Michele Boshar is most recently recognized for her mixed media collages which incorporate acrylic paint with photographs, torn paper and vintage magazine images. Her work often portrays the irony of the perfect moment (the first kiss, the Hollywood ending) in an often unsettled world. She is fascinated by the advertisements of the 1940s where, during wartime, often the magazine illustrations depict a false sense of perfection. Michele deliberately selects and layers each component in her collage with the hope that the viewer will delve deeply.
Michele’s work can also be seen at Helen Thomas in Andover, Massachusetts. She received a BA in Studio Art from Holy Cross and a Master’s in Design from the University of Massachusetts.
When not in the studio, Michele can be found practicing and teaching yoga, running, and spending time with her three teenage children, husband and dog, Zeus.
Looking for a new hobby after age and wear and tear forced me out of the Over-30 men’s hockey league, I took up oil painting and have been painting ever since. I received my early training from Copley Society Artist, William St. George. Since then, I have studied with other well known artists and have participated in workshops in Rockport, MA, Woodstock CT, Ogunquit, ME Sedona, AZ and Paris France. My work has been included in a number of juried exhibits and galleries, including Cape Cod Art Association, Sedona (AZ) Art Association, the North Shore Art Association, Lime (CN) Art Association and the Foxboro and Duxbury Art Associations as well as Palette Gallery in Sandwich.
Whether I am observing nature in my own back yard or a busy market scene while on vacation, I have an urge to capture the moment that resonates with me and put it to canvas. I am especially excited about scenes which show strong contrast of light and color. Having been influenced by the Impressionists, I interpret these scenes of everyday life in a way which will bring back fond memories for me and, hopefully, the viewer. My paintings are about my experiences and how I want to remember them.
I am currently a member of the Cape Cod Art Association and the Sandwich Arts Alliance. More of my work can be seen at my web site, , the Gallery on Jarves in Sandwich and at other Sandwich Arts Alliance venues around town.
JOHN R. FRAGASSI
Education: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA- Business Administration and Management
Enrolled in painting and pastel classes alongside getting a business degree.
Artist Statement: John grew up on Cape Cod and currently resides in Sandwich, MA. John had specialized in painting the past fifteen years and has dedicated himself to mastering Cape Cod scenes for the past ten years. He paints mainly using oil colors to capture the beautiful and intricate landscapes that encompass the natural landscapes on Cape Cod. As a professional artist, his beautiful oil paintings were sold in Palette Gallery in Sandwich.
Tracy Hamer graduated from Syracuse University, receiving a BFA in Painting. She went on to study painting and printmaking in Florence, Italy. After living in NYC and traveling extensively around South East Asia, she eventually settled into her current home in Bali, Indonesia.
Tracy's art is mostly figurative, isolating specific aspects of the human figure. Her most recent work plays with images from the past, borrowed and manipulated images from old magazine ads and movie posters, and redefining things through the use of text.
Since living in Asia, Tracy has exhibited at Biasa Art Space, Randelli Gallery, and Kebath Studio in Seminyak; Koong Gallery in Jakarta; Pranoto’s Gallery, Krane Gallery and Gaya Fusion of Senses in Ubud, Carpe Diem Gallery in Bangkok, and Studio 67 in Singapore. Her most recent solo exhibition was through Positive Negative Gallery in Seminyak, Bali entitled “Pretty Things”. She is currently exhibiting at Red Propeller Gallery in the UK.
Stephen Knight was born and educated in London, England and has lived in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France and now the USA, where he became a citizen in May 2004.
A resident of Centerville, Cape Cod, he paints scenes of coastal and maritime New England year-round, and has studied with master artists Joseph McGurl, Donald Demers and T. Allen Lawson.
After living and painting in five different countries Stephen is now inspired by the scenery of coastal & maritime New England, and particularly Cape Cod, which is his home. He prefers to paint outdoors (en plein air), and says “I need to be at one with my scene to capture on canvas the immediacy of time and place.
Stephen says “my paintings are constantly evolving expressions of how I feel about my surroundings and I am fascinated by the effects of light and its role in revealing mood and atmosphere - the solitude of lake, marsh and estuary; the sweep of sea and sky.”
A past director of The Cape Cod Art Association, Stephen is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America Association and a member of the American Society of Marine Artists.
