Saturday, November 16, 2019

Anne Kenny reception, Dec 6, Exeter NH

Anne Kenny "Industrial Baskets" new Exhibit Dec 6, Friday 5-8
Anne Kenny Talk from 6 to 6:30, Dec 6 Friday

Art up front street studios and gallery presents Anne Kenny December's Featured Artist. Wonderful contemporary "Industrial Quilts" made of wire, metal, mesh and upcycled computer parts. Anne will also, for the first time, be exhibiting her new "Industrial Baskets". Stunning original, hand-stitched creations.

VIDEO about Anne by Natasha Stoppel

Join us and meet Anne at a special winter holiday reception Friday, December 6 from 5 to 8.
Talk by Anne Kenny 6 to 6:30pm.

"My Industrial Quilts have been influenced by industry and technology both aesthetically and conceptually. The methods and materials I use in my quilts are nontraditional. The repetitive format and industrial materials are used for their standardized, manufactured appearance. The Amoskeag Textile Mill history in New Hampshire and the "mill girls" continue to inspire my work.

I try to emphasize the contrasts between machine-made and hand-made objects. I attempt to make reference to both industrial and post-industrial mechanization while retaining the personal and expressive aspects of traditional quilt making. The contrasts of machine-made versus hand-made are designed to complement each other, yet provoke the controversy surrounding the way things of value are made.

The quilt is a very personal image to me and by working with unconventional materials in this format I am better able to make references to the world I live in. Art parallels progress, modern industry, and invention. These influences create new forms of expression and aesthetics. I am exploring these forms and new ways of seeing. My quilts are suggestive of a new aesthetic which combines traditional and nontraditional quilt

Anne Kenny's exhibit runs Friday, December 6 thru Saturday, December 21.
Regular hours are Tu-We 10-7, Th, Fr, Sa 10-4.

Kenny is also exhibiting at Odetta Gallery in NYC, Nov 18th through Jan 3,2020.

Winter Twinkle, December, Art Up Front Street, Exeter NH

December 3+4, 10+11, 17+18
For 6 days in December, on TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS,
from 10 to 7, we celebrate the season with art.

LIVE PAINTING will be "in-progress"
FESTIVE storefront gallery,
a HOLIDAY treat or two,
a WARM beverage.
Plan your gift giving with tempting art specials (our specials available only on Tuesday Wednesday WINTER TWINKLE days).
Our gallery will be aglow with the color and the beauty of art under a canopy of delicate light.

....take a quiet break and watch an artist work. 
It's a lovely day or night out plus a fabulous way to unwind.
Bring a friend to share the moment. 
Tuesday and Wednesday
10 to 7
December 3+4, 10+11, 17+18
Regular studio hours are: Tue & Wed 10-7, Thu Fri & Sat 10-4
Be sure to follow us on facebook.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thank you for coming....

What a wonderful time we had at the open studios. 
Thank you to all for coming and for touring the rest of the eleven art, gallery, and maker locations on the Fine Art & Sugar Tour. So much good energy and great conversations. 
Thank you for spending time, purchasing our art, and enjoying this spot with us for a little while.

Thank you to our front gallery greeter this year, Abby, and to our wonderful duo in the kitchen, Celia and Louis. Thank you to Jayne Howard, the person who can do anything :-) for shopping and prepping bites.

Thank you to the musicians, Christine Fell, Nancy Fiske, Bob Moore, and Cynthia Chatis.... all so beautiful. It was lovely to hear the sounds floating through the studios.

Thank you to the other 11 participants on the Fine Art & Sugar Tour... 
Exeter Station Studios, TEAM Foundation, Seacoast Artist Association, Waterstone Art Studio, Roosting Place, Bruce Jones Studio, Pickpocket Arts, Willow Creek Sugarhouse, Willow Road Watercolors, Exeter Fine Crafts, and The Maker's Post. What a wonderful collaboration.

And thank you to all the artists here at the studio who make, and dream, and inspire.... Gaby Grossman Paintings, Anne Kenny Industrial Quilts, Artful Harper Studios, Deb Wheeler-Bean Assemblage, Dawn Amey Designs, Ree Hall Katrak Abstracts, Corrine Gilman Stitched Expressions, and Artist Travels the World. 

Hearts to all,
Fondly, Rose

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

OPEN STUDIOS in the Exeter-Area NOV 2+3

Save the weekend for art fun in the Exeter area...
At Art Up Front Street, Open Studios, we have 9 artists studios under one roof.
...with treats, libations, and color!
Saturday... enter for fun art give-aways
Sunday... enjoy music with us
12-2, clarinet by Christine Fell and Nancy Fiske 
2-4, guitar by Bob Moore

In addition on the same weekend...
Art Up Front Street is part of a larger area-wide open studio event,
the Exeter-area Fine Art & Sugar Tour
Saturday Sunday ... 12 locations in the Exeter-area 
Travel around, tour as you wish to the maker locations on the Fine Art & Sugar Tour. 
Take a look at facebook for all the details and the map. Paintings, pottery, glass, printmaking, maple sugaring, handmade, fiber, photography, fine craft and more.

