Still Life / Life Still

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A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre by the Dedham Square Artist Guild opens tonight in Dedham Square.  The exhibit features work by Guild members, local artists, teachers and students who responded to the artist challenge: Still Life / Life Still.  Tonight’s opening reception (THURSDAY, MAY 5th 6-8 PM) will include  refreshments; artists will be on hand to meet and discuss their work.

Still Life / Life Still
Explore still life in a traditional approach by studying objects arranged in a balanced composition; or, where objects are caught in their natural surroundings and documented. Show us how you see still life / life still.

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Still Life of Peppers. Handmade objects to be arranged in a pleasing composition. My peppers began as pinch pots with coils.

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Adding color with bright low fire glazes.

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clear glaze for an extra shiny surface.

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fresh out of the kiln and looking good enough to eat!

This exhibition will be up through the end of June. All artwork is for sale through the Dedham Square Artist Guild, including my one of a kind set of hand sculpted peppers.

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This painting by Guild member Matt Miller is also in the show.  Perhaps I was influenced? This happens when you surround yourself with beautiful art by talented friends 🙂

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Oliver! opens tonight

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A special exhibition hosted by the Dedham Square Artist Guild

at the Dedham Community Theatre
Opening Reception: March 3, 6pm to 8pm
Join us for the Art Opening for Oliver!

Exhibition Dates: March 3, 2016 to April 30, 2016

The challenge: “What does grit look like … courage, bravery, strength of character? We’re paying tribute to Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in conjunction with the Parish Players production of OLIVER! Dickens sets the innocence of childhood against the squalor and corruption of the city. He showed us what grit meant to him in his novel. We challenge you to define grit in your art… in a portrait of a hard scrabble city dweller? In the stark landscape of urban industrialism? Show us!”

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This show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

This show is being produced in conjunction with the Parish Players’ newest production, Oliver!Visit http://www.facebook.com/TheParishPlayers for more information about their production

I responded to this challenge with the “Oliver Twist” bowl featured above. Other artists responded in a variety of mediums… here are some of my favorites:

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The next challenge is “Still Life/Life Still”. Click here for more details on how you can participate.

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small works

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small works, a dedham square artist guild “artist challenge” exhibition features member work and five talented local high school students’ work. The show opens Thursday, January 7th with a reception from 6-8pm at the Dedham Community Theatre located at 580 High Street in Dedham, MA.

The show will be up until the end of February. All work may be purchased through the Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery located across the street from the theatre at 553 High Street.

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My Purple Prelude series is limited to these two pieces: a square dish and small oblong tray.  A tiny crossover bowl completes the set.  Pieces are sold separately.

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Participating Artists:
(Dedham Guild Members) —
Cindy Mootz, Sue Hoy, Dennis Stein,
Kerry Hawkins, Sandrine Colson-Inam, Mark Dooley,
Marietta Apollonio, Jill Barry, Matt Miller, Fred Smith,
Wendy Birchmire, Alice Donaldson, Lisa WB Walker

(Dedham High School Students) —
Jade Sao, Khanyja Tolbert, Chloe Adams, Lydia Baker, Michael Diaz

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Artist challenges are open to new england artists in all media. The next Challenge is Oliver!

Local Inspirations – a Dedham Square Artist Guild exhibit

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 Stop in to see the newly installed Local Inspirations show in the Dedham Square Artist Guild’s extended gallery space in the lower level of the Dedham Community Theater.  The show will be up through the end of October.  More information here.

Gardens ~ opening reception July 9

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The Dedham Square Artist Guild challenged artists to respond to the theme “Gardens” for a summer art exhibition. This juried show is an opportunity to showcase New England artists in all media.

“Monet’s “The Garden at Giverny”, Audubon’s botanical prints, Van Gogh’s “Irises”, all represent the artist view of Gardens using brush, color and line to create their images. A garden can be a spiritual place where the connection with Mother Earth is important. Show us how gardens inspire your work.”

Please join the artists, their friends and families in the lower level of the Dedham Community Theatre, 580 High Street, Dedham, MA for the opening reception of Gardens, A Dedham Square Artist Challenge Exhibition on Thursday, July 9th from 6-8pm.

Participating Artists Include: Lisa WB Walker, Kerry Hawkins, Fred Smith, Mark Dooley, Cindy Mootz, Mona Podgurski, Jeanne Leeber, Janice Williams, Wendy Birchmire, Ralph Mercer, Patricia Voyajopoulos, Susan Parrelli, Kevin Becker, Joanne Cornell, Dennis Stein, Selma Safren, and Alice Donaldson.

Here is a sneak peek of the show ~Encaustic Landscape by Mark Dooley

Low fire Ceramic Vase by Lisa WB Walker

Low fire Ceramic Vase by Lisa WB Walker

Watercolor by Fred Smith

Watercolor by Fred Smith

Painting by Mona Podgurski

Painting by Mona Podgurski

“Casting Shadows”: a dedham square artist guild challenge and art exhibit

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“Cast a light onto an object and a shadow is born. They are revealed in the physical world as well as the spiritual one. What is lurking in those shadows is made known through the imagination.”

This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. This show is in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre at 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com Opening Reception: Thursday May 7, 6pm to 8pm Exhibition Dates: May 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015.

I responded to this theme in ceramics and here are the pieces that are included in this exhibit amongst photography, paintings and fiber works of art.

