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Classes in Drawing/Painting

Valerie Jeanne Borgal --- Studio #504Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: vjb@valeriejeannesart.com
Phone: 978-337-0280
Website:
www.valeriejeannesart.com

Watercolor, Pen and Ink, Scratchboard, Graphite

A graduate of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and Design, Valerie has pursued watercolor painting with a love for the movement and fluidity of the paint as it mixes with the water and flows over the paper. She has taught in many settings and enjoys the excitement her students receive as they accomplish the results they are trying to achieve. She believes drawing is the basic foundation of all art work and as long as a person can write their name they have already learned the basic elements of drawing. Val teaches drawing and watercolor. Drawing class will include working in pencil, colored pencil, conte' crayon, charcoal, pen and ink using stippling, scratchboard techniques and learning contour drawing, shading, perspective, composition and much more. Watercolor class will include, washes, dry brush, glazing, and more. No one is too young or too old to learn to create beautiful art. If you desire to do it, you can.
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Bill Bradbury --- Studio #A510Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: bbrad4745@gmail.com
Phone:
Website:
www.billbradbury-artist.com

Cartooning

Bill is a graduate of New England School of Art, Boston. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and numerous publications. He instructed courses in Cartooning and Advertising at UMass Lowell in the Continuing Education Division for about 15 years. He was employeed as a graphic artist at the Lowell Sun Newspaper for over 25years. Bill teaches a courses in Graphic Design at Middlesex Community College. He is a member of the Arts League of Lowell, The Whistler House Museum of Art and the Chelmsford Art Association. He spends a great deal of time doing portraits, caricatures, drawings and advertising. Bill shares Studio 5-15 at Western Avenue with his wife and creative partner Lois.
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Jennifer Clement --- Studio #A311Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: paint@theartistbar.com
Phone: 978 808 8411
Website:
www.TheArtistBar.com

Paint and Sip

The Artist Bar, as seen on Boston tv's Chronicle is New England's premier "Paint and Sip" party. The Artist Bar is owned and operated by professional Artist Jennifer Clement, a working artist for over 30 years, teaching and selling her paintings in major galleries around New England. She holds degrees in Fine Art/ Painting, Teaching, Marketing / Communication and Interior Design. The Artist Bar's mission is to make Art accessible to all while helping people create and explore their inner artist. Come and paint in a casual relaxed setting, you can reserve a date for a private party or corporate event in our studio. Come paint with a group of your friends or join an existing party.
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Jean Curley --- Studio #202Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: CurleyCreates@gmail.com
Phone: 978-302-0516
Website:
www.CurleyCreates.com

Watercolor

Watercolorist Jean Curley paints primarily landscapes and florals, with some of her work being intensely realistic, and others quite delicate. She has a deeply instilled appreciation for nature, and likes to capture the beauty of nature… the drama of light, the intensity of colors, or perhaps just something unusual. Her work is on display and available for sale at her studio, at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, and at Art on Main, a fine art gallery at 40 Main Street, Westford, MA. Jean teaches introductory through advanced watercolor classes, and also offers a try-it class for those interested in a quick exploration of the watercolor medium before purchasing all of the supplies. She emphasizes a minimal palette approach and encourages her students to truly enjoy their creative exploration of watercolors.
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Nikki Giraffo --- Studio #119Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: nikki.giraffo.art@gmail.com
Phone: 978-973-4314
Website:
nikkiGart.com

Graphite, Charcoal, Acrylic, Watercolor

As an art educator my goal is to cultivate a safe environment where my students learn what it means to critically examine their world, and where the technical skills to communicate visually are learned and strengthened. With these skills students will have the means to empower themselves through the expression of their identity in meaningful ways. Nikki Giraffo received a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Alfred University, NY in 2007 and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Affiliation with Tufts University, MA in 2010. She has taught a wide variety of age groups. Most recently, Nikki worked as an Art Instructor at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence where she taught Advanced Placement Studio Art, Drawing and Painting. Currently, Nikki teaches visual arts within the Alternative Schools of Lowell.
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Priscilla Levesque --- Studio #204Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: priscillalevesque3@gmail.com
Phone: 508-560-0638
Website:
www.priscillaart.com

