Monday, December 31, 2012

Artist Profile, Jewelry Artist, Melanie Guerra

Born and raised in Boston, MA, Melanie Guerra began designing jewelry in 1991, as a student at Emerson College. She began creating gifts for friends, eventually selling to friends and interested strangers, quite a few of whom purchased a piece from around Melanie’s neck!

In September of 2001, requests for her pieces became so frequent she formed Dream Big Arts, and began selling her collection of original, one-of-a-kind pieces in shops, galleries, and online. She also did a number of festivals and tremendously successful trunk shows in both private homes and retail stores.

Melanie spent the better part of fifteen years living in the West – Montana, Arizona and Colorado, and found the atmosphere of optimism and the beauty of her surroundings inspiring. She experimented with many aspects of jewelry design and technique, and today she focuses primarily on metal, beadwork and wire work. She has returned to the Boston area with her husband and daughter and is thrilled to be an artist-member of the Dedham Square Artist Guild.

Melanie has taught design and technique classes in Boston and Steamboat Springs. She Co-founded of the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, and served as Director of Marketing. She was an active member of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, the Colorado Women's Caucus for Art, the PMC Guild and is a Level II Certified Precious Metal Clay Artisan. She has studied Precious Metal Clay techniques with Colin Buckley and Peggy Houchin. She has also studied raku pottery with Gayla Lemke.

Melanie attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Connoisseurship program, where she earned a certificate in Appraisal Studies, focusing on Fine Art & Antiques. She has also earned the designation of Accredited Jewelry Professional from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, CA. Her plans include continuing course work there in order to obtain her Graduate Gemologist designation, and one day set up shop as an appraiser of jewelry & antiques.

Melanie will be teaching a precious metal clay class at the Dedham Community House in January  Info Here

Thursday, December 27, 2012

January Classes by Dedham Guild Artists

A new collaboration with the Dedham Community House

The Dedham Square Artist Guild is pleased to announce that, beginning this winter, a wide variety of art classes will be offered in collaboration with the Dedham Community House (DCH). Classes are held in DCH’s ground floor space and taught by Guild artists.

Visit their website to sign up for classes

January 2013

Painted Fabric Cards Jan 14, 2013 5:00pm
Use fabric paints, brushes and stamps to decorate fabric, then decoratively stitch your creations onto plain cards and - voila! - truly creative, personal greeting cards. Ages 12 and up. Instructor: Iris Sonnenshien, Dedham Square Artist Guild

Quilted Faces Class January 14, 2013 5:00 pm
Come take a look at a Charmed Woman or Nature Goddess hanging in DSAG and sign up to create your own fabric face! We'll cover fabric selection, fussy-cutting, feature placements, free-motion stitching and so much more. Must bring a pair of sharp fabric scissors to first class and a sewing machine that can drop its feed dogs to subsequent classes. Ages 12 and up. Instructor: Iris Sonnenshien, Dedham Square Artist Guild

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay 
January 29, 2013 6:00 pm (2-Class Session)
Make your own fine silver jewelry using the fun medium of Precious Metal Clay! Sculpt, carve, stamp and shape this ingenious clay into pendants, earrings, rings and more! PMC is a mixture of fine silver particles and organic clay material. The clay is shaped into the desired design and fired in a kiln. Upon firing, the organic clay material is burned off, leaving the design in just the precious metal (fine silver). Students will have the opportunity to create a minimum of two pieces that will be fired in between class days and then polished and finished during the last class. Ages 14 and up. Instructor: Melanie Guerra, Dedham Square Artist Guild

Half Day Thursday January 31, 2013 1:00 pm
Learn to make a bowl out of clay using the pinch technique. Add surface elements using the slip and score technique. While you wait for the clay to dry a bit, create a Valentine's Day card to take with you. Finish the bowl with nontoxic paint. The instructor will coat the bowl with a clear glaze and fire. Bowls can be picked up at the Dedham Square Artists Guild but not in time for Valentine's Day gifting. Ages first grade and up. Instructor: Lisa W.B. Walker, Dedham Square Artist Guild

