packaged with one of three, high quality acrylic character key chains of the Modern Conflict characters, and a secret hand drawn trading card with every order!

Available on Etsy!

Also, check out more work by John at his website:

Oct 31, 2011

Blessing Mazarura ’98 and his Bless by Bless label show off their latest fashions at the 2011 Rolling For Life’s two-part Gala Event to benefit the American Cancer  Society Saturday, Nov. 5, at The Roller Palace, 130 Sohier Rd, Beverly, MA (Conveniently located off Exit 19 on Route 128)

Fashion Show on Wheels: Presented by Bless-by-Bless Couture: Fashion for Life!

Day (4-6PM): Roller skating, Live musical performances by pop sensations Girls’ Nite Out & Nicholas Tetreault, Free snacks and refreshments, Live DJ, Red Carpet photo opportunities with photographer Stewart Smith, Face painting, and Kid-friendly silent auction (Tickets: $10 for adults and $8 for those under 18)

Evening (7PM-12AM): Roller skating, Bless-by-Bless Fashion Show on skates, Musical acts AHMIR, Liana Veda, Girls Nite Out & Kik-It, Silent auction, Complimentary Hors D’Oeuvres, coffee & dessert bar, beer & wine cash bar, and Red carpet photo opportunities with photographer Todd Lee. (Tickets: discounted to $18 before Nov. 5 and $25 at the door)

Visit for more information about this event!

Tickets available at City Side Diner, 275 Cabot St., The Roller Palace, or by making out a check to Rolling for Life, Inc. and sending it to Lisa Glover, Founder and Director, 3 Driscoll Lane, Beverly, MA, 978.578.7628

Oct 31, 2011

Alumnus Michael Nevin ’04 is founder and editor in chief of the Journal, a curated art and culture magazine first started while he was a freshman at Montserrat. The magazine now circulates in more than 30 different countries. Nevin is also director of the Journal Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY where the most recent installation by Daniel Turner, entitled ‘Mariana’, was considered one of the Top 5 Art Exhibitions by world leading contemporary art advisors, Nicolai and Michael Frahm.

Nicolai and Michael work with artists and collectors from all over the world and spend over 200 days a year attending auctions, gallery openings, and exhibitions to see new works, spot emerging talent, and observe new trends. Currently, they find the Journal to be the gallery to watch right now!  “The gallery shows a great selection of artists from Joe Bradley to Ida Eklbad, it is experimental, progressive, and a great place to discover new talent,” they said.

View entire feature at

Visit Michael’s Journal, based on Nevin’s magazine and gallery, where he captures art, music, fashion, along with his travels!

Oct 31, 2011

Kate Gorham ’04, an award-winning artist, illustrator, muralist and portrait painter, has opened a shop called The Golden Button in Southbury, CT, where she resides, to support local artists!

The Golden Button is devoted to handmade and locally-made arts and crafts. It also features some carefully chosen vintage items. “I’ve always loved vintage items and antique things, so I have tried to give them new life,” said Gorham. “In this day and age it is impossible to buy only locally made items.” Read Country Times’ full story here…

When Gorham isn’t running her new shop, she is an art teacher at the Creative Arts Studio in Woodbury, CT where she has worked for three years. She has also painted murals in New Haven, and worked as a wedding planner.

The Golden Button, located at 600 South Britain Road in Southbury, is open Tuesday – Friday from 1:30 – 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. For more information, call 203-910-9948 or visit the site at

Oct 27, 2011

Revenge of…FREEKY FRIGHT NIGHTS features Montserrat alumni Heather Rose Anair ’06, John Wiltshire ’08 & Logan Everett Faerber ’09 and their Halloween-inspired artwork!

Show runs for 4 DAYS ONLY! October 28-31

Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 28, 7-9pm,
Costume Ball/Contest: Saturday, October 29, 7-9pm

Gallery Hours: 1-7pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Presented by SPACE 242 at Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Avenue, Fenway, Boston

Oct 26, 2011

Alyssa Watters ’07 has a fun outlook on life and love for bright colors, which can be seen in just about every one of her oil paintings. Since graduating from Montserrat, along with pursuing her art career, she managed and designed for a fine stationery shop in Hamilton.

Her artwork is currently featured at A Shore Thing, located at 1 Titcomb Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

Oct 26, 2011

Alumnus Logan Everett Faerber ’09 will be featured in the second installment Hellbound, a horror comic anthology by ROHO Comics and The Boston Comics Roundtable. He has written and drawn a 10 page comic, Grampire, which, in Logan’s words, is about an “old guy vampire.” The comics in Hellbound 2 are fully screen printed and hand bound by the artists themselves.

All comics’ creators, fans, and friends are invited to celebrate the premiere of the locally published horror comic anthology at the comics-themed Halloween Launch Party for Hellbound 2 on Friday, Oct. 28th, 7:00 p.m. at Tommy Doyle’s The Crimson Lounge in Harvard Square, 96 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA

Interview with Hellbound: Who do you consider a master of horror?
Logan: Literature master of horror is most definitely Edgar Allen Poe. Movie-wise it would be Alfred Hitchcock, hands down.

To learn more about Logan’s favorite type of horror, what inspires him to write, what he likes best about the horror genre, and more – Read Logan’s full interview with Hellbound here!

To see more of Logan’s work visit his website!

Oct 26, 2011

Alumna Rebecca Q Yankes ‘11 takes first place in the 2011 National Epicase Art & Illustration Competition!

“Award-winning illustrator, fine artist, and designer Rebecca Q draws inspiration from her very active childhood, her love of animals, and her obsession with beauty in all things. She divides her images into two very separate worlds: Portraits and Animals.” Visit Rebecca’s Website!

Oct 24, 2011

Original artwork from alumnus Adam Miller’s ZombieBomb! Comic Anthology will be on display at Gulu-Gulu Café in downtown Salem through Halloween. Stop by and check out Miller’s undead bodies of work during your travels to the “Halloween Capital of the World.”

“ZombieBomb! is a comic anthology conceived by Adam Miller ’00 and Rich Woodall. The comic features over 200 writers and artists from all over the world who join forces to bring together the baddest bunch of Zombie stories ever assembled. Full color and undead just for you!”

Adam Miller ’00, creative director for Terminal Press, co-created the ZombieBomb! Comic Anthology in 2009 and, with the contributions from several Montserrat alums, the brand has spiraled into a Youtube documentary series, an iPad app, and a spinoff book titled ZombieBomb! Adam’s work is a combination of painting, drawing, photography, and collage. Adam exhibited at the Halcyon and Genuine Artikle galleries, both in NYC. He has appeared on G4TV and is a frequent guest at Comic Cons around the country. His work has been mentioned by Ain’t It Cool NewsFangoria, and MSNBC. Adam occasionally teaches and participates in public speaking engagements at universities and conventions.  New projects include creating books for Nuclear Blast Records recording artists Soilwork and Meshuggah, the western-themed Coffin Hunter for Terminal Press, and art directing the Techno Kitten Adventure comic for Elite Gudz. To this day he counts current and former Montserrat professors Fred Lynch, Haig Demarjian, and Ron DiRito as his biggest artistic inspirations.

Click here to watch an interview with Terminal Press’ Creator/Creative Director and driving force for ZombieBomb! Adam Miller ’00 and Electric Playground from last year’s Comic Con in San Diego, CA. Here’s another interview with Miller and Abstraks Magazine.

Oct 24, 2011

Alumnus Sean Closson ’06 was interviewed for Concept Cookie, a new art educational site, about his own independent studio Coffee: Black Illustration

“A lot of my work is thematically and visually inspired by old retro futuristic and pulp sci-fi illustrations, everything from all the way back to classic representations like that of Jules Verne to more modern takes like films from the 80s and 90s. I also draw some big inspirations from comics as well as the commercial Art Nouveau prints of artists like Aphonse Mucha.”- Closson

You can check out the full interview at Concept Cookie!

Sean is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who is classically trained in traditional media ranging from oils and watercolors to pastels and charcoal. He also possesses a strong sense of the fundamentals in both photography and printmaking. And much of his current work has branched into the realm of the digital as well. Sean has illustrated on behalf of many different client including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund through his own independent studio, Coffee Black Illustration.

Oct 20, 2011

Alumna Kalimah Muhhammad ’11, who was awarded Honorable Mention at the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards back in June, appears in Sculpture Magazine’s current October issue!

The ISC established the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program in 1994 to recognize deserving sculpture students and to encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture.

Kalimah’s Faculty Sponsor was Asst. Sculpture Prof. Marilu Swett.

Kalimah’s senior year work was an exploration of minimally hewn objects interacting with and within a chosen space. It involved found and cast pieces in basic sculptural material, drawings made with or rubbed over simple objects and building materials, and spaces redefined by using string or wooden pallets.

Kalimah competed against 485 sculpture students at 190 colleges here and abroad. We are proud of her achievement!

Meredith Morten with Kalimah Muhammad (on right)
Oct 17, 2011

Congratulations to alumnus Jeremiah Dube ‘09 for being recognized as a Runner-Up for his illustration in this year’s Creative Quarterly 25 Competition! Dube’s work, along with the other runner-ups, will be posted on their Online Gallery in Winter 2011.

Oct 12, 2011

Bradford Rusick, a Montserrat Alumnus is curating a show at 17 Cox this month of Kylie Alexander, an Endicott student. In addition to curating Continuity, an exhibition of Alexander’s collage work, Rusick is also curating at Marblehead Art Association and UForge Gallery in Boston this fall. Rusick is Associate Director at 17 Cox.

Kylie Alexander, a Danvers local and student at Endicott College, presents her first solo exhibition highlighting her collage work. Addressing issues such as mortality and identity Alexander attempts to make a continuous story with a still image, in the manner of film and music albums. Using collage to re purpose “forgotten ideas”, Alexander interprets the unattainable feeling that we all share.

Kylie Alexander –

Collage works by Kylie Alexander
Curated by Bradford Rusick
October 10 – December 20
Hours are event based and by appointment
17 Cox Court
Beverly MA 01915

A conversation between Bradford Rusick and Kylie Alexander for collage, sound and film artists
October 17 6:30 – 8 pm
All are welcome!

Oct 12, 2011

Rob McLaughlin ’07, Director of Residential Life, and Jonathan Brown ’11 have collaborated with special effects make-up artist, Joseph Laskey, to create Frightful Acts. Their company designs eerie high quality silicone rubber character masks that are hand-made to order. Canobie Lake Park has recently purchased eight of their masks, which are exclusively being worn by the “Demons of the Park” characters that haunt the park during the SCREEEMFEST haunted house every weekend during the month of October. Visit the Frightful Acts official website for more information and to see more of their creepy creations!

Oct 11, 2011

President Steve Immerman spoke to the Salem Rotary Club this week about the importance of the arts to education and the impact of an arts institution on the region. With him was Montserrat alumnus, author and illustrator Giles Laroche ‘81 of Salem, who has just published his newest book, The Places People Live,” which includes Laroche’s richly dense cut paper collage illustrations.

Giles Laroche and Steve Immerman. Photos by John Quinn.
Oct 6, 2011

Montserrat alumnus Blessing Mazarura ’98 has launched a line of clothing under the “Bless by Bless” label. Based in Boston, Bless By Bless fashions are inspired by rock culture, military style, and medieval standard design. Bless was a primary sponsor of the North Shore Mall’s recent event, “Fall: In Love With Fashion.”  A packed mall audience was treated to a professional runway show, featuring Bless’ line of dresses, tops and menswear. On November 25, all clothing will be available for purchase in stores and on the BBB website. Visit the Bless by Bless official website to see the entire line!

Oct 6, 2011

DownEast Magazine featured an excerpt from Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond by Carl Little in their most recent issue entitled “Man in Motion.”

“Among the most dramatic portraits is David Etnier’s photograph of Eric Hopkins, the Maine-born, world-eyed painter and glass artist. Hopkins is shown crouched, barefoot, on the top of a large canvas that is spread on the floor of an open-air studio space. He is in mid-stroke, creating that arcing landscape he grew up with on North Haven Island and which he has further explored by boat and plane….Hopkins can trace his artistic lineage to that movement: several of his professors at the Montserrat College of Art studied with Hans Hofmann, one of the gods of abstract expressionism.”

Visit to read the entire excerpt from Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond by Carl Little.

