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Evan Bieder, is a self-taught folk artist, educator, coach, and journalist from Fairfield, CT. He has a beautiful wife, Britney, and an aptly-named son, Zen. Evan began painting in North Carolina at the age of 24. He now paints large, unstretched, unprimed canvases over the course of a year. In 2021, Evan founded art collective, lionheART Bridgeport. In the summers, he drives an ice cream truck and drinks beers at Mets games. Evan enjoys writing for Artscope and supporting the arts in New England and beyond.
Hannah Carrigan, born and raised on the North Shore, Hannah has written for Artscope since 2020 after completing an internship at the magazine. She is a 2022 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied creative writing and political science. Hannah is particularly interested in art as a means of creating community, sparking action and ensuring the cultural survival of marginalized groups. In her spare time she loves exploring new places, trying new foods and reading anything she can get her hands on.
Flavia Cigliano, born in Italy and raised in Lowell, MA, Flavia has had a life-long interest in the visual arts and in artists. Writing about art came as a natural progression.
From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, She wrote for several local publications, The Chelmsford Newsweekly, Pleiades, and Arts Around Boston, with a focus on artists of the Merrimack Valley.
She returned to writing about art after retiring from a 20-year career as an arts administrator in Lowell and Boston.
Elayne Clift, is an award-winning writer and journalist, Elayne’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston The Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vermont Magazine and various other magazines, periodicals and anthologies. She is a regular columnist for several New England newspapers and blogs and a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books. She has published two memoirs, two books of poetry, three short story collections, three essay collections and three edited anthologies. She offers writing workshops at venues ranging from conferences, local libraries, and arts programs to the noted destination spa, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.
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 meredithcutler.com.
J.C. Foritano, is an art lover and wordsmith.
Rachel Flood Page Ray Flood Page is a Boston native, and ‘professional art appreciator.’ They are passionate about supporting the creative community in Boston and New England, and are a music dabbler, amateur curator, and newly formed art journalist. During the work week, Ray brings school-time and afterschool arts programming to young people in Massachusetts and New England at Arts for Learning Massachusetts. They earned a liberal arts BA from Sarah Lawrence College focusing on music and art history, and an MA in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University. One of their favorite things to do is find a small gallery show and explore the stories and styles of the creators on display. Ray is grateful to artists everywhere, giving them opportunities to follow their curiosity. They are also grateful to their tiny monster cat, Arya, who exemplifies curiosity and offers artistic inspiration
Marjorie Kaye, resides in the city of North Adams, MA, where the quiet beauty influences her forms and process. Her work is an exploration of opposites: form and color; organic and geometric; precision and chaos. Colorful and bold, her sculpture and gouache paintings are kinetic and energetic. Her work has been reviewed in many publications including the Boston Globe and ArtScope Magazine, the Boston Voyager and the Metapsychosis Journal. Her work has been shown extensively both locally and nationally, including galleries such as Galatea Fine Art in Boston, Walter Wickiser Gallery in Chelsea, NYC, Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston, Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA, and most recently at Boston CyberArts Gallery in Jamaica Plain, MA. She is a 2016 recipient of the Lillian Orlowsky/William Freed Foundation Grant from the Provincetown Art Center and Museum as well as a finalist in the 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship awards in Painting. Marjorie is also the founder and Director of Galatea Fine Art in Boston, MA, a large artist-run gallery featuring over 30 artists from Boston and beyond.
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Elizabeth Michelman, received her diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1992, following an earlier career in law. She taught courses in exhibitions and art-and-language at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Michelman’s art forms have grown to encompass painting, poetry, drawing, sculpture, site-responsive installation, video, and community projects, and have come around once more to painting.
“There are many ways to make a life through art. I’ve worn many hats as exhibiting artist, art critic, arts advocate, and independent curator. My articles and reviews have been published in Artscope, Sculpture Magazine, ConvergenceRI.com and Deliciousline.com.
I think of art-making and art-writing as forming two sides of a public learning process. I write out of a love of art, ideas and language, the people who make art, and the mysteries of the creative process. Both making my own art and sharing others’ art with broader audiences make the world of art and the creative process more visible and vibrant to me, and, I hope, to my viewers and readers as well.”
Beth Neville, for over fifty years, has been the Director of “Neville Art Enterprises,” her own company. Her art activities include producing artwork, teaching studio art and art history and writing about art. She graduated from Smith College with a B.A. and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A prolific critic, she has previously written art criticism for the Huntington Township Art League, and ArtNewEngland magazine.
When asked what kind of art she makes, her answer is “I don’t weld and I don’t blow glass, but I’ve done everything else.” Her work is in numerous national and international art collections, both public and private.
