Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Last Minute Shopping Event at the Dedham Guild

Need to do some last minute shopping?

HOW? Our way is to do it with a glass of wine or hot cider. And maybe a cookie or two!

WHEN? Thursday, December 22nd. At 5:30 we'll open the wine,
warm the cider and put out the cookies.

WHERE? Dedham Square Artists Guild 155 High St. Dedham Center.

We have lots of great stocking stuffers, decorative glass, cool coasters with photos, wonderful watercolors, opulent oils, clever computer clocks/mirrors, perfect pottery, fabulous fiber arts, dear
dollies and a joyous jamboree of jewelry.

So JOIN US for the fun, gift ideas and refreshments. We'll be looking forward to seeing you!

Coasters by Gretje Ferguson, Ornaments by Lisa Walker, Necklace by Jill Barry, and earring by Sandrine Colson

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Events at the Dedham Guild this week, check them out here

Wednesday, December 14th
6pm to 8pm
Artists of the Month opening reception featuring 
Matt Miller (painting) and Barbara Trainer (Jewelry)

Read more about the Artists Here

Friday December 16th  
3pm to 6pm
Artists trunk show featuring photography by Alice Donaldson 
and painted glassware by Pat Hawkins.

About Pat Hawkins

I started painting with Watercolors and moved on to Acrylics, Pen and Ink approximately 30 years ago. I found this was a way of expressing myself and loved working with colors and different mediums. Then about 25 years ago I received a China Painting Book from my daughter Kerry. Voila, a new exciting endeavor the Art of Decorative Painting. I started working with painting glassware such as wine glasses, vases and other fun projects. I love to share my techniques with people that enjoy the enjoy the process of creating something beautiful, fun and unique. I find that people really enjoy giving unique and personal gifts to family and friends as well as enjoying in their own homes. 

About Alice Donaldson

Photography is my passion. I love the way light plays on the landscape, and its diversity of textures, shapes and intricacies of the land. My travels have inspired respect and admiration for the beauty and grandeur of this world. The goal is to capture this beauty in photographs, and to evoke various emotions from the onlooker.

My portfolio reflexes my travel thru Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Cape Cod.

I photograph in hope that people can identify with a place they have dreamed of, perhaps visited, or to inspire there imagination.

Saturday December 17th, 
1pm to 5pm
Jewelry by artist Claire Kincaid

See Claire Kincaid’s handcrafted wire Jewelry at 
this unique trunk show

Shop for your loved ones or yourself and meet the creator of these beautiful jewelry pieces

From the Artist
Claire Kincaid
Jeweler, Maker, Engineer

I started creating in the fourth grade, when my passion for both art and hands on engineering and science lead me to the constantly evolving world of jewelry and precious stones. Since then, I have explored many different avenues of creation and fallen in love with the world of metal and wire. I create custom jewelry and sculptures from wire using a variety of metal working techniques. I also mine and cut my own gemstones, allowing me to be even more involved in the design of a piece from its inception. When I'm not in the workshop, I'm studying mechanical engineering at Olin College in Needham, MA. I recently joined the artisan's community of Somerville, and currently work out of Artisan's Asylum, developing my skills and forming deeper connections with the community. I enjoy working closely with people to solve problems and create new, awesome things.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Join us for the Art opening of Artists of the Month, Matt Miller, Painting and Barbara Trainer, Jewelry

Join us on Wednesday, December 14th
6pm to 8pm 
for an Artists of the Month opening reception 
featuring Matt Miller (painting) and Barbara Trainer (Jewelry)

About the Artists

Barbara Trainer began jewelry designing in 2007 as another creative outlet in her life. Her career as a certified landscape designer led to her interest in other kinds of design. With a background in needle & fabric crafts, she started working with jewelry components such as hand-blown imported glass, sterling silver, other metals and many other unusual, eclectic materials. Her pieces are meant to catch & reflect light & color in a delicate interplay. And she strives to create necklaces & earrings of unique textures & forms.

Her company, Beadcraft Etc., was founded in 2008 in her design studio at her home in West Roxbury, MA. She and her business partner, Monica Fairbairn, exhibit their jewelry at arts & crafts venues throughout the state. Please see Barbara's Facebook page for pictures and schedules of upcoming shows.


Matt Miller started drawing at an early age and was often seen with pencil, pen, or charcoal in hand. He took several drawing classes at this time, however as he grew and adulthood came upon him, a long hiatus in his art took place. Later, as an accomplished adult, he took up drawing and oil painting with renewed zeal, studying with several skilled local artists, taking classes at a number of local studios and the Rhode Island School of Design. He came across the artwork of David Leffel and became heavily influenced by his work, working with and attending numerous training sessions over the next few years with Mr. Leffel and his wife Sherrie McGraw in California and in Taos NM.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Custom Beach Sand Vases by Kevin Becker

From the Boston Globe

We saw these at a Cape Cod art show and were captivated by the concept: Glass artist Kevin Becker of Westwood, Mass., creates blown glass “beach memories” vases using sand from the beach of your choice. What a cool way to preserve the memory of that special beach — where you spent your honeymoon, perhaps, or the strand of sand where you and your siblings built sand castles together. Using your own sand, or a sample of sand from his own collection, Becker will make a piece of art that recalls waves, water, and sand. His hand-blown hummingbird feeder ($28) is also a beauty. Vases are 6 to 8 inches tall, and prices start at $65. Available at Dedham Square Artist Guild, 553 High St., Dedham;

Kevin Becker needs ½ to 1 cup of sand. Kevin need orders (including sand) by Dec. 15 in order to complete and ship for Xmas. Feel free to call the artist at any time with any questions.  

