Open Studios, November 30th

We Welcome you to
THE STUDIOS AT MASS MOCA


Date: Friday, November 30th
When: 4:00 - 6:30 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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There may be snow on the ground but our new crew of Massachusetts-based artists is heating things up in the Studios this month. Come catch a glimpse of a whole range of creative work at Open Studios Friday, November 30th. There will be painting, drawing, hip-hop, documentary film and so many crystals!

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Andrew Mroczek & Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo
Caleb Cole
Jessica Hankey
Danielle Klebes
Isabella Mellado
Azita Moradkhani
Cliff Notez
Chen Peng

Directions to the Studios:
When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.


After Open Studios

Open Studios is starting early this month so that we can move from North Adams to Williamstown to catch “When the Sidewalk Ends?”, a hip hop performance featuring our very own artist resident, Cliff Notez.

November 30th at 7:00 pm
Memorial Theater, ’62 Center

Apply Now, Rhode Island Artists!

We're back, Rhode Island!

A4A is now accepting applications from Rhode Island artists for our 2019 Matched Savings Program.

Read on for details on the program & eligibility, and APPLY by November 30!

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What's This Matched Savings Program About?

It's about strengthening your career as an artist by growing your business know-how and financial capacity. Artists selected for our 2019 matched savings program will receive:

A “matched savings” grant that provides working capital to help grow the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing a plan to strengthen their Rhode Island-based creative practice.

Free professional development services, including artist-tailored workshops on financial management and business planning. These classes will be offered in various Rhode Island locations in spring/summer 2019.

Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.

Who Can Apply?

This application is for artists in ALL creative disciplines, and ALL financial circumstances, based ANYWHERE in Rhode Island. 

Because a large proportion of our funding comes from the USDA, artists in rural communities will be given preference, but grants will also be awarded to non-rural artists.

If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your financial & business management skills and to make investments aimed at growing your creative practice, we’d love to hear from you.

Check out the gallery below to see the Rhode Island artists we worked with in 2018:

Not located in Rhode Island? Please check back again soon or add yourself to our email list for updates and future programming opportunities in your area.

Our work in Rhode Island is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners.

Open Studios, October 27th

COME JOIN THE FUN!
THE STUDIOS AT MASS MOCA


Date: Saturday, October 27th
When: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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 work by Jonathan Herrera

There's a fantastic new group of artists at the Studios this month and they're excited to meet our community and share what they've been working on! Join our next Open Studios on Saturday, Oct 27 to show them a warm welcome and see what they've been up to.

Bring your friends or connect with some new ones! Our Open Studio events are always free, and the beer, wine and snacks are on the house.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Carrie Crane
Jonathan Herrera
Elizabeth Lide
Chen Wang
Andre Szabo
Wen Liu
Ann Haeyoung
Jennifer McCandless

Directions to the Studios:
When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

Apply Now, Massachusetts Artists!

We're back at it, Massachusetts!  

MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is now accepting applications for our 2018 matched savings grant program and fall workshops.

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One application, all of MA.

This year, artists based ANYWHERE in Massachusetts are eligible to apply with one application.

Interested artists are welcome to apply for either or both of our programming tracks. Apply by October 22!

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Matched Savings Grant Program:

Massachusetts-based artists selected for our 2018 matched savings program will receive:

A “matched savings” grant that provides working capital help grow the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing a plan to strengthen their creative practice.

Free professional development services, including artist-tailored workshops on financial management and business/career planning.

Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.

ARTISTS in ALL disciplines and financial circumstances are encouraged to apply! 

If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your financial & business management skills and to make investments aimed at growing your creative practice, we’d love to hear from you.

Professional Development Workshops:

Our free workshops are geared to help artists strengthen their professional practices. This fall/winter, we’re offering six expert-led workshops to help artists in all disciplines. You may apply to participate in as many workshops as you think would be a good fit for you!

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Find Your Message: Branding & Marketing for Visual Artists

November 13, 1-6pm | Easthampton, MA

Jessica Burko is a Boston-based exhibiting artist, curator, and arts marketing professional. In this workshop, Jessica will help visual artists and craftspeople gain a better understanding of how to present their work, how to identify their target audience, and how to create a detailed marketing plan while building the confidence to implement it.

