Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Art Walk in Wellesley Square, December 6, 2015

Wellesley Women Artisans (WWA) will sponsor the third annual Art Walk in conjunction with the Holiday Stroll in Wellesley Square on Sunday, December 6 from 12 to 6.


This year WWA collaborates with 17 members of the Wellesley Square Merchants Association who will sponsor the work of  local artists in their respective shops. The event is part of the WWA's mission to promote the arts in Wellesley. In addition to members of the WWA, artists from the community, including the Wellesley Society of Artists and students from Wellesley High School are also participating in the event.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Neighbors Drawing Neighbors: A Community Art Event May 16, 2015 - All Invited!

Do you know what your neighbors look like? Do they know what you look like? Could you get to know your neighbors better if you drew their picture?

On Saturday, May 16, from 1-4pm at Simons Park (corner of Washington and Brook Streets) the Wellesley Women Artisans invite you to come and draw your neighbors. We’ll take your Polaroid picture, have you share three easy facts about yourself, and put them in an envelope. You’ll then receive a random envelope from someone you’ve never met and have the chance to sit down and draw the person’s picture. All ages and levels of art experience welcome. All materials will be provided. We’ll have a temporary gallery on site to share our pictures of each other. 

“Even in a small town like Wellesley, so few of us really get to know or even meet one another,” says event co-chair Laura Fragasso. “By drawing each other we see each other in a new light, perhaps for the first time, and experience art making together in a way that few people other than young children get a chance to do.”

The idea for Neighbors Drawing Neighbors originated with artist Ivan Cash’s event at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Strangers Drawing Strangers. Learn more about Ivan’s event here: http://www.cashstudios.co/strangers-drawing-strangers/ 

Neighbors Drawing Neighbors is part of Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend and is the third public participatory art experience hosted by the Wellesley Women Artisans. The mission of the Wellesley Women Artisans is to establish and promote an arts community within the Town of Wellesley by creating a strong alliance among women artists residing within the town, facilitating community-wide art experiences for town residents, and building connections among artists, town government, businesses, and other organizations in Wellesley.

For more information contact Julie Nikolewski at 781-235-4570 or Julie@julievari.com.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Art Day at the Recycle & Disposal Facility

On Sunday, November 8th the Friends of Recycling sponsored their third annual Art Day on-site at the take-and-leave section of the Recycle and Disposal Facility (RDF). Friends of Recycling volunteers, in collaboration with Wellesley Community Art Project, facilitated the making of spontaneous sculptures with recycled objects. 

Some of the works are being shown in the Wellesley Free Library through early December.

Sofia Cozza, Amelie Caruso, Arianna Cozza

Priscilla Messing, Marsha Rowlands, JoAnn Jones
Tara Standard, Clare Standard

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Art in the Park 2014

For the second year in a row, the Wellesley Women Artisans 
presented a free community art event during Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend. 
The community was invited to work on a large-scale community art installation using unwanted LP vinyl records reclaimed with the help of Wellesley’s awesome Friends of Recycling. Members of the Wellesley Women Artisans were on site to assist and inspire, and provided materials with the support of Wellesley’s Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Many thanks to Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission and Municipal Light Plant for their support. Many thanks for in-kind supplies and services from Green’s Hardware, Ace Hardware, Paul Lemieux, Craig Riggs and Sterritt Lumber. And thanks to all the art makers!

 “We are so pleased to be hosting a community art event for our town once again,” said Wellesley Women Artisans co-founder, Abby Glassenberg. “Our goal is to bring people together to work on a fun, creative project that we can all enjoy.” Wellesley Women Artisans member and event organizer Laura Fragasso agrees. “Art can be made with anything, including free materials others might overlook. This event is a way to get everyone involved in the creative process.”

We played LP vinyl in the park!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

van Gogh lightens up Linden Street (next to Petco)

Made possible with the generous support of Federal Realty
These are some of the art students who brightened the vacant window next to Petco on Linden Street.

These Vincent van Gogh inspired paintings were done by 7 to 14 year-old students of Painting and Drawing at Wellesley's Recreation Department with Wellesley artist and instructor D’Ann Hansen.  

