Sharon Arts Center uses CSA model to promote artist’s work

With a similar buy-local spirit, Sharon Arts Center, a Monadnock area 65-year-old non-profit visual arts organization, has adapted an innovative project they call CSArt to support artists in the creation of new works, establish relationships with local collectors and patrons, and be part of a new model of art support and distribution.

Judges included Virginia Prescott, New Hampshire Public Radio “Word of Mouth” host; Katherine Doyle, an accomplished painter and independent curator at the Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art and other prominent East Coast galleries; and Vincent D’jon Perette, known as “Vinx,” a renowned musician and founder of “Soul Kitchen” creative workshops. According to new Sharon Arts Center Executive Director Keri Wiederspahn, the range of works will vary from high-quality original paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography to ceramic, glass, and wood pieces.The nine participating artists chosen will receive a generous flat fee for being part of the project.

“This is a great idea that I heard of successfully launching in several arts organizations, originating through Minnesota’s Springboard for the Arts, and felt that the Monadnock region would embrace the concept as well. The similarities of a farmer and artist are very real, beginning with the dedication of their hands to the act of creation. Both local artists and farmers are dependent upon community support, and the long-term results of a project like this hold the potential for generating many wonderful relationships and educating the public on a specific set of local talent and artistry.”

Wiederspahn says that along with the prestige of being selected, the artists will gain enormous potential for marketing and visibility while the 50 shareholders will have an opportunity to broaden their artistic appreciation through learning about the artists directly during the monthly box pick-up experience to be held in the Center’s downtown Peterborough gallery.

“The essence of a project like this,” Wiederspahn adds, “is about building reciprocity and authentic relationships between artists and the larger community of the Monadnock region. We sincerely hope to open doors for a healthy creative dialogue that forges collaboration, support, and respect to yield a stronger arts ecology and future.”

Congratulations to the CSArt artists who were chosen:

Craig Stockwell – see his website – see images of his work

Soosen Dunholter – see her website – see images of her work

Colette Lucas – see images of her work

Tanya Prather– see her website – see images of her work

Fernando Martins– see images of his work

Jack Ahearn– see his website – see images of his work

Kate Lenahan – see images of her work

Lynn Latimer– see her website – see images of her work

Jean Meinhardt– see her website – see images of her work

More information for artists as well as for those interested in obtaining a share can be found on the Center’s website at (see “Call for Entries” under “Exhibitions” on the left sidebar), by emailing, or by calling the downtown Peterborough galleries at (603) 924-7676.


WPC “Architecture of Worcester” Juried Gallery Show

Not to be missed is the exhibit by the Worcester Photography Group, where 24 photographers will display their respective take on the varied and intricate architecture of this city. Images such as Troy Thompson’s “Bancroft Tower at Dusk” reminds one of feudal castles strewn amongst the moorlands of Scotland, ruins wreathed in mist on a wintry moonlit nocturne.

In sharp contrast is Michael McCool’s “Blue-Red, Tammany Hall,” depicting this vibrant edifi ce in a superb composition of vertical and horizontal lines, broken only by the exceptional masonry of both column and arch to its threshold.

“St. Gobain,” by Fred Martins, is a startling black-and-white image that magnificently captures this strange construction in bold and vivid contrasMany other spectacular images grace these walls, as well as in the storefronts of numerous businesses around the city. The sheer wealth of art presented in this extensive exhibit certainly attests to the exceptional and talented artists found right here in Worcester.

The new Worcester Windows exhibit begins August 1. For more information, go to and search for Worcester Windows, or call 508-799-1400, ext. 3.

Artifacts: Image and Context Photographs by Fernando Martins July 13 – September 23, 2011

Presented by ARTSWorcester at the Franklin Square Society Salon Gallery at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608

At first glance Fernando Martins work looks like an abstract expressionist painting; expressive and careful compositions of line and color and then you realize that the image is an object out of context. This visual flip creates a body of work that invites the viewer to examine items from everyday life, what will you find? Images of Yellow lines, pink splatters, sharp white edges, squares in a grid.

Full Worcester Magazine Review:

Mary Alice Arakelian Memorial Award for Best of Show Fernando Martins

“I chose this piece for the Best of Show piece, because of its intimate perspective and narrative nature. As the viewer, I am invited into this woman’s world. I became enthralled by the subject’s bold colors, her exotic tattoos and whimsical back drop. Immediately, I begin making meaning out of this very visual story.” Paula Toganarell

Ms. Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. Ms. Tognarelli holds a M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and is a current candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University as a Visual Arts teacher. Prior to her position as Executive Director of the Griffin Museum, Ms. Tognarelli held the position of Deputy Director and Assistant Curator at the Griffin Museum over the past five years.


Other nature: Moose Hill photo exhibit all about perspective

Like an alchemist, Fernando “Fred” Martins merges natural and man-made objects to create singular photographs that jar and mystify viewers’ eyes and imaginations.

Sun Aug 24 2008 16:18:28 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Tiziani Whitmyre Creative Director Fred Martins’ Fine Art Photography Receives Show, Exhibit Honors

Fred Martins, Vice President, Creative Director at Tiziani Whitmyre (, was awarded “Best of Show” honors for his entry of fine art photography at The Newburyport Art Association’s Fall Juried Show. – September 20, 2007


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