Friday, September 3, 2021

In Exeter news: New mural at art gallery in uptown

We were so fortunate to have Seven Hinnov, a student and Exeter resident, work with us this summer! Thank you, Seven. 

And a big thank you to Kathy Bailey of Seacoast Online for the interview, the great write-up, and for supporting the artist community in Exeter.

Click to read the article... stop by to catch a selfie sometime. We would love to see what you snap.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Welcome Natalie Eve Marquis Artist! Studio 5

We are beyond thrilled to share with you that artist Natalie Eve Marquis is bringing her wonderfulness to us in studio 5 as the newest resident artist of Art Up Front Street.

We have watched her explore & evolve.... finding her joy in color and painting. 

To see more about Natalie and her saturated color, go to .

Announcing the first artist in our residency program at Art Up Front Street: LiLi Un

As part of our five year anniversary celebration at Art Up Front Street we started an artist residency program from September 2021 thru February 2022. (One artist for each month).

We are so excited to announce that Lili Un is our artist for October 2021! We are looking forward to working with her.

We love this quote from her: 

"I am a part time high school guidance counselor, full time artist in Dover. I have a Master’s degree in Art Therapy, and I love the process of healing through art. Throughout my life I have had the honor of learning many different art mediums, including traditional icon painting, weaving, and printmaking. Though I love to learn new things, I always return to painting as my favorite. My subjects are constantly changing since I find the world endlessly inspiring."

See more about her at

Welcome Lili!

Friday, August 27, 2021

November 6&7, OPEN STUDIOS at Art Up Front Street, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4, in Exeter, NH

We are so excited to be announcing our fifth November Open Studios! 

November 6 & 7, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4.

It has been a wild ride over the last year (as you well know).

We are a part of a larger energy of Open Studios this fall. There is a town-wide art tour in the works. More details to come! 

We hope you will spend the day in Exeter and join us.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Paper Quilts: & other experiments by Ree Katrak, plus, Industrial Quilts: Industry & Nature by Anne Marie Kenny

 Opening Reception, Saturday, September 18, 3-7 pm

Katrak: "Paper Quilts & other experiments"
Kenny: "Industrial Quilts: Nature & Industry: the patina series."

A collaborative experimental quilt exhibition.
Works are 10x16 to 28x30 and push the interpretations of traditional quilt-making.
 Kenny's wonderful ocean blue patinas on hand-stitched copper metal panels, with wire, microchips, and natural fibers.
 Katrak's bold color, layers of hand-textured papers, and unexpected tension inducing compositions.

~ Anne Marie Kenny "Industrial Quilts" have been exhibited in Tokyo, purchased by major corporations, and collected by the Currier Gallery plus private collectors.
~ Ree Katrak has exhibited throughout New England and served as the president of the New Hampshire Art Association. Her organic mark-making graces the walls of patrons around the country.
 Shown together, the results of this collaboration entice viewers to experience the "non-traditional quilting" process through the artists' lens.

Join us at Art Up Front Street, 120 Front Street, Exeter, NH on Saturday, September 18 from 3 to 7 for the OPENING RECEPTION with beverages and bites. The exhibition is up for ONLY ONE WEEK (TUE - SAT) thru SEPT 25, 11-5 each day.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Artist Residency Program in Exeter, New Hampshire

 Art Up Front Street Artist Residency Program 
(UPDATE 9/7/2021:  Thank you to all who applied. We are now taking applications for January & February 2022. Deadline Oct 1, 2021 to apply. The 2021 residencies are filled)

120 Front St., Exeter, NH 03833

Contact: Rose Bryant at


 Art Up Front Street is an artists' collective with 8 working studios and a street-side gallery. 

We make art & we exhibit the work of our artists we welcome an occasional guest artist or collaboration with other local art groups.


 This residency program was started in celebration of five years in business as an artist collective.

 The goal of the program is to offer artists, at any stage in their careers, an experience to work among other artists. It includes a 7x10 art studio space, all facilities use, exhibit space, teaching space, dialog with other artists, and a chance to be a part of a collective experience. The program offers the participant an opportunity to sell work at the studio and to be featured in AUFS’s marketing platforms like Instagram, Facebook, email and blog.

