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, 

Art New England.... Art Up Front Street

Wow! Thank you B.Armore, Lori Pedrick, and Art New England for the article. We are part of a piece on artist-run galleries. We must say... we could not be happier with the choice we have made to work as a collective of artists showing and promoting our own work. The community of peers here keeps us all pointed in the right directions.... plus creative conversations are never far away.

The featured photo (on the left side of the spread) belongs to none other than our own Anne Kenny  "Industrial Quilts". Anne has been a member of Art Up Front Street now for one and a half years. We are so lucky she found us. We love her work and obviously Art New England does, too!

If you have never seen "Art New England", get a subscription.... it is a lovely, well written and beautifully photographed art publication. At the very least pick up a copy on the news stand of the September October issue. :-)

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

DEB WHEELER-BEAN: Featured Artist Online

Today's featured artist is Deb Wheeler-Bean... artist, educator. Explorer of all things beautiful. Deb's studio is a treat for the senses... her collections, her memories, her objects of visual wonder. She is teaching a class this fall for adults .... "I suck at art". Yes, that IS the name of the class... AND she is using her 3rd through 5th grade art curriculum as the guide. Get your hands in something colorful, explore a process for which there is no one way, make a splatter... it's ok. Check it out and enjoy a judgement-free zone for a lot of art fun. Sign-ups are through Deb's email. (See below)
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Friday, August 24, 2018

That time when we were featured in ARTSCOPE MAGAZINE

Thank you again Donna Dodson, sculptor, who also doubles as a writer for ARTSCOPE Magazine. We were just going through some fond memories here at Art Up Front Street and came across these pics from early spring when you and Andy Moerlein, also fabulous sculptor, toured our studios. So yes, we must post again... 
We are looking forward to your show, Donna, with Eric Sealine, at the Boston Sculptors Gallery this October!

Donna interviewing Anne Kenny "Industrial Quilts" at Art Up Front Street

Donna and Andy "talking shop" with Becky Barsi, Art Up Front Street
Di Di being Di Di in Gaby Grossman's studio

Thursday, August 23, 2018

BECKY BARSI: Featured Artist Online

Our Featured Artist Online today is Becky Barsi. She experiments, she educates, she collaborates...
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Wonderful night last night for drawing and painting. We love the community in art... like minds coming together. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we observe, sometimes we drift to an almost meditative place as our art evolves. Everyone has a different reason for being here.... but yet one reason for being here. Our next Figure Drawing Open Studio is September 18 at 6pm. Registration by email is required. Here's to many more nights like these at Art Up Front Street. We have just gotten started - only our third session. Thank you to Laura Harper for organizing.... we love it.

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Explorations at Art Up Front Street. Thank you to Becky Barsi for exposing us to another art form. Fine black powder used for explosives and ammunition can also be used to create wonderful soft details in art. This process is combined here with inks (blown across paper) and torn sections of security envelopes. On close examination the differences in mediums can be seen.