As a resident of Boston’s South Shore for more than two decades, Bart Blumberg has photographed and exhibited much of the natural beauty and iconic features of the area. His coastal landscapes, moon rises, sunrises and sunsets are well known through exhibitions, social media, and his occasional appearance at arts festivals and shows. Bart is also an avid world traveler (Costa Rica, Hawaii, Paris, India, Kenya, the Caribbean, Denmark, Latvia, and Cuba) and enjoys the challenge of capturing the area’s people, culture, architecture and natural beauty. He exhibits frequently at member and juried art association shows throughout the South Shore (Plymouth, Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, and Hull) and beyond, and has won several awards. He even had a photograph, Ted’s Red Seat, selected by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Red Sox to hang in the MFA as part of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary. As a resident of Hull, Bart is active with the Hull Artists where he is a board member.
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Judi Getch Brodman
Judi Getch Brodman, a native of Massachusetts, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Emmanuel College and her Masters of Science degree from Boston University College of Engineering. She is a professional artist, photographer and a published writer.
An engineer by trade, Brodman has become an accomplished watercolor artist. Her paintings are strong and vibrant, sharing with the viewer her love and enthusiasm for watercolors; they also reflect her love of the ocean brought on by spending her summers in Wellfleet (Cape Cod) starting when she was a child and now her winters in Highland Beach, Florida where she coaches a local painting group. Her additional time is spent painting in the mountains of Stowe, Vermont.
Her passion is bright sunshine, dark contrasts from the shadows, the feel of warm summer sunshine, long winter shadows, the vivid purples and blues of late winter days and cold winter water. She tries to include a building or structure in her paintings, attributing this quirk to her math background. She loves the perspective that comes with buildings, adding a 3-D feel to the painting. She paints in watercolors because they are unpredictable, a quality that scares a lot of artists, but one that she finds irresistible. She loves that the paint takes on a life of its own causing bleeds, drops, streams, all attainable only in watercolors.
Judi’s award winning work has been shown in many juried shows as well as her own one person shows throughout New England and FL. Her paintings and prints can be found in the Front Street Art Gallery in Scituate, MA. Articles about Judi and her work have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Coastal Star (a south Florida newspaper), and the Stowe, Vermont Guide where her painting graced the cover of the winter edition.
Maureen K. Brookfield
Maureen is a representational watercolor artist and has been drawing and painting since she was a child in England. For years, while raising her family, she continued to pursue her love of art and enhance her natural ability by studying and taking workshops with many local, prominent and nationally known artists. Formal studies and Fine Art studio work also included New York’s Parsons School of Design and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey.
Although Maureen has painted in other mediums, watercolor is always her first choice. “I love the spontaneity of watercolor with its beautiful transparency and juicy color. Laying down those first washes is always exciting for me; I delight in what happens when the paint hits the paper!”
She is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NYC. A Juried Art Member of Academic Artists, the South Shore Art Association, Cape Cod Art Association and the Plymouth Art Guild.
National shows and awards include Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NYC, North East Watercolor Society Juried International Exhibition, New England Watercolor Society, Academic Artists Open National Exhibition of Realism, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Cape Cod Art Museum and the Art Complex Museum Winter Juried Show, Duxbury.
Her paintings are in numerous corporate collections including, Boston Children’s Physicians in Weymouth and the South Shore Hospital Collection. She also donated an 8x24’ Mural in the Children’s Pediatric Emergency Center at the hospital.
She has illustrated five children’s books and found it a wonderful and challenging experience. Her first book “E is for Empire” won the NY State Reading Association Charlotte Award. She was also a contributing illustrator to “P is for Passport” a 2003 MIPA Merit Award Winner.
Maureen is a featured artist in “100 Artists of New England” a book by Ashley Rooney, published by Schiffer Publishing, and will be in Ashley’s new book “Artists Homes and Studios” which will be
out next year.
Early in her marriage, Candace Clark studied with her mother-in-law, Maryjane Clark, who was a Master Craftsman Antique Decorator who taught her freehand bronze, stenciling, theorem painting, primitive painting, reverse painting on glass as well as other techniques. Reproducing these antique patterns is exacting and somewhat restrictive in the creative process though no less satisfying. After a while she decided to explore other areas of art which allowed more freedom. She pursued oil painting and participated in many workshops including design, monoprinting, computer graphics, abstract painting, and most recently encaustic.
