Sunday, November 18, 2012

Drawing Collaboration in Wellesley Square

Drawing Collaboration

Through painting and installation, Advanced Drawing students from Wellesley College reacted to a vacant space on-site in Wellesley Square.

The event happened in the vacant space at 98 Central St. (between Mini Luxe & Boloco) on Monday, Nov 19, 2012. Students worked on-site for approximately three hours and the completed work is on exhibit in the space.

Through repetitive and rhythmic marks the artists created a new visualization and experience of the space.

As a starting point for this collaboration students reacted to short stories written by Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar. Through drawing and installation, the artists embodied the experiences and sensations produced by the text.

Daniela Rivera, Assistant Professor Art Department, Wellesley College

Made possible by Linear Retail in collaboration with Wellesley Community Art Project and Wellesley Theater Project.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"Circus" in Wellesley Square

Tiger, Juggler & Fire breather

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody.”
               - Neil Gaiman

8th grade “Sculpture and Ceramics” students at Wellesley Middle School created this work with Mrs. Sturman, Visual Arts Specialist, and student teacher Monique Schramme of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

The students were given the theme of “circus”, and as a class, imagined a cast of dark, fantastic characters specifically for this space. Each student chose one of these archetypical circus characters to create. The forms are paper maché, made using wire frames and recycled materials.

We thank retail property owner EDENS for the unique opportunity to create something specifically for this space.

Complete with cannon!



Trapeze artist

Ringmaster and clown

Lion cub with scales, horse and dancer

Don't miss the amazing dragon!

Stuart Badertscher:  Cannon
Mette Baungaard: Ballerina with pink skirt
Fiona Corkhill: Trapeze artist, (silver and blue skirt)
Jessica Dalrymple:  Background and assistant
Alexandra Farrohi: Lion cub with scales.
Sophia Fraga: Elephant
Allegra Hu: Hat and Skeletal Ringmaster
Caterina Januzzi: Clown
Mia Kosel: Horse
Allison Kumarasena: Juggler
Owen Meredith: Siamese Twins
Valeria Rodriguez: Fire breather (girl on one knee, purple dress)
Gloria Sanchez: pink trousers.
Valerie Shor: Dragon
Isabelle Siedman: Tiger Head
Matthew Tom: Hat and Skeletal Ringmaster
Sarah Williamson: Dancer, red and silver skirt

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wellesley High School "Ecomagination" at former Neenas (made possible by Linear Retail)

Art and Community Club
Wellesley High School
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, “Ecomagination”, is centered on ecological concerns. Students dealt with issues of recycling, pollution, and reminding the community that we are part of nature.

Juyon Lee
Art and Community Club President
Class of 2014

The Green Way for Change

Juyon Lee, Eva Loh, Jin Kim, Monica Ong, Zahra Pirani, and Nicki Sizing

Mosaic - wooden board, newspaper, recycled paper, aluminum cans

Our art project was inspired by Vik Muniz, a Brazilian artist who uses trash to create mosaic art pieces. We made paper stars out of old newspaper and used paper. The stars represent individual's hope to make a green difference. Together, they portray nature scenery of trees, flowers, and leaves. The road is made out of pieces of aluminum cans and rolls of newspaper because we wanted to remind our community that if no one tries to make a green change, we would have to step on trash that we make every day. The newspaper rolls symbolize cigarettes, which are not only harmful to our environment, but also to one's health. In addition, the parts of aluminum cans at the bottom of the board have green messages to encourage the viewer to start making a small change. If we make a green difference little by little, there'll be a greater outcome like how the stars create this nature scenery. We hope that the Wellesley community will consider how we impact our environment every day and the importance of protecting our planet.  

Pin Cushion
Serena Benages
Sculpture - cookie cutter, pillowcase, newspaper bags, recycled box, yarn
Found Music
Serena Benages
Sculpture - sardine can, cigar box, coffee filter, nails, wire, newspaper bags, coke can
My artwork was made with all recycled materials. The message I portray through my art is how beauty and music can be found everywhere. These gifts are not limited to a few people, but rather the hope of the many. I was inspired to make these pieces when I first saw a musical instrument made from recycled materials. The creativity in which it was made inspired me to make it my own.