Oct 6, 2011

Blackbird Attic presents ‘Enveloped’ with art by alumna Joanna Matuck ’09!
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct. 8th, 6 – 9 pm. ‘Enveloped’ will be on view through November, 442 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Joanna’s illustrations are a unique blend of technical illustrations and the technologies at hand. She plays with mediums including ball-point pen, graphite, acrylic, monotype printmaking and digital with an understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite. She recently received her certificate in Graphic/Web Design From Boston University’s CDIA program. She organizes sketch nights for local artists in her spare time and has shown her work in over a dozen gallery exhibits across New England over the past year.

“The whole search with these pieces were understanding my place in love gained and love lost and finding room in my heart for loving myself.”Joanna Matuck ‘09

Oct 5, 2011

Please vote for Alumna Heather Rose Anair ’06! Heather is currently in the top 300 (out of 2100 entries) in the Saatchi Online Drawing Showdown! Please visit the link to vote for Heather’s art work!

Signing up is optional: you can also simply log in with Facebook!

Showdown is an online competition where artists can showcase their work and go head-to-head with other artists, giving the winner a chance to display their art at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

"Chilopodophobia" by Heather Rose Anair
Oct 4, 2011

Alumna Daisy Adams Ellard ’02, owner of Lucy’s Art Emporium, announces The Harvest, a fall-themed group show featuring: Deloris White, Roseann Meserve, Amie James, Stacey Durand, and Nick Ellard.

The Harvest’s Opening Reception is Thursday Oct. 6th, 5 - 7 pm, 303 Central Ave, Dover, NH. Light refreshments will be served. The show will remain on view throughout October.

Visit Lucy’s Art Emporium’s Website and Facebook page to learn more about The Harvest!

Stacey Durand: Acorn, Relief Print unframed $10, framed $20
Oct 3, 2011

After a lot of hard work preparing for their Blooming Dialogue Exhibition, alumna Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda ’05 and Joshua Durant are excited to announce that their opening reception is just around the corner!

Saturday, Oct. 8th
5 pm – 9 pm
at the Gallery at the Piano Factory

791 Tremont St, Boston.
The exhibit will remain on display Oct. 5 – Oct. 31. Check out the event page here!

Catalina’s Blooming Dialogue Exhibition was also featured in The Beverly Citizen.

They will be exhibiting collaborations as well as their independent work. Catalina will be showing figurative paintings and Joshua will display his expressive paintings of birds.

”In Viejo and Durant’s collaborations, color and form take on new meaning as their styles combine, collide and explode,” said Anna Stothart, Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. “Birds, flowers, geometric shapes, and text are brought together to create a harmonious composition rich in color. The hand of each artist remains visible yet there is again a blurring of boundaries between the two.”

Sep 26, 2011

The Gallery @ Spencer Lofts in Chelsea presents a show of works on paper by abstract expressionist Richard Pawlak ’81.

“Coming Home” features Richard’s new “Bus Stop” series. The paintings are made from studies done 30 years ago with acrylic and gouache. At the time, Richard lived in an apartment across the street from a bus stop in Chelsea. He sketched the people that were waiting at the bus stop while sitting at his window. “I knew some of the people in the images. Many lived in the neighboring Projects,” said Richard’s about the housing project where he grew up. Richard has lived with his wife Jan on Cape Cod for 19 years. They have two children, Jesse and Hannah, and granddaughter Aliyah.

Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct. 6, 6 pm – 8 pm

“Meet the Artist” Reception: Friday, Oct. 28, 6 pm – 8 pm

The show will run through October at The Gallery @ Spencer Lofts, 60 Dudley Street, Chelsea, MA 02150

Sep 25, 2011

National Grid, the city of Providence, RI, and the Environmental Protection Agency team up for the ‘Fine Art of Recycling’ exhibit, designed to encourage citizens to save energy and money by recycling their old refrigerators. 8 local artists, including alumnus Joshua Baptista ’02, were selected to create the outdoor art exhibit comprising painted, multi-media recycled refrigerators. The sculptures have been installed at prominent locations throughout Providence, including Kennedy Plaza and the Roger Williams National Memorial, and will remain through early October.

Click here to vote for Joshua’s creatively designed refrigerator by Sunday, Oct. 2nd! The winning artist will be announced on the last day of voting.  Each voter will be entered into a contest for a chance to win one of three energy efficiency gift baskets to help you continue on your energy efficiency journey!

For more information view The Art of Recycling project in the press and on TV!

Sep 24, 2011

The Beverly Cultural Council announces four new committee members to three-year terms, including alumna Bea Modisett ’07, Manager of Studios at Porter Mill, and Lucas Spivey, Montserrat’s Exhibitions Manager and Director of 17 Cox Gallery, featured in The Salem News.

To view the full article visit The Salem News!

Sep 23, 2011

melanie photo blog interviewed alumnus David Schoerner ’07, Hassla Books’ founder and publisher.

“I published my book of photographs simply for the reason of wanting to have a small book to show people my work. Also, I did it hoping that I could sell enough in order to print a book of another artist’s work, which is how I started Hassla.”

Learn about why David originally wanted to self-publish, which artists he admires, his favorite photographers, blogs, books, and more! Read the full interview here at melanie photo blog!

Sep 22, 2011

Join Montserrat Alumni & Friends at Porter Mill’s Open Studios’ Grand Opening

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2 pm – 8 pm, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly MA

The Open Studios at Porter Mill, the newest artist studio building on the North Shore is pleased to announce its Grand Opening!

2 pm – 6 pm: Over 25 artists, including Montserrat Alumni, will be opening their studios to display and answer questions about their newest ceramics, illustrations, paintings, photographs, jewelry, letterpress prints, and more!

6 pm – 8 pm: Opening reception of the inaugural exhibition displaying works of art by each of the thirty artists in Porter Mill’s first floor Gallery.

Visit Porter Mill Studios’ blog for more information.

Enjoy art, refreshments, and live music by SWAY.  Please join us for a lively day celebrating the North Shore’s newest artist community. The doors of this renovated 19th century factory will be open to the public.

Porter Hill’s Opening, alumna Bea Modisett ’07, and trustee Steve Archer featured in The Salem News.

Sep 21, 2011

Alumnus Erik Lomen graduated from Montserrat in 2010. His most recent endeavor is a mural that covers 5 walls on 5 different floors located at 22 Federal St. (corner of Federal and Chapman) in Beverly. Each of the walls was simultaneously created and represents poets from the North Shore, including Jim Dunn (1st), Joe Torra (2nd), Jim Behrle (3rd), James and Amanda Cook (4th), and Gerrit Lansing (5th). All are still living and will be reading  Saturday, Sept. 24 at 5 pm at 22 Federal St.

Come enjoy refreshments, poetry readings, and great conversation from the North Shore poets that inspired Erik Lomen’s mural at 22 Federal St.

Visit Erik’s blog to see the progress of his mural and to get a better sense of how this poetry reading came to be!

Please contact Erik at 978.846.3269 or with any questions.

Gerrit Lansing’s portrait, a Gloucester poet and dear friend of Erik’s, located on the 5th floor of 22 Federal St. in Beverly.
Sep 19, 2011

MOIST interviews illustrator John Wiltshire ’08

“I’ve been using the same pencil to draw everything since I was 13.”

Moist has interviewed alumnus John Wiltshire ’08 about his illustration, influences, and future projects. To read the entire interview visit the website here.

Moist is an online community of artists, a forum for discussion on current arts, and a virtual gallery.
Sep 14, 2011

After participating in the Boston Arts Festival, Sept. 10 -11, featuring over 60 juried artists from the Greater Boston area, Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda, along with four other artists, were featured in the Boston Globe as the five favorite artists from the festival.

Read the full feature in the Boston Globe here:

“What others consider junk, I consider relics,” said Viejo, who is a huge Celtics fan and has a series of miniature paintings of Celtics players.

Sep 12, 2011

Eric Hopkins ’71 will be signing “Above and Beyond” in Rockland, Maine

. The book is the first to represent Hopkins’ signature aerial panoramas of Maine islands.

“From his earliest work with glass to his signature aerial panoramas of Maine islands, Hopkins has consistently explored boundaries of medium, space and vision. A native of North Haven Island, Hopkins has attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Montserrat College of Art and has taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In the 1980s, he developed images for which he is most known — aerial views of coastal motifs, in which horizons bend and an archipelago of spruce topped isles spreads across the canvas. “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond” is the first book to represent the breathtaking work of this American artist.” –Dagney Ernest, VillageSoup Editor Read More…

Thurs., Sept. 22, Farnsworth Art Museum Library, Rockland, ME
Book signing at 12:30 pm; Illustrated talk by Hopkins at 1 – 2 pm & 2:15 – 4 pm

Sep 7, 2011

Alumna and Montserrat Admissions Counselor Lillian Harden ’08 and Montserrat student Brian Galderisi ’12
Exhibit at the Marblehead Arts Association

Opening Reception: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 pm – 4 pm

Lillian Harden and Cait Vail’s works explore the subtle triumphs and failures of memory. Harden’s mixed media sculptural pieces and Vail’s collages and drawings are on display in the show entitled “I Think I Saw You There” at Marblehead Arts Association throughout September.

8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945
Call us at 781.631.2608  •

Sep 2, 2011

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present alumna and artist Frances Ferro Carreiro with a solo exhibition of her drawings and paintings at Montserrat College of Art, where she  first attend classes 30 years ago. Carreiro described her work as “spiritual food” and that color was the “sugar of life.” Never without a sketchbook, Carreiro began painting sketches and watercolors of landscapes and motifs before experimenting with abstraction in collage, acrylic and oil.

Frances Ferro Carreiro was born October 21, 1921 in Cambridge, MA.  She settled in Gloucester in 1958 where she raised six children with her husband, Nicholas, and resided until her death, June 22, 2001.  She attended Salem State College and received a diploma from Montserrat School of Art in 1980; Carreiro later earned her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2001.  She credited Montserrat faculty, in particular Paul Scott, as giving “a firm basic structure and allow[ing] a freedom of expression from one’s inner self”.

Pictured here, family and friends gathered to celebrate the art and life of Frances Ferro Carreiro at Montserrat on Thursday, September 1.

WHAT Exhibition Frances Ferro Carreiro
August 15 –  September 8, 2011
2nd Floor Vestibule, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St. Beverly
Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 10-5, Thu 10-8, Sat 12-5
Reception: Thursday September 1, 5 – 8 pm

The Family of Frances Ferro Carreiro, from the left: Julia Blois (Great Great Niece), Beatrice Wheaton (Niece), Carolyn Wheaton (Great Niece), Cindy Morin (Daughter), Kim Arntsen (Granddaughter).
Aug 29, 2011

Alumna Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda  exhibits at the U.G.L.Y. Gallery

Review on

Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda is of Spanish origin, though she was raised in the Canary Islands and then came to the states to receive her education and BFA from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly. She now resides and works in the Boston area in a broad variety of mediums, sizes, and techniques, including painting, collage, drawing, and multi-media combinations. Read more...

Aug 29, 2011

Alumna Jennifer Mangini Perry ’01's career is featured in’s 2011 40 Under Forty.

This year’s impressive crop of honorees joins a storied group. The Worcester Business Journal has been identifying 40 business leaders under the age of 40 since the year 2000.

Discover more…

Aug 23, 2011

Kevin Quinn, class of 2011 was recently hired for a full time position at Design Communications Ltd. in their Fabrication Shop. Kevin interned with them while finishing his BFA degree with a concentration in sculpture.

Design Communications Ltd. is a custom manufacturer of architectural products.

For more information, visit their website:

Aug 16, 2011

Alumna Gail Boucher featured in northshore Life Magazine

Painting the Catch of the Day
By Caroline Forrester
Volume 3 | NO. 1

Gail Boucher does fish impressions, but not what you think; her impressions are of the artisticvariety. While getting her B.A. in Fine Arts at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Boucher learned about Gyotaku. Read more...

Gail is also featured at the Newburyport Art Association. Her show is called In The Sea & On The Sea, which includes Goyotaku fish prints and acrylic. The exhibit will run from Sept. 1 to 7, 2011.

Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 2,
7 pm to 9 pm

Newburyport Art Association, Laura Coobs Hills Gallery
Gallery Hours: Mon – Sat 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 1 pm – 5 pm

Jun 14, 2011

Exhibition Updates and Catalina’s first Spanish Interview!

