Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Article in Community Advocate

Southborough family thrives on challenges and joys of being deaf

By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer
Southborough – 

"Mary Silvestri Simmons leads a busy life in Southborough as a wife, mother, artist, member of the Southborough Cultural Arts Council (SCAC), and owner -along with her husband Justin – of a new business, Expressions Art Bar.  
Although both she and her husband are deaf, it has not prevented them from doing what they love and being a force in the community."
“A deaf person does not have a lot of job opportunities,” she said. “One of the easiest solutions is to be your own boss, to create an environment in which I can ensure that I have communication.”

Expressions Art Bar

Thursday, August 20, 2015


It has been a busy year!  We welcomed our second son, who will be turning 1 years old in just a month!  I also graduated from Plymouth State with a degree in Educational Leadership (Concentration: Arts, Leadership and Learning).  While on maternity leave I received an award as the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) Special Needs Teacher of the Year.  In the meantime I was running a part time side business doing Mobile Paint-n-Sip Parties as ARTY PARTY BY MARY.  At the end of the school year, I attended a wonderful De'VIA curriculum workshop at CSD-Fremont.  It was such an inspiring time to share with like-minded peers.  I truly wish I had this group 12 years ago!

Just a couple of weeks ago we went on our 5 year anniversary vacation trip | Paint-n-Sip Business Boot Camp in Maui, Hawaii.  It was a wonderful experience as we made great new friends, traveled beautiful sights and brainstormed ideas for our new business venture.

I am proud to say that we will be opening EXPRESSIONS ART BAR in Southborough, MA by the end of 2015.  As soon as I returned from Hawaii, I turned in my letter of resignation and will no longer be a school art teacher.  It has been a wonderful journey with this special community and great kids.  I am looking forward to our new chapter, becoming a Deaf business owner, spending more time with my beautiful boys, and bringing creative fun to Southborough, Massachusetts.

You can find us at www.expressionsartbar.com and keep updated with our progress.  Follow us and like us on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more!

JUSTIN and MARY (proud owners)
We are looking forward to bringing creative fun to Southborough!