Meet the Creators
Listed alphabetically by first name. Click photos for more info.
Alex is a writer, performer & workshop facilitator. He has performed on final stage at the Boston, Chicago, and Seattle Poetry Slams. Alex loves cooking lots of food.
My name is Allison. I was born and raised in this fine place called North Adams. I find art as a form of therapy and decompression. Not only do I draw, I paint, write and I have been into paper making. I’ve also dabbled in cement mosaics. I hope my work brings you joy and laughter just as it does for me!
Textile Artist with several decades of experience in spinning, weaving, natural dying, shibori, rug hooking, costume and clothing design. Founding member of North Adams Fiber Artists (NAFA). Recent exhibits include "Cross-Section" at Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams and "Reverence to the Thread" in Portland ME. Taught several shibori/indigo dying workshops at Makers' Mill. Professor of Education at MCLA since 2002.
Human. Poet. Artist. Tea and coffee connoisseur. Folk lover. Tree hugger. Liberal pansy for life and hopeless romantic till the day I die.
Ashley Strazzinski is a visual artist and creative placemaker. She is the founder of Ashland Street Project Space and the DIY-publisher, soft-boiled, which produces a series of zines that chronicles the North Adams City Council.
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Pilkington is the sound of turn of the century rock and roll infused with dynamic female vocals and just a splash of chiptune.
The band is fresh out of the studio and set to release their first LP in 2019.
Beth Newman is a mixed media artist and painter. Beth’s work ranges from books made of tin, wax, paper and paint to large 6ft by 8 ft oil paintings. Beth's work is abstract, full of color and light, inspired by nature and the human form; she describes her work as inner landscapes. Beth also meets with individuals, groups and facilitates workshops using Expressive Arts Therapy.
A Lanesboro girl learning to do things. Also, I have a cute cat.
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Carlizard is a traditional artist/illustrator from Berkshire County. She enjoys experimenting with various mediums and feels most comfortable with a bic ball point pen and her sketchbook.
Aloha, my name is Casey. I'm a Graphic Designer and Photographer who resides in North Adams. I love to repurpose vinyl records into jewelry, bowls and other creative items. I also repurpose record covers into art or paint on them with acrylics.
I am 14 and a student at Hoosac Valley High School. I have devoted a majority of my life on art. I am self taught and built my career in the arts from the ground up. I work in all branches of the fine arts from playing multiple instruments to performance art with hand sewn costumes. My presence, locally, has grown exponentially because of my costume appearances at festivals and events, winning 3rd place state wide in the Massachusetts middle school science and engineering fair with my animatronic wolf, and winning a grand prize at the MASS MoCA teen invitational for my full body suit of my lion, Lila. I hope to expand my horizon even more and learn more from others and my experiences.
Christopher Hantman is a writer, presenter, poet, concert promoter, and performer residing in North Adams, Massachusetts. He has performed at DIY and emerging music festivals around the New England area. Has given workshops on inclusivity, toxic masculinity, and active allyship.
He has booked Grammy-nominated artists and hosted DIY concerts across north-county, Berkshires through his former DIY music group Sounds & Tones.
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His work includes/has appeared in:
Love is the Gravel Dug Deep Into Your Palms Poetry Chapbook (2015)
Wormwood Soliloquies Spoken Word CD (2013)
Ruffled Feathers and Sharpened Claws Chapbook (2012)
Common Folk Literary Magazine (2012)
Spires Literary Magazine (2011-2014)
Dynamically reinvented writer, poet, performer, actress, singer, piano player, homesteader, healer, crafter, nurse, activist, advocate, homeschooler, Sunday School teacher, wife, and Mom...
I have lived many lives within this one... with many more to go! I receive my life from God, prayer, ocean tides, mountain solace, and collective souls around me...
I am grateful to call the mysterious, beautiful Berkshires my home while grounded here on this Terra Firma.
I am an art dabbler. I enjoy creating mixed media pieces and collage, plus more.
Jill Burks is an upstate New York-based printmaker and glass artist. She holds a B.F.A. in Film & Video Production from New York University and has over 20 years professional graphic and digital design experience in the publishing industry. Burks has exhibited at The Hyde Collection, the International Print Center New York, and Target Gallery, among others.
Born in Hartford, CT, and lived in North Adams since 1995.
Kathline Carr, writer and visual artist, is the author of Miraculum Monstrum, (Red Hen Press 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize. Carr's work has appeared in many publications, including Calyx, Alexandria Quarterly, Connecticut Review, Entropy, Yew Journal; she has exhibited widely in New England, New York City, and Canada, and is represented by Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, MA. Carr received her BFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, VT with concentrations in visual art and feminist philosophy, an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston. She lives in the Berkshires.
See Kathline’s work on view in our window gallery at 73 Main St
Visual artist, Berkshire county native, mischief maker, leader with Common Folk, store front volunteer, and lead organizer of Carpe Diem Music and Art Festival.
I just really like to create and share art...
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Visual and Performance artist. Resident of North Adams. Mostly works in mediums of Spray Paint, Charcoal, and Screen Printing. Employed at Mass MoCA.
Berkshire born and age 42 I've been inspired by my personal struggle with new beginning.
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Poet, mixed-media artist, on a path to become a taxidermist.