For many years, Candy and her husband had a family farm which included both a wide range of barn animals and a large vegetable garden and she expressed her artistic interests in teaching Barnyard Art and Gardening. Her understanding of nature appears in much of her work.
Upon her husband’s retirement, with the family grown, and fewer farm animals, she began watercolor lessons with Mary Beth LoPiccolo, where she learned new techniques and materials. Currently, she is enjoying the challenge of watercolor on Yupo paper which gives a luminous and somewhat abstract quality to her paintings.
In 1971, Dick’s interest in fine arts blossomed under the mentoring of Richard Michael Gibney of Rockport, MA. A life long relationship began and Gibney’s belief that, as an artist, one should work in as many mediums as possible: oil, acrylic, water color, colored pencil, pastel, egg emulsion and egg tempera are reflected in Copello’s work. This philosophy applies to subject matter as well and Dick’s broad range of thematic choices includes wildlife and birds, still lifes, landscapes, seascapes, nudes, portraits, architectural renderings.
Since retiring from 31-year teaching career teaching English, Civics and World History, Dick has had more time to devote to his other passions: fine woodworking, wood carving, stone carving, stained glass, poetry, music and gardening. Philosophically, he feels that an artist’s life is enriched by the pursuance of the creation of beauty in any medium or form. In 2008, Copello had a still life as well as a landscape painting juried into the All New England Exhibition at the Cape Cod Art Association.
Janet L. Cornacchio
Growing up with two artist parents can be both inspiring and frustrating: art supplies were plentiful, as were books on art instruction and art history; not to mention continuous exposure to contemporary artists in local galleries and frequent visits to the fine art museums in the Boston and New York area. Mix in youthful independence, I rebelled against my natural inclinations.
After graduate school, while working in crafts, fabric painting, and tromp l’oeil designs, the call of “fine arts” could no longer be ignored by Janet. Twenty years later having studied with a number of local artists, Mary Lizotte, Mary Beth LoPiccolo, Katherine Smit, and Mary Callahan, her inherited talent and skills continue to evolve. Currently Janet paints in vibrant watercolor with a style that is heading towards expressionism and a bit abstracted. She focuses on flowers and birds because of her love of gardening. Working in the garden and studying backyard birds have resulted in an innate understanding of her flowers and the garden’s avian visitors.
My journey from parental influence through college art history study and work with many local artists now resonates in my work. I am now able to take advantage of my dad’s advice and skill. Good form and design are important, but of paramount interest is color: intense, subtle, flowing or controlled. Color tells the story. Realism has been done; extreme contemporary art goes too far with its personal symbolism. Whether revealing the richness of an apple, the tilt of a bird’s head or the delicacy of a daffodil, color fascinates. Its variety abounds within even a single water drop or rose petal. I hope you share my vision and find it satisfyingly fulfilled in my works.
Janet has been the president of the Scituate Arts Association since 2008. Her works have been exhibited at North River Art, Duxbury Art, Pembroke and Hingham Library’s Clement and Dolphin Gallery, Linden Ponds and Brewed Awakenings. She has received awards from the SAA, Duxbury & North River Arts. She is a member of the SAA’s Front Street Gallery.
Being an artist was not a choice, John Cornacchio states, but a compulsion. At the age of nine, he found his way to the Art Room at the local Boys Club in Brooklyn, NY and for the rest of his life, John has felt compelled to go to his easel and express his love of nature.
John majored art in high school, graduated from the Pratt Art Institute and attended courses at Massachusetts College of Art. As an art director and illustrator for publishing organizations, greeting card companies and even Disney, John continued to use his compulsion to draw and paint, building a lasting career in art.
John served as director of the Westwood Art Gallery, the Helen Bumpus Gallery, and today, continues as a board member for the Front Street Art Gallery in Scituate.
Marianne F. Buckley Curran
Art is a visual form of communication. So much of what we experience in life is through this sense. If, as an artist I can capture a moment in time and convey that into a painting that other people can also reflect upon, experience and hopefully appreciate then I have met my goal. I strive for three things when I create a composition. First to express the idea, “What am I trying to say?” The piece must have a clear message. Secondly that message must be delivered in a good design that enhances and supports the objective and thirdly but no less important, is the effect of light on the form, with local colors and in conjunction with what I am saying. For the past few years I have dedicated myself to the development of my personal artistic voice. The creative process, which has given substance to my voice, is not only fed and stimulated visually but also through my additional senses of smell, hearing, taste and touch. Living in Hull, I can witness firsthand the coolness of an ocean breeze, the taste of the salt air, the fine spray upon my face, the crash of the tide upon the bank and the vision of the sun dancing off the surface water. It is this example of assimilation that combines with individual uniqueness to create my art.
