GARDEN ART WALK ARTISTS AND GARDENERS
We're excited to welcome back summer with our first ever Garden Art Walk! We're pairing up gardens of all sizes with artists of all kinds for a one-of-a-kind community experience. And we couldn't do any of this without the participation of our local gardeners and artists!
Begins at ReachArts, 89 Burrill Street
Date: Sunday, July 11 (Rain Date: July 18)
Barry Dorfman’s landscape on Gale Road is reminiscent of a tranquil Japanese Tea Garden, with peaceful winding paths through conifers, Japanese Maples, paper bark maples, lush hostas, and a mini pagoda. Barry explains, “I planted a few dwarf flowering trees in front of my window to bring nature inside and block the view of the paved road. In the spring, everything awakens!”
Upon stepping onto Barry’s property, there is a wonderful energy from the diverse beauty and especially from Barry as he graciously and excitedly showcases the precious, natural treasures.
Barry is a kind neighbor and provides a wonderful example of the harmony gardens can provide to the neighborhood.
Barry's good friend and neighbor, Sami, shares, "Barry's garden is an inspiration to his neighbors. His thoughtful design of green space reflects serenity and delight as you enter Gale Road. We are so fortunate and happy to have Barry as our neighbor."
Carl has lived in Swampscott for the past 24 years and has been a radio reporter for nearly 40 years. Now, in semi-retirement, he does a story a day for WBZ radio, and occupies himself with hobbies, like taking pictures of the sunset, riding his motorcycle, playing guitar, and splashing paint on a canvas.
The Glass House is a modernist home designed in 1957 by Martin Bloom, a Harvard graduate and student of Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus School. Carefully sited on an acre of wooded grounds, the house interacts with the landscape through walls of glass, framing views and blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors.
There are five distinct outdoor gardens/ spaces wrapping around the house. The unassuming front yard garden gives way to a planting of bamboo anchoring the elevated deck. The back of the house has a rocky outcrop garden framed by mature trees. A bend in a stone path surprises a visitor with a moon gate that leads to two distinct courtyard gardens where conifers have the presence of living sculptures throughout the changing season.
The close interaction of the house and the gardens was recently captured in a piece by Tovah Martin featured in the March/ April '21 issue of the New England Home Magazine.
Freda is an award-winning artist working in an expressionistic, representational manner. She has been painting all her life. A graduate of the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, she continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Art Students League of NY.
Freda is inspired by a variety of patterns in nature created by light and color. Her subject matter ranges from portraits to still lifes and landscapes. To evoke an emotional response to the energy and beauty of each subject, Freda relies on a combination of bold color, gestural marks and subtle tonal ranges. She works from direct observation, primarily in oil, in her studio and outdoors.
The Somer garden is composed of layers of perennials and bulbs, built over many years, supplemented by colorful annuals - in the style of an English country garden. There is also a hidden front yard vegetable garden, behind a hedge.
Margaret makes her own pottery and recently took up welding. Her newly welded turtle will be on display, as well as a squirrel skeleton she found and a doll tree.
Margaret’s creativity and energy has always included community organizations. She is a member of Swampscott for All Ages and SURE Diversity. When asked to spread the word about the Garden Art Walk, Margaret asked other members of the Seaside Cooperative Garden if they would display their vegetable gardens. Margaret helps our community garden grow!
ARTIST: Ellen Garvey
Ellen has been a glass blower for several years. She started by taking a glassblowing class at Salem State as a way to escape from her demanding career in high tech. It wasn't long before she was hooked. It's hot, dirty, expensive, and demanding: perfect.
When the pandemic hit, glassblowing ground to a halt, so the garden became her refuge for the summer and glass fusing - which she had previously just dabbled in – moved to the front burner. So now blowing and fusing have her attention. She is an instructor of blown and fused glass at Diablo Glass School in Boston, a juried Artist Member of both the Marblehead Arts Association and Gallery 53 (of the Rocky Neck Art Colony) in Gloucester, MA; an active volunteer and three-term board member of the Marblehead Festival of Arts; and artist member, finance committee member and past board member of the Salem Arts Association.
