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artscope covers it first.
artscope made its debut in March 2006 as the first timely, full-color arts publication in New England. It was modeled as a hybrid, combining the timeliness of a daily or weekly publication with the quality of a bimonthly publication. In its early days, it was a small production with about half as many pages as it has today, carefully put together by the editorial team and a handful of talented writers, graphic designers and photographers, all committed to providing balanced, high-quality coverage of the regional arts scene.

We wanted to take art to the public, and to provide our readers with an understanding of the process, approach, and inspiration of local as well as international artists exhibiting throughout the Northeast.

Informative. Accessible. Visible.
Today artscope is the premier culture media company of New England. Its writers frequent exhibitions and performances across the region in order to provide readers with informative, accessible, and thoughtful writing that spans the entire spectrum of art. It allows its featured artists and institutions the highest level of visibility possible, and enables them, along with the arts community and the public, to engage with their art and their own creativity.

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Through constant innovation, artscope is continually expanding its reach and coverage. It is the only seamlessly integrated media vehicle for arts news in New England, providing the latest coverage in print and online through the website, online zine, email blasts, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, mobile app, and iOS Newsstand edition. Through these outlets, artscope shares cutting-edge reviews of artist profiles, performances and films with its readers across New England and beyond.

Although we have grown considerably since our founding, we remain committed to our original mission to provide our readers with high-quality content, and to connect local artists and institutions with an active audience. We also continue to hold ourselves to high standards of journalistic excellence.

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our contributors.

Linda Chestney

Linda Chestney, a former interior designer, is a freelance writer, editor, publicist and owner of Nicolin Fields Publishing & PR, Inc. She has written four books and her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, New Hampshire Magazine, Business NH Magazine, Women’s Circle, Wildlife Conservation Magazine, artscope Magazine, and Down East among others. She has also written and published poetry.

A “newcomer” New Englander of 30 years, Linda was originally a flatlander from South Dakota. She returns occasionally to the Midwest to visit relatives, check out the cowboy boots, and bring back a tumble weed or two.

Linda holds a degree in interior design, psychology and a master’s in English non-fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire. She writes about art, design, architecture, and nature. She resides on the Seacoast of New Hampshire with her husband and their shih tzu, Melissa. Their house is tucked in the woods where the deer and cross-country skiers roam.

Meredith Cutler

Meredith Cutler is an artist, writer and marketing professional from Boston. She covers Boston-area and Rhode Island arts news for artscope Magazine, GET Magazine and others. As a mixed-media artist herself, Cutler is interested in emerging artists, unorthodox materials and grassroots artists' collectives.

Over the years, her own artwork has appeared at the BCA Mills Gallery, Allston Skirt Gallery, Wheaton College, Skidmore College's Tang Museum and URI Providence Shepard Gallery. As an independent consultant, she directs her enthusiasm for the arts to serve the marketing and communications needs of clients in the arts, education and non-profit sectors. Cutler holds a degree in studio art and art history from Skidmore College.

She lives in MetroWest Boston with her husband and young daughter, who is just learning how to speak and draw (with often hilarious results). They spend the summer months with extended family in Rome, Italy, and then dream about gelato and Michelangelo for the rest of the year. Read more about Meredith on

Jim Dyment

Jim Dyment is a New England native. Originally from Lancaster, Massachusetts, Jim now lives in Lowell. He enjoys living in the area because of its vibrant arts community. He has a BS in Mathematics from UMass Lowell. After receiving this degree, he decided to go back to school at Massachusetts College of Art, where he studied design. He credits this choice as being one of the best he ever made. He has worked as a graphic designer for the past 13 years.
In addition to writing for artscope. Jim works as Exhibits & Gallery Manager at the Whistler House Museum of Art. He also maintains an online art journal called, which chronicles the art community in Lowell, Massachusetts and beyond.
Jim is interested in all types of art. He enjoys painting with acrylic, and recently has become interested in multimedia and collage work. He hangs the art of local artists at Centro Restaurant in Lowell. Aside from art, Jim enjoys pop music, antiques, interior design, and cooking.

Sara Farizan

Sara Farizan is a Newton native and cinephile who “loves being a part of Artscope.” Her favorite part of Artscope is learning about emerging artists and upcoming exhibits. Farizan has a B.A. from American University in Communications with film focus and a minor in Cinema Studies.

