Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nick Conte, Artist Reception

Join us on Friday June 20th from 6pm to 8pm for an Artist Reception featuring our June Artist of the Month, Photographer, Nick Conte.

About the artist:
Nick, a Dedham resident, works exclusively in black and white, primarily using an Olympus OM-10 camera and Ilford FP4 35mm film—he develops his own film and prints the images in his basement darkroom. Nick has been taking pictures since he was 8, when his parents bought him his first camera, a Kodak Ektralite that took 110 film (and 'arty' pictures of his stuffed animals). He's been a bit more serious about it for the past 15 years, and finds inspiration in the moment.

The images are a surprise, stop by the show to see them

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Join us for the Art show by Stacey Sargent

Join us this Saturday for the Art show by Stacey Sargent on 
Saturday, June 14th 2pm - 5pm
At the Dedham Guild

My name is Stacey Sargent, and I am an artist living in Dedham. I started creating decorative pieces of art as a way to cope with my chronic pain condition, interstitial cystitis. After many requests, I decided to share my art with others. I have always enjoyed creating art and admire the power art has to bring joy and comfort to people's lives. My work had been described as both playful and inspiring. I create mixed media art using canvas, acrylic paint, scrapbook paper, and Modge Podge. I gladly take requests for custom art. Let me know what inspires you! I hope my homemade pieces of art bring happiness into you or your loved one's home.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Identity, Our newest Artist Challenge

Call For Submissions!

August — September 2014 Challenge: IDENTITY
A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre
Opening Reception: Thursday July 31st, 6pm to 8pm
EXHIBITION DATES: July 31 – September 29

“Identity” Who are you? Who are we? Who was that masked man, anyway? Let’s explore identity in all its forms, perceptions and definitions. Consider who you are, what you stand for, your roots. Discover how another person or group identifies himself/herself/themselves…through their culture, interests, history. Go ahead, have an identity crisis! Dig deep into this challenge and tell us about identity using any medium!

This Challenge is open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. This magnificent show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

Open to all artists in Eastern Massachusetts.
The non-refundable submission fee of $25 for up to 2 pieces must be paid online via the paypal button below, on or before the published deadline for the Challenge. Guild Patron Members Fridalevel pay $20, Guild Patron Members M.C. Escher level pay $15 (for one show only).

Entry fees, signed prospectus and jpg samples of your current work (a sample of the medium and style you work in) are due by July 9.  Go here for the Prospectus http://dedhamguild.com/identity2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Glassblower and Guild member, Kevin Becker at Snow Farm

Photo by Snow Farm

Photo by Snow Farm

Glassblower and Dedham Square Artist Guild member Kevin Becker recently spent 4 days at an intensive advanced training with master glassblower Jordana Korsen and six other students.  The course was held at  Snow Farm – The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, MA.  

‘One of the best things about the course was the ability to simply immerse myself in glassblowing.  Being at Snow Farm with the sole purpose of honing my skill and expanding my creative horizons allowed me to take full advantage of the  12 hours a day in the hot shop. Jordana is a highly skilled glassblower and a truly talented teacher.’  

The students worked together to support each others’ goals and vision for the four day period.  

This is the second time I’ve enrolled in this course and each time I have left with new direction and skills that will immediately influence the pieces I make.  I focused largely on sculpting, the use of color, and blowing larger pieces during my time there.  As a result, in the next few weeks and months my work at the DSAG will begin to show these influences.’

By Kevin Becker

Monday, June 2, 2014

Race Music by Iris Quilts

Photo taken by Kerry Hawkins at Dedham Open Studios on a visit to Iris's studio at Mother Brook Arts and Community Center

My sister lives in Saratoga Springs NY, and the last time we were there for the races I shot a bajillion photos:  The horses, the jockeys, the crowd, the entertainment, the hats (a quilt one day…).  Of all of them this photo spoke the loudest to me and so I set off to interpret it in fabric.
with_hats.jpgSince this was from a photo and would have (lots & lots of) tiny pieces, I chose the tulle overlay technique (you can read about it in Beethoven 7th in Negative Space).  As always, I began by, enlarging and posterizing the photo – but I also turned it to black & white.  The shading on this piece was very important and I have a hard time deciding similar values across colors (is this shade of green and this shade of red the same value in my shade scale?).  By making my photo b&w I didn’t have to struggle – it’s clear to me whether one gray is lighter or darker than another.  I set the posterization for 5 shades of gray which meant that each color (red, skin tone, etc) would have 5 shades from light to dark.
Monday_May_12.jpgI started off by tracing the entire photo onto a plastic sheet which became my “master” and help with relative placement of figures.   I then traced individual sections of the photo (an arm, a face, a hat) marking the edges of the posterization process; this tracing would help with the relative placement of each shade of the image.  Finally, I traced that same individual section, marked each section as having a shade from 1-5 & black, and used that tracing as a cutting guide.  Once I finished an element (the arm, face or hat), I used the element’s complete tracing to make sure all was in place and then placed the element under the master tracing to make sure it was correct relative to its neighbor.  In other words, the arm needed to be coming out of the sleeve at the right spot!
The biggest challenge for me in this piece was balancing my desire to make the piece look like a photo with the reality of fabric as a medium - how detailed (read:  tiny pieces) I should go.  The fabric choices were not always correct; I had to make some of the faces and one of the arms twice, and the background color was changed a few times.  The flowers and greenery are actually comprised of several fabrics, with some leaves and all flowers fussy-cut to make sure I didn’t have an unnatural line between the windows and the ground.  This was actually not in the original photo, but I thought it was more attractive than the scattered coffee cups and disembodied heads and legs that were caught in the frame.

back_of_quilt.jpgOnce the top was completed, I had to decide what color to use in sewing around each element.  I chose black in order to emphasize the posterizing - but that led to another challenge.  In the photo, the gentleman on the left’s eyes are just circles with a dot in the middle; you know they’re eyes, but there’s absolutely no detail (eyelid, eyeball, iris, pupil). I felt it would look off (freaky, actually) if I outlined those circles in black thread.  After much deliberation and experimentation, I colored them with a marker which made them softer (not freaky!) and stayed true to the mere suggestion of eyes.
The final stage of this project was placing the strings on the bass and banjo.  Sigh.  I didn’t want to put them under the tulle which meant by the time I was sewing them on, there were layers and layers of fabric underneath.  I had to use pliers (!) to push and pull the needle for the banjo strings.  The two bass strings are made of embroidery floss which I couched by hand (with pliers).  To stay true to the photo I colored the bottom part of the strings with yellow and red markers. 
Race_Music.jpgThe quilt measures 19.25 x 30.25 framed, and took 65 hours of hands-on (as my husband points out, not including the thinking, planning, re-thinking, re-planning, or shopping for) work to complete.  

By Iris Sonnenschein