Five in Focus
A photography exhibition organized by the Dorchester Arts Collaborative. I will be showing 8 of my photos among 4 other photographers.
Exhibit opens: Saturday, June 4th
Studio D, 11 Pearl Street, Dorchester, MA
For more info:

Tinbergen’s 4 Questions

A multimedia art exhibition organized by Cavity.Lab Gallery. This gallery opened recently and has been getting a lot of buzz. It was recently featured in the weekly dig. I will be showing paintings and collages among other artists.
Exhibit shows until June 18
Cavity.Lab, 100 Condor Street, East Boston, MA
For more info:

Also, this is very exciting…my first Spanish interview!! Anormalmag, a popular Spanish ezine (It has almost 5000 fans on facebook) asked to interview me last week. I have attached a link to the interview. The whole interview is in Spanish so some of you might have to use google translator to translate the interview

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Jun 14, 2011

Summer Exhibits of Alumna Heidi Daub ’82

Island Artisans, Bar Harbor, Maine
May-December 2011
Island Artisans is a fine craft co-op on Main Street, downtown Bar Harbor. My paintings share a space with premier basket collector Abbie Goodyear’s space.  When you are taking in a bit of the summer scene there, check out the shop. Open daily.

Tarratine Gallery, Castine, Maine
May-October 2011, 207-326-7123,
This co-op gallery in Castine features the work of six local artists, as well as several other fine craftsmen.
We take turns gallery sitting, so if you find yourself in historic Castine, Tuesday-Sunday, stop in and say hello at the gallery on Main Street down by the town dock.

Schooner Gallery/ Contemporary Fine Art, Milbridge, Maine
207-546-3179, Opening June 11th, 4:30-7:00
, exhibit runs June 1st- July 30th 2011
This gallery is a new venture for Doug Kell of Kelco Industries in Milbridge ME., and is housed at 59 Main Street in the renovated “Captain Brown House”.  Come take a trip downeast June 11th and join me and 5 other artists for an opening reception at this new contemporary art gallery. Mon.-Fri.  Call for hours.

The “Wandering” show, Yarmouth, Maine, at the Red Barn
210 Gilman Road
201-776-0788  One Day Show Only!, Saturday, June 25th, 10am-6pm, 2011 
with Carol Bass, Heidi Daub, Laurie Hadlock, Bob Newton, and Aaron Soper
This will be a fantastic one day adventure and exhibit of contemporary paintings, ceramics and furniture.

Jun 13, 2011

Alumna Jamie Greene, (Printmaking and Art Education - 2005) has a position at The Baker Hall School (affiliated with Baker Victory Services) working with mental health diagnosis youth in grades 7-12. Baker Victory Services is a non-profit charitable organization located in Lackawanna, N.Y., which provides a wide range of services to children, youth, and families in need. Each year, more than 3,500 children and families of every race, color, and religion receive care from approximately 800 full- and part-time staff members in a number of fields including: educational, residential, outpatient, adoption (both international and domestic), foster care, and even dental services. Baker Victory Services is dedicated to fostering the highest possible quality of life and personal achievement by partnering with children, adults, their families and the community through a diverse array of social, health and human services.

Alumna Jamie Greene
Jun 13, 2011

Alumna Kristine Williams ’11 was accepted into a residency in Iceland. She has just launched information about it on Kickstarter at

May 10, 2011

Financial Armageddon, Drypoint and Chine-collé by printmaker and Montserrat alumni John Schwind.

The prints will be on exhibit May through June at the Nashua Public Library‘s Image Gallery.
Artist’s reception on Saturday, June 18 at 2 pm.

Apr 25, 2011

From the Boston Globe
by Globe Correspondent Liza Weisstuch

Catalina Viejo
captures the vivid expressions familiar to local sports fans. And she does it on pieces of matte board barely bigger than a BlackBerry screen. Layers of acrylic paint create an impressionistic watercolor effect. An ever-so-light brush stroke of gold glittery paint adds a shimmer of sweat to a forehead or cheekbone. Even though every mug is depicted in various shades of purple or green or red, each has an aspect of realism.

Viejo’s portraits of Celtics heroes bring the viewer in close – really close – to a moment of focus or exhilaration. “I love the intimacy of these little ones,” said Viejo, sitting at a table in her Medford apartment. Giant canvases are stacked under the bed and packed tightly under a desk, behind the TV. Epic portraits hang on the walls. “The minis are more immediate. When you work on a painting for months, it feels like you never get anywhere.”

The artist’s instant gratification is the collector’s prize. She never thought they would sell, she says, but when she put them up on Etsy, the creative person’s eBay, the diminutive pictures, which fetch $40 to $50, drew attention. Collectors have commissioned her to paint past team members. They caught the eye of a designer, who has enlarged the images for T-shirts. Big Baby (Glen Davis) has been spotted sporting one featuring himself.

Originally from Spain, Viejo spent seven years at a Dublin boarding school before attending Montserrat College of Art. After graduation, she worked at the Baak Gallery in Cambridge and has since had shows in New York and throughout Boston. Her work will be featured later this year in a London show. Her interest has long been collage and portraiture, but getting models to sit costs money.

In 2008, the year Boston won its 17th NBA title, Viejo got caught up in Celtics fever. Watching games, she was gripped by the players’ dramatic expressions, something not often seen in most other pro sports since players’ faces are usually concealed by helmets or brimmed caps. She started doodling.

“The crazier they look, the more fun they are to draw,” she said. “You’ll never see a mini of anyone who looks like they’re staring into a camera. They’re all in their own world.”

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Apr 12, 2011

Alumnus Adam Miller ’00 has been up to some neat stuff in recent years!

>>>Check it out here

>>>Also, click here to watch the most recent video with more of their story – it also shows several alumni that are involved. He also says “We published a few works from Montseratt students and faculty last year.”

Be sure to look up the books and his work!

Apr 12, 2011

Cheryl Polcaro, class of ’99 is currently working from her studio at “Western Avenue Studios” in Lowell, Ma.  The studios have an Open Studios event the first Saturday of every month from 12-5pm.  She would love to have you come to visit her at studio #402!!  Cheryl also has a piece which has been accepted into the upcoming juried exhibit “For the Birds” at The Brush Gallery in Lowell, MA.  This exhibit will have a reception on May 14th from 2-4pm.  The exhibit will be up from May 7th -June 18th.  Cheryl has also launched her artist website:, so please feel free to follow the link and see some of her newest work.

Jennifer Twigg, class of ’07 is an art teacher at Connery Elementary School in Lynn, and also continues to paint murals. She is a resident of Salem.

Mar 28, 2011

Donna Massa-Chappee is an Artist/illustrator who graduated from Montserrat in 1975 majoring in graphic design and illustration. After graduating from Montserrat she joined the prestigious House of Bianchi Inc. Wedding Gown manufacturers while continuing her education at The School of Fashion Design in Boston. She was a successful designer for Bianchi for 15 years until the business was sold. Following a sabbatical, Donna remarried and moved to North Conway, NH in the Mt. Washington Valley to make a new life and raise her daughter Tasha. She has since returned to her roots in the Fine Arts.

Please visit her new website,

Mar 28, 2011

Illustrator and Montserrat Alumna, Heather Rose is having her first solo art exhibit at the Dark World Gallery in Worcester, MA.  Pretty & Twisted‘s opening reception is Saturday, April 2nd from 7 to 10pm, and the art will be up for the whole month of April.

Support Heather and her unique work which ” is inspired partially by the twisted things in the actual world we live in, and partially by the beautiful things in the fantasy world that I wish we lived in.

Mar 10, 2011

The 5th Anniversary Issue of Artscope Magazine features “25 artists that Capture our Imagination.” Included are two Montserrat alums, Scott Holloway ’95 and Evan LaPorte ’00.

Read excerpts of the articles here:

Scott Halloway

Evan Laporte

Mar 9, 2011

Montserrat alumni Justin Bothwell ’05, Peter Brefini ’07Jennifer Twigg ’07, Greg Orfanos ’01, Andrew Houle ’00, and current junior Brett Mason have their unusual, hand-painted chairs on view at the “Artful Chairs” exhibit at Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot St., Beverly, through April 2.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am- 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am-4 pm.

The show opened in late December and was extended by popular demand.

Chairs painted by Justin Bothwell, Brett Mason, Jennifer Twigg, Andrew Houle and Greg Orfanos. Photography by Charles Mulcahey.
Mar 9, 2011

Joshua Baptista ’98
Voltage Coffee and Art Gallery
295 3rd Street, Kendall Square

The show is running March 27 – May 14, with an opening reception Friday, April 1, 7pm-10pm
Visit for more information!

Mar 8, 2011

Designer and artist, Sigrid Olsen ’74 has long been known for her vibrant color, island imagery, and distinctive textile prints. After the close of her fashion line in 2008, Sigrid has re-invented her career by returning to her roots as an artist and taking her feel-good brand into new products and venues. Now, for the first time, her fresh and appealing artwork will be available in Sarasota.

A  love of tropical climates led her to seek a second home for  Sigred Olsen Art, where she could complement the activity of her summer gallery in Gloucester, Massachusetts with a winter location in the sun. She has effortlessly forged an integration of art, wellness and retail in her new life and now she brings her happy outlook to Florida’s gulf coast.

One of the most distinctive aspects of Sigrid’s art gallery is the intimacy she establishes with her customers, engaging in conversation, sharing her upbeat personal philosophy and, best of all, happily creating custom-made paintings, ceramics and prints for all kinds of special occasions. Her signature “Lovebirds” and “Kissing Fish” platters are customer favorites for weddings and showers, complete with hand written inscriptions on the back with the couple’s name. She has a whimsical collection of “alphabets” that can also be personalized. To view her entire line of hand-made items, visit the website

The Sarasota gallery is set to open the week of March 7th with a grand opening reception on Friday, March 11 from 5-8 pm. The public is invited.

ISLA Beach House Boutique
407 S. Pineapple Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236

Feb 7, 2011

Alumna Erin McNeill, Montserrat College of Art Class of 2010, has been hired as a research assistant and photographer by Elizabeth Clement & Associates, Danvers, MA, a fine art appraisal and consulting business. In her new position, Erin will research fine art and antiques for cataloging purposes and will assist the owner with curatorial work. She will be conducting  research on pieces in collections, and in turn writing descriptions of them for catalogs. Erin was a photography major at Montserrat.

Jan 28, 2011

This February, Montserrat Image Librarian and alumna Sally Seamans, aka “Tin Can Sally,” along with 15 other artists of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative in Gloucester, are selling handmade Valentine Cards to benefit a local nonprofit. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to a charity chosen by patrons as they make their valentine purchases. The charity with the most votes wins! The public is invited to attend the 'Local Hearts for Charity' Artists Reception on Feb. 11, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main St., Gloucester, MA. Valentine Cards may be purchased at any time from now through Valentines Day.

For more information, call 978-283-3996, or visit

Jan 24, 2011

Alumna Meredith Turcotte, a painter, who recently completed the Art Education Teaching Practicum -Practicum Seminar at Montserrat College of Art, has accepted a long term substitute teaching position in the Hamilton-Wenham school district. She will be teaching elementary art at Winthrop Elementary School and Bessie Buker Elementary School while the art teacher is on leave.

Alumna Meredith Turcotte
Jan 24, 2011

Chocolate Brings Rich Rewards

Alumna Hallie Baker spends her days among turtles – the chocolate kind. Whether topped with pecans or macadamias, white chocolate or dark, the turtles handcrafted in the kitchens of Turtle Alley have been raved about by all the famous foodies. Baker’s small shops in Gloucester and Salem, Massachusetts,  have caught the attention of Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart, Phantom Gourmet and The Boston Globe, to name a few. According to The Gloucester Times, the authors of the food bible “Road Food” have proclaimed the gooey clusters of chocolate and nuts worthy of driving “100 miles to get to.”  In order to establish Turtle Alley, Baker applied her artistic skills not only to her distinctive product but to the process of securing a loan and writing up a comprehensive business plan. She also had to come up with distinctive taglines and an inviting web site. As it says on the site’s homepage, “Life is short. Sin a little.” To sign up for your “turtle alerts” or simply to enjoy the vicarious pleasures of chocolate, visit

Jan 10, 2011

Alumnus Daniel Hallwood, painter and art teacher, recently completed his art teacher preparation program at Montserrat College of Art. He happily accepted a full time position as an art teacher at the International School of Myanmar, Hlaing Township, Yangon, Myanmar. More information on the school can be found at: The Montserrat community congratulates Daniel Hallwood as he prepares to move to Myanmar this summer of 2011.

Photo: Daniel poses in front of art work made by his students at the Ayers/Ryal Side Elementary School in Beverly during his student teaching experience in the fall semester of 2010. His Supervising Practitioner was Ms. Martha Chapman.

