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

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

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

Fish Tails

Norwell Artist Jenna Reedy Fish Prints

A Norwell artisan’s love for the sea makes a lasting impression Written by Laura DeSisto  Photography by Jack Foley When recounting that one time they went fishing and reeled in a “big one,” people are often accused of exaggerating the size of their catch.  South Shore residents who want to prove that their fish stories are … 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