Assets for Artists is ending 2014 with some bittersweet goodbyes! Since summer, 7 of our fabulous creatives have completed the program and invested their A4A funds. Here’s a little bit about each of them.
Macey Faiella is co-owner of Knack, a creative re-use space located in the Eastworks studios in Easthampton, Massachusetts. A self-identified “life-long crafter,” Macey loves running a space that fosters interaction between inspiring & creative people, and giving old stuff a new life. Her working capital funds will be put toward improved marketing and new “upcycling” projects for Knack!
Mike Formanski is an independent film maker and director of Cetra Media Studio, a media production company based in Providence, Rhode Island. He works in both photography and video, using his media production company as an outlet for commissioned and freelance work. Mike’s latest film, For Reasons Unknown, is a surrealist-inspired series of touching vignettes.
Adria Moynihan is a Portland-based painter whose work explores depths of emotion and experience. Adria combines her love of painting with her love of teaching and spends much of her time giving painting lessons at the studio. Her A4A funds will be put toward workshops for professional and personal development.
Amy Johnquest, aka the BannerQueen, creates one-of-a kind paintings directly inspired by old circus sideshow banners. Her most recent work, For A Limited Time Only, is currently on view at the Bing Arts Center! It thoughtfully explores the complexity of advertising rhetoric through playful double-entendres and nostalgic imagery. Amy plans to use her matched funding to expand her practice with high quality materials and a new web design.
Makeup Artist Maryelle O’Rourke is in the business of making people feel beautiful and confident. On top of her acclaimed celebrity work, Maryelle is making her debut in the wedding circuit — she recently did the make-up for the Improper Bostonian wedding feature! Maryelle just launched a website for her wedding work, detailing how her services and makeup line can help make your special day a breeze. Brides, be on the lookout for the launch of her “Brides Survival Kit” because Maryelle plans to put her creative capital toward new cosmetic products for her makeup line!
New Bedford-based painter Alison Wells explores group relationships and cultural bonds that transcend historic and geographic differences. Alison put her A4A funds toward opening a new and improved studio and gallery space. With a convenient location in downtown New Bedford, Alison is ready to celebrate and contribute to the City’s vibrant art scene!
Performing artist Nora Cole is a renowned member of the New York City theatre community. She has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in numerous other theatre venues internationally and domestically. Currently, Nora is working toward the world premiere of her play “Katherine’s Colored Lieutenient,” the moving love story of Nora’s aunt and uncle. Nora’s A4A funds will be used toward purchasing vital equipment and setting up a website.
Well done, A4A artists! We’ll miss working with you, but we’re excited to see what you accomplish next.