I am not taking any more map commissions at this time.
8.5X11 on paper. $18.00 each plus tax and S&H(retail prices vary)
Printed at Highland Press. Athol, Ma 01331
Also available in postcard 4x6. $2.50 ea
About the creation of the maps and why I only have what I have so far,:
They are all HAND CREATED, with pencil, liquid acrylic, and paint pens, on paper. Nothing is done on the computer to begin with. They are then photographed, and printed digitally.
I am not a company of a group of people. It is just me. I make everything on this website with my hands. Except for the frames.
I am working towards a complete series of Massachusetts towns. Each map can take 2-4 weeks to complete. I began almost 6 years ago after my Mom passed away, with my own home town, ATHOL, and then did the other 8 towns in North Quabbin (a regional name given to the 9 towns in 1980). From there, I completed all the towns that surround the Quabbin Reservoir, which is of utmost interest to me personally. A store called LOOT Found+Made in Turners Falls began carrying my maps, and so I then made sure to create the towns in the Turners Falls area for her customers. I also hang out quite a bit in Amherst, Nothampton, and Easthampton, where I also sell to stores. I used to live in the Boston neighborhoods Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, so that's why I have those. And then there are a few randoms, like Lake Mattawa, which where the Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange takes place, and is one my best shows. Belfast ME, is where my cousin owns Three Tides and Marshall Wharf Brewery, so that's why I have that... and so on and so forth.
By no means am I intentionally not doing certain towns. I hope, one day, to have them all, as well as all of the Boston Neighborhoods, and there are over 20 of those...
When I don't have a town done, it's simply because I just haven't done it yet. I am a full time painter and DJ. And although I love making the maps, I sometimes need a break from their technical nature. Plus, there are so many other types of painting I love to do and need to do for shows and stores; so I work in "spurts".
When I don't know much about a town, I usually reach out to it's Historical Society to find out what makes the town unique. However, y parameters are not just "historical". I also aim to highlight any destinations or businesses that make that town tick. I rely on locals to fill me in. I do as much research as I can, and even try to visit places to see things with my own eyes. But I prefer getting first hand input from locals willing to connect on the phone.
In a nutshell, the majority of the maps I have represent the area where I currently live and do most of my business. As the years go by, I hope to explore vending in more areas and will then create those maps. In the meantime, I have a running list of towns that have priority based on shows I have signed up to do. If I apply to be vender at a show in a town where I have no map, well, I then prioritize doing that town in time for the show, and maybe even a few around it if time permits.
I want them to look somewhat folk-art-like, or vintage. I want them to hold up in time. I know that businesses come and go, and so it is hard to not run into that issue from time to time. I at least want to pay homage to the ones that really matter or had/have some sort of positive impact on the community. But in some cases, I have taken artistic license and have needed something to fill in a hole, or balance the image visually, so yes, I'm sure there are things on each map that at least one person might question. But my thinking is, that, the more each map contains, the more people will connect to it.
The gathering of information for each town has been very different. The execution of the art work is always the same.
I get the shape of the town down, and then see what I have for space on the paper afterwards. Some towns are more vertical, some, horizontal. Some are plain, some are very ornate. Towns like Northampton are going to have 400x more information than a town like Oakham. And so on...
All these challenges determine how that maps come out looking. And I am getting more and more detailed with them as time goos on.
I really try to make my maps stand out from other maps, by going in as deep as I can into the minutiae of a town.
They are a labor of love from a small town girl.
All of my work is done with the same liquid acrylic paint; the maps, stones, wood blocks, paintings on wood, canvas, or burlap...everything.
Apologies for the varied levels of photography quality, some were taken by my boyfriend (good) and some were taken by me (bad)....
I am a painter. Not a photographer/web designer...
I tend to, or hope to, do certain shows every year, where the dates may vary slightly, but tend to fall on the same weekend. I also have some new shows this year:
July 12 2019 - Djing in Polaski Park, downtown Northampton, in partnership with the Northampton Arts Council for their summer concert series. 4-5pm next to the Academy of music.
June 20 2019 - Djing Battle of the Botanicals at Power House building on Amherst College campus. 6-9pm. Hitchcock Center benefit. Local restaurants battle for bragging rights with 1 cocktail and 1 hors d'oeuvres.
June 8 2019 - I’ll be Djing a Jack and Jill party in Springfield for a lovely young couple getting married in August. But if I wasn’t doing that I would be selling my stuff in Easthampton at Cultural Chaos on Cottage Street 10-5pm. However, The Waters Fine Cafe’, right on “Nash” Pond on Cottage Street, will have a supply of my Easthampton Maps for sale. It’s a lovely cafe slash boutique.
June 1 2019- Hadley Asparagus Festival on the town common of Hadley MA Route 9. 10-5pm. Dozens of artists, food trucks, bands, beers, wellness, local community organization info booths, and Eric Carle!!! oh and of course Asparagus! Already reserved an order of tempura fried…make that 2…https://wgby.org/asparagus
June 7 2019 - Friday 6-8 pm Miller River Environmental Center “Windows on Main” reception, Main Street Athol MA. I painted one of the 54” x 54” panels that were installed around ground floor of building.
June 7 2019 - Friday - Athol Junior Hight School 12:30-1:30. I will be hosting an artist’s talk for kids who are members of the Arms Leadership Club.
May 25 2019 - 2 Year Birthday for Assemble made + curated by Justin Brown in Thornes Marketplace downtown Northampton. 3-8pm. I will be DJing in store. And my new works on wood and canvas will be on display behind the DJ booth! Of course my maps will also fully be stocked, and the store has tons of other vintage and stylish goodies; locally made jewelry and ceramics, mixed in with Justin’s own upcycled furniture, and other retro treasures.
May 18 2019 - ART FARM at Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack in Easthampton MA 10-5pm