Alumnus Daniel Hallwood
Dec 13, 2010

Every artist knows that images taken out of their normal context can shock us into seeing something new.  Montserrat alum Brad Silk’s new show at the Number 35 Gallery in New York City is designed to do just that.  “re:CONTEXT” is a collection of works by five artists curated by Silk, ‘ 07. The media is varied, complete with videos and collages as well as drawings of blank  documents, such as birth and death certificates that normally plot a human’s arc of existence.  All of the works are designed to rearrange the way we see the world.

The show will be on view Thurs., Dec. 9, – Tues., Jan. 18. Gallery hours are Wednesday  – Sunday, noon – 6pm and by appointment. Please note that the gallery will be open by appointment only Dec. 23 – Jan. 4 for the holidays. For more information, visit or email

Dec 13, 2010

“In this time of a slow turning to the longest night, I feel pulled by media/culture to do more, speed up.  Somehow the slow turning becomes a very fast spin into Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I need the daily reminder to step back, slow down, breathe deeply…stretch….and pray.  Remember what it means to be human in this time of autumn…”
Recent excerpt from Heidi Daub’s blog Golden Apple

Montserrat alumna Heidi Daub’s paintings defy easy classification. Are they landscapes, narratives or a meshing of the two? She combines elements directly taken from the natural world, but also incorporates unexpected surprises. On Thurs., Dec. 9, at 5 pm, Heidi Daub, ’82, will be signing copies of her recently released book of original poetry and paintings, Eve of a New Round, at the Pearson Legacy Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine. On Sat., Dec. 11, from 10 am – 1 pm, at The Bay School in Blue Hill, Maine, Daub’s paintings will be featured in a show and sale with live music and refreshments.

Daub is also showing a selection of her paintings on paper and panel at the Lifeworks Chiropractic Center in Falmouth, Maine, through February 2011. Many of the 28 works are from her recent series “To Hear the Forest Speaking,” and can also be viewed on her website A resident of Maine, Daub has exhibited widely throughout New England for the past 25 years. For more information, contact

Nov 15, 2010

Alumna Bea Modisett '07 was unanimously voted in as an Associate Member at the Kingston Gallery at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston. Their website, will be updated with new members by the end of the month. Bea is also having her first solo exhibition titled "Tourist" at Gallery-E in Allston, 20 Rugg Road #2G, Nov. 19-Dec. 24. The opening reception is Nov.19 at 6:00 pm. Bea is also participating artist in a new Boston based project called Boston ARTchives, modeled around community supported agriculture and community supported arts. The website is

Stitches, Charcoal and Pastel 32 x 32, 2009
Nov 12, 2010

Don’t miss the opening reception for the new exhibit “World Views,” Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at 5 p.m.  The exhibit, on display at Lucy’s Art Emporium, 303 Central Ave., Dover, N.H., is a collection of paintings and photos from around the globe. Lucy’s Art Emporium is owned by Montserrat alumna Daisy Adams Ellard ’02. For more information, visit

Oct 22, 2010

Naples Daily News
Lois Bolin

NBYH will launch its first of a series of fine art photography exhibits, honoring local history and nature, with fine art photographer, Brian Call. Mr. Call’s tribute to the “Everglades Beauty and Bounty” will be hosted at 436 Bayfront Place on Friday, October 22, 2010 with a private reception for patrons from both NBYH and Friends of the Fakatachee Strand State Preserve.

Brian Call is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art, where he studied fine arts and graduated in 1985 with a major in Illustration and a minor in Graphic Design. Through the use of composition and light his images capture a sense of intimacy and wonder, while reflecting his passion and devotion to protecting the natural environment. In recent years his photography has expanded to include documenting Florida's historical places, such as Stiltsville in Biscayne Bay.

His work is repeatedly described as having a unique vision in style and content as well as employing a masterful execution of his craft. Brian recently completed an Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate at Cutler where he had chronicled Florida's past through a series of fine art photo exhibits - "Wilderness," "Bay Side," and his final exhibit "Endangered" - that all detail the beauty and peril of Florida's rich flora, fauna, and architecture.

Brian has been exhibiting his work in both solo and group exhibitions in Florida and Massachusetts where his work is collected both nationally and internationally.

Some of his credits include Nature's Best Magazine, National Wildlife, National Parks Magazine, PBS, Nature Photographer, Miami Monthly, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Deering Estate at Cutler. (

Oct 22, 2010

Montserrat alumnus and Worcester artist Gerald Bellmore has painted a mural in downtown Worcester that will “surely catch your eye. Not only is it right next to the Hanover Theatre, but it’s also bringing color and life to the empty storefront it appears on.” (Worcester Magazine)

Gerald was also featured in the magazine’s “Two Minutes With…” interview section.

Click here to see more, and be sure to read the interview, too!

Photo by Brittany Durgin
Oct 9, 2010

Paintings and sculptures by Meredith Turcotte are on exhibit at the Cutler School Lobby Art Gallery through the end of October, 2010.

Meredith Turcotte,  a graduate of Montserrat College of Art, is completing her Art Education Certification as a student teacher at Cutler School, where young artists have the opportunity to learn from the artist who created the works on display. Growing up in a rural area, Meredith spent a great deal of her youth playing in neighboring woods and rivers.  This love for nature is evident in her work.  Her new landscapes are small recorded histories of a particular moment experienced while walking her dog in the woods, taking a swim, or canoeing down a river.

These real life experiences have translated themselves into her more abstract pieces or “earth studies.”  At times her landscapes simply echo the organic formations seen in nature, leaving the viewer questioning what it is they are looking at. These organic shapes are found everywhere; from the beautiful air bubbles forming under an icy pond to the intricate patterning of the Crab Nebula, to the nucleus of a cell.  It is her theory that we are drawn to these organic patterns and designs because they are all around and within us.  They are what visually connect people to all other life; plant or animal. Subsequently, these connections with the world around us make us human.

The gallery, located at 237 Asbury Street in S. Hamilton is open 8am – 4pm on school days.

"Universal Landscape Study" mixed media on wood panel, 12" x 12", 2009
Oct 4, 2010

Alumna Sharon Love Cook ’83, had a book launch of her new mystery novel, A Nose for Hanky Panky, by Mainly Murder Press, at the Beverly Farms Library. Every copy was sold! The setting of the book is Granite Cove, based on Cape Ann where she grew up and now has a studio. The book is available at The Book Shop in Beverly Farms as well as, etc. Cook also illustrated the cover. She also holds a Master’s Degree from Bennington College, VT.

Oct 4, 2010

Alumna Heidi Daub ’82 will be included in an exhibit and sale on  October 9 – 10  from 2-5 pm at Laura Balombini's house and studio, 44 Mattson Lane, Blue Hill, Maine.

"House of Sun" acrylic on paper, 28x23, Heidi Daub 2010
Sep 29, 2010

Alumna Sarah Dineen (’97) will host an Open Studio in her new studio on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 5-9 pm at 12  Independence  Way,  Brewster,  MA. The evening will include art, music and refreshments. Contact her at, and 508.237.5096

"Dormant", acrylic on canvas 72” x 48”
Aug 31, 2010

Stephanie Goode and Carolyn Hulbert (Montserrat College of Art Class of 2007) co-produced “25 Emerging Boston Artists 2010,’’ a coffee-table book that is made to order.

The Boston Globe
Aug. 28, 2010
By Cate McQuaid, Globe Correspondent
Read the article on

Stephanie Goode (left) and Carolyn Hulbert '07 (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
Aug 26, 2010

The work of the late Frances Ferro Carreiro, (’01) will be on exhibit Sept. 1-29th at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 9 from 5-8 pm. The public is invited.

The exhibition is being produced by her husband, Nicholas, of Gloucester and her granddaughter, Kim Arntsen of Manchester-by-the-Sea.

A scholarship in Mrs. Carreiro’s name is awarded each year during Montserrat’s annual Open House celebration.

Carreiro’s colorful, whimsical work won many awards and she exhibited widely on the North Shore prior to her death at age 79.

Aug 4, 2010

Salem News
July 31, 2010
Unexpected art transforms unlikely downtown objects
By Stacie N. Galang Staff Writer

SALEM — The work of Greg Orfanos has migrated to an unexpected canvas.

As part of a movement to create public art around the city, the Beverly artist is transforming a silver utility box and a smaller sprinkler box outside the Gulu-Gulu Cafe.

“It’s not something I’m used to,” said Orfanos, who typically works in the studio. “It’s definitely a challenge.”

Downtown resident David Pelletier had seen examples of public art in places as diverse as Adelaide, Australia, and Stamford, Conn., and pitched the idea to Mayor Kim Driscoll.

“It’s nice that the mayor supported it,” Pelletier said. “If we can get eight or 10 in the next year or two, that would be kind of cool.”

In Salem, Orfanos may best be known for his art of the Gulu-Gulu mascots “Charlie Gulu,” “Jack Gulu” and “Max Gulu.”

“Basically, when we decided to do this project, he was the first guy I thought of,” Gulu-Gulu Cafe owner Steve Feldman said of Orfanos. “I really like his style. It’s quirky and whimsical and really kind of cool.”

Feldman agreed to pay $500 for the artist’s materials with the hope that others would be inspired by the idea. The cafe owner and artist took a mockup of the idea to the Salem Redevelopment Authority for approval.

Pelletier especially likes the idea of unexpected art.

“It seems to be pretty popular,” he said. “People walk by, and it puts a smile on their face.”

Walkers along Essex Street will see the larger utility box as a scene from Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” from his book “Through the Looking Glass.” Orfanos created a subtle collage around the piece using clippings from The Salem News and painted a stylized scene with the poem’s characters on stage.

The smaller piece also uses collage, and the artist made over the sprinkler box into a kind of circus pull-car with sundry colorful creatures.

When they’re both completed, the paintings will have taken Orfanos about two full weeks of work, he said.

His work will serve as a prototype for future pieces, Pelletier said.

“We hope to expand this to other boxes,” he said. “Hopefully, we can draw from the regional art colleges.”

Jul 13, 2010

Artist Reception with alumna
Amy Ruiter Adamowicz ’02

Thursday, July 29, 2010

5:00pm – 7:00pm

89 South Street Suite 101
Boston MA 02111

Amy Ruiter Adamowicz '02
Jul 12, 2010

Familiar scenes painted by Gretchen Hatfield and Daisy Adams ’02

Lucy’s Art Emporium, LLC

303 Central Ave, 
Dover, NH 03820

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"Harvey's Bakery" by Daisy Adams, acrylic on paper, 7" x 5"
Jul 12, 2010

Alumnus Richard Pawluk '81 is "excited and honored to have been the first artist chosen to display my paintings for the newly constructed Mashpee Public Library. The thought of my work being on display in the same room with words of our world’s greatest minds is quite humbling. My “South Cape” and “Marshbirds” series will be showing at the library through July."

Flying Hawk 2, Richard Pawlak '81
Jun 16, 2010

The Beverly Arts Festival is proud to announce a new feature to its celebration of art and culture. This year, The Writers Studio on Cabot Street, hosted by Montserrat College of Art, will feature events throughout the day to support and celebrate the writing community in Beverly.  With events scheduled every hour for children and adults, there’s something for everyone.

Date and Time: Saturday, June 19th, 2010 10am – 4pm

Location: Montserrat College of Art Academic Classroom, 238 Cabot Street

10 a.m. Tony Toledo‘s joining-in tales for the whole family. Beverly storyteller Tony Toledo is 52 years old but reads at a 63-year-old level.

10:30 a.m.  “Poetry Rocks!” Stop by the Writers Studio for a poetry-building activity that’s fun for all ages.

11 a.m. Reading & Workshop with Children’s Book Author Erin Dionne. Montserrat Faculty member Erin Dionne will read from her new novel, THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET and run a writing workshop for kids and adults, ages 8 and up.

Noon Videos – Screenings of short films made by local artists.

1 p.m.  Sean Devlin, playwright, novelist, community organizer, and founder of Beverly’s Trashfinders’ Ball will be reading from his newest work in progress.

1:30 p.m. Beverly writer and Montserrat faculty member Dawn Paul will read from and discuss her new novel, The Country of Loneliness. In the novel, Paul imagines the boyhood and youth of her father, a silent and troubled war veteran whose early death deprived them both of any chance for understanding. The novel richly portrays a time, the early 1930s, and characters shaped by the events of that time, the Great Depression and the years leading to World War II.

2 p.m. Poetry Reading featuring Kevin Carey, Jennifer Jean, Montserrat Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels, Jan O’Neil and J.D. Scrimgeour

3 p.m. Student Poetry Showcase: Erik Lomen, Amy Moore, Grant Archer, Shari Caplan, and Steph DeOrio, members of the creative writing programs at Montserrat and Salem State.

