Artisans at the Whitin Mill

Artist Palette Studio

Artist Palette, owned by artist Pam Murphy, is located at 70 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, in the Alternatives Whitin Mill complex. It opened its doors in October 2008. Its mission is to bring art awareness to the local community.

Artist Palette offers fine art classes for people of all abilities ages two through adult. Private and home-school classes, therapeutic art classes and birthday parties are among the many opportunities offered through Artist Palette.

Pam has worked with Alternatives for a number of years collaborating with the organization on several events, from pumpkin carves to craft fairs. More importantly, Pam has taught inclusive classes for years, working with many of the individuals served by Alternatives. She has also had a number of exhibitions in the Alternatives’ Uxbridge Community Gallery.

To learn more about Artist Palette and Pam’s background, please visit her website.

Bella Luce Art Cafe

The Bella Luce Art Cafe is located in the historic 1826 Red Brick Mill Building at the Alternatives Whitin Mill Complex in Whitinsville, MA.

Bella Luce Art Cafe is proud to be included in the same Mill complex with The Lexi Singh Performance Center, The Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery, and The Artist Palette Studio. It currently houses the following artists:

Cristi Winona Collari

Cristi Winona Collari received her B.A. in Studio Art from Wellesley College in 2002. Upon graduation, she managed the Applied Arts Program for the Wellesley College Art Department where she hired and assisted visiting artists with class instruction and Jewett Art Gallery Exhibits and Collaborative Projects.

She has exhibited her photographs and multi-media installation work at the Jewett Art Gallery, the Davis Museum’s Collin’s Cafe Gallery, and The Pendleton-West Studio Gallery at Wellesley College; The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University; and numerous site galleries in and around Wellesley Massachusetts. She has also participated and collaborated with other fine artists in various art exhibits and installations in the area.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Kats Glass Studio

Kats Glass Studio is owned and operated by glass artist Kathy Olson, who specializes in Stained Glass Panels, Kiln Formed Glass Jewelry, and other functional glass art. Kathy offers classes and workshops for teens and adults in Basic Stained Glass (Copper Foil Technique) and fused glass. Her beautiful work can be purchased in her studio. For more information, contact: [email protected].

Andy Volpe

Andy Volpe is an artist currently living in the Grafton area. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from Westfield State University, where he gained a deep appreciation for Art History and the Old Masters. He continues to research and work in traditional drawing and printmaking techniques. Andy is a Living Historian / Re-enactor, member of several groups ranging from the Ancient Romans, Medieval-Renaissance, Colonial America and American Civil War. He presents to libraries, schools, colleges and museums throughout New England as a Roman Legionary soldier and Medieval-Renaissance Artist. For more information, please contact:

Liz Mirabelli Nye

Liz Mirabelli Nye is a metalsmith and lover of all things silver and stone. She began making jewelry after college when classes at the Worcester Center for Crafts revealed her obsession. Her jewelry can be viewed and purchased at the Bella Luce Art Cafe studio. Her current work is mainly on commission.

Al Weems

Al has been a full-time professional photographer for well over 30 years. His area of expertise has been in the commercial, advertising and public relations fields, specializing in on-location photography.

He know brings his Fine Art photography to the forefront with usage of the beautiful space at the Whitin Mill that he shares with a group of wonderful artisans. Framed and non-framed images are available for purchase as well as assignments on commission. To learn more about Al’s background and other available images please visit his website


For more information regarding the Bella Luce Art Cafe or if you are a regional artist interested in renting studio space, please contact Cristi at: [email protected].