The Dedham Square Artist Guild teamed up with the Dedham Parish Players for the February/March Artist Challenge. Together they chose “Neverland” as the theme. The Opening Reception is Thursday, February 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
For my entry, I decided to repurpose one of my wheel thrown stoneware plates that had been glazed in a clear gloss with a foamy rim. It was a blank canvas to experiment with.
“Neverland…Fly to Neverland with Peter Pan and see what we find…fairies and mermaids, pirates and crocodiles, and children who live forever. We’re paying tribute to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan from Neverland. Of course, Neverland could mean something completely different for you…show us!”
Opening Reception: Thursday February 26, 6pm to 8pm
Exhibition Dates: February to March 31, 2015
This exhibit is being produced in conjunction with the Parish Players newest production of “Neverland”. Their performances will take place in late March. Visit the Parish Players for more information on how to purchase tickets.
This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts.
The show is exhibited in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre located at 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. The theatre is a community hot spot. It shows new releases every day of the week, including one’s that recently won oscars!, in a movie hall in the center of Dedham Square.
For my entry, I used the image of a star to represent Tinkerbell’s magical fairy dust. I created a hand-cut stencil and gold enamel paint to embellish the surface of one of my wheel thrown stoneware plates.
I designed the plate as a functional piece. The stars scatter across the plate rim outside and around where food will be. They float like Tinkerbell’s pixie dust to create a magical moment.
I imagine the plate to be used by a young child who believes in the magic of Tinkerbell and dreams of Peter Pan and his adventurous life. It is the parent or caregiver who is rewarded with the underside of the plate…
When I was a child, our family had a wonderful set of Peter Rabbit bowls that we used for breakfast cereal. I loved imagining Peter Rabbit creeping into Mr McGregor’s garden or Peter playing with this sisters, Mopsy and Flopsy. I always ate all my cereal to see the hand-painted scenes at the bottom of the bowl. For my Neverland plate, the reward is a finished meal and the opportunity to turn the plate over.
Fairy tales are for children or those young at heart. They delight us and take us to an imaginary place. As I worked on this challenge, I was reminded that being playful and dreaming is something that adds value to life. As adults, we can learn a lot from the children in our lives.
In my imagination, when I flew to Neverland with Peter Pan and Wendy, I enjoyed watching the children learning to fly, the magical fairy dust that took them on their adventure. It was the thrill of something new and unimaginable that one can only dream about.
I imagine my “Neverland” plate to be hung on a wall. On special occasions, perhaps when it is snowy outside and there is a warm fire, the plate is taken down and placed in front of a young child to eat a comforting meal with a caregiver who will tell them a story. The story will be of adventures in distant lands. When that child goes off to bed, the caregiver will wash the magical plate and return it to the wall to hang, a constant reminder to enjoy the magic around us.