GARDENER: Sean Campbell
A magnificent, rock ledge boulder sets the stage for Sean’s beautiful landscape, with a carpet of blue Phlox and Vinca softly cascading from the crevices. Most of the plantings are native flowers in a palette of blue and purple.
In the morning, it’s like a bird sanctuary, with mini bird baths and whimsical bird houses, but even better is the laughter of the children and the friendly greetings of the Campbell family. Sean’s next door neighbor, Pat, says, “Sean and his family were good neighbors from the day they moved in! They always have a great big ‘hello!’ to anyone who walks by.”
ARTIST: Nathan Fontes-Fried
I am a woodworker and photographer located in Swampscott, Ma. My woodwork ranges from reclaimed wood sculptures in the shapes of animals and fish, to handmade wood fishing lures used to catch trophy striped bass in the surrounding waters. When it comes to photography, my primary work involves weddings and family photography, but I also enjoy taking my camera with me for a walk through the local woods to capture the abundant wildlife that surrounds us.
GARDENER: Anchor Food Pantry
Just as an anchor of a boat, the mission of the Anchor Food Pantry is to provide our neighbors with food stability, safety and steadfastness. The Anchor is a self-sustaining, non-profit organization sustained by private food donations.
Many hours of teamwork go into growing healthy fruits and vegetables to nourish our neighbors. Run entirely by volunteers, our gardens are at 19 Essex Avenue, adjacent to the Dog Park, and our new home is 86 Burrill Street, next to the Fire Station.
All hands on deck!
ARTIST: Hannah Sharpless
Here in Swampscott we have seashores covered in pigmented minerals, forests full of color-rich plants, mushrooms, and lichen, and sidewalk and parking lot edges abundant with berries, wildflowers and grasses.
My art results from my passion for observing the smallest details and exploring the chemistry of nature -- photos that document our seasons up close and in abstract, natural ink paintings made from seasonal berries, leaves, and flowers, and shibori inspired natural dye projects using local black walnuts, horse chestnuts and beach iron.
I am so excited to offer you original art using locally foraged ingredients, as well as postcards and prints of that art. 20% of my profits will be donated to The Food Project.
GARDENER: Margaret Bachini
Margaret’s beautiful perennial and container garden is perched upon a hill on Sheridan Road, but the best thing about Margaret’s garden isn’t the garden, it’s the gardener!
If you happen to stroll by while Margaret is tending to her perennials, you will notice that her attention is focused more on her neighbors than it is her flowers. One neighbor and fellow teacher comments, “I ran into Margaret in the midst of COVID, when I was pulling my hair out to create remote lesson plans. Margaret stopped her gardening, and she stopped everything else she was doing for that matter, to offer advice. Then she emailed me the very next day with her own lesson plans along with a long list of math resources. She saved me!”
Carin Doben is the founder of ArtQuest Programs and since retirement in 2012 has been painting full time. She has studied at Montserrat and the MFA, Boston. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, the Experimental Art Group, the Abstract Artists of New England, the Marblehead Arts Association, the Swampscott Art Association and Reach Arts. Her work is in numerous collections.
Doben is an abstract mixed media artist. Her work is spontaneous and gestural which evokes raw emotion. Her bright colors, brushstrokes and marks create compositions intended to create a visceral response from the observer.
GARDENER: Khatib Garden
Diversity is what makes a garden and a community thrive. Keli Khatib says her garden has the natural beauty of the ocean, rocks, and native ground covers.
Keli and her family help promote an appreciation of diversity in our community by their neighborly actions, and by their involvement with S.U.R.E. Diversity, a volunteer organization that celebrates all aspects of Human Diversity. Understanding that each individual is unique, we can acknowledge and celebrate our individual and group differences.
When Keli was asked if S.U.R.E. Diversity could be mentioned in her profile, she responded, “Yes, of course! But, it is not just about ME, we have an amazing group of members committed to the S.U.R.E. Diversity group.”
