With so many graduates over the past few months, its only right to feature five more graduated artists this week! Read up on our second batch of artist graduations since last summer…. And look for a third installment next week.
Jane Wegscheider is a visual artist, teacher, and community arts facilitator who bases her work around four principles: Engagement, Integration, Connection, and Accessibility. Jane’s interest in building community through creativity led her to found The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls in 2009. Jane’s own art examines connections with spirituality and nature as well as personal experiences and memories. With her A4A funds, Jane plans to develop and explore more ways of producing her work, increasing her audience, and cultivating financial vitality. To see Jane’s work, visit this website!
Claudia Sohrens is a German-born artist and educator who currently lives and works in New York City. Claudia focuses her creative energy on photography and on mentoring other aspiring artist who are immigrants to the US. With her A4A funds, Claudia wants to expand Beyond Capture, an “artist-to-artist service” that will serve as a creative community through lectures, critiques, studio visits, museum/gallery tours, excursions, and professional development opportunities. To see Claudia’s work, check out her website!
May Beattie is a sculptor and photographer based in North Adams, MA. May’s playful, highly tactile work reconfigures natural and manmade materials to “create environments, new life forms, and potential new (mis)uses of common objects.” May plans on investing her A4A funds in a camera that will allow her to build a portfolio and open new networking channels. Go to May’s website to see her work!
MJ Halberstadt is a Boston-based playwright and theater educator whose work has garnered recognition for its humor and pathos. MJ’s A4A funds were used toward the production costs of his play The Launch Prize, which is premiering right now at the Bridge Repertory Theater in Boston! MJ hopes The Launch Prize will boost his brand and encourage a greater demand for the rights to produce and commission his work. To keep up with MJ, check out his website!
Jennifer Clement is a landscape oil painter who captures dream-like moments that she describes as “memories of the soul.” In addition to working at her Lowell studio, Jennifer operates The Artist Bar, a traveling art studio that holds painting events at a range of venues. The Artist Bar goes beyond the “paint and sip” model by cultivating the creative process. To quote Jennifer: “We not only create Art, we create Artist.” Jennifer will use her A4A funds to support The Artist Bar by reaching out to new clients, buying supplies, and expanding her marketing reach. To see Jennifer’s work and learn more about The Artist Bar, click the links!