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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 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 nature. She resides on the Seacoast of New Hampshire with her Shih Tzus, Tessa and Mia.
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, a Vermont Humanities Council Scholar, is an award-winning writer and journalist whose work appears in numerous publications internationally.
A regular columnist for the Keene Sentinel and the Brattleboro Commons, a book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books, and a regular contributor to Vermont Woman and Artscope Magazine, her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications.
Clift, who formerly taught at several universities and worked internationally as a specialist on public health, communications, and gender issues, published her novel, Hester’s Daughters, based on The Scarlet Letter, in 2012. Her third book of short stories, Children of the Chalet, won First Prize/Fiction 2014 from Greyden Press and was published in 2015. TAKE CARE: Tales, Tips and Love from Women Caregivers, her 4th anthology, was published in 2017. A collection of travel writings, Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales from a Not So Innocent Abroad, will be published in 2019. For more information, please visit www.elayne-clift.com.
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.
Donna Dodson is an American sculptor who has been honored with solo shows nationwide for her artwork. In addition, her monumental works have been exhibited internationally in sculpture parks and art museums. Dodson has won grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New Hampshire Guild of Woodworkers and the George Sugarman Foundation. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Museum, the Art Complex Museum and the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts and the Davistown Museum in Maine. Donna’s work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, Sculpture Magazine and Artnet.
Dodson is a graduate of Wellesley College. Dodson enjoys public speaking and has been a guest speaker at conferences and panels in museums and universities throughout North America. Donna regularly contributes articles to newspapers, magazines and blogs that demonstrate the economic impact and global reach of the arts sector in Boston. She recently contributed an Introduction to the monograph “The Contemporary Art of Nature: Mammals” by Ashley Rooney.
Gina Fraone is the Director of Lanoue Gallery in the SoWa Arts District of Boston. For over 15 years, Gina has worked as a professional art consultant, gallery director and exhibitions curator. Prior to joining Lanoue, she spent several years running a contemporary art space on the Bowery in Manhattan.
Gina holds an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Tufts University. She has taught classes on collecting fine art prints and on how to run an art gallery for the Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as art history courses for the Looking Together series at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She is also a regular contributor to Artscope Magazine.
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Molly Hamill is a photographer and writer based in Boston, MA.
Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.
Working for the likes of Newsweek and the Boston Globe, Hamill developed a passion for creating powerful images that change the way people see themselves and others.
Hamill studied photography under Keitaro Yoshioka at the New England School of Photography and at the Pratt Institute in New York. Joe Swayze at the Noble and Greenough School played a crucial role in her early development as a photographer and visual thinker.
She lives next to the Jamaica Plain pond with her husband and their baby, Maple.
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.”
J. Fatima Martins has been writing for Artscope Magazine since 2010. She grew up in Portugal, California, Rhode Island, and Nebraska. Prior to her return to New England, she was curator at the Museum of Nebraska Art ( MONA ) for five years where she organized dozens of exhibitions and publications covering American art from the 19th century to contemporary. Her academic degrees in history, anthropology, and museum studies are from Rhode Island College in Providence and the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Along with her experiences in the museum and art gallery world, she’s worked in research, education, marketing and public relations. She’s studied art in Portugal, Italy and France.
Her hobbies include photography and writing poetry. She travels and lives in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Nebraska among other places and has a young son. She dislikes social media, wishes cell phones were never invented and likes to hang her laundry outdoors to dry.
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 ’90s, 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.
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. She previously wrote 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.
Kristin Nord is a veteran journalist who splits her year between Connecticut and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. In her early years as a reporter, she won awards for work in daily newspapers and was instrumental in the creation of a celebrated weekly.
In recent years she has written on many subjects for magazines in New England and in Canada.
She may be reached at [email protected].
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’s 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 is also a theater pro who 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. It received a Massachusetts (town of Brewster) Cultural Council grant.
Her unpublished book “Circle Dances, Animals, and Previews” written for children, teens and adults, features some of her funky drawings. She sometimes paints for fun, and she designed the Instant Dress, the U.S.’s first multi-use modular 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.)
Photo courtesy of Neil Silberblatt, Voices of Poetry.
Marcia Santore is an artist and freelance writer. Her paintings use vivid color, intriguing texture and image-based abstraction to convey mystery and movement. Santore has exhibited her artwork in solo, juried and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and her artwork is held in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. As an active member of the Women’s Caucus for Art, she has coordinated exhibitions throughout the state of New Hampshire and is expanding her work as a curator in the region.
Santore served as editor of Plymouth Magazine for six years and continues to write for that publication, for other newspapers and magazines and for Artscope. She is interested in highlighting the work of contemporary artists, especially in northern New England. Bridging her interest in art and storytelling, Santore has published three children’s books.
Born in Connecticut, Santore has lived in California, Minnesota, New York and Texas, and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. She holds a BFA in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin. Today she lives in Plymouth, NH, and maintains a studio in nearby Ashland.
To learn more, visit marciasantore.com.
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 is a professional writer and self-publishing pioneer living in Provincetown, Massachusetts; the oldest continuous arts colony in the United States. She is a contributor to the arts and culture magazine Artscope, correspondent for The Provincetown Banner and creator of the online column “Notes from Land’s End” for Provincetown.com.
In 2012, Laura Shabott penned, produced and launched a digital book under a nom de plume to see if the process was right for her. After pulling the title off the virtual shelf due to fatal flaws, she had a burning desire to share the lessons learned by a brand new author. “Confessions of an eBook Virgin: What Everyone Should Know before They Publish on the Internet,” in its second edition, teaches writers, artists and thought leaders how to go from a manuscript to a book for sale in an afternoon of reading.
The author shares a home and a garden with her partner Jacques Macara, a retired commercial fisherman and a Provincetown native son.
Tom Soboleski feels fortunate to be retired from the corporate world, where for several years he published a newsletter for 1,500 employees twice a week, doing all the writing, editing, layout and design. Many other writing assignments for management and the company website ensured hectic days constantly working on deadlines. But it was very fulfilling and rewarding.
Now he’s fortunate to be writing for regional magazines like Artscope, INK and Connecticut Magazine. Stories on topics of culture and history particularly interest Tom. He tries to present these with empathy and he really enjoys digging in on topics that require research. His aim is to uncover new information or an angle that didn’t receive much attention in the past and present it from a fresh, thought-provoking perspective.
Many of Tom’s published stories are on his website: tomsobo.com.
He resides in the historic village of Ivoryton, Connecticut.
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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