Pencil, Charcoal

I have a BFA from UMass Amherst and have also studied with artists in- cluding Robert Roark, Paul George, Rosalie Nadeau and Selina Trieff. I have taught at numerous locations on Cape Cod, such as the Falmouth Artists Guild, the Cataumet Arts Center, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, and the Falmouth Community School. The drawing course I have developed is based on the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. The instruction methods in the book help students to overcome preconceived ideas of what they see and to draw what they actually see.
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Paula Mingolelli --- Studio #A408Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: thecreativehands@comcast.net
Phone: 979-808-0101
Website:

Oils, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pen and Ink

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Denise Rainis --- Studio #404Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: hello@deniserainis.com
Phone: 978-302-3695
Website:
www.deniserainis.com

Pastel, Acrylic

After many happy and fulfilling years as an educator, I now have the luxury of being a full time artist. The subject of my paintings is the ever-changing weather and seasons of New England, and the occasional dramatic light that allows transcendence from an ordinary scene to one of extraordinary and breathtaking beauty. I also love to paint on non-traditional canvases including birch bark, stone, and glass. I offer "Sip and Paint" style events as well as full day workshops. Please see my website for details.
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Ilene Richard --- Studio #325Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: ilene.richard@gmail.com
Phone: 978.621.4986
Website:
www.ilenerichard.com

Acrylic/Gouache, Children's Book Illustration

Ilene Richard is a fine art painter and children's book illustrator. She has a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in illustration, Graphic Design and Jewelry Design. As an illustrator, Ilene has had the wonderful opportunity to have worked with and been published by many publishing houses such as Random House, Scholastic, Kar-Ben, Grossett & Dunlap, Highlights Magazine and Spider Magazine to name a few. Ilene has been inducted into the National Association of Women Artists in New York and was written up as being one of the Top Fifty Emerging Artists to watch by Art Business News in 2012.
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Donald Sullivan --- Studio #A509Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: belviderestudio@aol.com
Phone: 978 204 6619
Website:
www.BelvidereStudio.net

Watercolor

A graduate of Mass College of Art who is a painter of realistic watercolor landscapes along the east coast, Italy, France, Greece, and Lowell cityscapes. Don loves working with color and changing light conditions, and the challenge of working plein-air. He has taught art in the public and private sectors for over 40 years. His work is in many private and corporate collections.
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Jean Theurkauf --- Studio #A516Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: jean@threadgardens.com
Phone: 978 563 9890
Website:
www.ArtOfTheTangle.com

Zentangle(r) Drawing

Jean has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Pychology from Brandeis University. After working for many years in software engineering, she has returned to her passions... art, fiber and teaching. She loves to pursue fiber art from a perspective that combines art and engineering, resulting in complex, often freeform pieces. She teaches with a goal of providing students with the skills, knowledge and tools to create their own designs, and not be shackled to prepared patterns. She is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher, having completed the Zentangle Certification Course with Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, founders of Zentangle. Her goal with Zentangle is to help students, particularly, the "non-artists" find their creative selves, and discover that they CAN create beautiful works of abstract art.
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Christopher Volpe --- Studio #521Drawing/Painting

Contact Information:

Email: chris@christophervolpe.com
Phone:
Website:
www.christophervolpe.com

Oils

Landscape oil painter Christopher Volpe paints moody, poetic landscapes and still lifes in an expressive, tonalist style, evoking emotional responses seldom elicited by contemporary art. Applying a graduate degree in poetry to the appreciation and practice of the painter's art, he currently teaches art history on the faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, N.H. and sells his work through the Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H., Northlight Gallery in Kennebunk, Maine, and Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, Mass. Oil Painting classes are ongoing, on a drop in basis.
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Classes in Fiber

Barbara Fletcher --- Studio #303Fiber

Contact Information:

