Arts + Culture

30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag

Local author and art educator Amanda Davis discusses her debut nonfiction children’s book. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and offers an opportunity to remember and honor the lives lost that day as well as the courage of the first responders. For Weymouth resident Amanda Davis, the anniversary … Read more

Modern Macrame and More

Plymouth artist Jaimee Cooke creates sustainable products inspired by nature. Story and Photography by Kate Rogan Jaimee Cooke is what you would call a local “maker.”  An elementary school art teacher who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and a master’s degree in studio art education, she fills her free time by … Read more

Making Waves

Painting has become a passion for South Shore musician Aldous Collins. Story by Maria Allen Photography by Jack Foley Hanover resident Aldous Collins was an artist long before he became known as a singer-songwriter and front man of the Aldous Collins Band. A New Hampshire native, he got his degree in studio art from the … Read more

Summertime Guests

Quincy author Wendy Francis talks about her new novel, “Summertime Guests” (Graydon House; April 6, 2021)-the perfect beach read. How does “Summertime Guests” compare with your previous books? Summertime Guests falls firmly into the summer escape category. The novel takes place over one long weekend in June, at a swank hotel in Boston. Cocktails are … Read more

Making the Grade

As parents, it is our job to ensure that our children receive the best education possible. When it comes to choosing the right school for your child, one size doesn’t fit all.  We are fortunate to have amazing independent schools in our region that offer excellent educational programs and nurturing social experiences. Whether you’re looking … Read more

Art Couture

Quincy artist Holly Nichols reveals the magic behind her fabulous fashion illustrations. By Maria Allen – Photography by Derrick Zellmann Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nichols frequently traveled to New York to take part in live sketching events and enjoyed taking trips to develop new ideas for her portfolio. One of her favorite vacation destinations, … Read more

Stay Golden

A Scituate entrepreneur’s stylish lifestyle brand is an ode to New England. Story and Photography by Kate Rogan Scituate resident Robbin Mangano is a natural storyteller. Whether bringing a client’s story to life via her public relations and social media marketing company, Wave Collective, or documenting her life on the South Shore to her more … Read more

A Sense of Place

Ben Eggers was sitting in a graphic design lecture at college and feeling a little bored and homesick when he started working on a design that reminded him of the South Shore. He began with an image of the Powder Point Bridge in his hometown of Duxbury. Eggers has since created an entire series of … Read more

The Write Stuff

A local pen craftsman’s story By Matt Tormey Photography By Jack Foley Weymouth’s Al LaFrance is undeniably a skilled craftsman and artist. In 1998, with years of craftsmanship under his (tool)belt, LaFrance came across a catalog for wood pen crafting kits and quickly became enamored. These kits were based on woodturning, a distinct set of … Read more

Honoring Dia de los Muertos at Native

The Scituate Harbor shop Native, which recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary, is filled with indigenous folk art, jewelry and accessories from diverse cultures around the world, including the American Southwest, Mexico, India, Africa, Nepal, Thailand, South America and New Guinea. Leading up to the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, the shop comes alive with … Read more

The Golden Hour

A Duxbury photographer captures the South Shore landscape at its finest. Written by Maria Allen Photography by Michael D’Amore Michael D’Amore was a senior in high school when he first started getting interested in taking pictures. The Duxbury resident went on to minor in photography at Marist College, where he learned the lost art of … Read more

Where the Heart Is

“Becoming Home” celebrates five generations of a Scituate family under one roof. Written by Jennifer H. McInerney Photography by Jack Foley Author Kirsten Hunt Kowalski, a self-proclaimed “Navy brat,” moved 10 times during her childhood before her family finally settled in Scituate. As Kowalski details in her debut novel of historical fiction “Becoming Home,” the … Read more

Race to the Top

We chatted with Randolph native Femita Ayanbeku about her journey to become the fastest female amputee in the United States. Written by Maria Allen Photography by Derrick Zellmann From tragedy to triumph, Femita Ayanbeku’s life story is a testament to the power of positivity and hard work. At 11 years old, Ayanbeku and her sister … Read more

Painting Through Quarantine

The last few months have been filled with a mix of emotions for Hull artist Pamela Copeman, who documented her time in quarantine by creating a COVID-19 series of paintings. Thus far, she has created six paintings, each with a specific focus and dedication. The first few images in the collection are dark and moody, … Read more

Hot Summer Reads

Written by Maria Allen  Photography and styling by Kate Rogan of Ellie Finn Photography Summer is the perfect time to dive into a good book. We asked the staff at Buttonwood Books and Toys in Cohasset to share some of their personal recommendations. From beautiful children’s books to quintessential beach reads, this list has you … Read more

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