Keli’s daughter, Cenna, will be performing her spoken word poetry.
“So many DIFFERENT people.Several DIFFERENT places. All the SAME smiles.” -Cenna Khatib
ARTIST: Cleti Cervoni
"I consider myself a water media artist. I paint with watercolor and gouache and my work is primarily abstract and representational of the natural world. I love color and how the magic happens on the paper".
Cleti Cervoni grew up on the North Shore surrounded by the natural beauty of the region. She is a field naturalist who worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society for twenty-three years and now is a professor in the School of Education at Salem State University. Cleti’s love for nature started at an early age where her family spent summers in Maine but her interest in painting emerged later in life. Her love of nature and the beauty of the natural world is the impetus for her watercolor painting. She paints landscapes and abstracts and collage. She is a member of the Newton Watercolor Society where one of her abstracts has been juried in their 2021 show. Cleti has studied with Lesley Fehling, Shari Blaukopf, and currently, Nan Rumpf.
The Douillette and Balliro garden is comprised of two active bee hives and six raised beds of fruits and vegetables, along with small beds of native milkweed which host monarchs. We will have a bee keeping demonstration at 11:30, and artworks on display and for sale from the Balliro/Douillette family throughout the day, including artists Anita Balliro, Beth Balliro, Aria Balliro and Ella Douillette.
ARTIST: Shelli Jankowski-Smith, Swampscott Poet Laureate
Shelli and her family have lived in Swampscott since 1992 and, coming originally from the Midwest, she’s still excited to wake up every morning knowing she can walk to the ocean.
Her love of nature leads her to regularly camp and hike in Maine and Michigan. As a healer, teacher and Tarot reader, Shelli runs a small business here in Swampscott, Sunflower Reiki and Wellness.
In the poetry world, Shelli earned a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Boston University, and her poems and essays have been broadly published in journals and anthologies. She’s co-editor of the book “In My Life: Encounters With the Beatles” published by Fromm International, and she has also just published an illustrated children’s book called “Peace Litany for Swampscott.” Shelli’s also been immersed in the Haiku form this past year, and is studying with a haiku master. Her haiku have recently appeared in Eastern Structures, Trash Panda, and Tricycle: the Buddhist Review.
GARDENER: Mary-Lou Breitborde, Ed.D.
Dr. Mary-Lou Breitborde will be hosting Salem State University friends, Patricia Buchanan and Cleti Cervoni. They belong to a group of SSU women-friends who meet regularly for outings, concerts, plays, and--this year on Zoom--to share news, views, joys, complaints, and generally look out for each other.
“The arts are very important in our lives,” says Dr. Breitborde. Mary-Lou is a writer and a music lover. Currently she is working on a book on the history of teacher education and a biographical monograph as Baroque music and Scottish fiddling plays in the background.
When Mary-Lou was invited to participate in ReachArts’ July Garden Walk, she hesitated at first, as she sees her garden as more about the spirit and traditions of her 1830 house than evidence of deep knowledge of plants and flowers. But when she learned the Walk would feature the work of local artists, she jumped at the chance to showcase her friends’ work against the backdrop of her old seaside neighborhood.
ARTIST: Bill Lorenz
Bill Lorenz is a Massachusetts based artist and craftsman with more than two decades of practical experience. His diverse skillset as an illustrator, painter, and beaded jewelry maker has gained a loyal following. Bill’s passion for art began when he was a child and discovered a love of drawing and writing, and he would illustrate his short stories for family and friends. After working decades in the non-profit sector advocating for social justice, Bill decided to shift his career path and bring his passion for creating art front and center, and in 2015 returned to school to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Academy of Art University. Best known for his vintage inspired, colorful and bold statement jewelry, Bill is also an accomplished portrait artist, and has completed several commissioned works of pet and family portraits in both oil and watercolor.
"I make handcrafted, beaded jewelry that is mainly vintage inspired. My work is often labelled "statement" jewelry because it is bold and colorful. The pieces are one-of-a-kind and completed entirely by hand."BL.
