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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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."
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
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."
Girls would like to thank Yary Livan, master potter and teacher, for his
mentoring and unbridled enthusiasm for life and clay.
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 email@example.com or call 978-656-1687.
The next First Saturday Open Studios will be held February 2, 2013 12-5 PM See our websitefor more details
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.