If a picture is worth a thousand words – Naturals Collective in Leominster holds many stories
LEOMINSTER — If a picture is worth a thousand words, local photographer Michael Grattaroti has a lot to say.
Vivid paintings and stellar photography, vintage collectibles and interesting curiosities, artwork including glassware set the mood at Naturals Collective, Grattaroti’s latest creation.
Through its new art gallery, Grattaroti spreads its creative wings. The gallery, which opened with a grand opening celebration on July 28 at 853 North Main St., showcases multiple mediums and a wide variety of eclectic and more traditional art, all presented in a bright, modern setting bathed in of natural light.
“As far back as I can remember, I’ve been interested in all kinds of art,” Grattaroti said. “The styles I’m in have always changed since art is always changing, but I’ve always been able to appreciate the artistry, the creative process and the context of the pieces that artists make and create. It there are many reasons why i love different arts, which could go on forever, but most of all i love the fact that something that’s basically made to be watched can speak to someone so special and can really be a form of everyday life therapy It’s like having a piece of art you love, spent a lot of money on, or just something that spoke to you so much you needed it in your home no questions asked .
The 32-year-old was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the city when he was 7 months old. He now lives in Sterling, and as a seasoned wanderer, Grattaroti said he “still loves the central Massachusetts area, even after traveling everywhere.”
He has been a photographer for 13 years and his own work is on display and available for purchase at the gallery. He has spent years collecting art from around the world and networking with artists. He is thrilled to now have a place where he can share his love of all things art with clients and visitors who can browse his collection if they move, purchase a piece of art. to take home.
“Every morning, every day, every time you walk into your space, you can look at the room, no matter what it is, and it can give you relief or help clear your thoughts just because of all the thought that this piece can influence on and more daily,” Grattaroti said of what art can do. “No matter what language you speak, almost any art can be enjoyed without a single word being spoken. “
He said opening the gallery in the city is about him “bringing the things I love back to my roots”. He’s worked with other art-related businesses and venues beyond the region over the years, but most of them require “a few hours minimum” travel.
“We wanted to bring different styles into one space to give people a chance to experience styles and mediums that they may have never experienced or seen in person before,” he said. “I wouldn’t bring something like this anywhere until I did it in my hometown.”
He said that since opening he has “seen familiar faces and new faces walk through our doors” and he invites everyone to stop by and admire his extensive collection.
“It’s a space where everyone can enjoy, be educated, and even network with the community and other artists and collectors. We hope people looking for something new will keep coming and coming back.
Grattaroti said while being his own boss “can have ups and downs for sure”, he relishes the experience.
“At the end of the day, I always suggest doing what feels right to you and what fits with where you’re trying to find yourself in your own life. However, as long as you truly have a passion for what you’re doing and that it all comes from your heart and your natural being, the people you reach out to will feel it, just be true to what you do.
He said the process of creating and running the gallery had its own set of challenges, but he met them head-on and is excited to share what he has gathered.
“Running a gallery is a big journey and it will take business skills, networking skills and patience,” he said. “We will work hard to always bring our subscribers and collectors the new, the interesting, the hard to find and the exclusives always.
Although he has lots of ideas to help grow the gallery, for now he is trying to raise awareness about his business and strives “to help people discover different arts and maybe to bring out the artist in others”.
“The first steps are to raise awareness and build our reputation locally and across the country,” he said of his short-term goals.
Grattaroti plans to host all types of events and exhibitions at the gallery, opportunities “that anyone can show up, participate in and enjoy, whether you live locally or travel far.”
Although he can’t say who his “favorite artist” is, he has been in the glass industry for nearly eight years. During this time, he “personally connected with many artists that, at first, I was just a fan and collector of.”
“Art is a great way to meet new people and even make investments for the future,” he said. “If your mind is open, art is everywhere.”
The budding entrepreneur said he appreciates everyone who supports his journey and is grateful for their interest.
“I’ve followed many people’s journeys over my years, it’s very humbling to have people following some of my ideas and my journeys now,” Grattaroti said. “It all comes down to you staying true to yourself and your own knowledge of what is best and what works best for you. Sometimes it can even be difficult for us to understand why we feel so strongly about certain things. But if you just take the risks, make the sacrifices, and do everything you do out of true passion, you will have people who will support and follow your movements.
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