“The Garden Art Walk happens to be on the fourth anniversary of the Brown and Hughes families combining households. Betty and Don moved from California to live with daughter Virginia and son-in-law Brad who moved a few blocks from Banks Ter to Grant Rd., the latter being grateful to have found another house in the beloved Frederick Law Olmsted historic district of Swampscott big enough for the two couples to share. Since then, we have added a variety of plants (mostly flowering) to the gardens, raised beds and decks built by prior owners. Each year we’ve created more area gardens in the big backyard to take advantage of the various growing conditions and put in more butterfly- and bee-friendly plants to the front garden. It’s a labor of love and beauty that keeps all four of us busy enjoying the outdoors with the bees, birds, butterflies, chipmunks, a raccoon and rabbits.”
ARTIST: Liz Bradley
Liz received her BFA in Jewelry and Ceramics from The University of Michigan in 1990. After a career in museums and returning from the West Coast in 2001, Liz and her family relocated to Boston’s North Shore to enjoy the ever-changing seascape of Swampscott.
Liz finds New England’s coastline rugged, beautiful and full of inspiration. As she collects her beach stones, she thinks about how each has been shaped by the daily waves and tides. Her jewelry is a token of Home for those that live on Boston’s North Shore and serves as a beautiful reminder to those visiting that this place is truly special.
GARDENER: Nora Walker
The Walker’s neighbor, Margaret, has many fond stories of the Walker family and their welcoming home. Margaret tells the story, “Nora, the Walker's daughter, has a passion for gardening and garden design. She created the stunning garden around the already existing large granite rock framed by beautiful natural ferns planting an array of flora and beautiful red roses that sway in the wind. Sara and Bill have restored the front porch to its original historic appearance with great care. With a knowledge of historical preservation and research of their home's original footprint came a gorgeous recreation of the home's original porch with a wow factor. Visitors can just relax, rocking in the chair, enjoying the sunset with a feel of yesteryears.”
ARTIST: Karlene Ball
My mom taught me to use her sewing machine at a very young age, but I only started really using it about 10 years ago. I've never made a quilt and I can't hem pants - but I'll spend hours looking for fun and vibrant fabrics and come up with some really fun items that are great for gifts, such as handmade zippered makeup bags, iced coffee cozies, reusable snack bags and quilted key fob keychains.
The Random Gardeners is a group of anonymous students and senior citizens who sow seeds of kindness and spread positivity through little deeds. While the gardens are at the Senior Center, behind Swampscott High School, the good deeds occur throughout the community.
ARTIST: Robbie McGowan
Both parents were creative: he with his pen and inks; and she with her oils and various expressive renderings.
Mainly self-taught, upon retirement from teaching kindergarten in Swampscott, I refined my skills with the wonderful art instructors at the Swampscott Senior Center and Marblehead Arts.
Mediums used for seascapes and still life include watercolor, pastel, and, most recently, acrylic on wood. Often at dusk, when the sky is magical, I set out with my tackle box of paints to capture the scene at Fishermen's Beach, dipping my brushes in a clamshell of saltwater.
The utter beauty of Swampscott inspires my urge to reflect it. Perhaps my love of children's art allows my primitivism.
GARDENER: Swampscott Public Library
Alyce Deveau of the Swampscott Public Library speaks of the beautiful Secret Garden. “It is called the Secret Garden because our volunteers come without fanfare at all hours of the day and night to take care of it. All of the work in the Secret Garden is done by three volunteers Rebecca Ingalls, Kim Nunnari and Pat Burke. We also have raised boxes of vegetables that are planted by a group from the high school, the Green Scholars.”
Coincidentally, the evening after Alyce expressed appreciation for the volunteers, Pat Burke was spotted weeding and watering the garden just as the sun was setting. Pat shared, “The best part about the gardens is that the plants came from other gardeners who split their plants. The more we shared, the more our gardens flourished!” What a wonderful philosophy for all areas of life.