Sunflowers and Starry Night are two of van Gogh’s most beloved works. He painted both while living in the South of France in the years 1888 and 1889. Students studied van Gogh’s work and were asked to do their own interpretation.  




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Art Exhibit in Wellesley Square - December 2013

See the fine art of five local artists exhibited in the vacant space on the corner of Church and Abbott Streets. The exhibit was installed coincident with Wellesley Square's Holiday Stroll and Wellesley's first "Art Walk" sponsored by Wellesley Women Artisans. (See the "Art Walk" at www.wellesleywomen artisans.com)

The exhibit was made possible by the generous support of property manager EDENS and features the paintings of Julia Blake, Julia Greenway, Dottie Laughlin, and Carolyn Mackin Watson - - and the sculpture and watercolors of Merrilyn Delano Marsh.

Merrilyn D. Marsh

Marsh’s primary medium is sculpture but she’s also a painter. Walking around her sculptures is an encounter with beloved animals and all manner of flora and fauna, sights and sounds, of the natural world. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris. Her works have been exhibited throughout New England and New York, and her work is included in many private collections.Marsh taught at the Choate School of Brookline, Brookline Community Center, DeCordova Museum of Lincoln, and also private classes. She achieved Copley Master status as a member of the Copley Society of Art and is a member of the New England Sculptors Association (NESA), Cambridge Art Association, and Wellesley Society of Artists. 

Two of her commissioned bronze sculptures are within short walking distance of this exhibit: Girl with the Butterfly is in Central Park between the Post Office and the Wellesley Congregational Church, and Animal Lover is in the Cloister Garden at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Marsh’s commissioned works also include multiple bronze reliefs on the Duke University and Tufts University campuses. 

Carolyn Mackin Watson

Utilizing a mix of photography, digital imaging, painting, collage and intuition, Carolyn creates fine artwork inspired by her myriad passions. Her influences include the glowing illumination of a city at night, peeled layers of paint on old buildings or furniture, traveling and adventures both internal and external, and artists Jill Ricci and Flora Bowley. In 1996 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, and in 2003 a Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. She's lived in Wellesley with her husband and two young sons since 2009. Their boys attend Hardy Elementary and P.A.W.S. and she's an active member of the Wellesley Mother’s Forum as well as Wellesley Women Artisans.

Dottie Laughlin

Born and raised in Chicago, Dottie Laughlin lived in several countries and cities before moving to Boston 12 years ago. She had always enjoyed painting and studied Art in College but it was not until she was struggling with three young sons and a Minnesota winter that she found her way back to Oil painting. In Boston, she continued her studies at the Danforth Museum School with Robert Collins and Ruth Scotch. She currently studies with Boston Guild Artist, William Bartlett. These large abstract water paintings were done following a trip to the Caribbean where she had made many plein air sketches of the water and rocks. The sun was so warm and inviting during the day while the late afternoon provided the many soft colors and shadows. To Dottie it is both an incredible opportunity and challenge to communicate with color. It is this experience of watching the painting unfold that is so amazing and exciting to her.
 Julia Greenway

These oil paintings and charcoal drawing are inspired by uninhabited and off-the-beaten-track spaces in nature that the artist seeks. Whether it be a sunlit moment on a trail off the main path, or an unexpected morning mist, Greenway paints to find a passage that may feel familiar in some way; a moment of unexpected grace in the natural world.

Julia Blake

Award-winning artist Julia Blake recently started painting again after several years away from the easel. She has an impressive ability to work across many styles from abstract to figure. She tends to use vivid colors, high contrast and bold strokes to create aesthetic and meaningful works. As an artist she was a peer-and client-nominated finalist for 40 Women to Watch Over Forty - a list of “women in the world who are innovators, role-models and makers, creating momentum and changing the world”. Her art is in private collections in several states from Hawaii to Massachusetts. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and their six children in a charming cape she renovated.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New "Diversity" Art Exhibit on Linden Street

There's a new art exhibit made possible by the generous support of Federal Realty in the vacant windows between California Pizza Kitchen and Ace Hardware on Linden Street.
Wellesley High School's Art & Community Club is a student-run club that focuses on creating and exhibiting artworks around specific themes that bring awareness to essential elements of a healthy community. This year’s exhibit, “Diversity”, is centered on diversity in our community and in the outer world. Students dealt with various issues of ethnicity, race, religion, culture, language, unity, community, and more.  