Monday, December 24, 2012

Update on a Art Demo Piece

This an update on this story "Art Demo, Jill Barry"

The finished piece below. Artist created and designed by Sahara Hayes. This will great in her room. It is great to see a project from it's start and then it's finish.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Gifts at the Dedham Square Artists Guild

Platter by Lisa W.B. Walker
Ornaments by Melanie Guerra
Bracelet by Barbara Trainer
Necklace by Monica Fairbairn
Dolls by Rali Weaver
Photo By Gillian Jackson 
Photo by Rali Weaver
Mini paintings by Richard Humphrey
Illustration by Marietta Apollonio
Cardinal Ornaments by Brendan Hayes

Looking for a unique and locally made or created gift, all you need to do is visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild. We have many gifts for everyone on your list. We have unique jewelry, art and special gifts for the holidays. Ornaments and holiday cards made by our artists.

When you shop local you keep your town centers vibrant and support independent business people. 60% of your money stays in the community. Dedham Square is a great place to buy gifts for your loved ones and also, get a yummy lunch or dinner after all that local shopping.

Holiday Hours for December 2012

Wed 12-6 • Thurs 12-8 • Fri 12-6 • Sat 12-6 • Sun 12-5
We will be open on Monday 12/24 from 9am to 4pm

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Yummy Gifts at the Guild

McCrea’s Slow Cooked, Handcrafted Caramels are All Natural and Pure… the way caramel was originally made. No compromise. No Corn Syrup. Great caramel by design.

Join us on Wednesday December 19th from 12pm to 6pm
Come sample McCrea’s Slow Cooked, Handcrafted Caramels! Made locally in Hyde Park, they are available in 8 mouthwatering flavors and various packaging for holiday gifts! McCrae's is proud of their pure, natural, caramels...come give them a try!

slow cooked, small batch caramels

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sunday Jewelry Show with Monica Fairbairn

Join Us Sunday

Monica's favorite materials include millifiore and chevron beads, clay heishi from Columbia, and African coin metal, bone and sand glass. The Tagua Collection features the sliced and colorfully dyed and polished palm nut, which she imports directly from Quito, Ecuador. Tagua is the foundation of the South American “Ivory” craft industry that uses a renewable native plant resource to support the livelihood of local artisans.

Her work has been shown in local MA galleries, most recently Dedham Square Artist Guild, The Shop at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Karenna Maraj collection as well as Open Studios in Jamaica Plain, Watertown, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Cambridge, Dedham, Charlestown, and Jamaica in the West Indies. She lives and works in Watertown, MA

Thursday, December 13, 2012

This Saturday Meet Photographer, Alice Donaldson

Ask Alice about her photographic adventures!

Photography is my passion. I love the way light plays on the landscape, and its diversity of textures, shapes and intricacies of the land. My travels have inspired respect and admiration for the beauty and grandeur of this world. The goal is to capture this beauty in photographs, and to evoke various emotions from the onlooker.

My portfolio reflexes my travel thru Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Cape Cod.

I attended New England School of Photography. A member of Dedham Square Artists Guild, and Quincy Art Association. I have participated in the Jamaica Plain Open Studios, The Dedham Open Studios and Bourne Open Studios. I participated in the Quincy Art Affair, for which I won a Blue Ribbon.

My work is shown in The Dedham Square Artist Guild, Dedham; The Karen Rinaldo Gallery, Falmouth, Ma.; Under The Sun,Woods Hole, Ma.; and Uncle Bills Country Store, Falmouth, Ma.

I photograph in hope that people can identify with a place they have dreamed of, perhaps visited, or to inspire there imagination. 

-Alice Donaldson

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Member, Sue Hoy

“As an artist, I am trying to capture the spirit of my subject by reducing details and concentrating on light and shape. My paintings are rich in color and bold in brushwork. I am inspired by nature’s beauty and the chance to interpret it in simple, yet compelling ways.”