ARTIST: Vivian Schaffnit, former Young Poet Laureate
Upcoming freshman at Swampscott High school
Member of National Junior Honor Society
Goalie and attackman for three lacrosse teams,
Loves paddle boarding and working with kids.
Poetry calms and helps Vivian get through things.
Vivian is selling a book starting July 11th, that is an autobiography but also works in poems.
Sierra Muñoz, President of the Seaside Cooperative Garden, says, “It is an awesome group of volunteers and community members who work together in the garden. It’s an amazing team effort.”
The mission of Seaside Cooperative Garden is to bring diverse garden members together in the shared effort of growing and harvesting fresh produce. While tending the garden, members will collaborate and, through experiential learning, improve gardening skills and create a connection to their food. Community events and educational opportunities will be offered to schools and local groups and with each harvest we will donate a share of fresh produce to a local food pantry.
ARTIST: Lisa Boemer
As a lover of all things nautical, I've expanded my portfolio to include navigational chart paintings inspired by your memories. I apply impressionist techniques to create one-of-a-kind keepsakes, designed to serve as a memento of a viewer's own cherished memories or to allow one to bring the beauty into their home, or both. Many of these paintings are created as a private commission and I'm able to share museum quality reprints on canvas and metal (ideal for kitchens and baths) to share the joy!
I've studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and continue to grow as an artist by participating in courses and workshops, here at home, in NYC and abroad in Italy and France, and surround myself with artists who inspire me. Most recently I was in Santa Fe with the Gathering of the Creatives and participated in the 2019 Boston Arts Festival as well as the Provincetown Popup Shop on MacMillian wharf.
ARTIST: Mark Shasha
Mark Shasha is an award-winning American artist, author and educator. He paints at many invitational plein air events around the country and exhibits widely.
Shasha grew up on the Connecticut coast with a love of the sea. Most of his works are explorations of natural light and textures of the landscape from expansive coastal vistas to intimate harbors using traditional techniques of 19th and 20th century masters.
A life-long artist, Shasha’s early years were marked by success as a notable children’s book author and illustrator. His debut, “Night of the Moonjellies” (Simon&Schuster, 1992) is considered ‘a classic’ by Smithsonian Magazine.
Today he is a Signature Member of The American Society of Marine Artists and The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, The Copley Society and The Guild of Boston Artists.
Recent awards include The 2018 Artist’s Choice Award at Plein Air Easton, The Oil Painters of America Award of Excellence and The Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Landscape Painting (twice in one year).
When not painting, Mark is an actor and singer having played roles as broad as Atticus Finch to Willy Wonka. His home and studio are in Swampscott, Massachusetts
GARDENER: Swampscott Historical Commission
The Swampscott Historical Commission identifies, protects and preserves the historical heritage and resources in the Town of Swampscott.
The Commission's charter in summary, is to preserve the historic properties, buildings and landmarks for future generations. It is engaged in sharing town history, community education, and preservation oversight.
The 9-person, all-volunteer Commission is appointed by the Select Board for 3-year terms.
ARTIST: Ingrid Pichler
Ingrid Pichler works primarily in glass and specializes in site specific installations for the private and public sector. Each project is a one-of-a-kind creation where a concept is carried through from design to fabrication and installation.
Pichler’s work can be found in homes throughout New England and in public buildings such as colleges, courthouses, and places of worship in the USA and in Europe.
The stained-glass installation that will be highlighted in this first Swampscott Garden Art Walk is in a private home in the Olmstead District. It is the first new stained-glass installations that has gone through the process of being approved by the Swampscott Historic District Commission and serves an example of successful coordination between conservation, artist, and the vision of the homeowners.
ARTIST: Sammia Atoui
Sammia Atoui’s artistic focus is femaleness, exoticism, and captivity, and her subject matter spans portraits, flowers, domestic scenes, and abstract works. She seeks to connect her viewpoint as a woman into her work and bring the voice of the female experience to her art.Sammia has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Printmaking, an MBA from Simmons School of Management, and certificates from MIT, Harvard, and the SMFA.
