Thursday, March 22, 2012

"The Figure" at 93 Central St. (Former Neena's)

Merrilyn Delano Marsh is a Wellesley artist and resident of 57 years. Elizabeth A. Visvis is a Wellesley artist and resident of 52 years. Both are members of the Wellesley Society of Artists. (Made possible by the artists and Linear Retail.) 

Merrilyn Delano Marsh
Butterfly Garden (Left), Bather (Center), Swimmer (Right)

Marsh (Left), WCAP Volunteer, Raina McManus (Right)

In 1946 Marsh was an art student at The School of the Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston. Her class took a field trip to a North Shore, Massachusetts beach. At the time Marsh was inspired by the figure. She found a large piece of driftwood from which she carved Bather. Her unfinished Bather was subsequently selected to appear in a performance at the Boston Opera House. Marsh completed Bather in the early 1970s.

Marsh's watercolors Swimmer and Butterfly Garden reflect her passion for the figure as well as for living things in nature, so often found in her work.

Two of Marsh's bronze sculptures are within short walking distance of the exhibit. Girl with the Butterfly is in Central Park at Central St. & Grove (between the Post Office and the Wellesley Congregational Church). Animal Lover is in the Cloister Garden at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on the corner of Denton Road and Washington Street.

Girl with the Butterfly

Animal Lover

Artist Bio 

Merrilyn Delano Marsh is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusettts, and studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, France. Her works have been exhibited throughout New England and New York, and her work is contained in many private collections. Some examples of her commissioned works are: Seven Reliefs for the School for the Environment, Duke University; Bronze Statue for the Cloister Garden at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts; Reliefs for the Houston and Sargent Awards of Tufts University of Medford, Massachusetts; a bronze portrait relief of Clarence "Pop" Houston, Houston Hall, Tufts University; and two large bronze reliefs for the Ellis Oval Athletic Field at Tufts University; also, a bronze portait relief of Rocco J. Carzo, for the Rocco J. Carzo Cage, Cousens Gymnasium, Tufts University.

Marsh was a teacher at the Choate School of Brookline, Massachusetts; the Brookline Community Center; the DeCordova Museum of Lincoln, Massachusetts, and has conducted private classes. She is a member of the Copley Society of Art, Boston, having achieved Copley Master status; a member of NESA (New England Sculptors Association) The Cambridge Art Association, and the Wellesley Society of Artists. Marsh is listed in Who's Who and Who's Who of American Woman.
Elizabeth A. Visvis

After graduating from Colby Junior College with a major in art, my painting was put aside for several years while raising a family and assuming other responsibilities.

Studying with King Coffin in 1975 using oils and acrylics renewed my interest and desire to paint. In 1977 I began working with Maxine Hegsted, and as a direct result of her encouragement began painting in watercolors, which is my primary medium to date adding gouache and pastels to some of the work. Also I enjoy experimenting with gesso and inks.

Elizabeth is well known for her still-life watercolors, often expressing the delicacy and fragility of flowers. Some years ago she became interested in the figure as well as incorporating elements of collage in her work.

"Elizabeth Visvis is not only a wonderful artist, but a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her finished paintings have been shown throughout different places, but I have gotten to see the hard work and time that goes into them. There have been times when I've seen her finish a painting in a few hours, while other times it stays unfinished in her studio for years. No matter how long the paintings take to finish, I have been lucky enough to watch my grandmother through her artwork." 
Amanda Visvis 

Artist Bio 

Elizabeth is actively involved in several professional organizations and associations in Massachusetts and Florida. Her success has earned her the prestigious Designated Copley Society Artist title awarded by The Copley Society of Boston. She is an award winning member of the National League of American Pen Women (Arts), Washington, D.C. Elizabeth continues to build upon her impressive history of achievements, both locally and abroad. Over the past two decades, her water-medium still life paintings have been continuously recognized with the highest achievement awards from art association jurors. Select shows include a solo show at Regis College, and befitting to Elizabeth's subject, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University exhibited her work.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

"Full Bloom" at 100 Central Street

Full Bloom
Full Bloom

Chelsea Sebastian

Since becoming a new mom, I spend a tremendous amount of time outdoors exploring Wellesley’s trails and parks. I find the quiet beauty of our community to be the source of my artistic inspiration. People take good care of Wellesley. Shop owners and neighbors take pride in expressing beauty. Our community actively creates positive engagement. I feel very fortunate to live here and have the opportunity to contribute my art.

My work reflects the colorful way I see life and my paintings explore the themes of nature, seascape, and international streetscape. I work with acrylics on canvas from my home studio in Wellesley. I am primarily self-taught, but credit my parents for my training, as both are accomplished artists.

When people see my work, I would like them to be drawn to the vibrant colors and to feel compelled to journey down a foreign street. Painting enables me to interact with the world differently. I pay closer attention to the life around me. I see depth, color, line, and texture. I study gestures and explore how forms relate to each other. I hope that my art becomes a source of pleasure for those who welcome it into their life. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Exhibit at Former Clark's, 67 Central St. in Wellesley Center

J. S. Staffier is a Wellesley artist, art teacher and writer. "My watercolors of Boston and the surrounding area have been called “New York Sophisticated.” I often hear, “It makes me happy!”

The Fenway Series is my tribute to the #1 American sport. I hope you feel the fun and excitement of Opening Day.

Steven A. Dannin of Dannin Management Corporation poses with "Night Game" by J. S. Staffier
Made possible by the artist, Jessica Wolfe of Berson-Wolfe Realty, Steven Dannin of Dannin Management Corporation, and Wellesley Community Art Project.

New Art Exhibit from Massacusetts Bay Community College

Where? Former Betsy's at 100 Central Street in Wellesley Center

Massachusetts Bay Community College shares "First of Many" a mural unveiled in the college's Felix Juliani Art Gallery last November. The mural was created by students Pablo Marchena of Waltham, Jonothan Cardoso of Boston, and Jason Bernardini of Franklin. It is the first in a series of installations that are the vision of Art Professor Annette McCarty.

See the full story at

Made possible by Massachusetts Bay Community College, Linear Retail and Wellesley Community Art Project.

"First of Many"

Great story (see link above)