Making the 20 Artists of Worcester into an Affordable Magazine!

•October 20, 2010 • 1 Comment

When we created the book about the 20 artists of Worcester, the only publishing game in town was books on demand. It was a little pricey- it was worth it- the book came out really beautiful! But it was 35 or 45 bucks per copy. We discovered and played with a company called MagCloud. The first step was to hired a wonderful designer – Rick Bridges of Bridges Design – to help us reinvent the book as an affordable magazine. You can see the results of the magazine here

Cover of the New 20 Artists of Worcester Magazine

Cover of the New 20 Artists of Worcester Magazine

We hope you’ll check it out- maybe make your own magazine over at MagCloud and share it with us!




Latest News: 20 Artists Photographs at the Library!

•April 16, 2010 • 1 Comment
Real Worcester 20 Artists Show

Real Worcester 20 Artists Show

Worcester County’s latest contribution to the Art World hits stands in November

•September 19, 2008 • 1 Comment


Worcester County’s latest contribution to the Art World hits Bookstores in November 

Scott Erb of Worcester’s own Erb Photography is releasing his book, Twenty Artists of Worcester during an exhibiting and book signing on November 14, 2008.

The project, which was funded by an Individual Grant from the Worcester Cultural Commission, highlights 20 of Worcester’s most talented artists.

“It was hard to believe after meeting so many creative people in the area that there was so little publicity,” Erb said.  Taking matters into his own hands, he began his own creative journey to document—through photography and text—20 of the most sought after artists in Worcester County in their personal studios. “I wanted to meet with and collaborate with them in order to create interesting images…images that could tell a little bit about them as artsy people living and working in the area.”

Scott will be able—with the help of assistant Donna Dufault and writer Julie Grady—to show off these hidden and not-so-hidden gems in an exhibition that showcases not only his newly-published book, but the artists and their works featured in the project as well.

After months of hard work, Erb Photography is pleased and proud to announce the opening and book signing will take place November 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Davis Art Gallery on the third floor of the Printers Building on 44 Portland Street in Worcester. The show will close on January 23, 2009.

20 Artist of Worcester Book Cover

20 Artist of Worcester Book Cover

For more information or to learn more about the project Twenty Artists of Worcester, please contact Scott Erb and Donna Dufault at 774.239.0214 or

Review of the 20 Artists of Worcester Show by ArtScope Magazine

•January 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Tuesday, January 13 2009 

20 Artists of Worcester … and Their Work Spaces

Davis Art Gallery
Printer’s Building
44 Portland Street

Through January 23

This exhibit, and its coinciding eponymously named book, spotlights a cross section of Central Massachusetts artists from the well-established – including Stephen DiRado, whose “Comet Hyakutake, Looking Northwest, Edgartown, MA” graces the construction awning of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Howard Johnson, who’s shown at Boston’s Howard Yezerski Gallery – to new names equally deserving of your attention.

The book, the brainchild of professional photographer Scott Erb, whose “Beauty Knot” C-Print of a woman’s duel reflection melting together in a warm perfect cube greets visitors to the gallery, features portraits of the artists in their studios. They’re displayed here with mostly new works. Jonathan Lucas is shown constructing the plaster castings of molded cameras which provide the backdrop of his huge multi-media “Love’s Protest 1,” which is fronted by a digitally printed woman’s face on vinyl, her eyelashes pulling you into her face to contemplate whether those closed eyes are sleeping or in deep meditation.

Around the corner, classically (and Montserrat) taught Scott Holloway’s “Dreaming of the Original Sin” features a jawless skull underlined with two crossed bones surrounded by sparkling gold paint that melts into a glossed palate holding eerie, barely decipherable writing. It’s a format that’s made for much desired t-shirts designs that have introduced him to new audiences.

Oil painter Tom Grady beautifully captures special, universal moments. He’s seen in his workspace surrounded by a mini-gallery of his work (a subliminal marketing tool, I suspect), working from a digital image in creating “Toys,” an oil painting featuring his wife holding their doll-clutching daughter, their aqua and purple sherbet colored clothing melting together as they dance on a toy filled floor. Helium balloons reflect other objects in the room while the rear wall holds the shadows of the room’s windows plants and vases in a crowded, but peaceful scene of solitude.

I adored Veronica Hebard’s acrylic graphite on wood “32nd and Madison,” where a reddish haired and headphoned girl, green handbag by her side, is blissfully oblivious to the Manhattanites rushing around her. Other local illustrators getting their rightful due in a gallery setting are Derek Ring, whose “You’re Lucky I Love You So Much” looks great in its round oval frame holding its meaty skeletons sharing an affectionate moment, and Andy Fish’s ink on paper “Dracula.”

Open to much interpretation, Scott Boilard’s “Don’t Stop Here” oil on board painting features a stop sign in an unlikely riverside setting, the carved metal sign reading “stop war.” The statement’s contrasted by the peaceful blue sky behind the sentiment. Boilard said he didn’t set out to create a protest piece; he saw it as a variation of a scarecrow, only meant to scare humans.

I got cheek-to-cheek to Antonio Fonseca Vazquez’s “The Man Snake and the Apple Tree,” a huge charcoal, pencil, watercolor, surny ink and soft pastels on paper work whose apples I almost felt inclined to lick off their branches. That was, until I noticed the flesh of the fruit melting into the flesh of its two human characters, their veins and pulsating muscles not unlike the smaller twigs and lines around them.

Other favorites: Landscape painters Brian Burris (“Segnal Levant”) and Cynthia Woehrle (“Tree Tops”) are worthy of further exploration; Agnes Wyant’s “Bless Us and Save Us: Boys Town Series” watercolor painting, which enhanced the familiar Christmas Seal stamps with some creative ballpoint pen work; Rosalie Old’s “God’s Gift” clay statue; and photographer Erika Sidor’s “Dog Park Holga #1” which captures two cheerful rotweilers out for a walk, providing, as all great art does, a fresh interpretation of a much-stereotyped subject.

Brian Goslow (

This story originally ran in the January/February 2009 issue of artscope magazine (

1 Scott Boilard

•September 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment


1 Artist Scott Boilard Portrait by Scott Erb

1 Artist Scott Boilard Portrait by Scott Erb 

2 Brian Burris

•September 19, 2008 • 2 Comments


2 Artist Brian Burris Portrait by Scott Erb

2 Artist Brian Burris Portrait by Scott Erb 

3 Stephen DiRado

•September 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment


3 Artist Stephen DiRado Portrait by Scott Erb

3 Artist Stephen DiRado Portrait by Scott Erb

4 Andy Fish

•September 19, 2008 • 1 Comment


4 Artist Andy Fish Portrait by Scott Erb

4 Artist Andy Fish Portrait by Scott Erb 


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