3: 30 p.m. Open Mic with Judith Shimer and her Ukulele.  Join in! Contact Colleen Michaels at to sign up.

Stop by anytime during the day to check out video installations from members of the Salem Writers Group and paintings by Montserrat alumnus, Erik Lomen ’10.

Please visit Art Throb for more information on the Writers Studio.

January O'Neill, Colleen Michaels, and Erik Lomen in front of Lomen's mural of Gloucester's late poet Vincent Ferrini. Courtesy photo
Jun 11, 2010

The Art of Alumnus Greg Orfanos ’01

Jun 9, 2010

Montserrat College of Art Photography Alumna Dani Shirtcliff ’09 is traveling cross-country documenting a Guinness Book of World Records attempt by a local wheelchair bound Lynn man, Matt Eddy, whose goal is to make the shortest possible trip by wheelchair from Boston to California, and on the way collect $1 from one million people. She is being assisted by videographer Jay Duchin.

Matt Eddy and friends left Red Rock Beach in Lynn on June 5 and expect to be in California soon.

Matt’s place, which was founded by Matt Eddy and will be a beneficiary of funds raised on the trip, is a non-profit organization that helps people with severe physical disabilities, yet who are intellectually capable, live independently in the community. Matt has muscular dystrophy, breathes with a ventilator and is only able to move two fingers.

Matt’s Place provides housing, caregiver training and scheduling, community education and awareness. Currently there are millions of non-elderly adults living in nursing homes and chronic care institutions because there is a severe shortage of affordable, accessible housing. Enabling people with severe physical disabilities to live independently within their community not only provides a better quality of life for the disabled, but also saves tax payers 2/3 of the cost of institutionalized care which can exceed $1million per year per person.

You can watch their trip through this link

May 25, 2010

Margaurita Spear, a recent Montserrat College of Art graduate, has been guiding students to create Christian themed works of art to be displayed at the second annual Sared Art Show at the Holy Family Church in Lynn, MA. The event will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 23 following each Mass.

" It's a church, not a museum, but the lower hall is brimming with artwork.

According to the Rev. Gregory Mercurio, the church pastor, the show includes everything from stained glass designs to a life sized paper mache Jesus.

All works of art will be on display in the lower church hall after the 9a.m. and 11a.m. Masses.

The Jesus statue is a life-sized depiction of the Third Station of the Cross, created by students from the current Confirmation class.

"This life-sized Jesus was displayed on the church's altar during Easter," Mercurio added. " The fruits of the students' creative efforts show a passion for their beliefs as well as an abundance of talent in drawing, painting and sculpture."

May 25, 2010

A group of Bre Mahoney's 7th and 8th grade students will be presenting their work at the Adobe Youth Voices final event at the ICA in Boston on Thursday, May 27th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Bre Mahoney, who completed the Art Education Licensure Program at Montserrat in 2006, is the art teacher at the Ferryway School in Malden, MA. Bre would love to see guests from Montserrat at this event.

" We have worked extremely hard all year on these projects and I can't wait to celebrate! Maybe you can join us!"

If you are not able to attend, check out their work at

Adobe Youth Voices aims to empower youth in underserved communities around the globe with real-world experiences and 21st century tools to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential, and take action in their communities.

Launched in June 2006, Adobe Youth Voices is Adobe Foundation's global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities ad the world at large.

May 19, 2010

Juleen Jones, '98, artist and decorative painter, will participate in Beacon Hill Art Walk 2010, on June 6 noon - 6pm rain or shine.

She was a first place winner in this prestigious event in 2008.

Juleen currently operates a custom painting business, "The Artiist Touch". Her business allows her to explore various styles, tools and methods. combining her background in painting, Juleen's knowledge of color and composition and texture adds to her success.

"Floral Expressions"
May 18, 2010

Richard Pawlak will have a solo show at Woodruff's Art Center in Mashpee, MA, May 29 - June 29, 2010. The reception will be held on Saturday, June 5 from 6-8 PM. He will be introducing a new series: " South Cape Escapes 2010 " along with new additions of " Marshbirds " and several new works on paper.

Four pieces of his "Black and Blue" series will be showing at the Chelsea City Cafe during the month of June as part of the 2010 Chelsea Art Walk celebration.


Image from "South Cape Escapes 2010" series
May 18, 2010

Creature Feature III Smallworks Show and Sale at The Grand Theatre in Downtown Ellsworth, ME. The show will be up for viewing in The Grand Lobby May 1st through May 21st.  Artists' reception and sale May 21st 3-7pm.

This annual sale and show features work by 5 nationally known local artists: Rebekah Raye of Blue Hill, Suzan Scribner-Reed of Winterport, Laura Balombini of Blue Hill, Heidi Daub of Blue Hill and Christina Heiniger of Lamoine.  This is a very special and unique opportunity to purchase small paintings by these 5 artists at affordable prices. 10% of sales will be donated to The Grand Theatre of Ellsworth.

The reception and sale will feature refreshments, digital prints, cards, book signings by Rebekah Raye and other special surprises. Those wishing to prepurchase work and pick it up at the sale may do so by contacting the individual artist(s).

For info call 664-2404, 667-9500 or visit

Websites of Participating Artists:

Heidi Daub

Rebekah Raye

Suzan Scribner-Reed

Laura Balombini

Christina Heiniger

May 14, 2010

John Joseph Hanright, Class of 97 just launched his new website!

May 7, 2010

Alumnus Kevin Kremler, class of 2001, is working on his MFA at University of Nevada, Reno.

Mar 30, 2010

Josh Wiles, (Printmaking and Art Education) is currently a New York Teaching Fellow. Josh was accepted and started this competitive program in the summer of 2008.  The program's main goal is to prepare all of its fellows to be ready to handle the diverse educational environments of the five New York boroughs.

Each fellow must choose a concentration from the following: special education, math, science, or English as a second language (ESL. In addition, each candidate must also choose which borough in which s/he would like to teach. Josh chose to teach special education in Brooklyn. Josh who was assigned to the PS721k Roy Campenella Occupational Training Center, states, "The first year I spent at the school, I taught in a classroom for children with multiple disabilities. Half of my group was in wheelchairs and many of my students were medially fragile". This year Josh, an avid and competitive cyclist piloted a unique program teaching students with moderate mental retardation how to maintain and fix bicycles.

Josh also teaches in district 75, which is not based on geography, but is citywide. Its students all go to self-contained schools throughout the city. The reason for this particular program is to better meet the individual needs, which cannot be met in a general education classroom or resource center. Josh will graduate with a graduate degree in special education.

Jan 12, 2010

Alumna Setheyny Pen ’05 invites the Montserrat community to an art event that she is putting together in Lowell at the 119 Gallery called "Blender." It's a party/mixer event with music, light refreshments and other distractions. It's meant for artists, art educators and art lovers in general to meet, connect and get involved with one another.  The event will take place Friday, January 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, MA 01851. "You are a work of art." Dress as you see fit.

Dec 15, 2009

Admissions counselor and alumna Bea Modisett ’07 was recently accepted into a five week residency program at the Hambidge Center  in Rabun Gap, Georgia.  The program hosts only eight artists and writers at any given time. Each artist is provided with a private cottage/studio  to live and work in with a  focus on nature and solitude. While gone, Bea will be updating her blog regularly.

Dec 9, 2009

The art work of Montserrat alumnus Justin Bothwell ‘05 is on view in the gallery lobby of the Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot Street, Beverly now through Monday, Jan. 18, 2010.

Nov 24, 2009

Since graduating Montserrat in 1999, Jeff Lipsky has made some exciting accomplishments. They include:
- International exhibitions in France and Portugal.  (2007)
- Private and public exhibits throughout the US (2002-present)
- Featured artist and speaker for 2009 Boston Cyberarts.
- He opened up his own art gallery in 2007, CounterpART, in Lowell MA.
- He started one of the first of its kind virtual art internship program with Montserrat in 2008.
- His art has been collected and commissioned by major corporations and private collectors from around the world including IBM, New Media Consortium, Bild-T Online and others.
- His work has been on the cover of magazines, books and he has been featured in The Boston Globe twice, the Lowell Sun twice, and once in the Improper Bostonian
- He has become a contributing writer for Art Calendar Magazine.
- He has lectured at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Montserrat, and Hofstra University.
-In March 2009 a six-page feature story on Lipsky and his art ran in the New York Times Magazine.
-He has been featured on,, the Brooklyn Rail, The Artworld Market Report, and many other websites and blogs.

Oct 27, 2009

On Friday, November 6, 2009, the Galatea Gallery at 460B Harrison Avenue in Boston will have its first opening reception for its members from 6 - 8 p.m. Work by Associate Member Sean Palmatier ’07 will be included. There will be refreshments, music and a wide variety of contemporary art. The show runs November 4 -28 and all are welcome. .

For additional information on upcoming exhibitions please visit:  

Galatea Gallery opening reception invitation.
Sep 23, 2009

The monoprint entitled “Chalice” by Elaine Insero ’92 will be on exhibit with the Monotype Guild of New England’s national juried show entitled Unlimited Visions: One of a Kind Print at the New Center for the Arts at Endicott College. Exhibit dates are October 16 – December 22, 2009. The Opening reception will be Thursday, 29th 5 – 7 p.m. “Chalice” was one of 34 works selected from over 200 entries. The juror was Dwight Pogue, Professor of Art, Smith College, Northampton, MA. He is the Founder/Director of the Smith College Print Workshop, which brings noted artists and master printers to Smith to collaborate in producing limited edition prints and his work has been in numerous national and international juried exhibitions.

Elaine Insero, Chalice, monoprint, 14"H x 16"W
Sep 16, 2009

Mark Alexander 1977, founder of The Mortal Beasts & Deities, a flexible troupe offering many facets of fun like puppet stage shows, stilt dancers, caricatures, and custom characters with enormous potential to spice up any event, is coming to New England. To check out all the shows scheduled in New York and New England this fall, visit Troupe Movements. To see a smidgen about what they do, visit the Mortal Beasts and Deities!

Upcoming Dates:

  • September 20, 2009: The Flock of Doves spend the afternoon soaring over Millbrook Meadow on Peace Day with residents of Cape Ann and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockport, in Rockport, Massachusetts
  • September 20, 2009: A trio of outrageous stilt dancers dance into the night with the Boston Circus Guild and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, at Oberon, the American Repertory Theater, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • October 11, 2009: A quirky quad of hootin n hollerin Stilt Dancers will carouse with Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band and Madcap Rumpus Society at HONK!FEST from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    For more information, contact:
    Mark Alexander, Falls Village, CT
    860 806 2165
Sep 9, 2009

Catalina Viejo ‘05 will participate in the 7th Annual Boston Arts Festival at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park this weekend Sept. 11th - 13th. Viejo and 66 other participating artists will be set up in tents with recent work on display. In addition to the visual artists, there will also be a full line up of entertainment on two stages including the Boston Ballet, Opera Boston, BalletRox, Grace Kelly, Ultrasonic Rock Opera and a special opening night performance by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. For more information visit

Sep 9, 2009

All Montserrat alumni are welcome to attend "Selling your Art: How to rise above the 'starving artist' stereotype and avoid living in your parents’ basement!" This presentation, organized by Montserrat Career Services, will be led by Robin Samiljan, professional artist, on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 11:15 a.m. in the Hardie Building, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, Room 201.

Sep 9, 2009

The Centennial Gallery at The Musculoskeletal Center in Peabody, MA, is currently featuring autobiographical fiction work by Marcia Hermann 1983 and Steve Negron.  A closing reception will take place on Friday, September 25, 2009 from 5: 11 – 6:57 p.m.  The Centennial Gallery is located at 4 Centennial Drive, Peabody, MA, and is open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. For more information visit:

Aug 28, 2009

Adam Miller and Josh Morrissette are proud to present their new exhibition entitled "Pockets of Change" at Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street in downtown Beverly.  The artist reception will take place on Friday, September 4th, from 5:30-8 p.m. and the show runs from September 1st - October 10th, 2009.  It will be their largest and most diverse show to date, and the biggest show they have had together. Food and refreshments will be served. For more information on Adam Miller visit or

Aug 27, 2009

Montserrat alumni Eben Kling, Adam Kology and Katherine Romansky, have organized Papergirl Northampton, a locally based, self funded, nonprofit project modeled after the Papergirl project originally organized by Aisha Ronniger in Berlin Germany. The objective of the project is to hold an open call for original works of art on paper that are to be displayed in several downtown Northampton locations. The work is donated for free with the understanding on behalf of the artists that their work will be given away for free to complete strangers. Kling, Kology, and Romansky, new residents of Northampton, MA, each feel that Papergirl was a much needed project for the city. Papergirl has had an overwhelming reception from the community to the effect that Papergirl Northampton is to become an annual event. For more information visit: Many Montserrat alumni and faculty members have submitted work to Papergirl Northampton.  For the most updated catalog of submitted art work visit

"Lately I've Been Holding Back a Few," by Katherine Romansky, Marker and Pen on Paper, 7" x 10"
Aug 19, 2009

Andrew and Theresa Sinclair, both from the class of 2002, had a baby girl this April. Her name is Rowan Gaele Sinclair.

