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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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Natasha Stoppel "Other Worlds" Exhibit Through September 27



"Other Worlds of Now & Then"
Opening reception September 6, 5-8
Exhibit through September 27

Natasha is a traveling artist exploring the world one creation at a time. After leaving her corporate job in 2014 she launched Artist Explores the World, a blog and Youtube channel designed to feature art and travel. Since then she has trailblazed a creative path into bullet journaling, videography, jewelry making and pyrography. When not solo backpacking she’s focused on turning her experiences into creative works. She seeks to inspire others to explore their artistic soul and pursue creative journeys. 
Natasha’s artwork has been exhibited across the country and in Lacoste, France. She currently works for Exeter TV filming local artists and their personal art stories. She is also a freelance videographer and social media specialist. Education BFA in Animation, double minor in Illustration and Sequential Art. Natasha is a permanent artist at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH.



Ree Katrak Opening & Talk October 4, 5pm-8pm


We LOVE celebrating all the artists here at Art Up Front Street. We feel like we have such a wonderfully diverse group. Ree Katrak joined us less than a year ago and we are thrilled she is sharing her art with us (and you!) ... as well as her thought process for making it. Sometimes the process of making abstract art comes from such an obscure place in one's core. The organic nature of "how this comes to be" can be difficult to express. Where does the artist start? What parts of the artist get expressed? Is it REALLY something one can put into words? Join us this October 4th for the opening reception talk of Ree Hall Katrak.

Ree Hall Katrak
has been a professional artist since 1987 showing at various venues throughout the Northeast and Washington State. She began using watercolors, than moved toward print-making and most recently she is working in acrylics and mixed media. The themes are always abstract in nature with lots of color and gestural marks.
Exhibition Dates • October 4—30

at ART UP FRONT STREET 
Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery
120 Front Street Exeter NH, 03833
603 418 6286
Art Up Front Street is open Tue-Wed 10 – 7, plus Thu-Sat 10-4.

Opening Reception • October 4, 5pm-8pm
Artist Discussion entitled, Demystifying Abstract Art, 6pm

Relax and give the image a chance to strut its stuff—relax, stop wondering what it is all 'about'—like many strange and familiar things, Life included, art isn't 'about,' it simply is. . . . Don't try to enjoy it, let it try to enjoy you. DON'T TRY TO UNDERSTAND IT, LET IT TRY TO UNDERSTAND – e. e. cummings writing about his play, HIM.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Save the date: OPEN STUDIOS November 2+3

This is one of our favorite events... why? Because we (the artists) get to really plan our individual messages we want to share with the world. Should we be making art that resonates with the "cultured eye"? Art that might appeal to someone's expectations?
Well, maybe, (or M-A-Y-be, as my daughter would say, creating skepticism) but we artists also have this thing we need to express.... a "thing" we need to work out or explore. Half the fun, if not all, is pushing up our next idea... or exploring a really cool process with which we have fallen in love. Maybe it is a technique... maybe it is a certain size or scale of art... maybe it is a color. Maybe we just want to see what sticks. ....Maybe we have a place in our hearts that needs to be opened up ...so others can be in "it" for just a moment.
We can't tell you how many times, when we discuss among ourselves an art process .... eventually the conversation comes down to one. tiny. detail. that no one will ever notice or care about, but.... it is still very much a part of the process for the artist.... and ....it is still valid in that artist's energy given to a piece.
Have you read this far? Really? Ummm, oh, we mean, great! Because the other reason OPEN STUDIOS is one of our favorite events is because you humor us and honor us just by walking through the door to stop to take a look at what we have been obsessing about.
Looking forward to seeing you November 2 and 3! Share with a friend.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Would you give us a review?

Hello art friends, we are on TripAdvisor. Have you visited our studios? Would you give us a review? 
It can be short and sweet or long and detailed. Thank you in advance. 
We love knowing that you are thinking of us and we love it when you visit. 

Just today a high school student came in with her aunt. The student loves her art classes at Exeter High School. She had a few samples of her work... and we had a lovely conversation of possible aspirations. She inspired us and we hope we inspired her. 

These simple interactions are just some of the things we love about doing what we do. Yes, we love art. Yes, we love an environment where we can make stuff. But the adventures and conversations that come through our doors keep our hearts warm. 

If you have a moment, click the link to go to TripAdvisor. 
We would LOVE to hear from you.
Thank you!
From all of us at Art Up Front Street

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Natasha Stoppel Opening September 6 at Art Up Front Street

Other Worlds of Now and Then
An exhibition by Natasha Stoppel
September 6th - 27th

Opening Reception
September 6th
5 pm - 8 pm

Explore the fantastical Other Worlds of Now and Then with artist Natasha Stoppel. Her work combines real-world experiences from around the world and molds them with pattern, line and color to create fantasy creatures and realms of imagination.
Examine: How does your history and experiences reflect your current reality? 

Natasha is a traveling artist exploring the world one creation at a time. After leaving her corporate job in 2014 she launched Artist Explores the World, a blog and Youtube channel designed to feature art and travel. Since then she has trailblazed a creative path into bullet journaling, videography, jewelry making and pyrography. When not solo backpacking she’s focused on turning her experiences into creative works. She seeks to inspire others to explore their artistic soul and pursue creative journeys. 

Natasha’s artwork has been exhibited across the country and in Lacoste, France. She currently works for Exeter TV filming local artists and their personal art stories. She is also a freelance videographer and social media specialist. Education BFA in Animation, double minor in Illustration and Sequential Art. Natasha is a permanent artist at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Join us for Deb Wheeler-Bean's Reception. EXHIBIT runs through August 30.


Opening Reception at Art Up Front Street in Exeter
Friday, August 2, 5pm to 8pm
Exhibit runs August 2 through August 30

Deb Wheeler-Bean is a mixed media artist, a teacher, an innovator, an alchemist …creating and living in Exeter, NH. “I look closely at the world – always searching for the beauty within it. But that isn’t a reach for me because I truly see beauty everywhere, in everything. Just as the alchemist strives to change base metal (lead) to precious metal (gold), I strive to use my art to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.”

Deb finds the “treasure” in raw materials and recycled items, then gives them another beautiful breath. Deb’s eye for finding design and beauty is evident in everything she touches. Whether it’s abstract, pen and ink, a simple pencil sketch, or found objects that will eventually become her next work of art. Sometimes she finds “it”… and sometimes “it” finds her. Whatever way it happens, we are always pulled in.

She is also a writer, poet, and lover of words.

“I want to make art that means something,” she said. “I want to use language, to weave worlds into people’s lives that are going to sustain them and help them through the day.”

See Deb’s collections of natural and found materials re-purposed into soulful art.

Exhibit runs through August 30.
Art Up Front Street hours:
Tue-Wed 10 – 7
Thu-Sat 10-4.

GALLERY INFORMATION:
Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery
120 Front Street Exeter NH, 03833
603 418 6286