Saturday, December 8, 2018

Art Up Front Street... Anne Kenny Reception. Thank you for coming!

What a great night for Anne Kenny's "Industrial Quilts" reception! So many lovely conversations. Anne displayed past show histories and numerous publications in which her work has been featured. Her exhibit looked amazing and will be up until December 22. If you couldn't make it out last night, drop by during regular hours. We would love to show you her work and describe her process to you. 
We are a very easy stop on your way to downtown.... just look for the gray building with the poppy murals on the side. Enjoy the pics!

ooohh... a basket of art gifts
flowers from Dot's local flower shop
new owners of a Jeff Whittum original
Debbie Kane, publicist and writer chatting with Tom Kenny
Guests with artist Deb Wheeler-Bean (right) doing what artists do in the studio kitchen.
Anne Kenny explaining process. 
Anne Kenny and fans.
Our lovely gallery space.... under the lights.
Guests, favs, artists, supporters, party girls
Anne Kenny - our first Featured Artist at Art Up Front Street.
Thank you, Anne, for sharing your energy and art with us!

Be sure to contact Anne or Art Up Front Street if you are looking for that perfect piece of art for your modern interior.
Her Industrial Quilts are unique contemporary pieces of all sizes for office, hospitality interiors, and home... plus Anne is a dream collaborator.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Holiday "Heartstrings" Open Mic Thursday Dec 13, 7-9

A night of music, poetry, prose & deep thoughts.
FREE and open to all ... share your thoughts and words... but participation is not a requirement.
This is the first "Heartstrings" open mic here at Art Up Front Street! Laura Harper, of Artful Harper Studios, and friends have organized "Heartstrings" many times in the past and are now bringing this lovely expression of heart to Art Up Front Street.
Bring an instrument, your poetry, a written thought, or a visual piece with dialogue.... anything from the heart.
Holiday "Heartstrings"
Open Mic
Thursday, December 13, 7 to 9pm
FREE and open to the public

Winter warmers and light appetizers served
Come and kick back with us..
we want to hear what you have been thinking about


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

NATASHA STOPPEL's Social Media Workshop for artists! January 15 + 22, 2019

We are so lucky to have Natasha Stoppel of "Artist Explores the World" here to lead our conversation about social media and how artists can benefit from the MANY formats that exist.

Natasha has backpacked to other countries, blogged, vlogged, illustrated, photographed, and video-produced. She is a constant on social media formats. Her Youtube channel is highly viewed. She attends and facilitates workshops on travel vlogging with other vloggers in attendance. 
In the first class night of her Social Media for Artists, Natasha will give an overview of the different vehicles, what she uses, and an introductory process for Instagram, youtube and facebook. She will talk about the best uses for each format and how they can benefit your directions. There will be time for questions and answers. You may be given small sample assignments to prep for the activity in the second class.

In the second class we will adjust and adapt what we have learned from the previous week to perfect our own approach to our own art marketing. 

January 15 and 22, 2019. 6p to 8p.
The two night class is $40. 
You must bring your phone (and a laptop if you have one).
We will have other screens here for testing your content and activity.
Sign-ups are by email to 
10 person maximum. 

Should be a fun and informative class!. Don't worry... any boo boos can be fixed :-). Once you get the hang of it, you can use your new skills for art marketing. YAY!

Entry to the studio for the evening is through the front or through the back LEFT side door. Parking is in on the street or in the back lot accessed by the LEFT side driveway. (not the neighboring parking lot on the right side of the building, thank you,)

Thank you, Natasha Stoppel of Artist Explores the World!

Here is a fun link to a youtube video produced by Natasha!

Anne Kenny. Art OPENING reception Friday, December 7, 4 to 8p

December's Featured Artist. 
Wonderful contemporary "Industrial Quilts" made of wire, metal, mesh and upcycled computer parts. Stunning original, handstitched creations.

Join us and meet Anne at a special winter holiday reception Friday, December 7 from 4 to 8.
Take a look at this FACEBOOK VIDEO about Anne Kenny and her work by Natasha Stoppel.

"My Industrial Quilts have been influenced by industry and technology both aesthetically and conceptually. The methods and materials I use in my quilts are nontraditional. The repetitive format and industrial materials are used for their standardized, manufactured appearance. The Amoskeag Textile Mill history in New Hampshire and the "mill girls" continue to inspire my work.

I try to emphasize the contrasts between machine-made and hand-made objects. I attempt to make reference to both industrial and post-industrial mechanization while retaining the personal and expressive aspects of traditional quilt making. The contrasts of machine-made versus hand-made are designed to complement each other, yet provoke the controversy surrounding the way things of value are made.

The quilt is a very personal image to me and by working with unconventional materials in this format I am better able to make references to the world I live in. Art parallels progress, modern industry, and invention. These influences create new forms of expression and aesthetics. I am exploring these forms and new ways of seeing. My quilts are suggestive of a new aesthetic which combines traditional and nontraditional quilt 


In addition to her "Industrial Quilts", Anne will also have recent abstract landscape paintings on exhibit. 
Her work will be in this show through December 22.

Kenny's work is in the following 

Permanent & Individual Collections:
Museum of Arts & Design NY 

Currier Museum of Art NH

Fidelity Investments NH MA

Lowe's Corporate Headquarters NC

SAS Institute Inc. NC
Teleglobe Washington DC
PSNH Corporate Lobby NH
American Tung Oil Co. NY
BBDO Advertising Group MI
PC Connections NH
The Rosenberg Group MD
Taylor Group NH
National Telephone Co-op MD
City National Bank LA
Grant Hill NBA Athlete 
Wheaton College MA

Art Up Front Street is very proud to be showcasing Anne's work for this reception. 
Please note, parking is only on-street or in the left back lot (not the right side of the gallery). Enter through the front door or the back left door.
Looking forward to seeing you! 

art up front street "WINTER TWINKLE" special in December

For 6 days in December, on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 to 7, we celebrate the season with art. 

