We are located at 28 Route 101A, unit #1 (main house door) Amherst, NH.

From Milford, we are on the left side of the road .4 of a mile past the intersection of Routes 122 and 101A (the railroad tracks) and .7 of a mile from the 101A Nashua ramp off 101. 

From Nashua, we are on the right side of 101A, a mile past the lights at the Super Walmart and across from Nellie’s Treehouse. If you get to the railroad tracks at the lights at Route 122, head back toward Nashua and follow the Milford directions.

Stop in to the gallery to see original work by our teachers.

Eileen Belanger

Website: http://eileenbelanger.com/

Teacher At Creative Ventures Gallery - Eileen BelangerEileen has gained increasing recognition for her original, detailed paintings and murals of New England scenes by her love of nature and her surroundings.

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 Classsee details

Eileen’s Work

 Kristine Brock

Website: harmonyartstudio.com

 Kristine Brock - PhotoKristine L. Brock is the owner of Harmony Studio in Brookline, NH where she offers private art instruction for children and adults. Kristine has studied under several artists in the New England area and has been teaching art since 2006.

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 Drawingsee details

Class – Painting Fun! for Tweens and Teens – see details

Workshop – Anime Self Portrait Workshopsee details

Kristine’s work

Beaman Cole

Teacher At Creative Ventures Gallery - Beaman ColeCole 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.

ClassOil Painting for Allsee details

Workshop Series – see details for upcoming workshop info

Beaman’s work

 Elizabeth Craumer

Website: www.betsycraumerart.com

betsycraumerElizabeth 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

Elizabeth’s Work

 Lawrence J. Donovan

Larry Donovan Publicity shotLawrence Donovan was raised in Claremont. Art has been a force in his life from childhood. At the age of 14, he was President of the Claremont Junior Artist Association. He used to take a bus from Claremont to Manchester for the Manchester Artist Association shows. He feels that he has learned a lot form other artists and teachers, which include Lenard Armstrong, Jeanne LaChance. Ruth Weston, Oscar Durand, Dennis Sheehan , and Stan Moeller to mention just a few. All have been strong influences in his art.

He attended the Manchester Institute of Art (now the New Hampshire Institute of Art). He was the third President of the Manchester Artist Association and is a past Vice President of that organization and was it’s first gallery director.  The Federated Arts has presented him with a special award for his work with their “ON MY OWN TIME” program.

While working in a number of techniques, his work most often presents a quiet moment or restful scene. A vignette passes by in a car and triggers a painting. He paints mostly from memory. Another artist work may trigger an emotional  response in him that he will recapture in his own interpretation. He seldom uses a physical source material. He will study these subjects then set the aside and creates his own art in the technique that conveys what he feels.  He feels that his teaching has helped him re-connect with his roots and allows him to give back to the artist community.

ClassBeginning Oil Paintingsee details

Larry’s work

Alex Haas

Website:  www.alexbhaas.com

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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 – Intro to Printmaking see details

Alex’s work

Emily Johnson

Emily photoEmily 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

Emily’s Work

Christine Keenan

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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 – Walk on the Wild Side see details

Christine’s Work


Teresa Moler

Moler photoTeresa Moler started her love for art in the field of puppetry at age 9 performing. Since then she performs many puppet shows a year. She has always done fine art but did not have a passion for painting until about 1990 after that she studied fine art for a couple of years at Warren Wilson College then in the 1990’s went on to study two years of fine art at Rivier College in Nashua. From there she transferred to Keene State College and minored in visual arts. Teresa Moler started with doing abstract acrylics then studied watercolor for many years under Suzanne Binnie and also with Marilene Sawaf. She is now passionate about acrylics, mixed media, and watercolor and cannot get enough of it.

Moler has had her work on display in Nashua and Hollis, has won some awards, and sold many of her works. She is on the advisory board of the Nashua Area Artists Association and a member of Hollis Art Society.

Class – Exploring Color and Objects on Canvas with Kidssee details

summer camp classes – see details

Teresa’s work

 Tami Sciola-Borelli

Tami HeadshotTami 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 – Breaking Down the Portrait – see details

Class – Evening Adult Drawingsee details

Class – Open Drawing Studiosee details

Class – Children and Teens Drawingsee details

Check out the drawing summer camps – see details

Tami’s work

Christoper Volpe

Website: www.christophervolpe.com

Christoper Volpe paints and teaches year-round both en plein aire and in the studio  With a graduate degree in poetry, he taught college English and art history for several years before falling in love with American landscape  painting and devoting himself to painting full time.
Workshop – Contemporary Oils – The Poetry of Paint see details

Chris’s work