The most effective way we can survive and thrive in our creative disciplines is through affordable workspace. 128 Brookside was among the last of these unique local creative sanctuaries.
Meet the artists that have lost their place of work
Jamtron is a creative production studio owned and run by Jeff Ledellaytner. It's what you’d get if you took 10+ years of professional editing, filmmaking, producing, and creative directing and stuffed it all into an old Jansport backpack, accidentally backed over it with your dad’s 1988 Peugeot 505 Turbo, and then slapped a duck logo on it.
Brendan Killian received a BFA from Iowa State University in 1984. He moved to Jamaica Plain in 1985 and has been living and exhibiting His artwork throughout New England since. Local solo show’s include “The Copley Society of Boston”, “The Perrin Gallery”, “The Hallway Gallery”, “JP Artmarket”, “The Alchemist”, “Centre Street Café”, “James’s Gate”, “A Far Cry”, “The Gallery @ Green Street” “The Plum Gallery” in Williamstown MA. And “Vermont Studio Center” in Johnson VT. He currently exhibits his work at “The Haven” in Jamaica Plain.
Audrey Harrer is an alt-chamber composer/vocalist/harpist. Her music is an eccentric blend of nostalgic vocals, cinematic imagery, and playful dissonance. Audrey’s recent album "Alphabet Rain" received best local music 2015 nods from the Boston Globe and Dig Boston.
Audrey works as a creative director at Berklee College of Music, and hosts artists from around the world for DIY shows at her practice loft. She has studied with groups such as the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra and Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble, written commissions for the Cambridge Philharmonic and the Maine International Film Festival.
Audrey cares about process, sustainability, community-building, and working collaboratively across genres and art forms.
Sheila Gallagher is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and associate professor of studio art at Boston College. A long-time resident of Jamaica Plain, Sheila has been a 128 Brookside artist since 2005. Working in many media including live flowers, smoke, melted plastic, and video, Gallagher’s work explores the relationship between materiality, memoryand theological inquiry. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including at the Moving Image Festival, London, Dodge Gallery, NYC, The Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She is represented by SEPTEMBER Gallery in Hudson, NY where her next one-person exhibition entitled Gone Here will open in November 2017. Together with philosopher Richard Kearney, she is co-director of Guestbook Project, an international creative peace building initiative which brings together youths in divided communities to exchange stories. Sheila also co-curates the Becker Collection, the nation’s largest private archive of Civil War drawings. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, the architect Matthew Littell of Utile Design and their teenage son.
Elizabeth Slayton attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, Penn State University and Massachusetts College of Art. She has been painting and exhibiting for more than 35 years, showing in solo and group shows throughout the US and abroad. Her paintings are included in private and corporate collections
Brian Wilson is an artist, commercial photographer and educator, not always in that order. Brian’s commercial work has brought him around the world, photographing for major national publications and small businesses alike. He has photographed sitting heads of states, Supreme Court Justices and celebrities.
Brian’s fine art work has shown nationally and internationally and uses photography to investigated ideas of visual perception. Brian received his BA, in Graphic Communications at New England College and his MFA, in Studio Art from the Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Boston). Brian is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography and Program Coordinator at Mount Ida College.
Commercial | www.brianwilsonphoto.com
Fine art | www.brianwilsonart.com.
When a group gathers with shared intention and aspirations the collective creative energy that it generates sustains itself through interaction.
Erik Bornemann is a New England artist working primarily in painting. He was born in Maryland and raised in Acton Massachusetts, a small suburban town just northwest of Boston. In 2014 he received his BFA in Painting from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Since then, he has been represented by Sunne Savage Gallery in Winchester, MA. He has exhibited his work over the past three years number of galleries in Boston and has work in multiple private and public collections in New England. He has been featured in both Boston Magazine and The Boston Globe. His work has also been featured in the Boston Globe’s best weekend picks. He currently lives and works in Jamaica Plain.
Rachel Rizzo was born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised on the southern coast of Massachusetts. As a young introvert, Rizzo felt most at home while drawing, swimming in the ocean or playing alone in the woods. She spent her teen years hidden in her bedroom, lost in a world of researching artists, drawing and painting. Over time, she discovered the local warrens of New England’s underground and decided that art school was her only option. Rizzo is currently an artist and organizer in Boston’s DIY art and music community and a full time Visual Art Educator at a Boston Public School. Her paintings prints and drawings explore personal mythology and identity, fantasy and escape, the natural world, symbolism and abstraction.
In addition to showing her work in basements, hallways and houses throughout the Boston area, Rachel’s work has also been exhibited at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Aurum, Washington Street Art Center, Gateway Arts, Artists for Humanity, and Fourth Wall Gallery in Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Studio Education and Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts.
Adrian Negenborn is an artist living and working in Jamaica Plain, MA. He earned his Masters of Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has exhibited his work in Boston, MA; Glens Falls, NY; Austin, TX; and Cleveland, OH. In 2009, he was nominated for the Dedalus Foundation Grant.
Martinas Andrius currently lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts a Boston suburb. He has been painting New England coastal landscapes for the past 4 years, typically working with oil on canvas and linen, full time. You can find him spending the warmer days of the year on the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth Street, painting, displaying, promoting, and selling his art. Martinas is being trained by his father Mindaugas Andrius who is also a landscape painter. The main body of work is inspired from locations on the North Shore and Cape Cod near Newburyport, Plum Island, Salisbury, Crane Beach, Sandwich, Barnstable, Orleans, Truro, and Proviencetown.
Ethan Schwelling is a film and video editor with a decade of experience working in Boston. After getting his feet wet in reality television at Powderhouse Productions, he has been fortunate to work on many different types of productions, from commercials to documentaries, small non-profit projects to massive Hollywood films. He edited his own documentary about the demise and resurrection of Buell Motorcycles called “The Ragged Edge” which has screened at film festivals around the country. His latest projects include the digital documentary series for This Old House “Detroit. One House at a Time,” America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country.
Ken Michaels runs a business as an animator, visual fx artist and video editor at 128 Brookside ave. serving a wide range of clients from non-profits, to small businesses to multi-national corporations. A couple times a month Ken and his partner Becca host performance events at his space (called "The Space") free of charge and open to the public. These events have included performances of the widest varieties of music including chamber ensembles, big band jazz, klezmer, folk, rock, music from every continent except Antarctica - as well as a yearly performance of Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas". The Space has also been home to theatre and comedy, art installations and functions as a part-time recording studio. Ken is also a musician and composer currently writing chamber music and playing drums in a 60's style pop band.
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