Saturday, June 30, 2012

Artist Creating, Paula Lazar

It is fun that you can walk into the Gallery and find and artist creating and painting. This is Paul Lazar painting cherries. She had the cherries on the floor set up with a light. She was trying her hand at acrylics. The colors she was using were very vibrant and yummy looking.

Recent work by Paula Lazar at the Gallery

Friday, June 29, 2012

Setting up a Roving Gallery

Our newest roving gallery

Eye Doctor, Dr Lickteig stopped into the Guild and asked if the Guild would like to use his office as a venue for local art and also decorate his office. He wanted to have artful walls. The space is great for art from the Guild. The space has three blank walls ready for art.

The blank canvas of Dr Lickteig's office

I was the first artist to go on the walls. I brought some handy supplies which included pencil for marking where I should put the nails, a tap measure to make sure all the work is aligned, and a hammer for pounding in the nails. I bought small nails to keep the holes small and my work is not very heavy. At the Gallery when we put up art we eyeball it and it works pretty well. But, I wanted to make sure everything was aligned at this office. People will be looking at the art for a longer period of time.

I decided on making tags that I could tape to the bottom and back of the art. The design has my name, photo title, price and the Guild address. I kept them small and hopefully, they look elegant. I find if you glue or tape labels to a wall it tens to ruin the paint. Also, art can be moved without having to remove the labels.

The art before the labels and below with the labels

At home, I had placed the photos together to decide what photos I liked and to see what photos look together. There was some photo rejection before, going I was ready to hang my work in the Dr's office. It is a process many artists go through.

The walls certainly look more lively. I included my travel and local photos. I went for a more vintage subjects for these photos. Stop by The Dr's office and Lenscrafters on Route one in Dedham and take a look

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What do the Gallery and the Farmer's Market have in Common?

Both the Dedham Guild and the Dedham Square Farmer's Market are open on Wednesdays
from 12-6pm and have locally made items. After you get some tasty local treats you can hop on down to the Guild and check out all our art produced by local artists. Maybe even get a yummy lunch and make a afternoon of it.

Oranges by Paula Lazar

Monday, June 25, 2012

Aerial Photography - Dedham Guild Member, Alice's View

During Dedham Open Studios I met Stuart. He asked if I would be interested in taking some Aerial Photos. Of course, I jumped all over it. What an opportunity.

Stuart and his uncle Jim built this incredible plane in 4 years. Over 14 years of flight it has logged in 800 hours.
2 seat 'top wing' experimental aircraft.
Jim's hanger is out of Plymouth Airport.We left on a hot Thursday morning. The light was perfect as was the view. Seeing Woods Hole, Falmouth, Elizabeth Islands,Plymouth, and New Bedford from the air, is an awe inspirering experience.

Aerial photography is unique. Depth of Field has no baring at 900-1500 ft .altitude. At 90 MPH your shutter speed has to be super fast,  1/250- 1/500. At the correct angle, a polarizer was used.
These 4 photos were taken over Woods Hole.

-Alice Donaldson

Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Ace" the Rabbit, Dedham Guild

We have a new bunny in our window. He is part of the Dedham Public Art Project. His name is Ace and you can see why. He is painted by SarahJane Cassie. The Rabbit has wonderful details. Stop by and see him. "Bunny in the Clouds" was installed near Dedham savings across from the Fire Station in Dedham Square.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Art Creation, Children's Book Painting

One of the many things that is great about the gallery is that the artist members like to create in the Gallery. This is Cat Ciccolo Tucker painting some new work. She is taking a children's book art class. The sketches and paintings are fun and bold. It is wonderful to see her process. These sketches will be transformed in completed pieces for her book.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lemon Balm Iced Tea by Lisa W.B. Walker

By Lisa W.B. Walker
Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. I picked some from the Friendship Herb Garden at Powisset Farm this past week.  Rubbing the leaves between my fingers produced a lovely lemony smell.

"Lemon Balm is native to the Mediterranean region, and has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years." 
"Lemon balm’s popularity continued throughout the centuries, and it was enjoyed as a tea to combat mental confusion and as an elixir thought to extend lifespan. So widespread was lemon balm’s reputation for promoting longevity and dispelling melancholy that by the 17th century, French Carmelite nuns were dispensing their Carmelite Water to a faithful following. The lemon-balm infused “miracle water” was thought to improve memory and vision and reduce rheumatic pain, fever, melancholy and congestion."

"Introduced into Great Britain by the Romans, lemon balm is now found in both England and North America, brought by colonialists who had come to rely on it for teas and flavoring. American Shakers grew lemon balm as a relief from mild fevers. One of the herbs grown in Thomas Jefferson’s gardens, lemon balm was well established as an important culinary herb, one especially suited to syrups and beverages."

Food and Pottery Connection~

Honey Lemon Balm Spritzer - Makes 48 ounces.
Adapted from Bon Appetit August 2011.

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice 
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup lemon balm, lightly packed 
  • lemon slices
  • 2 cups cold sparkling water
  1. In a large pitcher, mix honey and warm water until honey combined.
  2. Add lemon juice, and 1 cup cold water. Mix well.
  3. Crush lemon balm and add to mixture. Using a muddle or wooden spoon handle, smash lemon balm in bottom of pitcher. Add lemon slices and refrigerate mixture until chilled
  4. Once chilled, add 2 cups of cold sparkling water. Stir.
  5. Pour through a strainer into individual tumblers over crushed ice.

Colorful Tumblers
wheel thrown tumbler soon to be trimmed, fired and glazed in blues and whites

Monday, June 18, 2012

Small gems, Prints by Lisa Houck

The Guild is home to many of Lisa Houck limited addition prints. Some are full of fine detail and others very simple and elegant. Most are black and white and very stricking. They are printed on watercolor paper and loosely mounted on black foam core. Lisa is inspired by the natural world, plants, animals, stars and sky.

Lisa was also chosen to paint a Rabbit for the Dedham Square Public Art Project. 
The Rabbit sits on the Dedham Community House Lawn. It has her signature style. Drive by it check it for yourself.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Have you seen Bunny in The Clouds?, Dedham Guild

This Rabbit is painted by Gary Koeppel, artist member of the Dedham Guild and Rosindale resident.
It been given the name Bunny in the Clouds. It sits in the Dedham Guild window until it is placed at a location in Dedham. The Rabbit is part of the Dedham Public Art Project. The colors are bright and reminds us of spring and summer with beautifully painted flowers, grass, clouds, and butterflies.

Gary has several paintings up in the Guild. Some from his trips to europe and scenes from his own backyard of New England. Please stop by and say hi to the Bunny and enjoy Gary's wonderful work.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Gift Ideas for Teachers, Grads, Father's and more...

Ever stuck for what to give someone? Nothing is cooler than a locally made gift or piece of art. These necklaces are made by Monica Fairbairn. they would be great for a teacher's gift or maybe a birthday gift.

We also have wonderful ceramics by John Dorsey and Lisa Walker. Handmade books by Cat Ciccolo Tuckers. She uses her own prints to make these books. they are handy for anyone who keeps a diary, like to write notes or draws. They are small and portable.

Paula Lazar has been buy painting these wonderful still lives. these are great for a living room, dining room or kitchen. Any cook or food lover would love these and they are pretty affordable.

This painting by Cindy Mootz remind me of all the diners I have had a delicious meal. I love the softness of the painting and it is very understated and quite elegant. 

Who can resist this fish. It would look great indoors or out. It is lively and has a sense of fun. Great for a fisherman, fish or nature lovers.

This Big Fat Cow painting by Kevin Bowen would be great addition to any living room. The colors are warm and inviting.

These are just some of the locally made art in the Dedham Guild

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Announcing our Patron Program

Thanks to the generous support of the community, we’re speeding towards our one-year anniversary — a tremendous milestone for any small shop these days, but especially so for an artist cooperative!

We have given 28 wonderfully talented artists a permanent location to display a wide selection of work appealing to a broad spectrum of the public. We have instituted fabulous art demos, inspired artist-led projects (did you catch the recent Paint-Your-Own-Baseball for Dad event?), launched a Roving Gallery and are set to have new events around town.

And now, to ensure the guild’s successful trajectory into its second year and beyond, we’ve developed a unique opportunity for you to publicly support the visual arts in Dedham while enjoying “members only” privileges at monthly Guild events: our Patron Membership program.

 The three levels of Patron Membership and their benefits are:

 Bronze $25 
•Your name on our website under Patron Member, showing your support for the arts;
•Advance notice of upcoming shows, events, classes and workshops;
•Admission for one to our monthly Patron Member Events — a VIP preview and sale of all new Guild shows, one day before the scheduled opening date

Silver $50 
•Everything in the Bronze level plus
•Admission for 2 to our monthly Patron Member Events.

 Gold $100 
•Everything in the Silver level plus
•10% off classes, workshops and events
•Admission for 4 to our monthly Patron Member Events.

Please visit our website: to download your membership form. Or stop by the gallery to sign-up!