Worc Art Museum

WOOSTAH is my hometown. I got to grow up in a huge Italian family, seven siblings and 26 first cousins, most of whom lived in the same area. My dad, Robert VanLiew, taught instrumental music at Forest Grove Jr. High – and my mom, Fran (Vicalvi) VanLiew, was the librarian at Worc. Vocational Tech School. My mom and dad hosted most of the family gatherings because we lived in a three story home on Westland Street (where Park Avenue crosses Highland Street). The tree lined street provided an idyllic neighborhood to roller skate and dream in.

Worcester Art Museum

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I was lucky to attend the then brand new Doherty High School. I could easily walk there because it was right up on Highland Street. I went on to attend the School of the Worcester Art Museum (sad to say it is closed now). After Art School, I worked five years for an ad agency – before going out on my own. I had a spectacular office on Park Avenue – how cool is that. I moved to Grove street when I bought Chamberlain’s Framing and opened the Living Artists Gallery inside it.

LisaSell 004_4 Then boom – I fell in love with Dr. Alan Brewster – and I moved into his 150 year old Greek Revival mansion on South Street in Grafton. I became semi-retired to raise our three spectacular girls. I spent 22 wonderful years going back and forth between Grafton and Worcester when I bought Norback’s Framing on Park Avenue and re-opened my Living Artists Gallery. I also started selling artwork online at www.Living-Artists.com. I have been selling ART online ever since

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In 2002 I moved with my three girls to Orlando. I had lost my fabulous husband and needed a BIG change. I chose Orlando because it has families, amusement parks and year round fun weather. All three of my girls earned free college tuition because of a program called “bright futures” here in Florida. They did so well in public school because they had attended Assumption (in Millbury) and St. Peter-Marion private schools before we moved. Proud mamma mio, I have a Video Specialist, an Elementary School Teacher and an Emergency Nurse (and going back to Medical School-yay). My girls and I visit Worcester regularly because flying JetBlue is so very convenient.

I just finished attending Valencia College for three years where I earned my A.S in Paralegal studies. A painting course I took along the way reminded me how much I love to be creative – as well as sell other artist’s creations. Rather than feel threatened by computers, I embrace the new technologies. I represent several artists and make Giclee reprints of their paintings as well as selling their original art.

Art Festival  Baldwin Park Art Fest

I have found a large art community here in Orlando. Florida has more outdoor art festivals than any other state. I have done my share of tent selling – but I do not love the long hours. With the economy recovering – people seem willing to again purchase their favorite art online, to embellish their homes and offices. Fine art always adds to life!!

In the future I will be featuring several of my Worcester Scene prints – and their backstory. I live in Florida now but I will always be a Woostah girl.




Living Artists