Sculpture - wire, flowers, glass bottle

When Pigs Can Fly
Sculpture - scrap metal

Cora Hersh

Trees in the Meadow
Laura Scott
Painting, acrylic

A Mirror
Chloe Kolbet
Painting, mixed media
Nature and the human spirit are deeply interconnected. The beauty and laws of one are mirrored in the other. With this knowledge one can learn deep truths about oneself through the observance and exploration of nature. Humanity, in this way, is called to immerse itself in and grow closer to nature. However, they are not one and the same. As with a mirror, the human and nature are reflections of each other, not a singular being. They differ in that the human mind sorts and classifies, while nature grows without order, making them opposites.
Humanity, therefore, is called not to become nature or even imitate it, but to morph in response to it. It is so easy to just study nature, but to grow with it is more difficult. In school, we study the wonders and beauty of nature throughout the grade levels. We are taught to respect its glory with a kind of reverence. Yet, this leaves a gap between nature and us that should not exist. Instead of living among and knowing nature with familiarity, we place it upon a pedestal, which isolates it from us. This twists and stretches the bond between humanity and nature in such a way that we grow distant from not only nature’s beauties, but also, as a result, our own. Our connection with nature in not intimate, but rather that of a distant relative. We choose to just exist in nature; instead we must interact with it, and, in this way, allow ourselves to grow and change in response.

Mother Nature
Juyon Lee
Tarot card illustration
 Where Is My Bamboo?
Eva Loh
Scratchboard illustration

Capture The Sun
Laurel Hennessee

Paint the Sky
Laurel Hennessee

Laurel Hennessee

Forests of Steel
Katie Pedersen and Nicki Sizing
Photograph on Newspaper
We shot photographs in Boston and printed them on newspaper. The inspiration came from the idea that cities have replaced forests. When you look up you see concrete, not canopies, and when you look into the harbor you see trash instead of fish. We tried to show the coldness of being surrounded by metal rather than life, and we tried to choose visually interesting images.

Today’s Garden
Olivia Czubarow

Mr. Clean Collection
Han Li
Sculpture - plastic water bottles and aluminum cans

Dancing Flowers 
Zahra Pirani
Sculpture - flexible garden tie, recycled magazines
"Dancing Flowers" exhibits the techniques of wheel throwing and collage combined into one sculpture. The artist's intent was to create artwork from recyclable materials, such as magazine cutouts, as well as to incorporate her own favorite sculpture techniques. In creating art from reusable materials, the artist hopes to convey the union of environmentalism and "green" artwork. "Dancing Flowers" was inspired by various displays of artificial flowers the artist had seen and the artist's desire to combine nature, recyclable materials, and sculpture into one artistic creation.

Ocean Chimes
Monica Ong
Jewelry - seashells
Nic Shepard
Digital Art
Taken in the outback of Australia, this was originally a picture of a river entangled by roots of surrounding trees. From these pixels, and heavy editing, this piece was created.

Kate Westenberg
Mosaic - bottle caps, old rug samples, reused Styrofoam board

The Cove
Connor Perry
Oil on Canvas

Alexander Golob
Oil on Wood

Dear Hunt
Juyon Lee
Scratchboard Illustration

Grimm's Tale
Alexander Golob
Oil on Wood

Music of the Flowers
Alice Rocha
Mosaic – paper, aluminum cans

Friday, May 25, 2012

Retail Developer EDENS supports 4th Wellesley Community Art Project featuring Wellesley Women Artisans in Wellesley Square.

The Wellesley Women Artisans is now exhibiting original artwork in the windows of the former Rugged Bear storefront. The show features pottery, paintings, handmade plush toys, collage, and decoupage work by a diverse group of women artists who live and work in town.

Over the last year the members of the Wellesley Women Artisans have been meeting regularly to share progress, provide support, and create together. “It has been really wonderful to connect with other creative women who live here in Wellesley,” said Abby Glassenberg, a textile artist and founding member of the group. “We learn so much from one another. Making art can feel like a lonely endeavor at times. It’s inspiring to get to visit one another’s studios and see the new directions each person is undertaking with their work.”

Elizabeth Cohen, a potter and also a founding member of the group said, “When Laura Fragasso, director of the Wellesley Community Art Project, offered the former Rugged Bear storefront as display space for group members, we were thrilled! This is a our first show together and we are so pleased to be able to have our work on display right here in our own community.”

