We’d Love Your Feedback

We’ve all been quite busy the past few months with family, work, art studios, and all the things that keep a person busy. With warm weather comes the question of whether nice weather brings people out to galleries and shows, or distracts them with other things to do. We’re always trying to figure out what [...]

Merrimack Valley Artisans 2016 Fine Art and Craft Show and Sale

Community members are invited to attend the Merrimack Valley Artisans Annual Show and Sale, Friday, Oct. 14 through Friday, Oct. 21, taking place at the Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash Street, Hollis, New Hampshire. The nine artist members of the Merrimack Valley Artisans will exhibit their original work, including: nature photography; sterling and [...]

April 2016 Show at Bull Run Restaurant

The Merrimack Valley Artisans will be presenting a show at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, with an opening reception on April 10. Come by and see us!

My First Blog as a New Member

My recent photo, “Song Sparrow at Chatham” was juried into the Chelmsford Center for the Arts’ “Garden in the Gallery” show, which runs from April o3 to May 17. Chatham beach head light is our favorite spot when we travel to Cape Cod to drop off my wife’s paintings at art shows.  We often just [...]

In My Fiber Studio – Lynn Ferrillo


I am currently one of two weavers in our group, but I have also long experimented with other ways to use fiber, (spinning some of my own yarn; needle felting)– and lately needle-tatting. To explain further: one of my husband’s former students does shuttle-tatting as a hobby, and I started noticing and admiring her work. [...]

Studio Tour: Tarja Cockell

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Nearly 7 years ago I moved my studio to Western Avenue studios in Lowell. It is a great artist community, which has seen some changes during the time I have been part of it. This old mill building has grown to five floors of artists studios and section of live and work artist lofts. I [...]

Working from a Home Studio

By MVA artisan, Ritva Ojanen. Visiting Western Avenue Studios in Lowell I’m pricked by a little stab of envy. There are so many wonderful artists doing interesting work there. It’s such a vibrant community with their monthly open studios, gallery, and displays of artwork along the hallways. They even have a coffee shop in the [...]

Explaining Your Work


By MVA artist Lynn Ferrillo I’m a weaver who loves to listen to the Boston Symphony Orchestra out at Tanglewood. I remember at one concert two of the works were by living composers. Stylistically, they related. What was different was the way they described their new works to their audience beforehand. At our craft shows [...]

CLWAC Feedback

  Two days after the reception, my husband and I returned to the Arts Club, joined with my son, Tommy. (It was such a blessing to share my experience with him.) When speaking with a woman monitoring the gallery, I learned that there was quite an interest in my painting, “Consider the Peony”.  She explained [...]

CLWAC Reception at the Natl. Arts Club, NYC

Held on October 11, 2013 in the Grand Gallery at the Natl. Arts Club, the CLWAC reception was well-attended, with lines of people at times waiting to enter.  Lining the walls were over 200 beautiful paintings, with sculptures on the lower level. There was a long table with hors d’oeuvres and wine where most guests [...]