Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Clay Class for Kids ~ Thanksgiving

On November 4th, I hosted a clay class for kids at the Dedham Community House. The class was an hour long workshop designed to give kids, 1st through 5th grade, exposure to clay. They learn techniques and create a piece of pottery. There is always a literary or art component to my classes so kids can take away an art history lesson as well as a hands on experience.
Having a theme is always fun and “Thanksgiving” is a great one! There is food, foliage, and many stories the kids want to share about their own Thanksgiving traditions. The kids start with a slab of clay to practice with. We talk about rolling coils for a frame. We talk about making impressions with objects such as leaves and stamps. We talk about attaching clay images to the tile by using the slip and score technique. We talk about carving into the clay.
clay tile
Once they have had time to play and try out the different techniques, I give them a fresh clay tile. We stop for a minute to talk about Thanksgiving. I teach them about Norman Rockwell and show them pictures of his famous holiday meal painting. We talk about the students’ holiday traditions and then they begin their project.
Some of the students decide to make wall pockets with their tile, so we add holes. We let the clay dry a little and then the kids add color with paint.
clay tiles
After class, I take the tiles home to my studio where they have ample time to dry.
I paint them with a clear glaze fire them in a kiln at Potters Place. Once finished, I added a couple of items for the students … an easel for display or a pretty ribbon for hanging before packaging them up for the students.
clay class for kids
I will be offering my next Clay Class for Kids on Monday, December 2nd. The theme will be “Animals”. The class takes place at the Dedham Community House from 3:15-4:15pm. The deadline to sign up is Friday, November 29th. Click here to register.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide

Not sure what to get your husband, wife, family member, teacher, co-worker, gym buddy, friend, local shop owner, barista, and everyone else in between? How about some locally made and artistically awesome art.
The Hot Beverage Lover:
Anyone that loves a hot beverage in the morning, afternoon and night, would definitely enjoy sipping it from a wheel thrown or hand built mug by ceramics artist Lisa W.B. Walker.
(mug by lisa w.b. walker, photo by kerry hawkins)
Wearable Art: Know someone who loves to make a statement with items that truly show their artistically inspired side? Why not help them in their quest by giving them a hand painted scarf by artist Natalya Kuzmicheva.
(scarf by natalya kuzmicheva, photo by kerry hawkins)
For Kids: These cute dolls are handmade from well loved sweaters and such by artist Rali Weaver.
(rali dolls by rali weaver, photo by kerry hawkins)
Jewelry: Every lady loves jewelry that no one else has. And because of that our jewelry artists Barbara Trainer and Melanie Guerra shine in creating fabulous and artistically inspired necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  
(jewelry in photo by barbara trainer, photo by kerry hawkins)
From Outside In: Nothing like a beautiful wood bowl to bring nature inside. Woodturned pieces by Andrew Osborne are the perfect way to do that.
(bowl by andrew osborne, photo by kerry hawkins)

Glass: Hand blown glass in all its shapes and forms make a beautiful addition to any table, tree, desk...anywhere! Pieces by artist Kevin Becker include bowls, vases, and ornaments.
(ornaments by kevin becker)

Painting, Printmaking, Photography and more:
At The Guild we have some very talented artists working in different mediums such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, as well as different areas such as printmaking, photography (color and black/white) and monotype. A perfect collection of wall art waiting for a new home.
(painting by sue hoy, photo by kerry hawkins)

Mosaic: Another great medium we have at the Guild is mosaic art. Clocks, mirrors, frames, jewelry, all things mosaic. Artists Jill Barry and Wendy Birchmire bring this medium to you with intricate designs everyone will love.
(mosaic by wendy birchmire, photo by kerry hawkins)
For a Good Cause. Guest artist Marie Lim is a printmaker, potter and fiber artist.Each of her prints are hand-carved and inked with subtle and sometimes vibrant earth tones, then printed and matted for display. Recently diagnosed at age 58 with early-onset Alzheimer's, Marie Lim and her family are offering her intriguing limited edition prints for purchase.
Don't forget to visit our website to see all of the great events we've got planned. And remember, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30th please SHOP SMALL!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Guild Guest Artist, Marie Lim

Guest Artist, Marie Lim is a printmaker, potter and fiber artist, who after studying art and 
literature in college, went on to become a Waldorf School educator. 

