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Holly

Sunflower

Mixed Media Collage

About

Brilliant color and bold ideas are hallmarks of my work as an artist, designer and builder. Nothing is off-limits and I move fluidly between mixed media, sculpture, encaustic, flora, and interior design. I thrive on transforming empty spaces and combining the overlooked with the unexpected.

Using paint and power tools, I rescue, revitalize, and reinterpret objects.  Like an alchemist, creating something from nothing is the essence of my work.  My deepest inspiration comes from being challenged by problem solving. I love responding to a particular situation and moving it from a negative to a positive. I rely on my desire for beauty, and my pleasure of aesthetic. My work envelopes the viewer in possibilities.

With a background in design, Holly studied commercial art, then explored architecture and interior design and eventually evolved into construction technology at Northeastern University. All inform her work today. When not in her studio, Holly works at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, as the Assistant Director of Events and Visitors Services. She is the Curator at the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell, MA, and lives in Tewkesbury with her daughter Amanda, their bulldog Batman, and husband Jack, with whom she designs and builds houses.
As an Artrepreneur, I’ve crafted the perfect life for myself, creating

Resume

Professional  Position

1988-2012 Designer/Builder  .  John-Paul Construction . Tewksbury, MA
2008-2011 Event Manager . deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum . Lincoln, MA
2009-2012 Artist . Western Ave Studios . Lowell, MA
2010-2012 Curator . Loading Dock Gallery, Lowell, MA
2011-2012 Assistant Director of Events & Visitors Services . deCordova  Sculpture Park & Museum . Lincoln, MA

Curatorial Experience

04.2012 Welcome to my World . Loading Dock gallery . Lowell, MA
03.2012 From the Mud . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
02.2012 Earth Stories . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
01.2012 50 Under 50 . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
12.2011 Winter Lights . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
11.2011 Conceptual Contrasts . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
10.2011 Distressed . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
09.2011 Action Evolution: New Paintings . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
08.2011 Moments of Pure Seeing . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
07.2011 Oaxaca – Images & Echoes . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
06.2011 Transformation Play . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
05.2011 Shapes & Silhouettes . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
04.2011 Departures/Arrivals . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
03.2011 Shifting Boundaries . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
02.2011 Splendor of Nature . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
01.2011 50 Under 50 . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
10.2010 Plumage . Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA

Exhibitions

06.2011 Beeline  .  Kobalt Gallery  .  Provincetown, MA
10.2010 Plumage .  Loading Dock Gallery . Lowell, MA
06.2010  Best Foot Forward –Montserrat College of Art  -  Beverly, MA
05.2010 Home Grown . deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum . Lincoln, MA
09.2009 TCA Fall Art Show . Tewksbury, MA

Honors & Awards

TCA Fall art show – 1st place folk art, 2nd place mixed media
Haverhill Art Association – 1st Place Professional Mixed Media

Publications

Cloth, Paper, Scissors – March 2010
Studios Magazine – Spring 2010
Inside the Creative Studio – November 2011

Affiliations

deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum  http://www.decordova.org                
Tewksbury Community of Artist   http://www.tewksburycommunityofartist.com
Haverhill Art Association    http://www.haverhillartassociation.org
Loading Dock Gallery   http://www.theloadingdockgallery.com
Western Ave Studios   http://www.westernavestudios.com
Historic New England    http://www.historicnewengland.org