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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 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 shih tzus, Tessa and Mia.
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.
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 vyumagazine.com, 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.
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 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.
Lisa Mikulski is an international freelance writer and photographer whose work focuses on art, design, culture, and lifestyle. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden and Boston, MA, Lisa’s articles and photography have appeared in Nordstjernan – NYC, The Local – Sweden, Spoon Content Management – Sweden, Life As A Human – Canada, The New Haven Arts Paper – Connecticut, INK Publications – Connecticut, and of course, Artscope Magazine – Boston. Her work for Volvo Globetrotter has been translated into seven languages for worldwide distribution. In the United States, her fine art photography was represented by Venetucci Fine Art Gallery and was published in The Hartford Business Journal – The Hartford Book.
Lisa is currently residing in Gothenburg, Sweden with her fiancé and two cats. Her work also includes copywriting for marketing and public relations work. She is learning both Swedish and Finnish languages and enjoys travel. Lisa is presently compiling her first book of black and white street photography from Connecticut, Boston, and Gothenburg venues. Her websites can be found at www.lisamikulski.com/blog and www.2sweden4love.com.
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.
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 art work 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 now 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 www.marciasantore.com.
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.
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 non 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.
Jamie Thompson lives and works in Maine. She is a web editor at a media company in Portland, and is a freelance writer whose work has appeared online and in regional print publications, including MaineToday.com, Maine Home+Design, and Coastal Home. Jamie writes about art, interior design, travel, and fashion. She graduated magna cum laude from University of New England with a BA in English and Creative and Fine Arts. Her website is jamiethompson.squarespace.com.
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 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, 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.