On the day following the group workshop, selected artists will be invited to meet individually (for 30 minutes) with Jessica for an in-depth discussion of specific marketing questions and concerns, and to review their arts marketing strategies.

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Business Thinking for Performing Artists

November 19, 10am - 5pm | North Adams, MA

Amy Smith, Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater and Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia, has worked internationally as a choreographer, director and performer. In this interactive workshop, performing artists in all fields — music, dance, theater, comedy, and more — will set goals and learn skills they can implement right away. Topics include valuing your time and other issues related to self-employment, long term financial thinking, “real cost” budgeting for projects and for your life, fundraising and other revenue streams, and goal setting for the business of your artistic practice.

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Taxes for Artists

November 20, 10am - 12pm | North Adams, MA

Amy Smith is a licensed tax preparer working exclusively with artists, and also an acclaimed choreographer, director, and performer. In this workshop, Amy will give an overview of tax preparation for artists, including how not to pay too much in taxes by deducting all business expenses. There will also be information about the effects of the new tax law.

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Understanding Your Visual Art Practice as a Business

Choice of dates:
November 26, 1-6pm | North Adams
December 1, 1-6pm | Waltham

Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA. In this workshop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Participants will receive guidance on improving their artist statements, portfolios, websites, budgeting, time management, and fundraising. Recommended for fine / non-commercial visual artists.

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Fundraising for Individual Artists

November 28, 6-9pm | Boston, MA

Candelaria Silva knows the funding world deeply, both from the applicant and grantor perspectives. This workshop is designed to help artists create a funding base by addressing how to cultivate foundation, business, and individual support; successful grant-writing tips; how networking helps with fundraising; and when/how to use fiscal agents.


What are you waiting for?

Not located in Massachusetts? Please check back again soon or join our email list for updates and future programming opportunities for which you may be eligible, including the Studios at MASS MoCA residency program.

Our work in Massachusetts is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, specifically the Barr FoundationNational Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Growth Capital CorporationSurdna Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Assets for Independence (AFI) program.

Open Studios, September 27th

WE'RE OPENING OUR DOORS AND WELCOMING YOU TO
THE STUDIOS AT MASS MOCA!


Date: Thursday, September 27th
When: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

Work featured by Shuyi Cao

We are kicking off the fall season with an Open Studios! Our current artists will have their studio doors open and new work to share as part of an array of art happenings throughout Building 13 for the Fall Open House.

Open Studio events are always free, and the beer, wine and snacks are on the house.  Make sure to also head downtown to check out DownStreet Art, a local event on Main Street that celebrates community and culture.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Jennifer Banks
Shuyi Cao
Antonietta Grassi
Sareh Imani
Antonia Kuo
Christie Neptune
Yumiko Ono
Claire Watson

Directions to the Studios:
When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

Creatives Come Together in North Adams for the Artist Town Hall!

Last Thursday, MASS MoCA's Club B10 buzzed with activity as creative people of all stripes filtered in from various corners of the northern Berkshires. A total of 115 artists gathered to share their current projects, discuss what our creative community needs to continue growing and thriving, and to simply make time to meet each other.

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As artists stood up and introduced themselves, it confirmed what we all know: that the region has been attracting amazing artists for 20+ years. Some artists shared stories of growing up in town, while others expressed their reasons for relocating in recent years. The event served as a much-needed opportunity for these varied groups to begin to share ideas and resources.

The planning committee consisted of staff from MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists Program, Common Folk Artist Collective, MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, and other members of the local creative community, bringing together a range of dedicated arts organizers to work towards the collective goal of building a stronger artist community.

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Through low-pressure networking in small groups, artists had the opportunity to share more about why they choose to live in the area and what they're seeking in an arts community. More in-depth conversations emerged about people's current projects and creative undertakings, allowing participants to find commonalities within the group and make connections with those craving or creating similar projects and opportunities.

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The evening culminated with a chance for everyone to post their needs as individual artists, along with ideas of what they can offer to the creative community. These needs / offerings were organized into four categories: Skills & Services; Equipment, Space & Supplies; Collaborations, Community & Audience; and a Wild Card category. The results will be compiled and shared amidst this new creative network. It's up to members of the community to take the next steps and reach out to build & expand on new connections.

All told, the event was a great success -- and hopefully this is just the beginning!

Open Studios, August 23rd

WE'RE OPENING OUR DOORS AND WELCOMING YOU TO
THE STUDIOS AT MASS MOCA!


