Sunday, July 15, 2018

Exciting news! Winning Design Selected for Giant Bunny Sculpture

Karyn Alzayer Lands Commission for Painting of Five Foot Rabbit Sculpture Public Art Project

The Dedham Public Art Project, a collaboration between the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity and the Dedham Square Artist Guild, has chosen Everett-based artist Karyn Alzayer to paint a five foot rabbit sculpture, which is scheduled to be installed publicly in Dedham by September. Submissions from artists were solicited in early June, and a panel of judges recently reviewed and selected the winning design.

Overseen by the Reynolds Center's Paul Reynolds and Dedham Square Artist Guild's Kerry Hawkins, the project was launched to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Mother Brook Arts & Community Center, and raise funds for MBACC by auctioning off the rabbit at the Center's fall fundraiser later this year. Dedham Savings generously supported the project, which helped defray costs of the sculpture form, shipping from Chicago, and the artist's stipend.

The judging panel featured artists Sue Hoy, Lisa W. B. Walker, Cat Ciccolo Tucker, and Dedham Civic Pride's Janet Holmes. The judges were won over by Alzayer's "experience with public art, her prolific body of work, demonstrated craftsmanship, and portfolio of award-winning designs."

Alzayer's winning design will feature a solid background from the cobalt blue family, a nod to the traditional Dedham Pottery, with bright orange henna-style mandalas stretching out across the rabbit's body. Fine detail in a deep shade of purple will be applied with a traditional henna cone to overlay the other layers.

Alzayer's contribution to the Dedham Public Art Project is not her first foray into public art. In 2016, Alzayer was one of 60 local artists chosen for the 2016 Street Pianos of Boston program, which transformed decommissioned pianos with artist-painted designs, emblazoned them with the words "Play me, I'm yours," and placed them all over the city for anyone to play.

In 2012, fifteen crouching rabbit sculptures were painted & placed across Dedham in high visibility locations, including parks, public spaces, and outdoor retail areas as part of the inaugural Dedham Public Art Project. Each sculpture was painted by a juried selection of local artists and sponsored by local businesses, individuals and organizations. The rabbit sculpture form is produced by Cowpainters, a woman owned & operated studio, which has been creating fiberglass forms since 1999 for over 500 public arts projects across the country.

Once Alzayer has finished painting the rabbit, which she has named Miss Penelope, the henna-adorned sculpture will be installed in a high-visibility spot in Dedham - most likely in early September. The rabbit is scheduled to be auctioned off to the highest bidder at Mother Brook Arts & Community Center's fall gala, which will help support MBACC's growing arts programming open to the general public in Dedham and beyond. Miss Penelope even has her own Instagram account, so fans can keep up to date with progress on painting and installation.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

We welcome new member, Bill Fiolek

Introducing Bill Fiolek

"Go to where you are drawn, be patient, be attentive to what reveals itself, and be thankful."
These principles help guide me in bird photography. Thousands of hours in the field help bring a broad array of subjects and their multi-faceted behaviors in front of my 420 prime Nikon lens. The larger birds often provide minutes for preparation, but the smaller ones usually just seconds. As a photographer, I love the challenge each bird presents. As a human being, I love the colors and the behaviors--both the franticness and the grace. My images try to capture these behaviors, as well as the birds' beauty and habitat. My desire is to share these images with people who haven't had a chance to witness these non-city and migratory citizens first-hand, or with people who want to remember the times that they did. .
My ADD-driven attention to detail is actually a help with this art-form, both in spotting these creatures at the lakes, ponds, marshes, seashores, tree-stands, and wildlife reservations that I frequent, and also in working with their images back on the computer where photo-editing software is so helpful. Almost all avian images require cropping, and many require adjustments for light and air-brushing out distracting elements. The resulting photograph should most definitely be compelling, in its own way. The goal for my portfolio as a whole is to provide a variety of subjects, embodying a range of themes: beauty and grace, courtship and companionship, cooperation and sacrifice and family togetherness, stateliness and command, wisdom and watchfulness, reflection and perseverance, hunting and mealtime, humor and color-that-surprises and stop-motion, and finally, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
I mat and frame almost all of my work. These two elements are not insignificant in contributing to the artistic quality of the piece, and much care is given to their selection and preparation.
My home for the past 20 years has been in Hyde Park, after growing up in California and spending a number of middle years in the Midwest. My life experiences include accountant, teacher, missionary, sign painter, live-in volunteer at a family shelter, widower and single parent, high school tennis coach, and currently parochial school volunteer and tutor, all the while doing photography of some kind, and bird photography primarily for the last dozen years.

Friday, July 6, 2018

What is happening at the Dedham Guild

New artwork by Sue Hoy in the Dedham Guild
SHAPE AND LINE draw our attention, shock us, stop us in our tracks, and create geometric realities. They are basic elements in art. Shape is the form of an
object; line is a mark. Piet Mondrian created landscapes out of lines;
Henri Moore's bronze sculpture are made of soft shapes to define the
female figure.
Zullo Gallery in Medfield
24th Annual Juried Exhibition
24th JURIED EXHIBITION Sept 15-Nov 3, 2018
juror: CC Tucker

Open to all artists (18yrs+) working in all mediums
entry information/full prospectus
Member News


Fiber Artist, Kathy Zola

July 7 and 8 and August 18 and 19
Hull Open Studios
For two weekends during the summer, the many visual artists associated with
Hull open their homes, studios and shops to visitors. Kathy looks forward to her participation each summer. This year she will be doing both the July and August dates out of our Hull cottage at 5 Adams Street. Adams runs between Nantasket Ave and the ocean-side beach about 2 blocks before the alphabet streets start.
Make the trip to Hull, MA
Then during the month of August, Kathy will be a guest artist at the Gallery Nantasket across from the DCR beach.