Monday, April 30, 2012

Ladies Night Out Line Up, Dedham Guild

Join Guild Member and jewelry Artist, Melanie Guerra who will be showcasing her customized mother's jewelry and offering 10% off her jewelry for Ladies Night Out. 

Enter DSAG's raffle to win one of Melanie's pieces. 

Guild Member and Fabric Artist, Iris Sonnenschein will also be in the gallery to talk about her fabric works. She'll have her wall hangings, including a few from the new Charmed Women series, as well as some textile accessories. 

She is offering 10% off her items for Ladies Night Out. Light Refreshments Served.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"It's Ladies Night, oh what a night"

First Thursday/Ladies night in Dedham Square is this Thursday, May 3rd from 5-9pm. Many square businesses will have specials for the event. The guild will have an art opening for two artists Iris Sonnenshein and Melanie Guerra. More on that tomorrow.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Gallery Color

I love all of the color you see when you walk into the Gallery. It is cheerful, bright and beautiful.

1. Rali Doll by Rali Weaver 2. New work by Ceramic Artist Lisa Walker
3. Monotype by Cindy Mootz  3. Watercolor by Ted Cormier
5. Mosaic Clock by Wendy Birchmire 6. Quilt by Iris Sonnenschein
7. Fruit painting by Paula Lazar 8. Painting by Leslie Bowen

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Artist Interview, Photographer Gillian Jackson

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Gillian Jackson - Dubrovnik, Croatia 

When did you start photographing?
I started photographing probably when I was around 10 yrs old, using my dad's old Minolta.  He bought me an SLR of my own when I moved to Bermuda in the early 80s and that's when I started learning the technical side of photography and showing my work.

What is your favorite thing about photography?
Never being bored!  There's always something to read and learn about photography.  No matter where you are, as long as you have a camera with you, it's always possible to create art.

What is your favorite Lens and why?
The lens I use the most is my Sigma 18-200mm zoom.  This covers many landscape situations and urban/city shots.  However, I also use a Nikkor 10-24mm lens which produces some lovely effects when photographing architecture and landscapes, especially when used with a neutral density filter. 

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Gillian Jackson, Carpets in Kotor, Montenegro

You have traveled quite a bit, what are you favorite places to photograph?
One of the most beautiful places I photographed was Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes, although that is one of the few places I have found where a photograph cannot ever really do justice.  I love photographing buildings and also water, whether it be ocean, lake or puddle - the colors and reflections are ever changing.  Bermuda has always been a favorite as have old European cities with their beautiful architecture ranging from elegant buildings in Prague to run down stone houses in Montenegro.  

Areas I still dream of photographing are the Far East and the glaciers of the Antarctic and Patagonia.

Do you have a favorite photographer?
I enjoy the work of Adam Barker, a Utah based photographer who travels extensively and produces very bold landscapes, both in the US and worldwide.  He shares his travel experiences and techniques in his online blog too, which is really interesting.

As I am primarily a landscape photographer of course I have a lot of admiration for the work of Ansel Adams.  The f/64 group, of which he was a founding member, used a photographic style much like my own - sharp focused and carefully famed images of natural forms.

However, lately I have been experimenting with a more abstract approach and a softer focus.  That's the beauty of photography!

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 Gillian Jackson, Sedona, AZ

What is essential to have in your camera bag?
Aside from from the camera body (if I can ever afford the below mentioned, lusted after D800, it would be two camera bodies) and the two lenses, I carry lens cleaning cloths, a few filters, spare cards and, THE most important item - a spare, fully charged battery! Without that things can come to a crashing halt...  A bar of chocolate is also nice to have to nibble on when waiting for the all important, perfect light...

What kind of camera do you use?
I use a Nikon D200 but am lusting after the new D800!

You have done quite a few open studios events, What do you feel is important about open studios as a photographer?
Not just as a photographer, but for any artist, participating in open studios is a great way to network and share ideas with other artists and members of the public.  It's not just about selling your work (although that's good too) but making contacts and friends, finding a good source of suppliers for various materials, talking photography to others who see your work and hearing about their photographic trips.  You never know where the next idea will come from...

What subjects have you photographed in the last few months?
Art Deco architecture in Miami South Beach, and the Everglades - including some wildlife.  Also Boston night shots.
I hope to visit and photograph Death Valley this year. 
Gillian Jackson, Pelican, Naples, FL

Gillian Jackson, Alligator, Everglades

At present I show my work at DSAG and also The Wishing Well Gallery in Rockport, who will be having their grand opening on May 4.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lily of the Valley by Lisa Walker

On Saturday, my cooperative studio, Potters Place has their BIG studio clean up in preparation for Spring Show & Sale on May 4,5 & 6. 

