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We are located at 411 Nashua Street in Nashua. If the parking in the back is full, there is free parking across the street with a crosswalk at our driveway.
From Milford we are 1.1 miles past the oval on the right side of the road next to Toys and Things.
From Nashua, we are on the left side of 101A (locally called Nashua Street) .7 of a mile past the Milford Shaws.
From 101, take the 101A Milford/Nashua exit and turn left. We are on the left at exactly a mile past that light.
Her acrylic paintings may include scenes from life in New Hampshire, visits to Cape Cod and the Islands or abroad. Other times it is the subject matter that stirs her creativity. She is fascinated by dramatic contrasts between light and shadow and hopes to achieve a welcoming depth and balance to her compositions.
Her main objective is to elicit feelings of peace and harmony in the viewer and project an artful calmness in a hectic world.
Visit Eileen’s website to view some of her artwork and murals.
Class – Adult Acrylic Art Class – see details
Following her art training at Raritan Valley College in New Jersey, Kristine was selected as a mural artist for the 1994 Musikfest celebration held annually in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She enjoys working in watercolor, oil, colored pencil and acrylic media. Her subject matter focuses on realistic and abstract portrayals of florals, landscapes, and wildlife.
Class – Teen and Adult Drawing – see details
Class – Painting Fun! for Tweens and Teens – see details
Class – Home School Art – see details
Cole was born and raised near Troy, New York. Noticing his talent with a pencil, his parents put him into art classes when he was eight. After one year of drawing instruction his mentor, Ron LeVan (a Frank Reilly alumnus*), advanced Cole to oil painting lessons. Cole studied painting for three years educated in the “Reilly Methods”, as they have come to be known. Cole had his first group show at age nine and by eleven his first solo show. In 1994, after a career in the computer world, Cole opened his own studio and embarked on his art career. He has been painting and showing ever since. The artist and his wife adopted baby girls from China in 2001 and in 2003. Cole and his family reside in southern New Hampshire.
Cole’s paintings have been exhibited in shows and galleries in Portugal, Cape Cod, Maine, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont and California. His work is in corporate collections such as Medimmune Corporation, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Derryfield Country Club, Galley Hatch Restaurant and the Red Arrow Diner. In 2004, International Artist magazine distinguished Cole as a, “Master Painters of the World”. Cole is a member of the “Oil Painters of America” and “Plein Air Painters of New Hampshire”.
*Frank J. Reilly was a renowned teacher at the Art Students League who had studied with the famous League teacher Frank Vincent Dumond (American 1865-1951), who studied under with Benjamin Constant (1845- 1902), Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911) and Gustave Boulanger (1824-1888), all important painters of the French Academic Tradition.
First Friday of the Month Art Talks – see details
Elizabeth is a landscape artist who enjoys the delightful colors of pastels. Betsy’s passion for art began as a teenager when she first discovered the magic of pastel. Later as an art student at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, her skills were honed in other media as well, but it was not until her children became teenagers that she once again returned to the medium she so loved as a young woman. Betsy has a M.S. from the University of Northern Illinois in Art Education and is a past president of the Pastel Society of New Hamshire. She works to highlight the wonderful ability of New Englanders to coexist with nature. Marshes, streams, fields, barns and forests are all likely subjects among others. As an artist, she is intrigued with the similarity in the way the sun’s rays cast their glow on both man-made objects and elements in the natural world alike. Her work can be found all over NH as well as on the Cape. She enjoys teaching and sharing her painterly and colorful style among others.
Class – Pastel Painting – see details
Testimonial: “I really like the instruction I get from Betsy Craumer. I only have accolades.” . . . . . . Lance Adams
Karen Francis earned her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly Massachusetts, where she studied with renowned American artist and educator George Gabin. She moved to New York City and attended The New York Academy of Art where she received her MFA in Painting. Her work is held in private collections and corporations.
Class – Introduction to Oil Painting – see details
My name is Ruth Glennon. I’ve been sewing for over 50 years. My mother taught me to sew when I was a child. She also taught me to knit, crochet and embroider. For the past 6 years, I made costumes for Theatre Knights at West High School. I sew 3 to 4 quilts a year. Some are gifts, others are donated, custom made, or for family and friends. I like making machine applique quilts the most. Over the years I have made quilts, clothing, pillows, afghans, shawls, doilies, sweaters, doll clothes, etc. . . . . . I have made quite a name for myself at the local and state fairs with my sewing.
