My interest in art started as a child led me to study and graduate from the NY City High School of Art and Design. Since retiring from teaching, I have studied painting at the following two prominent Boston area Ateliers. I am currently at the Ingbretson Studio affiliated with the Guild of Boston Artists and the Kathy Cooper Studio.
Mary Rose, a contemporary realist, is a classically trained artist and teacher. She is primarily an oil painter with concentrations in portrait, still life, marine, and plein air painting. Her paintings and commission works are done in both oil and acrylic with a wide range of options from gallery wrap to gilded framing. The paintings are often done from life and may also be done from high quality photographs when desired.
In pursuit of her artistic training Mary Rose had many years of formal training in the Boston School tradition. Her work shows the benefit of a strong grounding in draftsmanship and design. This style of painting is done in natural light and is influenced by the beautiful colors of the impressionists.
Mary Rose maintains a studio in the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, Massachusetts. She is a juried artist member of The Copley Society of Art, The Rockport Art Association and Museum, and The North Shore Arts Association. Mary Rose is also a member of The Allied Artists of America, The American Society of Marine Artists, The Guild of Boston Artists, and The Lowell Art Association. She has won many awards and has numerous works in both private and public collections throughout the United States.
Tom is a well known artist throughout New England. He was born in Lowell and raised in Chelmsford. He started his painting career at a young age and pursued an education in fine art from the Art Institute of Boston.
Tom was also a rock musician in the 80’s, developing his own unique style of painting. He notes, “I feel like I’m making music when I’m painting…and that’s why there’s rhythm in my paintings”. The result is always loose and impressive with harmonious colors that interplay with light. With a distinguishable style that is notably recognizable, this talented artist has won many awards throughout the country.
He is a member of the North Shore Art Association, Rockport Art Association, Chelmsford Art Society, and the Lowell Art Association, Inc. His paintings are owned by many private collectors, businesses, hospitals, and educational institutions in Boston and the region.
Rennie Keller is a multimedia artist and designer who specializes in painting, and also enjoys exploring a variety of media including digital art, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, murals, and poetry. She graduated from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2020 with a BFA and has since been immersing herself in creative works.
A Chelmsford High School alumna, Keller painted a mural in the school at the entrance of the library, and throughout her years as a Chelmsford student received many awards for her student-level works.
While at UMass Dartmouth, Keller’s attention turned to the political landscape. As an activist, she participated in many events, including the Boston Women’s March in 2017, where she left her protest-sign painting of a weeping Lady Liberty among the hundreds of signs left on the fence on the Boston Common. The whereabouts of the painting are still unknown, but Rennie Keller sees the mystery as an exciting motivator to continue making art in her community and beyond.
Painting continues to provide constancy in my life. I have been involved with visual mark-making since childhood working in 3D and 2D formats. A diagnosis of cancer in 2007 led me to re-prioritize my life which included spending more time painting both for pleasure and as a healing tool.
The reoccurring theme of my paintings is imagery from nature. I do not start out with a fixed idea of how the painting should look when it’s done. Once I have a general idea, I let the painting emerge by connecting with what it is telling me as it unfolds. This process not only results in a surprise ending, but also enables me to notice my own unexpected reactions to the painting as its being developed.
After many decades of working “a corporate job” I retired in 2019 to paint full-time in my studio (#317) at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell.
Studio: Western Avenue Studios
122 Western Avenue, Studio #317
Lowell, MA 01851
Art is the thread that weaves everything together in my life, starting with art classes as a child to a professional career as teacher, marketing communication manager, illustrator, graphic designer, and fine artist. My favorite subjects are people, pets, nature and history; and I paint in an expressive realistic style. My knack for capturing likenesses is a great skill for portraits. Illustrating children’s books trained me to include special elements that provide insight into the subject’s personal story: a toy, piece of jewelry, or a flower. I also put extra care in painting the subject’s eyes.
My art has been displayed in solo and juried shows at various museum and gallery locations including the American Labor Museum (Haledon, NJ), Massachusetts Audubon Society (Moose Hill, Sharon, MA), Museum of Art and Culture (Woonsocket, RI), Parish Center for the Arts, Rockport Art Association, the American Textile and History Museum, The Arts League of Lowell, The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, Chelmsford Art Society, The Concord Art Association, The Danforth Museum of Art, The Fitchburg Museum of Art, and the Whistler House Museum of Art.
The Brush Art Gallery and Studios
Donna Berger, Fine Artist
256 Market Street, Studio #7B
Lowell, MA 01852
Claire Gagnon, Art Teacher and award-winning fine artist, opened Chez Claire Art School in 2018 where she teaches Drawing, Acrylic Painting, and Watercolor classes to Adults. Most classes are held at the Brush Gallery and Studios in Lowell. Claire also offers some classes on-line through zoom.
Groups are small to provide personal attention and guide each student develop their own talent. To get more info about her art school and herself, visit her website at:https://www.chezclaireartschool.com/
I am a pastel artist and have enjoyed working with pastels for about 15 years. I try to paint every day and I am particularly challenged to do so during the month of October. My online pastel group, How To Pastel, challenges its members to paint 31 paintings–one for every day of the month. I’ve done this now for 4-5 years and find great inspiration (and progress!) in doing so. Members have become friends and we all benefit from each others’ critiques and suggestions.
Lately I have been painting different scenes from my town of Groton, which has many beautiful areas. Recently I’ve made some sales through posting my paintings on the Groton Faceboook page.
I am planning for a show at the Groton senior center once Covid has departed from our lives…the September opening didn’t happen, sad to say.
I have always enjoyed making things, but it is only since I have retired from a high tech career and raised a second family that I started taking art classes. Now I am pursuing my life long interests in art. This love of art has lead me to experiment with different styles and mediums, whether mixed media, vibrant watercolors, acrylics, or encaustic paints.
Many of my artwork pieces depict areas that I have visited and for which I have tried to create visual statements about the world around me. While visiting Bryce Canyon, I marveled at the space and lines that nature created, and tried to show that in my “Hoodoos” painting. You can see how that watercolor paintings became an intersection of a landscape and an abstract design of Bryce Canyon “Hoodoos”.
I am a member of the Brush Gallery, the Art League of Lowell, and the Whistler House. I am also a member of the Chelmsford Art Society and have served on the CAS Board for the past couple of years.