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 www.monapodgurski.com.

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, www.lisawbwalker.wordpress.com, 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

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