Our Teaching Staff

Colleen Sgroi
Owner, teacher, artist

Colleen's paintings, puzzles, calendars, books and prints are sold all over the world. In 1988 she began painting again and did her first art show in Miami, FL where she placed 2nd in oils. An art publisher in NYC discovered her, printed and distributed her folk art internationally. Colleen's paintings have been used in films made by Disney, Lions Gate Films and Fox Entertainment's Gracepoint mini series coming out this year in 2014. She won a 2019 Best Illustrator Bronze Medal Moonbeam Award for her Mindful Moon book with auther Ann Biese.

 Her art is in the homes of the rich and famous such as, Matt LaBlanc from Friends, Senator Scott Brown, News Woman Susan Wornick, Congressman Marty Meehan and Author Steven Pressfield.


The opening of Colleen Sgroi Gallery & Art Classes began in 2002. Teaching art is one of her passions. Colleen loves to inspire others to live into their own potential and tells her students "You are the boss of your own painting."


Another passion for Colleen is community. She volunteers her time and art to many causes. She is on the board of the Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Board of the Billerica Alliance and past boardmember of the Brush Gallery in Lowell. In 2012 she was voted "Woman of the Year" by the Billerica Boy's and Girl's Club and was nominated Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 with Enterprise Bank. She has been awarded "The Heart of Billerica Award" and is in the Shawsheen Tech. Hall of Fame.

Mary Rose O'Connell
Teacher, artist

Mary Rose O’Connell, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, is a classically trained artist working in various genres. She is primarily an oil painter with concentrations in landscape, portrait, pet and horse portraits and still life painting. Her paintings and commission works are done in both oil and acrylic with a wide variety of options from gallery wrap to gilded framing. The paintings are often done from life and may also be done from high quality photographs when desired. In pursuit of her artistic training Mary Rose had many years of formal training in the Boston School tradition . Mary Rose’s work shows the benefit of a strong grounding in draftsmanship and design. This style of painting is done in natural light and is influenced by the beautiful colors of the Impressionists. Mary Rose maintains a studio in the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Laura Araujo
Teacher, artist

Laura is a former owner of the Massachusees Abrakadoodle, the international franchise specializing in teaching art to children ages 1 - 12 years old. After 5 years with Abrakadoodle, she started her own company KreARTive Kids to continue inspiring creativity and innovation in children. She has chaired the children's section of the Westford Regional Art Event (WRAE) for the past 10 years as a volunteer at Parish Center for the Arts in Westford. She has worked with several elementary teachers to bring more art into the classroom.


© 2014 Colleen Sgroi Folk Art