Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The First Bunny, Marietta Apollonio

The first Bunny design is starting to take shape. Dedham Guild Member, Marietta Apollonio has started the base coat. Then she will add the winning theme from a survey she posted on Facebook. Palette one received the most votes although, it was a close vote.

It is exciting to see the first bunny from the Dedham Public Art Project. Marietta is adding a surprise element to the bunny. Stay tuned...

Look for donation boxes around town to help with the Dedham Public Art Project. More on the project here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Artist Interview - Jewelry Designer Barbara Trainer

How did you get started making jewelry?
I'm a garden designer by profession and approach it by visualizing how unusual plant combinations can transform a 'yard' into a very unique and special place. I've always loved working with my hands, whether getting them dirty in the garden or creating art through many kinds of crafts. I'd been collecting colorful and natural materials--glass, silver, copper, ceramics, semi precious stones--for quite some time with the idea of creating wearable art. In much the way I picture different plant combinations together, so I experiment with diverse ways of pairing jewelry components.

How long have you been making jewelry? 
I started thinking about it years ago, but actually got to the work of it 4 years ago.

What influences your jewelry designs? 
Color, light & texture. I aim to make jewelry that catches/reflects light and draws the eye without distracting. I love mixing unexpected colors and textures to create striking, unusual pieces.

Do you have any favorite jewelry/craft sellers? if so what are they? 
I usually frequent local suppliers and regional bead shows as I like to see and touch the components I want. For instance, in last weekend, there was the Best Little Bead Show in Dedham at the Holiday Inn. The Armenian Cultural Center in Watertown has an annual show in October and the International Jewelry & Gem Show has 2-3 shows a year in Marlboro.

You are a garden designer, how does this influence your designs? 
The principles of design are pretty much the same throughout art & design of any kind--light, texture, unity, some mirroring or repetition and finally, balance--whether it is symmetrical or asymmetrical. Also, the mathematics principal of the odd (rather than even) number--3 is more often more interesting than 2.

Do you have favorite designers/crafters? 
Well, my business partner, Monica Fairbairn's work is one of my favorites. Our styles are quite different hers more earthy, multicultural. She uses the Ecuadoran pine nut, Tagua, in a vast variety of shapes & colors. Also she chooses components from all different cultures with their varied ethos & meanings.

You can see both Barbara Trainer's and Monica Fairbairn's jewelry at the Dedham Square Artist Guild

Monday, February 27, 2012

Rali Dollys for Spring

Guild Member Rali Weaver, just finished these delightful dolls and brought them into the Guild Sunday. They are prefect gift for Easter, birthday or just because spring is coming. She also brought in a new twin set. So cute! It is wonderful that she uses recycled materials to make these adorable dolls. At $20.00 they fit just about every budget.

Do you have a favorite?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dedham First Thursdays! March 1st 2012 with Fred Smith

Join us for the very first, Dedham 1st Thursday, on March 1, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm. Sponsored by the Dedham Square Circle! Merchants will be open late with exciting events.

 The Dedham Square Artist Guild welcomes member artist Fred Smith, for a reception of his work. Fred will be on-hand to discuss and answer questions about his watercolors.

Take a peek at the our Artists page to find out more about Fred. Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Visit for a calendar of planned events.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Artist at work, Ted Cormier

Some quick shots of Ted Cormier creating in the Gallery. I love that we have artists who work on their art and craft while they are gallery minding. It is a creative place and it is wonderful to see all the creative work as it is being made, painted, drawn, photographed, sewn, etc.

Friday, February 24, 2012

New Fiber Work and Hand Bags by Iris Sonnenshein

Yesterday, Iris Sonnenshein brought in and hung in the gallery a new set of quilts. These quilts are inspired by the color of nature. They are just in time for the coming of spring. The handbags she has just completed are so cute and classic. Some are quilted and some are beaded, all with bamboo handles. They are at a great price of $40.00. They would make a perfect gift for a someone or maybe, yourself. Stop by today or this weekend and take a look for yourself.

Iris and photographer Gillian Jackson also painted our front window.  The painting is very striking.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Guild Artist Interview, Alice Donaldson

Where are you favorite subjects to photograph?
It seems I have always had a camera close by. My photos have progressed through experience. Always learning, studying and doing is the key. My inspiration has been my travels through out Europe, New Zealand, Australia and the US. I want my viewer to be moved by the grandeur and beauty of our world. Each Landscape is unique and my hopes are to portray this.

Where are you favorite subjects to photograph?
My favorites are the vastness of the Landscape too the minuteness of a delicate flower.

Where Do you like to photograph in the Dedham/Boston Area? 
Millennium Park, The Arboretum, my street, anywhere on the Charles River.

You like to travel, Where do you like to travel too and photograph?
 My second passion in life is travel. Some of my very favorite places has been the South Island of New Zealand, with its 'Southern Alps', rain forests, glaciers, coastal rock formations and glorious beaches. The west coast of Australia, for the Tasman Sea has a special glow and calmness about it, plus the uniqueness of its landscape.

Europe is an exciting place; from Italy, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Ireland and beyond.

I would like to point out that you do not need to travel to find beautiful photos. They are everywhere. Get out into nature, a flower in your yard, a piece of wood, a simple rock, a majestic tree. See the shapes, forms and the way light plays on your subject.

You don't have a printer a home where do you have your prints made? 
 The Web is wide open to explore different sights. You just sign up and order. Some of my favorites are, where you can design a photo book, for canvas pop art, to print your own calendar, and,, for prints.

Websites will make prints, in all standard sizes, in standouts, canvas wrap around's, and canvas boards. Try different papers.

