As raw space was transformed in October 1980, the first ten artists of the newly developed Artists West Association presented their work to the public during Art Week in Waltham, Massachusetts. After a year of searching for effective working space and community, the second floor of a historic mill building beside the Charles River was given new direction and purpose. Where once workers and machines processed textiles from raw materials, sculptors, fiber artists, painters, printmakers and photographers found space and time to create works of art.

Today, the fifteen studios of Artists West Association continue to be a place for possibilities. Surrounded and part of the artists of the Waltham Mills Artists Association, AWA is a community-- a diverse, creative hive, where long stretches of solitude and focus encounter bursts of inspiration and lively exchange. A sanctuary, with good light and great vibes. The space itself is a historic medium which supports our dreams, our work, and the productive continuum of making in this place.

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November 2, 2017

July 7, 2017


We're delighted to share, AWA's own Marta Kaemmer will be an artist in residence at Watertown gallery, room83spring July 1st through August 28th.

June 8, 2017

Book Celebration

We're so pleased to share!  Lincoln Public Library presents, Studio Days: A Memoir by AWA's own Suzanne Hodes, this Saturday, June 10th, from 2-3:30pm in the Tarbell Room.

Studio Days is about the creative process she has experienced in her 50 year career as an artist. Her work is in over 600 collections. Ms. Hodes will share how she combined family life and peace activism with her art career.

She will show several dozen images from her memoir as they relate to her story and the shared stories of our time; from the Kennedy & King assassinations to the attacks of September 11th.

Ms. Hodes will also speak on what has inspired her work and the creation of "Artists for Survival" which was devoted to supporting the nuclear freeze and several other social justice causes.

Limited number of copies of Studio Days will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Don't miss it!  Lincoln Public Library, 3 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA.

May 31, 2017

natura morta

Reception, this Friday, June 2nd, at the Lincoln Arts Project, in Waltham, Massachusetts.  A two woman show featuring work by jeweler Kelly Conroy and AWA's Tanya Harsch.  Reception is 6-9pm, 289 Moody Street, don't miss it! 

May 29, 2017

Alumni news

Happy to share news of previous AWA members: AWA alumna Elli Crocker has work at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA.


And AWA alumnus Terry Rose has an upcoming exhibition at NAGA Gallery in Boston, MA,

2007 – 2016
JUNE 2 – JULY 14

6 – 8 PM

May 20, 2017

The Creative Process

Don't miss AWA's own Michael Wilson and Tanya Harsch at the New Art Center's annual student and faculty exhibition, The Creative Process.  Reception this afternoon, 1-4pm in Newton, MA, look for their work in the faculty gallery.  Exhibition runs through June 17th.

May 8, 2017

AWA's newest member

AWA welcomes its newest member, Lynda Schlosberg. An abstract painter, her work draws from quantum theories and philosophies. In her own words, she "aims to depict an imaginal realm where all natural and unnatural forces collapse into a vibrating energy that can materialize into one of an infinite number of potential realties." Her work has been published and shown throughout New England, and we are delighted to add her to our ranks.

Installation view of Lynda Schlosberg’s recent exhibit “The Conscious Web,” at Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA.

May 3, 2017

In Suspension

We're delighted to share The Gallery at Villageworks in Acton, Massachusetts, is hosting an exhibition of the recent work of AWA's own Janet Shapero.  The show runs May 5th through June 30th with a reception May 21st from 1-3pm.  Don't miss it!  

Hudson Valley Arts Association

We're delighted to share AWA's Tanya Harsch has work in the 84th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Hudson Valley Art Association, held at the Salmagundi Club, NYC, April 30th - May 5th.  Reception this Friday, May 5th, 5-8pm

April 12, 2017

Changing of the guard

We say goodbye to AWA members, Dina Shaposhnikova and Victor Rucinski, as they move on to bigger and better things—we wish them luck!  Luckily for us, we get to keep them as Waltham neighbors, and their studio has been taken by AWA’s newest member, Lynda Schlosberg, who already fits right in (more on her soon). I reached out to Dina and Victor to ask them to share some photos of their studio and time here—you’ll find them below—our fifteen studios, each unique, take on the character of the occupying artists, and yet also quickly become almost unrecognizable when they change hands. We will miss Dina’s collages gracing our hallways and Victor’s vintage sound systems that proved endless fascination. Thanks for being part of AWA, guys, and welcome to the ranks of AWA alumni.

January 28, 2017

New Work

We are excited to share images of new work from the studio of AWA's Janet Shapero:
 Bridging Horizons #2 

Floating on Blue Skies

Moving Beyond

January 18, 2017

Origin Story: A Group Exhibition

We're delighted to share that AWA's Marta Kaemmer's work can be seen in Origin Story: A Group Exhibition with Musa Collective.  Musa Collective is a collective art gallery in Boston found at 119 Braintree St. Studio 312, Boston, Massachusetts.

Annual Open Studios

Annual Open Studios
First weekend of November every year!