Previous to opening MiraMar Print Lab, Sam worked as an artist out of her home studio creating works on paper featuring figures and flora, led Satoui Designs, designing custom hats, and held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, City of Boston (Public Art), and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Sammia volunteers locally at Clarke Elementary and Marblehead Arts Association. She is mom to two Swampscott youth, Amira & Maddox.
ARTIST: Adrian Rodrigues, MiraMar Print lab
MiraMar Print Lab is an art studio and gallery focused on the art of printmaking. Run by artist duo, Sammia Atoui & Adrian Rodriguez, the shop releases limited edition collections consisting of original, handmade, hand printed pieces. Additionally, the studio offers classes and workshops for all ages that teach a variety of printmaking techniques along with drawing, color theory, and pattern design.
ARTIST: Benjamin Armour
As a child I would always want or have a disposable camera. Whether or not there was any film left in it to be used up I would be running around taking photos of everything and looking back on it my passion for photography has always been there. I got my first digital camera when I was about 10 years old, a gift from my grandparents. It was a little Nikon camera with a built in lens and I would take hundreds of photos until the memory card would fill up and I would either delete the bad ones or have a family member download them onto their computer. The first camera that I bought myself was the Canon Rebel XTi which I still use to this day and can be seen in the photo to the left. I bought this camera used when I was 15 years old and it's still going strong to this day. Even with all these cameras and having taken photos for years I did not truly discover my passion until I was 16 years old in my Photo 2 class in high school. We went to a field trip to Americas Test Kitchen for a tour and to talk to the photographers that work there. Listening to these photographers and seeing what photography as a job could look like allowed me to find my passion. From there I continued to work on my photography and decided to go to school for photography. About a week before I moved in to college I had my first photography job with the Stoughton House of Brews. Since then I have bought a new camera in the Canon Rebel T7 and use both cameras while shooting with different lenses on each.
While I am mainly a photographer, I do not like being stuck in a box I have shown that through my photography but also through other media of art such as drawing, painting, and soon to be sculpture with a class I will be taking in the fall. I like to do the basics, but I also like to push the boundaries of what I can do but also what you can do with different art forms.
ARTIST: Lee Eric Freedman
Lee Eric Freedman is a past Poet Laureate of Swampscott, Massachusetts (2016-2018). Since 2011 he's been affectionately entitled as the Renegade Poet Laureate of Swampscott (This honorarium bestowed upon him by his friend and storyteller Tony Toledo). He is truly honored and humbled to be both.
When Lee isn't busy being any type of Laureate he leads the Tin Box Poets ofSwampscott Workshop Group, hosts the monthly First Friday Open Mic @ ReachArts Swampscott and regularly performs at open-mics all over the place. He’s a three time winner of the Naomi Cherkofsky Memorial Poetry Contest.
Recent publications: coauthor of "Mad Men of Lynn Anthology, WritingsFrom the Walnut Street Cafe" (2017, Ring of Bone Press) and “Extreme: an Anthology for Social and Environmental Justice” (2108, Vagabond Books).
Swampscott Art Association a is a member driven, non-profit art association that seeks to promote artistic expression in our community.
Approximately 2/3's of our members live in Swampscott and the others are from towns nearby. We offer art shows, demonstrations and social events for painters and photographers throughout the year. We also give out a scholarship to a graduating High school student who is enrolled in an art program at an accredited college.
At the Garden art walk we will be exhibiting works by SAA members.
Artist: David Guide, SAA
ARTIST: Cynthia Zeman
I make paintings that are colorful, pretty and humorous. They are about personal memories and societal issues around women, politics and the contemporary media. Collaging divergent images from high art, pop-culture, personal family photos, advertising, to funny baby goat videos from the internet, sticker books and hair curler packaging, the jumbled compositions have a cohesive unity in their discordance – much like real life. I emphasize and exaggerate concepts of perfection and beauty in femininity. Contemporary “unladylike” women, challenge and subvert stereotypes and expected behavior that are taught in childhood. The resulting images offer multiple interpretations of social and personal narratives, some urgent responses to the political moment in which they are produced. I am interested in capturing these everyday paradoxes and recognizing the past as part of our lives today.