Marta Pauer-Tursi, for more than ten years, worked as editor and writer covering the arts scene for The New Yorker magazine’s "Goings On About Town" columns. While on staff, she had the privilege of working as one of the editors of art critic Harold Rosenberg, whom she considers a great mentor in art criticism and writing on art. This immersion in the world of New York City’s art world offered up many opportunities to meet artists, gallery owners, curators, publishers and other media specialists and thus explore and experience a formative period in contemporary arts.
Marta is a native of Budapest, Hungary, has lived in Paris, the South of France and London. She is fluent in Hungarian and French but writes mostly in English. She currently lives in New York City and Vermont.
In her dream house she would hang Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series and in the garden, sculptures by Henry Moore.
Lee Roscoe, is the author of the new book Wampanoag Art for the Ages, Traditional and Transitional, the first and only book of its kind, and vetted by three tribal elders. Her journalistic pieces have appeared in every Cape Cod newspaper and magazine and in some regional and national publications, subjects varying—arts, environment, news and even poetry. She’s a Massachusetts-state-commended environmentalist and taught natural history for years, was awarded numerous grants for that—and was a Woods Hole Ocean Science Journalism fellow.
She’s also an award winning Playwright. She wrote and directed the film Dreams From a Planet in Peril (formerly Four Plays for a Planet in Peril). One of the four short films, The Warning, (in which Lee also acted) premiered at the 10th Anniversary Chelsea Film Festival in New York recently and the whole will premiere at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, March 31st, 2023. Roscoe acted off-Broadway and in independent films—describing some in “The Cinema of Norman Mailer” (Bloomsbury Press). Her plays have appeared at the Living Theatre in NYC, the Provincetown Theater and in Boston. Her original radio drama “The Mooncusser’s Tale” is available as a podcast at womr.org. Some of her work has been supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
She sometimes paints for fun, and she designed the Instant Dress, the U.S.’s first multi-use modular, single seam and no sew clothing when she was in her 20s. (It was featured in Life and New York magazine and in her book “Wrap Yourself a Designer Dress” which is still in F.I.T.’s library.)
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 vermontwriters.org.
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 she works the land her family has lived on for almost 100 years growing flowers and vegetables and keeping the bears at bay.
Laura Shabott, a Provincetown-based artist, makes paintings, drawings, and collages, ranging in size from a 4” square to 10 x 14 feet, that respond to the human form with bold originality. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at TUFTS. Prior exhibits include the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Four Eleven Gallery, PAAM, Castle Hill, and New Haven’s Ely Center for Contemporary Arts. Shabott is represented by Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, and her work is part of the permanent collection at Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
Shabott has written for Artscope, covering the Provincetown art scene, from 2014 to the present. www.laurashabott.com
Sawyer Smook-Pollitt, is a Massachusetts-based reporter. He is the editor of Sippican Week, a weekly newspaper covering the South Coast towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester. Other writing credits include Artscope Magazine, the New Bedford Light and South Coast Almanac. Though not much of an artist himself, Smook-Pollitt enjoys telling artists' stories and learning about their inspirations and methods.
Linda Sutherland, 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 40+ 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 tumbleweed 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 outdoor activities, particularly bicycling. She resides on the Seacoast of New Hampshire with her Nova Scotian husband, and Shih Tzus, Tessa, Cricket, and Lyssa.
Eric J. Taubert, is an artist, contemporary fine art photographer, and writer who has worked internationally, with an emphasis on coastal New England (including a deep connection to Maine and the Ogunquit Art Colony + Ogunquit Art Association / Barn Gallery), Southwest Florida (particularly Sanibel/Captiva Island + the area between Fort Myers and Key West), and Europe. Taubert’s work has been exhibited in a variety of fine art galleries across the United States, featured in magazines, and is also held in many private collections. Taubert has been a contributing writer, art critic, and photographer for Artscope Magazine since 2014.
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 Artscope Online regarding the development of Suzanne's gracefully mechanized inflated project, "Clouds" (Spring 2011).
Her projects are focused on re-sensitizing imagination, a conceptually consistent point that is true too of her art criticism. Her credentials include having been a preparator at Leo Castelli Gallery and having written reviews and art features for Arts Magazine and other publications.
Kaveh Mojtabai, Founder and publisher of Artscope Magazine, a multi-platform magazine dedicated to reviewing exhibits and artist profiles; covering cultural events, connecting artists with their audience; and creating access to the arts. Previously, he worked for a global consulting firm. He has juried several shows including the Newburyport Art Association, Milton Art Center and gallery invitationals.
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