Alex Haas, born in New Hampshire in 1988, is a fine artist whose main forms of expression are printmaking and illustration. As a child Alex’s enthusiasm for art pushed him towards his undergraduate studies at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He studied printmaking there under professor Oscar J. Gillespie and received his Bachelor’s degree in 2010. After schooling, Alex began to travel, seeking out new modes of experience. During this period he worked with the Nashua Area Artists Association, Southern Graphics Council, Heuser Art Center, and individual artist’s like Heather Brammeier and Kayley Peak.
In 2014 Alex moved to Keelung, Taiwan and spent a year there teaching and working on adding new influence to his work. On June 27th 2015 Alex suffered from severe burns on over 90% of his body. He and roughly 500 other victims were affected by a terrible dust explosion and displaced from their lives in order to recover. Alex and many others made incredible recoveries thanks to the hard working medical staff and the thoughts and prayers of their friends and families.
After he was recovered enough from his injuries, Alex returned to the US for his aftercare. He currently uses his work to explore the world through his memories. Often depicting imagery of clouds, mountains, and forests, Alex’s work pieces together the different places he’s been during his travels and forms them into harmonious landscapes. Having been in an induced coma and under anesthesia for over 10 procedures, the artist has wondered about his own memory; expressing, in his art, how time has distorted the way he remembers his environment and how he views objects in their natural state.
Class – Abstract Drawing and Painting
I fell in love with the art of batik when I was in high school. I spent most of my time in the art room learning everything I could, drawing, painting , printing, silk screen and finally batik. I have always loved the way the wax has a mind of its own and the surprises that it creates. My largest work to date was a batik backdrop of the mountains in a production of the musical Brigadoon. I graduated Skidmore college with a BS in dance. My love for theater and dance took me down that path for many years. Back home in New Hampshire, and the mother of two, I’m a fabric artist, doing business as Belle Batique. I’m very excited to be teaching at Creative Ventures.
Workshops – Intro to Batik – see details
Emily Johnson is a native of New England. She was raised in a God loving home surrounded by four generations of family. Her childhood years were filled with an exposure to the colorful history of New England. Emily started painting at an early age and has always had an ambition to become an artist.
Emily graduated from the Hertzfeld School of Art in Wiesbaden, Germany. She also studied at Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Massachusetts and with Evoyne Prince of England. Much of her advanced technical training and painting experience was received during the years she lived and traveled in Europe.
Emily’s God given talent plus her study of painting techniques of the European Masters has developed her exceptional painting skills. She applies this unique blending of talents when she paints real New England scenes in watercolor. Her deep love of New England comes alive in her watercolor paintings of the true natural beauty of New England. She travels throughout New England searching out locations for her distinctive paintings and often has a bit of folklore to tell about each piece.
Throughout the last 40 years Emily has exhibited and sold her works of art in Germany, Spain, Florida, The Mid-West, South-West, and North-East USA. She now has her studio located in Nashua, New Hampshire close to her family and the area she loves so much.
Class – Watercolor Painting – see details
Class – Alcohol Inks – TBA
Class – Old Master Technique TBA
Workshop – Beginning Watercolor – see details
Originally from San Francisco, I’ve called New Hampshire home now for 30 years and homeschooled my children here. I am primarily a self taught artist that loves experimenting and having full out fun with a variety of mediums. My painting is guided by an intuitive process and inspired by vibrant colors, I also enjoy quilting, jewelry making and am a Certified Zentangle Teacher. I find as much joy in sharing my creative journey with others as I do in actually creating! I hope you decide to join me for a joyful day of creating and be ready to let go of your inhibitions.
Workshop – Patterned Paper – see details
Workshop – SteamPunk Meets ArtDeco – see details
Tami has been drawing, painting, and creating works of art since childhood. She graduated from Framingham State College with a degree in Fashion and a minor in Art. She furthered her studies attending classes at Massachusetts College of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts School. Her specialty and passion is creating detailed pencil portraits of people and wildlife. Her ability to capture a subject’s expression and personality has won her various ribbons at juried exhibits.
Along with her love for creating art, Tami has also pursued a lifelong passion for ballet. In her former life as a student, she studied and performing with the Boston Ballet for several years, as well as performed in local area productions. Tami has been teaching classical ballet for over twenty years throughout southern New Hampshire and her native Massachusetts and is excited to share her knowledge and joy of the visual and performing arts with others!
Class – Fundamentals of Drawing – see details
Workshop – Clothed Figure Drawing Workshop – see details
Class – Children and Teens Drawing – see details
Class – Acrylic Painting – see details