Friday, December 22, 2017

Thank you ...

There is almost too much for us to put into words as we look back at this year. First we want to say thank you to our community, family and friends who in the early days came by to lend a hand by word and deed. Thank you to the makers and technicians that helped us get the building in (better) shape. Thank you to the first party throwers in February 2017 (Teresa and Lori). Thank you to the first artists that said "yes". To Bruce Jones... who always "drops in" at the right times. Thank you to those who have come for studio visits, TGIFS, back yard fires, and to our customers and clients... the art lovers who continue to buy and seek out our creations and energy. We are surely leaving someone out, because honestly, every time the door opened this year someone walked in that made us more solid ...more anchored. The picture we have chosen to share with this post is of Nicole. She persisted (just had to say that). She has moved everything in this studio no less than 2 times and some things maybe 5 times. Now we do a celebratory dance .... for more reasons than one... just this past November Nicole and her husband welcomed their first baby - and in December, Max (their son), became our youngest studio visitor. Life, community and art continue on. Thank you to all and best wishes for a healthy 2018.

Friday, December 15, 2017

sometimes it's the small stuff...

Now in the front gallery at ART UP FRONT STREET.... art that fits in a stocking (or a small box :-). Sarah Koff wood cut prints, Gaby Grossman cards and prints, Dale Atkins pottery, Becky Barsi jewelry, cards and prints, Anne Kenny small paintings, Deb Wheeler-Bean assemblage and refound beauty, Rose Bryant tiny paintings, Ellie LaBranche paintings, Wo Schiffman encaustics.

It's almost too much to choose from for your art-lover's gift. Thank you for buying local and keep the creative wheels turning. We have wrapping for delicate purchases plus we can package up a large original so you can sneak it back to your house without a worry.

Most often larger art is a very personal purchase. If you need advice on a larger original, but unsure if the giftee will feel the same as you, we can help. Rose Bryant offers a trade out for new art gift purchases to make sure your choice is well received and loved. Call us for details.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday "art giving"

The studio is full of art.... Drop by! 120 Front Street... near the tracks in uptown Exeter, NH

Resident Artists:
Deb Wheeler-Bean assemblage and alchemy, Wo Shiffman beautiful blue encaustic swirls, Gaby Grossman abstract landscape color plus cards and prints, Becky Barsi mixed media and "Paws-for-Love"jewelry, Anne Kenny "Industrial Quilts", and Rose Bryant original paintings and "tiny paintings". 

Our special guest artists: 
Sarah Koff woodcut prints, Scott Kuckler Photography "Flesh and Bones", Jeff Whittum reclaimed metal, Dale Atkins pottery, and Elly Labranche oil paintings.

FREE art postcard for stopping in.... and.... you can put your name in the art hat for 
a FREE "tiny painting"
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Giving a gift of art supports local makers.... thank you and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Spirit.... at ART UP FRONT STREET

You may have seen the lights at night... we now have special HOLIDAY HOURS.... and are open SUNDAYS. Come in for a tour, a small break from your hurried day, a soft chair from which to take in color. Replenish and relax .... we would love to see you! Take in as much as you need to "center" your day.

Our artists have the walls filled with amazing works of all sizes... Deb Wheeler-Bean assemblage and alchemy, Wo Shiffman beautiful blue encaustics and 2018 art calendar, Gaby Grossman's full abstract landscape color plus cards and prints, Becky Barsi's mixed media and "Paws-for-Love" jewelry, Anne Kenny's "Industrial Quilts", and Rose Bryant's saturated color paintings and "tiny paintings". 

Just for the holidays see our special guest artists: Sarah Koff woodcut prints, Scott Kuckler Photography "Flesh and Bones" series, Jeff Whittum's reclaimed metal sculpture, Dale Atkins pottery, and Elly Labranche oil paintings.

Coffee, hot tea, cocoa and cookies. PLUS a FREE art postcard for stopping in. Put your name in the art hat for a FREE "tiny painting" .... 5 little "tinies" to be given away December 10th!

Giving a gift of art is a wonderfully sincere gift that supports local makers.... thank you for keeping us on your list....
Happy Holidays

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Free Flower .... Nov 28 & 29

Walking the dog? Getting a bite to eat? Going to book club? Stop into the studio Tuesday or Wednesday until 7pm and pick up a free flower. Easy. Yup. Easy. No purchase necessary. Rose Bryant will be painting in the front gallery. Look for the lights. Warning... you may be offered tea, cocoa, or a glass of wine and... you might see something really inspiring. Yikes.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Art Up Front Street

Thank you to wonderful friends and art lovers during our first year of adventure.... we are so lucky and thankful to have you in our circle.
Safe travels and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season....

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Art you probably missed at the show?

How could that be? Well maybe because of the swirling taking place last weekend. Now today, we walk around the gallery, having cleaned up from the fun. The setting sunlight changes the interior... and we SEE a few more things we really love... and didn't want you to miss them. Enjoy.
Deb Wheeler-Beans lines of poetry.... little wooden blocks with an endless abstract lure....we can't stop staring....
Scott Kuckler "Flesh and Bones"... we can't stop wondering...

Deb Wheeler-Bean's installation "Stoning  with Language".... we can't stop processing...

Anne Kenny "Industrial Quilts"... maybe you figured out what the elements are?... but we think you need a closer look

Jeff Whittum's metal... yes, the heron IS smelling these flowers.... we can't stop imagining this in our summer gardens

Gaby Grossman's brush.... so free... we want to touch these

Elly Labranche's insight.... what goes on beneath the soil?
All of these can be revisited with a cup of tea in your hands. Our holiday hours are listed to the left.... or you can call us. We welcome people seeking a calm moment.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

And the winners are....

These lovelies are going to new homes. Congratulations to Lori McClure, Roxanne Juliano, Michelle McCarthy, Carla Ranks, Britt Soucy! Thank you for coming to the Open Studios. Enjoy!
We gave away five tiny paintings at the OPEN STUDIOS November 4 and 5. 
We have five more ready for a few lucky winners. A great stocking stuffer or a gift with tea.
Stop by the studio anytime and drop your name in the hat. No purchase necessary. Drawing to be held December 10th.
Happy Holidays ...from Art Up Front Street.

Thank you for coming...

It was so great to see all of you at our fall OPEN STUDIOS. Thank you for coming and supporting local art and artists. We had so much positive feedback... and we are thrilled to be filling this space in our community. 
Moving forward as we celebrate the completion of our first year, we will have special HOLIDAY hours now through December 22. Drop in.... low key, no hub bub. The tea is on, coffee is hot, the music is easy and there are a few treats.... breathe and take in some color. We want to be a place where friends can come and be inspired. You know where we are... and we would love for you to use us as a little break from "the busy" of your day. 
There may be an artist or two here working. In addition to the resident artists, all of our guest artists from the OPEN STUDIOS will still have their work here. 
Thank you again. Be sure and tell a friend who loves color about us. We love our community.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

See you today 10-4....

Beautiful fall day, good friends, great art, conversations, a beverage or two. We are READY for DAY 2. All a part of our open studios during the FINE ART AND SUGAR TOUR. We are celebrating this weekend-long event sponsored by NH OPEN DOORS.... a great way to see artist studios and local NH small businesses. Thank you for supporting hand-made, home-grown, all-local. Pick up a map and take the tour to all the 14 area locations. Open today 10-6.