Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hooray for Hollywood Exhibit

These are some of the Great works in the Hooray for Hollywood show at the Dedham Community Theatre in Dedham Square. 

Please note:
3-D work is displayed at the Dedham Guild


Golden Bowl - By Lisa Walker, Sold. This is on display at the Dedham Guild


Irony Photo by Melanie Guerra

United Palace Theatre by Dennis Stein


Dedham Community Theatre by Fred Smith, Sold


Godzilla 1954-2014 by Rali Weaver


David Letterman by Mark Dooley, Sold

This exhibit will be on display until March 23. Next up Wonderland

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Artist Interview, Encaustic Artist, Mark Dooley

Artist Interview, Mark Dooley



Can you tell me about these two pieces?

They are both forest scenes inspired from pictures I took. In the square painting I was trying to capture the feeling and colors of a windy autumn day. Autumn is one of my favorite things to explore through art. I enjoy the colors and feel of the season. In the other piece I enjoyed the composition and thought it would be interesting to interpret a dense forest.


What kind of technique did you use to create these?

They were both made with encaustic, the process of melting beeswax. Encaustic has a wonderful shimmer, smell, and richness that I enjoy. Various tools used include a hot plate, heating gun, an iron, palette knives, and paint brushes. I mix by own colors from a combination of dried pigments, wax, and damar crystals for gloss. Sometimes I add oil pastels or paint to the wax for different effects. The oil pastels can add pops of intense color.

How long have you been doing this technique?

About 7 years.

What inspires your work?

Nature and the seasons, especially autumn. I have always been drawn to the landscape.

Are you self taught in this technique?

Yes I am self-taught. I've experimented with nearly every artistic techniques at some point and figured I would give encaustic a try. From the beginning really enjoyed it although there were issues with color and consistency. I explored different types of wax such as paraffin. That did not work well and the wax crumbled off over time. When mixing my own colors sometimes they were too concentrated or too transparent or not mixed uniformly. Through research I discovered the proper ratio of powdered pigments, wax, and damar crystals.

Why did you decide to join the Guild?

I live nearby and had been aware of the guild when it first began. After attending a few events it seemed like a dynamic group of people and artwork.

Are you working on any new projects?

Recently I have been working on larger charcoal drawings also related to nature. I have always enjoyed drawing and it's great to get back into it. I discovered a strong way to finish the drawings is to mount them on wood and then coat with beeswax. The final result is rich and unique. 

See Mark's work in the Guild




Friday, February 21, 2014

Guild Art Venue, Dedham Community Theatre


We have been so lucky to be invited to take over a space at the Dedham Community Theatre for our Art Challenges. Our newest show is Hooray for Hollywood. We invite Dedham Guild and artists from the community to enter our challenges. We have an opening reception with every show. It is pretty great Art lovers can enjoy a drink and eat popcorn while seeing some great art.



About Dedham Community Theatre
The Dedham Community Theatre was founded in 1927 and owned by Paul McMurtry. This wonderful cinema part of the vibrant downtown scene, located in newly revamped historic Dedham Square. 

Their Mission (From Thier Website)
Our mission is to bring the community together for quality art-house films, events, music, and comedy. We also seek to support the independent spirit of great filmmakers and to thrive in the age of digital downloads, Netflix, and video-on-demand.

We offer great films 365 days a year, popcorn with REAL butter, beer and wine and the classic candy snacks you remember. You are helping to keep our doors open by buying snacks here!

I couldn't say it better myself

The Theatre has had new renovations such as painting, moving the seats for better viewing, and going digital. This theatre has been an center piece to Dedham Square for many years. We love that you can have a beer, wine and delicious popcorn with real butter. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wonderland, Call to Artists

Call To Artists!

MARCH - MAY 2014
Artist Challenge:
“WONDERLAND”

The Dedham Square Artist Guild invites Eastern Massachusetts artists
working in all mediums to submit work for this themed 
exhibition! “Wonderland”…

Let’s jump into the rabbit hole and see what we find… mad hatters and mad queens, 
tea parties and music and creatures who speak in riddles and rhyme. We’re paying 
tribute to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”…Of course, “Wonderland” could mean something completely different to YOU… show us!! Open to artists 

living/working in Eastern Massachusetts, working in all mediums. 
This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community
Theater for all to enjoy!

Submissions are due to the Guild by March 7, 2014, and 
all details and forms can be found online: 
http://dedhamguild.com/Wonderland2014

The art exhibition will be shown at the Dedham Community Theatre.
Opening reception will take place on March 27 from 6-8pm.

The show will run through May 26.

