Thursday, February 26, 2015

Neverland by Lisa Walker

The Dedham Square Artist Guild teamed up with the Dedham Parish Players for the February/March Artist Challenge. Together they chose “Neverland” as the theme. The Opening Reception is Thursday, February 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

For my entry, I decided to repurpose one of my wheel thrown stoneware plates that had been glazed in a clear gloss with a foamy rim. It was a blank canvas to experiment with.

The Challenge:

“Neverland…Fly to Neverland with Peter Pan and see what we find…fairies and mermaids, pirates and crocodiles, and children who live forever. We’re paying tribute to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan from Neverland. Of course, Neverland could mean something completely different for you…show us!”

Opening Reception: Thursday February 26, 6pm to 8pm

Exhibition Dates: February to March 31, 2015

This exhibit is being produced in conjunction with the Parish Players newest production of “Neverland”. Their performances will take place in late March. Visit the Parish Players for more information on how to purchase tickets.

This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts.

The show is exhibited in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre located at 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. The theatre is a community hot spot. It shows new releases every day of the week, including one’s that recently won oscars!, in a movie hall in the center of Dedham Square.

For my entry, I used the image of a star to represent Tinkerbell’s magical fairy dust. I created a hand-cut stencil and gold enamel paint to embellish the surface of one of my wheel thrown stoneware plates.

I designed the plate as a functional piece. The stars scatter across the plate rim outside and around where food will be. They float like Tinkerbell’s pixie dust to create a magical moment.

I imagine the plate to be used by a young child who believes in the magic of Tinkerbell and dreams of Peter Pan and his adventurous life. It is the parent or caregiver who is rewarded with the underside of the plate…

When I was a child, our family had a wonderful set of Peter Rabbit bowls that we used for breakfast cereal. I loved imagining Peter Rabbit creeping into Mr McGregor’s garden or Peter playing with this sisters, Mopsy and Flopsy. I always ate all my cereal to see the hand-painted scenes at the bottom of the bowl. For my Neverland plate, the reward is a finished meal and the opportunity to turn the plate over.

Fairy tales are for children or those young at heart. They delight us and take us to an imaginary place. As I worked on this challenge, I was reminded that being playful and dreaming is something that adds value to life. As adults, we can learn a lot from the children in our lives.

In my imagination, when I flew to Neverland with Peter Pan and Wendy, I enjoyed watching the children learning to fly, the magical fairy dust that took them on their adventure. It was the thrill of something new and unimaginable that one can only dream about.

I imagine my “Neverland” plate to be hung on a wall. On special occasions, perhaps when it is snowy outside and there is a warm fire, the plate is taken down and placed in front of a young child to eat a comforting meal with a caregiver who will tell them a story. The story will be of adventures in distant lands. When that child goes off to bed, the caregiver will wash the magical plate and return it to the wall to hang, a constant reminder to enjoy the magic around us.

Peter Reynolds, Cheryl Doucette, Kerry Hawkins, Fred Smith, Alice Donaldson, Cindy Mootz, and more have artwork in this show. Please stop in and see what we have imagined in art!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February Picks at the Guild

Kids or For The Kid in you
Rali dolls are super hugable and loveable. A lovely gift for anyone who wants a squeeze.

Beautifully crafted mosaic mirrors by artist Wendy Birchmire. This is a new one and would look Pefect in a foyer, bathroom or even you livingroom. Perfect for anyone needing functional wall art.
Guild members Barbara Trainer and Jill Barry create wonderful pieces of wearable art. This is a new piece by Barbra Trainer (photo of necklace by Barbara Trainer. Photo by Kerry Hawkins)

This gorgeous cow named Valentino, by artist Sue Hoy, would make a great addition to the wall of any animal lover.

Our painters are all uniquely talented. This beautiful piece by Matt Miller reminds us of a throwback to smokey jazz lounges.

Come on by and check out our wall of love for the Month of February

Monday, February 16, 2015

Improvements to the Guild

Things are probably looking a little different in the gallery space. That's because members Gary Koeppel, Matt Miller and Mark Dooley teamed up for some construction work on the doorway that separates the front and back gallery. They widened the doorway to make it stroller and handicap accessible. Not to mention it really opens the space up! Boy do we have some very skilled members!

With some new lighting the Guild looks much brighter.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Neverland, Opening reception date change

Thursday, February 26th,  6 pm to 8 pm

Exhibition Dates: February 12, 2014 to March 31st, 2015

Participating Artists:
Kerry Hawkins, Lisa W B Walker, Rali Weaver, Fred Smith, Cindy Mootz, Alice Donaldson, 
Nicole Sammon, Suzanne Phelps Chambers, Barbara Reynolds, Naomi Y. Wilsey, 
Cheryl Doucette, and Peter Reynolds

This show is being produced in conjunction with the Parish Players newest production, 
Peter Pan. Visit for more information 
about their production

This magnificent show will be hosted in the lower gallery at 
the Dedham Community Theatre! 
580 High Street, Dedham, MA. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Vases by Lisa W.B. Walker

I was at the Fuller Craft Museum to see an exhibit entitled "Game Changers" when I spotted these tiny vases by Sandra Byers. It got me thinking about spring and the kind of vases you can create as bud vases.

These vases above and below were for sale at the Museum of Fine Arts gift shop. The variety of shapes are interesting.

I started making some of my own that I think will make nice gifts for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
Shop VASES at the Dedham Square Artist Guild gallery located at 553 Washington Street in Dedham Square, and, Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9 located at 45 Central Street in Norwood, Ma.

mini vases by Lisa W B Walker