ART UP FRONT STREET studios and gallery believes creativity and community are the essence of happiness and personal growth. When we work together to share ideas, build our businesses, or teach others, we create a TON of good energy.... and art.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

"Adrift the Surface" by Laura Harper Lake starts Friday

Laura Harper Lake's studio has been a treat for all of us to enter over the last few weeks. 

Delicate images of water, the female form, and the color blue (with luscious hints of sea green!). 
Her entire studio evokes thoughts of dreams, floating, traveling, .... of transcending time. 
One can not help but to feel lighter when being in her "space"..

Join us all this Friday for the reception between 4 and 8. 
A perfect summer treat.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Art Up Front Street artists Corrine Gilman and Natasha Stoppel

Summer series fun and whimsy... we just love these. No doubting the energy both of these artists have! Enjoy this little share of color and boldness .....
"Riding Dreams Away" by Natasha Stoppel

Fabric story doll by Corrine Gilman

Friday, July 5, 2019

So much fabulous this summer...

Laura Harper Lake of Artful Harper Studios has combined her talents with friend and co-worker Sarah Wrightsman. 
They, in their brand new podcast called "Creative Guts"explore the roots of creativity, dive into the hearts of creators, and discover how creativity connects with the world around us. 

We are so excited for them.... be sure and click on the links to find the beginnings of their creative adventure. The second episode is an interview with artist Rose Bryant of Art Up Front Street. Thank you to Laura and Sarah for bringing your energy to podcasting! Looking forward to the conversations ahead. 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Painting in the Garden at Art Up Front Street

This is one of our favorite easy, open-ended, no-stress things to do when the weather is nice. Sign-up by email.
Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18.
10AM to 1PM
Pick one day or all days!
Bring your materials.... it can be ANYTHING you want to do... drawing, writing, collage, painting,...
We have chairs, tables, room for your easel, umbrellas, and a canopy if needed. Parking is on the left rear side of the studio in the back lot. Bathrooms, water, accessible... plus nice people. 
Open to all abilities and mediums. Take a break with us to sketch, paint, or watch a process. There is always tea... and cookies. 

$5 each day. 
SIGN-UPS NECESSARY. No drop-ins. Thanks.

Sign up by email to

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Adrift the Surface... exhibit at Art Up Front Street, July 12-31

We are thrilled to announce our exhibit ... by Laura Harper Lake.
Laura will be wowing us with her mixture of dreamlike suggestions, human form, and alluring imagery.

Laura Harper Lake is an interdisciplinary artist, with a prime focus on painting, illustration, printmaking, and mixed media. She graduated with a degree in Studio Arts from Chester College of New England in 2007. Harper Lake has exhibited her work in various New Hampshire, Maine, and Boston, MA galleries, as well as had her work included in local and regional publications. Harper Lake is a permanent artist represented at the Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH, and works under the name Artful Harper Studios. Harper Lake's feature exhibit on July 12, 2019 at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery is entitled "Adrift the Surface". Through small, delicate oil paintings, Harper Lake explores the physicality of the floating human form in a dream like state, delving to what is deeper within. The emotional release of weightless-ness and the submergence of stress and anxiety are concepts that are explored in Harper Lake's latest body of work.

Opening reception July 12, 4-8. Exhibit through July 31.
See facebook for more event info.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Meditation Conversation with Lenny Willis

Meditation Workshop in Exeter 
STRESS and the Antidote... with Lenny Willis at Art Up Front Street.

Tuesday, June 11, 6 to 7:30 pm. Join us for an insightful discovery of self healing and meditation. Learn tips to manage stress, learn what it is, take home "tools" to help you balance your days and the moments that can seem to unravel your best intentions. 

How do you take a step back? How do you know when you need a gentle calming? What are the signs? How do you discern what is urgent from what is important. How do you develop a practical and simple meditation style that fits your energy? This gentle meditation workshop is for anyone... not just creatives (who may seem to others to be calm in life's hectic pace). 

Lenny Willis, yoga instructor and coach at Balance Life Coaching, will help educate us on the biology of meditation. He will lead short meditations for examples of steps we can each take to manage our days, and he also will answer any questions from the group. 

SIGNUPS: are necessary in advance by email to
The cost of this one-time workshop is $15. 
Wear comfortable clothes. We will be sitting in chairs (rather than on the floor).
Hot tea, lemon water and a few light snacks will be available.

TGIF, Friday kick back at the studio... we love a reason to just hang out

Fridays this summer. Mark your calendar! June 21, July 12, August 2. A bev, a bite to eat... on the coral benches out front at the studio. Talk about stuff. Creative schmoozing at its finest.
5 'til 7... give or take?
No RSVP needed.... just your wonderful self.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thank you again...

So many smiles and so much art. 
Thank you to our community of supporters and art lovers for another wonderful weekend. We love seeing you every time you come through the doors. 
Thank you to Nancy Fiske and Christine Fell for the beautiful music on Sunday. Thank you to Erin MacLennan for being the caterer and good day wisher. Thank you to our young art friends Cam Harrison and Abby Morrisette for greeting visitors with your fresh happy faces. Thank you to Lynn Curcio of F as In Flowers for the incredible flower arrangement. Thank you, Jeff Whittum, for being a guest artist. 
All of the artists here at Art Up Front Street wish all of you a delightful spring of new beginnings.
 Thank you for being in our world.