The program is for one artist for one month out of six - September thru February.

AUFS welcomes the participant to present a talk to our artists (or the public.) 


 Art Up Front Street is open Tuesday thru Saturday 11-5. Participants can use the space every day except between the hours of 11pm to 7am.

We provide an easel, table, chair, shelves, kitchen, bathrooms, wifi, parking lot, load in ramp, secluded green space, classroom space. We have extra tables and chairs for use.

 We are not equipped for welding, ceramics, high heat processes, and noise and fume producing processes. For questions: contact Rose Bryant.


 If accepted, there is a $50 non-refundable deposit to reserve your month. The deposit is applied to the full cost of the program when you arrive.

The months vary in cost based on open hours, typical event opportunities, and holiday schedules.

2021- September $200, October $225, November $250, December $200

2022- January $200, February $200 Deadline to apply is October 1, 2021


 Email to us (1) a brief bio, (2) why you are seeking this program, plus 10 images. If you have a website, facebook, or instagram with your work, please, include it.

Lastly, indicate first, second and third choice for months. Send your email to Rose Bryant at . Good luck! Looking forward to working with you!

Friday, August 6, 2021

Thank you for the reviews. We love hearing what you think and we love hearing about what brings you here.

 A recent review on TA. Thank you, Mike.

Local art gallery and artist's workspace
Aug 2021 • 
This was a truly enjoyable spot. The place was filled with local artists work. You can also experience the artist's workspace and the artists are more then happy to explain there artistic process. A must to do while visiting Exeter.

Written August 5, 2021

This photo taken by Artful Harper Studios from her "Things you can say to the wind" series. It along with her "Baggage" series prompts a lot of conversation with our visitors. And one of the things we always hear is how the guests are surprised by the size of the space and the amount of art we have here. We would agree 💛.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Friday July 23 + Saturday 24 11-5 are the last days of Facing Afar


Last 2 Days of "Facing Afar" solo exhibit by Laura Harper Lake. Art Up Front Street. Friday Saturday, July 23, 24 11-5 each day.
And the artist, Laura, will be there both days! So you can talk with her about her process and concept.
Laura Harper Lake, of Artful Harper Studios, is an interdisciplinary artist who has been passionate about being creative her entire life.
She works in painting (watercolor, acrylic, oil), drawing, digital painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, videography, writing music, writing short stories, and co-hosting and editing a podcast called “Creative Guts”.

The 2 remaining days of the exhibit are Friday Saturday, July 23, 24 at Art Up Front Street, 120 Front St., Exeter, NH.
Happy summer, everyone! 

Fabulous time at Exeter, New Hampshire art gallery. Exhibit dates are Friday Saturday July 23rd and 24th.

What a lovely weekend. Thank you to everyone who came out to the gallery for Laura Harper Lake's opening to see her new dynamic body of work "Facing Afar"! Beautiful art, beautiful day, beautiful connections (and reconnections). Laura had visits from several friends and a few instructors from her college days... which would make anyone's heart sing.

Conversations about art, life, and moving forward in this crazy time. Thank GOODNESS there is art to bring us to a place of well being...and Laura's show was a spectacular way to enjoy adventure, change, and reflections. 

Below are a few pics from the day. Her exhibit will continue This Friday and Saturday July 23rd and 24th 11-5 each day. PLUS Laura will be at the gallery both of those days. (please note: we are closed for a few vacation days this week on July 21 and 22).

Friday, July 16, 2021

Summer at the gallery. Exeter, New Hampshire

One of the things we love most about nice weather at the studio is being able to flow out to the front porch ...or to the back garden to make art or to host events. Some of our best creative thoughts come when we shift seasons and space.

Thank you to everyone who stops by to chat, drops in for an inspiration "refresh", who comes to our events or who tours the murals for fun or for a selfie. We love seeing you and hearing about what you have going on.

Here are a few pics of some moments during summer days. Drop in anytime Tuesday - Saturday 11-5.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Next Exhibit! Facing Afar by Laura Harper Lake

We are celebrating our first exhibit of the summer!

Laura Harper Lake, @artfulharperstudios
Facing Afar. Laura has been showing us small sections of her work... one tiny bit at a time.
All beautiful and true to her love of the human form.