Enter our front gallery, enjoy a holiday treat, a hot beverage, and plan your gift giving with tempting art "specials" (specials available on WINTER TWINKLE days only). 

The gallery will be aglow with color, beauty and delicate light. 

Live painting "in-progress" each 
Tuesday and Wednesday all day can take a quiet break and watch the artist work. 

Bring a friend or two. It's a lovely day or night out plus a fabulous way to unwind.  

Tuesday and Wednesday
10 to 7
December 4+5, 11+12, 18+19

Regular hours are Tue, Wed 10-7, Fri, Sat, Sun 10-4
holidays, closed

Thank you for coming!

Thank you for coming to our Open Studios this past weekend. What a great time we had. There was a steady stream both days of old friends, new friends, art purchasers, and art lovers. It is always great to have you in our space. With out you, what would we do all day :-)!
Part of the joy of you being here is hearing the excitement you have for our work. We love knowing who you are giving it to, where you will be hanging it, and why it speaks to you. The stories you bring keep our brushes moving. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 
Be sure and tell your friends about us... or bring them by for a tour. Have some tea. Soak up the color.
Thank you again....
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Monday, October 29, 2018

November 3 + 4, Art Up Front Street OPEN STUDIOS

We know the weekend will be great....especially if we see YOU. 

Take a moment to absorb visual goodness from these creative people that make up our collective:

 Becky Barsi, mixed media, with overtones of bold neon color. 
Artful Harper Studios, mixed media with a hint of "Galaxy Girl". 
Dawn Amey Designs, adornments that you will NOT see anywhere else. 
Dale Atkins Pottery, handbuilt, sculptural work that will give new meaning to the word "patience". 
Gaby Grossman acrylic paintings... bold meditative mark-making. 
Anne Kenny "Industrial Quilts", fascinating handwork using vintage computer circuitry and wire mesh. 
Deb Wheeler-Bean assemblage and photography... beauty through thoughtful eyes. 
Wo Schiffman colorful encaustic paintings. 
Rose Bryant Original Paintings ... abstract color. 
Jeff Whittum Metal.... recycled beauty for garden and environment. 
Artist Explores the World pyrography and watercolor... yes, fire and water. It's "elemental" my Dear :-).

Parking is on-street and in the LEFT back parking lot (not the right-side lot).
10am to 4pm each day.
Yes, the time changes this Sunday, so we WILL have coffee!
Bring a bestie to share your finds with.
See you soon!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Welcome! The party is about to start...

So much beauty ahead... Saturday and Sunday, November 3&4. If you have not been to our studio collective, we hope to see you. 8 studios, 9 resident artists, with 2 guest artists for the OPEN STUDIOS. See you all soon
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

GABY GROSSMAN: Featured Artist Online

Always fluid, always color, always speaking her truth.... especially for others. 
These are just 2 of Gaby's original paintings.... but there are so many more... in her studio, at her home, in her head. Her response... emotion... energy is in all she touches. 
Living large and full but at the same time... pulling in the moment.... never unaware of her world around her. Thank goodness we can be a part of her process.... in art and in life. 

For more of her art, mark your calendar for November 3and 4 for Open Studios. 
Follow glimpses of her art and the other artists on instagram 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


NINE local artist's studios or galleries plus a sugarhouse will be, for the 5th year, OPEN and on tour to the public as a part of the larger statewide event
organized by the League of NH Craftsmen. 
For two days you can tour & talk with artists & artisans in their creative spaces.... some of which are not open to the public on a regular basis. See works in progress, watch a demo, or learn how maple syrup is made. 
Save the dates and bring your friends. 
November 3 and 4.

FINE ART and SUGAR TOUR participants:
Tour Stops:
1. Willow Road Watercolors …….…137 Willow Rd. East Kingston
2. Willow Creek Sugarhouse ..……...137 Willow Rd, East Kingston
3. Pickpocket Arts ………………...166 Pickpocket Rd. Brentwood
4. Bruce Jones Fine Art ……………….…...28 Dogtown Rd. Exeter
5. Art Up Front  StreetStudios & Gallery ……...120 Front St. Exeter
6. The Seacoast Artist Association …………130 Water St. Exeter
7. Town ExeterArts Music  ..111(rear) Water St. PLUS TOWN HALL
8. Lori Martone Pottery Gallery ……………..8 String Bridge Exeter
9. Waterstone Art Studio …….55 Stratham Heights Rd. Stratham

DAWN AMEY: Featured Artist Online

Innovative enthusiasm for everything "design" is one thing that comes to mind when we think of Dawn. 
She finds a purpose for even the smallest of design thoughts. When she creates, even the leftovers have a place in her heart.... they may eventually become part of a sculptural shadow box exhibit, a perfectly arranged stack of symmetry, even an ornament for a hat or a brooch. Every thought has "a place" to fit for overall visual balance. 
Currently, she is working on a signage project for Lincoln Street School. She also has something going on with cut leather designs...?... still a secret, but whatever it is will be something we have not ever thought about doing!
See more of Dawn's work and her attention to design detail at our OPEN STUDIOS this November. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Galaxy Girl by Laura Harper

Encaustic on wood by Wo Schiffman
Orange abstract by Rose Bryant
 For more of this color and coming events,