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. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Home is Where the Art is, Holiday Decorating

For the second year in a row we have decorated the window for the holiday season. Marietta made some fun graphic bows and presents for the window. We put up more lights and Cotton Balls representing snow. Our window represents December artists of the month, Alice Donaldson, Monica Fairbairn, and Barbara Trainer

For December events look here

Saturday, November 24, 2012

New Guild Member, Andrew Osborne

Woodturning first came to my attention about ten years ago. Little did I know that it would soon become a passion. I am largely self-taught through the exploration of the tools and techniques. Trial and error is a wonderful learning experience.

The world provides inspiration. I try to look carefully at and remember what my eyes see. The task then is to translate the image to a tangible work that can be held in one’s hands. Reproducing that image can be a monumental undertaking. When the result is successful, it brings me closer to the beauty that surrounds us in myriad forms. I look also to my emotions and express in my work the feelings that come to me in the course of designing each piece.

Some pieces take months to develop. Others spring out in final form. Of course, when dealing with a living medium such as wood, consideration must be given to the physical properties of each species and the intended use. This requirement influences the design and the creative process. It is often the case that a design will evolve during the time I am working on a piece. Not infrequently the final result is vastly different from the original conception.

Lastly, I have been known for an impish sense of humor and have at times embodied this trait in some my work. Whether this is successful, I leave to you to judge. For me, the pleasure is in the conception and the process of creation. I hope that the results of my efforts resonate in you.
-Andrew Osborne

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Small Business Saturday. Shop Local

Support your favorite small business. 

This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and 
support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate 
neighborhoods across the country. 

Dedham Square Artist Guild  is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re 
encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th. 

Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Come in on 
November 24th and enter our raffle for a $30 Gift Certificate to the Guild

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 
24th the biggest day of the year for small business. 

To learn more, visit

Our hours will be 9am - 6pm

Make sure to visit the Businesses in Dedham Square, Keep our downtown vibrant!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New works at the Library

Photography by Nick Conte
Rich Humphrey putting up Cindy Mootz Work

Fred Smith Watercolor

Endicott Library
On Tuesday, Rich Humphrey and Kerry Hawkins changed out the Guild Artwork at the Endicott branch of the Dedham Public Library. He started a program to bring art to the Public Library. This is the second round of art. It includes the work of about seven artists from the Dedham Guild.

The November/December Featured Artists are:
Cat Ciccolo Tucker – Woodcuts – Children’s Reading Room
Fred Smith – Watercolors – Reception Area
Cindy Mootz – Monotype Prints – Main Room / Display Case Window
Richard Humphrey – Oils on Canvas – Inner Display
Nicholas Conte – Photographer – Outer Adult Reading Room
Wendy Birchmire – Mosaic Artist – Inner Adult Reading Room

Stop the library and see all the wonderful works by our artists.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dedham Square Holiday Stroll Trunk Show, Melanie Guerra

Stop by the Guild for Melanie Guerra's Trunk Show

Also, join the festivities as Dedham kicks off the holiday season in Dedham Square! The evening will feature merchant promotions, street performers, costumed characters, roving carolers, family-friendly entertainment, a visit from jolly St. Nick and the lighting of the town's Christmas tree! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book Making Demo, Cat Ciccolo Tucker

Cat Ciccolo Tucker gave a book making demo on Sunday afternoon. She uses her own art to make the covers of her books. Sometimes she makes new art for the cover or uses prints from previous work.

 She showed how to glue the pieces on to the board

Cat is very skilled at folding and glueing these covers. This is the very beginning of a formation of a book.

Cat explained the use of inside paper and signatures that go into a book.

She makes books in various sizes. These were colorful smaller covers used for her books. 

She uses different colored string to sew her books. She often picks color to contrast with the cover and make a pretty patten in the side of the book

Cat showed us how to drill holes, set up the signatures and sew the book. She uses a coptic method for sewing her books. There are many tutorials on youtube on this method.

Cat tying off her book.

This give us new appreciation on the work that goes into making one of these beautiful books. Her books are available at the Guild.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hawks in Flight, Photography by Barye Lane Hall

When our North American birds migrate south in the fall, they fly along well established flyways that give them advantages in conserving energy. And when a cold front moves in from the north, they surf the south bound winds and save even more.

This October, I got a call from my friend in Houston inviting me to come to Texas and photograph hawks, mainly Accipiters, the fast flying hawks of the woodlands. He has a secret location where the hawks are concentrated, and has built a special blind there.

A hawk's eyesight is second to none, and the blind is heavily camouflaged, as were we when photographing in it. There were occasions when these wild birds actually tried to land on us or our lenses.Since hawks of all kinds dislike owls, we used a fake owl on a pole to attract them down to camera range, then some meat on the ground that would catch their attention, and they would occasionally land and eat. Setting up took an hour, and that meant starting at 5:00a.m. each morning, working in the dark, then being all ready to shoot in the blind by first light. The sun brought hawks, one by one, past our setup, and although it was cold and boring between birds, all that was forgotten when a bird would come racing in, scream at the ow, and decide to land and feed thirty feet in front of us. Three days of morning and evening sessions produced some nice images of birds that are very difficult to photograph up close. We were visited by Coopers hawks, Sharp Shinned, Northern Harriers, and one Red Tail.

Except for the challenges of getting home after the hurricane, it was an amazing experience.

Barye has his work at the Dedham Guild. He will also be at the Dedham Junior Woman's Club Craft Fair next weekend

Info here:
Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Dedham Middle School, 70 Whiting Ave.  Over 80 juried crafters will be offering their works.

Admission is $3.00 per person/with children under 12 free.  
All proceeds will be used to support local charities and organizations plus fund the two annual scholarships that are awarded each year to a Dedham High School senior and a woman returning to college.

Friday, November 9, 2012

A New Chapter, Dedham Bunnies

Spiral Bunny by Lisa Houck
Books made from Woodcut Art by Cat Ciccolo Tucker

Dead Author Series by Townie's Designer Marietta Apollonio
Painting by Marietta Applonio

Lady Bug Bunny by Sue Hoy

Last Saturday, a party was held to say farewell to the Dedham Public Art Project Rabbits.  They were auctioned off to new homes. The Glass Bunny, "Leroy" will stay in Dedham. Dedham Shines is working on a new home for him. Bengal Bunny was raffled off. He will have a new home in a Dedham family's home. He will eventually live somewhere in a public space.

The Dedham Guild had several members that had painted the Bunnies. Cat Ciccolo Tucker, (Avery Oak Bunny) and Marietta Apollonio ( Townie Bunny) were on hand to demonstrate their work. Along with other bunny artists who had their work on display next to their bunnies. It was wonderful to meet the talent behind these wonderful designs.

The party was lively and a fun way to see all the bunnies together on display. It was a fun day for families.

Thank you to Dedham Shines for working so hard to put this party together. We will miss the bunnies but are very grateful for having them all around Dedham.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Book Making Demo Sunday

It will be nice weather this weekend. Join Cat and see how she makes her handmade books. Be inspired to make books yourself