The works will be on display until June 25. Inquiries about individual pieces should be addressed to each artist. Members whose work is on exhibit include:

Elizabeth Cohen
Abby Glassenberg
Julie Vari-Nikolewski
Jodie Poresky
Jenny Schneider
Crystalle Lacouture 

Carolyn Watson

Julie Vari-Nikolewski

Julie's paintings are visual paradoxes that exist interdependently and all-at-once. Executed with painstaking precision, they are built-up, layer after layer, with matte sign-makers paint. All evidence of the artist's hand is repressed. Shape becomes line. Figure turns into ground. Sour becomes sweet. The result is a powerful pictorial tension of seemingly irreconcilable visual contradictions that somehow seems to work in spite of themselves. 

A Wellesley resident of 5 years, Julie hails from Chicago, Illinois. When not painting in her home studio, she is busy helping her husband renovate a 19th century farmhouse. In the summer, she can often be seen wielding a lightsaber in her front yard or building a sand castle at Morses Pond with her two young boys. She is a member of both the Hunnewell and Schofield school communities where she serves as the school's PAC representative.

(Look through the glass to the back wall to see two additional works by Julie) 

Crystalle Lacouture

Crystalle is an artist and illustrator living in Wellesely. She received her degree in fine arts from Skidmore Collge and went on to work in several art related jobs in New York City before moving with her family to Wellesley in 2010. Crystalle is especially excited about finishing "The Moth and the Firefly" a children's picture book set to debut on the Barnes and Noble Nook in June.


Crystalle has twin baby-boys and a daughter who is currently attending the Wellesley Montessori School.
Jenny Schneider

Jenny is an artist, illustrator, writer and world traveler. She is also a mom of two wonderful boys who are currently attending the Sprague Elementary school in Wellesley. With them in her company, she never runs of of inspiration.

She has earned a MA in Art Therapy at Lesley University and took many classes at the SMFA (School of Museum of Fine Arts) in Boston.

Jenny loves children's books and is currently writing and illustrating her own. Her paintings are mostly done in watercolor, she always likes to add little collage pieces thus turning into mixed media. She is happiest with lot's of paint on her hands.

People say that her work makes them smile and she hopes it does the same for you too.

Jodie Poresky

Jodie is a self-taught decoupage artist. She primarily specializes in using family photographs to create beautiful and distinctive home decor. Being a very nostalgic and sentimental person, she first became interested in decoupage once she had children. Jodie believes photographs are meant to be seen and loves creating functional home accessories to help bring those special memories back to life. She lives in Wellesley with her husband and two kids.

Carolyn Mackin Watson

Recently I redirected my creative energy toward acrylic painting, though I have been a photo-based artist for 2 decades. I enjoy the spontaneity and freedom of building my paintings with many layers and allowing them to develop from a place a intuition and mystery. My influences include the glowing illumination of a city at night, patterns that suggest exotic locales, peeled layers of paint on old buildings or furniture, and cultivating equanimity through yoga and my art practice. In 1996 I earned a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from Syracuse University, and in 2003 a MFA (Master of Fine Arts) from the California College of the Arts.

My husband and I moved to Wellesley from the San Francisco bay area in 2009, and have 2 young boys. My older son attends P.A.W.S. and will enter kindergarten at Hardy in the fall. I have also served on the membership committee of the Wellesley Mothers Forum for the past 2 years. 

(Look through the glass to the back wall to see two additional works by Carolyn) 

Elizabeth Cohen

Elizabeth Cohen is a self-taught independent studio potter living in Wellesley. She works in porcelain clay, altering wheel thrown forms while still pliable. Inspired by botanical forms, Japanese arts and mid-century design, she is interested in making work that can be used for daily rituals such favorite foods, flowers, and cup of coffee or tea, as well as sculptural work. 

She earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University and an M.A.T. from Simmons College. After teaching high school English, she began her ceramics career, while raising three children who attend Wellesley Public Schools.

Abby Glassenberg

Abby Glassenberg creates unique patterns for stuffed animals from her home studio in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Abby has a master’s degree in education from Harvard and taught middle school social studies in Mississippi and Massachusetts before becoming a textile artist and the mother of three girls. 

Today Abby enjoys teaching people to sew and opening their eyes to the joy of designing their own stuffed animals.Abby’s first book, The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends To Make and Sew, was an ALA Booklist top ten craft book of 2011. Her new book about soft toy design will be published by Lark in May of 2013. Abby has also licensed toy designs to Simplicity. 
Abby has lived in Wellesley for eight years and she and her husband, Charlie, have three daughters. Their eight-year-old is a second grader at Sprague, their six-year-old is a kindergartener at Sprague, and they have an 18-month-old who spends her time at home, playing with mommy and fabric.