We are excited to announce that starting on July 13th, the Whistler House Museum of Art will be OPEN!  Our hours of operation will be Wednesday through Friday 11 am – 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you!

December 2021

 
Meet the Whistler House Museum of Art's December Artist of the Month:
 
Dave Drinon
 
 
 
Dave’s passion is painting “en plein air” throughout all of the beautiful seasons of the year. From the rocky coast of Maine, down through Gloucester, Cape Ann and Rocky Point, down to the Southshore and the Cape, Dave is prolific in his talent.
 
He was born in Maine, but grew up with an artistic family to inspire his creative energy. His mother was an avid watercolorist and his brother, Bob Drinon was one of the Old Port Painters of the '70s and '80s out of Portland, Maine. Although Dave had an interest and a talent in art, he decided to pursue a 32-year career in finance. In 2010 he made the decision to transition from an office and successful career as a financial advisor to a career painting as a full-time artist outdoors, much to the benefit of the art-loving public.
 
Dave studied studio painting at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester NH under the guidance of Patrick McCay, currently the Chair of the Visual Arts Department at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Dave paints in the inspirational tradition of the Boston and Cape Ann painters of the late 1800s and early 1900s. He has had the privilege of studying with prominent and well-known Cape Ann painters Stapleton Kearns and David Curtis, as well as Boston and Nantucket painter Thomas R Dunlay. 
 
Dave’s works are owned by individual collectors throughout the country as well as institutions such as Lowell City Hall, Enterprise Bank, Boston Partners Financial Group, Lahey Clinic, Lowell Community Health Center, MKtix company, Ripple on the Water Restaurant and Florida Craft Distributors, just to name a few. He has exhibited at the Boston Guild of Boston Artist, Bristol Art Museum, Massachusetts State House, Whistler House Museum of Art, Andover Historical Society, Bank Gloucester, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art among many others. 
 
Dave was selected and enjoyed the reputation of being an Artist-In-Residence at the Whistler House Museum of Art in 2015 and 2016, where he perfected his talent even further. His enthusiasm and support benefited the organization and the community tremendously.  He is a juried artist member of the Rockport Art Association and Museum; The Northshore Arts Association; and is an accepted member of the Copley Art Society in Boston. He is also an artist member of the Lowell Art Association and the Whistler House Museum of Art. Dave was selected as a featured artist for the 2020 and 2021 Cape Ann Plein Air Festival featuring forty artists from all over the country for the weeklong annual event. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the North Shore Arts Association and as a board member of the Arts Institute Group of Merrimack Valley. 
 
Dave now maintains a north light studio at the Western Ave Studios and is an important member of the arts community in New England.
 
Instagram: @d.drinon
 
The WHMA is excited to share with you a collection of Dave's works. If you are interested in purchasing any of these works of art, contact the Whistler House Museum of Art at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (978) 807-6699.
 
For more information regarding participation
in the "Artist of the Month Program", contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
Grey Day, Bass Rocks Gloucester
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"; 22" x 26" framed
$3,275
 
Mysterious Morning, Back Shore Gloucester
Oil on canvas
10" x 16"; 14" x 20" framed
$1,495
 
Fall is in the Air, Gibbet Hill Farm, Groton
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"; 22" x 26" framed
$3,275
 
Mt Lafayette and Cannon, from Sugar Hill, NH
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"; 22" x 26" framed
$3,275
 
Gateway to The Berkshires
Oil on canvas
14" x 18"; 20" x 24" framed
$2,775
 
Cox Reservation, Essex
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"; 26" x 36" framed
$4,250
 
Sea View Park, Dennisport, Cape Cod
Oil on canvas
11" x 14"; 15" x 18" framed
$1,450
 
Mt Washington, NH
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"; 26" x 32" framed
$4,250
 
Late October, Stowe Vermont
Oil on canvas
11" x 14"; 15" x 18" framed
$1,450
 
Gloucester from Stage Fort Park
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"; 22" x 26" framed
$3,275
 
The Paint Factory, Gloucester
Oil on canvas
14" x 18"; 20" x 24" framed
$2,775
 
Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket
Oil on canvas
11" x 14"; 22" x 26" framed
$2,975
 
Off Season, Cape Cod
Oil on canvas
14" x 18"; 22" x 26" framed
$2,975
 
Nocturne: The Commercial Bank and Trust Building
Oil on canvas
9" x 12"; 15" x 18" framed
$650
 
Nocturne: Lowell's Glow
Oil on canvas
9" x 12"; 13" x 16" framed
$650
 
Nocturne: Pawtucket Canal
Oil on canvas
6" x 8"; 10" x 12" framed
$325
 
Nocturne: The Whistler House
Oil on canvas
9" x 12"; 15" x 18" framed
$650

Nocturne: Simply Lowell
Oil on canvas
6" x 12"; 10" x 16" framed
$475

 

November 2021

 
Meet the Whistler House Museum of Art's November Artist of the Month:
 
Monique Sakellarios
 
 
 
At a very young age, Monique Sakellarios knew she wanted to be an artist. Born in Egypt, she took art classes for several years at the Leonardo Da Vinci School of Art in Cairo. Her teacher told her, "You paint like Monet". Since then, people have often told her the same thing. Monique is inspired by his subject matter and style, but does not paint like Monet. Like all impressionists, Monet painted on a white canvas. However, Monique primes her canvas with cadmium red. Painting on red changes all the colors that are applied over the red, but it gives her paintings a flow. Thus, the viewer gets the impression that the light is coming from "behind" the painting.
 