Date: Thursday, August 23rd
When: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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Directions to the Studios:
When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

Open Studios, July 19th

We're opening our doors and welcoming you to
The Studios at MASS MoCA!
 

Date: Thursday, July 19th
When: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus
 

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Images courtesy of Eman Alshawaf


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Autumn Ahn
Eman Alshawaf
Johannes James Barfield
Jaime Bird
Leah Dixon
Jack Hogan
Elizabeth Kadetsky
Soojin Kim
Firoz Mahmud
Rachel Porter


Directions to the Studios:
When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

July Artist Opportunities

(If you have a great opportunity to share, please send suggestions to assetsforartists@massmoca.org.)


Unique Opportunity for Printmakers

Zea Mays Printmaking is offering a unique opportunity for a select group of artists seeking to deepen their artistic practice while developing their printmaking skills. The Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) pairs each participating artist with a Zea Mays Printmaking faculty mentor. Working closely together on a self-designed course, the mentor is there to guide the artist through technical and conceptual challenges, helping refine the artist’s eye and skill.

Deadline: July 1st
No Entry Fee


Open Call for Artists

NURTUREart is a nonprofit in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY that presents a full season of exhibitions annually through a juried and free open call. We support individual artists and collaboratives for unique solo shows as well as emerging curators in preparation of a group exhibition. Our gallery space is a platform to connect audiences, including local public school students, to artists’ exhibitions and their creative ideas. Selected artists receive support to prepare for their exhibition, including promotion of their show. A modest artist fee and materials fee, depending on funding, is provided to exhibiting artists.

Deadline: July 8th
No Entry Fee

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Call for NEW Landmark Mural

Fathom Companies is seeking Maine based artists to submit proposals to design, create and install a wall mural at 80 Exchange Street, Portland Maine. The 80 Exchange Street Mural project is an investment in the city’s future and will provide a contemporary visual public art display and add color and visual interest, character and a unique sense of place to the location.  Fostering community and partnerships with the city of Portland and area businesses, this public mural will demonstrate commitment to urban renewal and growth in the Portland neighborhood. This public work will add a new layer to the city fabric and serve as a featured canvas for contemporary art. The budget is between $40,000 and $80,000.

Deadline: July 15th
No Entry Fee

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80 Exchange Street


Funded Residency in Memphis

The multidisciplinary artist residency program at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee, offers residencies to visiting and Memphis-based artists working in any creative discipline including visual and performing arts, musicians, filmmakers and writers in all genres. All residencies include a private studio workspace with meals provided six days a week. Live/work residencies also include a private bedroom/bathroom next to a common living area and kitchen. A family housing option is available as well as accessible housing for residents with disabilities. All residencies are offered at no cost to participants, who are responsible for covering their own studio materials and travel expenses to and from Memphis.

Deadline: July 15th
Entry Fee: $10

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Call for Sidewalk Murals in North Adams

To celebrate the eleventh season of DownStreet Art programming, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) is commissioning four new sidewalk murals in North Adams for DownStreet Art 2018. DownStreet Art invites artists interested in community engagement and social practice to work with the North Adams community and collaboratively realize sidewalk murals. Murals will be painted with community participation during DownStreet Art Thursday events on: June 28, July 26, August 30 + September 27.  All sites are located within the new North Adams Cultural District and have been pre-selected by DownStreet Art staff and approved by the City of North Adams.  For site locations/dimensions and information go here.


Deadline: July 15th
No Entry Fee

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Open call for VIDEO AND RELATED MEDIA

Brooklyn Art Cluster is inviting video and related media artists to submit to the pop-up show in August and also to the video screening event during the weekend of Gowanus Open Studio in October. The exhibition title is “Freeze tag” and will represent video and related media works of New York based artists. The show will be held at the “Playground Brooklyn”, Brooklyn Art Cluster’s new Co-working and event space for artists and other creatives. It will be launched in September and now there are 20 empty rooms and spacious open area. The selected works will be installed in each room or shown in the open event area.

Deadline: July 24th
No Entry Fee

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live, work & create AT Elsewhere's Living Museum

Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC is seeking applications for their 2019 Residencies, Fellowships & Internships from creatives working across media, fields, and disciplines. Elsewhere’s evolving collection of past projects, material surplus, unique concepts, and access to local and national communities provide an unparalleled site for creative inquiry. Join them in using the collection of a former thrift store to inspire new futures from old things!