I've been concentrating my work on the show's theme: Flora & Fauna

Using postage stamps for inspiration, the "LOVE" stamp has proved to be a favorite.  I use small square dishes or tiles, as a painter would use oil sketches, to do much of my experimenting for larger work. For this series, I began by playing with the flowers that make up each letter in the LOVE stamp.

I liked the "E" dish best and although it did not start out as Lily of the Valley on the stamp, it became that to me.  I choose that design and translated it to other forms.
Tumbler with white liner and baby blue rim

Bowl with floral motif
Wheel thrown mugs with slip-trailing decoration
Plate with carved rim
The Food & Pottery Connection:
 Today, it is the pottery that inspires the food...

Fill the Plate with carved rim with roasted asparagus; it's in season! Fill one bowl with floral motif with jasmine rice and the other bowl with a green salad with cut veggies to bring in color.  Fill a tumbler with your favorite beverage to complement your menu, the other tumbler can hold a small bouquet of flowers for the table. The finale: a cup of tea in a mug with slip trailed decoration and shortbread cookies served on "E" dish. What a delicious spring meal inspired by myLily of the Valley spring collection!

Roasted Asparagus

2 bunches asparagus, dry ends snapped off
Line a roasting pan with foil and spray with olive oil
Place asparagus on pan in single layer, coat with more olive oil
     and sprinkle with kosher salt
Roast in a 450 oven for 12 minutes
In a small skillet, brown butter, add balsamic vinegar and reduce
When asparagus is done, move to serving plate and drizzle with

Visit my website to see more Flora & Fauna inspired work.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Honoring Mothers

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May. It complements Father's Day, the celebration honoring fathers.
From Wikipedia

Stop by the Guild for a unique artist made gift or card for the woman or mother in your life!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day at The Gallery

Rali dollys made from recycled clothing. they are super sweet and just plain adorable. 
Made right in Dedham by Guild Artist,  Rali Weaver.

Assante beads made from recycled magazines and paper.

Both for sale at the gallery. The Assante beads benefit poor women in Kenya. They make these beads to support themselves and their families. They can buy food and medicine they need with the money they make producing these colorful necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Celebrate Earth day by buying and supporting local businesses in your community

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Iphoneography Workshop, May 10th

Registration Please email us at to add your name to the participant list. Your spot is not held until a check with a registration form and waiver is received for the full amount of the class.

Please make checks payable to DSAG and mail with the attached form to:
Dedham Square Artist Guild
553 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026

Class Registration Form on our website

Friday, April 20, 2012

Lisa Walker's Build a Bunny Class

Notes from our class this week.

One of our inspirations, Dedham Pottery Bunny sits on some fun children's books about bunnies. Something for us to take a peak at to help form the bunny

Tools for the class. There were some stamps so we were able to stamp our initials inside the bunny

Lisa's finished Bunny for inspiration. Her name is Flora

We start with a ball of clay. It feels so good in your hands

Forming our Bunnies. Lisa was really good at teaching how to work with the clay to form our bunnies.

Lisa showing us technique

Bunny Student Sarah's Bunny. I love the expression and look of this Bunny. This bunny has a wonderful feel to it.

Lisa made this little guy. Great expression. Very brooding or... You decide

I named my Bunny Milly, after my kitty. Not bad for the first time making a bunny

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Made of Glass, Dedham Rabbit, Jill Barry

Dedham Guild Member, Jill Barry was chosen to decorate a Dedham Public Art Rabbit. She is a mosaic artist and has her work in the Guild.

She worked a shift last week and decided to bring some work with her. She cuts the glass pieces and also files them. Her design requires tons of pieces of glass.

She will be unveiling the finished bunny during Dedham Open Studios. She will be with her rabbit during the event. We can't wait to see it the final piece!

She is also holding a contest to see if you can guess how many pieces of glass were used to decorate the Rabbit. Proceeds from the contest entries will benefit Autism Research. A cause very important to Jill.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Artist Interview, Painter, Ted Cormier

When did you start painting?  
I have memories of painting going back to when I was 4 years old.  It has been a love of mine ever since.