Don't have your own sand
This is a list of sand that Kevin has in his inventory

Monterey Bay, Newport Beach, Pebble Beach

Hotchkiss Grove (Branford), White Sand Beach

Anna Maria Island, Bonita Beach, Captiva, Fort Desoto, Fort Myers Beach
Key West (Smathers Beach), Lovers Key, Naples, Sanibel, Seagrove
Siesta Key

Big Island (Hapuna Bay, Mauna Kea, Papakolea, Punalu’u)
Kauai (North Shore), Maui (Wailea Beach, Wai’anapanapa), O’ahu (Aulani/Disney)

Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, York, Acadia (Sand Beach, Seal Harbor)

Assateague Island, Ocean City

Beverly (Dean St; Endicott), Cape Cod
(Barnstable, Brewster(all beaches), Chatham, Craigville, Eastham, E. Dennis, W. Dennis, Harwich, Harwichport, Hyannis, Hyannis (Lewis Bay), Mayflower, Osterville, Provincetown, Scituate (Peggotty Beach), Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouthport …Multiple beaches from many Cape towns,)
Duxbury Beach, Falmouth, Gloucester, Hull, Humarock, Lake Nipmuc
Manchester-by-the-Sea (Singing Beach), Marblehead (Deveraux, Preston, King’s)
Martha’s Vineyard (Chilmark, Oak Bluffs, W. Chop), Mashpee (Popponessett) Nantasket
Nantucket (Children’s beach, Cisco Beach, Dionis, Madaket, Sconset, Steps Beach, Surfside beach)
Nauset (grey sand, purple sand), Peddocks Island, Plum Island, Popponesset
Rockport, Truro (multiple beaches), Quincy, Scituate (Pegotty)

Hampton Beach

Atlantic City, Sea Isle

Eagle Bay Lake, Pleasure Beach (Long Island Sound)

Outer Banks

Barrington, Beavertail Beach, Jamestown, Narragansett
Newport (all beaches), Prudence Island, Westerly

Lake Powell

ABU DABI, ARUBA, BERMUDA (Tuckers Point, Horseshoe Bay beach)
COSTA RICA (Pacific and Caribbean coasts), DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
EGYPT, FRANCE (Paris-Notre Dame, Normandy)
MAURITIUS, INDIA (Kochi- Arabian Sea)
IRELAND, ISRAEL (Sea of Galilee, Mediterranean Sea, Nageve Desert)
MEXICO (Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Sea, Playa del Carmen, Tulum)
SPAIN (Barcelona), ST. LUCIA
ST. MARTIN (Orient Baie –Fr. West Indies)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for the Dedham Guild, Read about our local artists

Zelayna Rauch, Fiber
Westwood, MA

I have loved sewing my whole life. My grandmother Jenny, who was a milner (hat maker), was my first teacher. She, my “Baba”, taught me to cross-stitch, crochet and embroider. My older sister, Elissa, was my next teacher. She sewed on a machine and made clothing. She had taken a quilting class and decided that we, along with our other two sisters, should make our parents a 30th wedding anniversary quilt, which we did. They just recently celebrated their 68th anniversary!

My quilting really took off around 2005, when my sister-in-law, Alice, asked me to make a quilt for the upcoming birth of her son Adam. My friend and fellow quilter, Abby, helped me with this project. She also encouraged me to join her quilting guild, the Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild (RNQG), which I did. All of this sewing activity required that I replace the old machine I had used since age 11 with a new machine with modern features. Since that time I have continued to learn and develop my quilting style and techniques by reading books and magazines, as well as attending workshops, classes and retreats. I love learning new techniques and also sharing my creations with family and friends. Due to my interest in sewing, all 3 of my sisters have taken it back up. I have made many friends in the quilting community and have served as President of the RNQG twice. I have found quilting to be a wonderful creative outlet.

My quilts have been displayed at the Brookline and Westwood Public Libraries, as well as in the Akillian Gallery at the Milton Art Museum. I have also shown many quilts at the RNQG Quilt Show, held semi-annually, at the Blue Hills Regional High School.

Mona Podgurski, Painting and Drawings
Canton, MA

Mona Podgurski was born in Boston and currently resides in Canton. She is a graduate of Blue Hills Technical Institute, where she received an Associate degree in commercial art, and Bridgewater State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in fine art.. Mona is primarily a draftsman who prefers to teach and show in pastel and drawing, although she does work in watercolor and oil. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and the Pastel Painters of Maine, and is currently President of the Canton Art Association. Her work may be seen on her web site, at

Kerry Hawkins, Photography

Coasters by Kerry lives in Dedham, MA. She is also a Co-Founder of the 
Dedham Square Artist Guild in Dedham Square.

Kerry is a freelance graphic designer and amateur fine art photographer. She attended the Art Institute of Boston, majoring in graphic design. She became hooked on photography in her second year of college and has been photographing ever since.

As a photographer and artist she is drawn to the contrasts, complexity and vibrancy of cityscapes and neighborhoods, the buildings and negative spaces between them. The interaction of individual and architecture create myriad opportunities to capture unseen moments and scenes.

Lisa W.B. Walker, Pottery
Westwood, MA

Lisa W. B. Walker is an Artist working in clay who lives in Westwood, Massachusetts. She creates wheel thrown or hand built functional ware to explore surface decoration in order to create one of a kind original work. Lisa received her Studio Art Degree from Skidmore College, continuing with additional classes at the Museum School of Fine Arts Boston and the Art Institute of Boston. She writes a weekly blog,, participates in local arts related community service, and, shares her knowledge through workshops. 

Fred Smith, Watercolor
Dedham, MA

As a landscape designer Fred Smith is interested in natural forms and processes. He prefers watercolor because of its transparency and the layering effects that are possible when wax and other resist materials are added.

See his work at the Guild