Rowan Gaele Sinclair.
Jun 16, 2009

Landscape and still life paintings by Bill Fusco ‘07 will be featured in a new show at the Central Street Gallery, a co-op of 13 Cape Ann artists located at 11 Central St., in Manchester-By-The-Sea. Fusco is a founding member of the gallery. The gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 12 noon to 6 p.m., or other times by appointment. Anyone seeking more information may call (978) 526-7650, or visit

Jun 14, 2009

Beginning July 7th Sarah Milton ‘03 will have a solo art exhibit in NYC at the Bowery Gallery entitled Abstract Reality in Color. Selected as the Bowery Gallery’s 2009 INVITATIONAL artist, LL Milton draws inspiration from her ever-changing environment, using layers of vibrant colors and expressive mark-making to build visual histories on canvas.  Exhibit dates are July 7 – July 25, 2009, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 9, 2009 from 5 – 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Bowery Gallery is located at 530 West 25th Street, 4th Floor, NYC, (646) 230 – 6655.   View Milton's website here

Jun 14, 2009

Several collages by Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda '05 were accepted into the "Tufts Sixth Annual Juried Competition." The show was juried by Amy Schlegel and will be up all summer at the Tufts University Art Gallery.

Jun 3, 2009

Neil Wilkins '97 is having a one person show at Washington Mills Lofts in Lawrence, MA, through July 31, 2009. The reception will be held on June 5.

May 26, 2009

Christopher Eastwood, '09 and Anthony Palocci, ‘09 will be part of a group show at the 119 Gallery in Lowell, MA. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, June 18, 2009, at 6 p.m. The gallery is located at 119 Chelmsford Street in Lowell, MA. For more information call 978-452-8138 or visit

May 21, 2009

Work by Michael Sampson, '93, will be featured at the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. It's a juried group exhibition that will run from July 26 - October 4, 2009. The gallery's website is Sampson will also participate in the "60 in 60" event at the Everson Museum of Syracuse, NY. Sixty area artists will create and finish original works of art in 60 minutes outside of the museum and the works will be auctioned off at the end of the night. The event takes place on June 19, 2009, at the Everson Museum from 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Apr 22, 2009

Photography by Nate Coons, '05, BFA, will be featured in Between Places: A Landscape Photography Show at Singer Editions Gallery, 300 Summer Street, Boston, MA. The show was curated by Jerry Russo and runs May 28 - September 1, 2009. Reception: Friday, June 5, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Apr 14, 2009

Montserrat Trustee and Alumna Janice Colby ’94 and Alumna's Susan Guest McPhail ’84 and Susan Otis (OTISREIN) ‘91 , will be in group exhibition The Fine Art of Creative Placement at Circle Furniture May 1-14, 2009. Circle Furniture is proud to host ten diverse North Shore artists for this springtime community event. All artwork will be on sale the night of the opening and purchases will be made directly through the artists in attendance.  

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 6: - 8 p.m. at Circle Furniture, 75 Newbury Street, Danvers, MA.

Feb 25, 2009

Kathleen Gerdon-Archer ‘03 received a Juror's award from Arthur Dion, owner and director of Gallery NAGA, for a photo she entered in a February show at The Cambridge Arts Association. The show is called "Point of View." Kathleen also has a piece in the February Members show "Passages” at The Copley Society of Art in Boston which will run through February 28th. The Copley show was juried by Rob Roy, chair of Painting and Drawing at Montserrat.

Feb 25, 2009

Recent photos by David Schoerner '07 will be included in the group show 21 Dreams curated by Melissa Jones and Gallery on Old Bailey in Hong Kong. The exhibit will feature a series of photography and collage works from the New York based art collective Dream The End from March 18 to April 8, 2009. Dream The End was established in 2008 by Hong Kong native Melissa Jones to provide a new avenue for exciting young artists to showcase their work.

Feb 17, 2009

Lillian Harden ’08 will have a solo show in 119 Gallery in Lowell, MA from Feb. 17 – March 14, 2009. A reception will be held on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The exhibit will be an installation titled The Space Between the Peak and the Pit: Incarnate Two, which will include some elements from her senior thesis show along with new work.

Contact the gallery at


Dec 4, 2008

Montserrat Trustee and Alumna Janice Colby ’94 will be in a group Christmas exhibition of  Fine Art at ARA gallery 300 Main St. S. Hamilton, MA (located behind Talbot's, next to yellow building's. )

Opening Thursday December 4th 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Gallery hrs Thurs., Fri., Sat. 1:00- 4:pm

Dec 1, 2008

Sarah Dineen '97 will be exhibiting recent work in a solo show on Cape Cod.

Large-scale paintings from the ongoing series Breaking Through
Dec. 1 - Dec. 31, 2008
opening reception Friday Dec. 5, 6:30-9pm

Guyer Barn Gallery
250 South Street
Hyannis, MA
For more information please visit


Nov 25, 2008

Susan Cottle ‘92 will be included in a group exhibition in SoHo:
Color Key

A Selection of Paintings in Which Color Unlocks Meaning
Nov 25 - Dec 20, 2008,
Opening Reception Dec 4, 6-8 pm

The Painting Center
53 Greene Street
New York, NY

Oct 9, 2008

Recent animations and a selection of paintings from 2003 to 2007 by Peter Mack '03 are featured in Non Sequiturs, at the Middle River Gallery in Stafford Springs, CT, from October 18th to December 6th.  For information, visit

In other news, Peter and Rhea Sloan '04 were married on June 7th 2008 in Iowa City, Iowa.



Oct 9, 2008

Work by Greg Orfanos '01 appears in The Gallery Della-Piana, 152-R Main St, Rt. 1-A, Wenham, MA, from October 10, through November 4, Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at other times by appointment.  An opening reception will be held Friday, October 10th, from 5:00 to7:00 p.m. Contact Elissa Della-Piana at 978-468-1944.


Oct 9, 2008

Steve Grobis '08 and David Hyland '08, together with Andrea Panaro are featured in Spatial Relations, which runs through Oct. 25 at the ArtSpace in Northern Essex Community College's Bentley Library at 100 Elliott St., Haverhill.

Spatial Relations includes sculpture, painting, printmaking and photography. Panaro, an alumna of Northern Essex who lives and works in Merrimac, is a mixed-media artist whose work deals mainly with abstraction. Grobis, who has a studio in Merrimac, uses found domestic objects that are re-configured into new contexts. Hyland works with objects in the landscape in his large-scale photographs.

An artists' reception takes place tonight from 5 to 7. The exhibit may be viewed Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  ArtSpace at Northern Essex serves local and emerging artists. Visit for more.



Sep 25, 2008

October at the ArtSpace will feature the work of three 2008 graduates of Montserrat College of Art: Andrea Panaro, Steve Grobis and David Hyland, beginning Sept 27, through October 25, 2008. This show is free and open to the public. Contact:
ArtSpace @ Bentley Library -

Sep 22, 2008

Unleashed, signed and numbered limited edition prints on canvas by artist/sculptor Marcie Ziv '98, are available at Gallery Ziv. For more information call 305-774-6006, or e-mail

Sep 15, 2008

Paintings and Collages, an exhibition of recent works by Heidi D’Entremont '02, runs through Sunday, Oct.ober 12 in the East Wing Gallery, Raymond LaFontaine Fine Arts Center at Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner.  An artist’s reception will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 26 in the gallery.

Ms. D’Entremont’s work has been exhibited throughout Massachusetts, including the Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge; the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly; the Kingston Gallery in Boston; A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton; Levi Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner and Mount Wachusett Community College.  For more information, call (978) 630-9547.

Sep 15, 2008

Carrie Green '07 is featured in an exhibtion at Gaga Gallery, 459 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, which runs through October 5.  For information call 781-598-9683.

Sep 15, 2008

Work by Alyssa Waters '07 is featured at the Bevtown Gallery, 197 Cabot St., Beverly, from September 2 through September 20.   Hours: Tue.-Thur. 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Fri. 12:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sat., 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Call 978.473.6010.  Visit and preview some of her new pieces at


Sep 9, 2008

During September, T.J. Dort '01 and Joe Haley '00 are showing some of their work from their comic, "The Underburbs" at the Bloc 11 Cafe on Union Square in Somerville.  Opening reception is Monday, September 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., where books will be on sale.  In addition, underburbs #6 will be hitting comic store shelves soon. The books (including #4 and #5) will be available at

Sep 9, 2008

Andrea Panaro '08 is showing her paintings and printmaking at Fowle's on State Street in Newburyport through September 25.  Her show can be viewed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Panaro, who is passionate about art and the environment, has spent her summer interning with the Green Artists League, a locally based group that raises eco-awareness through art (  Ranging from the figurative to abstract, Panaro's work is inspired by nature and metamorphosis. She says her pieces are designed to feel as though they are shifting, changing and growing.



Sep 4, 2008

Work by John Wiltshire '08 appears in the juried show, Monsters, from October 1 through November 3 at Ello Gallery in Portsmouth, NH, with an opening reception Friday, October 3.  The group show explores everything from classical film-style horror monsters to the darker sides of nature and/or humanity (everyone generally can name a human they think is a monster). Visit

Sep 4, 2008

Recent paintings by Joyce Bartlett '87 are on view at the Ballroom Gallery, King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA, from September 6 to 28, with an opening reception September 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The exhibition, titled Element One: Water, is being held through the Marblehead Arts Association.

Sep 4, 2008

Work by Elaine Insero '92 was chosen to be exhibited in the Monotype Guild of New England’s First National Show .  Her mixed media artwork Come Fly with Me will be on exhibt at the Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro MA, from Saturday September 6 through Friday October 3, with an opening reception Saturday, September 13 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. More than 850 images were submitted by 298 artists, with 127 pieces selected by juror April Gallant. Insero was also one of 18 artists with several works included in an earlier exhibit, Black and White, at the South Canal International Business Center, Lawrence MA, in February 2008.





Come Fly with Me, by Elaine Insero
Sep 2, 2008

Eleven Montserrat Alumni and one current student are among the thirty-five exhibitors at the Gallery Della-Piana in Wenham, "Little Gems"  through September 4th. The exhibit's call for entries parameters of small-size and affordable price brought a wide variety of works in photography, painting media, 3-D collage, casting, printmaking, and drawing. Points of view vary from realism, romanticism, and humor to abstraction and non-objective images.  The eclectic exhibit also displays vintage pieces from 19th century and mid-twentieth century.

Alumni include - Cheryl (Firth) Polcaro '99, Greg Orfanos '01, Audi Lane '00, Andy Houle '00, Harper Della-Piana '85, Alyssa Watters '07, Laura Morin '08, Emily Pardoe '07, David Voight '06, Chelsea Sams '08, and David Hyland '08.  Current student Sarah Whitling is exhibiting her photos and working this summer as the Gallery's intern. Also featured are Montserrat faculty Caroline Bagenal, Fred Lynch, and Elissa Della-Piana - the Gallery's Director.

Aug 12, 2008

The Distinct Artwork of Dave Ferreira '98 & Chris White '02 is on view from August 8 through September 30 at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem, MA. For more information, visit and the artists' sites: (Dave) and (Chris).

Jul 30, 2008

A piece by Cheryl (Firth) Polcaro '99 was recently accepted into the show, Mementos of Celebration, held July 12 through August 3 at the Old Town Hall, Derby Square, Salem, MA.


Jul 30, 2008

Gail Boucher'02 writes that she has been exhibiting since graduation and teaching the Japanese style of Gytaku fish printing at the Newburyport Art Association. She will be presenting a workshop on October 5th called "Real Fish Printmaking." Visit and .

Jul 30, 2008

Rachel Reed '06 is now employed by Merrymeeting Center for Child Development (MCCD) in  Maine. MCCD is a not-for-profit, innovative public/private partnership formed to meet the academic, care and treatment needs of children with autism spectrum disorders using applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Rachel loves this position where she is working with children with special needs.