Sue Hoy is a painter, graphic designer and art teacher living in Milton MA. Her inspiration comes from her family and the endless beauty of New England. Choosing subjects that capture attention and emotion, Sue strives to simplify shape and color to reflect the essence of her subject. Her voyage toward simplicity, versus over-working and illustrating with paint, is ongoing. Her paintings have been in numerous shows in Massachusetts and she currently has a solo show at Abby Park in Milton, MA. She teaches painting and clay classes for children in the Milton public schools and at Milton Art Center.

UMASS Dartmouth, BFA Visual Design
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Studio Art/Painting

Friday, December 7, 2012

Spreading History, Holiday Ornaments

Guild Member, Lisa Walker shared this story with the Guild.

Lisa creates ornaments every year. A friend of hers inherited pottery and ceramics tools from her grandmother, who was a Dedham resident. Lisa was able to use some of the tools in her own work. In these tools she discovered this snow flake stamp.  When this time of year comes around Lisa makes these creations with the stamp. She spreads the history and sentimental value of this stamp for future generations. It is very sweet to have the Dedham connection as well.

And join us on Sunday December 9th from 1-4pm for a special pottery event with Guild member Lisa.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Birds for a Cure 2012 Series

With the great support for the 2011 Series, Marietta Apollonio was able to donate $350 from her commission on sales to the American Cancer Society.

For the 2012 Series, donations will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

These new birds are variations on last years, done in a different medium and style. She created a block print from rubber for these birds, and using a water-soluble Block Printing Ink, each bird was stamped onto watercolor paper. Color was added using PRISMACOLOR Art Markers. 5×7 matted.
They come in a few different colors (some samples below) and are available for $25 each, starting 

Friday November 30, 2012 at the Dedham Square Artist Guild for purchase. 70% from my overall commission from the sales of these birds will be donated.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December Events at The Guild

Events for The Month of December

Textiles Showcase with Iris Sonnenschein
Book Signing with Marcie Schwartz, Author of
Parenting with Awareness
Saturday December 8th — 3pm to 6pm
visit and for more information

(photo by iris sonnenschein)

Pottery Showcase with Lisa Walker
Sunday December 9th — 1pm to 4pm
visit for more information

(photo by lisa walker)

Jewelry Showcase with Barbara Trainer
Friday December 14th — 12pm to 6pm
visit for more information

(photo by barbara trainer)

Photography Showcase with Alice Donaldson
Saturday December 15th — 12pm to 6pm
visit for more information

(photo by alice donaldson; nobska)

Jewelry Showcase with Monica Fairbairn
Sunday Decemeber 16th — 12pm to 5pm
visit for more information

(photo by monica fairbairn; african amber and copal, old brass ghana)

McCrea's Candies — Slow Cooked, Handcrafted Caramels
Wednesday December 19th — 12pm to 6pm

Monday, December 3, 2012

Day Dreaming of Travel, Mini Works by Marietta Appollnio

These small works represent the idea of travel. They are very whimsical and remind us of a time gone by. They are illustrated by Marietta Apollonio and are available in the Guild. They make a prefect gift for travelers. They fit perfectly on a book shelve or desk. You can always day dream

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Artists of the Month

Join us on Friday December 7th from 6pm to 8pm, for our opening reception showcasing work from our December Artists of the Month: Photographer Alice Donaldson and Jewelry Artists Monica Fairbairn and Barbara Trainer.

About the Artists

Barbara Trainer
Barbara Trainer's, jewelry designs are created from a love of unusual, quirky necklaces, earrings and bracelets she was drawn to for herself. She began working with sterling silver and hand-blown glass to craft pieces that caught and reflected light and expressed her love of color in all its variations and combinations.