Curtains in my paintings are a reminder of previous eras of conventional feminine skills, in addition to referencing blackout and performance curtains. They also raise questions about what is left out, what we don’t see, and what we avoid thinking about. Whether it’s the still-stultifying expectations for women, or what is going on politically in the outside world, we all escape and disengage. What is recognized and really seen? What is ignored? To what do we willing consent? What is made visible when we revisit the past?
Cynthia Zeman is a recent graduate of the Massachusetts School of Art and Design's Master of Interdisciplinary Art.
ARTIST: Marc Morin
Marc Morin is a visual artist living in Swampscott, MA with his family. He completed his MFA at Lesley Art + Design in 2020. In addition to working on his own projects and collaborating with other artists, he enjoys teaching studio art, working at the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead, and installing artwork for galleries and private residences.
"In my artwork, the act of drawing or painting is a way to think and feel; to communicate how one exists in the world. Drawing in sharpies or pen is a daily practice that I use to initiate both the making of art and the documentation of an internal dialogue, and I also enjoy repurposing utilitarian objects for artistic purposes. A current drawing project I am working on involves archiving a year in my life utilizing ink drawings on index cards"
Patricia Buchanan retired from teaching at Salem State University in 2015 where she was a professor in the English Department. At that point she decided to try drawing and painting—activities for which she had previously shown no aptitude. She took some classes in drawing and some private ones in painting. She does not consider herself an artist, but she finds the actions of drawing and painting focus her attention on the visible world in ways she had not encountered before. She prefers working in charcoal pencils and pastels, but she has attempted working with colored pencil, watercolor, and acrylics.
ARTIST: Denise Boucher
I create mixed media art using old postcards, newspapers, photographs, location specific ephemera and of course paint! The subject of my work is usually related to Boston’s North Shore communities back in the day. I sell my original paintings as well as prints of my original artwork. They make great gifts, especially if you are from the area or if you know someone who misses this amazing place!
My Original Mixed Media Paintings are 16x20 painted on a birch wood base. The subject of my work focuses on cities, towns, sports teams and iconic products of Boston and the north shore. I create a base using newspaper and magazine clippings, old post cards, vintage photos and location specific ephemera. Each piece is cut out and assembled by hand. Layers of acrylic paint and alcohol ink are added then sanded or lightly washed away to reveal a glimpse into the past.
Original paintings are lightweight, easy to hang and do not need a frame! I also sell 8x10 and 16x20 prints of my artwork.
ARTIST: Becky Brandt
I enjoy working with a variety of mediums. My paintings and ceramic works use patterns and illustrative depictions of produce. My ecoprints use nature to form unplanned imprints of local plants. Beauty exists in the common, mundane parts of life. My work is an ongoing practice of appreciation for this.
A variety of prints on paper, images of my eco prints are directly taken from the leaf and the reaction from the mordant. No additional colors were used unless it was a mixed media piece with drawing materials. Commonly used plants are Japanese Maple leaves and Black-eyed Susan flowers.
ARTIST: Hersh Goldman
Artist, Hersh Goldman, has a quick wit and a quick pen, with creative cartoons that get us to stop, think, and laugh about ourselves and the world around us.
When Hersh is not teaching or sketching, he is telling masterful stories which often have inspirational messages of how we are all connected. Most recently, Hersh told of the Jewish holiday Shavuot which celebrates the beginning of the first fruits and the wheat harvest. He said, “It is like Thanksgiving when we share the harvest of the earth. It is nature. Man came from the dust of the earth and we share it together.”
For the Garden Art Walk on July 11, Hersh has donated black and white coloring pages of a garden harvest which children of varying abilities can color and decorate as they please.