Currently, she is finishing up her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Lesley University. She wrote a young adult novel for her thesis, a fictional account focused on homosexual teenagers in modern day Iran. Farizan is a graphic novel enthusiast, and enjoys socializing with young children at her job as an after-school teacher.

Farizan is most interested in contemporary art, particularly the works of Edward Hopper. She has seen every film starring Bette Davis, and she credits Nina Simone as her go-to gal for inspiration.

She is the author of the upcoming young adult novel, If You Could Be Mine, coming August2013 from Algonquin Young Readers.

Franklin W. Liu

Franklin W. Liu was born in Hong Kong. He has traveled worldwide and lived in Asia and Europe, as well as in both coasts of the U.S.A. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. and Bach. of Architecture. For 20 years, he practiced architecture with a number of award winning firms while exhibiting his paintings and drawings with Boston area galleries. In addition to writing for artscope, Franklin is currently a contracted writer for AOL/Huffington Post Media's hyperlocal news website: BackBayPatch.

Franklin has written editorials, features, profiles as well as a weekly column under his name: “Appraising Arts & Life” with Franklin W. Liu, reviewing theatre, art exhibitions, ballet, modern dance, popular culture, movies, books, architecture and urban design. His political essays have been published in two books.

Currently, Franklin is working on two book projects: a nonfiction, "Vignettes of Life," and a creative fiction, "Placebo Love."

Tony Maroulis

Tony Maroulis grew up in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and presently lives in Pelham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1994 with a degree in English and Mass Media. In addition to writing for artscope, Tony serves as the Executive Director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to that, Tony was a museum professional, and worked at a number of institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Emily Dickinson Museum, and Museums10. From 2007 to 2009, he owned and directed wunderarts, a commercial art gallery dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of high-quality contemporary abstract and conceptual art by regional and national artists.

Additionally, Tony published a novel that few people have read. He is married to Nora Maroulis, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Tony is interested in all kind of art, primarily abstraction and conceptual work, but describes himself as a “cultural omnivore, loving sports, art, and the Kardashians (sorry).”

Elizabeth Michelman

Elizabeth Michelman is a multi-media artist with a studio in Waltham, MA. She writes, as she makes art, to shape a dialogue with her audience on the intersection of art and values in a democracy. Her early career as a lawyer writing about professional responsibility nurtured her interest in the relation of language to power.

Educated at the Museum School in the early 90’s, her art forms grew to encompass poetry, drawing, site-responsive and community installation, as well as video. Always intrigued by art in public places, Michelman increasingly explored the issue of individual voice in relation to a community audience. Her interest in interdisciplinary art forms and communications led her to curate exhibitions of temporary site-responsive art and to explore collaborative process through the medium of video.

Michelman thinks of art as a public learning process. She has taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and she consults on interdisciplinary teaching methods in a variety of arts/educational settings around New England. Her current projects include curating an exhibition of temporary outdoor art in East Boston and developing an interdisciplinary teaching and community-installation project at Saginaw State University in Bay City, Michigan.

Greg Morell

Greg Morell currently lives on the coast of Maine. His first real job was on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University as an Instructor and Performing Arts Coordinator. After a few disasters on the off-off Broadway stage, Greg traveled to New Hampshire and New England College, where he served as Theater Designer and Asst. Professor. Greenville, South Carolina was his next home, where he worked with the WarehouseTheater and The New Arts Theater of Asheville, NC.

Greg returned to Massachusetts as Executive Director of the Quinebaug Valley Council for Arts and Humanities where he created the traveling Arts project: "THE MIME CIRCUS" along with painters Jacob Knight, Bryan Davagian and Steve Robie. Greg is most interested in projects that fuse the traditional fine arts with live performance.

Greg has been writing for artscope since its very first issue. He also writes for the daily Journal Tribune Newspaper of York County as theater and arts critic, and pens a winter column called "SNOW BUSINESS" that joyfully celebrates the Ski and Snowboard adventures of the East.

Lisa Mukulski

Lisa Mukulski grew up in East Hampton, Connecticut and is presently living in Westbrook, Connecticut. She studied at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she received her degree in art history. Mukulski has worked in the arts industry for ten years, and has been involved in graphic design, marketing and promotion for artists and art galleries and organizations. She served as gallery director for two local galleries in Connecticut, and also worked for The American Institute of Graphic Arts, Connecticut as the Director of Communications and PR.

Presently, Mukulski works as a freelance writer for the arts. She is interested in abstract and Expressionist art: anything colorful, unique, and that makes her mind work. She also recently began pursuing her own artistic expression through photography.