Jul 29, 2008

Sara Liberte '97 was featured in the July 24 Harrisburg, PA, Patriot-News in an article about her work as an author, photographer, motorcycle shop owner and teacher of seminars on motorcycle maintenance. The owner of Pittsburgh's North Hills Cycles, the 33-year-old started in January as a way for women to learn how to maintain their own motorcycles."I found there were a lot of other women who want this information but are not comfortable asking guys," Liberte said. Without advertising, the site gets 25 new subscribers each day.  "I bought a Harley in college and learned how to work on it," she said. In 2006, she wrote "How to Repair and Maintain American V-Twin Motorcycles" and discovered a somewhat ignored segment of motorcycle owners.

Jul 15, 2008

Brendan Cornwell '01 wrote and illustrated Aesop in Goudy, a children's book recently published by Blue Tree in Portsmouth, NH. "In this new collection, Brendan Cornwell uses letters and numbers to re-invent thirty-one of these well known and loved fables for today's children. An exploration of some of the most beloved Aesop's tales and the beauty of Brendan Cornwell's illustrations will encourage readers to discover each fable with new enthusiasm."

Aesop in Goudy
Jul 14, 2008

Letters to You, an exhibition by Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda '05, was on display at mimi, 26 Market Street, Ipswich, MA, from June 29 through July 27. The exhibition consisted of her series of letter collages in which literal words, letters and paragraphs are replaced with shapes of color, proving that literal words are not necessary in order to express an idea or feeling.


Letter to an Artist, Collage on Paper
Jun 26, 2008

Nichelle Whalen '04 has opened Bevtown Gallery, a new space at 197 Cabot Street, Beverly (the former Seams space). Featured paintings will be abstract acrylics by Sam Donahoe and and abstract oils by Shawn Salinger.  The show, which will run through August 27, had its opening reception on July 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

"I’ve been working at Walgreens for nine years to supplement my art, and all of the sudden to go from counting shampoo to opening my own gallery...I’m excited and terrified," Nichelle says.

Jun 26, 2008

Nichelle Whalen '04 has opened Bevtown Gallery, a new space at 197 Cabot Street, Beverly (the former Seams space). Featured paintings will be abstract acrylics by Sam Donahoe and and abstract oils by Shawn Salinger.  The show, which will run through August 27, had its opening reception on July 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

"I’ve been working at Walgreens for nine years to supplement my art, and all of the sudden to go from counting shampoo to opening my own gallery...I’m excited and terrified," Nichelle says.

Jun 24, 2008

Tattered, a photo essay by Seth Butler '02, will be on view at the Galleries at One Washington Center, 3rd Floor Picker Building, Dover, NH from July 3 through August 30. The show explores the use and misuse of the American Flag.  Butler began the project as his thesis at Montserrat, and has spent the last five years intermittently traveling the country to continue photographing this extensive undertaking. Raised in Barnard, Vermont, he now lives in Vermont and Manhattan, working as a freelance photographer. Beside pursuing his own freelance work, Butler has been the imaging studio manager for photographer Steve McCurry, co-founder of the journal, and photo editor for Eastern Edge snowboard magazine. Visit, or call 603.767.3006.

Seth Butler, Flag Draped on Shoulder. New York, NY. 2007
Jun 17, 2008

Bea Modisett '07 was recently juried into the "18th Annual Art in the Round Barn Exhibition" in Waitsfield, VT. The show was juried by Zola Solamente of the Arden Gallery, Erika Carlson of the Kidder Smith Gallery, and Stephanie Walker of Walker Contemporary.  The exhibition runs September 23- October 8, with a reception on September 21st.  For more information, visit or the round barn website at

In addition, Bea has been accepted into the Vermont Studio Center Residency program in Johnson, Vermont for a four week period.  The Vermont Studio Center is the largest residency program in the United States and accepts 24 painters a month, along with 26 writers, printmakers, photographers, and sculptors.  The VSC offers its residents large studio spaces, visiting artist lectures and exhibitions, daily studio visits and the chance to give lectures and artist talks about their own work.  The center has awarded Bea a grant to help pay the tuition.  For more information, visit

Bea Modisett, from 18th Annual Art in the Round Barn Exhibition
Jun 17, 2008

Lisa Perkins '05, who teaches at Lowell High School, has art in three upcoming shows including: six illustrations in "The Prisoner, Kafka, Bush Cares About the American Economy, Time, TV Turn-off, and Delta's Going Down" at Arthouse Boston, The Marston Building, 155 Middlesex Street, Lowell, MA, June 14-15 (; two Kastle prints in "A New World," 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, MA, from May 27 - June 21, with a reception to be held Saturday, June 14, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and two Italian paintings in the "ALL Members Prize Show,"  ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA, held June 7 - July 13.  Visit

Jun 17, 2008

In May, Anna Radocchia '04 delivered her first commission painting, and has received a new commission from some predominate owners in the Morgan (horse) community for the first of many paintings. 

"This will be my second season working for horse show photographer Howard Schatzberg of Cave Creek, AZ as an assistant," she says. "I load images into the main computer and sell pictures. He flies me all over the country to work Morgan/ Saddlebred/hackney pony horse shows. I will also be working my first show selling (and practicing shooting pictures from outside the ring) for North Carolina-based horse show photographer Shane Shiftlet at the end of July in Northampton. Both photographers have websites under the title of their names."


Jun 13, 2008

A giant ant sculpture by Nathan Walker '02 was featured in numerous newspaper, radio and TV reports after the creature lost its head.
"There was even a benefit dinner held at the local Flatbread Company to help raise funds to get him back together," Nathan says. "And I am happy to report that it is now standing tall and proud once again! (This time with reinforcements and protective deterrents added). So if anyone is interested in seeing the 7 1/2 foot tall behemoth, he will be on display until the end of August, in Market Square, Portsmouth, NH."  Visit Nathan at

Jun 13, 2008

Jason Osborne '03 had his first solo show in Williamsburg Brooklyn at the journal gallery in February.  The title of the show was Tragedy Strategy.  He also was included in Gray, a group summer show at Dinter Fine Art in Chelsea, NY, in June. 

Jun 13, 2008

Dotty Tribeman '07 had work on exhibit at The Spot in Bar Harbor, ME, in May, and is showing at Bassa Cucina in Northeast Harbor, ME, June through July 6.

Jun 13, 2008

Daisy Adams '02 curated a show titled Towing Jehovah, June 2 to 29, 2008 at The Galleries at One Washington Center, 3rd Floor of the Picker Building, Dover, NH.  Visit

Jun 13, 2008

Juleen Jones '98 won first place in the Beacon Hill Art Walk.  She also was in a show called The Art of Expressionism, June 8 - 30 at The Middle East, Cambridge, MA, exhibiting abstract expressive work as well as photography.  Visit

Jun 2, 2008

Amber Lavalley '04, received a "Spotlight Award" in painting, which is basically an award through the Portsmouth (NH) Herald.  She won through the votes of the community and got a Lucite, triangular trophy!  She is currently enrolled full-time in a Behavioral Science program.  She is hoping to be accepted into an MA program in Transformative Arts at JFKU, Berkeley, CA.

Jun 2, 2008

Sharon Cook '83 has written and illustrated a gift book, 30 Reasons Why: Men are for Now, Cats are Forever, which she is sending out to publishers.  She recently had a card accepted by American Greeting Corp.

May 15, 2008

Amy Ubele Brown '05 (BFA painting and Art Educator Licensure) has received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Salem State College. Amy is an art teacher at the Hemenway Elementary School in Fitchburg, MA. Congratulations Amy!

May 13, 2008

Michael Sampson '93 has been selected to exhibit in the forthcoming Biennial at the Everson Museum in Syracuse. The exhibition will run from June 13th to August 24 2008. Visit

May 9, 2008

Daisy Adams '02 ( and Nicholas Ellard '02 are exhibiting in a group show featuring the work of the Dover Mill Arts Collaborative, being held at the Galleries at One Washington Center, 3rd floor of the Picker Building, Dover, NH, from April 28th through May 30th.



Apr 29, 2008

Adam Miller '00, writes that he recently signed a deal with Schiffer Publishing to do his first children's book. "They are expecting about 45 illustrations (although I'm anticipating the actual number will be less than that) and we have a year to complete the project," he says. "This is probably the closest thing I've had to a real life honest-to-goodness break. it will be a lot of work, but i'm looking forward to getting started." Miller is also working on an Illustration commissioned for a wedding and was asked by Serendipity art sales to join their stable of
artists.( Visit Miller at  Adam

In addition, in the summer of 2008 Miller and Josh Morrissette '00 showed work in Stops Along the Way in downtown Salem, MA, at The Gulu Gulu Cafe ( ). 

Apr 23, 2008

John Gambino's '05 band The Yummy Cakes will perform and be interviewed May 10th at 2 am on WPKN 89.5 FM Bridgeport, CT and WPKN 88.7 FM Montauk, NY. The name of the program is Off-Beat with Rich Kaminsky and can be streamed at The Yummy Cakes website:


Apr 23, 2008

Hassla Books (a small publishing company started by David Schoerner '07 while a senior at Montserrat) just released a new book, Streets and Trails, with photographer Bernhard Fuchs. This is Bernhard Fuchs' third monograph. To see more photos or to purchase go to

Apr 23, 2008

Yoko Kikuchi '03 presents: Dream Bitches' Coke-and-Spiriters CD Release Party, Saturday, May 17, 8:00 p.m.
Sound Fix - 110 Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. "Coke-and-Spiriters is Dream Bitches' second album, a combustive, sensational culmination of their last five years making music. Yoko Kikuchi and Ann Zakaluk, friends and collaborators since their 'tween years, began the group as a duo in 2003, each fresh out of art school. By the time their first album, Sanfransisters, was released by Olive Juice Music in early 2005, Yoko and Ann had developed a backing band that would become an integral part of their sound and style.  The album features drawings by Nicole Thompson MacNeill '04 and photography by Leonard Greco '03. It will be offically released on Recommended If You Like Records (and available on iTunes) on May 20th.  Dream Bitches are playing on Tuesday, May 20, 9:45 p.m at The Abbey Lounge, 3 Beacon St.,  Somerville, MA.


Apr 23, 2008

Shoshanna McCollum '85 recently won first place in the New York Press Association's Better Newspaper Writing contest.  "I went to Montserrat in the 1980's," she says, and "within 10 years I slowly turned more to to writing than painting. By 2000 I had my first newspaper column for a local newspaper on Fire Island - which is where I reside with my husband of nine years, John McCollum, as well as more cats than we know what to do with."  Visit

Apr 15, 2008

Recent work by Eric Lamson '06 will be in a group show called Stock at Oneway Gallery in Narragansett, RI, from April 18th to May 18th, 2008. The website for the gallery is

Apr 10, 2008

Gary Greenberg '78 has been named Executive Vice President/Chief Creative Officer at Allen & Gerritsen, Watertown, MA, where he will drive the creative vision of A&G as well as the Creative department itself.  E-mail; visit


Apr 10, 2008

Bill Hanscom '03 is pleased to announce his Book Arts/Printmaking MFA thesis exhibition entitled "Bound for Glory: The Curious Legacy of Wm. Jamerson Dean Jr. (Selections from the Archives of the Northern Mystery School; P. Wm. Hanscom, Director)." The exhibition will be held at the Rosenwald Wolf Gallery at The University of the Arts, 333 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, and will run from May 6 to 17, 2008. Visit /

Apr 7, 2008

Jessie Lee Hughes '07 (Fine Arts and Art Education) took a part-time position teaching art with academic themes at a children’s’ art center called Turtle Feet in Easton, MA. This art center specializes in children ages 3 to 12. 




Apr 4, 2008

Work by Jessica Grace Brooks '00 (Fine Arts) appears in "Going to the Dogs," a benefit for Greyhound Welfare at the Brush Art Gallery in Lowell, Ma.  The exhibition runs through April 13th through June 15th, 2008. For more information please visit and .

Apr 1, 2008

Lisa Perkins '05 (Illustration and Art Education), who  is an art teacher at Lowell High School, had two mono-prints, Pollution IV and Pollution VII in the "Abstractions II" exhibition at ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA. The exhibition was held from March 29 to May 4, 2008.  To view her prints, visit


Mar 7, 2008

Michael Nevin '04, editor-in-chief of the journal and owner of the journal Gallery, 168 North 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY, is presented a show, "He Who Talks Loud Saying Nothing," featuring Linus Bill, from March 7 through March 24, 2008.