Monica Fairbairn

Monica Fairbairn creates vibrant, colorful designs to fashion unusual necklaces made of beads from Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Her inspiration comes from a cornucopia of materials adapted for adornment in traditional cultures all over the world, and recalls old ideas transformed into her own modern creations. Her work has been shown in local MA galleries, most recently Dedham Square Artist Guild, The Shop at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Karenna Maraj collection as well as Open Studios in Jamaica Plain, Watertown, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Cambridge, Dedham, Charlestown, and Jamaica in the West Indies. She lives and works in Watertown, MA

Alice Donaldson
Photography is my passion. I love the way light plays on the landscape, and its diversity of textures, shapes and intricacies of the land. My travels have inspired respect and admiration for the beauty and grandeur of this world. The goal is to capture this beauty in photographs, and to evoke various emotions from the onlooker.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Member News! Shows this Holiday Season

Beadcraft Etc. are Guild Members, Barbara Trainer and Monica Fairbairn. They have a very busy schedule this holiday Season. Here is a list of their shows.

Brookline Artists Marketplace- November 29-30 10am-9pm, 10am - 5pm
86 Monmouth St. Brookline

JP's Loring Greenough Holiday Open House - December 1st 11am-5pm
12 South Street, Jamaica Plain

Brookline Holiday Open House Studio - December 2nd 12noon-5pm
132 Amory Street, #6 Brookline

Dedham Square Artist Guild December Artists of the Month - Dec. 7th Opening Reception 6pm-8pm
Barbara Trainer Trunk Show December 14th noon-7pm
Monica Fairbairn Trunk Show December 16th noon-5pm

Footlight Club/Uforge Gallery Holiday Fair - Dec. 22 11am-5pm
7a Eliot St. Jamaica Plain

Guild Member,  Lisa Walker has several shows coming up including her work at the Dedham Guild

Friday, November 30th
Holiday Stroll in Dedham Square -
Shop DSAG, 553 High Street 6-8PM
Beyond the Garden Gate - 52 Wildwood Drive,Westwood 6-9pm

Saturday, December 1st
Potters Place extended Holiday sale 127 Old West St, Walpole 9am-1pm

Sunday, December 2nd
Beyond the Garden Gate - 52 Wildwood Drive,Westwood 12-3pm

Norwood: Custom Art Framing, 45 Central Street Open Tues-Sat 11-6

 Melanie Guerra is also a busy Guild Member

November 30th - "Baubles & Bubbly!" Come to this festive event! 

Photo Ornaments available at the gift shop, Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Sharon, MA 

"Nature's Wonderland" group show at Booklover's Gourmet in Webster, MA. 12/12

"Texture" UForge Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 1/13

Kerry Hawkins will be show at the Dedham Square Artist Guild but also three shows this season

Boston Handmade Holiday Gallery
November 17th - December 30th at Cristina Hurley Gallery
554 Washington Street in Canton Center just minutes from the commuter rail
Wednesdays - Sundays, 11am-7pm

15th Annual JP Holiday Fair
First Church, Saturday December 1st 11am-5pm, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

Bazaar Bizarre
Sunday December 16th, Noon-6pm, BCA Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston, MA

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Stroll Preview, Melanie Guerra

A little teaser for you! Jewelry by Melanie Guerra

Come by the Guild on Friday November 30th to enjoy the holiday festivities for the annual Dedham Square Holiday Stroll! We'll be open until 9pm late so that we can celebrate with you! 9
The evening will be filled with merchant promotions, street performers, free giveaways and lots of old fashioned holiday hoopla!

Special Event from 5pm to 8pm: Baubles and Bubbly with jewelry artist Melanie Guerra.
Melanie will be showcasing her handcrafted jewelry, perfect gift for all of those lovely ladies out there! Sip some sparkling beverages while shopping for sparkling jewelry. She will also be showcasing her ornament collection and will be taking holiday orders for her line of MaMa Medallions, as well as other custom jewelry.

Ask Melanie about her Precious Metal Clay Technique.