Monique first exhibited her work at the Whistler House Museum of Art as part of an "amateur show". At the time, her style was realistic and her focus centered around portraits. A few paintings later, she decided to switch to her true love: Impressionism. A few years ago, she added abstracts and semi-abstracts to her repertoire. She used to believe that artists painted abstracts because they could not paint, and was surprised to discover that painting abstracts are actually very difficult. With no memory, no reference, no image—it is all pure imagination!
 
Monique’s first solo exhibit as a professional artist was also at the Whistler House Museum of Art. She was very encouraged at that time to enter national competitions. Since then, she has competed nationally and has won countless national awards. As a result, she was invited to become a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, a national organization dedicated to the preservation of representational art. Becoming a signature member of Oil Painters of America gave her the permission to add the initials "OPA" after her signature. Later on, she was also invited to become a signature member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society.
 
Along with countless galleries and shows, Monique's work has been exhibited in the following museums throughout the U.S.: 
Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA
Water Mill Museum, Hamptons, NY
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
 
Monique has also been invited by the French Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs to exhibit her work in Andrezieux-Boutheon, France.
She was interviewed twice on Channel 9 Four News, Manchester, NH. Her television educational programs were featured on Chelmsford Community TV, Peabody Community TV, Lynnfield Community TV Channel 17, and Channel 8 Chelmsford, Lowell, and Billerica
 
The WHMA is excited to share with you a collection of Monique's work. If you are interested in purchasing any of these works of art, contact the Whistler House Museum of Art at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (978) 807-6699.
 
For more information regarding participation
in the "Artist of the Month Program", contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
A Summer Place
Oil on canvas
9" x 12"
$750
 
A Tuscan Summer
Oil on canvas
12" x 12"
$900
 
At the Pond
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"
$1,600
 
City Lights
Oil on aluminum
18" x 24"
$1,500
 
Enchanted Forest
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
$2,100
 
Exodus
Oil on copper
12" x 24"
$1,500
 
Fall in New England
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
$2,800
 
Field of Poppies
Oil – Gallery wrap
12" x 16"
$1,200
 
Forever Poppies
Oil on canvas
8" x 10"
$650
 
Genesis
Oil on copper
12" x 24"
$1,500
 
Gloucester in the Winter
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
$2,800
 
Her Garden
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"
$1,600
 
In Flight
Oil on copper
12" x 24"
$1,500
 
On The Farm
Oil on canvas
8" x 10"
$650
 
Poppies
Oil on canvas framed in black and gold
24" x 30"
$3,500
 
 
Prelude
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
$3,300

Roses by the Shore
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
$1,900
 
Summer Roses
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"
$1,600
 
Summertime
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
$1,900
 
Sundays at Yaya
Oil on canvas
8" x 10"
$650
 
Tender September
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
$2,600
 
The Beach in Plum Island
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
$2,800
 
The City
Oil on canvas
14" x 18"
$1,400
 
The Flower Market
Oil on canvas
8" x 10"
$650
 
Winter Colors
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"
$1,600
 
Winter Light
Oil on canvas
8" x 10"
$650
 
With a Friend in Poppy Fields
Oil on canvas
9" x 12"
$900

October 2021

Meet the Whistler House Museum of Art's October Artist of the Month:
 
Wendy James
 
 
 
Originating from her urban photographs, Wendy’s oil paintings depict mundane in-between moments with figures and scenes that are not typically regarded as beautiful. The compositions often incorporate contrasting colors, saturated hues, and unusual viewpoints. Wendy’s paintings encourage the viewer to rethink and enjoy our common, everyday spaces.
 
Wendy’s black and white photomontages depict surreal environments. The unrecognizable figures encourage the viewer to momentarily become the person in the photos as they enter a dream-like experience. She uses Photoshop to juxtapose unlikely combinations. Her intent is to fool the eye for a brief moment into believing the scene as plausible.
 
Earning a BA in Art Education, Wendy began her 37-year teaching career at Essex High School in Vermont where she taught photography and ceramics. After her children left the nest, Wendy started exhibiting her photography and ceramics in shows and galleries. Drawn to explore color, Wendy began oil painting at age 50. Experience with Photoshop made altering her photos quick and exciting while creating vibrant colors and simplified shapes. She began using her laptop’s altered photos as “sketches” alongside her easel while painting.
 
Upon retirement, Wendy and John Brickels, her sculptor husband, moved to Lowell to be closer to their grandsons in Groton. They presently reside at Western Avenue Lofts. They also share Studio 207 at Western Avenue. In addition to the Whistler House, Wendy is a member of Lowell’s Western Avenue’s Loading Dock Gallery and the Brush Gallery. Wendy also creates ceramic sculptures and pottery.
 
The WHMA is excited to share with you a collection of Wendy's work. If you are interested in purchasing any of these works of art, contact the Whistler House Museum of Art at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (978) 807-6699. 
 
 
 
Garage Lot
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
$900
 
Got Green
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
$900
 
High Line
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
$900
 
Mill Meadow
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
$900
 
Red and Yellow
Oil on canvas
24" x 36"
$1200
 
Alley Track
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
$900
 
Suit Window
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
$900
 
Three
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
$900
 
Tux Window
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
$900
 
Two Bag Morning
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
$900
 
Underpass
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
$900
 
Western Ave Train
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
$900
 
Western Rail
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
$900  
 
Wendy James' Photomontage Collection
 
High Notes
Digital photomontage
 
Out to Dry
Digital photomontage
 
Side Street
Digital photomontage
 
 
Duck Canal
Digital photomontage
 
Drawing in the Trees
Digital photomontage
 
 
Water Windows
Digital photomontage
 
Giant Steps
Digital photomontage
 
Contemplative
Digital photomontage