Deadline: July 27th
No Entry Fee

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Zeelie Brown, Fear No Joy


Emerging Artist Program

Kingston Gallery’s Emerging Artist Program in Boston is currently accepting applications. The Emerging artist program was conceived to act as a stepping stone for an artist early in their career, into the professional art world of exhibiting and operating an artist run gallery. The gallery will help an emerging artist show a body of new work in a professional setting. The emerging artist will be connected with experienced mentors who will educate them on the practical aspects of every day art gallery business. In addition, they will have the opportunity to voice their own vision and ideas about future goals for the gallery.

Deadline: July 30
No Entry Fee

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Veronica A Pérez, wrecking ball, mortar, hair, 15 x 7 inches, 2016.


Grants for Music Performance In NEW England

Music Drives Us strives to support musicians who have a passion for the shared musical performance experience. Throughout New England, talented musical groups are struggling to obtain funds to bring their music to interested listeners through free concert series in schools, after-school programs, and public spaces in town. Music Drives Us works with New England musicians to build programs that use grants to compensate artists for their time and expenses.

Deadline: August 1
No Entry Fee

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Performance Opportunity in Philly

Vox Populi in Philidelphia accepts performance proposals for their lobby area on a rolling basis. Performances take place during select first Friday receptions along with their gallery exhibitions. Proposals may take a multitude of forms: experimental music or dance, workshops, discussions, performance art or alternative temporary exhibitions.  Performers will receive a $100 honorarium for their work. Proposals are considered as needed.

Deadline: rolling
No Entry Fee

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Welcome Rhode Island Artists!

We are excited to finally announce our newest cohort of artists from Rhode Island! This year we partnered with Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the United States Department of Agriculture to offer matched saving grants to artists living or working in rural Rhode Island. 

Whether immersed in the intricacy of macrame, drawing in space with steel or writing a screenplay, this impressive cohort of artists from across the state is really heating things up, some of them quite literally in the glass shop! Drawing inspiration from Rhode Island's natural and coastal surroundings is another common thread linking this group of artists and taking the forms of stained glass, painting, wood-carving and metalsmithing.


For Michael Gabrielle, making art has always been a meditative process and ultimately a way of taking care of himself.  While his work has taken many forms over the years, he has recently found himself immersed in the world of macrame. Creating the thousands of knots necessary to complete a macrame piece is an exercise in patience and passion. He is drawn to the calmness and rest he finds in the intricacy of this process. Michael also shares his passion for art and healing though his work as the Program Director of PeaceLove, an expressive arts studio focused on mental health and mental wellness. He helps people find personal fulfillment by using creativity for authentic, imaginative and spontaneous expression.

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 work by Hannah Purcell Martin

work by Hannah Purcell Martin

Hannah Purcell Martin is a painter and glassblower from Smithfeild, RI. Both mediums present the opportunity for her to create brightly colored, saturated and organic shapes and forms. Her paintings start by applying a spontaneous layer of dark stain. These inky black brush strokes influence colorful and free-flowing layers to follow. While her paintings are rooted in the natural landscape, she allows her imagination to transform reality into abstraction, creating scenes that suggest fantastical space-scapes, whimsical dwellings, mythical creatures or strange biology. Her glass creations also seem to be artifacts of her imaginary lands. She enjoys making glass jars because they have an implied use that can only be fulfilled by their future owners, only complete when a jar is filled.


Andrew Haviland grew up on the coast of Maine, but currently resides in Cranston, RI, where he operates Andrew Haviland Original Works. His pieces are hand carved, cast, and finished locally in the small ocean state of Rhode Island. Needless to say, Andrew’s jewelry and metalwork are nautical by nature. Andrew has always been interested in the natural world, especially exoskeletons and shells. He is particularly inspired by the natural defense mechanisms of these small, fragile ocean creatures and how they can thrive in such harsh environments. This story of resilience has taken root in all of his work, making his wearables also function as reminders of survival and adaptation.