I have lived in Eastern MA for all of my life. My first attempts at writing poetry were well received in college. I have always written but rarely shared my writing.Just before moving to Swampscott, I lived for 25 years in Somerville. I organized some public readings of my poetry as well as others. I moved to Swampscott about 16 years ago. In 2018 I was chosen the second Poet Laureate of Swampscott. While Poet Laureate, I suggested some changes, which those running the judging took as helpful. Since then with the help of the other Poet Laureates of Swampscott I have become involved in the Tin Box Poetry Group, and have been attending and reading at a myriad of open mics in the area. I am working on a book of poetry to be published soon.
Nancy Hewitt’s love of language, story and poetry evolved alongside her 40-year career as a psychotherapist. Her chapbook Heard was published in 2013 by Finishing Line Press, and her chapbook Completing the Arc, also by FLP, is forthcoming. Her poems have appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review (Editor’s Prize), Mid-American Review, Connecticut River Review, Phoebe Journal, Halcyone Magazine, The Ekphrastic Review, Ellipsis and other journals. Her chapbook This Slanted Scene was a finalist for The Poetry Box award in 2019. Awards include nominations for a Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net. She earned her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts and was the first Poet Laureate of Swampscott, MA. She finds inspiration in the Vermont countryside, in art, and in travel.
ARTIST: Tereza Swanda
"Through the pandemic both in my teaching and in my practice, I found my ground in creativity. There is a whole other purpose beyond the one we perceive. For me, it is rooted in the creative. The only thing that one needs is to pay attention! I push the boundaries of drawing to trace a mark, find other protagonists, sometimes draw in space or find found drawings within the land/home scape. Drawing is a way we and others move in the world tracing the action of being alive"
Most recently, Tereza’s project Touchstone was included in The Immigrant Artist Biennial/ Mother Tongue, virtual exhibition based from NYC. Her 2019 exhibitions include a curatorial project, Unredacted, bringing 10 artists together who acknowledged the political post-truth world, as artists and activists, and shined a light on sustained inequities offering more humane alternatives. In 2018 Swanda with artists, Ingrid Pichler and Fletcher Boote, created a site-specific installation at the greenhouse of the Emily Dickinson Museum: a meditation on suspension through color and sound. She also received the A.R.T. Fund award creating, Capital Cleanse, which was a rogue installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Swanda holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
ARTIST: Stephanie Moriarty
Stephanie Moriarty is originally from New York's Hudson Valley. After nearly a decade in Boston, she and her family moved to Swampscott in 2013. Motivated by a life long curiosity of ceramics, she began taking classes at The Clay School in Lynn. Since then her mastery and love of the medium have grown exponentially. Turning what was merely a hobby into a thriving ceramics business. Stephanie's pottery can now be found at Raven stone, local farmers markets and art shows. Her unique style is a blend of classic form and contemporary comfort. The ergonomic feel of the cup is as warms and comforting as the drink inside.
ARTIST: Jessica Vogel
I have lived in Swampscott since moving from Germany at a young age, and even moved back after attending school in Washington, DC. Although I picked up beading and jewelry making as a hobby at a young age, I didn't think of my hobby as a business until the Pandemic hit and I needed a new source of income. While I enjoy honing my entrepreneurial skills and growing my business, making jewelry is such a creative and therapeutic outlet for me and I love nothing more than to share my passion with others.
The Beaded Birdie creates hand-crafted jewelry specializing in weaving glass seed beads, most often into a “daisy chain” pattern. I spent my early childhood in Germany, (my last name means Bird in German which is where the brand name comes from), and got the inspiration for the daisy chain design from my favorite childhood jewelry pieces. Each piece of jewelry is happily handmade to emanate the happy, carefree feelings that one often felt in childhood. I especially love working with bright, sometimes unexpected, color combinations or rainbow patterns because I hopes that every customer will feel just a little bit happier every time they wear a Beaded Birdie piece. The Beaded Birdie jewelry is for all ages and genders!
ARTIST: Michele Valle
I have been working as a gardener and floral designer for over 30 years and started decorating oyster shells during the Covid pandemic.