Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Paintings in Linden Square

The vacant space between Sleepy's and Ace Hardware is not so vacant anymore thanks to the generous support of Linden Square, LLC

Wellesley Community Art Project installed works by Wellesley residents Lynn Gilbert and Ginna Mills who paint in the sunny art studio at Wellesley’s Warren Recreation Building. Students in Painting with Acrylics classes are invited to choose their own subject matter or work on an image provided. Recent classes have incorporated palette knife painting as well as mixed media. 

Lynn Gilbert

Lynn Gilbert

Ginna Mills

Ginna Mills

Ginna Mills

Ginna Mills

Painting with Acrylics classes are taught by D'Ann Hansen 

All levels of experience are welcome including those who have never picked up a paintbrush. There is always something new to try!  

Check out upcoming classes at

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Art Walk in Wellesley Square, December 6, 2015

Deborah Friedman at Winston Flowers
Laura Fragasso at Lynn Evans

Bianca Falcone at FootStock
Julia Blake at Wellesley Gift Boutique

Annie Newman at London Harness

Donna Chilemi and Liora Gates cruise Art Walk

Jenny Schneider at Eileen Fisher

Elizabeth Cohen at Wasik's Cheese Shop

Chelsea Sebastian at Coldwell Banker

Cathy Ruili at Wellesley Books

D'Ann Hansen at Clever Hand Gallery

Laurel Landers at Terrazza

Sign at Wellesley RDF

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 6pm. 

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!

Check out all the portraits here:

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: 

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

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

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.