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A 2 part luminary with leaf motif casts shadows when a candle is lit.

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A repeating image of a flower and it’s cast shadow cover half of this two tone black and white vase.

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Inspired by the work of Gustavo Perez, this sculpture began on the wheel as a thrown cylinder and was then altered, rolled, pushed, pulled and cut to create spaces for shadows to be cast.  The interior has been painted with a black glossy glaze to further separate the spaces of interior and exterior.

All work is for sale through the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery.

Neverland

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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.

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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.

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“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 

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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.

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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.

IMG_3198For 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… IMG_3199

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.

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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.

Peter Reynolds, Cheryl Doucette, Kerry Hawkins, Fred Smith, Alice Donaldson, Cindy Mootz, and more have artwork in this show.  Please stop in and see what we have imagined in art!

“Reflection” opens tonight

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Artist Challenge: REFLECTION … “As the seasons change, so does reflection. We see reflection in light or hear it in sound. When the year comes to a close, do you reflect on what was, what will be? How can a reflection be cool or warm? How will you define it in your medium?”IMG_1972

IMG_1988This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. I chose to submit two RAKU vases.  With my “prelude” brushwork on the exterior surface and coppery reflective glaze on the interior, it  defined “Reflection” in my medium: clay.

Raku is a low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials, such as sawdust and shredded paper.

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See my vases and the work of other artists as they respond to “Reflection” in their mediums.

Participating Artists Include:
Lisa W B Walker, Cindy Mootz, Lonnie Landrey, Gretje Ferguson, Fred Smith, Rali Weaver, Dennis Stein, Kerry Hawkins, Alice Donaldson, Wendy Birchmire, Danielle Leveille, Sharon Pierce, Nancy Walton, Anna Gemelli, and Gillian Jackson

IMG_1978IMG_1987Raku is always one of a kind. It is a ceramic sculpture that has captured a moment in time where artist, fire and process become one. Enjoy the luminosity of the copper reds that come to life in the reduction process, and the exterior brushwork and crackle that reflect nature in a season of change.

“Reflection”, a Dedham Square Artist Guild Artist Challenge, opens tonight, Thursday, December 4th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  This show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre. 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2014 to January 30th, 2015

 

WORD, a Dedham Square Artist Guild Artist Challenge

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The Challenge:

“A picture is worth a thousand words”Is it? Show us! We are challenging all artists working in any medium to create new work with the theme “Word.” Will you translate common expressions such as “there are no words”… “I give you my word”…”word up”? Will you incorporate words into your work? Will you explore a world without words at all? We can’t wait to find out!

This Challenge is open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. This magnificent show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

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I decided to create a tile for this challenge. The piece has an indent on the back side for easy hanging. It can also be used as a trivet, or grouted and incorporated into a tile wall.

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My piece is entitled “Pause”. Letters are pressed into the surface of the clay… pause… reflect. welcome… change. The words are symbolic for both seasonal change and life change.

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Working out the composition and laying the under color.

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Laying down the second color grouping of paint

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Carving images of the sun or moon “reflecting” onto the water. Carving images of “changing” leaves to reference seasonal change. Enjoying the colors coming through and adding more paint for contrast.

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The image is glazed with a clear and the words are unglazed. The tile is ready to be fired in the kiln.

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Finished tile

October — November 2014 Challenge: WORD.  A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre
Opening Reception: Thursday October 2nd, 6pm to 8pm.  Exhibition Dates: October 2 to November 30

This piece may be purchased through the Dedham Square Artist Guild at www.dedhamguild.com

“FUN” ~ A Dedham Square Artist Guild Exhibit

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“FUN” ~ A Dedham Square Artist Guild Exhibit opens tonight, Thursday, May 29th with a reception at the Dedham Community Theater from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

The Dedham Square Artist Guild provides the artist challenge for the exhibition.  This one went like this:

“Fun”… Welcome to the funhouse… this challenge is about all things that make us happy, laugh, feel exhilarated, fill us with joy! So… what do you do for fun? Tell us! Better yet, SHOW us! Use any medium to tell us about what fun means to you or those you observe… come on, have some fun with this challenge!!

fun This challenge inspired me to create a set of mugs. The surface decoration is where I explored the theme and gave these two some FUN.

 

 

 

fun mugsTo create a vessel for my theme, I threw two mugs that were similar in size, but had subtle differences to make each one unique. Special attention was given to the “foot” to elevate and well define it.  Taking time to think through each part of a piece is what sets it apart….  these mugs were entering in an exhibit and needed to look their best!

funThe handle is the first place the mug meets it’s user and should be inviting, functional and smooth.  The second place the mug meets the user is at the rim.

IMG_0457The surface decoration above is an image of unfired glaze before it is put into it’s final firing in the electric kiln.  Dots for me symbolize FUN and I have used them in my work before when emphasizing “play”.  I experimented with stripes and dots for this set to create a different space on the surface.  I used wax resist, pouring, dipping and layering when I decorated these mugs.

IMG_0599You can’t have FUN alone, you need a friend! That is why I chose a set of two mugs for this challenge.

This challenge was open to all artists working in any medium. Come see the show tonight! It opens with a reception from 6-8pm in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theater.  The exhibit runs through July 28th, 2014.  All Artwork is For Sale.