Mukulski has two grown sons and three cats, all of whom she has raised as a single mom. Mukulski is an avid music fan, and expresses this interest through her performance of Meow Mix jingle renditions to her cats.

Marguerite Serkin

Marguerite Serkin writes primarily poetry with forays into fiction and journalism. Her poems have appeared in “On The Edge” and “Forum”, and she is currently the editor of

Born into a family of musicians, Marguerite decided early on that she would follow the literary muse. Marguerite received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, attended the Aspen Writers Conference and the Nathan Mayhew Seminars, and pursued graduate studies at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

In addition to writing about the arts scene in southern Vermont, Marguerite assists non-profits with organization and development, and works the land her family has lived on for almost 100 years; growing flowers and vegetables, and keeping the bears at bay.

Keith Shaw

Keith Shaw moved from Long Island to the Berkshire town of Adams, MA, in 2001. Ultimately, his peregrinations can be traced back to Kentucky. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under the renowned art historian and critic Leo Steinberg. Shaw was Steinberg's final graduate student, and much like Steinberg, Shaw’s scholarship focuses on the Italian Renaissance.

However, his popular writing turns to the contemporary art scene. Shaw is particularly interested in discerning where the doldrums of postmodernism might lead. In addition to covering the Berkshires for Artscope, Shaw teaches art history at Berkshire Community College and writes art reviews for The Berkshire Eagle. Previously, Shaw taught at Hofstra University.

As a collector, Shaw has gone from African art, to 19th-century academic art, and now to contemporary art. Outside art, his main preoccupation is maintaining a historic home. With what time he has left over, he hides from the real world.
Shaw has two teenage children and most recently a polydactyl cat -- sometimes called a Boston thumb cat or Hemmingway cat. His children named the cat Padfoot, after Sirius Black’s animagus in Harry Potter.

Lee Steele

Lee Steele is the design editor for Hearst Connecticut Newspapers and runs The Visuals Blog, which highlights local artists, at A former illustrator and cartoonist, Lee teaches design at Southern Connecticut State University. He was also art director of Folio Magazine and Internet World Magazine.

Lee has lived in Connecticut for 20 years, and studied art and humanities at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is the training director at the Society of News Design, an international service organization that promotes visual journalism.

Lee was among the curators of the SameSex show at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Among his current projects is a book which examines the effects of Alzheimer's Disease and its effects on family.

Alexandra Tursi

Alexandra Tursi was born and raised in New York, New York, but much of her childhood was spent in Vermont, where she now lives full-time. In addition to her career as a journalist, Alexandra works as a social media strategist at a marketing communications agency based in Burlington, VT.

Alexandra went to Cornell University for college, where she graduated with a degree in Government and French Literature. Her studies focused on how we use visual imagery for political means. Alexandra continues to be interested in politically-motivated art, as well as street art, guerilla art, sculpture and fashion/textiles.

Outside of visual art, Tursi loves classical music, opera and live theatre. A trained classical singer, Alexandra recently performed in the Green Mountain Opera Festival production of Carmen.

Suzanne Volmer

Suzanne Volmer is an internationally recognized artist creating in a broad range of materials. Her drawing work is included in the Kramarsky collection, NYC. Known for innovative porcelain and steel sculptures she currently creates across dimensions combining diverse materials with mechanized kinetics, sound and light. Her artworks are included in public and private collections.

Artscope profiled her career in "Abstraction Updated" (September/October 2007) and again on the Blog regarding the development of Suzanne's gracefully mechanized inflated project "Clouds" (Spring 2011).

Her projects are focused on re-sensitizing imagination a conceptually consistant point that is true too of her art critism. Her credentials include having been a preparator at Leo Castelli Gallery and having written reviews and art features for "Arts Magazine" and other publications.

Don Wilkinson

Don Wilkinson, a painter and screen printer, is a freelance cultural critic, writing for artscope, the New Bedford Standard Times, and the Fairhaven Navigator. He was a charter member and former president of Gallery X, a cooperative of visual, performing and literary artists, the oldest gallery in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Wilkinson received his BFA in printmaking from the Swain School of Design in 1982, and his MFA in visual design from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 1992. He paints and prints regularly and exhibits throughout New England.

He lives with his wife, Elizabeth (a fabric artist), daughter Isabelle, son Nigel and a variety of animals, including three ducks (Disco, Hip Hop and Punk) in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.




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