In teaching the arts and mythology of Africa, she developed motifs that are essential to all of her creative media. Whether the Tsui-goab (the rain god), Aido-hwedo (the rainbow serpent) or other images, each of her prints are hand-carved and inked with subtle and sometimes vibrant earth tones, then printed and matted for display. 

Recently diagnosed at age 58 with early-onset Alzheimer’s, Marie and her family are offering her intriguing limited edition prints for purchase. 

A separate donation to the Alzheimer’s Association 
will be made in honor of Marie by members of 
the Dedham Square Artist Guild.

Friday, November 15, 2013

A fresh new look for the Guild

Diana Hampe and guild Members, Gary Koeppel, Gillian Jackson, Cindy Mootz, Kerry Hawkins, and Lisa Walker recently revamped the Guild Gallery. With new work and a fresh new look. 

The goal was to move artists to other rooms and mix it up. Gary Koeppel gave it a fresh coat a paint and patched holes. Diana was instrumental and setting up a new look for the gallery. She has many years of experience judging shows and also setting up shows. 
The art looks fresh and much more cohesive. Stop by and see for yourself.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Opening Reception for BIG tonight 6-8pm

David Williams-Bulkeley

Gary Koeppel

Marietta Apollonio 
Andrew Osborne

Iris Sonnenschein

This is a sneak of some of the art will be showing at the BIG show. Opening reception will be in the Movie Theatre lower level from 6-8pm TONIGHT!


It’s time to: Live large. Supersize. Think BIG! Our latest Artist Challenge calls for large works – no smaller than 24” on any side. A great opportunity to showcase your talent in magnificent scale! Featuring 15 artists living/working in Eastern Massachusetts, working in a variety of mediums.

This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater for all to enjoy! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

Marietta Apollonio, Kris Borzilleri,
David Williams-Bulkeley, Alice Donaldson,
Danny Fein, Kerry Hawkins,
Gillian Jackson, Gary Koeppel,
Paula Lazar, Cindy Mootz,
Andrew Osborne, Fred Smith,
Iris Sonnenschein, Dennis Stein,
Lisa Walker and Alice Donaldson

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Coming up! Trunk show featuring jewelry designer, Karen Meninno this Saturday

Join us on Saturday November 16th from 12 to 4pm for a trunk show featuring 
jewelry designer Karen Meninno.

By Karen Meninno   As an exhibiting artist in Boston-area galleries for the past 8 years, I am now using my sculpture skills to design and make unique clay jewelry. It is inspired by my Indian heritage and combined with a vintage feel, offers clients an individual look. 

My process in making jewelry is informed by my art practice in many ways including working and molding clay to embed ethnic-inspired elements like glitter, gold leaf, bindi. I often use vintage elements, sourced by other independent artisans, such as crystal chatons, buttons, German glass glitter, sequins. I also use natural stones and minerals to enhance designs.

I was born in New Delhi, raised in London and now live in Boston. I earned a Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt). My inspirations are color, India, ornament, textiles, interior design, fashion and jewelry design, fine art.
Hope you enjoy my designs and you can see more at www.indalydesigns.etsy.com

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

“THINK BIG” by Lisa W.B. Walker

“THINK BIG”, a Dedham Square Artist Guild sponsored art exhibit opens with a reception at the Dedham Community Theatre from 6-8PM on Thursday, November 14th.

Artists across eastern Massachusetts created 14 supersized works of at least 24 inches in different mediums that will be on display from Nov. 14 through January 2 at the Dedham Community Theatre on High Street.

About my piece:
My “BIG” vase was made in porcelain while I was studying art at Skidmore College. It was the last time that I had the opportunity to fire my work in a large reduction kiln. This type of firing uses gas and that is what produces these beautiful copper reds. The surface decoration feels very holiday to me with its reds and greens. I imagine this vase filled with an arrangement of red roses and white lilies, holly with tiny red berries, pine and perhaps ivy for a glorious centerpiece.

It’s functional pottery created to bring beauty to everyday life.