The show incorporated a series of Linus Bill’s latest work: black and white, cameraless photographs, made over the course of a 6 month stay in Paris. To create these images, Bill has drawn onto photographic paper with self-modified pocket-lights. The result, 28 unique pictures, displays Bill’s continued interest in the theme of portraiture. Made in the months leading up to the birth of his first child, these pictures offer a personal glimpse into the unknown. In addition, Bill presented several color prints relating to works seen in his 2006 publication Piss Down My Back and Tell Me It’s Raining (Nieves).



Mar 7, 2008

Courtney Usher '07 has accepted a temporary art teaching position at the Essex Elementary School a in Essex MA, starting in March.



Mar 7, 2008

"Gofigure,"  a group show of figurative art which opened March 7 at the Day One Skate Shop and Art Space, 605 Brewster St Bridgeport,  CT, featured an eclectic group of Montserrat graduates, including Adam Miller '00, Pete Pasquerello '97, Joshua Morrissette '00, Chris White '02, Jebb Riley '01, Eric Blomster '98, Mike Crockett '97, Greg Orphanos '01, Judy Orphanos '97Troy Dodds '99, Andrew Houle '00, David Ferreira '98, Andrew Dobos '98, and Heather McAuslan '00. Visit


Feb 19, 2008

Bill Hanscom '03 and Jessica Faust '05 are excited to announce the birth of their first child, a boy, named Lincoln Bear Hanscom.  Lincoln was born on Wednesday, January 16 at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 21 1/2 inches.


Feb 19, 2008

Tanja Harmon '03, has been living in Florida since '04:  Miami until July, then Tampa. "I just started school again," she writes. "I am going back to school to be a fire fighter. I have been in three art shows since October, and have sold eight paintings. Although being creative is always a big part of my life, my art is on the back burner for now."

Feb 19, 2008

Two years ago, in collaboration with a few local artists, Adrian Goodhand '00 started a small collective in Japan known as Gravity. "We try to organize shows a couple of times a year and have so far met with moderate success," he writes. "I keep a blog of sorts that showcases my own work (past and current). Do have a look sometime. I would be delighted to receive any comments."


Feb 15, 2008

Josh Wiles '06 has been selected to the June 2008 NYC Teaching Fellows program to teach special education.

The Teaching Fellows program has not only helped to address New York’s chronic teacher shortage, it has been able to focus on recruiting individuals specifically to teach high-need subject areas—such as science, math, Spanish, special education, and bilingual education—and consistently places large numbers of teachers in the hardest-to-staff schools across New York City, particularly in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Josh will be assigned a placement and begin to work on his Master’s degree in special education. This program will begin in June right after Josh completes his teacher’s assistant position at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA.


Feb 5, 2008

Since graduation, Jonathan Ortiz ‘03 has assumed key roles in several companies, from big-brand ad agency “Catalina Marketing” to in-house corporate marketing for cutting-edge software solutions. As of late, he has left his role as director of marketing in a direct mail marketing agency in Clearwater, FL to become president of Blastoff Studio, a Tampa-based marketing company.  With partners in Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and New York, Blastoff Studio has limitless capability, from enterprise level Web design/development to complete CRM integration with For information, visit

Feb 4, 2008

David Schoerner '07 photographed a 10-page feature and did the cover photo for Celeste, a Mexican fashion/culture publication.  To view the work, visit David's Web site at cst25001.html, or


Feb 4, 2008

After eight years at Permessa (formerly DYS Analytics), Jeff Dearing '96 has accepted a senior graphic design position at Demandware in Woburn, MA.  Demandware is the innovator of the first on-demand enterprise commerce platform.

Jeff and his wife Maura are proud to announce the birth of their second daughter, Kelly Elizabeth Dearing.  Big sister Meghan (age 3) has been a great help with feedings and letting her parents know when the baby is crying.


Jan 31, 2008

Brad Silk '07 is the gallery director for TemporaryGallery, 102 Allen Street, New York.  His first show, "Emerging Lines," held from December 19 to January 16, featured work by two Montserrat College of Art students and one alumna:  Ebenezer Archer Kling, Justin Paszul and Beatrice Modisett '07. The show, which features young artists working in various media using line to explore their world, also included the work of Danny Coeymann and Jessica Williams. 

Jan 31, 2008

Recent paintings from Stacey Durand '02 and Daisy Adams '02 were on view at Nahcotta, 110 Congress St., Portsmouth, NH, from January 9 through through Feb. 3. The paintings in the show were motivated by the power of human nostalgia and memory, a visual longing for a place once explored, lived in, experienced, and a compulsion to create further recollections through the pursuit of new places.

While Adams focuses particularly on roadside Americana and the oddly appealing tackiness of its countless tourist traps, Durand chooses a considerably more poignant, regional topic: the "packed and stacked" homes of New England neighborhoods.  For information, call 433-1705 or visit


By Stacey Durand
Jan 31, 2008

"Menagerie," the first solo show by Cheryl (Firth) Polcaro '99, was held January 12th - February 16th at Nolia Gallery in Amherst, NH.  For information, visit

Jan 31, 2008

Paintings by Karen Tusinski '98 are available for viewing and sale at The Firehouse Gallery, One Bristol Road, Damariscotta, Maine.   Tusinski's palette is balanced, earthy and vibrant, and in her work she often calls upon one of her favorite muses: the fleeting, red bloom of the poppy flower. Karen uses her imagination to create whimsical and wild arrangements of poppies, grounding them in hearty vessels.

Jan 28, 2008

Nathan Walker '02 had 20 original illustrations from Floaty Feet, his recently published children's book, in an exhibition at The Galleries at One Washington Center, Dover, NH, which ran from January 5 through February 2.

The illustration graduate will be doing book signings around the greater seacoast area.  Anyone interested in buying his new book can send $20 (which includes shipping and handling) to: Nathan Walker, 22 Prospect Street, Beverly, MA 01915.  For more information, visit or

Nathan Walker, from Floaty Feet
Jan 8, 2008

Jen Nazzaro '04 had a show in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at Montserrat from December 3-21.
The show was titled effort>DISTANCE: New Work by Jen Nazzaro.  Visit

Jan 4, 2008

Emily Walton Jones '01 (Fine Arts) of Burlington, VT is featured on this MasterCard Web site for her chocolate sculptures. Visit


Dec 10, 2007

In December, John Preusch '04 had a painting in a show called Ozpirations: New Art Inspired by The Wizard of Oz at The New England School of Art and Design Gallery, 75 Arlington Street Boston.  For information, visit  Some of his newest comics are avilable for sale through his website,

Dec 10, 2007

After Montserrat, Paul Nelson '72 went on to earn a BA in psychology at UMass/Boston and an MA in Clinical Psychology at Harvard. He served for more than seven years as a Hospital Marketing Director and as a Creative Director for more than six years. As a consultant, he now applies an in-depth knowledge of psychology, neurology and the behavioral sciences to create marketing strategies and communications solutions that more readily attract attention, stimulate response, and build brand loyalty. He has over 25 years of experience working with cause-related and socially responsible organizations in business sectors where “relationships matter most”—health, education, advocacy, the arts. To learn more about ‘emotionally intelligent marketing communications’, visit emoticom at

Dec 10, 2007

Catalina Viejo '05 recently updated her Web site, with new paintings and $40 miniature paintings.  In addition, any image on her Web site is available as a greeting card, titled, signed and packaged in a clear envelope. Each greeting card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, printed on stock card and comes with its own envelope as well as an info sheet about the artist printed on vellum paper.

Pricing: $3 each; $5 for two; $25 for ten cards with free shipping.  Otherwise, $1 - $3 shipping fee depending on amount of cards ordered.

Dec 10, 2007

Following a 20-year career as an art director, Roy Scott '76 has been a freelance designer and illustrator for the past ten years, working with many leading publishing companies creating award-winning editorial illustration.  He is a frequent guest lecturer at Temple University and other venues, discussing his work and digital collage illustration techniques.  In addition, his digital printmaking has been included in several shows, most recently at Silicon Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.  To view his illustration, design and prints, visit

Dec 10, 2007

Jennifer Cole '85 won the Public's Choice Award at the Newburyport Art Association in 2001 with her painting Orchard Bowl.  She has had many solo shows in local establishments, and has painted murals in local homes and businesses in the Seacoast and NH areas.

Jenn has some Dream/Art workshops coming up in the Exeter and the Wolfeboro areas. This winter she will be working with psychotherapist Lesley Zaret LICSW, in "Considering the Power of Dreams," helping people to create a work of art by accessing their dreams, and then to bringing it to life on canvas.   For more information or to register for a workshop, please call Jenn @ 603-520-3310

Dec 10, 2007

Joshua Tuff '95  is manager of the Institution for Savings' newest full-service banking office in Rowley.   Previously Tuff, who is also a Rowley resident, was the Assistant Manager at the Institution for Savings' 2 Depot Square, Ipswich office, a position he held since November of 2002. He holds a BA in Fine Art from the Montserrat College of Art and is a graduate of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School.

Dec 4, 2007

Brian Call '85 has been chosen as 2007-2008 Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate at Cutler, Palmetto Bay, FL. Over the next year, Brian will use the Deering Estate at Cutler as part of his statewide study and photographic documentary on Florida's declining resources.  Brian's first exhibit called "Wilderness" was held November 14, 2007 to January 14, 2008.  Future exhibits will include "Preserving Old Miami" and "Endangered." 

In addition:

  • In October 2007, Brian won second place at the Golden Isles Arts Festival, St. Simons Island, Georgia.
  • The program Waterways is now airing an episode titled 'Environmental Artists: Sparking a Passion with the Public' in which Brian is one of  three featured artists. Cable Tap is airing the episode in Miami/Dade and Broward counties, and in the Florida Keys. The specific episode is not listed in their programming schedules, so if you find Waterways listed, it may or may not be the episode that airs. The program should be airing in other markets throughout the state (and beyond). Waterways is produced by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the South Florida National Parks Trust.
  • Brian was selected once again to exhibit his work at the prestigious Coconut Grove Arts Festival in Coconut Grove, FL from February 16 to 18, 2008.
Nov 30, 2007

Oil painting by Susan Cottle '92 were on view at "Journeyscapes," a show held through January 6 2008 at Synagogue for the Arts, 49 White Street, New York, NY. Cottle's paintings evoke interiors in the landscape - enclosed spaces that resemble home and offer the shelter and security of the hideouts children build, and are escapes to alpine meadows, ancient worlds, and New York hideaways. Most are painted on location, in archaeological sites in Central and Southern Italy.

Cottle is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at St. John's University.  She has taught painting and figure drawing at The New School and The New York Adacemy of Art, and has guest lectured and taught at various institutions in Italy, including St. John's University in Rome.  Her work has been exhibited in New York City, on the East Coast and abroad.


Nov 5, 2007

Work by Bea Modisett '07 appeared in "Equinox," October 18 through November 10, 2007, at the Copley Society of Art, 158  Newbury Street, Boston, MA.  She also was one of 12 artists selected to be published in the Copley Society of Art's 2008 calendar, representing the month of May with her acrylic on panel painting "Sharmi."  For information, visit  Her painting " Talking to Dad (October 17 , 1985 - October 24, 1942)" was selected to appear on the cover of an invitation for an annual outreach program put on by the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA.

Oct 1, 2007

Last spring Ashley Anna Brown '07 curated the Montserrat Alumni Drawing show at Bear Gallery, featuring:

Justin Durand '05
Jessica Faust '05
Megan Herwig '05
Peter Mack '03
Rhea Sloan '04
Nicole Thompson '04
Michael Wells '05



Aug 16, 2007

Designer and couturier Harper Della-Piana '85, of SEAMS in Beverly, MA, was named an official Urban Renewal Designer for Urban Outfitter's Holiday Season Collection, and did an exclusive commission for the international chain.

Della-Piana redesigned 100 sweaters to be sold in various Urban Outfitters stores nationwide and on the web during the holiday season under their 'Urban Renewal' Project.  Twenty up-and-coming designers were selected to take part in this project to remake and redesign clothing using raw materials provided by Urban Outfitters.  The SEAMS contribution to the project was hand-appliqued, beaded, and embroidered, and featured the HARPER Label.  The Harper signature pieces included motifs of leaves, roses, butterflies, inspired by vintage sweaters of the '30s and '40s.
SEAMS opened its doors in 2006, providing custom couture and ready-to-wear clothing and accessories with a New York edge on the North Shore. For information visit