Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Love is in Dedham Square Event

Head to the Square the eveing of Thursday, February 7th. Merchants will stay open late with special offers, menu items and Valentine's treats. Enter to win a love basket full of Dedham Square gift certificates and goodies in our free raffle! Retail participants include:

Maribu - free raffle for two $25 gift certificates and complimentary champagne.

nest - Tea Tasting from 5-8 pm: Wanja Tea of Kenya will provide samples from his Boston based tea store. The high quality, fair trade, unadulterated black, green and purple teas will be available for purchase during the tasting.

Dedham Square Artist Guild - Member artist Kerry Hawkins will be the Dedham Guild's artist of the Month for February, Opening Reception for her photography show "Up Close" from 5-8pm. Stop in to see her work and enjoy some complimentary sweet treats from McCrea’s caramels. McCreas's will also have caramels for sale.

The Blue Bunny - Valentine's themed storytime for kids ages 3-8ish at 6:30 p.m. Read some fun valentine books and make a valentine craft. Sweet treats for all who come by!

Fred Astaire Dance Studio - Special Valentine themed open house from 8-10. Enjoy a free lesson and demo from their professional instructors. Champagne reception to follow.

Also participating are Heart of the Square and SheepSkate. The Dedham Community Theatre will host a 9 pm show and Deli After Dark, Isabella, Kouzina, Mocha Java and Paradise CafĂ© will all have menu specials. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

February Classes taught by Dedham Guild Artists

February is full of fun classes held at the Dedham Community House and Taught by Dedham Square Artist Guild

Canvas Stretching & Preparation 101 - Thursday, February 7, 2013 3 6:00 pm
This workshop will teach you how to prepare your own surfaces for painting. Topics discussed will be stretching traditional canvas as well as Belgian linen and art boards. Students may bring small stretcher bars, canvas and staple gun should they wish to build their own canvases while the instructor demonstrates. Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Gary Koeppel, Dedham Square Artist Guild

iPhonography Workshop - Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:00 am
After downloading 1-2 apps from the iTunes store iPhonographer Dennis Stein will take students on an adventure through Dedham to use the new apps. Upon returning to DCH there will be a discussion about the apps and the workflow. Students will leave with several professionally guided shots in their iPhones to share with friends and family! For anyone with an iphone. Instructor: Dennis Stein, Dedham Square Artist Guild

Beginning Wire Working - Monday, February 25, 2013 6:00 pm
Learn to create beautiful jewelry with wire and beads! Basic techniques for creating jewelry and simple chains, using cold connections (no soldering). Students will create several pieces of jewelry to keep, generally one bracelet and one to two pairs of earrings. Ages 14 and up. Instructor: Melanie Guerra, Dedham Square Artist Guild

Introduction to Watercolors Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:00 pm
Explore landscape painting using water, wax and oil. Class demonstration and individual instruction. Open to all levels and abilities. Ages 18 and up.
Instructor: Fred Smith, Dedham Square Artist Guild

Winter Scenes with Clay Workshop Thursday February 28, 2013 6:30 pm
Explore surface decoration in clay using textures and stamps with hand drawn elements using colored slip. Students will work with a slab of high fire clay to create images, their favorite can be molded into a functional piece. Instructor will finish the pieces with a clear glaze and will be available for pick-up at the Dedham Square Artists Guild. Ages 18 and up. Instructor: Lisa W.B. Walker, Dedham Square Artist Guild

Visit this link to sign up for classes

Friday, January 25, 2013

iPhoneography Workshop by Dennis Stein, February

This is new work by Guild Member and iPhoneographer, Dennis Stein. These prints are now at the Dedham Guild. Dennis brings his iphone everywhere and take what he finds interesting.

What is iPhoneography? iPhoneography is an art of creating photos with an Apple iPhone. It's a style of mobile photography that differs from other forms of digital photography in that images are shot and processed on the iOS device.

Dennis will be teaching a Iphoneography Workshop at the Dedham Community House in February

iPhoneography? Workshop - February 02-16-2013 10:00 am
After downloading 1-2 apps from the iTunes store iPhonographer Dennis Stein will take students on an adventure through Dedham to use the new apps. Upon returning to DCH there will be a discussion about the apps and the workflow. Students will leave with several professionally guided shots in their iPhones to share with friends and family! For anyone with an iphone. 

Sign up here:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Once a year, 10% off Sale

As a “thank you” to loyal customers of the Dedham Square Artist Guild, all newsletter recipients will receive 10% OFF starting at 5pm today, Thursday, January 24th through the weekend to Sunday, January 27th at 5pm.