To purchase this one of a kind wheel thrown ceramic vase, please visit the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery for details or stop by the reception this Thursday.

This beautiful photograph of my vase was taken by Kerry Hawkins. Please visit her website to see the wonderful images she captures with her camera.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Making Art with Gelatin Blocks and Found Objects

This is from Cindy Mootz, Gelatin Monotype class this morning at the Dedham Community House in Dedham Square. Students learned to make artworks with paint, paper and found objects such as leaves, bubble wrap, stencils and more. The color and pieces were terrific. Cindy taught students how to take paper and use the gelatin block to transfer paint designs onto the paper. Students used acrylic paint for easy clean up.

More art classes check out the Dedham Community House websitehttp://dedhamcommunityhouse.org/programs.html

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November Artist of the Month: Gary Koeppel

Join us on Saturday November 9th, from 6pm to 8pm, for an opening reception for our November Artist of the Month show: Gary E. Koeppel — Works In Plein Air

"Painting landscapes is something that I enjoy doing, something that I have taken with me through the journey of my life over the past thirty years. What is it that attracts me to the landscape? I suppose it’s a place of being for us all, our connection to the land, giving us a sense of place on this planet. The elements that attract me to a scene have to do with composition, color, contrasts of light and dark. When I paint a tree in a field the tree becomes secondary to describing the space around it. What I like best about being in the landscape is, it’s a way to capture the moment- a way to stop time and study it. Through that observation an imprinted memory of the scene remains for me. In addition to Plein Air painting I have been working on larger studio pieces from photographic reference of interesting compositions and lighting. Working in this controlled environment affords me the luxury of time to work larger and push the image in a slightly different and compelling direction."

so what is En plein air? is a French expression which means "in the open air," and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground") in French. - from Wikipedia

Some very famous artists have painted this way including  Claude Monet Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Friday, November 1, 2013

See Guild Artists at Roslindale Open Studios

Melanie Guerra
Dream Big Arts
Medium: Jewelry and Photography
Location: Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Highway, 
Map Location C1
Melanie Guerra is obsessed with detail. Whether in the intricate work of her handmade jewelry designs, or the vibrant color and perspective of her photography, this obsession shines through.

Guild Alum
Monica Fairbairn
Medium: Jewelry
Location: Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street, Map Location S1
 Monica Fairbairn creates vibrant, colorful designs to fashion unusual necklaces made of beads from Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Her inspiration comes from a cornucopia of materials adapted for adornment in traditional cultures, and recalls old ideas transformed into her own modern creations.

Gillian Jackson
Gillian Jackson Photography
Medium: Photography & Painting
Location: Roslindale House,
120 Poplar Street, Map Location S1
Hailing from the north of England Gillian moved to Bermuda in the early 80s where, inspired by the clear bright light and startling colours and contrasts, she began studying and pursuing photography, which has now also developed into painting.

Gary Koeppel

Gary Koeppel
Medium: Oil Landscapes
Location: Home Studio, 2 Vista Street, Map Location S4

Gary Koeppel has spent 35 years looking at light and shadow in the landscape. He was a recipient of the 2005 Viewers Choice Award for the First Annual Roslindale Open Studios. In 2006, Koeppel was again awarded Viewers Choice, as well as Third Prize in the juried selection. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work as a commercial illustrator informs the unified composition of his landscape paintings. His work has appeared in galleries, museums and art shows in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut. 

By Paula Lazar
Paula Metcalf Lazar
Medium: Painting
Location: Birch Street House & Garden, 760 South Street
Map Location V4
As a painter, I use close observation to reveal the elegance and form in everyday objects and everyday places.

Andrew Osborne
Medium: Wood
Location: Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street, Map Location S1
Woodturning is the basis for bowls, platters hollow forms, candlesticks and a wide variety of sculptural objects. Some are utilitarian and others intend to simply provide pleasure

Barbara Trainer
Beadcraft Etc.
Medium: Jewelry
Location: Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street, Map Location S1
Eclectic, unusual necklaces, bracelets & earrings are crafted by designer Barbara Trainer. Precious & semi-precious metals, hand-blown glass & organic materials are used in unique combinations to create striking wearable art.

Check out the website here  http://www.roslindaleopenstudios.org