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MEET OUR ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
JEN BLESSO is an abstract artist and teacher. She is drawn to fiber arts and mixed media. Currently Jen works in acrylics; layering and working up colors while adding various materials. Paper, metal, tree bark, sequins and other found objects are incorporated into her work to create texture and interest. For Jen, making art is when she feels the bravest and the most free to take risks in her creative endeavors. She hopes to pass this empowerment on to her children and her students.
LYNNE DODGE is a local artist residing in Melrose. Her work has been shown locally and in Europe but her main focus has been on the painting process. Lynne describes her work as impressionistic realism trying to convey the power of light in the world around us. Her paintings strive to inspire appreciation of the sometimes less obvious beauty in our environment. The biggest influences on her work have been dedicated teachers and the Scottsdale Artists’ School.
KERRY PEGORARO is a self-taught artist residing in Melrose. She currently works in an abstract style in mixed media, with a focus on printmaking, cut paper, and painting. Her influences and inspiration can come from anywhere – patterns in nature, an unexpected shape encountered during her day, or even something more fleeting, like a dream or a memory. No matter what she creates, her work constantly strives to be an exploration of texture, color, and movement.
CHIARA PIERI is a printmaker and illustrator who is influenced by the natural world and the stories we tell. Her work features bold colors and line work, often with painted details. Each piece is carved from blocks of linoleum and then hand-pressed with acrylic inks to create individual layers of color. Chiara also enjoys working with printed black lines and incorporates watercolor to add a three dimensional quality to her work.