(Not to be exclusive,) if you happen to come into the gallery during the sale and want to sign up for our newsletter, you will receive the 10% off discount on everything in the gallery this weekend.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Love Quotations

Tagua Bead Necklace By Monica Fairbairn

Maybe the poets are right. Maybe love is the only answer. -Woody Allen

The honorary duty of a human being is to love. -Maya Angelou

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. 
-Diane Arbus

If a thing loves, it is infinite. -William Blake

In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love. -Marc Chagall

Stop by the Dedham Guild for handmade valentine's gifts and cards

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Up Close, February Artist of the Month

Kerry Hawkins is the Guild Artist of the Month for the Month of February. Her work will focus on her macro shots of nature. Kerry owns several macro lens and loves to explore the world of small things. Although, her first love are street shots she also really enjoys taking photos of nature and her surroundings.

Opening reception - February 7th from 5-8pm at the Dedham Square Artist Guild

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Artist Event, Peter H. Reynolds at the Dedham Guild

Peter H. Reynolds was our artist event last week. He spoke and drew at the Guild on Thursday night.
He also signed the book "So few of Me" and gave them to guests of the Guild

He spoke about his start in book publishing and creating art. Where he went to college and his background in communications. One of the many highlights was watching him draw and come up with ideas.

Peter spoke about his book illustrations and the process in getting the books published from idea to the marketplace. He also gave us a sneak peek for a newly written and illustrated holiday book coming out in November.

Peter is a very engaging speaker and his work appeals to all ages

One of the funnest things about his talk is how he collaborates with other authors and uses flash cards to draw out a book before the illustrations are begun for the final book.

There were some young artists at the talk and they had fun drawing along

If you ever have a chance to see Peter H. Reynolds speak about his work it is well worth the trip. It was great to have him stop by the Guild and talk about his art and inspirations.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Artist Talk, Peter H. Reynolds at the Dedham Guild

Thursday, January 17th. 6-8pm

The Dedham Square Artist Guild hosts An evening of watercolor and inspiration with
Peter H. Reynolds
See his original work and learn about his process.

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best selling author/illustrator and founder of FableVision, an award-winning media and interactive development studio co-located at the Boston Children’s Museum.

Peter lives in Dedham, MA, where he and his twin brother Paul co-founded The Blue Bunny, a family-owned and operated children’s book, toy, creativity store.

"Honored to be part of this event at the Dedham Artist Guild... I'll be showing the original art from several of my published books, as well as sharing what paper, brushes, etc. I use -but also share where my ideas come from and some suggested next steps for those interested in publishing." 
- Peter H. Reynolds

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Look back at 2012 IV

December, 2102 seemed like the the most eventful month of all. In December the Dedham Guild announced the partnership with Dedham Community House in offering art classes taught by Guild artists. this wonderful institution has served the community for 90 years. Story here about the classes that are available in January

The guild also had it's first open house at Deli After Dark. We had a silent auction, refreshments, music and decorated Deli after Dark with Dedham Guild art. It was a fantastic night and terrific company and food. A big shout out goes to Matt Cawley, Fred Smith and all the artists that participated and helped with party planning

Also in December 2012, artist Marietta Apollonio did her second annual birds-for-acure charity fundraiser. The story here. There are still a few birds in the Guild. Proceeds from the sale of the bird drawings benefit Alzheimer’s Association.

In December we had many artists shows and we also hosted McCrea's Caramels. This is a local caramel company making candy in Hyde Park, MA. They are very delicious. Story here

2012 was an exciting year and we could't do this without our great group of artists. Looking forward to all the events in 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Looking Back at 2012 III

October was a very fun month and the Guild celebrated it's 1st anniversary party. It was a fun night with art and music. It is hard to believe the Guild has now been open more than a year.

Also in October 2012, the Guild had a artist decorated pumpkin raffle and participated in Trunk or Treat in the Square
By Cindy Mootz
In October we hosted many demos by our artists. For example: the Guild hosted a demo by Lisa W.B. Walker. Lisa demonstrated how to make pumpkins and apples with clay and then they were eventually fired and for sale at the Gallery. Attendees were invited to touch and work with the clay. Story here

In November, 2012, Cat Ciccolo Tucker gave a demo on book making. She used her own woodcut scraps to make her book covers. Making books is takes lots of sewing and is a time consuming process. It was great to all the work that go into these books. Story here

Also in November, the Guild continued it's partnership with the Endicott Branch of the Dedham Public Library. With new installations of guild artists work rotating every few months. This partnership is bringing art to the neighborhood and into a more public space.

work by Fred Smith

At the end of November, Dedham Square Circle planned it annual Holiday Stroll. The event included merchants being open late, Lighting of the Town Tree and a visit from Santa Clause. The Guild also was the drop off business for Children's art that decorated Dedham Square.