Our studios are open five days a week. Come in almost anytime!
We have art and good energy.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

This Saturday, Mothers Day Painting Demo and Art Tours

Painting Demo, Gallery Tour, Saturday, May 11, Exeter, NH. Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery
Enjoy a sweet Mothers Day treat at Art Up Front Street in Exeter, NH.

Bring a favorite person and take in the day. No reservation needed.
TOURS: 10AM and 2PM. Approximately 10 minutes each
PAINTING demonstration: all day 10:00 to 4:00 (except during tour time).
TEA & cookies: all day 10:00 to 4:00.

Bring your mom, your sister, or a favorite person for a lovely art outing. Optional tours of Art Up Front Street's working studio spaces will be available at 10:00 and 2:00. Sip a cup of tea and have a treat, plus catch a demo in progress. Soak up the color and watch art being made.
The demo artist for the day is Rose Bryant, an Exeter painter and lover of color and poppies. See several of her works in progress ... some floral, some landscape, some abstract.
Drop in, this Saturday. No reservation needed.

For more information, contact us by email at

Friday, May 3, 2019

Beautiful Blues ahead... a quiet video

Hopefully you can click on this link to see a sample of blue(ish) art in the studio. One detail from each artist.... just to enjoy. No sound. Maybe facebook will let you in?

F AS IN FLOWERS in the gallery

Thank you to Lynn Curcio, owner of "F" as in Flowers! Such stunning beauty to behold on this overcast drizzly day. What a difference they make in the front gallery....

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Art Up Front Street FIGURE DRAWING May 16

Bring your materials and your surface. We have tables and chairs. The model this evening is female. Short poses progressing to longer poses. Artists bring any medium preferred... pencil, charcoal, water color, and acrylic.... so whatever you enjoy, please, bring! Parking is on the street AND in the very back left side parking lot. Entry is in the back on the left side of the building. (If arriving after 6pm, please enter the front gallery door). Respond by email to sign up. 
Space is limited to 10 people. 
We have tea and other bevs... plus a few apps. 
See you soon...
Thank you, Laura Harper-Lake, for organizing this art experience! 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

A dose of color. Studio progress. Join us this May 4+5

A little studio progress update. There's been hammering, painting, framing, taping, cleaning, packaging, organizing... plus last minute art decisions being made. Here are just a few bits of what you will see... just a few ...because, keep in mind, there are 9 STUDIOS and 2500 square feet. Enjoy - and see you soon.
Deb Wheeler-Bean
Gaby Grossman Paintings
Dawn Amey Designs
Anne Kenny Industrial Quilts (detail)
Travel Stories - Artist Explores the World

Artful Harper Studios

Ree Katrak Mixed Media

Corrine Gilman Stitched Expressions

Rose Bryant Original Paintings

Jeff Whittum (guest artist) Metal Sculpture
Look for the murals

We will be waiting :-)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

ART GIVEAWAYS this May 4+5!

Art Up Front Street in Exeter, NH is celebrating!
Enter for art GIVE-AWAYS this May 4+5.....
Founded in 2017, Art Up Front Street is an artist-owned-and-operated collective featuring works by nine Exeter area contemporary artists who are painters, designers, assemblage artists, and creatives.

In addition to making art in their working studio spaces, the artists exhibit and sell their work in our store-front gallery.

To say "thank you" to our friends and supporters, we are giving away 5 art gifts ranging in value from $5 to $250!
Each day during our annual OPEN STUDIOS, from 10am to 4pm, visitors can enter (no purchase necessary).
The drawing will be held at the end of the event. You do not need to be present to win!

Artwork to be given away:
By Ree Katrak, a framed, original mixed media abstract. 
By Rose Bryant, a folding art card, a small "flip book" of 25 art images, a pair of figure paintings created during a figure drawing night at the studio. 
By Corrine Gilman, a whimsical hand-stitched, hand-painted, fabric doll with a heart.

Our OPEN STUDIOS are May 4+5, Saturday + Sunday from 10-4 each day.

Our store-front street-side gallery with 9 studios consists of 2500 square feet of artspace.

Look for the murals on the sides of the building... free parking is on the street and in the back LEFT side driveway.

See you soon... and good luck :-). We hope you win :-). 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

OPEN STUDIOS sneak peek VIDEO by Artist Travels the World. Thank you Natasha!

Many  thanks to Natasha Stoppel, one of the many artists here at Art Up Front Street, for producing this short bit! Get just a taste here, and then join us May 4 and 5!
Be on the look-out for some exciting give-away details.... coming soon. 5 pieces of art ranging from $5 to $250 .... really. Don't miss it!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

SOLD... Anne Kenny "Industrial Quilt" at Art Up Front Street

We always love a "sold" sign... but more than that we love it when art speaks to people. There is so much about Anne's work that sparks intrigue to others.... her past in textile design, her love of the early history of the mills in New England, her use of unlikely materials (ask her about her collections!) and her up-cycled sometimes vintage computer circuitry. Yesterday, this lovely piece went to a new home. Thank you, "R", for stopping in. To read more about Anne, check out her website

Art Up Front Street... We love Laura's Color

So fresh and summery... Artful Harper Studios (aka Laura Harper-Lake) is always experimenting in her studio. This little expression is so fluid and light. A collection of these small prints are in an "aquarium" in the front gallery. Perfect for a little gift card or "thank you".