Monday, November 1, 2021

Fine art, holiday gift ideas, five year anniversary this weekend in Exeter, NH

 Charming tiny framed art by Natalie Marquis Art.

Black and white photography by Artsy Barsi

Beautiful blue greens by Industrial Quilts

Red winged blackbirds by Rose Bryant Original Paintings

Hand printed lino cut tea towels by Artful Harper Studios

Paper quilts by Ree Katrak

Jeff Whittum salvaged metal art

Tracy Hines Studio ornaments, cards, florals.

Deb Wheeler Bean assemblage.

Dale Atkins ceramic vessels.

Join us!

Saturday, October 30, 2021

What's going on Nov 6 and 7? Open Studios in Exeter, NH

8 Studios Open. 2500 square feet of art

Collage, large & small original paintings, digital art, "Industrial Quilts", prints, cards, journals, photography, tiny paintings, framed and unframed works, watercolor.

Featuring the work of:

Our wonderful regular studio artists:

Artsy Barsi, Industrial Quilts, Artful Harper Studios, Deb Wheeler-Bean, Natalie Marquis Art, Ree Katrak, & Rose Bryant.

We also have 2 of our favorite guest artists - Jeff Whittum Metal Art and Dale Atkins ceramic vessels.

Plus... we currently have an artist residency program going on and Tracy Hines Home is the artist who is sharing space with us for the month.

Bring new-to-the-studio friend...

Bring a friend who has never been to Art Up Front Street and get a FREE 5x7 art print as a little thank you from us to you. (20 available).

Win a $50 gift certificate

Natalie Marquis, Studio #5, has a drawing for a free $50 gift certificate towards ANY of her original paintings or canvas giclees. Oh boy!

Join the party!

Not only will there be great art, but we have bevs on the front deck & a pizza tent 12:00-1:30 each day. 

Inside, all windows will be open so dress warmly! 

Vaccinations are required or wear a mask while you are inside. Thank you. Also, we will do our best to be social distancing, but your mask would be a great thing to have on hand.

Art Demos 1pm - 2pm each day

Join Ree Katrak in Studio 6 for a participatory art demo. We understand there will be color and an application using  very long  brushes!

Visiting for the first time?

Then welcome! We have greeters that can direct you to the artists' studios, the free drawings, and the treats. Easy, peasy.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Celebrating five years as an artist collective in Exeter, NH

We love what has come before us and we love what the future can possibly bring

Our "collective studio  thought" kicked into high gear five and a half years ago when a friend (and art fan) told us about The New Heights Teen Center possibly being for sale. A few years prior to this, the idea of collective artist studios had been brewing, especially each time we heard from any artist asking if there was studio space in Exeter. 

At the time (2014, 2015, 2016 etc, the pickin's were very slim in town. Exeter Station had a few undeveloped spaces flying under the radar. Really not seeking artists, specifically, but, instead, offering industrial, office, business space. Artists in Exeter also had their own home studios. 

Then, it happened. There was a space. The Teen Center. And we jumped in not knowing what it would completely be, but, knowing that so many artists were looking for space where they would also find community.

Thank you to the first artists that believed in the dream: Dale Atkins, Gaby Grossman, Lori Martone, Festive Tree, and Dawn Amey by showing support in the idea. And thank you to the first artists in the door for studio space: Dawn Amey, Gaby Grossman, Deb Wheeler-Bean, then shortly after Artsy Barsi, Industrial Quilts, Artist Explores the World, and Artful Harper Studios. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Arty things to do in Exeter. A Capella rehearsal art-making nite....


We are so looking forward to this! @theafternotes are rehearsing here Wednesday Oct 13.

~ great creative energy.

~ no pressure.

~ create with us.

The Afternotes were here two years ago and we LOVED it. Such a nice creative time. They practiced (no formal performance). The artists created. A few people hung out.
Sooooo nice.... everyone basically did their thing. All in the moment. All happy to be sharing the creative process.

Musicians in process...visual artists in process.

One of those few rare moments when the stage performance is NOT the goal. But instead, a giving and receiving of creative energy feeding off of one another, sharing, and lifting. Losing oneself in the vibe.

Can you join us?
Wed, Oct 13, 6:30-8:30 at the studio.

Send an email to us to reserve your spot. Bring your materials, drawing, fiber work, your sketchbook, and be in it.

We have a few bevs and treats (to consume in the kitchen or in another part of the studio.)

Masks are required if you are not vaccinated.

We can accommodate up to 10 guests. Windows WIDE open. Heat on.
To save a spot.

Don't want to work on an art process? That's ok. We welcome those who want to simply "be in the moment".

Thank you to the @theafternotes!
It is wonderful of you to think of us as you re-enter the process. We are all very excited.

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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, 5th Annual OPEN STUDIOS at Art Up Front Street, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4, in Exeter, NH

We are so excited to be announcing our 5th Annual November Open Studios! 

TWO DAYS: November 6 & 7, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4 each day.

It has been a wild ride over the last year (as you well know), but we have a special reason to celebrate. We are FIVE years old! FIVE YEARS of being in the community sharing, making, and honoring creativity.

Art Up Front Street LLC was formed August 2016. The building was purchased September 2016. After clean-out and fix-up, the first artists moved into their studios January 2017. Since then, the growth has been very organic ... feeling our way through changes as Exeter's first art studio collective.

Now, we have a milestone to celebrate and we would love for you to be a part of it over the next few months. Our supportive community has meant so much to us. We are here because you found us, you came, and you continued to be present by visiting, purchasing, attending special events, and sending well wishes and congratulations as we have grown. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The artists who have studios here and who been represented in the past have been the most wonderful inspirations to our growing collective. This process only floats because artists do what they do, they find their creative passions, and they freely share that knowledge and support with the other artists around them. We are "in it" for all of us. 

For our 5th November OPEN STUDIOS we have: 8 studios open to the public, an art demo in studio 6, specials, a free drawing, plus treats and bevs on the front deck. 

The types of art exhibited and for sale are: Collage, large and small original paintings, digital art, "Industrial Quilts", prints, cards, journals, photography, tiny paintings, framed and unframed works, watercolor.

Our wonderful regular studio artists are: Artsy Barsi, Industrial Quilts, Artful Harper Studios, Deb Wheeler-Bean, Natalie Marquis Art, Ree Katrak, & Rose Bryant. We have 2 of our favorite guest artists - Jeff Whittum Metal Art and Dale Atkins ceramic vessels. Plus... we currently have an artist residency program going on and Tracy Hines Home is the artist who is sharing space with us for the month.

Great fun ahead. 

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

All windows will be open. Plenty of free on-street parking. Look for the bright yellow front, the large flower murals, and the big dot on the exterior wall that says "art".

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!