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Makayla-Courtney McGeeney is a photographer, writer/journalist, social media manager, communicator and podcast host. From the days of writing in her diary as a child, Makayla enjoys documenting daily experiences through poetry or journal writing, as well as through photography. Since 2017 she began freelancing as a photographer for family photo shoots and local musicians/bands. She previously worked as a full-time journalist, but now prefers to freelance write about arts and entertainment, non-profits in southern Vermont and other feature stories.
Mar is a Berkshire County native who currently resides in her hometown of Florida, MA. Her main forms of art are photography, pyrography (wood burning), painting, and creating unique jewelry pieces, all often being nature themed.
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Melyssa Fortini is a visual artist and community collaborator; best known for producing environmentally charged visual imagery as a means to communicate and reflect. She works in a variety of mediums including digital photography, sculpture, and multimedia, creating her work as a means to generate public initiative and sustainable development.
A graduate from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management, Fortini has created work for Figment North Adams, the Berkshire Art Association, and the City of Pittsfield's First Fridays Arts Walk as well as a handful of smaller exhibitions through Gallery 51 and The Green in North Adams, Massachusetts.
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A singer songwriter that has roamed from Rochester, NY to the Hudson Valley and now lives in a lovely western Mass. town, North Adams. She's been writing songs for a 7-piece band for the past 6 years and has just begun breaking away and reconnecting to her inner singer songwriter. She brings a soft and soothing indie folk sound to your ears while also widening your eyes with raw, soulful moments within her set of originals and a few covers.
Michelle Daly is a multi-media artist & independent curator interested in exploring the ways in which identity is formed and changed by the convergence of technology, the natural environment, and interpersonal relationships. She lives in North Adams, MA.
I am not formally trained as an artist; my daily practice relies on intuition, contemplation, and experimentation. Influences include Gustav Klimt, Northern Renaissance altarpieces, illuminated manuscripts, and the feminine divine.
Born in Chicago in 1968, I lived in Amherst, MA until 1986. I earned an art history degree at Columbia University in New York City. I've since lived in Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, OR, and Minneapolis. I currently live in North Adams, MA where I work as the curator of the Common Folk Artist Cellective and as an educator at MASS MoCA.
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Nate Massari is an interdisciplinary artist living in North Adams, Massachusetts. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a BFA and a minor in music. Among the mediums he employs in his work are painting, drawing, design, music & performance, animation, film, writing, and sculpture. Nate writes and performs in self-defined Opcore act Silent Feedback and his art & music project Lenoir, and his hand-drawn animation 'Journals' has been featured on the website of art publication The Woven Tale Press. He is graphic designer for Common Folk Artist Collective, for which he has also curated and exhibited in a number of gallery shows.
Heavy Gaze is the Bennington, VT-based solo project of Nathan Meunier. Combining elements of 90s-era indie rock, grunge, goth, slowcore, punk, and even acoustic metal, Nathan weaves gloomy tunes that shift between quiet, moody introspection and fuzzed-out thundering catharsis.
Interesting in playing a broad range of gigs and genres, Nathan performs both quieter acoustic sets and louder electric sets with a drum machine.
Feel like booking Heavy Gaze for your multi-band line-up, party, club gig, coffee house, cat wedding, or DIY house space? Get in touch!
Sequoia Oro was born in California and forged in Appalachian Mountains of New England.
I believe objects made by people are imbued with a spirit that mass produced objects lack. Time is an eloquent component - each piece will improve as you wear it and leave your unique mark.
Local photographer, 8 years of general experience, I like to focus on the little things, small objects often find themselves in my portfolio along with people, live music events, and nature. Always up and ready for new subjects and the challenges that come along with them.
Lover of Art and North Adams.
"Let there be peace, love, acceptance, forgiveness, patience, respect & understanding among all folks. May we not only understand ourselves but each other."
Samantha often relishes in the beauty and majesty of the visceral world. With careful strokes and soft tones, she aims to recreate that which she admires, incorporating much of the female figure and other familiar pieces of her own world into her work. Samantha prides herself on shying away from committing to one medium, so as to never get stuck in a lack of creating. Her work includes drawing, painting, digital, collage, book making, paper making and more. She is currently living in North Adams where she may remain inspired by the visceral world around her.
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Seth moved to North Adams in 2003, and was delighted to find a burgeoning (if ever-shifting) creative community he could connect with. He is the author of six books, and his award-winning humor column "The Pun Also Rises" appears regularly in the Berkshire Eagle and other newspapers. If you attend local poetry or comedy events, you have probably seen him performing poetry, stand-up, and maybe even rap. If you don't attend local poetry or comedy events, it's not too late to take a simple step to improve your life.
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Shan Cahill is a multi-media artist primarily working in digital art as well as paint (water color and acrylic). Her work has been shown in local feminist art shows. She is also an accomplished writer having been published in academic as well as literary journals. She has completed a workshop focusing on redefining what it means to be femme with Winter Tangerine.
In addition to her creative pursuits, Shan has extensive graphic design and communications experience and served as Editor-in-Chief as well as Design Editor for her college literary magazine for two and three terms respectively.
My name is Tim. I've been a part of the Common Folk team from its humble beginnings. I play drums for the band Quincy, and enjoy a hot cup of dark coffee on a frosty morning. I also enjoy a warm cup of dark coffee on a steamy morning. Or in the afternoon. I enjoy coffee.
Williamstown based artist Trevor Murphy works with graphite pencil, charcoal, and pen and ink. He is passionate about storytelling and music. His biggest achievement is making someone cry with a drawing of their cat.
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Custom clothing, accessories, home decor & more handmade with love in North Adams, MA.
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