Ray Des Roches
Ray Des Roches fell in love with photography in a basic photography and darkroom course in graduate school at California State College at Long Beach, California. His work took him in another direction, but now retired he’s hoping to develop photography and framing into a part time career. He and his wife have taken to the road with their RV, travelling coast to coast and through the Canadian Maritimes. His camera goes everywhere with him including on his 30’ sailboat. Loving both nature and photography, he shares his way of looking at the world through his photographs.
Des Roches is a juried member of the Hull Artist’s Studio Connection, a member of the Norwood Art Association, Scituate Arts Association and South Shore Camera Club. He won both the first prize and honorable mention in photography in a Norwood Art Show. He has donated his photographs of Scituate Light in the fog to a number of charities.
Leo Dwyer, a Gallery artisan and Scituate resident came to artistic passion from an unconventional route following 22 years as a career army officer. Many assignments to Fort Sill Oklahoma drew his attention him to the captivating southwest gourd art form. Following retirement, Leo began to study with John Hernandez, an acclaimed artist and curator of the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton Oklahoma. The gourds that Leo uses are grown and dried in California. They are then cleaned, cut, and stained before long leaf pine needles are woven into the piece. Stitching is added to create a unique and fresh bowl or artistic vessel. Leo continues to study with John and experiments with different mixed media to refine and expand his work. Leo's entry into this summer’s South Shore Arts Festival Juried Show won first place in the mixed media category.
John Hietala is a juried artist at the Russell Gallery of Plymouth, MA and the Front Street Gallery of Scituate, MA. He studied art at the New England School of Art in Boston and has taken many workshops, classes, and seminars from instructors both locally and nationally known. His instructors include Joanne Papendrea, Andrew Kusmin, Andy Everson, Tony Visco, and Chen-Khee Chee. John enjoys the challenge of conveying the beauty of God’s creations to the viewer of his paintings. John’s primary medium is watercolor and he constantly strives to improve as a painter, always trying to reach the next plateau.
Carol Bindu Holder
Carol Bindu Holder received a BS from Massachusetts College of Art and an MA from Bridgewater State College. She continued on through the years with postgraduate studies in art and education at the Massachusetts College of Art, Bridgewater State College, Framingham State College and Boston University. Carol is a retired public school art teacher who has taught at all levels. She also conducted art and social studies workshops for fellow teachers.
Carol has had a number of one woman shows in Massachusetts: Westwood Public Library; Scituate Public Library; Sylvania Company, Waltham; and Front Street Art Gallery, Scituate. Her work has been shown in the following galleries: Wynne/Falconer Gallery, Chatham; Wellesley Art Gallery; and the Longborg - Feeney Gallery, Scituate. She is currently showing in the Front Street Art Gallery where she has been an active member for many years.
Her art studies were enhanced by studying with regional artists of note - Ellen Waylan, John Kilroy, William Bartlett, and Murray Wentworth. In addition to her teaching and studying, she operated an animal portrait business, taking on many commissions. She is currently focusing on oil paintings of nature scenes and still life. Her powerful paintings of the sea are in demand at the Front Street Art Gallery.
Mary Beth LoPiccolo
Mary Beth, a graduate the Philadelphia College of Art, is experienced in both Commercial and Fine Arts. Her studies continued on arrival in Massachusetts with Jack Callahan and Constance Flavell Pratt. She soon became involved in the SAA where she has been an active member for well over a decade. Over time Mary has focused on watercolor where she has found that with repeated practice, fingers dancing on the canvas like a pianist on the keys, she can weave both experience and the subconscious to create an organic whole. Mary continues to work in both the commercial and fine art worlds. She finds that the strong draftsmanship and design of commercial art merge with the spiritual perspective of fine arts to create a truly inspirational and satisfying work.