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Andrew Haviland, Open Cluster Barnacle Ring, Crustacea Cirripedia I


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Jennifer Weeden-Black, Great Blue Heron (in progress)

Since 2012, Jennifer Weeden-Black has owned and operated Islandesign Glass out of her home studio in Jamestown, RI. She owes much of the inspiration behind her stained glass creations to her beloved hometown. The beaches, farms, two bridges and lighthouses of Jamestown are frequently depicted in her glass work. She also integrates found and re-purposed glass into her pieces, such as vintage glass bottles that serve the dual purpose of holding a flower. Using found sea glass from local beaches further connects her work to a sense of place and home. Jennifer also enjoys opportunities to teach youth and adults the art of stained glass.


Isabel Mattia takes the practice of sketching to the next level, often in the form of welded steel. The sketchbook, she believes, is a proving ground or test lab for artists “where we jot a quick idea in the middle of the night, draw the woman’s ear in front of us on the train, draw a form, trace it, retrace it, erase it”. Her sculptures become drawings in space that three-dimensionally engage viewers in the function and experience of drawing. This process is a way for Isabel to celebrate the explorative marks that accumulate in the pages of a sketchbook, whether they be quick doodles or labored drafting. Isabel lives on a nascent Farm in Little Compton Rhode Island and is an MFA candidate at Rhode Island School of Design.

 Isabel Mattia,  Baby, i love you and that rainbow ball

Isabel Mattia, Baby, i love you and that rainbow ball


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Lynne DeBeer, Life Quilt #2

Lynne DeBeer has been making art since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Her early creative musings led to an impressive 40 year career dedicated to the arts in a variety of different capacities. Now Lynne is picking up that crayon once again and transitioning from a life of full-time consulting/teaching work to finally focusing her own painting career. This time, oil crayon is her material of choice, used in combination with beeswax, natural materials and acrylic. Ranging from realistic to abstract, her work is about the physical process of building and excavating materials on canvas. She is currently creating a series of canvasses which are autobiographical in nature. Lynne is based in Tiverton, RI and has a studio in Bristol.


Mark Perry's contemporary works are inspired and informed by early American folk art sculpture. He is drawn to the passionate spirit present in these early works, the naive expressions of day-to-day themes and their natural patinas created from time and weather. He carves both animal and figurative wood sculptures using a variety of tools, including power and traditional hand tools such as knives, gouges and a mallet. Once carved, the sculpture is finished with paint. He often adds found metal or antique elements into his work to help define a narrative. Mark hopes his carvings will become heirloom works of art that have a place in today’s contemporary world but that will continue to be appreciated from one generation to the next. Mark is based in Westerly, RI.

 Mark Perry,  Little Jerry

Mark Perry, Little Jerry


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Kristen Falso-Capaldi

Kristen Falso-Capaldi is dedicated to the craft of creative writing. Since 2013, she has written two novels, several screenplays, a stage play and numerous short stories and essays. She’s accomplished all of this while juggling a career as a full time public school teacher. Her recent work can be found in Good Housekeeping, Volume 1 Brooklyn and Joyland. Kristen is based in Chepachet, RI and is currently working on the production of a full length stage play.


For Paige Vargo-Willeford, painting is a way to capture energy and find a place of stillness. Paige has Tourette’s syndrome, which for her involves a series of up to thousands of involuntary movements a day. While painting, she finds that she can be entirely still. Because of this, the confluence between movement and stillness and between outer and inner experience has become the foundation of her work. Using watercolors and oils, she seeks to bring the experience of feeling and sensation into a visual field. She draws deep inspiration from nature and her South County home in rural Rhode Island. Paige also works with wildlife and nature centers to develop and teaching watercolor workshops that emphasize the experience of feeling rather than seeing. She hopes to encourage participants to focus on those elements of nature which speak to them on a deeper physical level.

 Paige Vargo-Willeford ,   Serene Breezes at Nightfall

Paige Vargo-Willeford, Serene Breezes at Nightfall


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Adam Waimon, LimonCello

Adam Waimon is a glass artist from North Kingstown, RI whose work consists of blown, sculpted and carved glass. At times he will incorporate wood, metal and stone into his glass works. Though many of the works are abstract, his initial inspiration comes from nature. His Carved Series for example, is inspired by growth and the cycles of seasons and is comprised of forms influenced by seeds, leaves and flowers. His use of subtle monochromatic and transparent color allows the delicately engraved surface to refract and transmit light, creating strong elegant forms with a minimalist approach.