Email: paper3d@hotmail.com
Phone: 978 688 8713
Website:
www.paperdimensions.com

Paper

Barbara holds a BFA from Syracuse University in Commercial Art. She is a sculptor of paper and mixed media materials that reflect the humor she sees all around her, particularly in the natural world.. In the mid-1980’s while living in Maine she completed a commission of fantasy sculpture for famed writer Stephen King. Now living in Boston for over 25 years, her art has been shown in numerous galleries and museums including The DeCordova Museum, The Danforth Museum and a one person show at The Children’s Museum. For over 15 years Barbara has taught children and adults in her studio, art centers and afterschool programs. Her work has been commissioned for hospitals including Children’s Hospital Boston, and medical facilities as well as restaurants including Captain Fishbone’s at Marina Bay, Quincy, MA. Her newest installation work which utilizes a technique with sprayed paper was on view in June of 2012 at Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. She is also honored to have been featured in many books over the years on paper art and paper casting, including Arnold Grummer’s “Complete Guide to Paper Casting” and “Paper in 3Dimensions” by Diane Maurer-Mathison. Her latest work consisting of sculptural lighting which utilizes a sprayed paper technique can be seen in “Paper Illuminated” by Helen Hiebert.
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Jean Theurkauf --- Studio #A516Fiber

Contact Information:

Email: jean@threadgardens.com
Phone: 978 563 9890
Website:
www.ThreadGardens.com

Knitting, Crocheting, Weaving

Jean has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Pychology from Brandeis University. After working for many years in software engineering, she has returned to her passions... art, fiber and teaching. She loves to pursue fiber art from a perspective that combines art and engineering, resulting in complex, often freeform pieces. She teaches with a goal of providing students with the skills, knowledge and tools to create their own designs, and not be shackled to prepared patterns. She is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher, having completed the Zentangle Certification Course with Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, founders of Zentangle. Her goal with Zentangle is to help students, particularly, the "non-artists" find their creative selves, and discover that they CAN create beautiful works of abstract art.
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Classes in Clay

Yary Livan --- Studio #A418Clay

Contact Information:

Email: ntith@yahoo.com
Phone: 978-726-6288
Website:

Cambodian Pottery Techniques

Yary Livan is a Master Cambodian Ceramicist and specializes in Cambodian Wood Firing. He is one of only three master ceramicists to survive the Khmer Rouge genocide and is one of only two still actively creating pottery. Yary is an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College, he is part of the Cambodian Wood Firing Kiln, newly built in Lowell and he has a working studio at Western Avenue Studios. Yary will be teaching Wednesday & Thursday evenings in his Studio.
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Classes in Glass

Aron Leaman --- Studio #125Glass

Contact Information:

Email: millcityglassworks@gmail.com
Phone:
Website:
www.millcityglassworks.com

Glass Blowing

Aron Leaman has been working with glass since 2001. He has spent years traveling and honing his skills working with many glass artist from around the word.  He currently resides in Lowell, Massachusetts where he opened a glass studio (Mill City Glass Works). He has taught at different schools around the county most recently Salem State University. His work is playful, colorful, and will make you smile. For him it is mostly playful because he is having fun during the process. Working with glass there is endless potential for improvement keeping it forever rewarding. When people see his work he likes to leave them pondering with a smile on their face how did he do that? Mill City Glass Works is a collaborative effort of two professional glass artists (Aron Leaman) (Peter Zimmerman) who came together to open a shop in Lowell, Massachusetts. The studio serves as a way to bring the experience of working with hot glass to those who are interested. We are offering a calm, respectful and creatively stimulating environment with a strong practice of the fundamentals in this very old and unique craft. Our shop is located on first floor of Western Avenue Studios, #125 feel free to stop by. If you are interested in a glass blowing Class, Workshop, or Experience please contact us and will be happy get back to you with availability. Private classes and lessons are also available.
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Peter Zimmerman --- Studio #125Glass

Contact Information:

Email: millcityglassworks@gmail.com
Phone:
Website:
www.millcityglassworks.com

Glass Blowing

1991 was the year I took a job at a production glass studio in Centralia, WA. I became a full team member and worked hard as an apprentice during my first six years. 1997 gave me the opportunity to work as a production glassblower on the island of Bermuda. I was influenced by Bermuda’s spirit and environment while I practiced with great devotion the traditional Venetian techniques, both solid and blown. 2007 was my opportunity to leave the island life and come back to the United States. I found my studio in Lowell, MA at Western Avenue Studios. New designs and new ways to connect are helping me reach my goal of touching an audience with my work and joy. Mill City Glass Works is a collaborative effort of two professional glass artists (Aron Leaman) (Peter Zimmerman) who came together to open a shop in Lowell, Massachusetts. The studio serves as a way to bring the experience of working with hot glass to those who are interested. We are offering a calm, respectful and creatively stimulating environment with a strong practice of the fundamentals in this very old and unique craft. Our shop is located on first floor of Western Avenue Studios, #125 feel free to stop by. If you are interested in a glass blowing Class, Workshop, or Experience please contact us and will be happy get back to you with availability. Private classes and lessons are also available.
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Classes in Jewelry