David Macaulay is an oil painter whose primary focus is seascapes, nautical still life’s, and landscapes. Raised in an arts centered household on the West Coast, he abandoned an early interest in painting to pursue a career in business. After earning an MBA in International Business, he moved to New York City, Connecticut and Washington D.C. where he had the opportunity to indulge his artistic interests while pursuing his career. Finally, after living in Europe with his family for 15 years, he returned to the United States in 2008 and took up painting again on the island of Nantucket. Surrounded by the ocean, he has developed a keen interest in the sea and the people who live and play there.
David’s painting style is centered around realistic images from photographs, plein air, and various sketches which are then interpreted to mix realism and impressionism in various degrees and colors. He is a member of the Scituate Artists Association, Hull Artists, South Shore Artist Association, and the Artist Association of Nantucket.
David spends time with his wife Ginny travelling between their two islands of Nantucket and Spinnaker (Hull, MA) where the water is always within easy access. He is the owner of “Act 3 Arts.”
Bill Mattern is a retired teacher but his background includes sail making, photography and watercolor artist.
Mattern has been a sailor since early childhood. In college, he was the national freshman collegiate champion. In World War II, Mattern served in the Coast Guard on board a 76 foot sailing vessel on anti-submarine patrol. He also spent over a year on the Boston pilot boat were he participated in hand rowing pilots to and from the transports. Over the years he has been a winning skipper in dozens of different class sailboats. He was a sail maker for over 40 years and made several significant advances in the design and production of sails that are widely used today.
Mattern has been a photographer for over 40 years and has won many ribbons for his work including ‘best of show.’ His photographs can be found in over a dozen photo “tabletop” books where inclusion was based upon competitive selection. Mattern was a three time prize winner, including first prize in a book about Massachusetts where there were over 2000 entries.
Although he didn’t start painting until he was older, his art work is now included in over 300 private collections. With his marine background, it’s not surprising that much of Mattern’s artwork is about the marine scene.
Mattern has been heavily influenced by Marshall Joyce, his teacher for over three years. In his opinion, Marshall could create a Marine scene that transported the viewer into the scene. He feels that successful art can enhance the life experience of the viewer.
Ed's medium is watercolor. He has been painting since he was ten years old. As an art major in South Boston High School, Ed attended after school classes at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. When he graduated high school, he continued his studies at the MFA under a two year study grant.
He also studied at the Famous Artists School in Connecticut, L'Ecole de Beaux Art for two years as well as the Worchester Museum of Fine Arts.
Ed is a member of the Scituate Arts Association, South Shore Art Center, Braintree Art Association, Weymouth Art Association, Quincy Art Association and the North River Art Association.
Paul Mogan is attracted by anything maritime including the sea and sky, rivers, shacks, boats, docks, flotsam and jetsam, creatures, beaches, harbors, vegetation and lighthouses which dominate his subject matter. Time, tide, wind, wave, sun and salt, all create a seaside patina which benefit from an impatient, decisive gestural approach to painting. Watercolor is well suited for this task plus it is in perfect sync with his predisposition to think slow and paint fast.
Paul Mogan doodled early in life at the DeCordova Museum.
He holds a BS in communications from Boston University and later studied design and sculpture at Washington University and the University of Wisconsin. His maritime paintings appear regularly in juried shows including New England Watercolor Society Regional and National Open exhibits. His work has been collected by both individuals and corporations.
Paul Mogan’s studio and residence overlook salt marshes in a charming seaside town near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. www.paulmogan.com
For over 40 years Theodore Nystrom has been a familiar and popular “plein air” artist who enjoys painting on location throughout New England. His well-known watercolors of famous landmarks, seascapes, and landscapes are rendered in a realistic style, using what Nystrom refers to his “natural” palette.
“The vibrant colors I use are those which emulate hues created by Mother Nature for us to enjoy”
Nystrom’s subjects reflect his belief of one’s peaceful coexistence with nature. Boats, houses, fences and gardens are commonly found in his compositions, along with untamed natural elements of ocean and sky.
“ A strong sky is very important in each of my painting. The sky is the origin of light. Oceans and waterways mirror, to some degree, the colors of the sky, as do other elements. I strive for this natural color unity in my paintings”
Nystrom is a supporting member of many art organizations, such as the prestigious Copley Society, in Boston.
A life time member and an a signature artist member of the Rhode Island Watercolor society, in Pawtucket, R.I
A member of the Scituate Art Association and a a gallery artist in the Front Street Art Gallery in Scituate, Massachusetts.
