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Photographer captures images of immigrants from all nations
Monday, December 5, 2016

By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — It didn’t take a divisive presidential election to get Mark Chester interested in immigrants. Chester has been celebrating immigrants for years, making it his mission to photograph two people from every nation. Chester is well on his way. Since 2011, he’s photographed people from 185 of the […]
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Worcester Center for Crafts: Sneak Peek Of New Youth Craft + Creativity Program!Thursday, September 29, 2016

By Eric StanwayCorrespondent WORCESTER — For a generation raised on electronic gadgets and television, the idea of pursuing crafts might seem novel, or quaint. The Worcester Center for Crafts aims to change all that, as they introduce their new, innovative Youth Craft + Creativity Program at a free event from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 24 at the […]
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Four ASMPNE Members Share Their Personal Projects and Passionate CommissionsThursday,September 29, 2016

We at ASMPNE have found throughout our careers that doing work we care about also supports our businesses.  Choosing these meaningful projects ultimately attracts clients you want to be working with. Although it is unpredictable how a personal project may lead to a job, in the end doing work that we are passionate about not […]
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Photographer Captures Bay State DiversityThursday, September 29, 2016

By MINDY TODD • AUG 3, 2016 A conversation with Mark Chester GO TO AUDIO Photographer Mark Chester‘s new book The Bay State, A Multicultural Landscape explores the rich diversity of Massachusetts through portraits of naturalized citizens. It features more than 300 people from many different nations. Follow this link for more information on a benefit concert for Mark Chester’s […]
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Bay State Entrepreneur Launches One-Woman Battle To Require Medicare To Cover Custom Breast Prosthetics

New Rising Sun, April 4, 2016 - Among the 157 million women living in the United States, one of eight - nearly 20 million - will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. A cancer diagnosis is a cause of despair, emotional stress and anxiety for anyone. For women, though, the trauma of facing breast cancer is compounded by the radical changes to both their body and their self-esteem. However, the federal Medicare program [...]

Concert will support creative arts in Newton schools

Boston Globe, By Ellen Ishkanian, Correspondent, March 29, 2016 - Support creative arts and science enrichment programming in the Newton public schools on Friday, April 8, at a concert featuring Crocodile River Music, a world music ensemble. Tickets for the adults-only concert at Newton South High School are $35, include light fare and an open bar, and will benefit the Parent Teacher Organization’s Creative Arts & Sciences program fund. The fund  […]

The Global Music Concert Series 4/8

Color Magazine, March 2016 - Crocodile River Music is bringing to Newton the music of Mali, Brazil, Spain and Trinidad plus the instruments and dances that celebrate these cultures. On Friday, April 8 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Newton South High School, located at 140 Brandeis Rd. in Newton, Crocodile River Music will perform as part of the Global Music Concert Series, which is conducted [...]

The Women’s Image Center Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Feel Beautiful

Boston Magazine, November 18, 2015, By Jamie Ducharme - You will not find a single hospital bed or wheelchair in Mary Aframe’s healthcare boutique. Instead, the Women’s Image Center is a shop dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors feel beautiful—and like themselves—again. The […]

Massachusett’s naturalized citizens hail from around the world

Cape Cod Times, By Gwenn Friss - Long before immigration policy became a touchstone in presidential debates, Woods Hole-based photographer Mark Chester was interested in the people and cultures that make up Massachusetts. The son of a Russian immigrant and a world traveler himself, Chester has volunteered for several years to document special events at […]

Mark Chester and Olga Kwasniewski on ‘The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape’

The Business Beat on 90.5 WICN, April 19 and July 26, 2015 In an encore of The Business Beat, Mark Chester and Olga Kwasniewski of The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape talk about the business and cultural impact of New […]

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape

Color Magazine, September 2015 - Malden High School proudly presents “The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape – Photographs of New Americans.” This exhibit of inspirational portraits, by nationally known photographer Mark Chester, offer a moving display of more than 300 newly naturalized U.S. citizens, all of whom are residents of the Commonwealth. Malden High is located […]

Photo exhibit highlights the Bay State’s multicultural landscape

Wicked Local Falmouth, and Falmouth Bulletin, September 7, 2015, By Rachael Devaney - Mark Chester’s photography exhibit, “The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape,” shows Massachusetts residents that it’s a small world, after all. In the last four years, Chester has taken 300 portraits of naturalized U.S. citizens of the Commonwealth — who represent 178 countries […]

Malden High School presents portraits exhibit by Mark Chester

Wicked Local Malden, and Malden Observer, September 25, 2015 - Malden High School will host an exhibit of portraits by Mark Chester titled “The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape – Photographs of New Americans,” which displays more than 300 newly naturalized U.S. citizens, all of whom are residents of the Commonwealth. General viewing is available […]

Photographer Mark Chester offers moving display of 300 newly-naturalized U.S. citizens

