The support for our community goes well beyond the food we source.
As our seasons change, so too will the artwork on our dining room walls, all of which is created by local artists. By sharing the abundant talent in our own community, we hope to spark conversation as well as inspiration.
Now on View
Carolynn Alvarez is a self-taught multimedia abstract artist from the Worcester area. Growing up she was always drawn to the arts and was constantly finding creative ways to express herself. As an adult, her work with children with Autism has inspired even more creativity and learning of non- verbal communication. Her paintings are created through an intuitive response while she’s engaged in the work. It’s an organic and spontaneous process. What tends to emerge is a deeply personal and emotional language, that at the same time is universal with rich and vibrant colors and composition. Her inspiration has been endless in nature, space and in other people’s lives and stories. She enjoys the artwork of Georgia O’Keefe, Van Gogh, Laura Horn, and Rinske Douna.
Annie had heart failure unexpectedly at the age of thirty-two. She was the sixty-sixth person ever to be diagnosed with a very rare heart disease called Giant Cell Myocarditis. The odds of survival were five years with a transplant likely in the first year. In the last eight years, she has had five different major organ failures and eight different potentially fatal diagnoses even spent a summer in a coma. Eventually, she was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus. Not able to work or get around well she decided to start painting on canvas again. Painting is a huge part of her healing. Her amazing faith and positive attitude is the only explanation of how she survived. Her hope is that her paintings make people laugh. Her goal is to add humor to fine art, a rare combination. Annie recently published an inspiring memoir on Amazon called Betting the Underdog. She lives at home with her husband Jeffrey and their cat Ethel Merman.
Annie has so many gifts to share not the least is her ability to cope with unbelievable challenges. She has presented this exceptionally well in “Betting the Underdog” The book was easy to read and should be an inspiration to anyone who reads it. There are lessons in this book for those who have an easier life and for those struggling for any reason. Everyone should have a copy to read over and again as a reminder to rejoice during good times and be strong during hardships. –Jim Shaw
Her work brims with the same kind of humor that led to the family cat named Ethel Merman. –Rod Lee, The Rambler
After I sat down with Spear I took one last tour through the kitty collection and my perspective had completely changed. This time I saw an old cat of mine that passed, a reverie of Spear creating these paintings with her cat companion, endearing stories that lie just beneath the canvas, and the dimension of healing behind these furry faces. –Alika Gillard, The Scarlett, Brown University
“I realized a few years ago I really liked painting animals and I could not eat them anymore,” she said. “Cows are my friends. I created my own world of fun friends”
Featured in this exhibition is my eclectic and artistic style utilizing oil and acrylic mediums. I focus predominantly on portraiture, scenery from my world travels, and floral designs. The collection “Camino de Santiago”, one of the historic pilgrimages from Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago, Spain is a 350 mile hike composed of rustic and charismatic landscapes, the characteristic rabelo boats of Porto, Portugal, and the Casa de Fernanda, which portrays a house and lush garden of Portuguese native Fernanda.
Fernanda opens her home with a heartening welcome, a nurturing family style meal from her garden, and an evening of homemade fruit liquor, while congregated around a table of adventurers from around the globe. She provides a safe haven to rejuvenate the fellow “peregrinos”, or pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago. Her unabating geniality resonates with each traveler that enters her garden and leaves with a token of everlasting memories; as did her father whose tradition she has kept alive.
Featured in the collection of musicians are iconic figures who endowed and enriched the music industry as we know it today, along with three pieces inspired by blues and soul music ever present in the multicultural city of Houston, Texas where I grew up.
As a gardener and nature enthusiast the remaining collection is one which illustrates my experimental approach to floral design and still life references.
“To me art, like cuisine, nature, and music are unifying aspects of the human condition. May the collections displayed here be the added spice that strikes a chord in you! Whether it be a conversation, an elemental addition to a shared meal, or inspiration of travels; it is one to be devoured with the eyes and experienced with the heart” -Monique Guillory
Scott Erskine’s photography concentrates on both natural and scenic landscapes of New England. Along with landscapes, his other photographic interests include wild flowers, natural still life images, and abstracts. He has a deep fascination with the nuances of light, especially the subtle variations in luminance and colors that are often overlooked in our daily lives. “I tend to look for the more intimate scenes, which is best appreciated in stillness and solitude, without intrusions from other sources. I would like the viewer to feel that they could step into the photograph and see what I was experiencing when the photograph was made.” He is strongly influenced by Ansel Adams, Elliot Porter, David Muench, Joe Cornish, and William Neill.
Largely self-taught, his images have been displayed in exhibits at Worcester City Hall with the Worcester Alliance of Photographers and at the Worcester Academy of Music. There have also been two solo exhibits at UMass Medical School. He has been photographing for over 40 years.
During 2014-2015 he photographed daily in Acadia National Park while working in Bar Harbor Maine, sometimes for 8 hours a day, through all seasons and in all weather conditions, including hurricanes and blizzards and subzero weather. In 2017 he spent 6 months working in Yellowstone National Park, where he was able to photograph in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton every day. In the few years he has also visited Glacier National Park, The Badlands, Delaware Water Gap, as well as made several additional trips to Acadia.