The exhibit is Saturday, July 17, 3-6. Bring a friend and enjoy a wonderful summer late afternoon with us before your dinner date.

Bevs and light bites.    Front porch seating.    Easy summer time. 

Here are sneak peeks of a few close-ups and works in progress. The entire show will be dynamite. Don't miss it!

Laura Harper Lake, of Artful Harper Studios, is an interdisciplinary artist who has been passionate about being creative her entire life. She works in painting (watercolor, acrylic, oil), drawing, digital painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, videography, writing music, writing short stories, and co-hosting and editing a podcast called “Creative Guts”.

Her creativity grew into a viable future after attending and graduating from Chester College of New England. She began her official business as an artist under the name Artful Harper Studios in 2016, having displayed her work in various galleries throughout New England. She is a permanent artist represented at the Art Up Front Street Studios & Gallery in Exeter, NH. She co-hosts a podcast, Creative Guts, that interviews other creatives from all disciplines and communicates their passions, development, and adventures  about their creative works and businesses. 

Open Mic: What a fun event in Exeter.

We know there are open mics around at a few places. We don't do them often here at the studio, but when we do it brings us closer to our art friends for a different reason. It is not just "visual" art that tugs at our creativite hearts, but the sharing of other passions and talents. 

Thank you to Creative Guts Podcast for organizing and hosting this event! We love what you bring to our space and our collective hearts. 

And thank you to the guests who came to share and soak it all in. Beautiful day.

Becky Barsi (art educator, vocalist, artist) and Laura Harper Lake (artist, composer, electric ukulele)

John Skewes poetry and readings

Chris Voss Music

Chris Voss and Andrea of Atlantic Canyons

Sarah (Creative Guts) and Patricia

Debbie Kane (writer) and Anne Kenny (artist)

Monday, June 7, 2021

New Exhibit by Artful Harper Studios. July 17. Wonderful things to do in Exeter this summer.

 Mark your calendar.... we certainly are! Artful Harper Studios is creating yet another fabulous figurative body of work for her next exhibit at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery. We hope you can join us.

Open Mic in the Garden. June 26. Exeter, NH. With our friends at Creative Guts!

 We had a great time at the last open mic.... and no doubt this will be just as good. Our dear friends at Creative Guts Podcast are organizing a break-out open mic event in our back garden at the studio. 

We are soooo glad to be at this point in our "covid experience". We all need our community of creatives and are so ready to be enjoying the moment with all of you June 26.

Thank you to Laura Harper Lake and Sarah Wrightsman of Creative Guts Podcast for keeping the energy cranking. See you all soon.

Details are below and on facebook.

Details: Welcoming musicians, writers, and poets to perform in the idyllic backyard at AUFS. Not interested in performing? That's ok too! We welcome spectators to come and enjoy the creativity of those who are putting themselves out there.
We ask that you bring your own chairs or blankets and your hydration! Please respect a minimum of 6 feet apart from other groups.
Masks are required while navigating to your seats or when you are inside the building. Once seated, you can remove your mask if you like, but need to wear them again if/when moving around. Thank you for respecting this rule for the safety of everyone.
Suggested $5 donation to help support the mission of Creative Guts.
See you soon!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Open Studios: A great thing to do this weekend....

Sunshine? Healthy days? Good energy ahead? Yes. We love hosting this event... and we love seeing you. 

When you come, check out our new art, enter a free drawing, catch up on the latest studio news (for example - did you know that Natasha Stoppel has a renovated school bus and she is .....), find a gift for mom, your favorite grad, or pick up a gift certificate for a teacher thank you.  We have small art and large art, prints and originals, jewelry, digital art, assemblage, photograpy, ceramics, and metal sculpture. 

Thank you, again, for being in our circle and supporting us through this crazy time. Our hearts are exploding with excitement that we get to see you (masked, safely distanced, and in some cases - vaccinated) 😊.

We ask that you enter the front door and exit through the back door unless you need ramp access. Thank you. 

Mal Argondizza will greet you at the front where you can do a quick sign-in. He will also have a few beverages which can be consumed before entering (or after exiting).

All 16 windows and 2 doors will be open both days for fresh air circulation. 

There are benches and chairs safely distanced outside in the front and in the back.