Discover Your Unique Color
Eunice Lee

This piece is made out of a cardboard box for the window and coffee filter for the flowers. I was inspired by the natural color that came out in the coffee filter when I brewed coffee. Some of the flowers are dyed with real fruit juices, but most of them are dyed with acrylic paints. The open window symbolizes being open-minded to and accepting diversity. It represents discovering hidden ability of an individual. Through the mirror, the viewer can see his or herself surrounded by flowers that show different colors, talents, or abilities of the viewer. The various colors of the flowers demonstrate different perspectives of people. Its overall message is that there are numerous aspects of humans and we can discover them by exploring new things and communicating with others.

One Hundred Rivers Form an Ocean
Maggie Zhang

I was inspired by “Afghan Girl,” a photograph of Sharbat Gula taken by Steve McCurry in December 1984 for the cover of National Geographic and “The Dreamer,” an acrylic-on-canvas painting by Kevin Chasing Wolf Hutchins. The Chinese have an idiom, Hai Na Bai Chuan - All rivers run into the ocean. The greatness of the ocean arises from the currents that feed it; be it the vast Amazon of South America or the trickling streams that meander through the walks of Wellesley, both eventually empty into the ocean. In turn, the ocean accepts their gift in its womb. The beauty of Mother Nature is the life that she sustains; like the bold and majestic American eagle and the elegant yet valorous Japanese koi fish, life braves blue skies and graces translucent waters. Together they lend biodiversity to our ecosystems. The strength of mankind emerges from a spectrum of people; we differ in color, creed, or culture. With acceptance and compassion, our differences become a mosaic of beauty and greatness. Together, we find perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose; together, we are strong.
Hai Na Bai Chuan - Be tolerant to diversity.

Serena Benages

On one page, there are newspaper articles. These represent generalizations Americans can make when all they know about another culture is what they read or see on the news. The cut-out question mark shows the next page, which has personal stories my father has from his childhood in Cuba. This piece shows my personal diversity, but also my belief that cultural diversity and experiencing other peoples or beliefs is so much more important than simply reading the news.

Different yet the Same
Serena Benages

The piece is centered on a phonebook, which is a testament to the amount of diversity that thrives today. This diversity is apparent not only in our names but also in our food. America today is a melting pot of so many different cultures. The inspiration from this piece came from the quotation "How alike we are, and yet how different". The hand that rises from the book symbolizes this shared humanity.

Pooja Reddy
This piece depicts Gautama Buddha in a reverie with various demons in the background trying to disturb him. This piece represents how even in times of almost complete darkness, truth and peace will find a way to shine through. The inspiration for this piece came from a visit to Bylakuppe, which is in Karnataka India. It is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India. Here, I visited a Tibetan monastery, which was decorated profusely with statues and wall murals. These wall murals caught my eye because Buddha was depicted as extremely peaceful, when the murals surrounding him where of demons and walls of flame

A Mélange
Pooja Reddy
This piece shows the face of Gautama Buddha at rest. Even with his demise, Buddha influenced so many people and his influence spread around the world from India to places such as Korea, Japan, Tibet, and throughout the world with immigrants. This spread created an interesting mix of people with different cultures and backgrounds who were brought together by the central teaching of Lord Buddha. A mélange of individuals as the canvas to absorb the trails of knowledge left by Buddha.

Thing Unseen
Chloe Kolbet

To recognize diversity is to acknowledge differences and similarities simultaneously. Yes, it is to notice how someone is black, while another is white, how someone is poor and another is rich, how someone is female and another is male. Yet, it is also to recognize that despite the differences, we are all human—99.9 percent of our DNA is the same. In this way, we can assign true human dignity to all, rather than only establishing separation. For this reason, I used only sharpie and poster board as my media in order to represent our diverse unity.

International Diversity
Rey Duran

artwork is done in pastel pencils on white paper and the black background is done with acrylic paint. It depicts many continents on Earth and several gray hands pouring colors into the world. The lands are surrounded by four interlocked arms of different skin tones. For this piece, I wanted to have more of a human feel by using the arms and hands. The different colors seeping into the world map represent various people and their culture, connected by humanity as a whole. The quotation demonstrates the importance of diversity in the world.