Scott combines his love of photography and nature with the discipline he learned as a medical laboratory technologist during a 20-year career in the United States Air Force. He has called over 40 places home, including Maine, Texas, California, Alaska, and Germany. After leaving the Air Force he worked in healthcare, biotech, and Information Technology.
“Landscape in oil is the medium in which my artistic themes are expressed. Each landscape represents the memory of an emotion and my aim is to present a scene that has a ground but also has an ephemeral and floating feeling to evoke a dreamlike memory. I am fixated on the subtleties of the atmosphere, which I layer in glazes of paint. Each work develops its own temperament; some complicated and heavy, others light, loose and confident.
Contradiction is also a theme, associating lights and darks in the atmosphere with both positive and negative implications. For example, with darkness there is an acknowledgement of the negative and an appreciation for it’s beauty and solace. Darkness symbolizes repression and withholding but at the same time, and importantly, darkness brings comfort and rest. Light, a symbol of hope and renewal, is a focal point that disrupts this rest. In depicting the sky, I can explore a full circle of human emotion through light and atmosphere.
The moon is a subject with in the contradiction theme that I began exploring at a time of forced reflection about the meaning of life and death. Ever changing, the moon’s presence is mysterious and is often contradictory in symbolism. This makes the search for absolute truths impossible. There is always another answer, another perspective. Philosophers grasp at answers in an effort to understand life but all that is true is the journey and what is discovered along the way.”
More about: Cynthia Woehrle
Anne Greene is an artist who works with a camera. Her subject matter, flora and fauna. An area of photography that in a lesser hand has been trampled to a dismal cliché. That said, one look at her photographs, and you know beyond a doubt you are “Seeing” something comprehensibly very new. It is no less than a child experiencing a flower or animal up close for the first cognitive time; instantly—the world is a bigger and magical place. Anne’s photographs are powerful and yet delicate offerings to those willing to take time to look—really pause and look at each-individual-photograph. The result is an outstanding experience, reviving a primal sensation that, for most, has been dormant in our hearts, and more importantly, our collective souls. – Stephen DiRado
Ambient photos by Kim Noonan, painter and graphic designer, and Tim Furman, graphic and web designer. Photographs from the local area, California, and Europe. Tim and Kim worked together in the Publications department at the Worcester Art Museum. They are currently accepting freelance graphic and web design projects.
Photography began as a therapy for me after an accident. It made me focus, challenge myself and peak my curiosity through a lens. I have a different perspective in capturing a photo in a wheelchair. I adapted a tripod to use with my wheelchair and have used this for 24 years in 28 states, Canada and the Caribbean. My photographic journey has been incredible and would like to encourage you to begin whatever journey you would like to pursue.
Veronica Fish is a comic artist and illustrator. Her work has hung in galleries around the world an she continues to exhibit her pop-culture themed paintings at shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is currently the artist on ARCHIE for Archie Comics and has drawn issues of Spider Woman for MARVEL comics. She lives in Worcester, Mass. with her husband Andy.
Image: Cover Art for Over the Garden Wall, Veronica Fish, published by BOOM! Studios
Joanie Betterley began painting on a whim in 1997 when a friend in Maine asked her to take a Plein Air Watercolor painting class. She found that she liked it and then started taking Watercolor Painting Classes at the Worcester Art Museum with Bill Griffiths. The color intensity of acrylics became appealing, and has been her focus with Bill, her mentor, for the past 18 years. Bill is a color and light genius and Joanie is grateful to be learning from him every week.
“I realized right away that painting makes you appreciate the beauty of nature more. As you drive by a landscape, you can’t help but think about what colors are involved and how you would paint it. The other great thing about painting is that as long as I can do it, I’ll never, ever get bored. Plus, I get a great feeling of accomplishment from creating something. I like to surround myself with intense color and I can do that with paintings.”
Joanie displayed and sold prints of her watercolor paintings at Damariscotta Pottery in Damariscotta, Maine for 8 years; a new painting was done each year which featured their beautiful pottery. She has also shown acrylic paintings at the Maine Coast Artists Gallery in Friendship, Maine. One of her paintings is featured on the back cover of her son Jeremy’s folk rock album called “Cannonballs.”
Joanie prefers to paint colorful landscapes from photos she takes in Maine or other places that she and her husband Rick travel to. Joanie and Rick live in Sterling, MA and have two grown sons, Chip and Jeremy.
This show at The UXLocale is Joanie’s first solo show.
Donna Dufault has over 20 years of experience working in the photography industry. She has a BFA degree in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked at some of the best photographic printing labs in the country and with some of the top art photographers in the world. This experience coupled with years of gallery experience, running art marketing groups, curating shows, and co-coordinating photo workshops has given her a unique perspective into the fine art photography world.
“I’m fascinated by the art of preparing food and the tools used to create it,” said Ms. Dufault. “The dents, scratches, cracks and patina all create beauty in their imperfections. I truly enjoy tracking down the tools, and documenting their vulnerability from human treatment.” The resulting images which are included in the show are sometimes very abstract imaginings, while others are more clearly about the objects themselves.