Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lowell Open Studios! October 5-6, 2013

Lowell Open Studios! October 5-6, 2013
 
Western Avenue Studios and Muddy Girls Studio are proud to take part in Lowell Open Studios - October 5-6 from 11-5 each day! Over 180 artists across 9 venues are participating in this year's event.
On the first Saturday of every month, Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists! This is a free event.

 
Muddy Girls have been working hard!
 
Come in and see our new glazes!
 
 

 



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lowell Open Studios

Western Avenue Studios and Muddy Girls Studio are proud to take part in
October 5-6 from 11-5 each day! 
Over 180 artists across 9 venues are participating in this year's event.
On the first Saturday of every month, Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists! 
This is a free event.

Visit The Loading Dock Gallery's website for information on their current and upcoming exhibitions.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

First Saturday Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios Sept. 7, 2013

 
On the first Saturday of every month, Western Avenue Studios & Lofts artists open their doors to the public so that you can come browse their latest works.

We've also got an entire new building to explore full of great artists: The Western Avenue Lofts! If you don't know where they are, just ask someone! It's a short 1 minute walk across the parking lot from the A and C/D Mill of the original Western Avenue Studios. Chances are you've already seen it, you just didn't know you were looking at it.

This is... a free event. Expect to spend several hours exploring almost 200 studios in three buildings!

There's even a place to take a break at "The Place at The Space" café, where you can choose from a variety of drinks, sandwiches and goodies.

See their menu here: http://inthespace.net/cafe.php

After Open Studios, be sure to visit The Loading Dock Gallery on the 2nd floor A Mill from 5-7pm and join Western Avenue Loft artist Sus Iserbyt for the opening reception of "Essence of Space", Saturday, September 7, from 5:00-7:00 pm.
 
 
 
Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5:30pm and Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com , email info@theloadingdockgallery.com or call 978-656-1687.

Open Studios begins at 12 Noon.

There is plenty of parking in several lots and on the quiet street as well.

Hope to see you there!
 
 


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

First Saturday August 3, 2013 Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios

 
 

Muddy Girls Studio will be open for First Saturday August 3, 2013

Studio #405
Western Avenue Studios
122 Western Avenue
Lowell MA


 


 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Muddy Girls Studio

will be closed on May 4th as we will be getting ready for the Reception at 5pm at The Loading Dock Gallery. We hope to see everyone on May 4th~



The Muddy Girls Studio

announces the art opening and gallery display of their latest pieces. The Muddy, Dirty, Marvelous! show is a culmination of years of work by Barbara Guilmet and Samantha Tucker (aka, The Muddy Girls). The show runs from May 1 through May 26 at The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, Massachusetts and will include original work by each of the artists. The opening reception will be held at the Loading Dock Gallery on May 4 from 5-7 pm.

Look for original works covering sculpture, vessels, and collaborative pieces, including a mixed media display of clay on wood, in this month-long show. The pieces on display are high-fire stoneware and the glazes are mixed by the Muddy Girls themselves. Both women studied with famed master potter/glazer and author John Britt in North Carolina. Guilmet says, "We make all our own glazes. We spent over a year studying, testing formulas, and customizing glazes. Each is unique."

Barbara Guilmet has been playing with clay all her life. "I spent a lot of time outside, turning small rocks into powder with a hammer. I made many mud pies and played with Play-doh. But I really fell in love with pottery making in college." Starting with a B.A. degree from Plymouth State University and continuing to learn though additional classes at the Museum School in Boston and with master potter Yary Lavin, Barb now plays at Western Avenue Studios. About her medium Guilmet says, "I love the way it makes me feel, that you can start with a hunk of mud and wind up with something functional or beautiful, or both. I like the process."

Joining Barb in 2008, Samantha Tucker is always learning. "Much of what I have learned is from Barb, she's a great teacher." says Tucker. "I've learned I am capable. I love getting dirty." When drawing inspiration, Samantha looks toward the natural world. "I tend to draw from nature. I love trees and the natural curves of the body. The human form can be found in many of my pieces, sometimes I set out to be literal and other times the forms just appear."

The Muddy Girls would like to thank Yary Livan, master potter and teacher, for his mentoring and unbridled enthusiasm for life and clay.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Muddy Girls Studio Exhibition at The Loading Dock Gallery

Join us May 4, 2013 5-7pm

for our Opening Reception

at The Loading Dock Gallery

 
 
Please note May 4th is Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios.  Muddy Girls Studio will be closing early to prepare for the artist reception.
Also, no Glass Workshops will be offered on this day.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Next Open Studios April 6, 2013

Join us on Saturday April 6 for Open Studios

at Western Avenue Studios


The Loading Dock Gallery Opens at 11am, also open is The Space Cafe all located on the second floors.