Betsy Keeney --- Studio #307Jewelry

Contact Information:

Email: centrevillagestudio@yahoo.com
Phone:
Website:

Metal Jewelry, Enameling

Betsy Keeney loves the possibilities that working with metal presents. Her goal is to reflect true craftmanship, each piece being formed by hand. She finds moving and forming metal exciting, which keeps her exploring this wonderful medium. Betsy earned her Undergraduate degree in Education, and her Masters in School Counseling. Besides working, and teaching Metal Jewelry and Enameling in her studio, she is a part time faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
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Heather Wang --- Studio #319Jewelry

Contact Information:

Email: heatherwangjewelry@yahoo.com
Phone:
Website:
www.heatherwang.com/index.php/site/static/private-lessons

Metalsmithing, Enameling, Wedding Band Workshops

Heather Wang has been designing and making contemporary fine jewelry at Western Avenue Studios since 2006. She earned her BFA in Jewelry & Light Metals from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002, and her MFA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery from London's Royal College of Art in 2004. She taught both teen and adult jewelry making and enameling classes at the Brookline Arts Center from 2007-2013.
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Classes in Mixed

Maxine Farkas --- Studio #A208Mixed

Contact Information:

Email: maxine.farkas@gmail.com
Phone: 978 349-8069
Website:

Collage

Trained as a geographer, I have been making art for 30 years, first as a fiber artist now as a mixed media artist. I have been teaching even longer than I have made art. For me, teaching is about helping students over come their fear of failure and revel in the joy of exploring new ideas.
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Lisa Hertel --- Studio #311/312Mixed

Contact Information:

Email: lisa@cogitation.org
Phone: 508 574 8685
Website:

Clay pottery. Wire. Drawing. Watercolors. Shrinkydinks

A former assistant at the Essex Art Center, Lisa Hertel has had experience teaching both children and adults. She offers individualized pottery lessons at $25/hour (plus kiln fees), or children's classes throughout the year for a wide range of ages. Please call or email for details.
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Classes in Photography

Richard Bramante --- Studio #A521Photography

Contact Information:

Email: webmaster@richardbramante.com
Phone: 978-710-8235
Website:
www.richardbramante.com

Photography

Richard has had a strong interest in imagery and particularly photography since his early childhood. Although his career path was not in photography but engineering, he always maintained a strong interest in capturing images with his cameras. He has taken numerous courses, workshops and seminars presented by noted photographers. He remains a continuous student of photographic technology and current innovations in photographic creativity. Richard is able to teach his skills to individuals or small groups to ensure each student attains the information they require to further their photographic capabilities.
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Richard Wilkins --- Studio #515Photography

Contact Information:

Email: rwilkins999@comcast.net
Phone: (617) 461-3942
Website:
www.richardwilkinsphotography.com

Black and White, Analog (darkroom)

Although his portfolio includes fine art, street and nature work Richard considers himself a portrait and documentary photographer. He began shooting as a young teenager and only returned to photography after a long business career. He shoots primarily 35mm using both film and digital, but for him, film and traditional darkroom processes yield the more satisfying image and experience. He finds that black and white photography is the most effective medium for his work. While he considers himself essentially self-taught, he did take a number of photography courses while earning a degree in Journalism. As a student he sharpened his skills working as a photo lab (darkroom) assistant. Richard is now exploring the creative possibilities offered by the marriage of digital and traditional film processes. He lives in Boston and exhibits there and at Western Avenue Studios.
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John Wren --- Studio #A315Photography

Contact Information:

Email: wrenandrosestudio@gmail.com
Phone: 978-710-9550
Website:
www.wrenandrosestudio.com

Photography, Photoediting

John offers a series of digital photo editing classes and workshops. Basic camera, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom classes are scheduled though out the year. Specialized workshops can also be scheduled to meet your or your group’s needs. John has been instructing adult education and UMass Lowell workshops for over 14 years.
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