Questions? 
Email Melanie Guerra: Melanie@DreamBigArts.com

This show is  inspired by and in partnership with the 
The Parish Players and their production held at the First Church, Dedham
Alice in Wonderland
Performances March 28-30, 2013
Friday and Saturday, 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm
https://www.facebook.com/TheParishPlayers



Monday, February 17, 2014

Hooray for Hollywood Opening Reception


A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre
Opening Reception: Thursday February 20th, 6pm to 8pm
EXHIBITION DATES: FEBRUARY 20 – MARCH 23

Please Join Us

Artists include: 
Kerry Hawkins, Lisa Walker, Vanessa Todesco, Wendy Birchmire, Fred Smith, Dennis Stein
Gary Koeppel, Mark Dooley, Rali Weaver, Melanie Guerra, and Cindy Mootz

Hooray for Hollywood! Since it’s Oscar month and our Artist Challenge Series is hosted by a movie theatre, we decided to pay homage to the movies! 

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

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Register for Dedham Open Studios



Sunday, May 18th, 2014, 11AM - 5PM
Registration opens January 31, 2014 and closes April 4, 2014
DOS is made possible in part by generous support by Blue Hills Bank and Whole Foods.

Dedham isn't only home to the famous Dedham Pottery, but also to a growing number of talented and diverse artists in myriad media, ranging from sculpture and murals to paintings and jewelry. Dedham Open Studios is a relaxed and fun one-day community event, where local artists can show and offer their work for sale.

If you are an artist and you would like to be part of the 2014 Dedham Open Studios, registration is now OPEN! You can register and pay your registration fee REGISTER HERE, as well as upload samples of the work you will display at the event.

Here are the current group locations available (we may add more):
Dedham Square (various locations, outdoor space available)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's is almost here!




 New work by Jewelry Designer and Guild Member, Barbara Trainer. The colors of some of this jewelry are bright and cheerful. Some are bold and make a statement. Barbara is a from West Roxbury and also a landscape designer. You can see this influence in her pieces.


This Cherry painting is by Guild Member, Paula Lazar. Paula has some lovely and rich looking paintings of fruits and still-lifes. She also has been experimenting with other subjects and they are represented in the gallery. 


The gallery is so lucky to have a very talented glass artist, Westwood resident, Kevin Becker. This is a glass blown hummingbird feeder and make a great gift for a nature lover. The glass is bold and bright.


Have you seen Westwood Jewelry Artist, Melanie Guerra's work?  These are prefect earrings so a special occasion or to dress up any outfit. Come and see them for yourself.


Mansfield Mosaic Artist, Jill Barry, one of the members of the Artist Team that designed "Leroy, The Peace Bunny" has recently designing and making jewelry design. These are stackable bracelets. She has been making spoon, mosaic, wire wrapping and beaded jewelry.


This wonderful painting is by MIlton Artist, Sue Hoy. You can imagine where this is. It reminds me of France but it could be anywhere. Such a thoughtful piece

All of these items are available in the Gallery

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Spoons, New Necklaces in the Guild



We asked Mansfield and Guild Artist, Jill Barry why she started to make these lovely pendants.

"The idea for these pendants simply came from a spoon in an antique store that caught my eye. The pattern on it was really unique and beautiful. I started digging through the bin and found so many different ones. It got me thinking about how you use them everyday, but you usually don't pay attention to what your holding. I went home and researched how to work with the metals and ended up with these. I love the idea that you can take something like a spoon, give it new life, and make the beautiful patterns a focal point. They're everyday pieces of art."

These are in the Guild now. We love that they are an up-cycled and are very beautiful with their ornate details. They are sure to be a conversation piece.

This is a great Valentine gift idea!

Vote for the Dedham Guild!


The Dedham Guild has entered the annual Intuit's Small Business, Local Buzz contest that will give 15 businesses $5000 worth of online advertising. This will make such a difference in our marketing and growth of our business. We love being part of the Community of Dedham and having a gallery in Dedham Square


Our Entry Page for the Dedham Guild


Our Entry Paragraph written by Guild Artist, Lisa Walker, Photo by Guild and Medfield Artist, Dennis Stein

"It was the spark of a creative idea that gave birth to the Dedham Square Artist Guild in October 2011. Just think of what a cooperative of 25 artists can dream up in $5000 of online marketing dollars! As Dedham's first artist cooperative, owned and operated by its artist members, we have flooded our community with local art with classes, openings, artist challenges. We want to do more. Winning would enable our small business to run promotions on Facebook, create a video to virtually meet our artists, capture images of our events… Winning would provide the money for us to create and grow."

Vote for us here

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentines for Veterans


The Guild is again partnering with Catching Joy. The Dedham Guild will be hosting Valentines cards for Veterans in the gallery during February Vacation.

The event will take place at the Blue Bunny bookstore in Dedham Square, February 14th
from 4-30-6pm. This is a FREE event

Here is more about the wonderful organization Catching Joy

Catching Joy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes volunteerism beginning with young children and their families. We organize hands-on activities that kids can do to let them feel the joy of giving.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Opening Reception This Saturday




Join us on Saturday February 8th from 5pm to 8pm, for the opening reception of artist Dennis Stein's newest work. This show will feature a majority of images reflecting Urban NYC. This show will run for the entire month of February.