Diversity in Wellesley High School
Juyon Lee, Wendy Zhuo, Monica Ong, Amanda Ong, Eva Loh, Jin Kim, Han Li, Chloe Kolbet, and Maggie Zhang
This group project demonstrates diversity within Wellesley High School. The photos show students, faculty, and other members of the Wellesley community. Instead of focusing on a specific group, we took photos of various people with different talents and character. The myriad of colors and shades portrays the uniqueness of each individual or place in our high school. By demonstrating different aspects of our community, we want to raise awareness of embracing diversity and respecting differences. Moreover, the eagle symbolizes freedom and every individual’s ability to express his or herself.

Tree of Life
Katie Pedersen

This piece of artwork was inspired by the tremendous diversity in the nature. By depicting a tree made out of types of branches from all over the world, I hope to show the interconnectedness of all life. Moreover, by using both glossy photos and dull prints, I use a variety of mediums to create one coherent whole. Just as nature is diverse, so are the people that live among and depend upon it. Thus, a tree from around the world serves as a symbol of diversity.

The Life of a Water Lily
Eunice Lee

This piece shows life of a water lily from its birth to death. I thought its life was similar to human's life. I was inspired by paper-cutting artist Peter Callensen, who cut out flowers and made them into 3D figures. Similar to Callensen’s technique, I made some 3D water lilies with cut out materials but used a different type of paper. Water lily symbolizes resurrection because lilies close their petals at night and reopen in the morning sunlight. Buddhists regard the water lily as a symbol of enlightenment because of the beautiful bloom that emerges from the mud. They also consider the water lily an emblem of purity, spontaneous generation and divine birth. This piece demonstrates diversity of religions as a whole. 

Love after Love
Nic Shepard

To capture diversity artistically, one immediately must think about all the different ways that we separate ourselves from each other. This minimalist expression of Derek Walcott's "Love after Love" is an exercise in negative space. This piece shows both unity and diversity to the viewer. While each person is shaped by his or her own experience and has thoughts unique to his or herself when we read the poem, we all share the human experience. At the end of the day, we all must sit, and face ourselves together.

Amanda Ong

This black and white photo shows a picture of reeds in a small marsh that I took at Wellesley College. Though I was planning to take all of my photos at the pond, while I was walking on the pathway towards the pond, I was inspired by the light yellow color of the reeds that contrasted the dark marshy pond. Although they look very similar, variations in lighting represent that diverse personalities of a community, which is symbolized by the marsh, can hold and support. The darker reeds symbolize the quite personality that is hidden in the shadows while the lighter reeds show the loud personality and visually attract the viewer. Despite the differences, these reeds, like people, are unified through the feeling of community that comes from being part of whole.

Zahra Pirani

"Unity" exhibits the techniques of collage and painting, combined on one canvas to display the beauty of differences. The cutout faces of numerous people from around the world are used to make collage silhouettes which, in turn, create a cohesive star in the center of the piece. This star, as well as the bright yellow border around the silhouettes, symbolizes the glowing strength and vitality emanating from diversity. The quote by the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network and an advocate for pluralism, exemplifies the central message of this piece. "Unity" was inspired by various photographic displays I have seen of cultures around the world and my desire to combine different mediums into one artistic creation.

Art and Community Club members support Children Helping Children, a student charity organization. Our mission is to help children in third world countries or children devastated by natural disasters. Just like us, they want happiness, strength, and compassion in their lives, but struggle over simple necessities. In doing to, we also strive to foster "one love." We’re reaching out to people of all races, regardless of creed or color, because we’re connected through this common thread of compassion, of hope, and a longing for a bright future. As high school students, some of our members have gained first-hand experience by working with underprivileged children from other countries.

If you are interested in purchasing original or printed copies (photo images) of the displayed artworks, please contact J.Y. Lee, President. Art & Community Club via email juyon95@gmail.com or cell 781-733- 3515.

All the charitable donations will be sent to the Children Helping Children organization, which will help many lives of children in the third world countries.

Thank you for your support!