Friday, October 28, 2016

Announcing our Artist of the Month, Wendy Birchmire

Announcing our november artist of the month, Mosaic artist and Needham resident, Wendy Birchmire

The Dedham Square Artists Guild at 553 High St, Dedham Square invite you to our exhibit of Wendy Birchmire's newest fun & quirky mosaic decor pieces, clocks, mirrors and frames with made with recycled computer components.
Her work will be on exhibit noon-6, Wed-Sat, and 11am -2pm Sundays for the entire month of November.

About the Artist

Creating art has always been part of Wendy’s life. Her mother was an artist, so from an early age, she enrolled her daughter in art classes. As a youngster, Wendy took courses in pottery, painting, drawing, enameling, and welding found objects. At a very young age, she designed children’s fabric patterns for a well-known material manufacturer. Lately she has tried her hand at mosaics, stained glass, blown glass, fused glass, and lamp-working.

Wendy was educated in the public schools of Westport, Connecticut. From there she went to Boston University, where she studied Sociology and had a minor in Art History. Following her graduation with a Bachelor’s degree, Wendy returned to BU to secure a Master’s degree in Secondary School Counseling. After working as a Guidance Counselor in the Hanover, MA school system for over 30 years, she retired. Once again she had time to be creative and life was good!

People might say that Wendy is computer addicted. She spends a lot of time searching around the net for articles on various topics that interest her. She also finds computer hardware to be artistic. She locates old computers and computer components and disassembles them. Wendy sees this task as being similar to a challenging puzzle. Finding the tiny screws or other fasteners that release the mechanisms is tricky and time consuming, but it fascinates her. Sometimes she goes to the MIT Flea and purchases electronic parts that are nonfunctional, but attractive to the eye. From there she upcycles them into clocks, mirrors or other unique designs.

When Wendy is not upcycling computer parts, she create mostly mosaic clocks and mirrors using tile, millefiori, jewels, or whatever she thinks will enhance a piece.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Opening Reception for "Small Works"

By Kerry Hawkins

A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre



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

Participating Artists
Wendy Birchmire (Dedham Guild)
Susan Brady
Natasha Dias (Dedham High School)
Gretje Ferguson (Dedham Guild)
Sheala Frasca (Dedham High School)
Kerry Hawkins (Dedham Guild)
Barbara Hayden
Julianne Hooper
Michael Manning
Cindy Mootz (Dedham Guild)
Molly Mulvey (Dedham High School)
Mona Podgurski (Dedham Guild)
Donna Sartanowicz
Dennis Stein (Dedham Guild)
Vanessa Tedesco
Janice Williams
Nancy Zacks 

By Michael Manning

Saturday, October 8, 2016

New in the Guild! Crayon Necklaces by Art Parade

The Dedham Square Artist Guild now has these wonderful necklaces by Jill Barry
Proceeds of their sale will bring yoga classes and workshops to children with autism, 
and their caretakers.

About Us

Luke is 11 yrs old and in the 6th grade. He is sweet, loving, happy, and incredibly bright. He also has autism. He loves music, animals, yoga and....drumroll.....parades. :) He also loves to draw, and he brings his crayons and paper with him everywhere he goes.

I am a self taught artist who specializes in mosaics, dog portraits drawn with colored pencils, and jewelry. Luke and I spend a lot of time drawing together and I am truly thankful to share a common interest that allows me to spend such quality time with him. While his style is quick and free flowing, I am slow and deliberate. We are two peas is a pod, yet exact opposites. I admire his creativity and freedom, and I learn something new from him every single day.

I have been a member of the Dedham Square Artist Guild for 5 years. I am also a 200 hr registered yoga teacher and received my certification with Erica Nunnally of the Bija Institute in Cumberland, RI. I hold additional certifications in two levels of Reiki, yoga for children ages 3 through teen, Prenatal, Yin, and yoga for children with autism and special needs. I am also the owner of which creates mala beads and meditation accessories.

Knowing that Luke and I both benefit from a regular yoga practice, I combined our love of art, with our love for yoga. Working together, Luke and I make these necklaces and dedicate the proceeds to the growth, development, and support of our goal---bringing yoga classes and workshops to children with autism, and their caretakers.

Crayon necklaces

Carry a little piece of Luke with you! We had so much fun with these. Luke and I selected some of his well loved crayons and set them in sterling silver to form a wearable piece of art. Each one is unique and colorful.

The chain measure 18" in length and is also sterling silver.

Be colorful ~ Be Happy ~ Be Bright

Round pendant $35.00 Oval pendant $48.00