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Laura Elkins Stover

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Laura Elkins Stover is a popular North Shore Artist who works mainly in oil, pastel and acrylic. She is best known for her still life paintings, portraits and paintings of animals. She loves to paint and has won many awards through the years, but her greatest pleasure is in the painting process itself, and the association it affords with fellow artists. She is a founding member of the Saltbox Gallery; an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association; the Newburyport Art Association; Artists Association of Nantucket; and an associate member of Rockport Art Association and the Portrait Society of America. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women.

Michael Milczarek

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Michael grew up and lives on Massachusetts’s North Shore where he draws his inspiration from painting the everyday scene.

“We have a great range on subject matter to draw from in New England, ranging from rocky coastlines, smooth beaches, salt marshes, fields, meadows and mountains.  We drive by them every day going to work, school, errands and endless soccer, band, and football practices.

My inspiration is to remove the asphalt, streetlights and buildings in order to see the landscape as it truly is.  The majority of my landscapes are literally a view from the side of the road.”

Michael works primarily with a full color palette often tilted towards a tonal approach.  His goal for a landscape painting is to convey a sense of quiet calm we all need from time to time.

He is an artist-partner in the Saltbox Gallery and is a member of several area art associations.

Candy Way

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Fine art has been a part of Candy’s life from an early age when she was often a model for her artist mother, Ernee  Way. Later, she became her mother’s most promising student and emerged as a highly regarded  professional artist in her own right.

Sensitive to the interaction of changing light and shadow, her paintings are characterized by energetic brushwork infused with vibrant color. Having a keen eye for the impressionist style, and being extraordinarily adept with a high-key palette, her interpretation results in images that are stunningly iridescent and a delight to the senses. Candy says, “I feel a spiritual connection with nature that inspires me to capture the raw beauty that is inherent in the world around us.” Most notably, and perhaps the most fitting tribute to her work, Candy’s paintings are sought not only by collectors but also fellow artists.

Candy studied Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and received private instruction from Ernee Way and Copley Master Robert Scott Jackson. She is a former member and Secretary of the Guild of Beverly Artists, an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association, the Newburyport Arts Association, the Society of Master Impressionists, the American Impresssionist Society and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society.


Debbie Frio

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I began sewing as a child and spent many years making clothes. As I got older curtains and other home décor items became added to my repertoire. In 1994, I took a class to learn how to quilt through my local town’s community services and have been addicted to all things quilts and quilting ever since.

I make quilts and quilted accessories from patterns, blocks and my own designs. I enjoy trying out different block combinations and patterns to create interesting and unique quilts, table runner and bed runners.

I see fabric the way and artist sees paint. Different uses of fabric designs and colors can make two of the same patterns look entirely different. That is where the fun starts when making a quilt!

Karyl Hayes

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Karyl Hayes,  one of the founding members in 1988 of the Saltbox Gallery, is a member of the Copley Society and the North Shore Arts Association.

Karyl is an “en plein air” painter who uses watercolor to explore the play of light on the landscape. Growing up on the Maine Coast cultivated a love of the inter-relatedness of the sea, sky and land, a focus which has influenced the direction for much of her painting.

Karyl teaches watercolor on the Isles of Shoals (Road Scholar Program) and exhibits widely on the North Shore.

In 2010, her watercolor, “September Blueberry Fields”, earned the Paul Strisik Memorial Award for Outstanding Landscape at the North Shore Art Association. In 2014 “Catching the Light” won the Mary James & Slater Brown Memorial Award for Excellence in the Rockport Art Association Contributing Member Show.