Guild Member, Melanie Guerra also had a trunk show that night. A baubles and bubble night.  fizzy drinks and very beautifully made jewelry

December coming up tomorrow... A very busy and fun month, full of art and events

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Looking back at 2012 II

In July 2012, The blog had a series called Anatomy of a Miniature by Richard Humphrey. To read about this series please go here

Also, In July and a good part of the summer we hosted dedham Rabbits until they were placed in their temporary homes. This one is painted by Iris Sonnenschien. His name is Patch

In August 2012, Guild member and co-founder painted a utility box and was sponsored by Dedham Shines. This is part of Dedham Shines public art programs. Read about it here and see the transformation.

September 2012 was a very busy month for the Guild and an exciting one.

The Dedham Guild hosted a Luke Barry...Mini artist event. Proceeds benefitted community Autism Resources and Luke's art fund. Luke Barry is Guild Artist, Jill Barry's, son and is a prolific artist in his own right. Friends and family enjoyed the art and the thier was a special visit by the Dedham High School Band. More here

Also in September, art challenges was launched. It was the idea of Richard Humphrey. There is a plan in the future to open this up to the public. Some of the themes were Cap Cod and Fall in New England. The story here. It was wonderful to see all the interpretations on the themes

Fall photo by Kerry Hawkins

More tomorrow...

Monday, January 7, 2013

2012, a look back at happenings at the Dedham Guild

In February 2012, The Dedham Rabbit project was started by Dedham Shines. Guild Member, Marietta Apollonio was chosen to kick off the project. There are quite a few stories about this project on this blog. These is a link to the stories related to this project

Also, in February 2012, The Dedham Guild in a square wide Valentine's chocolate event. Chocolate Treats warmed everyone's heart. We also had a valentine's card making event. so sweet.

In March 2012, The Dedham Guild had the honor of hosting the All America Quilt and meet the wonderful ladies, Deb Arscott and Kathy Bombara who created our square for Dedham. Story here

In April 2012, First Thursday's started in motion. Merchants in the Square are open every first Thursday in the Square. Merchants have an artist talk, music, and specials for the night. The Guild decided to do artists of the Month opening receptions. Always a lively crowd.

In, May 2012. The Guild became one of the go to places for The Dedham Open studios. Many guild members participated in this day of art, culture and family fun. A special treat was seeing many of the completed Dedham Rabbits on display in the Square. Dedham Open Studios was run by Dedham Shines. Story Here

In June 2012, The guild was invited to set up a booth at the Dedham Square Farmer's Market by Dedham Square Circle. The market moved to the First Church lawn on High Street. It is a very pretty spot with trees to keep the farmer's and vendors cool

Also in June, the Guild hosted a decorating a baseball for Father's day. Children were able to paint a baseball and base to give their Dad's for the holiday. Story Here

More tomorrow....

Friday, January 4, 2013

Artist Profile, Iris Sonnenschien

Iris is a self-taught textile artist. She began quilting in 1990 with a group of new friends who got together every month to learn traditional techniques and designs. While the group still meets monthly to provide artistic support and encouragement, Iris moved away from traditional quilting towards a more personalized and abstract form, focusing on art quilts and Judaica.

Iris finds inspiration in nature, music and works of art, and She loves combining textures and colors to evoke a general sense of place, as opposed to one particular object. The idea of creating a piece of art that can be touched, and can reflect a mood or a moment, feeds her creative energies; working with clients to create art that speaks uniquely to them, feeds my spirit.

She lives and works in Brookline, MA, and show my work in area Open Studios and at installations in various hospitals and medical centers in the greater Boston area.

Iris will be teaching two classes at Dedham Community House in January

Visit their website to sign up for classes

Painted Fabric Cards January 14, 2013 5:00pm
Use fabric paints, brushes and stamps to decorate fabric, then decoratively stitch your creations onto plain cards and - voila! - truly creative, personal greeting cards. Ages 12 and up. Instructor: Iris Sonnenshien, Dedham Square Artist Guild

Quilted Faces Class January 14, 2013 5:00pm
Come take a look at a Charmed Woman or Nature Goddess hanging in DSAG and sign up to create your own fabric face! We'll cover fabric selection, fussy-cutting, feature placements, free-motion stitching and so much more. Must bring a pair of sharp fabric scissors to first class and a sewing machine that can drop its feed dogs to subsequent classes. Ages 12 and up. Instructor: Iris Sonnenshien, Dedham Square Artist Guild