The selection is vast, such as Pearl cover, Linen cover, Flat, Matte, E-Surface, experiment and have fun.

I have found it to be cost effective to use online services, do too the high cost of quality printers. I have always been extremely satisfied with the product and the delivery time.

Why do you feel support of local art is important?
 Local Art is a wonderful way for the community to experience the vast and varied talent that is out there. To ponder a beautiful painting, soak in the meaning of a great sculpture, gaze with wonder at a photograph, hold a vase that was lovingly made. It's a sharing experience all can relate too.

To see more of Alice's work come by the gallery or look online

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Photographer Gillian Jackson at Mocha Java

Gillian Jackson was born and raised in the north of England. She attended the University of Warwick in the UK receiving a BA in Sociology. In 1982, she moved to Bermuda where, inspired by the clear bright light, startling colours and contrasts, she began studying and pursuing photography.

She now resides in Brookline MA and is a Dedham Square Artist Guild Member. She has more art and prints on display the the Guild.

Her Series is called Art Deco: Miami. These photos are from a recent trip to the Sunshine state. Please go here for Gillian's essay on Art Deco in Miami.

Gillian felt the pastel colors, indicative of Art Deco architecture, were so visually appealing, She felt that the distinct lines, patterns and symmetry of the buildings are shown more dramatically in a black and white format.

Stop by and see these wonderful photographs and grab a cup of coffee Mocha Java, 3 Eastern Ave, Dedham, MA

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2nd Annual Dedham Open Studios

Have you heard that Dedham is having it's second Open Studios on May 20th? I'm a huge fan of Open Studios having attends ones in South End, South Boston and Hyde Park. They are great community events that brings the public and artists together. Artists can show out of their home studios or group locations. If you are an artist or know an artist please encourage them to participate. Registration is now Mark your calendars for May 20th!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Photography Experiment, Dedham Square

From Kerry Hawkins

I walked around Dedham Square with my 55mm wide angle Diana Lens for my nikon. It was sunny and a good day for it. I love the dreamy quality of these photos. These things are all familiar to me so it is fun to see it through the Diana Lens. I did do some editing in Lightroom but, only to lighten the photos.

Photographers have you tried the Diana lens or something like it.?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dedham T-shirts

Have you seen our T-shirts for sale at the Guild. They are the streets of Dedham designed and printed by local artist, Evan Webster. Stop by and take a look. Treat yourself or a loved one. Do you have a friend that is from Dedham but, say lives in California, Florida, Europe or wherever, remind them of home!

Friday, February 17, 2012

February Raffle

There is still time to enter the raffle to win this wonderful piece by Lisa W.B. Walker. The winner will be picked in March. Lisa has her work on display at The Guild and Mocha Java, in Dedham Square

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Dedham Bunny is on the Move

The Crouching Bunny of the Dedham Public Art Project has a new home. The Bunny took a trip down the street from Dedham Community Theatre to 434 Washington Street (formally Cheeky Diva) next to the the Fire Station in Dedham Square. We had some fun looks from patrons of Dedham House of Pizza. Now the bunny sits nicely in the window. We spent some time last night getting the banner up and making the bunny comfortable. Marietta Apollonio will be start painting the bunny next week.

Walk by a take a look.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ukrainian Easter Eggs and beyond...

Our Latest Class 

Date/Time: Saturday March 24th 

Class Description In this workshop you will learn how to decorate eggs using a wax resist method, similar to batik. Wax is applied to the egg using a stylus called a kistka or with other tools. After each layer of wax is applied, the egg is dyed with progressively darker colors. When the wax is finally melted off the egg, you will end up with a beautiful multi-colored egg! Traditional Ukrainian and Lithuanian techniques will be taught, but you will also be encouraged to experiment with your own designs. Each participant will be able to create 1-2 eggs during the class, and will go home with instructions and their own kistka.

For more information and to sign up please go to our website

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What's New in The Guild

We have some new pieces in the gallery. Come by and see them.

Fiber: Vermont Barn by Iris Sonnenschein

Painting: Walpole Town Forest by Diana Hampe

Painting: Yellow House by Gary Koeppel

Mixed Media: Mosaic by Jill Barry

Jewelry: Neckalce by Barbara Trainer

Photography by Barye Hall

Hope to see you soon!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Originals

There is nothing more unique than a hand thrown vase with some beautiful, long-lasting flowers in them for LESS than a dozen roses! Local potters John Dorsey and Lisa Walker are both thrilled with this collaboration with Ann Praught of the Dedham Flower Shoppe, "It's a win-win for everyone," said co-founder of the Guild Kerry Hawkins. We also have beautiful jewelry, hand made Valentine's cards and many other unique gifts at a variety of price points! The Guild will be open Sunday 12-5 and Tuesday from 10-3. The alstroemeria (Peruvian lilies) are said to last for at least a week.

Chocolate Event Report

The Valentine/Chocolate Event on Thursday night was a big success! There were tons of people in the square going to the restaurants and businesses. We lucked out with great weather and a very fun crowd.

Kelly Thurrott made the very first valentine

Guild Artist Cat Ciccolo Tucker makes and did some sketching for her valentines

Guild Artist Nick Conte poses with his work

We had lots of families in to make their very own Valentines

Guild Member and ceramic artist, Lisa Walker tries her hand a creating cards

Guild member and fellow ceramic artist, John Dorsey showed his talent for drawing

Karen Mahoney shows off her work.

The wonderful folks from Chocolate Therapy from Legacy Place at Sheepskate. They had wonderful chocolates for sale and to sample. So yummy!

The Guild would love to thank everyone that came down the to the Square and the businesses that made this all happen.