Turning the Tide on Trash

A Hull artist finds inspiration and purpose in beach cleanups. Written by Jennifer H. McInerney Photography by Kjeld Mahoney Gazing out the windows of her contemporary hillside home in Hull, artist and activist Jackie Ranney can’t help but be moved by the brilliant expanse of blue stretching infinitely toward the horizon. In this, she’s not … 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

Art Couture

Holly Nichols Illustrations

Quincy artist Holly Nichols reveals the magic behind her fabulous fashion illustrations. By Maria Allen – Photography by Derrick Zellmann A rainbow of Copic Sketch markers fans out atop a desk in Holly Nichols’ home office. An artist who specializes in fashion illustration, she gently shifts the angle of her wrist and tightness of her … Read more

Hometown Designer

Raised on the South Shore and trained in Italy, Mya Royal returns to her roots to launch a bespoke apparel business on the Plymouth waterfront. By Kelly Chase Photography by Julia Cumes and Ella Farrell Photography A salty sea breeze blows off the harbor as fashion designer Mya Royal opens the doors to her second-floor atelier … 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

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

Bringing Beauty to the Beach

Written by Kate Rogan Photography by Derrick Zellmann “It was nice to see this neglected part of town come back to life.” — Charlie Robinson Charlie Robinson put pencil to concrete on the side of the Dalat building, a restaurant located across the street from Nantasket Beach in Hull. He carefully sketched the outline for … Read more

Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty

Fuller Craft Museum is marking its 50th anniversary with a commemorative exhibition that celebrates the museum’s rich past and brilliant future—and shines a light on all things golden. “Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty” explores the storied traditions, contemporary interpretations, skillful applications, and conceptual rigor of gold as an artistic material, while investigating the multitude of … Read more

“Cecelia Cicada” Art at The James Library

“Cecelia Cicada” Part of The James Library’s exhibition “In Noticing,” this captivating mixed-media creation was made using gold candy wrappers and oil paints on canvas. Artist Elizabeth Noble, who lives outside Boston and frequently visits family in Plymouth, often incorporates found scraps of paper and other objects into her works. “Cecelia Cicada” is part of … Read more

Painting With Purpose

Betty O'Toole The Pink Frame

A Scituate artist discovers a love for art and a way to bring comfort to cancer patients By Jennifer H. McInerney Photography by Jack Foley In the devastatingly short span of three years, Scituate resident Becky O’Toole endured the “double lightning strike” diagnoses of breast cancer and acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive cancer of the … Read more