Malden Advocate, September 30, 2015 - Malden High School proudly presents “The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape – Photographs of New Americans.”This exhibit of inspirational portraits by nationally known photographer Mark Chester offers a moving display of more than 300 newly-naturalized U.S. citizens, all of whom are residents of the Commonwealth. “Mark Chester’s book captures the […]

Photographer ties the world together in Massachusetts

Telegram & Gazette, July 25, 2015 By Richard Duckett - If every picture tells a story, veteran photographer Mark Chester can tell some interesting stories about the photos making up his latest project, "The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans." […]

Crocodile River Music Sets Off Fireworks

New Haven Independent, By Lucy Gellman - “Can anyone tell me what this is called?” asked Issa Coulibaly, hoisting his hollow and hefty drum high enough for the audience to see it. He turned it slowly at his waist, taut ropes shifting at its sides. A small but steady voice rose from the middle of the […]

Worcester groups pitch transportation solutions, look for backers

Worcester Business Journal, By Sam Bonacci - Michelle Sheppard, a creator of Secret City Interactive, explains the application that allows smartphones to act as a virtual guide to Worcester by displaying historical and event information. Seven groups pitched transportation solutions to Worcester investors and collaborators Thursday night in the culmination of […]

Incubator teams to unveil transportation solutions for Worcester

Worcester Magazine, By Joshua Lyford - Joyce Kressler, director of the Worcester Incubator for Innovation, addresses the crowd at Union Station. The Art of Science Learning’s Worcester Incubator for Innovation has unveiled the urban transportation plans of its seven member teams Union Station. The city was selected alongside Chicago and San Diego as host incubators through a […]

Crocodile River Music Family Show & African Drumming Workshop

Natick Patch - Crocodile River Music Family Show & African Drumming Workshop at TCAN This Sunday! Performance: 2pm; Workshop: 4pm. Details Sunday, September 21, 2014 – Clinton-based African music organization, Crocodile River Music, will be presenting an African drumming concert and workshop at The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN). This event will feature African […]

African music at Weston school

MetroWest Daily News - You could hear the drumming as soon as you walked into Country School on a recent Friday morning. The classroom of visual arts teacher Colleen Lucas had been miraculously transformed into a dance and music studio, and her second-grade students were moving to the beat! Lucas and her colleague at […]

Crocodile River Music to move to Worcester

Telegram & Gazette, By Kärin Radock - Crocodile River Music, which partnered with the Gallery of African Art in 2012, will be relocating to Worcester to work more closely with African Community Education, which provides educational support to refugees and immigrants.”Last year we did about $10,000 worth of work with them […]

In Natick, musician shares passion for African drumming

Boston Globe, September 18, 2014, By Nancy Shohet West - Zach is quoted: “African drum music is not meant for people to sit back in their chairs and observe,” he said. “It’s not concert music; it’s participatory music for a ritual or […]

Crocodile River Music in Sunday Telegram feature on First Night Worcester

Crocodile River Music’s photo appeared above the fold on the cover page of the Sunday Living section, in the print edition of the Sunday Telegram, in Richard Duckett’s feature article on First Night Worcester. The article itself contains several mentions of Crocodile River Music plus quotes by Zach. Here’s the link to the web version of the […]

Arvanigian of Halloween Outlet quoted in Forbes

FORBES — by Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle, contributor, Oct. 21, 2014 Halloween has become one of the fastest-growing consumer holidays, making it big business for retailers with an estimated two-thirds of Americans gearing up to celebrate the scariest holiday of the year. The National Retail Federation recently shared their annual Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, […]

Halloween Outlet mentioned in article

TODAY.COM — by Ben Popken, Oct. 10, 2014 It’s a little creepy just how much Halloween is for grown-ups now. Kids still go trick or treating. But adults have increasingly taken over at the costume shop. Spending on costumes for adults will top $1.38 billion this year, compared to $1.06 billion for kids, according to a National […]

Jeff Holmes Band kicks off Jazz at Sunset

SHREWSBURY — The Jeff Holmes Big Band kicks of this year’s Jazz at Sunset Series at SAC Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 20. The concert features vocalist Dawning Holmes performing tunes made popular by female singing legends Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Dinah Washington, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday and Koko Taylor, as well as […]

Jazz at Sunset returns with a stellar line up

By Richard Duckett TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF It’s a new dawn for Jazz at Sunset.The long-running summer outdoor series that had a name change and then was on “hiatus” for a year will return June 20 for six concerts beginning at 6:30 p.m. on consecutive Fridays at SAC Park in Shrewsbury. The Jeff Holmes […]

Crocodile River Music at TCAN in Natick

Client Crocodile River Music brings the best in music of the African Diaspora to TCAN in Natick. Zachariah Combs likes to perform for an audience, especially one made up of children or teens. But he doesn’t like the kind that sits silently at attention, listening to his music and holding their applause until the end […]

Photographs of client Mark Chester

Enjoying the photographs of client Mark Chester in Trafika Europe.[…]