His work are in private collections, both domestic and international. He accepts commissions for landscapes and house portraits. His watercolors and oils may be viewed by appointment at the artist’s studio in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
A lifelong artist, Dorothy Pentheny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a major in English and concentrations in art. Her photographs won acceptance in design exhibits at the University Gallery. After a career as a Technical Writer and Editor, she focused her attention on her oil paintings. Recently juried into the North River Arts Festival Show, her work has also hung in the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, the Robert and Dorothy Palmer Gallery at SSC in Hingham, and the Plymouth Arts Guild juried show. A lifelong learner, Dorothy continues to augment her education with many years of self-study, classes and workshops. Her teachers include Margaret McWethy, Dianne Panarelli Miller, Sue Charles, Ellen Whalen, John Kilroy and Marcia Ballou.
Member of Scituate Arts Association, North River Arts Society, South Shore Art Center, and Plymouth Arts Guild
Kay Shaw, a native of New Jersey, has made her home in Scituate, Massachusetts since 1962. She earned a an Art Degree from Skidmore College. She continued her art studies at the Boston Museum School as well as at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, and with several outstanding professionals in the field of art.
Primarily a plein air painter, Kay has taken advantage of local subjects from travels to the Caribbean and from her home state's "Jersey Shore." Her watercolors reflect a wide variety of interests including her more recent interest in the human figure, particularly showing people in everyday situations.
Having been a professional commercial as well as fine artist since college, Kay has been teaching watercolor classes and has had numerous one-woman shows. She holds gallery memberships in the Plymouth Guild, North River Arts Society, Scituate Arts Association, the South Shore Art Center where she exhibits and demonstrates.
Charles W. Stockbridge is a marine Artist, currently residing in Mattapoisett, MA., formerly of Scituate, MA. He is a self taught artist and is classically trained as a student of history and antiquity. His inspirations are the American Hudson River School and Luminist painters of the 19th century. Artists, Martin Johnson Heade, Fitz Henry Lane and Mauritz Frederick DeHaas speak to him and their work helps guide his independent style. Contemporary masters, William Davis and Sergio Roffo also influence his work and Charles has had the honor to paint with both artists.
Charles’ representational work covers historical scenes, the study and recreation of harbor portraits and sailing craft. His contemporary paintings focus on waterfront, beachfront and classic catboats, sloops and working craft of the New England waters. He enjoys painting Cape Cod & the Islands, Maine and Coastal Massachusetts scenes. Utilizing a traditional palette, Charles endeavors to create luminous skies and the sublime poetry of God’s work.
Charles Stockbridge is the past president of the Scituate Arts Association, former director of the Front Street Art Gallery. His work is on continuous exhibition at the Front Street Gallery, Gallery 333 in North Falmouth and Plymouth Guild/Russell Gallery. He has received honors from various art associations and shows. Best representational painting, Plymouth 42nd Annual Show, American Society of Marine Artists New England museum tour and member and recently top honor at the Pembroke Arts Festival as well as various juries. His work is held in collections in North America and Europe.
Carole A. Thurlow
Carole Thurlow deserves recognition as someone who can be considered a rarity among today’s gallery artists: a painter in oils who can win over the viewer simply with her sureness and technical mastery in a variety of subject matter, including abstract, still life and landscape. All of her work abounds in chunks of joyfully vivid color, but it’s a palette and format that she keeps refreshingly earthbound with her insistence on structured composition and balance.
The strength and boldness of Carole’s paintings unmistakably owe something to her early career in graphics, both as an illustrator for shipbuilding and electronics firms and as a designer for advertising agencies and publishers. Her fascination with oils has been constant throughout.
An avid practitioner of plein air painting, working not only at her native South Shore locations, and in the company of several sister artists, she has visited many other areas of the Northeast Coast, notably the island of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes plus Florida and Provence on occasion.
A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in Design, she has also studied at the Boston’s Museum School. Her awards in oils are many. She is an active member and gallery artist at the SAA’s Front Street Art Gallery along with associations with South Shore Art Center and North River Arts Society.
Ken Vallario was born in Washington, DC and grew up in south Florida, until his move to New England in 1981.He has been fascinated by the New England the coast in particular. Such a sense of permanence and timelessness.. His inspiration are artists like Edward Hopper, the American Impressionist of Lyme, Connecticut and. Gloucester plus Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. Ken has been painting since childhood and pursued his passion for art through high school into the present. Starting with modern art until the present day where his focus is the New England coast.