What influences your art? 
Pop culture, other artists work, nature, and my imagination.

You paint in several mediums, what is your favorite? and why?  
Truthfully I do not have a favorite.  I choose my medium based on my mood or sometimes based on the desired outcome of the work for a show or for a client.

What are your favorite subjects to paint?  
Things in nature, landscapes, and abstracts.

What is the most important thing to you about creating?  
Creating works of art fulfills a selfish need of mine which is to stay sharp and creative, using my skills and challenging myself to do better.  There is also a wonderful sense of pride and fulfillment when one of my creations is purchased because I know it will bring happiness in people’s homes or offices for years to come.

How long have you lived in Dedham? 
Since 2006

What changes have you seen in the community since moving to Dedham?  
Legacy Place certainly changed Dedham, I think for the better.  I also have seen the new playground go up in East Dedham which, my son loves. 

Any future Projects you are working on? 
Preparing for Dedham Open Studios, a solo show at the Revolver in the UForge gallery in Jamaica Plain and Jamaica Plain Open Studios in September.

You show your art at the Guild but where else do you show your art?  
Solo & group shows all over Boston, mostly Jamaica Plain.

You can find Ted's work at the Gallery and see more work on this link

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The HAND made connection

Over the weekend I decided to make homemade pizzas.  It was a first time adventure for our whole family.  Making the pizza dough was so much like working with clay, I must admit I was having a hard time sharing.  I found a great recipe in a new cookbook I bought recently called Cooking for Teens.  

Here's the recipe for pizza dough (found on page 92)
kneading dough

Sprinkle 1x1/4oz package dry yeast over
1 3/4 cup warm water. 
Set aside for 10 Minutes.
Combine 6 cups white bread flour,
1 tsp salt,
1 tsp sugar,
2 Tbs Olive Oil then add water/yeast.
Knead 10 minutes on a floured surface. 
Oil bowl, place dough in, cover, rest 30 minutes til doubled.
Divide into 4 balls. Cover and rest 1 hour.

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Such Similarities!

When the dough had risen, we each made our own pizzas and shared with each other.  Our favorite was the Margharita.   
Here is the recipe for Margharita Pizza:

Preheat oven to 425. 
Roll out ball of dough to 10 inches.
Place on greased cookie sheet. 
Spread with pizza sauce. 
Top with slices of mozzarella cheese and torn fresh basil leaves. 
Bake in oven 12-20 minutes. 
Sprinkle with extra torn basil leaves before serving.

The Food and Pottery Connection:
Food: Making Pizza!
Pottery: Play with Clay!
The Hand Made Connection!
Try your HAND in clay at one of my workshops this week:
Create a Clay Bunny/Animal on Wednesday and Carve a Clay Tile on Saturday.  Signs up are still ongoing so Sign Up! Come Play with Clay with me in Dedham this week!

Photos for this blog were found using search on google images.

Monday, April 16, 2012

A little Rabbit Sneak Peak

Photo by Marietta Apollonio

Guild Member, Marietta has been work very steady on the First Rabbit. She still has more to do but, this is a sneak peak. The color and style are very fun!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Love and Sparkle

Cristina Hurley had her trunk in the Gallery a few weeks ago. A fun event with lots of wonderful work. 

She asked a engaged couple to stop by to pick up their custom made wedding bands. They were such a sweet couple and it was fun to meet them. It was great to see Cristina could help them out by making these custom and special wedding bands. They wanted something simple but unique.

Cristina showcased some of her new designs at the show. She decided to leave some of her work in the gallery for us to feature. The work varies in a price.

There is something for everyone. Her work makes a great gift for your mom, wife, girlfriend, sister or maybe yourself. Why not have a little sparkle

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Studio Visit, Lisa Houck

I had the pleasure of being able to visit Lisa Houck's studio in the South End Last week. It was full of her art. If you have seen Lisa's art it is colorful and she uses tons of patterns. Lisa paints, draw and works with ceramics. Her studio was a feast for the eyes

 Lisa is also working on a Dedham Public Art Project Rabbit. Her design is very colorful and bright. It is sure to stand out wherever it lives in Dedham.

Lisa has quite a bit experience with public art projects and has brought her expertise to this Dedham Project.

It was fun photographing all her tools of the trade, pencils, paintbrushes, paint, drawings and more... 

Lisa has her work on display at the Dedham Guild. She has art, prints, ceramic pins, bowls, single card and card sets of her designs. Stop by and take a look.