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.

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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.

“Identity”… A DSAG Artist Challenge opens Thursday, July 31st

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Opening Reception:
 Thursday, July 31, 2014 
6pm to 8pm

Gallery Location: 

580 High Street, Dedham, MA

Dedham Community Theatre

 

The Dedham Square Artist Guild issued an artist challenge to the community.  This exhibit is how 11 juried artists* met the challenge. Come to the reception to meet the artists and ask them about their work.  All of the art in the show is for sale.

The Challenge: “Identity” Who are you? Who are we? Who was that masked man? Let’s explore identity in all its forms, perceptions and definitions. Consider who you are, what you stand for, your roots. Discover how another person or group identifies himself/herself/themselves…through their culture, interests, history.

*The 11 Artists:  
Marietta Apollonio, Kevin Becker, 
Anna Gemelli, Kerry Hawkins, 
Alicia Heaney, Stephanie Marcus,
Cindy Mootz, Isabel Shamitz, 
Fred Smith, Vanessa Tedesco, 
Lisa W. B. Walker

The Exhibit Dates: 
July 31st to September 29th

“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.

 

Gallery Sitting @ Dedham Guild

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Gallery Sitting ~ Wednesday, March 27th 12-6 PM

As a member of the Dedham Square Artist Guild, I gallery sit 6 hours each month. Wednesday, March 26th is my day at the Gallery and I can’t wait!

It is a wonderful experience to be in the gallery – my guild! I love to see what members have recently added to their inventory and I look forward to seeing customers.

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I will be bringing in pieces from my Spring 2014 collection. This collection was influenced by a family trip to Turks & Caicos. Soft ocean blues and tropical greens work well with peachy tones from the sand. Shell imprints, basket weaves, patterns from the trip embellish the surfaces of plates, dishes, tumblers and bowls.

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Mix and match within this collection to create a wedding or birthday gift. Don’t forget Mom this Mother’s Day (May 11th). Pick up a piece for your Easter gathering and leave it for the hostess.

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Stop in to say hello today and support our local guild and member artists. Mark your calendars for Thursday’s opening of Wonderland across the street at the Dedham Community Theater from 6-8PM.

“Wonderland” – opens Thursday

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Dedham Square Artist Guild hosts their April “Call to Artists” at their extended gallery space in the Dedham Community Theater located across the street from the Guild Gallery on High Street in Dedham Center. The opening is Thursday night, March 27th from 6-8 PM.

“Wonderland”…
Let’s jump into the rabbit hole and see what we find… mad hatters and mad queens, tea parties and music and creatures who speak in riddles and rhyme. We’re paying tribute to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”…Of course, “Wonderland” could mean something completely different to YOU… show us!! 

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‘What a curious feeling!’ said Alice; ‘I must be shutting up like a telescope.’

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 “DRINK ME” bottle vase pictured at top of post is my interpretation of “Wonderland”.

It may be purchased through the Dedham Square Artist Guild.

EXHIBITION DATES: March 27 – MAY 26

This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater for all to enjoy! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

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The Dedham Square artist guild has teamed up with the Parish Players of Dedham to promote the arts. The Parish players are putting on the play “Alice in Wonderland” for this year’s production. This years Performances March 28-30, 2013, Friday and Saturday, 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm

The Guild will have a table with art to sell on opening night, Friday, March 28th from 6:30 pm til closing. First Church located on the Dedham Green at 670 High Street.  Order tickets for the show and purchase local art from the guild!

For tickets: http://parishplayersaliceinwonderland.brownpapertickets.com

 

“POP”

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artists challenge: POP
A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre

Opening Reception:
January 16th, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates:
JANUARY 16 – FEBRUARY 16

POP …Culture. …of Color. …Music. …Dad. …Soda. …Goes the Weasel.
Can you make your work “POP”?

This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater for all to enjoy! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA.

Participating artists include:

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Catherine Gruetzke-Blais,

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Kerry Hawkins,

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Jim Kavanaugh

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Lisa WB Walker

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Sue Hoy, Melanie Guerra, Gillian Jackson, Cindy Mootz, Danielle Plathe, Aileen Quinlan, Fred Smith and Vanessa Tedesco
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Here’s what inspired my piece in this show…

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Pop …. of color (bright blue)

This bowl was inspired by a family trip “By the Lake” in a town called Cazenovia in Upstate New York. Using 3 glazes, the crisscross effect makes 6 colors. I like to finish the composition with a dot of the final color on the exterior and a line of color on the rim to really make it “pop”!

“Making Waves” – An Artist Challenge

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“Making Waves” – An Artist Challenge, opens with a reception on Thursday, September 26th from 6-8pm at the Dedham Community Theatre.

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The Challenge:  “MAKING WAVES”

“Waves… on the water, to a friend, in the status quo. How do you like to make waves? Whether it is causing a stir or literally making a splash in water, this Artist Challenge asks artists to shake things up a bit, we want to see how you can make waves! ”

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Here is the story of my piece….

I grew up on an peninsula of land north of Boston and as an adult, I spend most summer weekends at the beach either south of Boston or in southern Rhode Island.  Water is part of my life. I enjoy watching the waves, the sunsets over the water, boats, and exploring the beach.  Collecting sea glass is one of my favorite things to do.

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I wanted to make a piece that would hold the sea glass I collect, remind me of the lighthouses that I love, give the illusion of rocking like a boat in the water, and incorporate the movement of a wave.

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throwing to create the space for sea glass.

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trimming to create the desired effects: reference to light house shape and illusion of rocking movement.

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glazed with crushed sea glass and ready for the kiln

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complete!

This is a one of a kind piece. It will be part of a bigger exhibit that opens this Thursday, September 26th at the Dedham Community Theater.  Immediately following the reception, my piece will be moved to the Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery across the street from the Theater where it will be on display and for sale with the other three dimensional artwork. Two dimensional work will remain at the Theater for the duration of the exhibit.

For more information of this and other artist challenges.  Visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild!