Thursday, September 27, 2012


We are celebrating with all of you, our patrons and supporters, because we couldn't have done it without you!

Join us on Thursday October 4th from 5-8pm.
One Year Anniversary Celebration AND Opening reception for Artists of the Month: Lisa W.B. Walker and Cindy Mootz

Lisa W. B. Walker — Fall 2012 Collection

(photo courtesy of lisa w.b. walker)

"My fall collection is seeped in personal references to hosting holidays in my own home. Inspired by images from my personal china pattern, surfaces are embellished with leaves, stripes and dots. A piece like this carved leaf plate can be hung on a wall or used functionally to serve food. Each piece is a one of a kind created just for this collection."

Fun Fact From Lisa: The dark blue pieces in this collection, such as the dip bowl in the photo above, were all thrown at the Dedham Square Farmer's Market

Cindy Mootz — Strictly Monotypes
(photo courtesy of cindy mootz)

Artist Cindy Mootz will be exhibiting a collection of her monotypes for the month of October. Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints that are made by creating a painted image on a “plate” (plastic, metal or even gelatin) and then transferring the image to a piece of paper. Each monotype is unique and cannot be duplicated. Cindy's exhibit will include larger prints made with a printing press and smaller prints that were done using a gelatin “plate” and a manual transfer technique.

free demos with our Artists of the Month
demos are held at the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery located at553 High Street in Dedham Square.

thursday october 11th from 7-8pm

Artist Cindy Mootz talks about the process of monotype printing and demonstrates one type using gelatin (yes, the type used in food!). This will be a "hands on" demonstration and attendees will be encouraged to try it!

(photo courtesy of cindy mootz)

thursday october 25th from 7-8pm

Ceramic Artist, Lisa W.B. Walker demonstrates handbuilding fall fruits. Starting with a ball of clay, she will create an apple and pear and maybe even a small pumpkin. Have a look at her process on our blog:

(photo courtesy of lisa w.b. walker)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Harvest by Lisa W.B. Walker

I know it's fall when mom 
delivers butternut squash
With soil still clinging to it's skin, it's as fresh as fresh can be.

Fall means winter squashes ~ delicata, acorn and hubbard will take the place of summer squashes ~ zucchini, yellow crookneck and patty pan. Colors at the farm stand will change from cornflower yellow to pumpkin orange. 
Martha Stewart's photo of fall squashes
Food and Pottery Connection:

Food:  Curried Apple Butternut Soup 
Mystic Seaport Cookbook
serves 8-10  

1 peeled butternut squash
1 tsp butter
2 onions
1 cup apple cider
1 cup applesauce
3 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp ginger
2 tsp curry powder

Cut squash and steam til soft. Saute onions in butter til soft. combine all ingredients in a blender and puree. Season with salt and pepper.

Pottery: Spoon rests take care of the messy spoons and keep your counter clean. 
fall colors to choose from

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Artist Challenge, Richard Humphrey Interview

What inspired you to come up with an Art Challenge for the Dedham Guild?

In speaking with my “Artist Friend Network” on FACEBOOK, it was discovered that numerous galleries throughout the US and also worldwide, hold these “Challenges” as a way of promoting artist participation and keeping artists from getting too bogged down or stagnate in their own work. The Challenges are an exciting opportunity for Artists as they push the individual into exploring possibilities they wouldn’t otherwise explore!

When is the first show? Opening Reception?

Our first “Challenge” was issued August 1st, to the theme of “Cape Cod.” Originally, the first show event would have taken place in September, however a prior engagement had taken its place. I am pleased to announce that our first Artist Challenge Opening Reception will be held on October 18th, with a Preview Event for Patron Members on the 17th. Each subsequent Challenge will have an Opening Reception roughly 6 weeks after the issuing of the Challenge. These “Third Thursday” shows will be held monthly, with the Preview Patron Member show the day before.

Why the theme Cape Cod?

I’ve been asked by numerous Members of the Guild as to why I choose the theme “Cape Cod.” When I originally issued this particular Challenge, I wanted a theme that went along with “Summer.” For most people, August signifies the closing month of summer and they’re all looking for that last “hoorah” and where better to spend that time than on the beaches of Falmouth, strolling the avenues of Provincetown, seeing the sights on Martha’s Vineyard. 

Photo by Kerry Hawkins

What makes this show so exciting?

This is an opportunity for the Artists and the Community to interact around a central theme. Each Artist in their own right will capture this “broad-spectrum” theme in a way that relates to them as individuals. One painter may capture Falmouth Beach with creeping sand dunes and calm seas, while a photographer might capture the hustle-bustle of a busy Provincetown thoroughfare, whilst a potter might envision a coffee service for two embedded with seashells. There are limitless possibilities one might see at any given Show.

How many Guild Artists are participating? and what mediums?

We have 17 participating Artists for this first event. We will be featuring the works of Potters, Photographers, Mosaic Artists, Painters; Oils, Watercolors, and Acrylics, and Jewelers!!

Will the challenges be open to artists from the community in the future?

As a “test” project, I wanted to put this concept out there the first couple of months to solely Members of the Guild to have a few “trial runs,” to iron out the rough spots and finalize last minute details that cropped up. I’m confident that beginning December 1st, the Guild will begin taking Public Submissions. For aspiring artists, this will be a great opportunity for them to share their work.

Will there be more monthly challenges?
I have re-designed the project so that, yes, there will be a “Challenge” issued on the first of every month. Themes will vary monthly so as everyone who so chooses, has an opportunity to participate. I have taken the opportunity to “map out” the next few Challenges, and also, I will be randomly putting out a “Call to Artists” for suggestions on themes.

Any hint on upcoming themes?

While I won’t divulge the entire list, I can tell you that upcoming themes will include “Lights”, “Greens”, and “Dots”!!

Photo by Kerry Hawkins

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Small Works and Micro Miniatures

by: Richard Humphrey
Dedham, MA

Artists worldwide have used Small Works and Miniatures as a tool for managing color,
organizing compositions, and creating ideas. Many of the techniques used in creating these works, Art unto themselves, are used in fashioning larger scale works. For the Artist, it's a way of learning to adapt. Adaptation is a part of Life. It does not always mean "change" but it pushes us to "take the next step" forward . . .

An Angler's Haven - 5" x 7"
Black Against a Brightening Sky - 6" x 6"
Peaceful Haven - 5" x 7"
Wilderness Falls - 5" x 7"

Artist Richard Humphrey will also be displaying Miniatures at the "Small Works Show" in
December, at NEST in Dedham Square - 622 High Street

Friday, September 21, 2012

Marching Band and More...Luke Barry Opening Reception

Luke Barry with His Mom and Dedham Guild Artist, Jill Barry pose with his wonderful work.

Luke's friends and family gathered at the Guild to see his show

One of the highlights of the evening was the Dedham High School Marching band starting of the reception with a song. Many of Luke's art is inspired by Marching bands. The Band was terrific and was so gracious to offer their time to play in front of the Guild.

Luke just loved seeing the marching band and so did the friends and family. Many other people poked their heads out of local businesses to see what was going on. It was such a festive atmosphere.

Luke tried a few of the instruments himself

Luke posing with his Dad and the Band

It was a fantastic opening. We would like to thank the Dedham High School Marching Band, Guild Members, Friends and Family for coming out to support Luke and Community Autism Resources

We are hoping to have more of Luke's work the Gallery this weekend. Most of the art sold out last night.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Luke Barry...Mini Art Reception Tonight! Join Us

Join us tonight!
stop by and see this fun exhibit. Light refreshments will be served. Pick out your favorite drawing! Proceeds from the sale of Luke's art go to benefit Community Autism Resources and Luke's washable, crayon fund

From the C.A.R. website: Community Autism Resources is a family created and oriented community services organization. The valuable input we receive from families and professionals sustains our continued focus on assisting and educating families and professionals so that they can better meet the needs of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We do this by building collaborative relationships with those involved, in an effort to provide comprehensive and individually tailored supports.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Please pass the... by LIsa Walker

When summer transitions into fall, there are so many more opportunities to reconnect with friends. Art openings, book club gatherings, put lucks of all kinds that have little dishes of this and that to sample from.  The way I think...the friends, the events, they all circle back to pottery and what those tasty tidbits will be served on. 

Please pass the.... food: tiny tomato tarts on the pottery: see below 
Dish with Leaf Motif
Please pass the.... 
food: chewy caramel apple cookies on the pottery: see below
"Stripes and Dots" oval plate
Please pass the.... 
food: eggplant, pesto and goat cheese pizza on the pottery: see below 

Square Plate with all over floral design

My Plates (for passing) are one of a kind, dishwasher and microwave safe, and for sale at my guild's gallery: the Dedham Square Artist Guild in Dedham, MA. One could be the perfect piece to serve your favorite food on at your next gathering. (And no one else will have the same one...)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Apple Making, Ceramic Artist, Lisa W.B. Walker

One of the fun things about the Guild is many times you can walk in and find an artist working on thier art. In this case Lisa Walker.

Lisa decided to make an apple. She is using the pinching technique and forming an apple by hand molding it. She molded two pieces, placed them together, the inside should be hollow. 

She scores the the clay so it will stick together

Her model was this very cool looking green apple

She worked the clay to look like the apple. It was fun to watch her work with the clay to form the apple.

She poked holes in the bottom so it will not blow up in the Kiln when she fires it.

A beautiful clay apple has been made. So good you may want to eat it. well maybe not, just pretend

Lisa has some new pieces in the Gallery. Stop by later this week to see them.

Friday, September 14, 2012

What are our Members up to?!

From time to time we like to report what our member artist are doing and where they are showing.

By Ted Cormier

Many of our artists will be at JP Open Studios next weekend. The members that will be showing their will be Ted Cormier, Barbara Trainer and Monica Fairbairn.

Dennis Stein and Cat Ciccolo Tucker will show their work at the Zullo Gallery in Medfield, MA as part of their 18th Annual Juried Exhibit from September 15th - November 4th, 2012

Also, Guild Member Cindy Mootz, she invited to be in Akillian Gallery at Massasoit Community College show.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Farmer's Market Sweet Peppers and Pasta

In mid August, I was lucky enough to demonstrate at the Dedham Square Farmers Market under the Community tent.
I brought enough clay to demonstrate a cup, a bowl, a plate, a vase....
It was fun to interact with visitors and "talk shop".  Those who enjoy local food embrace the food and pottery connection.

While speaking to one of the nice folk who stopped to watch and chat under my tent, we decided this collection called for a blue glaze. With the changing season upon us, this dark rich blue won out.
I demonstrated tumblers, but ended up adding handles later in the process at home.
big bowl and little bowl

Food and Pottery Connection:
"There is a shift from tomatoes and peppers to kale and spinach.  The natural transition from summer to fall is marked by the produce we eat and the flavors we crave..." as well as the colors and shapes we choose to serve this new food in.

Fettuccine with sweet peppers and pine nuts
 - 4-6 servings

Fresh fettuccine pasta (like Contadina) 
1/3 cup olive oil 
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
3-4 sweet bell peppers, cored, seeded and julienned
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
Salt and Pepper

In a large, heavy skillet heat the olive oil. Add garlic and bell peppers, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring continuously. Add pine nuts and cook approximately 4 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Gradually stir in basil. Add olives. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook pasta according to package directions - this will take 2-3 minutes at boil. Drain and mix with sauce.

Pottery: Serve in Big blue bowl (see above) and rest spoon here:
the center spiral acts as a drain
Many of these pieces will soon be for sale at the Dedham Square Artist's Guild in Dedham.

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