So much to see. Plan your weekend now.... Dine at a lovely cafe in Exeter, take a drive along Swasey Parkway, check out the historic Exeter Town Hall, and take a peek into studios and maker spaces along the tour. Bring a friend. 
Join us! See you soon...

Friday, October 11, 2019

A quiet moment around the studio...

Sooooo many makers here. Just a few pics of cool stuff. Hope it brightens your day & inspires your thoughts. Thank you for looking and for taking a moment to refresh with us. Enjoy your weekend. Ahhhh.
Deb Wheeler-Bean

Anne Kenny

Corrine Gilman

Dawn Amey

Gaby Grossman

Laura Harper-Lake

Natasha Stoppel

Ree Katrak

Rose Bryant

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

exeter area FINE ART & SUGAR TOUR nov 2+3

NOVEMBER 2+3, Saturday Sunday, 10 to 4 each day.
TWELVE local artist's studios or galleries plus a sugarhouse will be, for the 6th year, OPEN and on tour to the public!

For two days, NOVEMBER 2+3, you can tour & talk with fine artists, artisans, and makers 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. Visit a studio in a yurt, savor delicious maple sugar, jump into the vibe of the new creative movement in the Exeter area. We love our spot on the planet and we have great arty energy to share with you. This is only the beginning......

Pottery, Painting, Jewelry, Prints, Mixed Media, Etchings, Assemblage, Watercolor, Maple Syrup, Oil Paintings, Photography, Refinished Furniture, Decor, Hand-Made, Art Gifts, Cards, Framed Art, Coastal Art, Ceramics, Acrylic Paintings, Art Teachers, Fiber, Textiles, Glass, Wood, Fine Craft.

Local creative goodness.

Save the dates and bring your friends.
November 2 & 3, 2019 Saturday Sunday, 10 to 4 each day.

FINE ART and SUGAR TOUR participants.
Download a copy of the map to connect the dots

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. Marissa Vitolo Pottery ....1 Rockingham St. Exeter
5. Dani Lee Pottery ....1 Rockingham St. Exeter
6. Roosting Place Art & Decor .....152 Front St. Exeter
7. Art Up Front Street Studios & Gallery ....120 Front St. Exeter
8. The Seacoast Artist Association ....130 Water St.Exeter
9. Town Exeter Arts Music...111R (on the riverside) Water St. Exeter
10. Exeter Fine Crafts ....61 Water St. Exeter
11. Waterstone Art Studio ....8 Clifford St. (Over the Moon) Exeter 12. The Maker’s Post ....14 Main St. East Kingston

Thank you for coming to Ree Katrak's opening..

What fun... thank you for visiting! 
We loved seeing you and are so glad you got to hear about Ree's process for creating abstract art. 
A lovely night of color and good energy. Here are a few pics from the evening...
Stop by anytime during regular hours to take a second look. Her exhibit runs through October 31.

Monday, September 23, 2019

TripAdvisor.... yes, we have a small spot in the Exeter, NH universe

It has been a great 3 years here exploring..... art, artists, community, business, and so many other things and avenues that always take us to other "places".... places and conversations we never would have guessed we would have experienced. From the programs we have started running to the art-making to the minutia of doing dishes after a show here.

We always love knowing how people find us.... We have a killer spot here on Front Street (which, thanks to google you can see from space 😊), we have a great community of area artists and designers in town and beyond, we have visitors and clients.

One effort we have made (in addition to the many in marketing) is exploring TripAdvisor. Don't know why this makes us feel this way, but we feel really lucky when we hear from visitors that they have come here because they saw us on TripAdvisor. It is like we have an "in".... almost like feeling we have been invited to a fancy dinner or something at a posh club. Ha! What we are saying is ...some things take time ....and many conversations ...face-to-face with many people. It is gratifying. And it is a GOOD thing.... it keeps us more human in an era of instant gratification and high volume social media.

If you would like to see what we look like on TripAdvisor... and what a few other places in Exeter, look like, click the link. Thanks for reading (and connecting with us.) We love that you are a part of our circle. And thank you, TripAdvisor.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

"Demystifying ABSTRACT Art" Opening &Talk by Ree Katrak OCT 4

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.

Opening Reception • October 4, 5pm-8pm
Artist Discussion entitled, Demystifying Abstract Art, 6pm
Exhibit through October 31

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.

.... exhibit runs through October 31.
120 Front Street... Exeter, NH