Alumni News: Andrew Houle ’00 Chosen As 2016 Arts Fest Beverly Featured Artist

June 10, 2016

Endicott College and Beverly Main Streets have chosen Montserrat College of Art alumnus Andrew Houle ’00 as this year’s featured Arts Fest Artist. Each year, an artist is chosen to be featured for the juried Beverly Community Art exhibition who exemplifies the spirit of Arts Fest.  A reception will take place on Friday, June 17, 5 – 7:30 pm to celebrate the exhibition and the official kick off of Arts Fest Beverly that will take place on Saturday, June 18 on Cabot Street, Beverly. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Houle was chosen based on his involvement and dedication to the betterment of the arts in Beverly. Houle is a Montserrat College of Art graduate, sharing many titles since graduating in 2000, with a list ranging from professional artist, illustrator, curator and promoter.
He is also a mentor, collaborator and publisher, creator of the Beverly Drive-in Theater at Lynch Park and co-founder of Beverly Comic Con. With the designation of the Beverly Arts District, Houle represents the vibrant art community and proves, once more, that Beverly is a thriving city for the creative economy.

The featured artist receives a prominent spot at the exhibition, has their work used for advertising the event, and the artist is allotted a complimentary space on Cabot Street during Arts Fest on June 18.

The Beverly community art exhibition will run from Wednesday, June 3 to Friday, Aug. 19. The reception is Friday, June 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Come congratulate Houle for his professional artistic accomplishments, dedication to the Beverly community, and being chosen as the featured Arts Fest 2016 artist.
Houle has lived in Beverly since graduating from Montserrat College of Art in the year 2000. While studying primarily illustration, a love for oil painting co-existed throughout his formative years, leading to a split body of professional work with a career in comic books and gallery exhibitions.

His work can be found throughout the country in private collections and represented by galleries in the northeast. Houle currently splits his time as creative director at Tryptic Press, painting in his studio space at Porter Mill Studios, co-chairing the Beverly Cultural Council and as lead promoter of Beverly Comic Con. He shares a home with his wife, Melissa, Mila the cat, and his comic book collection.

The Arts Fest 2016: Community Art Exhibition is located in the Grillo Gallery and Desnoyers Overlook at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from Wednesday, June 3 – Friday, August 19, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday: 9 am– 12 pm.