Friday, July 16, 2021
Monday, July 5, 2021
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!
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.
Monday, June 7, 2021
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.
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.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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.
1. RSVP by email to email@example.com. 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.
Monday, April 26, 2021
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!)
~ We are a collective of art peers as well as an art business that operates best when all are involved.
~ We are looking for experienced artists who will be a good fit for our contemporary gallery, our abstract thought, and our collective working energy.
Monday, April 12, 2021
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|
There is always the last detail, the last "push", the last scramble before an artist presents work. As artists, we know this process all too well.
Feelings of creativity, turn to feelings of "I've GOT to get this finished!", to feelings of completion, to feelings of celebration when we can talk about the process with you.
One of the best things about hosting an Open Studio is that the public can tour our spaces and talk about the process with us. Sometimes, it might not even be a conversation, but rather an absorbing the energy of what another human has made or dreamt.
We love it when we can share those moments with you and we thank you for your support over these past very few years!
Here are a few shots from the studio as we round the corner to the home stretch. Enjoy. And mark your calendar for our very special event.
|Natasha Stoppel preps wall space for art.|
|Creativity Mandala by Natasha Stoppel. Laser cut, birch, with watercolor.|
|Anne Kenny of Industrial Quilts assembling hand-cut patina elements.|
|Integrated Circuits Industrial Quilt by Anne Marie Kenny|
|Becky Barsi marking next cuts for completed watercolor|
|Midge Toy Car and Le Mans Racer framed watercolors by Becky Barsi|
Monday, March 8, 2021
it's almost spring and guess what.... we are planning our Open Studios for May first and second! We are sooo ready for an art party. (safely distanced, masked, etc. you get the vibe)
Fingers crossed for sunshine, healthy days, and good energy ahead. We love having this event and we love seeing you.
When you come, you will find tons of new art we have been working on during the year, a few give-aways, newsy news, maybe some pre-packaged treats.
Thank you for being in our circle. Our hearts are exploding with excitement that we get to see you (safely, masked, distanced, etc.)!
More details to come in the coming weeks. Stay safe, tell a friend.
Happy almost spring.
From all of us at Art Up Front Street.