Artists have sanitizer in each studio for credit card or payment handling.

We have a wrapping table ready to go for an easy wrap-and-take.

Participating artists: Artsy Barsi, Industrial Quilts, Artful Harper Studios, Deb Wheeler-Bean, Artist Explores the World, Ree Katrak, Rose Bryant Original Paintings, Dale Atkins Ceramic Vessels, Jeff Whittum Metal Art.

Happy spring! See you soon.

From all of us at Art Up Front Street.

Things to do: Art in the Garden. Wednesdays 10-1. June July.

10AM to 1PM
5 days. Pick one day or all! 
June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14.
$10 each day

Bring your materials.... it can be ANYTHING you want to do... drawing, writing, collage, painting, stitching...
We have chairs, tables, room for your easel, umbrellas, and a canopy. 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.

1. RSVP by email to Space is limited to 9 people.
2. Bring your mask for entering the garden space and for potential entry into the building. Spacing will be at least 6 ft. apart.
3. Bring $10 that day.
4. Bring your bevs, snacks or lunch.

SIGN-UPS by email in advance are needed. No drop-ins. Thanks.

Sign up by email to

Monday, April 26, 2021

Gift Certificates for Mothers Day, Graduation, or a Teacher Thank You

Show your love for your favorite mom, teacher or graduate with a gift certificate from 
Art Up Front Street!

We have tons of art in all sizes, shapes, and colors (kind of cliche, but we really do 😊). 
It can make things a lot easier for you ...someone is always here at the studios and gallery Tuesday - Saturday 11-5 to help the giftee with the purchase. 

Not only will they love the gift they pick, but the process of soaking up the visual energy of the creatives here in our 2500 square feet of art space is a cool experience. We could also make a lovely cup of tea for them to enjoy on the front deck or the back "patio".

We have wrapping and ribbon, cards for purchase, and prints and cool artsy fartsy stuff.  

Is an art studio in your future?

Art Up Front Street is an artist collective in Exeter, NH. 

We have 8 studios, a storefront gallery, plenty of space for indoor and outdoor events. (We do not have a facility for ceramics, metal work or high heat processes. We wish we did!) 

Send Rose Bryant your name, address, and a small bio (10-15 sentences). Include your website, instagram, facebook and a short statement about why you are seeking a studio. 

~ We are a collective of art peers as well as an art business that operates best when all are involved.
~ We all participate in 2 Open Studios each year.
~ We require 6 hours of gallery tending time each month.
~ We are looking for experienced artists who will be a good fit for our contemporary gallery, our abstract thought, and our collective working energy.
~ A year's lease is required.
~ If you would like to take a tour, let us know.

The studio currently available is 10x10 and the rent is $280 a month.
A second studio will be available in July. It is $200 a month.

Wishing you all the best in your creative adventures.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Finding treasure while looking "into" the process of creatives.

 We all learn from each other. We explore, we think, we develop ideas, we make things. 

Sometimes during those experiences, part of the joy is seeing the process in it's original environment. Yes, very definitely, one can "see" the art and then experience joy (or sadness, or confusion, or shock). But, if one has the chance to see "process" one can experience other "treasure".

First, the art moves you.... and then, when you look further to see or understand the hands that worked on the art, you gain knowledge. That knowledge is intimate. It is something that you have obtained by observing... and it, then, becomes a part of your energy everytime you view that art. 

Artists make art for all kinds of reasons, some reasons are very concrete ("I had the materials" "I was commissioned by a client") and some reasons are very abstract ("I needed to express a thought" "what do I see when the birds sing?"). Getting a glimpse into the working space of an artist tells you more... It helps you find the extra treasure.

Below are a few artists at work. Save the date, May 1+2, and explore treasure with us. 

Deb Wheeler-Bean putting words with art...process.
Escape 2020 #2 mixed media assemblage

Laura Harper Lake of Artful Harper Studios and Creative Guts Podcast

Carry on Baggage, digital art, by Laura Harper Lake

Ree Katrak printing on papers for texture and color in her mixed media pieces.

Mixed media abstract painting by Ree Katrak

Rose Bryant hanging art in studio

Red Winged Blackbirds, painting by Rose Bryant