His paintings have been featured in many shows including the Cape Cod Art Association’s All New England and National Shows, as well as The Guild of Boston Artists New England Representational Shows. Stephen has also featured in the Chatham Creative Arts Center All Cape Cod Exhibitions where his painting of Quivett Marsh was awarded “Best in Show”
Stephen’s painting “Herring River Marshes” was juried into the Oil Painters of America National 20th Annual Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils. The goal of this prestigious national event is to “assemble the finest display of representational oil paintings … selecting paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color and composition...” Out of more than 2,000 entries 159 paintings were accepted, with Stephen being the only artist selected from Massachusetts.
In 2012 and 2014 Stephen’s work was been juried into the Guild of Boston Artists Regional Painting Competition and in each year from 2010 to 2017 his paintings have been accepted into the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s Annual International Marine Art Exhibitions where he is also a participant in their Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters and New Horizons in Modern Maritime Art shows.
DAVID "LEBO" LE BATARD
David Le Batard is a Cuban-American graphic and fine artist that is known by the name of Lebo. He is best known for his murals, paintings, and sculptures and is one of the most recognized artists of southern Florida.
Lebo’s rise to success began in 1996 during his first public exhibit at Johnson & Wales University. Since then, he has exhibited at a wide variety of events and venues. Heavily inspired by music and the music scene, Lebo has participated in many live-art performances, painting on stage and bringing the music to life. He has painted alongside many headlining musical talents, including The Beastie Boys.
Lebo refers to his artistic style as “Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism,” combining abstract imagery, cartoon drawing, bold hues and calligraphy together in a narrative style to convey emotion and story.
In 2003, Lebo created the official artwork for the Latin Grammy Awards. He has created many private and publicly sponsored mural installations including works in Wynwood, Florida, Calle Ocho, The American Airlines Arena—home to the Miami Heat, Hart Plaza in Detroit, Orleans Parish Juvenile Courthouse and the Hotel des Artes, San Francisco.
Lebo’s art can be found in the permanent collections of companies such as Bacardi USA, Ferrari, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, San Francisco Sentry, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Red Bull USA, William Morris Agency, Art Publishing Ltd and Gibson Guitar Corp. Lebo has worked with Adidas, ESPN, Google, Harley Davidson, Lululemon, Macy’s Inc., Microsoft and Simon & Schuster. Lebo was commissioned to paint the hull artwork for the cruise ship Norwegian Getaway, launched in January 2014.
Clete Shields is a self-taught sculptor living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Shields' work has been commissioned by Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez and Samuel L. Jackson.
In 2011, Shields was commissioned by Capital Area Statues, Inc. (CAST) to design and sculpt an eight-foot tall bronze monument of country music star Willie Nelson for the city of Austin, Texas; as well the "Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy," a fourteen-foot tall bronze monument for Texas State Univeristy in San Marcos. In 2012, Shields' maquette was voted into the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Diane is a newly emerging artist in New England, on Cape Cod and in the encaustic scene.
Encaustic art is the melting of pure fined bees wax and Damar crystals (varnish) and fusing color pigments with the wax by utilizing heat. Oils, pigments and mixed media are all employed; each layer is heat fused.
Using little encaustic paint. There is no brush work except to apply the wax itself. Although her paintings tend to the abstract she is very influenced by the natural beauty which abounds on the Cape. Hailing from Providence, and having lived in Manhattan, she is also influenced by industrial city perspectives. Her paintings reveal more about how she feels about what she is seeing, rather than what she sees. Her work is original and emotional, a testimony to the beauty one can find in the everyday. It displays a deep sensibility, as well as whimsy. Much of her work reflects the everyday sights living seaside: worn mottled old boards evident on dry docked boats, old deserted buildings etc. She is philosophical in that her works are influenced by the character of things worn out by humanity, as well as reflecting her own life journey. Diane has her BFA from RIC where she studied sculpture and art history. Also showing at Gallery Artrio in Hyannis. She currently resides on Cape Cod, and is in the wine business here as well.
Trevor Watson is an artist living on Cape Cod. He has been in Design and painting for over 25 years. Among the many of his clients from all over the world, Trevors paintings have been featured in the Lark Boutique Hotels. He has partnered up with Boston Designer Rachel Ryder and his art is a staple in many of her design projects with clients from Boston to LA.
Trevor has been featured in articles in the Arts section in The Boston Globe and New England Home Magazine.