Visiting A Friend in Sitka, no, Shirley.

My friend Tamar was so gracious in letting me display some of my photos at her beautiful Gallery Stika in central MA. How sad we all were when she had to make the not-so-easy but practical decision to close down last December.

Saying goodbye to Gallery Sikta in Fitchburg.

Good news is Tamar still has her original studio and gallery location, Sikta Creations, in Shirley, MA.

At Sitka Creations you can find a variety of services including web and graphic design, help with social media, as well as photography. The staff gladly sets up meetings from Martha’s Vineyard to New York City, and in between.

Sitka Creations supports local artists. In their gallery space, handmade jewelry dangles next to handmade stationery, photographs, and more. Various paintings adorn the walls in this renovated mill space.

The pièce de résistance, though, has to be the letterpress. This vintage beauty handed down to Tamar by her family is a sight to behold, and gets your creative juices flowing. You wonder what Tamar will print next?

If you need any help creating or revamping your website, need a hand managing social media, or finally decide to showcase your artistic skills, give Tamar and her staff at Sikta Creations a call! They would love to hear from you.

  • Sitka Creations & Gallery – 2 Shaker Road, Suite D101 Shirley, MA 01464
  • Direct to Studio & Gallery: 978 425 6290 Call for appointments and to confirm they are in.
  • Email:

The Natural World Goes West

Some of my photos are up at my dear friend Tamar’s gallery in Fitchburg, MA.


Spider Crab and Grey’s Beach photos at Gallery Sitka


Head over to Gallery Sitka West to check out selected works of The Natural World on Washi, as well as a bunch of amazing art by local artists at her inspiring gallery space.

Gallery Sitka West

454 Main Street

Fitchburg, MA 01420

My friend and I visited when I dropped off the photos; we had fun peering at the wonderful paintings, and getting to know Meagan, who not only works there but has some of her art on display.

Works by Meagan St Laurent


Wonderful paintings command your attention as soon as you walk in:

Artist Unknown please contact Gallery Sitka for artist and more information

By Zen Saito


Paper Connection International, who supplied the Japanese paper, or washi, for my show, also has some other decorative sheets of handmade paper for sale. These hail from Japan, and include hand painted kozo, as well as katazome, or resist dyed sheets. Cute stationery from Japan is available too.

Gorgeous handmade papers from Paper Connection International

Tamar, the owner of Gallery Sitka, works very hard supporting the arts in the area. She’s in a great location, right near the Fitchburg Art Museum. She also runs a studio in Shirley, MA, where she guides clients with web design, social media, and other digital marketing.

Visit Gallery Sitka for some refreshing and inspiring experiences, meet some nice people, and support the arts in central MA.

And thanks, Tamar!

An Ordinary Day in Medford in May

While checking out the herring run, (you can read more about the details here), we saw these beautiful birds and other creatures. It’s amazing how you can catch quiet moments and simple, inspiring moments in nature, with these birds, fish, and reptiles carrying on their migrations, feedings, and natural life cycles, not too far from a bustling city like Boston. I’m new to capturing flying and swimming friends. It’s quite challenging. I took a few liberties with some blurred moments, trying to create an abstract feel. Maybe I’m not up for the wildlife challenge-yet! I will be posting some more soon on my revamped Instagram, @loweaperture. More news about that soon.

yawning turtle


bald eagle

warbling vireo

warbling vireo in flight


lily pads

turtles sunbathing


line of comorants

comorant in flight


fighting for fish

shimmers on the water

simple beauty