Western Avenue opens to the public from 12-5pm
followed by the Artist Reception in The Loading Dock Gallery from 5-7pm. 
Come and meet artist Nikki Giraffo



Forms in Paradox

April 3 – April 28, 2013

The Loading Dock Gallery

Western Avenue Studios

122 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA

This April, The Loading Dock Gallery proudly presents

Forms in Paradox, a collection of drawing, painting, and mixed media artwork by Nikki Giraffo. Explore the metaphors that Giraffo has chosen to represent the contradictions that occur in women’s lives as she draws you into her own nostalgic and dramatic world using images of struggle, search or discovery. Many of her stories unfold in an abandoned amusement park and Giraffo’s alter ego is often featured as the heroine of the story.

The carousel horse is a recurring character in Giraffo’s paintings and is a paradox similar to those that exist in the lives of women. Giraffo says "The Carousel Horse is an object used for amusement...very ornate and beautiful, however no one pays mind to the pole piercing its torso, the anger in its face, or the fact that it is stuck in this cyclical contraption."

Giraffo’s artwork shows how our own desires, struggles, and heroism come from within rather than through social conditioning. Through the process of creating artwork, she comes to better understand herself and her environment. Creating metaphors such as the carousel horse in a fictitious world gives her the opportunity to alter a reality in her artwork, a reality over which she has no control in real life.

Through collage, Giraffo is able to piece together, build up, break down, and create the characters featured in her reality. She also finds inspiration from "bright colors, interesting surface materials, personal family experiences, and the pure resilience of women." Giraffo is intentional in creating metaphors in her artwork, but ultimately she wants you to discover what the mystery in her artwork means to you.

Forms in Paradox

runs at the Loading Dock Gallery from April 3rd to April 28th. Please stop by the gallery after open studios to meet the artist at the opening reception on April 6th, from 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, visit theloadingdockgallery.com, email info@theloadingdockgallery.com or call 978-656-1687.

 




Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We are carving!


 This beautiful casserole dish will be carved with a traditional Cambodian style carving.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Muddy Girls Studio has moved!

Just across the hall

into Studio #405

Come for a visit next First Saturday

February 2, 2013 Noon-5pm

at Western Avenue Studios

 

Read whats new!

Western Avenue Newsletter

Featuring the Artist Lecture Series

at

The Loading Dock Gallery



The next First Saturday Open Studios will be held February 2, 2013 12-5 PM See our website for more details




Western Avenue Studios




The Loading Dock Gallery

Artist Lecture Series
The Second Sunday of every month from 4 to 5pm
In this free series, Western Avenue artists share their expertise and experiences on a wide variety of topics, from portrait painting to juggling. The gallery will be open at 11 am each Sunday, with the lectures beginning at 4 pm. The public is invited. For more information, please visit the Loading Dock Gallery or call 978-656-1687.



January 13, 2013
Rebekah Wetmore


Portraits and Self-Portraits, Then and Now

Rebekah Wetmore will provide an overview of portraits and self-portraits from the Fayum through to the 20th century. Using slides of paintings by Durer, Holbein, Rembrandt, Van Gough and Gaugin as examples, she’ll suggest what the painting of portraits may have meant to artist and subject. Discussion will focus on ideas these examples suggest for making portraits in contemporary times.
Rebekah Wetmore has an MFA from UMass Amherst. Focused mainly in the portrait genre, she also portrays many other thought provoking subjects in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media.


February 10, 2013 Nita Leger Casey

Expose Yourself! Social Media and the Artist

Nita Casey will share how she uses social media to promote and inspire her artwork. She’ll describe the benefits of a variety of social media—blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, You Tube, and more—and suggest how to make the best use of each.

Nita Casey, a native of France, attended the famed Ecole des Beaux Arts in Orleans and the Ecole de Dessin in Paris. Nita has also lived in Italy, Germany and Panama before coming to New England. For the last 28 years she has devoted her life to painting and running her Gallery.



March 10, 2013
Jack Holmes

Discovering Southwest Ireland

Jack Holmes will take us on a photographic journey through Southwest Ireland. Enjoy views of the lush lakes and mountains and stark, ocean-battered cliffs that have so inspired artists and storytellers. Imagine the darker, more storied past when outlaws and rebels struggled for power in hidden coves and glens as evidenced by the abundance of ancient forts and castles left behind.

Jack Holmes has traveled through most of the world, recording his trips in stunningly beautiful images. Mr. Holmes is a recipient of the National Geographic Magazines' photo journalist award.




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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Muddy Girls Studio has moved!

Just across the hall

in Studio #405

Come for a visit next First Saturday

February 2, 2013  Noon-5pm

at Western Avenue Studios

 
 
going on now until Jan. 27, 2013
 
 
 
Select Pottery and Jewelry by Muddy Girls Studio available in The Gallery